Life

Why I Don’t Always Listen to What “They” Say

posted by Andrea | 09/30/2016 | 11 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 | 22 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 | 21 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!)

Prevent Burnout By Focusing on Planning and Progress

posted by Andrea | 08/15/2016 | 10 comments
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Over the past few years, I have gotten so many emails and questions asking me to share more about how I prevent burnout.

These questions have been percolating in the back of my brain for months now, and as I thought more about them over my short blogging break last month, I kept circling back to the ideas of “planning ahead” and “gradual progress”… I’m sharing more today!

Craigslist 101: Always Be Ready to Sell

posted by Andrea | 08/12/2016 | 11 comments
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Over the past few weeks, Dave and I have purged SOOOOO much stuff from our home… and as I was emailing potential buyers and selling off our items, I thought of one more Craigslist tip that has helped me sell more items and sell them faster.

Today, I’m sharing that tip in hopes that it might help motivate you to sell some of your unwanted items!

My TOP TIP to Simplify The School Year

posted by Andrea | 08/11/2016 | 27 comments
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As I child, I LOVED the start of another school year! As a teacher’s wife with 3 young children at home, I can’t say I have that same love and happy anticipation for another school year to begin!

However, I’m working ahead now to simplify the start of our school year… and I’m sharing my top tip today!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {August 2016}

posted by Andrea | 08/2/2016 | 21 comments
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I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things today — including my favorite swimsuit, food storage containers, and my fabulous web-hosting company!

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

Slow and Full: My Blogging Break

posted by Andrea | 08/1/2016 | 45 comments
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Our summer has been FULL of people and activities… but at the same time, it has felt SLOW in the best possible way.

As I explain in today’s post, I feel like “slow and full” perfectly describes our family’s summer of 2016.

10 Tips for Bringing a Dish to Pass

posted by Andrea | 07/13/2016 | 42 comments
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Dave and I have lots and lots of parties, BBQ’s, picnics, and gatherings from Memorial Day through Labor Day… and what’s a great party without great food?

If you’ve ever dreaded “bringing a dish to pass” or stressed about what type of foods you should bring to your next potluck party, I hope my tips in today’s post will help!

Our Best and Worst Summer Jobs

posted by Andrea | 07/11/2016 | 27 comments
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Although Dave currently doesn’t have a summer job, we both had fun reminiscing about our best and worst summer jobs from previous years.

Today, I’m sharing a whole list of our summer jobs, as well as what we’re up to this summer! And yes, I’d LOVE for you to share your best and worst summer jobs!

How I Limit My Decisions and Simplify My Life

posted by Andrea | 07/8/2016 | 23 comments
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Over the past few years, I have drastically simplified my life by making a point to limit the number of decisions I need to make each day.

If you’ve ever felt bogged down by all the decisions YOU need to make, today’s post is a must-read…