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Goodbye, Sunday Morning Tea – Or, On Letting Good Things Go

by Meagan Francis August 3, 2014
Goodbye, Sunday Morning Tea - Or, On Letting Good Things Go

  If you’ve been reading here regularly, you know that for the last 9-10 months or so, I’ve shown up here almost every Sunday morning with a reflective post, with this introduction: Every Sunday morning I share a moment from the recent past and something it illustrated about motherhood, family life, or simply being human.  But […]

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6 Ways To Make Getting Out Of The House With Kids Simple, Spontaneous & Fun

by Meagan Francis July 31, 2014
6 Ways To Make Getting Out Of The House With Kids Simple, Spontaneous & Fun

Every now and then I like to look through the archives to see what was going on in my world around this time in previous years. Here’s a post I originally wrote in 2011. I loved this glimpse into my summer three years ago – and these adorable pics! – and am still 100% behind the message […]

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Whimsical Girl’s Bedroom Ideas (Plus 15% Off Area Rugs From Wayfair.com!)

by Sarah Powers July 30, 2014
Whimsical Girl's Bedroom Ideas (Plus 15% Off Area Rugs From Wayfair.com!)

This post is part of an ongoing partnership with Wayfair.com. I was compensated for writing it; all ideas and opinions are my own. -Sarah 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 […]

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Make Your Vacation Easier: Pack Less Than You Think You Need

by Meagan Francis July 29, 2014
Make Your Vacation Easier: Pack Less Than You Think You Need

This post is part of our Summer Shortcuts series. Sarah and I are taking turns all summer long sharing little “cheats” and ways we give ourselves a break during the summer months. Enjoy! -Meagan Yes, you read that right. Another clothing-based Summer Shortcuts post. It makes sense, though, doesn’t it? No matter how much more relaxed your summer schedule might […]

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Check Out My Birthday Present To Myself!

by Meagan Francis July 27, 2014
Check Out My Birthday Present To Myself!

I started this blog – originally known as The Happiest Mom – five years ago last spring. Over the years, my life – and this blog - have changed a lot. I got a book deal based on the “happiest mom” concept, which led to growth and opportunities I never saw coming. I shifted from mostly writing for […]

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Help! My Kids Are Driving Me Crazy!

by Sarah Powers July 25, 2014
Help! My Kids Are Driving Me Crazy!

Happy Friday, all! Since it’s the middle of summer and the end of a long, hot week for many around the country, we thought we’d revisit this post Sarah wrote last year. Have a wonderful weekend! – Meagan & Sarah Here in Arizona, we’re on spring break. Only one of my three kids goes to […]

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30-50% off ModCloth Swimsuits: Made For a Mom’s Body!

by Meagan Francis July 23, 2014
30-50% off ModCloth Swimsuits: Made For a Mom's Body!

I generally don’t take pictures of myself in a swimsuit and then post them on the Internet.  And when I say “I don’t generally” I mean “It has literally never happened before this summer.” Let’s be honest here: I’m pretty happy with the way I look, but usually the better I feel about myself is […]

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Hate Folding Laundry? Stop Doing It. (And Don’t Feel Bad About It)

by Sarah Powers July 21, 2014
Hate Folding Laundry? Stop Doing It. (And Don't Feel Bad About It)

This post is part of our Summer Shortcuts series. Meagan and I are taking turns all summer long sharing little “cheats” and ways we give ourselves a break during the summer months. Enjoy! -Sarah It seems to be almost universal among busy moms: we don’t mind doing the laundry, but most of us hate folding it and putting it […]

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Family is everything.

by Meagan Francis July 20, 2014
Family is everything.

Friday morning, the seven of us piled into the Yukon and began our drive east from Michigan to Buffalo, NY, to visit Jon’s extended family. The trip was slow-going. We stopped on our way out of town for an apparently-essential pre-road trip car wash (is this a dad thing?) then had to make two “emergency” bathroom stops […]

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My Happiest Place: A Family Tree Wall

by Meagan Francis July 18, 2014
My Happiest Place: A Family Tree Wall

This month’s selection for the #MyHappiestPlace series comes from reader Katelyn Heather. Her creative idea inspired both Sarah and me, and her submission perfectly embodied our idea of honoring a happy, meaningful place in your home. Read on to find out more about the “happiest place” in Katelyn’s home - and how you can submit! My […]

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