How I Save BIG On Prescriptions and Blood Work

posted by Andrea | 10/23/2018 | 16 comments

Over the course of our married life, Dave and I have been blessed with very good health. We’ve hardly ever been sick, we usually only visit the doctor for routine checkups, and we’ve hardly had to fill any prescriptions or pay for any medically-related expenses.

This past summer, however, we had several medical expenses… and after talking with my doctor, I found a brilliant and extremely simple way to save BIG on both prescriptions and blood work!

5 Simple Responses For Bored Children

posted by Andrea | 10/22/2018 | 9 comments

Due to the many questions I get from readers, I’ve recently been thinking about all the ways we try to combat boredom in our house. I’ve seen some clever acronyms floating around the internet — I’ve changed mine up a bit, but still with a similar vibe.

The next time your child complains of being BORED, try using one of these responses.

Practice Makes… It Easier!

posted by Andrea | 10/19/2018 | 26 comments

If there’s something you wish you were better at, something you wish were easier for you, something you wish you enjoyed more, my simple tip for today is PRACTICE IT!

Today I’m sharing how simply practicing various skills over and over again has helped make so many areas of my life feel easier and less stressful. I most likely won’t ever achieve “perfect” but with a little practice, things sure feel a lot easier! 

Another BANDI Belt Giveaway!

posted by Andrea | 10/18/2018 | 7 comments

Those of you who have read my blog for years and years might remember the very first time I shared BANDI belts with you, 5 years ago! Since then, my collection of BANDI belts has grown to 3 belts, all of which I wear on a regular basis.

The BANDI belts are so handy when I’m heading to the park with the kids, going for a bike ride, or doing yard work. They allow me to keep my essentials handy without lugging a bag around or having stuff fall out of my pockets — score! I’m giving a couple BANDI belts away in today’s post! Come enter to win!

A Detailed Look At Our Weekly Meal Plans

posted by Andrea | 10/17/2018 | 21 comments

Although I’ve shared many posts about meal planning over the years, it continues to be one of the most requested post topics… so I’m back again with a more detailed look at what exactly we eat and how I plan all our meals each week. I’m even including breakfast and lunches in this post! 

If you’ve never tried meal planning before (or if you’ve fallen off the meal planning bandwagon) I think today’s post will help simplify the process and (hopefully) motivate you to give it another try!

Could Clutter Cost You Your Home?

posted by Andrea | 10/16/2018 | 8 comments

A couple weeks ago, I took the older 3 kids to a local Fire Station open house — it was so much fun! The kids enjoyed all the goodies in their grab bags, and I learned quite a bit from reading through the packets of information handed out to parents.

One article in particular caught my attention — about reducing the risk of fire by reducing the clutter in our homes. I’m sharing more in today’s post!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 10/15/2018 | 22 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 | 32 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 | 8 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 | 43 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!