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Pardon our dust! (And, yay for changes!)

We’re doing a little spring cleaning here at The Happiest Home! Sarah’s been working hard behind the scenes to switch us to a new theme that will make it easier for you to navigate content and discover gems that have gotten buried over the years. We appreciate your patience while we roll out the new changes, and – whoops! – apologize if some older content somehow winds up in your inbox along the way. Want to stay up to date on what’s happening here amid all the changes? Fill out the box below and we’ll get in touch with you via email

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Looking for inspiration and real-life connection? Join me at the BEYOND Retreat next fall.

You know one of the biggest benefits of slowing down and doing less? When you step off of the merry-go-round of doing, doing, doing just because it seems like, well, the thing to do, you suddenly have all this “new” time and energy and brain space to pursue things that mean a lot to you. For years I’ve been dreaming of putting together an event bringing together awesome women in one place to dream, plan, recharge and get inspired. And now it’s time to make it happen. In October of 2015 I’ll be hosting a small but mighty group of women (is

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“Fun Parent” vs. “Boring Parent” – It’s Not Fair! But Is It True?

My husband made this lunch for my daughter last week. I know. I should have known it was coming when I caught him poring over Bento box tutorials on YouTube, watching a woman meticulously arrange smiley faces onto tiny rice-ball heads, then cap them off with pita-pocket hats. The very next day, Jon made a special trip to the grocery store for supplies. And that evening, he and Clara hovered over the kitchen island for a good half-hour creating The Lunch To End All Lunches.  Heart-shaped salami framed by heart-shaped cheese slices, people. A tiny little star cutout peanut-butter sandwich with honey and sprinkles

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Delegate Like Downton: A Strategy For Managing Home Helpers

Imagine this: it’s a Sunday afternoon. One child just got done shoveling the walk, and another is unloading the dishwasher. You, on the other hand, are reading a magazine, sipping a cup of tea and enjoying the calm of a neat (enough) kitchen…that you didn’t even have to tidy up yourself. Sound like a fantasy? It’s not! It’s actually how my Sunday afternoon played out…and it’s a pretty common scenario around here. It hasn’t always been this way. Earlier in marriage and motherhood, I was surrounded by mess and chaos, and bogged down by resentment. Why didn’t other family members recognize

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5 Must-Have Kitchen Tools

I’ve been wanting to do a regular video series, like, forEVER. But when I had kids home with me during the day, I found it was just too difficult to find quiet pockets of time to shoot and edit regularly. A five-minute video may not seem like it takes much time to do, but there’s a lot of set-up and production involved, even in the most “candid” vids.  Now that my days are my own, though, I’m finding that I’ve got the space and quiet to take on some of those things I’ve been wanting to do! So, here it

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Whimsical Girl’s Bedroom Ideas

We’re moving! In less than two weeks my family is relocating to Southern California and we couldn’t be more excited. Our new house is ready and waiting for us and I’m itching to get into it and start settling in. One of the biggest differences between our current house and the one we’re moving into is the flooring. We have carpet now – lots of it – and we’re moving into a house with all hardwood floors. And while the new floors are beautiful, it’s going to be awfully echo-y in there until we get some area rugs down. One problem:

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Gardening with Kids, The (Really) Easy Way

I’ve always wanted to think of myself as the kind of mom who grows herbs indoors using a DIY seed-starting kit, turning toilet-paper rolls or egg cartons into frugal mini-gardens which nurture her child’s green thumb, creativity and resourcefulness. In reality, I’m the kind of mom who intends, every year, to start seeds indoors eight weeks before the ground is warm, or start a windowsill herb garden, but always forgets to gather the supplies or set aside an afternoon for putting together a system. So this year, I decided to skip all the usual “Oh man, I can’t believe I

eMeals: Save money and time on your meal plan (and get 15% off!)


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Every Sunday night, I sit down with my computer and a pad of paper and make the upcoming week’s meal plan. Since I’ve committed to feeding our family mostly home-cooked meals and avoiding the drive-thru, menu planning and list-making has become a regular part of my week that I’ve come to enjoy in all its comforting routine-ness.

But I’ll admit that for a while, the process was pretty time-consuming. I’d check sales flyers for several different stores to see if any sales stood out, then try to create a meal plan around the best sales while also trying to come up with a rough estimate of how much I’d be spending on that week’s groceries. Often, while making the list, I’d forget whether it was chuck roast or ground chuck that was on sale, and I’d have to go back and check. (Since I’m really forgetful, I would do that at least two or three times per planning session!)

Enter eMeals. I’d heard of the program before, but assumed it was just like all the other menu planning apps I’d tried before and forgotten about within a week. Nope. After trying it out for a few months I’ve realized it’s a keeper and has the potential to both streamline your menu-planning process and save you money at the grocery store.

What makes eMeals different is simple in a “why didn’t anyone think of this before?” way. Instead of just giving you a list of suggested recipes and ingredients, eMeals allows you to choose your favorite store and then checks local sales flyers to give you an organized shopping list with an accurate grocery budget for the week.

eMeals also offers several different kinds of eating styles, like Paleo, Slow Cooker, Clean Eating, Gluten Free and Vegetarian in its weekly plans, and you can switch back and forth depending on your preferences and the way you’ll be eating this week.

For example, if you’re on a super tight budget and are looking for simple, family-friendly recipes you can make without a lot of thought, you might pick the Aldi Classic menu. Or, you can create a Natural & Organic menu specific to Whole Foods. Many of the menu plans can be used at any grocery store, and you can switch back and forth a few times each month to try out different meal plans and stores, too. 


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Because eMeals offers you seven meals in every weekly meal plan, you can pick and choose the dishes that sound best to you if you don’t cook that often. You can also add on lunch and breakfast menus. Subscriptions start at just $5/month – totally worth it based on the time and money it saves – and you can get a 15% discount by entering the code DINNER15 when you order.

If you give eMeals a shot, please let me know what you think and how it’s simplifying menu planning for you!

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