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Our Summer of Landscaping (Round 2)

posted by Andrea | 10/23/2014 | 10 comments
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We wrapped up all our 2014 landscaping projects almost 2 months ago… so I figured it was time to finally share the official before and after photos from the work we accomplished this past Spring and Summer!

Simplify Your Shopping with ePantry.com (plus $10 off and FREE Mrs. Meyers!)

posted by Andrea | 10/22/2014 | 21 comments
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I’m excited to gush about one of my new favorite online shopping destinations that has helped me simplify my busy life and keep my home clean — ePantry.com.

Oh yeah… and they are offering free goodies to ALL of you!

How We Prepare Our Home and Yard for Cold Weather

posted by Andrea | 10/15/2014 | 4 comments
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After our end-of-summer party last week, Dave and I are in full-on “Fall Mode”. We’ll be outside almost any chance we get raking and mulching leaves, dead-heading flowers, splitting perennials, draining hoses, cleaning yard tools, emptying flower pots, and preparing our home for the COLD Michigan winter that is just weeks away.

Today, I’m sharing a few simple and frugal ways we’re preparing our home and our yard for cold weather.

My Answers to Your Clothes Clutter Questions

posted by Andrea | 10/13/2014 | 14 comments
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About 5 weeks ago, I shared a week-long series about clothes clutter here on my blog. I was thrilled that the overwhelming majority of response were extremely positive.

However, along with all the excitement came lots more questions. Not bad questions or rude questions — just questions. I’m answering many of those clothes clutter questions in today’s post!

Our 2014 Farmhouse Tour

posted by Andrea | 10/3/2014 | 48 comments
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Over the years, SO many of you have asked for a full tour of our farmhouse — so since we’re well over half way through renovating our house and yard, I thought now would be a good time to give you a tour!

Welcome to our farmhouse… established: 1890.

Our “Good Enough” Vegetable Garden

posted by Andrea | 09/30/2014 | 21 comments
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I know there are many of you out there struggling to get started on a house project, an organizing project, a landscaping project, a picture project, etc. because you don’t have the time or the energy to do it exactly the way you want to do it.

I completely understand how that feels… however, I also know that it can’t hurt to just get started. You might find that “done” = “good enough”. That’s how it usually works for me :)

Banish Paper Clutter with the ScanSnap {Plus a Giveaway!}

posted by Andrea | 09/25/2014 | 27 comments
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Are you tired of your paper clutter? Are you looking for a quick and easy way to digitize various recipes, receipts, business cards, kid’s artwork, important documents, photos, and so much more?

If so, then today’s post is for you! Oh, and I’m giving away the newest ScanSnap portable scanner that will scan everything I just mentioned above!

Grass Growing 101 {plus a bunch of pictures of our yard!}

posted by Andrea | 09/22/2014 | 7 comments
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Although our lawn is far from perfect, we have worked really, REALLY hard to keep our very large, grass-dominated lawn looking nice.

We have spent many hours growing, caring for, and maintaining our lawn, and today (per your numerous requests) I’m sharing what we’ve learned over the last 8 summers of grass-growing.

Tips To Create a Wardrobe You Actually Wear (and Love)

posted by Andrea | 09/12/2014 | 26 comments
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I know from personal experience that clothes clutter is hard! However, I can also share from personal experience that paring my wardrobe down to the items I actually wear (and love) has been extremely liberating.

So how can you finally ‘bite the bullet’ and purge the clothing you no longer need, use, wear, or love? Keep reading!

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!

Kids Clothes 101: How we save, sell, store, and more!

posted by Andrea | 09/10/2014 | 18 comments
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I can’t do a full week of clothes clutter posts without dedicating one (LONG) post to kids clothes!

Yes, their clothes are small — but boy can they quickly get out of control and consume massive amounts of storage space in our homes if we don’t have some sort of system in place.

Thankfully, I have lots to say on this topic as well :)

6 Ways to Get FREE (or almost free) Clothes

posted by Andrea | 09/9/2014 | 17 comments
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In honor of my week-long clothes clutter series and my ridiculously frugal nature, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to talk about the many ways I’ve managed to get completely free clothing for both me and my kids.

If you’ve ever hesitated to update your wardrobe because you felt it wasn’t in your budget (yes, I can relate), this post is definitely for you!

My New Mix ‘n Match Wardrobe

posted by Andrea | 09/8/2014 | 74 comments
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After countless hours of purging, and shopping, and trying on clothes, and buying, and ordering, and taking pictures, and writing, and editing, I am ecstatic to FINALLY be able to share this post with you…

My new super comfy, super cute, super low maintenance, mix ‘n match wardrobe!!!!!!

The Questions That Helped Me Purge 75% of My Clothes

posted by Andrea | 08/20/2014 | 39 comments
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Last week, Dave and I went through all our clothes (closet and dresser) and purged — sort of a grown-up version of getting organized for back-to-school.

All together, 9 stuffed-full bags of clothing left our closet and dressers, and it all started by asking ourselves a few questions…

How To Eliminate and Prevent Stinky Towels

posted by Andrea | 08/15/2014 | 30 comments
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Based on the number of email questions I get, I’m assuming stinky towels is a pet peeve (or at least mildly annoying) for many of you.

Thankfully, I’m a semi-obsessive towel-washer with an acute sense of smell — so I have a BUNCH of ideas for those of you with not-so-nice smelling towels!

2 Reasons I Don’t Do Massive Purges

posted by Andrea | 08/14/2014 | 13 comments
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Would you believe me if I told you the last big purge I did was over 7 months ago?

Today I’m sharing 2 reasons I’ve been able to avoid massive purges and still keep my house relatively clutter-free (it’s really simple… I promise!)

Our New Mudroom: The Full Tour!

posted by Andrea | 08/12/2014 | 26 comments
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The mudroom is officially finished and we couldn’t be happier! We have plenty of storage for all our seasonal gear and lots of room to grow.

Come take the full tour!

Our Kitchen Renovation: My Thoughts 2 Years Later

posted by Andrea | 08/8/2014 | 17 comments
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When we purchased our home 3.5 years ago, we figured the kitchen would be one of the last projects we tackled — but as many of you know, our plans changed!

We renovated our kitchen 2 summers ago (I can’t believe it’s been that long already) and today, I’m sharing some answers to commonly asked questions I get regarding our massive renovation.

How to Clean a Stroller

posted by Andrea | 08/6/2014 | 16 comments
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It is no secret that almost everything I buy is used — and since the items can often be dirty, I always wash everything before I use it.

I was originally intimidated by washing larger items like strollers and bike trailers — but I soon realized these items were super easy to clean up. And they honestly look brand new when I’m finished!

Our Deck: The Official Before + After Pictures!

posted by Andrea | 07/31/2014 | 27 comments
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For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you probably saw that we FINALLY put the finishing touches on our new deck this past weekend… and today, I’m sharing ALL the before and after photos!

It’s a pretty amazing transformation, and I still can’t get over how much more use we’re getting out of our back yard because of it!

What To Do When Your Stuff Doesn’t Sell

posted by Andrea | 07/28/2014 | 24 comments
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If you’ve ever struggled with holding onto items you weren’t able to sell at a garage sale, consignment store, Craigslist, Ebay, etc. etc. this post is a must-read.

Hopefully it will give you the motivation to get those unsold items out of your house ASAP!

Our New Outhouse Garden Shed

posted by Andrea | 07/22/2014 | 18 comments
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After months of searching Craigslist, we finally broke down and built our own outhouse garden shed.

I’m SO happy with how it turned out — and there’s actually a really cool story behind the wood we used for the shed!