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When Simple Isn’t Popular

posted by Andrea | 09/17/2014 | 30 comments
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I’ve been striving to live simply and to be more organized for as long as I can remember and I’ve been blogging about it for 4 years now.

However, it just recently occurred to me that although “living simply” is an extremely popular topic in today’s society, my real life simple choices are not always equally as popular.

Clutter-Free Gifts for Kids (100 days and counting)

posted by Andrea | 09/16/2014 | 14 comments
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Last week, two different people emailed me asking for advice on clutter-free gifts for kids.

So, in honor of the fact that today marks 100 days until Christmas (yes, you read that right!), and the fact that I’m a huge advocate for completing at least some holiday shopping nice and early, I’m sharing a few of my favorite clutter-free gifts for kids.

6 Ways to Get FREE (or almost free) Clothes

posted by Andrea | 09/9/2014 | 17 comments
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In honor of my week-long clothes clutter series and my ridiculously frugal nature, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to talk about the many ways I’ve managed to get completely free clothing for both me and my kids.

If you’ve ever hesitated to update your wardrobe because you felt it wasn’t in your budget (yes, I can relate), this post is definitely for you!

My New Mix ‘n Match Wardrobe

posted by Andrea | 09/8/2014 | 72 comments
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After countless hours of purging, and shopping, and trying on clothes, and buying, and ordering, and taking pictures, and writing, and editing, I am ecstatic to FINALLY be able to share this post with you…

My new super comfy, super cute, super low maintenance, mix ‘n match wardrobe!!!!!!

When We’ve Opted to Pay the Pros

posted by Andrea | 09/3/2014 | 25 comments
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Although Dave and I really love saving a bunch of money on DIY projects, there have been many times over the past 8 years when we’ve eagerly opted to shell out our hard-earned cash to pay a pro to do the dirty work for us.

So when have we opted to pay the pros? Keep reading to find out!

A Few of My Favorite Things {September 2014}

posted by Andrea | 09/2/2014 | 26 comments
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A few of my favorite things for September… including a much-loved organizing tool that costs less than $8!

Our Last Day of Summer Vacation

posted by Andrea | 09/1/2014 | 10 comments
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Today, we’re enjoying Dave’s very last day at home before school starts up, bright and early tomorrow morning.

For one last day this summer, we’re all together ALL DAY LONG. Going for walks, playing outside, eating 3 meals a day at our kitchen table, and snuggling together on the couch (per Nora’s daily request).

Enjoyment or Entitlement? The questions I’ve struggled with lately.

posted by Andrea | 08/29/2014 | 52 comments
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Over the past two years, I’ve had somewhat of an internal struggle when it comes to splurging on anything that isn’t a necessity.

On one hand, I feel that we can ENJOY a small splurge every once in a while. But on the other hand, I know that one small splurge can lead to feeling ENTITLED to something we might not be able to afford.

5 Things I’ve Learned About Myself as an Introvert

posted by Andrea | 08/25/2014 | 41 comments
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Over the past couple of years, I’ve spent more time looking into different personality types… and I’ve learned a lot about myself as an introvert.

I do not feel less than, or worse, or slighted, or restrained in any way simply because I lean more towards the introverted spectrum of personalities. I actually find it fascinating to learn more about my personality type and what make me “tick”!

4 Ways I Save (and Simplify) with Online Shopping

posted by Andrea | 08/18/2014 | 33 comments
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I’ve never really enjoyed going shopping; however, I also never discovered the amazing world of online shopping until a few years ago. In fact, I never purchased anything online (even from Craigslist) until after we were married!

Over the past 3 or 4 years, I’ve almost entirely switched to online shopping, and I cannot believe how much it has helped me to simplify my life.

Come Grocery Shopping With Me: 4 Years and 2 Kids Later

posted by Andrea | 08/13/2014 | 44 comments
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When I first started blogging (about 4 years ago) it was rare that I spent more than $25 per week on groceries. Now, 4 years and 2 kids later… our grocery bill has TRIPLED!

