Posts by Maureen

About Maureen

My Imaginary Cafe


I love my life just as it is.  My husband is wonderful and encouraging, my kids make me laugh and I find purpose in every day.  But, sometimes I daydream about what my life would be like if I chose a completely different path.  What would I be doing now if I took off for [...]

Paleo Fudge Pops


Chris joined a cross-fit gym several months ago.  Cross-fit is a professional, challenging and evidence-based work-out program that is designed to push users to the limit through encouragement and teamwork.  Chris really likes the competitive atmosphere of cross-fit, and his body is now fitter and healthier than its ever been.  In my humble opinion, he [...]

These Are The Good Old Days

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I’m feeling rather nostalgic lately.  We are preparing to move from the only home we’ve raised our three children, and in doing so we are leaving a wonderful neighborhood and lovely neighbors.  Although we’re not moving far – just a mile north – I know things will be different. So, I’m taking full advantage of [...]

When a Party Pooper Rained on our Chalk Parade

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Living in the city, my kids don’t have access to some of the summertime activities their suburban peers enjoy.  We don’t have a backyard with a sprinkler or a neighborhood swimming pool or a corner lemonade stand.  However, we are steps to a beautiful beach and walking distance to several fun fountains and plenty of [...]

Undercover Mama Nursing Shirt + GIVEAWAY!!

As I’ve written about before, breastfeeding is an important choice I make for my family.  Perhaps the best part about it is that Vivian’s food is always readily available no matter where we go.  I don’t have to worry about packing bottles or formula or water. Now that a feeding routine is established, breastfeeding is [...]

Breakfast for a Homemade Father


There are so many reasons why I love my husband.  Like all good men, he is a hard worker and a devoted family man.  I also love him for more trivial reasons: he is really tall, he mixes excellent cocktails, he is devastatingly handsome, he lets me watch Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of …” with [...]

The Best Advice I Never Asked For


Before Vivian joined our family 11 weeks ago I never knew just how much work went into raising three kids.  Everyone I pass on the sidewalk chuckles, “You’ve got your hands full!” and my reply is always “I just wish I had one more hand!” The first five weeks with Vivian were completely overwhelming.  She [...]

“Red Car!!!!!”


I hate to generalize, but sometimes the differences between my boy and my girl are so stark.  They are both welcome to play with any toy, but it seems like Evie really does gravitate to girly toys and Mack can’t get enough of the typical boy stuff. Case in point: Mack’s current obsession with red [...]

Maple Cocoa Popsicles


I hate to sound like a party pooper, but I think I’m about to jump on the anti-sugar bandwagon. After educating myself on the health benefits of whole foods and watching Dr. Robert Lustig’s lecture on the damage caused by sugary foods, I’m starting to lose my taste for it.  Last year I tried out [...]

Setting Down Roots

We are at a crossroads. In a little less than two months the lease on our downtown Chicago apartment expires.  It is a spacious home for a city apartment – two bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms on two floors – but our family of five has definitely outgrown it. Its time for us to move [...]