Twenty Eighteen in Review: Oh Look, It’s Another Moving Truck!

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” Oh Twenty Eighteen, how have you challenged us? This year has literally been a rollercoaster for us. Unexpected and unpredictable at every turn. If you’re not familiar with our story this year here’s the whole long story: We began the year bouncing back and forth between the US and Russia around … Read More

Educational Fun for Kids!

Ever looking for fun and educational activities to do with your kids? We are too! We were contacted about a website called, a site which has more than 30,000 worksheets, games, and activities for preschool to fifth grade. Our little chaos has been enjoying them for the past week, and we even have one to share with you (below).  … Read More

Welcome to Sweden!

The chaos has recently moved to Stockholm, Sweden! We have been a little quiet on our blog here, but we intend to start publishing more regularly. We are still working on what that will be, but expect great tips on visiting Sweden (especially Stockholm for now!), life as an expat, and our adventures in gluten free (pro tip: if you … Read More

Nima Gluten Sensor Review

Nima Sensor did not provide any compensation or product for this review. This is based on our own experience with both the Gen 1 and Gen 2 versions of the gluten sensor and test capsules. Some links on this page are affiliate links, and using them to purchase a Nima or Capsule pack will provide us with a contribution at no … Read More

Nima Tips: Getting a Good Food Sample

The most important part of testing for gluten with Nima is to make sure you get a good sample. Like any scientific experiment, the results will be best when you have a little something of everything you are looking to test. For salads, mix everything together with your fork and then try to take a small portion of each item … Read More

Thank You First Responders

This is an open thank you to all of those that keep us safe, from the ones we know personally to those that shoulder this burden without ever meeting us. From the first responders at home to the military and security officers abroad. You run into danger and carry an unfathomable mental load so that we and our children don’t … Read More

A Series of Unfortunate Events in Helsinki

Have you ever had a trip where everything went wrong? A year ago today, we were finishing up a trip to Finland with our toddlers that we affectionately call “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” Although we’d moved to Moscow a few months earlier, it was our first trip abroad that we were entirely self reliant with the kids rather than … Read More

How to Setup Kindle Fire Kids Edition

Amazon’s Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet (and the smaller HD 8 Edition) is one of our favorite items, especially for travel. We often get asked on how we set them up, and we have compiled this guide to help others. We will be updating it with even more tips and tricks over the next few days. Adding your Kindle Fire … Read More

A Celiac Abroad

When our son was one year old and we were still living in the USA, he started to become food averse. He refused anything that we gave him, and even worse, when he did eat – it often made a return visit less than an hour later. His absolute favorite foods – like Chicken Nuggets or Mac & Cheese – … Read More