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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

Folded Clothes

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 away. We move the piles of clean clothes from bed to table, or couch to basket, or whatever surfaces our folding situation provides, and chip away at them halfheartedly, all the while pulling kids’ daily outfits from the jumble, knowing we’ll never actually pair those last two socks and put them in the drawer – at least not before the next load lands on top.

No? Just me?

Didn’t think so.

Laundry Pile

So here’s a revolutionary thought to make life easier this summer (or anytime laundry gets the best of you, really): stop folding it. Stop folding it, and – here’s the hard part – stop feeling bad about it. [click to continue…]

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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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Giveaway! Mini Micro 3-in-1: A Scooter That Grows With Your Child

by Sarah Powers July 9, 2014
Giveaway! Mini Micro 3-in-1: A Scooter That Grows With Your Child

UPDATE! Congrats to reader Livivua on winning the Mini Micro 3-in-1, and thanks to all who entered! Thanks to Micro Kickboard for providing me with a scooter for review. All opinions expressed here are my own. -Sarah I am an oldest child: responsible, independent, a rule-follower, and rather fond of predictability. (Just ask Meagan, a […]

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Give Yourself A Break This Summer: Buy Two Of Everything

by Sarah Powers July 7, 2014
Give Yourself A Break This Summer: Buy Two Of Everything

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 Are you an over-buyer or an under-buyer? (If you’re not sure, I think Gretchen Rubin’s quiz is fun and totally insightful.) I am definitely an […]

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Can’t Find Toddler’s Shoes AGAIN? Try This.

by Sarah Powers June 23, 2014
Can't Find Toddler's Shoes AGAIN? Try This.

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 Let’s say, hypothetically, that you had a dollar for every time you said one of the following throughout the day: “Please put on your […]

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My “Just Structured Enough” Summer Schedule For Kids

by Sarah Powers June 13, 2014
My "Just Structured Enough" Summer Schedule For Kids

by Sarah Powers It’s summer, moms. Are you loving it? I really enjoyed the first week or so of not rushing around in the mornings, staying in pajamas for half the day, and not remembering exactly what day it was. But for me there comes a point where I crave a little more routine. Not […]

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Summer Shortcut: Use A Baking Sheet To Contain Craft Chaos

by Sarah Powers June 9, 2014
Summer Shortcut: Use A Baking Sheet To Contain Craft Chaos

Did you catch last Monday’s announcement? We’ve kicked off a new series about all the ways we “cheat” during the summer months to make life easier on everyone – especially mom. Meagan’s idea last week was GENIUS - did any of you try it? This week I’m sharing one of the few “hacks” I’ve come up […]

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Best of The Home Hour Podcast

by Sarah Powers June 6, 2014
Best of The Home Hour Podcast

by Sarah Powers, Managing Editor  We are loving all the feedback on the podcast lately! It sounds like several of you are just starting to get into podcast-listening in general, and have added The Home Hour to your must-listen list. Thanks for that. Meagan is tied up all week with last-week-of-school activities and performing in […]

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4 Father’s Day Gifts You Won’t Find At The Mall

by Sarah Powers June 4, 2014
4 Father's Day Gifts You Won't Find At The Mall

This post is by Sarah Powers, Happiest Home contributor and Managing Editor, and blogger at Powers of Mine. When kids are too small to shop for themselves, Father’s Day gifts and celebrations tend to fall on mom. And while ties and cuff links and new geeky gadgets are awesome (and I think I’ve procured them all […]

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Easy Summer Living: 18+ Ideas for a Sane & Satisfying Summer

by Sarah Powers May 26, 2014
Easy Summer Living: 18+ Ideas for a Sane & Satisfying Summer

Happy Memorial Day! While we’re off enjoying the holiday with our families, we thought we’d round up some of our best posts about easy summer living from the archives. Pin or bookmark this now, and come back later – there are some great ideas in these posts for keeping life sane and satisfying all summer […]

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