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I’m so glad you’re here. Creating My Happiness is a place for busy moms to find tips & tricks to make life easier. Whether it’s parenting, meal planning, home organization, or self-care, our mission is to help you love your life. So many moms come here hoping to make their life easier, more enjoyable. My hope is that I can show you some of the tips and tricks I have learned over the years to improve my home life. This includes how to start a side hussle or at-home business to bring in a little extra money for your family.

As a stay at home mom, we are always looking for ways to help around the home. CMH is a 100% judgement free zone. We understand that every mom is unique, and so are their kids. That’s why we share stories from real life, stuff that worked for us, and no mom shaming.

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How Not to Build a Fire Pit

Building a fire pit is a fairly simple home project.  It involves some heavy lifting, but for the most part it can be done by a novice DIYer. That is, of course, unless you're me. I have a natural talent for taking small, simple projects and turning them into epic tasks that end with a trip to the chiropractor. Last...

5 Ways to Honor Lost Loved Ones During the Holidays

The holiday season is a joyous time.  Filled with laughter, love, good food, and good friends.  But for those who've lost a loved one, the joy can be overshadowed by the absence of a husband, wife, spouse, or sibling.  Of course, our loved ones wouldn't want us to miss out on the happiness of the season. So how can...
Black Friday has some great deals, but is it really worth the hassle? Here are 6 reasons you should stay home this year.

6 Reasons to Stay Home on Black Friday

My Black Friday shopping strategy: Don't leave the house! The only thing better than scoring a great deal is scoring a great deal while still in my jammies with hot tea and leftover pie in hand.  Seriously.  Thanks to my social anxiety, I don't do crowds well.  They make me very uncomfortable, so the internet,...
Love crockpot applesauce? Try this delicious variation with a touch of ginger!

Ginger-Cinnamon Crockpot Applesauce

Does anything say fall better than applesauce?  It's sweet and tangy, and there are a million different ways to make it!  Making applesauce in your crockpot is super easy and it makes your whole house smell delicious. I started making crockpot applesauce several years ago after we went apple picking and had an...
22 Super Sides For Your Thanksgiving Dinner

22 Super Sides for Your Holiday Dinner

Sure, the turkey gets all the attention, but the side dishes are just as important. To help you get that spark of creativity I've gathered up some of the Internet's best side dish recipes. Some are classics, some have a new twist to them. But they're all sure to be a big hit! Our family has made every one of these...
These are no ordinary chocolate chip cookies! They're big and packed with yummy chips, nuts, and cookie flavor.

Chocolate Chip Cookies from the “Bite Me More” Sisters

Chocolate chip cookies are a classic treat, and for a party or a bake sale you really can't go wrong with those soft, chewy confections.  And though they're a classic, there are as many variations of chocolate chip cookies are there are pebbles in a stream. Personally, I think all versions of this cookie have their...
Whenever my husband tells me I've made "The best meal ever", it always includes my 2 secret ingredients. And you won't believe what they are!

My 2 Secret Ingredients

Not every dish you prepare is going to be a home run.  But I've found that every time Mr. O pronounces something, "The best I've ever made," it usually contains very simple items... and my 2 secret ingredients. Pardon me, but I'm going to string you along for a bit.  See if you can guess my 2 secret ingredients as...
A favorite tradition in our family is to read holiday themed books to get into the spirit, but I've never thought to do it for Thanksgiving. This year, since my daughter has finally discovered she loves to read, we're going to give thanks on more than just one day.

12 Amazing Children’s Books for the Thanksgiving Season

Thanksgiving is a great time to share seasonal books with your children. Not only do most these books have a fun fall theme, but Thanksgiving stories typically celebrate wonderful characteristics like community, family, and sharing. If you’re searching for some great Thanksgiving-related tales to share with your kids...

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