Homemade Living

Fruitflies: Trapped!

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Ahhh the blissful joys of summer. Lazy days on the beach. Long evening walks. Splashing at the neighborhood pool. And…fruit flies! These swarmy little buggers invaded my kitchen the other day, and ever since I’ve been on a mission to eradicate every last teeny one. I know they don’t hurt and the damage they leave [...]


Six Reasons I Don’t Buy Hand Sanitizer

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So, a new report out this week demonizes hand santizer. And, I can’t say I’m surprised. I’ve avoided buying Purell and Germ-X for my family, and hopefully the rest of the world will come around to my point of view. Here’s why I just don’t like the goo my kids refer to as “germ gel”: [...]


Juice Box Hack

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While we were in Florida for our spring break trip, I treated the kids to juice boxes. We don’t normally have them on hand for many reasons: 1) they are expensive 2) they create a lot of waste 3) I’d rather just give my kids real fruit and 4) I think water is the best [...]


Far From Perfect

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By no stretch do I consider myself even a little OCD when it comes to my responsibilities as a wife and mother. While I definitely have my preferred ways to doing things, I have so many things on my “to-do” list that I just don’t have the time for perfection. Sometimes the realities of life [...]


An Apple a Day

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We recently switched the kids’ pediatrician. The practice we were going to since Evie was born was personal and nice, but it was up in the suburbs and not at all convenient (especially when the kids came down with a random ailment right in the middle of rush hour). Almost immediately, I knew the first [...]


Keeping Track of the Dose

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Poor Ben. His big first brithday rolled around last week, and what was he given??? An ear infection! I feel terrible because he probably had it for DAYS before it was diagnosed, but in nearly 7 years of parenting only one kid has had an ear infection once (Mack, when we were in Mexico of [...]


Our Family of Six: By the Numbers

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We might be young and growing family of six, but I am still determined to minimize our impact on this beautiful planet of ours. I go out of my way to reduce the waste generated by this bunch – including making homemade peanut butter, using cloth diapers on the babies, ditching paper towels cold turkey [...]


Reason #14 Why I’m Happy to Use Cloth Diapers on My Baby

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Ever since Evie was born nearly 7 years ago we have been a cloth diapering family. While I suppose cloth diapering might require a modicum of extra work (two loads of laundry a week, that’s it), it has never been a decision that we’ve regretted or lamented. Perhaps one of the best lessons cloth diapering [...]


Roasted Vegetable Sauce

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Brrrrr…it is FREEZING here in Chicago. Like, bitter, bitter, BITTER cold. We’re doing our best to keep busy (and sane!) indoors, and I’ve found that a little creativity goes a long way. Mack wants to be a chef when he grows up, so I try my best to foster his interest in cooking. Quite often [...]


Sweet Potato and Kale Breakfast Bowl

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It might be the dead of winter, but I’m still determined to use as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible in our meals. Sometimes I have to remind myself just how lucky I am to live in a time and place where weather does not have to dictate what and how I eat. There [...]


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