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Join Chocolate & Chaos as we explore parenting and life together. We're more than just parents! Life is chaos, at least there's chocolate! Join us!

Five Things I’d Do With A Mom’s Day Off

I dream big, folks. I’m dreaming about a day in which I have zero responsibilities. Zero worries. Zero cares. Dreaming of a day when the house doesn’t fall apart if I choose to leave for one...
Though I am experiencing PPD, it is not who I am. You and I? We have potential to do all things, and that makes us special.

Facing the Darkness

Within the first few months of being a new mother I knew something was wrong. I wasn't feeling like me. It was more than just feeling sad. It was more than being exhausted. Something...

Thanksgiving Gratitude Turkey

My mom had this fun Thanksgiving tradition she did with my siblings and I when we were growing up called “The Gratitude Turkey”. Every year she would cut out a large turkey from butcher...
I've learned that being a mom is a powerful thing. That power comes from the love that is instilled within us. Sure we go through some crazy things. Nasty things. Hard things. But if we had to, we could move mountains. And I say knowing that makes it all more than worth it.

Being A Mom Is Powerful

Every day I look into my sweet daughter's face. I can't help but think this is the face of someone who has given my husband and I more poop adventures than we thought we would ever encounter. It is...
When I shuffle down the hall in the morning and find all of my kids, the kids I never planned on having, haloed by the sun streaking in through the front window, I know for sure that the best gifts in life usually end up being those normal, everyday experiences that could have never been orchestrated, even by the best planner in all the land.

It’s Almost Never The Things You Plan

As I’m working on this piece, I’m fighting the urge to toggle through web pages to plan the perfect fall season events for my family. Should we attempt the Family Series Symphony or the...
Fernweh. Wanderlust. Whatever you call it, all of a sudden I'm itching to get out of town. I love our house, I love our life here, but...

Fernweh – Homesick For A Place You’ve Never Been

Fernweh. Wanderlust. Whatever you call it, all of a sudden I'm itching to get out of town. I love our house. And our neighborhood. And living so close to the city. And I love our...
Ahh, the terrible two's. One minute you're holding your newborn, the next they're here. Screaming, crying and tears included, at no extra charge.

Crying, and Screaming, and Tears, Oh My!

You're probably right smack dab in the middle of the seasons changing: the colorful leaves, pumpkins everywhere, and all those things that mark the beginning of the Holiday season. Me? I'm also currently experiencing...
With fall having recently arrived, I wanted to take this opportunity to share a grain-free pumpkin bread recipe that I recently discovered that my entire family loves. This recipe is soft, sweet, and satisfying. And the best part is that it uses all natural ingredients!

Grain-Free Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Our household is mostly gluten and dairy-free, and in addition we limit the amounts of other grains that we consume. I say “mostly” because while the kids and I follow this strictly, my husband...
Must-have gifts for toddlers. Fun, educational toys that you'll be happy to give to your child!

2016 Must-Have Gift Guide: Toddlers

Our toddler gift guide features some amazing educational toys! I adore shopping for my kids.  I thought I loved shopping for myself, and then I had kids and it was a whole different game.  I...
There are the milestones we all think of. The first step, the first word, but what about the others? What about the end of naps? The end of butt wiping? Bet you never thought of that one!

Milestones You Didn’t Know To Look Forward To

We’re all aware of the major milestones parents can’t wait for their kids to accomplish: first smile, first step, first word. However, there are events that are lost in the shuffle of everyday life...