Category: Parenting

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 »

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 »

Namaste: Lara's Guest Post

Welcome Lara to Hello Hyde Park! You all know I’ve asked a few friends to share their thoughts on simple living, and I’m happy to introduce Lara, whose post has me breathing a little more deeply already… About Lara: Lara lives with her husband and 2-year-old son in Lakeview. She enjoys baking, running, reading and... Read more »

5 things you can do to with a toddler

Put her shoes on in the car. She’s trapped. She’s still. You have, for once, the upper hand. Get a mudroom. Do it however it will work for you. What it means for us is a bench outside our front door, stocked with “outside” towels and soap. This isn’t a joke. S has been hosed... Read more »

This Weekend in Hyde Park (Aug 11-12)

Whew. A big weekend on the South Side, with lots of free fun. Bud Billiken Saturday, Aug 11 Starts at 10 am I wrote about the parade and its history last year, so I’ll keep it brief here. It’s kind of a big deal, which, if you’ve lived here longer than a minute, you already... Read more »

Biting the Hand that Feeds Her

Hyde Park readers, I hope you can forgive another post unrelated to our lovely neighborhood. As some of you may have guessed from the few-and-far-between posts of late, our household has been in a bit of a state: traveling, work-gone-awry, broken a/c, slugs eating my spinach, and the onset of summer have all converged to... Read more »

House Rules

Everyone’s blogging today about the Time article “Are you Mom Enough?,” which illustrates its point with a cover photo of a woman breastfeeding her 3-year old. I’ve seen the photo called “pornographic” and the parenting style the article profiles called “impossible.” I’m a conscientious objector to blogging about this sort of thing; all I really... Read more »

Sunshine Party

This is not a party planning blog, or a craft blog, or even, strictly speaking, a mommy blog. However, I am a mommy, and I am (in fits and spurts) crafty, and I do LOVE an excuse to throw (or attend!) a party. So indulge me for a moment while I share the details from... Read more »

3 Fun Ways to Spend Cold Days (in Hyde Park)

Earlier this week, I promised a post about my new perspective on Hyde Park now that I am a mostly-at-home mom. Wait no more — here are 3 cool Hyde Park things S and I have been up to over the past two weeks. During the day Istria is blessedly, gorgeously quiet. I took S... Read more »