Tales From the Nursery

Tales From the Nursery: The Toddler Years

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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,...


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...


Foodie BBQ recipe collection

14 Recipes to Rock a BBQ Potluck

This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Foodie.com; however, I selected the recipes for my collection. Enjoy! Summer is almost heeerrrreeee. Summer is ALMOST here. I don’t care if spring as barely sprung. I’m used to a more...


Frozen up to 65% off on Zulily today! #ad

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. I know many of you have Frozen fans at home or are fans yourself so you’ll love this sale. I...


Don’t Listen to Me! I’m a Quack.

Just because I write about parenting topics on Disney’s BabyZone and on my blog doesn’t mean I know better than you. It doesn’t mean I am better than you. It just means I like to write about my experiences...


The Scale isn’t the Only Number Changing {Weight Loss Update}

I’ve said it before, but I need to start tracking measurements. Problem is, I don’t really know how to measure myself properly. I’ve never quite figured out where my “natural” waist is… It’s been hiding for years. I’m not...


Going to Disney World With 2 Little Kids Isn’t So Bad After All #DisneyKids

Our family was invited to an expenses paid Disney World to see what it has to offer for preschool aged children. The views we share are our own. You already knew we loved Disney anyway. ;) I used to think...


Budding Preschool Friendships

I admire my daughter’s approach to friendships. She generally assumes everyone around her is a friend, especially if they’re in one of her classes. She does her best to learn people’s names. She notices when classmates are absent and...


Living Life While Losing Weight {Weight Loss Update}

One of my fears about losing weight is missing out. Missing out on fun and food because, let’s face it, a lot of social activities surround food. Food is social and that can create stress for someone like me. Or...