Standing up for my two-year old: Weenie, Part Two

Here’s the story: S and I were at Whole Foods the other day. The store wasn’t particularly busy, and I generally let her run around (we’ll call it moderately wild) as long as there aren’t a billion people and she’s not breaking things or hurting anyone. Most of our fellow Whole Foods patrons reacted with... Read more »

Hello, Nasty: A Rant

It took me a solid 2 years to adjust to living in the city. The noise and the dirt, the general hubbub, the ratio of a-holes to kind, civil humans. Some might argue that Hyde Park is hardly the city and, fin many ways, I’m inclined to agree. Until yesterday, in fact, I honest to... Read more »

The New Hyde Park

It’s fascinating how quickly projects like Harper Court come together, isn’t it? Last summer, we were looking at a giant hole in the ground, and today… In the name of blog research and Hyde Park community, I’m testing out each new business as it opens. Akira? Mostly clothes for young people (or less-than-very-young people who... Read more »
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Hyde Park: Let's Do This

Alright, Hyde Park. I’ve got to tell you, I almost cashed it in. After my dramatic entry a few weeks ago, I got lots of notes — emails, voicemails, texts (a few comments — thanks!) — all sympathizing, all offering thoughts on what’s going on in Hyde Park, why crime is up, why we’re not... Read more »

Sweet Home Chicago

Well hello, Hyde Park. It’s been a month since you last heard from me, and I’ve been buried deep in a pit of work crises, nap resistance (S, not me), and overanalysis. August, as you might remember, is simple living month around these parts, and since this is the interweb, where truth reigns, I should... Read more »

Lower Electricity: B's Guest Post

Anyone who knows B sees all the obvious reasons I married him: he’s interesting and super fun, smart, dependable, generous, thoughtful, and he has the easiest laugh (by far) of anyone I’ve ever met. The list goes on and on — I’m lucky to have him in my life, and crazy lucky to call him... Read more »
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Simply Fun: Shari's Guest Post

I am certainly not getting any awards for timely posting of blogs this week, so without further ado, Shari: Shari Schmidt writes about finding fun things to do with the family at Get Out and have Fun Around Chicagoland and about life with twins at Two Times the Fun. When she’s not blogging, she’s a... Read more »

How to Shop Simply

My, but simple living is different this year. August, for one, is back to school time, which you might think isn’t pertinent to me since my toddler is not entering the hallowed halls of any local elementary this fall. You’d be wrong. S is 18 months, which means she has suddenly grown long limbs and... Read more »

God Whispers Along the River: Pam's Guest Post

Welcome Pam to Hello Hyde Park! Pam’s content is a bit of a divergence here on Hello Hyde Park, and, if we’re being honest, a bit of a divergence for me. While I appreciate the tradition and community of organized religion, I am not a Christian and am, in fact, easy to provoke into religious... Read more »
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5 things you can do to simplify...your kitchen

Buy it in bulk. There are a lot of ways to do this: some people love Costco, others love the bins at Whole Foods. Amazon subscribe and save is a great option with good prices and the convenience factor of having something delivered on a schedule. S sleeps in disposable diapers, so we have a... Read more »