Posts by Maureen

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The Homemade Way to Change Crib Linens

I can’t believe my sweet little Vivian is now 6 months old.  How time flies!!  I still so clearly remember the morning of her birthday – I had no idea that she was about to be born!  And now she is grabbing everything and smiling with friends and strangers.  Her newest trick is sitting up, […]


International Walk to School Day

Tomorrow is a big day for the planet.  It is Walk to School day, when kids all over the country will skip the car and opt to walk to school instead.  I love this idea so much.  Walking to school not only helps the planet, but its a wonderful way to slow down and enjoy […]


No Diaper Shortage in My House!

My grandma sent me a link today about an upcoming disposable diaper shortage.  Apparently, an explosion at a Japanese chemical plant this weekend will leave the world in short supply of acrylic acid, a critical ingredient in disposable diapers.  My first concern was about the people near the explosion: sadly, 1 firefighter died and 34 […]


Nature Scavenger Hunt in the Big City

Today was absolutely beautiful. Warm sunshine, gentle breeze, clean air, perfect fall weather.  As any Chicagoan knows, its a good idea to take full advantage of weather like this.  Next week it could very easily freeze! I was determined to spend the entire afternoon outdoors, but without a traditional backyard I need to get creative.  […]


Sweet Potato Soup with Bacon

The weather has turned decidedly fall-like.  There’s a briskness in the air, and even when its warm the tinge of cooler temperatures looms.  So, I can’t say I was surprised when my husband requested soups for lunch again.  Its been a summer of salads for him, but heartier fare seems more appropriate now that its […]


Granmary’s Potato Chip Cookies

The other day when I drove out to my hometown to drop the car off for repairs at the most honest dealer I know, the kids and I spent some time with my mom.  She was so nice to watch Evie and Mack while Vivian and I dealt with the car issues. I can absolutely […]


Homemade Chore Charts

Lately I’ve been feeling like I need to keep a slightly tighter reign on the day-to-day flow of our family.  We are settling into a new home and a new back-to-school routine, and I need a better balance between work and life.  I’ve always believed that kids thrive on a predictable routine, and it is […]


Money Well Spent

We went out to my parents’ house today.  A check-engine light lit up on our dashboard last week, and along with my recent dead battery experience I thought it would be wise to get the car checked out.  An honest and friendly dealership in my hometown diagnosed the problem (something about an air compressor?), and […]


Just a Spoonful of Sugar

“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and – SNAP – the job’s a game!” – Mary Poppins Chris takes Mack to a couple classes on Friday mornings, so while Vivian naps I have a two blissful and quiet hours to myself.  In my fantasy […]


A Jump Start on Confidence

As a Homemade Mother, I pride myself on my spirit of self-reliance.  I like doing things on my own, and I take great pleasure in working out simple solutions to everyday problems. But, tonight I was faced with the most daunting of challenges: The car battery died. And I was miles from home. With all […]