January, 2011

10 Things to Declutter in the New Year

posted by Andrea | 01/31/2011 | 10 comments

OK, so I know it’s not exactly the “New Year” anymore, but considering we’re only 1 month in, I figured you might still be looking for a few simple ways to declutter your home and life! Am I right? I’m always big on de-cluttering and purging, but since one of my 2011 New Year’s goals is to purge something monthly, I’m even MORE determined to keep our house clutter free this year — hopefully I can motivate you to do […]

Don’t Shop — the secret to saving money

posted by Andrea | 01/29/2011 | 22 comments

Remember earlier this week when I shared my simple secret to getting more done? Well, I have another really simple secret — but this time it’s all about saving money… Right before Thanksgiving Day, I posted a list of 10 things we don’t spending money on. It’s my most popular post to date, and I STILL get loads of questions asking how we are able to save so much money and what my “secret is”. Want to know my secret? Don’t […]

A Month After Our Big Move!

posted by Andrea | 01/28/2011 | 6 comments

It’s officially been one month since we moved to our dream house…and while it definitely does NOT look like our dream house just yet, I can sure say that I’ve learned alot through our very first moving experience. I’ve received many emails asking how things are going so I figured it was time for a “moving update”.  Things are going great and we LOVE being in our new home! And while there are a few things we might do different next time {which […]

Corn Chowder — A Quick Winter Meal

posted by Andrea | 01/27/2011 | 7 comments

The following is a guest post from Leslie Bilyeu over at One Day Before Yesterday. Life is busy… In my opinion, there’s nothing like a quick hearty dinner after a busy day of hockey, ballet, meetings, work, or whatever!  And it’s even better if that quick hearty dinner can be on the table in 30 minutes or less, right? Well, you’re in luck, because the Corn Chowder recipe I want to share with you today is one of my personal favorites. I’ve made […]

Creative Jewelry Organizing Ideas

posted by Andrea | 01/26/2011 | 14 comments

I don’t consider myself a big jewelry person, but somehow, I ended up with a pretty good collection! I guess it’s just one of those things that easily accumulates over time. And since one of my New Year’s goals was to purge something every month…I thought my jewelry would be a simple project to start with. I purged a bunch of stuff and then I got creative with my jewelry storage…here’s what I came up with! Bracelets: This old ice-mold is one […]

One Thing At A Time — the secret to getting more done.

posted by Andrea | 01/25/2011 | 6 comments

If you’re a living, breathing, human being, I guarantee that at some point in your life you’ve felt too busy. Maybe you’re feeling too busy right now, maybe you felt too busy this morning, or maybe you’ll feel too busy later today. We’ve all been there before — even me, and I preach “time management”!! And because I preach time-management, I receive lots of questions on the subject…but these are my two favorites! 1. “How do you manage everything you do on a daily […]

Ten Surprising Uses for Vinegar

posted by Andrea | 01/24/2011 | 37 comments

I’m all about simple, inexpensive, easy-to-find products that multi-task. And vinegar is one of those products I always seem to have around…and I’m always discovering more and more ways to use it around the house, in the kitchen, in the garden and even in the workshop! Here are just a few… 1. Meat Tenderizer: If you always end up with dry or tough meat, try pouring a little vinegar into your marinade or into the roasting pan. The acid in […]

Homemade Pizza — A Quick Weekend Meal

posted by Andrea | 01/22/2011 | 11 comments

Pizza is one of our favorite weekend meals. We almost always have pizza for a quick meal on Saturday or Sunday night. And while traditional pizza from restaurants or the frozen food isle can be greasy, unhealthy, and costly; homemade pizza is a quick, simple, inexpensive, nutritious meal that should please the entire family. I’ll be honest, I usually buy refrigerated Pillsbury pizza crusts {because I can get them for about $0.50 on sale and with a coupon} however, my goal for this […]

Weekend Giveaway — More Storage Containers!

posted by Andrea | 01/21/2011 | 66 comments

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Sarah Jo: “Wow…what a great giveaway! I have been looking for acid-free storage boxes for pictures and scrap-booking supplies…and these would be perfect.” Please contact me with your address and I’ll ship the beautiful storage container ASAP!! Remember Ultimate Christmas Storage? You know, the company that specializes in top-quality archival storage boxes?? Do you remember last month, when Ultimate Christmas Storage gave away this beautiful green ornament storage box to one lucky Simple Organized […]

