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10 Tips for Bringing a Dish to Pass

posted by Andrea | 07/13/2016 | 42 comments
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Dave and I have lots and lots of parties, BBQ’s, picnics, and gatherings from Memorial Day through Labor Day… and what’s a great party without great food?

If you’ve ever dreaded “bringing a dish to pass” or stressed about what type of foods you should bring to your next potluck party, I hope my tips in today’s post will help!

It’s Not a SPACE Problem, It’s a STUFF Problem

posted by Andrea | 07/12/2016 | 23 comments
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Over the course of my life, I can not even begin to count how many times I’ve heard someone “complain” or bemoan their lack of storage space… but you know as well as I know that SPACE is not their main issue.

In my experience, the more space you have, the more stuff you’ll fill it with — unless of course, you set SPACE LIMITS!

Our Best and Worst Summer Jobs

posted by Andrea | 07/11/2016 | 27 comments
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Although Dave currently doesn’t have a summer job, we both had fun reminiscing about our best and worst summer jobs from previous years.

Today, I’m sharing a whole list of our summer jobs, as well as what we’re up to this summer! And yes, I’d LOVE for you to share your best and worst summer jobs!

How I Limit My Decisions and Simplify My Life

posted by Andrea | 07/8/2016 | 23 comments
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Over the past few years, I have drastically simplified my life by making a point to limit the number of decisions I need to make each day.

If you’ve ever felt bogged down by all the decisions YOU need to make, today’s post is a must-read…

How I Reduce (and even eliminate) Wasted Produce

posted by Andrea | 07/7/2016 | 37 comments
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I absolutely HATE wasting food (especially food I grew or picked myself) so I have a pretty good system for utilizing the extra fruits and veggies in ways that don’t require us to eat the same things over and over again.

Today I’m sharing some of my ideas — I’d love if you chimed in with your ideas too!

Purge Like You’re Moving

posted by Andrea | 07/6/2016 | 17 comments
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Someone recently asked me for my best tip to encourage more purging. Without much hesitation, I responded with one simple phrase…

Today, I’m sharing that one simple phrase in hopes that it will encourage you to part with a few more things you don’t need, use, want, or love!

Systems Simplify and Streamline Everything!

posted by Andrea | 07/5/2016 | 12 comments
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Systems are an integral part of everything we do. If we embrace them, they will help to simplify and streamline almost every area of life (at least every example I can think of!)

In case you can’t tell, I’m a huge fan of systems… today I’m sharing 3 reasons why!

Red White and Blue: Our Patriotic House

posted by Andrea | 07/4/2016 | 34 comments
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When we first moved into our farmhouse, one of the first neighbor families to introduce themselves to us mentioned that they called our house the “patriotic house” because of the red, white, and blue bunting on the front porch.

Since then, I have managed to incorporate quite a bit of patriotic items into our decor… and I’m sharing all our red, white, blue, stars, and stripes on the blog today! Happy 4th of July!

A Few of My Favorite Things {July 2016}

posted by Andrea | 07/1/2016 | 8 comments
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I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things today — including a pair of super cute baby shoes that James literally can NOT pull off!

As always, be sure to check out some of my favorite things from past months and share your favorite things in the comments!

Dream Weddings, Date Nights, and a Decade with Dave

posted by Andrea | 06/30/2016 | 35 comments
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Today is Dave and my 10-Year Anniversary!

After 10 years of marriage, I’m certainly NOT an expert — but as I thought about what I wanted to write about today, there were 2 topics that kept coming to mind… I couldn’t pick just one, so I’m writing about both today!

My Top Tip to Simplify Meal Time

posted by Andrea | 06/29/2016 | 13 comments
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Today I’m sharing the one tip I’ve used over and over and over again to drastically simplify all of our meal times, allow me to enjoy entertaining so much more, save boatloads of time in the kitchen, and even reduce the clean-up!

Sound intriguing? Then keep reading!!

Our Diaper Bags (What We Love and What We Don’t)

posted by Andrea | 06/28/2016 | 29 comments
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Today, I’m sharing some of the diaper bags we’ve used over the last few years, what we like about them, what we don’t like, and a bit more about the bags we use right now.

If you’re in the market for a new diaper bag, I hope my thoughts and insights are helpful for you!

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!

My Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and Yearly Cleaning Routines

posted by Andrea | 06/24/2016 | 21 comments
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Today I’m sharing a LONG post detailing our current cleaning schedules and routines — specifically how often we do various household chores.

I’d love to know what type of cleanings schedules or routines works for you.

Homemade Juice Pops – A Simple Summer Snack

posted by Andrea | 06/23/2016 | 17 comments
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A couple months ago, the kids and I stumbled across a popsicle mold at the dollar store and I quickly snatched it up, promising homemade popsicles for a snack later that day.

Since then, we have enjoyed homemade juice pops as an afternoon snack on a VERY regular basis! They taste great on a hot summer day and take roughly 10 seconds to make!!

Saying “No” Shows Respect

posted by Andrea | 06/22/2016 | 21 comments
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Saying “no” is rarely fun or enjoyable for me as I naturally want to say yes to so many things (I’m sure many of you can relate).

However, in my opinion, saying “no” upfront shows that I respect myself, my time, my prior commitments, and even the person or organization I’m saying “no” to.

Chicken Wire and Chippy Paint

posted by Andrea | 06/21/2016 | 15 comments
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I’m often asked about my “decorating style”… and the truth is, I’m not exactly sure what my style really is — or even if I have an actual “style”. I just know what I like when I see it.

That said, today, I’m sharing 2 of MY favorite ways to add a little farmhouse feel to my home… chicken wire and chippy paint!

Enjoy ONE Moment (but maybe not every moment)

posted by Andrea | 06/20/2016 | 50 comments
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Anyone who has ever gone anywhere with a young child has most likely heard the phrase, “enjoy every moment — it goes so fast” uttered from the lips of well-meaning friends, relatives, or complete strangers.

Since it’s not actually possible to enjoy EVERY moment of life… I’m sharing how striving for ONE enjoyable moment has helped me realize how much of my life I actually DO enjoy — and alleviate so much guilt for those times when I do get frustrated, annoyed, angry, or stressed.

12 Ideas to Entertain Young Children (no creativity required)

posted by Andrea | 06/17/2016 | 37 comments
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For those of you who spend time with young children, those of you who aren’t necessarily super creative or crafty, and those of you who have no idea what you’re going to do now that the kids are home ALL DAY LONG, here are a few things we do to stay busy…

You’ll notice that most of these activities require little to no creativity, little to no monetary cost, little to no set-up, and little to no clean-up! Win, Win, Win, Win!

It’s My Birthday… I Have Freebies for Everyone!

posted by Andrea | 06/16/2016 | 65 comments
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Today is my 31st birthday!

And since you all are some of the best and most loyal readers a gal could ask for, I’ve decided to offer some fun freebies for EVERYONE — as well as share a couple resources that have helped to drastically simplify my life over the past couple of years!