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3 Reasons Homemaking + Parenting is Easier Today Than Ever Before

posted by Andrea | 04/27/2016 | 12 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!

Today, I’m sharing one of my most favorite and most useful homemaking + mothering resources with YOU!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 04/25/2016 | 33 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!

Our Thought Process Can Boost Productivity and Performance

posted by Andrea | 03/31/2016 | 25 comments
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Have you ever taken the time to think about your thought process? If so, you might have noticed that by thinking through various events, projects, and tasks in your day-to-day life, you can dramatically increase your productivity and improve your performance.

I’ve noticed this time and time again in my own life… and today, I’m sharing several examples.

Cute Clothes… Without The Clutter

posted by Andrea | 03/30/2016 | 21 comments
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Many of you know that I don’t necessarily love shopping, and I don’t like cluttering up my closet up with lots of “extra” stuff.

Thanks to LeTote.com, I have been “renting” a variety of cute clothing items to wear for a short time, and then swapping them out for new cute clothes… all without adding any clutter to my closet! I know… it almost sounds too good to be true!

The Light at the End of The Tunnel

posted by Andrea | 03/25/2016 | 12 comments
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When it comes to difficult and overwhelming situations, I have found that it is exponentially easier for me to push on when I take a moment to step back, think about the big picture, and look for even the smallest fleck of light shining through the end of the long dark tunnel.

Today, I’m sharing more in hopes of encouraging those of you in the middle of a difficult situation…

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 03/14/2016 | 30 comments
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It’s been over a month since my last peek into our week post… and boy do I have a lot to share!

Also, I’m just a tiny bit excited that Spring Break is only a little more than 2 weeks away!

Save Time (and your sanity) By Determining Your Bare Minimum

posted by Andrea | 03/9/2016 | 23 comments
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The other day, as I was quickly wiping down the bathroom counters and swishing some bleach around in the toilets, I realized that I have yet to share one of my MOST time-saving, sanity-saving tips here on the blog!

Today, I’m sharing my “bare minimum” lists for various aspects of my life… and boy have these mental lists saved me so much time, energy, and sanity over the past few years!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {March 2016}

posted by Andrea | 03/1/2016 | 12 comments
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I’m back with a few more of my favorite things! As always, be sure to check out some of my favorite things from past months and share your favorite things in the comments!

The True Cost of Our Stuff

posted by Andrea | 02/29/2016 | 35 comments
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Have you ever stopped to think about the true “cost” of something before you buy it and bring it back into your home?

I love “free” stuff as much as anyone, but I also know that even inexpensive (or free) items usually come with hidden costs that might end up being a burden later on.

10 Very Normal Things I’ve Never Done

posted by Andrea | 02/23/2016 | 49 comments
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The other day, after a ridiculously long conversation with Nora, filled with lots of “whys?”, I started thinking about all the things I’ve NEVER done.

Today, I’m sharing 10 very normal things that, for whatever reason, I’ve never done!

Things I’m Glad I Had For My First Baby

posted by Andrea | 02/17/2016 | 18 comments
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Last week, I shared a handful of baby items we had with Simon and James… but wished we would have had with Nora.

After writing that post, I started thinking more about the things we DID have with Nora that we have used over and over and over again with all 3 of our children… and I’m sharing a few of those today!

Cleaning With Vinegar… Without the Smell!

posted by Andrea | 02/16/2016 | 22 comments
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Over the last 5+ years, I have really embraced the cleaning power of vinegar — plain white vinegar. Not only is it extremely inexpensive, it’s also SO versatile — it can practically clean anything!

Today, I’m back with another vinegar-cleaning tip… and it might just offer those of you who don’t love the smell of vinegar a less-smelly alternative!

The Thing To Do When You Get Off Track

posted by Andrea | 02/15/2016 | 17 comments
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Have you lost steam and gotten off track with any of your current goals, projects, or tasks?

If so, today’s posts offers a VERY simple solution (and hopefully a little motivation) to push forward and move on!

Our Expectations Matter

posted by Andrea | 02/12/2016 | 37 comments
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It’s very easy to quickly develop unrealistic expectations for our own homes, lives, bodies, spouses, children, and abilities… and in my experience, having unrealistic expectations is just another step towards an unhappy life.

If nothing else, I hope today’s post encourages you to be more mindful of your expectations and not let them be the cause of your unhappiness.