Life

3 Concepts that Help Me Be More Content

posted by Andrea | 02/24/2017 | 16 comments

If I’m really honest with myself, I’m not naturally a super “content” person. I would much rather work towards a goal — and while I don’t necessarily think it’s bad to strive for more, it does get tiring after a while, and I think it robs us of happiness.

Over the past few months, I’ve thought quite a bit about what exactly I do to (try and) be more content… and I came up with 3 super simple concepts that seem to help me.

A Simple Way to Extend The Life of Your Furnace (Plus Free Filters!)

posted by Andrea | 02/16/2017 | 12 comments

After almost 11 years of being a homeowner, I have learned a thing or two about home maintenance. Namely, that a little bit of maintenance can go a LONG way in preventing big huge expenses…

Today I’m sharing one very simple maintenance task that can save you a bunch of money by extending the life of your furnace!

14 Simple Ways to Show Yourself Some Love

posted by Andrea | 02/14/2017 | 24 comments

Happy Valentines Day!

Instead of sharing cute Valentine’s craft ideas, decorating ideas, gift ideas, recipe ideas, or other ideas that take time, effort, energy, money, and a decent amount of planning ahead, I thought I’d share 14 simple ways we can show OURSELVES a little extra love over the next few weeks, months, and even years!

If it Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It!

posted by Andrea | 02/10/2017 | 15 comments

I love thinking about better, more efficient ways to keep my home and life more organized — but I usually don’t start looking for a more efficient way until I start feeling like my current system isn’t working anymore.

If my current system isn’t broken… I don’t fix it (and I save a lot of time, money, and stress in the process!)

7 Simple Ways We Save A Little Bit More

posted by Andrea | 02/9/2017 | 19 comments

I’ve gotten lots of money-saving questions over the past few weeks… so today, I thought I’d share a handful of relatively small and simple ways we save quite a bit every month and every year.

Most of these simple ways to save won’t instantly change your financial situation, but (as with most things in life) the changes will come about more slowly. However, by starting small and sticking with your savings goals, you will be on your way to create the very valuable habit of SAVING!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {February 2017}

posted by Andrea | 02/1/2017 | 13 comments

It’s February — the month of love — so it only seems fitting that I should share a handful of things I LOVE!

One is a newer favorite, the other 4 have been favorites for years and years! And as always, be sure to check out some of my favorite things from past months and share your favorite things in the comments!

The Questions We Ask When Debating Whether to Save or Splurge

posted by Andrea | 01/30/2017 | 4 comments

Today I’m sharing a list of questions Dave and I ask when we’re contemplating saving or splurging.

Of course, there is no right or wrong way to save or splurge, but I’ve found that my mental checklist of questions helps put my purchase into perspective, resist impulsive spending, and still enjoy regular splurges and special treats for myself and my family (without feeling guilty!)

5 Ways I Find Free (and Frugal) eBooks

posted by Andrea | 01/25/2017 | 14 comments

I realize there are literally hundreds and hundreds of online resources for free and frugal eBooks, but since I like to keep things super simple, I’m sharing MY top 5 today.

And of course, I’d love to know what your favorites are too!

Why Every Household Needs An Important Information Binder

posted by Andrea | 01/24/2017 | 30 comments

Several years ago, I put together a large binder filled with ALL our important documents and information — basically a handbook for anyone who might need to step in and “run our lives” if we were unable to, for whatever reason.

Today, I’m sharing how I put this binder together, how I keep it updated… AND a free printable worksheet so YOU can get your important papers in order too!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 01/23/2017 | 26 comments

Despite starting our week with 3 sick kiddos, we had a great week with slightly warmer temperatures and Dave home a bit more due to exams.

I finished a couple more books, did a few small projects around the house, and updated our important document binder… so overall, a pretty productive week for me!

Developing the Habit of Simple Living

posted by Andrea | 01/20/2017 | 39 comments

Simple living can sound like an overwhelming task for many of us… and it CAN be at first.

However, I know from personal experience that when simple living becomes a habit, or “an unconscious pattern of behavior,” it just feels right, and easy, and oh so simple you won’t even be able to imagine living life any other way!

Don’t Push Yourself Too Hard

posted by Andrea | 01/17/2017 | 17 comments

Have you ever pushed yourself too hard… to the point where you hated an activity you once loved?

As we strive for new goals and resolutions in the coming year, I want to highlight the negative impact of pushing too hard. It’s one thing to strive for a lofty goal… it’s another to completely burn out and start hating an activity you formerly enjoyed.

It Can’t Hurt to Ask

posted by Andrea | 01/11/2017 | 29 comments

Although I’m not nearly as frugal as I was 10 years ago, I still try to use our money wisely, get the best value, and save when it’s not too much of an inconvenience.

One of the ways I save quite a bit (without sacrificing much time, effort, or quality of product) is by simply asking the right questions to the right people.

Maybe Busyness Isn’t Always Bad

posted by Andrea | 01/6/2017 | 7 comments

Sometimes, I think we get sucked into thinking that all busyness is bad, unnecessary, and something that could or should be avoided — like if our lives are busy, we’re doing something wrong.

But in reality, busy times are often just part of life. They are not always avoidable, nor are they always bad…

A Few of My Favorite Things {January 2017}

posted by Andrea | 01/3/2017 | 17 comments

Another new month and YEAR… which means I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things (not listed = a teacher-husband who is home all Christmas break!)

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

A Peek Into Our Christmas Break

posted by Andrea | 01/2/2017 | 23 comments

Happy New Year!

It was so nice to take a week off and enjoy a slower pace over the holidays — but I’m excited to be back! Come take a peek at what we did over our break!

Embrace Our New Normal

posted by Andrea | 12/22/2016 | 18 comments

I’ve recently been asked (multiple times) for any tips or ideas I have to “get back to normal” after big life-changing events.

Unfortunately, based on my own experience, it’s often not possible to truly “get back to normal” — especially after a big change. Instead, I feel it’s more fitting to focus on EMBRACING A NEW NORMAL.

Banish Unnecessary Guilt Once and For All

posted by Andrea | 12/20/2016 | 57 comments

Making assumptions without knowing all the facts has the potential to make us look like idiots… however, have you ever considered WE might be the ones who are negatively affected by falsely assuming our friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, and social media acquaintances are better or superior to us based on only half the story?

Today I’m sharing one fairly simple concept that could free you from lots of unnecessary guilt.

Live or Artificial? My Internal Christmas Tree Debate

posted by Andrea | 12/16/2016 | 45 comments

Although I was fairly certain we would get a live tree once we were living out on our own, Dave and I have been using a thrift store artificial Christmas tree for the past 11 Christmases 🙂

Every year I have some sort of internal debate about if we should keep using our artificial tree or go buy a real one…

My Favorite “Me Time” Activities… and One Reason I’m so Productive

posted by Andrea | 12/14/2016 | 44 comments

A couple months ago, I read a book that encouraged me to think about what I do for myself (a.k.a. “me time”). And for the last 2 months, I’ve consciously considered what activities bring me joy, satisfaction, and fulfillment.

What I realized is that despite being home with 3 young children all day, I actually enjoy quite a bit of “me time”. Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite me time activities… and why I’m able to be so productive as a result of these activities.