April, 2012

Raising an Infant on a Budget: Nursery Items

posted by Andrea | 04/16/2012 | 22 comments

In the months since Nora was born, I’ve received a crazy number of emails asking what items I would suggest for soon-to-be-moms looking to stay clutter-free and stick to a tight budget. While I definitely don’t have ALL the answers; after almost 5 months, I can at least share the items we regularly used for the newborn/infant stage.

So for the rest of the week, I’ll be sharing my “must-have” items for infants — starting today with my must-have items for the nursery!

Simplify Your Family Life: $375 of eBooks for $29!!!

posted by Andrea | 04/16/2012 | 1 comment

I’m SO excited to be participating in the 2nd annual Simplify Your Family Life eBook sale this year!

Corey from Simple Marriage and Mandi from Life…Your Way have brought together another fantastic list of authors and have somehow managed to offer 38 different eBooks (all on topics of simple living — which I love!) for the ridiculously low price of $29!!

That’s over an 87% discount… and breaks down to about $0.76 per book!

Simple Almond Pound Cake

posted by Andrea | 04/14/2012 | 20 comments

Two weeks ago, I was asked (at the very last minute) to bring a dessert for an event I had previously agreed to attend. I was a bit annoyed at the lack of planning — and I seriously contemplated buying something from the bakery on my way — but my “frugality” won over and I decided to make a simple dessert with the ingredients I had on hand.

It was my first time trying this recipe and it was SO good that I’ve already made it 2 more times!

Weekend Giveaway: All In Good Time Book

posted by Andrea | 04/13/2012 | 363 comments

I’m really excited about today’s giveaway — partially because it’s a great book that totally fits with my quest for simple, organized living… but also because I know BOTH of the authors!

I’ve worked closely with Mandi from Life… Your Way and Tara from Deal Seeking Mom for the past 2 years and can attest that they are both amazing moms, wives, business women, bloggers… and just really fun ladies!

When All Else Fails… Wake Up At 4:30am

posted by Andrea | 04/12/2012 | 24 comments

Most of you know that I am a HUGE advocate for getting enough sleep. However, I’m also big on productivity and “getting stuff done”… so with a new baby who rarely takes naps during the day, I’m often forced to use the time when she’s sleeping at night to get stuff done.

Since I’m definitely a morning person, I’ve started getting up at 4:30am ONE day per week — which gives me about 3 totally uninterrupted hours to buckle down and get a whole bunch of stuff done!

What Type of Cookware Do You Use

posted by Andrea | 04/11/2012 | 35 comments

My sister is getting married this summer and a couple months ago, I went with her to register for gifts. It had been while since I did much shopping for home items and I was simply amazed by how many different types of cookware was available in the stores!

We questioned some of the sales associates and I also did a little online research to figure the different pros and cons for each type of cookware — here’s what I came up with:

My T-shirt Quilt

posted by Andrea | 04/10/2012 | 15 comments

During my spring break “staycation” I showed a few pictures of my fabulous t-shirt quilt… but I didn’t really go into much detail about the process, or about how you could create your own t-shirt quilt.

And since I absolutely LOVE the fact that I was able to transform a bunch of t-shirt clutter into an extremely useful, practical, and memorable item — I figured I should share a few more details!

Dealing with Burnout and Why I Took a Break

posted by Andrea | 04/9/2012 | 37 comments

I’ve always been the type of person who likes to be REALLY busy (I think you probably knew that already!)

I thrive when I’m busy and am actually more productive, more efficient, and feel more “alive” when I have a long to-do list. I can usually handle a lot of stress and don’t often get overwhelmed. However, in my adult life, I can think of two very distinct times when I felt completely overwhelmed and “burnt out”.

Five Social Media Time Savers

posted by Andrea | 04/9/2012 | comment

Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, Instagram, Quora, Digg, YouTube, etc. etc. There are so many different social media venues… I find it impossible to keep up with them all!

While I think it’s absolutely essential for small businesses to utilize the massive {and totally free} advertising and promotional opportunities provided by social media; I’m also the first to admit that they can be a HUGE time-suck.

Spring Break: Our “Staycation” Comes to An End

posted by Andrea | 04/7/2012 | 8 comments

After yesterday’s fun giveaway, I have to catch you up on the last 2 days of our Spring Break!
We’ve been hard at work around our house and in our yard… and had such a great week catching up with family and friends.

I’m a little sad that our week-long “staycation” is coming to an end… but I think I’ll be ready to get back into a routine next week. Plus, I’m really ready to start making my to-do lists again!

Weekend Giveaway: LOFTi and DUO Clothes Drying System

posted by Andrea | 04/6/2012 | 283 comments

Since our laundry room is teeny-tiny — and since we don’t have a clothesline set up outside {yet}, I’ve been looking for a good, space-saving option to hang clothes inside.
I recently stumbled across The New Clothesline Company and was immediately drawn to the sleek and space-saving design of their products… and I just love the bright colors!

If you’re interested in an in-home clothes drying system, you’ll definitely want to enter today’s giveaway!

Spring Break: So Much “Work” To Do!

posted by Andrea | 04/5/2012 | 15 comments

Nora woke us up nice and early again… and even though Dave and I were both super tired, we pumped out a bunch of house work before it got nice outside.

At the end of the day we had a fairly clean house, freshly washed sheets, a 10-yard dumpster filled with yard waste, and a freezer full of delicious baked goods… not bad!

Spring Break: Our Day of Fun!

posted by Andrea | 04/4/2012 | 13 comments

Tuesday was another busy day — but it was busy with lots of fun activities. Believe it or not, I didn’t even make a to-do list today… that might be a first!

Our day of fun was… FUN! And besides sweeping our wood floors, I did absolutely NOTHING productive today… I think I’m OK with that!

Spring Break: Closet Makeover, New Haircut, Freezer & more

posted by Andrea | 04/3/2012 | 22 comments

Our Monday started VERY early when Nora decided she really didn’t need to sleep in… I guess she doesn’t realize that Spring Break is not the time to wake up so early!

Even with the early morning, we were still able to cross several projects off our list; including reorganizing our master closet, defrosting {and restocking} our deep freezer, a bunch more yard work, new hair cuts, and more!

I’m on Spring Break: Weekend Recap

posted by Andrea | 04/2/2012 | 27 comments

Our first weekend of Spring Break wasn’t anything special, but it was nice to have a change of pace and get out of our normal routine a bit. I’m SOOOO excited for a week of less work and less structure {yes, I can’t believe I said that either!}

Here are a few of the highlights from this weekend.