Posts by Maureen

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Memories at The Music Box

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I’m feeling a little anxious about Christmas. With six kids in a Chicago townhouse, we just don’t have any more room for any more stuff. I really do try to keep the gifts thoughtful and at a minimum, but even minimum x 6 = a lot. I hate that so much of this time of [...]


The Merry Magic of Christmas

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Ok so I know there is a lot of terrible, awful, no-good stuff going on in the world, but something about the Christmas season reminds me that all hope isn’t lost (yet). Sure, we have awful politicians improperly managing natural disasters and man-made threats, but most of the everyday people I know are good and [...]


The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party at Chicago Children’s Theatre

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The Christmas season is upon us. I’m so grateful for this time every year. It is nice to wind down after a busy year with the people we love most. Chris and I make gentle efforts to really enjoy all the hustle and bustle our city has to offer – there certainly is no shortage of [...]


Winter Craft Project

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Winter is here. All summer and fall we play in the courtyard with our neighbors well into the evening, but now that the cold and dark have settled in we’re all stuck inside more than we’d like. While I miss the familiar summer charms of cicadas and chirping birds and rosy dusks, the charm of tucking [...]


Peanut Butter Banana-Zucchini Bread

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Oof. I’ve been up since 2 am. Elinor woke up at that time fussing – Juliet just got her molars so that must be poor Nori’s problem. And then Ben came in to our bed. And then Ben peed in our bed. And then I was just done sleeping. Might as well get up and [...]


Sunday Slow Cooker Meatballs

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Chris and I have been re-framing Sundays lately. Fed up with the constant go go go, we really need a true day of rest. Our ancestors somehow figured out how to do properly take a break every Sunday, so there’s no reason we can’t do the same. The other Sunday the sun was shining so [...]


The Matters of Matter

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When we were in Europe this summer, I was struck by two things: 1. Geez, Europeans use a lot of disposable plastic water bottles. 2. Wow, they do a ton of recycling and composting, too! I think about these two opposing realities often. It was so nice to see people genuinely care about the simple [...]


Homemade Zucchini Bread – or Cake?

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Last week I questioned the Homemade Mothering Facebook community on a supremely first world problem: Need some people with minimalistic sensibilities to weigh in: should I keep this? I never use it, but I love the *idea* of using it. Homemade cookies, cake and pie (which I *love* to make!) would look so cute in [...]


Kids Coding with Codeverse

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Like most families in the year 2017, screen usage is an unavoidable fact of our life. But, it also happens to be one of the greatest stresses in the day-to-day life of our family. Chris and I carefully monitor screen time, but the kids never think they have enough. I hate the battle. Chris and I [...]


DO SOMETHING.

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Again. It happened again. I woke up this morning to the sickening news of another mass murder. Another day where I won’t let my kids turn on the TV because I don’t want them knowing this is happening in their country. I am honest with them about most things, but the random slaughter of innocent [...]


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