May, 2014

30 Don’ts When Visiting a New Mom

posted by Andrea | 05/30/2014 | 120 comments

After bringing two kids home from the hospital myself and talking with a bunch of friends who also have small children, I came up with a list of 30 things I would personally suggest NOT doing the next time you visit a new mom.

What would YOU add to my list?

Closet Organization for When Your Weight is Changing

posted by Andrea | 05/29/2014 | 17 comments

Over the past 3 years, my weight has gone up and down and then up and (part of the way) down with my 2 pregnancies. And although I resisted the urge to buy too many new items to accommodate my changing size, my closet still felt like it was bursting at the seams.

Thankfully, I have recently taken a few steps to control my closet clutter — even as my body size, shape, and weight continue to fluctuate.

Our New Double Stroller

posted by Andrea | 05/28/2014 | 24 comments

Our brand new double stroller was delivered just over a month ago — yes, you read that right — BRAND NEW!

Aside from diapers, wipes, and other “perishable” items, I think this double stroller was the very first baby thing I’ve ever personally purchased brand new — and today, I’m sharing a bunch of reasons why we’re loving our new stroller!

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

posted by Andrea | 05/27/2014 | 16 comments

A few weeks ago, I blogged about our super overwhelming yard project. After that post went live, several people commented that my “any progress is still progress” philosophy could actually be applied to almost anything in life. And I totally agree!

Do you have any overwhelming projects on your to-do list? If so, I hope this post will be the motivation you need to get started.

What We’ve Been Up To: House + Yard Projects 2014

posted by Andrea | 05/26/2014 | 8 comments

Dave and I usually wait until school is over to start our house/yard projects for the year — but this year, even with a new baby, we were BOTH itching to get started.

Since it’s a long holiday weekend (and I have a feeling many of you are joining Dave and I in some sort of home or yard project) I figured it would be a good time to share an update on all our latest projects.

What’s Your “One Thing”?

posted by Andrea | 05/23/2014 | 56 comments

What’s your “one thing” — you know, the thing you love doing so much that you’ll almost always make time for it even when you’re super busy and stressed?

Today I’m sharing my “one thing”… any guesses as to what it might be? 🙂

Our Portable Diaper-Changing Basket

posted by Andrea | 05/22/2014 | 20 comments

For the most part, when it comes to changing diapers, Dave and I change them on the changing table in the nursery. I would say 98% of the diapers I’ve ever changed in our house have been on the changing table.

However, since we’ve been using the upstairs more, I created a portable diaper-changing basket that ‘lives’ upstairs. This simple 5-minute project has saved me countless trips up and down stairs these past few months!

Nora: One Year After Food Therapy

posted by Andrea | 05/21/2014 | 19 comments

Exactly one year ago today, this tired, stressed-out mama and her overly-anxious little girl walked through the doors of our second round of food therapy (after the first round failed miserably).

I honestly can’t believe how far we’ve come in just one year… and I hope this post will offer some encouragement to anyone else struggling with high needs children.

Hearty Egg Casserole

posted by Andrea | 05/20/2014 | 23 comments

Today, I’m sharing a simple, hearty, super delicious, make-ahead brunch recipe… and I’m guessing you have most or all of the ingredients in your house already.

If you’re looking for a great new egg dish to add to your recipe box, this one is definitely a winner.

A New Normal… how I changed my most productive time of day again!

posted by Andrea | 05/19/2014 | 10 comments

Last May, I blogged about how I changed my most productive time of day to the evening hours — and that has been working REALLY well for me this past year.

Then Simon was born and I had to make more adjustments in my schedule in order to pack everything in. Today, I’m sharing how I’ve been tweaking and changing my schedule to accommodate both kiddos, my home, my business, and more!

A Girl and Her Shoes (plus a giveaway)

posted by Andrea | 05/16/2014 | 1 comment

I’ve shared Nora’s love of shoes before… I don’t know where she gets it from, but she LOVES her shoes!

Today, I’m sharing our new shoes and giving away a couple pairs of pediped shoes.

5 Tips to ‘Do It Now’ When You’re Super Busy

posted by Andrea | 05/15/2014 | 17 comments

Several weeks ago, I shared a post about my time management rule of “doing it NOW”. That post generated a lot of emails questioning how I could possibly “do it now” all the time with a toddler, an infant, and an at-home business.

Today, I’m sharing my answers to those questions.

Simon’s Baptism

posted by Andrea | 05/14/2014 | 13 comments

Simon was baptized this past Sunday, Mother’s Day. It was a lovely day, the weather cooperated, Simon cooperated, and Nora did the best she could for being 2.

Today I’m sharing some of the pictures from Sunday, along with our yummy brunch menu and Simon’s baptism outfit — made from my wedding dress fabric!

Bacon + Sausage = Love

posted by Andrea | 05/13/2014 | 4 comments

This past weekend, we hosted a bunch for both our immediate families. We had lots of yummy brunch foods — but I think the favorite menu item was bacon-wrapped sausage bites.

Yes, that’s right… a recipe that combines two of my favorite breakfast meats into one bite-size morsel, coated with a delicious brown sugar glaze!

Q+A: Our Butcher Block Counter

posted by Andrea | 05/12/2014 | 13 comments

Ever since we finished our kitchen renovation I’ve gotten lots of questions about our butcher block island counter top.

So after almost 2 years of caring for our butcher block counters, I feel like I’m finally able to answer some of those questions.

2 Ingredient Brownies

posted by Andrea | 05/7/2014 | 12 comments

Today I’m sharing a 2-ingredient brownie recipe with no oil, no butter, and no eggs. It took me a grand total of 3 minutes to have it mixed up and ready for the oven… and best of all, even Nora likes them!

Progress is Progress… even if it’s only 5 minutes

posted by Andrea | 05/6/2014 | 35 comments

Over the past few weeks, Dave and I tackled a VERY overwhelming yard project that we thought would take forever.

Obviously, since we finished, it didn’t take forever. However, it definitely reminded me that progress is still progress — even if it only comes in 5-10 minute intervals!

Simon @ 2 Months

posted by Andrea | 05/5/2014 | 25 comments

Guess who had his 2-month “birthday” over the weekend?!?!

My Organized Days Start with Organized Nights

posted by Andrea | 05/2/2014 | 34 comments

One of the questions I’m asked on a very regular basis is how I seemingly stay so organized and “on top of things” with a toddler, an infant, lots of home projects, and an at-home business.

I’ve been thinking a lot about that question these past few weeks… and I’m sharing my answers today on the blog!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {May 2014}

posted by Andrea | 05/1/2014 | 9 comments

Today I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things — including items for better kitchen organization… and of course, a recent baby favorite!