Posts by Maureen

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Grandma Gloria’s Italian Cream Recipe

My Mack is STILL in school. Chicago Public Schools might just be the last school in the entire country to let out for the summer. I actually don’t mind: we’ve had a crappy start to the summer as far as the weather goes, so he might as well enjoy the heat of August and early […]


Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May is skin cancer awareness month, so this seems like a good opportunity to encourage everyone to reduce exposure to the sun and GET YOUR SKIN CHECKED EVERY FREAKIN’ YEAR. Trust me on this. Please. Late last fall I noticed a few little bumps on the back of my neck. I hadn’t felt them before, […]


Fun Thing Canceled Day

Easter was 80 degrees and sunshine. The week following encouraged long walks under fair blue skies. Then, this past weekend happened. Snow. SNOW on the last Saturday in April. Like, a lot of snow. And rain. So much muck that all the fun stuff we planned for the weekend was canceled. Perhaps the saddest cancellation […]


The Last Push

While Ben was at swim lessons the other day, I brought the other kids to play at the adjacent playground. The twins were so happy to roll down the slide and Vivian was content to chase after them. A fine spring day indeed! Evie and her friend Anna Maria hung out on their own, caught […]


My Boys

Mack had spring break last week. He goes to a different school than his siblings, so selfishly I really enjoyed having him home without the normal distractions. One morning after picking Ben up from preschool I took the boys for hair cuts. They complained the entire walk to the salon (“I don’t want the little […]


For Our Ladies All Over the World

Like most people on this planet, I was transfixed when Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burned this week. How could 850 years of history *almost* go up in flames in the span of one afternoon? During Holy Week, of all times? After the fire many friends shared photos of their time at Notre Dame. Even […]


Asian Ground Beef Over Rice

For Vivian’s birthday earlier this month I made her favorite dinner: Asian Beef. We have this super easy meal at least once a month as it is one of the few dinners all the kids seem to enjoy. In that sense, it is a unicorn/winning lottery ticket/pot of gold. So many times I’ve thought to […]


Marching On

March is a big month in our family. Three of the six kids celebrate birthdays, so we are busy with all the fun festivities. Birthdays sure are a nice way to make it through a dreary month in Chicago! Birthdays in our big family are a big deal because normal days are spent vying for […]


This One’s For My Girls

Even though I live in a big city with my big family, often I feel lonely. With so much to do, I don’t have enough time or opportunities to meaningfully connect with people. I know am lucky to surround myself with (a lot of) little humans who adore me, but sometimes I just want a […]


Oven S’mores

Ugh. Winter. We are now halfway through February and officially OVER the cold and ice and dreary skies. Dainty snowflakes fluttering from the sky are no longer charming, even to seasoned Chicagoans like us. With all of us stuck in the house, I desperately (frantically?) look for any opportunity to make a memory, pass the […]


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