Life

Because the Lessons Are More Important Than the Results

posted by Andrea | 05/29/2015 | 24 comments
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A LONG time ago, I promised myself that I wouldn’t be “that mom” who always picked up and re-did chores after her kids because it wasn’t good enough for my own standards.

I’ve reminded myself of this promise many times… but I never expected to be at the point in my life where I had to put it into practice so soon!

How I Save Loads of Time in the Grocery Store

posted by Andrea | 05/27/2015 | 72 comments
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Over the years, I’ve shared many tips for saving time and money at the grocery store (one of my least favorite places!) However, due to the fact that I get SO many questions about grocery shopping, I figured it was time to re-share one of my BEST time-saving tips (at least when it comes to grocery shopping).

So what is my amazing tip? Click through to find out!

5 Things: An Exercise in Contentment

posted by Andrea | 05/26/2015 | 24 comments
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Have you ever felt discontent with one area of your home, life, body, etc? If you’re human (and especially if you’re female) I’m guessing the answer is yes!

Today, I’m sharing a super simple “remedy” I use when I’m feeling less-than-content about something in my life… I’m always amazed how well it works!

Why We’ve Been Dining Out More (and how we’re doing it frugally)

posted by Andrea | 05/18/2015 | 15 comments
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Dave and I saved SO much money the first 6+ years of our marriage by almost never (and I mean never) going out to eat.

However, over the past couple of years, we’ve managed to dine out almost once a week for a VERY minimal cost (often times even free!) Today, I’m sharing 7 ways we dine out on a budget!

10 Creative Wedding Gift Ideas (that work with their registry)

posted by Andrea | 05/14/2015 | 31 comments
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It’s wedding season — which means lots of gift-giving opportunities.

If you’d like to get a little more creative this year — but still honor their registries — I have a bunch of ideas that are relatively simple to implement and can be quite frugal as well.

10 Things I Do to FEEL More Energized

posted by Andrea | 05/11/2015 | 15 comments
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I would normally consider myself to be a high-energy person. However, there are definitely times when I have a little less energy.

Even though I might not actually BE very energetic at various times during the day, I have a whole bunch of things I can do to make myself FEEL more energized. I’m sharing 10 of those tips today!

Why a No-Spending Period IS Doable for YOU

posted by Andrea | 05/8/2015 | 16 comments
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Two years ago, I shared about a “no-spending month” Dave and I were doing; and over the past 2 years, many of you have congratulated me, but told me why a no-spending challenge would NEVER work for you.

So today, I’m sharing why a no-spending challenge COULD indeed work for ANYONE who wants to do one!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {May 2015}

posted by Andrea | 05/4/2015 | 15 comments
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It’s May — which means we’re working hard to finish all our house and yard projects before this baby arrives!

Today, I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things for the month, and I’d love to know your list too!

Why It’s OK Not To Have Constant Balance

posted by Andrea | 05/1/2015 | 13 comments
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Most people think that in order to achieve a simple organized life, we also need to have complete and constant balance in every aspect of life… but in my opinion, constant balance is nearly impossible to achieve.

I’m sharing more thoughts about “balance” in today’s post!

What Being a Homemaker Looks Like for Me

posted by Andrea | 04/24/2015 | 22 comments
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While I realize that many of you might not share my ultra-enthusiastic views of homemaking, I DO think that every one of us wants our home to be a place we enjoy spending time with our family and friends. For some of us, it just takes a little extra motivation and willpower to get there — and that’s OK :)

Today, I’m sharing what being a “homemaker” means for me — as well as some great resources for those of you looking for a little of that motivation!

One of the Simplest Things I Do to Improve My Health

posted by Andrea | 04/22/2015 | 29 comments
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Although I am definitely NOT a ‘health nut’ by any standards, I have been practicing one extremely healthy habit on a daily basis for the last 15+ years of my life.

It hardly takes any extra effort on my part but it makes a MASSIVE difference in how I look and feel physically, mentally, emotionally, etc. Oh, and it’s completely FREE!

My Morning Routine… and how it sets the tone for my family’s day

posted by Andrea | 04/21/2015 | 43 comments
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Now that Nora is finally sleeping through the night, I’m FINALLY getting back to a more normal morning routine (after a 3-year hiatus!)

It feels great to be back in my early morning groove again — and I can’t believe how simply starting MY day off on the right foot can make such a drastic difference in the mood for my entire family.

What I Do (and Don’t) Love About My Kitchen Appliances

posted by Andrea | 04/16/2015 | 21 comments
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Now that we’ve been living with our new kitchen for a couple of years, I’m starting to get lots of questions about what we do and don’t love about our appliances and other parts of the kitchen.

So although we love almost everything, I’m sharing all the “pros” and “cons” about our kitchen appliances in today’s post!

A Life Lesson… From Nora

posted by Andrea | 04/9/2015 | 20 comments
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On one of our recent walks, Nora had a frustrating “problem” that was solved with a very simple solution… and as I walked on, I realized that many of us adults have a similar problem that could also be solved with a very simple solution.

Keep reading for the valuable life lesson from Nora… it’s amazing the things our kids teach us :)

How I Store, Organize, and Track our Gift Cards

posted by Andrea | 04/7/2015 | 16 comments
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Dave and I always have a good amount of gift cards to various places around town… some of which we buy ourselves during the special holiday gift card sales and promotions!

I have a super simple method to keep track of all our cards… and I’m sharing that today. It’s a method I’ve been using for about 10 years and I’ve never ONCE lost or misplaced or forgot about a gift card — so it works!!

Our Favorite Kids Kitchen Gear and How We Organize It

posted by Andrea | 04/6/2015 | 1 comment
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When I was pregnant with Nora, I never even thought about registering for any “kids kitchen gear”. Fast-forward almost 4 years and our kitchen is now full of various “kids kitchen gear” as I call it.

Today, I’m sharing some of our favorite kids kitchen gear items — as well as how we organize it all within our kitchen!

So… What Exactly Is A Top-5 List?

posted by Andrea | 04/3/2015 | 11 comments
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Four years ago, I shared a post about my Top-5 List and how it helps to reduce procrastination and increase productivity.

Today, I’m sharing a follow-up post, answering the many questions I’ve gotten about my Top-5 List… definitely a must-read if you’d like to get more done in less time :)

A Few of My Favorite Things {April 2015}

posted by Andrea | 04/1/2015 | 13 comments
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I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things this month — 3 of which are less than $10!

Creating Change When You Just Feel Too Busy

posted by Andrea | 03/30/2015 | comment
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If you can relate to feeling too busy, I hope the ideas and concepts in this post will be helpful and encouraging for you — and, more importantly, I hope they will motivate you to make some changes in your life.

In my own personal experience, I’ve never once regretted creating that change yet!

How I Keep My Clothes Wrinkle-Free Without an Iron

posted by Andrea | 03/27/2015 | 24 comments
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Although I work from home, I do get dressed up for church, I occasionally attend special events that require a dressier wardrobe, and even when I am home, I don’t necessarily want to look frumpy every day.

That said, I never EVER iron… and I can guarantee my clothes are NOT full of wrinkles either. Today, I’m sharing my 2 simple tips that practically eliminate all wrinkles from our clothing!