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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

Sunday Reads: DIY beauty, shopping without spending, FLOR rugs, political ambitions, birthday treats

Happy Sunday! It’s an absolutely gorgeous day here, and we’re heading out to the local Home & Garden show shortly (anyone else love home shows? I’ve been in love with them since the first one I attended when I was eight years old.) I haven’t done much reading during this beautiful weekend, but I did spot a few great posts for your pleasure:

Fun: DIY yogurt mask – Petit Elefant. In my younger years my friends and I used to regularly have “spa nights” where we’d whip up a bunch of beauty concoctions and do our toenails. I’m thinking I need to bring this tradition back.

Frugal Living: Want to shop a lot without spending a lot? Collect something small and useful – FrugalMama. Similar to my antiquing rule of only buying things I can use immediately or that I absolutely LOVE. It makes shopping a fun adventure that’s just as much about the thrill of the hunt as the purchase…in fact, often I buy nothing at all.

Functional (and pretty!): Check out Tracey’s FLOR rug. I’ve been admiring these carpet tiles from afar for years but absolutely love what she’s done with them in her kitchen. I’m thinking they could work great under my dining-room table…

Female ambition: If you’ve ever thought about running for political office (whether Senate or your local school board) you might be interested in this video featuring PunditMom, all about why more women don’t run for office (and why they should!)

Food and family: My latest Babble Voices post shares 5 creative birthday treats for sloppy moms (you know, those of us without much artistic ability.) The rainbow cakes pictured above (hat tip to MomAdvice) were Clara’s birthday treat, and inspired the post. As evidence of my sloppy-ness, we forgot to layer the colors properly (i.e. with the secondary colors in between the primary colors). Guess it’s more of a “stripe cake” than a “rainbow”…but it’s still cute, eh?

That’s it for today – I’m off to enjoy the sun! Feel free to share any great stuff you’ve read recently in the comments.

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