Life

What Being a Homemaker Looks Like for Me

posted by Andrea | 04/24/2015 | 19 comments
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While I realize that many of you might not share my ultra-enthusiastic views of homemaking, I DO think that every one of us wants our home to be a place we enjoy spending time with our family and friends. For some of us, it just takes a little extra motivation and willpower to get there — and that’s OK :)

Today, I’m sharing what being a “homemaker” means for me — as well as some great resources for those of you looking for a little of that motivation!

One of the Simplest Things I Do to Improve My Health

posted by Andrea | 04/22/2015 | 26 comments
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Although I am definitely NOT a ‘health nut’ by any standards, I have been practicing one extremely healthy habit on a daily basis for the last 15+ years of my life.

It hardly takes any extra effort on my part but it makes a MASSIVE difference in how I look and feel physically, mentally, emotionally, etc. Oh, and it’s completely FREE!

My Morning Routine… and how it sets the tone for my family’s day

posted by Andrea | 04/21/2015 | 42 comments
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Now that Nora is finally sleeping through the night, I’m FINALLY getting back to a more normal morning routine (after a 3-year hiatus!)

It feels great to be back in my early morning groove again — and I can’t believe how simply starting MY day off on the right foot can make such a drastic difference in the mood for my entire family.

What I Do (and Don’t) Love About My Kitchen Appliances

posted by Andrea | 04/16/2015 | 21 comments
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Now that we’ve been living with our new kitchen for a couple of years, I’m starting to get lots of questions about what we do and don’t love about our appliances and other parts of the kitchen.

So although we love almost everything, I’m sharing all the “pros” and “cons” about our kitchen appliances in today’s post!

A Life Lesson… From Nora

posted by Andrea | 04/9/2015 | 20 comments
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On one of our recent walks, Nora had a frustrating “problem” that was solved with a very simple solution… and as I walked on, I realized that many of us adults have a similar problem that could also be solved with a very simple solution.

Keep reading for the valuable life lesson from Nora… it’s amazing the things our kids teach us :)

How I Store, Organize, and Track our Gift Cards

posted by Andrea | 04/7/2015 | 14 comments
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Dave and I always have a good amount of gift cards to various places around town… some of which we buy ourselves during the special holiday gift card sales and promotions!

I have a super simple method to keep track of all our cards… and I’m sharing that today. It’s a method I’ve been using for about 10 years and I’ve never ONCE lost or misplaced or forgot about a gift card — so it works!!

Our Favorite Kids Kitchen Gear and How We Organize It

posted by Andrea | 04/6/2015 | 1 comment
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When I was pregnant with Nora, I never even thought about registering for any “kids kitchen gear”. Fast-forward almost 4 years and our kitchen is now full of various “kids kitchen gear” as I call it.

Today, I’m sharing some of our favorite kids kitchen gear items — as well as how we organize it all within our kitchen!

So… What Exactly Is A Top-5 List?

posted by Andrea | 04/3/2015 | 11 comments
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Four years ago, I shared a post about my Top-5 List and how it helps to reduce procrastination and increase productivity.

Today, I’m sharing a follow-up post, answering the many questions I’ve gotten about my Top-5 List… definitely a must-read if you’d like to get more done in less time :)

A Few of My Favorite Things {April 2015}

posted by Andrea | 04/1/2015 | 13 comments
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I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things this month — 3 of which are less than $10!

Creating Change When You Just Feel Too Busy

posted by Andrea | 03/30/2015 | comment
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If you can relate to feeling too busy, I hope the ideas and concepts in this post will be helpful and encouraging for you — and, more importantly, I hope they will motivate you to make some changes in your life.

In my own personal experience, I’ve never once regretted creating that change yet!

How I Keep My Clothes Wrinkle-Free Without an Iron

posted by Andrea | 03/27/2015 | 24 comments
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Although I work from home, I do get dressed up for church, I occasionally attend special events that require a dressier wardrobe, and even when I am home, I don’t necessarily want to look frumpy every day.

That said, I never EVER iron… and I can guarantee my clothes are NOT full of wrinkles either. Today, I’m sharing my 2 simple tips that practically eliminate all wrinkles from our clothing!

10 Ways to Be a Lifelong Learner – No School Required

posted by Andrea | 03/20/2015 | 13 comments
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One of my college professors would always say “If you stop learning, you stop living” and I fully agree. There is so much joy and satisfaction that comes from learning and developing a new skill.

Even if you aren’t a “book nerd” (believe me, I’m not either) and don’t really love the idea of going back to school, there are still MANY ways you can be a lifelong learner.

Why I Choose ‘Productive’ Instead Of ‘Busy’

posted by Andrea | 03/12/2015 | 19 comments
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I have had MANY years of my life that were extremely “full” and sometimes verging on “too busy”. But over the past few years, even after adding more children and work responsibilities to the mix, I have continually felt less and less “busy”… all while maintaining a very full and productive life.

Today I’m sharing my thoughts on being “productive” versus being “busy” — and I’d LOVE to hear your take on this subject too!

Simple Starts with Contentment

posted by Andrea | 03/6/2015 | 20 comments
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Last week, I shared a little bit about “What Simple Living Means for Me”, and as I wrote that post I kept coming back to the idea that “simple starts with contentment”.

If you’re striving towards a simpler way of life, I’d encourage you to also strive towards more contentment. Here are 5 concepts that have helped me — and they might just help you too!

A Few of My Favorite Things {March 2015}

posted by Andrea | 03/3/2015 | 31 comments
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Today I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things — something for you, for the kids, for the home, and for the kitchen!

101 Reasons My Toddler Had a Tantrum… Today

posted by Andrea | 03/2/2015 | 75 comments
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Nora is right smack in the middle of the “terrible threes” as I’ve heard them called :)

Last week, we had one particularly rough day that had me in bed, sound asleep by about 9:15pm… but only after making a massive list of EVERY SINGLE THING Nora had a tantrum about during the day!

What Simple Living Means for Me

posted by Andrea | 02/27/2015 | 17 comments
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Small, scarce, serene, systems, schedules, storage solutions, and speaking up — what do all those “S-words” have to do with Simple Living?

Keep reading to find out :)

How I Decide When to Save or Splurge

posted by Andrea | 02/25/2015 | 26 comments
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Most of you know that I am a very frugal person. When given a choice, I will almost always go with the less expensive item — even if the more expensive item is closer to what I want.

However, I’ve been working hard at “letting” myself splurge on more quality items here and there — and today, I’m sharing what items I’m more willing to splurge on, what items I still prefer to save on, and how I make my choice either way.

9 Reasons We Use Credit Cards to Simplify our Lives

posted by Andrea | 02/17/2015 | 81 comments
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I’ve had a credit card since I was 16 — and Dave and I use credit cards to pay for almost everything we buy.

I definitely don’t think that credit cards are the best financial decision for everyone — and at the same time, I don’t think being restricted to a cash-only budget is the best financial decision for everyone. That said, here are just a few of the ways credit cards majorly simplify and organize my life.

Don’t Be Ashamed To Do Your ‘One Thing’ Well

posted by Andrea | 02/9/2015 | 75 comments
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As a life-long lover of cleaning, organizing, and all things “home”, I’ve heard my share of negative comments geared at my “perfect home”. Sometimes, I’ve even felt ashamed of doing my ‘one thing’ really well.

If you’ve ever felt ashamed of doing your ‘one thing’ well (whatever that one thing is) read this post!