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


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


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:


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

Wanted: your ickiest mom moments


This post is sponsored by Clorox.

When it comes to cleaning, I have a bit of a multiple personality. I’m all about gentle, essential-oil-scented cleaners for everyday housekeeping, but when it comes to the Big Messes of life, I don’t hesitate to pull out the Big Guns.

Take, for example, our family’s multi-generational Stomach Bug Breakout of 2007 (nicknamed “APauloba” by my clever sister-in-law Kelley, because myself, my parents, my siblings and our combined mass of children contracted this nasty bug during a visit to our unfortunate Aunt Paula’s house.)

And then the follow-up Stomach Bug Breakout of 2008, which kicked off the following New Year’s Eve and involved the same families…only this time, it was at my house.

At the first sign of puke, I ran around the house dousing doorknobs, flush handles and toilet seats with Clorox disinfecting cleaner, and I give my quick preventive action the credit for the fact that only part of the family went down that time. (Poor Aunt Paula was once again present, but this time did not succumb.)

I think every parent has a gross story that becomes legendary. I’ll never forget my mom telling me about the time she was bent over cleaning my brother’s puke off the floor, and my other brother jumped on her back…and then puked on her.

That story has been part of family lore for the last 30+ years, and though I’m sure my mom wanted the earth to swallow her up at the time, she was able to laugh – and enjoy making others laugh – telling the story later, long after she’d suppressed her gag reflex, washed her hair, and run that shirt through the washing machine a couple of times.

The kinds of things we’d never have talked about in polite company pre-kids become acceptable cocktail conversation among those who get it (and need to laugh so they don’t cry.)

That’s the premise behind the Clorox Ick-tionary, a fun wiki that features “icky” dictionary terms and definitions.

Feeling creative? You can submit your own Ick-tionary terms(I’ve got a few in the queue!) or just go read the clever ones others have come up with.

Or if you aren’t feeling up to giving them a clever name, I’d still love to hear about some of your grossest mom moments in the comments.

Because like it or not, icky moments are one of the hallmarks of motherhood – so we may as well find a way to commiserate and laugh at them.

To celebrate Clorox’s 100th birthday, the company has created a free app you can play at the supermarket with the kids. Check it out!


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