Yummy Mummy Granola: Somer Cooks

Yummy Mummy Granola | Somer Cooks | Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy's Survival Guide

I will preface this post with, she made me my own batch of this for the boys when she was writing this post. Holy deliciousness, Batman! Her "yummy mummy granola" can "yummy mummy its way into my tummy" any day of the week and twice on Sundays. So. Good.  As a mother of 3, I often find time is a hot commodity! I am always looking for ways to spend time with my girls while also getting stuff done around the house.  Cooking is no exception.  Today, I decided to experiment with making … [Read more...]

Family Far Away: The Tough Stuff

Family Far Away | The Tough Stuff | Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy's Survival Guide

I've lived far away from most of my family for a very long time. It's never been easy, but I didn't realize how challenging it can be to live somewhere with twins without the support of your family nearby. As my own family grows, we've been blessed with fantastic friends who have stepped in as our "right here family," but I am still saddened that my kids aren't growing up with their grandparents, aunts and uncles nearby. I grew up with all of my gigantic family close at hand, so family dinners, … [Read more...]

10 Small Business Items that I Can’t Live Without

Small Business Items I Can't Live Without

Everyone has their workflow and hot shot list of go-to applications, short cuts and processes to accomplishing daily tasks. Some work better than others and over time you develop your best practices list. These 10 small business items that I can't live without have truly been the keystone to my professional clarity, customer service and process management as a small business owner. My number #1 response to "I Don't Know How You Do It" is "Use your resources." Putting available technology to … [Read more...]

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kiddy Noodle Carnival

Think Outside the Toy Box | Kiddy Noodle Carnival | Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy's Survival Guide

I had the great luck to have my super artistic, crazy imaginative, perfectly awesome Mom visiting for this week's pool noodle challenge for the Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series. And as the best Grandma ever, she helped me pull off several different pool noodle activities based around pattern play and hand/eye coordination. We threw ourselves a Kiddy Noodle Carnival! We had three different activities at the carnival. We set them up around the yard so that they could move from one to … [Read more...]

Cyber Bullying and Self Harm: Emily Speaks

Cyber Bullying and Self Harm | Emily Speaks | Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy's Survival Guide

ANOTHER AWESOME UPDATE! A link up has been added to the bottom of this post. If you've written a blog post about bullying, self harm or other difficult journeys, please share your post! Let's join together to build a community of supporters who are committed to the fight to stop bullying and want to actively work to encourage those who are hurting around us. LINK UP AND SHARE! UPDATE! Due to the overwhelming show of support and response to Emily's post, we are hoping to host an Anti-Bullying … [Read more...]

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Waffle Cone Bird Feeder

Think Outside the Toy Box | Waffle Cone Bird Feeders | Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy's Survival Guide

This week's Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series challenge was ice cream cones. I admit I was stumped. Stumped until about 1PM yesterday afternoon. I finally decided we were going to give our outside friends a little treat, so we made Waffle Cone Bird Feeders. NOTE: This is a great project to do once or twice a summer, but avoid doing it too often in the summer months, because we want to encourage local animals to find food instinctively and not to rely on humans as their food source. … [Read more...]

Apple Vanilla Pancakes by Weelicious: Somer Cooks

Apple Vanilla Pancakes | Somer Cooks | Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy's Survival Guide

This post contains affiliate links. For more information, please refer to my Legal Policies and Terms of Use. The opinions here are entirely my own. By now you all know my go-to, gal pal and small biz partner from The Studio Hampton Roads, Somer Anne. She's the fab photog behind many of my posts. What I haven't mentioned previously is that she is also a Mama to three kiddos, staying at home to care for them while also running the marketing and branding side of our business in her very sporadic, … [Read more...]

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art

Think Outside the Toy Box | Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art | Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy's Survival Guide

It's Monday!! You know what that means...it's time for another Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series challenge! This week...Kool-Aid. Last week, I thought I hit the bottom of the barrel as far as low cost, spending less than $6 on an afternoon of family fun with Paper Bag Maracas, but I blew it out of the water this week! Kool-Aid was on sale at Target for $2. I already had the rest of my supplies, so $2 and we were ready to go! Time to get messy and creative with Kool-Aid Sprinkle … [Read more...]

Potty Training: How to Graduate from Rewards to Real Life

Potty Training | Rewards to Real Life | Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy's Survival Guide

I remember the first time I handed J a mini marshmallow after he peed on the potty. E looked at me at the ripe old age of 13 and said "You know, he's going to expect a present every time he uses the bathroom for the rest of forever now." complete with "lamest parent ever" eye roll. Potty training twin boys was (is) the most challenging milestone I have encountered yet, especially as a neat freak with OCD. It's just plain nasty. If I had to convince them to use the potty by plying them with … [Read more...]

Freeze! The Safety Game that Works

Freeze |The Safety Game that Works | Chaos & Kiddos

Let's face it. Life with twins inevitably means somebody running in the wrong direction at the wrong time. Motherhood with multiples is a series of one anxious moment after another...sometimes it feels like you're trying to wrangle wild cats. Except that these wild cats are supremely intelligent and thrive on the "divide and conquer" war strategy. So what do you do? FREEZE! Freeze tag, red light, green light, pretty much any game that involves instant loss of movement and statue state, is a … [Read more...]