Posts by Maureen

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When 90 Miles From Home Feels Like a World Away

Our trip to Wisconsin last weekend could not have come at a better time.  The last month has been long, and we really needed some quiet time as a family to reconnect and grow. Here in the city, life is wonderful but hectic.  I get so wrapped up in surviving every day that I don’t […]


Baked French Toast with Banana

We returned yesterday from a wonderful weekend trip up to Wisconsin.  My great aunt and uncle let us use their beautiful country house, so we felt like we really got away from the hustle and bustle of the city.  The kids played in the sprinkler, we went for a hike, we made s’mores.  The trip […]


Brown Sugar and Vanilla Ice Pops

School is almost out and summer is on the way.  I’m so looking forward to slowing down our family’s pace a little bit.  The kids are growing up so fast, and I just want to savor this time in my life, a hard thing to do when the every day hustle and bustle overwhelms me […]


Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette

As I’ve written about before, if Mack isn’t busy Mack is causing trouble.  In the afternoons while Evie is at school and Vivian naps, he and I are buddies. We have lunch together, clean up the house, play outside, read books and watch a cartoon or two.  And, we almost always do some sort of […]


Reusable Produce Bags – Yippee!

As I’ve written about countless times before, I really really REALLY hate plastic.  One of the sneakiest plastic offenders, in my opinion, are the flimsy plastic produce bags from the grocery store.  While they can certainly be reused (or recycled, in a pinch), I have a sneaky suspicion that most of them end up in […]


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 […]