Posts by Maureen

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A Day to Remember

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For my family, Memorial Day is always an easy day to remember.  It is my mom’s birthday, and her father was also born on May 30.  As a Marine, he was obviously quite attached to the meaning of the day, and I remember my mom telling us about the big neighborhood parties her dad hosted [...]


Veggie Roasting 101

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Ever since Chris subscribed to a mostly Paleo diet several years ago, I have tasked myself with finding new ways to prepare the same veggies we love.  Steamed vegetables are boring, and there is no way I can get my kids to eat those.  But, roasting vegetables makes them irresistible, so that is what we [...]


Scrabble on a Dark & Stormy Kind of Night

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Since Ben arrived back in March, life has pretty much been a blur.  For me, it is all about getting through the day keeping everyone mostly happy and well fed, while keeping myself mostly awake as I eat leftovers off the kids’ tiny plates.  Chris is working like crazy, and by the time he gets [...]


Happy as a Pig in Mud

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Now that summer weather has graced our fair city, everyone is outside all the time. As soon as school lets out, the neighborhood parks swell with parents and kids.  We suffered through the Polar Vortex of 2014, so we feel rather entitled to sunshine and 80 degrees! The park we visited today was full of [...]


The Very Hungry Caterpillar presented by The Chicago Children’s Theatre

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“This is horrible,” Mack declared. We were sitting in a cozy theater watching the start of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” presented by The Chicago Children’s Theatre, and 4 year old Mack was not amused.  When I told him we were going to see a show, I think he assumed a movie. Thankfully, an announcement at [...]


Homemade Coconut Almond (Lactation) Granola Bars

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When Ben was first born two and a half months ago I prepared a simple batch of no-bake lactation cookies.  With ingredients like oats, flax seeds and brewer’s yeast, they were a natural way for my body to keep up with the needs of a hungry baby. When I went to make a second batch, [...]


In Defense of Pink Legos

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Lately it seems like I’ve been reading a lot of huffs and puffs about “girl” Legos.  The ones that are pink and purple.  The ones that provide instructions on how to build a dune buggy or hair salon.  Apparently, lots of people are upset about this. And I can’t figure out why. Until we discovered [...]


Summer Supper: Poblano and Onion Hot Dogs

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We got our first taste of summer weather this weekend.  Sunny skies and temps comfortably in the 80s.  Ahhhhh!  Love it! To kick off what we hope to be a long summer season, we enjoyed some classic summer fare: hot dogs.  I don’t usually eat hot dogs – they’ve always seemed a bit sketchy, and [...]


Screen Free Week

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Evie and Mack’s school declared last week “Screen Free Week”.  While it would be easy to roll my eyes at this suggestion and continue as usual in our house (1-2 cartoons a day), I decided to embrace the plan. Ever since baby Ben was born 9 weeks ago I’ve gotten a little lazy about limiting [...]


GIVEAWAY! Gift Card from Milk Nursingwear!!

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A few days ago I wrote about my new nursing dress from Milk Nursingwear. Not only is it cute and comfy, but it allows me to comfortably nurse little Ben anywhere. It is perfect, and I’ll continue wearing it long after Ben has moved on to “big people” food. Milk Nursingwear has very generously offered [...]