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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Black Bean and Corn Salsa

I love how a bowl of homemade salsa can turn a gathering into a party. When we went out to my sister’s house last weekend I prepared a few snacks for us to enjoy along with the vodka lemonades she made, and it was a summer evening well spent. My mom makes something similar to [...]

Mack’s Raspberry Muffins

My little Mack is such an eager helper in the kitchen. Whenever I catch him on the verge of bothering his sisters, I suggest we prep dinner or bake a treat together in the kitchen. It is a sure-fire way to reign him in – ha! When we went out to my sister’s house last [...]

Feed the Baby!

It seems like I’m always hearing appalling stories about women who are subjected to ridicule and cruelty while nursing their babies in a public setting. Stories like the woman who breastfed after graduating from college. Or, the women who staged a “nurse-in” at Target after employees shamed a mama. Sheesh, just how many prude a-holes [...]

Sweet Cream Blueberry Dip

We spent a night last weekend with my sister and her family at their new house.  It was nice to escape the city (and the noisy amateur fireworks blasting off every other minute), and the kids were so happy to run barefoot in the grass.  They love hanging out with their cousin, so much that [...]

Earth Mama Angel Baby…LOVE!

Now that baby Ben is four months old, I feel like I am finally starting to feel like myself again.  He still wakes up 2-3 times a night, but after a quick feeding he falls right back to sleep so I now much have more energy than I did after his birth.  Every day offers us [...]

Birthday Eve(lyn)

Exactly six years ago to this very moment, I was entering hour 19 of labor with my first baby, my Evelyn, and I had no idea what was going on. I was so tired and overwhelmed, but I knew I had to stay calm and in control. Finally, at 5:31 am the doctor said “It’s [...]

Beach Days

Here in Chicago, we are so lucky to have Lake Michigan hugging our east side.  While folks from the coasts might scoff at our shores, the beaches along our Lake are downright tropical once summer rolls around. We live a short walk from the Lake, and last weekend we took the kids to the beach [...]

Old Fashioned Coconut Cake

My mom recently celebrated her birthday, and because our family is so large (with two more babies on the way!) we all had to find some time to celebrate with her.  She stopped by our place for a quick little afternoon tea party, and the kids could not have been more excited.  I love love [...]