September, 2012

Procrastination and Power-washing

posted by Andrea | 09/29/2012 | 12 comments

Have you ever procrastinated on something for SO long… only to realize it took you 30 minutes to finish… and you wasted way more than 30 minutes putting it off day after day after day?

Yeah, me too!

58 Delicious Pumpkin Recipes for Fall!

posted by Andrea | 09/27/2012 | 11 comments

It’s no secret that I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE pumpkin. I’ll try pretty much any food made with pumpkin, and there’s a fairly good chance that I’ll like it.

However, since our kitchen isn’t ready for cooking or baking just yet, I figured I’d share a bunch of delicious pumpkin recipes from around the web… all in one nice, organized spot for you 🙂

When Was the Last Time You Said ‘No’?

posted by Andrea | 09/26/2012 | 12 comments

It’s THAT time of year when everyone is looking for volunteers, committee members, etc. etc. If you haven’t been bombarded with these requests yet, it’s bound to happen some time in the next month.

If you’re already feeling overwhelmed and over-busy, keep reading for some encouragement and motivation to “just say no”!

How To Become a Virtual Assistant

posted by Andrea | 09/25/2012 | 12 comments

If you’ve ever thought about working as a Virtual Assistant, you’ll want to check out today’s post. I’m sharing a brand new eBook that’s filled with tips and ideas to starting, managing, and growing a successful VA career (and I’m interviewed in the book!)

There’s also a 25% discount code for anyone who purchases the eBook in the next 3 days!

Why is Simple Organized Living so Hard to Achieve?

posted by Andrea | 09/24/2012 | 27 comments

Did you ever notice that simple, organized living isn’t necessarily the easiest thing to achieve? It takes discipline, diligence, and determination to create a simple, more organized life/home/office/etc. But it’s worth it!

Today I’m sharing some of my thoughts on simple, organized living… and I’d love to hear what you think.

Nora @ 10 Months

posted by Andrea | 09/22/2012 | 23 comments

10 Months — Nora is officially in “double digits”, and honestly, I can’t believe how much she has changed since last month. Looking back over the past 10 months, I would say that we’ve seen more changes this month than any other month!

Weekend Giveaway: Wüsthof Knife and Knife Sharpener Set

posted by Andrea | 09/21/2012 | 476 comments

In an effort to simplify our lives while living without a kitchen, we decided to use all plastic bowls, plates, cups, and utensils — yes, they are recyclable! However, one of the kitchen items I simply could not replace with a disposable alternative was a good sharp utility knife.

I’ve been using the new Wüsthof Utility Knife all summer, and I’m excited to offer 2 lucky readers the opportunity to win this knife and a new knife sharpener!

We Have Kitchen Cabinets!

posted by Andrea | 09/20/2012 | 22 comments

News flash: Our new kitchen cabinets arrived (in the right color this time) and they are installed!! Praise the Lord!

We still have a ways to go, but just for the fun of it, I’m sharing a couple sneak-peek pictures today!

7 “Off The Fridge” Ideas to Display Kid’s Artwork

posted by Andrea | 09/19/2012 | 14 comments

Now that your kids/grandkids are back in school, there’s a pretty good chance your home is about to be inundated with lots of artwork, projects, and special drawings that you just HAVE to save forever and ever! Right?

Wrong! If you’re looking for ways to display your kid’s artwork and reclaim your fridge, here are 7 “off the fridge” ideas to get you thinking.

Our Simplified Mornings + a New Coffee Maker

posted by Andrea | 09/18/2012 | 9 comments

Dave and I both hate feeling rushed, we hate being late, we hate forgetting anything, and we hate being unprepared… so we’ve always been huge advocates for planning our mornings the night before.

And thanks to a brand new (programmable) coffeemaker from Hamilton Beach, our morning routine is just THAT much simpler!

How I Use My Planner & Daily Routine Printable Together

posted by Andrea | 09/17/2012 | 37 comments

I talk a lot about the planner I use… and about my free Daily Routine Printable. However, I’ve never shared how I use my Daily Routine Printable along WITH my beloved planner.

So today, I’m sharing my simple system and how both of these items help to keep me organized.

How Do You Deal With Dinnertime Distractions?

posted by Andrea | 09/15/2012 | 19 comments

I feel like this time of year is the worst for dinnertime distractions. There always seems to be someone at the door, someone on the phone, someone throwing a temper-tantrum, etc.

So today, I’d love to know how you deal with dinnertime distractions, as well as any tips you have for avoiding them!

Weekend Giveaway: Unger Connect and Clean Kits from

posted by Andrea | 09/14/2012 | 581 comments

I don’t know about you, but I’m ALWAYS itching to clean out my house once Fall rolls around (not only the clutter, but the dust-bunnies too). And even though I enjoy cleaning, I also like to keep my cleaning supplies simple and organized 🙂

If you share my love for simple cleaning supplies, you’re going to love today’s giveaway from Unger and!

8 Simple Steps to Start Your Own Blog

posted by Andrea | 09/13/2012 | 13 comments

Today I’m sharing a fabulous guest post from Amy Lynn Andrews of In 8 SIMPLE steps, she’s going to walk you through how to start up your very own blog!

If you’ve ever thought about starting a blog (or a website), you’ll definitely want to read today’s guest post!

Why Our Kitchen Renovation is Taking SO Long!

posted by Andrea | 09/12/2012 | 20 comments

We started our kitchen renovation exactly 3 months ago… and we’re STILL not finished. Our goal was to be completely finished by Labor Day, but that obviously is not the case.

So why on earth are things taking so long?

Organizing My E-Paper with

posted by Andrea | 09/11/2012 | 11 comments

I’ve mentioned (more than once) that we pay ALL our bills online and don’t get any paper statements. And every time I mention this, I always get questions as to how I keep track of all our different usernames, passwords, and other login information.

Well today, I’m sharing how I do all of that with the free services provided by!

My Thoughts on Excessive Stockpiling

posted by Andrea | 09/10/2012 | 30 comments

I talk a lot about how we save money by keeping our pantry and freezer stocked with extra meals, snacks, baking supplies, cereal, chips, etc. etc. We have a nice-size pantry area downstairs… and honestly, I’d be lost without it!

However… I personally feel like there’s a point when enough is enough and a stockpile becomes “excessive”. Today, I’m sharing my thoughts on excessive stockpiling.

3 Ideas to Boost Business in the 4th Quarter

posted by Andrea | 09/8/2012 | 2 comments

In my experience, the “4th quarter” is often the time for a big business boom. Kids are back in school and everyone’s looking for the latest and greatest ideas for holiday gifts.

Today I’m sharing 3 simple strategies that have helped me boost 4th quarter sales… and I’d love to know if you have any other ideas.