Posts by Maureen

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Fun with Mad-Libs

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I recently rediscovered Mad Libs, those goofy fill-in-the-blanks story books that teach kids about nouns, verbs and adjectives.  I remember them fondly from my youth – my friends and I would write in potty words and laugh for hours. When we took the kids on a road trip this summer, I purchased a few Mad [...]


Banana-Avocado-Orange Smoothie

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Poor little Vivian. She’s got two sharp and nasty teeth pushing through her top gum, and for the past week she just hasn’t been her normal cheerful self.  She’s been grumpy and inconsolable at times, a far departure from the cheerful disposition we’re all used to.  She wants to wear snuggly pajamas all day, and [...]


Shut Down

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  This picture popped up on my Facebook newsfeed today. Oh, it is just too sad!  A hopeful little person, dressed in his zoo finest, only to be turned away by red tape and inept politicians.  His sweet little brain could never possibly understand the ridiculous situation that put him in this predicament, and, to [...]


Homemade Tomatillo Soup

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A couple years ago I wrote about a tour I took through a lovely rural Illinois garden. The organic garden belongs to my mom’s dear friend Pam, and every year her garden grows in size and selection.  I saw Pam last weekend, and she very generously offered to gift me with some of this season’s [...]


Walk to School!

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One of the best things about living in Chicago is that we walk e v e r y w h e r e.  The grocery store is less than a block away. The library is right around the corner.  Lake Michigan is a mere 10 minute stroll from our front door.  I feel so lucky [...]


Memory Organization

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Earlier this year my siblings and I were called out to my parents house to retrieve the decades of our stuff they were storing in their attic. Yearbooks, first shoes, grade school art projects.  It all had to go. It was a tad bit overwhelming: so much stuff and no where for me to put [...]


Homemade Mother of the Week: Dena Davis, Barefoot Books ambassador

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This post is the 14th in the series “Homemade Mother of the Week.” If you know a woman who is thoughtfully sharing her passion for the planet, families or the well-being of others, please nominate her for this special recognition.  Send an email with all the details to maureen@homemademothering.com This week I am so happy to [...]


Homemade Make Up Brush Cleaner

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I have a confession to make: I do not clean my make-up brushes as often as I should.  Beauty magazines encourage us to wash them like once a week. Huh?! That just doesn’t happen in my life.  Cleaning make-up brushes tends to fall to the bottom of the priority list, along with cleaning out the [...]


“A Pleasant Shopping Experience”

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Ugh. I just returned from a trip to the grocery store with Evie and Mack. As we walked into the store, I told them that I would get them each a chocolate milk if they behaved.  They both were fine as we shopped.  When we got to check out, I realized I forgot the broccoli, [...]


Homemade Slow Cooker Apple Butter

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Chicago has enjoyed a spectacular September.  Refreshingly cool mornings, sunny afternoons and sneaky 80 degree days scattered throughout.  As someone who laments the end of summer, this slow entry into autumn makes me very happy. Last weekend we decided to take full advantage of the delightful fall weather and spend a morning at the idyllic [...]