A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 02/8/2016 | 26 comments
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Last week was a pretty low-key week for us… and although the kids were a little under the weather for parts of the week, we enjoyed building snowmen, making Valentine’s Day treats, lots of fun playing at home, and a little Culver’s custard!

Oh, and I ‘caved’ and finally got a Costco membership :)

10 Things I DON’T Do

posted by Andrea | 02/5/2016 | 43 comments
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The purpose of my blog is to share what I DO do. Because of this, I get many emails from people saying “I don’t know how you do everything you do.” However, what they often fail to consider are ALLLLLLLL the things I DON’T do.

Today, I’m sharing 10 of those “DON’Ts”

A Few of My Favorite Things {February 2016}

posted by Andrea | 02/1/2016 | 18 comments
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I have a handful of bargain items on this month’s favorite things list — in fact, I believe every item is less than $20!

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

9 Tips to Save on Insurance

posted by Andrea | 01/29/2016 | 29 comments
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In “honor” of Dave and I buying a new-to-us minivan last week, I thought it was only fitting to share a few of my tips and tricks for saving money on all kinds of insurance (auto, home, life, health, etc.)

If you’re frustrated with how much you pay for insurance, then I hope today’s post offers a few useful tips and ideas to help you save a bit more too!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 01/25/2016 | 17 comments
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We enjoyed a slightly different week last week as Dave was home a bit more than normal due to exam week at school.

We celebrated the end of his semester with yummy Culver’s food, and… we bought a minivan!


posted by Andrea | 01/22/2016 | 23 comments
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If one of your goals for this year is to simplify, I certainly hope this post will move you one more step in the right direction!

In my opinion, these tips are all integral pieces to the puzzle and will all work together to help you to simplify and organize your home and life.

10 Ways We Save MORE By Using LESS

posted by Andrea | 01/19/2016 | 69 comments
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I firmly believe that no matter how tight your budget is, there is always SOME way you can save a few cents here or an extra buck there. One way we’ve been able to save more is simply by using less.

I know that statement might sound overly obvious… but have you ever tried it? I mean REALLY tried it? Here are a few ways we save more by using less…

My New Daily Routine (with 3 kids)

posted by Andrea | 01/18/2016 | 21 comments
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I’ve been asked about my new routine several times over the past few months… so now that James is 6 months old, and I’ve been home with all 3 kids for half the school year, I thought it was time to share a little bit more about my “new” daily routine.

How I Use My Planner

posted by Andrea | 01/15/2016 | 32 comments
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Over the past 5 years, I have shared several posts about the planners I have used… but I don’t think I’ve ever shared exactly HOW I use my planner, or why this method works so well for me.

Obviously, I don’t expect my method to be the perfect system for everyone else. However, maybe what works for me will spark a few new ideas that will work better for you!

How to Tackle Projects that Seem Overwhelming

posted by Andrea | 01/8/2016 | 25 comments
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Over the past several years, one of the MOST common complaints I hear from others is, “it’s just so overwhelming… I don’t know where to start.” Can you relate?

I know I can certainly relate to feeling totally overwhelmed when certain projects are hanging over my head — so today, I’m sharing 3 really simple tips that will hopefully help you to finally tackle those projects that seem so overwhelming!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {January 2016}

posted by Andrea | 01/5/2016 | 25 comments
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Happy New Year! I hope you all had at least a few moments to relax a bit over the holiday season.

I shared a bit about our Christmas break in yesterday’s post… and today, 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!

A Peek Into Our Christmas Break

posted by Andrea | 01/4/2016 | 19 comments
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Happy New Year! I’m excited to be back blogging again!

It’s been several weeks since my last Peek Into Our Week post — and since I’m not just talking about last week, I thought it was more fitting to share A Peek Into our Christmas Break.

My 2016 FREE Finance-Tracking Workbook

posted by Andrea | 12/21/2015 | 6 comments
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Since I’ll be taking some time off for the holidays, I thought it might be nice to share my 2016 free printable Finance-Tracking Workbook — for all of you who like to get everything set up before the New Year!

This is NOT a budget, but it IS a fabulous (and free) tool to help you get your finances on track — one that I’ve been using since I was in college!

A Peek into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 12/14/2015 | 10 comments
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Nora is spelling words, Simon is starting to talk, and James just got his first tooth!

Add in all the Christmas excitement and we have a lot to share from these past 2 weeks!

10 Tips to Simplify Holiday Entertaining

posted by Andrea | 12/10/2015 | 19 comments
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While it does take a decent amount of extra effort to host a gathering (even if we do keep things simple) we generally enjoy having others over to our house — especially since it’s often an easier option than loading up the kids to go somewhere else!

If you are entertaining this holiday season, here are 10 simple tips that should help things go a bit smoother — and allow you to actually enjoy your time with family and friends!

Every Little Bit Helps

posted by Andrea | 12/3/2015 | 9 comments
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After Nora’s 4th birthday, she and I walked to our local bank and opened up a savings account in her name — and I explained how every little bit of money she puts into her account will help her to save up for a bigger purchase someday down the road.

Of course, that got me thinking about how the phrase “every little bit helps” applies to SO many different areas of our lives!

A Few of My Favorite Things {December 2015}

posted by Andrea | 12/1/2015 | 44 comments
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I’m back with a few more of my favorite things… several of which would make nice holiday gift ideas!!

A Peek Into Our Week (Thanksgiving!)

posted by Andrea | 11/30/2015 | 25 comments
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Today, I’m back from the long holiday weekend with another peek into our week!

How I Get Cash Back By Shopping Online

posted by Andrea | 11/27/2015 | 22 comments
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When it comes to online shopping, I’ve learned A LOT over the past 4-6 years. I’ve learned how to find the best deals and coupons, how to almost always get free shipping, and how to literally get cash back on almost every online purchase I make!

Today, I’m sharing my simple cash back “secret”… just in time for the Cyber Monday deals!

Thanksgiving Tips, Fun Facts, and Recipe Ideas

posted by Andrea | 11/25/2015 | 15 comments
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This is Dave and my 10th Thanksgiving as a married couple, and although I’ve made all the traditional Thanksgiving foods many times before, this is our first time hosting the big day at our house!

Today, I thought it would be fun to share a few of my tips for simplifying this time of year; as well as some fun Thanksgiving trivia and some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes!