My New Planner Layout

posted by Andrea | 02/19/2018 | 17 comments

I’ve been using a Personal Planner for the last 5+ years — and I’ve used the same layout every year.

However, this year, I decided I wanted to try a different page layout… crazy enough, I’m super happy with the difference this one small change has made in my productivity and efficiency!

If I Could Pay Someone To Do One Chore For Me…

posted by Andrea | 02/16/2018 | 42 comments

I was recently joking with a friend about how I’d love to pay someone to do all the food preparing and cleanup for me everyday — seriously, do you know how many extra hours I would gain each day! 

I’m sharing a bit more about this today — and I’d love to know what chore you’d would most like to pay someone else to do for you!

Are You Organized for the Unexpected?

posted by Andrea | 02/15/2018 | 82 comments

There are many situations where someone else might need to step in and run your home, pay your bills, care for your children, or manage your life… and if your home is completely unorganized, there’s a good chance the people who are trying to help won’t be able to.

Today I’m re-sharing part of a post from 3 years ago, as well as my own thoughts to hopefully encourage and motivate you to be a little more diligent with your organizing efforts.

Simple Ways to Spend One-On-One Time with Young Children

posted by Andrea | 02/14/2018 | 20 comments

As we celebrate Valentine’s Day today, I thought it might be nice to share some super simple, frugal, easy, non-stressful ways you can show a little extra love to the little (or not so little) kiddos in your life!

What are your favorite ways to spend one-on-one time with your kids?

Quick Tip: Increase Productivity by Turning Notifications Off

posted by Andrea | 02/13/2018 | 14 comments

I know smartphones get a bad rap for being time wasters, productivity zappers, and life distractions… and I suppose they can be. However, one thing I’ve done for years and years (but only recently realized how beneficial it is for my life) is to turn off all notifications. 

It only took a few seconds to turn off my notifications, and I’m 100% positive it helped to increase my productivity and decrease the number of times I get distracted or pulled away from what I was supposed to be doing.

You’ll Never Guess Our Largest Monthly Expense!

posted by Andrea | 02/12/2018 | 39 comments

I’ll be honest, I haven’t been overly aware of how much we’re spending in what categories over the past 6 months (I blame it on baby #4 arriving 5 months ago!)

However, curiosity got the best of me last month, so I quickly opened our Finance Tracking Workbooks for the last several years… and I was totally shocked at what I found! 

Trash Or Treasure… something to think about before you donate!

posted by Andrea | 02/9/2018 | 34 comments

After many years of working with in-home organizing clients (and many years purging my own home), I know all too well how alluring it can be to “donate” something instead of dumping it in the trash. After all, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”… right?

Today, I’m sharing why some of our “trash” is just “trash” and not worth donating!

2 Super Quick Ways To Clear Closet Clutter

posted by Andrea | 02/8/2018 | 19 comments

In my experience helping other to clear the clutter in their homes, I can confidently say the two most challenging areas to purge are memorabilia and clothing.

If you are struggling to purge your closets, try one of my 2 super simple, super quick solutions to clear closet clutter… you might find it’s easier than you thought!!

Lemon Squares

posted by Andrea | 02/7/2018 | 13 comments

Although I love tangy lemon desserts, I haven’t shared any on my blog in many years!

So today, after an almost 8-year lemon hiatus (on the blog, not in my real life), I’m back with a super delicious recipe for Lemon Squares (perfect timing for all the sales on citrus fruits!)

My Homemade Facewash (8 years later)

posted by Andrea | 02/6/2018 | 45 comments

Just about 8 years ago, I got the crazy idea (after reading it somewhere on the internet) that I wanted to start using OIL to cleanse my face!

That post was so popular that I STILL get comments, questions, and emails asking if we really use oil to cleanse our face… so today, I’m sharing an update, 8 years later!

What I Keep In Our Diaper Bag for 4 Kids

posted by Andrea | 02/5/2018 | 5 comments

A couple weeks ago, I decluttered, cleaned, and simplified the contents of my diaper bag… and as crazy as it might sound, we actually keep LESS in our diaper bag with 4 kids than we did with 2 or 3.

Today I’m sharing exactly what we keep in our diaper bag, and several of my favorite diaper bags!

Our Master Bathroom Purge

posted by Andrea | 02/2/2018 | 26 comments

Ever since Christmas break, I’ve been slowly working my way through various rooms of our home and essentially purging and/or cleaning every single drawer, shelf, closet, cabinet, etc.

I shared my kitchen purge last week, and today, I’m purging more about that in this post.our master bathroom.

A Few of My Favorite Things {February 2018}

posted by Andrea | 02/1/2018 | 7 comments

Even though February is often very cold, snowy, dreary, and dark… we’re one month closer to spring, which means I can start working outside again (one of my most favorite activities)!

Today I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things — one of which I’ve been waiting for months to share since I really felt like it fit so well with the month of February!

How We Do Hot Breakfasts on School Mornings

posted by Andrea | 01/31/2018 | 33 comments

Recently, I’ve had several readers ask if we’re still doing a hot breakfast every morning — and if so, what we eat and how we make it work with an earlier school schedule.

So now that we’re already a few weeks into 2nd semester, I figure it’s time I share the 2 main reasons we’ve managed to enjoy a hot breakfast, even on school mornings!

10 Non-Dish Uses for Dish Soap

posted by Andrea | 01/30/2018 | 44 comments

Dish soap is one of the household cleaners I have chosen not to replace with a natural or DIY homemade cleaner — and I don’t think that will change for a while.

You see, along with washing our dishes, we use dish soap for SOOOO many different tasks in and around our house. If you’ve never tried using your dish soap for anything other than dishes, you’re totally missing out!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 01/29/2018 | 15 comments

What a full week we had last week — not necessarily because of so many activities, but simply because each one of our kids had something special going on last week!

Also… I left the house EVERY single day with some or all of the children! Can you believe it!

4 Months With 4 Kiddos!

posted by Andrea | 01/26/2018 | 39 comments

Clara is officially 4 month old… which means Dave and I have officially survived 4 months with 4 kids!

As a whole, these past 4 months have gone much better than I ever anticipated — for that, I am so grateful! However, there are definitely a few areas of my life that feel like they are in survival mode!

9 Reasons We Use Credit Cards to Simplify our Lives

posted by Andrea | 01/25/2018 | 116 comments

I’ve had a credit card since I was 16 — and Dave and I use credit cards to pay for almost everything we buy.

I definitely don’t think that credit cards are the best financial decision for everyone — and at the same time, I don’t think a cash-only budget is the best financial decision for everyone. That said, here are just a few of the ways credit cards majorly simplify and organize my life.