Posts by Maureen

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Baking Some Sunshine with Sweet Homemade Bread

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My best friend is moving away.  And it breaks my heart. We’ve known each other for 13 years and the list of things we share in common is staggering…we both have two little ones the same ages…we both come from relatively large families…our husbands have been best friends for years…we like the same crappy reality [...]


Homemade Mother of the Week: Kristie Turck, founder of The Glass Baby Bottle

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This post is the second 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’d like to introduce [...]


Chillin’ Out with a Chelada

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While we were in Isla Mujeres last month we all enjoyed a few cocktails or local beers every day while lounging by the pool or enjoying lunch on the beach.  On more than one occasion, my mom mixed up a few rounds of cheladas, a refreshing beer cocktail made with cerveza and lime.  I had [...]


Gratitude Journal

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I am always looking for ways to teach my kids about gratitude.  We are so fortunate and blessed, and I don’t want them to take anything for granted.  But, sometimes it can be hard to highlight the importance of gratitude to small kids when when I am consumed by the busyness of every day. So, [...]


¡Olé! Tamale Party!

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My aunt Sheila recently invited the ladies of our family over for a tamale party.  When she married a Mexican-American man more than 20 years ago, she dove right in to her husband’s culture.  Over the years she has learned quite a few authentic Mexican recipes from her mother-in-law Joan, and we were all so [...]


Fresh Fish Freshly Prepared

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While were on the tiny Mexican island of Isla Mujeres last month I was a big fan of all the fresh local foods. Super creamy avocados, bright orange mangoes, and coconut water poured straight from a sun-warmed coconut – every bite was such a treat.  I am excited for the return of Chicago’s farmers’ markets [...]


Homemade Mother of the Week: Jane O’Connor, Lactation Consultant

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This article is the first in a new 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 When my son was born [...]


Vacation Relaxation

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We recently took a lovely trip to a small island off the coast of Mexico.  With warm temperatures, sunny skies and soft sandy beaches, I was in heaven. The only issue? I couldn’t really relax. With two little ones it takes a mom about 12 seconds to realize that mom doesn’t get a vacation, and [...]


Taking a Look at “Eco-Forward” Disposable Dinnerware

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I was recently asked to take a look at Bare by Solo, an “eco-forward” line of single-use plates and cups from the popular Solo brand.   As a Homemade Mother, I just do not buy disposable plates and cups, and I am especially wary of mixing food with plastic.  So, my first instinct upon receiving the [...]


Homemade Granola for a Mama of Two

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My friend Sarah over at PersonalFaves.com welcomed a new baby girl the other day.  She now has a boy and a girl, too, so I know our families will have lots of fun together watching our kids grow up.  Finding friends in this big city can be tough, so I am so grateful to have [...]