Child Care

My Mother’s Day Gift to Myself

For Mother’s Day this year, I respectfully told Chris that I didn’t want a gift. We’ve taken a couple trips lately and I really didn’t want anything and the last thing I need is more stuff. Chris knows me well: I’d rather have an experience than a thing, so the little vacations we took as […]


So Little Time

I haven’t had much time to write lately. Because, frankly, I am just so busy. These days I barely have time to brush my hair, let alone sit quietly at a computer for a few minutes! But, writing this blog means that I am able to carve out time for me, so when I don’t […]


Wonderland, Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure

Whoa, that was a busy weekend! Chris’s birthday, Mack’s baseball, Evie’s Father-Daugther Dance, Mack’s birthday party. And on top of it all I have been so congested and sick that all I’ve wanted to do it relax in bed (but that definitely did not happen).  I seriously need a weekend from the weekend. On Saturday […]


Disney Lite

I freely admit that I am a bit of a grump when it comes to Disneyworld. I respect that it is a very special place for lots of people, but waiting in long sweaty lines with lots of sweaty people just is not my idea of fun. Layer in anxious and exhausted kids, and I’d […]


Give Me a Break

During our recent trip to Florida, we enjoyed some major family time. Beach in the morning, biking in the afternoon, pool in the evening. Add in some serious lizard hunting and Disney rides and extra ice cream cones and I’d say it was a kid fantasy come true. By the time dinner rolled around, we […]


Two Trips in One

We just returned from a wonderful spring break trip to Florida. All year we had no plans to travel, but then last month I found ridiculously low airfare – so low that it could not be ignored – so low that it was cheaper than driving! – so we decided to book the trip. I […]


Twooth Fairy

My little Evie is growing up so fast! This year she finally started to lose her teeth. I’m pretty sure she was one of the last of her classmates to lose one, but since she is the youngest in her grade I reassured her that everything was happening in the right time. The other day […]


A Nice Night

Ahhhhhh. Chicago. The old saying “if you don’t like the weather in Chicago, wait five minutes” couldn’t be truer than in the spring. A week ago we had snow, and today we enjoyed sunshine and 70 degrees. The kids and I spent the entire day outside, and when Chris suggested we walk to dinner we […]


Peskiest Post Pregnancy Problem

Ugh. It happens every time. So I shouldn’t be surprised. But, still. My hair. Three or four months after I have a baby, my hair falls out. In clumps. It is gross and so annoying. But, three or four months after that, the hair starts to regrow. Yay, right? Not quite. Because it grows back […]


GIVEAWAY! Five Lucky Winners Get a Sucklebuckle™!!

Last week I introduced the Homemade Mothering community to Christine Prill, founder and CEO of Sucklebuckle™, a handy tool that makes breastfeeding a little easier for busy moms. I am a fan of anything that encourages and supports nursing mamas, and I think Christine’s invention is genius. Take a look at my nifty device for holding […]


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