October, 2012

Happy Halloween… from Nurse Nora

posted by Andrea | 10/31/2012 | 17 comments

Today is Nora’s first Halloween… and thanks to my sister (a Labor & Delivery Nurse) Nora has a super cute “Nurse In Training” costume!

Seriously, she’s so cute 🙂

My Thoughts on Busyness, Routines, Over-Commitment, and Recharging

posted by Andrea | 10/31/2012 | comment

This past month, I wrote several guest posts for other blogs — these post topics include my thoughts on “Being Committed vs. Being Over-Committed”, “Unplugging and Recharging”, “Creating a Successful Work-From-Home Routine”, and “Being Busy vs. Being Productive”

5 Tips to Stay on Budget Throughout the Holiday Season

posted by Andrea | 10/30/2012 | 9 comments

It’s already the end of October, which means if you haven’t started thinking or planning ahead for the holiday season, you might want to start — specifically when it comes to your holiday budget.

Today, I’m sharing 5 simple tips that have helped us to stay on budget throughout the holiday season — I’d love to hear any of your tips too!

DIY Granite Countertop Cleaner

posted by Andrea | 10/29/2012 | 25 comments

When our granite counters were installed, I was shocked to find out that I couldn’t use vinegar to clean them (the acid can etch away at the finish). So, I went searching for a DIY granite cleaner that I could make at home.

It didn’t take me long to find several different recipes — and today, I’m sharing my simplified DIY granite cleaner that takes all of 10 seconds to mix up and costs pennies!

Help! How Should I Decorate My Living Room Wall?

posted by Andrea | 10/27/2012 | 98 comments

Now that our kitchen / dining room is practically finished, I’ve decided to FINALLY finish our living room… since we’ve been living here for almost 2 years now. And by “finish”, I really just need to figure out what to do on the wall above our couch.

I’m looking for creative suggestions and frugal decorating ideas… who wants to help?

Weekend Giveaway: My Two Favorite Anolon Pans

posted by Andrea | 10/26/2012 | 564 comments

I’ve done a good job of paring down my pots and pans to a reasonable amount — and I honestly do use every pot and pan in my cabinet. However, if I had to pick only two pans to use for the rest of my life, it would be a medium size frying pan and a medium size sauce pan.

Today, I’m sharing my two favorite pans with you… via a fun giveaway from Anolon!

Clutter Control for Empty Nesters

posted by Andrea | 10/25/2012 | 23 comments

I’ve gotten lots of questions lately about what to do with all the stuff kids leave behind when they go off to college, when they get married, when they move abroad, or when they move into a tiny apartment and can’t take all their stuff. It’s funny, because my parents are dealing with this right now.

If you’re an empty-nester living in a house full of your kid’s clutter, I have a few tips!

Our New Iron + One More Reason Dave is Perfect for Me

posted by Andrea | 10/24/2012 | 9 comments

Eight years ago today, Dave and I went on our very first date — and on that date, I noticed that he had an ironing board set up in his room. I thought maybe he was just trying to impress me… but it turns out he really likes nicely ironed clothing!

Eight years later, he still irons several times a week… which means I never, ever iron 🙂
Today, I’m sharing some of Dave’s favorite features about our brand new Hamilton Beach iron.

Nora @ 11 Months

posted by Andrea | 10/22/2012 | 19 comments

Nora is 11 months old today!

She’s still not even close to sleeping through the night; she still doesn’t take naps; she still doesn’t eat… but she sure is cute, so we’ll keep her 🙂

Bloggers and Businesses: 3 Tips to Get More Product Reviews and Giveaways

posted by Andrea | 10/20/2012 | 4 comments

I offer at least one Weekend Giveaway every Friday morning… and because of these giveaways, I get quite a few emails from other bloggers asking me how I find my giveaways, who my contact people are, how to contact companies, what to ask for, etc.

Today, I’m sharing a guest post from one of the businesses I’ve partnered with for reviews and giveaways — the post offers lots of helpful tips for any bloggers interested in more product reviews and giveaways.

Weekend Giveaway: Geekorize iPad Tab Easel Case

posted by Andrea | 10/19/2012 | 184 comments

My interest in “tech gadgets” all started about a year ago when Dave and I both got iPhones… and it’s just snowballed from there! So you can just about imagine how excited I was when I found Geekorize.com.

They have a whole line-up of amazing products that will help you to simplify and organize your tech gear — including a fabulous iPad Tab Easel that I just so happen to be giving away this weekend!

Weekend Giveaway: Unger Microfiber Kitchen Sponges & Chef Towels

posted by Andrea | 10/19/2012 | 350 comments

Since I’ve been pretty focused on cleaning my new kitchen, (and since I’m assuming you all have a kitchen to clean!) I thought it was only fitting to offer a giveaway specifically for kitchen cleaning.

So… today’s giveaway features two of my favorite Unger kitchen cleaning products!

Come, Look Inside Our Kitchen Cabinets!

posted by Andrea | 10/18/2012 | 26 comments

If you’ve ever wondered what the inside of my kitchen cabinets looks like, then today is your lucky day.

I’m opening up my kitchen and showing you inside every single one of my kitchen cabinets!

Have You Ever Done a Busy Bag Swap?

posted by Andrea | 10/17/2012 | 10 comments

I’m excited to be attending my first Busy Bag Swap in a couple of weeks, and if everything goes as planned, I’ll end up with 16 different Busy Bags that will {hopefully} keep Nora busy!

So today, I’m sharing a bunch of resources, tips, and ideas for anyone who’s interested in making their own Busy Bags or hosting a Busy Bag Swap!

Craigslist 101: 3 Tips To Sell Your Items ASAP

posted by Andrea | 10/16/2012 | 26 comments

I get lots of questions from readers who are having trouble selling things on Craigslist in a timely fashion. Sometimes they say it takes them weeks and months to sell one small item — and in my opinion, that’s just not worth the time and effort.

If you’re wondering how to sell your stuff ASAP, I’m sharing three tips that have been helping me to sell my items FAST (usually in less than 48 hours!)

Caramel Apple Salad

posted by Andrea | 10/15/2012 | 11 comments

If you’re in the mood for caramel apples but don’t necessarily feel like going through all the work and making a sticky mess out of your kitchen; take 10 minutes to make this delicious, light, fluffy Caramel Apple Salad instead.

It’s so good, you could even use it as a dessert!

Why We Still Don’t Have a Vegetable Garden

posted by Andrea | 10/13/2012 | 14 comments

Dave and I have been in our farmhouse for two summers now… and we still don’t have a vegetable garden. I guess we’ve just been so busy renovating the inside of our house that we haven’t had the time to really dive into any big outside projects.

But after two summers without a garden, I’m starting to rethink whether we really NEED a garden right now or not.

Weekend Giveaway: Microplane Kitchen Gadget Gift Set

posted by Andrea | 10/12/2012 | 418 comments

I do a really good job of limiting the amount of stuff I “collect”, but when it comes to fun kitchen gadgets, I have a hard time passing them up!

So today, I’m excited to share with you a few more kitchen gadgets I’ve been using… and give you an opportunity to win a fun Microplane gift set!