Why I Don’t Reserve Goals for the End of the Year

posted by Andrea | 12/22/2014 | 2 comments
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I know many of you will be setting some type of goal or resolution over the next 2 weeks — yes, I’ll be right there with you. I love setting goals, planning for the future, and thinking about what might happen over the next year. However, I don’t just reserve this activity for the end of December.

Keep reading to learn why!

9 Reasons I Don’t Read Magazines Anymore

posted by Andrea | 12/19/2014 | 78 comments
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Many of you might be surprised to know that over the last year, I have canceled every single one of my magazine subscriptions (even the free ones) and I don’t plan to subscribe to anything else in the near future.

I’m sharing 9 reasons why in today’s post!

Why We Didn’t Do Traditions This Year

posted by Andrea | 12/18/2014 | 34 comments
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Over and over again, I’ve been asked what family traditions we take part in over the holiday season. Over and over again, I’ve felt slightly ashamed when I explain that we really didn’t do any traditions this year.

No, I’m not the Grinch — I actually love the holidays. However, I refuse to let a “but we’ve always done it that way” get in the way of me and my family enjoying this time of year.

Good Enough

posted by Andrea | 12/17/2014 | 45 comments
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Over the years, I’m sure the number of times I’ve said “that’s good enough” is astounding. I catch myself saying it ALL THE TIME — and honestly, I’m not sure that’s such a bad thing.

Today I’m sharing why “good enough” is good enough for me!

The Easiest Appetizer Ever!

posted by Andrea | 12/16/2014 | 10 comments
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If you’re looking for an ultra-simple, no-bake, last-minute appetizer to take to an upcoming holiday party (or really any gathering throughout the year) I would highly recommend this “recipe”.

You won’t disapoint anyone’s taste buds and, better yet, you won’t spend all day in the kitchen!

3 Steps To Organize Digital Photos

posted by Andrea | 12/15/2014 | 21 comments
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Since I get SO many questions about how I store and organize my digital photos, and since most people take a bazillion photos over the holiday season, I figured it was time for a blog post dedicated to digital photo organization.

Today, I’m sharing my relatively quick and simple 3-step process to store, organize, and backup all my digital photos.

How My Stay-at-Home Wife Simplifies My Life

posted by Andrea | 12/12/2014 | 35 comments
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Guess what friends? Today, you get to read a guest post from one of my all-time favorite people… Dave!

I think what he has to say will be encouraging to SOOOOO many of you stay-at-home and work-at-home parents who sometimes feel like you have little to nothing to show for yourself at the end of the day — besides stained clothing and a pile of dirty dishes in the sink.

A New Year, A Fresh Start, and A Fun Opportunity

posted by Andrea | 12/11/2014 | 13 comments
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We’re just weeks away from another new year — a fresh start, a new beginning. And while I definitely don’t want to rush through the holiday season, I can’t help but be excited to flip over my calendar on January 1.

If you share my enthusiasm, yet feel like you’ve been struggling to “really live” your best and most fulfilling life, today’s post might be just what you need to get excited about another new year.

Increase Your Saving and Investment Potential With Automatic Deposits

posted by Andrea | 12/10/2014 | 15 comments
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I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it over and over again — automating our savings and our investments has been one of the most important reasons we’ve been able to stick with our lofty savings and investment goals for the past 8+ years.

As we approach another new year with new goals, I’d encourage you to set up a monthly auto-deposit into a specific savings or investment account that you are committed not to touch for a while.

10 Tips for Bringing a Dish to Pass

posted by Andrea | 12/9/2014 | 29 comments
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If the next few weeks at your house look anything like the next few weeks at our house, you’ll be hosting and/or attending MANY holiday parties. And what’s a great party without great food?

I know there are hundreds of “holiday recipe round-up” posts out there right now — so I’m not going to share specific recipes with you today. Instead, I’m going to share some of the things I personally consider when I’m bringing a dish to pass.

What We’re Giving Our Kids for Christmas

posted by Andrea | 12/8/2014 | 34 comments
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I’ve gotten several questions asking what we’re giving Nora and Simon for Christmas — as well as requests for holiday gift suggestions for children, teens, adults, etc.

So today, I’m sharing what we’re giving our kiddos, and some of my favorite gift ideas for kids 2-6 years old!

A Few Things to Consider Before You Donate

posted by Andrea | 12/5/2014 | 31 comments
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Although the holiday season is often filled with consumerism and spending money, there is also a HUGE amount of charitable giving that takes place this time of year.

Today, I’m sharing my thoughts on a few recent conversations with donation centers and volunteers… definitely something to consider the next time you’re ready to head to your local donation center or food pantry.

Simon @ 9 Months

posted by Andrea | 12/4/2014 | 21 comments
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Maybe it’s the fact that the holiday season is crazy busy, or that Simon is the 2nd child, or that the months are going by SOOO fast — but I honestly almost forgot about today’s 9 month post!

It wasn’t until just a couple days ago that I remembered (while in the shower, of course) that… DUH, my little boy is 9 months old on December 4th.

Giveaway: Personal Planner!

posted by Andrea | 12/3/2014 | 29 comments
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Since it’s almost that time of year, I’m sharing my new planner today — and offering a couple great giveaways from Personal-Planner.com!!

Cheesy Pesto Crescent Bites

posted by Andrea | 12/2/2014 | 9 comments
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If you’re looking for a super simple, last-minute appetizer idea to bring to a holiday party — or just a really quick side dish for dinner tonight, this recipe should satisfy!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {December 2014}

posted by Andrea | 12/1/2014 | 26 comments
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Are you looking for a few great stocking stuffers? Would you like to know what my favorite organizing containers are?

It’s all in this month’s “favorite things” post!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

posted by Andrea | 11/26/2014 | 14 comments
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I know I’ve said it before, but Thanksgiving is hands down my most favorite holiday of the year.

I’ll be away from my blog the rest of the week, but just wanted to pop in to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Spaghetti Squash Pasta Substitute

posted by Andrea | 11/25/2014 | 18 comments
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Pasta is one of my favorite comfort foods. Thankfully, Dave and Nora share my love for this super frugal, super simple weeknight meal.

However, I recently had the desire to try substituting Spaghetti Squash for pasta in some of our favorite recipes… and today, I’m sharing our thoughts on this healthier swap!

Nora is 3!

posted by Andrea | 11/24/2014 | 29 comments
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Nora turned 3 on Saturday!

We celebrated with a super fun Curious George birthday party… complete with costumes :)

Big-Picture Parenting

posted by Andrea | 11/21/2014 | 50 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!