health & wellness

Finding children’s joy when they are ‘truly releasing’

It is my ultimate desire as a parent to provide an environment of peace in my home. As the craziness of the Christmas holiday descends upon us, the mama in me wants to ensure that my children are at ease. But how do we know our kids are truly happy? One might think happiness equals… Continue reading Finding children’s joy when they are ‘truly releasing’

Entertaining

Seven steps to a saner Thanksgiving celebration

  November means the start of the hostess season. As chic lifestyle magazines begin to fill my mailbox and suggest I start making crepe paper pumpkin center pieces and piping tiny turkeys onto homemade petit fours, a sense of urgency to hit my local craft store kicks in. I’m a notorious list maker and quickly… Continue reading Seven steps to a saner Thanksgiving celebration

DIY

Tips for surviving DIY projects with your significant other

My spouse, Peter, and I tend to work semi-harmoniously on home projects together. We enjoy the process of finding inspiration, picking out colors, tile, etc., and selecting new tools and supplies, but find the execution often brings moments of tense discussion. I usually take the role of cheap labor and child wrangling, while Peter does… Continue reading Tips for surviving DIY projects with your significant other

health & wellness · Modern Domestic Women

A taste of peace

I’ve had a taste of peace. I’m talking real peace during my day, where I am negotiating with 5-year-olds without getting flustered, moving through uncomfortable conversations at work with ease and content in walking out my door being myself. This peace did not happen over night, my friends, nor am I at peace 24 hours… Continue reading A taste of peace

Modern Domestic Women

Couple at Chanticlare Farm growing crops for family, friends and community

I sat in awe watching Mary Rossow harvest her late summer crop in Aurora, all the while she gently unearthed carrots and vibrant varieties of chard and gorgeous kale. Effortlessly she worked, her 4-year-old son Aldo in tow, chit chatting away about this and that, and just behind him, his 2-year-old brother Kieron pushing a… Continue reading Couple at Chanticlare Farm growing crops for family, friends and community

health & wellness · Power Women

Getting past the fog and weariness

Two years ago, I was a 38-year-old mother with three children, working a couple of jobs, barely maintaining a home and scarcely connecting with my husband. I thought the exhaustion I felt was normal. Whenever I had dark circles under my eyes and went out in public, people would say: “Are you OK? You look… Continue reading Getting past the fog and weariness

Emotional Baggage

Rockin’ the mini van and proud of it

I’m not ashamed to admit I love my minivan. Truth be told, I’ve been rocking the mini since college and believe me, back then everybody loved riding in the van. At first, I cringed at the thought of tooling around town in a suburban mom mobile, but then again, I had no choice. I certainly… Continue reading Rockin’ the mini van and proud of it