Our Expectations Matter

posted by Andrea | 02/12/2016 | 22 comments
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It’s very easy to quickly develop unrealistic expectations for our own homes, lives, bodies, spouses, children, and abilities… and in my experience, having unrealistic expectations is just another step towards an unhappy life.

If nothing else, I hope today’s post encourages you to be more mindful of your expectations and not let them be the cause of your unhappiness.

10 Things that Should NOT Be in Your Closet

posted by Andrea | 02/11/2016 | 45 comments
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In my own experience, having a neat and organized closet not only makes it MUCH more fun and enjoyable to get dressed each day, it also saves me time searching for items I can’t find, and it keeps my clothing looking nicer because it’s not all jammed in and wrinkly.

If your closet could use a little makeover, I’d recommend removing all the many things that should NOT be in your closet!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

posted by Andrea | 02/10/2016 | 15 comments
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Our entire family loves the frozen, pre-packaged Chicken Cordon Bleu entrees. However, since one of the “healthier habits” I’m working on in 2016 is to eat less processed meats, I’ve been making this extremely simple Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole instead.

The results are 2 thumbs up from Dave, a voluntary compliment about how yummy my food is from Nora, and a cheesy grin from Simon — I’d say that’s a winning recipe!

Things I Wish I Had With My First Baby

posted by Andrea | 02/9/2016 | 28 comments
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A recent conversation with a friend who is expecting her first baby sparked the idea for this post…

After having 3 children with VERY different personalities, all in different seasons of the year, and experiencing both genders, here are a handful of items I wish I would have had from the very beginning.

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 02/8/2016 | 26 comments
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Last week was a pretty low-key week for us… and although the kids were a little under the weather for parts of the week, we enjoyed building snowmen, making Valentine’s Day treats, lots of fun playing at home, and a little Culver’s custard!

Oh, and I ‘caved’ and finally got a Costco membership :)

10 Things I DON’T Do

posted by Andrea | 02/5/2016 | 43 comments
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The purpose of my blog is to share what I DO do. Because of this, I get many emails from people saying “I don’t know how you do everything you do.” However, what they often fail to consider are ALLLLLLLL the things I DON’T do.

Today, I’m sharing 10 of those “DON’Ts”

5 Habits of Organized People

posted by Andrea | 02/4/2016 | 48 comments
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If you’re the type of person who doesn’t necessarily love cleaning and organizing… but still wants a neat and organized home, you’ll definitely want to read these 5 simple habits that help prevent clutter build-up in my home.

It might not seem like much now, but these simple habits have completely transformed the way I live my life and how I feel about my space.

How I Manage to Only Cook 2-3 Meals a Week

posted by Andrea | 02/3/2016 | 43 comments
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Although I do enjoy being in the kitchen, there is no way I want to be in the kitchen for hours every single afternoon just to make dinner for my family each night. However, I’m also not willing to order takeout or eat sandwiches every night either.

Instead, over the past 3+ years, I’ve settled into a rough routine that allows us to eat homemade meals almost every night of the week — while I only need to fully prepare 2-3 of those meals.

How We Use Vertical Space to Maximize Storage

posted by Andrea | 02/2/2016 | 8 comments
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Although purging is the BEST way to maximize your space… I also know that many of you live in very small spaces or share space with lots of other people.

So, I figured it might be fun to share how we maximize our space (and in a sense, make more space) by utilizing as much vertical space as we can!

A Few of My Favorite Things {February 2016}

posted by Andrea | 02/1/2016 | 18 comments
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I have a handful of bargain items on this month’s favorite things list — in fact, I believe every item is less than $20!

As always, be sure to check out some of my favorite things from past months and share your favorite things in the comments!

9 Tips to Save on Insurance

posted by Andrea | 01/29/2016 | 29 comments
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In “honor” of Dave and I buying a new-to-us minivan last week, I thought it was only fitting to share a few of my tips and tricks for saving money on all kinds of insurance (auto, home, life, health, etc.)

If you’re frustrated with how much you pay for insurance, then I hope today’s post offers a few useful tips and ideas to help you save a bit more too!

My “Pre-Spring Cleaning” Cleaning List

posted by Andrea | 01/28/2016 | 20 comments
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I’ve never been the type of person to do a lot of extra cleaning in the Spring…

So from January through March, I make a point to tackle some of the things on my annual and semi-annual cleaning lists so I don’t have to do them when Spring finally arrives.

Split Pea Soup With Ham

posted by Andrea | 01/27/2016 | 11 comments
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Pea soup was never one of my favorite meals growing up; but over the past few years, I have grown to love this hearty soup — especially once I realized how ridiculously simple it was to make!

Why I Don’t Separate My Business and Personal Lives

posted by Andrea | 01/26/2016 | 29 comments
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I recently heard a statistic that by the year 2020, 50% of the workforce will have the opportunity to work remotely for part of their work week!

If you are one of the many people who work from home, I’d love to hear your thoughts on mixing your business and personal lives…

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 01/25/2016 | 17 comments
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We enjoyed a slightly different week last week as Dave was home a bit more than normal due to exam week at school.

We celebrated the end of his semester with yummy Culver’s food, and… we bought a minivan!

SIMPLIFY

posted by Andrea | 01/22/2016 | 23 comments
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If one of your goals for this year is to simplify, I certainly hope this post will move you one more step in the right direction!

In my opinion, these tips are all integral pieces to the puzzle and will all work together to help you to simplify and organize your home and life.

Why I Almost Never Buy Storage Containers

posted by Andrea | 01/21/2016 | 32 comments
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You might think that someone in my line of work would have a serious infatuation with all types of storage containers… but in my case, you would be wrong because I (almost) never buy storage containers. Today, I’m sharing why.

I’m also sharing my favorite types of storage containers (for when I actually do buy them!)

Another Small Healthier Habit

posted by Andrea | 01/20/2016 | 29 comments
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Although I am the farthest thing from a “health food nut” or a nutritionist, I am always striving for “better” in every area of my life. So for the past few years, I’ve been making really small changes to implement a few healthier habits into our diet.

This year, I’m making one more…

10 Ways We Save MORE By Using LESS

posted by Andrea | 01/19/2016 | 69 comments
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I firmly believe that no matter how tight your budget is, there is always SOME way you can save a few cents here or an extra buck there. One way we’ve been able to save more is simply by using less.

I know that statement might sound overly obvious… but have you ever tried it? I mean REALLY tried it? Here are a few ways we save more by using less…

My New Daily Routine (with 3 kids)

posted by Andrea | 01/18/2016 | 21 comments
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I’ve been asked about my new routine several times over the past few months… so now that James is 6 months old, and I’ve been home with all 3 kids for half the school year, I thought it was time to share a little bit more about my “new” daily routine.