While I cannot imagine returning to a life involving icy windshields, fourteen different types of winter coats, or surprise snowstorms on my birthday (which, mind you, is in MAY), I do love getting to be a tourist in the enormous, exciting, and absolutely beautiful city I once called home. Here are the activities my kids and I have enjoyed during our twice-yearly visits to Chicagoland.
I studied and worked in the sciences for over a decade, but also consider myself a writer and artist so I was thrilled when I discovered several nonfiction children’s book series that marry art and science together in a beautiful way. These are the books I wish I had when I was growing up: stunning images, thoughtfully designed, interesting and awe-inspiring— just like nature.
For the longest time, I clung to the hope that motherhood was a simple equation. If I just had XYZ—consistent childcare, take-out, and a coffee shop down the street—then poof! Motherhood could be a snap! But in reality, motherhood is so much harder than that, and it’s hard for all of us—no matter the circumstance.
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For years, I strategically avoided taking the leap to start a compost pile in my backyard. And guess what? It doesn’t stink, attract animals, or require that much effort. I want to help you and your family give this compost thing an honest go, too. Let’s dig in!
As a mom, summer reading no longer means trudging through some classic novel assigned by your high school English teacher; as an adult, you can fill your summer with stories that bring an escape or fill up your days with a little more fun. Here’s how I gear up in the springtime for a summer full of just-for-mom reading!