Our Very First Family Vacation!

posted by Andrea | 04/17/2015 | 5 comments
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We made it… whew!

Our very first family vacation with kids and I didn’t forget anything, we had a lot of fun, and we all made it home safe and sound (I kind of feel like I deserve a medal or something!)

What I Do (and Don’t) Love About My Kitchen Appliances

posted by Andrea | 04/16/2015 | 19 comments
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Now that we’ve been living with our new kitchen for a couple of years, I’m starting to get lots of questions about what we do and don’t love about our appliances and other parts of the kitchen.

So although we love almost everything, I’m sharing all the “pros” and “cons” about our kitchen appliances in today’s post!

Why I DON’T Use A Label Maker

posted by Andrea | 04/15/2015 | 35 comments
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If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me what label maker I use, or what label maker I would recommend… I would have A LOT of nickels!

And while I completely understand why I’m asked these questions, I have to admit that I do NOT use a label maker. Today, I’m sharing the 2 main reasons why…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

posted by Andrea | 04/14/2015 | 11 comments
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Not only is this Chocolate Peanut Butter pie completely delicious, it also earned me “Mom Of The Year” because I let Nora help, and “Wife Of The Year” because three of Dave’s favorite foods are chocolate, peanut butter, and pie :)

Not bad for a simple no-bake pie!

10 Non-Messy Toddler Activities

posted by Andrea | 04/13/2015 | 18 comments
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About a month ago, I googled “non-messy crafts and activities for toddlers” and literally got almost nothing.

After doing a bit more searching, and asking you guys on Facebook, I came up with a list of 10 of our favorite, relatively simple, non-messy crafts and activities for young children. I’d love to hear any of your ideas as well!

Declutter Your Closet in 5 Simple Steps

posted by Andrea | 04/10/2015 | 13 comments
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If you’ve ever wondered “How would Andrea organize my closet?” the simple steps in this post should basically answer that question!

Happy purging!

A Life Lesson… From Nora

posted by Andrea | 04/9/2015 | 20 comments
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On one of our recent walks, Nora had a frustrating “problem” that was solved with a very simple solution… and as I walked on, I realized that many of us adults have a similar problem that could also be solved with a very simple solution.

Keep reading for the valuable life lesson from Nora… it’s amazing the things our kids teach us :)

Super Simple Chocolate Cake {from scratch}

posted by Andrea | 04/8/2015 | 12 comments
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I have a confession to make — I’ve actually NEVER made a cake from scratch before about a month ago!

I’ve always loved the taste (and ease) of boxed cake mixes — and I’ll certainly continue to use boxed mixes, but I’m also happy to have found this SUPER SIMPLE from-scratch chocolate cake recipe!

How I Store, Organize, and Track our Gift Cards

posted by Andrea | 04/7/2015 | 14 comments
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Dave and I always have a good amount of gift cards to various places around town… some of which we buy ourselves during the special holiday gift card sales and promotions!

I have a super simple method to keep track of all our cards… and I’m sharing that today. It’s a method I’ve been using for about 10 years and I’ve never ONCE lost or misplaced or forgot about a gift card — so it works!!

Our Favorite Kids Kitchen Gear and How We Organize It

posted by Andrea | 04/6/2015 | 1 comment
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When I was pregnant with Nora, I never even thought about registering for any “kids kitchen gear”. Fast-forward almost 4 years and our kitchen is now full of various “kids kitchen gear” as I call it.

Today, I’m sharing some of our favorite kids kitchen gear items — as well as how we organize it all within our kitchen!

So… What Exactly Is A Top-5 List?

posted by Andrea | 04/3/2015 | 9 comments
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Four years ago, I shared a post about my Top-5 List and how it helps to reduce procrastination and increase productivity.

Today, I’m sharing a follow-up post, answering the many questions I’ve gotten about my Top-5 List… definitely a must-read if you’d like to get more done in less time :)

Triple-Layer No-Bake Pudding Pie

posted by Andrea | 04/2/2015 | 13 comments
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A couple weeks ago, Nora helped me make a pie for “pi day”… and wouldn’t you know, our compilation of super simple ingredients ended up tasting REALLY good!

If you’re looking for a refreshing no-bake dessert for tonight (or right now), give this triple layer pie a try.

A Few of My Favorite Things {April 2015}

posted by Andrea | 04/1/2015 | 13 comments
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I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things this month — 3 of which are less than $10!

Feeding Our Kids: Why We Don’t Force Veggies and Allow Snacks

posted by Andrea | 03/31/2015 | 40 comments
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Lately, I’ve heard SO much hype about what our children should and should not be eating… and I’ve honestly just started to completely tune it out.

I know I’m not a dietitian, but I will say that micro-managing the food my kids eat each day is VERY far down on my list of daily concerns. Here’s why…

Creating Change When You Just Feel Too Busy

posted by Andrea | 03/30/2015 | comment
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If you can relate to feeling too busy, I hope the ideas and concepts in this post will be helpful and encouraging for you — and, more importantly, I hope they will motivate you to make some changes in your life.

In my own personal experience, I’ve never once regretted creating that change yet!

How I Keep My Clothes Wrinkle-Free Without an Iron

posted by Andrea | 03/27/2015 | 24 comments
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Although I work from home, I do get dressed up for church, I occasionally attend special events that require a dressier wardrobe, and even when I am home, I don’t necessarily want to look frumpy every day.

That said, I never EVER iron… and I can guarantee my clothes are NOT full of wrinkles either. Today, I’m sharing my 2 simple tips that practically eliminate all wrinkles from our clothing!

6 Giveaways: BabyBjorn High Chair + Feeding Accessories!

posted by Andrea | 03/26/2015 | 12 comments
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You all know how much I appreciate, enjoy, and utilize the BabyBjörn products on a daily basis (multiple times every day to be exact).

Well today, I’m super excited to be offering SIX fabulous BabyBjörn giveaways — featuring their incredible line of feeding products for both infants and toddlers!

Simple Roasted Carrots

posted by Andrea | 03/25/2015 | 9 comments
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These roasted carrots are SO simple to make, require almost zero hands-on time, and they can even be made in the microwave if you’re short on time! Oh yeah, and they taste amazing!

If you’re looking for a simple side dish you can pop in the oven with whatever else you’re making, I’d highly recommend giving this recipe a whirl

How One of My Greatest Strengths Became a Huge Weakness as a Parent

posted by Andrea | 03/24/2015 | 20 comments
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One of my greatest strengths (at least in my opinion) is that I am generally a very confident person… HOWEVER, when it came to parenting and becoming a mother for the very first time, confidence was nowhere in my vocabulary.

Our Epoxy Garage Floor Coating: How It’s Holding Up After 2 Winters

posted by Andrea | 03/23/2015 | 1 comment
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Two summers ago, we did a pretty major garage renovation — part of which included having an epoxy floor coating professionally installed. We were THRILLED with the results, but since then, I’ve gotten so many questions about our flooring.

So, since it’s THAT time of year when people are heading outside and itching to get their garage neat and organized again after a long winter, I figured it was a good time for an update on how our floor coating is holding up.