Tales From the Nursery

Tales From the Nursery: The Toddler Years

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6 Things I Never Learned in School

School is where the education magic happens, right? I learned some stuff, but a lot of the important things I need to apply to life were learned through experience.  Oftentimes as I botched it

Dear Toddlers

Dear Toddlers, You are fun and frustrating and full of energy.  Pure energy that suddenly implodes, often unpredictably, but usually nothing a quick nap or mama snuggles can’t fix. Or a snack.  Like a cookie.  That

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Once I Wanted to Be a Scrapbooker…

Once upon a time in my life pre-children, I wanted to be a scrapbooker. It was only a mild interest as I transitioned from high school to college.  I had so many pictures and

Valentines for My 7 Favorite Celebrities

I thought about writing a love letter to my iPhone today then thought that was a little weird.  I’d write one to my blog but then I’d essentially be writing the letter to myself


There’s been a growing trend of ditching New Year’s resolutions in favor of focusing on one word for the year. Like the year of change. Love. Risk. While I still set goals

This One Time… I Got a Detention

This one time in elementary school, I got detention. It was the only time I ever got it. Since it happened at least 20 years ago (gulp) parts of it are very clear while

10 Things I’m Thankful for This Thanksgiving

Throughout the year I do my fair share of complaining.  I do my best to keep in mind what I’m blessed with, but sometimes it helps to vent and blow off a little steam.

Close Encounters of the Possibly Paranormal Kind

I don’t think I’ve encountered anything more chilling than an unexplained object falling on my face in the middle of the night.  When it happened, I tried to come up with a logical explanation,

Rissa Likes Eating at the Big M

I have to admit I’m pretty lucky.  My daughter is usually quite good when we go out to eat.  Well, good as in well behaved.  She doesn’t necessarily eat well when we go to a

10 Things I Can’t Believe I Said to My Toddler

Sometimes I can’t believe the things my daughter says to me, better yet, I can’t believe some of the things that come out of my mouth. Taken out of context many things I