Posts by Maureen

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Happy Chickens!

A few weeks ago Chris and I watched the documentary “Food, Inc.” While it reaffirmed many beliefs I have held about American food processing for years, it also brought up several new insights I hadn’t before considered. It was a very informative yet entertaining film, and I think it should be required viewing for all […]


Maureen’s Green Starter!

Evie has been fighting a cold for about a week now. While I feel lucky because this is only her second cold/sickness in the first 17 months of her life, I also feel so sad for her. She hates having her nose wiped and she has a bit of a cough — no fun for […]


Nana Bread

We eat a ton of bananas in our household. I use one or two every morning in the smoothies I make for Evie and myself, and my husband always grabs one for a snack whenever he leaves the house. So, it isn’t very often that I have overripe bananas that are perfect for homemade banana […]


A Busy Sunday!

Such a busy day! I took care of a week’s worth of grocery shopping and three loads of laundry (including cloth diapers) this morning, and I spent a few peaceful hours this afternoon making yogurt and baking in the kitchen. Stanley’s, my favorite neighborhood produce market, had raspberries on sale for $0.98 a container. While […]


Energy for a New Baby

My sister welcomed a new baby to her family the other day! It is so much fun to watch our family grow, and it will be fun for Evie to have so many cousins so close to her age. Such joy! I know the days after bringing a little one home can be exhausting and […]


My Favorite Soldier

Veteran’s Day is a very special day in our household. My husband was a captain in the Army and deployed to Iraq. Although he is no longer active duty military, I treat November 11 as another birthday. He worked hard to serve our country with honor, and during his deployment he never complained once. He […]


The Homemade Way to Dust Furniture

When I was working full time away from home, most of my cleaning and general household chores were taken care of in the evening. However, I started to notice a trend on nights when I took care of the dusting: I couldn’t fall asleep. My heart would race, my nose was dry and my mind […]


Happy Halloween!

When I was growing up, which really wasn’t all that long ago, Halloween seemed to have more of a homemade aspect to it. I don’t remember my mom ever buying my siblings and me costumes. Rather, we were left to our own resourcefulness to come up with a suitable and entertaining outfit for the day. […]


A Scary Thought for Halloween!

Not that Halloween isn’t already scary enough, but a new report out this week reveals that most children’s face paints contain lead, a neurotoxin, as well as nickel, cobalt and chromium, which can cause lifelong skin sensitization and contact dermatitis. In the study, 10 out of 10 children’s face paints tested by the Campaign for […]


A Heavy Problem

Seven years ago, I weighed 10-15 pounds more than I do now. It took one switch in my regular lifestyle to drop the weight without even realizing what was happening. What did I do? I cut out EVERYTHING that contained high fructose corn syrup. I now check ingredient labels on everything I buy, and if […]


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