Easy vegan peanut butter fudge

Easy vegan peanut butter fudge
I just made this easy vegan peanut butter fudge for the first time last week and I’m addicted. It really is one of the simplest desserts you can make and many of you probably already have the ingredients at home. Here’s how you do it: Ingredients: 1/2 cup peanut butter (or any nut butter) 2... Read more »

My top 5 guilty pleasures

1. Makeup websites/tutorials. Have you ever browsed a website and one click led to another and you realized you just lost a good portion of your life? Some people find this happens on Pinterest, Reddit (guilty) or YouTube. I can scroll through websites dedicated to makeup advice like it’s my job. Makeup for days! Face... Read more »

What's the craziest thing you've seen on a road trip?

My goal for today, after writing my post about revamping The New Abides, was to follow up with a “real” post. Well, things got real today with my kids and homework and all of that fun parenting stuff. So, I leave you with these two camels riding around Arkansas. I’ve been on a lot of... Read more »
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5 things to do on a snow day: Kid edition

5 things to do on a snow day: Kid edition
It’s been a little chilly here in Chicago this week. Schools have been closing down and parents have been looking for things to do on a snow day to keep everyone from losing their marbles. Luckily, we survived the Polar Vortex last year and I lived to share some of our favorite activities with you... Read more »

The best Christmas album you should be listening to right now

Yesterday I read some comments on another site from people who are loving the marshmallow song from the Target commercials. As in, they think that Target made up the song for their holiday ads. Couple that with the fact that I’ve been playing Darlene Love’s version of “Marshmallow World” and A Christmas Gift for You... Read more »

Rock concerts: Then and now

January 1990. My first concert. The place: Rosemont Horizon. The band: New Kids on the Block. I wore a pink and white New Kids on the Block sweatshirt. I was in a stadium with one million other girls screaming and sweating and trying to see one speck on the stage which happened to be Joe... Read more »
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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 »