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 | 16 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 | 19 comments
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Iā€™m sharing a few more of my favorite things today ā€” 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…

Systems Simplify and Streamline Everything!

posted by Andrea | 07/5/2016 | 12 comments
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Systems are an integral part of everything we do. If we embrace them, they will help to simplify and streamline almost every area of life (at least every example I can think of!)

In case you can’t tell, I’m a huge fan of systems… today I’m sharing 3 reasons why!

A Few of My Favorite Things {July 2016}

posted by Andrea | 07/1/2016 | 8 comments
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Iā€™m sharing a few more of my favorite things today ā€” including a pair of super cute baby shoes that James literally can NOT pull off!

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 Week

posted by Andrea | 06/27/2016 | 34 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 | 63 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.