June, 2011

I Can’t Believe It’s Been Five Years!

posted by Andrea | 06/30/2011 | 16 comments

Today is Dave and my FIVE year anniversary!! And even though our marriage is definitely not perfect {I assume none are} we truly are each other’s perfect match! For example: I really like to cook and bake. Dave really likes to eat, and he almost always does the dishes before I even ask. I hate to iron. Dave is a master “ironer” and does all our ironing. I don’t like driving. Dave loves to drive. I really enjoy painting {which has come […]

Cookbook Giveaways {2 Winners}

posted by Andrea | 06/29/2011 | 80 comments

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to: Megan (simplythriftymom@…) Leslie (torello.leslie@…) I will contact you shortly with the information I need to get you your books! A few months ago, I received a copy of The Frugal Foodie Cookbook AND a copy of Fix It, Make It, Grow It, Bake It for review. I procrastinated a bit…but then a read them — and totally fell in love with them! Let me start with The Frugal Foodie: : I have read and flipped through […]

Craigslist 101: Do You Have the Time?

posted by Andrea | 06/28/2011 | 8 comments

source: Last week I talked about how to buy successfully on Craigslist and how to sell successfully on Craigslist. Both buying and selling on Craigslist are great ways to save money and make money… But they also take TIME! Buying on Craigslist usually takes a lot more time and patience than simply ordering something from Amazon.com or purchasing it from the mall, but it can easily save you 75% or more!! Selling on Craigslist takes a lot more time than just […]

We Cleaned Out Our Garage – in ONE Day!

posted by Andrea | 06/27/2011 | 10 comments

If you live in Michigan and decide to move 3 days before Christmas — chances are pretty good that the weather is going to be cold. So, when we moved into our new house just a couple days before Christmas, we were thankful that although the weather was cold, it was NOT snowing, raining, sleeting…or below freezing. I think the sun actually came out for part of the day! Even still, we tried to move as quickly as possible and […]

Cleaning Out Your Stockpile

posted by Andrea | 06/25/2011 | 7 comments

Now that it’s oficially summer, I am thankful that our weekly schedules have slowed down a bit. We have almost no sporting events, committee meetings, school functions, etc. etc. It’s a wonderful change of pace and one that I lo0k forward to every year. One of the reasons I always look forward to our slower summer schedule is because it gives me a little extra time to go through our pantry, refrigerator, and freezer and take stock of everything that […]

Craigslist 101: How to Sell Successfully

posted by Andrea | 06/24/2011 | 144 comments

Earlier this week, I posted a bunch of tips to help you BUY successfully on Craigslist… so if you’re looking to find a great deal, head on over there! However today, I’ll be talking about how to SELL successfully on Craigslist. source: Over the past 3 years, I have made thousands of dollars by selling unused items on Craigslist. It’s a good way to clear the clutter from our house, it’s a fun hobby for me, and it’s a great […]

My Two Cents About DIY Projects

posted by Andrea | 06/23/2011 | 6 comments

I’ve received a bunch of emails lately from people who are so excited about our farmhouse renovations. A few of them even said they were now motivated to do some of their own home improvement projects! We are definitely making progress on our house — slowly but surely — and we’re aiming to be finished with “round 1” by the end of July. Yikes, I just said it out loud and then realized that’s only 5 1/2 weeks away! Anyway, […]

Craigslist 101: How to Buy Successfully

posted by Andrea | 06/22/2011 | 39 comments

source: If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know that I have a mini infatuation with Craigslist…  it’s like the hugest on-line garage sale and I just LOVE it! I’ve found so many great deals and steals, and I’ve sold THOUSANDS of dollars worth of “stuff” over the last 3 years… seriously! Craigslist is an amazing FREE tool that I use to my advantage, but over the past several months, I’ve come to realize that many […]

30 Delicious Backyard BBQ Side Dishes

posted by Andrea | 06/21/2011 | 11 comments

BBQ’s are one of my favorite things about spring and summer. I absolutely LOVE eating outside {even with the bugs} and now that we have our farmhouse, I can see us hosting many, many BBQ’s over the next several years! Now, obviously the main part of hosting a BBQ is the meat; but what about everything else? In my opinion, it’s usually the side dished that can make or break your party. So if you’re struggling to come up with […]

Birthday Giveaway Winners Announced!

