All Work + No Play = Business Failure

Business Failure. Those two ominous words that plague the nightmares of every entrepreneur, young and old. The ever-present possibility of the professional “face plant” motivates us to keep driving, keep pushing, keep learning...but keep playing? When Somer and I joined forces in professional partnership back in 2014, we very quickly saw how our friendship morphed into a constant business meeting. There was so much to do and the stakes felt so high, every spare minute we had away from our … [Read more...]

New Must-Try Apps for Busy Working Moms

I met with my favorite group of local gals at our monthly chapter meeting for Business Among Moms this week. I recently took over as the Hampton Roads leader as part of my promise to myself to invite more friends into my home and into my life this year (and forevermore!). Our topic was must-try apps for busy working moms. I had my little go to list of powerhouse players on hand. You’ve heard me rave about them before! My usual suspects: ORGANIZATION My very favorite, interactive to do … [Read more...]

Must-Have App: Manage Your To-Dos With HashtagTodo.com

hashtagtodo.com - manager your to-dos

When my friend, Peter, reached out to me with a game-changer application that would help me manage my to-dos, you know I was all over it in a hot second. While Slack and Trello are my bread and butter when it comes to big picture management, it's really my Google calendar that acts as my real-time brain when it comes to day-to-day functionality. I use CalenMob on my mobile devices, so Google tasks don't mesh well with my personal view, so I list reminders as calendar events to keep me on top of … [Read more...]

KatyFest 2015 #MySummerStaycation

#MySummerStaycation

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. Let's face it. I haven't been on a REAL vacation in what...a decade? Life demands it, at least for now. But one thing I do plan regularly is my annual KatyFest. If you've been following me for awhile, you've run into KatyFest at least once or twice. Every year I take a week to myself. I don't go anywhere - I stay put, keep the kids in school, keep … [Read more...]

The Thriving Woman’s Guide to Setting Boundaries

The Thriving Woman's Guide to Setting Boundaries

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. If there is one thing working moms struggle with each and every day, it's setting boundaries. Knowing when and how to say "no," is exceptionally challenging when you're quite comfortable moving at the speed of light and wearing many hats at once. Setting boundaries is pivotal to avoid burn out, and most working moms (myself included!) don't realize … [Read more...]

Top Notch Products for Your Family

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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. I don't do product reviews very often. But every now and again, something catches my fancy and really hits the mark. If I'm going to review a product, it's because I see some value for my working moms on the go. Most recently, I've had the opportunity to test out two such top notch items and I have to admit, I'm in love! EverydayHappy Let me … [Read more...]

How to Use Slack and Why Your Business Needs It

How to Use Slack | Small Business Must-Have Tools

As Somer and I continue to expand our various brands (If you've been keeping count - We have 5 now! Chaos & Kiddos, The Studio Hampton Roads, The Hampton Roads Creative, Modern Femme Photography and The "CLICK" Series - yup, we're insane.), we constantly struggle to keep pace with the different conversations, decisions and strategies we've had for the varying markets and platforms. Simply put, that's a lot of market information to keep straight and it's been nigh unto impossible to stay … [Read more...]

Welcome to the New Chaos & Kiddos! Blogger to WordPress Transfer by Blogelina

Blogger to WordPress | The New Chaos & Kiddos | Blogelina

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. It's here! I made the leap!! Today marks the first official day of the new Chaos & Kiddos. I've migrated from Blogger to WordPress and I couldn't be more excited. I loved Blogger and had my little workflow down, but truth be told, I am an HTML nightmare, and as my blog began to grow, so did my need to integrate additional programming and … [Read more...]

10 Sorting Games for Your Math-Loving Child – Sorting Bears by Eureka

Sorting Games for Your Math-Loving Child | 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.  When J's teacher told me he really enjoys math and that sorting toys would be a great idea for Christmas, I ran straight over to Amazon Prime and began the hunt for the perfect toy. I bought about a million puzzles, little projects and a whole slew of other games. But none so far can compare to these bad boys: 50 Counting Bears with 5 Cups by … [Read more...]