June, 2016

Dream Weddings, Date Nights, and a Decade with Dave

posted by Andrea | 06/30/2016 | 35 comments

Today is Dave and my 10-Year Anniversary!

After 10 years of marriage, I’m certainly NOT an expert — but as I thought about what I wanted to write about today, there were 2 topics that kept coming to mind… I couldn’t pick just one, so I’m writing about both today!

My Top Tip to Simplify Meal Time

posted by Andrea | 06/29/2016 | 13 comments

Today I’m sharing the one tip I’ve used over and over and over again to drastically simplify all of our meal times, allow me to enjoy entertaining so much more, save boatloads of time in the kitchen, and even reduce the clean-up!

Sound intriguing? Then keep reading!!

Our Diaper Bags (What We Love and What We Don’t)

posted by Andrea | 06/28/2016 | 29 comments

Today, I’m sharing some of the diaper bags we’ve used over the last few years, what we like about them, what we don’t like, and a bit more about the bags we use right now.

If you’re in the market for a new diaper bag, I hope my thoughts and insights are helpful for you!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 06/27/2016 | 36 comments

Today I’m sharing another peek into our week…

James is walking, Simon starts speech therapy, Nora is acting way too grownup, and Dave and I are celebrating our 10-year anniversary later this week!

My Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and Yearly Cleaning Routines

posted by Andrea | 06/24/2016 | 23 comments

Today I’m sharing a LONG post detailing our current cleaning schedules and routines — specifically how often we do various household chores.

I’d love to know what type of cleanings schedules or routines works for you.

Homemade Juice Pops – A Simple Summer Snack

posted by Andrea | 06/23/2016 | 17 comments

A couple months ago, the kids and I stumbled across a popsicle mold at the dollar store and I quickly snatched it up, promising homemade popsicles for a snack later that day.

Since then, we have enjoyed homemade juice pops as an afternoon snack on a VERY regular basis! They taste great on a hot summer day and take roughly 10 seconds to make!!

Saying “No” Shows Respect

posted by Andrea | 06/22/2016 | 21 comments

Saying “no” is rarely fun or enjoyable for me as I naturally want to say yes to so many things (I’m sure many of you can relate).

However, in my opinion, saying “no” upfront shows that I respect myself, my time, my prior commitments, and even the person or organization I’m saying “no” to.

Chicken Wire and Chippy Paint

posted by Andrea | 06/21/2016 | 19 comments

I’m often asked about my “decorating style”… and the truth is, I’m not exactly sure what my style really is — or even if I have an actual “style”. I just know what I like when I see it.

That said, today, I’m sharing 2 of MY favorite ways to add a little farmhouse feel to my home… chicken wire and chippy paint!

Enjoy ONE Moment (but maybe not every moment)

posted by Andrea | 06/20/2016 | 51 comments

Anyone who has ever gone anywhere with a young child has most likely heard the phrase, “enjoy every moment — it goes so fast” uttered from the lips of well-meaning friends, relatives, or complete strangers.

Since it’s not actually possible to enjoy EVERY moment of life… I’m sharing how striving for ONE enjoyable moment has helped me realize how much of my life I actually DO enjoy — and alleviate so much guilt for those times when I do get frustrated, annoyed, angry, or stressed.

12 Ideas to Entertain Young Children (no creativity required)

posted by Andrea | 06/17/2016 | 37 comments

For those of you who spend time with young children, those of you who aren’t necessarily super creative or crafty, and those of you who have no idea what you’re going to do now that the kids are home ALL DAY LONG, here are a few things we do to stay busy…

You’ll notice that most of these activities require little to no creativity, little to no monetary cost, little to no set-up, and little to no clean-up! Win, Win, Win, Win!

It’s My Birthday… I Have Freebies for Everyone!

posted by Andrea | 06/16/2016 | 65 comments

Today is my 31st birthday!

And since you all are some of the best and most loyal readers a gal could ask for, I’ve decided to offer some fun freebies for EVERYONE — as well as share a couple resources that have helped to drastically simplify my life over the past couple of years!

Easy 7-Layer Chip Dip

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2016 | 10 comments

One of my most favorite “Mexican-ish” snacks (or side dishes) is this yummy 7-layer chip dip. It’s SO quick and easy to make and it tastes absolutely delicious with tortilla chips or corn chips.

If you’re looking for a ridiculously easy, make-ahead cold side dish for an upcoming summer gathering, this layer dip should do the trick!

Craigslist 101: 4 Ways to Narrow Your Search

posted by Andrea | 06/14/2016 | 8 comments

With hundreds of thousands of items for sale on Craigslist, it can be overwhelming to know how to search and what to search for.

If you have gotten frustrated with your Craigslist shopping experiences, I hope the tips in today’s post will help you simplify your Craigslist shopping experience by learning how to narrow your search so you can find just what you’re looking for in your price range and in your area!

Our New (amazingly awesome) Kid’s Bedtime Routine

posted by Andrea | 06/13/2016 | 36 comments

For the first time since becoming parents, Dave and I finally feel like we have an awesome bedtime routine for all 3 of our kids… and since I am regularly asked about our bedtime routine, I wanted to share exactly what is working for us RIGHT NOW, and why I feel it’s working so well.

I hope some of you will have more tips and ideas to share in the comments too!

It’s Officially Summer Break!

posted by Andrea | 06/10/2016 | 74 comments

After giving a few exams this past week and hosting his staff party on Wednesday, Dave officially starts his summer break TODAY! Honestly, I think I’m more excited than he is 🙂

Today I’m sharing a few of our summer plans (or lack of plans) and offering the opportunity for you to request and suggest different blog post topics and ideas!

A Clutter Challenge: What Will You Purge First?

posted by Andrea | 06/9/2016 | 17 comments

As we embark on summer vacation, I’d like to encourage and motivate you to continue (or to finally start) purging and clearing some of that clutter from your home and life.

If you need a place to start, try asking yourself a few of the questions in today’s post — and be honest with your answers. You might just be surprised how quickly you clear your clutter!

Kids In The Kitchen: Fruit Pizza

posted by Andrea | 06/8/2016 | 3 comments

Our family loves pizza and we love fruit, so I knew everyone would be excited to have fruit pizza again last week.

It’s such a yummy treat — especially this time of year when the weather is warming up and berry season is right around the corner — and to my surprise, Nora and Simon did so well “helping me” make this special dessert!

2 Habits of People With Tidy Homes

posted by Andrea | 06/7/2016 | 65 comments

I recently read an article that got me thinking about everything I do on a daily basis to keep our home relatively neat, clean, organized, tidy, and picked up.

I thought I would come up with a nice long list, but surprisingly, I quickly realized that there are just two main habits I have learned over the years that make this possible…