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A Break-Down of My Blogging Break

posted by Andrea | 07/21/2014 | 26 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 | 26 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 | 70 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.

Why We’re Loving Netflix + ChromeCast

posted by Andrea | 06/6/2014 | 30 comments
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Over the last few months, our entire family has enjoyed using Netflix with our ChromeCast as we can now watch our favorite shows when and where it’s convenient for us.

These two services have totally transformed the way we watch TV… and today, I’m sharing some of our favorite features of using Netflix with ChromeCast.

A Few of My Favorite Things {June 2014}

posted by Andrea | 06/3/2014 | 22 comments
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Today I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things — one of which I can NOT believe hasn’t made my list yet!

30 Don’ts When Visiting a New Mom

posted by Andrea | 05/30/2014 | 117 comments
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After bringing two kids home from the hospital myself and talking with a bunch of friends who also have small children, I came up with a list of 30 things I would personally suggest NOT doing the next time you visit a new mom.

What would YOU add to my list?

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

posted by Andrea | 05/27/2014 | 16 comments
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A few weeks ago, I blogged about our super overwhelming yard project. After that post went live, several people commented that my “any progress is still progress” philosophy could actually be applied to almost anything in life. And I totally agree!

Do you have any overwhelming projects on your to-do list? If so, I hope this post will be the motivation you need to get started.

What’s Your “One Thing”?

posted by Andrea | 05/23/2014 | 53 comments
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What’s your “one thing” — you know, the thing you love doing so much that you’ll almost always make time for it even when you’re super busy and stressed?

Today I’m sharing my “one thing”… any guesses as to what it might be? :)

Craigslist 101: 4 Tips to Set Your Price

posted by Andrea | 05/9/2014 | 9 comments
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Spring is one of the best times of the year for yard sales, garage sales, church sales, 2nd-hand sales, etc. And probably not surprisingly, it’s also prime time for selling stuff on Craigslist (at least where we live).

Today I’m sharing 4 tips for setting appropriate selling prices (and making sure you don’t over-pay as a buyer)

My Organized Days Start with Organized Nights

posted by Andrea | 05/2/2014 | 32 comments
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One of the questions I’m asked on a very regular basis is how I seemingly stay so organized and “on top of things” with a toddler, an infant, lots of home projects, and an at-home business.

I’ve been thinking a lot about that question these past few weeks… and I’m sharing my answers today on the blog!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {May 2014}

posted by Andrea | 05/1/2014 | 9 comments
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Today I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things — including items for better kitchen organization… and of course, a recent baby favorite!

Do Automatic Payments Increase Spending?

posted by Andrea | 04/30/2014 | 18 comments
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As I’ve shared our paperless and automatic way of running our finances over the years, I’m often asked if I think automating things makes it easier to inadvertently increase our spending (even if it’s just a little bit).

My “short answer” is YES — and today, I’m sharing more about why we’re still automating our finances.

Why We Have Life Insurance and a Living Trust

posted by Andrea | 04/24/2014 | 34 comments
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One of my “to-do’s” before Simon was born was to finalize all the information for our Living Trust. I breathed a sigh of relief when we signed the final papers knowing that all our “ducks” were in a row just in case anything happened to Dave and I.

Today, I’m sharing a bit more about our Life Insurance and our Living Trust — and why we made the decisions we did.

The Ultimate Homemaking eBook Bundle

posted by Andrea | 04/23/2014 | 5 comments
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By popular demand, 100+ homemaking bloggers are bringing back The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!

Bought separately, these resources would cost $698 (not including $200+ in bonuses). However, from now through April 28, they are available for just $29.97!

Daily Maintenance is Key: Lessons From My Maternity Leave

posted by Andrea | 04/22/2014 | 27 comments
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Since I took about 5 weeks off from blogging (and life) to take it easy after Simon’s birth, I knew that I’d need to use Dave’s Spring Break week to catch up and plan ahead.

I was really looking forward to feeling like my normal productive self again… however, I didn’t expect it would be so difficult to find my productivity groove again!