Life

A Few of My Favorite Things {September 2014}

posted by Andrea | 09/2/2014 | 18 comments
favorite things thumb

A few of my favorite things for September… including a much-loved organizing tool that costs less than $8!

Our Last Day of Summer Vacation

posted by Andrea | 09/1/2014 | 10 comments
family photo thumb

Today, we’re enjoying Dave’s very last day at home before school starts up, bright and early tomorrow morning.

For one last day this summer, we’re all together ALL DAY LONG. Going for walks, playing outside, eating 3 meals a day at our kitchen table, and snuggling together on the couch (per Nora’s daily request).

Enjoyment or Entitlement? The questions I’ve struggled with lately.

posted by Andrea | 08/29/2014 | 47 comments
entitlement thumb

Over the past two years, I’ve had somewhat of an internal struggle when it comes to splurging on anything that isn’t a necessity.

On one hand, I feel that we can ENJOY a small splurge every once in a while. But on the other hand, I know that one small splurge can lead to feeling ENTITLED to something we might not be able to afford.

5 Things I’ve Learned About Myself as an Introvert

posted by Andrea | 08/25/2014 | 41 comments
introvert thumb

Over the past couple of years, I’ve spent more time looking into different personality types… and I’ve learned a lot about myself as an introvert.

I do not feel less than, or worse, or slighted, or restrained in any way simply because I lean more towards the introverted spectrum of personalities. I actually find it fascinating to learn more about my personality type and what make me “tick”!

4 Ways I Save (and Simplify) with Online Shopping

posted by Andrea | 08/18/2014 | 33 comments
online shopping thumb

I’ve never really enjoyed going shopping; however, I also never discovered the amazing world of online shopping until a few years ago. In fact, I never purchased anything online (even from Craigslist) until after we were married!

Over the past 3 or 4 years, I’ve almost entirely switched to online shopping, and I cannot believe how much it has helped me to simplify my life.

Come Grocery Shopping With Me: 4 Years and 2 Kids Later

posted by Andrea | 08/13/2014 | 44 comments
grocery shopping thumb

When I first started blogging (about 4 years ago) it was rare that I spent more than $25 per week on groceries. Now, 4 years and 2 kids later… our grocery bill has TRIPLED!

Come read why our grocery budget has gone up — as well as a few ways I’m still managing to save money with little to no extra effort!

We HAVE the Time… We Just Don’t MAKE it

posted by Andrea | 08/5/2014 | 34 comments
make time thumb

We ALL get 24 hours to do whatever we need and want to do each day. What we make of that time is up to US.

In today’s posts, I’m sharing one of my weird pet peeves — and also how I empower myself by swapping out one simple word!

A Few of My Favorite Things {August 2014}

posted by Andrea | 08/1/2014 | 5 comments
favorite things thumb

Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite things for the month of August — a few of which are perfect for those of you who love being outside during the warm summer months

Car Seat Safety: Advice from Allstate

posted by Andrea | 07/24/2014 | 13 comments
carseat thumb

Over the last few years, I’ve gotten many questions about car seats — both about the seats we have for our kids and about car seat safety. I’ve never felt qualified to answer many of those questions — so instead, I got the folks at Allstate to answer them for me!

Today’s post shares all sorts of car seat safety tips and advice — definitely a must-read for anyone driving around with small children.

A Break-Down of My Blogging Break

posted by Andrea | 07/21/2014 | 29 comments
blogging break thumb

I’m excited to be back from my two-week blogging break — of course it went by way too fast (as is evident by the many items still on my to-do list).

We packed a lot of work and a lot of play into my two weeks away… here’s the break-down.

A Summer Siesta

posted by Andrea | 07/7/2014 | 17 comments
summer siesta thumb

Over the past few summers, I’ve taken some sort of blogging break to rest, relax, and to take full advantage of Dave’s glorious summer break.

This summer, it works best for our schedule to go with a 2-week break, starting right… NOW!

A Few of My Favorite Things {July 2014}

posted by Andrea | 07/2/2014 | 14 comments
favorite things july thumb

Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite things for the month of July — there’s something for everyone this month!

9 Ways to Shop At Costco Without a Membership

posted by Andrea | 06/25/2014 | 28 comments
costco thumb

Have you ever wondered if a Costco membership (or other wholesale store membership) was right for you?

Today, I’m sharing 9 different ways you can shop (and save) at Costco without a membership — which might give you the opportunity you need to test the waters and see if a membership is worth the price.

DIY Laundry Detergent That Actually Works

posted by Andrea | 06/23/2014 | 72 comments
laundry detergent thumb

Over the past 3+ years, I’ve shared a number of DIY cleaning products here on the blog; however, I’ve never shared a recipe for DIY laundry detergent because I couldn’t find a recipe I actually liked.

That all changed a couple months ago — so today, I’m sharing my new favorite DIY laundry detergent. It works fabulously, it’s really easy to make, it’s quite frugal, and it makes a huge batch!

Why I’m a “do more at less than 100%” person

posted by Andrea | 06/18/2014 | 29 comments
100 percent thumb

About a month ago, a blog reader emailed me asking for time management tips as she felt like she never had enough time to give 100% to everything she was doing. She admitted she had a lot on her plate, but like so many of us, she loved everything she did and didn’t want to give up any of it.

Today’s post shares my response along with my own thoughts on giving 100%.

Because I Don’t Need Flowers to Feel Loved

posted by Andrea | 06/16/2014 | 52 comments
flowers thumb

Today is my birthday!

And instead of giveaways or any other fancy, celebratory post, I’m sharing something that has been on my mind a lot lately. It also just so happens to fit perfectly with this special day.

Craigslist 101: Are You Asking The Right Questions?

posted by Andrea | 06/9/2014 | 6 comments
craigslist thumb

As a very experienced Craigslist buyer, I’ve had my fair share of “are you kidding me?” reactions after arriving to buy what I THOUGHT was going to be a great bargain. Thankfully, those experiences are getting fewer and farther between as I’ve learned a lot about asking the right questions.

Today, I’m sharing a list of questions you can ask to hopefully save yourself some time and gas money when shopping on Craigslist.

Why We’re Loving Netflix + ChromeCast

posted by Andrea | 06/6/2014 | 30 comments
netflix thumb

Over the last few months, our entire family has enjoyed using Netflix with our ChromeCast as we can now watch our favorite shows when and where it’s convenient for us.

These two services have totally transformed the way we watch TV… and today, I’m sharing some of our favorite features of using Netflix with ChromeCast.

A Few of My Favorite Things {June 2014}

posted by Andrea | 06/3/2014 | 22 comments
jun favorites thumb

Today I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things — one of which I can NOT believe hasn’t made my list yet!

30 Don’ts When Visiting a New Mom

posted by Andrea | 05/30/2014 | 117 comments
30 dont's thumb

After bringing two kids home from the hospital myself and talking with a bunch of friends who also have small children, I came up with a list of 30 things I would personally suggest NOT doing the next time you visit a new mom.

What would YOU add to my list?

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

posted by Andrea | 05/27/2014 | 16 comments
slow and steady thumb

A few weeks ago, I blogged about our super overwhelming yard project. After that post went live, several people commented that my “any progress is still progress” philosophy could actually be applied to almost anything in life. And I totally agree!

Do you have any overwhelming projects on your to-do list? If so, I hope this post will be the motivation you need to get started.

What’s Your “One Thing”?

posted by Andrea | 05/23/2014 | 55 comments
one thing thumb

What’s your “one thing” — you know, the thing you love doing so much that you’ll almost always make time for it even when you’re super busy and stressed?

Today I’m sharing my “one thing”… any guesses as to what it might be? :)