Posts by Maureen

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Earth Mama Angel Baby…LOVE!

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Now that baby Ben is four months old, I feel like I am finally starting to feel like myself again.  He still wakes up 2-3 times a night, but after a quick feeding he falls right back to sleep so I now much have more energy than I did after his birth.  Every day offers us [...]


Birthday Eve(lyn)

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Exactly six years ago to this very moment, I was entering hour 19 of labor with my first baby, my Evelyn, and I had no idea what was going on. I was so tired and overwhelmed, but I knew I had to stay calm and in control. Finally, at 5:31 am the doctor said “It’s [...]


Beach Days

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Here in Chicago, we are so lucky to have Lake Michigan hugging our east side.  While folks from the coasts might scoff at our shores, the beaches along our Lake are downright tropical once summer rolls around. We live a short walk from the Lake, and last weekend we took the kids to the beach [...]


Old Fashioned Coconut Cake

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My mom recently celebrated her birthday, and because our family is so large (with two more babies on the way!) we all had to find some time to celebrate with her.  She stopped by our place for a quick little afternoon tea party, and the kids could not have been more excited.  I love love [...]


Easy Asian Salmon

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Even though I now have four kids to love and care for, I still see the merit in preparing homemade dinner most nights.  While most of what I make is far from fancy, it is always healthy and usually pretty tasty.  My goal with weeknight dinners is simple: make something everyone will enjoy while minimizing [...]


Fathers on Father’s Day

It was a Father’s Day we’ll always remember, even though it was one we’d rather forget. After a pleasant morning spent browsing at the Old Town Art Fair and a fun afternoon playing with umbrellas in the rain, we settled in for our usual evening routine of dinner and bathtime.  Before the special Father’s Day [...]


What’s Old is New

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One of the best parts about the school year that just ended is the friendship I formed with the mom of one of Evie’s kindergarten classmates.  Amy also has four kids, but her youngest is the age of my oldest, which means that she has tons of helpful advice to share.  She knows plenty of [...]


Spinach-Mango Smoothie

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Little Vivian is a conundrum.  Unlike most kids, she won’t eat any fruit except apples.  However, she loved salad, broccoli, carrots… Her favorite source of healthy nutrition comes from a green drink I make just about every morning. Loaded with spinach and sweetened with mango and orange, it is a fresh and invigorating way to [...]


Wexi’s Spiked Southern Sweet Tea

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Last weekend I hosted a little Sunday supper at our house.  My brother Wes and his fiance Lexi came along with my sister Colleen and her husband and son.  We all live within a mile of each other, and whenever we get together we always say we should do it more often. Lexi put it [...]


Table for Six

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One of the best things about living in a big city is access to so many completely amazing restaurants. We want to expose our kids to different foods and different cultures, and the easiest way to do that is to take them out to places that don’t serve pizza and PBJs.  While hauling our family [...]