House & HomeMom's LifeThe KitchenWork and Passions

Giveaway! Mini Micro 3-in-1: A Scooter That Grows With Your Child

by Sarah Powers July 9, 2014
Giveaway! Mini Micro 3-in-1: A Scooter That Grows With Your Child

UPDATE! Congrats to reader Livivua on winning the Mini Micro 3-in-1, and thanks to all who entered! Thanks to Micro Kickboard for providing me with a scooter for review. All opinions expressed here are my own. -Sarah I am an oldest child: responsible, independent, a rule-follower, and rather fond of predictability. (Just ask Meagan, a […]

Read More! →

Give Yourself A Break This Summer: Buy Two Of Everything

by Sarah Powers July 7, 2014
Give Yourself A Break This Summer: Buy Two Of Everything

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 Are you an over-buyer or an under-buyer? (If you’re not sure, I think Gretchen Rubin’s quiz is fun and totally insightful.) I am definitely an […]

Read More! →

Easy & Delicious Recipes For Your Next BBQ

by Meagan Francis July 2, 2014
Easy & Delicious Recipes For Your Next BBQ

Hard to believe it’s July, isn’t it? While we slow down a bit this week to spend time outdoors and with family, we thought we’d round up some of our best recipes for BBQ season. Enjoy! -Meagan Grilled Filet With Horseradish Cream Sauce Tinto De Verano (Red Wine Spritzer) Grilled Chicken With Ranch Marinade Pasta […]

Read More! →

Summer Shortcut: Stop Cooking

by Meagan Francis June 30, 2014
Summer Shortcut: Stop Cooking

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 If you’ve read this blog long, you know I’m an advocate of the regular sit-down family dinner, and have been on a mission to help […]

Read More! →

On home envy, destiny, and being open to possibilities.

by Meagan Francis June 29, 2014
On home envy, destiny, and being open to possibilities.

Four or five years ago, when we had recently moved to our little city and I was spending hours weekly poring over real-estate listings, I fell in love with a white Colonial house for sale, just a few blocks from my kids’ elementary school. Full of charm and brimming with built-ins, it was just the right […]

Read More! →

Check Out My New Fridge! (Plus A Chance To Win One Of Your Own)

by Meagan Francis June 27, 2014
Check Out My New Fridge! (Plus A Chance To Win One Of Your Own)

Our current house came with a really bad refrigerator. I mean…bad.  Handle falling off, no ice maker, strange-sized shelves that never seemed to accommodate a normal family’s food needs. Just bad. Pretty much the only thing I liked about it was that it was white. (You all know I am rooting for a comeback of the […]

Read More! →

Want To Help Your Teens “Just Say No”? Give Them A Script.

by Meagan Francis June 26, 2014
Want To Help Your Teens "Just Say No"? Give Them A Script.

When I was a teenager, I – as many teens do – had a serious case of Invincibility Syndrome. I wasn’t scared of much, and usually thought that getting hurt or in trouble was for other people, not me. But there was one thing that terrified me then, and still does: bad driving. Fast driving, reckless driving, […]

Read More! →

And The #MyHappiestPlace Winner Is…

by Meagan Francis June 25, 2014
And The #MyHappiestPlace Winner Is...

A few weeks ago we announced a fun new reader-submitted series here on the blog: My Happiest Place. Each month we’ll be inviting you to submit photos or videos of the happiest place in your home. After reviewing the submissions, Sarah and I will select one of our favorites to receive a $50 Wayfair gift […]

Read More! →

Can’t Find Toddler’s Shoes AGAIN? Try This.

by Sarah Powers June 23, 2014
Can't Find Toddler's Shoes AGAIN? Try This.

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 Let’s say, hypothetically, that you had a dollar for every time you said one of the following throughout the day: “Please put on your […]

Read More! →

Learning to embrace solitude (even when it comes with sadness)

by Meagan Francis June 22, 2014
Learning to embrace solitude (even when it comes with sadness)

One recent weekday afternoon, I found myself in a completely quiet house. Clara was spending the day with my mother-in-law, Jon was with clients, and all the boys were finishing up their last week of school. The weather was perfect: 75 degrees, sunny, and clear. I’d planned to go to the gym, but the outdoors was calling, so instead I […]

Read More! →