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2 Reasons I Don’t Do Massive Purges

posted by Andrea | 08/14/2014 | 13 comments
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Would you believe me if I told you the last big purge I did was over 7 months ago?

Today I’m sharing 2 reasons I’ve been able to avoid massive purges and still keep my house relatively clutter-free (it’s really simple… I promise!)

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!

Our New Mudroom: The Full Tour!

posted by Andrea | 08/12/2014 | 24 comments
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The mudroom is officially finished and we couldn’t be happier! We have plenty of storage for all our seasonal gear and lots of room to grow.

Come take the full tour!

Why We Let Our Kids Watch TV

posted by Andrea | 08/11/2014 | 54 comments
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Both our kids watch a fair amount of TV every day — not because we are horrible parents, or because we don’t have time or energy to play with them, or because they can’t entertain themselves.

Today, I’m sharing the reasoning behind why we let our kids watch TV… and I’d love to know your thoughts on TV and screen time for kids!

Our Kitchen Renovation: My Thoughts 2 Years Later

posted by Andrea | 08/8/2014 | 17 comments
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When we purchased our home 3.5 years ago, we figured the kitchen would be one of the last projects we tackled — but as many of you know, our plans changed!

We renovated our kitchen 2 summers ago (I can’t believe it’s been that long already) and today, I’m sharing some answers to commonly asked questions I get regarding our massive renovation.

7 Steps to Super Simple Meal Planning

posted by Andrea | 08/7/2014 | 21 comments
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I’ve been thinking a lot about meal planning the past few days — and about how much time, energy, stress, money, and calories it saves me each week.

If you’re new to meal planning (or just got off schedule this summer) today’s post shares 7 steps to make the process as simple as possible!

How to Clean a Stroller

posted by Andrea | 08/6/2014 | 16 comments
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It is no secret that almost everything I buy is used — and since the items can often be dirty, I always wash everything before I use it.

I was originally intimidated by washing larger items like strollers and bike trailers — but I soon realized these items were super easy to clean up. And they honestly look brand new when I’m finished!

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!

Simon @ 5 Months

posted by Andrea | 08/4/2014 | 13 comments
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Simon is 5 months old today — come see cute baby boy (and proud big sister) photos :)

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

Our Deck: The Official Before + After Pictures!

posted by Andrea | 07/31/2014 | 27 comments
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For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you probably saw that we FINALLY put the finishing touches on our new deck this past weekend… and today, I’m sharing ALL the before and after photos!

It’s a pretty amazing transformation, and I still can’t get over how much more use we’re getting out of our back yard because of it!

Reduce Procrastination by Making it Easy to Start

posted by Andrea | 07/30/2014 | 26 comments
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In previous blog posts, I’ve mentioned how using a timer gives me the motivation to work quickly and keep going. However, a timer doesn’t address the issue of “getting started”– which is often the hardest part.

Today, I’m sharing how I reduce my own procrastinating tendencies by making it really easy to get started.

Lasagna Pasta Bake

posted by Andrea | 07/29/2014 | 22 comments
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Our family loves lasagna — however, I don’t always love making lasagna because it makes such a big mess.

So in an effort to please the family and make life a little easier on myself, I came up with this “lasagna-like” recipe. It’s a simple, delicious recipe that tastes just like lasagna but without all the work!

What To Do When Your Stuff Doesn’t Sell

posted by Andrea | 07/28/2014 | 24 comments
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If you’ve ever struggled with holding onto items you weren’t able to sell at a garage sale, consignment store, Craigslist, Ebay, etc. etc. this post is a must-read.

Hopefully it will give you the motivation to get those unsold items out of your house ASAP!

Our Pure Michigan Summer Vacation

posted by Andrea | 07/25/2014 | 20 comments
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Last year, Dave’s family rented a local cottage for a week of fun at the beach. We had such a good time that we thought we’d try it again this year.

Now that Nora is another year older, it was SO fun to watch her swim and play in the sand with her cousins — definitely the highlight of this year’s trip for me!

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.

Cowboy Caviar

posted by Andrea | 07/23/2014 | 15 comments
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Several weeks ago, a reader emailed me this recipe — and even before I made it, I knew we would love it.

If you’re looking for a super simple summer side dish that doesn’t require any heat in your kitchen, THIS Cowboy Caviar is for you!

Our New Outhouse Garden Shed

posted by Andrea | 07/22/2014 | 18 comments
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After months of searching Craigslist, we finally broke down and built our own outhouse garden shed.

I’m SO happy with how it turned out — and there’s actually a really cool story behind the wood we used for the shed!

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!

Simon @ 4 Months – on 4th of July!

posted by Andrea | 07/4/2014 | 11 comments
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Happy Birthday America… and happy 4 months baby Simon. Be prepared for lots of cute pictures!

Our Deck Project: Out With The Old, In With the Trex!

posted by Andrea | 07/3/2014 | 13 comments
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We started working on our new Trex deck last week Friday… and as of today, we’re ALMOST finished!

I can’t show you the official before and after pictures yet as we’re not finished, but I will share some of the “progress” photos as well as a little more information about our old deck demo + the new deck installation.