Six Super Simple Reasons to Get More Organized

posted by Andrea | 07/16/2018 | 15 comments

When it comes to the benefits of organizing your home and life, I think I could talk until I was blue in the face! However, even if I had unlimited hours to devote to writing content for my blog, I probably wouldn’t do it — because I think you already KNOW most of what I write… it’s the implementation where some of us fall short 🙂

If you have put off your decluttering and organizing, I hope the SIX SUPER SIMPLE reasons in today’s post will motivate you to get a little more organized!

James is 3!!!!

posted by Andrea | 07/13/2018 | 21 comments

One of the cutest, sweetest, happiest boys around turns THREE tomorrow!! Can you believe it!

Today I’m sharing a few (OK, probably more than a few) of my favorite pictures from this past year, as well as some from his Bob the Builder birthday party this past weekend!

We Bought a Pool… Here Are My Thoughts!

posted by Andrea | 07/12/2018 | 20 comments

Since the day I first shared a picture of the pool we bought at Costco this spring, I have been inundated with questions and requests for a blog post about our pool — so that’s what I’m sharing today.

If you’re in the market for an inexpensive, temporary above-ground pool, I hope today’s post will be helpful for you. If not, I hope you enjoy the cute pictures of my kids!

A Taste of Home… Our Favorite Ways to Enjoy Cherries

posted by Andrea | 07/11/2018 | 13 comments

Dave and I LOVE fresh cherries! Even though Michigan produces tons of cherries, I almost always buy Washington cherries from the grocery store as most of the Washington cherries sold in our grocery stores are directly from Yakima Valley and surrounding areas (which is where Dave grew up!)

Today, I’m sharing a bunch of mouth-watering cherrie recipes, as well as some cherry fun-facts and tidbits! If you weren’t hungry before reading, you will be after!

A Few Updates and Changes on the Blog

posted by Andrea | 07/10/2018 | 88 comments

I’ve been blogging for 8 years, and during that time, the internet has changed a TON. I find it nearly impossible to stay up with all the new trends, algorithms, and “best practices”… but maybe that’s because I really don’t care to try!

However, in an effort to practice what I preach, start small, do the next thing, and continue working towards improvement, I recently made a couple of smaller changes to my blog — I’m sharing those today!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 07/9/2018 | 15 comments

Nora finished gymnastics last week and has soccer camp next week, Simon has perfected the art of drawing “blob people”, James is all about puzzles, and Clara just can’t get enough watermelon. Dave and I are enjoying our slow summer, watching some Netflix, eating so much good food, and probably going to bed way too late!

Come check out what we’ve been up to, what we’re watching, reading, eating, doing, and more in today’s Peek Into Our Week post!

How I Use My Early Morning Quiet Hours

posted by Andrea | 07/6/2018 | 23 comments

Since our kids are all in bed around 7:00pm every night, and since they all (usually) sleep through the night, I’m getting really good sleep, which means I can finally get back to waking up early again!

It might sound like an over-exaggeration, but every single aspect of my day runs smoother when I wake up early — I’m sharing more about how I use these early morning hours today!

Cheesy Chicken Ranch Wraps

posted by Andrea | 07/5/2018 | 12 comments

If you’re looking for a ridiculously simple, make-ahead, no-bake meal (or snack) for hot summer days, these Cheesy Chicken Ranch Wraps are what you want (say that 5 times fast!)

Fourth of July Flowers and Festivities

posted by Andrea | 07/4/2018 | 12 comments

Happy 4th of July!

Instead of a normal post, I wanted to simply pop in to share a few pictures of our landscape today — complete with almost 700 red, white, and blue annuals!

What Is Your Motivation To Get (and Stay) Organized?

posted by Andrea | 07/3/2018 | 5 comments

Over the past 8+ years of sharing my passion for simplifying, streamlining, cleaning, organizing, decluttering, and improving the look, feel, and function of a home, I have noticed something fairly interesting about motivation.

If you’re struggling to get AND stay more organized, I hope today’s post offers a little more clarity (and hopefully a little more motivation too!)

A Few of My Favorite Things {July, 2018}

posted by Andrea | 07/2/2018 | 15 comments

Our summer is rolling along quickly, and we’ve crossed so many things off our “summer fun list” already. Dave and I have crossed many things off our ginormous summer to-do list as well!

Crossing things off my list is definitely one of my “favorite things”… today I’m sharing a few more!

Laughter Is The Best Medicine… 12 Years and Counting

posted by Andrea | 06/29/2018 | 30 comments

Dave and I celebrate our 12th anniversary tomorrow… and as I was thinking about what I might share with you all today, I kept coming back to the old cliché saying, “Laughter Is The Best Medicine”.

I feel like so many of our family’s “problems” have been resolved with laughter… which is what I’m sharing more about in today’s post!

Fluffy Slime (our new favorite craft!)

posted by Andrea | 06/28/2018 | 12 comments

Nora has been begging to make slime this summer — however, it’s SO messy, slimy, sticky, etc. that I really didn’t want to deal with the mess.

Fortunately, I found a recipe for Fluffy Slime that was fairly quick and simple to make, creates virtually no mess when the kids play with it, and is just “slimy” enough to appease Nora’s desire for slime at home!

My Thoughts On Cooking With Cast Iron

posted by Andrea | 06/27/2018 | 51 comments

For more than 2 years now, I’ve hated my frying pans. I originally wanted to switch to Green Pans — but after I posted a few questions on Facebook over the holidays, you all persuaded me to try cast iron.

Now, 6 months later, I’m super happy with that decision and am sharing my thoughts (and a bunch of tips) in today’s post!

Our “New” Basement Laundry Area (plus free laundry goodies!)

posted by Andrea | 06/26/2018 | 25 comments

Dave and I are currently in the process of renovating our laundry room and bathroom. The first part of this project was to reconstruct a little laundry space in our basement so we wouldn’t be without a washer and dryer ALL summer long!

Our new laundry area is NOT glamorous, it’s NOT Pinterest worthy, and it’s really NOT even all that cute. However, it IS functional and (much to my surprise) it’s actually quite practical for our family’s current laundry needs!

Clara @ 9 Months

posted by Andrea | 06/25/2018 | 18 comments

Clara is 9 months old today! Obviously, she’s pretty excited about it… and we are too!

She makes being a mother of 4 young children feel much easier than I ever imagined it would feel — let’s just hope I can say the same thing in 15 years! 

Master Your Mindless Manners to Reach Your Goals

posted by Andrea | 06/22/2018 | 13 comments

I’m back with another goal related post (yes, I know it’s halfway through the year, not the beginning of a new year) because I’m a firm believer that in order to reach our goals, we must revisit them on a very regular basis.

Today I’m sharing more about “mindless manners” and how mastering my own mindless manners has been an important part of reaching my goals.

12 Years Later… We Still Prefer At-Home Dates!

posted by Andrea | 06/21/2018 | 16 comments

Dave and I celebrate our 12th anniversary next week… and while a lot has changed in our lives over the past 12 years, our love for being home versus going out has stayed the same!

To celebrate our anniversary (and our love of at-home dates), I’m offering some fun freebies from Blue Apron in today’s post!