Misc.

PacaPod Giveaway: The Most Organized Bag I’ve Ever Owned

posted by Andrea | 09/11/2014 | 30 comments
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I’m so excited about today’s giveaway — partially because I know how much this bag has helped me to simplify and organize getting out and about with 2 little kids (something that is otherwise VERY stressful for me). But also because the PacaPod bags are WAY more than “just” diaper bags.

They are stylish everyday bags that work for anyone in any season of life for almost any on-the-go destination!

Our New Double Stroller

posted by Andrea | 05/28/2014 | 22 comments
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Our brand new double stroller was delivered just over a month ago — yes, you read that right — BRAND NEW!

Aside from diapers, wipes, and other “perishable” items, I think this double stroller was the very first baby thing I’ve ever personally purchased brand new — and today, I’m sharing a bunch of reasons why we’re loving our new stroller!

Nora: One Year After Food Therapy

posted by Andrea | 05/21/2014 | 19 comments
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Exactly one year ago today, this tired, stressed-out mama and her overly-anxious little girl walked through the doors of our second round of food therapy (after the first round failed miserably).

I honestly can’t believe how far we’ve come in just one year… and I hope this post will offer some encouragement to anyone else struggling with high needs children.

A Girl and Her Shoes (plus a giveaway)

posted by Andrea | 05/16/2014 | 1 comment
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I’ve shared Nora’s love of shoes before… I don’t know where she gets it from, but she LOVES her shoes!

Today, I’m sharing our new shoes and giving away a couple pairs of pediped shoes.

Why We Have Life Insurance and a Living Trust

posted by Andrea | 04/24/2014 | 34 comments
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One of my “to-do’s” before Simon was born was to finalize all the information for our Living Trust. I breathed a sigh of relief when we signed the final papers knowing that all our “ducks” were in a row just in case anything happened to Dave and I.

Today, I’m sharing a bit more about our Life Insurance and our Living Trust — and why we made the decisions we did.

Baby Week Giveaway #9: P.J. Salvage Pajamas

posted by Andrea | 02/12/2014 | 7 comments
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My “gift to myself” after Nora was born was a brand new set of comfy pajamas (such a good idea)!

I’m doing the same thing with baby #2 and I’m excited to share the super soft, super comfy line of P.J. Salvage pajamas with you today!

Baby Week Giveaway #8: Precious Little Tot Toy + Shop Credit

posted by Andrea | 02/12/2014 | 1 comment
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When we found out we were expecting baby #2, everyone told me we needed a gift for Nora from her new brother… and thanks to the Precious Little Tot Etsy shop, we now have that gift!

It’s an adorable plush elephant — and it’s so stinkin’ cute that we decided to give one away too!

A Few of My Favorite Things {September 2013}

posted by Andrea | 09/6/2013 | 23 comments
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After a whole month off for rest and relaxation (and catching up on a bunch of projects), I have a few more “favorite things” to share with you for September!!

A Vicious Cycle

posted by Andrea | 07/12/2013 | 72 comments
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Today’s post is a little heavy for a summer weekend, but a recent Sunday sermon (along with a few emails and previous blog posts) got me thinking about an idea for another blog post… today, I’m sharing the thoughts and words that transpired!

My Soapbox: Clean Homes, Happy Kids, and “Good Mothers”

posted by Andrea | 06/18/2013 | 114 comments
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I’m climbing up on my soapbox today to share some thoughts I’ve had since before Nora was born — but I’m just finally getting the guts to talk about them on the blog!

Come read, think, and respond (kindly please)… I’d love to hear your thoughts too.

A Tale of Ten Strollers + Our Favorites

posted by Andrea | 05/15/2013 | 23 comments
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True story: Over the past 2 years, we have owned TEN different strollers! Yes, you read that correctly –10!

I’ve been buying and selling strollers on a mission to find the ones we really love, and today I’m sharing our favorites with you.

