Homemade Living

The Paper Towel Blues

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I recently had to purchase two rolls of paper towels for my daughter’s PK-3 classroom. As it has literally been years since I’ve bought paper towels, I was shocked – SHOCKED, I tell you! – by how expensive a roll is! I could not believe the grocery store charges $2-$3 dollars for a roll of [...]


In Defense of Large Families, Part II

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Last week I announced on Homemade Mothering’s Facebook page the impending arrival of our fifth (yes, fifth) bundle of joy. I want my small corner of the internet to be a place of encouragement and kindness, so reading everyone’s lovely words of congratulations really made my heart swell. It feels good to be surrounded by [...]


Home Energy Report

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Every month we receive not one but TWO notices in the mail from ComEd, our electricity supplier. The first is the monthly bill, which I always promptly pay. The second is a home energy report. The report sums up how our energy usage compares to 100 nearby occupied homes that are similar in size to [...]


Steve’s Paleogoods for Chris

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As I’ve written about before, we stick to a largely Paleo diet. Several years ago Chris suffered from severe stomach and gut problems, and as soon as he adopted a Paleo diet his problems disappeared. So, by default the kids and I eat a lot of Paleo-friendly meals. Pasta is a rarity in our house, [...]


Cup Controversy

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The latest controversy sweeping the interwebs involves the color of a Starbucks coffee cup. While I personally have more important things to worry about, like the length of my kids’ toenails or the starving children in third world countries, apparently some folks like it when their panties bunch up over whether or not a publicly [...]


A Bad Bag Ban

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All summer the eco-geek inside me had been looking forward to August 1. That was the day when our fine city was to join the likes of Seattle, Portland and Boulder, CO with a ban on flimsy plastic grocery store bags. I was so excited… …until I realized our ban was no ban at all [...]


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 [...]


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