Tales From the Nursery

Tales From the Nursery: The Toddler Years

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Keeping Myself Accountable {Weight Loss Update}

I’m the type of person who is filled with ideas and likes to go all in on something to the point of obsession. I tend to burn myself out of motivation this way. It’s taken quite a few years...


The LeapFrog LeapTV Pre-Sale is Coming Soon! #LeapTV

This post is part of a sponsored campaign to share information about LeapFrog’s new LeapTV! One of this year’s hottest holiday toys is going on pre-sale on September 2! Yes, I really do think the new LeapTV gaming console by LeapFrog is going...


There’s Something Exciting Coming From LeapFrog! #LeapTV

This post is part of a sponsored campaign to share information about LeapFrog’s new LeapTV! We’re big fans of LeapFrog in this house. We have several of their toys and the kids enjoy watching their educational shows. Everything we’ve bought...


Let’s Hear It For Non-Scale Victories! {Weight Loss Update}

No surprise that I haven’t followed any eating plans to a T nor have I been completely strict with my running/exercise schedule. They are important components to living a healthier life, but they aren’t the only parts. I’m so close...


Encouraging Gross Motor Development With Outside Play

We received a fun climbing dome toy for review from Little Tikes. Everyday my kids are learning, developing, and honing their skills. Sometimes we’re encouraging specific ones with directed play, but most of the time it just happens naturally over...


12 Quick Family Meals

This collection of Quick Family Meals is part of a compensated campaign with Foodie.com. Check out Quick Family Dinner Recipes by Darcy Zalewski at Foodie.com I sort of hate calling a recipe “quick.” To me, quick is subjective when it comes...


Creating Fun Backyard Moments With Our New Water Table

We received a water table to review from Little Tikes. The memories and opinions shared are all our own. I hate to admit it, but I don’t think I get my kids outside to play as often as I’d like...


Host Your Own Bounce House Play Date!

We received a bounce house toy from Little Tikes to review for our own play date. There is just something about bounce houses that draw kids to them like moths to a flame. They are irresistible fun! Around here, there...


Will I Ever Run a 5k? {Weight Loss & Couch to 5k Updates}

Two weeks ago I was so close to hitting my next weight goal. Without tracking my food and WW points, you can see how my weights have fluctuated. Week 16: 213.4 Week 17: 211.6 Week 18: 208.8 Week 19: 211.4 Week 20: 211 I’ve also...


Champagne Soaked Strawberries

Champagne Soaked Strawberries and 12 Drinks for Summer

This summer drink round up is sponsored by Foodie.com, a place to organize and collect recipes online. Check out 12 Summer Drinks by Darcy Zalewski at Foodie.com I love strawberries and I’m fond of champagne. I haven’t drank very much in...


keylime cove family vacation

Family Fun at KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark

Our family was invited for one complimentary night stay at KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark in Gurnee, Illinois so we could experience it for ourselves. All thoughts and images are my own. With indoor waterparks, the fun happens all year round....


Expand Your Child’s Library at My Usborne Books Facebook Party!

Okay, so, I feel awkward sending out party invites to the masses. I really do, but I want you to come by tomorrow, if you can. Not to my house though because it’s a mess. Facebook is letting me...


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...