One Very Simple Tip to Increase Your Savings

posted by Andrea | 10/20/2016 | 9 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 | 26 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.

Upgrading The Everyday: a simple, frugal way to make life more fun!

posted by Andrea | 09/29/2016 | 23 comments
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Dave and I both thrive on routine and structure — and for the most part, our children do too. However, there is just something about a special surprise or a fun change in plans that can instantly cheer up even the gloomiest of days.

These special surprises and change in plans are usually very simple, very easy to pull off, and they are almost always free. I call it “Upgrading the Everyday”… and I try to do it at least once every day.

My Morning Productivity is Making a Comeback!

posted by Andrea | 09/27/2016 | 12 comments
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Almost exactly 2 years ago, I wrote a post with 7 of my best tips for a more productive morning… but then went on to explain why I personally was NOT following most of those tips. At the time, I was already pregnant with my 3rd child and the other 2 still weren’t sleeping through the night yet.

Mornings were crazy in our house and there really wasn’t anything I could do about it… thank goodness things have changed a bit since then and my morning productivity is finally starting to make a comeback!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 09/19/2016 | 11 comments
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Last week was a very full week for our family. Believe it or not, I actually went out of the house with ALL 3 kids in tow at least once every single day… and it wasn’t horrible!

Nora officially started school, we put a new window in our living room, we got (another) new-to-us stroller, and so much more!

A Simple Way To Think About Saving and Spending

posted by Andrea | 09/15/2016 | 27 comments
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As I looked through my blog archives, I was shocked I had never shared this money-saving tip here on my blog…

If you’re looking for a fairly simple and straightforward way to quickly decide if the cost of something is worth it for you, read this post!

Pre-Order and Pickup – My New Way to “Shop”

posted by Andrea | 09/9/2016 | 28 comments
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If you hate shopping, if you have lots of small children, if you struggle with impulse purchases while shopping, or if you don’t live extremely close to your local stores, I hope some of my pre-order and pickup (or pre-order and have it delivered) options will help you too!

This is quickly becoming my favorite way to “shop”!

A Peek Into Our Week (back to school)

posted by Andrea | 09/6/2016 | 24 comments
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We officially have one week of school under our belts for Dave — and it feels good to have more of a routine again! Nora goes to preschool in a week, Simon is officially sleeping in the big boy bed, and James is jabbering ALLLLL day long!

Come read what else we’ve been up to!

It’s Not Magic… It’s Maintenance

posted by Andrea | 09/2/2016 | 27 comments
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In a world of quick-fixes, diet pills, and DIY manuals that promise to solve all our problems, it’s easy to forget that the key to most of our problems is simply hard work, determination, and baby steps in the right direction.

It’s not magic… it’s maintenance!

A Few of My Favorite Things {September 2016}

posted by Andrea | 09/1/2016 | 26 comments
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How is it possible that September is here already! Wow!

I’m back with a few more of my favorite things today — and as always, be sure to check out some of my favorite things from past months and share your favorite things in the comments!

Can You Find It In the Dark? My Organizational Litmus Test

posted by Andrea | 08/30/2016 | 24 comments
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If I were a betting person, I would bet you that I could find almost anything in my entire house in the dark.

This is not because I have a photogenic memory or because I spend endless hours organizing, re-organizing, and labeling everything in our house. But rather, it’s because we have an organizational system that works for our home and for our family…

One More Reason To Say “No”

posted by Andrea | 08/19/2016 | 12 comments
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Looking for ONE more reason (or just a little more courage) to say “no” when someone asks you to do something that you just don’t think you can make the time to do?

I hope today’s post will be the encouragement and motivation you need…

One Less Thing To Forget + FREE Furnace Filters!

posted by Andrea | 08/16/2016 | 17 comments
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I’m a huge advocate for automating as many things as possible — banking, bill pay, grocery deliveries, and even furnace filters! For the past year, I’ve been using FilterEasy’s fabulous filter delivery system, which means I never have to think about changing furnace filters again!

If you’d like to automate one more thing in your life, I’d encourage YOU to jump on board with FilterEasy because they are giving away FREE filters to ALL my readers (along with a chance to win a $250 Amazon gift card!)