November, 2010

Organize Your Holiday Receipts

posted by Andrea | 11/30/2010 | 10 comments

How many gifts have you purchased this holiday season? I’m guessing some of you are already finished with your holiday shopping, while others don’t even realize that Christmas is only 25 days away! Wherever you fall in that spectrum, you are bound to end up with a pile of receipts that will probably turn into a jumbled mess at the bottom of your purse, in your car, in an array of shopping bags, or in the trash. Then when it’s time to return […]

Organizing on a Budget

posted by Andrea | 11/29/2010 | 12 comments

Are you in the process of getting organized or thinking about your next organizing project? Great!!! First things first, you need a plan — and a budget. And from my experience, the plan comes quite easily; it’s the budget that can sometimes hold me back! Can you relate? Recently, I’ve received several emails asking for simple ways to get organized on a budget — it looks like you CAN relate! So fortunately, I’m not only organized but also very frugal and have a […]

Pecan Lemon Bars

posted by Andrea | 11/27/2010 | 7 comments

I LOVE lemons! I never used to, but over the last few years, I have become addicted to lemons — especially lemon desserts! So when I was asked to bring a dessert for our Thanksgiving party this past week, I knew I wanted to do something with lemons. I even opted to for-go the tradition pumpkin and apple desserts for these delicious Pecan Lemon Bars. They were a hit! {don’t worry, there were still plenty of other pumpkin and apple desserts […]

Holiday Decor {I Just Couldn’t Resist!}

posted by Andrea | 11/26/2010 | 13 comments

It’s the day after Thanksgiving — a.k.a. Black Friday. Normally, I would spend this day shopping for great bargains or putting up Christmas decorations — often times I’d do both. However, this year, I told myself I would do NEITHER. Since we’re moving in just a few weeks, I figured there was absolutely no point in putting up my holiday decor or buying anything else {even if it was an excellent deal} …after all, I’m just being practical right? While I […]

Give Thanks — Clutter or Abundance?

posted by Andrea | 11/24/2010 | 10 comments

With Thanksgiving Day just a few hours away, I assume we’ve all been quietly reminiscing on all the blessings in our lives, right? Not you? Oh, you’ve been too busy thinking about the HUGE list of things you have to do before tomorrow…don’t worry, I’m guilty too! However, I’d like to challenge us all to GIVE THANKS today. And not only for the good things in our lives. Give Thanks… …for dirty dishes. They’re proof of a home-cooked meal. …for dirty piles […]

10 Things we DON’T Spend Money On

posted by Andrea | 11/22/2010 | 119 comments

Since I started my business nearly 3 years ago, my #1 goal has always been helping my clients to create their best life by simplifying and organizing {big shocker!} At times this has been a bit overwhelming; but for the most part, I really enjoy what I do and the fact that I am able to de-stress so many people on a weekly basis — honestly, I should be a therapists!! And throughout the years, one of the main questions I have […]

Moving Clutter

posted by Andrea | 11/20/2010 | 6 comments

Earlier this week, I blogged a little bit about the start of our moving & packing process. Since I’m super busy right now, I’ve decided to just do a little each day to get us ready to move in about 4 weeks. Slowly but surely, we’ll be ready — I hope!! Honestly, who knew we had so much stuff!! Anyway, my current plan is to continue boxing up all our stuff and bringing the boxes down to our basement. Then, […]

Simple Candy Corn Mix

posted by Andrea | 11/19/2010 | 4 comments

Looking for a quick and easy snack to make for your family or for your next holiday party? Try this Simple Candy Corn Mix — I promise; you’ll love it! It’s the perfect combination of salty and sweet…and you can add your favorite ingredients {or just whatever you have on hand!} These are the ingredients I use: 1 12 oz. bag Dark Chocolate M&M’s 1 16 oz. container salted peanuts 1 12 oz. bag Candy Corn 1/2 bag Candy Pumpkins Other substitutions: Milk […]

Simple Organized Thanksgiving!

posted by Andrea | 11/19/2010 | 14 comments

Thanksgiving Day is next week — how did that happen?? If you have yet to start the planning process; it might be time…I’m just saying! Photo Credit: Tom Curtis Personally, this will be the most low-key Thanksgiving we’ve had in several years. We’re moving — so I decided not to put up ANY Thanksgiving decorations {which was not nearly as depressing as I thought it would be!} And even though we have 3 different Thanksgiving parties to attend, all I […]

