Author Archive for Mrs. Chocolate

Five Things I Wish I Knew Before Having Kids

A few of my friends are starting to have their first and second kids, and I always getting asked about what things I wish I knew beforehand. I’m not an expert by any means, but I guess 3 kids in I am least giving off the vibe that I have some of it together. I […]


15 Lunch Ideas for First Graders

Drake started 1st grade this September and with that came many new and exciting changes — one of them eating lunch at school every day. I have been blessed not to have had to pack lunch more than 2 times a week for over 6 years, and now I have to pack it 5 times […]


Fiona’s Favorite Books

Fiona loves being read to like her oldersiblings. These days it’s harder to find time to read to all three separately, so most of the time Fiona is left amusing herself with her own books while I read to Drake and Juliet before bed. Watching Fiona’s fascination with flipping pages made me want to spend […]

1 year old toys

New One Year Old Toys

Before Fiona turned one, I got a lot of questions from friends and family about what to get her for her birthday. In truth we have almost every baby toy under the sun, and so many toys these days are just updated versions of older ones Drake and Juliet have already had. So I spent […]

First Day (1 of 1)

First Day

Well the big day came — I officially have two kids in school. First Day of School 2016! After six years of part-time programs and half days, this is Drake’s first year in full-time school and Juliet starts her first year in part pre-school. I now have a small three-hour window in the morning where I […]

Fifi 1 Happy (1 of 1)

Fiona Turned One!

Gasp. Sob. Ugly cry, my (last) baby turned one  How can it be? This was by far the fastest year ever. It just seems like yesterday I was introducing Drake and Juliet to their new baby sister, and she is now determinedly cruising around the furniture and doggedly climbing the stairs despite my constant admonishments. She is […]


10 Summer Toy Staples

We love summer here. Since we have gotten to know more of our neighborhood friends, we are always outside at some point during the day rambling in and out of each other’s backyards. I have discovered that some toys are just pure fun for all ages and not too expensive. Here are 10 of our […]

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