Homemade Living

Simple Storage Solution

As I’ve written about countless times before, I really hate plastic. And I especially hate storing food in plastic. All those questionable chemicals leeching into lovely leftovers? No thanks! I have a nice collection of glass storage containers – my favorite are Frigoverre ones that come in plenty of shapes and sizes. I also hang […]

A Conscious Consumer

How often do you consider a product’s packaging before you purchase it? For me, its every time. I am determined to reduce the amount of waste my family generates, so by questioning a product’s wrapping before I buy it I am trying to be a conscious consumer. Instead of just looking at the food in […]

Reason #47 Why Its Good to be a Homemade Mother

Phew! I sure am glad I’m a homemade mother! Today I was busy dusting furniture when little Mack decided it was time for a diaper change. I put the dusting spray bottle down and brought him upstairs to take care of him. While I was out of sight, two-year old Evelyn took it upon herself […]

The Homemade Way to Clean the Shower

There are too many household cleaners available. Why do we need individual cleaners for the toilet, floors, countertops, sinks, and shower?? Shouldn’t we expect products to multi-task?! And, more importantly, shouldn’t we expect the products we use around our families to be safe? As with most household chores, I rely on vinegar and a little […]

My New Grocery Store

A few months ago I wrote about how I believe the milk we drink is over processed. All milk sold in grocery stores is pasteurized and homogenized. These processes kill off beneficial germs and destroy some of the natural nutrition found in milk. So, I set out to find a local source for raw milk, […]

Recycling Reminders

I have always been a nut about recycling. My 2 year old daughter even knows the word – she says “cycling” – and helps me empty our recycling bin every day. I think its pretty cute that I’ve got a future eco-warrior by my side! Most people know to recycle paper, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, […]

The Homemade Way to Clean the Floor

I have a confession I am ashamed to make: during my pregnancy I broke down and bought a Swiffer. The thought of getting on my hands and knees to scrub the floors was too much for me to handle, so I let laziness get the best of me and I opted for what I thought […]

Some Stuff on Stuff

I’m feeling overwhelmed. With stuff. With a wedding four years ago…and two babies in two years…and thirty years of LIFE…we now have more than enough stuff. Do I really need all of this? Do I really want most of it?! A couple years ago we lived in corporate housing in New York City while my […]

My Favorite Skin Care Ingredient

In the past few weeks, several people have asked me about what lotion I use. My answer to them is quite simple: none. I used to slather on creams after getting out of the shower, but I found that my skin was always dry. This didn’t seem right to me, so several years ago I […]

Happy Earth Day!

Today marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. To celebrate, Evelyn, Mack and I took a long walk to a lovely park on the Chicago River. Even though we live in a big city I still want my kids to connect with nature. Fortunately, Chicago is a very “green” city, with more than 7 million […]

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