October, 2015

7 Ways I Save Time and Money at the Grocery Store

posted by Andrea | 10/30/2015 | 19 comments

Although grocery shopping is not my least-favorite chore, I still like to get in and out as fast as I can — and, if possible, save a few bucks in the process.

If you share my “in-and-out” grocery shopping philosophy, here are 7 EXTREMELY simple ways I save both time and money at the grocery store (no coupon-clipping required).

50+ Clutter-Free Gift Ideas for All Ages

posted by Andrea | 10/28/2015 | 3 comments

Over the past 5 years, I’ve shared many different Clutter-Free Gifts posts; so this year, I thought I’d try to compile ALL those posts and ALL those ideas into one place.

It’s a LONG list — but I’m sure I’m missing some good ideas — so I’d love for you to share your favorite clutter-free gifts in the comments!

Traveling as a Type-A, Over-Planned, Minimalist

posted by Andrea | 10/23/2015 | 30 comments

Dave and I are on a mini vacation with the kids this week… and as many of you know, I don’t necessarily love traveling all that much 🙂

Today, I’m sharing a somewhat humorous post about what it’s like for me to travel as a “Type-A, Over-Planned, Minimalist”… please tell me a few of you can relate!

My Minimalistic Maternity Wardrobe

posted by Andrea | 10/22/2015 | 14 comments

Since I’m now enjoying my “normal” clothing again, I thought it might be fun to share how I got by with a fairly minimalistic maternity wardrobe for 3 pregnancies in 3 different seasons of the year.

I’m sharing 4 tips that worked for me, as well as what I feel are the necessary “staples” of any maternity wardrobe.

Mini Breakfast Pies

posted by Andrea | 10/21/2015 | 10 comments

These mini breakfast pies are a quick, filling, protein-packed meal that would work any time of the day (in my opinion).

You can customize the ingredients to fit your family’s tastebuds and I’m certain you could easily make a double batch for a larger group… or just for more leftovers the next day!

Save Time and Money with Amazon Wish Lists

posted by Andrea | 10/20/2015 | 19 comments

Many of you already know how much I love making lists (and that I try to buy everything online). So it should come as no surprise that I have multiple Amazon Wish Lists 🙂

With the holiday season approaching, I thought I’d share how I use Amazing Wish Lists to save time, energy, money, and even space in my home!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 10/19/2015 | 16 comments

It’s been an eventful 2 weeks since my last Peek Into Our Week post — James rolled over, Simon got a haircut, Nora started dance classes, and Dave and I did massive amounts of yard work 🙂

How Cinnamon Rolls and Frozen Pizza Prevent Meal Planning Burnout

posted by Andrea | 10/16/2015 | 30 comments

Have you experienced meal planning burnout?

Today, I’m sharing a super simple strategy I’ve been using for many years to give me just enough time away from the kitchen that I don’t get totally burnt out!

10 Household Chores for Toddlers

posted by Andrea | 10/15/2015 | 21 comments

If I had my way, I would have a completely uninterrupted afternoon each week to clean my whole house. However, since that’s not really possible right now, I do the next best thing and clean WITH my kids.

If you’re looking for a way to get your toddlers and preschoolers involved in household chores, these are a few of my favorites.

3 Ways to Create More Storage on your Mobile Devices

posted by Andrea | 10/14/2015 | 20 comments

After weeks and weeks of being told I didn’t have enough storage on my iPhone, I finally started researching what I could do to solve this problem once and for all.

I’m happy to say that the answers I found were extremely simple and quick to implement — so I thought I’d share them here on the blog.

Why I Don’t Use Cloth Diapers + A Diaper Deal!

posted by Andrea | 10/13/2015 | 47 comments

Since many people know how frugal I am, it was often assumed that Dave and I would use cloth diapers for our babies — but as you now know, that is not the case.

I have nothing against cloth diapers, but they aren’t for us — and today, I’m sharing why. I’m also excited to be sharing an amazing deal on a Seventh Generation diaper bundle from ePantry.com!!

How Lowering My Expectations Increased My Productivity and My Mood

posted by Andrea | 10/12/2015 | 9 comments

Whether it’s wrangling 3 kids all day, accomplishing various daily to-dos, creating a budget, or working on house and yard projects, I’ve found that my productivity often INCREASES when I lower my expectations a bit and try to be as realistic as possible.

Plus, I’m much happier, more relaxed, less stressed, and less tired because of it! Win – Win!

Our Favorite Hairstyles for Little Girls

posted by Andrea | 10/9/2015 | 13 comments

I really enjoy doing hair, so now that Nora’s hair is getting quite long and thick, we’ve been experimenting with a few simple, quick, and fun ways to do her hair.

I can’t imagine any of the styles would take longer than 10 minutes to complete — and they are so cute!

Dutch Apple Pie {Kids in the Kitchen}

posted by Andrea | 10/8/2015 | 25 comments

As I’ve mentioned before, apples have been my favorite fruit for as long as I can remember… and since Nora recently got a new book about Apple Pie, I decided to do another Kids in the Kitchen post and share our yummy recipe for Dutch Apple Pie!

How We “Winterize” our Home and Yard

posted by Andrea | 10/7/2015 | 14 comments

If you live in (or travel to) the Midwest, you know how beautiful our fall weather is. However, there is also a lot of work to do in the fall.

Today (by request from a few readers) I’m sharing a rundown of what Dave and I do to “winterize” our home and yard for the Fall and Winter months ahead.

A Simple Way We Keep Germs Away

posted by Andrea | 10/6/2015 | 21 comments

I am certainly not a health or nutrition expert in any way (nor do I want to be one). However, I am pretty good at simplifying almost everything 🙂

So as we approach cold and flu season, I thought I’d share one of the simplest things we do around our house to keep the germs away.

A Peek into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 10/5/2015 | 15 comments

Several of you have asked me to share more posts about our weekly menu plans, little organizing projects I do around the house, and various other more menial day-to-day happenings.

So today, I’m sharing a Peek Into Our Week post that I hope will become more regular here on the blog!

Our Landscape Before and After {2015}

posted by Andrea | 10/2/2015 | 24 comments

After 3 years of hard work, our landscaping is 95% complete!

We still have a few projects to tackle yet this fall or next spring — but I’m excited to finally be able to share a bunch of before and after photos on the blog!