Nurse Mommy Laughs

http://nursemommylaughs.com

Former torch singer and pediatric nurse drops the glamorous life for Mommy-dom and shares it all between schlepping kids around in her Rubber Duck Mobile (aka The Mother Ducker)

What's the funniest thing your child has ever done or said?

What always makes you laugh?

What's the funniest gift you've ever received?

What's the most unique or fun way to announce a pregnancy that you've seen? Please share a link with a picture if it's relevant.

Stacey Hatton

Women are actually having sonogram baby announcement parties and all of the guests are leaving with their own copy of the fetus! Say what?! Have we really run out of ideas for parties? Pinterest is boring and Martha Stewart is a thing of the past? I can't imagine, one hopping up on the table with all my BFFs and cousins, getting lubed up with KY jelly, lowering the lights and awaiting the oohs and aahhs from the "peanut gallery!" However, if someone invited me to one of these shindigs...you bet your bloated ankles, I'd be there in a quickened heartbeat!
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Spring is almost here! What's an activity you love to do with your kids in the springtime? Please include a link to a picture if you have one!

Stacey Hatton

We love to explore the backyard and nature trails searching for natural noises. A nature hide-and-seek game. You hear the sound of a frog or cicada and try to locate it and then we learn what the difference is between them. Most adults don't know a cricket from a grasshopper from a cicada, so it's fun to make sure my children are learning the proper terminology and how to spot them in nature.
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How do you organize the area in your home where your kids do arts and crafts? Please share a link to a picture along with your response.

Stacey Hatton

When you have a child who wakes up every morning and the first thing she wants to do is get her arts and crafts on, you have to have some sort of system in place for the girl. Now when my girls were toddlers, I did NOT give them full range of the glitter glue (after they painted my white office bookcase lavender) because I am no longer a moron. I may be blonde, but I pay close to $10 for that box of bleach and I learn from my mistakes. Art SuppliesNow the munchkins are in grade school, having their art supplies accessible near a table with good lighting and flooring that is easy to clean is perfecto! If only I could wrap them and the room in a tarp, and not have the neighbors call the police again on us (I joke a bit…about the police; I’m standing firm about desiring the tarp). I am not going to boast and say that my system is clean or in anyway organized because my chillen don’t roll that way – after all they are extremely creative. The youngest believes in the draw and drop method, but we are working on that because she is really afraid my head might explode. I do have a what I feel is the perfect fix for the ugliest, yet functional art supply system around; so I’d like to share my masterpiece with you: *DRUM ROLL, DR. SCHOLL** (I always love a man who can play the drums with his feet!) Introducing ARTS and CRAPS!! (come to my blog to see the masterpiece of all messes of organization; Martha Stewart weeps every time we have her over!)
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Can you suggest a fun craft to do with kids that uses things found in nature like pine cones, leaves, flowers, or sticks?

Stacey Hatton

One of my favorite projects my kids brought home from preschool was an autumn leaf collage. The teachers took the kids on a nature hike to collect their favorite leaves of all shapes and sizes and then they put them on the sticky side of a 12x8 inch piece of contact paper. Then you take another piece of contact paper the same size and with the sticky side facing down, you place it on top of the leaves to make a tight sandwich of leaves. Press firmly. Make sure not to use too many leaves or it will be too crowded. Plus, there will not be enough sticky to keep it stuck together. Hang this beauty in the window and the light shines through and it looks like a stained glass window. This can also be done with with wildflowers or spring flowers right now. Would be a beautiful project for the first of summer!
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