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10 Great Gifts For Moms: Our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

by Meagan Francis December 3, 2014
10 Great Gifts For Moms: Our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Happy December, friends! We had fun rounding up some of our favorite products and gift ideas for you this year. As we start planning for the holiday season, it’s easy to put others first and forget our own wish lists (we’re moms, after all), but here’s how I look at it: giving some thought to what […]

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Kinesthetic, Auditory, Verbal? What multiple intelligences can teach you about your child’s learning style

by Meagan Francis December 2, 2014
Kinesthetic, Auditory, Verbal? What multiple intelligences can teach you about your child's learning style

  This post is written in collaboration with the National Education Association’s Raise Your Hand for Student Success campaign. All thoughts and opinions are, as always, my own.  When my 15-year-old, Isaac, does his homework, he’s got his earbuds in. Every time. And to be honest? It used to drive me crazy.  “How can you study […]

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Simple Celebrating IS Possible: Tips for a Sane Holiday Season

by Tricia Mirchandani December 1, 2014
Simple Celebrating IS Possible: Tips for a Sane Holiday Season

Today’s post is by Tricia of Raising Humans. Tricia shares ideas for simple, sane, and satisfying celebrations throughout the year – ways to acknowledge milestones and recognize accomplishments without going overboard. You can check out her other posts here.  Do you feel it? The chill in the air. The sugar-induced spirit of holiday celebration? The overwhelming temptation to […]

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Create A Calmer Holiday With Doña Bumgarner: The Home Hour Episode 44

by Meagan Francis November 26, 2014
Create A Calmer Holiday With Doña Bumgarner: The Home Hour Episode 44

To those of you who celebrate, Happy Thanksgiving! If you’re cooking, cleaning, or traveling this weekend, I hope you’ll take a little time to let this week’s episode of The Home Hour keep you company. In it, blogger Doña Bumgarner and I discuss how to create a more peaceful holiday by doing what really matters to […]

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Hosting Thanksgiving? How To Help Young Children Feel Included

by Sarah Powers November 25, 2014
Hosting Thanksgiving? How To Help Young Children Feel Included

If you do a quick search for “thanksgiving” and “young children,” you’ll notice a few things right away. One, printable coloring pages claim to solve all your problems. Two, decorations for the kids’ table have never been cuter (or more insanely complicated – thanks, Pinterest!). And three, the focus of nearly every single advice piece […]

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Sweet Pickled Beaver? On Discovering My Food Culture

by Meagan Francis November 24, 2014
Sweet Pickled Beaver? On Discovering My Food Culture

We head into Thanksgiving week, we’re thinking not only about the food we serve, but the memories, traditions, and family culture it represents. Tomorrow we’ll be back with another post in our How To Host Thanksgiving series, but for today we’re revisiting this post on discovering your food culture. Enjoy! For most of my adult […]

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“How Do I Get All The Sides Finished At Once?” And Other Thanksgiving Menu Questions, Answered.

by Meagan Francis November 22, 2014
"How Do I Get All The Sides Finished At Once?" And Other Thanksgiving Menu Questions, Answered.

Hosting Thanksgiving this year? If you’re a newbie host, the Big Meal can be more than a little intimidating. Here are some questions you might have about pulling the menu together, and what I’ve learned from experience about everything from timing the meal to thawing the turkey.  “When should I take the turkey out of the […]

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30 Ways To Get Ready To Host Thanksgiving (That Have Nothing To Do With Cooking)

by Sarah Powers November 21, 2014
30 Ways To Get Ready To Host Thanksgiving (That Have Nothing To Do With Cooking)

Who else is getting ready to host Thanksgiving this year? Meagan and I had so much fun taking your questions about it on yesterday’s episode of The Home Hour, and today I’m going to share some of the little ways I’ve been getting my home ready for the holiday – most of which have very little […]

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Your Thanksgiving Questions, Answered: The Home Hour Episode 43

by Meagan Francis November 20, 2014
Your Thanksgiving Questions, Answered: The Home Hour Episode 43

After a break last week (I was traveling in Florida with the whole family), The Home Hour is back this week with a brand new episode I think you’re going to love. In this episode, Sarah and I answer – to the best of our ability – YOUR questions about hosting Thanksgiving in your home. […]

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Help Me Choose A Throw For My Sofa! (Plus, 15% Off Pillows, Poufs & Throws At Wayfair.com!)

by Meagan Francis November 19, 2014
Help Me Choose A Throw For My Sofa! (Plus, 15% Off Pillows, Poufs & Throws At Wayfair.com!)

Thanks so much to Wayfair.com for sponsoring this post and providing me with a gift card to purchase toss pillows and a throw blanket for my living room! When we bought our living-room sofas and armchair, we purposely went with subtle colors. I love bright color, but get bored quickly, and we knew the purchase […]

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