July, 2018

Super Simple Refrigerator Dill Pickles

posted by Andrea | 07/31/2018 | 20 comments

This recipe for refrigerator dill pickles doesn’t require any traditional canning equipment, and you can make as large or as small of a batch as you’d like. They are a huge hit with our pickle-loving kiddos, and a great way to use up the insane number of cucumbers we’re picking from our garden.

If you’d like to try making your own dill pickles, I doubt you’ll find an easier recipe to start with!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 07/30/2018 | 18 comments

It’s July… so I’m claiming it’s still “mid summer” even though I know the reality of school is only a couple weeks away.

We still have a handful of things we’d like to do yet this summer, but we’ve made a sizable dent in our Summer Fun List already! I’m sharing more about what we’ve been up to in today’s post!

5 Ways We Simplify Outdoor Entertaining

posted by Andrea | 07/27/2018 | 14 comments

I realize we’re already nearing the end of July (sniff) and I probably should have shared this post a couple months ago — but if you’re planning to do any outdoor entertaining later this summer or fall, I hope the tips in today’s post will help simplify the process for you.

They are things we always do when entertaining outside (and yes, many of them would apply to entertaining inside as well).

Restless Leg Syndrome: 5 Ways I Alleviate Many of My Symptoms

posted by Andrea | 07/26/2018 | 32 comments

For most of my life — even as a very young child — I’ve struggled with occasional to regular Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS).

Although there is no cure for RLS, there are ways to alleviate so many of the symptoms. Today, I’m sharing 5 of the things that have worked for me over the years — as well as a few bonus tips that have worked for various friends and family members!

How We Store Future Gifts (Clara @ 10 Months)

posted by Andrea | 07/25/2018 | 29 comments

With Clara’s upcoming first birthday, James’ 3rd birthday a couple weeks ago, and the fact that Christmas is exactly 5 months from today (what!), I thought this might be a good time to share how Dave and I currently handle buying and storing gifts year-round.

But first… an update on our sweet and smiley Clara Jo, who is 10 months old today!!

Cake Balls: A Simple Way to Use Up Leftover Cake!

posted by Andrea | 07/24/2018 | 12 comments

If you’re looking for a super simple, super delicious way to use up any amount of extra cake and frosting, I have the perfect recipe!

These cake balls are SO quick and easy to make — and SO delicious. MUCH better than 5-day old birthday cake!

6 Tips to Handle Your What-If-I-Need-It Clutter

posted by Andrea | 07/23/2018 | 10 comments

I’ve always joked that there are basically 2 kinds of clutter — Sentimental / Emotional clutter and What-If-I-Need-It clutter!

I’ve shared some about sentimental and emotional clutter over the years… but today I want to focus on your What-If-I-Need-It clutter. If you have trouble purging your What-If-I-Need-It clutter, I hope today’s post will help!

Working From Home With Kids: Creating Structure and Being Flexible

posted by Andrea | 07/20/2018 | 27 comments

I’ve already shared various posts about what a typical day in my life looks like, but I thought it might be interesting to share more about how I make the working + raising babies + housework happen… without feeling like I’m totally stressed out or way too busy.

I think there are 2 key factors for me to be able to work from home with kids — I’m sharing more in today’s post!

My ‘Don’t-Do List’

posted by Andrea | 07/19/2018 | 57 comments

You know how much I love lists… right? Well, I don’t literally have a “don’t-do list”, but I do have a mental list of things that I’ve specifically chosen NOT to spend my time on.

Obviously my list will be different than yours… but if you’ve never tried making a don’t-do list before, I have a feeling you will benefit from it.

How I Salvage Produce That’s Past Its Prime

posted by Andrea | 07/18/2018 | 46 comments

I save SO much money buying discounted produce and, thanks to the tips in today’s post, we rarely waste any of it.

Today, I’m sharing a few ways I salvage produce that’s a little past its prime…

DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

posted by Andrea | 07/17/2018 | 23 comments

When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? If you can’t remember — it’s probably about time!

Today, I’m sharing my favorite DIY makeup brush cleaner I’ve been using for years. There are only 2-ingredients and it takes less than 5-minutes!

Six Super Simple Reasons to Get More Organized

posted by Andrea | 07/16/2018 | 18 comments

When it comes to the benefits of organizing your home and life, I think I could talk until I was blue in the face! However, even if I had unlimited hours to devote to writing content for my blog, I probably wouldn’t do it — because I think you already KNOW most of what I write… it’s the implementation where some of us fall short 🙂

If you have put off your decluttering and organizing, I hope the SIX SUPER SIMPLE reasons in today’s post will motivate you to get a little more organized!

James is 3!!!!

posted by Andrea | 07/13/2018 | 23 comments

One of the cutest, sweetest, happiest boys around turns THREE tomorrow!! Can you believe it!

Today I’m sharing a few (OK, probably more than a few) of my favorite pictures from this past year, as well as some from his Bob the Builder birthday party this past weekend!

We Bought a Pool… Here Are My Thoughts!

posted by Andrea | 07/12/2018 | 26 comments

Since the day I first shared a picture of the pool we bought at Costco this spring, I have been inundated with questions and requests for a blog post about our pool — so that’s what I’m sharing today.

If you’re in the market for an inexpensive, temporary above-ground pool, I hope today’s post will be helpful for you. If not, I hope you enjoy the cute pictures of my kids!

A Taste of Home… Our Favorite Ways to Enjoy Cherries

posted by Andrea | 07/11/2018 | 17 comments

Dave and I LOVE fresh cherries! Even though Michigan produces tons of cherries, I almost always buy Washington cherries from the grocery store as most of the Washington cherries sold in our grocery stores are directly from Yakima Valley and surrounding areas (which is where Dave grew up!)

Today, I’m sharing a bunch of mouth-watering cherrie recipes, as well as some cherry fun-facts and tidbits! If you weren’t hungry before reading, you will be after!

A Few Updates and Changes on the Blog

posted by Andrea | 07/10/2018 | 93 comments

I’ve been blogging for 8 years, and during that time, the internet has changed a TON. I find it nearly impossible to stay up with all the new trends, algorithms, and “best practices”… but maybe that’s because I really don’t care to try!

However, in an effort to practice what I preach, start small, do the next thing, and continue working towards improvement, I recently made a couple of smaller changes to my blog — I’m sharing those today!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 07/9/2018 | 15 comments

Nora finished gymnastics last week and has soccer camp next week, Simon has perfected the art of drawing “blob people”, James is all about puzzles, and Clara just can’t get enough watermelon. Dave and I are enjoying our slow summer, watching some Netflix, eating so much good food, and probably going to bed way too late!

Come check out what we’ve been up to, what we’re watching, reading, eating, doing, and more in today’s Peek Into Our Week post!

How I Use My Early Morning Quiet Hours

posted by Andrea | 07/6/2018 | 25 comments

Since our kids are all in bed around 7:00pm every night, and since they all (usually) sleep through the night, I’m getting really good sleep, which means I can finally get back to waking up early again!

It might sound like an over-exaggeration, but every single aspect of my day runs smoother when I wake up early — I’m sharing more about how I use these early morning hours today!