Child Care

Happy Halloween!

When I was growing up, which really wasn’t all that long ago, Halloween seemed to have more of a homemade aspect to it. I don’t remember my mom ever buying my siblings and me costumes. Rather, we were left to our own resourcefulness to come up with a suitable and entertaining outfit for the day. [...]


Food for a Big Girl

My sixteen month old little big girl has moved on from pureed baby food. Since she made the transition a couple months ago, she has been uncharacteristically picky when it comes to food. She loves eggs, string cheese, pears and apple sauce, but even I was getting bored with those. Time to get creative! In [...]


Apple Picking and Apple Muffins!

We took a family trip to a charming apple orchard in Indiana the other day. It was Evie’s first taste of fall tradition and I think she loved every minute of it! The weather was perfect — sunny and high 70s, but the smell of fall was certainly in the air. Bees were furiously gathering [...]


The Cloth Diapering Manifesto

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Since my first daughter was born we’ve been a cloth diapering family. While we were initially interested in cloth diapers for environmental reasons, the more we learned about disposables the more scared we were of them. With the knowledge we acquired we could not use disposables in good conscience. Here are a few reasons for [...]


A Fall Lunch…In August

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While grocery shopping yesterday I scored a five pound bag of fresh organic carrots for $1.49 at Stanley’s, my favorite neighborhood produce market. I knew they would make for a delicious batch of homemade carrot soup, so I happily scooped up a bag. I am always on the look out for last minute inspiration while [...]


Picnic for a Concert

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We took Evelyn to her first concert the other night! The show was at an outdoor venue that encourages concertgoers to bring along picnics. I asked my mom and sisters for some picnic menu ideas, and my mom’s suggestion was the winner. It all came together and we had a great time! Fried Chicken I [...]


My Baby is One!

Yesterday we celebrated Evelyn’s first birthday. I can’t believe my precious bundle of joy is now a big girl! We started off her special day with chocolate chip pancakes made from scratch. Its a tradition I grew up with, and I plan to continue it as my little family grows. She ate three pancakes (I [...]


Homemade Baby Food on a Rainy Day

We live near a great produce market called Stanley’s. I always find a really nice selection of organic produce at conventional produce prices. Organic apples for $1.29/pound, organic strawberries for $0.98/package, organic zucchini for $0.69/pound…it doesn’t get much better than that! With all the reasonably priced organic produce at Stanley’s its easy for me to [...]


Family Historian

As a homemade mother, I am responsible for all the family’s records and documentation. In other words, I gotta keep all our photos organized! In the few months following Evelyn’s arrival we took hundreds (maybe thousands?) of pictures and before I knew it they were all over the place and in no special order. I [...]


The Case for Homemade Baby Food…

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I am a baby food chef. Now, I don’t want to sound like one of “those” mothers — a woman who is so neurotic and controlling that she insists on slaving away in the kitchen to prepare only the finest for her baby. However, when it comes to the food I am putting into my [...]


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