Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Easter Egg Fun

Easter is coming up this month! No matter what the religious views of the children you watch, it's always fun to dye Easter eggs! It's an inexpensive and fun project that kids can't seem to get enough of.

Fun tips for decorating:

White Crayons: Use a white crayon to draw pictures or names on the egg BEFORE dying. The area with the crayon won't pick up the dye, leaving your design behind!

Stickers: An easy and mess free way to decorate eggs. Great for younger children.

Unique creations: Probably better for older children (5+years). Check out these great ideas at
Disney's Family fun website:

Bubble Bee Photo from

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Rainy Day Boredom-Busters!

If you are a nanny, babysitter, or even a stay at home parent, you know the feeling of being trapped inside with your little ones for extended periods of time when it's pouring rain outside. If you're going to keep your sanity, you'll need to keep the kiddos busy! Here are some tips:

Dress up: Hunt down Halloween costumes and old clothes of your own. Let the kids create their own outfits.

Baking a goodie: Although it can get messy.... Most kids love to help out in the kitchen. I would suggest something simple and fairly healthy like a homemade banana bread. Its a great recipe for little ones, because they can smash away at the bananas. Here is a simple recipe to get you started:
                                   Simple Banana Bread


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs,vanilla, and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture just until combined. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for about 10 minutes. Turn it out on a serving plate, and serve!
Build a fort: Cushions, chairs, and sheets. Need I say more? (Just be sure to clean up before the parent's come home)

Crank up the music and Dance: Great exercise for you and the kids! The 2 and 4 year old girls that I nanny LOVE music and dancing around with me. I've never been much of a dancer, but I don't let that stop me when dancing with the girls :) So let loose, be silly, and dance!

Product Review- GoodByn® Bynto Lunchbox

This cute little paper sack alternative cost me $15.95 + Free shipping with coupon code. (Unfortunately the code was only valid for a weekend. Follow Goodbyn® on Twitter, and keep an eye out on their Facebook page for coupon codes!)


-Dishwasher safe
-Made in the USA
-BPA Free
-Cute, and comes in several colors
-Dishwasher safe stickers for kids to personalize
-Great for kids and ADULTS alike


-A bit spendy, but well worth the money considering no plastic bags are used.
-The compartments can be a bit limiting to the type of food you can place in it( for example a whole sandwich would need to be cut).

GoodByn® also carries a larger version called the Goodbyn® original. It has extra side compartments perfect for dips or sauces. I chose the Bynto for it's compact size. Perfect for snacks in between classes.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Welcome to my Blog!

Welcome to my blog! The name says it all: Nanny, Nursing School, and Nonsense. My name is Melissa and I'm a 22 year old college student, and a nanny for two beautiful little girls. This blog is all about my journey to become a registered nurse, my job as a nanny, and any other fun things I can think of. I have been a nanny for about 5 years and I have accumulated many tricks, tips, crafts, games, etc. that I would love to share with fellow nannies, baby sitters, or anyone that could benefit.

As far as getting my bachelors degree in nursing.... It has been a challenge thus far (to say the least). I hope to document my ups and downs, as well as inspire others who are on the same path, or think that nursing might be for them. Enjoy!