A Few of My Favorite Things {October 2014}

posted by Andrea | 10/1/2014 | 4 comments
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A few of my favorite things for the month of October…

Our “Good Enough” Vegetable Garden

posted by Andrea | 09/30/2014 | 19 comments
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I know there are many of you out there struggling to get started on a house project, an organizing project, a landscaping project, a picture project, etc. because you don’t have the time or the energy to do it exactly the way you want to do it.

I completely understand how that feels… however, I also know that it can’t hurt to just get started. You might find that “done” = “good enough”. That’s how it usually works for me :)

5 Tips to Avoid Impulse Purchases

posted by Andrea | 09/29/2014 | 15 comments
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Impulse purchases can do a number on your budget — not to mention adding excess clutter to your home if you don’t have the space to store your new items.

So as the holiday shopping season approaches, I thought I’d share a few guidelines I follow to avoid impulse purchases. I’d love to know if you have anything to add to my list!

The Summer I Realized Motherhood Could Be Fun

posted by Andrea | 09/26/2014 | 32 comments
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I smiled the entire time I sat writing this post — I hope you smile as you read it.

Thanks for journeying with me on the rocky road of motherhood… slowly but surely, I’m finding my way ;)

Banish Paper Clutter with the ScanSnap {Plus a Giveaway!}

posted by Andrea | 09/25/2014 | 25 comments
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Are you tired of your paper clutter? Are you looking for a quick and easy way to digitize various recipes, receipts, business cards, kid’s artwork, important documents, photos, and so much more?

If so, then today’s post is for you! Oh, and I’m giving away the newest ScanSnap portable scanner that will scan everything I just mentioned above!

It’s Not Magic… It’s Maintenance

posted by Andrea | 09/24/2014 | 20 comments
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In a world of quick-fixes, diet pills, and books that promise to solve all our problems, it’s easy to forget that the key to most of our problems is simply hard work, determination, and baby steps in the right directions.

It’s not magic… it’s maintenance!

Basic (yet very tasty) Meatloaf

posted by Andrea | 09/23/2014 | 24 comments
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Today’s recipe definitely fits the bill for super simple, family-friendly, and budget-friendly — and although I’m often told that meatloaf is just too much work, I almost guarantee that you can get this meal on the table with less than 15 minutes of hands-on work.

If you’re looking for a yummy fall comfort food that requires little to no effort on your part, this recipe is for you!

Grass Growing 101 {plus a bunch of pictures of our yard!}

posted by Andrea | 09/22/2014 | 7 comments
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Although our lawn is far from perfect, we have worked really, REALLY hard to keep our very large, grass-dominated lawn looking nice.

We have spent many hours growing, caring for, and maintaining our lawn, and today (per your numerous requests) I’m sharing what we’ve learned over the last 8 summers of grass-growing.

If My Passion Becomes a Paycheck

posted by Andrea | 09/19/2014 | 42 comments
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Since I’m often asked (both by readers and other bloggers) how I’ll know when, if ever, it’s time to hang up my keyboard, close down the blog, and move on with my life, I thought I’d share my super simple answer in today’s post.

But don’t worry, I’m not planning to go anywhere any time soon :)

World Wide Dinners: Menu Planning Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 09/18/2014 | 1 comment
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I know many of you have struggled with meal planning, grocery shopping, and nailing down your system — especially during this busy back-to-school time of year.

Thankfully, World Wide Dinners has come to our rescue, offering simple, healthy meal planning options (complete with grocery lists, pantry staples, and LOTS of amazing recipes). Come enter to win a FULL YEARS worth of free menu plans, shopping lists, and more!

When Simple Isn’t Popular

posted by Andrea | 09/17/2014 | 58 comments
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I’ve been striving to live simply and to be more organized for as long as I can remember and I’ve been blogging about it for 4 years now.

However, it just recently occurred to me that although “living simply” is an extremely popular topic in today’s society, my real life simple choices are not always equally as popular.

Clutter-Free Gifts for Kids (100 days and counting)

posted by Andrea | 09/16/2014 | 14 comments
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Last week, two different people emailed me asking for advice on clutter-free gifts for kids.

So, in honor of the fact that today marks 100 days until Christmas (yes, you read that right!), and the fact that I’m a huge advocate for completing at least some holiday shopping nice and early, I’m sharing a few of my favorite clutter-free gifts for kids.

Our Family Photo Shoot {September 2014}

posted by Andrea | 09/15/2014 | 26 comments
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Come check out our newest family pictures!

Tips To Create a Wardrobe You Actually Wear (and Love)

posted by Andrea | 09/12/2014 | 26 comments
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I know from personal experience that clothes clutter is hard! However, I can also share from personal experience that paring my wardrobe down to the items I actually wear (and love) has been extremely liberating.

So how can you finally ‘bite the bullet’ and purge the clothing you no longer need, use, wear, or love? Keep reading!

PacaPod Giveaway: The Most Organized Bag I’ve Ever Owned

posted by Andrea | 09/11/2014 | 30 comments
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I’m so excited about today’s giveaway — partially because I know how much this bag has helped me to simplify and organize getting out and about with 2 little kids (something that is otherwise VERY stressful for me). But also because the PacaPod bags are WAY more than “just” diaper bags.

They are stylish everyday bags that work for anyone in any season of life for almost any on-the-go destination!

Kids Clothes 101: How we save, sell, store, and more!

posted by Andrea | 09/10/2014 | 18 comments
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I can’t do a full week of clothes clutter posts without dedicating one (LONG) post to kids clothes!

Yes, their clothes are small — but boy can they quickly get out of control and consume massive amounts of storage space in our homes if we don’t have some sort of system in place.

Thankfully, I have lots to say on this topic as well :)

6 Ways to Get FREE (or almost free) Clothes

posted by Andrea | 09/9/2014 | 17 comments
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In honor of my week-long clothes clutter series and my ridiculously frugal nature, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to talk about the many ways I’ve managed to get completely free clothing for both me and my kids.

If you’ve ever hesitated to update your wardrobe because you felt it wasn’t in your budget (yes, I can relate), this post is definitely for you!

My New Mix ‘n Match Wardrobe

posted by Andrea | 09/8/2014 | 72 comments
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After countless hours of purging, and shopping, and trying on clothes, and buying, and ordering, and taking pictures, and writing, and editing, I am ecstatic to FINALLY be able to share this post with you…

My new super comfy, super cute, super low maintenance, mix ‘n match wardrobe!!!!!!

Family Wall Calendar Giveaway from Calendars and Chores

posted by Andrea | 09/5/2014 | 12 comments
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The back-to-school time of year can be very stressful and chaotic, but CalendarsAndChores.com has the perfect solution.

Their fabulous magnetic calendars are the perfect way to organize all your busy family activities in one convenient spot… so yeah, I’m really excited to be giving away one of their wall calendars today!

Simon @ 6 Months

posted by Andrea | 09/4/2014 | 23 comments
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Simon is 6 months old today!

When We’ve Opted to Pay the Pros

posted by Andrea | 09/3/2014 | 25 comments
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Although Dave and I really love saving a bunch of money on DIY projects, there have been many times over the past 8 years when we’ve eagerly opted to shell out our hard-earned cash to pay a pro to do the dirty work for us.

So when have we opted to pay the pros? Keep reading to find out!

A Few of My Favorite Things {September 2014}

posted by Andrea | 09/2/2014 | 26 comments
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A few of my favorite things for September… including a much-loved organizing tool that costs less than $8!