February, 2011

Simplify Your Laundry Routine

posted by Andrea | 02/28/2011 | 51 comments

Laundry might seem like a never-ending chore — especially if you have a large family. But it doesn’t have to be! Make this task go more quickly and easily with these simple tips to help you get you out of the laundry room and back to more important things! 1. Stop sorting. I was always told to separate my laundry by darks, lights, and whites — and I did this religiously for several years. Then I realized it wasn’t necessary! […]

Discount Produce – Is It Worth the Savings?

posted by Andrea | 02/28/2011 | 11 comments

I’m ALWAYS looking to get a good deal…especially at the grocery store! I create a weekly meal plan around what’s on sale. I make my grocery list, clip coupons, and try to find the best deals possible while still maintaining a healthy diet — I have my system down to a science! I keep our freezer full and our pantry stocked so we always have enough food in the house to last us several weeks. Then each week, I simply restock based […]

And You Thought Your House was Messy – Week 2

posted by Andrea | 02/26/2011 | 16 comments

Remember last week, when I showed you how messy our house was? Well, this week isn’t any better…. Our wood flooring was delivered yesterday, and to my surprise, 700 sq. ft. of wide-plank wood flooring takes up a lot more space than I origionally envisioned!  YIKES! Don’t get me wrong, I’m super excited to have reclaimed barn wood for our new floors…I guess we just won’t be using our living room for the next month! Anyway, I hope you feel a […]

Blueberry Stuffed French Toast

posted by Andrea | 02/26/2011 | 16 comments

A few weeks ago, I received a lovely email from Cindy, who wanted to share this delicious {and really simple} recipe for Blueberry Stuffed French Toast. And since we love stuffed French toast, and we love blueberry pancakes, I knew we would LOVE this recipe even before I tried it. Plus, the ingredients are so simple and it can be prepared the night before. Win, Win, WIN! INGREDIENTS: {print recipe} Serves 10 1 loaf of crusty bread — ripped into 1″ chunks […]

Organizing Kids’ Closets – You Can Do It!

posted by Andrea | 02/25/2011 | 11 comments

Most of my clients are moms. Moms… with kids… with LOTS of stuff! It’s crazy how much “stuff” kids bring into a home, isn’t it? source Not only do kids have an over abundance of clothes, toys, games, books, and treasures, they also seem to change sizes and preferences every few months!  Plus, they want to keep EVERYTHING and often it’s just easier to let them. So their stuff piles up and piles up until you have to do something […]

Simple School Lunch Ideas

posted by Andrea | 02/24/2011 | 20 comments

Packing lunches day after day can get old — especially now that the school year is half over. We always try to pack our lunches the night before, but even so, I often find myself dreading this task because I don’t know what to pack… and somehow the 47th PB & J sandwich just doesn’t sound good to me! Can you relate? . I knew I needed to do something to make lunch packing simpler, so for the past few weeks […]

10 Things I Don’t Spend Time On

posted by Andrea | 02/24/2011 | 11 comments

On Monday, I talked about the importance of creating a time budget. And, one big part of creating my time budget includes deciding what activities I will NOT spend time on. Have you ever thought about that before? Well, since I love lists… and since I’ve already talked about the 10 things we don’t spend money on, I figured why not talk about the 10 things we don’t spend time on? Here they are! 10 Things we Don’t Spend Time On. 1. […]

Homemade Facewash — The Oil Cleansing Method

posted by Andrea | 02/23/2011 | 165 comments

A few months ago, I decided I wanted to try homemade cleaning and beauty products. I started small, by replacing a few of my cleaning products with vinegar {I’ll talk more about this later}. Then I started using vinegar and safety pins as an alternative to fabric softener. However, the one homemade product I’m most excited about is my homemade face wash. The Oil Cleansing Method Yup, we’re washing our face with oil — which I know sounds absolutely ridiculous. But believe it […]

How to Store and Organize Your Herbs and Spices

posted by Andrea | 02/22/2011 | 24 comments

My friend Kim of Art of Domestic Living sent me an email {several months ago} asking about good ideas for storing and organizing spices. She said… “I have been thinking about organizing my spices, can you give me a few ideas?” I responded to her email with a few ideas… but I figured you might be interested as well. How I Organize My Herbs and Spices:. I have 2 small drawers, one for savory and one for sweet I store them […]

