Posts by Maureen

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Zucchini Pie on a Summer Day

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Ahhhhhhh! This summer has gone by waaaaaay too fast.  After the terribly brutal winter we endured, I hoped for a hot, steamy, slow summer…but what we got turned out to be kinda cool and super fast.  I could use another three months of lazy days and sunshine. Perhaps one of my most favorite days this [...]


Happy Hello Kitty Birthday!

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Sweet Vivian. The little lamb is obsessed – obsessed, I tell you! – with Hello Kitty.  She doesn’t really know what it is (what is it anyway?!), but with all that pink and the bow and the white kitty…what about it would a girly 2 year old not love??  I think her obsession is cute [...]


Sink or Swim

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I haven’t written much lately. I am exhausted and so so tired.  I stay up late worrying about how I will get everything done every day.  To say that I’m stressed would be an extreme understatement; I feel like I am being pulled in many directions without any clear instruction.  I am doing my best [...]


Black Bean and Corn Salsa

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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

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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!

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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

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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!

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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)

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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

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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 [...]


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