Child Care

Homemade Polish Chicken Soup

With my cousin Monika visiting from Poland for the summer, we’ve all had fun reconnecting with our Polish roots. Chris grew up with a Polish father and Polish grandparents, so he’s been practicing speaking his very rusty Polish with Monika, much to her amusement. My Dad asked that I learn how to make a traditional […]


Road Trip!

We recently took a big old fashioned family summer road trip.  Chicago to Windsor, Canada…Windsor to Toronto…Toronto to Niagra Falls…Niagra Falls to Connecticut…Connecticut straight through to Chicago. We covered nearly 2,000 miles in a week. Because we live in a big city, we don’t drive very often.  Just about everything we need is within a […]


Summer’s End…Almost

Ahhhhh…mid August. The last gasp of summer. The final push to check off all the “to-do’s” we put on our list back in June. It always comes to an end too fast, doesn’t it? We’ve had a wonderful summer, but I still feel a pang of guilt. Kids only get a few summers as children, […]


No Message Is That Important

During the past few days, I’ve seen several links to this film by Warner Herzog.  What finally prompted me to click on it was a Facebook post from one of my friends. She implored all of us to watch it, telling us about the mother of one of her daughter’s preschool friends.  The mother was […]


Wheels!

For Evie’s birthday this year, my parents gave her a Micro scooter.  Hot pink, of course.  As soon as Mack saw it, a not-so-tiny spark of jealousy ignited.  All the kids in our neighborhood have one, and now his sister did, too.  He wanted one!!! Mack’s birthday passed a few months ago, but I wanted […]


A Lesson From Trayvon

I haven’t slept well for a week and a half.  Ever since Trayvon Martin’s murderer was set free, I’ve been haunted. The verdict was alarming and disheartening for me, and it makes me anxious to live in a country where this sort of crime can go unpunished. Through some strange loophole in a faulty law, […]


Minted Strawberries for a Birthday Brunch

  Sweet little Evie celebrated her birthday a couple weeks ago. Summer birthdays are the best – warm sunshine, windows open, cute little dresses.  I was born in January…in Chicago…and 30+ years later I still hate the winter! So, I love celebrating Evie’s special day during the warmer season. My parents came over for a […]


Green Kid Crafts Review

As I’ve mentioned here before, I am not a particularly crafty person.  While I enjoy doing most things on my own, projects with the kids are usually quite simple but satisfying.  On grey afternoons we keep busy with tools from our craft tower and whatever can be re-purposed from around the house. So, when I […]


Fun at the Beach?

One of the best parts about living in Chicago is access to beautiful Lake Michigan. There are days when its color matches the Caribbean, and the lake is so vast that one could easily mistake it for an ocean.  Plus, I think the world’s best tasting drinking water comes from the Lake via our kitchen […]


Cloth Diapers Are For Everyone + GIVEAWAY!

My baby sister Colleen is almost a mother!  She is due with her first little man in a few weeks, and we are all so excited for his arrival.  He will be my parents’ EIGHTH grandchild in five years – my sisters and I have been busy – ha! Colleen is an ambitious city girl […]


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