A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 10/15/2018 | 10 comments

We’ve enjoyed a fairly uneventful start to the school year — we’re just about 2 months in and everyone has adjusted very well!

Today I’m sharing a little peek into our week — complete with family updates, house purging updates, and a huge list of new recipes I’ve tried recently!

My Full-House Purge (the 5-week update)

posted by Andrea | 10/12/2018 | 29 comments

Just over 5 weeks ago, I shared my plan to complete a full-house purge BEFORE the New Year, and since then, I’ve completed 5 rooms in our house.

I’m sharing my progress in today’s post, as well as a little motivation and encouragement for those of you who are following along with my one-room-per-week plan (or for those of you who want to get started).

Cheesy Zucchini “Rice” Casserole

posted by Andrea | 10/11/2018 | 6 comments

I’m frequently asked for more “side dish” recipes — and today’s recipe has been a favorite side dish of ours all summer long. The kids eat it really well, which is impressive considering it’s basically all vegetables as I swap out the rice for cauliflower rice.

I guess if there’s enough cheese, kids will eat anything!

How I Practice Self-Care Every Single Day

posted by Andrea | 10/10/2018 | 31 comments

For a very long time, I had the underlying impression that “self-care” was a LUXURY or an EXTRAVAGANT INDULGENCE… definitely not something the average person could achieve on any sort of regular basis.

Now, many years later, my thoughts and perceptions have changed, and I practice self-care on a daily basis…. I’m sharing SO much more on this in today’s post!

DIY Granite Countertop Cleaner

posted by Andrea | 10/9/2018 | 31 comments

When our granite counters were installed in our kitchen, I was shocked to find out that I couldn’t use vinegar to clean them (the acid can etch away at the finish). I searched for a DIY granite cleaner I could make at home.

It didn’t take me long to find several different recipes — and today, I’m sharing my simplified DIY granite cleaner that takes all of 10 seconds to mix up and costs pennies!

Our Favorite Clutter-Free Teacher Gifts

posted by Andrea | 10/8/2018 | 40 comments

I don’t know if it’s simply because Dave is a teacher and I know how much time, effort, and energy they put into teaching their students every single day, but I’m much more willing to splurge on one of my children’s teachers than I am on any other non-family member.

I realize teacher gifts aren’t something every parent is so passionate about… but if you’re looking for a few clutter-free teacher gift ideas, I think today’s post will help — hopefully with plenty of time to put something nice together before the holidays! 

5 Questions to Ask Before You Buy Anything

posted by Andrea | 10/5/2018 | 3 comments

If you love deal-shopping, the next 8-12 weeks could be pretty rough on your budget AND home (all that stuff needs to be stored somewhere!)

As a gentle reminder before you get too wrapped up (pun intended) in all the “great holiday deals”, I’d encourage you to read through these 5 questions… think about them for a few minutes right now… and then ask yourself these questions BEFORE you buy anything!

Harvest Spinach Salad with Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing

posted by Andrea | 10/4/2018 | 9 comments

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big fan of “stuff salads” with lots and lots of ingredients besides just lettuce, cheese, croutons, and a slice of cucumber… and today’s Harvest Spinach Salad is most definitely a STUFF SALAD!

It feels like I’m enjoying a gourmet lunch at home, especially with the addition of homemade honey mustard dressing (which takes me less than 1 minute to whip up!)

50 Things You Can Better Organize in Under 10 Minutes

posted by Andrea | 10/3/2018 | 12 comments

I realize every little individual cleaning or organizing task will not drastically improve the state of your home or instantly simplify your life… BUT OVER TIME, you will not only declutter, better organize, simplify, and clean your home; you’ll also develop the habits of utilizing your time efficiently and always looking to better your spaces (2 invaluable habits in my opinion). 

Read today’s post for 50 ways you can better organize your home and simplify your life in 10 minutes or less!!

6 Specific Ways We Simplify Busy Mornings

posted by Andrea | 10/2/2018 | 28 comments

As a self-proclaimed homebody, you would be shocked to know that our current Fall schedule has our entire family up and out the door every single weekday morning for some activity or another!

Of course, getting Nora on the bus and the other 3 out the door with me can sometimes feel like a mini circus act — however, thanks to a handful of specific steps we take the night before, our mornings rarely ever feel stressful, frazzled, hectic, or too busy. I’m sharing our “secrets” in today’s post!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {October 2018}

posted by Andrea | 10/1/2018 | 8 comments

Fall is (and always has been) my favorite season of the year… I wholeheartedly agree with Anne of Green Gables when she says, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” 

Happy October to you all — come read about a few more of my favorite things this month!

DONE is Better Than PERFECT (My Top Productivity Tip)

posted by Andrea | 09/28/2018 | 24 comments

One of the pieces to my “productivity puzzle” is the fact that I am almost always focused on “done” versus “perfect”. I value quantity over quality (in a good way!), I work quickly and keep moving, I continually “do the next thing”, and I rarely get hung up on little details.

In my opinion, the vast majority of life can be accomplished with a “done is better than perfect” mindset — so let’s just save the perfection for heart surgeons and NASA engineers! 

Is Guilt The Cause of Clutter In Your Life?

posted by Andrea | 09/27/2018 | 22 comments

Keeping things because of guilt is a vicious cycle that will not eliminate the presence of guilt in your life — if anything, you might feel MORE guilt for hanging onto things you don’t use, things you don’t have space for, and for the amount of clutter and stuff piling up in your home.

If this sounds like something you can relate to… today’s post is a must-read!

Grilled Corn, Tomato, Avocado Salad

posted by Andrea | 09/26/2018 | 12 comments

This recipe for grilled corn, tomato, avocado salad is SO versatile — you can serve it as a condiment for tacos, as a dip for chips, as a side dish for almost any type of Mexican meal, as a salad topping, or even as a stand-alone main-dish (yes, I have eaten a big bowl of this for lunch many times!)

Oh, and it’s extremely simple to make, uses fairly basic ingredients, includes TONS of seasonal veggies, and can easily be made well in advance — win, win, win, win!

Clara is ONE!

posted by Andrea | 09/25/2018 | 26 comments

One year ago today, I woke up pregnant for the last time. Miss Clara Jo was born at 9:57pm and our lives have been happier since that moment!

I CANNOT believe our sweet little bundle of endless smiles is ONE already!

Saving, Splurging, and Sticking With YOUR Financial Goals

posted by Andrea | 09/24/2018 | 22 comments

Have you ever felt guilty after reading an article or talking with a friend about how frugal they are in various areas of their life (an amazing deal shopper, someone who never goes out to eat or on vacation, people who buy everything from thrift stores, etc.)?

Well, what you might not be considering is the fact that those frugal people most likely have other areas of their budget where they splurge quite a bit more. I know that’s the case for Dave and myself… which is what I’m sharing more about today!

The Productive Power of a 20 Minute Timer

posted by Andrea | 09/21/2018 | 18 comments

Since Day 1 of my blog (and my organizing business) I have preached the benefits of setting timers for various tasks and activities throughout the day.

If you tend to be easily side-tracked, today’s post might be just the motivation you need to make more progress on your to-do lists!

Eat At Home… My Simple Weight-Management Plan

posted by Andrea | 09/20/2018 | 7 comments

Over the past year, our family has eaten almost every single meal at home… and it’s honestly amazing how much we’ve saved (both money and calories!)

Today I’m sharing a little more about how simply eating at HOME has been a key factor in helping me lose my baby weight and manage my weight moving forward.