I'm Not Ready for Fall: Confessions of a Chicago Transplant

I'm Not Ready for Fall: Confessions of a Chicago Transplant
Sure, the Fall is nice: leaves turning colors, crisp air, hot cocoa and the like. But in Chicago, the Fall means one thing: the Winter is Coming. It’s not like we could just slip a few degrees a day until, “oh wait it’s Fall.” No, no. One day it was a cool but summer day... Read more »

Green City Market: Gorgeous Grapes & Family Fun with Baba Ellie

Green City Market: Gorgeous Grapes & Family Fun with Baba Ellie
I’ve mentioned the grapes before…but sometimes people think they don’t like grapes. I get it–they are juicy but lack much flavor. But you’re thinking of supermarket grapes (even organic varieties that are an arm and a leg at Whole Foods). The grapes in Starbucks protein packs or fruit cups are not exciting. But when grapes... Read more »

Being A Parent Could be the Hardest Thing You Ever Do

Being A Parent Could be the Hardest Thing You Ever Do
With Ferguson, ISIS, and other very difficult situations in the world I feel a little bit silly writing about the ordinary challenges of motherhood–but this is for those out there that feel me-ya know? My mom always told me that when she went to college she thought she was doing the more difficult thing, while... Read more »
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The Happiness Project: Does Being Happy Have to Be So Much Work? A Book Review

The Happiness Project: Does Being Happy Have to Be So Much Work? A Book Review
I’m in a book group. I found mine through Meetup.com which I highly recommend. Anyway, our August book is The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Our Conclusion of this book/project was that it was overwhelming. This woman had to have had a full-time nanny while she was working on her “happiness project” in order to... Read more »

Mildred Pagan: Death Won't have the Final Say With Lathrop Community Activist

Mildred Pagan: Death Won't have the Final Say With Lathrop Community Activist
Today I am grieving the death a friend and a hero: Mildred Pagan. A woman who I wished I knew better–a woman who could get things done, while living in relative poverty. She fought for her community at Lathrop Homes and she fought for her neighbors. She died Tuesday morning from complications following a massive... Read more »

Sleep Training Confession & How My Baby Finally Slept Through the Night

 Sleep Training Confession & How My Baby Finally Slept Through the Night
I sleep trained my son.Wait that’s not the confession. Actually, we all sleep train weather we call it that or not. Some babies are easier than others and some are trained to sleep next to  momma (though this is very natural way indeed). While it was not easy using the chair method or sleep lady shuffle... Read more »
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In Memory of Grandma Rose

In Memory of Grandma Rose
At ninety-three years old, Rose Jessee hardly had a wrinkle on her face. She would have attributed it to Oil of Olay twice a day and staying out of thesun, but I’m not so sure. Grandma never liked to be seen without her Clinique lipstick and her colored black hair set… Then few years ago,... Read more »

Green City Market: Rasberries, Zuchinni and Eating Locally

Green City Market: Rasberries, Zuchinni and Eating Locally
Have I mentioned that I love going to the farmer’s market? Oh, I have? That’s right. This week I found  mounds of zucchini to be very inviting.  And, I took the opportunity to make my first zughetti using my new Spirializer. Baby approved. For dessert? Raspberries. Anyway, I have this idea to eat purely farm-to-table,... Read more »

My Dearest Chicago

My Dearest Chicago
My Dearest Chicago, I remember the day I met you. I stood looking at  the blueness of the lake and the white Navy Pier Farris Wheel in the foreground. I looked up and to my right at the skyscrapers over shadowing me.  I felt like a little kid, with the excitement of day flowing through... Read more »
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Baby's Don't Need Baby Food Part 2: How We Dine Out

Baby's Don't Need Baby Food Part 2:  How We Dine Out
The first three months of Sugar’s life I thought, “this is awesome–we don’t have to stop going out to dinner, he sleeps though the whole thing every time.” If he didn’t fall asleep in the car seat on the way there, I would put him in a sling or my ergo and cuddle him until... Read more »