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The CDC’s Missed Opportunity

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It has been six whole days since the CDC issued its warning to women of childbearing age regarding alcohol and birth control, and in the life of the internet that makes this story officially old news. But, I’ve been thinking about it for the past few days so I want to get my thoughts out [...]


Homemade Nutella Swirl Scones

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I found this recipe on today.com several weeks ago, and ever since I’ve waited for the perfect morning to bake it. Today I woke up extra early to an especially dark and quiet house – just the peace I needed! I got about 10% of the way through the recipe before Ben toddled town the [...]


Homemade Irish Flapjacks for St. Brigid’s Day

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February is now upon us, but based on today’s fine weather it’s easy to think it is April. When my Grandma told me that February 1 is St Brigid’s Day, the Celtic celebration of the arrival of warmer days and the early signs of spring, I felt my spirits rise. Winter will end soon enough, and [...]


Classroom Valentine’s from Minted.com

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Ever since ordering our Christmas cards from Minted.com last year I occasionally browse through the site. When I saw the classroom Valentine’s pop up, I was immediately intrigued. Normally I ask the kids to create their own Valentines, but this year I thought it would be fun for them to design on-line. Plus, these photo [...]


Homemade Banana Carrot Mini Muffins with Chocolate Chips

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Ugh. For the past month we’ve all taken turns with the same nasty virus. It started right before Christmas with Vivian, moved through Ben around New Years, hit Evie when school re-started, and last week it settled on Chris and me. Mack is the only one who hasn’t been slammed with it (yet?). The pediatrician [...]


Home Energy Report

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Every month we receive not one but TWO notices in the mail from ComEd, our electricity supplier. The first is the monthly bill, which I always promptly pay. The second is a home energy report. The report sums up how our energy usage compares to 100 nearby occupied homes that are similar in size to [...]


2015: A Year of Good

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2015. A hundred years from now, what will people say about this year? What will be remembered? Probably that this was the year when terrorism of all kinds took hold. Or that this was another year when politicians did absolutely nothing. Or perhaps the world will remember the countries and people who did nothing to [...]


Passing the Time (When We’re Not Right on Time)

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Last Sunday Chris had to work all day. He used to work every day of every weekend, so now his occasional day in the office really doesn’t bother me. Of course we miss him and of course we’d rather have him home on a Sunday, but we live in the middle of a huge city; [...]


Christmas Songs That Skip the Saccharine

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“It’s all a charade. The world has not understood the way of peace. The whole world is at war. A war can be justified, so to speak, with many, many reasons, but when all the world as it is today, at war, piecemeal though that war may be—a little here, a little there—there is no [...]


Be Kind. No Exceptions.

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Here we are, well into December, and I have yet to catch the Christmas spirit. Perhaps that is due to my family’s incredibly stressful and difficult fall. Or perhaps it is just because I am so BUSY. But, in all honesty, I think its because the world it just so broken. 2015 was a hard [...]


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