Why Every Mom Needs A Chocolate Stash & Giveaway

why every mom needs chocolate

Last week my friend and I texted each other about our day ahead. And each of us had a bit of a crazy haul for the day. Just life with kids. Schedules. Work. So our conversation turned towards chocolate. I thought about it and I believe this is why every mom needs a chocolate stash.

For the morning you crawl out of bed later than intended because you were up all night with a sick child. You ask for just a few moments to take a quick shower before making breakfast and the other kids seem ok with that. But you weren’t as quick as you meant to be and they made breakfast for themselves.

Consisting of pepperoni and  red velvet cupcakes. You only pray they didn’t eat them together.

For those moments when you just finished cleaning up the breakfast dishes, hand your son his lunch and he asks:

What’s for dinner?

For that day when you wait in the drop off line, only to wait in the doctor’s office, and then wait after the ball game. Finally you tuck your daughter into bed late due to all the extenuating circumstances of the day and as you reach the door of her bedroom, you hear…

Mom? Wait, I forgot to do my homework.

For that time the babysitter calls and, after apologizing to you for the scare, asks where to push the button for the garbage disposal. At which time, you reply:

What garbage disposal?

For the moment you hear a yell from downstairs and practically fly down the steps to discover the problem. A tiny toddler is covered in chocolate pudding and you breathe a sigh of relief to see no blood. Only to pause for a moment to take in the stench and realize…

That’s not chocolate pudding.

Yes, every mom needs a private chocolate stash.

And in my opinion, every mom could also use this awesome book:

Saying Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine

My quick overview of this book?

“Crystal Paine writes from her heart and soul, yet makes life doable in the modern age.I love the organizational ideas and time management tips in this book, as well as the occasional inspirational chat. Balancing discipline and grace can be accomplished and Crystal provides guides with flexibility points. As a wife, mom to 7 and woman of many hats, I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs to simplify and manage life.”

If you’d like to find out more on the book, you can check it out right here on Amazon.

And if you’d like to help someone with their chocolate stash, you can do that here. Or here. (A girl needs options, right?)

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Alright, it’s Whimsical Wednesday and all our fine blogging friends are coming by to link up so we can share each other’s encouraging posts. I’m so grateful for their awesome writing skills and appreciate the beautiful community we join in together here!

Before you check out the link up party, be sure to leave a comment and answer:

In what “Mom moment” could you have used a private chocolate stash?

I’ll randomly choose one comment to send a little private stash. Giveaway ends 12am, 1/24/14. No comments after that time will be considered as entries.

See you tomorrow!


This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true;he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. Psalm 18:30

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  1. I needed an emergency chocolate stash the day I had been on bedrest for several weeks already, with at least 10 to go, and our 16 month old climbed out of her crib and broke her arm which brought about a ER trip, which later brought about an emergency trip to the midwife. Thankful for an amazing husband and an awesome God, cuz we got through it all, with or without chocolate! 🙂

  2. I definitely could have used some this morning. Testerone clashed in my house and the simple bowl I wanted my son to clean up escalated to a half gallon bottle of milk shattered all over my fridge and floor, with towels containing glass shards in my hamper and bathroom moments before both males left. I had to scrub both floors, do extra laundry, move the fridge, and oh, yeah, clean up that bowl that was forgotten anyway. I may have finished off the last handful of chocolate chips already… Going to check out the book now.

  3. Cammi Hevener says:

    When my daughter got into my makeup and had it all over her, the floor, and her baby doll .. 🙂

  4. Kirstie Potter says:

    I just scrounged around my house for chocolate and found peanut butter cups so old, the wrappers wouldn’t come completely off…. inedible fail. I would love a chocolate stash for the upcoming move, months away from my husband while he attends school for the military, mothering a toddler, and being too far from family to enjoy the free babysitting. Regardless of chocolate stash or not, I’m thankful for loving neighbors that have become like family, God whose “stash” never fails or runs out, and the help of friends and family as we have to move our small family across the country in June!

    1. I have an old rabbit Milky Way I found in July under the couch (from last Easter). I keep saving it for a desperate moment. 😉

  5. Ooh…chocolate counts as a love language, right? Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. I, my husband, and my 4 children, (ages 6, 3, 2 and 7 months) are currently on round 5 of the flu just for this season…..the only logical thing to me right now is a chocolate stash. Well…..the only thing more logical would be coffee and a chocolate stash. A.K.A “Mommy’s survival fuel”…the countless loads of laundry sitting there glaring at, me waiting to be washed; the “everything we own” waiting to be disinfected…..yep…..I do believe a chocolate stash would help sweeten things up a little and take these body aches away.

  7. I would LOVE a chocolate stash! Thanks for the giveaway and consideration

  8. Louisa Beard says:

    Chocolate stash!!! Oh boy could I use that!! For the long days at work and the long sleepless nights. Guess it’s the age I don’t know!! (Or maybe it’s menopause). Can’t sleep anymore!! And when I do fall to sleep; here come the small feet of my precious little grandson calling “nana”!!! Putting his little arms around my neck saying “my nana”!!! Just melts my heart! Who needs sleep anyway? Yes I do believe I’ll take the chocolate stash!! :)) And I’m always looking for a good book to read.

