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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 magazines and websites to blogging for a living. As my kids got older, this blog’s focus slowly shifted from the experience of motherhood to the experience of family life and running a household. Sarah joined us, and together we brought on a handful of awesome guest writers.

My vision when Sarah became part of The Happiest Home was that the site would become less “all about me” and more of a community of people interested in creating happier homes and family lives. It soon became clear, though, that to make this site grow into what I really wanted it to be, I was going to have to take a little step back from the front-and-center role I’ve had since day 1. 

The only trick was, I didn’t really have my own space to just go off and “be Meagan:” a place to write about the business side of blogging and writing for a living and occasional musings of a more personal nature. I set up a blog a while ago where I hosted information about my classes and coaching services, but I was never in love with the way it looked or functioned and just didn’t want to spend a lot of time there.

Enter my birthday present to myself – I turn 37 today! – a brand-spanking-new site at MeaganFrancis.com that’s just for me. The team at Sumy Designs has created an awesome space that will serve as a mix of my professional brand and personal stomping grounds and I am very excited to give you all the grand tour! 

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Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Doing … Poorly?

by Heather Caliri July 16, 2014
Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Doing ... Poorly?

This post is by Heather Caliri, regular contributor to The Happiest Home and blogger at A Little Yes. Heather writes about saying “yes” to little things that scare us. You can read all her posts here. A few years ago, when I decided to start a professional blog, I realized something. Bloggers promote themselves. Promotion happens through […]

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Crafting, Kids, & Career with Nikki McGonigal PLUS Dressing For Your Skin Tone

by Meagan Francis June 11, 2014
Crafting, Kids, & Career with Nikki McGonigal PLUS Dressing For Your Skin Tone

Have you ever dreamed of turning your creative passion into a career? Or are you a crafter at heart who’s having a hard time staying organized and inspired around small children? You’ll love my interview today with crafter, blogger and educator (plus, TV personality!) Nikki McGonigal. Also, Shana of Ain’t No Mom Jeans is back […]

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5 Books I’ll Be Reading On Scribd This Summer (plus, a free subscription!)

by Meagan Francis June 11, 2014
5 Books I'll Be Reading On Scribd This Summer (plus, a free subscription!)

This post is sponsored by Scribd. Want to have your own #ScribdSummer? You’ll find a code for a free three-month subscription at the end of this post. Happy Summer reading! Confession right up front: I am the worst at creating those “summer beach read” lists. I’m usually woefully behind on whatever the hot new book […]

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Go all in.

by Meagan Francis June 8, 2014
Go all in.

Every Sunday morning I share a moment from my week and something it illustrated about motherhood, family life, or simply being human. I invite you to set aside a moment out of your weekend for reflection and join me for Sunday Morning Tea. -Meagan A few months ago I pushed myself past my comfort level […]

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Creativity is Subversive.

by Heather Caliri May 28, 2014
Creativity is Subversive.

This post is by Heather Caliri, regular contributor to The Happiest Home and blogger at A Little Yes. Heather writes about saying “yes” to little things that scare us. You can read all her posts here. I was embarrassed when my neighbors knocked on the door. I wasn’t sure if I’d combed my hair that morning, and […]

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Historical Motherhood Series: Betty Friedan

by Kristen May 16, 2014
Historical Motherhood Series: Betty Friedan

Our Historical Motherhood series is back! We’re delighted as always to welcome Kristen Levithan, Happiest Home contributor and blogger at Motherese, with another profile of a mom who made history. You can read previous historical motherhood posts by clicking here. I remember exactly where I was when I first read Betty Friedan’s now 51-year-old firestarter, The Feminine Mystique. […]

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Two mothers. Two paths. Two real-life “Beyond Baby” stories. Podcast Episode 30

by Meagan Francis May 7, 2014
Two mothers. Two paths. Two real-life "Beyond Baby" stories. Podcast Episode 30

Have you ever marveled at how many different paths are open to us over the course of our lives? And that can lead to a lot of pressure – pressure to make the “right” choice, or fear of moving in the wrong direction. Way back in my early days of motherhood, I joined an online parenting […]

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a baby on my hip

by Meagan Francis April 28, 2014
a baby on my hip

I wrote this post a few years ago, but  I was reminded of it today…and think it’s especially apropos as I prepare for the launch of Beyond Baby, which is all about taking the time to think about how you want your life to look as you emerge from the intense stage of caring for babies. […]

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Reach for the stars – and if you make it 80% of the way, you win.

by Meagan Francis April 27, 2014
Reach for the stars - and if you make it 80% of the way, you win.

Every Sunday morning I share a moment from my week and something it illustrated about motherhood, family life, or simply being human. I invite you to set aside a moment out of your weekend for reflection and join me for Sunday Morning Tea. -Meagan This past week went by in a bit of a blur. […]

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