Posts by Maureen

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Testing Reusable Snack Bags + GIVEAWAY!!

While pushing our kids on the swings recently, my neighborhood friends and I were talking about Costco.  They couldn’t believe I don’t have a membership to the big warehouse retailer; I couldn’t understand why their small families need to buy anything in bulk.  I asked them what they purchase from Costco, and everything they buy […]


Day 27 Living Plant Strong!

The 28 Day Healthy Eating Challenge I’m doing for Whole Foods is coming to an end. When I first started it nearly a month ago I had a hard time shifting gears on my already healthy eating habits.   I always strive to make smart choices when it comes to the food I serve myself and […]


The Homemade Way to Take Out the Trash

No matter how hard I try to avoid plastic bags, they always seem to creep into my home.  Considering that nearly 1 trillion crappy plastic bags are produced worldwide every year, its no surprise that avoiding them is tough, even for an eco-freak like me who keeps a stash of re-useable bags in the car […]


Making Memories in Michigan

We just returned home from a fun family road trip through Michigan. My husband normally works on the weekends, so with the Memorial Day holiday we jumped at the chance to enjoy some time together. We spent the first night of our trip along the shore of Lake Michigan in a fancy resort.  As soon […]


Homemade Mothering Interview on Fox News Chicago

Fox News Chicago interviewed me yesterday for a story about the way McDonald’s markets products to children.  As a Homemade Mother, I never serve my kids fast food.  When we’re on the road I like to plan ahead and pack meals – something as simple as a sandwich with homemade peanut butter travels well and […]


Dill and Caraway Soda Bread

In keeping within the plant-strong guidelines of the 28 Day Health Challenge I’m testing out for Whole Foods Market, I made a hearty and tasty homemade lentil stew for dinner tonight.  Loaded with carrots, celery, tomatoes, lentils and my homemade vegetable broth, it was a comforting supper for a dreary and rainy evening. To serve […]


Sauteing and Roasting Vegetables Without Oil

Today marks the halfway point of the 28 Day Healthy Eating Challenge Whole Foods invited me to try.  I have now gone two weeks without any meat, dairy, eggs, sugar or oil, and I’m starting to feel just fine.  The first several days were tough – probably because my body was going through sugar withdrawal! […]


The Homemade Way to Clean the Refrigerator

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

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!!

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!  […]