Enjoyment or Entitlement? The questions I’ve struggled with lately.

posted by Andrea | 08/29/2014 | 35 comments
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Over the past two years, I’ve had somewhat of an internal struggle when it comes to splurging on anything that isn’t a necessity.

On one hand, I feel that we can ENJOY a small splurge every once in a while. But on the other hand, I know that one small splurge can lead to feeling ENTITLED to something we might not be able to afford.

So…What Exactly Is a Virtual Assistant?

posted by Andrea | 08/28/2014 | 13 comments
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Every time I write a blog post about my Virtual Assistant (VA) work, or even casually mention what I do, the emails and questions start coming in.

So today, I’m sharing my personal experience working as a VA for the past 4 years — and hopefully answering some of the questions I get on a very regular basis.

Potty Training 101: The Stubborn Child Edition

posted by Andrea | 08/27/2014 | 24 comments
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Nora is potty trained… Hallelujah!

Come check out her big girl undies, her hilarious potty training one-liners, and how we managed to (fairly easily) potty train our very stubborn little girl.

Save Hundreds Each Month With a Few Brown Bags

posted by Andrea | 08/26/2014 | 34 comments
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Are you looking for ways to save money on back-to-school essentials?

Today, I’m sharing a way you could potentially save hundreds of dollars each month on something you’ll need every single days for each of your school-age children!

5 Things I’ve Learned About Myself as an Introvert

posted by Andrea | 08/25/2014 | 39 comments
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Over the past couple of years, I’ve spent more time looking into different personality types… and I’ve learned a lot about myself as an introvert.

I do not feel less than, or worse, or slighted, or restrained in any way simply because I lean more towards the introverted spectrum of personalities. I actually find it fascinating to learn more about my personality type and what make me “tick”!

My Work + Life Update {Summer 2014}

posted by Andrea | 08/22/2014 | 22 comments
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Over the past 3 years, as I transitioned from from working part-time from home with no kids to full-time from home with 2 kids, I’ve definitely had to make many adjustments with how I balance both my work and personal lives.

So since Simon is already almost 6 months old, I figured it was time for an update on what my work and life looks like with 2 kids!

EXPIRED: BabyBjörn Bouncer Balance Soft Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 08/21/2014 | 23 comments
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Our BabyBjörn bouncer is one of the best, if not THE best, piece of baby gear we’ve ever purchased. So yeah, I’m just a teeny, tiny, little bit excited that one of you has the opportunity to win one today!!!!

Come enter to win!

The Questions That Helped Me Purge 75% of My Clothes

posted by Andrea | 08/20/2014 | 34 comments
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Last week, Dave and I went through all our clothes (closet and dresser) and purged — sort of a grown-up version of getting organized for back-to-school.

All together, 9 stuffed-full bags of clothing left our closet and dressers, and it all started by asking ourselves a few questions…

Easy Grilled Zucchini

posted by Andrea | 08/19/2014 | 9 comments
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Today, I’m sharing a super easy recipe to use up your surplus of zucchini… plus, I’m linking to a bunch of other zucchini recipes as well (one of which involves chocolate!)

Definitely a must-read post if you have extra zucchini lying around!

4 Ways I Save (and Simplify) with Online Shopping

posted by Andrea | 08/18/2014 | 31 comments
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I’ve never really enjoyed going shopping; however, I also never discovered the amazing world of online shopping until a few years ago. In fact, I never purchased anything online (even from Craigslist) until after we were married!

Over the past 3 or 4 years, I’ve almost entirely switched to online shopping, and I cannot believe how much it has helped me to simplify my life.

How To Eliminate and Prevent Stinky Towels

posted by Andrea | 08/15/2014 | 29 comments
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Based on the number of email questions I get, I’m assuming stinky towels is a pet peeve (or at least mildly annoying) for many of you.

Thankfully, I’m a semi-obsessive towel-washer with an acute sense of smell — so I have a BUNCH of ideas for those of you with not-so-nice smelling towels!

2 Reasons I Don’t Do Massive Purges

posted by Andrea | 08/14/2014 | 13 comments
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Would you believe me if I told you the last big purge I did was over 7 months ago?

Today I’m sharing 2 reasons I’ve been able to avoid massive purges and still keep my house relatively clutter-free (it’s really simple… I promise!)

Come Grocery Shopping With Me: 4 Years and 2 Kids Later

posted by Andrea | 08/13/2014 | 44 comments
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When I first started blogging (about 4 years ago) it was rare that I spent more than $25 per week on groceries. Now, 4 years and 2 kids later… our grocery bill has TRIPLED!

Come read why our grocery budget has gone up — as well as a few ways I’m still managing to save money with little to no extra effort!

Our New Mudroom: The Full Tour!

posted by Andrea | 08/12/2014 | 24 comments
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The mudroom is officially finished and we couldn’t be happier! We have plenty of storage for all our seasonal gear and lots of room to grow.

Come take the full tour!

Why We Let Our Kids Watch TV

posted by Andrea | 08/11/2014 | 54 comments
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Both our kids watch a fair amount of TV every day — not because we are horrible parents, or because we don’t have time or energy to play with them, or because they can’t entertain themselves.

Today, I’m sharing the reasoning behind why we let our kids watch TV… and I’d love to know your thoughts on TV and screen time for kids!

Our Kitchen Renovation: My Thoughts 2 Years Later

posted by Andrea | 08/8/2014 | 15 comments
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When we purchased our home 3.5 years ago, we figured the kitchen would be one of the last projects we tackled — but as many of you know, our plans changed!

We renovated our kitchen 2 summers ago (I can’t believe it’s been that long already) and today, I’m sharing some answers to commonly asked questions I get regarding our massive renovation.

7 Steps to Super Simple Meal Planning

posted by Andrea | 08/7/2014 | 21 comments
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I’ve been thinking a lot about meal planning the past few days — and about how much time, energy, stress, money, and calories it saves me each week.

If you’re new to meal planning (or just got off schedule this summer) today’s post shares 7 steps to make the process as simple as possible!

How to Clean a Stroller

posted by Andrea | 08/6/2014 | 16 comments
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It is no secret that almost everything I buy is used — and since the items can often be dirty, I always wash everything before I use it.

I was originally intimidated by washing larger items like strollers and bike trailers — but I soon realized these items were super easy to clean up. And they honestly look brand new when I’m finished!

We HAVE the Time… We Just Don’t MAKE it

posted by Andrea | 08/5/2014 | 34 comments
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We ALL get 24 hours to do whatever we need and want to do each day. What we make of that time is up to US.

In today’s posts, I’m sharing one of my weird pet peeves — and also how I empower myself by swapping out one simple word!

Simon @ 5 Months

posted by Andrea | 08/4/2014 | 13 comments
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Simon is 5 months old today — come see cute baby boy (and proud big sister) photos :)

A Few of My Favorite Things {August 2014}

posted by Andrea | 08/1/2014 | 5 comments
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Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite things for the month of August — a few of which are perfect for those of you who love being outside during the warm summer months

Our Deck: The Official Before + After Pictures!

posted by Andrea | 07/31/2014 | 27 comments
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For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you probably saw that we FINALLY put the finishing touches on our new deck this past weekend… and today, I’m sharing ALL the before and after photos!

It’s a pretty amazing transformation, and I still can’t get over how much more use we’re getting out of our back yard because of it!