Posts by Maureen

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Oversnacked?

Am I the only one who thinks American kids are a wee bit oversnacked? It seems like every kid we see at the playground has a Ziploc bag of Goldfish crackers in one hand and a juice box in the other.  Can’t kids go a few hours between meals without mindlessly snacking?? Call me a […]


Iced Green Tea with Fresh Ginger

For the most part, the only thing our family drinks is the delicious Lake Michigan water piped into our kitchen sink.  But, sometimes it’s fun to treat ourselves to something a little fancier.  With summer in the air, I no longer crave the occasional cup of homemade chai tea; it’s too spicy and warming for […]


Homemade Rhubarb Jam

I’m so happy! The farmers markets are back in Chicago! This weekend, Chris took Vivian and Mack while I enjoyed some much needed quiet time at home with Evie.  The three of them brought home a bounty of fresh romaine lettuce, asparagus and a good bundle of rhubarb.  I used three rhubarb stalks to bake […]


Healthy/Not Healthy

Mack is an enigma to me. He is a newly 3 rambunctious and energetic boy, and he functions at top speed ALL THE TIME.  At his age, I was happy to spend every afternoon playing My Little Ponies with my three sisters, so having a young fella of my own is still new to me.  […]


GIVEAWAY for a Case of Happy Tot Greek Yogurt Smoothies!

I recently outlined some of my tips for traveling with little ones.  One of my favorite products for eating well on the road are the Happy Tot Greek Yogurt Smoothie pouches.  They are a neat and easy way to include fruits, veggies and healthy dairy in our travels. Happy Family Brands asked me to host […]


Margarita de Chris

Now that summer is presumably here to stay, Chris has been mixing up summery cocktails. While I am partial to his excellent mojitos, he really enjoys a homemade margarita.  Freshly squeezed limes paired with Mexican tequila remind so many people of warm breezes and carefree afternoons. Unfortunately, I most definitely cannot drink margaritas.  Thanks to […]


Good Clean Dirt

I don’t want to jinx it, but it seems like summer has (finally) settled upon our fair city. Sun shining, farmers’ markets open, sidewalk seating at every cafe. If only it was like this year ’round…! Even though we live in a big city, I still want my kids to feel a strong connection to […]


Pinstress?

I recently read about a study that found nearly half of all moms suffer from Pinterest stress. Apparently, 42 percent of mothers worry that they are not crafty or creative enough for their growing families.  They worry about keeping up with what others are doing, and the self-induced pressure for perfection keeps many moms up […]


Air Travel with Kids

We have been fortunate enough to take a few trips with our kids lately.  New York and Connecticut in December. Mexico in March.  In January I flew solo to Jamaica with all three of them.  Many people thought I was nuts taking three kids age 4 and under on an international flight, but I politely […]


Dandelioness

This is just a simple post. A note of gratitude, really. To Mother Nature. For creating dandelions and giving children something beautiful to pick and appreciate and delight in.  How lucky are we to live in a world where weeds are truly beautiful! Did you like this? Share it:Tweet