My Quick Tip to Clear Clothes Clutter

posted by Andrea | 11/20/2015 | 7 comments
clothes clutter thumb

It’s probably not surprising that when it comes to clutter in our homes, the 2 areas I’m asked about most are kitchens and closets. Last week, I shared my quick tip to clear kitchen counter clutter… so today, I thought I would share my quick tip to clear clothes clutter.

If you feel like your closet could use a makeover, I hope today’s quick tip will help!

A Few Things to Consider Before You Donate

posted by Andrea | 11/18/2015 | 49 comments
donations thumb

Although the holiday season is often filled with consumerism and spending money, there is also a HUGE amount of charitable giving that takes place this time of year.

Today, I’m sharing my thoughts after a few recent conversations with donation centers and volunteers… definitely something to consider the next time you’re ready to head to your local donation center or food pantry.

My Quick Tip to Clear Kitchen Counter Clutter

posted by Andrea | 11/13/2015 | 28 comments
kitchen counter thumb

I realize I might desire a bit more cleanliness and organization than some people; however, I know I’m not alone in my hatred of kitchen counter clutter.

If you want to get your counters and other flat surfaces cleaned and decluttered, today’s quick tip might be just what you need!

My Thoughts On Washing Whites

posted by Andrea | 11/10/2015 | 69 comments
whites thumb

Most of you know that I love white! From our sheets, towels, and curtains, to our couch, and even our rugs — the majority of the fabric items in our home are white.

Today I’m sharing a bit more about how I keep my whites white — and why I feel washing whites is actually easier than trying to keep colors bright.

Space-Saving Storage + a Giveaway!

posted by Andrea | 11/5/2015 | 12 comments
pop 'n store thumb

If you’re a sucker for storage containers, but hate how much extra space they take up when you’re not using them, you’ll LOVE the fabulous space-saving storage containers from Pop ‘n Store.

Not only are they extremely versatile and durable, but they fold up into the lid when they aren’t in use!!

Six Super Simple Reasons to Get More Organized

posted by Andrea | 10/26/2015 | 11 comments
more organized thumb

When it comes to the benefits of organizing your home and life, I think I could talk until I was blue in the face! However, even if I had unlimited hours to devote to writing content for my blog, I probably wouldn’t do it — because I think you already KNOW most of what I write about… it’s the implementation where some of us fall short :)

If you have been putting off your decluttering and organizing, here are SIX SUPER SIMPLE reasons that will hopefully motivate you to get a little more organized today!

My Minimalistic Maternity Wardrobe

posted by Andrea | 10/22/2015 | 12 comments
maternity wardrobe thumb

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.

10 Household Chores for Toddlers

posted by Andrea | 10/15/2015 | 20 comments
toddler chore thumb

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.

3 Ways to Create More Storage on your Mobile Devices

posted by Andrea | 10/14/2015 | 20 comments
storage thumb

After weeks and weeks of being told I didn’t have enough storage on my iPhone, I finally started researching what I could do to solve this problem once and for all.

I’m happy to say that the answers I found were extremely simple and quick to implement — so I thought I’d share them here on the blog.

How We “Winterize” our Home and Yard

posted by Andrea | 10/7/2015 | 14 comments
winterize thumb

If you live in (or travel to) the Midwest, you know how beautiful our fall weather is. However, there is also a lot of work to do in the fall.

Today (by request from a few readers) I’m sharing a rundown of what Dave and I do to “winterize” our home and yard for the Fall and Winter months ahead.

Our Landscape Before and After {2015}

posted by Andrea | 10/2/2015 | 24 comments
landscape thumb

After 3 years of hard work, our landscaping is 95% complete!

We still have a few projects to tackle yet this fall or next spring — but I’m excited to finally be able to share a bunch of before and after photos on the blog!

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

posted by Andrea | 09/28/2015 | 7 comments
start thumb

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!

Because “Free” Isn’t Always “Free” (the story of how we almost got a dog!)

posted by Andrea | 09/21/2015 | 19 comments
dog thumb

TRUE STORY: we almost got a dog… 4 days before James was born! Yes, I realize how insane that sounds!

Today’s post isn’t really about getting a dog; however, the realization I came to when considering this “free” dog has a lot of good lessons for other areas of our lives as well :)

When Was the Last Time You Changed Your Furnace Filter?

posted by Andrea | 09/10/2015 | 40 comments
filtereasy thumb

For some reason, changing our furnace filters is a seasonal task that I either forget to do, or put off doing because our furnace requires a really random size filter that is not readily available at most home improvement stores.

However, I recently found FilterEasy, an online air filter delivery service — and I’m so excited to share more about it with you. Oh yeah, and there’s a fun giveaway!

The Kid’s Bathroom {Before and After}

posted by Andrea | 08/19/2015 | 31 comments
kids bathroom thumb

Exactly 2 months ago, I shared our progress on the kids’ bathroom upstairs… and although we finished this mini renovation well before James arrived, I’m finally getting around to sharing the before and after pictures now.

I don’t want to blow the surprise, but I will say that it’s much less “neon” now :)

How We Simplify and De-Stress Home Renovations

posted by Andrea | 08/12/2015 | 10 comments
home renovations thumb

As many of you know, Dave and I have been faithfully working on renovating our 125 year old farmhouse for the past 4.5 years. It’s a labor of love — but we don’t always love doing it!

Today, I’m sharing some of our tips to de-stress and simplify home renovations!

A “New” Nursery for James

posted by Andrea | 07/27/2015 | 6 comments
james nursery thumg

I’ve gotten lots of requests to see the new nursery — so that’s what I’m sharing here today.

You might notice that it looks awfully similar to Simon’s nursery tour from last year — but there are a few special additions for baby James :)

Simon’s Big Boy Room

posted by Andrea | 07/20/2015 | 14 comments
simon's room thumb

Simon literally “moved up” in the world… because he is now sleeping in his new big boy bedroom, which is upstairs by Nora’s bedroom.

The transition went pretty smoothly, and although we have lots more plans for this room, I’m excited to share our mini makeover (I still can’t believe it cost less than $150 to pull off!)

My “Quantity over Quality” Quick-Cleaning Tips

posted by Andrea | 07/17/2015 | 19 comments
cleaning thumb

Although there are definitely times for deep cleaning, I will be the first to admit that 9 times out of 10, I am most definitely a “QUANTITY over QUALITY” type of cleaner.

Today, I’m sharing 5 of my “quantity over quality” quick -leaning tips that have saved my sanity and allowed me to accomplish so much more around the house.

10 Uses for Glad Press ‘N Seal Plastic Wrap

posted by Andrea | 07/10/2015 | 21 comments
glad thumb

We always have at least 2 or 3 rolls of plastic wrap as I’ve found it comes in handy SO often (and not just in the kitchen).

Today, I’m sharing 10 different uses for my favorite type of plastic wrap (Glad Press ‘N Seal).