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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!

Easy 7-Layer Chip Dip

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2016 | 7 comments
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One of my most favorite “Mexican-ish” snacks (or side dishes) is this yummy 7-layer chip dip. It’s SO quick and easy to make and it tastes absolutely delicious with tortilla chips or corn chips.

If you’re looking for a ridiculously easy, make-ahead cold side dish for an upcoming summer gathering, this layer dip should do the trick!

Craigslist 101: 4 Ways to Narrow Your Search

posted by Andrea | 06/14/2016 | 5 comments
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With hundreds of thousands of items for sale on Craigslist, it can be overwhelming to know how to search and what to search for.

If you have gotten frustrated with your Craigslist shopping experiences, I hope the tips in today’s post will help you simplify your Craigslist shopping experience by learning how to narrow your search so you can find just what you’re looking for in your price range and in your area!

Our New (amazingly awesome) Kid’s Bedtime Routine

posted by Andrea | 06/13/2016 | 36 comments
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For the first time since becoming parents, Dave and I finally feel like we have an awesome bedtime routine for all 3 of our kids… and since I am regularly asked about our bedtime routine, I wanted to share exactly what is working for us RIGHT NOW, and why I feel it’s working so well.

I hope some of you will have more tips and ideas to share in the comments too!

It’s Officially Summer Break!

posted by Andrea | 06/10/2016 | 70 comments
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After giving a few exams this past week and hosting his staff party on Wednesday, Dave officially starts his summer break TODAY! Honestly, I think I’m more excited than he is šŸ™‚

Today I’m sharing a few of our summer plans (or lack of plans) and offering the opportunity for you to request and suggest different blog post topics and ideas!

A Clutter Challenge: What Will You Purge First?

posted by Andrea | 06/9/2016 | 17 comments
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As we embark on summer vacation, I’d like to encourage and motivate you to continue (or to finally start) purging and clearing some of that clutter from your home and life.

If you need a place to start, try asking yourself a few of the questions in today’s post — and be honest with your answers. You might just be surprised how quickly you clear your clutter!

Kids In The Kitchen: Fruit Pizza

posted by Andrea | 06/8/2016 | 3 comments
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Our family loves pizza and we love fruit, so I knew everyone would be excited to have fruit pizza again last week.

It’s such a yummy treat — especially this time of year when the weather is warming up and berry season is right around the corner — and to my surprise, Nora and Simon did so well “helping me” make this special dessert!

2 Habits of People With Tidy Homes

posted by Andrea | 06/7/2016 | 63 comments
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I recently read an article that got me thinking about everything I do on a daily basis to keep our home relatively neat, clean, organized, tidy, and picked up.

I thought I would come up with a nice long list, but surprisingly, I quickly realized that there are just two main habits I have learned over the years that make this possible…

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 06/6/2016 | 28 comments
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Last week included a fun Memorial Day parade, planting 400 annuals, picking the first veggies from our garden, and listening to ridiculous knock-knock jokes from Nora and Simon over and over and over again!

Only 3 more days until Dave is home for the summer!

My Outdoor Decorations

posted by Andrea | 06/3/2016 | 42 comments
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Now that we essentially have our yard set up the way we want it and our planting beds arranged accordingly, the next thing on my “to do someday list” is to add a bunch of decorative elements to our landscaping.

I realize it might sound a little crazy to “decorate our landscape” but as you’ll hopefully see by the pictures in this post, a few non-plant elements really add A LOT to the look and feel of our outdoor spaces.

Simple Meatless Meals… for people who love meat!

posted by Andrea | 06/2/2016 | 21 comments
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While meat is most likely the most expensive part of almost every meal, our family isn’t necessarily the vegetarian type (read: we LOVE meat!)

If you feel the same way, I’d like to share several meatless meals our family enjoys on a regular basis without feeling like we are missing out on our meat! In fact, many of these meals are staples in our weekly meal plans and some of our kids’ favorites!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {June 2016}

posted by Andrea | 06/1/2016 | 10 comments
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Iā€™m sharing a few more of my favorite things — including my most favorite pants šŸ™‚

I’d love to hear what things you are loving and enjoying right now too!

Our Kitchen Linens

posted by Andrea | 05/31/2016 | 36 comments
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I realize a post about kitchen linens might seem somewhat odd, but surprisingly, this is something I’m asked about very regularly!

So today… I’m sharing just about everything anyone could ever want to know about our kitchen linens!

Our Family Pictures :: Spring 2016

posted by Andrea | 05/27/2016 | 21 comments
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We had family pictures taken a couple weeks ago and I got the digital rights to all the photos last week!

Although I already shared a couple of the full-family shots on the blog, I figured it might be fun to share a few more of the kids and different poses.

Secondhand Shopping Made Simple

posted by Andrea | 05/26/2016 | 25 comments
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For as long as I can remember, I have always hated shopping for clothes. All of that changed, however, when I stumbled upon thredUP soon after Nora was born.

Over the past 4 years, thredUP has become my top resource for clothing for my children AND for myself. I’m excited to share more about this today — and offer a fabulous discount to anyone who has yet to try thredUP!

Mango Salsa Chicken (In the Slow Cooker)

posted by Andrea | 05/25/2016 | 15 comments
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Although slow cooker meals are often perceived as those “comfort foods” we tend to make in Fall or Winter months, I use my slow cooker ALL year long!

Today’s recipe is a perfect slow cooker meal for Spring or Summer — it’s fast, it’s easy, and it won’t heat up your kitchen!

Four Fun Flower Crafts

posted by Andrea | 05/24/2016 | 12 comments
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Although we try to stay outside as much as possible this time of year, the rain keeps us inside at least a couple afternoons a week — and when it rains, Nora almost ALWAYS wants to do some type of “painting craft”.

Today I’m sharing 4 quick, simple, and fun flower crafts she did one rainy day last week!

Do You Know and Embrace Yourself?

posted by Andrea | 05/23/2016 | 25 comments
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I realize how ridiculous it might sound to “know and embrace yourself”… however, by learning more about ourselves, and embracing who we are (instead of trying to be or become something we’re not) we can simplify our lives by taking so much “guesswork”, confusion, and frustration out of the equation.

Love It, Use It, or Lose It – My Own Guidelines for Purging

posted by Andrea | 05/20/2016 | 27 comments
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In my opinion, there are no hard-and-fast rules for exactly what you should and should not purge.

Instead, I ask myself 2 simple questions to determine if an item should stay or go — today I’m sharing those questions…