Clara @ 8 Months!

posted by Andrea | 05/25/2018 | 10 comments

I feel like I just wrote Clara’s 7 month post… and here we are at 8 months already (in patriotic attire for the upcoming holiday!)

I’m excited to learn more about her little personality as she continues to grow — either way, she really is such a great complement to the entire rest of our family. She is SO loved!

Progress is Progress… even if it’s only 5 minutes

posted by Andrea | 05/24/2018 | 55 comments

Today’s post is an updated version of a post I originally published almost exactly 4 years ago… however, it’s something I need to remind myself of almost every day of my life!

I figured a few of you might appreciate the “reminder” as well — after all, ANY progress is still progress!

Chicken Broccoli “Rice” Casserole (from-scratch with loads of veggies)

posted by Andrea | 05/23/2018 | 16 comments

Our family LOVES Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole — and I’ve made several changes and tweaks to my recipe over the past 5 years since I originally shared my recipe.

If you’re looking for a more nutritious, veggie-loaded, completely from-scratch, yet still VERY simple alternative to this family favorite recipe… I’ve got you covered!

Frugal Summer Fun For Younger Children

posted by Andrea | 05/22/2018 | 18 comments

Summer break sort of snuck up on me this year… and while I’m excited to have everyone home all day again, I also realize our schedule and routine will look very different.

I’m trying to prepare by having lots of different fun activities for us to do as a family — many of which are completely free (or very frugal). I’m sharing so many of our favorite frugal summer fun ideas in today’s post!

How I Create More Time, More Simplicity, and More Peace

posted by Andrea | 05/21/2018 | 22 comments

Over the last 6+ year of being a parent, I have learned how to have more balance in my life, I’ve given myself more grace, and as a result, I have a lot more fun!

If you’re looking for a few relatively simple practices to help YOU create more time in your schedule, more simplicity in your home, and more peace in your life, I hope that sharing what works for me might also help you!

So Many More Strollers (+ our current favorite)

posted by Andrea | 05/18/2018 | 28 comments

Exactly 5 year ago, I shared this post about our favorite strollers. At the time, we only had one child, but I had already tried out close to a dozen different strollers — buying and selling them on Craigslist (and often making a profit in the process!)

Well, 5 years and 3 more babies later, we have an entirely new line-up of strollers… that’s what I’m sharing more about today!

When (Some) Busyness Leads to (Mostly) Simple

posted by Andrea | 05/17/2018 | 21 comments

Over the years, I have shared many of tips and tricks for simple living, decluttering, time management, and organization. I’ve also made it very clear that simple living is not always EASY. It requires hard work, dedication, and perseverance — trusting that those busy periods of life will eventually lead to simpler times.

Are you in a very busy period of life? If so, don’t feel guilty or like you’re doing everything wrong. Read today’s post and hopefully breathe a sigh of relief!

Fire Roasted Tomato and Vegetable Soup

posted by Andrea | 05/16/2018 | 6 comments

Even though the weather is warming up and we’re verging on summer vacation (only TWO more weeks of school for Dave!!!) I still keep soup on regular rotation in our weekly meal plans.

Today’s 20-minute soup recipe is a great way to work a few extra veggies into a meal, as you can use whatever you have in the fridge that your family will eat!

How I Store and Organize Spices and Seasonings

posted by Andrea | 05/15/2018 | 26 comments

When we renovated our kitchen several years ago, we had a little space to play with on the wall with our stove. We decided to install a tiny pull-out spice cabinet and wow, have we gotten our use out of that small space!

Today, after many years, I’m finally sharing my very simple method of storing and organizing our spices and seasonings.

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 05/14/2018 | 23 comments

We had a full, but really fun week last week, and now we’re gearing up for 2 more busy week.

Then we’ll breathe a sigh of relief because summer vacation will be HERE! Bring on the sweet slow days of summer! 

Don’t Take It For Granted

posted by Andrea | 05/11/2018 | 20 comments

As the little girl who ALWAYS dreamed of the day I would move into my very own home, I certainly underestimated how much work it would be to care for a home and yard — not to mention the amount of effort required to care for the family who now lives in the home and plays in the yard!

Some days, it feels downright impossible to fit everything in… but today (and moving forward) my goal is simply not to take any of it for granted.

8 Tips to Speed Up Your Weekly Cleaning Routine

posted by Andrea | 05/10/2018 | 60 comments

Although I truly don’t mind cleaning (most of the time!), I’m not willing to spend long hours just to get a clean house.

I’m always looking for little ways to speed up my weekly cleaning routine, and today I’m sharing a few of my quick-cleaning tips with you!

Super Easy Fried Rice

posted by Andrea | 05/9/2018 | 17 comments

One of my favorite ways to use leftover rice is to make this super easy homemade fried rice. Of course, if you don’t have leftover rice, you can easily just make your own rice and turn it into fried rice. Either way, the results should be quite tasty!

If you’ve ever been intimidated by making your own fried rice, I hope today’s recipe will give you the guts to give it a try!

10 Reasons I Think It’s Important to Pull Everything Out

posted by Andrea | 05/8/2018 | 7 comments

When it comes to organizing projects — either big or small — there is one thing I (almost) always do every single time… I pull everything out.

Today, I’m explaining why!

My Month-Long Aldi Shopping Experiment

posted by Andrea | 05/7/2018 | 68 comments

Anyone who has read my blog for any amount of time knows my undying devotion to Meijer grocery stores… as well as the fact that I’ve never been a huge fan of Aldi grocery stores.

However, I finally decided to give Aldi a shot with a self-imposed one-month challenge to do as much of my grocery shopping at Aldi as I possibly could… today, I’m sharing the results!

My (NOT) Minimalist Capsule Wardrobe

posted by Andrea | 05/4/2018 | 27 comments

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m most definitely NOT a minimalist in any area of my life — except maybe my schedule!

That said, when it comes to what I wear, I NEED to keep things simplified and streamlined, otherwise I struggle from decision fatigue and just end up wearing the same 3 or 4 things over and over and over again.

Today I’m giving another peek into my closet so you can see what a fairly large capsule wardrobe looks like for me!

Sustainable Change Happens Slowly

posted by Andrea | 05/3/2018 | 12 comments

If you want to see a change in any part of your life, you MUST give it time while you continually work at it.

Slow and steady really DOES win the race (at least when it comes to sustainable changes!) Let me share several examples from my own life.

3 Questions That Reduce My Frustration as a Parent

posted by Andrea | 05/2/2018 | 47 comments

Today’s post is another one of those “this is what works for me” type of posts.

That said, I think it has the potential to improve almost any “adult-child relationship” — whether it’s your child, your grandchild, a niece or nephew, a neighbor child, a friend’s child, or whomever.