December, 2011

Favorite Photo Memories of 2011

posted by Andrea | 12/30/2011 | 7 comments

I think I’ve mentioned this before… but for the first 4 years of our marriage, Dave and I have less than 100 pictures total! Neither one of us really loves taking pictures OR being in pictures, and I often forgot my camera or simply didn’t feel like hauling it out to take a couple quick pictures.

So, last year, I made a goal to start taking more photos — and I’m happy to say I followed through with that goal.
Here are just a few of my most favorite photo memories from 2011… I’m hoping we’ll have lots more photo memories in 2012!

What Will You Purge First?

posted by Andrea | 12/29/2011 | 9 comments

If your holiday parties were anything like ours, you probably left with a lot more stuff than you arrived with.

And even though I took my own advice and got rid of a bunch of stuff BEFORE the holidays, we’ve gotten rid of even more since then… I’m guessing you might be able to purge a few more things too!

If so, then I have a few tips and a bunch of resources to help you get started… what will you purge first?

Tips to Keep a White Couch White

posted by Andrea | 12/28/2011 | 22 comments

A few months ago, I showed you our new ALL white couch that we purchased on our crazy IKEA shopping trip!

Well, it’s been 5 months; we’ve eaten on our coach, we’ve napped on our couch, we’ve had spit-up on our coach, we’ve spilled on our couch — basically, we’ve used and abused our couch, but it’s still white! So I thought I’d give you a little update and a few tips for keeping a white couch clean.

Make Your Own Play-Doh

posted by Andrea | 12/27/2011 | 15 comments

A couple months ago, I got an email from Brenda, a loyal reader, with instructions on how to make homemade Play-Doh. I was honestly surprised by how simple an inexpensive it was — so I knew I had to try it out!

Now, even though Nora is still way to young for PlayDoh, I thought this might be a fun Christmas break activity to do with your children, grand children, nieces, nephews, etc.

Simple Projects for Christmas Break

posted by Andrea | 12/26/2011 | 4 comments

Yes, I know — you’re not supposed to be “working” on Christmas Break. However, if you are anything like me, you LOVE to take advantage of any spare time you have and fit in a project or two!
So while I completely intend on relaxing and enjoying my Christmas Break, I’m also planning to tackle a few simple projects as well — especially since Dave has almost two weeks off from school and can help with Nora.

Here are some of the projects I’m doing over break:

Merry Christmas – From our Family to Yours

posted by Andrea | 12/23/2011 | 5 comments

Christmas is only TWO days away — and I’m taking the weekend off! And even though I can’t share my holiday card with you just yet {we’re sending New Year’s cards instead of Christmas cards} I figured I should take a few minutes to wish you a VERY Merry Christmas!

Nora is One Month Old!

posted by Andrea | 12/22/2011 | 12 comments

I can’t believe our little Nora is already one month old!

This past month has been pretty crazy — mostly because we’ve never had such a lack of scheduling around here before. Nora is the new boss and whatever she “says” goes — even if it’s totally inconvenient for us 🙂

Setting Goals for the New Year

posted by Andrea | 12/22/2011 | comment

I DON’T make New Year’s resolutions. They are just silly to me. However, I’m a HUGE advocate for setting goals — and I set goals for almost every area of my life.

Goals are so much different than resolutions because goals are thought-out, achievable, planned, and organized… and today I’m sharing some helpful ideas to help you plan your goals for next year.

Holiday Sweet Treats — From a Box!

posted by Andrea | 12/21/2011 | 12 comments

I really do love spending time baking in my kitchen, and there are times when I like making more “involved” recipes. But most of the time I rely on semi-homemade food — especially this time of year when we have so many holiday parties that require food.
However, any time I start with a boxed mix, I almost always manage to spruce it up a bit and make it look {and taste} more homemade. Here are a few of my favorite semi-homemade “recipes”!

