How To Eliminate and Prevent Stinky Towels

posted by Andrea | 08/16/2019 | 66 comments

Based on the number of email questions I get, I’m assuming stinky towels are a pet peeve (or at least mildly annoying) for many of you.

Thankfully, I’m a semi-obsessive towel-washer with an acute sense of smell — so I have a BUNCH of ideas for those of you with not-so-nice smelling towels!

Why I Didn’t Accomplish My Summer To-Do List (and what we made time for instead)

posted by Andrea | 08/15/2019 | 24 comments

Back in May, I made a mental list of all the things I hoped to accomplish over the summer… I’ll be honest, I did NOT complete many of them! 

Although it’s very unlike me to push so many projects and to-dos to the “back burner”, I did have a good reason, and looking back over the summer, I’m happy I made the decision to prioritize other things over my personal to-dos this year!

Zucchini Banana Sheet Cake (with cinnamon cream cheese frosting)

posted by Andrea | 08/14/2019 | 7 comments

Today’s recipes is a sweet one — literally! 

It’s one of our family’s favorite sweet treats when zucchini are plentiful; and since it makes a fairly large batch, it’s something I regularly bring to potlucks, reunions, BBQ’s, or other parties this time of year!

Our Girls’ Farmhouse Bedroom Tour

posted by Andrea | 08/13/2019 | 23 comments

I’m SO excited to take you on a tour of our girls’ “new” bedroom! And yes, it’s a VIDEO tour!

Come see how we changed our kids’ bedrooms around (again) and how we transformed this room for roughly $40!

5 Ways I Simplify School Snacks and Lunches

posted by Andrea | 08/12/2019 | 35 comments

As I’m sure many of you can relate with, packing snacks and lunches was something I hated doing — I even had Dave do it for a while. However, this task has grown on me over the years and I’m now to the point where I actually enjoy it! 

What made the difference for me? A simplified routine, some fantastic lunch boxes, and a few more tips that I’m sharing in today’s post!

What If You Don’t Have Big Life Goals?

posted by Andrea | 08/9/2019 | 23 comments

Just because you don’t have a BIG goal for your life doesn’t mean you can’t set goals for yourself on a regular basis. Your life and your days can still have purpose and meaning without the addition of big goals.

Today’s post elaborates more on these thoughts!

One Area of My House I (almost) Never Clean!

posted by Andrea | 08/8/2019 | 38 comments

A couple weeks ago, I shared one of my most favorite household chores… as well as why I enjoy it so much.

Today, as a follow-up to my favorite household chore post, I thought it might be eye-opening for some of you to know the one area of our home I (almost) NEVER clean!!

How I Maximized Our Storage in a Closet with Sloped Ceilings

posted by Andrea | 08/7/2019 | 12 comments

Living in a 130+ year old farmhouse has been my dream for as long as I can remember… despite the fact that they are filled with crazy sloped ceilings, unique bump-outs, and weird closets that can make organizing a bit more frustrating!

One of the crazy closets in our house is in the boy’s new shared bedroom upstairs. I recently gave this closet a mini makeover and fully maximized the space! Come check it out!

Our Summer Landscaping… in Pictures

posted by Andrea | 08/6/2019 | 28 comments

Dave and I spend a considerable amount of time working in our yard… but our hard work pays off (in my opinion) as we have a very colorful yard that is enjoyable for both kids and adults to spend time in — not to mention we personally enjoy looking at it every day! 

I’ve already taken several pictures of our yard this summer, but never get around to it… so today’s post is a compilation of many different areas of our yard over the past 3 months!

Why I Don’t Stress About Getting Back Into A “School Routine”

posted by Andrea | 08/5/2019 | 19 comments

You might be surprised to know that I don’t do much to get our family back into a school routine before the school year starts!

Yes, I AM still a huge advocate for planning ahead whenever possible, but when it comes to preparing for a new routine, there is only so much planning you can do! I explain more in today’s post!

I Forgot How Busy One Toddler Can Be!

posted by Andrea | 08/2/2019 | 34 comments

Last weekend, Dave and his parents drove to Wisconsin to visit his grandma and his mom’s relatives… with the 3 older kiddos!

Clara and I hung out at home all weekend — and while I did thoroughly enjoy the time with just my “baby”, I quickly realized that her siblings are VERY good at entertaining her throughout the day! I suppose I now have a new appreciation for my older children!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {August 2019}

posted by Andrea | 08/1/2019 | 21 comments

It’s August! Only a couple more weeks of summer vacation for our family — and then it’s back to school again for another 9 months! 

Although the kids are excited for school, having everyone home for the summer is pretty high up there on my list of “favorite things”! I’m sharing a few more of favorites in today’s post! 

Prevent Burnout By Focusing on Planning and Progress

posted by Andrea | 07/31/2019 | 25 comments

Over the past few years, I have gotten so many emails and questions asking me to share more about how I prevent burnout.

These questions have been percolating in the back of my brain for months now, and I keep circling back to the ideas of “planning ahead” and “gradual progress”… I’m sharing more today!

READER QUESTION: How Do You Handle Fundraisers?

posted by Andrea | 07/30/2019 | 19 comments

Over the past week, 3 different people have emailed me asking how Dave and I handle fundraisers for our children. 

I know every family and every child is different, so I’d love to know how YOU handle school, church, and/or community fundraisers.

Let’s Talk About My Blog Ads…

posted by Andrea | 07/29/2019 | 114 comments

As many of you may have noticed (who am I kidding, you’ve ALL noticed), my blog has significantly more advertisements over this past year than it did for the first 8+ years. 

There IS a reason for this, and I HAVE weighed the pros and cons of the extra ads… I’m sharing more about it all in today’s post!

My Favorite Dollar Store Buys

posted by Andrea | 07/26/2019 | 45 comments

Not everything at the dollar store is necessarily a great bargain, but there are definitely some amazing deals if you’re willing to browse!

Since we love our local dollar store so much, I thought it might be fun to share some of OUR favorite items to buy on our monthly walks to the dollar store. 

How I Know It’s Time to Give Up Naps

posted by Andrea | 07/25/2019 | 6 comments

Over the past 7+ years, I’ve had 1 horrendous napper, 1 amazing napper, and 2 fairly normal nappers — looking back, I can see that they all “gave up” napping in basically the same way — yes, Clara is mostly done napping 🙁

I suppose it’s a little sad to move past another season of life, but I’m pretty excited about how much freedom I’ll have during the day now that we’re not tied to a specific napping schedule!

My Favorite Household Chore

posted by Andrea | 07/24/2019 | 41 comments

It’s very common to hear about “least favorite chores” or “dreaded chores” — often accompanied by various remedies or tips to reduce the time and effort it takes to complete those chores.

In my experience, it’s not nearly as common to share a FAVORITE household chore… but that’s what I’m doing today!!