Posts by Maureen

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Kids’ Night Out

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Chris and I have enjoyed several date nights lately.  With the flurry of the holidays and my birthday came several opportunities for us to sneak out together.  Evie and Mack were feeling a little left out, so we planned a family date night last night.  I put on some makeup, Evie wore a dress and [...]


Let Him Be

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For our family, the differences between boys and girls are quite clear.  Evie is dependable, Vivian is patient and Mack is…Mack.  He wakes up at 7 am and does not stop running until bedtime 12 hours later.  His days are filled with flipping and jumping and climbing and wrestling.  I cannot contain his energy.  And, [...]


Banana-Spinach-Almond Smoothie

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A few months ago I mentioned in a post that our blender had broken.  A friend of a friend read it and sent me a message: she no longer needed her blender – would I like it?  I was so delighted with her offer.  Not only would her kind generosity save me a few bucks, [...]


Lessons from the Past – Realities of the Present

My brother recently sent me an article about research from Notre Dame professor Darcia Narvaez that suggests “modern” parenting practices are bad for babies.  The professor believes feeding babies infant formula, living apart from extended family, sleep training, choosing medicated childbirth, etc hinder the moral development of children. In short, she says that our modern [...]


Unconventional Uses for Conventional Products

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As a Homemade Mother, I am constantly looking for ways to streamline my life.  Stuff isn’t good for our home, and it isn’t good for the planet, either.  Getting by on less really is so refreshing.  I hate clutter, so I’m always bringing unused items to Goodwill or selling things on Ebay.  I do my [...]


Sorta Homemade Doughnuts

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Shortly before Christmas I saw a fun idea for easy homemade doughnuts floating around Pinterest.  It involved nothing more than a can of pre-made biscuits and some oil.  At the time, I pretty much ignored the pin because canned biscuits just don’t work for me.  They contain 4 grams of heart-stopping trans fats – ewwww. [...]


GO IRISH!

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I know there are many pressing issues in the world today that are very deserving of my concern and attention, but right now at this moment I can’t help but think about the big game tonight. Notre Dame, my beloved alma mater, is playing for the national championship.  Its more exciting and nerve-wracking than I [...]


Terra Baby in the News!

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As I wrote about last month, I recently launched my own brand of cloth diapers, TerraBaby. A Chicago area newspaper picked up the story and ran an article about this new endeavor. Its nice to see cloth diapering getting some positive attention from mainstream media.  Cloth diapering isn’t just for hippies or eco-freaks or frugalites. Real [...]


A Good Year

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Another year has come to an end.  As a mom to three little ones, my New Years Eve consists of pajamas, a cosmopolitan and frozen yogurt with raspberries, and I couldn’t be happier or more content.  2013 is just an hour away, but it still sounds so futuristic – shouldn’t we have flying cars and [...]


Sweaty Bands – My New Fav Accessory!

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I think I should write a book about all the things people don’t mention about pregnancy and childbirth. Sure, we’ve all heard about the weight gain and exhaustion, but no one ever bothered to warn me about the one thing that drives me nuts: post-pregnancy hair loss.  About three months after I give birth, my [...]