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Are you Prepared for “The Talk, The Money Talk, That is

Studies have shown that talking with your spouse about money is one of the most difficult parts of a marriage. And it’s also one of the leading causes of divorce according to the Family Relations Journal. It’s time to start talking. We’re here to help. read more

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Battling Cold and Flu Season

You clean. You disinfect. You wash your hands obsessively. Yet somehow cold and flu season hits your house. Here, some basic tips to help you stay ahead of the game when it comes to fighting sickness. read more

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The Mess Means People Live Here

I’m surrounded by evidence that I have four children. In my house. My car. My garage. Even on my stained clothes. Depending on the day, my inner pendulum swings between embracing the mess and resenting every crumb-maker in my family. read more

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Homemade Laundry Detergent

According to Procter & Gamble, the average American family washes 330-390 loads of laundry a year and spends $180-$600 per year on detergent. That’s a lot of money. If you’ve got 40 minutes, you can make your own homemade detergent that lasts around six months and costs less than $25 a batch. read more

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Kitchen Stories

The kitchen of our souls is that place where we store the memories of life experiences that have shaped us into who we are. These include dreams that define what we want most in life, along with memories of places where “doing life” has been surprisingly hard. read more

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There’s No Place Like Home

“There’s no place like home.” Oh how I longed to feel that way when I was young. I was a child with two houses, but no real home. My parents had divorced when I was very young, so the concept of “home” was almost as unbelievable as a green-faced witch and talking scarecrow. read more

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When Home for the Holidays Doesn’t Seem Like Home

Home for the holidays is pretty much a universally weird experience. Good in many cases. Awkward in many as well. Read on to hear Elisa’s tried and true guidelines for getting through the holidays intact – and in tact. read more

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Coming Home Again

Home — especially during the holidays — can be a hard or hurting place for many people. read more

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Setting a Thanksgiving Legacy Table

Every table we set is a scrapbook of sorts displaying our life and legacy to its guests. And as we gather around it to share tales of the past, struggles of the present and hopes for the future, we can be surrounded by reminders that life is sweet and so worth loving. read more

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Choosing Holiday Traditions that Fit Your Family

The holiday season can be overwhelming for moms! Not only do we negotiate with the in-laws, stretch gift budgets, and fight Pinterest stress, we are also supposed to create magical holiday memories for our precious little ones. How do we know what to say yes or no to? read more

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Why Buy More When You Can Live More?

Sometimes life can seem like a series of unconscious decisions and constant distractions. One minute we are going full speed in one direction … only to go a completely different direction the next. Don’t you ever wish things could just be more simple? read more

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Celebrate the Everyday: 5 meaningful displays

Design Mom shares her simple way to celebrate the everyday in your family with ideas for five meaningful displays – from your child’s artwork to a map symbolizing your favorite family vacation. read more

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Your Walls Should Tell Your Family’s Story

I think of the family room as more relaxed and more personal than the living room. So if you’re lucky enough to have this extra room in your house, why not take the opportunity to show off art or artifacts that tell some of your personal story? read more

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DIY Watercolor Mugs

There is something about a handmade item that transforms it from the ordinary into a treasure. Whether you labor over making something unique from your home or someone gives you a personalized gift — the value becomes exponentially higher. read more

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An Interview with RedLetterWords

Hello, Dearest recently had the opportunity to catch up with Dee Kasberger, Artist and Designer for RedLetterWords. We got the inside scoop on how her company was born, creating art and a whole lot more about Dee! read more

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life-hacks

Life hacks are genius ideas that someone started, and now the internet is kind enough to share with everyone. We've compiled a list of our favorite life hacks to help make moms lives easy(er). read more

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Seven Organization Tips Every Mom Should Know

As a mom, organization is key. Here are seven of my top tips and products that can support you in making motherhood look both organized and oh-so-stylish. read more

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6 Quick Cleaning Tips

Nothing creates anxiety like a messy house 15 minutes before a dinner party. Here are some quick cleaning tips designed to not only help prepare your space (and heart) before the party begins. read more

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How to Refinish Furniture Using Chalk Paint

Decorating on a budget? Then chalk painting is for you. It's a super easy and cost effective way to spruce up some old pieces of furniture. read more

