Being Average is Awesome Too!

posted by Andrea | 11/18/2019 | 13 comments
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Have you ever bemoaned the fact that you weren’t the “best”? Have you ever felt a twinge of guilt (or even anger) for just being “average”?

NEWS FLASH: the majority of people you know and interact with every single day are “average”… and contrary to popular opinion, I personally think being average is awesome!

Our Kid-Friendly LEGO Storage System

posted by Andrea | 11/15/2019 | 29 comments
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If you have LEGO-loving kids (or husbands) you’ve probably wondered how to store and organize LEGOs… right? Well, just about a year ago, I was stuck with those same questions!

It took me a few months to figure out the best kid-friendly LEGO storage solution for our family, but we finally have a super simple system that works. The best part is that our kids actually use the system and put the LEGOs away! 

3 Quick Tips For Tender, Juicy Turkey Every Time

posted by Andrea | 11/14/2019 | 28 comments
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Since Thanksgiving is just a few days away (seriously, I can’t believe it!) I wanted to re-share one of my most popular Thanksgiving posts from a few years ago. If you’re in charge of the big meal this year and are wondering how to roast a juicy turkey, I’m here to help!

By following the 3 super simple tips in today’s post, I can almost guarantee your turkey meat will be SO tender and juicy, you won’t ever roast a turkey any other way again! 

Laundry Balls: How I Wash Without Detergent

posted by Andrea | 11/13/2019 | 34 comments
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For almost 2 years now, I’ve been using laundry balls to wash ALL our clothing — no detergent at all.

I get SO many questions about how to use laundry balls that I decided it was finally time to answer them all in one post. Come read more about one more way I simplify our laundry routine!

7 Creative Ways To Capitalize on Free Photo Card Deals

posted by Andrea | 11/12/2019 | 8 comments
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Have you seen those photo card deals that offer 1, 3, 5 or 10 free photo cards? Have you wondered what anyone would do with just a few free cards?

Yes, you could just choose a few of your closest friends or family members to mail your free photo cards to… or you could pay a premium price to buy more than the allotted freebies… OR you could use my creative ideas instead!

A Peek Into Our Week (Family Pictures & Blogging Goals)

posted by Andrea | 11/11/2019 | 39 comments
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In today’s Peek Into Our Week post, I’m sharing our menu plan (with links to the recipes), several of our favorite family games, the new business projects and goals I’m working on, and yes… our most recent family pictures!

I’d also love any of your ideas or suggestions for how you would like my blog to function, change, etc.

A Little Encouragement for the Parents of Picky Eaters

posted by Andrea | 11/8/2019 | 24 comments

Do you worry that your children are “picky eaters”? Have you been shamed by other parents, relatives, friends, doctors, or “experts” because of what your children don’t eat?

If you’re stressed about picky eaters, you’re in the right place! I hope to offer some simple tips, as well as much-needed encouragement for you and your family!

Simple Egg Substitutes

posted by Andrea | 11/7/2019 | 37 comments

Whether you’re baking for someone with an egg allergy or just forgot to add “eggs” to your grocery list, these 5 simple egg substitutes are sure to “save the day”.

I’ve used all 5 of them with much success over the years and I’m confident they will work for you too! 

99 Effective Ways to Say No

posted by Andrea | 11/6/2019 | 6 comments

When I thought up the idea for a post about different ways to say “No”, I originally entitled it 21 Ways to Say “No”. As the days went on, I continued to think up more ways, and finally “capped” myself at 99 Ways to Say “No”!

If you struggle to say “No”, PLEASE read this post, bookmark this post, and refer back to it often! With 99 ways to say “No”, there’s one for any situation!

Caramel Apple Pie Cheesecake Bars (Whole Grain)

posted by Andrea | 11/5/2019 | 10 comments
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Caramel apple pie cheesecake bars – honestly, can a dessert get any more “Fall” than that? 

In my efforts to combine 2 of my favorite desserts (apple pie and cheesecake) I ended up with these delicious bars. I made this recipe with 100% whole grains, but I’ve also made them gluten-free as well — so many options, depending on your preferences and the ingredients you have on hand!

9 Simple Techniques to Create More Time Every Day

posted by Andrea | 11/4/2019 | 8 comments

Do you ever wish you could have more time every day — even just an extra hour?

Obviously, having a literal extra hour is impossible… but what if there were a few simple things you could do right now to instantly create more time every day? I’m sharing 9 of my favorite techniques in today’s post!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {November 2019}

posted by Andrea | 11/1/2019 | 25 comments

I honestly can’t believe it’s November already — the holiday season is here! 

I’m definitely a “minimalist” when it comes to holiday hoopla, so I’m excited to share one of my favorite SIMPLE gift ideas for teachers, coaches, instructors, directors, coworkers, neighbors, etc. etc. Hopefully it will give you a little head start on your holiday planning! 

3 Areas to Downsize to Enjoy a Simpler Life

posted by Andrea | 10/31/2019 | 12 comments

Does your home feel cluttered and chaotic? Does your schedule feel jam-packed? Does your life feel like it’s spiraling out of control?

If so, keep reading for 3 areas you can downsize to enjoy a simpler life!

Easy Sourdough Starter Pancakes

posted by Andrea | 10/30/2019 | 17 comments
easy sourdough starter pancakes

Although I’ve given up on sourdough bread, for the time being, I’m still too stubborn to let my sourdough starters die — instead, I make these delicious sourdough starter pancakes.

If you’re looking for a super simple recipe that will use up a bunch of extra sourdough starter, today’s recipe is IT!!

Find Your “Good Enough” and Simplify Your Life

posted by Andrea | 10/29/2019 | 39 comments

Are you struggling to do everything you feel you need to do each day? If so, I’d encourage you to find your “good enough” and then relax as you enjoy a bit more simplicity in your life! 

Today I’m sharing more about how my “good enough” standards have helped me to streamline and simplify everything from cooking and cleaning to finances and self-care!

Healthy Kids’ Snacks: How To Incorporate More Fresh Produce

posted by Andrea | 10/28/2019 | 15 comments
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When it comes to healthy kids’ snacks, I feel like it can be a never-ending battle… with the parents often on the losing end! Can you relate?

If you’d like to incorporate more fresh produce into your kids’ snacks (without whining, complaining, or tantrums), the 5 helpful tips in today’s post are exactly what you need!

10 Life-Changing Tips When You Are Overwhelmed With Laundry

posted by Andrea | 10/25/2019 | 39 comments
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Maybe my use of the words “life-changing” is slightly dramatic. However, I know so many people who are completely stressed out by their laundry situation that I believe their lives would be completely changed if they adopted many of my tips. 

It won’t happen overnight, but I’m confident this never-ending chore will feel significantly less overwhelming by implementing these 10 life-changing laundry tips!

How To Organize Kids’ Winter Gear Quickly and Easily

posted by Andrea | 10/24/2019 | 20 comments

Do you struggle with the best, most functional and practical ways to organize winter gear?

If so, you’ll definitely want to read my tips on how to quickly and easily organize kids’ winter gear — including one fantastic realization that made our mudroom so much more functional for our entire family!