Lifestyle Changes versus a Quick Fix

posted by Andrea | 08/14/2018 | 8 comments

As many of you probably already know, lifestyle changes are SO MUCH MORE WORK and usually take significantly longer to implement and enjoy the benefits. However, if you’re looking for long-term results that are actually maintainable, lifestyle changes are definitley the way to go!

I’m explaining more (with several examples from my own life) in today’s post!

A Peek Into Our Week (the last days of summer)

posted by Andrea | 08/13/2018 | 17 comments

It’s official… summer is basically over as Dave heads back to school for meetings THIS WEEK!

Nora still has 2 more weeks before she starts school, and Simon doesn’t start preschool until the middle of September — today I’m sharing what we did in our last full week home together during summer break!

Our “Better Than Nothing” Vegetable Garden

posted by Andrea | 08/10/2018 | 11 comments

I almost didn’t plant a vegetable garden this year because I didn’t think it was worth the effort for a “small garden”. However, over the last 2 months, our vegetable garden has gone from drab to fab… and I’m so glad I planted the garden even though it’s not perfect or all that pretty.

If you’ve been putting off a particular project because you’re not sure you can do it perfectly, I hope today’s post will offer a little motivation and encouragement to help you just get started!

Simple Ways I Reduce Decision Fatigue

posted by Andrea | 08/9/2018 | 17 comments

As someone who leans towards the introverted side of the spectrum and cares for 4 young children every day, making extra decisions is one thing I try to do as little of as possible as it easily drains my energy and my patience (both of which are often in short supply these days!)

Today I’m sharing a few simple ways I reduce decision fatigue.

Life Lessons From Our “Lemonade Stand”

posted by Andrea | 08/8/2018 | 42 comments

After months (maybe years) of listening to their begging and pleading, we finally let our kids set up a stand at the end of our driveway. It was not fun, they did not make much money, and they never want to do it again!

However, I quickly realized they were learning several valuable life lessons in the process… in fact, I even learned one too!

Soft and Chewy Oreo Blondies

posted by Andrea | 08/7/2018 | 7 comments

Blondie bars are a fantastic alternative to regular brownies, they are much faster than making cookies, and they are a great substitute for peanut-butter-laden desserts that aren’t allowed in most schools.

In an effort to grow my list of blondie recipes, I combined a few of my favorite bar recipes to come up with these amazingly delicious Oreo Blondies.

8 Specific Ways to Simplify in 2018

posted by Andrea | 08/6/2018 | 22 comments

As I was thinking about different posts I’d still like to write over the summer, the idea came to me to share some simple, specific, doable ways we can ALL simplify various parts of our homes, schedules, lives, etc. in the remainder of the year.

I originally wanted to share 18 tips (for 2018) — but that seemed a little overwhelming! I settled on 8 instead!

Focus On What You Already Do Well

posted by Andrea | 08/3/2018 | 33 comments

Something I’ve been thinking quite a bit about over the past few months is how we (essentially all humans) naturally seem to focus on all the things others do better than us, instead of feeling satisfied with what we already do well.

Today I’m sharing a few examples from my own life… as well as some encouragement to pause and consider all the things you currently do really well (your list is probably longer than you think!)

I’m Learning to Delegate… and I’m Finally On Instagram!

posted by Andrea | 08/2/2018 | 39 comments

I realize delegating is not always an option; however, I can speak from experience that it IS an extremely effective way to simplify.

Today I’m sharing how I’ve simplified my business and personal lives by delegating some of my unloved responsibilities to others (this means you, social media!) I’m getting more done in less time, focusing more energy on the things I’m good at, and enjoying more freedom to pursue my own passions!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {August 2018}

posted by Andrea | 08/1/2018 | 13 comments

The past week has been much cooler and less humid. We’ve enjoyed having the windows open most days, AND the cooler temps at night — both of which are some of my favorites (especially since we were running the air conditioning most of the month).

Today I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things!

Super Simple Refrigerator Dill Pickles

posted by Andrea | 07/31/2018 | 20 comments

This recipe for refrigerator dill pickles doesn’t require any traditional canning equipment, and you can make as large or as small of a batch as you’d like. They are a huge hit with our pickle-loving kiddos, and a great way to use up the insane number of cucumbers we’re picking from our garden.

If you’d like to try making your own dill pickles, I doubt you’ll find an easier recipe to start with!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 07/30/2018 | 18 comments

It’s July… so I’m claiming it’s still “mid summer” even though I know the reality of school is only a couple weeks away.

We still have a handful of things we’d like to do yet this summer, but we’ve made a sizable dent in our Summer Fun List already! I’m sharing more about what we’ve been up to in today’s post!

5 Ways We Simplify Outdoor Entertaining

posted by Andrea | 07/27/2018 | 12 comments

I realize we’re already nearing the end of July (sniff) and I probably should have shared this post a couple months ago — but if you’re planning to do any outdoor entertaining later this summer or fall, I hope the tips in today’s post will help simplify the process for you.

They are things we always do when entertaining outside (and yes, many of them would apply to entertaining inside as well).

Restless Leg Syndrome: 5 Ways I Alleviate Many of My Symptoms

posted by Andrea | 07/26/2018 | 26 comments

For most of my life — even as a very young child — I’ve struggled with occasional to regular Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS).

Although there is no cure for RLS, there are ways to alleviate so many of the symptoms. Today, I’m sharing 5 of the things that have worked for me over the years — as well as a few bonus tips that have worked for various friends and family members!

How We Store Future Gifts (Clara @ 10 Months)

posted by Andrea | 07/25/2018 | 29 comments

With Clara’s upcoming first birthday, James’ 3rd birthday a couple weeks ago, and the fact that Christmas is exactly 5 months from today (what!), I thought this might be a good time to share how Dave and I currently handle buying and storing gifts year-round.

But first… an update on our sweet and smiley Clara Jo, who is 10 months old today!!

Cake Balls: A Simple Way to Use Up Leftover Cake!

posted by Andrea | 07/24/2018 | 12 comments

If you’re looking for a super simple, super delicious way to use up any amount of extra cake and frosting, I have the perfect recipe!

These cake balls are SO quick and easy to make — and SO delicious. MUCH better than 5-day old birthday cake!

6 Tips to Handle Your What-If-I-Need-It Clutter

posted by Andrea | 07/23/2018 | 10 comments

I’ve always joked that there are basically 2 kinds of clutter — Sentimental / Emotional clutter and What-If-I-Need-It clutter!

I’ve shared some about sentimental and emotional clutter over the years… but today I want to focus on your What-If-I-Need-It clutter. If you have trouble purging your What-If-I-Need-It clutter, I hope today’s post will help!

Working From Home With Kids: Creating Structure and Being Flexible

posted by Andrea | 07/20/2018 | 27 comments

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!