Posts by Maureen

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Salmon Salad on a Budget

Chris and I are always looking for ways to live and eat well on our budget.  I go out of my way to shop at a few different grocery stores to make every dollar count, and we pick up farm-fresh food from our co-op twice a month.  Last week Chris spotted a deal for wild-caught […]


Special Time With My Special Little Man + Zucchini-Banana Bread

This morning Mack was the first person in our house to wake up. At 6:09 am. Sigh. However, I quickly realized that I should seize his early rise as an opportunity to spend some special time with him.  The other night Evie stayed up late and I really treasured that time with her; Mack getting […]


Fun With Sidewalk Chalk + School Supply GIVEAWAY!!!

Last month I wrote a post about the ban against my children from using chalk on the sidewalk outside our condo building.  I found the whole thing to be ridiculous and so silly and beyond absurd.  Who could possibly take offense to occasional sidewalk chalk drawings on a public city sidewalk?! Rose Art, an awesome […]


A Date Night With My Best Girlfriend

At the last minute, Chris decided to go out to a party with some friends tonight.  As much as I love spending time with him, I had a few crap TV shows to catch up on our DVR, so I didn’t mind a quiet night to myself once the kids went to bed. But, a […]


Chocolate Cake Mix Rice Krispie Treats

We are finally getting settled in our new home.  The move was long and exhausting – there were a few moments when I just wanted to call it quits.  But, my Army captain husband kept us on task and moving in the right direction, and on more than one occasion I looked at him in […]


Grow and Bloom

Tonight is our last night in our home. After nearly four years and two more kids, we finally decided it was time to trade in our two-bedroom apartment downtown for something a little more spacious.  We decided to stay in the city, but we’re headed to a much more family-friendly neighborhood where we can get […]


Cucumber Avocado Soup & Simple Tomato Tart

My husband’s mother came for a visit last weekend.  To welcome her to our wonderful city I wanted to make a nice dinner.  However, she arrived on one of the hottest days of the year so I didn’t want to serve a heavy meal.  Fortunately, my mom recently posted a chilled soup recipe to our […]


Holy Oil and Coconut Oil

I consider myself to be more spiritual than religious.  I have a deep appreciation for the grace and beauty of the world around us, and I have faith that a higher power is present in my everyday. Still, it is important to me that I give my kids a foundation upon which they can build […]


Homemade Whipped Cream

Most of the decisions I make at the grocery store directly relate to the overall healthfulness of the products.  I go out of my way to stretch our grocery budget so we are eating thoughtfully, gratefully and healthfully. I also make shopping decisions based on the kind of packaging wrapped around the product.  In consideration […]


Homemade Mothering on NBC 5

The other week I wrote about the ban against my kids using chalk on the (public!) sidewalk outside our building.  We live in the middle of a huge city, and I appreciate the fact that we all have to make concessions for each other.  Some people might not like looking at chalk drawings as they […]