Simple, Family-Friendly, Weeknight Meals

posted by Andrea | 02/21/2011 | 6 comments

What are you making for dinner tonight? Need a few suggestions? Even though I try to plan our meals in advance, there are always nights when I’m not sure what to make. I have my favorite meals that I make regularly {maybe too regularly} but sometimes, I just want something different. However, it needs to be quick, simple, with “normal” ingredients — and I have to be pretty darn sure that we’ll like it! If you can relate, then you’re […]

My Time Budget

posted by Andrea | 02/21/2011 | 2 comments

I’ve always thought it was/is really important to create a financial budget and implement limits for yourself as to what you will and will not spend money on. However, over the last few years, I’ve also realized how important it is to decide what you will and will not spend your time on — so I created a “time budget”. This might be a foreign concept for some, but I’m convinced that a time budget is one of the best ways to stay focused, […]

And You Thought Your House Was Messy!

posted by Andrea | 02/19/2011 | 4 comments

This post is for those of you who are sitting at home, wishing your house was cleaner, more organized and/or less cluttered. If you think your house is messy, let me assure you… Mine is messier! . Yup, that’s a toilet in our master bedroom. And all those blurry, white circles in the picture are drywall dust. This is our bathtub —  we actually just demolished the entire bathroom so it’s pretty crazy in there! See, I told you! So for those of […]

AboutOne Membership Giveaway {2 winners}

posted by Andrea | 02/18/2011 | 23 comments

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Martha G: “I have been on a conquest to scan my files into an external drive already this year. My problem is that I can only access them at my house and what about if something happens to the external drive? This sounds like something that would make my traveling lighter with less paperwork!” And congrats to Mary D: “My kids papers . . . I never knew how much paperwork would be […]

Taco Soup — a delicious 30 minute meal

posted by Andrea | 02/17/2011 | 14 comments

A few weeks ago I cooked up a bunch of chicken and filled the bottom drawer of our freezer with bags of shredded chicken. Then I started thinking about what I could make with my abundance of shredded chicken. Chicken tacos sounded good…but we didn’t have any tortillas and I didn’t feel like going to the store. So I came up with “Plan B” — taco salad — except then I realized we didn’t have enough lettuce for a “main […]

D.I.Y. Junk Mail Removal

posted by Andrea | 02/16/2011 | 10 comments

According to 41pounds.org, the average adult receives 41 pounds of junk mail every year! Can you believe that? My first thought was that 41 pounds seems like an awful lot of junk mail…but after collecting all our junk mail for the past several weeks, I would now say I completely agree! We have gotten SO much junk mail lately {see picture above} I can’t stand it. Our influx of junk mail is partially because we not only get our junk mail, but also the […]

Reducing Little Expenses = Big Savings

posted by Andrea | 02/15/2011 | 8 comments

  Thank you to TurboTax for sponsoring my post about household finances. Learn more about how TurboTax can help you find every tax deduction you deserve. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do. It’s no secret that I’m a pretty frugal gal. I’m always looking for ways to save more, spend less, and find great bargains. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve paid full price for anything…ever! Thankfully, Dave puts […]

A Laundry Experiment — 10 Ways to Reduce Static Cling

posted by Andrea | 02/14/2011 | 73 comments

Over the past several weeks I’ve noticed our clothes seem to have lots of static cling. We’ve literally been “shocking” ourselves everytime we get dressed! I didn’t know if it was the new house, the new furnace, the new washer and dryer, or just dry West Michigan winter weather…but I knew it needed to change. So, I conducted a little laundry experiment… What is Static Cling? The following is a direct quote from WhatIsStaticCling.com: “Static cling is a property of substances […]

Free Pre-Spring Cleaning eBook

posted by Andrea | 02/11/2011 | 6 comments

Once February hits, my mind always starts to “think spring” —  it’s wishful thinking, I know — but something has to get me through the rest of winter here in West Michigan! And with the busyness of the holiday season behind and warmer weather still a couple months away, now is a great time to catch up on some much needed pre-spring cleaning! Need a little motivation? Here are a few of my simple cleaning tips. Or if you prefer, […]