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Getting Kids To Clean Up: How To Motivate & Direct Your Pint-Sized Help

by Meagan Francis January 26, 2015
Getting Kids To Clean Up: How To Motivate & Direct Your Pint-Sized Help

Since we’re talking about delegation and division of household labor this week, I thought I’d republish one of my favorite posts about motivating kids to clean up! Enjoy.  We all know kids make a lot of mess. But if yours are old enough to hold a broom or put a toy in a basket, they’re […]

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The Parent-Teacher Relationship With Erica Ladd Of Candid Classroom: The Home Hour Episode 49

by Meagan Francis January 21, 2015
The Parent-Teacher Relationship With Erica Ladd Of Candid Classroom: The Home Hour Episode 49

Do you ever wonder what your kids’ teachers really wish you knew? This time of year, it can be easy to start feeling like a slacker in the “school mom” department. Re-entry after winter break is difficult, and sometimes things like reading logs and nutritious lunches start to slip for the best of us. (Note: […]

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Make your dream of becoming a published writer come true in 2015

by Meagan Francis January 20, 2015
Make your dream of becoming a published writer come true in 2015

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you might know the story of my writing career: how I went from overwhelmed with a low-paying, full-time job, with two little kids in daycare and another on the way, to getting my first handful of stories published in national magazines, and eventually, to leaving my job and heading […]

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Showing Love Through Every Day Care, with Leticia Barr & Jim Higley: The Home Hour Episode 48

by Meagan Francis January 14, 2015
Showing Love Through Every Day Care, with Leticia Barr & Jim Higley: The Home Hour Episode 48

Is doing a load of laundry or washing the dishes really just a “chore”?  Or could the act of caring for our families in these little, everyday ways add up to much more over the course of a year, a childhood, a life? That’s what I’m talking about in today’s episode of The Home Hour, along […]

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Delegate Like Downton: A Strategy For Managing Home Helpers

by Meagan Francis January 11, 2015
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 […]

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Smart innovation from Whirlpool to make caring for our families simpler, every day.

by Meagan Francis January 9, 2015
Smart innovation from Whirlpool to make caring for our families simpler, every day.

I spent two days in Las Vegas this week, attending the Consumer Electronics Show in partnership with Whirlpool. This is part of a series of posts I’ll be writing about what I saw there! Whew! What a whirlwind week. After getting the kids off to school on Tuesday, Jon and I drove the two hours […]

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Living With Intention In 2015 With Karen Walrond: The Home Hour Episode 47

by Meagan Francis January 8, 2015
Living With Intention In 2015 With Karen Walrond: The Home Hour Episode 47

It’s a new year, and that means many of us are thinking about how to make big or small changes to improve our lives. If you’re looking for inspiration, you’re going to want to listen to my conversation with Karen Walrond: photographer, author, speaker, and the voice behind the well-known blog Chookooloonks. Today we’re talking […]

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Slower, Better, Realer, Less: What to look forward to at The Happiest Home this year.

by Meagan Francis January 4, 2015
Slower, Better, Realer, Less: What to look forward to at The Happiest Home this year.

I’ve been very active online for almost two decades now, and over the years, I’ve dealt with my share of annoyances, drama and disturbances in this virtual space. But through it all, there has never been a time that I’ve questioned the value this technology has had in my life – or the role I play in […]

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Every day, care: It’s what we do, and it matters.

by Meagan Francis January 2, 2015
Every day, care: It's what we do, and it matters.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be writing a series of posts in partnership with Whirlpool’s Every day, care. Campaign.  You’ve probably noticed it’s been quiet around here over the last two weeks. That’s because Sarah and I decided to mostly power down over the holiday so that we could focus on celebrations, our kids, […]

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25 Kick-In-The-Butt Inspiring Posts To Get You Motivated For 2015

by Sarah Powers December 30, 2014
25 Kick-In-The-Butt Inspiring Posts To Get You Motivated For 2015

If you haven’t noticed, we’ve been a little light on new posts around these parts this month. Meagan and I are both enjoying the holidays with our families – and we hope you are, too! Going into New Year’s Eve we wanted to pop in and share a few of our favorite posts from the archives. […]

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