Although we live in a big city, I strive to keep my life as simple and healthy as possible. Trust me, its fun making life homemade!

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Teryaki Oxtail for the Kids

I am on the neverending search for easy weeknight dinners that the kids will eat and are quick to clean up. Last fall the butchers at our neighborhood Whole Foods were cookin’ up some oxtail to entice shopped over to their section, and as we passed by Mack demanded that I stop so he could [...]

Baby Ben in his Baby Deedee

Ben. Oh, my sweet lil Ben. At nearly 11 months old, the little bugger still won’t sleep 12 hours through the night. He goes down around 7 and usually wakes for a big snack around 4:30 am. It used to be much, much worse.  Like, waking up four times a night worse. What changed? A [...]

My Favorite Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

The bitter winter months are upon us, and we are surviving and keeping busy as best as we can. I really hate turning to screen time to pass an otherwise boring kind of day, so when I feel the temptation to occupy the kids with TV I usually invite them into the kitchen instead. Saturday [...]

Reason #14 Why I’m Happy to Use Cloth Diapers on My Baby

Ever since Evie was born nearly 7 years ago we have been a cloth diapering family. While I suppose cloth diapering might require a modicum of extra work (two loads of laundry a week, that’s it), it has never been a decision that we’ve regretted or lamented. Perhaps one of the best lessons cloth diapering [...]

Her First Opera

Living in the city with four kids requires a bit of sacrifice. We don’t have a big back yard or a spacious basement. Everyone doesn’t have his or her own bedroom. Minimal storage space means that we can have minimal stuff. But…living in the city with four kids also means we have world-class cultural events [...]

A Chat with DCFS

After I posted yesterday about my internal debate over when to allow my kids to walk the 0.4 miles from school to home without an adult, I decided to go straight to the source for some answers. So, I called the the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services’s child and family policy office in [...]

Walking Home

Yesterday I read an article about a couple being investigated for child neglect for allowing their 10 and 6 year olds to walk home together from a neighborhood park. The couple defends their decision, saying they’re responsible parents who are teaching their children self-reliance and responsibility. For so many reasons, I side with the parents on [...]

I Choo Choose Trust

Today I took the three littles to lunch at a somewhat iconic Chicago suburban diner. The Choo Choo has been serving families for 64 years. While the food is typical diner fare, the real draw is the little electric train that delivers food from the kitchen to the table. What fun for kids! I don’t [...]