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My Favorite Way to Shop and Save on Clothing

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

Our Boy-Girl SHARED Bedroom

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

Temporary Tattoos and Our Weird Storage Solutions

posted by Andrea | 11/7/2016 | 23 comments
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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!

My Favorite Ways to Display Photos

posted by Andrea | 10/28/2016 | 5 comments
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Today I’m sharing 5 of my favorite ways to display everyday photos and snapshots throughout our home.

They are all very simple, very frugal, and require only a teeny, tiny bit of craftiness — so yes, you can pull them off!

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

posted by Andrea | 10/21/2016 | 15 comments
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Do you have a list of projects, tasks, to-dos, and goals you’ve been putting off until the timing is just right?

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

Craigslist 101: A Quick Tip To Sell Clothing

posted by Andrea | 10/4/2016 | 6 comments
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Over the past 10 years of selling things on Craigslist, I have gotten SO many questions about the best, fastest, easiest, most efficient way to sell kids clothing… but since I personally don’t sell much kid’s clothing, I’m never quite sure how to answer.

However, as I was scrolling through Craigslist the other day, I stumbled across a very clever idea that seemed to be a very fast, easy, and efficient way to sell kids clothing online.

My 7-Day Housekeeping Guide

posted by Andrea | 09/26/2016 | 9 comments
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Over the past few months, as I thought more about how I could simplify and consolidate all the various things I do each day and each week to keep our house fairly organized and clutter-free, I realized that there are 6 main categories I try to focus my attention on each week.

I added in one day for extra projects (or for rest) and I came up with a 7-day Housekeeping Guide that encompases most of extra things I do every week. I hope some of my ideas will help you too!

A Mudroom Update

posted by Andrea | 09/20/2016 | 12 comments
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It’s been just over 2 years since we finished our glorious mudroom addition between the back door of our house and our garage… and we have used and loved this tiny space every single day.

Since then, we have changed a few things and made a few tweaks to help the room function better for our growing family. Nothing too crazy or dramatic, but since I always love seeing how other people utilize their mudrooms, I figured it might be time for an update!

Fit. Feel. Flatter. My Wardrobe Simplifiers

posted by Andrea | 09/16/2016 | 10 comments
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Today I’m sharing how focusing on “fit, feel, and flatter” has helped me realize when I’m hanging onto clothing out of guilt and/or sentiment, or if I actually like the item and will wear it on a regular basis.

It’s a fairly simple concept that I think (or at least hope) will help pare down your closet so you’re left with only the things you love and feel great wearing!

A Tour of our Shed… Finally!

posted by Andrea | 09/13/2016 | 21 comments
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Today’s post has been in my drafts for months and months, but I never took the time to snap all the photos I wanted to share (despite unending requests to see the shed!)

Now I have the photos, and I’m finally sharing a mini tour of our shed, almost ONE FULL YEAR after we actually built it — better late than never right? 🙂

My Monthly Photo Checklist

posted by Andrea | 09/12/2016 | 19 comments
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I’ve written at length about how I organize our photos, how I create our digital photo albums, how I edit our photos, and how I back up our digital photos… but I’ve never shared MY thought process for taking certain photos in the first place.

If you’ve ever been overwhelmed by all your photos, or wished you would have taken more photos, I think my “monthly photo checklist” might be helpful for you!

5 Reasons I Don’t Keep “What if I Need It Clutter”

posted by Andrea | 09/7/2016 | 49 comments
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As I’m sure you can imagine, I know so many people who hang onto boatloads of stuff because they worry they might need it again soon after they purge it… I call this “What If I Need It Clutter”.

If you’re looking for a little motivation to purge your “what if I need it clutter”, I hope today’s post will help!

It’s Not Magic… It’s Maintenance

posted by Andrea | 09/2/2016 | 27 comments
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In a world of quick-fixes, diet pills, and DIY manuals that promise to solve all our problems, it’s easy to forget that the key to most of our problems is simply hard work, determination, and baby steps in the right direction.

It’s not magic… it’s maintenance!

How I Handle Hand-Me-Downs

posted by Andrea | 08/29/2016 | 23 comments
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Since I am regularly asked about how I handle kids’ clothing (specifically hand-me-downs) I thought the back-to-school time would be a perfect time to share the questions that help me control the amount of clothing my kids have without being super minimalistic or feeling like I have to do laundry every other day.

And I’d love to know how YOU handle hand-me-downs as well!

Save Space by Separating Your Sets

posted by Andrea | 08/25/2016 | 20 comments
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If you’re like most people, you have gotten sucked into buying a full set of something just to get the few pieces you really want or need… yes?

Today I’m sharing how I save so much space by purging items I don’t need, use, or want (even if they are part of a set!)

Our Amazing (but Full-of-Weeds) Vegetable Garden

posted by Andrea | 08/23/2016 | 41 comments
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Way back in the beginning of April, Dave and I excitedly prepared a large chunk of ground for the biggest vegetable garden we’ve had since we moved into our farmhouse… almost 6 years ago.

We had 3 goals for our garden… today I’m sharing 2 of the goals we nailed, and another one we fell quite a bit short on! Plus, lots of pictures of our garden!

Nora and Simon’s Mini Bedroom Makeovers

posted by Andrea | 08/18/2016 | 8 comments
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Both Nora and Simon’s bedrooms are upstairs — right off the playroom. We keep most of the toys in the playroom, but it’s nice to be able spread out into their bedrooms for more playtime fun.

Dave and I both thought it would be nice to create more floor space in their bedrooms… and thanks to an hour of moving furniture around (and out of) their rooms, we now have LOTS of extra room to play!

One Less Thing To Forget + FREE Furnace Filters!

posted by Andrea | 08/16/2016 | 17 comments
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I’m a huge advocate for automating as many things as possible — banking, bill pay, grocery deliveries, and even furnace filters! For the past year, I’ve been using FilterEasy’s fabulous filter delivery system, which means I never have to think about changing furnace filters again!

If you’d like to automate one more thing in your life, I’d encourage YOU to jump on board with FilterEasy because they are giving away FREE filters to ALL my readers (along with a chance to win a $250 Amazon gift card!)

Our Mini Nursery Makeover

posted by Andrea | 08/10/2016 | 8 comments
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Last week, I shared our COMPLETELY FREE master bedroom mini makeover and this week, I’m sharing James’ mini nursery makeover.

Just like our bedroom makeover, it was also completely free, and it made his tiny room feel SO much bigger!

A Master Bedroom “Makeover” (for FREE!)

posted by Andrea | 08/5/2016 | 33 comments
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Dave recently helped me move almost ALL the bedroom furniture in our entire house… which means all 4 bedrooms got a mini makeover without spending a dime!

Today, I’m so excited to share our (completely free) Master Bedroom Mini Makeover!