March, 2012

I’m Taking a Break… Kind of!

posted by Andrea | 03/31/2012 | 12 comments

Yesterday was officially the first day of Spring Break for Dave’s school — and boy was he ready for a break!!

However, due to the nature of my work, I rarely ever get breaks unless I plan ahead, and make a conscious effort to take time off… and that’s exactly what I’m doing this year!

9 Free iPhone Apps for Small Businesses

posted by Andrea | 03/31/2012 | 2 comments

I’m always on the look-out for FREE tools to help improve my business. So when I got the iPhone, I immediately started searching for apps that would do just that.

Apparently there are a ton of free productivity apps, but I didn’t need or want them all, just the best ones. So for the past several weeks, I’ve been testing them out… and I came up with a list of 9 of my favorite free apps for small businesses.

Weekend Giveaway: Prairieland Herbs $20 Credit {5 winners}

posted by Andrea | 03/30/2012 | 195 comments

As many of you know, I’ve mentioned Prairieland Herbs several times here on Simple Organized Living — because I absolutely LOVE their products! I was introduced to these natural beauty products by a friend, and now I’m hooked — they are all SO luxurious and amazing!

So today, I’m super excited that five lucky Simple Organized Living reader will win a $20 gift certificate from Prairieland Herbs!

What I Do and Don’t Make Time For

posted by Andrea | 03/29/2012 | 13 comments

I like to think that I’m pretty good at managing my time, being productive, getting things done, etc. etc. however as much as I might try, I can’t do it all. I have to make choices every day about what I will and will not spend my time on. Sometimes, it’s an easy choice, other times it’s not. Many times I make wise choices, but other times I don’t. It’s all just a balancing act I suppose.

So since a few of you asked, here’s a short list of things I do and don’t MAKE time for…

Like Mother, Like Daughter

posted by Andrea | 03/28/2012 | 13 comments

I know I’ve lamented the fact that Nora already seems to be so strong-willed and stubborn {like refusing to take naps!} but the other day, Dave and I were joking about how Nora is actually SO much like me!

Yup, I’m strong-willed and stubborn too… and once we started thinking about it, we came up with a whole list of traits and characteristics that are strikingly similar between my daughter and myself 🙂

How to Make Really Good Fried Potatoes

posted by Andrea | 03/27/2012 | 56 comments

Ever since Dave and I tied the knot {almost 6 years ago} I’ve struggled with making REALLY good fried potatoes. I even resorted to using frozen potatoes in times of desperation.

I can still remember the first time I attempted to make fried potatoes… I set off the smoke alarm 🙂 Well, after almost 6 years of trial and error, I’ve finally figured out how to make really good fried potatoes.

Here’s how I do it…

Are You Cutting Back to Save More?

posted by Andrea | 03/26/2012 | 24 comments

The other day, I mentioned a handful of things we’re willing to splurge on… and after talking about splurging, I received a few emails and comments asking if we had cut back on anything in an effort to save more.

The answer is Yes! Yes, we are cutting back on some things… and yes, we are still splurging on others. I’m assuming many of you could say the same thing. I guess it’s a matter of where our priorities are!

Here’s a short list of things we’ve been cutting back on:

Spring Cleaning and Organizing for Your Office

posted by Andrea | 03/24/2012 | 2 comments

Whether you work in a corporate office, have a designated home office, or even just an area in the corner of the living room where you pay the bills, schedule appointments, and check emails; it’s important to keep that area clean and clutter-free.

So since I talk a lot about cleaning {and more specifically “Spring Cleaning”} I thought I should talk a bit about cleaning and organizing your office area.

Weekend Giveaway: UPrinting 16″x 20″ Canvas Prints

posted by Andrea | 03/23/2012 | 149 comments

I’ve always loved the look of canvas prints… but I had never heard of “rolled canvas prints” until I recently received one from

I was honestly surprised by how great it looked, and I’m simply ecstatic to be able to display our very first family picture in such a beautiful way. I’m also excited to be able to offer 3 lucky readers a gorgeous rolled canvas from!

Nora at 4 Months

posted by Andrea | 03/22/2012 | 19 comments

Nora is 4 months old today… and it’s hard to believe that last year at this time, she still wasn’t even a thought in our minds! I do remember feeling extremely tired last March, but I figured it was because of all the extensive home renovations and the fact that I was out-of-town twice in one month.

Little did I know that a year later, we would have a 4-month-old baby girl!

Simple Ways I Transform Our Home For Spring

posted by Andrea | 03/22/2012 | 3 comments

Here in West Michigan, we’ve had record-breaking high temperatures the past 2 weeks {it’s been in the 80’s all week!} so it’s felt like Spring for while already — and I’m not complaining!

However, since it’s now officially spring, I thought I’d share a few simple ways I transform our home for Spring.

Choosing to MAKE Time

posted by Andrea | 03/21/2012 | 15 comments

In my line of work, you can probably image how often I hear people complain about “not having enough time…” yup, it happens a lot! And while I too wish I had more time for certain activities… in most situations, I know that I COULD have that time if I wanted it bad enough.

The real issue is that I’m not choosing to MAKE time…

Why I’m NOT Purging

posted by Andrea | 03/20/2012 | 22 comments

Yes, you read the title of this post correctly; I really have NOT purged much these past couple of months — and it’s not because I’m too busy, too lazy, or any other excuse!!

The reason I haven’t been purging is because I haven’t been bringing more stuff into our home.

See how we’re managing to keep the clutter out and save time, space, and money in the process!

Spinach, Broccoli, and Mushroom Quiche

posted by Andrea | 03/19/2012 | 12 comments

I have a new favorite breakfast recipe… and it’s really, really easy!
This quiche has a simple crescent roll dough crust and can be filled with any of your favorite veggies, meats, and cheeses. It only take about 30 – 45 minutes to make and I can almost guarantee it will be a hit with your family!

I made this for dinner one night last week and we finished off the leftovers for breakfast the next morning. YUM!

The Benefits of Working With REAL People

posted by Andrea | 03/17/2012 | 3 comments

If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time, you know that I’m all about time-management, productivity, and efficiency.

And while I appreciate time-saving conveniences like email, online shopping, online banking, drive-through windows, express checkout lanes, etc.; I sometimes feel like our lives are so automated that we never actually work with REAL people.

Weekend Giveaway: Martha Stewart Organizing Goodies

posted by Andrea | 03/16/2012 | 541 comments

I’m sure it’s not a huge surprise that I absolutely LOVE fun organizing tools and products — they are some of my favorite things to shop for! And when I found out that Martha Stewart had partnered with Avery to offer a sensational line of new office organizing products, I was simply thrilled!

If you share my love of fun organizing products, then you’ll definitely want to enter this giveaway!

A Few More Things I’m Willing to Splurge On

posted by Andrea | 03/15/2012 | 22 comments

Over a year ago, I wrote about the 10 Things We Don’t Spend Money On… and then followed it up with 10 Things I’m Willing to Splurge On.

Well, over the past year, I’ve come up with a handful of other things I am most definitely willing to splurge on. Some are bigger splurges than others, but they are all completely worth it for me!!

What are your favorite {or most recent} splurges?

{Vlog} How We Fold Our T-Shirts and a T-shirt Quilt Project!

posted by Andrea | 03/14/2012 | 43 comments

Dave and I have a lot of t-shirts, but we wear them all the time… so I can justify it! Plus, we keep them organized with a very clever folding method {see my very first vlog in this post}.

And while I was making the vlog, I decided it was finally time to clear out some of my t-shirt clutter to make a t-shirt quilt — so I packed up a bunch of my most memorable t-shirts and sent them off to be transformed into something a little more useful!