Posts by Maureen

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#IAmAylansMother

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  By now, much of the world has seen the world’s saddest photo: This precious little person was named¬†Aylan Kurdi, a 3 year old refugee fleeing war-torn Syria with his father, mother and 5 year old brother. They were crossing a 13 mile stretch of the Aegean Sea when their boat capsized. Aylan, his mother [...]


NINE

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Chris and celebrated our nine year anniversary this week. It doesn’t seem possible that we are fast approaching a decade of married life, but when I reflect on all that has happened in the past nine years I feel proud. Four kids, four moves, new jobs and business endeavors, travel. We’ve done a lot with [...]


A Bad Bag Ban

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All summer the eco-geek inside me had been looking forward to August 1. That was the day when our fine city was to join the likes of Seattle, Portland and Boulder, CO with a ban on flimsy plastic grocery store bags. I was so excited… …until I realized our ban was no ban at all [...]


A Nice Summer Night

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Today was hot. And humid. And it is the tail end of summer so I am fresh outta ideas to keep the kids busy. After a dreadful trip to the park in the morning, I was in no mood to entertain the kids all afternoon. I was short with them. When Chris called at 4:30 [...]


Avocado Tacos

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This is a ridiculously simple, fast and healthy lunch. I always have all the ingredients on-hand, and it is comforting to know that I’m always three minutes away from a truly delicious meal. Plus, I love tacos. In all forms. With any filling. And heating the tortilla in some butter or bacon grease adds an [...]


Summer Service Project

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Summer is racing by, and we are slowly ticking off all the things on our Summer Bucket List. We have yet to hold a lemonade stand, but we have been to several city beaches and water parks. Last week, we completed perhaps our most impactful task: a summer service project. The kids are still a [...]


Summer Vegetable Soup

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Now that we are in the thick of summer, we are outside ALL THE TIME. Seriously, we don’t come in every evening until 5:30, which makes dinner prep almost impossible: by the time we are in, the kids are hungry but dinner hasn’t even been started! Whenever possible, I make dinner in the early afternoon. [...]


For Jen & Rose – 100 Years Later

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This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the SS Eastland disaster. On July 24, 1915 the passenger ship with 2,572 day tourists rolled over into the Chicago River, taking 844 souls with her as she sank 20 feet to the muddy bottom. All on-board were families of Western Electric employees, gathered for a leisurely cruise [...]


Fruitflies: Trapped!

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Ahhh the blissful joys of summer. Lazy days on the beach. Long evening walks. Splashing at the neighborhood pool. And…fruit flies! These swarmy little buggers invaded my kitchen the other day, and ever since I’ve been on a mission to eradicate every last teeny one. I know they don’t hurt and the damage they leave [...]


Why We’re Still Breastfeeding – At 16 Months.

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Ever since Ben turned 1 nearly four months ago, I am asked – daily – if I am still breastfeeding him. The question doesn’t really bother me – people are curious, after all – but I am tired of having to explain myself. Because, inevitably, when anyone finds out that I am still nursing my [...]


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