Child Care

The Potty Training Manifesto

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Several years ago I shared a post titled “The Cloth Diapering Manifesto” outlining my knowledge on cloth diapering.  It got a lot of parents thinking about cloth diapering, and I was happy to spread my love of cloth.  Now that I have successfully potty trained two kids by the age of 2, I thought I’d [...]


Leprechaun Trap for St. Patty’s Day

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Last week Evie came home from school with a homework assignment from her wonderful pre-school teachers: build a leprechaun trap. Chris had to work late every night last week, so the leprechaun trap gave the kids and I something fun to work on after dinner. I had never heard of a leprechaun trap before, but [...]


Terra Baby Cloth Diaper GIVEAWAY!

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As I wrote about a few months ago, I recently launched Terra Baby, a line of affordable and adorable cloth diapers.  So far business is going well – we’ve shipped all over the country from Connecticut to Washington and everywhere in between.  Its nice to know a few more babies are covered in cloth! I [...]


Sweet Dreams

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I’ve been having a hard time falling asleep lately. Later this month, Vivian and Mack will celebrate birthdays which means that another year has flown by. Life is going too fast. I could live to 150 and still not check off everything on my to-do list.  I want to stop time and live without distractions [...]


Something to Read to the Grandkids (someday!)

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For me, this blog is a love letter to my children.  Yes, its nice to see so many loyal readers stopping by to see what’s new at Homemade Mothering, but first and foremost this blog as a way to document my young family’s milestones and memories so we can look back fondly and remember this [...]


Homemade Puzzles

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Chicago (finally) got a bit of winter weather yesterday.  The sleet started around 10 am, and the snow continued through the night. For this lifelong Midwesterner, however, the few inches on the ground this morning were but a pittance. Mack loves playing in the snow, but yesterday’s weather was wet and icy so we stayed [...]


Drama at the Train Table

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The kids and I went to an indoor playspace tonight. The place is designed so kids can run and play while moms drink a coffee.  Its perfect because the kids have fun and the moms get a few minutes of freedom from entertaining them. Every time we visit this place Mack spends 90% of his [...]


Better Than A Carnation

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I don’t think I’ve ever had an *amazing* Valentine’s Day. Its always been a Hallmark holiday for me.  When I was in high school, the booster club sponsored a carnation delivery – boys would buy carnations for girls, and the flowers would be delivered during class.  Every year I wished for a carnation. And I [...]


Homemade Mother of the Week: Alice O’Connor, Doula

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This post is the 12th in the series “Homemade Mother of the Week.” If you know a woman who is thoughtfully sharing her passion for the planet, families or the well-being of others, please nominate her for this special recognition.  Send an email with all the details to maureen@homemademothering.com This week I am so happy to [...]


Noodle Beads

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As I’ve written about before, my Mack is a force to be reckoned with.  He needs to keep busy or else he’s causing trouble.  When I saw a recipe on Pinterest for beads made out of pasta I knew it would be a fun activity for us to do together.  He and I had the [...]


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