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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

Join my book launch team!

Update:
Thanks so much to everyone who expressed an interest in the launch team! The team is now closed to new applicants, but I’d love to keep you posted about the book and other ways to get involved. Sign up for our email list and I’ll keep you in the loop!

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I’m hard at work on something exciting!

Remember Beyond Baby, the 20-week email course I announced late last year to help moms tap into the selves they’d shelved while caring for babies and toddlers? The response was great – so great, in fact, that when I finished the 20th email I found that I didn’t want to stop.

I had so much more to say about the transition from “mom of tiny babies” to “mom of growing kids,” and all the possibilities, changes, and scary stuff we face as we move from the intense phase of early motherhood into a time when our children grow more independent.

From the time our babies take those first toddling steps away from us, our hands and hours slowly become more and more free – and how we use that freedom and extra time is the first step in creating a life we love when our kids aren’t so little.

So I’m turning Beyond Baby into a book: taking the activities and inspiration from the email program, editing, reorganizing and re-shaping it to be even better, and also adding 20 more weeks of content to create a full-length, 40-week program that will help you work through all the issues we moms face in our lives Beyond Baby.

And I need your help. 

As you probably know, there are a lot of parenting and motherhood books out there fighting for attention, and we authors need all the help we can get spreading the word! So I’d love to invite you to join my launch team – a special group who will get to check out Beyond Baby before it launches and help me help as many other moms as possible. (Oh, and no need to have been part of the email course to join the launch team. I’d love to have you either way!)

As a member of the Beyond Baby Launch Team, you’ll get: 

  • A free advance copy of Beyond Baby and the accompanying 40-week workbook
  • Access to a private group where I’ll share a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to write and launch a book
  • The opportunity to give feedback on certain aspects of the book during the production process
  • A special “thank you” with a link to your blog (if you like) on The Happiest Home
  • First opportunity to join the Beyond Baby affiliate program and make money by recommending the book to your friends and social networks.

In return, I’ll ask for:

  • An honest review on Amazon or another retailer site 
  • Any promotional ideas you might have to help get Beyond Baby in front of as many moms as possible!
  • Your help spreading the word about the book before and during the launch! 

Interested in joining? The first 50 people who apply will automatically get to join the Launch Team. If there is a lot of interest and I feel like I can handle a larger group I may expand on a more selective basis, but the first 50 are a guaranteed “in” – so don’t wait to apply!

{Update: Our launch team is closed for right now. Want to stay informed on the book release and other opportunities to get involved? Sign up for our email list right here.}

Got Questions? I’ve got answers!

“Do I have to be a blogger or have a large social following to join the launch team?” No! There are a lot of valuable ways to help get the word out. Maybe you’ll email the members of your mom’s group to let them know about the book, tell your family and friends on Facebook, or even put together a small group of moms to create a Beyond Baby book club. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to help an idea spread.

“I’m not a marketing mastermind. Is my input valuable?” Absolutely! If you’re a mom and a reader, you are exactly the person whose opinions I need to help me make Beyond Baby the best resource it can be. 

“I’m not on Facebook. Can I still join the Launch Team?” To keep everything streamlined we really need to run the Launch Team via a private Facebook group. It’s where the majority of people already hang out, so it keeps everything easiest for the most members. But even if you don’t join the actual launch team, there will be other opportunities to help spread the word about Beyond Baby, so keep an eye out or join our email list to get updates!

“What is the time commitment to join the Launch Team?” A lot of this depends on how long it takes you to read and write :) It won’t be super time-consuming, but I will expect members to put some time into reading the book, answering a few of my questions in the private group, and writing a fair review. The book will launch in early May, so the most intense period of promotion will be the last week of April through Mother’s Day. But I know you have children and other priorities and certainly don’t expect for you to spend all your free time on Beyond Baby! Give what you feel you can. 

Have a question that’s not answered above? Feel free to email me or leave a comment below. If you can’t commit to the launch team right now but want to be kept abreast of Beyond Baby launch news and/or ways you can help down the road, join our email list!

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