May, 2012

My New {Free} Photo Editing Programs

posted by Andrea | 05/12/2012 | 22 comments

As some of you might already know, my most-favorite photo editing program (Picnik) closed it’s doors a couple weeks ago… which means I can no longer use it’s wonderful services to make fun collages and add cute numbers to Nora’s monthly onesie pictures.
So for the past couple months, I’ve been trying out different photo editing programs… and I’ve decided on my TWO favorites. Thanks to these two programs, I’ll be able to continue editing all my super cute Nora pictures!

Guest Posts Worth Reading

posted by Andrea | 05/12/2012 | 2 comments

Each month, I write several guest posts for different blogs — this past month, I wrote about organizing baby and kid’s clothing, how I use a physical inbox to keep my life organized, and a few tips to “go green” in the office.

Weekend Giveaway: Wüsthof 6″ Chopper Knife

posted by Andrea | 05/11/2012 | 326 comments

Even though I don’t cook gourmet meals, it’s still nice to work with gourmet cooking tools — especially if they are designed specifically with the home chef in mind.

Today’s Weekend Giveaway features a gorgeous 6″ Wüsthof Classic Chopper Knife… and let me tell you, I feel like a gourmet chef when I’m using it!

Life Lessons from a Fussy Baby

posted by Andrea | 05/9/2012 | 25 comments

I don’t think it’s a big secret that Nora has been quite a challenge for us these first few months! Despite our best and most diligent efforts to get her on any type of schedule or routine… she just won’t have it.

Things are definitely getting better now that she’s almost 6 months old; and looking back, it seems I might be learning more from my fussy babe than I thought.

Our Car Accident… and a New-To-Us Vehicle

posted by Andrea | 05/8/2012 | 51 comments

Two weeks ago, I published a post about my clutter-free car… I had written that post several days before it was published, and about one hour after I took the photos for that post, we got in a car accident and totaled that car.

Thankfully no one was seriously hurt, and we had really good insurance that allowed us to find a great deal on an upgraded vehicle for basically no extra out-of-pocket costs on our part!

Chocolate Cup-Cakes

posted by Andrea | 05/7/2012 | 12 comments

The other day, I found a recipe for chocolate cake… in a cup… in the microwave. I had my doubts — I pictured scrubbing chocolate out of the inside of my microwave and scraping crusty stuck-on chocolate from my pretty white mugs long after this little baking experiment was over. Thankfully, I was wrong.

If you’re looking for a delicious dessert for one… or a fun project to tackle with your kiddos, this is it!

Encouraging Clients To Pay

posted by Andrea | 05/5/2012 | 4 comments

One of the hardest parts of running a business (at least for me) is decided what I’m going to charge for my services… and then making sure I actually receive payment for those services. I don’t want to seem greedy or money-hungry — but at the same time, I’m not willing to work for free. If you’ve ever struggled with clients who won’t pay, here are a few ideas to help you collect those payments — and prevent future problems.

Weekend Giveaway: LaundryTree SoapNuts {10 winners}

posted by Andrea | 05/4/2012 | 440 comments

I’ve talked about Laundry Tree’s SoapNuts many times on my blog, but that’s because I’ve been using SoapNuts for over a year now… and I REALLY love them!

SoapNuts are a great Laundry detergent substitute for anyone — but especially wonderful for babies, anyone with sensitive skin or allergies. If you’re interested in trying SoapNuts, click through and enter to win one of TEN starter kits!

My Favorite Quick, Healthy Snacks

posted by Andrea | 05/3/2012 | 15 comments

We are BIG “snackers” in our house — and we ALWAYS have a large assortment of cookies, bars, ice-cream, cake, pie, and candy to pack in our lunches, for dessert, and just to snack on around the house.

And while I’m definitely not opposed to occasional (or somewhat frequent) sweet treats, I know that I have to balance those with healthy snacks throughout the day — especially since I’m almost always hungry. If you love to snack like me, here are some of my favorite quick, healthy snacks!

4 Ways to Find Free or Almost Free Plants

posted by Andrea | 05/2/2012 | 10 comments

Last week I showed you a few pictures of how we transformed the landscaping at our old house. We did almost all of the work ourself, and we actually got most of the plants completely FREE.

Now that we are slowly starting to “freshen up” the landscaping around our farmhouse, I’ve started to hunt for more inexpensive plants — here are 4 ways I’ve been able to find free or almost free plants.

Do You Have Silent Time?

posted by Andrea | 05/1/2012 | 34 comments

I love quiet. I always have. Maybe it’s my opportunity to clear the clutter from my busy brain… but I feel like I need at least a small chunk of silence every single day.

I never listen to the radio, I don’t have any songs on my computer, I keep my phone on vibrate, and I rarely watch TV. However, after Nora was born, my silent time was gone… until I recently figured out a way to reclaim it again!