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A Few of My Favorite Things {December 2016}

posted by Andrea | 12/1/2016 | 23 comments
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Last week I was telling Dave how I couldn’t believe I have been doing these Favorite Things posts for almost 4 years now — and I don’t think I’ve repeated anything!

I have a few more goodies to share this month… as always, be sure to check out some of my favorite things from past months and share your favorite things in the comments!

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!)

A Peek Into Our Week (Nora’s Birthday and Thanksgiving)

posted by Andrea | 11/28/2016 | 22 comments
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Last week was not a normal week for our family due to Nora’s birthday and Dave being home most of the week for Thanksgiving break… however, it’s been almost 2 months since my last Peek Into Our Week post, so I was due for an update!

I’m sharing more about Nora’s Frozen-themed birthday parties, our menu plan, and what we did over Thanksgiving break.

One More Simple Way to Save

posted by Andrea | 11/21/2016 | 19 comments
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A few years ago, I shared one of my simplest and best tips to save money on every purchase by taking 1 minute to quickly look over my receipt before I leave the store.

Today, I’m sharing another simple thing I do every time I buy anything… and I’m always amazed how much I save!

Yes, You CAN Have Too Much Of A Good Thing

posted by Andrea | 11/18/2016 | 8 comments
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Have you ever felt like you were juggling too many responsibilities, being pulled in too many different directions, or “wearing too many hats”?

If so, I hope today’s post will help you take a step back, look at ALL those good things you’re doing, and figure out a way to cut back. It won’t be easy, but I don’t think you’ll regret it.

My Free Grocery List Printable

posted by Andrea | 11/11/2016 | 15 comments
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Over the past 12+ years of grocery shopping “on my own”, I estimate that I’ve been to the grocery store at least 6000 times!! Thankfully, I have a grocery list cheat-sheet that allows me to quickly and easily make my grocery list based on my store’s layout and saves me oodles of time at the store each week!

Today, I’m sharing that grocery list with anyone who wants it — totally editable and printable!

Because There is Always Something…

posted by Andrea | 11/8/2016 | 33 comments
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If you have ever felt even slightly discouraged by your seemingly never-ending journey towards a simpler, more organized life… PLEASE, take 5 minute to read this post.

I hope it will encourage you — and maybe put a few things into perspective!

Don’t Let Urgent Get in the Way of Important

posted by Andrea | 11/4/2016 | 16 comments
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One thing I have stressed over and over and over again in my own life, with past clients, with my children, and here on my blog is the importance of planning ahead.

I could talk about planning ahead all day long, but if I had to boil it down to one single reason why planning ahead helps me to simplify, streamline, and de-stress my entire life, it would be this: Planning ahead lets me focus on the IMPORTANT instead of dealing with the URGENT.

A Few of My Favorite Things {November 2016}

posted by Andrea | 11/1/2016 | 24 comments
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It’s November! That means Nora’s birthday is only a couple weeks away… and it means I’m back with a few more of my favorite things!

Three of my favorites are less than $10… and one was from our local thrift store for a buck!

Let’s Talk About Gifts (and not the ones you open)

posted by Andrea | 10/31/2016 | 27 comments
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This time of year, we often talk a lot about GIFTS — what we want, what others want, what we bought, how we’ll wrap them, what gifts we need for which party, etc. etc.

Yes, I love birthday and Christmas gifts too… but today, I want to talk about a different type of gift!

Finding Your “Good Enough”

posted by Andrea | 10/27/2016 | 25 comments
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As a self-proclaimed “do more at less than 100%” person, I have become an expert at determining my own “good enough” standards and doing just enough to meet those standards.

Today I’m sharing more about how my “good enough” standards have helped me to streamline and simplify everything from cooking and cleaning to finances and self-care!

One Very Simple Tip to Increase Your Savings

posted by Andrea | 10/20/2016 | 19 comments
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Today I’m sharing one of the simplest, most basic things Dave and I have done to continually grow our savings account with little to no effort or thought on our parts.

I am not a financial expert and have no formal training in this field; however, I’ve always been good at saving my money… and that counts for something. Right?!

Do Your “Yeses” Match Your Season of Life?

posted by Andrea | 10/17/2016 | 30 comments
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If you have recently felt overloaded with responsibilities, stressed out, and fed-up with everything on your plate, it might be time to evaluate your “yeses”.

You might be surprised how many people and activities you can still say “yes” to if you just choose “yesses” that are better suited for your current season of life.

How I Stop Money Leaks by Tracking Our Expenses

posted by Andrea | 10/14/2016 | 28 comments
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Today I’m sharing a bit more about how using my finance-tracking workbook has helped me find “money leaks” in our budget — and then address them before they get out of control.

I’m certain we have saved thousands of dollars over the past several years… and it only takes me a few minutes a month!

10 Reasons We Love Our Library!

posted by Andrea | 10/13/2016 | 24 comments
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Even though I’m not personally an avid reader, I spend a fair amount of time reading to my kids AND taking them to the library.

I realize that going to the library (especially with small children) can seem overwhelming if you’ve never done it before; however, I would encourage all of you (no matter your age) to visit your local library every once in awhile. Even if you aren’t a big reader like me, there are still so many free programs and resources you can take advantage of!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 10/10/2016 | 27 comments
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School is in full swing for Dave and Nora and we are enjoying our “new normal” routine.

We are also enjoying the beautiful Michigan Fall weather, and gearing up for another full week with lots of fun activities on our schedule!

My New Favorite (Online) Dollar Store!

posted by Andrea | 10/6/2016 | 13 comments
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With the holiday shopping season right around the corner, I thought it might be the perfect time to share another fabulous online shopping resource I’ve been using the past couple of months.

For those of you who hate shopping (like me) you’ll enjoy finding great deals at dollar store prices — all from the comfort of your own home!

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.

A Few Of My Favorite Things {October 2016}

posted by Andrea | 10/3/2016 | 20 comments
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I feel like October is the official start of Fall for me. I got out a few of my favorite Fall decorations this past weekend, and we made our favorite candy corn mix!

I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things in today’s post!

Why I Don’t Always Listen to What “They” Say

posted by Andrea | 09/30/2016 | 23 comments
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As with almost every facet of my life, once I find my own way, I have a renewed confidence that propels me forward without worrying or stressing about what anyone else says I should be or could be doing, eating, wearing, saying, thinking, etc.

While I’m certainly not opposed to seeking out advice from others, I know my own life has been significantly improved by simply trusting my own instincts and not always listening to what “they” say.