Child Care

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 [...]

Happy Birthday!!

My husband *finally* turned 30 this weekend! I entered this decade four months ago, so he’s been teasing me about being married to “an older woman” ever since. Now we’re finally even! To celebrate his big day, I made a nice dinner for our family. Since I gave birth to our son Mack four weeks [...]

The Best Homemade Baby Food


Before Evelyn was born nearly two years ago I never gave much thought to breast feeding. It seemed to me like most moms started out with nursing and then eventually transitioned to formula. So, when my best friend Laura had a baby six months before Evelyn’s birth I looked to her as an example. She [...]

Unsolicited Advice for Mothers to Be

Now that I have delivered two babies, I feel like I have a pretty good idea of what to expect when it comes to labor and delivery. While anything can happen and there is no such thing as a perfectly planned delivery, there are a few things I’ve learned that might make your time in [...]

Baby Blanket for Baby #2

Last week my grandma, mom, and sisters hosted a special party in honor of my second baby (due two days ago!). As I already have more than I need to take care of a newborn, they decided to invite the ladies of my family to a knitting shower. We all had to knit an 8″x8″ [...]

Baby Registry Tips

My second pregnancy is wrapping up so I’ve been taking an inventory of all the stuff we have for newborns. With the first baby, there is so much to buy, but the second time around we’re pretty much all set. While it is nice to know we’re totally ready for the newest member of our [...]

A Good Quote

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My friend Kendee shared this quote with me just before Christmas . Several of us were discussing over email about how busy moms can be during the holiday season (and all year ’round, actually!). This saying hangs in her mother-in-law’s home, and it is recited all the time by her family. Cleaning and scrubbing can [...]

A Mayan Morning

We just returned from a nice long trip to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Getting away from a Chicago winter – if only for a little while – gave us the strength to make it to spring! We were fortunate enough to visit Chichen Itza, a true wonder of the world, where we introduced little Evelyn to [...]

Homemade Fathering!

I recently celebrated my birthday! 30! Yikes! I always thought turning 30 would be a very difficult birthday — I was pretty content being a 20-something and I didn’t like the idea of entering a new decade. I can be a very sentimental person and I try so hard to be grateful for every day, [...]


Its hard to believe Christmas is over! I love the holiday season, and I’m always a little sad when it ends. Sometimes I wish Christmas came later in the winter so we’d have something warm and cozy to look forward to during the year’s bitter months. While we spent Christmas Eve with my very large [...]

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