May, 2016

Our Kitchen Linens

posted by Andrea | 05/31/2016 | 41 comments

I realize a post about kitchen linens might seem somewhat odd, but surprisingly, this is something I’m asked about very regularly!

So today… I’m sharing just about everything anyone could ever want to know about our kitchen linens!

Our Family Pictures :: Spring 2016

posted by Andrea | 05/27/2016 | 21 comments

We had family pictures taken a couple weeks ago and I got the digital rights to all the photos last week!

Although I already shared a couple of the full-family shots on the blog, I figured it might be fun to share a few more of the kids and different poses.

Secondhand Shopping Made Simple

posted by Andrea | 05/26/2016 | 26 comments

For as long as I can remember, I have always hated shopping for clothes. All of that changed, however, when I stumbled upon thredUP soon after Nora was born.

Over the past 4 years, thredUP has become my top resource for clothing for my children AND for myself. I’m excited to share more about this today — and offer a fabulous discount to anyone who has yet to try thredUP!

Mango Salsa Chicken (In the Slow Cooker)

posted by Andrea | 05/25/2016 | 15 comments

Although slow cooker meals are often perceived as those “comfort foods” we tend to make in Fall or Winter months, I use my slow cooker ALL year long!

Today’s recipe is a perfect slow cooker meal for Spring or Summer — it’s fast, it’s easy, and it won’t heat up your kitchen!

Four Fun Flower Crafts

posted by Andrea | 05/24/2016 | 12 comments

Although we try to stay outside as much as possible this time of year, the rain keeps us inside at least a couple afternoons a week — and when it rains, Nora almost ALWAYS wants to do some type of “painting craft”.

Today I’m sharing 4 quick, simple, and fun flower crafts she did one rainy day last week!

Do You Know and Embrace Yourself?

posted by Andrea | 05/23/2016 | 25 comments

I realize how ridiculous it might sound to “know and embrace yourself”… however, by learning more about ourselves, and embracing who we are (instead of trying to be or become something we’re not) we can simplify our lives by taking so much “guesswork”, confusion, and frustration out of the equation.

Love It, Use It, or Lose It – My Own Guidelines for Purging

posted by Andrea | 05/20/2016 | 27 comments

In my opinion, there are no hard-and-fast rules for exactly what you should and should not purge.

Instead, I ask myself 2 simple questions to determine if an item should stay or go — today I’m sharing those questions…

3 Questions That Reduce My Frustration as a Parent

posted by Andrea | 05/19/2016 | 32 comments

Today’s post is another one of those “this is what works for me” type of posts — however, I think it has the potential to improve almost any “adult-child relationship” — whether it’s your child, your grandchild, a niece or nephew, a neighbor child, a friend’s child, or whomever.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

posted by Andrea | 05/18/2016 | 12 comments

As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, my rhubarb plants are growing like crazy, which means I’m freezing and baking with lots of rhubarb!

I recently made one of my favorite strawberry-rhubarb pies, and when I realized this super simple recipe wasn’t on my blog, I figured it was the perfect time to share!

When (Some) Busyness Leads to (Mostly) Simple

posted by Andrea | 05/17/2016 | 13 comments

Over the years, I have shared many of tips and tricks for simple living, decluttering, time management, and organization. I’ve also made it very clear that simple living is not always EASY. It requires hard work, dedication, and perseverance — trusting that those busy periods of life will eventually lead to simpler times.

Are you in a very busy period of life? If so, don’t feel guilty or like you’re doing everything wrong. Read today’s post and hopefully breathe a sigh of relief!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 05/16/2016 | 22 comments

Last week we celebrated Mother’s day, had family pictures taken, planted more vegetables, and did more yard work. James celebrated 10 months and started walking with a walker, Simon started saying his name (sort of), and Nora is almost 4 and a half 🙂

Here’s another peek into our week!

Craigslist 101: 4 Tips to Set Your Price

posted by Andrea | 05/13/2016 | 11 comments

Spring is one of the best times of the year for yard sales, garage sales, church sales, secondhand sales, etc. It’s also prime-time for selling stuff on Craigslist (at least where we live).

Today I’m sharing 4 tips to set appropriate selling prices for your unwanted items — hopefully these tips will help you sell more and sell faster!

My Favorite Weed-Fighting Tips and Tools

posted by Andrea | 05/12/2016 | 24 comments

I’ve come to accept that a few weeds will ALWAYS be lurking in our planting beds; however, after 4 LONG summers of intense landscape renovations and lots and lots of weeding, Dave and I finally feel like we have a pretty decent system for dealing with the weeds we have AND preventing the majority of “weed seeds” from germinating.

Today, I’m sharing my favorite weed-fighting tips and tools!

Two Of Our Favorite Peanut Butter Cookies

posted by Andrea | 05/11/2016 | 2 comments

We love cookies and we love peanut butter, so I make peanut butter cookies a lot.

Today, I’m sharing one simple recipe that makes TWO different cookies — both of which are favorites around our house!

Surviving and Thriving – it only took me 5 years!

posted by Andrea | 05/10/2016 | 38 comments

Exactly 5 years ago today, Dave and I shared our surprise baby news with our parents — we had NO idea what we were getting ourselves into, especially with a fussy baby like Nora.

Now, a couple years and a couple babies later, I feel like I’m FINALLY finding my groove — you might even say we’re THRIVING instead of merely SURVIVING!

My Favorite DIY Cleaners

posted by Andrea | 05/9/2016 | 24 comments

Last week I shared 8 tips to simplify my weekly cleaning routine — and as a follow-up, I thought it might be fitting to share several of MY favorite homemade DIY cleaners.

They are all super easy to make using simple ingredients you most likely have in your cabinets right now!

5 Signs Your Schedule is Too Full

posted by Andrea | 05/6/2016 | 18 comments

Although it’s nearly impossible for me to suggest the number of tasks that is “too much” for any given person, I do think it’s possible to gauge whether OUR OWN schedule is too full right now based on a few tell-tale signs of overly-busy people.

Today I’m sharing 5 signs that your schedule might be too full — as well as a few steps you can take to simplify your schedule!

Our Simplified Mornings Start with Two Breakfasts

posted by Andrea | 05/5/2016 | 26 comments

I have recently received several emails, comments and questions asking for tips to simplify and de-stress busy mornings.

I know my solution won’t work for every family, but you might be surprised to read how we manage to keep our mornings relatively simple AND eat a hot breakfast almost every single day.