Life

Good Enough

posted by Andrea | 12/17/2014 | 45 comments
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Over the years, I’m sure the number of times I’ve said “that’s good enough” is astounding. I catch myself saying it ALL THE TIME — and honestly, I’m not sure that’s such a bad thing.

Today I’m sharing why “good enough” is good enough for me!

A New Year, A Fresh Start, and A Fun Opportunity

posted by Andrea | 12/11/2014 | 13 comments
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We’re just weeks away from another new year — a fresh start, a new beginning. And while I definitely don’t want to rush through the holiday season, I can’t help but be excited to flip over my calendar on January 1.

If you share my enthusiasm, yet feel like you’ve been struggling to “really live” your best and most fulfilling life, today’s post might be just what you need to get excited about another new year.

Increase Your Saving and Investment Potential With Automatic Deposits

posted by Andrea | 12/10/2014 | 15 comments
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I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it over and over again — automating our savings and our investments has been one of the most important reasons we’ve been able to stick with our lofty savings and investment goals for the past 8+ years.

As we approach another new year with new goals, I’d encourage you to set up a monthly auto-deposit into a specific savings or investment account that you are committed not to touch for a while.

10 Tips for Bringing a Dish to Pass

posted by Andrea | 12/9/2014 | 29 comments
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If the next few weeks at your house look anything like the next few weeks at our house, you’ll be hosting and/or attending MANY holiday parties. And what’s a great party without great food?

I know there are hundreds of “holiday recipe round-up” posts out there right now — so I’m not going to share specific recipes with you today. Instead, I’m going to share some of the things I personally consider when I’m bringing a dish to pass.

A Few Things to Consider Before You Donate

posted by Andrea | 12/5/2014 | 31 comments
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Although the holiday season is often filled with consumerism and spending money, there is also a HUGE amount of charitable giving that takes place this time of year.

Today, I’m sharing my thoughts on a few recent conversations with donation centers and volunteers… definitely something to consider the next time you’re ready to head to your local donation center or food pantry.

A Few Of My Favorite Things {December 2014}

posted by Andrea | 12/1/2014 | 26 comments
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Are you looking for a few great stocking stuffers? Would you like to know what my favorite organizing containers are?

It’s all in this month’s “favorite things” post!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

posted by Andrea | 11/26/2014 | 14 comments
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I know I’ve said it before, but Thanksgiving is hands down my most favorite holiday of the year.

I’ll be away from my blog the rest of the week, but just wanted to pop in to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

10 Tips to Simplify Holiday Entertaining

posted by Andrea | 11/19/2014 | 18 comments
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Dave and I are hosting Nora’s birthday party this weekend, then we’re celebrating Thanksgiving, 5 other immediate family member birthdays, lots of Christmas parties, a New Years party, hosting out of town guest, and more… all in the next 6 weeks.

Because of all these celebrations, I felt a post on how to simplify holiday entertaining was timely. I hope it will be helpful for many of you as well!

My Favorite Hobbies and Free-Time Activities

posted by Andrea | 11/12/2014 | 25 comments
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Recently, a blog reader emailed me saying she was shocked that we had a Netflix membership. I figured she was going to rant and rave about how TV was the most horrible thing ever; however, she was actually thrilled to know we had a Netflix membership because (as she put it) it meant I had free time!

For those of you who have ever wondered what I do in my free time… here are a few of my favorite hobbies!

A Few of My Favorite Things {November 2014}

posted by Andrea | 11/3/2014 | 15 comments
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A few of my favorite things for the month of November.

It’s a REALLY random list again this month — but all things I’m using regularly!!

7 Tips for a More Productive Morning (and why I’m not following most of them!)

posted by Andrea | 10/30/2014 | 27 comments
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If you’re looking for a few tips to get your morning off to a great start, this post should get you on the right track.

On the other hand, if you’re feeling totally overwhelmed by the thought of waking up early, I’m right there with you… and I think you’ll take comfort in what I have to say at the end of this post.

