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Why I Like Coconut Oil

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I have a confession to make: I like fat. Let me qualify that statement: I like healthy fats. I’ll happily consume bacon and whole milk and butter from pasture-raised cows (balanced out, of course, with lots of vegetables).  As far as I’m concerned, traditional foods in their natural state are far, far better for me [...]


Better Than A Carnation

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I don’t think I’ve ever had an *amazing* Valentine’s Day. Its always been a Hallmark holiday for me.  When I was in high school, the booster club sponsored a carnation delivery – boys would buy carnations for girls, and the flowers would be delivered during class.  Every year I wished for a carnation. And I [...]


Homemade Mother of the Week: Alice O’Connor, Doula

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This post is the 12th 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 [...]


We Are All In This Together

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Here in Chicago, the most urgent news story lately surrounds the tragic death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton.  She was a sweet and beautiful high schooler murdered while she took cover from the rain in a southside Chicago park.   Just days before her death she had performed at President Obama’s inauguration.  And now she is a [...]


SECURE FURNITURE TO THE WALL

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Nearly 5 years after bringing our first baby home, we recently got around to one of the more important things on our baby-proofing check-list: secure furniture to the wall.  We had many excuses for the delay: we weren’t sure when/if we were moving, we didn’t have the time, we didn’t have the right equipment. But, [...]


Refreshing Fresh Coconut Water

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We recently returned from a very last minute trip to Jamaica.  The airfare was reasonable and my mom was there to help with the kids and the temperature in Chicago was 7 degrees…so it just seemed like the perfect time to go. One day Chris, Mack, my dad and I took a long walk to [...]


Noodle Beads

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As I’ve written about before, my Mack is a force to be reckoned with.  He needs to keep busy or else he’s causing trouble.  When I saw a recipe on Pinterest for beads made out of pasta I knew it would be a fun activity for us to do together.  He and I had the [...]


Cherry Cardamom Shortbread Bars

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Whenever Mack and I have some time alone, the first thing he asks to do is make cookies.  We have a steady supply of homemade chocolate chip cookies thanks to his enthusiasm, so when he asked to bake on Friday I thought it would be fun to try something different.  A sneaky jar of homemade [...]


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, [...]