January, 2016

9 Tips to Save on Insurance

posted by Andrea | 01/29/2016 | 30 comments

In “honor” of Dave and I buying a new-to-us minivan last week, I thought it was only fitting to share a few of my tips and tricks for saving money on all kinds of insurance (auto, home, life, health, etc.)

If you’re frustrated with how much you pay for insurance, then I hope today’s post offers a few useful tips and ideas to help you save a bit more too!

My “Pre-Spring Cleaning” Cleaning List

posted by Andrea | 01/28/2016 | 20 comments

I’ve never been the type of person to do a lot of extra cleaning in the Spring…

So from January through March, I make a point to tackle some of the things on my annual and semi-annual cleaning lists so I don’t have to do them when Spring finally arrives.

Split Pea Soup With Ham

posted by Andrea | 01/27/2016 | 11 comments

Pea soup was never one of my favorite meals growing up; but over the past few years, I have grown to love this hearty soup — especially once I realized how ridiculously simple it was to make!

Why I Don’t Separate My Business and Personal Lives

posted by Andrea | 01/26/2016 | 29 comments

I recently heard a statistic that by the year 2020, 50% of the workforce will have the opportunity to work remotely for part of their work week!

If you are one of the many people who work from home, I’d love to hear your thoughts on mixing your business and personal lives…

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 01/25/2016 | 17 comments

We enjoyed a slightly different week last week as Dave was home a bit more than normal due to exam week at school.

We celebrated the end of his semester with yummy Culver’s food, and… we bought a minivan!

SIMPLIFY

posted by Andrea | 01/22/2016 | 23 comments

If one of your goals for this year is to simplify, I certainly hope this post will move you one more step in the right direction!

In my opinion, these tips are all integral pieces to the puzzle and will all work together to help you to simplify and organize your home and life.

Why I Almost Never Buy Storage Containers

posted by Andrea | 01/21/2016 | 38 comments

You might think that someone in my line of work would have a serious infatuation with all types of storage containers… but in my case, you would be wrong because I (almost) never buy storage containers. Today, I’m sharing why.

I’m also sharing my favorite types of storage containers (for when I actually do buy them!)

Another Small Healthier Habit

posted by Andrea | 01/20/2016 | 29 comments

Although I am the farthest thing from a “health food nut” or a nutritionist, I am always striving for “better” in every area of my life. So for the past few years, I’ve been making really small changes to implement a few healthier habits into our diet.

This year, I’m making one more…

10 Ways We Save MORE By Using LESS

posted by Andrea | 01/19/2016 | 70 comments

I firmly believe that no matter how tight your budget is, there is always SOME way you can save a few cents here or an extra buck there. One way we’ve been able to save more is simply by using less.

I know that statement might sound overly obvious… but have you ever tried it? I mean REALLY tried it? Here are a few ways we save more by using less…

My New Daily Routine (with 3 kids)

posted by Andrea | 01/18/2016 | 21 comments

I’ve been asked about my new routine several times over the past few months… so now that James is 6 months old, and I’ve been home with all 3 kids for half the school year, I thought it was time to share a little bit more about my “new” daily routine.

How I Use My Planner

posted by Andrea | 01/15/2016 | 32 comments

Over the past 5 years, I have shared several posts about the planners I have used… but I don’t think I’ve ever shared exactly HOW I use my planner, or why this method works so well for me.

Obviously, I don’t expect my method to be the perfect system for everyone else. However, maybe what works for me will spark a few new ideas that will work better for you!

James @ 6 Months!

posted by Andrea | 01/14/2016 | 13 comments

Yes, you read the title of this post correctly… James is already 6 months old!

Come see lots of cute baby pictures and weigh in on who you think he looks like 🙂

My Favorite “Fancy” Green Beans

posted by Andrea | 01/13/2016 | 7 comments

Green beans are my most favorite vegetable… and even though Dave doesn’t necessarily share my intense love of green beans, he has really enjoyed the beans I’ve been making lately (I’m sure the bacon doesn’t hurt my efforts!)

If you’re looking for a new (but extremely simple) way to cook green beans, give this recipe a try!

Our Handprint and Footprint Calendar

posted by Andrea | 01/12/2016 | 38 comments

Throughout the month of November, the kids and I worked on an “extra special Christmas present project” that we couldn’t share until after all our Christmas gifts had been given.

We made handprint calendars for our grandparents… and today, I’m sharing the results (as well as a few tips and resources to simplify the process)!

Yes… We Have a WHITE Couch!

posted by Andrea | 01/11/2016 | 13 comments

Over the past 5 years, the number of questions, comments, and emails I’ve gotten regarding our white couch still amazes me!

So…I thought it might be time for a post detailing exactly what I do to wash and dry our slipcovers (and why on earth I still have a white couch with 3 little kids!)

How to Tackle Projects that Seem Overwhelming

posted by Andrea | 01/8/2016 | 27 comments

Over the past several years, one of the MOST common complaints I hear from others is, “it’s just so overwhelming… I don’t know where to start.” Can you relate?

I know I can certainly relate to feeling totally overwhelmed when certain projects are hanging over my head — so today, I’m sharing 3 really simple tips that will hopefully help you to finally tackle those projects that seem so overwhelming!

Get Your Papers Organized Once and For All

posted by Andrea | 01/7/2016 | 5 comments

If you’ve been struggling with any type of paper clutter, or if you’ve made a New Year’s goal to create some type of paper organizing system, or if you just love reading about simple and straightforward ways to better organize paper clutter, you won’t want to miss today’s post!

My friend Lisa is giving away her eBook “The Sunday Basket” FREE to EVERYONE for the next week!!!!

Black Bottom Pie

posted by Andrea | 01/6/2016 | 2 comments

One of my favorite refrigerator pies is Black Bottom Pie — and today, I’m sharing the delicious from-scratch recipe my mom and grandma have been making for years.

And if you’re not up for a completely from-scratch recipe, I’m also sharing a much simpler pudding pie recipe that tastes almost the same!