Tales From the Nursery

Tales From the Nursery: The Toddler Years

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Sponsored: 5 Ways to Reassure a New Mom (or Any Mom!)

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for JOHNSON’s Baby. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. There are moments when we all second guess our parenting and could use


Sponsored: What I Love About Motherhood #MagistoMoms

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Magisto. I received a promotional code for premium features to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you


Project Playroom: Using Labels for Storage Organization

It’s exciting that we are finally working on our playroom project and mission to get organized; however, it is not moving very fast yet.  Rissa and I are both super excited for this new


Project Playroom and My Mission to Organize

Papers, toys, clothes – everywhere.  You get fed up one day, sort it all out and reclaim your house.  A couple weeks later it looks like everything exploded again.  Sound familiar?  Yeah, it does to


Tips for Minimizing the Spread of Germs Among Children #RSVPrevention

Kids…they are germy.  It seems to be a fact of life since they tend to lack good hygiene skills and spend a lot of time around other children and sharing things. It is estimated that


3 Tips for Taking Better Baby Photos

So, you all know I have a new baby, right? And… I like to take pictures of him and his never-stop-moving older sister. Rissa’s baby pictures were pretty much all taken on


Holiday Entertaining Savings and Tips

Holiday parties, while fun, can get expensive.  We don’t host Thanksgiving or Christmas (yet) but I see the amount of food and drink required and know it’s costly.  Goodness, I think shopping for my


If I Could End Dust Once and For All….

Besides cleaning the bathroom, my least favorite chore is dusting. It’s so tedious and time consuming. Oh, and let’s not forget sneeze inducing! I always want to cheat by dusting around


Protect Babies From RSV This Holiday Season #ProtectPreemies #RSV

World Prematurity Day was November 17th, a day to help raise preemie awareness to everyone, especially expectant mothers.  It’s very important because 13 million babies are born each year and prematurity is the leading


6 Tips to Save Your Sanity While Holiday Shopping

We are now into the busiest shopping time of the year: the holiday shopping season.  There are so many more people out in the stores now searching for gifts that, yes, it is actually


A Few of My Favorite Small Businesses #SmallBizSat

We’ve talked about why small businesses are important to me and why local businesses are essential to where I live.  Now I want to get into the shopping spirit!  I’m not a Black Friday


Taming Wild Messes

I swear my house was never this messy until I became a mom.  From the day Rissa came home, she has helped to generate more messes and trash than I thought possible.  It was even worse


Small Businesses are Essential for Our Downtown Area #SmallBizSat

As I mentioned previously, the main downtown area in the city I live in (hello suburbia!) is full of small local shops.  This is where we hold a variety of festivals throughout the year,


I’d Like Potatoes With That Please (+ Giveaway)

When most people think of Wisconsin they think of cheese, beer and brats. While those are part of our state’s culture, there’s even more to us than that! Wisconsin also produces a


The Importance of Shopping at Small Businesses #SmallBizSat

I confess, I like to shop online.  It tends to be a convenience thing for me, but I’m also able to access a wide variety of specialty shops that I don’t have access to


Do You Get Overwhelmed by Supplement Options? @WannaBeWell

I try to eat relatively healthy but I know I don’t always get all the nutrition I should from my food which is why my family uses supplements.  Before we started having kids, my


Savings With the Scott Shared Values Program

The Scott brand is pretty well known when it comes to paper products. I’d say I’m most familiar with their paper towels. As green as I try to get, I still haven’t


For the Love of My Teeth and Gums #CrestSponsored

I’ve previously shared with you that I didn’t have access to proper dental care when I was growing up.  As I’ve gotten older, wiser, and a card carrying dental health plan member, I’ve taken


Party and Event Highlights From My Time in NYC for BlogHer ’12

I want to first say that the parties and events I’m going to talk about were not official conference activities. They occurred off site while I was at the conference, but they were not


Why I Let My Toddler Get Her Hands Dirty

Sometimes I cringe when Rissa reaches out to touch something because I know how gross or germy it may be, but she has no clue… like that time she picked up a hairball from