Daily Life

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 | 34 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.

Cute Clothes… Without The Clutter

posted by Andrea | 03/30/2016 | 25 comments
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Many of you know that I don’t necessarily love shopping, and I don’t like cluttering up my closet up with lots of “extra” stuff.

Thanks to LeTote.com, I have been “renting” a variety of cute clothing items to wear for a short time, and then swapping them out for new cute clothes… all without adding any clutter to my closet! I know… it almost sounds too good to be true!

The Light at the End of The Tunnel

posted by Andrea | 03/25/2016 | 12 comments
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When it comes to difficult and overwhelming situations, I have found that it is exponentially easier for me to push on when I take a moment to step back, think about the big picture, and look for even the smallest fleck of light shining through the end of the long dark tunnel.

Today, I’m sharing more in hopes of encouraging those of you in the middle of a difficult situation…

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 03/14/2016 | 30 comments
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It’s been over a month since my last peek into our week post… and boy do I have a lot to share!

Also, I’m just a tiny bit excited that Spring Break is only a little more than 2 weeks away!

Save Time (and your sanity) By Determining Your Bare Minimum

posted by Andrea | 03/9/2016 | 23 comments
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The other day, as I was quickly wiping down the bathroom counters and swishing some bleach around in the toilets, I realized that I have yet to share one of my MOST time-saving, sanity-saving tips here on the blog!

Today, I’m sharing my “bare minimum” lists for various aspects of my life… and boy have these mental lists saved me so much time, energy, and sanity over the past few years!

10 Very Normal Things I’ve Never Done

posted by Andrea | 02/23/2016 | 50 comments
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The other day, after a ridiculously long conversation with Nora, filled with lots of “whys?”, I started thinking about all the things I’ve NEVER done.

Today, I’m sharing 10 very normal things that, for whatever reason, I’ve never done!

The Thing To Do When You Get Off Track

posted by Andrea | 02/15/2016 | 17 comments
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Have you lost steam and gotten off track with any of your current goals, projects, or tasks?

If so, today’s posts offers a VERY simple solution (and hopefully a little motivation) to push forward and move on!