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Meagan lives in St. Joseph, MI with her husband Jon and kids Clara, Owen, William, Isaac, and Jacob; who range in age from four to fifteen. Meagan celebrates the art of sane + satisfying family life at her blog The Happiest Home, and shares her ideas on being a happier mom in her book The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets To Enjoying Motherhood, both of which have been hailed as down-to-earth, funny, wise, and helpful.

7 Reasons My Family Loves Waterpark Resorts

7 Reasons My Family Loves Waterpark Resorts

Over the past ten years or so, my family has been to a lot of indoor waterpark resorts. A lot of waterpark resorts. Did I mention a lot of waterpark resorts? There’s a reason we’ve been to every waterpark resort within a day’s drive of our house at least once, and why they rank as MORE »

Our Favorite Holiday Tradition: Decorating the House!

Our Favorite Holiday Tradition: Decorating the House!

Every year since my oldest kids were very little, we’ve made a big deal out of decorating for the holidays. Not the decorations themselves, so much. Our holiday decór is a hodgepodge collection of items my husband and I bought or were given when newly married, rare newer purchases, thrift-store finds, the kids artwork, and a MORE »

7 Ways To Add Character To Your Child’s Room

7 Ways To Add Character To Your Child’s Room

Now that our family has been playing Disney Infinity, her Disney dreams have been rekindled. It got me thinking about fun ways to incorporate some of that Disney magic into her room.

How To Be A Good Sport: 7 Lessons From Disney Movies

How To Be A Good Sport: 7 Lessons From Disney Movies

Thanks to #DisneyInfinity for sponsoring this post. Click here to see more of the discussion. Between video games, board games, and backyard games of tag, my boys spend a lot of time playing games with each other, friends, and cousins. And, over the years, I’ve found that playing together has given them countless opportunities to learn important lessons about MORE »

Check out what these moms said about each other! (It’s not what you think.)

Check out what these moms said about each other! (It’s not what you think.)

Moms sometimes get a bad rap for being gossipy, critical, and judgmental of other moms. And sure, we’ve all experienced that from time to time. But mothers can also be amazingly supportive and kind toward each other, and personally, I prefer to highlight mom-on-mom positivity when I can. Recently we gave The Happiest Home blog’s MORE »

7 Strategies for Successful Binge-Watching

7 Strategies for Successful Binge-Watching

My husband and I have never really watched television like “normal” people. Even back in the 90s, when everyone around us was raving about The X-Files, we waited until we had two seasons on VHS before we dove in. Since then we’ve been behind on almost every popular show by at least one season before MORE »

Our Halloween Haunt: The Spookiest Outdoor Display Ever

Our Halloween Haunt: The Spookiest Outdoor Display Ever

I’ve always loved Halloween, but traditionally, our family kept the holiday pretty simple. That was before The Haunt. A couple of years ago, my brother-in-law Scott and husband Jon started dreaming of an epic Halloween display. A “haunt” that would get the neighbors talking, make cars come screeching to a halt, and infuse our small MORE »

15 Irrational Kid Fears (That Aren’t So Irrational)

15 Irrational Kid Fears (That Aren’t So Irrational)

My seven-year-old son Owen is going through a fearful phase right now. And while some of his fears totally make sense, others are a little…irrational. Which can be frustrating when he is too scared to walk past a mirror or even glance at a doll’s face. But when I remember back to my own childhood, MORE »

8 things moms secretly believe…that hold us back.

8 things moms secretly believe…that hold us back.

These days, we give a lot of lip service to the idea of being a “good-enough” mom. But sometimes, even when we know we SHOULD feel okay with blowing off the housework for one evening or saying “not today, honey” to our child’s 146th request to play Candy Land… deep down we often feel like MORE »

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