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God-Mother to the Rescue

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A few weeks ago, late one Saturday night, I had a mini breakdown.  I was beyond tired and totally exhausted.  Vivian was only five weeks old, and I was feeling like every day was just about survival.  I didn’t like the fact that I wasn’t able to slow down and enjoy the journey of motherhood. [...]


The Best $1 I Spent All Week

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Evelyn hasn’t taken a nap in nearly two years.  When she fist gave up this most important of rituals, I was devastated.  I treasured those couple hours to myself every afternoon.  But, my mom made me feel better when she gently reminded me that everyone needs a little quiet time every day.  I shouldn’t personally [...]


ENOUGH of the Mommy Wars. Please?

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By now just about everyone and her mother has weighed in on the controversial TIME Magazine cover.  I figured I might as well toss in my two cents for whatever it may be worth. At first, I wasn’t particularly bothered by the cover.  While I have no intention of breastfeeding my 4 year old, I [...]


Tiny Tummy Troubles

Poor little Vivian! She struggles a bit with tummy troubles, and her tears and frustrated expressions break my heart.  I think she has sensitivities to some of the foods I eat, so I’m trying my best to avoid things that I think might be causing her distress.  So far I’ve figured out that Brussels sprouts [...]


“Fancy Chicken” from Drizzle Kitchen

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Our good friends Sarah and David gave us a totally awesome “Welcome, Vivian!” gift: a delicious dinner prepared and delivered by Kendra Peterson, the super talented chef behind Drizzle Kitchen here in Chicago.  We had the luxury of choosing a meal for her to create, and as soon as I saw the description of her [...]


My New Favorite Nursing Bra

As I have written about before, breastfeeding is an important choice I make for myself and my family.  While it can take a few weeks for mom and baby to get the hang of it, once a routine is established breastfeeding is wonderfully easy and convenient.  I am so grateful it has worked out for [...]


Sweet Potato Pancake with Wilted Spinach and Egg

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I am always trying to come up with recipes that use the standard ingredients I always keep in the house.  Keeping a stash of regular and reliable items in the pantry and fridge ensure that a healthy, simple and economical meal is never far off. For lunch yesterday I came up with a delicious meal [...]


What To Expect + GIVEAWAY!

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Perhaps the most important lesson I’ve learned during the course of my life is to always pay attention to my intuition.  The times when I’ve been the most unhappy are the times when I ignored the little voice inside.  A woman’s intuition is never wrong, and this is especially true for mothers. In general, I’m [...]


Gone Fishin’

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Since Vivian was born six weeks ago we’ve been spending a little more time inside.  I try to plan a fun activity every morning, but sometimes by the afternoon my energy is spent and I don’t feel like venturing out.  I’ve been brainstorming quiet activities to do with Evie and Mack, and last week I [...]


Homemade Mother of the Week: Rachel Sepe, Scarlett’s mom

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This post is the ninth 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 I am so pleased to introduce you [...]