5 Questions I Ask When I’m Purging

posted by Andrea | 06/18/2019 | 40 comments

I’m often asked if I have a “method” for purging or a pattern that I follow each time to make it a more routine process — and as I thought more about how exactly I motivate and encourage myself (and others) to purge, I realized that there are certain questions I came back to time and time again.

Today, I’m sharing those questions!

Our Completely Ridiculous-Looking Plan to Keep Weeds Out of Our Garden

posted by Andrea | 06/17/2019 | 33 comments

For the past 5 years, we have had ONE nice-looking vegetable garden — the others have been completely covered with weeds by fall. 

This year, we’re trying something new to (hopefully) help us keep the weeds down– boy does it look ridiculous! I’m almost a little embarrassed to share pictures on the blog! 

My 100% Whole Grain Dough Recipe + Printable!

posted by Andrea | 06/14/2019 | 31 comments

After months of experimenting, tweaking, testing, baking, and eating SO MUCH whole grain bread, I’m FINALLY ready to share my recipe on the blog!

I’ve successfully made this exact recipe week after week for several months now… and my family gives it 2 thumbs up! I’ve also created a FREE printable recipe (with or without photos) that you may save, download, or print — consider it my birthday gift to you!!!

6 Reasons A Capsule Wardrobe Might NOT Work for You

posted by Andrea | 06/13/2019 | 30 comments

If you’ve spent any amount of time reading blogs or browsing social media, you’ve probably heard a lot about “Capsule Wardrobes”.

I’m always so intrigued by the idea of a capsule wardrobe, but I also realize that for the majority of people, it’s not the most realistic wardrobe plan… today I’m sharing a few reasons why.

Our Most-Read Toddler Board Books

posted by Andrea | 06/12/2019 | 26 comments

In general, when it comes to books, we almost always borrow instead of buy. However, I will admit to having a teeny-tiny “soft spot” for toddler board books!

I realize there are hundreds and thousands of amazing children and toddler board books — in no way do I think my list contains the “best books” or the “right books” — they are simply the books all 4 of our kiddos have loved and enjoyed over the years.  

Southwest Spaghetti Squash Casserole

posted by Andrea | 06/11/2019 | 9 comments

Today’s recipe for Southwest Spaghetti Squash Casserole is one of our favorites. Since I almost always have a container of roasted, shredded spaghetti squash in the fridge, and several containers of cooked black beans and meats in the freezer, it only takes me a few minutes to have this casserole ready for the oven.

It’s perfect for busy afternoons and evenings because it doesn’t require any side dishes — just some chips, salsa, and guacamole! 

One of The Easiest Ways to Get Excited to Wake Up Early

posted by Andrea | 06/10/2019 | 31 comments

I don’t think waking up early is essential for productivity or a lifetime of success. It’s completely possible to sleep in and be productive during different times of the day… HOWEVER, based on the number of emails and comments I’ve gotten asking about our 4am wake up time, I figured it was time for another blog post.

If you’re interested in learning to become a morning person (something I DO think you can learn), I hope the 4 tips in today’s post will help!

Our Favorite Family-Friendly Frugal Summer Fun Ideas

posted by Andrea | 06/7/2019 | 6 comments

While I certainly don’t think it’s our job as parents to entertain our children all summer long, I DO think the summer months at home together can be a lot more enjoyable if we try to plan a few fun (or special, different, out-of-the-ordinary) activities each week. 

Today I’m sharing SEVERAL of the extra special, frugal family-fun things we do together each summer. Hopefully it will spark a few ideas for things you could do with your family as well!

A Simple, Frugal, and Fun Wedding Shower Idea

posted by Andrea | 06/6/2019 | 18 comments

One of my favorite wedding showers was a “Pantry Shower” where everyone brought a recipe and a few of the non-perishable ingredients for that recipe. This shower was a fantastic way to quickly fill up our EMPTY pantry and kitchen cabinets with a huge variety of foods.

