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How To Host Thanksgiving, entertaining
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 to do with cooking the meal itself.

It’s really easy to fixate on The Big Meal when it comes time to start thinking about Thanksgiving. We’ve ordered our turkey already, and a handful of emails between my family members have gone back and forth, assigning menu items and divvying up cooking jobs. But as important as the menu planning is, it’s just a small piece of what’s involved in hosting Thanksgiving at your house.

In the past I’ve had other tasks sneak up on me at the last minute and kind of put a damper on my enjoyment (like realizing at the eleventh hour that we’re out of trash bags, or that 87% of my “clean” knives have weird peanut butter schmutz on them). I’ve been so focused on the meal planning and cooking that I’ve overlooked other areas of the entertaining process; not that any of it is a matter of life or death, of course, but nonetheless this year I’m trying to get ahead on some little ways to ready my home for guests and merrymaking.

Here are 30 things you can do around the house this weekend to get ready for Thanksgiving. I’m sure I won’t get around to ALL of these jobs, but at least listing them in one place will put my mind at ease as we head into the more hectic pace of next week. [click to continue…]

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Your Thanksgiving Questions, Answered: The Home Hour Episode 43

by Meagan Francis November 20, 2014
Your Thanksgiving Questions, Answered: The Home Hour Episode 43

After a break last week (I was traveling in Florida with the whole family), The Home Hour is back this week with a brand new episode I think you’re going to love. In this episode, Sarah and I answer – to the best of our ability – YOUR questions about hosting Thanksgiving in your home. […]

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Help Me Choose A Throw For My Sofa! (Plus, 15% Off Pillows, Poufs & Throws At Wayfair.com!)

by Meagan Francis November 19, 2014
Help Me Choose A Throw For My Sofa! (Plus, 15% Off Pillows, Poufs & Throws At Wayfair.com!)

Thanks so much to Wayfair.com for sponsoring this post and providing me with a gift card to purchase toss pillows and a throw blanket for my living room! When we bought our living-room sofas and armchair, we purposely went with subtle colors. I love bright color, but get bored quickly, and we knew the purchase […]

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Fall Cleaning Challenge Week 5: Kitchen, Bathrooms & Touch-Ups

by Meagan Francis November 17, 2014
Fall Cleaning Challenge Week 5: Kitchen, Bathrooms & Touch-Ups

Whoa, where did all the dust go? If’ you’ve been taking part in the fall cleaning challenge so far, you’ve made a ton of progress in getting those dusty surfaces and dirty nooks and crannies cleaned up. Good for you! What I’ve learned during this process: cleaning – even thorough, deep cleaning – actually doesn’t […]

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Fall Cleaning Challenge Week 4: Catch Up!

by Meagan Francis November 11, 2014
Fall Cleaning Challenge Week 4: Catch Up!

How is the fall cleaning challenge going in your house? If you haven’t quite kept up with the pace – of if you’ve just joined us – this post is for you! We’re visiting family in Florida this week (where it’s gorgeous and sunny – don’t hate me) so, since I won’t be home to do much cleaning, […]

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Fall Cleaning Challenge Week 3: Low Down & Dirty

by Meagan Francis November 5, 2014
Fall Cleaning Challenge Week 3: Low Down & Dirty

My floors, you ask? I have to admit: right now, they’re pretty tragic. Sure, I sweep and vacuum, but I admit I stick to certain high-trafficked areas and tend to forget about corners and edges. And many of my hard surface floors haven’t seen a mop in months. So in our deep/fall cleaning challenge this week, I’m […]

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Fall Cleaning Challenge Week 2: Tackle The Middle Spaces

by Meagan Francis October 29, 2014
Fall Cleaning Challenge Week 2: Tackle The Middle Spaces

Hey, Fall Cleaning Challenge-takers! How did cleaning those high-up, often-neglected spots go for you last week? Photographic evidence of how it went for me:  Ugh. But you know what? This actually wasn’t as much filth as I thought I’d find on those fan blades and light fixtures, and the majority of that dirt came from two rooms – […]

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Take A Peek At Our Halloween Decor (And Share Your Own!)

by Meagan Francis October 24, 2014
Take A Peek At Our Halloween Decor (And Share Your Own!)

Do you decorate for Halloween? If so, do you limit it to a few carefully-chosen decorations or go all-out? Do you change your decor up every Halloween or use the same things year after year? Sarah and I thought we would share a few glimpses at how we’ve decorated our homes this year. Enjoy! Meagan’s House: […]

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My Favorite Gentle, Non-Toxic Cleaners (& How To Make Your Own)

by Meagan Francis October 22, 2014
My Favorite Gentle, Non-Toxic Cleaners (& How To Make Your Own)

Anyone else have sort of…a thing for cleaning supplies? I admit it: I’m a sucker for good-smelling sprays and scrubs, and enjoy making my own household cleaners from vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils. Products that smell great seem to make the job of cleaning house that much more enjoyable, don’t you think?  In my latest video […]

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House Need a Deep Clean? Take Our Fall Cleaning Challenge!

by Meagan Francis October 20, 2014
House Need a Deep Clean? Take Our Fall Cleaning Challenge!

“We’re going to clean this house from top to bottom, and we’ll begin right now!” – Laura, Little Town on the Prairie Friends, it’s getting gnarly in here. For a long time we had a cleaning person coming every other week, but with the kids getting bigger and less energy-intensive – as well as more […]

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