Tales From the Nursery

Tales From the Nursery: The Toddler Years

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How I Turned a Potential Toddler Art Disaster Into a Beautiful Memory #StressLess2BMyBest #Ad

This is a sponsored story about a time I turned a stressful parenting moment into a happy one.  My kids like to draw. On everything. No surface in my house is safe from crayons, markers

Cherishing Love Momentos From My Husband #PutYourHeartToPaper

This story is part of a sponsored campaign to inspire you to #PutYourHeartToPaper. Throughout my life I haven’t ever really been a “card” person. I hated reading birthday cards aloud and rarely bought them to

Summer Slipped Away, Thank Goodness for My Camera

The clothing featured in these photographs was provided by Mamas & Papas. Time moves differently when you become a mom, at least it does for me. The days often feel long (especially on rough days)

Sponsored: Movie Night Nostalgia: Donkey Kong Country

This movie night post is sponsored by Phase 4 Films. I think I’m loving the approach of my daughter’s third birthday. She’s becoming a better movie watching buddy lately. She’s sitting still longer, happy to

close up of a baby shower bingo card

The Best Part About Baby Showers

This is a sponsored story. The best part about baby showers is celebrating a baby.  Forget the gifts and sweets for a moment.  After trying to conceive for three years, having a baby shower for

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

The Fireworks of My Youth

We always parked in the mall parking lot on the Fourth of July.  I never fought for a square of grass or spread out a tarp midday to save a spot to watch the

And then… she took off her sandals

Ever since Rissa was a baby it has been impossible to keep socks on her for very long.  She used to kick them off, now she yanks them off as soon as her shoes

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

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,

The Day I Said I Do… and Why Country Springs Rocks for Weddings

Planning my wedding was fun but exhausting.  Once we picked the date we booked the venue … then figured the rest out.  It’s almost hard to believe it was over 6 years ago, but

My Amusing Toddler – A Random Collection

As Rissa grows I keep finding new stages of her life that I enjoy. I’m really liking this almost-2-years-old stage right now because of how verbal she is, her ability to retell events, and

Remembering My Old Dogs on National Dog Day

Today is National Dog Day so I wanted to take a moment to remember the dogs I used to have in my life. We only have cats now, but my pets are always a

My Do-Over Moment: Bleaching My Hair

I’ve done some silly and stupid things in my life that I wish I could do-over. At the time my choices seemed fine, but looking back… What was I thinking?!  I think most of

Magical Moments With Laughter #TimothyGreen

I’ve enjoyed a lot of firsts with my daughter. All are special in their own way, but only one is like music to my ears – her laugh. Once she started laughing, we started

Preserving Memories With Once Upon a Family {Baby Keepsakes Review}

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how awesome it is to have a baby enter your life. I’ve heard time and time again how kids grow up so fast and to

When NBA Jam Was the Coolest Video Game Ever…

When NBA Jam Was the Coolest Video Game Ever…

While visiting with my parents recently, we chatted about some humorous blasts from the past. My dad brought up “when Darcy beat the boys at basketball” so it was fitting to share today!

LiveOn ~ Preserving Memories Online #CleverLiveOn #spon

Thank you to LiveOn for this sponsored opportunity to blog about storing and sharing my most important memories with those closest to me. Although story ideas were provided, all thoughts and opinions are my

Our Daughter (Video)

This makes me cry every time I watch it! Brian made this the other day to celebrate as we come upon Rissa’s first

Was it Really 9 Months Ago? #thedaybabywasborn

I mentioned before that the passage of time is rather strange to me now.  It’s hard to believe we’re creeping up on Rissa’s first birthday already!  I’ve been slacking on her baby book too,