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How I Store, Organize, and Track our Gift Cards

posted by Andrea | 04/7/2015 | 14 comments
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Dave and I always have a good amount of gift cards to various places around town… some of which we buy ourselves during the special holiday gift card sales and promotions!

I have a super simple method to keep track of all our cards… and I’m sharing that today. It’s a method I’ve been using for about 10 years and I’ve never ONCE lost or misplaced or forgot about a gift card — so it works!!

Our Favorite Kids Kitchen Gear and How We Organize It

posted by Andrea | 04/6/2015 | 1 comment
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When I was pregnant with Nora, I never even thought about registering for any “kids kitchen gear”. Fast-forward almost 4 years and our kitchen is now full of various “kids kitchen gear” as I call it.

Today, I’m sharing some of our favorite kids kitchen gear items — as well as how we organize it all within our kitchen!

So… What Exactly Is A Top-5 List?

posted by Andrea | 04/3/2015 | 11 comments
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Four years ago, I shared a post about my Top-5 List and how it helps to reduce procrastination and increase productivity.

Today, I’m sharing a follow-up post, answering the many questions I’ve gotten about my Top-5 List… definitely a must-read if you’d like to get more done in less time :)

Triple-Layer No-Bake Pudding Pie

posted by Andrea | 04/2/2015 | 13 comments
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A couple weeks ago, Nora helped me make a pie for “pi day”… and wouldn’t you know, our compilation of super simple ingredients ended up tasting REALLY good!

If you’re looking for a refreshing no-bake dessert for tonight (or right now), give this triple layer pie a try.

A Few of My Favorite Things {April 2015}

posted by Andrea | 04/1/2015 | 13 comments
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I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things this month — 3 of which are less than $10!

Feeding Our Kids: Why We Don’t Force Veggies and Allow Snacks

posted by Andrea | 03/31/2015 | 41 comments
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Lately, I’ve heard SO much hype about what our children should and should not be eating… and I’ve honestly just started to completely tune it out.

I know I’m not a dietitian, but I will say that micro-managing the food my kids eat each day is VERY far down on my list of daily concerns. Here’s why…

Creating Change When You Just Feel Too Busy

posted by Andrea | 03/30/2015 | comment
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If you can relate to feeling too busy, I hope the ideas and concepts in this post will be helpful and encouraging for you — and, more importantly, I hope they will motivate you to make some changes in your life.

In my own personal experience, I’ve never once regretted creating that change yet!

How I Keep My Clothes Wrinkle-Free Without an Iron

posted by Andrea | 03/27/2015 | 24 comments
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Although I work from home, I do get dressed up for church, I occasionally attend special events that require a dressier wardrobe, and even when I am home, I don’t necessarily want to look frumpy every day.

That said, I never EVER iron… and I can guarantee my clothes are NOT full of wrinkles either. Today, I’m sharing my 2 simple tips that practically eliminate all wrinkles from our clothing!

6 Giveaways: BabyBjorn High Chair + Feeding Accessories!

posted by Andrea | 03/26/2015 | 12 comments
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You all know how much I appreciate, enjoy, and utilize the BabyBjörn products on a daily basis (multiple times every day to be exact).

Well today, I’m super excited to be offering SIX fabulous BabyBjörn giveaways — featuring their incredible line of feeding products for both infants and toddlers!

Simple Roasted Carrots

posted by Andrea | 03/25/2015 | 9 comments
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These roasted carrots are SO simple to make, require almost zero hands-on time, and they can even be made in the microwave if you’re short on time! Oh yeah, and they taste amazing!

If you’re looking for a simple side dish you can pop in the oven with whatever else you’re making, I’d highly recommend giving this recipe a whirl

How One of My Greatest Strengths Became a Huge Weakness as a Parent

posted by Andrea | 03/24/2015 | 20 comments
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One of my greatest strengths (at least in my opinion) is that I am generally a very confident person… HOWEVER, when it came to parenting and becoming a mother for the very first time, confidence was nowhere in my vocabulary.

Our Epoxy Garage Floor Coating: How It’s Holding Up After 2 Winters

posted by Andrea | 03/23/2015 | 1 comment
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Two summers ago, we did a pretty major garage renovation — part of which included having an epoxy floor coating professionally installed. We were THRILLED with the results, but since then, I’ve gotten so many questions about our flooring.

So, since it’s THAT time of year when people are heading outside and itching to get their garage neat and organized again after a long winter, I figured it was a good time for an update on how our floor coating is holding up.

10 Ways to Be a Lifelong Learner – No School Required

posted by Andrea | 03/20/2015 | 13 comments
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One of my college professors would always say “If you stop learning, you stop living” and I fully agree. There is so much joy and satisfaction that comes from learning and developing a new skill.

Even if you aren’t a “book nerd” (believe me, I’m not either) and don’t really love the idea of going back to school, there are still MANY ways you can be a lifelong learner.

Go-Organize.com Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 03/19/2015 | 6 comments
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With the first official day of Spring just hours away, I figured many of us would be interested in a giveaway that will help us to better organize our homes!

Come enter to win a couple $50 gift cards from Go-Organize.com!!

Fool-Proof Hard ‘Boiled’ Eggs… in the Oven!

posted by Andrea | 03/18/2015 | 34 comments
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I eat a MASSIVE amount of hard boiled eggs — but I don’t actually “boil” them.

This fool-proof oven-baked method is so simple, I can honestly say that I don’t think I’ll ever actually BOIL a hard boiled egg again!

Working From Home With Kids: Creating Structure and Being Flexible

posted by Andrea | 03/17/2015 | 24 comments
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I’ve already shared various posts about what a typical day in my life looks like, but I thought it might be interesting to share more about how I make the working + raising babies + housework happen… without feeling like I’m totally stressed out or way too busy.

I think there are 2 key factors for me to be able to work from home with kids — I’m sharing more in today’s post!

5 Questions I Ask When I’m Purging

posted by Andrea | 03/16/2015 | 34 comments
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I’m often asked if I have a “method” for purging or a pattern that I follow each time to make it a more routine process — and as I thought more about how exactly I motivate and encourage myself (and others) to purge, I realized that there are certain questions I came back to time and time again.

Today, I’m sharing those questions!

Practical Advice for Expectant Parents (and so many others)

posted by Andrea | 03/13/2015 | 16 comments
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Are you expecting a new baby (whether it’s your 1st or your 5th)?

If so, I’ve got a list of practical advice and to-dos you can complete and cross off your list NOW, and then rest a little easier knowing that some of these important tasks are out of the way before baby arrives (can you tell I’m already starting to think ahead for baby #3!)

Why I Choose ‘Productive’ Instead Of ‘Busy’

posted by Andrea | 03/12/2015 | 19 comments
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I have had MANY years of my life that were extremely “full” and sometimes verging on “too busy”. But over the past few years, even after adding more children and work responsibilities to the mix, I have continually felt less and less “busy”… all while maintaining a very full and productive life.

Today I’m sharing my thoughts on being “productive” versus being “busy” — and I’d LOVE to hear your take on this subject too!

Pizza Sammies: A Recipe from Dave!

posted by Andrea | 03/11/2015 | 12 comments
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This super simple recipe is actually one of Dave’s recipes — from when he lived on his own for a year before we were married :)

Pizza Sammies (as we call them) are definitely a “step up” from traditional grilled cheese sandwiches, they are most likely a lot healthier than traditional pizza, and they make a great lunch, dinner, or even a protein-packed snack when you’re in a hurry.