Daily Life

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

posted by Andrea | 12/7/2016 | 311 comments
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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 🙂

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

posted by Andrea | 11/28/2016 | 22 comments
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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.

Yes, You CAN Have Too Much Of A Good Thing

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

Because There is Always Something…

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

Finding Your “Good Enough”

posted by Andrea | 10/27/2016 | 25 comments
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As a self-proclaimed “do more at less than 100%” person, I have become an expert at determining my own “good enough” standards and doing just enough to meet those standards.

Today I’m sharing more about how my “good enough” standards have helped me to streamline and simplify everything from cooking and cleaning to finances and self-care!

Do Your “Yeses” Match Your Season of Life?

posted by Andrea | 10/17/2016 | 30 comments
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If you have recently felt overloaded with responsibilities, stressed out, and fed-up with everything on your plate, it might be time to evaluate your “yeses”.

You might be surprised how many people and activities you can still say “yes” to if you just choose “yesses” that are better suited for your current season of life.

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 10/10/2016 | 27 comments
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School is in full swing for Dave and Nora and we are enjoying our “new normal” routine.

We are also enjoying the beautiful Michigan Fall weather, and gearing up for another full week with lots of fun activities on our schedule!

My Morning Productivity is Making a Comeback!

posted by Andrea | 09/27/2016 | 12 comments
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Almost exactly 2 years ago, I wrote a post with 7 of my best tips for a more productive morning… but then went on to explain why I personally was NOT following most of those tips. At the time, I was already pregnant with my 3rd child and the other 2 still weren’t sleeping through the night yet.

Mornings were crazy in our house and there really wasn’t anything I could do about it… thank goodness things have changed a bit since then and my morning productivity is finally starting to make a comeback!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 09/19/2016 | 11 comments
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Last week was a very full week for our family. Believe it or not, I actually went out of the house with ALL 3 kids in tow at least once every single day… and it wasn’t horrible!

Nora officially started school, we put a new window in our living room, we got (another) new-to-us stroller, and so much more!

Pre-Order and Pickup – My New Way to “Shop”

posted by Andrea | 09/9/2016 | 28 comments
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If you hate shopping, if you have lots of small children, if you struggle with impulse purchases while shopping, or if you don’t live extremely close to your local stores, I hope some of my pre-order and pickup (or pre-order and have it delivered) options will help you too!

This is quickly becoming my favorite way to “shop”!

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…

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!

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 Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 06/27/2016 | 36 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 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 🙂

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!

When (Some) Busyness Leads to (Mostly) Simple

posted by Andrea | 05/17/2016 | 13 comments
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Over the years, I have shared many of tips and tricks for simple living, decluttering, time management, and organization. I’ve also made it very clear that simple living is not always EASY. It requires hard work, dedication, and perseverance — trusting that those busy periods of life will eventually lead to simpler times.

Are you in a very busy period of life? If so, don’t feel guilty or like you’re doing everything wrong. Read today’s post and hopefully breathe a sigh of relief!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 04/25/2016 | 35 comments
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We’ve had beautiful weather here in West Michigan and we’re making the most of it by spending lots of time outside doing yard work, planning our vegetable garden, and tiring our kids out!

Today I’m sharing another peek into our week…

Do It Now: My Personal Time-Management ‘Rule’

posted by Andrea | 04/22/2016 | 39 comments
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When it comes to getting stuff done, I almost always choose to “do it now” rather than wait until later.

I realize there are A LOT of people who don’t share this mindset; however, I think my “do it now” philosophy has been one of the key factors in keeping my home and my life simplified and organized.

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 04/4/2016 | 24 comments
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Last week was full of the unexpected — from James getting sick and forcing us to cancel our travel plans to a weird snowstorm in April!

Here’s a peek at everything we had going on.