If you’re looking for fun, frugal, practical, easy-to-put-together shower ideas for almost any new couple (or new homeowner) THIS is it! 

Delicious (Make-Ahead) Layered Lettuce Salad

posted by Andrea | 06/5/2019 | 30 comments

Today I’m sharing the revamped (and healthified) recipe for our family’s Favorite Make-Ahead Layered Lettuce Salad (yes, our kids will actually eat small amounts of this salad!)

Not only can this salad be made ahead and enjoyed for days (without getting soggy), it can also be made from pretty much any salad-type ingredients you have in the house — oh, and it tastes amazing too!

A Peek Into Our Last Weeks of School

posted by Andrea | 06/4/2019 | 10 comments

Summer is here… well, almost! Nora has 2 more days of school left and then the “lazy days” of summer are officially here!

Come read about what we’ve been up to these past few weeks, some of our upcoming summer plans (we’re trying camping for the first time!), and all the food I’ve been making and baking (I got a sourdough starter!)

A Few of My Favorite Things {June 2019}

posted by Andrea | 06/3/2019 | 18 comments

Summer break is officially here! Dave is completely finished with his school year, his classroom is cleaned out, and all his grades are entered. We’re looking forward to hanging out at home for the next 10+ weeks… that’s one of my favorite things for sure!

I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things in today’s post! 

My 5 Minute Procrastination Hack!

posted by Andrea | 05/31/2019 | 13 comments

Although I do try to stay on-top of my home, family, and business responsibilities, I’ve noticed that the easiest times for me to procrastinate are when I have one larger project or to-do looming over my head… can you relate?

Today, I’m sharing a super simple 5-minute procrastination hack that works so well for me!

Our Favorite Easy At-Home Lunches

posted by Andrea | 05/30/2019 | 33 comments

Since summer is just around the corner (YAY!) and kids will be home for lunches again, I thought it might be good timing to share some of our favorite EASY at-home lunches.

Our lunch options are much more limited than our dinner options, but we still have enough variety ready to go each day that we don’t get bored or feel like we’re eating the same things day after day.

How Our Finances Have Changed Without a Mortgage

posted by Andrea | 05/29/2019 | 38 comments

After a decade of living ULTRA-frugally in an effort to pay off our mortgage early while also paying out-of-pocket for our many home renovations, Dave and I have basically kept the same frugal lifestyle, despite the fact that we no longer have nearly as many expenses.

So what are we doing with the extra money? This is a question I’ve been asked countless times over the past few years — and one I’m finally answering today! 

10 Of Our Recent Meals From the Freezer

posted by Andrea | 05/28/2019 | 10 comments

I recently shared some of our freezer meals creations on Facebook, and many of you asked me to share a list of the meals we were ACTUALLY eating (with links to the recipes). So that’s what I’m doing today! 

These 10 meals are all ones I’ve made for our family in the last 2 weeks, pulling most (if not all) of the ingredients directly from our freezer for fairly quick and easy week night meals — perfect for this busy time of year! 

How to Remove Sticky Tree Sap from Skin, Hair, Clothes and Toys

posted by Andrea | 05/27/2019 | 29 comments

Back when we purchased our house, we cut down roughly 35-40 very tall, very old, very scraggly looking pine trees that dripped sap EVERYWHERE.

Since it’s the time of year when trees are REALLY sappy, I thought it might be a good time to share the quick tip we use (regularly) to remove sticky tree sap from hands, clothing, hair, yard toys, and more!

Get Rid of the All Or Nothing Mentality

posted by Andrea | 05/24/2019 | 22 comments

I am not one to follow fads or trends, I have never been the type to “jump on the band wagon” just because “everyone else is doing it”, I rarely have super strong opinions about specific topics, I don’t see many things in life as “black or white” with no middle ground, and I strongly dislike all-or-nothing decisions and situations.

Instead, I opt for a mentality of all-things-in-moderation — which has been a HUGE asset in my quest for simple living.