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Hooray For Cooking Day

Are you living in a household of one or two and feel it’s just not worth it to cook a whole dinner every night?  Or may be you live alone and you would just rather grab some healthy (or unhealthy) snacks instead of nourishing yourself with a balanced supper? Or are you managing a house …

Mail Madness

What is the first thought you have when going to your mailbox each day? Is it a feeling of dread? Curiosity? Eagerness? I’m going to guess that we all look at our mail and think something along the lines of: “Ugh, what kind of junk am I going to find in the mailbox today?” Right? …

March To  A Different Tune

It’s March! Time for March Madness, Pi Day – complete with mathematical jokes, pi-reciting competitions, and fresh baked pie, and St Patrick’s Day, when the Chicago River turns green. It’s also when the Vernal Equinox, on March 20th, signals the start of Spring. The sun shines on the equator, giving us a near 50-50 split …

It’s Time to Get Ready

Our air conditioner’s condenser leaked and, since we hadn’t been down our basement in several days, the water spread across the basement and puddled on the far wall, the lowest point in the basement. I called my husband, who told me to turn off the air conditioner. I don’t know why I called him really, because …

Moving The Elderly With Love and Ease

This summer was an emotional one for our entire family. Our aunt was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2015 and while we’ve done everything we can to keep her in her own home, she now faced a quality-of-life crisis. Our aunt never married. Although she didn’t have children of her own, she has always treated my six …

Empower Yourself!

“I kept this because he liked it on me” This strong, smart, mindful woman was pulling clothes out of her closet, explaining why she had kept them. Although it wasn’t the first time I had heard something like this, it was shocking to hear from my otherwise extremely spirited, sensible client. I asked her, “You …

The Clutter Trucker

In 1999 my dad suffered his second heart attack followed by his second quadruple bypass. After a few months of recuperation at our house, he moved back to our childhood home, which once sheltered eleven people including me, my six siblings, my parents and my grandparents. Dad quickly discovered the house was just too much …

A Delicate Balance

In this day and age, with so many more responsibilities, and clocks that seem to spin faster and faster, how do you keep your house in order with while raising kids? I met with someone the other night for a free consultation. She is an intelligent, warmhearted woman, wife and mother of three. She has …

Kitchen Confusion

I’ve spent a lot of time in my kitchen during the past two weekends. We hosted two Saturday night dinners with parties right afterwards. Both were loads of fun and well worth the culinary efforts. Once upon a time, I loved hosting parties, gatherings and dinners. Then, I went through a period of time (let’s …

The Basement Blues

What’s Lurking Below? Do You Even Know? I dislike my basement. It’s where all “iffy” things go to lie around taking up space. By “iffy”, I mean those things we feel we need to keep but don’t want to see. Such as half-finished projects (I have at least 5 of them down there): A memory …