Why Parents Should Stop Worrying About Fair and Equal

posted by Andrea | 10/24/2014 | 63 comments
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This is a post I’ve been itching to write for years already — but I didn’t think I would hold any “clout” on the topic until I had at least 2 kids.

So now that the “having two kids” part has been taken care of, I have a few (maybe more than a few) things to say about why I STRONGLY believe we should stop worrying and stressing about making every single aspect of our children’s lives “fair” and “equal”.

Simplify Your Shopping with ePantry.com (plus $10 off and FREE Mrs. Meyers!)

posted by Andrea | 10/22/2014 | 23 comments
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I’m excited to gush about one of my new favorite online shopping destinations that has helped me simplify my busy life and keep my home clean — ePantry.com.

Oh yeah… and they are offering free goodies to ALL of you!

A Life of Moderation: My Top Tip for Simple Living

posted by Andrea | 10/14/2014 | 18 comments
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One of my goals in life has always been to simplify (shocking, I know!) I take great pleasure in finding simpler, more organized ways to run my home, my work, and my life. It’s not always easy, but it is always worth my efforts.

Today, I’m sharing one key factor that has made my life more simplified and helped me avoid burnout. You might just say it’s my “Top Tip For Simple Living”!

Our Salute to Summer Shindig

posted by Andrea | 10/10/2014 | 9 comments
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As I mentioned in last week’s post, we hosted a big “salute to summer shindig” at our house to celebrate the end of the summer and the end of all our summer projects.

Although the Michigan weather did not cooperate, we still had a fabulous time celebrating with our family… in our garage :)

Why I Almost Never Say: “We Can’t Afford That”

posted by Andrea | 10/7/2014 | 55 comments
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About 2 months ago, I shared a post about one of my pet peeves — when people complain about “not having enough time” for various activities.

Today, I’m sharing another pet peeve — saying “We can’t afford that.” I personally try to never say, “we can’t afford that” and I’m sharing why in today’s posts. Also, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic!

A Few of My Favorite Things {October 2014}

posted by Andrea | 10/1/2014 | 11 comments
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A few of my favorite things for the month of October…

5 Tips to Avoid Impulse Purchases

posted by Andrea | 09/29/2014 | 15 comments
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Impulse purchases can do a number on your budget — not to mention adding excess clutter to your home if you don’t have the space to store your new items.

So as the holiday shopping season approaches, I thought I’d share a few guidelines I follow to avoid impulse purchases. I’d love to know if you have anything to add to my list!

It’s Not Magic… It’s Maintenance

posted by Andrea | 09/24/2014 | 21 comments
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In a world of quick-fixes, diet pills, and books 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 directions.

It’s not magic… it’s maintenance!

When Simple Isn’t Popular

posted by Andrea | 09/17/2014 | 58 comments
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I’ve been striving to live simply and to be more organized for as long as I can remember and I’ve been blogging about it for 4 years now.

However, it just recently occurred to me that although “living simply” is an extremely popular topic in today’s society, my real life simple choices are not always equally as popular.

Clutter-Free Gifts for Kids (100 days and counting)

posted by Andrea | 09/16/2014 | 14 comments
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Last week, two different people emailed me asking for advice on clutter-free gifts for kids.

So, in honor of the fact that today marks 100 days until Christmas (yes, you read that right!), and the fact that I’m a huge advocate for completing at least some holiday shopping nice and early, I’m sharing a few of my favorite clutter-free gifts for kids.

6 Ways to Get FREE (or almost free) Clothes

posted by Andrea | 09/9/2014 | 19 comments
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In honor of my week-long clothes clutter series and my ridiculously frugal nature, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to talk about the many ways I’ve managed to get completely free clothing for both me and my kids.

If you’ve ever hesitated to update your wardrobe because you felt it wasn’t in your budget (yes, I can relate), this post is definitely for you!