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Our Thought Process Can Boost Productivity and Performance

posted by Andrea | 03/31/2016 | 25 comments
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Have you ever taken the time to think about your thought process? If so, you might have noticed that by thinking through various events, projects, and tasks in your day-to-day life, you can dramatically increase your productivity and improve your performance.

I’ve noticed this time and time again in my own life… and today, I’m sharing several examples.

Cute Clothes… Without The Clutter

posted by Andrea | 03/30/2016 | 21 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!

5 Choices When You’re Short on Space

posted by Andrea | 03/29/2016 | 23 comments
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Since it’s the time of year when we’re all trying to clean up and declutter our homes and lives, I thought I would share my thoughts about 5 choices you have when you’re short on space.

If you’re feeling short on space (and slightly overwhelmed), try one of these ideas and just get started.

Simple Weekday Lunch Ideas (for Mom)

posted by Andrea | 03/28/2016 | 18 comments
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In my opinion, lunch time as a stay-at-home mom of 3 very young children often feels like the most crazy and stressful meal of the day.

Everything is rushed and crazy, and it’s hard to find time to eat lunch myself. However, I know I feel better and am more energized when I eat a better lunch… so I’ve come up with a handful of very simple lunch ideas that are quick and easy enough to pull off with 3 crazy kids around!

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…

Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies {Kids in the Kitchen}

posted by Andrea | 03/24/2016 | 8 comments
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Our entire family has a sweet spot for cookies — they are definitely our go-to snack of choice almost all the time.

While Dave and I prefer chocolate and peanut butter in our cookies, the kids LOVE sprinkles! If you’re looking for a fun and easy recipe to make with kids, or just a festive spring-colored treat, these cake-mix cookies should do the trick!

Preserving Your Memories Just Got SO Much Easier!

posted by Andrea | 03/23/2016 | 22 comments
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One of the Christmas gifts we gave my parents was an empty box… and you know what, they LOVED it! That’s because the empty box was a “Legacybox”… which they could fill with all their old photos, VHS tapes, and other memories to be digitally preserved.

If you would love to digitally preserve your old memories but you just don’t have the time, energy, or tools, Legacybox might be your answer too!

A Less-Messy Way to Paint With Young Children

posted by Andrea | 03/22/2016 | 13 comments
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While I usually try to stick with relatively mess-free crafts and activities for my young children, there is just something about painting that is SO exciting for them — and they ask to paint ALLLLLLLLL the time.

This use to be a very messy craft… until recently when I tried a new method of painting with puff balls and clothespins!

Be Prepared to Be Productive

posted by Andrea | 03/21/2016 | 11 comments
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I haven’t posted many productivity tips over the past several months… most likely due to the fact that I personally haven’t felt extremely productive over the past several months!

Well, today I’m back with a post about how I prepare to be productive — and how this practice has allowed me to accomplish more, stress less, sleep more, and procrastinate less!

Why We Don’t Homeschool

posted by Andrea | 03/18/2016 | 48 comments
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Over the past year, I have gotten a surprising number of emails asking why we aren’t homeschooling Nora, suggesting that we should homeschool her, or asking if we would ever consider homeschooling our kids. I have gotten an equal number of emails that, for whatever reason, assume that we DO homeschool our kids.

So today, I’m sharing a few reasons why we don’t homeschool — and why we really have never considered it as an option for our family.

A-Z Uses for Your Dishwasher

posted by Andrea | 03/17/2016 | 55 comments
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I’ve had a dishwasher for as long as I can remember — and you better believe that I use it for everything I possibly can!

If you’re looking for a few more ways to better-utilize your dishwasher, here’s a fun “A to Z list”!

Simple Roasted Parmesan Asparagus

posted by Andrea | 03/16/2016 | 17 comments
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Roasted asparagus is one of my favorite veggies — especially with the addition of a little Parmesan cheese!

If you’re looking for a delicious way to add a little Spring flavor to your dinner table, I would highly recommend trying this recipe.

A Deeper Reason for Disorganization

posted by Andrea | 03/15/2016 | 22 comments
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If you have been striving to get more organized, simplify your life, or increase your productivity… but for whatever reason you just never make any progress, I would highly encourage you to read through today’s (somewhat lengthy) post.

It might just shine some light onto a deeper reason for your disorganization.

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!

Our New-To-Us Minivan!

posted by Andrea | 03/11/2016 | 35 comments
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Before we had kids, Dave and I joked about the day when we would eventually drive a minivan… and now, almost 10 years later, that day has finally arrived!

Today, I’m sharing why we decided to make the switch to a minivan, as well as some of my favorite minivan features.

A Big-Boy Bed for Simon

posted by Andrea | 03/10/2016 | 13 comments
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Now that Simon is officially 2 years old, we have started to talk about transitioning him into a “big boy bed”. We’re not planning to rush into anything, but we did want to get the bed all set up and in place so we’re ready when HE is ready.

Today, I’m sharing the new Leesa mattresses we got for Simon’s bed (and I have a great coupon code for anyone looking to purchase a new mattress!)

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!

How I Shred 10 Pounds of Chicken in 10 Seconds

posted by Andrea | 03/8/2016 | 34 comments
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Today I’m sharing a ridiculously simple technique to shred chicken breasts that has already saved me SO much time and energy in the kitchen — in fact, I can shred 10 pounds of cooked chicken breasts in 10 seconds or less!!

If you stock your freezer with cooked, shredded chicken, you will DEFINITELY want to read today’s tip!

Simon is 2! (Plus His School Bus Party)

posted by Andrea | 03/7/2016 | 26 comments
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My sweet, squinty-eyed Simon turned 2 on Friday and we had so much fun celebrating at his School Bus birthday party this past weekend!

Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite things about Simon — and lots of cute pictures of his party!

My Top Tip for a Tidy Home

posted by Andrea | 03/4/2016 | 31 comments
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Today, I’m sharing one of MY top tips to keep my home neat, clean, organized, picked-up and tidy almost all the time.

It’s such a simple concept and will most likely take less than 5 seconds to implement… and you might be surprised how much of a difference it will make in your home.