Posts by Maureen

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Summer Day

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Summer officially started for our family (and Mother Nature) this week, and we couldn’t be happier. After a cloudy, rainy day on Wednesday, today’s PERFECT summer weather demanded that we spend the day outdoors. I couldn’t have been more happy to oblige. One of the many reasons I never want to leave the city is [...]


Homemade Lip Gloss For Little Girls (or Little Boys)

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I was a women’s studies minor in college, and during that time I developed a rather fierce conviction that boys and girls should be treated equally. As a mother, this has served me quite well, as all my kids have equal (yet age-appropriate) responsibilities and expectations within our family and home. When they were babies, [...]


The Perfect Present for a 1 Year Old

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My *adorable* nephew Jace recently turned 1. My sister had the whole family out to her home for a good old fashioned birthday party, complete with a delicious homemade cake the birthday boy wanted nothing to do with. As the mother of four kids, I know birthday gifts can be exciting and overwhelming. A sudden [...]


Homemade Sun Tea

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Summer has officially landed in Chicago. We were deprived of a full summer last year when it took forever for steady 80 degree days to arrive, so it seems like the whole city is celebrating this year’s consistent warm temps and sunny days. We leave the windows open, we’re walking everywhere, and we’ve even managed [...]


Lay Off!

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By now, anyone who spends even a minute on social media has seen the news report about the 4 year old who fell into the gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo. At the end of the terrifying ordeal, a 17-year-old, 400-pound male lowland gorilla, was shot and killed by the zoo’s dangerous animal response team. And [...]


24 Weeks and 1 Day

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By my very nature, I don’t like to make a fuss. I don’t like extra drama. I don’t like asking for help. But, late last week I had to put all that aside when our twins tried to make their grand arrival. At 24 weeks and 1 day. I woke up Friday morning not feeling [...]


Homemade Coconut-Almond Sugar Scrub

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We made a batch of this sweet-smelling homemade sugar scrub last weekend to give as Mother’s Day gifts to my mom and Aunt Sheila. The kids loved it so much that we made another batch today. We joke that the scrub makes our hands as soft as a baby’s butt – the kids laugh every [...]


Homemade Heating Pad

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Now at 23 weeks along in my pregnancy with twins, I’m feeling the aches and pains I felt when I was 33 weeks with the first four babies. Perhaps the most nagging is the round ligament pain, a burning, searing, jabbing sensation on the left side of my lower belly. At times it is almost [...]


My Favorite Kitchen Tool

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In many ways, I fancy myself a minimalist. We might have four kids – and all the stuff that comes along with them – but personally I strive to keep the stuff to a minimum. The items I choose to keep in our home must serve a purpose. One such item is my most favorite [...]


The Paper Towel Blues

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I recently had to purchase two rolls of paper towels for my daughter’s PK-3 classroom. As it has literally been years since I’ve bought paper towels, I was shocked – SHOCKED, I tell you! – by how expensive a roll is! I could not believe the grocery store charges $2-$3 dollars for a roll of [...]


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