February, 2011

How Donation Centers Use Your Cast-Offs

posted by Andrea | 02/11/2011 | comment

How many times have you stopped by your local donation center to drop off a bag {or 12} of your unneeded items? Probably more times than you can remember, right? Each time you declutter, you have to bring your unwanted stuff somewhere…so where do you bring it? I hear a lot of negative talk about the larger donation centers; and while I personally try to bring our donations to locally based charities, I don’t have anything against these “big-box” donation […]

My Daily Routine + Free Printables!

posted by Andrea | 02/9/2011 | 131 comments

It’s no secret that I absolutely LOVE my weekly planner! I carry it with me everywhere I go and reference it at least 27 times each day — seriously, I do. And even though my daily planner is super helpful for remembering and tracking my weekly, monthly, and other long-term appointments and activities; I was still struggling to find the perfect “planner” for my busy, BUSY daily activities. I like small planners, but small planners mean I don’t have enough room […]

Multi-tasking and My Kitchen Island

posted by Andrea | 02/8/2011 | 7 comments

Yesterday I read a great blog post over at ohamanda.com. Amanda talked about “bringing the awesome” to everything we do and encouraged us to focus on doing ONE task really well instead of doing everything half-heartedly. Good advice, huh? For example, when I’m working, I should just focus on “bringing the awesome” to my work. When, I’m talking on the phone, I should just focus on “bringing the awesome” to my conversation…not trying to do 437 other things at the […]

Garbage Disposal 101

posted by Andrea | 02/8/2011 | 14 comments

The kitchen in our new house is quite out-dated — it IS 120 years old! However, one nice thing about our kitchen is we now have a garbage disposal {yup, we’re easy to please!} We didn’t have a garbage disposal in our first house and even though I had one growing up, it’s been about 8 years since I used one. So I did a little online research to learn the “do’s and don’ts” of garbage disposal life. Here’s what I found… Proper Use: […]

Vegetable Chowder — grab a spoon!

posted by Andrea | 02/7/2011 | 23 comments

It’s seriously FREEZING right now in West Michigan, and lately, all I want to cook and eat are steamy hot bowls of soups, stews, and chowders. I’ve made several big batches of different soups for us to enjoy now, and to stock our freezer for later — when I don’t feel like cooking! And one of my favorite soups to make every year is Vegetable Chowder. I love this recipe for many reasons, but mainly because I can use whatever vegetables I […]

Six Months In – A Look Back & A Look Ahead

posted by Andrea | 02/5/2011 | 16 comments

When I started this blog back in August, I had NO idea what to expect. I didn’t even have a “launch party” because I had no one to launch my website too! I simply announced it to my Facebook friends and hoped they would visit. I wondered if I could come up with valuable information to share. I wondered if anyone would read the words I wrote. I wondered if I would run out of things to say {although Dave would […]

My Organized Files

posted by Andrea | 02/4/2011 | 36 comments

Ever since I posted a picture of my organized files, I’ve been bombarded with questions asking for more information about the specific categories and sub-categories I use {yes, I have sub-categories!}. I figured I would get this questions, and I’ll be honest, the main reason I hesitate to show you OUR categories is because they are OUR categories. They work for me, for Dave, and for our needs…but they might not work for you. For example; we file our home insurance under “home”, […]

Do It Now — the secret to a clean home

posted by Andrea | 02/3/2011 | 12 comments

How many times haven’t you wished your house was cleaner, your laundry was folded, the dishwasher was emptied, your table was cleared, your closet was declutered, and your fridge was stocked? Probably several times a week, right? It seems that over the course of the day, week, and month there are so many quick tasks you could do to clean up your home but for some reason, they always get put off until later…tomorrow…not now. And after a few of those quick […]

Apple Zucchini Bread

posted by Andrea | 02/2/2011 | 12 comments

I LOVE zucchini bread! And if you’ve never had zucchini bread, let me assure you — it does NOT taste like zucchini! It basically tastes like cinnamon — and whatever other flavors you add to it. So, you can image how delicious Apple Zucchini Bread tastes, since it’s basically Apple Cinnamon Bread…YUM! I make different varieties of zucchini bread all year long, and I ALWAYS use zucchini from our garden! Yup, even in the middle of winter, I am able to […]

Just Ask — Simple Ways To Save More

posted by Andrea | 02/1/2011 | 3 comments

If you are anything like me, you are ALWAYS looking for ways to save a buck or two! Now days, it seem there are hundreds of resources out there to help you save money with coupons, rebates, and in-store deals…all of which are great ways to save. However, there are a bunch of other ways you can save on your daily living expenses — and all you have to do is ask. No, I’m not talking about asking your friends or […]