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Dear Mom, I’m Sorry #PutYourHeartToPaper

This is a sponsored conversation challenging me to think beyond a simple “I love you” for Mother’s Day. So, I sat down to think about my relationship with my mom and want to share my thoughts with you. Dear Mom, First of all, I want to apologize. Only now do I realize


The Progression of a Sibling Relationship

Despite being amazed at how fast Aerissa and Xander are growing, I’m most fascinated by their evolving relationship. When Xander was a little baby, Rissa was a doting and overly loving big sister. She was always curious what the baby was doing and wanted to help. At times she’d be jealous of


The Truth About My Parenting & Blogging Resolutions

For years I touted how I don’t make resolutions. Most don’t work, so goals are the way to go. Thing is, I’ve been pretty sucky at sticking with a lot of my goals like getting healthy and not yelling. But that doesn’t mean I’m giving up. Instead, I need to be more


Sponsored: Keeping in Touch With Long Distance Grandparents

Sometimes it is hard to live miles away from your family.  I admit to preferring where I live now to where I grew up, but I wish my parents were close by.  There’s one house about a block away that reminds Rissa of my parents’ house for some reason.  For over a


10 Things You Don’t Say to a Father of 533 Kids [DELIVERY MAN Exclusive Trailer!] #DeliveryManMovie

Family is interesting.  In a way we can’t choose them, yet we can.  Family runs deeper than blood, and sometimes… life serves it to you in the most unexpected way. Brian has shared a little with you about becoming a father of not just one child, but two.  That’s nothing compared to


Sponsored: Keeping in Touch With Skype

Growing up I often felt disconnected to family members who lived hundreds of miles away.  Each visit with them would start out awkward, but end up magical.  We’d part with beautiful memories until the next time.  Sometimes I’d write letters or call, but it wasn’t the same.  The enthusiasm faded away as


Dance With Me Daddy

Every time I hear the song “Summertime Blues” fond memories of dancing with my dad come to mind. The chink of the quarter dropping into the jukebox.  Pressing the familiar buttons, queuing up the song.  As the first notes hit the speakers he’d take my little hand in his, guiding me along.  Twisting,


Laughs and Lessons in Parental Guidance [Movie]

We recently enjoyed a family movie night with a review copy of Parental Guidance (which is rated PG) while visiting my parents for the weekend.  So there we were, modern parents with grandparents watching this family comedy together. The “Other” Grandparents In Parental Guidance, Alice (Marisa Tomei) and her husband Phil need to go


5 Random Family Facts

I’ve shared tidbits about me (and my family) all over his blog, there’s still more for you to learn about us. You already know the coolest fact which is Brian and I share the same birthday, but I have more fun things to share… Not that we are the most fascinating people


Making Fitness a Family Affair

Last week was a rough week. I had a couple challenging days with the kids which led to a skipped workout and some comfort eating. I skipped a second workout at the end of the week due to exhaustion. I literally could not keep my eyes open on Saturday evening so we


Making Memories With a Personalized Children’s Book

My daughter loves to read. She gets excited about new books and can’t wait for mommy or daddy to read them to her. Sometimes Rissa can’t even wait for us to leave the store before begging to be read to. More and more she looks through them on her own and she’s


A Look at the Year 2012 on TFTN

2012 was quite the year for us here at Tales From the Nursery. There were ups and downs but overall I would say it was a pretty great year for our family and the blog. Let’s take a look back at some of the highlights, shall we? (And if you are a


How My Kids Helped Change My View of Christmas

Do you remember how I shared last year that the holiday season has been tough for me emotionally over the years? Throughout my life I’ve lost several family members around this time of year and last year my dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Not fun stuff, I assure you. (Though good


Twas the night before Christmas, in this blogger’s house…

Twas the night before Christmas, in this blogger’s house. Not a keystroke was stirring, not even the mouse. For I wrote and scheduled a few posts with care with the hopes that a few readers would soon be there. The rest of the family was asleep in their beds, visions of cool


Bringing the Family Together #GlobieFamily

We know in our hearts that the holidays are about family and spending time together, but it is easy to get caught up in the hype of shopping and presents. For me it’s been a real blessing this year having my son this month – it’s given us more quality family time


Are You Going to be an Observer or Participant this Holiday Season? {Guest Post}

I am so guilty of this, but all the while looking at a beautiful view, or a pretty flower, or sure—people I know and love—I’m thinking about how I wish I could take a picture of the moment, and capture it forever. Being in the moment is easier said that done. I


Please Welcome Our New Son!

In case you missed the announcement we put out on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook…our son has arrived! Please welcome our newest family member – Xander! He was born on December 8th at 3:15pm; weighing 7 lbs 4 oz and measuring 21 inches. More information to come about our birth story, but for


Have You Met Our Kitties?

There are 3 more members of our family that I don’t talk a whole lot about on here.  Occasionally they get a little bit of love, but not nearly as much as the other children.  So…. let me introduce you to our furbabies! (Video) Freckles and Bella came to us from other


Random Life Update – October 2012

While I give you glimpses into my life all the time, sometimes it feels like there is just so much left out.  Sure, every week I give you an update on my pregnancy, but there’s more going on than just that!  Also with the September Sprinkles event there were a lot of


If You Could Choose Baby’s Sex, Would You?

Just look at that precious face! Photo by Darcy Did you always want a little girl to dress up or a little boy to carry on the family name? What if you could choose the sex of your baby? I was reading a post by my friend Jeanne over at The Stir