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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

Getting dinner on the table with Jenny Rosenstrach of Dinner: A Love Story (Podcast Episode 22)

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Eating and sleeping. They’re both necessary to life, and for most of us grownups they seem to come naturally.

So why does having kids seem to make both of these very simple human functions so much more complicated?

Today’s episode of The Home Hour Podcast covers both these topics – and gives solutions for making them simpler for your family.

My interview today is with Jenny Rosenstrach of Dinner, A Love Story. Jenny has recorded every dinner she’s made in a notebook since 1998 (!!) and the two of us discussed everything from the importance of planning (and how to do it), to keeping meals simple, to dealing with picky eaters. 

I am also excited to announce that this is the first week our own Sarah Powers will be coming on the show as my co-host in a regularly recurring segment about motherhood and our lives as moms. 

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Sarah and I hitting the stage together at Bloggy Boot Camp. It’ll be just like that, only we’ll live IN YOUR COMPUTER.

This week Sarah and I talk about a topic that’s on almost every mom’s mind: SLEEP. Specifically, how to get more of it, and how to encourage our kids to sleep more (without freaking out if they aren’t perfect sleepers.)

I know you’re going to love listening to this week’s show while you get dinner on the table, drive carpool or fold that basket of laundry. 

Click here to open Episode 22 of The Home Hour Podcast in a new window. You can also find the show on iTunes, or you can scroll to the bottom to play the episode right here in your browser (and to find out how YOU can be part of a future episode!)

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Here are links to some of the books and articles that Jenny Rosenstrach and I talked about today:

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  • Dinner, A Love Story: It all begins at the family table  - Jenny’s book, released in 2012
  • Dinner: The Playbook: A 30-Day Plan For Mastering The Art Of The Family Meal Jenny’s next book, a manual for making dinner happen, focused on practical tips and strategies. It will be released in August, and is available for pre-order now.
  • That Chicken – a recipe Jenny and I discussed during the show that relates to the strategy of taking one step toward getting dinner on the table in the morning – even if it’s just thinking about what you’ll make – to avoid that 5 PM “Oh no, what we are gonna eat?” stress.
  • Making Dinner vs. Making Dinner Happen - another great post of Jenny’s that illustrates how getting dinner on the table is almost always more than a 30-minute process (no matter what those magazine articles say.)
  • What to Cook Tonight – a page on Jenny’s blog that details some typical types of nights – pantry nearly empty night? Late soccer practice night? – and gives ideas for specific recipes to try on those days.

And here are links to some of the sleep resources that Sarah and I mentioned during our chat: 

As always, thanks for listening! If you liked this show, I’d LOVE for you to subscribe or leave a rating or review on iTunes. Here’s how to do it: 

If you’re an iTunes user, visit the podcast page here and click “View in iTunes.”

From there you’ll see an option to subscribe, and all new episodes will download to your computer or device automatically. You’ll also see a tab in iTunes called Ratings and Reviews. 

One last thing: would you like to be part of The Home Hour Podcast? Now you can record your question or comment right here in your browser, using the microphone on your computer or device. Just follow the directions below and leave your message, and it might become part of a future show.

 

Thanks so much to this episode’s sponsor, eMeals! You can help support the show by clicking below to see what eMeals is all about. Or if you’re ready to try eMeals now, claim your 15% discount on your first order by using the code DINNER15.  

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