Life

Do You Know and Embrace Yourself?

posted by Andrea | 05/23/2016 | 24 comments
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I realize how ridiculous it might sound to “know and embrace yourself”… however, by learning more about ourselves, and embracing who we are (instead of trying to be or become something we’re not) we can simplify our lives by taking so much “guesswork”, confusion, and frustration out of the equation.

When (Some) Busyness Leads to (Mostly) Simple

posted by Andrea | 05/17/2016 | 13 comments
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Over the years, I have shared many of tips and tricks for simple living, decluttering, time management, and organization. I’ve also made it very clear that simple living is not always EASY. It requires hard work, dedication, and perseverance — trusting that those busy periods of life will eventually lead to simpler times.

Are you in a very busy period of life? If so, don’t feel guilty or like you’re doing everything wrong. Read today’s post and hopefully breathe a sigh of relief!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 05/16/2016 | 22 comments
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Last week we celebrated Mother’s day, had family pictures taken, planted more vegetables, and did more yard work. James celebrated 10 months and started walking with a walker, Simon started saying his name (sort of), and Nora is almost 4 and a half šŸ™‚

Here’s another peek into our week!

Craigslist 101: 4 Tips to Set Your Price

posted by Andrea | 05/13/2016 | 11 comments
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Spring is one of the best times of the year for yard sales, garage sales, church sales, secondhand sales, etc. It’s also prime-time for selling stuff on Craigslist (at least where we live).

Today I’m sharing 4 tips to set appropriate selling prices for your unwanted items — hopefully these tips will help you sell more and sell faster!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {May 2016}

posted by Andrea | 05/2/2016 | 14 comments
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I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things — something for the kids, for your office, for your kitchen, for your home, maybe something for mom (or yourself!)

As always, be sure to check out some of my favorite things from past months and share your favorite things in the comments!

3 Reasons Homemaking + Parenting is Easier Today Than Ever Before

posted by Andrea | 04/27/2016 | 16 comments
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Homemaking and parenting has never been (and will never be) “easy”, but with a little extra support, some helpful modern conveniences, and a boatload of useful resources, it’s getting EASIER!

What are your thoughts on parenting and homemaking today versus in past generations?

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 04/25/2016 | 35 comments
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We’ve had beautiful weather here in West Michigan and we’re making the most of it by spending lots of time outside doing yard work, planning our vegetable garden, and tiring our kids out!

Today I’m sharing another peek into our week…

Do It Now: My Personal Time-Management ‘Rule’

posted by Andrea | 04/22/2016 | 39 comments
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When it comes to getting stuff done, I almost always choose to “do it now” rather than wait until later.

I realize there are A LOT of people who don’t share this mindset; however, I think my “do it now” philosophy has been one of the key factors in keeping my home and my life simplified and organized.

Another BANDI Belt Giveaway!

posted by Andrea | 04/21/2016 | 31 comments
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In general, I’m not a big accessories gal — I don’t wear much jewelry, I don’t wear hats, I don’t carry cute bags. However, 3 years ago, I discovered the BANDI belt, and I knew it would be the perfect “accessory” for my non-accessory-loving self!

Today, I have the opportunity to share it with you again (and offer a fun giveaway!)

My Simple (and frugal) Long-Torso Swimsuit Solution!

posted by Andrea | 04/12/2016 | 30 comments
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For my entire life, I have struggled to find a one-piece swimsuit that was even somewhat comfortable… I’m sure there are many fellow long-torso gals out there who can relate!

I have tried on more one-piece suits over the past 3 years than I can possibly count, and not one has worked. I was starting to feel discouraged… until recently. I’m happy to share that I have FINALLY found not one, but TWO suits that fully cover my super-long torso! Bonus points that they are cute, comfortable, and extremely frugal!

6 Reasons We Buy Used

posted by Andrea | 04/11/2016 | 51 comments
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It’s no secret that I frequently buy used and 2nd-hand items for me, for Dave, for our kids, and for our house. I’m not ashamed to borrow something from a friend or relative — and you all know how much I love Craigslist šŸ™‚

Today, I’m sharing 6 reasons I almost always buy used… as well as a fabulous resource for those of you looking to reduce your expenses!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 04/4/2016 | 24 comments
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Last week was full of the unexpected — from James getting sick and forcing us to cancel our travel plans to a weird snowstorm in April!

Here’s a peek at everything we had going on.

A Few of My Favorite Things {April 2016}

posted by Andrea | 04/1/2016 | 19 comments
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Iā€™m back with a few more of my favorite things — all of which are very frugal again this month. In fact, one is even completely free!

Our Thought Process Can Boost Productivity and Performance

posted by Andrea | 03/31/2016 | 25 comments
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Have you ever taken the time to think about your thought process? If so, you might have noticed that by thinking through various events, projects, and tasks in your day-to-day life, you can dramatically increase your productivity and improve your performance.

I’ve noticed this time and time again in my own life… and today, I’m sharing several examples.

Cute Clothes… Without The Clutter

posted by Andrea | 03/30/2016 | 21 comments
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Many of you know that I don’t necessarily love shopping, and I don’t like cluttering up my closet up with lots of “extra” stuff.

Thanks to LeTote.com, I have been “renting” a variety of cute clothing items to wear for a short time, and then swapping them out for new cute clothes… all without adding any clutter to my closet! I know… it almost sounds too good to be true!

The Light at the End of The Tunnel

posted by Andrea | 03/25/2016 | 12 comments
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When it comes to difficult and overwhelming situations, I have found that it is exponentially easier for me to push on when I take a moment to step back, think about the big picture, and look for even the smallest fleck of light shining through the end of the long dark tunnel.

Today, I’m sharing more in hopes of encouraging those of you in the middle of a difficult situation…

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 03/14/2016 | 30 comments
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It’s been over a month since my last peek into our week post… and boy do I have a lot to share!

Also, I’m just a tiny bit excited that Spring Break is only a little more than 2 weeks away!

Save Time (and your sanity) By Determining Your Bare Minimum

posted by Andrea | 03/9/2016 | 23 comments
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The other day, as I was quickly wiping down the bathroom counters and swishing some bleach around in the toilets, I realized that I have yet to share one of my MOST time-saving, sanity-saving tips here on the blog!

Today, I’m sharing my “bare minimum” lists for various aspects of my life… and boy have these mental lists saved me so much time, energy, and sanity over the past few years!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {March 2016}

posted by Andrea | 03/1/2016 | 12 comments
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I’m back with a few more of my favorite things! As always, be sure to check out some of my favorite things from past months and share your favorite things in the comments!

The True Cost of Our Stuff

posted by Andrea | 02/29/2016 | 35 comments
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Have you ever stopped to think about the true “cost” of something before you buy it and bring it back into your home?

I love “free” stuff as much as anyone, but I also know that even inexpensive (or free) items usually come with hidden costs that might end up being a burden later on.