Posts by Maureen

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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 […]


Ladies Who Brunch

Some of the ladies in my family gathered this morning for an informal brunch at my Aunt Margie’s house.  It was a celebration for many reasons: the end of winter, St. Patrick’s Day, the return of my mom and grandma who had been out of town for a few months, the two new babies my […]


OGMama Relaxing Lavender Belly Butter

I can’t believe how quickly the last few weeks of my pregnancy are going.  While its been a long 37 weeks, I know from experience that little bundle will be here before I know it.  And my life will never be the same (again). Throughout all my pregnancies I relied on a daily slather of […]


A Good Day

I am never a fan of Daylight Savings.  I am a big believer in keeping kids on a routine, so when the clock shifts an hour in either direction there’s always the potential for overtired kids.  Evie and Mack wake up every morning around 7:15, so I expected them to wake up at 8:15 this […]


“By Meself!”

Mack has always been so tenacious.  He was climbing the stairs at 7 months, walking at 9 months and running (fast!) by his first birthday.  Although I find his efforts to be charming and sweet in a rambunctious little boy way, in truth his energy and ambition overwhelm me at times.  I am always so […]


Chocolate-Banana-Spinach Smoothie

Most mornings the kids and I start the day with a blueberry-spinach smoothie.  We all love it and it is super healthy, but sometimes I feel like changing the routine a bit.  When we’re not in the mood for homemade pancakes or steel cut oatmeal, I will try a new smoothie recipe.  Yesterday I decided […]


Less Really is More. Really.

As I’ve written about many times before, my little family and I strive to live a pretty simple life.  Our home is a two-bedroom apartment in the middle of downtown Chicago, so space demands that we don’t go overboard with stuff.  And, because our budget is rather rigid, reality dictates that we can’t afford to […]


Homemade Cherry Muffins

Yesterday while Mack napped and Chris worked on his computer, Evie and I ran some errands around our neighborhood.  One of the best things about living in the middle of a big city is that everything we could possibly need is within a 10 minute walk of our home.  Evie and I picked up some […]


A Warm Place for All Children

I had a hard time falling asleep last night. Just before going to bed I read a horrifying story about a 3 year old girl who died from exposure after being locked in her frigid bedroom.  Her mother and her mother’s boyfriend opened the windows to air out the room after the girl and her […]