Child Care

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

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, […]


Christmas!

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 […]


FREE Eco-Friendly Wrapping Paper

As I have written about before, I am not a fan of wrapping paper. All those trees taken down to create paper that is literally torn up and thrown away in seconds?! No thank you!! Instead, I usually use newspaper (my great-grandma used to use the comics section) or old paper shopping bags. This Christmas, […]


Maureen’s Green Starter!

Evie has been fighting a cold for about a week now. While I feel lucky because this is only her second cold/sickness in the first 17 months of her life, I also feel so sad for her. She hates having her nose wiped and she has a bit of a cough — no fun for […]


My Favorite Soldier

Veteran’s Day is a very special day in our household. My husband was a captain in the Army and deployed to Iraq. Although he is no longer active duty military, I treat November 11 as another birthday. He worked hard to serve our country with honor, and during his deployment he never complained once. He […]


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