Our Hallway

posted by Andrea | 03/18/2013 | 18 comments
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This is the view I have while siting in the rocking chair in Nora’s room.

It’s the short hallway between our bedroom and Nora’s bedroom… and it’s honestly one of my favorite places in our home.

Spring Break: Our “Staycation” Comes to An End

posted by Andrea | 04/7/2012 | 8 comments
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After yesterday’s fun giveaway, I have to catch you up on the last 2 days of our Spring Break!
We’ve been hard at work around our house and in our yard… and had such a great week catching up with family and friends.

I’m a little sad that our week-long “staycation” is coming to an end… but I think I’ll be ready to get back into a routine next week. Plus, I’m really ready to start making my to-do lists again!

Spring Break: Closet Makeover, New Haircut, Freezer & more

posted by Andrea | 04/3/2012 | 22 comments
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Our Monday started VERY early when Nora decided she really didn’t need to sleep in… I guess she doesn’t realize that Spring Break is not the time to wake up so early!

Even with the early morning, we were still able to cross several projects off our list; including reorganizing our master closet, defrosting {and restocking} our deep freezer, a bunch more yard work, new hair cuts, and more!

Like Mother, Like Daughter

posted by Andrea | 03/28/2012 | 13 comments
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I know I’ve lamented the fact that Nora already seems to be so strong-willed and stubborn {like refusing to take naps!} but the other day, Dave and I were joking about how Nora is actually SO much like me!

Yup, I’m strong-willed and stubborn too… and once we started thinking about it, we came up with a whole list of traits and characteristics that are strikingly similar between my daughter and myself :)

What I’ve Learned After 3 Baby Showers!

posted by Andrea | 11/2/2011 | 9 comments
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I was lucky enough to have 3 different baby showers to help welcome our first little bundle of joy into this world — and ALL 3 of them where squeezed into 4 days! Whew!

Now that we officially have everything we could possibly need, a whole bunch of things we probably don’t need, and so many other adorably cute handmade items — I think we are FINALLY ready for our baby to arrive.

Birthday Giveaway Winners Announced!

posted by Andrea | 06/21/2011 | 6 comments

source: I knew it would have to end some time — and even though my Birthday Giveaway Week was a smashing success, I’m still a little sad that it’s completely over. It was so much fun working with all the wonderful companies who participated, and I was thrilled to see how excited you were for the opportunity to win some of these amazing giveaways… and they are amazing! So, out of  8,988 entrants… Here are the winners for my 26th […]

Birthday Giveaway #5: Gussy Sews $70 Credit

posted by Andrea | 06/13/2011 | 452 comments

Welcome to my Huge Birthday Giveaway Celebration!! Instead of receiving gifts this year, I’ve decided to give YOU an opportunity to win a bunch of awesome products I currently use and love.  I’ve partnered with 26 amazing companies to offer 26 different giveaways for my 26th birthday. There will be multiple giveaways every day from June 13-18 — so make sure you come back! You will be able to find all 26 Birthday Week Giveaways here — just keep scrolling down to view them […]

2011 Planner — Winner and My Tips

posted by Andrea | 11/17/2010 | comment

Thanks to all of you who entered to win The Time Keeper daily planner from Starla over at Well Kept Life. This was such a fun giveaway — not only because I had a great time reading all the different ways you keep track of your daily responsibilities, but also because I know the winner will be truly blessed by this wonderful planner. I can’t wait for January so I can start using mine! With that said; the winner is: Congrats Leslie!!! Please […]

30th Anniversary Gift

posted by Andrea | 08/29/2010 | 8 comments

Last weekend, my husband and I celebrated his parents 30th wedding anniversary.  It happened to be the same day as our nephew’s {and their grandson’s} baptism so we didn’t have anything huge planned; just an afternoon together as a family. Dave and I wanted to come up with a creative and fun gift {since they really don’t need anything} and after a bunch of great ideas from my Facebook and Twitter followers, we came up with… 30 Pearls of Wisdom: […]