Posts by Maureen

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Cloth Diapering in the News!

I was recently interviewed for an article about diapering. I am a big fan of using cloth diapers on my little ones – not only do they save me thousands of dollars, but they are significantly healthier for my babies and the planet. Here’s the article: http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/817289/The-dos-and-don-ts-of-diapers If you are interested in learning more about [...]


Litter Police

Have I created a monster? Has my obsession with protecting our planet spread to my two year old? I think so… We take long walks every day. The city offers so much for our little family to do, and so I put the kids in the stroller and walk just about anywhere we need to [...]


Waffles for Breakfast

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We started our weekend off right with a fresh batch of homemade waffles this morning. While Chris and Mack were upstairs slowly waking up, Evelyn and I worked on breakfast together. I measured the ingredients and she was in charge of pouring everything into the bowl. While she made a big flour mess as she [...]


Cookies for a Little Chocoholic

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Little Evelyn is a total chocoholic. Just like her grandma, she needs at least a little bite of it every day in order to maintain sanity. So, when my friend Sarah over at PersonalFaves.com blogged about chocolate cookies she recently baked I knew I had to try out the recipe. Evie refused to nap this [...]


A Little Gratitude

This afternoon while Mack snoozed Evelyn worked on her first thank you notes. My parents recently treated her to a new winter coat and my husband’s parents bought her some new outfits. So, this was the perfect opportunity to teach her about gratitude and how to show it. Although I had to write the actual [...]


Family Vacation for Four

We just returned from a long weekend away from the city. We took a three hour drive to Galena, a small town near the Mississippi River where Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin meet. Rolling farmland, lush bluffs, and wide open skies greeted us as we left behind the everyday stresses that tend to weigh us down. [...]


Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

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Today at the farmer’s market Lane’s End Farm was selling baskets of “ugly” organic tomatoes for $1.50 per ound. While most people would look at the misshapen, bumpy, and uneven colored tomatoes with suspicion, I knew I found a little gold mine! My favorite was this two-for-one tomato that looked like a portly and friendly [...]


Simple Storage Solution

As I’ve written about countless times before, I really hate plastic. And I especially hate storing food in plastic. All those questionable chemicals leeching into lovely leftovers? No thanks! I have a nice collection of glass storage containers – my favorite are Frigoverre ones that come in plenty of shapes and sizes. I also hang [...]


High on Hemp Lotion

Fellow blogger and mompreneur Lynne recently asked me to try out her homemade lotion. While I am a big fan of using just plain extra virgin olive oil to cure dry skin, I agreed to test out her product. Lynne is devoted to creating beauty products that are safe for her three beautiful daughters, so [...]


Happy Birthday to My Homemade Father!

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My family and I recently gathered to celebrate my dad’s 51st birthday. It was a perfect summer day spent in the sunshine. I only recently realized that a lot of my homemade approach to life comes from the example my dad set while I was growing up. He spent summers tending to a very large [...]