Homemade Living

Thank You, Science!

So, it has been a while since I’ve posted here. Life, as we all know, has been a lot this past year and a half. With eLearning and work and household stuff, there literally hasn’t been time for much else. For more than a year I missed feeling alive, just plodding through each day in […]


When a Pen Explodes in the Dryer

A few weeks ago Chris sent me a text message: Apparently a ballpoint pen and a bag of slime took a spin through the washing machine and then the dryer. Mercifully, the bag of slime remained intact, but the blue pen didn’t survive the dryer. It exploded! Ugh. How was I supposed to clean up […]


Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May is skin cancer awareness month, so this seems like a good opportunity to encourage everyone to reduce exposure to the sun and GET YOUR SKIN CHECKED EVERY FREAKIN’ YEAR. Trust me on this. Please. Late last fall I noticed a few little bumps on the back of my neck. I hadn’t felt them before, […]


This One’s For My Girls

Even though I live in a big city with my big family, often I feel lonely. With so much to do, I don’t have enough time or opportunities to meaningfully connect with people. I know am lucky to surround myself with (a lot of) little humans who adore me, but sometimes I just want a […]


Imperfect Vegetable Soup

We recently took delivery of our first box of imperfect organic produce from a company appropriately called…Imperfect Produce. This new delivery service brings fruits and vegetables not “pretty” enough for grocery store shelves into the homes of eco- and open-minded families like mine. We don’t care if the apples have a spot or the carrots […]


Winter Wear Inventory

Winter in our household can be a challenge. With so many people comes SO MUCH winter gear. Hats, mittens, coats, snowpants, boots…multiply all those things by 8 people (plus an extra back up set for the inevitable lost items) and we have a LOT of stuff. Fortunately, we are really good about using hand-me-downs. As […]


Post Pumpkin Plan

November in Chicago. The month starts and the clouds roll in and the temperatures drop. We’re still early enough in the season where I find the weather to be somewhat delightful and oddly charming: cozy socks, cuddly blankets, hot tea. Hygge to the max!! Last month the kids and I carved pumpkins in the courtyard […]


Easter Egg Hunt

When I was growing up, my dad put on an annual Easter egg hunt for my four siblings and me. He numbered the eggs we dyed with our mom, and then he numbered king size candy bars so every egg matched with a candy bar. After the hunt, we traded in our collected eggs for […]


Barf Bucks

The kids went back to school today after two weeks of winter break. This year’s break felt extra long (not necessarily a bad thing) for a few reasons: 1. Christmas fell on a Monday, so we just had one day between school and the holiday festivities, giving us 14 days to fill with activities and […]


The Matters of Matter

When we were in Europe this summer, I was struck by two things: 1. Geez, Europeans use a lot of disposable plastic water bottles. 2. Wow, they do a ton of recycling and composting, too! I think about these two opposing realities often. It was so nice to see people genuinely care about the simple […]


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