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A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 06/27/2016 | 22 comments
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Today I’m sharing another peek into our week…

James is walking, Simon starts speech therapy, Nora is acting way too grownup, and Dave and I are celebrating our 10-year anniversary later this week!

It’s My Birthday… I Have Freebies for Everyone!

posted by Andrea | 06/16/2016 | 65 comments
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Today is my 31st birthday!

And since you all are some of the best and most loyal readers a gal could ask for, I’ve decided to offer some fun freebies for EVERYONE — as well as share a couple resources that have helped to drastically simplify my life over the past couple of years!

Craigslist 101: 4 Ways to Narrow Your Search

posted by Andrea | 06/14/2016 | 5 comments
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With hundreds of thousands of items for sale on Craigslist, it can be overwhelming to know how to search and what to search for.

If you have gotten frustrated with your Craigslist shopping experiences, I hope the tips in today’s post will help you simplify your Craigslist shopping experience by learning how to narrow your search so you can find just what you’re looking for in your price range and in your area!

It’s Officially Summer Break!

posted by Andrea | 06/10/2016 | 70 comments
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After giving a few exams this past week and hosting his staff party on Wednesday, Dave officially starts his summer break TODAY! Honestly, I think I’m more excited than he is šŸ™‚

Today I’m sharing a few of our summer plans (or lack of plans) and offering the opportunity for you to request and suggest different blog post topics and ideas!

2 Habits of People With Tidy Homes

posted by Andrea | 06/7/2016 | 57 comments
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I recently read an article that got me thinking about everything I do on a daily basis to keep our home relatively neat, clean, organized, tidy, and picked up.

I thought I would come up with a nice long list, but surprisingly, I quickly realized that there are just two main habits I have learned over the years that make this possible…

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 06/6/2016 | 28 comments
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Last week included a fun Memorial Day parade, planting 400 annuals, picking the first veggies from our garden, and listening to ridiculous knock-knock jokes from Nora and Simon over and over and over again!

Only 3 more days until Dave is home for the summer!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {June 2016}

posted by Andrea | 06/1/2016 | 10 comments
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Iā€™m sharing a few more of my favorite things — including my most favorite pants šŸ™‚

I’d love to hear what things you are loving and enjoying right now too!

Do You Know and Embrace Yourself?

posted by Andrea | 05/23/2016 | 25 comments
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I realize how ridiculous it might sound to “know and embrace yourself”… however, by learning more about ourselves, and embracing who we are (instead of trying to be or become something we’re not) we can simplify our lives by taking so much “guesswork”, confusion, and frustration out of the equation.

When (Some) Busyness Leads to (Mostly) Simple

posted by Andrea | 05/17/2016 | 13 comments
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Over the years, I have shared many of tips and tricks for simple living, decluttering, time management, and organization. I’ve also made it very clear that simple living is not always EASY. It requires hard work, dedication, and perseverance — trusting that those busy periods of life will eventually lead to simpler times.

Are you in a very busy period of life? If so, don’t feel guilty or like you’re doing everything wrong. Read today’s post and hopefully breathe a sigh of relief!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 05/16/2016 | 22 comments
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Last week we celebrated Mother’s day, had family pictures taken, planted more vegetables, and did more yard work. James celebrated 10 months and started walking with a walker, Simon started saying his name (sort of), and Nora is almost 4 and a half šŸ™‚

Here’s another peek into our week!

Craigslist 101: 4 Tips to Set Your Price

posted by Andrea | 05/13/2016 | 11 comments
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Spring is one of the best times of the year for yard sales, garage sales, church sales, secondhand sales, etc. It’s also prime-time for selling stuff on Craigslist (at least where we live).

Today I’m sharing 4 tips to set appropriate selling prices for your unwanted items — hopefully these tips will help you sell more and sell faster!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {May 2016}

posted by Andrea | 05/2/2016 | 14 comments
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I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things — something for the kids, for your office, for your kitchen, for your home, maybe something for mom (or yourself!)

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

3 Reasons Homemaking + Parenting is Easier Today Than Ever Before

posted by Andrea | 04/27/2016 | 17 comments
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Homemaking and parenting has never been (and will never be) “easy”, but with a little extra support, some helpful modern conveniences, and a boatload of useful resources, it’s getting EASIER!

What are your thoughts on parenting and homemaking today versus in past generations?

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 04/25/2016 | 35 comments
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We’ve had beautiful weather here in West Michigan and we’re making the most of it by spending lots of time outside doing yard work, planning our vegetable garden, and tiring our kids out!

Today I’m sharing another peek into our week…

Do It Now: My Personal Time-Management ‘Rule’

posted by Andrea | 04/22/2016 | 39 comments
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When it comes to getting stuff done, I almost always choose to “do it now” rather than wait until later.

I realize there are A LOT of people who don’t share this mindset; however, I think my “do it now” philosophy has been one of the key factors in keeping my home and my life simplified and organized.

Another BANDI Belt Giveaway!

posted by Andrea | 04/21/2016 | 31 comments
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In general, I’m not a big accessories gal — I don’t wear much jewelry, I don’t wear hats, I don’t carry cute bags. However, 3 years ago, I discovered the BANDI belt, and I knew it would be the perfect “accessory” for my non-accessory-loving self!

Today, I have the opportunity to share it with you again (and offer a fun giveaway!)

My Simple (and frugal) Long-Torso Swimsuit Solution!

posted by Andrea | 04/12/2016 | 30 comments
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For my entire life, I have struggled to find a one-piece swimsuit that was even somewhat comfortable… I’m sure there are many fellow long-torso gals out there who can relate!

I have tried on more one-piece suits over the past 3 years than I can possibly count, and not one has worked. I was starting to feel discouraged… until recently. I’m happy to share that I have FINALLY found not one, but TWO suits that fully cover my super-long torso! Bonus points that they are cute, comfortable, and extremely frugal!

6 Reasons We Buy Used

posted by Andrea | 04/11/2016 | 51 comments
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It’s no secret that I frequently buy used and 2nd-hand items for me, for Dave, for our kids, and for our house. I’m not ashamed to borrow something from a friend or relative — and you all know how much I love Craigslist šŸ™‚

Today, I’m sharing 6 reasons I almost always buy used… as well as a fabulous resource for those of you looking to reduce your expenses!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 04/4/2016 | 24 comments
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Last week was full of the unexpected — from James getting sick and forcing us to cancel our travel plans to a weird snowstorm in April!

Here’s a peek at everything we had going on.

A Few of My Favorite Things {April 2016}

posted by Andrea | 04/1/2016 | 19 comments
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Iā€™m back with a few more of my favorite things — all of which are very frugal again this month. In fact, one is even completely free!