Posts by Maureen

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Better Bone Building

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It has been exactly 18 days since I broke my ankle. With life still happening around me, I am doing everything I can to maximize my chances for a speedy recovery. I am basically just waiting to heal. When I met with my orthopedic doctor for the first time, I made it very clear to [...]


Lessons Learned

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Summer. The blissful four months in Chicago when the kids and I walk everywhere – parks, beaches, Michigan Avenue. We might hop the Red Line to Chinatown. Or jump on a bus to State Street. It isn’t unreasonable for us to cover five miles a day via foot, scooter and stroller. I LIVE for this [...]


Big Boy Ben’s Bobux Sandals

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With summer here, the kids are running in and out of the house ALL THE TIME. They love playing with their neighborhood friends in our courtyard, splashing in the sprinkler, scootering to nearby parks. The sunshine feels so good! We are a steadfast shoe-free household, and the kids really do respect this rule. But, with [...]


Notre Dame Our Mother, Pray for Us!

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We baptized our twins yesterday at what we consider to be heaven on earth: Notre Dame. Chris and I met there at the start of our senior year. The moment I met him I thought he was THE HOTTEST GUY ON THE PLANET – fast forward 16 years and I feel like the luckiest wife [...]


Look At Me!

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I never really considered myself a prude. Until I had kids. Now, I often feel sad by how much they are exposed to despite their young ages. Just a few examples: 1. A suburban sex shop constantly has a racy billboard on 290, a major expressway here in the Chicago area. The ads always feature a [...]


Taking Care of Mamas

I could not fall asleep last night. I was haunted by an NPR article I read about maternal mortality rates in the United States. The article shared the heartbreaking story of Lauren Bloomstein, a new mother who died 20 hours after the birth of her daughter because her medical team failed to notice the symptoms of [...]


Pinocchio at the The Chicago Children’s Theatre

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Last weekend I took the two bigs (Evie and Mack) and the two middles (Vivian and Ben) to see “Pinocchio” at The Chicago Children’s Theatre. The company recently opened a beautiful new facility in the West Loop, where parking is plentiful and little shops, bakeries and cafes are all within walking distance. It was a [...]


Early Rise

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I have been up since 2 am. I fell asleep last night at 8:45 (!!), so by the time the twins woke up for their middle of the night feeds and cuddles I had already enjoyed a solid five hours of sleep. By 2:00, I was more rested than I’ve been in a year, so [...]


Hot Cross Buns (Hot Cross Buns, One A Penny Two A Penny…)

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Like many American households with a third grader, lately we’ve been listening to the glorious sounds of that iconic elementary school whistle, the recorder. When Evie came home with it the other week she was ELATED AND THRILLED AND BEYOND EXCITED. Ever since, it has been Hot Cross Buns 24/7. I love her enthusiasm and [...]


Chris’s Maple Bacon

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Most Sunday mornings Chris can be found stocking up on meat for the week at Whole Foods. He likes a hearty breakfast every day – eggs scrambled with veggies and bacon – and until recently he always picked up a pound of maple bacon to get him through the week. But, much to his dismay, [...]


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