Family Time

Family Bike Ride

Last Saturday was a stunningly beautiful day – crisp blue sky, gentle sunshine, and a Caribbean blue lake. So, my little family of four hopped on bikes to take a tour of our pretty city and savor the summer weather. We rented the bikes for four hours, assuming we’d return them in two. It was [...]


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. [...]


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 [...]


Happy 2nd Birthday to Evelyn!

My little girl turned 2 this week. I have to wonder how two years have passed since she joined our family. I can’t imagine life without her now. She is so full of joy and happiness and curiosity. I am truly blessed to have such a lovely BIG girl for a daughter. To celebrate her [...]


A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words…

With our gorgeous city as a backdrop, I had some professional pictures taken of my little family earlier this month. We were so fortunate to have photographer Lauren Wakefield spend an afternoon with us. She is in the process of starting her own photography business, but based on her professionalism and talent it would be [...]


Happy Homemade Mother’s Day!

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As I write this post I am receiving the world’s best Mother’s Day present: my husband is cleaning the bathrooms! I was about to tackle this task, but he offered to give me a break this week. The only problem? He doesn’t know how to clean a bathroom! The solution? My blog post on cleaning [...]


Summer "To Do" List

Why is it that summer always comes and goes too quickly? We’re not even through the first week of May, but I already feel like the summer is practically over! Our schedule is filling up fast: in the past 24 hours we have been invited to four parties, and we also have two weddings and [...]


A Colorful Sunday

After another long Chicago winter, the city seems to be waking up again. Colorful tulips line city streets and parks – I really appreciate all the effort that goes in to making our city look so great. The other day I was chatting with a few tourists who asked me if the tulips are up [...]


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