Declutter Your Holiday Season

posted by Andrea | 12/19/2011 | 1 comment

Several weeks ago, I shared a bunch of tips to get organized BEFORE the holiday season; however if you’re like most people {including myself} — you probably got busy or procrastinated and are now frantically shopping for last-minute gifts, making food for all your holiday parties, getting your holiday cards in the mail, and clearing the clutter from your home!
Sound familiar? If so, here are a few tips to get you through the next two weeks.

Creative Ways to Give a Giftcard

posted by Andrea | 12/17/2011 | 5 comments

There’s only 8 days until Christmas… and if you are still frantically searching for the perfect gift, it might just be time to “resort” to a gift card.

However, even though a gift card might not seem like the most personal or thoughtful gift, I can almost guarantee the recipient will love it… and with just a few minutes and a little creativity, you can package your gift cards in a thoughtful way.

Here are a few creative ways to give a gift card:

Weekend Giveaway: Glamourmom Nursing Tank

posted by Andrea | 12/16/2011 | 63 comments

Since I’m planning to nurse Nora for several months, I wanted a few nursing tank tops that I could wear every day and that would allow me to discreetly nurse.

In my many online searches, I came across — which is an awesome company that specializes in high-quality, “glamorous” nursing and maternity apparel for every size and shape. I’ve been wearing their nursing tanks for the past 3 weeks and am so excited to give you a chance to win one!

Working From Home… With a Baby

posted by Andrea | 12/15/2011 | 11 comments

I often got asked “how do you do it all?” and one of my answers to that question was that I didn’t have children yet!
So when we brought Nora home from the hospital on Thanksgiving Day, my ultra productive schedule pretty much flew out the window — and boy did I have a rude awakening to what life is like working from home with a new baby!

That said, there are three things I’ve been doing that have helped me to continue being somewhat productive — even with a newborn at home.

Simple, Delicious Crock Pot Recipes

posted by Andrea | 12/14/2011 | 15 comments

One of the reasons I love using my crock pot is because I can just dump all the ingredients in, turn it on, and walk away. I don’t need to stir a boiling pot and I don’t need to pull something out of the oven on time… I can simply go about my day and come back in several hours to a hot meal and a delicious smelling kitchen!

Today I’m sharing 2 really simple crock pot recipes from a loyal reader… they’re so delicious!

Nora’s Birth Story and Life Updates

posted by Andrea | 12/12/2011 | 19 comments

After being on maternity leave for almost 3 weeks, I’m back; and I have a mountain of new tips and ideas to share with you! But first, I thought I would take a few moments to share a little about Nora’s birth story, update you on the last 3 weeks of my life, and answer some of the MANY questions I’ve gotten via email, facebook, twitter, and blog comments.

The Most Important Gift You Can Give Your Kids

posted by Andrea | 12/10/2011 | 3 comments

Due to the recent birth of our baby girl, I recruited a handful of amazing moms to share their motherly advice with all of us!

Today, Jill from The Diaper Diaries — and mother of 3 adorable munchkins — is sharing her thoughts on the BEST gift you can give your kids… a healthy marriage. Such a great reminder for me and SO many parents out there — especially with Christmas right around the corner!

Weekend Giveaway: $50 Soy Candle Gift Card {2 Winners}

posted by Andrea | 12/9/2011 | 128 comments

Because we’re smack in the middle of the crazy holiday season, I thought it would be a perfect time to giveaway some delicious {and totally gorgeous} candles from Pure Integrity — a company that specializes in super high-quality soy candles.

Come enter to win a $50 gift certificate for these stunning candles!

Organizing a Baby Nursery

posted by Andrea | 12/8/2011 | 2 comments

Due to the recent birth of our baby girl, I recruited a handful of amazing moms to share their motherly advice with all of us!

Today, Laura from I’m an Organizing Junkie — and mother of 3 — is talking about how to organize a nursery and all those adorable little baby clothes, toys, and accessories.