Posts by Maureen

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Sweet Dreams

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I’ve been having a hard time falling asleep lately. Later this month, Vivian and Mack will celebrate birthdays which means that another year has flown by. Life is going too fast. I could live to 150 and still not check off everything on my to-do list.  I want to stop time and live without distractions [...]


Homemade All-Purpose Spray

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With the exception of dishwasher soap and dish soap, I haven’t bought conventional cleaning products in years. I make homemade laundry detergent, and I rely on vinegar and elbow grease to clean just about everything else.  Choosing the homemade route saves us (lots of) money and reduces the amount of toxins washed down the drain.  [...]


Something to Read to the Grandkids (someday!)

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For me, this blog is a love letter to my children.  Yes, its nice to see so many loyal readers stopping by to see what’s new at Homemade Mothering, but first and foremost this blog as a way to document my young family’s milestones and memories so we can look back fondly and remember this [...]


Quinoa with Broccoli and Grapes

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Evie didn’t have school yesterday, so I scheduled a playdate at our house. Her friend has a brother Mack’s age who came over, too, and all four kids had a blast all afternoon.  The mom and I actually had a real conversation (a rarity!) because the kids were so busy playing.  Seemed like the perfect [...]


Zero Waste Lunch

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Evie recently started going to school full day a few days a week. She loves the extra time with her wonderful teachers and nice friends. I am now faced with one more nightly task to complete before bed: making Evie’s lunch for the next day. As a homemade mother, I strive to pack a zero [...]


Homemade Puzzles

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Chicago (finally) got a bit of winter weather yesterday.  The sleet started around 10 am, and the snow continued through the night. For this lifelong Midwesterner, however, the few inches on the ground this morning were but a pittance. Mack loves playing in the snow, but yesterday’s weather was wet and icy so we stayed [...]


Slow Cooker Chicken and Salsa Soup

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The kids and I took a little trip to Indianapolis earlier this week to meet up with our best friends.  It was a last-minute trip, and I’m so glad we decided to go.  However, the trip was an unexpected expense, so when we returned home I had to balance the family budget. The first step [...]


Drama at the Train Table

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The kids and I went to an indoor playspace tonight. The place is designed so kids can run and play while moms drink a coffee.  Its perfect because the kids have fun and the moms get a few minutes of freedom from entertaining them. Every time we visit this place Mack spends 90% of his [...]


Coconut Oil GIVEAWAY

I recently posted a few reasons why I enjoy using coconut oil.  Now you have a chance to win a quart from Tropical Traditions! Win 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil! Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family [...]


Saltine Toffee Treats

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I am so excited! Tomorrow the kids and I are driving to Indianapolis to meet my best friend and her daughters.  She lives in Kentucky now, and Indy is the perfect halfway point for us.  We’re staying at a hotel with a pool, so the kids will be in heaven.  Its the perfect way to [...]