Posts by Maureen

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The Homemade Way to Clean the Refrigerator

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I spent 45 minutes yesterday completing a task I had been ignoring: cleaning out the fridge. In my fantasy world, this chore would be completed on a monthly basis.  In reality, I probably get to it once every two or three months. Now that Evie is old enough to help herself to certain things in [...]


Day 10 as a Temporary Vegan

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Chris and I are on day 10 of the 28-day Healthy Eating Challenge Whole Foods Market asked me to try.  Using the lifestyle outlined in The Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn, we are avoiding all animal products, dairy, eggs and oils for four weeks.  The first few days were really tough, but every day [...]


Sweet Potato Breakfast Smoothie – Sweet!!

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With the sun rising off Lake Michigan pretty early these days, the kids can’t sleep much past 6:15 am.  Fortunately, our usual Blueberry Spinach Smoothie is an easy and healthy way to start the day.  It is a nice energy boost for all of us. This morning we were out of frozen blueberries – yikes!  [...]


Thank Heaven for Little Boys

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When the doctor yelled “Its a girl!” immediately after my first child was born nearly three years ago, I must admit that I breathed an immediate sigh of relief.  Deep down I really, really wanted a girl, and no matter how many more children we have at least I’ve got my girl.  Evie is my [...]


Day 3 as a Temporary Vegan

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Chris and I are on Day 3 of the 28 Day Health Challenge Whole Foods Market invited me to try.  Much to my surprise, Chris is having no trouble with the plan, while I am struggling. Here’s why a restrictive vegan diet just is not my friend (so far): 1. I like to cook.  A [...]


Whole Foods 28 Day Challenge

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Whole Foods recently invited me to participate in and blog about their 28 Day Health Challenge. Featuring the plant-based diet outlined in “The Engine 2 Diet” by Rip Esselstyn, the challenge asks that I cut out all meat, dairy, eggs and oils and consume only vegetables, fruits and grains.  Proponents of this lifestyle contend that [...]


A Great Way to Start the Day

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As I have written about before, we start every morning with a breakfast shake.  The kids don’t like cold cereal, and I like packing more than a couple servings of fruits and vegetables into a tasty and convenient smoothie. Every night when I put Evie to bed I ask her what she wants me to [...]


Going Bananas Over Strawberries

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The local produce market I shop at once a week had a sale on domestic strawberries – just $0.50 a pound!!  Granted, the fruit was about 5 minutes from going bad and it wasn’t organic, but at that price I just couldn’t walk away.  So, I scooped up four packages, raced home and spent yesterday [...]


Homemade Mothering on the Radio

Such a fun morning! I was a guest host on Heartbeat Radio for Women‘s “Mom Hour.”  I had the chance to speak about the concept behind Homemade Mothering: going back to basics while taking care of my family, my home and our planet. While on the air, I was so fortunate to interview Lori Taylor, [...]


My Own Little Patch of Green in the Big City

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I love living in a big city.  We never suffer a shortage of things to do, I walk e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e., we have plenty of friends nearby and just about anything we could possibly need is with a few blocks of our home.  City living offers so much. But, I often lament my lack of private green [...]