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A Few Of My Favorite Things {March 2017}

posted by Andrea | 03/1/2017 | 15 comments

It’s a new month… and time for a few new favorite things (not pictured = an amazingly cute little boy who turns THREE on Saturday!)

A Post for Anyone Who Struggles to Say ‘No’

posted by Andrea | 02/28/2017 | 10 comments

Saying ‘no’ is rarely ever fun or enjoyable — it’s not something we anxiously anticipate doing (at least I don’t!) However, I think the whole concept of saying ‘no’ has a bad reputation and is viewed as unnecessarily negative by so many people.

If you are the type of person who struggles to say ‘no’ I hope today’s post will be encouraging for you!

How We Purge

posted by Andrea | 02/27/2017 | 23 comments

Last week, I talked a bit about why I’ve never been one to participate in “purging challenges” — and after publishing that post I figured if I was going to explain how I DON’T purge, I should probably take the time to share exactly how I DO purge the things we no longer need or want in our home!

I’m sharing our super simple system today!

3 Concepts that Help Me Be More Content

posted by Andrea | 02/24/2017 | 18 comments

If I’m really honest with myself, I’m not naturally a super “content” person. I would much rather work towards a goal — and while I don’t necessarily think it’s bad to strive for more, it does get tiring after a while, and I think it robs us of happiness.

Over the past few months, I’ve thought quite a bit about what exactly I do to (try and) be more content… and I came up with 3 super simple concepts that seem to help me.

How We’ve Expanded our Taste Buds and Simplified our Pantry

posted by Andrea | 02/23/2017 | 13 comments

While I don’t think I’m completely “stuck in a rut” when it comes to trying new recipes, I will admit to usually making recipes with “normal” ingredients I already have in the house — because I hate buying specific spices, oils, vinegars, or sauces just for one recipe (especially if I’m not even sure we’ll like the recipe).

Today I’m sharing how the Blue Apron meal delivery service has completely expanded our taste buds while simplifying our pantry… plus, I have 3 FREE meals for anyone who wants to try Blue Apron!

Why I Prepare to Be Productive

posted by Andrea | 02/22/2017 | 13 comments

Over the past 7+ years of blogging, I have shared my fair share of productivity tips, tricks, and tools — but as with almost everything in life, my productivity changes as my season of life changes.

Today, however, I’m sharing the one productivity tip that has worked for me for many, many years — and one I suspect will continue working for years to come!

The Point Of Purging – And Why I Don’t Do “Challenges”

posted by Andrea | 02/21/2017 | 17 comments

Over the years, I have been asked time and time and time again why I don’t ever blog about any type of “purging challenge”, and why I don’t do any type of purging challenge in my own life.

I get it… I can definitely see the motivational factor of being involved in a fun purging challenge, but they’ve just never been something I’m excited to promote, and today, I’m sharing why!

Why We Didn’t Build A True “Master Bath”

posted by Andrea | 02/20/2017 | 22 comments

Over the past 6 years of sharing various home renovations, I have been asked SO many questions about Dave and my bathroom, and (more specifically) why we didn’t re-work our plans to create a true en suite with the master bath directly off our master bedroom.

Today, I’m sharing the main reasons we chose to keep our bathroom separate from our bedroom.

5 Ways We Simplify Mealtime with Young Children

posted by Andrea | 02/17/2017 | 15 comments

Mealtimes are some of the craziest, busiest, loudest, messiest times for our family — and they happen 3-5 time a day (if you include snacks).

However, there are a few things we do that seem to significantly simplify our crazy mealtimes… I’m sharing 5 of them today!

A Simple Way to Extend The Life of Your Furnace (Plus Free Filters!)

posted by Andrea | 02/16/2017 | 12 comments

After almost 11 years of being a homeowner, I have learned a thing or two about home maintenance. Namely, that a little bit of maintenance can go a LONG way in preventing big huge expenses…

Today I’m sharing one very simple maintenance task that can save you a bunch of money by extending the life of your furnace!

An Easier Twist on Our Favorite “Chicken Packets”

posted by Andrea | 02/15/2017 | 10 comments

Almost FIVE years ago, I shared one of our family’s favorite quick, simple, weeknight meals — Creamy Chicken Packets. However, since then, I’ve simplified this recipe even more… and can now have it oven-ready in about 10 minutes!

If you’re looking for a super quick weeknight meal your whole family will love, then give this cream chicken casserole a try!

14 Simple Ways to Show Yourself Some Love

posted by Andrea | 02/14/2017 | 24 comments

Happy Valentines Day!

Instead of sharing cute Valentine’s craft ideas, decorating ideas, gift ideas, recipe ideas, or other ideas that take time, effort, energy, money, and a decent amount of planning ahead, I thought I’d share 14 simple ways we can show OURSELVES a little extra love over the next few weeks, months, and even years!

Two “Secrets” to Being Productive AND Being a Present Parent

posted by Andrea | 02/13/2017 | 29 comments

I’m often asked for any “secrets” I have to being productive while also being a “present parent” who plays with their kids, shows interest in what they want to do, reads books with them, does crafts together, etc.

I realize there are MANY variables that could come into play here, but as I’ve thought about these questions over the past couple of years, 2 simple concepts (a.k.a “secrets”) came to mind…

If it Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It!

posted by Andrea | 02/10/2017 | 15 comments

I love thinking about better, more efficient ways to keep my home and life more organized — but I usually don’t start looking for a more efficient way until I start feeling like my current system isn’t working anymore.

If my current system isn’t broken… I don’t fix it (and I save a lot of time, money, and stress in the process!)

7 Simple Ways We Save A Little Bit More

posted by Andrea | 02/9/2017 | 21 comments

I’ve gotten lots of money-saving questions over the past few weeks… so today, I thought I’d share a handful of relatively small and simple ways we save quite a bit every month and every year.

Most of these simple ways to save won’t instantly change your financial situation, but (as with most things in life) the changes will come about more slowly. However, by starting small and sticking with your savings goals, you will be on your way to create the very valuable habit of SAVING!

How I Save Time on One of My Least Favorite Activities

posted by Andrea | 02/8/2017 | 40 comments

After many years of visiting 4-5 grocery stores each week, finding the BEST deals, playing the drugstore game, and sending in multiple rebates every week, I now do 97% of my grocery shopping at ONE store.

I know I’m spending more because of it… but the luxury of more time is a splurge I’ve thoroughly enjoyed for the past few years! I’d love to know how you handle your grocery shopping too!

Freezing, Defrosting, and Refreezing Meat (Safely)

posted by Andrea | 02/7/2017 | 11 comments

Over the past several years, I’ve shared much of my freezer-cooking journey here on my blog… and every time I do, I get countless questions about how to safely freeze (and refreeze) meat.

While I don’t claim to be an expert, I have done some research, and today I’m sharing MY answers to these “how to freeze meat” questions!

5 Decisions That Can Lead to More Clutter

posted by Andrea | 02/6/2017 | 25 comments

A clutter-free home and life is not always as simple as making a few wise choices… but I do think that if we get in the habit of making better choices on a regular basis, our efforts to declutter and simplify will be THAT much easier.

Today I’m sharing 5 decisions that could cause excess clutter in our homes… as well as a few better decisions to make instead.