This Week in Review (June 18-24)

posted by Andrea | 06/22/2017
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As I mentioned last week, one of the fun post series I’m running over the summer is a “Week in Review”, where I look back on my past 7 years of blogging and highlight old posts, photos, recipes, etc.

Today I’m sharing links to some favorite BBQ side dishes, our huge kitchen renovation, Dave and my engagement story, Nora’s gender reveal, Craigslist tips… and more! Plus a bunch of cute pictures from this week’s vacation 🙂

I hope you enjoy!

2010:

Another one of my VERY first blog posts ever (all about how to cut costs on groceries) — I didn’t even include a picture… what was I thinking!

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2011:

This post about 30 delicious backyard BBQ side dishes is one I still refer back to on a regular basis — so many great ideas!

I also started my Craigslist 101 series with 2 of my more popular Craigslist posts:

  1. How to BUY Successfully
  2. How to SELL Successfully

NOTE: You can read all my Craigslist 101 posts here!

And we officially found out Nora would be a GIRL! 

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2012:

Miss Nora celebrated 7 months… seriously, I can’t get over how old she is now!

We started our massive 6-month-long kitchen renovation by turning our current office into our temporary “Apartment size” kitchen for those long months. It worked out just fine, and the end results were more than worth the hassle, but boy was it hard living without a kitchen sink, dishwasher, or counter space for that entire time!

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2013:

I wrote this post about all those annoying comments like “my house is messy but my kids are loved” and to-date, it still one of the most favorite posts I ever wrote. I PROMISE you, my children are still very loved and happy even though my house is almost always very neat and orderly 🙂

And 12 years ago TODAY, Dave asked me to marry him! 

Even though I knew he already had the ring, I wasn’t expecting a proposal so soon — it’s probably the only time in my entire life when I’ve been totally surprised!

It’s SUCH a fun story — you can read all the details here!

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2014:

I shared this post about why I DON’T give 100% to many of the things I do — it’s an interesting perspective that I think might resonate with many of you.

I also shared some of my best space-saving freezer cooking tips.

I love this picture of Nora and Simon holding hands — crazy to think this was 3 years ago already!

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2015:

I shared why I almost NEVER say “we can’t afford that” or “I don’t have have time for that” in a thought-provoking post about time and money management.

I also shared how we buy and sell used cars on Craigslist.

And this super easy DIY Kid’s Chalk Paint was (and is) a huge hit with our kiddos!

Love this cute photo 🙂

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2016:

I shared my daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly cleaning routines in as much detail as I could.

I also shared why I don’t feel bad when I don’t “enjoy EVERY moment” — but instead, focus on enjoying a few key moments every day.

These yummy homemade juice pops are still a favorite summertime treat around our house!

 

2017:

So far, this week has been very “out of the ordinary” for our family because we’re on vacation with my family at a local cottage.

Here are a few pictures so far 🙂

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13 comments

  1. Francie

    06/22/2017

    Enjoy your vacation, Andrea! http://www.supersimpleways.com

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  2. Chris

    06/22/2017

    Looks like a fun vacation! It looks like a smaller lake than Lake Michigan. I just love going to Michigan. I’ve been there three times and would love to go more. I love the west coast along Lake Michigan.

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — yeah, Lake MI is WAAAAAAAAAAAY too cold to swim in right now (at least for my preferences!)
    Also, MI west cost is amazing. I completely take it for granted having lived here my entire life!

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  3. tina

    06/22/2017

    Stacking the patio chairs so the kids can reach—brilliant!!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, it works wonderfully (as long as you have stackable chairs!)

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  4. Alicia

    06/22/2017

    Wow – I can’t believe I’ve been reading since 2011!! I found your blog right before I had my second son, which was right before you had Nora! (He was born Oct 2011). Yours is the one blog I read every day. 🙂 I love these posts. Have a fantastic vacation, you guys are adorable!

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    Andrea Reply:

    I can’t believe it either! Thanks so much for your loyal readership Alicia 🙂

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  5. Jane

    06/22/2017

    I love these posts!!!! When you did your “New? – Start Here” post I learned how to access the archives. I often go back and randomly pick a post to read (even though I have probably read all of them). I love how these posts spotlight this week throughout the years. And your engagement story is one of my favorite all time posts. Such a great story!

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    Andrea Reply:

    ah yes… the archives! They are growing every week (literally) and have lots of hidden treasures! It’s been really fun for me to go through them again — and yes, the engagement story is one of my favorites too!!

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  6. subbulaxmi

    06/22/2017

    Awesome post.. Great to know that you still find time to post on your blog during vacation. The pictures are lovely. Would you mind sharing where you got the kids bottles from, shown in the picture? They look so cute.

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    Andrea Reply:

    They are the Aladdin Flip-to-Sip kids’ water bottles. They are great — but they DO leak if you leave the top open and they tip over.

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  7. Caroline

    06/22/2017

    Oh my, that one of Simon playing the game is TOO MUCH. Haha!

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    Andrea Reply:

    I know — such a cutie!

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