October, 2013

Social Media Is Not Always To Blame

posted by Andrea | 10/31/2013 | 24 comments

Recently, I feel social media has gotten a bad rap for being a “time suck” and causing unrealistic expectations. I get this; however, I don’t think social media is always to blame for all of that, and I personally feel the benefits of social media far outweigh any negative aspects.

Today, I’m sharing a few ways I have personally benefited from social media — and I’d love to hear your thoughts too!

Let’s Talk Slipcovers

posted by Andrea | 10/30/2013 | 36 comments

Would you believe that EVERY couch, sofa, love seat and (almost every) chair we’ve ever owned since being married has been slip covered? I LOVE slipcovers!

And based on the number of questions I get on a weekly basis about our couch, our chairs, what type of slipcovers we would recommend, etc… I figured it might be time for an in-depth slipcover chat!

Semi-Homemade Cheesecake Fudge Brownies

posted by Andrea | 10/29/2013 | 10 comments

I’m a big fan of semi-homemade meals and baked goods. These recipes usually take a fraction of the time and effort of 100% from scratch recipes, but they taste so much better than straight “from-a-box” foods.

The brownie recipe I’m sharing today is no exception. No one believes me when I say it all starts with a basic boxed brownie mix… I even had Dave fooled the first time I made them!

How Do You Address Your Addresses?

posted by Andrea | 10/28/2013 | 50 comments

Last week, I ordered our 2013 holiday cards — which prompted me to look through my teeny-tiny, itsy-bitsy address book. No, I still haven’t gone digital with our addresses yet (it may be coming in the future though).

Today, I’m sharing how I store and organize our addresses, and I’d love to know how you organize yours too.

An Update On My Homemade Face Wash

posted by Andrea | 10/25/2013 | 63 comments

It’s been over 2.5 years since I first posted about my homemade face wash — and honestly, I still get questions almost every single week asking if I really use and love this oil cleansing method as much as I claim to.

The answer is YES! And today, I’m sharing more about why Dave and I both love this homemade face wash.

Super Fast Wood Furniture Restoration

posted by Andrea | 10/24/2013 | 24 comments

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about painting — specifically painting and distressing furniture to give it a whole new look.

However, I realize painting and distressing isn’t for everyone… so today, I’m sharing one of the all-time most simple ways I’ve come across to breathe a little new life into old, grungy wood furniture!

You Asked, I Answered: How Can I Stay Organized?

posted by Andrea | 10/23/2013 | 25 comments

Without a doubt, the most common organizational question I receive (quite regularly) from readers, friends, and family is, “How can I stay organized?”

So today, I’m sharing an email response I sent to a discouraged reader on this very topic — hopefully you’ll be motivated and encouraged by my answers.

Sister + Brother = Love

posted by Andrea | 10/22/2013 | 53 comments

The results are in, and baby Dekker #2 is a……….

Our “Normal” (and very simple) Weekly Meal Plan

posted by Andrea | 10/21/2013 | 30 comments

Two years ago, I started posting our meal plans each week — but then I realized that since we eat really simple foods and we eat the same things on a regular basis, these posts would probably get old. FAST. So I quit.

But ever since then, I’ve gotten a fair number of emails asking me to post more about what meals we eat on a weekly basis — so today, I’m doing just that!

Evernote and Post-it Notes – The Perfect Pair

posted by Andrea | 10/18/2013 | 9 comments

A couple weeks ago, I attended the Evernote Conference in San Francisco, CA — mainly to be there when Evernote unveiled their brand new partnership with Post-it Brand.

That’s right, the wildly popular Evernote App has partnered with the Post-it Brand we all love — and today, my goal is to share exactly how this awesome partnership works and how it can help all of us to simplify and organize our lives on a daily basis.

REALLY Good Blueberry Muffins

posted by Andrea | 10/17/2013 | 18 comments

Can you believe that until a few years ago, I absolutely did NOT like blueberries? But then I made this recipe for blueberry muffins (per my blueberry-loving husband’s request) and I was hooked.

If you are a blueberry lover — or even just a muffin lover, today’s recipe is definitely one you’ll want to try.

Why I’m Scaling Back on Holiday Decorating This Year

posted by Andrea | 10/16/2013 | 34 comments

As a little girl, I frequently dreamt about the day I would have my very own home to decorate. And when Dave and I got married, I blissfully decorated our home for Christmas every year… I loved the whole process!

This year, however, I’m planning to keep things a little more simplified and am scaling back on our holiday decorations in lieu of other projects and leisure activities.

75+ of Our Favorite “Non-Toy Toys”

posted by Andrea | 10/15/2013 | 23 comments

Although Nora is almost 2 years old, we really have not amassed many traditional toys at all. And while Nora loves playing with her real toys, sometimes I think she loves her “non-toy toys” even more.

Today, I’m sharing more than 75 of our favorite non-toy toys that help us save a bunch of money and keep toy clutter at bay in our home.

Hash Brown Crusted Quiche

posted by Andrea | 10/14/2013 | 24 comments

I’ve been on a “quiche kick” lately and have tried out multiple different recipes. One thing I’ve noticed is that although I love pie crust on pies, I apparently don’t love them with quiche!

In the past, I’ve made quiche using crescent roll dough. Last week, I tried something new — hash browns as the crust!

Why We Stopped Our Newspaper Subscription

posted by Andrea | 10/11/2013 | 24 comments

For the last couple of months, our home has had much less paper clutter and we’ve had much less time clutter, thanks to one simple decision… we canceled our newspaper subscription.

We have enjoyed reading and supporting our local newspaper — but for various reasons (including the time and physical clutter it caused) we decided it would be best to cancel our subscription.

Craigslist 101: How I Handle Meet-Ups

posted by Andrea | 10/10/2013 | 29 comments

I regularly share my Craigslist experiences on my blog, and because of this, I often get emails asking how exactly I handle my Craigslist meet-ups — specifically when I’m selling items out of our house.

Today, I’m answering some of the most common questions I get related to my little Craigslist “side job”!

Our Soup and Bread Buffet Party

posted by Andrea | 10/9/2013 | 23 comments

When we finally finished our summer-long landscaping project, Dave and I decided to have a bunch of friends over for a backyard BBQ. Of course, our friends were all on board for a free dinner… however, we opted for a homemade soup and bread buffet over traditional BBQ foods.

Today, I’m sharing the recipes I used, how I organized this event, and how I managed to feed 28 people for around $90 total!

BANDI Belt Giveaway: Simple, Stylish, Practical

posted by Andrea | 10/8/2013 | 441 comments

When it comes to my every-day life, I’m ALWAYS on the lookout for products that not only help me to simplify and organize my busy life… but also are really easy to use.

Because of that, I’m SOOOOO excited to share the BANDI belts with you and offer a fun giveaway this week!