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If you haven’t noticed, we’ve been a little light on new posts around these parts this month. Meagan and I are both enjoying the holidays with our families – and we hope you are, too! Going into New Year’s Eve we wanted to pop in and share a few of our favorite posts from the archives.

Keep reading for a special roundup of some of our most helpful, motivating, kick-in-the-butt inspirational posts to get you ready to take 2015 by storm (or, you know, sanely, if that’s more your style ;) ). 

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When The Littlest Still Believes (For Now)

by Sarah Powers December 15, 2014
When The Littlest Still Believes (For Now)

Happy Monday, everyone! Can you believe we’re just 10 days away from Christmas? As Meagan and I wrap up our big week of giveaways last week (check your email! did you win?), we thought we’d share a piece Meagan wrote for The Washington Post earlier this month. If you’ve got little Santa believers at home […]

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Big Week Of Giveaways! Win Doll Furniture From One Step Ahead

by Sarah Powers December 9, 2014
Big Week Of Giveaways! Win Doll Furniture From One Step Ahead

It’s our Big Week Of Giveaways here at The Happiest Home! Check out all giveaway posts here, and read on for what we’ve got for you today… These days, it’s double the fun when it comes to doll play in our house. My oldest, six-and-a-half, has always loved dolls. We’re the lucky owners of a giant […]

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Hosting Thanksgiving? How To Help Young Children Feel Included

by Sarah Powers November 25, 2014
Hosting Thanksgiving? How To Help Young Children Feel Included

If you do a quick search for “thanksgiving” and “young children,” you’ll notice a few things right away. One, printable coloring pages claim to solve all your problems. Two, decorations for the kids’ table have never been cuter (or more insanely complicated – thanks, Pinterest!). And three, the focus of nearly every single advice piece […]

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30 Ways To Get Ready To Host Thanksgiving (That Have Nothing To Do With Cooking)

by Sarah Powers November 21, 2014
30 Ways To Get Ready To Host Thanksgiving (That Have Nothing To Do With Cooking)

Who else is getting ready to host Thanksgiving this year? Meagan and I had so much fun taking your questions about it on yesterday’s episode of The Home Hour, and today I’m going to share some of the little ways I’ve been getting my home ready for the holiday – most of which have very little […]

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8 Inspiring Quotes About Gratitude (Free Printables!)

by Sarah Powers November 13, 2014
8 Inspiring Quotes About Gratitude (Free Printables!)

I love a good quotation, don’t you? In getting my home ready to host Thanksgiving this year, I came across some picture frames I’m not using for anything else. I thought it would be fun to fill them with quotes about gratitude and use them as part of our decor for the holiday. Here are eight quotes I found […]

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5 Ways To Organize Your Holiday Gift Lists (Plus A Free Download!)

by Sarah Powers November 10, 2014
5 Ways To Organize Your Holiday Gift Lists (Plus A Free Download!)

Happy Monday, everyone! We started making our gift lists this weekend and I was reminded of this post from last year. Here it is again in case you missed it, and I updated the free printable for you spreadsheet lovers out there. Enjoy! -Sarah   My kids are the only grandchildren on both sides, and are lucky to […]

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4 Ways To Bring Your Parenting A-Game This Halloween

by Sarah Powers October 28, 2014
4 Ways To Bring Your Parenting A-Game This Halloween

Dear Halloween, I love you, and I hate you. The itty-bitty baby costumes are so cute, and the way my kids’ faces light up in anticipation of trick-or-treating is something special.  But also? UGH. Too-sexy costumes for little girls, gory images that give my preschooler nightmares, and more sugar in a single day than my toddler has […]

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Win A Halloween Costume & Treat Bag From One Step Ahead!

by Sarah Powers October 7, 2014
Win A Halloween Costume & Treat Bag From One Step Ahead!

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway! Comments are now closed and our winner has been notified. Happy Halloween! Here’s the truth, mamas: I’m quickly losing ground when it comes to choosing my children’s Halloween costumes. Gone are the days of browsing the catalogues for adorable baby and toddler ensembles. My older two kids told […]

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Halloween Costumes From Children’s Literature

by Sarah Powers October 1, 2014
Halloween Costumes From Children's Literature

Since Meagan and I both love children’s literature, we thought it would be fun to round up some creative Halloween costume ideas based on beloved children’s book characters. And since we also both favor “good enough” over perfect, we’re of the belief that costumes don’t always have to be 100% handmade OR purchased head-to-toe from […]

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