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I Made the Time… and You Can Too!

posted by Andrea | 11/10/2016 | 24 comments
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Over the past 6 weeks, I read more books than I have in the past 6 years combined… not because I’m on a quest for knowledge, but simply because I staged a self-inflicted time-management experiment.

Today I’m sharing 4 tips that helped me MAKE more time, as well as some encouragement for those of you who wish you could make more time!

Why I Don’t Do Massive Freezer Cooking Days

posted by Andrea | 11/9/2016 | 30 comments
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This time of year, everyone is eager to fill their freezers with delicious meals and yummy baked goods… and because of that, I get at least one email or message every single day asking for tips, advice, blog post links, or information about planning and executing a massive freezer cooking day.

Today, I’m sharing why I do NOT do massive freezer cooking days — as well as what I do to keep my freezer stocked with as little time and effort as possible.

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!

Temporary Tattoos and Our Weird Storage Solutions

posted by Andrea | 11/7/2016 | 23 comments
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After a recent conversation about our kids’ temporary tattoos, I started thinking about all the things we store in weird places throughout our home.

I’m sharing a bunch of those weird storage solutions today — and I’d love to know if you have any crazy weird storage solutions too!

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.

Why I Don’t Can Applesauce Until Winter

posted by Andrea | 11/3/2016 | 16 comments
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Although I normally don’t encourage procrastination, when it comes to canning applesauce, I almost always push it off until winter when I’m cooped up inside and don’t have nearly as many to-do’s on my list.

If you want to can applesauce but just don’t know when you’ll fit it into your busy Fall schedule, push it off a couple months and try canning it in the winter!

More Thoughts on Traditions

posted by Andrea | 11/2/2016 | 28 comments
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As many of you know, I’m a HUGE fan of basic systems and routines. I feel confident that my systems and routines help to simplify and streamline almost every single aspect of my life.

However, when it comes to “traditions” my feelings are slightly different…

A Few of My Favorite Things {November 2016}

posted by Andrea | 11/1/2016 | 24 comments
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It’s November! That means Nora’s birthday is only a couple weeks away… and it means I’m back with a few more of my favorite things!

Three of my favorites are less than $10… and one was from our local thrift store for a buck!

Let’s Talk About Gifts (and not the ones you open)

posted by Andrea | 10/31/2016 | 27 comments
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This time of year, we often talk a lot about GIFTS — what we want, what others want, what we bought, how we’ll wrap them, what gifts we need for which party, etc. etc.

Yes, I love birthday and Christmas gifts too… but today, I want to talk about a different type of gift!

My Favorite Ways to Display Photos

posted by Andrea | 10/28/2016 | 5 comments
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Today I’m sharing 5 of my favorite ways to display everyday photos and snapshots throughout our home.

They are all very simple, very frugal, and require only a teeny, tiny bit of craftiness — so yes, you can pull them off!

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!

How to Quickly Soften Butter (without melting it)

posted by Andrea | 10/26/2016 | 29 comments
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Have you ever grabbed a slice of homemade bread, only to realize you had no softened butter? Or what about when you’re in the middle of baking your favorite cookies and you realize you need “softened, but not melted, butter”?

Today I’m sharing a super simple quick tip (sent to me from a reader a few months ago) that will give you perfectly softened butter in just minutes!

Two Tips to Simplify UNpacking

posted by Andrea | 10/25/2016 | 31 comments
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In light of a recent mini vacation we took last week, I’m sharing 2 relatively quick tips that help me to simplify the UNpacking process… In fact, they make it possible to be fully unpacked and on my 2nd load of laundry within 60 minutes of getting home!

4 Ideas to Reduce Excess “Wants”

posted by Andrea | 10/24/2016 | 21 comments
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There is no “quick fix” for not wanting something cool when you see it, but I do have a few relatively simple tips I use for myself (and for my children) that seem to help reduce some of those excess “wants”.

These ideas are especially relevant now, as we gear up for another holiday season filled with even more stuff… but they work well year round too!

Because it’s Rarely the “Right Time” to Get Started

posted by Andrea | 10/21/2016 | 15 comments
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Do you have a list of projects, tasks, to-dos, and goals you’ve been putting off until the timing is just right?

If so, I hope today’s post will be the motivation you need to get started RIGHT NOW… because it’s rarely ever the “right time” to get started!

One Very Simple Tip to Increase Your Savings

posted by Andrea | 10/20/2016 | 19 comments
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Today I’m sharing one of the simplest, most basic things Dave and I have done to continually grow our savings account with little to no effort or thought on our parts.

I am not a financial expert and have no formal training in this field; however, I’ve always been good at saving my money… and that counts for something. Right?!

Amazing Steak Rub

posted by Andrea | 10/19/2016 | 9 comments
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After trying a bunch of different spice combinations in attempts to find a delicious steak rub, I landed on the recipe I’m sharing in today’s post.

The very first time I used this “amazing steak rub” on our steaks, I knew this would be my go-to dry rub for steaks and other meats!

3 Ways to Help Children Live Simply

posted by Andrea | 10/18/2016 | 29 comments
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If you have children of any age, I hope today’s post will give you a few ideas to help your children learn to live simply.

These tips alone won’t magically transform your children into simple-living, time-managing, neat-freak, purging machines… but they are steps in the right direction!

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.

How I Stop Money Leaks by Tracking Our Expenses

posted by Andrea | 10/14/2016 | 28 comments
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Today I’m sharing a bit more about how using my finance-tracking workbook has helped me find “money leaks” in our budget — and then address them before they get out of control.

I’m certain we have saved thousands of dollars over the past several years… and it only takes me a few minutes a month!