August, 2011

Simple Peach Almond Crisp

posted by Andrea | 08/31/2011 | 7 comments

If you live in Michigan, it is officially peach season!!! And I’m assuming that in many areas across the country, you have seen bushels of peaches at farmer’s markets, road-side stands, or {at the very least} a significant price drop in the cost of peaches at the store! Last week, I mentioned that my mom and I canned nearly 3-dozen quarts of peaches. It took us one morning and part of the afternoon to finish… but now we have enough jars of of […]

Save More by Checking Your Receipts

posted by Andrea | 08/31/2011 | 21 comments

Have you ever left a store, gotten home, looked at your receipt, and realized you were over-charged? I’m guessing that you have… and if not, it’s probably because you never look at your receipts! Over the past few weeks, I’ve been doing some MAJOR grocery shopping to stock up our new deep freezer, our pantry, and our fridge in preparation for the two International Students who arrived earlier this week and will be living with us all year long. I’ve […]

15 Habits Of An Organizing Junkie

posted by Andrea | 08/30/2011 | 10 comments

The following post is written by Elvie Look of Elvie’s Essentials: Whether you work in the corporate world, as an entrepreneur, raising a family, or going to school full-time; you are likely very busy and wonder how you will keep up. Being organized is the answer! And you don’t need to wait until “life settles down” to get organized, you can do it right now by following 2 simple rules: 1.  Do One Thing At A Time Break your project down […]

Our Last Day Without Kids!

posted by Andrea | 08/29/2011 | 21 comments

Today will most likely be Dave and my very last day without kids… for the rest of our lives! No, our baby girl isn’t scheduled to arrive for another 10 weeks; but later today, we will be welcoming two high school International Students into our home for the entire school year! Now, for those of you who are thinking, “they must be crazy to host high school students just a few weeks before they have their first baby,” let me […]

How to Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too

posted by Andrea | 08/29/2011 | 1 comment

A few months ago, my friend Mandi from Life… Your Way published an excellent eBook, How to Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too. I’ve raved about this eBook before because as a work-at-home person, {and soon to be work-at-home-mom} it is essential for me to balance work, home, family, and personal life all at the same time. If you work from home, outside of the home, or are just struggling to find balance between everything in your busy life, Mandi’s […]

The Perfect Pancakes

posted by Andrea | 08/27/2011 | 4 comments

Earlier this week, I posted a recipe for homemade instant oatmeal packets. This is one of my weekday breakfast staples — especially on busy mornings when we’re rushing to get out the door. However, if you stop by our house on any given Saturday morning, you will most likely be greeted by the smell of fresh, warm pancakes, maple syrup, and hot coffee. We LOVE pancakes!! I have to confess though, when we first got married, I made pancakes from Bisquick mix. […]

Weekend Giveaway: Energizer Rechargeable Gift Basket

posted by Andrea | 08/26/2011 | 141 comments

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Tabby: tabbyrb3@… I will email you today to get your shipping information! I am so excited about this weeks “Weekend Giveaway” because it has helped me clear the clutter from one area I have often struggled to keep organized… Our batteries! I know that might sound crazy, but for some reason, I never settled on a great system for storing or organizing all the different types of batteries we have — and then keeping the rechargeable ones […]

Canning Peaches, Pears, and Appricots

posted by Andrea | 08/25/2011 | 9 comments

My mom and I have been canning peaches all morning {33 quarts total}… and we’re just about finished! I know I’ve said this before, but canning really is pretty easy! Yes, it takes time and effort; yes, you make a bit of a mess; yes it’s more difficult than buying store-bought canned peaches — but if you’ve ever tasted home-canned peaches, you know that it is totally worth it! So, if you are thinking about canning peaches — or anything else this […]

22 Ways to Get More Organized in 10 Minutes or Less

posted by Andrea | 08/25/2011 | 1 comment

source: alexkerhead I hate wasting time! So I’m always on the lookout for quick organizing projects to tackle when I have a few extra minutes here and there. I’ve even started timing some of my daily tasks, and found that I could accomplish many of them in 10 minutes or less! After thinking about these 10-minute tasks, I realized that by completing one every day for a year, I would tally up over 60 hours of organizing — pretty impressive! So what can YOU […]

Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets

posted by Andrea | 08/24/2011 | 21 comments

Since the back-to-school season is essentially here {yup, I know…summer’s almost over} I’ve been thinking more about quick, simple breakfast and lunch ideas that will help us transition into this busy time of year. Growing up, one of my favorite things to eat for breakfast was a warm bowl of oatmeal – and even on a hot, sticky summer morning, a bowl of brown sugar/cinnamon oatmeal still hits the spot! source: Since I normally don’t have a lot of extra […]

Simple Tips to get Organized for Fall

posted by Andrea | 08/23/2011 | 9 comments

It’s THAT time of year again. Ready or not, the lazy summer days will soon be replaced by a more structured, back-to-school schedule. And even though the transition from summer to fall can be a stressful time of year for many families, the change is manageable if you take some time to simplify and organize a few key areas of your home and life. 1. Clothes Fall is a great time to declutter closets – both your closet and your […]

Our New Shower, and My Homemade Shower Products

posted by Andrea | 08/22/2011 | 43 comments

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted any pictures of our bathroom renovations. We’ve made TONS of progress, but after working on projects all day long, I really don’t feel like taking pictures and blogging about them all night long! However, I’m super excited to show you a few pictures of the brand new, walk-in shower in our master bathroom… and to share a few more of my homemade shower products {they are SO SIMPLE to make!} Ok, so let’s start with the […]

Weekend Giveaway: Qubie Coupon Organizer

posted by Andrea | 08/20/2011 | 148 comments

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Bri: briana_cady@… I will email you today to get your shipping information! As many of you know, I have a mini obsession with finding great deals, shopping the sales, and clipping coupons — and I save thousands of dollars every year — so it IS worth my time! However, in order to save that kind of money, I have to be organized. Several months ago, I showed you how I organize my […]

How I Organize My Recipes

posted by Andrea | 08/19/2011 | 26 comments

Lately, I’ve gotten several requests to show how I organize my recipes. And I think it’s probably the perfect time of year to talk about organizing recipes since the busy back-to-school season is almost here… and then before you know it, you’ll be cooking and baking for the holidays! In my opinion, it’s really important to have some sort of method to organize your recipes as it makes meal planning just that much easier. And I stress the “some sort […]

Hoover MAX Multi-Cyclonic Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 08/18/2011 | 297 comments

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Rachel: rachdykstra@… I will email you today to get your shipping information! As many of you know, I’m a pretty big fan of cleaning and organizing! Yes, I love the end results of a clean and organized space, but I also enjoy the whole cleaning and organizing process. I know, I’m a sick woman! So I’m sure you can imagine how excited I was when my brand new, shiny blue, Hoover MAX […]

Clothes Clutter: Organizing Kids Clothes

posted by Andrea | 08/17/2011 | 9 comments

source: It’s officially the middle of August which means the start of a new school year is just a week or two away {I even know of a few schools who have started already!} And even though I’m not quite to the back-to-school stage of life yet, {we’re still dealing with little baby clothes} I’ve worked with enough moms of school-age kids to know that they WILL most definitely have outgrown some of their clothing from last year, and they will probably need […]

How and When to Barter

posted by Andrea | 08/16/2011 | 6 comments

source: If you’ve been following along here at Simple Organized Living for any amount of time, you know that I LOVE to get a great deal! And even though I’ve gotten my fair share of great deals and freebies over the year, there are some items and services that are nearly impossible to find at a discounted rate — unless you’re willing to barter. I’m a huge fan of bartering! I think it all started back when I was in […]

My SO Simple Punch Recipe

posted by Andrea | 08/15/2011 | 24 comments

Last weekend, my mom and aunts threw a wedding shower for one of my cousins — at our house. We had delicious egg dishes, fruit salad, breads, muffins, coffee, and my favorite… SO simple punch. The shower was a huge success and all I was left with at the end were a few pieces of bread and some punch! The crazy thing is that EVERY single time I make this punch, someone asks me for the “recipe” {yes, it really is THAT good}. […]