February, 2014

Preventing Social Media Time-Sucks

posted by Andrea | 02/28/2014 | 17 comments

A few weeks ago, I posted a question on Facebook asking what topics people REALLY wanted me to blog about. Not surprisingly, many of you requested more information on how to prevent social media time-sucks.

So today, I’m sharing a bunch of ideas, tips, and tricks that have helped me to better manage my time spent on social media — I think they might be helpful for you too!

Nora’s Food Journey: My thoughts after 21 months of nursing!

posted by Andrea | 02/27/2014 | 58 comments

The whole feeding process has been a VERY long journey for Nora (and for me) — and one I promised I would talk more about.

So since I’ve gotten mass amounts of emails asking for more information about our “feeding journey”, I figure I better squeeze in this post before Baby #2 arrives and I need to start all over again!

Why I’m NOT A Minimalist

posted by Andrea | 02/26/2014 | 34 comments

When people learn what I do for a living, they often assume I’m a “minimalist” and can’t stand any amount of STUFF in my home and life. However, that is absolutely not true at all.

Today I’m sharing my thoughts on minimalism and why I’m NOT a minimalist.

Our New Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

posted by Andrea | 02/25/2014 | 53 comments

Dave and I are HUGE chocolate chip cookie lovers — and recently, we’ve been on the hunt for that most perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe.

I’ve honestly baked more chocolate chip cookies in the past 6 months than I have in our entire married life… and just recently, I finally found THE BEST RECIPE! You’ll never believe how I found it either!

Our Savings Journey: Living Off Half Our Income

posted by Andrea | 02/24/2014 | 55 comments

In a blog post I wrote over THREE years ago, I casually mentioned that Dave and I lived off less than 50% of our income… and boy did I get some reactions!

So while I never expected to do any sort of follow-up post on that post, I figure it’s finally time — because the emails and questions just keep rolling in 🙂

Managing Virtual Clutter

posted by Andrea | 02/21/2014 | 24 comments

When I talk about “clutter,” 9 times out of 10 people will automatically think of Physical Clutter — but Virtual Clutter is often just as overwhelming as Physical Clutter (sometimes more overwhelming)!

Today, I’m sharing a super LONG post filled with tips and tricks to organize various forms of virtual clutter.

My ‘Plans’ for Working After Baby + A Blog Survey and Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 02/20/2014 | 36 comments

Several of you have questioned if I’ll take a maternity leave or not… and what my plans are after this baby arrives. To be honest, I’m not sure!

Today I’m sharing my tentative “after baby plans” as well as a quick survey I’d be super grateful if you took. It should only take a couple minutes, and you could win a $100 Amazon.com gift card!

I Finished My Rag Quilts

posted by Andrea | 02/19/2014 | 17 comments

Since I made the baby quilt for our nursery before Nora was born, I knew I wanted to tackle another “quilt-type” sewing project for this baby — so when I saw the cute “Rag Quilts” on Pinterest, I decided they would be my project.

I’m happy to share that my quilts turned out really well and they were actually VERY simple to make. Come check them out!

How I Avoid Meal-Planning Burnout

posted by Andrea | 02/18/2014 | 37 comments

I get lots and lots of meal-planning questions — and more recently, I’ve gotten a handful of questions asking how I avoid meal-planning burnout.

At first, I wasn’t quite sure how to answer this question, but after thinking about it for a few weeks, I came up with 6 main factors that have really helped me to simplify my meal-planning and (for the most part) avoid meal-planning burnout.

Spring Cleaning – Why I Don’t Do It

posted by Andrea | 02/17/2014 | 8 comments

Yes, you read the title of this post correctly. I honestly DON’T do much traditional “spring cleaning” at all — at least not in the Spring.

Instead, I have more of a “do whatever needs to be done, whenever it needs to be done” cleaning mentality and actually try to do most of my deep cleaning in the winter months. I’m explaining my reasoning in today’s post!

Anxiety, Depression, Fear and Unconditional Love

posted by Andrea | 02/14/2014 | 129 comments

Today is a day of love — and although I truly don’t buy into Hallmark Holidays, I thought it would be the perfect day to share a love story with you.

It’s not a traditional love story by any means — and it’s not even about Dave — but it’s definitely worth the read.

Our Farmhouse Nursery: Baby Boy Style

posted by Andrea | 02/13/2014 | 21 comments

I’m SOOOOO excited to share today’s post with you — probably even more excited than I was to share the giveaways these past two days!

That’s right friends, it’s time for another Farmhouse Nursery Tour — baby boy style!

Baby Week Giveaway #12: Boba 4G Carrier

posted by Andrea | 02/12/2014 | 4 comments

When it came to ‘baby wearing’ with Nora, I was totally against it — until I came to my senses and realized how amazing it actually was!

So today, I’m excited to give away the new 4G Carrier from Boba — it’s the cream-of-the-crop in terms of baby/toddler-wearing devices, and I can’t wait to use it with baby #2!

Baby Week Giveaway #11: $100 Pop & Lolli Shop Credit

posted by Andrea | 02/12/2014 | 1 comment

Looking for a REALLY quick and simple way to completely transform a blank wall in your home?

Pop & Lolli is an amazing company that creates HUGE fabric wall decals — specifically for kids — and best of all, the decals are all 100% removable, reusable, and “restickable”!

Baby Week Giveaway #10: Angelcare Infant Bath Support

posted by Andrea | 02/12/2014 | 1 comment

Can you believe we’ve made it through over 26 months of bathing a infant and toddler without a bath tub? It’s true, we’ve easily made due with infant tubs in the sink and Nora’s beloved blow-up bath tub!

Well today, I’m excited to give away the Angelcare Infant Bath Support — that just so happens to fit perfectly in our sink and inside Nora’s blow-up tub!

Baby Week Giveaway #9: P.J. Salvage Pajamas

posted by Andrea | 02/12/2014 | 7 comments

My “gift to myself” after Nora was born was a brand new set of comfy pajamas (such a good idea)!

I’m doing the same thing with baby #2 and I’m excited to share the super soft, super comfy line of P.J. Salvage pajamas with you today!

Baby Week Giveaway #8: Precious Little Tot Toy + Shop Credit

posted by Andrea | 02/12/2014 | 1 comment

When we found out we were expecting baby #2, everyone told me we needed a gift for Nora from her new brother… and thanks to the Precious Little Tot Etsy shop, we now have that gift!

It’s an adorable plush elephant — and it’s so stinkin’ cute that we decided to give one away too!

Baby Week Giveaway #7: $100 MAM Gift Basket

posted by Andrea | 02/12/2014 | 6 comments

Due to Nora’s sensory issues, feeding and oral care have been a struggle since the beginning.

Because of this, I’m thankful there are companies like MAM who specialize in high-quality oral care items for all stages of baby life — and I’m super excited to share a huge MAM gift basket with you today!