Need a Will? Need to Get Your Documents Sorted? Here’s How Haven Life is helping you do that.

This post is sponsored by Haven Life. Introducing Haven Life Plus — it’s not just easier life insurance, it’s an easier life.


Earlier this year, I told you about how much I love HavenLife — it’s an online life insurance agency, backed and wholly owned by MassMutual, that’s committed to offering a better, more modern way to buy term life insurance online. Founded by a father who went through the life insurance buying experience, Haven Life’s mission is to make it easier for more people to get this important financial product.

Haven Life’s process is super easy and only takes about 10 to 20 minutes online to fill out the application. If you’ve been meaning to check it out, but still need another boost of motivation, how about this: What if you could get your life insurance in order, and then, at no additional cost, get your will in order too? And all your important documents secure, organized and accessible to only those who need them?

If that sounds good, you’re in luck, because Haven Life recently launched Haven Life Plus. It’s a new rider (think: bonus feature) included in the Haven Term policy that provides awesome benefits at no cost or at a discount. Plus benefits are available to Haven Term policyholders in 45 states. I’m going to tell you about all three benefits — starting with the will, because I’m totally stoked about that one. 

Come discuss wills with me. No guilt if you don’t have one yet. You’re not alone.

A Few Things

Hello, Friends. How are you? How was your week? It’s been an odd one at our house. With school cancelled today because of air quality, our Thanksgiving break has started a day early. Woot! We’re keeping it pretty chill and staying indoors. As I type, the kids are watching the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie, and hoping to see the new one in theaters.

We’ve also got lots of Scrooge rehearsal on our schedule (tickets are free and the show starts next Saturday). How about you? Do you have lots of Thanksgiving prep on your mind? Maybe tackling a house project or doing some yard work? Are you traveling next week?

I’m planning to work on my gift guide this weekend. While I do that, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:

14 really good links. Come see.

Toxic Air

Today, the Oakland School District announced that school is cancelled tomorrow because the air is so dangerous. It’s been bad for a week. It got worse today. And it’s supposed to be even worse tomorrow. Why is the air so bad? Because California is on fire.

The nearest fire — called Camp Fire — is over 100 miles away. This seems like a long way away in my head, and in some ways it is. For example, it’s far enough away that my home is not currently at risk of burning down. But it’s still close enough to have a major impact on the air.

This is the first time I’ve had to get to know air quality numbers and what they mean. If you’re curious here’s a couple of key numbers (and a chart):

How’s the air in your town? I’ve got links to find out. Keep reading.

Living With Kids: Lindsay Howerton-Hastings

Friends, I would love to introduce you to Lindsay and her happy home in Greenville, South Carolina. While you read this interview, keep in mind that Lindsay had a baby last week. As we were communicating via email I knew she had a baby due and was trying to get everything wrapped up before the little one arrived, but he made his appearance between taking the photos and answering the interview questions. Huge congrats to Lindsay!

After getting to know her, I’m guessing you are going to wish she lived on your street. She works as a Perinatal therapist, which means she deals with all types of people in various stages of starting and creating families, and the advice she shares is smart and thoughtful and usable. She’s the kind of friend who’s house you want to swing by when you had a rough day and you just need someone to listen. Welcome, Lindsay!

A lovely home and lots of great parenting advice. Keep reading!

Holiday Pjs in 100% Cotton

Are you planning to pick out pjs this year? I’m shopping for ours this week. I always look for 100% cotton holiday pjs that aren’t explicitly Christmas-themed — because we end up wearing ours all winter long. I’ve found some great options so far. In fact, I found twenty! Eight are in red, and there are cute options in blues, greens, and yellows too. Five of them are organic, and most options are under $20.

Lots of 100% cotton holiday pjs options when you click through. Come take a peek!



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