Come read why our grocery budget has gone up — as well as a few ways I’m still managing to save money with little to no extra effort!

We HAVE the Time… We Just Don’t MAKE it

posted by Andrea | 08/5/2014 | 34 comments
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We ALL get 24 hours to do whatever we need and want to do each day. What we make of that time is up to US.

In today’s posts, I’m sharing one of my weird pet peeves — and also how I empower myself by swapping out one simple word!

A Few of My Favorite Things {August 2014}

posted by Andrea | 08/1/2014 | 5 comments
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Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite things for the month of August — a few of which are perfect for those of you who love being outside during the warm summer months

Car Seat Safety: Advice from Allstate

posted by Andrea | 07/24/2014 | 13 comments
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Over the last few years, I’ve gotten many questions about car seats — both about the seats we have for our kids and about car seat safety. I’ve never felt qualified to answer many of those questions — so instead, I got the folks at Allstate to answer them for me!

Today’s post shares all sorts of car seat safety tips and advice — definitely a must-read for anyone driving around with small children.

A Break-Down of My Blogging Break

posted by Andrea | 07/21/2014 | 29 comments
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I’m excited to be back from my two-week blogging break — of course it went by way too fast (as is evident by the many items still on my to-do list).

We packed a lot of work and a lot of play into my two weeks away… here’s the break-down.

A Summer Siesta

posted by Andrea | 07/7/2014 | 17 comments
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Over the past few summers, I’ve taken some sort of blogging break to rest, relax, and to take full advantage of Dave’s glorious summer break.

This summer, it works best for our schedule to go with a 2-week break, starting right… NOW!

A Few of My Favorite Things {July 2014}

posted by Andrea | 07/2/2014 | 14 comments
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Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite things for the month of July — there’s something for everyone this month!

9 Ways to Shop At Costco Without a Membership

posted by Andrea | 06/25/2014 | 28 comments
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Have you ever wondered if a Costco membership (or other wholesale store membership) was right for you?

Today, I’m sharing 9 different ways you can shop (and save) at Costco without a membership — which might give you the opportunity you need to test the waters and see if a membership is worth the price.

DIY Laundry Detergent That Actually Works

posted by Andrea | 06/23/2014 | 72 comments
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Over the past 3+ years, I’ve shared a number of DIY cleaning products here on the blog; however, I’ve never shared a recipe for DIY laundry detergent because I couldn’t find a recipe I actually liked.

That all changed a couple months ago — so today, I’m sharing my new favorite DIY laundry detergent. It works fabulously, it’s really easy to make, it’s quite frugal, and it makes a huge batch!

Why I’m a “do more at less than 100%” person

posted by Andrea | 06/18/2014 | 29 comments
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About a month ago, a blog reader emailed me asking for time management tips as she felt like she never had enough time to give 100% to everything she was doing. She admitted she had a lot on her plate, but like so many of us, she loved everything she did and didn’t want to give up any of it.

Today’s post shares my response along with my own thoughts on giving 100%.

Because I Don’t Need Flowers to Feel Loved

posted by Andrea | 06/16/2014 | 52 comments
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Today is my birthday!

And instead of giveaways or any other fancy, celebratory post, I’m sharing something that has been on my mind a lot lately. It also just so happens to fit perfectly with this special day.

Craigslist 101: Are You Asking The Right Questions?

posted by Andrea | 06/9/2014 | 6 comments
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As a very experienced Craigslist buyer, I’ve had my fair share of “are you kidding me?” reactions after arriving to buy what I THOUGHT was going to be a great bargain. Thankfully, those experiences are getting fewer and farther between as I’ve learned a lot about asking the right questions.

Today, I’m sharing a list of questions you can ask to hopefully save yourself some time and gas money when shopping on Craigslist.