Posts by Maureen

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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 [...]


Fancy Nancy in the Windy City

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Sweet Vivian. My little #3 is 3 years old, and like many third children she has to go with the flow. A lot. Her two older siblings are very busy with activities and friends. And her little brother is still little enough to require most of my attention. Fortunately for me, Vivian is a happy [...]


A Grand Hand Gesture

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Chris and I met 14 years ago. We started dating 12 years ago. We have been married for nearly 9 years. We are deep in the thick of parenthood, so we sneak in kisses and hugs whenever possible (much to the delight of our kids who loooove to comment on our PDAs). For the most [...]


Homemade Pancake & Waffle Mix

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Saturday morning. If ever there was a time for a homemade breakfast, the weekend would be it! We let the big kids watch a couple cartoons, Ben runs the length of the house over and over and over again, sometimes I go to the gym. It is a lazy day deserving of fun meal. Enter: [...]


Sweet Potato and Poblano Tacos

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I think one of the simple, great joys in life is a homemade hot lunch. There is something so quietly indulgent about carving out a few minutes in the middle of an otherwise busy day to prepare a healthy meal from scratch. I don’t do it everyday, but that’s what makes it so special, right? [...]


Salad Days

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I need a weekend after this weekend. I love holidays – and I love three day weekends! – but with four kids these special days create a lot of extra work. If I want memories to be made, I have to help make them. So, Chris and I organized a neighborhood party that included classic [...]


GIVEAWAY: Two Tickets to Blue Man Group!!

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A few weeks ago I wrote about my special date night with Mack to see Blue Man Group. It was such a fun show – 5 year old Mack and 35 year old me LOVED it! Holding hands, we left the theater with smiles on our faces and warmth in our hearts. With all that [...]


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