Posts by Maureen

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Far From Perfect

By no stretch do I consider myself even a little OCD when it comes to my responsibilities as a wife and mother. While I definitely have my preferred ways to doing things, I have so many things on my “to-do” list that I just don’t have the time for perfection. Sometimes the realities of life […]


Twooth Fairy

My little Evie is growing up so fast! This year she finally started to lose her teeth. I’m pretty sure she was one of the last of her classmates to lose one, but since she is the youngest in her grade I reassured her that everything was happening in the right time. The other day […]


A Nice Night

Ahhhhhh. Chicago. The old saying “if you don’t like the weather in Chicago, wait five minutes” couldn’t be truer than in the spring. A week ago we had snow, and today we enjoyed sunshine and 70 degrees. The kids and I spent the entire day outside, and when Chris suggested we walk to dinner we […]


Grandma’s Lasagna Recipe

When Chris was in business school at Kellogg we met some of the best friends of our lives. It was such a special time because we all were at the same stage in life: newly married, no kids (yet), happy to make-do in small vintage apartments all walking distance from each other. I have nothing […]


Worst. Mom. Ever.

Our Mack turned 5 today. For so many reasons, I am happy for this birthday. Now he is caught up in age to most of his peers in his class, and I think he recognizes that this new year is a big step. He’s not a little boy anymore.  Mack is deep into Lego, Hot […]


The Lyric with My Love

Chris and I recently enjoyed a fancy date night to see Tosca at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.  Most of the time when we manage a night out, we visit a hot new restaurant, so going to the opera was a big deal for us. A nice change of pace from our usual routine. Tosca […]


An Apple a Day

We recently switched the kids’ pediatrician. The practice we were going to since Evie was born was personal and nice, but it was up in the suburbs and not at all convenient (especially when the kids came down with a random ailment right in the middle of rush hour). Almost immediately, I knew the first […]


Peskiest Post Pregnancy Problem

Ugh. It happens every time. So I shouldn’t be surprised. But, still. My hair. Three or four months after I have a baby, my hair falls out. In clumps. It is gross and so annoying. But, three or four months after that, the hair starts to regrow. Yay, right? Not quite. Because it grows back […]


GIVEAWAY! Five Lucky Winners Get a Sucklebuckle™!!

Last week I introduced the Homemade Mothering community to Christine Prill, founder and CEO of Sucklebuckle™, a handy tool that makes breastfeeding a little easier for busy moms. I am a fan of anything that encourages and supports nursing mamas, and I think Christine’s invention is genius. Take a look at my nifty device for holding […]


Keeping Track of the Dose

Poor Ben. His big first brithday rolled around last week, and what was he given??? An ear infection! I feel terrible because he probably had it for DAYS before it was diagnosed, but in nearly 7 years of parenting only one kid has had an ear infection once (Mack, when we were in Mexico of […]