Homemade Living

Why I Like Coconut Oil

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I have a confession to make: I like fat. Let me qualify that statement: I like healthy fats. I’ll happily consume bacon and whole milk and butter from pasture-raised cows (balanced out, of course, with lots of vegetables).  As far as I’m concerned, traditional foods in their natural state are far, far better for me [...]


SECURE FURNITURE TO THE WALL

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Nearly 5 years after bringing our first baby home, we recently got around to one of the more important things on our baby-proofing check-list: secure furniture to the wall.  We had many excuses for the delay: we weren’t sure when/if we were moving, we didn’t have the time, we didn’t have the right equipment. But, [...]


Refreshing Fresh Coconut Water

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We recently returned from a very last minute trip to Jamaica.  The airfare was reasonable and my mom was there to help with the kids and the temperature in Chicago was 7 degrees…so it just seemed like the perfect time to go. One day Chris, Mack, my dad and I took a long walk to [...]


Unconventional Uses for Conventional Products

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As a Homemade Mother, I am constantly looking for ways to streamline my life.  Stuff isn’t good for our home, and it isn’t good for the planet, either.  Getting by on less really is so refreshing.  I hate clutter, so I’m always bringing unused items to Goodwill or selling things on Ebay.  I do my [...]


Sweaty Bands – My New Fav Accessory!

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I think I should write a book about all the things people don’t mention about pregnancy and childbirth. Sure, we’ve all heard about the weight gain and exhaustion, but no one ever bothered to warn me about the one thing that drives me nuts: post-pregnancy hair loss.  About three months after I give birth, my [...]


Making Time for Exercise

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A few months ago I joined Shred 415, a fitness studio here in the city. The gym offers hour-long semi-personal interval training classes that kick my butt and keep me motivated.  The classes are a nonstop combination of hardcore treadmill work and muscle burning floor exercises.  I leave every high-intensity class sweaty and exhausted, and [...]


Why I Love My Cast Iron Skillet

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When we were married more than six years ago, we were gifted with a sturdy cast iron skillet.  For years, I was so intimidated by the thing.  It was so heavy.  And I was pretty sure it required special care and washing.  And what was I supposed to cook in it, anyway? But a few [...]


Merry Christmas Through the Mail

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One of my absolute favorite holiday traditions is sending and receiving holiday cards.  There is something quaint and special about sending real cards through the real mail. Putting pen to paper requires more thought and time than a quick email or Facebook post, and I always get excited to open a mailbox full of something [...]


Holistic Moms Network Natural Living Conference

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Today was a busy one for us.  Chris and my brother-in-law Rob completed the Urbanathalon – an 11 mile endurance race that incorporated city landmarks and urban obstacle courses set on city streets.  The kids and I left the house early to cheer them on, and after the race we all went out for breakfast. [...]


Simple Date Night Hairdo

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I’m really having fun with Pinterest.  I check it once a day (usually on my phone while I’m nursing Vivian), and its always a fun pick-me-up.  Like most people, I’ve pinned far more than I can possibly accomplish, so when I actually attempt a pin I’m particularly proud of myself. Chris and I took a [...]


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