Posts by Maureen

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HomemadeMothering is starting to become more than just a hobby for me. I love reading emails and comments from readers – connecting with so many fellow Homemade Mothers, Fathers and People makes me feel like our families and our planet are headed in the right direction.  Everyone’s kind words are giving me the motivation and […]


Chocolate Cherry Torte

Our friends Laura and Dan came over for dinner the other night. They have two little ones the same ages as Mack and Evie, so we all agreed that it would be easier to do dinner at our place rather than braving a restaurant with four rambunctious kids. The day of the dinner party Evie […]


Oh la la! A Bonus GIVEAWAY!!

Everyone seems to l-o-v-e the reusable snack bags I wrote about last week.  They really are such a cute and eco-friendly way to transport healthy snacks while on the go. Homemade Mother Sara H won a set of reusable snack bags from SnackTAXI, but now you have a chance to win a set from Itzy […]


Truly Great Great-Grandparents!

My grandparents are two of the coolest people I know.  They live in the city…and I mean LIVE in the city.  They’ll jump on the bus at a moment’s notice to meet friends for lunch or family for dinner. They belong to book clubs, they walk along the lake, they volunteer at the zoo, they […]


The Summer of the Moscow Mule

I found my new favorite summer drink!  Last summer I couldn’t get enough of my Pimm’s Cup, but the summer of 2011 might turn out to be the season of the Moscow Mule.  Like a Pimm’s Cup, the Moscow Mule is made with a generous pour of Ginger Beer, a non-alcoholic brew that is strong […]


Summer Stroller

Chicago can’t seem to make up its mind.  Earlier this week it was sunny and in the 90s, but this weekend its cloudy and high 60s. Weather changes like this make it hard to know how to dress the kids in the morning!! Fortunately, I’ve got our stroller packed for summer just in case the […]


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 […]