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3 Simple Self-Care Rituals That Make a HUGE Difference for Me

posted by Andrea | 09/25/2017 | 18 comments

I’m often asked if there are certain things I do on a regular basis that are little “treats” for myself — something to pamper myself or something to look forward to after the kids are in bed.

I suspect my answers are not what you’d expect, but… there are definitely 3 really simple (frugal) self-care rituals I do every single day that make a world of difference for me!

I Did So Many Things “Wrong” and My Children Survived

posted by Andrea | 09/20/2017 | 33 comments

I get so many requests for parenting advice… but I often shy away from giving “advice” versus just sharing what works for me and my children.

So today, in hopes of offering encouragement to those of you who feel like you’re failing, I’m sharing many of the things I apparently did “wrong” (according to the experts and books) and how little those things actually mattered in the bigger scheme of my children’s lives!

It’s Due Date Day!

posted by Andrea | 09/18/2017 | 36 comments

It’s my due date —  but if you are reading this post today, it means my little girl is still tucked safely inside.

Today, I’m sharing how I thought she was ALMOST going to make her debut last week Monday!

A Few Thoughts on Volunteering

posted by Andrea | 09/6/2017 | 32 comments

I’m a huge advocate for volunteering for organizations I feel passionate about — and obviously, volunteer work is crucial to many schools, churches, and other community organizations. However, there are definitely seasons of life when volunteering is much less “doable”.

For those of you who feel really overwhelmed with the amount of volunteer work you might be asked to do this coming year, I hope this post lets you breathe a sigh of relief and realize you do NOT have to do it all!

Labor Day… and My Plans for Labor after I Labor!

posted by Andrea | 09/4/2017 | 30 comments

As I mentioned last week, I’ve always thought it would be fun to actually go into labor on Labor Day — but so far, no such luck for me!

Today I’m sharing more about the “labor” Dave and I did this weekend, as well as my plans for working and blogging after I actually do go into labor.

Halfway… Encouragement for the REALLY Long Days!

posted by Andrea | 08/24/2017 | 23 comments

If you are in the thick of LOOOOONG days without enough parenting perspective to look back and see how far you’ve come, just know you aren’t alone. I think I can speak for all parents in saying, “We’ve all been there!”

I hope today’s post offers so much encouragement for parents with tiny children… and a few smiles for those of you with a bit more parenting experience!

My Freezer Stash: 4 Weeks Before Baby #4

posted by Andrea | 08/22/2017 | 33 comments

Even though I’m NOT a big fan of massive freezer-cooking marathons, I decided to take advantage of the fact that Dave was home all summer to watch the kids while I cooked… and I did a “freezer cooking week” a couple weeks ago where I made several meals for the freezer each day.

It was a lot of work, but I’m thrilled to have a freezer that’s packed full of delicious ready-to-bake meals. Come take a look at everything I made!

What I Pack in My Hospital Bag

posted by Andrea | 08/18/2017 | 25 comments

Today marks 1 months until my due date — YIKES!

No, I don’t actually have my hospital bag packed a full month in advance, but I’ve gotten SOOOOOOOOO many questions asking what I pack in my hospital bag that I figured now was a good time to share… considering I’ll be getting my bag packed very soon!

Personalized Back-To-School Goodies!

posted by Andrea | 08/15/2017 | 16 comments

Earlier this summer, I stumbled across the Stuck On You website in my search for personalized notebooks and markers for my kids. After receiving our first order (and after placing a few more orders since then) I’m convinced Stuck On You will be our go-to location for top-of-the-line personalized products!

I’m partnering with Stuck On You to offer a couple really fabulous back-to-school prize packages, valued at almost $200 each!

My Parenting Don’ts

posted by Andrea | 08/8/2017 | 27 comments

Dave and I really don’t enjoy DOING a lot of extra things with young children. Too much ‘extra’ stresses us out, makes us crabby, and we become less fun parents. 

If you’re the type of parent who can nod in agreement with many of my Parenting DON’Ts, I hope this post helps you realize you’re not alone! 

My Baby-Feeding Philosophy and Plans for Feeding Baby #4

posted by Andrea | 08/2/2017 | 26 comments

Someone recently shared with me that the first week in August is World Breastfeeding Week… and they asked if I would share more about MY baby-feeding philosophy and how I plan to feed baby #4.

So that’s what’s on the agenda for today… along with another discount code for the amazing Glamourmom nursing tanks I love so much!

Christmas in July… How Do You Handle Gifts?

posted by Andrea | 07/25/2017 | 11 comments

After several requests to share more about how our family handles Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, and other gifts throughout the year, I figured today was a great day to finally share (after all, it’s exactly 5 months until Christmas!)

I’d also love to know how you handle gift-giving throughout the year. Happy Christmas in July!

James is TWO!

posted by Andrea | 07/14/2017 | 20 comments

I know… I can hardly believe it either! Our sweet little baby James turns TWO today!

Prepare yourself for cuteness overload — James loves the camera!

Dave and My Favorite At-Home Date Night

posted by Andrea | 07/11/2017 | 24 comments

At-home date nights are one of Dave and my favorite ways to celebrate special occasions (like our recent anniversary).

I know they might not be enjoyable for every couple, but if you’re the type who prefers a night at home versus going out, I have a feeling you’ll also enjoy Dave and my most favorite at-home date night!

Home Renovations and Newborns

posted by Andrea | 07/10/2017 | 17 comments

After 6.5 years of continual house projects, pregnancies, and newborns, Dave and I will both say that all our house projects and all our babies have required more work, time, patience, and energy than we originally envisioned… but both the house projects AND the babies have most definitely been worth it all!

In fact, as I thought more about it, I realized that home renovations and newborns surprisingly have many similarities!

Our Favorite Inside Toys

posted by Andrea | 07/7/2017 | 21 comments

I know it might seem weird to do a post about inside toys in the middle of the summer, but here in West Michigan, it can get REALLY hot and humid in the summers, so we often play outside in the morning and inside in the afternoon, where the air conditioning keeps things very pleasant!

The toys listed in today’s post are things ALL 3 of our kids (ages 5, 3, 2) play with and enjoy almost every single day!

Why We Waited a Week for Our Honeymoon

posted by Andrea | 06/30/2017 | 49 comments

Today is Dave and my 11-year anniversary — which means I’ve officially been married to him for more than 1/3 of my life!

I decided that I would share a bit more about our honeymoon — more specifically why waiting a week to go on our honeymoon was one of the smartest decisions we made so early in our marriage!

How I Style My Short Hair (a Video!)

posted by Andrea | 06/27/2017 | 49 comments

After enjoying very long, curly hair for the first 23+ years of my life, I’ve had shorter hair for almost 9 years now… and I just LOVE it! 

I’ve gotten so many requests to share exactly how I style my hair each morning; and even though it only takes me a minute or two, I had fun finally making a video tutorial!