Life

Developing the Habit of Simple Living

posted by Andrea | 01/20/2017 | 36 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.

Our Favorite Mess-Free Soap Pump (plus a giveaway!)

posted by Andrea | 12/7/2016 | 390 comments

Today is Dave’s birthday, and I thought we’d celebrate on the blog by doing a fun giveaway!

I also have a super cute video of Nora and Simon trying out our new simplehuman soap pump 🙂

Are We Giving To Satisfy Ourselves?

posted by Andrea | 12/6/2016 | 38 comments

There are so many times when we (myself included) have our own agendas for giving — we want to give what WE want to give, whether it is useful or needed or appreciated by the recipient.

I hope today’s post reminds all of us to take few minutes to think how our gifts might best be used — not only for family and friends but also donations and other charitable giving!

A Few of My Favorite Things {December 2016}

posted by Andrea | 12/1/2016 | 25 comments

Last week I was telling Dave how I couldn’t believe I have been doing these Favorite Things posts for almost 4 years now — and I don’t think I’ve repeated anything!

I have a few more goodies to share this month… as always, be sure to check out some of my favorite things from past months and share your favorite things in the comments!

My Favorite Way to Shop and Save on Clothing

posted by Andrea | 11/30/2016 | 8 comments

Anyone who’s read my blog for any amount of time knows I’m a huge advocate for buying secondhand whenever possible — and if I can save a bunch buying secondhand online, I’m even happier yet!

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite ways to shop and save ONLINE with thredUP (and I have a great discount coupon for new customers too!)

A Peek Into Our Week (Nora’s Birthday and Thanksgiving)

posted by Andrea | 11/28/2016 | 24 comments

Last week was not a normal week for our family due to Nora’s birthday and Dave being home most of the week for Thanksgiving break… however, it’s been almost 2 months since my last Peek Into Our Week post, so I was due for an update!

I’m sharing more about Nora’s Frozen-themed birthday parties, our menu plan, and what we did over Thanksgiving break.

One More Simple Way to Save

posted by Andrea | 11/21/2016 | 19 comments

A few years ago, I shared one of my simplest and best tips to save money on every purchase by taking 1 minute to quickly look over my receipt before I leave the store.

Today, I’m sharing another simple thing I do every time I buy anything… and I’m always amazed how much I save!

Yes, You CAN Have Too Much Of A Good Thing

posted by Andrea | 11/18/2016 | 8 comments

Have you ever felt like you were juggling too many responsibilities, being pulled in too many different directions, or “wearing too many hats”?

If so, I hope today’s post will help you take a step back, look at ALL those good things you’re doing, and figure out a way to cut back. It won’t be easy, but I don’t think you’ll regret it.

My Free Grocery List Printable

posted by Andrea | 11/11/2016 | 15 comments

Over the past 12+ years of grocery shopping “on my own”, I estimate that I’ve been to the grocery store at least 6000 times!! Thankfully, I have a grocery list cheat-sheet that allows me to quickly and easily make my grocery list based on my store’s layout and saves me oodles of time at the store each week!

Today, I’m sharing that grocery list with anyone who wants it — totally editable and printable!

Because There is Always Something…

posted by Andrea | 11/8/2016 | 33 comments

If you have ever felt even slightly discouraged by your seemingly never-ending journey towards a simpler, more organized life… PLEASE, take 5 minute to read this post.

I hope it will encourage you — and maybe put a few things into perspective!

Don’t Let Urgent Get in the Way of Important

posted by Andrea | 11/4/2016 | 16 comments

One thing I have stressed over and over and over again in my own life, with past clients, with my children, and here on my blog is the importance of planning ahead.

I could talk about planning ahead all day long, but if I had to boil it down to one single reason why planning ahead helps me to simplify, streamline, and de-stress my entire life, it would be this: Planning ahead lets me focus on the IMPORTANT instead of dealing with the URGENT.