posted by Andrea | 06/21/2011 | 6 comments

source: I knew it would have to end some time — and even though my Birthday Giveaway Week was a smashing success, I’m still a little sad that it’s completely over. It was so much fun working with all the wonderful companies who participated, and I was thrilled to see how excited you were for the opportunity to win some of these amazing giveaways… and they are amazing! So, out of  8,988 entrants… Here are the winners for my 26th […]

Our New Closet!!

posted by Andrea | 06/20/2011 | 14 comments

This past week, while all my birthday giveaways were stealing the show; Dave and I were busy working on our house renovations. We crossed a TON of things off our to-do list and I can honestly say that we seem to be rounding the final corner and headed for home!!! I can not wait for these projects to be finished. One of the main projects that I’m so excited to show you is our brand new master closet. But before […]

Birthday Giveaway Round Up

posted by Andrea | 06/20/2011 | 2 comments

I just wanted to send out a quick reminder that TODAY is the very last day to enter for a chance to win my 26 very cool, very fun, and very organized birthday giveaways 🙂 I had SO much fun sharing my birthday gifts with you last week, and apparently you liked the giveaways too because as of yesterday morning, I already had over 6,500 entries!! However, for simplicity’s sake, I’ve listed them all below. You may enter any/all of […]

Birthday Giveaway #26: The Poppy Bag Co. Handbag

posted by Andrea | 06/18/2011 | 328 comments

Welcome to my Huge Birthday Giveaway Celebration!! Instead of receiving gifts this year, I’ve decided to give YOU an opportunity to win a bunch of awesome products I currently use and love.  I’ve partnered with 26 amazing companies to offer 26 different giveaways for my 26th birthday. There will be multiple giveaways every day from June 13-18 — so make sure you come back! You will be able to find all 26 Birthday Week Giveaways here — just keep scrolling down to view them […]

Birthday Giveaway #25: PartyLite TeaLight Centerpiece

posted by Andrea | 06/18/2011 | 208 comments

Welcome to my Huge Birthday Giveaway Celebration!! Instead of receiving gifts this year, I’ve decided to give YOU an opportunity to win a bunch of awesome products I currently use and love.  I’ve partnered with 26 amazing companies to offer 26 different giveaways for my 26th birthday. There will be multiple giveaways every day from June 13-18 — so make sure you come back! You will be able to find all 26 Birthday Week Giveaways here — just keep scrolling down to view them […]

Birthday Giveaway #24: Calendar Blocks {2 winners}

posted by Andrea | 06/18/2011 | 184 comments

Welcome to my Huge Birthday Giveaway Celebration!! Instead of receiving gifts this year, I’ve decided to give YOU an opportunity to win a bunch of awesome products I currently use and love.  I’ve partnered with 26 amazing companies to offer 26 different giveaways for my 26th birthday. There will be multiple giveaways every day from June 13-18 — so make sure you come back! You will be able to find all 26 Birthday Week Giveaways here — just keep scrolling down to view them […]

Birthday Giveaway #23: Plan to Eat Membership {3 winners}

posted by Andrea | 06/18/2011 | 188 comments

Welcome to my Huge Birthday Giveaway Celebration!! Instead of receiving gifts this year, I’ve decided to give YOU an opportunity to win a bunch of awesome products I currently use and love.  I’ve partnered with 26 amazing companies to offer 26 different giveaways for my 26th birthday. There will be multiple giveaways every day from June 13-18 — so make sure you come back! You will be able to find all 26 Birthday Week Giveaways here — just keep scrolling down to view them […]

Birthday Giveaway #22: Wall Worthy Vinyl Wall Art

posted by Andrea | 06/17/2011 | 310 comments

Welcome to my Huge Birthday Giveaway Celebration!! Instead of receiving gifts this year, I’ve decided to give YOU an opportunity to win a bunch of awesome products I currently use and love.  I’ve partnered with 26 amazing companies to offer 26 different giveaways for my 26th birthday. There will be multiple giveaways every day from June 13-18 — so make sure you come back! You will be able to find all 26 Birthday Week Giveaways here — just keep scrolling down to view them […]

Birthday Giveaway #21: MadeOn Skin Care $50 Credit

posted by Andrea | 06/17/2011 | 229 comments

Welcome to my Huge Birthday Giveaway Celebration!! Instead of receiving gifts this year, I’ve decided to give YOU an opportunity to win a bunch of awesome products I currently use and love.  I’ve partnered with 26 amazing companies to offer 26 different giveaways for my 26th birthday. There will be multiple giveaways every day from June 13-18 — so make sure you come back! You will be able to find all 26 Birthday Week Giveaways here — just keep scrolling down to view them […]