Big-Picture Parenting

posted by Andrea | 11/21/2014 | 39 comments
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When it comes to parenting, I’ve had a 3-year crash course with one of the toughest instructors around — my 3 year old, highly-anxious, overly-sensitive, never-slept-through-the-night little girl.

So, since Nora’s THIRD birthday is tomorrow, I figured now would be the perfect time to share a few more of my thoughts on parenting…

Making An Entrance

posted by Andrea | 11/20/2014 | 22 comments
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It’s official, my friends… after over 2 years of living with a front door that opens directly into a wall (and creating a very awkward situation for all our guests) we FINALLY have a front door that opens the right way!

Not to mention, no more fancy glass or brass accents!

10 Tips to Simplify Holiday Entertaining

posted by Andrea | 11/19/2014 | 18 comments
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Dave and I are hosting Nora’s birthday party this weekend, then we’re celebrating Thanksgiving, 5 other immediate family member birthdays, lots of Christmas parties, a New Years party, hosting out of town guest, and more… all in the next 6 weeks.

Because of all these celebrations, I felt a post on how to simplify holiday entertaining was timely. I hope it will be helpful for many of you as well!

Baking Powder Drop Biscuits

posted by Andrea | 11/18/2014 | 15 comments
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Baking Powder Drop Biscuits were a favorite of mine growing up — and now that I’m the cook, I realize how super simple they are to make (not to mention how easily they can adapt to many allergy restrictions).

If you’re looking for an impossibly easy dessert recipe that everyone will love, give these baking powder drop biscuits a try!

What To Do With Old Holiday Cards

posted by Andrea | 11/17/2014 | 59 comments
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In the next couple of weeks, Christmas and other holiday cards will start filling up our mailboxes… but what will we do with those cards in another couple months, when the holidays are over?

Today, I’m sharing what I do with our holiday cards, and I’d love to know if you have any simple ways to reuse holiday cards.

Let’s Talk About Carpet

posted by Andrea | 11/14/2014 | 21 comments
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Even though I don’t particularly love carpeting, I get SO many questions about the “best” way to care for carpeting, how to clean it, how often to clean it, what type of carpeting to buy, etc. etc.

So while I’m not an expert on carpet, I thought I’d share what I know and how I care for my carpets… and then leave the comments open for you to share your carpet tips and knowledge.

Trash Buddy Giveaway (6 winners!)

posted by Andrea | 11/13/2014 | 2 comments
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Dave and I have been using the Trash Buddy for the last couple of months — and I’m so excited to share it with you in today’s giveaway!

The Trash Buddy is a super simple solution to messy trash spilling out of your trash can or recycling bin… and let me assure you, your neighbors will appreciate that :)

My Favorite Hobbies and Free-Time Activities

posted by Andrea | 11/12/2014 | 25 comments
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Recently, a blog reader emailed me saying she was shocked that we had a Netflix membership. I figured she was going to rant and rave about how TV was the most horrible thing ever; however, she was actually thrilled to know we had a Netflix membership because (as she put it) it meant I had free time!

For those of you who have ever wondered what I do in my free time… here are a few of my favorite hobbies!

Yet Another Post on Clutter-Free Gifts

posted by Andrea | 11/11/2014 | 10 comments
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I know, I know… I’ve written at least one post on clutter-free gifts every single year since I started my blog. Most years, I’ve written several posts on the topic; and now, I even have a link to all my clutter-free gifts posts in my sidebar. I’m sorry — I just can’t help it!

Today, I’m sharing a few more of my thoughts on clutter-free gifts; as well as a whole bunch of clutter-free gift ideas and resources.

Freezing Cooked Meat (my biggest time + money saver in the kitchen)

posted by Andrea | 11/10/2014 | 43 comments
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By now, most of you know that I’m a huge advocate for keeping our deep freezer fully stocked in an effort to save time in the kitchen and money at the grocery store. However, if I had to pick my #1 biggest time + money saver in the kitchen… today’s tip would be it!

Click through to read more!

How I Organize My e-Statements, Receipts, and Bills

posted by Andrea | 11/7/2014 | 13 comments
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Over the past 4+ years, as I’ve shifted much of my shopping online, I’ve had to come up with a functional way to organize all my e-statements, receipts, and bills.

Today, I’m sharing my extremely simple system that took me all of 5 minutes to set up and has been working well for me for a couple years already!

Farmhouse Blueprints

posted by Andrea | 11/6/2014 | 8 comments
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A few weeks ago, I shared a photo tour of our house… and over and over again, I got requests for a bird’s eye view and/or blueprint of our house.

So today, I have blueprints for you! I don’t guarantee they are 100% to-scale, but they will hopefully give you a better idea of how our house is laid out.

One-Skillet Chicken Parmesan

posted by Andrea | 11/5/2014 | 19 comments
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If you’re look for a relatively simple, yet very hearty meal, add this Chicken Parmesan to your upcoming meal plan!

Simon @ 8 Months

posted by Andrea | 11/4/2014 | 18 comments
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Simon is 8 months old today!

A Few of My Favorite Things {November 2014}

posted by Andrea | 11/3/2014 | 14 comments
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A few of my favorite things for the month of November.

It’s a REALLY random list again this month — but all things I’m using regularly!!

Home-Canned Applesauce… in 9 Simple Steps

posted by Andrea | 10/31/2014 | 63 comments
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It’s fall – which, in Michigan, means APPLES!

Canning applesauce is often a project that seems very overwhelming… but today, I’m making it as simple as I possibly can by showing step-by-step how I can applesauce in 9 steps (with LOTS of pictures!)

7 Tips for a More Productive Morning (and why I’m not following most of them!)

posted by Andrea | 10/30/2014 | 26 comments
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If you’re looking for a few tips to get your morning off to a great start, this post should get you on the right track.

On the other hand, if you’re feeling totally overwhelmed by the thought of waking up early, I’m right there with you… and I think you’ll take comfort in what I have to say at the end of this post.

(Giveaway) Fight Cold and Flu Season Naturally with Maty’s Healthy Products

posted by Andrea | 10/29/2014 | 3 comments
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With the onset of cold and flu season, I thought it was only appropriate to share about a fabulous company I was recently introduced to — Maty’s Healthy Products.

Aside from being all-natural, made in the US, and using food-based ingredients in their products, their cough syrup is so good you can spread it on your toast!

Tatertot Casserole

posted by Andrea | 10/28/2014 | 16 comments
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Today, I’m sharing one of our family’s favorite casseroles. It’s not fancy or glamorous or “pretty”… but it is really quick and easy. And it tastes delicious!

This is one of those meals I can have on the table in less than an hour — including browning the meat and baking it for 30 minutes!

DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

posted by Andrea | 10/27/2014 | 17 comments
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When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? If you can’t remember — it’s probably about time!

Today, I’m sharing my favorite DIY makeup brush cleaner I’ve been using for years. There are only 2-ingredients and it takes less than 5-minutes!

Why Parents Should Stop Worrying About Fair and Equal

posted by Andrea | 10/24/2014 | 63 comments
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This is a post I’ve been itching to write for years already — but I didn’t think I would hold any “clout” on the topic until I had at least 2 kids.

So now that the “having two kids” part has been taken care of, I have a few (maybe more than a few) things to say about why I STRONGLY believe we should stop worrying and stressing about making every single aspect of our children’s lives “fair” and “equal”.

Our Summer of Landscaping (Round 2)

posted by Andrea | 10/23/2014 | 15 comments
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We wrapped up all our 2014 landscaping projects almost 2 months ago… so I figured it was time to finally share the official before and after photos from the work we accomplished this past Spring and Summer!