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I started this blog – originally known as The Happiest Mom – five years ago last spring.

Over the years, my life – and this blog - have changed a lot. I got a book deal based on the “happiest mom” concept, which led to growth and opportunities I never saw coming. I shifted from mostly writing for magazines and websites to blogging for a living. As my kids got older, this blog’s focus slowly shifted from the experience of motherhood to the experience of family life and running a household. Sarah joined us, and together we brought on a handful of awesome guest writers.

My vision when Sarah became part of The Happiest Home was that the site would become less “all about me” and more of a community of people interested in creating happier homes and family lives. It soon became clear, though, that to make this site grow into what I really wanted it to be, I was going to have to take a little step back from the front-and-center role I’ve had since day 1. 

The only trick was, I didn’t really have my own space to just go off and “be Meagan:” a place to write about the business side of blogging and writing for a living and occasional musings of a more personal nature. I set up a blog a while ago where I hosted information about my classes and coaching services, but I was never in love with the way it looked or functioned and just didn’t want to spend a lot of time there.

Enter my birthday present to myself – I turn 37 today! – a brand-spanking-new site at MeaganFrancis.com that’s just for me. The team at Sumy Designs has created an awesome space that will serve as a mix of my professional brand and personal stomping grounds and I am very excited to give you all the grand tour! 

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Help! My Kids Are Driving Me Crazy!

by Sarah Powers July 25, 2014
Help! My Kids Are Driving Me Crazy!

Happy Friday, all! Since it’s the middle of summer and the end of a long, hot week for many around the country, we thought we’d revisit this post Sarah wrote last year. Have a wonderful weekend! – Meagan & Sarah Here in Arizona, we’re on spring break. Only one of my three kids goes to […]

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30-50% off ModCloth Swimsuits: Made For a Mom’s Body!

by Meagan Francis July 23, 2014
30-50% off ModCloth Swimsuits: Made For a Mom's Body!

I generally don’t take pictures of myself in a swimsuit and then post them on the Internet.  And when I say “I don’t generally” I mean “It has literally never happened before this summer.” Let’s be honest here: I’m pretty happy with the way I look, but usually the better I feel about myself is […]

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Hate Folding Laundry? Stop Doing It. (And Don’t Feel Bad About It)

by Sarah Powers July 21, 2014
Hate Folding Laundry? Stop Doing It. (And Don't Feel Bad About It)

This post is part of our Summer Shortcuts series. Meagan and I are taking turns all summer long sharing little “cheats” and ways we give ourselves a break during the summer months. Enjoy! -Sarah It seems to be almost universal among busy moms: we don’t mind doing the laundry, but most of us hate folding it and putting it […]

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Family is everything.

by Meagan Francis July 20, 2014
Family is everything.

Friday morning, the seven of us piled into the Yukon and began our drive east from Michigan to Buffalo, NY, to visit Jon’s extended family. The trip was slow-going. We stopped on our way out of town for an apparently-essential pre-road trip car wash (is this a dad thing?) then had to make two “emergency” bathroom stops […]

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My Happiest Place: A Family Tree Wall

by Meagan Francis July 18, 2014
My Happiest Place: A Family Tree Wall

This month’s selection for the #MyHappiestPlace series comes from reader Katelyn Heather. Her creative idea inspired both Sarah and me, and her submission perfectly embodied our idea of honoring a happy, meaningful place in your home. Read on to find out more about the “happiest place” in Katelyn’s home - and how you can submit! My […]

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Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Doing … Poorly?

by Heather Caliri July 16, 2014
Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Doing ... Poorly?

This post is by Heather Caliri, regular contributor to The Happiest Home and blogger at A Little Yes. Heather writes about saying “yes” to little things that scare us. You can read all her posts here. A few years ago, when I decided to start a professional blog, I realized something. Bloggers promote themselves. Promotion happens through […]

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Make Summer Snacking Easy: Put The Kids In Charge (With Limits)

by Meagan Francis July 13, 2014
Make Summer Snacking Easy: Put The Kids In Charge (With Limits)

This post is part of our Summer Shortcuts series. Sarah and I are taking turns all summer long sharing little “cheats” and ways we give ourselves a break during the summer months. Enjoy! -Meagan I’ve often marveled how, during the school year, my kids are readily able to survive the 8 hours between breakfast and the final school bell with just […]

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On celebrating marriage over anniversaries

by Meagan Francis July 13, 2014
On celebrating marriage over anniversaries

On Friday afternoon, Jon and I headed into Chicago to hang out with some friends of ours who were coming in from L.A. We had a low-key evening and weekend planned: dinner out, staying over Friday, then heading back for the usual Saturday and Sunday stuff: getting the house cleaned up, hanging out with the kids.  […]

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15 Read-Aloud Chapter Books That Kids & Grownups Love

by Sarah Powers July 11, 2014
15 Read-Aloud Chapter Books That Kids & Grownups Love

by Sarah Powers In our house, bedtime stories come in the form of a chapter book read aloud to the older two kids, ages 6 and 4. Last year we went on a big Magic Tree House series kick, which made choosing the next book easy since there are approximately 4837 in the series. We were […]

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