Sitting Is the New Smoking – Simple Ways I Move More

posted by Andrea | 04/26/2018 | 21 comments

Although I know there are many benefits from actual exercise, I also realize that fitting 30-60 minutes of cardio or strength training into each day is completely unrealistic for many people… including myself! 

I promise, I won’t pressure you to exercise daily… instead, I’ll simply encourage you to take a few minutes to MOVE MORE! I’m sharing several ways I move more in today’s post!

Clara @ 7 Months + Our Happy Homecoming!

posted by Andrea | 04/25/2018 | 19 comments

My favorite baby girl is 7 months old today — and she’s still as happy as ever!

Today I’m sharing a little more about my ONE and only goal for her delivery and our HAPPY homecoming!

10 Minute 5 Ingredient Zucchini Noddles

posted by Andrea | 04/24/2018 | 24 comments

As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, zucchini noodles are FANTASTIC with any of your favorite store bought or homemade marinara, meat, Alfredo, pesto, or cheese sauces.

However, if you’re looking for another very simple, very basic recipe that is slightly different than most traditional pasta recipes, I’m sharing that today! 

A Balanced Approach to Children and Screens

posted by Andrea | 04/23/2018 | 27 comments

If I had to choose one word to sum up my thoughts on children and screens, it would simply be: “Moderation.” Shocking… I know!

If you’re looking for more information to help you evaluate the use of screens in your home, I’m sharing 3 simple guidlines that might bring more balance back to your own children’s screen usage.

Don’t Assume… Ask!

posted by Andrea | 04/20/2018 | 20 comments

Today I’m sharing one of the most often overlooked “secrets” of a less-stressed, less-chaotic, happier life. 

Yes, I know that’s a pretty bold statement… but it’s true in so many ways. And it’s SO SIMPLE! 

Why I DON’T Use A Label Maker

posted by Andrea | 04/19/2018 | 65 comments

If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me what label maker I use, or what label maker I would recommend… I would have A LOT of nickels!

And while I completely understand why I’m asked these questions, I have to admit that I do NOT use a label maker. Today, I’m sharing the 2 main reasons why…

Homemade Yogurt Parfaits With Yummy Fruit Compote

posted by Andrea | 04/18/2018 | 21 comments

One of my most favorite snacks is making homemade yogurt parfaits with a delicious fruit compote (similar to jam but without all the sugar!)

If you’re looking for a tasty treat to add to your breakfast, snack, or dessert rotation, give these yogurt parfaits a try!

The Effects of Sleep On… Everything!

posted by Andrea | 04/17/2018 | 17 comments

Thanks to the fact that all 4 of our children are sleeping through the night on a fairly regular basis, I’ve enjoyed significantly more sleep than I have over the past 6+ years — and WOW has it make a world of difference for me!

After joking with Dave about how my whole quality of life feels exponentially better now that I’m sleeping so much more… I decided to share more on the blog today!

A Bit of Housekeeping (Literally and Figuratively)

posted by Andrea | 04/16/2018 | 12 comments

I switched up my post for today as there are several little things I’d like to share with you (some of which are time-sensitive) so I thought we’d do a little “housekeeping” on the blog today!

Hope you have a fantastic start to your week!

What Should We Do In Our Bathroom?

posted by Andrea | 04/13/2018 | 132 comments

After over 7 years living in our farmhouse, we are FINALLY going to tackle one of the rooms I wanted to renovate many years ago — the bathroom off our kitchen. However, we still aren’t 100% sure what we want to do with this space.

So… since you have given us really great renovation ideas in the past, I’m bringing our bathroom quandary to the blog as one last “Hail Mary” effort to see if any of you have a super fantastic idea we haven’t thought of yet!

Say “No” Without An Explanation

posted by Andrea | 04/12/2018 | 21 comments

As many of you know, I’m a HUGE advocate for saying ‘no’. Well… today, I’d like to take things one step further.

I’d like to encourage you to say ‘no’ WITHOUT an explanation! It will probably be a lot harder than you think!

Zucchini Noodles 101

posted by Andrea | 04/11/2018 | 38 comments

After only a few months of making and eating zucchini noodles, I’m far from an expert; however, based on the number of questions I’ve gotten regarding our spiralizer, I figured it was time for a post.

If you’ve wanted to try zoodles, but are unsure… I hope today’s post helps to answer a few of your questions and give you the confidence you need to finally give them a try!

You Can’t Want “it” For Someone

posted by Andrea | 04/10/2018 | 35 comments

Today’s post is a little heavier than my normal tips, recipes, and cute baby photos — but it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately and I wanted to share.

I hope it gives you something to think about, and maybe the freedom to just step back, let go, and move on (at least for now).

A Peek Into Our Week {Spring Break!}

posted by Andrea | 04/9/2018 | 36 comments

I’m back after taking a few days off last week to enjoy Dave and Nora’s spring break.

Although we didn’t actually travel anywhere, I’m positive our kids had a really great time doing lots of fun things we wouldn’t normally take the time or pay the money to do on a regular basis.

A Few Of My Favorite Things {April 2018}

posted by Andrea | 04/2/2018 | 31 comments

It’s officially Spring Break for both Dave and Nora — and, as you’ll read below, Spring Break is most definitley one of my Favorite Things.

Today, I’m sharing a handful of other favorites… and then I’m taking the rest of the week off to enjoy all the fun activities Dave and I have planned for the kids this week!

Our Mini No-Spending Challenge

posted by Andrea | 03/30/2018 | 14 comments

Five years ago, I shared the self-inflicted no-spending challenge Dave and I did during the month of May. It was a great experience for us, and we learned a lot!

Since our first no-spending challenge back in 2013, Dave and I have done several smaller no-spending challenges — most recently, a no-spending challenge for fast food and restaurants (which is what I’m sharing more about today!)

6 Tips for Simple Roasted Vegetables

posted by Andrea | 03/29/2018 | 41 comments

Dave and I have long been fans of roasted veggies — in fact, it’s probably my favorite way to eat cooked veggies!

If you’re new to the world of roasted vegetables, I hope today’s tips will give you the nudge you need to give them a try. They are SOOOOO delicious! 

How to Instantly Update a Sweatshirt (no sewing required)

posted by Andrea | 03/28/2018 | 25 comments

Last week I purged my closet, picked up a few new finds from a local thrift store, and updated several items already in my closet — a few of which were super quick “sweatshirt updates”.

As I was cutting up my sweatshirts, I realized I had to share this on the blog — there is absolutely NO sewing required, and with a few quick snips, you can give almost any sweatshirt a brand new look!