Tales From the Nursery

Tales From the Nursery: The Toddler Years

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Our Toddler and Preschooler Must-Haves for Enjoying Summer

Both of my kids love to play outside and everything that comes with warmer weather. It’s clear that they need to move around and burn off enough energy so we don’t get on each other’s nerves. I’m still learning...


So I’m Thinking About Running… {Weight Loss Update}

Generally I avoid apologizing for lack of writing because I know you understand what it’s like to be busy. We are all busy and sometimes things slip, like tracking my food and writing my weekly updates. I’m a work...


12+ Popsicle Recipes for Summer

The temperature is heating up around here, so I put together a collection of popsicle recipes as part of a compensated campaign for Foodie.com. Check out 12+ Popsicle Recipes for Summer by Darcy Zalewski at Foodie.com After such a brutally cold...


The Struggle is Real {Weight Loss Update}

A struggle with self-image and my weight is a recurring theme in my life. One that started in 3rd grade and is still present today. In fact, I wrote about it – really wrote about it – for the...


I Want to See Maleficent for my Anniversary (+Printable Activities) #Maleficent

Our wedding anniversary is coming up on May 27th. Maleficent comes out in theaters on May 30th. It’s only logical that I want to go on a date to see it. I mean, Disney is practically giving me an...


Feeling So Fabulous {Weight Loss Update}

If there’s one thing I’ve learned this time around, it’s about the whole journey. Focusing on the results of just one week misses the bigger picture. I could get really upset about last week’s gain, but I’m not. Sure,...


Motherhood isn’t what I thought it would be

Did you have preconceived notions about what motherhood would be like? I did. I thought it’d be loving and wonderful all the time. (I mean, it is but it isn’t all at the same time.) I wouldn’t get mad...


What’s My Size Again? {Weight Loss Update}

Much to my surprise, I’ve reached my first non-scale weight loss goal. It almost seems too soon. One thing is for sure, my body shape changed with having kids. Before kids, it took me losing 20lbs to reach 190lbs...


Foodie BBQ recipe collection

14 Recipes to Rock a BBQ Potluck

This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Foodie.com; however, I selected the recipes for my collection. Enjoy! Summer is almost heeerrrreeee. Summer is ALMOST here. I don’t care if spring as barely sprung. I’m used to a more...


Frozen up to 65% off on Zulily today! #ad

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. I know many of you have Frozen fans at home or are fans yourself so you’ll love this sale. I...


Don’t Listen to Me! I’m a Quack.

Just because I write about parenting topics on Disney’s BabyZone and on my blog doesn’t mean I know better than you. It doesn’t mean I am better than you. It just means I like to write about my experiences...


The Scale isn’t the Only Number Changing {Weight Loss Update}

I’ve said it before, but I need to start tracking measurements. Problem is, I don’t really know how to measure myself properly. I’ve never quite figured out where my “natural” waist is… It’s been hiding for years. I’m not...


Going to Disney World With 2 Little Kids Isn’t So Bad After All #DisneyKids

Our family was invited to an expenses paid Disney World to see what it has to offer for preschool aged children. The views we share are our own. You already knew we loved Disney anyway. ;) I used to think...


Budding Preschool Friendships

I admire my daughter’s approach to friendships. She generally assumes everyone around her is a friend, especially if they’re in one of her classes. She does her best to learn people’s names. She notices when classmates are absent and...


Living Life While Losing Weight {Weight Loss Update}

One of my fears about losing weight is missing out. Missing out on fun and food because, let’s face it, a lot of social activities surround food. Food is social and that can create stress for someone like me. Or...


Maleficent Makes Bad Look Good #Maleficent

A good villain is essential to a great story. But some villains are more than that. They can be complex; blurring the line between good and evil. The male villain who wins my heart is Loki, but Maleficent is totally...


disney frozen books

Rissa Reads: Disney’s Frozen Books

We received Disney Frozen books to review. Confession: We didn’t see Frozen until it was released on Blu-ray/DVD. I pre-ordered it, so we watched it as soon as we got it. This was after Rissa met Elsa and Anna at...


Getting Around Town With Two Kids as a One Car Family

We received the double stroller featured for review. Post includes affiliate links. It’s not easy being a one car family, especially with two young children. When we first made the decision to drop down to one car, it was no...


Time to Buy New Pants! {Weight Loss Update}

Getting healthy and losing weight have pros and cons, much like anything else. One of those is shopping for new clothes. I’ve been looking forward to needing new pants and I finally had to buy some on Saturday. All my...


Disneynature Bears Activities

Celebrate Earth Day With Disneynature’s Bears Activity Packet! #MeetTheCubs

When I was little, I pretty much equated Earth Day with recycling and planting trees. I think it was easier to involve a classroom in those types of activities. But, you can celebrate Earth Day in a variety of...