Posts by Maureen

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Books for Earth Day + GIVEAWAY!!

In just a few weeks, on April 22, the world will celebrate Earth Day.  As a Homemade Mother I strive to teach my kids about taking care of our planet every day, a somewhat daunting mission with a 2 and 3 1/2 year old.  They are careful to turn off lights, put trash in a […]


A Long Five Days

Its been a long five days. At Vivian’s 1-week check up last Friday the pediatrician noticed a small patch of what looked like burst blood vessels at the base of her spine. He somewhat matter-of-factly suggested that we take her in for an ultrasound as such a mark can mean a baby has Spina Bifida. […]


Easy Mexican Salad + Homemade Taco Seasoning

I don’t get crazy cravings during pregnancy.  If anything, I find that I crave lots of fresh food like fruit or salads.  After pregnancy, I do crave bread more than often than usual – lately I find myself reaching for a bagel for breakfast instead of my usual blueberry-spinach smoothie. Maybe its my body’s way […]


Colleen’s Lasagna

Returning from the hospital with a new baby can be overwhelming, especially with older kids at home. Evie and Mack have been very good with little Vivian, but its still my job to meet their needs and take good care of them even though some moments I just want to lay in bed and take […]


Reason #87 Why I Love My Husband

When we returned home from the hospital with Vivian on Saturday night, Chris continued a tradition he started with the arrival of Evelyn nearly four years ago: he put together a fun dinner with many of the foods I’m forced to go without for 40 weeks, including oysters, raw milk cheese, prosciutto and beer.  The […]


What a Difference 12 Hours Makes!

Last Thursday morning Evie, Mack and I went for a walk to the nearby Jamba Juice. It was a warm, summery day and we were all so happy to get some fresh air. It wasn’t an exceptional morning – just a normal way to start the day in the heart of the big city. Flash-forward […]


The Co-Sleeping Conundrum

With less than two weeks to go before Baby #3 is due to arrive, we are busy getting everything ready.  I can’t believe a little baby will be sleeping in our home so soon!  When we brought Evie and Mack home from the hospital, they both slept next to me in the bassinet attachment of […]


Getting Ready for Baby

Today has been a very emotional day for me.  I woke up at 3:45 am, and for three hours I thought I was in labor.  The false contractions subsided shortly after sunrise, leaving me feeling extremely tired and totally overwhelmed for the rest of the day.  During those dark restless hours I went through my […]


Chop on Wood

As I have written about many times before, I really really REALLY hate plastic.  I avoid it whenever possible, and I am always looking for ways to cut it out of our lives.  It has become so prevalent in our culture that we easily forget just how awful it is for the planet (not to […]


“Winter” in Chicago

Today was another beautiful summer-like day in Chicago.  With temperatures in the 80’s (!!) and no clouds in the sky, it was hard to believe that the official season is still winter.  Like most Chicagoans, we took full advantage of the perfect weather and spent a good part of the day outdoors.  I packed a […]