Space, Time, and Money-Saving Freezer Tips

posted by Andrea | 01/19/2011 | 16 comments

It’s no secret — I LOVE organizing, I LOVE time management, and I LOVE saving money — so when it comes to grocery shopping, cooking, and kitchen storage, I’m all about saving space, time, and money! I love buying in bulk to save money and planning my meals ahead to save time; but when we moved, I ended up with a much smaller freezer. So I had to get just a bit more creative with my freezer storage! And you know […]

Simple Chair Makeover — For FREE!

posted by Andrea | 01/18/2011 | 9 comments

You all know I’m obsessed with Craigslist…right? I’ve gotten so many great deals over the past few years…like this Ikea sofa and this amazing red hutch. Well last year, I scored this FREE Lazy-Boy recliner on Craigslist {I’m sure you can see why it was free}. My original intent was simply to practice reupholstering a smaller piece of furniture — something I’ve always wanted to learn. Plus I had a bunch of heavy canvas fabric sitting around {in the form of a love seat slipcover!} […]

Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie + 9 More Pies!

posted by Andrea | 01/17/2011 | 12 comments

I have a new obsession… Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie! Photo credit: TidyMom.net I’ve always been a sucker for anything “pumpkin”, and apples have been my one of my favorite foods since…well, forever! So when I came across this recipe from Cheryl over at Tidymom.net, I knew I had to give it a try! I made two Apple Butter Pumpkin Pies for Thanksgiving, and since then, I’ve made this recipe FIVE more times! I did alter it a bit to make it “my […]

{RECAP} 11 SIMPLE Goals for 2011 + Extras

posted by Andrea | 01/15/2011 | 3 comments

I can’t believe it’s already the middle of January…how are you doing with the goals and resolutions you set just 2 weeks ago? I don’t know about you, but I’ve had so much fun blogging about my 11 in 2011 challenge! I feel confident that I’ve set 11 very reasonable goals for myself and I’m excited to work towards them over the next year. And if you missed any of my 11 SIMPLE goals…here they are for your weekend reading pleasure! […]

Make Time for What REALLY Matters

posted by Andrea | 01/14/2011 | 3 comments

It’s the final day of my “11-in-2011” challenge. I hope you’ve been inspired to set a few simple goals for yourself this year. Today’s goal is a little different than my other goals, because today’s goal involves NOT doing something. Goal #11 = Make Time for What Really Matters I’m often guilty of being too busy to just sit back, relax, do nothing, and enjoy the simple things in life. Are you? I always have an agenda, I always have […]

Organize Your Paperwork

posted by Andrea | 01/12/2011 | 11 comments

Wow! We’re already on day #10 of my “11-in-2011” challenge, and today’s goal couldn’t come at a better time. It’s that time of year…time to start pulling together all your documents, forms, pay-stubs, and other tax information. If you’re an organized person, this is no big deal. You might even have everything together already. However, if paper clutter is your nemesis, you’ll have a bit more work ahead of you! But don’t worry, I have a bunch of simple tips to start […]

Try Something New

posted by Andrea | 01/12/2011 | 9 comments

It’s day 9 of my 11-in-2011 challenge and I’ve got some “NEW” news to share… I love the idea of newness. I love the idea of trying new things, learning new information, experience new things, setting new goals, etc. I love the idea of change…but I don’t always follow through on my ideas. Can you relate? How many times have you wanted to try something new, but didn’t for one reason or another?  What stopped you? Was is time? Money? Fear? Laziness? […]

Get More Sleep

posted by Andrea | 01/11/2011 | 23 comments

Today I’m sharing goal #8 of my “11-in-2011” challenge — it’s a good one! I’ve talked A LOT about time management since I started this blog back in July…and one of MY major time management goals for 2011 is to get more sleep. Who’s with me? Goal #8: Get More Sleep Growing up, I ALWAY got at least 8 hours of sleep…even all through college! If I had to wake up early, I was in bed by 9:30 or 10:00pm, […]

Systematize Your Grocery Shopping

posted by Andrea | 01/10/2011 | 20 comments

It’s day #7 of my “11-in-2011” Challenge — time to talk groceries, shopping, sales, and coupons! Over the last few months, I’ve been bombarded with questions asking about my “process for grocery shopping” — what I do each week to plan our meals, make my grocery lists, clip coupons, etc. etc. So, I decided to bring you inside my kitchen and show you how I save a nice chunk of cash each week by shopping the sales, clipping coupons, and planing our […]