May 25, 2016

7 Questions | May 2016

Welcome to my new segment, 7 Questions! I’ll be featuring a different mama each month, and we’ll be talking about what brings us joy to the every day. My hope is that we can inspire each other.  This week, I talked to Stephanie Harper, who runs the website and has 4 kids of her own. 


What brings you the most joy? Being able to spend time with my family outdoors.

How do you teach your own children happiness or how to focus on the positive? Being positive shouldn’t be something you force kids into. I tell my kids that some days are going to be hard and that’s ok.

“Focusing on the good energy they are sending out into the world will in turn make positivity grow and negativity diminish.”

If you could give a large group of mamas one piece of advice, what would it be? Exercise the act of cutting yourself some slack. Sometimes the laundry doesn’t get done or the kids homework doesn’t get signed. It happens. You embrace letting it go and keep telling yourself that it’s alright.


May’s Happiest Mama, Stephanie Harper, and her family on a geocaching hike.

We all have off days. How do you bounce back? The one thing that I started implementing not only on my off days but in general, is meditating. It can be done anywhere and taking a moment to just breathe peacefully, is something that refreshes me in minutes and helps bring me back to a more centered place.

What was something that made you smile this week? My 2-year old grabbed my leg, looked up at me with the sweetest look on her face and said “I’m so happy.” I couldn’t believe she said that so I asked her again to be sure and she repeated it. Her little heart is so full already.

Imagine your perfect Saturday. What would you do? It would have hiking in there for sure. Pineapple cone at Meadowlark Dairy with my family and time to read by myself – if I’m lucky!

Complete this sentence: I’m at my happiest when Idon’t worry about the small things and focus on being grateful for the now.

Thank you, Stephanie! You are officially a “Happiest Mama!”

As a Bay Area native, Stephanie’s love for the outdoors began when she was a child, meeting up with cousins to camp at Russian River every Summer. She has a passionate background in writing and naturally her experiences outdoors led her to start, a blog to encourage and inspire parents and kids to get outside more. She has 4 amazing children and 2 dogs who will knock anyone over to get to the car who is taking them hiking. Besides planning her next trek, you can find her singing to her kids’ favorite song on repeat or binge watching Gotham.



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  1. Loved learning about you! Such a fun post!

  2. I loved reading this piece… and loved Stephanie’s mama advice!

  3. I love the part about cutting yourself some slack…as mama’s we sometimes have a difficult time doing this!

  4. Love Stephanies perspective, I too love hiking and being outside a lot.. can’t wait to get my son out more this summer!

  5. This is such a great series idea! I agree, you have to cut yourself slack as a momma or you’ll start pulling out your hair. Very fun read!

  6. Thank you that means a lot. 🙂

  7. Thanks so much everyone! Was fun sharing my perspective. 🙂

  8. Thanks so much everyone! It was fun sharing my perspective and thank you to Happiest Mama for featuring! 🙂

  9. Excellent post. I certainly love this website. Stick with it!

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