Family Time


doll house

For a while I was operating under the not entirely unreasonable delusion that April in Chicago would be sunny and warm.  While the weekends have been lovely, Monday through Friday has brought nothing by gray clouds and scattered showers.  Sigh. The kids and I are now battling cabin fever.  The kids were getting especially restless [...]

This Is Motherhood


My dear friend Courtney and I have been exchanging emails about the difficulty of mothering toddlers.  Two and three year-olds are so willful and stubborn and challenging.  When my patience is pressed I have to remind myself that my daughter isn’t even three yet…that the world is frustrating for her…that she doesn’t know how to [...]

Gratitude Journal


I am always looking for ways to teach my kids about gratitude.  We are so fortunate and blessed, and I don’t want them to take anything for granted.  But, sometimes it can be hard to highlight the importance of gratitude to small kids when when I am consumed by the busyness of every day. So, [...]

Vacation Relaxation


We recently took a lovely trip to a small island off the coast of Mexico.  With warm temperatures, sunny skies and soft sandy beaches, I was in heaven. The only issue? I couldn’t really relax. With two little ones it takes a mom about 12 seconds to realize that mom doesn’t get a vacation, and [...]

Homemade Banana Pie for the Birthday Boy


My baby boy turned one last week.  I am in utter disbelief.  How can my little man already be old enough to clap, jump, say “mama” and “da!”, climb on to everything and hold up one finger to let us all know how old he is?!  I think one of the hardest parts about being [...]

Here Comes the Sun

messy toys

We are very fortunate to live in a generously sized downtown Chicago apartment.  When we first moved in two years ago we thought two bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, a dining room and in-unit laundry all spaced on two floors would be more than enough room for our young family. Oh, how foolish we were… Christmas [...]

Homemade Apple Sauce


Last month Chris and I took the kids to an apple orchard in Indiana. We hope to make this an annual family tradition as it is a very pleasant way to spend time together as a family on an autumn afternoon. When I think back to our trip last year I can’t believe how much [...]

Pumpkin Farm and Pumpkin Bread

pumpkin farm

As much as I hate to say goodbye to summer, there is something rather warm and comforting about fall. Autumn traditions like apple picking and pumpkin carving evoke cozy memories from my childhood. I’m so grateful I can now share these customs with my own small family. Fortunately, Chicago has enjoyed a mild October, so [...]

City Farm on a City Night

Tonight Chris and I took the kids to a small fundraiser for City Farm, a one acre plot of vacant land in the middle of the city that otherwise would sit unused while waiting for development. Volunteers use the space in a productive and sustainable way, growing food for the community. I have driven by [...]

Trick? Or Treat?

My friend and fellow blogger Adrienne from A Maison recently asked me about Halloween treats for trick-or-treaters. As a Homemade Mother-To-Be, Adrienne wants to pass out something healthy and unique to her neighbors. She just moved to a cute Chicago neighborhood that, like most communities, discourages distributing homemade goodies to little ghosts and goblins. So [...]

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