Thanksgiving Tips, Fun Facts, and Recipe Ideas

posted by Andrea | 11/25/2015 | 10 comments
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This is Dave and my 10th Thanksgiving as a married couple, and although I’ve made all the traditional Thanksgiving foods many times before, this is our first time hosting the big day at our house!

Today, I thought it would be fun to share a few of my tips for simplifying this time of year; as well as some fun Thanksgiving trivia and some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes!

Personal Planner Giveaway!

posted by Andrea | 11/24/2015 | 23 comments
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If I were as cool as Oprah and did a big fancy “Andrea’s Favorite Things” event at Christmas time, the Personal Planner would make my gift list every single year! I love how simple and easy it is to customize this planner to exactly what I want and need it to be… plus it’s really pretty!

If you’re in the market for a new 2016 planner, head on over to enter my giveaway!!

Nora’s Cinderella Birthday Party

posted by Andrea | 11/23/2015 | 18 comments
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This past weekend, we celebrated Nora’s 4th birthday with a fun Cinderella-themed birthday party — complete with a Cinderella cake, lots of fun gifts, and our whole family in costume!

My Favorite Holiday Photo Gift + THREE $100 Giveaways!

posted by Andrea | 11/19/2015 | 9 comments
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If you are in the market for fabulous photo gifts or top-notch holiday cards, you’ll definitely want to click through to today’s post.

I’ve partnered with to offer THREE lucky readers a $100 gift certificate — just in time for the holiday season!

What I Do When the Sniffles Strike

posted by Andrea | 11/12/2015 | 28 comments
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Although we are generally quite healthy around our house, the kids have had enough runny and stuffy noses over the past 4 years to allow me to develop a little routine of sorts for “what to do when the kids get a cold”.

Today I’m sharing a little more about what I do when the sniffles strike… as well as some of my favorite cold and cough remedies for kids.

Tips and Resources for Parenting High-Needs Babies

posted by Andrea | 11/9/2015 | 27 comments
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As many of you know all too well, parenting a high-needs baby is hard, it’s exhausting, and it’s overwhelming.

If you are in the thick of parenting a high-needs baby, my hope is that sharing a few of the tips and resources that helped me through that very difficult first year with Nora will also help you… or at the very least, offer some encouragement that you are NOT alone!

Tips To Encourage a Clean and Organized Family

posted by Andrea | 10/29/2015 | 11 comments
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Over the years, I’ve been asked countless times how to get messy spouses and messy children to ‘clean up their act’. And while I don’t have any quick-fix answers or easy solutions to these questions, I do think that if your children and/or your spouse are willing to try to change their behavior, there is hope!

Today I’m sharing a few steps.

50+ Clutter-Free Gift Ideas for All Ages

posted by Andrea | 10/28/2015 | 3 comments
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Over the past 5 years, I’ve shared many different Clutter-Free Gifts posts; so this year, I thought I’d try to compile ALL those posts and ALL those ideas into one place.

It’s a LONG list — but I’m sure I’m missing some good ideas — so I’d love for you to share your favorite clutter-free gifts in the comments!

Traveling as a Type-A, Over-Planned, Minimalist

posted by Andrea | 10/23/2015 | 30 comments
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Dave and I are on a mini vacation with the kids this week… and as many of you know, I don’t necessarily love traveling all that much :)

Today, I’m sharing a somewhat humorous post about what it’s like for me to travel as a “Type-A, Over-Planned, Minimalist”… please tell me a few of you can relate!

My Minimalistic Maternity Wardrobe

posted by Andrea | 10/22/2015 | 12 comments
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Since I’m now enjoying my “normal” clothing again, I thought it might be fun to share how I got by with a fairly minimalistic maternity wardrobe for 3 pregnancies in 3 different seasons of the year.

I’m sharing 4 tips that worked for me, as well as what I feel are the necessary “staples” of any maternity wardrobe.

Save Time and Money with Amazon Wish Lists

posted by Andrea | 10/20/2015 | 19 comments
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Many of you already know how much I love making lists (and that I try to buy everything online). So it should come as no surprise that I have multiple Amazon Wish Lists :)

With the holiday season approaching, I thought I’d share how I use Amazing Wish Lists to save time, energy, money, and even space in my home!

10 Household Chores for Toddlers

posted by Andrea | 10/15/2015 | 20 comments
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If I had my way, I would have a completely uninterrupted afternoon each week to clean my whole house. However, since that’s not really possible right now, I do the next best thing and clean WITH my kids.

If you’re looking for a way to get your toddlers and preschoolers involved in household chores, these are a few of my favorites.

Why I Don’t Use Cloth Diapers + A Diaper Deal!

posted by Andrea | 10/13/2015 | 45 comments
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Since many people know how frugal I am, it was often assumed that Dave and I would use cloth diapers for our babies — but as you now know, that is not the case.

I have nothing against cloth diapers, but they aren’t for us — and today, I’m sharing why. I’m also excited to be sharing an amazing deal on a Seventh Generation diaper bundle from!!

Our Favorite Hairstyles for Little Girls

posted by Andrea | 10/9/2015 | 13 comments
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I really enjoy doing hair, so now that Nora’s hair is getting quite long and thick, we’ve been experimenting with a few simple, quick, and fun ways to do her hair.

I can’t imagine any of the styles would take longer than 10 minutes to complete — and they are so cute!

A Simple Way We Keep Germs Away

posted by Andrea | 10/6/2015 | 21 comments
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I am certainly not a health or nutrition expert in any way (nor do I want to be one). However, I am pretty good at simplifying almost everything :)

So as we approach cold and flu season, I thought I’d share one of the simplest things we do around our house to keep the germs away.

A Peek into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 10/5/2015 | 15 comments
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Several of you have asked me to share more posts about our weekly menu plans, little organizing projects I do around the house, and various other more menial day-to-day happenings.

So today, I’m sharing a Peek Into Our Week post that I hope will become more regular here on the blog!

Why I Say “Yes” to My Toddlers as Often as Possible

posted by Andrea | 09/29/2015 | 13 comments
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On an average day in our house, I think it’s realistic to say I answer upwards of 250 questions… for real!

It’s easy for me to get overwhelmed by all the questions and whining and just say “no” to everything — however, for the past few months, I’ve been working hard to say “yes” as often as possible… and it has made a big difference in how my kids react and how smoothly our days go.

Because it’s Rarely the “Right Time” to Get Started

posted by Andrea | 09/28/2015 | 7 comments
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Do you have a list of projects, tasks, and goals you’ve been putting off until the timing is just right?

If so, I hope today’s posts will be the motivation you need to get started RIGHT NOW… because it’s rarely ever the “right time” to get started!

James @ 2 Months + a Family Update

posted by Andrea | 09/14/2015 | 19 comments
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It’s hard to believe that another month has gone by; yet at the same time, last month’s post seems like ages ago!

A lot has happened since last month — Dave started school, I returned to full-time blogging, and our kids are growing like weeds over here!

James’ Birth Announcement (and how I made them myself for pennies)

posted by Andrea | 08/28/2015 | 7 comments
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Today I’m sharing James’ birth announcements I sent out a few weeks ago. Not only did I do the design myself (so it’s totally custom) but I also ordered them through Vistaprint with a coupon code so they were so inexpensive!

If you’re planning to order cards, announcements, invitations, etc. you’ll definitely want to read how I did it :)