Posts by Maureen

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Simple Paper Crafts for Valentine’s Day

I never pass up an opportunity to keep my kids busy with something creative while I tend to other things around the house. If dinner needs to be prepped, it is easy to plunk them on the sofa with a mindless cartoon buzzing in the background. But, life is already too short, and wasting their […]


Homemade Matcha Latte

For the past few weeks I’ve developed a new morning ritual: a matcha latte. I’m not usually a fan of hot drinks – and I hate coffee – so the introduction of a warm cup of tea is new to me. I discovered this drink at the Whole Foods coffee bar, but at $5 a […]


GIVEAWAY!!! Baby Deedee Sleep Nest!!!

Last week I wrote about my new favorite baby product, the Baby Deedee Sleep Nest.  With a quilted duvet-like material, it keeps my little boy oh-so warm and cozy all night.  The quality and care put into its design really sets it apart from all the other sleep sacks I’ve tried on my babies over […]


Snow Day Ice Cream

Chicago finally got it’s first significant winter storm. A solid 28 hours of blizzarding dumped nearly two feet of snow, and even though the streets and alleys are a mess I think we’re all not-so-secretly excited about it. Everyone here is joking that the East Coast got five days of news coverage for their storm, […]


Nationwide is NOT on Our Side

Ugh. I just watched the Nationwide commercial that aired during the Super Bowl. The one that generated so much buzz for being…well…a buzz kill. As I watched the wretched thing, I prayed for the thousands of families who have suffered the loss of a child due to accident. How many of them tuned into the […]


Date Night with My Boy

Mack was overdue for a date night with mom. As he has been reminding me lately, Evie has had THREE special nights out with me (Katy Perry concert, going to see the movie Annie, and the Lyric Opera). In the interest of fairness, I owed him! When I saw that the Chicago Children’s Theatre had […]


Teryaki Oxtail for the Kids

I am on the neverending search for easy weeknight dinners that the kids will eat and are quick to clean up. Last fall the butchers at our neighborhood Whole Foods were cookin’ up some oxtail to entice shopped over to their section, and as we passed by Mack demanded that I stop so he could […]


Baby Ben in his Baby Deedee

Ben. Oh, my sweet lil Ben. At nearly 11 months old, the little bugger still won’t sleep 12 hours through the night. He goes down around 7 and usually wakes for a big snack around 4:30 am. It used to be much, much worse.  Like, waking up four times a night worse. What changed? A […]


My Favorite Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

The bitter winter months are upon us, and we are surviving and keeping busy as best as we can. I really hate turning to screen time to pass an otherwise boring kind of day, so when I feel the temptation to occupy the kids with TV I usually invite them into the kitchen instead. Saturday […]


Reason #14 Why I’m Happy to Use Cloth Diapers on My Baby

Ever since Evie was born nearly 7 years ago we have been a cloth diapering family. While I suppose cloth diapering might require a modicum of extra work (two loads of laundry a week, that’s it), it has never been a decision that we’ve regretted or lamented. Perhaps one of the best lessons cloth diapering […]