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

posted by Andrea | 11/17/2010 | 18 comments

Since we’re moving on Dec. 26, I won’t be doing much baking. However, I already have a freezer full of baked goods that should last us through every holiday party…and maybe even into the New Year {I can’t help it, I’m addicted to planning ahead and I have a vicious sweet tooth!} Of course I used my hand-dandy stackable cooking racks to save lots of space during my baking marathon!! And one of my all-time favorite recipes to make during the holidays […]

2011 Planner — Winner and My Tips

posted by Andrea | 11/17/2010 | comment

Thanks to all of you who entered to win The Time Keeper daily planner from Starla over at Well Kept Life. This was such a fun giveaway — not only because I had a great time reading all the different ways you keep track of your daily responsibilities, but also because I know the winner will be truly blessed by this wonderful planner. I can’t wait for January so I can start using mine! With that said; the winner is: Congrats Leslie!!! Please […]

An “Anywhere Office” — What Works for Me

posted by Andrea | 11/16/2010 | 17 comments

Last week, I gave a mini tutorial on the FREE desk I rescued for my “office”. Isn’t it purdy?? My trash-to-treasure adventure was a success and I love my desk! I blogged about it, and thought I was finished… However, I was inspired to show you the rest of these pictures after receiving so many emails regarding your own home offices. Several of you mentioned that you can’t devote an entire room to your office and would like some tips for creating a home […]

Moving Made Simple — Kind of!

posted by Andrea | 11/15/2010 | 25 comments

Moving is hard work! Believe it or not, I’ve really NEVER moved before. I lived in the same house from birth until college; and even then, I was just 20 minutes away so I never really had to move. Then we got married and hardly had anything to move 🙂 So, even though I would consider myself a very organized person, I still feel somewhat overwhelmed and disorganized at the thought of moving ALL our stuff to our new house […]

Holiday Treats + Free Printable Gift Tags

posted by Andrea | 11/12/2010 | 23 comments

Today, I have the privilege of introducing you to one of my FAVORITE food bloggers; Brenda Score from a farmgirl’s dabbles! Not only is Brenda one of the nicest, sweetest, and friendliest women around; she also happens to be an AMAZING cook and food photographer.  Plus she just makes everything look so simple — and I love simple. Hello! I’m Brenda from a farmgirl’s dabbles. It’s so nice to be here, guest posting for Andrea. I’m pretty new to the “Land of […]

Quick and Simple FALL Cleaning

posted by Andrea | 11/11/2010 | 3 comments

Yup, that’s right — it’s fall and I’m doing my spring cleaning and organizing! Now, I’m not talking about my “speed-cleaning-because-company-is-coming-over” cleaning. I’m talking about the “we’re-moving-and-we-need-to-clean-this-house-really-well” cleaning!! Oh, and if you’re wondering why I would “waste” my time cleaning a house that’s already sold, it’s because part of our selling agreement was that we could stay living in our house {rent-free} provided we keep the house clean and the yard maintained. So, I’ve been choosing one job and tackling it every few days — […]

Holiday Baking, Cooling Racks, and a Giveaway!

posted by Andrea | 11/10/2010 | 48 comments

You all know that I LOVE to simplify my life — it’s become an obsession! Well, I also LOVE kitchen gadgets, ESPECIALLY kitchen gadgets that help me to simplify my life. So you better believe that these handy-dandy, multi-functional, stackable, fold-flat-for-storage, cooling racks rate pretty high on the “things I love” list! Not only do they save me loads of precious counter space when I’m baking double batches of our favorite treats, they also help my treats to cool quicker […]

2011 Planner Giveaway!

posted by Andrea | 11/9/2010 | 85 comments

I am a firm believer that using SOME sort of daily planner is essential to a simpler, more organized, less stressed life. Honestly, I don’t know what I would do without my daily planner. It organizes my days, weeks, and months; it reminds me what to do and when to do it; it holds my Top-5 lists; it stores important information that I can’t ever seem to remember; and SO much more. At times, I feel like my planner serves as my […]

Simple Tips to Stay Organized

posted by Andrea | 11/8/2010 | 11 comments

In an effort to keep things REALLY simple today, I’ve listed Top Ten Simple Tips to Staying Organized. All of these “tips” should be pretty self explanatory…and if you really think about it, each task would only take you a minute or two to complete. However, if you let them all pile up for days or even weeks at a time, they become an overwhelming burdon. Oh, and I’ve even included this fun printable that you can download and print for free!! So, as […]