10 Tips to Get Better Photos of Your Children

10 Tips to Better Photos of Your Kids | Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy's Survival Guide

Within minutes of meeting any Mom, I usually hear something to the effect of "You're so lucky you are a photographer! I bet you just get fantastic pictures of your kids all the time! I wish I could get better photos of my children." I'll put aside the whole shoemaker's kids don't have shoes thing (usually the last thing I want to touch at home is my camera), and reply "No, we have horrible days too and girl, my iPhone pics are HORRENDOUS!" In truth, you can be the best technical photographer in … [Read more...]

14 Tips for Coping with Depression while Raising Children: Guest Blogger Jenessa from Mothering {In Real Life}

Coping with Depression While Raising Children | Jenessa Mullen | Chaos & Kiddos

Let's give a big welcome to Jenessa from Mothering {In Real Life} as she visits us today to share 14 tips for coping with depression while raising children. As you know from my recent post, Why Choosing Medication was the Best Move for Me, mental health and the journey towards recovering yourself and your life is very near and dear to my heart. Jenessa, thank you for sharing such a tender subject that can help so many! Hi, my name is Jenessa and I am so excited to be guest posting here … [Read more...]

How to Organize Hand-Me-Down Clothes – Guest Blogger: Brittany Bullen

Organize Hand-Me-Down Clothes | Brittany Bullen | Chaos & Kiddos

A big welcome to guest blogger, awesome mama and social media extraordinaire, Brittany Bullen! She's with us today sharing some great tips and tricks to keeping those kiddo closets in order. And once your hand-me-downs are ready for sale, be sure to check out Using Your Resources: How to Resell Your Used Items and Buy Second Hand and How to Store and Prepare Your Used Items for Resale for the next steps to the craze that is kiddo wardrobes.   Looking for the easy button for how to organize … [Read more...]

Grilled Chili-Lime Chicken with Strawberry Avocado Salsa: Somer Cooks

Chili-Lime Chicken with Strawberry Avocado Salsa | Somer Cooks | Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy's Survival Guide

Seriously, I'm in awe of her. Somer partners with me to run The Studio Hampton Roads and Modern Femme, parents three small kids (one a newborn!) all day at home AND cooks crazy delicious, healthy meals for her family...she is super woman. I don't know how she does it. We're up for another tasty treat today that has me STARVING! With strawberries still in season, I could NOT resist sharing one of my favorite strawberry, avocado and grilled chicken recipes.  Having made my share of … [Read more...]

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Cup Painting

Think Outside the Toy Box | Paper Cup Painting | Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy's Survival Guide

I admit, I am super excited about this week's item. I am a big fan of art projects and am always looking for the next masterpiece to display in my office. So when the Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series challenge popped up with paper cups as the next creative project, I immediately thought it's time to paint! I present to you, my mini artists-in-the-making, with Paper Cup Painting! I always like to have canvases on hand to do major art projects a couple of times a year. They're not … [Read more...]

The Mommy Phrase That Pays

The Mommy Phrase That Pays | Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy's Survival Guide | Purposeful Parenting

Those little moments you often don't think twice about can end up being the most helpful tips and tricks you have in your purposeful parenting arsenal. The mommy phrase that pays is a definite win for parents all-around. Share the parenting survival love! "Let me be the mommy." Sometimes blog posts just drop into my lap. This was one of those times. Just another day in paradise, coping with the usual chaotic pick up from day care, where my children were inevitably bickering over some … [Read more...]

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Puzzle Piece Affirmation Magnets

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series | Puzzle Piece Affirmation Magnets | Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy's Survival Gui

This week's Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series challenged us to repurpose old puzzle pieces. I think we can all admit as parents that there is no shortage of random, useless pieces in our homes once we let the kids crack into a new puzzle. I decided to do a little something different this week and instead of centering my project around activities for the twins, I decided to hold a mother daughter night and make a project that served as an extension of the Emily Speaks series. Over a scary … [Read more...]

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Wax Paper Letter Art

Think Outside the Toy Box | Wax Paper Letter Art | Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy's Survival Guid

A few things to note. It's Friday. Afternoon. Which is most definitely not Monday morning, when the Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series usually posts. Life totally got ahead of me this week and I'm just barely treading water. Hence the late arrival of our most recent artsy home project, Wax Paper Letter Art. The great thing about this week's project is that every single item is at the ready in any home with kids. Used, broke down crayons, construction paper, scissors, wax paper, a little … [Read more...]

Family Far Away: 7 Tips to Stay in Touch

Family Far Away | 7 Tips to Stay in Touch | Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy's Survival Guide

Last week I lamented and vented with Family Far Away: The Tough Stuff. This week it's time for the good news! All is not lost thanks to today's technology and there are a number of great ways to stay connected with long-distance family and friends. Turn that frown upside down and heal that "miss you" heart with these seven tips to staying in touch! 1. Social Media - Facebook and Instagram The 24/7 real time access to every detail of our lives through social media has its very good and very … [Read more...]

11 Alternatives to Self Harm: Emily Speaks

Alternatives to Self Harm | Emily Speaks | Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy's Survival Guide

If you're just connecting with the Emily Speaks series, be sure to check out her first post, Cyber Bullying and Self-Harm, to catch up. Today, Emily will be sharing 11 alternatives to self harm to help those hurting to make healthier choices to cope with emotional struggles.  I know it can be hard not to self-harm if you're being bullied, but you need to try to think of other ways to deal with the pain. Cutting leaves angry scars on your body. You should try to deal with your hurt in other … [Read more...]