Clara is ONE!

posted by Andrea | 09/25/2018 | 4 comments

One year ago today, I woke up pregnant for the last time. Miss Clara Jo was born at 9:57pm and our lives have been happier since that moment!

I CANNOT believe our sweet little bundle of endless smiles is ONE already!

Saving, Splurging, and Sticking With YOUR Financial Goals

posted by Andrea | 09/24/2018 | 20 comments

Have you ever felt guilty after reading an article or talking with a friend about how frugal they are in various areas of their life (an amazing deal shopper, someone who never goes out to eat or on vacation, people who buy everything from thrift stores, etc.)?

Well, what you might not be considering is the fact that those frugal people most likely have other areas of their budget where they splurge quite a bit more. I know that’s the case for Dave and myself… which is what I’m sharing more about today!

The Productive Power of a 20 Minute Timer

posted by Andrea | 09/21/2018 | 17 comments

Since Day 1 of my blog (and my organizing business) I have preached the benefits of setting timers for various tasks and activities throughout the day.

If you tend to be easily side-tracked, today’s post might be just the motivation you need to make more progress on your to-do lists!

Eat At Home… My Simple Weight-Management Plan

posted by Andrea | 09/20/2018 | 6 comments

Over the past year, our family has eaten almost every single meal at home… and it’s honestly amazing how much we’ve saved (both money and calories!)

Today I’m sharing a little more about how simply eating at HOME has been a key factor in helping me lose my baby weight and manage my weight moving forward.

I Might Literally Have More “Usable Hours” In My Day!

posted by Andrea | 09/19/2018 | 24 comments

After sharing our new super-early morning routine a couple weeks ago, I was inundated with questions about how we survived on “only 6-7 hours of sleep”.

Honestly, Dave and I have never considered 6-7 hours to be a lack of sleep — and after reading so many of your emails and comments, it’s apparent that we might literally have more “usable hours” in our day compared to those of you who need 8-10 hours every night!

Simple Vegetable Marinara Sauce

posted by Andrea | 09/18/2018 | 14 comments

In a desperate effort to use up even more zucchini, I decided to shred up a bunch and put it into pasta sauce (with a variety of other veggies as well) — the results were SO tasty!

The kids just keep shoveling their beloved pasta into their hungry mouths… and I just keep adding more and more and more veggies. This super simple, quick meal is a win-win in my book! 

Peek Into Our Week (back to school)

posted by Andrea | 09/17/2018 | 28 comments

Last week was our family’s first official FULL week of school — wow, did it feel long and tiring!

Come read about what we did, what the kids are up to, the new book on my nightstand, our menu for the week, and a few of our favorite cinnamon roll recipes!

My Complete List of Cleaning Products

posted by Andrea | 09/14/2018 | 41 comments

Over the years, the types and brands of cleaning products I use has morphed and changed due to several factors… and since I’m often asked what type and brand of cleaning products I use, I thought I’d compile all that information into one post!

I’d also love your opinions on a “perfect” vacuum for our current needs!

Do One Small Thing… Just Because It Makes You Happy

posted by Andrea | 09/13/2018 | 47 comments

In general, I would say I almost never make impulse purchases. I’m also not the best at treating myself or doing extra-special things for myself “just because”.

Today, I’m sharing how one small thing brought so much joy to my life… and I’m encouraging you to think about how you can bring more joy to your life “just because”.

Kid-Friendly Charcuterie… one of our favorite simple meals

posted by Andrea | 09/12/2018 | 10 comments

One of our children’s most favorite thing to eat is “meat and cheese” — a.k.a. a plate of food consisting of various meats, cheese, fruits, veggies, crackers, dips, nuts, etc.

Over the summer months (in an effort to spend less time in the house and more time outside by the pool) I decided to regularly serve up their’ favorite “meat and cheese” meal as a fun-looking, fun-to-eat, kid-friendly charcuterie board. WOW, was it ever a huge hit!

Our New Farmhouse Half Bath! (Before + After)

posted by Andrea | 09/11/2018 | 32 comments

Come tour our newly-renovated half bathroom off the kitchen… yes, it’s FINALLY finished after many so delays!

We are all SO thrilled with how everything turned out! Not only is it much more private, it also feels huge compared to the previously very cramped laundry room, and it fits in with the rest of our farmhouse decor! 

Kid’s Clothing That Works With Our Sensory Issues

posted by Andrea | 09/10/2018 | 45 comments

As many of you know, Nora struggled with several sensory issues as a baby and toddler. The doctors all told me she’d outgrow them by kindergarten… and for the most part, she did! The one area she still struggles with is clothing — she won’t wear anything that doesn’t “feel right”.

Since we just recently purchased several new items of clothing for her, I thought I’d share some of the brands and types of clothing that seem to work well for us — in hopes that maybe it will help some of you with sensory kiddos in your life!

Our School Snack Simplifier

posted by Andrea | 09/7/2018 | 14 comments

I’ve wanted to share one of our favorite ways to simplify school snacks for some time now… but I wanted to wait until the back-to-school season was in full swing.

Now that we have a couple weeks of school under out belts, it’s time for my tip…

A Doable Plan to Complete a Full-House Purge Before the New Year

posted by Andrea | 09/6/2018 | 25 comments

It’s roughly 16 weeks until the start of another New Year — which is often the time of year everyone wants to “get more organized”. 

However, wouldn’t it be fantastic if you could dedicate a chunk of time, every week from now through the end of the year, to complete a full-house purge BEFORE the New Year?!?! I’m sharing my simple plan today!

One Way I Save With Almost Zero Effort (+ a $500 giveaway!)

posted by Andrea | 09/5/2018 | 105 comments

Over the past 10 years, the internet has been a wonderful tool for me as it has allowed me to buy the things I need for myself, my home, and my family without leaving my house, AND get some pretty fantastic deals on top of it.

RetailMeNot.com has been a constant source of deals, promo codes, and cashback over the past several years. If you’re looking for a relatively effortless way to save even more, read today’s posts (and enter to win one of 5 Visa gift cards!)

Peach Crisp For 2!

posted by Andrea | 09/4/2018 | 13 comments

It’s peach season… and our family LOVES peaches! We’ve been eating them fresh at almost every meal, on yogurt, on ice cream, in pie, in salsa, with chicken, and even on flatbread.

Today’s recipe was a recent concoction of mine — in attempts to satisfy Dave and my hankering for peach crisp one night after the kids went to bed. I’ll definitely be making it at least a few more times before peach season is over!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {September 2018}

posted by Andrea | 09/3/2018 | 14 comments

A day off from work and school for Labor Day is one of Dave’s favorite things about starting school before this holiday weekend. It’s such a nice little break after the first couple weeks of school. And seriously, how is it September already!?!?!?!?!

Today I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things — and you might notice my post went live 2 hours earlier (hopefully for the foreseeable future!)

Bathroom Update: Phase 2 is (Almost) Complete!

posted by Andrea | 08/31/2018 | 31 comments

Although it took significantly longer than we anticipated, we are essentially finished with phase 2 of our 3-phase bathroom/laundry room renovation, and our new half bathroom is now usable!

I’m extremely happy with how the room is coming together so far, and although I still have several finishing touches to add, I wanted to share our progress on the blog today!