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Too Much Trash!

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Considering its size and dense population, Chicago is a shockingly clean city.  Everyone who visits always says, “Chicago is like a clean version of New York.”  However, on Sunday mornings after a weekend’s worth of festivities the corner garbage cans are overflowing.  I suppose I should be grateful that the trash is properly disposed of [...]


Chill Out

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Its hot. Its also July. So, will everyone quit the complaining?  I waited ALL winter for this kind of weather, and I L-O-V-E it!  Honestly, if it was hovering close to 85 degrees every day you’d never hear a negative peep outta me. I’m a summer girl trapped in the northern hemisphere, and its likely [...]


Truly Great Great-Grandparents!

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My grandparents are two of the coolest people I know.  They live in the city…and I mean LIVE in the city.  They’ll jump on the bus at a moment’s notice to meet friends for lunch or family for dinner. They belong to book clubs, they walk along the lake, they volunteer at the zoo, they [...]


Testing Reusable Snack Bags + GIVEAWAY!!

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While pushing our kids on the swings recently, my neighborhood friends and I were talking about Costco.  They couldn’t believe I don’t have a membership to the big warehouse retailer; I couldn’t understand why their small families need to buy anything in bulk.  I asked them what they purchase from Costco, and everything they buy [...]


My Own Little Patch of Green in the Big City

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I love living in a big city.  We never suffer a shortage of things to do, I walk e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e., we have plenty of friends nearby and just about anything we could possibly need is with a few blocks of our home.  City living offers so much. But, I often lament my lack of private green [...]


Taking a Look at “Eco-Forward” Disposable Dinnerware

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I was recently asked to take a look at Bare by Solo, an “eco-forward” line of single-use plates and cups from the popular Solo brand.   As a Homemade Mother, I just do not buy disposable plates and cups, and I am especially wary of mixing food with plastic.  So, my first instinct upon receiving the [...]


URGENT Action Needed!!

My grandma just sent me an urgent message about an upcoming decision from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on deregulating genetically engineered alfalfa, a clover-like forage crop.  As humans don’t normally consume alfalfa, it may seem like an unimportant issue for us.  However, when you consider the food chain it is easy to see [...]


Green New Year’s Resolutions

I was recently interviewed for an article about green-themed New Year’s resolutions.  At first it took me a while to come up with one – I make an effort every day to green my life.  It quickly dawned on me that the best way for me to continue the green lifestyle is to share it [...]


Overpackaging and Overbagging

On Sunday we took a family stroll to do some shopping along Michigan Avenue. Despite the crowds and hot stores and long lines Evelyn was a very good girl. To thank her, I let her choose a treat for herself on the walk home. It was no surprise to me that she asked for a [...]


City Farm on a City Night

Tonight Chris and I took the kids to a small fundraiser for City Farm, a one acre plot of vacant land in the middle of the city that otherwise would sit unused while waiting for development. Volunteers use the space in a productive and sustainable way, growing food for the community. I have driven by [...]


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