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About The Happiest Home

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Family life isn’t always pretty. Between the chaos of kids, those messes that never seem to get cleaned up all the way, and the kitchen that most decidedly does NOT look like it came from a Pinterest inspiration board, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities of family, home and motherhood – let alone carving out time for personal goals, creativity, careers and big dreams.

But while for most of us “home” doesn’t usually resemble a magazine spread, it’s still possible to make changes that make our surroundings, day-to-day lives, and relationships more satisfying. By taking care of ourselves, defining our values so we can focus on the things that matter to us (and forget the rest,) getting “organized enough”, and setting reasonable standards for ourselves and everyone around us, we can feel good about our homes and the people in them – while also stretching ourselves a little to think beyond our own four walls.

Whether we’re coming up with workable strategies for keeping off-season clothes organized or learning to love ourselves for the mothers we are today, or coming together on Sunday mornings for a cup of tea (or coffee), The Happiest Home is a positive, encouraging place to stretch your wings, get inspired, and try out some new ideas for creating a simpler, more satisfying family life.

Who’s Who at The Happiest Home:

Meagan Francis, Publisher & Creator

Meagan Francis and Kids Hi! I’m Meagan, a writer and mother of five who has been honing the fine art of satisfaction during my sixteen-plus-year evolution into a (usually) happy mom. Here on The Happiest Home, I share what I’ve learned–and am still learning–about life, family, motherhood, and the pursuit of happiness. I’m glad to have you here–and hope you stick around.

In addition to caring for my family, I work with words: as a blogger, writer, and author. My articles and essays appear regularly in publications like Parenting, Parents, American Baby, and Pregnancy and on websites like Babble.com and iVillage.

I’m the author of four books, including The Happiest Mom: Ten Secrets To Enjoying Motherhood, published in April of 2011. I live with my husband Jon and five kids in St. Joseph, MI, a lovely little city on Lake Michigan. You can also find me on Twitter.

 

Sarah Powers, Managing Editor

IMG_7693 Hi, I’m Sarah, a writer, editor and mom to three. Here at The Happiest Home I’m the Managing Editor as well as a regular contributor. My writing has been published in Raising Arizona Kids magazine and sites such as The Huffington Post, Babble, and BabyZone. 

As a writer and a reader I am interested in the place where the serious and the silly intersect, because my life as a mom includes those big, powerful “aha!” moments and many, many small slices of hilarity in between — and I happen to think both can be instructive and meaningful. I love the world of online parenting writing for allowing moms to write, share and hear stories from from perspectives as varied as each of our experiences. 

I enjoy high ponytails, Broadway showtunes, and using my kids as an excuse to stay in and go to bed early, which I would do anyway. I was once–and this is totally true–a professional ballerina. You can find more of me on Twitter and on my personal blog, Powers of Mine.