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DIY Detergent

It seems like the massive pile of laundry never diminishes, neither does the costs for detergent. The good news is you don’t need to give up the quality cleaning products for the budget’s sake. These DIY detergents are not only amazing and efficient, but also healthy and eco-friendly. read more

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Dressing Your Couch

Does your living room need a makeover? Start by re-styling your couch with items you already have on hand. read more

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Tips for Keeping Flowers Alive and to Make them Look Beautiful

Sarah Tedford from Ladybird Poppy floral design walks us through all the tips about keeping flowers fresh as long as possible and how to display them well. read more

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Flower Design Using a Pumpkin as a Vase

Watch as Sarah Tedford from Ladybird Poppy floral design creates a flower arrangement using a $10 grocery store bouquet and leftover Thanksgiving pumpkin. read more

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5 Tactics to Minimize Money Stress Over the Holidays

As an expert avoider myself, I have found facing the source of anxiety head-on is always the best approach in the long run. So figure out where your worry is centered and make a plan. Here are few tactics that can help move your holiday spirit from one of tension to relaxation. read more

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When Christmas is a Beautiful Mess

For several days she hounded me about when her name was going to be sewn on her stocking, and I asked her to wait patiently. Then one day she appeared holding up her stocking with her name written in large, black sharpie ink. She had a proud, but sheepish grin on her face. I was furious. read more

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7 Ways to Make Christmas Meaningful

Janie shares seven ways she works to create a meaningful Christmas for her family. She gets creative with ways to build her family up. It doesn't have to be the same thing, year after year. read more

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Flower Arrangements with a Plethora of Small Vases

Sarah Tedford from Ladybird Poppy floral design is here to help you know how to use a variety of small vases for a bouquet instead of one big vase. read more

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Thrifty Christmas Gifts

Take an hour to plan a budget and make a gift list, then use these money-saving ideas to give meaningful gifts you can afford. read more

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Quirky Christmas Celebrations

With each get-together, party and celebration we attend, the one question that’s always on the back of our minds? Gifts. Who do we buy for and what do we get? Here are five fun and thrifty ways your family and friends can all leave with something from the get-together without breaking the bank! read more

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Managing the Magic of the Season

I don’t want to be stressed out during the most wonderful time of the year. I bet you don’t either. A couple of years ago, I unwittingly started a new tradition. I created a calendar of activities with all the simple joys of the season. read more

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One-Yard Wonders DIY Hexie Pouf

Any child would love to have this accent in his or her room for reading books, playing games or hanging out with friends. Comfortable for one, but roomy enough for two, the Hexie Pouf is the perfect floor pillow for kids of all ages. read more

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The Art of Neighboring

What would it mean if we actually love our neighbors? You know, the people who live right next door to us. I have noticed moms with young kids have an advantage when it comes to being great neighbors. Kids are the best connectors in most neighborhoods. read more

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How to Design a Store-bought Bouquet

Sarah Tedford of Ladybird Poppy walks through how to cut and design the flowers in the average pre-packaged $10 bouquet that will make your vase of flowers pop. read more

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Love Your Guests By Asking Them Questions

The best way to love on your guests and make them feel truly welcome is to make them your main thing. Simply - make it fun! You don’t want to turn a get-to-know-you dinner into an intense drilling that ends up resembling an awkward counseling session. read more

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What if Hospitality Scares Me?

Hospitality. Mention the word and my heart rate rises, my insecurities come to light, and I begin to worry. What if I can’t drive a conversation? What if someone can still smell the milk my two-year-old spilled into the couch? What if I burn dinner or pull a less-than spotless dish from the cupboa read more

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What Kind of Hostess Are You?

