Family Time

Eco-Friendly Party Favors

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Mack recently celebrated his 4th birthday, and with the arrival of Baby Ben my friend Amy (took pity on me and) generously offered to host a joint birthday party for her son and Mack at her home.  She shares my sensibilities when it comes to kids parties: keep it fun, low-key and offer booze to [...]


The Man in My Life

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I am lucky enough to have a big family with dozens of cousins, lots of aunts and uncles and loving parents.  My Aunt Hope – who is closer in age to me than she is to her brother (my dad) – has been a sister figure in my life; she shares advice just right for [...]


Papa’s Fried Cod Recipe

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My kids are so lucky.  Not only do they know and love their four grandparents, but they also have known all but one of their great grandparents.  Evie even met her great-great grandmother, and this photo of FIVE generations will be one of my favorites forever: My dad’s parents – the kids’ great-grandparents – live [...]


Reunited!

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When baby Ben was born, my mom took the three big kids for a few days.  Her generosity of time and energy afforded me a chance to recover from the delivery and bond with my new sweet baby.  The first few days home with a new baby are overwhelming and exhausting, so a bit of [...]


Naptime in Jamaica

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During our recent trip to Jamaica, we had one very rainy day.  The big kids were thrilled to sneak in an afternoon movie while the rain poured, but little Vivian was tired. She hadn’t taken a decent nap since we arrived; it can be hard for toddlers to get comfortable in an unfamiliar bed, especially [...]


The Best Souveniers

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We recently returned from a week-long trip to Jamaica.  While it was hard to pull the kids out of school for a few days, Chicago’s bitter cold has been painfully brutal this winter.  And, with little #4 due just a couple weeks before Spring Break, we knew that January was the best time for us [...]


Fine Dining with Babies?

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The latest hot topic among parents here in Chicago (and, I think, around the country) revolves around a comment from highly-acclaimed chef Grant Achatz, owner of Alinea, one of the finest and most innovative restaurants in the world.  Diners at Alinea can spend upwards of $600+ for a night of culinary creativity, an indulgence I [...]


Happy Birthday to Me!

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I recently celebrated my birthday. 34. Where does the time go??  I swear, even though I look like a mom to three kids, I am still a cool college kid who knows about all the cool stuff out there!  Right? Right?? My birthday has become a bit of side note to me, but because Evie, [...]


All The Little Children That Round This Table Grew

A few years ago I made a decision: no matter what, we would keep our dining table. Forever.  It was one of the first pieces of beautiful furniture that Chris and I purchased together, and I love it now as I did then.  I love the table’s design – it can go traditional or transitional [...]


Good Clean Dirt

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Oh what a glorious day! After several weeks of biting cold and steady snow, Mother Nature blessed us with a respite in the form of sunshine and 50 degrees. As soon as we stepped outside today, Evie cheered, “It feels like SPRING!” A day like today certainly called for a trip to the neighborhood park, [...]


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