Archive for June 2012

5 Family Road Trip Tips

5 Family Road Trip Tips
I used to tremble with fear when I heard certain words put together: Kid-Friendly Budget-Buy Licensed-Character Road-Trip Those words were giant flashing lights to AVOID Until I joined the motherhood sorority. Now, you may have noticed that my motherhood sorority is not capitalized. It is not some fancy Tea-on-Tuesdays-at-the-Clubhouse Sorority. Nope, my motherhood sorority is... Read more »

Date Night: Preservation Bread and Wine - The Best Dining in Geneva

Date Night: Preservation Bread and Wine - The Best Dining in Geneva
The goal during my sabbatical was to accomplish nothing. My to-do list consisted of  enjoying my family and finally having the chance to talk to my husband, Peter, about more than our lack of sleep, diaper changes and preschool meltdowns. It had been months since we had been out on a date and bored with... Read more »

I'm still making baby food...

I'm still making baby food...
For five month now, I’ve been making baby food for my son, Mr. C.  This weekend, I made carrots and broccoli, zucchini and broccoli, sweet potatoes, pears and apples. Here is what I spent on fresh produce:   Red apples $1.86 Sweet potatoes $0.93 Pears $1.92 Zucchini $1.40 Broccoli $1.26 Carrots $1.50 Total: $8.87 With... Read more »
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How I Spent My Summer Vacation-Painting With Chalk Paint!

Farm on the way to DeKalb
Hola Amigos! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged at ya. Sorry, I just had to channel Jim Anchower for a minute. I’ve been pretty busy, what with the advent of the too short summer season. Whenever summer begins, I put immense pressure on myself to enjoy every minute of it, because soon enough, it’s... Read more »

Five Must-Have Items for Parents With Small Kids

Five Must-Have Items for Parents With Small Kids
In my fantasy world, 6-year-old Raymond and 3-year-old Anne are gobbling up fresh vegetables and singing my praises as I dance around the kitchen envisioning organic nutrients stimulating their brains and making their internal organs smile. I have tried sneaking pureed asparagus in pasta sauce and secretly dicing yellow zucchini into macaroni and cheese, but... Read more »

Resisting the "Mom" Label: Letting Go Of My 20-Something Self

Resisting the "Mom" Label: Letting Go Of My 20-Something Self
              I like to cheer when 5-month-old baby Gertrude burps or poops. I strangely find joy in sucking a booger loose from her tiny nose with a nose aspirator. Am I lacking a social life? No. Short on sleep? Well, of course, but when you have a tiny infant... Read more »
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Warrior Dash: Will I survive?

Warrior Dash: Will I survive?
Months ago when the ground was still frozen and the warmth of June seemed years away instead of mere months, I received an email invitation to run the Warrior Dash with some neighborhood moms. Curiosity consumed me. I clicked on the race link and was lured in by the silly hats (I do so love... Read more »

Living a Microwaved Life: A Frustrated Young Wife Is Forced to Wait

Living a Microwaved Life: A Frustrated Young Wife Is Forced to Wait
Today’s post is from Jess Bedsole of Sparkles and Crafts. I met her last year at our husband’s holiday work celebration and we instantly connected. Full of classy, yet modern energy, Jess’ positive character reflects the views of a younger generation of women and wives…. Enjoy! -Elizabeth   A Microwaved Life Allow me to explain…... Read more »

Advice for Summer Brides: Stop Fretting over the Wedding and Prepare for Marriage

Advice for Summer Brides: Stop Fretting over the Wedding and Prepare for Marriage
At 18, I walked into his restaurant with swagger in each step, dreams in my eyes and sass on my tongue. Jeff was supposed to be yet another man whom I would tease and watch stumble over my flirtatious overtures. Instead, he bantered with me and accepted my challenge. The story of my 15-year marriage... Read more »
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