Take this quiz to find out what kind of hostess you are, what types of parties you should plan, and how to best prepare for the unexpected. read more

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A Happy Hostess

My mom used to get something we called PPS (Pre-Party Syndrome), similar to PMS but only rears its ugly head on the eve of a hosting engagement. I refuse to let this family curse get me and created this recipe for happy hosting. read more

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3 Easy Ways to Be the Best Hostess Ever

I have a small house. I have an outdated kitchen. I have an infant and a job. I am a control snob. All that considered, I might be a horrible hostess, but here are three of the easiest tips to being the best hostess ever! read more

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Holiday Cleaning, The Minimalist Approach

How do we maintain a general order of things at home during the craziest time of the year? Here are a few tricks from yours truly, a self-proclaimed minimalist when it comes to house cleaning. read more

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5 Mistakes to Avoid as a Hostess this Thanksgiving

In my eleven years of being married I've made a lot of blunders as a hostess, the biggest of which happened right before my wedding day. I said no to guests wanting to come at the last moment. That is, I said no to my mother-in-law, who wanted to invite them read more

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An Introverts' Guide to Hosting

“Am I supposed to reciprocate this dinner invitation? Just how many times can we accept an invite to their house without returning the favor?” These thoughts often ran through my mind as a newlywed. read more

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7 Tips for Hosting a Dinner Party

I’ve had sick kids vomit on my couch and encountered dietary requirements that wiped out my entire menu. There’s been a bit of stilted conversation and even an upset band of hornets. Believe me when I say I’ve learned and relearned most of these tips the hard way. read more

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Impromptu Hospitality

The friend or family member who stops by to drop something off, a neighbor who pops in to ask you to pick up the mail, or the mom who unexpectedly stays for the playdate. I was terrible at hosting the unexpected guest. read more

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Three Flavors of Hospitality

I am appreciative of all forms of hospitality: the friend who offers me a drink in her tidied home before I even put my diaper bag down, the friend who doesn’t apologize for the Legos all over the floor or the fact she hasn’t showered in a couple days, the friend who stands with me in a crowded read more

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DIY Poufy Ball Mobile

This is the perfect eye-catching mobile to hang over your little one’s crib or changing table. Use a bold fabric with fun colors to keep your little one goo-goo-ga-ga-ing as the mobile spins and moves. read more

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Do you have spending leaks?

There are dozens of things you buy with your limited supply of money each month without thinking. Find out if you have spending leaks in your life – and how to plug them. read more

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Organizing a Child’s Play Area

Organizing a space can feel daunting, especially a child’s play area. Don’t worry, darling, we have you covered with six steps to creating a space for the kids to make both mom and child happy, and get you set for the new school year. read more

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Laundry Made Easy{er}

Rachel scoured Pinterest to bring us the best of the best laundry tips. We can't make the laundry disappear but these tips just might make laundry easy{er}. Happy laundering! read more

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Spring Clean Your Life

It’s April and a renewed sense of vigor and life seems to roll in with the warm spring air. Maybe it’s just the satisfaction of watching our children run giddy through the soggy playground, but April is always welcomed with smiles as big as spring puddles. read more

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Maximizing Your Federal Tax Refund

Tax season is upon us and with it many questions of whether or not we’re “doing it right.” Deductions, credits, receipts, forms…you don’t need to be a tax attorney to know that it can sometimes get confusing. read more

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Non-Toxic Household Cleaners

One of the few guarantees in life is that the area we've just cleaned is exactly where the kids are headed first. That's where non-toxic household cleaners come in handy... since they're going to put their hands right on the shiny, fresh, clean surfaces. read more

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Taking Small Steps to Manage Your Resolutions Better

At the beginning of each new year, approximately 50% of the population makes resolutions. However, only 8% of those people that make a resolution, keep that commitment to themselves. Here are some strategies for thinking about some common resolutions made each year. read more

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Printable Christmas Gift Tags

This week we have Christmas shopping on the agenda. That means that gift wrapping comes next. I don't know who is really more excited about filling that tree up with gifts... me or my 3 year old! Either way, our presents will be styling this year with these gift tags I whipped up just for you! read more

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Fall Bunting Banner

Burlap + bunting = true love. At least for me. Probably you, too. read more

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Taming Housework

The number of tasks we have to accomplish each day can feel overwhelming. To make life easier, first, prioritize tasks according to their abc's. Then, plan what tasks will be completed by using steps 1,2 and 3. read more

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When {UN}natural Disaster Strikes

When I worry that my kids are growing up to fast, sometimes a reminder that they are still little, comes in unexpected packages. Make that a messy package that makes you wrinkle your nose and sigh in frustration. read more

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Tips to Help New Moms Stay Organized

I was so stubborn and cynical about all those "organizing" tips and products. It took a long time to convince me, but here are a few tips that turned my cluttered house back into a home by the time baby number three appeared. read more