June, 2013

How We Re-Landscaped (Partially) For Free

posted by Andrea | 06/27/2013 | 15 comments

As Dave and I inched closer and closer to our budgeted amount for our current landscaping projects, we decided we would need to get creative if we wanted to accomplish everything on our list without breaking the bank.

Today, I’m sharing a bunch of pictures of our yard work progress along with how we managed to do some of the work for free!

How I Make Working From Home Work for Me

posted by Andrea | 06/26/2013 | 18 comments

As many of you know from reading my posts, working from home has some huge advantages. However, working from home also has it’s challenges. Just like any other full-time working parent, Dave and I are forced to make sacrifices to be able to do what we love and be with the people we love.

Today, I’m sharing the simple concept I use to make working from home work for me.

Follow-Up to My ‘Good Moms’ Post

posted by Andrea | 06/25/2013 | 33 comments

Last week, I hopped up on my soapbox and shared some of my frustrations about all those silly Facebook and Pinterest photos that proclaim “good moms have messy homes but happy kids” — as if a good mom can’t possibly have a clean home and happy kids!

I received LOTS of feedback from that post and felt I should write one more follow-up post to expand on my thoughts (boy, do I have lots of thoughts!)

6 Tips to Simplify Meal Planning

posted by Andrea | 06/24/2013 | 16 comments

Many people I know (myself included) often slack off on meal planning in the summer. I supposed it’s easy to put meal planning on the back burner {pun intended!}

However, these busy weeks of summer are some of the most important weeks to create and utilize a meal plan… because it will save you so much time and stress! If you are struggling to set up a meal-planning routine, here are 6 simple ideas that just might help.

Our Engagement Story

posted by Andrea | 06/21/2013 | 46 comments

Next weekend, Dave and I will celebrate our 7-year wedding anniversary… however, tomorrow marks the 8th “anniversary” of our engagement. We won’t actually celebrate, but it’s such a fun story, I just had to share it with you.

I still smile and get goosebumps every single time I reminisce about our engagement story…

The Dish on Our Dishes

posted by Andrea | 06/20/2013 | 35 comments

I love dishes! And over the last few years, I’ve received numerous emails with questions about our dishes, serving pieces, tablecloths, etc. and how I store all these items in our kitchen.

I figured it was probably time to share my dishes… and serving pieces, and tablecloths, and napkins with you — or at least share how I store and organize these items!

Natural Pest Control

posted by Andrea | 06/19/2013 | 31 comments

We’re fortunate that we have an acre yard for Nora to explore and play — and a super long asphalt driveway for fun with scooters and sidewalk chalk. However, something we don’t like about being outside are all the bugs.

I’ve been on the lookout for natural ways to control these pests, and I’m sharing a bunch of those remedies, tips, ideas, and resources today!

My Soapbox: Clean Homes, Happy Kids, and “Good Mothers”

posted by Andrea | 06/18/2013 | 115 comments

I’m climbing up on my soapbox today to share some thoughts I’ve had since before Nora was born — but I’m just finally getting the guts to talk about them on the blog!

Come read, think, and respond (kindly please)… I’d love to hear your thoughts too.

Freezer-Friendly Burritos

posted by Andrea | 06/17/2013 | 21 comments

I originally posted this recipe over two years ago, but since it’s one of our favorite quick lunch “recipes” — perfect for busy summer afternoons — I figured I should share it again for those of you who might not have been reading my blog two years ago!

I will often whip up 15-30 burritos at a time so we always have a supply in our freezer for days when we don’t feel like a sandwich or leftovers.

EXPIRED Birthday Giveaway: Go-Organize $100 Gift Certificate

posted by Andrea | 06/14/2013 | 791 comments

Since Sunday is a joint celebration of my birthday and Father’s Day, I figured a giveaway was in order 🙂

And since summer is such a great time to work on a few quick organizing projects around the house, I thought a $100 gift certificate from Go-Organize.com would be the perfect birthday giveaway!!

These Are The “Good Old Days”

posted by Andrea | 06/13/2013 | 20 comments

I think that no matter how old we are, we tend to look back on the past as the Good Old Days, remembering things as better and simpler “back then”. So if you think about it, this means that in 1, 2, 5, or 10 years, we’ll be looking back on today, this week, and this year, and remembering these moments as the Good Old Days.

Right now, we are living and experiencing tomorrow’s Good Old Days — are you making the most of them?

4 Alternatives to Google Reader

posted by Andrea | 06/12/2013 | 25 comments

In less than 3 weeks, Google Reader will be gone — which means that those of you who use Google Reader to subscribe to my blog will no longer see any of my new blog posts after July 1st.

Today I’m sharing some simple alternatives to Google Reader — all of which should assure you don’t miss any recipes, simple tips, home renovations, or cute Nora pictures!

5 Financial Lessons I Want My Children to Learn

posted by Andrea | 06/11/2013 | 20 comments

I recently read in a popular parenting magazine that 75% of adults say it’s important to educate children about finances, but only 36% of those same parents actually do so.

I’m not an expert in this area just yet, but there are so many things I want to teach my children about money management. In an effort to keep things simple, I’m sharing 5 financial lessons I definitely want my children to learn.

If Walls Could Talk

posted by Andrea | 06/10/2013 | 14 comments

We live in a 120 year old farmhouse — and as we work our way through different renovation projects, we often wonder what memories and stories are “locked away” inside the walls of our house. If only walls could talk… right!

Spurred by a recent visit of our home’s previous owners, I’ve been thinking about this a lot. Today, I’m sharing some of those thoughts.

How I Generate a Full-Time Income Online

posted by Andrea | 06/7/2013 | 60 comments

Have you ever wondered how bloggers earn an income from their blogs?

Today’s post is quite long — not because the topic is so complicated, but rather, because it took me a REALLY long time to figure out how to build my online business. And since I get so many questions on this topic, I decided it was time to share the process with you!

Slowing Down Summer

posted by Andrea | 06/6/2013 | 19 comments

Summer is always such a crazy time of year for us (I’m sure many of you can relate). On one hand, we want to work on house projects, go on vacation, and pack every day with something fun. On the other hand, we just want to relax.
This year, Dave and I are on a mission to slow down summer — to find that healthy balance between “getting stuff done” and relaxing — I’ll let you know if we succeed in about 11 weeks!

A Few of My Favorite Things {June 2013}

posted by Andrea | 06/5/2013 | 27 comments

It’s June — which means the end of our no-spending challenge, an 11-week summer break for Dave, my 28th birthday, the official start of summer, our 7th anniversary, and LOTS of yard work! It’s going to be a busy month — but I’m so excited!

I’m also excited to share a few more of my favorite things with you!

5 Tips for Baking in Bulk… With Toddlers

posted by Andrea | 06/4/2013 | 25 comments

Over the past couple of years, I’ve shared many pictures, recipes, and tips for cooking/baking in bulk in attempts to keep our freezer stocked. And whenever I mention my freezer cooking/baking sessions, I always get a handful of questions asking how I do it with a toddler (or any number of small children).

So today, I’m sharing 5 simple tips that helped me get back in my “baking-in-bulk groove” after Nora was born.