  9. Reading all these comments leaves me feeling like part of the “club”…Big snowstorm, lots of shoveling; no nurse for my grandson, Andrew, 6, for overnight; other grandson, Shamus, 2, is sick with a faced and stomach bug; daughter and single mom getting sick…what’s a mom/Mimi to do? Sleep over and try my best to take care of everybody…no chocolate stash here so hot cocoa will have to do! Praising the Lord today for these blessings and the gift of motherhood and grandmotherhood! And the gift of His Presence! to sit here now after rocking the little one to sleep, and sip my cocoa before I head down to the laundry thanking Him for His strength and chocolate! God bless you all!

  10. Stephanie Geyer says:

    One of my “I need chocolate moments” occurred while I was in my bedroom cleaning when my ten year old son came bursting in saying, “Mom, Mom, you’ve got to come out to the laundry room and see this cool dog I just found!” I hurried to the laundry room just in time to see a large dog polishing off the crumbs of a bag of Purina dog chow. To make a long story short we ended up adopting the dog, a Chow-Golden Retriever mix,
    who was quite a character. But I wish someone had been in my bedroom with a camera to get a shot of my face when I heard the words “cool dog I just found”. I definitely needed to sit down with a cup of coffee and a good chocolate candy bar!

  11. With a 4 year old and 2.5. Year old I have daily “I need chocolate” moments 🙂 One of the most recent instances was when they put playdough in the bath tub and turned on water creating very goopy, messy playdough. They heard me coming upstairs to check on them after I finished the dishes and they ran out of the bathroom which left green footprints and handprints down the halls to their rooms 🙂

  12. My most memorable chocolate moment was right after we came home with our fourth child, our third child had just turned one and our second was three. We had recently moved/renovated an old house and hadn’t put child locks on the kitchen cabinets. While hubby was at the store (calling home every 5 min), I was feeding the baby when I noticed how quiet it was. I walked into the kitchen and found the one yr old sitting in a pool of vegetable oil from the deep fryer I had stored in the bottom cabinet. Between caring for the baby, cleaning him and the floor up, and virtual grocery shopping, I wanted to cry. Another time he and our second child decided to play with the sugar and poured it all over their bedroom carpet and in their toy box.

    We have been blessed with five children and he is now 10, I couldn’t have asked for a more fulfilling job than that of a mother and homemaker. It will be worth it all someday!

  13. Ashley Mills says:

    Yesterday I came home with my kids…. I had just picked them up from school. My youngest daughter is in 2nd grade. She usually has a math homework sheet but tonight her teacher gave them an assignment where we had to create 10 substraction math problems where you have to borrow twice. This was an opitional assignment that would have earned her some extra points. I talked her into the homework so she would have practice. So after I sit down and create 11 problems, one more by accident on my point because I miscounted. After she started on the first problem she told me I did it wrong, that I she is only suppose to borrow once. Which sets her in total meltdown mode and the crying begins. So after we argue, yes I said argue, I help her redo the problems so she only has to borrow once not twice. Then when she starts with these new problems (at this time I crumble up the 11 problems and I throw it away) she realizes that the first time we created the problems was correct and that was the actual way she was suppose to do it, remember she is hysterically crying. So we go to the garbage to pull out the original 11 problems we created and she starts to work those problems still crying and while she is still crying trying to work on this assignment she is dropping tears all over her assignment so she has to stop and let the paper dry. After the paper dries she finishes the assignment still crying because we created an extra math problem. I know you are probably thinking this lasted like 10 or 25 minutes or so but this argument with her lasted over 2 and a half hours. When it was done I tucked her in bed where dhe cried some more. At this point I could have used a chocolate stash.

    1. oh Ashley! I want to cry for you. We’ve had our share of homework issues over the years. 🙂

  14. I have that chocolate stash (which definitely needs replenishing) every time I have to deal with my ex…he’s taking me to court, again…I could go on. And then the days that my son is at his dad’s house and not home with me. I need chocolate then, too.

  15. Katie Younkin says:

    In need of a chocolate stash to help the stresses of Potty Training! We just started this week, when our toddler decided he was ready. The same day our 10 month has started walking. Making dinner has just become an olympic sport! Mad dash between stove, potty and grabbing baby from wherever he can get while I am helping toddler or working on dinner.
    I love this new stage in my life, but I think I am burning enough calories for a little extra chocolate in my life!
    Lets just do chocolate for dinner!

  16. Right now I need a private chocolate stash for those night where the 8 month old wakes up crying and is inconsolable. All I can do it hold him and try to comfort him and with those teeth come through NOW! What is sleep, anyway? Or when my daughter gives herself “zebra stripes”. At least those are good for a chuckle.

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