The Questions We Ask When Debating to Save or Splurge

posted by Andrea | 01/21/2019 | 10 comments

Today I’m sharing a list of questions Dave and I ask when we’re contemplating saving or splurging.

Of course, there is no right or wrong way to save or splurge, but I’ve found that my mental checklist of questions helps put my purchase into perspective, resist impulsive spending, and still enjoy regular splurges and special treats for myself and my family (without feeling guilty!)

50 Things You Can Purge Right Now!

posted by Andrea | 01/18/2019 | 29 comments

When it comes to clutter in our homes, the biggest stumbling block is often our own brains! We make it out to be this HUUUUUUGE issue, and instead of just getting started, we continually put it off because it just never seems like the “right” time.

Sound familiar? If so, grab a trash bag and a donation box, read today’s post, and purge something RIGHT NOW!

Simple Ways We Celebrate Half Birthdays!

posted by Andrea | 01/17/2019 | 40 comments

In general, I’m not someone who goes over-the-top to celebrate any holiday, birthday, or special occasion… however, we DO still celebrate.

One of my favorite things to celebrate with my children is their half birthday, and today, I’m sharing some of the simple ways we make half birthdays extra special!

BBQ Chicken Chili

posted by Andrea | 01/16/2019 | 12 comments

This chili has been on regular rotation in our kitchen these past few months — it’s such a quick weeknight meal I can have on the table in roughly 30 minutes.

If you’re looking for a yummy warm-weather comfort food, give this BBQ Chicken Chili a try!

Two of My Favorite Benefits of Good Time Management

posted by Andrea | 01/15/2019 | 17 comments

I talk a lot about time management and productivity on the blog, and that’s because it IS important to me — but NOT just so I can “do more”.

In fact, as the years go by, I’ve realized that simply “doing more” is rarely the reason I strive to better manage my time. Of course, it’s always nice to accomplish more in less time… but my favorite benefits of good time management are quite different.

My 2019 Healthier Habit: Cooking, Grinding, and Baking With Whole Grains!

posted by Andrea | 01/14/2019 | 74 comments

For the past several years, I’ve chosen one or two smallish “Healthier Habits” to incorporate into my life and my family’s life — they’ve all stuck because I took my time to implement them and didn’t try to change everything at once.

Today I’m sharing more about my “healthier habit” for 2019 — cooking, grinding, and baking with whole grains!

What Are You Content With Right Now?

posted by Andrea | 01/11/2019 | 22 comments

Oh the gloriousness of a fresh new year… a blank slate! So many goals, resolutions, and aspirations… so many things we want to change. 

However, before we get too carried away making all sorts of changes and “improvements”, I’d like to encourage you to stop and note at least 5 things you are currently very content with. 

Reader Question: How to Store and Organize Home Movies

posted by Andrea | 01/10/2019 | 16 comments

Over the years, I’ve shared numerous posts regarding our digital photo books — however, as many of you have noticed, I have yet to share anything about how I handle home movies.

I get questions about it ALL the time, but I never have a great answer… that’s where YOU come in! If you have a working system for organizing and storing your home movies, PLEASE SHARE!!

10 Simple Food Swaps for Healthier Family Meals

posted by Andrea | 01/9/2019 | 8 comments

Over the last few years, I’ve slowly incorporated many more nutritious foods in our family meals… and to be honest, I’m SUPER impressed with how well it has worked (often without anyone noticing my swaps!)

If you’re looking for a few relatively simple ways to swap more nutritious foods into YOUR family meals, I think today’s post will give you a really great place to start!

How We Deal with Half-Dirty Clothes

posted by Andrea | 01/8/2019 | 29 comments

I’m still committed to “only” doing laundry twice a week (a system that’s been working really well for me for over 2 years), and since I don’t want to do 10 loads of laundry on those 2 days, I’ve come up with a few different methods of dealing with what I consider “half-dirty clothes” — clothes that have been worn but aren’t worthy of washing just yet!

A Peek Into Our Christmas Break

posted by Andrea | 01/7/2019 | 12 comments

I hope you all enjoyed some part of your holiday season — even if it’s just the fact that the holidays are now over and won’t be back again for 11 months (no shame!!)

Today is our family’s first day back at school after a super fantastic 2-week-long Christmas break — I’m sharing more about our Christmas break in today’s post! 

My Full-House Purge (The Upstairs)

posted by Andrea | 01/4/2019 | 24 comments

Now that the New Year is finally here, I’m happy to report that I did successfully purge every single room, closet, dresser, cabinet, and shelf in my home over the past 16 weeks. 

Honestly… I got rid of SO MUCH MORE than I thought I would, and I’m sharing the final update on the blog today!

My Favorite Greek and Italian Raw Veggie Salads (no lettuce)

posted by Andrea | 01/3/2019 | 25 comments

Today I’m sharing TWO of my favorite raw veggie salads. They are both SO flavorful, and an easy way to enjoy raw veggies without a lot of work or extra ingredients.

If you’re a salad-lover, I have a feeling you’ll like these salads too — even if it is a little strange to have a “salad” with no lettuce!

How I Set Myself Up For Success Each Day

posted by Andrea | 01/2/2019 | 27 comments

On an average day, I accomplish more by 8am then I do for the rest of the day. Part of the reason for this is because I wake up early, but another huge factor in my morning productivity is that I plan ahead to set my mornings up for success.

Even if you’re not a morning person, the concepts in this post can be applied to your life to help you make the best use out of YOUR most productive hours of the day!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {January 2019}

posted by Andrea | 01/1/2019 | 17 comments

HAPPY NEW YEAR, FRIENDS!!!!
I had a fabulous “week away” from my computer, the blog, social media, and even from most of my emails… but I’m excited to get into a better routine again.

Of course, you know that another new year (and month) means another new list of my favorite things!! Feel free to share some of YOUR favorite things in the comments!

Merry Christmas! (2018)

posted by Andrea | 12/24/2018 | 20 comments

It’s that time of year again — when I take a little time away from my computer to enjoy a change of pace with everyone home from school. 

I’ll “see” you back here again on New Year’s Day! Until then, here is our family’s 2018 Christmas Card! Merry Christmas!

When Life Needs to Be Crazy for a Bit

posted by Andrea | 12/21/2018 | 12 comments

Obviously, I’m a huge advocate for simple-living. HOWEVER, I also know there must often be times of busyness, stress, frustration, and “too much” in order to reach a goal, meet a deadline, or get where you want to go in life.

If you’re in a season of extra busyness, but you feel like it’s the right thing for you at this point in your life — I hope today’s post will offer some encouragement and motivation to push forward!

To Sell or to Donate: That is the Question

posted by Andrea | 12/20/2018 | 62 comments

Over the past few years, I’ve talked a lot about selling our unneeded items. However, what I might not have said in so many words is that I most definitely do not SELL everything we purge. In fact, the majority of it is donated on a regular basis as I just want to get it out of our home ASAP!

Today, I’m sharing my opinions on when to sell and when to donate…