Author Archive for Mrs. Chocolate


7 Non-Toy Gifts for Preschoolers

Christmas in our house was crazy! There are toys in every single room of our house and I recently received a few more gifts from family through the mail. We are so blessed, but I admit I am a bit toyed out now. I know I am not the only mom who feels like this; […]

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How Birth Order Affects Personality

Birth order has always fascinated me. I think a lot of that has to do with me being an only child, and my life-long interest in large families. When I was in high school I took a psychology elective where we covered Alfred Adler and his birth order theories. He broke down the traits most […]


Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars

I am not a coffee drinker so I don’t frequent coffee shops very often, but one of my favorite winter treat indulgences is a cup of Caramel Apple Cider and a Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar. Both items are seasonal only to a few weeks in the winter, and every year I try to squeeze at […]

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25 Fun Ways to Document Your Baby’s First Year

Before Drake was born, I decided I wanted to find a way to document his growth month by month. Eventually I crocheted a giraffe toy and took his monthly photos sitting next to it. After Juliet was born I did the same. For their birthday I printed the photos and shared them side by side, […]


7 Great Books for Every Kid

I always buy books as part of my gifts for my kids; they both love books and I’m an avid reader, so nothing brings me more pleasure than picking out new books for┬áthem. Right before Christmas I was browsing at Barnes and Noble when I saw this book titled “What Do You Do With An […]

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5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Photography

It’s no surprise that it’s hard to take photos of young children. They move too quickly and generally┬átend to do the exact opposite of what mommy and daddy ask of them. Through the four years of my photography journey, I have slowly learned to adapt some of my photography to better suit my goals while […]

6 Memory Keeping Ideas for the New Year

Another Christmas has passed and we are days away from another new year. How fast did that go? January 1st is always the start of new beginnings; a time to wipe the slate clean and start anew. Everyone makes resolutions and I am no different — I want to dedicate 2015 to memory keeping. As […]

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