Posts by Maureen

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Marshmallow Ghost

Now that fall weather has settled upon us presumably for good, I have to come up with fun ways for the kids to pass the time indoors.  We still take a daily trip to the park, and we enjoy plenty of fresh air walking to the grocery store/library/bagel shop, but for at least a few […]


Prayers for Leo and Lulu

I’m just not sure where to start this post.  But, I feel compelled to write. The brutal murder of two beautiful children by their nanny is so shockingly horrible and nauseating, and I just don’t know how to process it all.   Leo and Lulu were so sweetly innocent, and they deserved a fair chance to […]


Whoa-Bot

Halloween is less than a week away, and like most kids in America its all Evie and Mack want to talk about.  How many more days until Halloween?  What are you going to be for Halloween? Can we play trick-or-treat in the toy room? Like most things in my life, I like to give a […]


Reset and Recharge

Living in the city, I worry that my kids are missing out on some essential experiences in nature.  Sometimes city living is so focused on getting from point A to point B that we don’t have a moment to slow down and enjoy the moment.  I’ve been making more of an effort lately to incorporate […]


Homemade Mother of the Week: Kristen Stroh Spangler, doula

This post is the 11th 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 This week, I am very excited to […]


Swiss Chard Grilled Cheese Sandwich

My friend Kelly came over for lunch the other day.  She was one of my first post-college/real world friends, so we share plenty of fun memories.  Even though we now live 6,600 miles apart (she’s in Beijing, I’m in Chicago) our afternoon together felt like no time or distance had passed. To welcome her to […]


Holistic Moms Network Natural Living Conference

Today was a busy one for us.  Chris and my brother-in-law Rob completed the Urbanathalon – an 11 mile endurance race that incorporated city landmarks and urban obstacle courses set on city streets.  The kids and I left the house early to cheer them on, and after the race we all went out for breakfast. […]


Maple Roasted Butternut Squash

I have a confession to make: I save bacon grease.  Whenever we make bacon (picked up from our co-op), I pour the leftover grease into a small bowl on our countertop. It sits there until a need arises: eggs in the morning, grilled cheese for lunch, roasted veggies at dinner.  Its amazing how much flavor […]


Simple Date Night Hairdo

I’m really having fun with Pinterest.  I check it once a day (usually on my phone while I’m nursing Vivian), and its always a fun pick-me-up.  Like most people, I’ve pinned far more than I can possibly accomplish, so when I actually attempt a pin I’m particularly proud of myself. Chris and I took a […]


Go YOU Go!

Every year, there’s a Sunday in October when just about every good-natured Chicagoan wakes up too early and heads outdoors to join about a million friends and neighbors.   Today was that Sunday. It was the Chicago Marathon! Yes, 45,000 runners ran the race, but an estimated 1.7 million spectators lined the streets, sipping coffee and […]