Posts by Maureen

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Bills, Bills, Bills

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Lately I’ve been including Evie (age 8 ) and Mack (age almost 7) in bill paying. They are old enough to understand what money is and how it is earned, and now it is my job to help them appreciate what goes in to running a household. Someday they will have families of their own [...]


Nursing and Pumping for Two

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Before the twins arrived, I gently prepared myself for what I thought was inevitable: that I wouldn’t produce enough milk for two hungry babies, and I would have to rely on formula to supplement. Breastfeeding was a choice I made for my first four babies, and it was a delightful, easy and comfortable part of [...]


Hygge Heaven

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A few months ago I read an article about the Danish tradition of hygge (pronounced HOO-gah). The word roughly translates to a feeling of coziness and warmth, of times spent snugly with those we love. Hard to argue with that on a cold Chicago night, right? I immediately wanted this tradition in my house. With [...]


#WhyIMarch

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Yesterday, with temperatures solidly in the 60s and sunshine galore, Evie, Juliet, Elinor and I joined 250,000 other people for the Women’s March here in Chicago. The presidential nominations, election and inauguration last year caused so much strife and turmoil in our good country, and I am exhausted from it. Marching seemed like a good [...]


Great Great Grandma Betty’s Kolachky Recipe

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And, just like that, Christmas is over. It seems like the season was especially short this year (probably because Mack’s winter break didn’t start until December 23rd!), but I’m not feeling the typical post-holiday blues (probably because we really did have a nice season of peace and love and toys). When I was growing up, [...]


Faith in Humanity Restored Thanks to NORAD

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Like many (but certainly not all) homes in America today, Christmas fever is raging at our house. We’ve got the fireplace going, Christmas tunes crankin’, and we’re all still in our jammies while we finish up gift wrapping and cookie baking. I love it. My 8 1/2 year old Evie was on the verge of [...]


One Little Candle: How You Can Help Syrian Refugees

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Last week Evie and Vivian’s school hosted the annual Christmas show. The kids were adorable, the music was festive. It was all that is good about this time of the year. One song in particular caught my attention: One Little Candle. It is about how a little light in a sea of darkness can make [...]


Finding Our Christmas Spirit

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Christmas time. The time of the year when homes are cozy and warm, nights are quiet and peaceful, well-behaved children are wide-eyed and wonderful. Right. Right? Wrong. Earlier this month, as I have every year since Evie was born, I was stressing out with the expectations of what Christmas should be. Why did it seem [...]


The Portable Months

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Ahhhhh…the first few months with a newborn (or, in our latest case, newbornS). Sleepless nights, showerless days. The neverending cycle of diapers and feedings and laundry. Feelings of awesomeness and loneliness. Pride and exhaustion. This time is incredible for so many reasons. And so short. When we had Evie more than eight years ago, we [...]


Homemade Minestrone Soup

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Nothing lasts forever. I think we finally bid adieu to mild, almost summer-like weather. Last week Chicago saw temps in the 70s(!!), but this past weekend the cold settled in. We had a wee dusting of snow that didn’t stick, and we can see our breath while chatting outdoors. Brrrrrr… In recognition of the winter [...]


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