Posts by Maureen

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Date Night – In

As a Homemade Mother, I am obviously very devoted to my children. I take great pride in knowing they are well fed, well read, and kissed before bed. However, it is still important to find special time for my husband. He is my best friend, and we really enjoy spending time together. We are living […]


More Please!

This has been a long week. Oh, so long! It started out rotten. Sunday night we all got sick, and only now are we starting to feel normal again. And, for whatever reason Evelyn’s terrible twos have been exceptionally terrible. And, little Mack is shifting his nap schedule and its not coordinating very well with […]


Cleaning Up After a Tummy Ache

We are slowly recovering from a nasty little virus that made its way into our household. It seems like it was worse based on size – Evie had symptoms for a day, I suffered for a day and a half, and Chris is still working through it. Fortunately, little Mack seems to have been spared. […]


Four New Dresses for the Price of Two

When I was growing up I spent several Saturday afternoons with my mom’s creative sister Sheila. She was always quite crafty and fun and generous with her time, and one of my favorite activities to do with Sheila was sewing. She patiently readied her sewing machine to help me create dolls with little outfits to […]


Greek Roast Chicken

My husband works on Sundays, which is a bummer for him and a bummer for me. We both feel like we’re robbed of a weekend day – he has to go in to the office, and I’m busy chasing the kids, running errands, tidying the house, and preparing foods for the week ahead. I’m looking […]


"You voted, Mom."

My grandma recently forwarded an email to the ladies of my family reminding us to be grateful for the opportunity to vote. I hadn’t realized that American women were granted the right to vote just 90 years ago. After more than 70 years of struggle, and despite vehement opposition by President Woodrow Wilson, American women […]


You Are Perfect…Just As You Are

While waiting in line at the grocery store the other day a tabloid forced Evelyn and me to contemplate Hollywood’s “best and worst beach bodies” – all of whom were female. These movie stars seemed to be enjoying some relaxation in the sun…until images of their slightly sagging breasts and dimpled backsides graced the cover […]


How I Announced My Pregnancies

Just about three years ago I found out I was pregnant with my daughter. When I think back on how much time has since passed I find myself in a state of awe and disbelief. So much has happened in such a short amount of time. Little ones grow and change every day, and as […]


Pickles for a Picnic

Chicago has enjoyed a very pleasant and mild October. Today was no exception. With sunny skies and the temperature in the 70s, it was a perfect day for a lunchtime picnic with my family. Evelyn packed her pink soccer ball and Mack packed his smile. I packed sandwiches, fruit, and a jar of sort-of homemade […]


Fiesta con mi Familia de Cuatro

We love food. All kinds. Seriously, we’re not picky eaters, especially when it comes to trying new foods. Fortunately, Chicago offers us a wide variety of cuisines in many ethnic neighborhoods. We can enjoy Indian, Vietnamese, Israeli, and Polish food less than 10 minutes from our home. I have so much fun introducing Evie to […]