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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

Make Your Bed: Sneak Peek at Chapter 7 of The Happiest Mom

Confession time: I thought I was so clever and original with the “make your bed” bit when I first wrote about it almost two years ago. Come to find out, however, Gretchen Rubin had long-before declared making the bed daily as one of her happiness resolutions. And then when I reflected a little more, I traced the origins of my bed-making life makeover to FlyLady, with whom I had a love/hate relationship for the first ten years of motherhood.

So no, this is not an original idea. But it works: your physical environment can have a big effect on your emotional state. Maybe an unmade bed is not a big mood-buster for you, but we all have different tolerance levels when it comes to mess and clutter, and different triggers that make us feel anxious, edgy, or just plain meh.

Chapter 7 in The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets To Enjoying Motherhood will help you figure out what your particular triggers are, and help you come up with a plan for getting your house clean and organized enough : enough to help you feel functional, on top of things, and happy. And this week, we’ll be covering that same issue here–decluttering, cleaning, organizing and getting on top of things at home.

Compared to last week’s posts which were a bit on the heavy side, what with talking about mindfulness and life-goal-setting, this week’s topic might seem a bit more practical and straightforward. But I think environment is hugely important to a mom’s emotional well-being. I’m far from a neat freak, but I feel like the ability to exert some bit of control over the state of my home does help me feel saner, calmer, and happier. And I also believe we owe it to ourselves to live in a place that feels functional, cozy, and safe.

So look here for a week’s worth of posts that will celebrate the art of making a home and help you delegate, prioritize, and create a cozier, cleaner nest–without working harder.

Before we kick it off, I want to know: what are YOUR biggest homemaking challenges? Do you have trouble getting the family on board? Fight over division of labor with your spouse? Or just can’t seem to stay on top of the clutter? Please share in the comments!

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