Confessions of a serial rule follower

Confessions of a serial rule follower
I like to have fun. Really, I do! I like to laugh, I like to live it up, but I have a confession to make. I’m a serial rule follower. I’m not talking about the um, sip of wine (or something like that) I had before I turned 21. I’m talking about your everyday run... Read more »

What the Irish (and one guy from Montreal) really think about Chicago

What the Irish (and one guy from Montreal) really think about Chicago
Ireland. Fran and I just got back from an eleven day trip and what can I say? We had a fantastic time. I did some scientific research about what the Irish really think about Chicago. By that I mean we randomly talked to people around the cities and mostly in pubs, so I’m pretty much... Read more »

Flying without kids is a nightmare

Flying without kids is a nightmare
You read that right. Flying without kids is a nightmare. You probably think I’m insane and you might be right. Hear me out. Sometime last year Fran told me he would have to attend a conference in the summer of 2014. This isn’t unusual for him and he was already traveling to two other places... Read more »
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My kids didn't go to summer camp and I lived to tell the tale

When I first moved to the area outside of Chicago where I currently live, Lilia was two and a half. We moved in the middle of December and by spring we were slowly coming out of our state of hibernation and meeting more neighbors and other parents. When she was three I started getting the... Read more »

The Worst Smoothie Ever

The Worst Smoothie Ever
I love to make smoothies and juices. Fruits and vegetables are my friends. I make drinks with spinach and kale and even make Mean Green juice and this fantastic beet juice. Today, I decided to try something new. I shall call it, The Worst Smoothie Ever. I have two words for you. Dandelion greens. If... Read more »

The war on the critters in my garden

The war on the critters in my garden
Last year, we planted our first ever fruit/vegetable garden and the results were so-so. I thought we did everything right. We had the magical mix of soil, compost and sand we should have used, but the things we planted from seed didn’t come up so well. I used tomato plants that were already grown and... Read more »
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Let's talk about procrastination

I may have been procrastinating about writing this post about procrastinating. Yes, I’ve been following my own advice and writing every day. However, I clearly haven’t been blogging every day. If procrastination were an art form, I would be Michelangelo or Picasso or Georgia O’Keeffe. Or some unknown artist that hasn’t become famous yet because... Read more »

Why you shouldn't brush off your kids

Why you shouldn't brush off your kids
I was enjoying the nice weather with Franky today. We decided to take the dog for a walk at one of our favorites walking paths. We were just gallivanting around without a care in the world when all of a sudden Franky started screaming, “There’s a bug in my ear! AHHHHH!” Now, mind you, at... Read more »

Unique Easter egg idea: blow the egg out of its shell

Unique Easter egg idea: blow the egg out of its shell
If you’re looking for something unique to do with your Easter eggs, try blowing the egg right out of its shell! The gross factor here is kind of high, but the finished product is worth it. Also “gross” is in the eye of the beholder. The kids actually thought it was hilarious and overall a... Read more »
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Can the French diet help your heart and your waistline?

Can the French diet help your heart and your waistline?
A couple of years back I got my family on the plant based food train (fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes and the like). I still stand by this, but I’ve been intrigued lately by French cooking. I’m no stranger to French cheeses and I recently made a French vegetable soup recipe that I defrosted and ate... Read more »