November, 2016

My Favorite Way to Shop and Save on Clothing

posted by Andrea | 11/30/2016 | 8 comments

Anyone who’s read my blog for any amount of time knows I’m a huge advocate for buying secondhand whenever possible — and if I can save a bunch buying secondhand online, I’m even happier yet!

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite ways to shop and save ONLINE with thredUP (and I have a great discount coupon for new customers too!)

Easy Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes

posted by Andrea | 11/29/2016 | 9 comments

These EASY Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes are pretty much the perfect dessert for any meal, any time of day, all year long (at least in my cheesecake-loving opinion!)

They are also a simple, make-ahead dessert that travels well and will be a welcome addition to all your holiday parties!

A Peek Into Our Week (Nora’s Birthday and Thanksgiving)

posted by Andrea | 11/28/2016 | 24 comments

Last week was not a normal week for our family due to Nora’s birthday and Dave being home most of the week for Thanksgiving break… however, it’s been almost 2 months since my last Peek Into Our Week post, so I was due for an update!

I’m sharing more about Nora’s Frozen-themed birthday parties, our menu plan, and what we did over Thanksgiving break.

How I Prioritize My Time

posted by Andrea | 11/25/2016 | 13 comments

This time of year always seems to be extra busy. Many of us will feel like we have more requests for our time than we have hours in the day. We’ll be “pulled” in too many different directions; and in order to stay sane, we’ll need to make some conscious decisions as to how we will (and will not) spend our time.

Today, I’m sharing a relatively simple system I use to divvy up the tasks on my to-do list in order to make time for the things that are more important for me.

50+ Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

posted by Andrea | 11/23/2016 | 6 comments

While I’m not trying to rush my most favorite holiday away, I also know that by tomorrow evening, some of you might be stranded in your kitchen with piles and piles of delicious Thanksgiving leftovers — and no desire to spend hours in the kitchen dealing with them all.

Today, I’m sharing a bunch of simple recipes and ideas I use to repurpose our Thanksgiving leftovers!

Nora is FIVE!

posted by Andrea | 11/22/2016 | 44 comments

Our sweet, sassy, stubborn, strong-willed Nora is FIVE years old today! How can that be?!?!

I’ll share more about her Frozen-themed birthday party next week… Today, I’m simply sharing some of my favorite pictures from the past several months.

One More Simple Way to Save

posted by Andrea | 11/21/2016 | 19 comments

A few years ago, I shared one of my simplest and best tips to save money on every purchase by taking 1 minute to quickly look over my receipt before I leave the store.

Today, I’m sharing another simple thing I do every time I buy anything… and I’m always amazed how much I save!

Yes, You CAN Have Too Much Of A Good Thing

posted by Andrea | 11/18/2016 | 8 comments

Have you ever felt like you were juggling too many responsibilities, being pulled in too many different directions, or “wearing too many hats”?

If so, I hope today’s post will help you take a step back, look at ALL those good things you’re doing, and figure out a way to cut back. It won’t be easy, but I don’t think you’ll regret it.

It’s BACK! My Favorite Personal Planner Giveaway!

posted by Andrea | 11/17/2016 | 48 comments

It’s THAT time of year again — time to order next year’s planner!

My amazing Personal Planner arrived last week… and since it’s just 7 weeks until the New Year, I’m giving away a handful of Personal Planners today (and the giveaway is open worldwide!!!!)

The “Secret” to No-Boil Lasagna Noodles

posted by Andrea | 11/16/2016 | 31 comments

After tweaking my favorite lasagna recipe a few different times, I landed on a very simple “secret” that easily cuts 15 minutes (and lots of frustration) off my lasagna prep time!

If you hate boiling lasagna noodles, you’ll want to read today’s post 🙂

Our Boy-Girl SHARED Bedroom

posted by Andrea | 11/15/2016 | 39 comments

At the end of the summer, Nora and Simon unanimously decided they wanted to share a bedroom. I wasn’t so sure it would work, but 3 months later, they still LOVE sharing a room!

Today I’m sharing their super cute, boy-girl shared bedroom “makeover” using only things we already had in our house!

5 Thoughts for the Mom Who Hates Breastfeeding

posted by Andrea | 11/14/2016 | 40 comments

After several recent conversations with new moms… and after 5 years of collective experience nursing, pumping, and washing bottles, I’m sharing 5 thoughts that I hope will be encouraging to any mom struggling in her breastfeeding journey.

My Free Grocery List Printable

posted by Andrea | 11/11/2016 | 15 comments

Over the past 12+ years of grocery shopping “on my own”, I estimate that I’ve been to the grocery store at least 6000 times!! Thankfully, I have a grocery list cheat-sheet that allows me to quickly and easily make my grocery list based on my store’s layout and saves me oodles of time at the store each week!

Today, I’m sharing that grocery list with anyone who wants it — totally editable and printable!

I Made the Time… and You Can Too!

posted by Andrea | 11/10/2016 | 24 comments

Over the past 6 weeks, I read more books than I have in the past 6 years combined… not because I’m on a quest for knowledge, but simply because I staged a self-inflicted time-management experiment.

Today I’m sharing 4 tips that helped me MAKE more time, as well as some encouragement for those of you who wish you could make more time!

Why I Don’t Do Massive Freezer Cooking Days

posted by Andrea | 11/9/2016 | 31 comments

This time of year, everyone is eager to fill their freezers with delicious meals and yummy baked goods… and because of that, I get at least one email or message every single day asking for tips, advice, blog post links, or information about planning and executing a massive freezer cooking day.

Today, I’m sharing why I do NOT do massive freezer cooking days — as well as what I do to keep my freezer stocked with as little time and effort as possible.

Because There is Always Something…

posted by Andrea | 11/8/2016 | 33 comments

If you have ever felt even slightly discouraged by your seemingly never-ending journey towards a simpler, more organized life… PLEASE, take 5 minute to read this post.

I hope it will encourage you — and maybe put a few things into perspective!

Temporary Tattoos and Our Weird Storage Solutions

posted by Andrea | 11/7/2016 | 27 comments

After a recent conversation about our kids’ temporary tattoos, I started thinking about all the things we store in weird places throughout our home.

I’m sharing a bunch of those weird storage solutions today — and I’d love to know if you have any crazy weird storage solutions too!

Don’t Let Urgent Get in the Way of Important

posted by Andrea | 11/4/2016 | 16 comments

One thing I have stressed over and over and over again in my own life, with past clients, with my children, and here on my blog is the importance of planning ahead.

I could talk about planning ahead all day long, but if I had to boil it down to one single reason why planning ahead helps me to simplify, streamline, and de-stress my entire life, it would be this: Planning ahead lets me focus on the IMPORTANT instead of dealing with the URGENT.