January, 2019

Homemade Oatmeal: An Easy Way to Eat Whole Grains

posted by Andrea | 01/31/2019 | 46 comments

This “recipe” is so ridiculously simple… however, since my goal is to cook, bake, and consume whole grains every day this year, I couldn’t resist the chance to share one of the easiest ways I’ve found to eat more whole grains!

If you’re looking for a super simple, super frugal, hearty whole-grain breakfast, try your hand at homemade oatmeal.

Save Time, Energy, and Sanity by Dropping Tasks

posted by Andrea | 01/30/2019 | 13 comments

While we technically cannot “make more time”, we CAN pick and choose many of the activities, tasks, events, and to-dos we spend our hours on each day (and the activities we DON’T spend our hours on).

My question for you… What activities could you DROP to give your schedule a little breathing room?

5 Decisions That Can Lead to More Clutter

posted by Andrea | 01/29/2019 | 37 comments

A clutter-free home and life is not always as simple as making a few wise choices… but I do think that if we get in the habit of making better choices on a regular basis, our efforts to declutter and simplify will be THAT much easier.

Today I’m sharing 5 decisions that could cause excess clutter in our homes… as well as a few better decisions to make instead.

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 01/28/2019 | 19 comments

We’ve had a fun-filled start to our New Year already — I’m sharing more about it in today’s post.

Plus, the bazillion bread making books I’ve read, several of the recipes I made, a couple more organizing projects, and lots of cute kiddo pictures!

My Self-Imposed Eat-From-The-Pantry Challenge

posted by Andrea | 01/25/2019 | 52 comments

Back in October, I decided we had WAAAAAAAAY too much food in our pantry and freezer… my solution = a self-imposed Eat-From-The-Pantry (and freezer) Challenge!

Today I’m sharing how this 3-month-long challenge worked for our family, as well as how I’m planning to change my grocery shopping from here on out.

When Comfort and “Cool” Combine (+ a Giveaway)

posted by Andrea | 01/24/2019 | 26 comments

As our children get older, it has been fun to see how their personalities and personal preferences morph over time… especially when it comes to their clothing and shoes!

I’m sharing more about this (somewhat humorous) topic today, and I’m giving away away a couple pairs of our kids’ most favorite shoes!

My Simple and Effective Way to Get Started On Any Project

posted by Andrea | 01/23/2019 | 6 comments

I know what it feels like to be “too busy”, to have more to-do list than time, and to procrastinate on various projects because they feel too overwhelming.

Fortunately, I have a super simple (yet very effective) motivator that seems to work almost every time I feel procrastination setting in. I’m sharing more in today’s post!

Shredded Brussels Sprout Salad

posted by Andrea | 01/22/2019 | 22 comments

Yes… the main ingredient of this tasty salad is shredded Brussels Sprouts! Don’t click away just yet though…

Even if you think you hate Brussels Sprouts, I have a feeling you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the flavor, crunch, and tang of this delicious “salad”!

The Questions We Ask When Debating to Save or Splurge

posted by Andrea | 01/21/2019 | 12 comments

Today I’m sharing a list of questions Dave and I ask when we’re contemplating saving or splurging.

Of course, there is no right or wrong way to save or splurge, but I’ve found that my mental checklist of questions helps put my purchase into perspective, resist impulsive spending, and still enjoy regular splurges and special treats for myself and my family (without feeling guilty!)

50 Things You Can Purge Right Now!

posted by Andrea | 01/18/2019 | 33 comments

When it comes to clutter in our homes, the biggest stumbling block is often our own brains! We make it out to be this HUUUUUUGE issue, and instead of just getting started, we continually put it off because it just never seems like the “right” time.

Sound familiar? If so, grab a trash bag and a donation box, read today’s post, and purge something RIGHT NOW!

Simple Ways We Celebrate Half Birthdays!

posted by Andrea | 01/17/2019 | 40 comments

In general, I’m not someone who goes over-the-top to celebrate any holiday, birthday, or special occasion… however, we DO still celebrate.

One of my favorite things to celebrate with my children is their half birthday, and today, I’m sharing some of the simple ways we make half birthdays extra special!

BBQ Chicken Chili

posted by Andrea | 01/16/2019 | 14 comments

This chili has been on regular rotation in our kitchen these past few months — it’s such a quick weeknight meal I can have on the table in roughly 30 minutes.

If you’re looking for a yummy warm-weather comfort food, give this BBQ Chicken Chili a try!

Two of My Favorite Benefits of Good Time Management

posted by Andrea | 01/15/2019 | 17 comments

I talk a lot about time management and productivity on the blog, and that’s because it IS important to me — but NOT just so I can “do more”.

In fact, as the years go by, I’ve realized that simply “doing more” is rarely the reason I strive to better manage my time. Of course, it’s always nice to accomplish more in less time… but my favorite benefits of good time management are quite different.

My 2019 Healthier Habit: Cooking, Grinding, and Baking With Whole Grains!

posted by Andrea | 01/14/2019 | 79 comments

For the past several years, I’ve chosen one or two smallish “Healthier Habits” to incorporate into my life and my family’s life — they’ve all stuck because I took my time to implement them and didn’t try to change everything at once.

Today I’m sharing more about my “healthier habit” for 2019 — cooking, grinding, and baking with whole grains!

What Are You Content With Right Now?

posted by Andrea | 01/11/2019 | 24 comments

Oh the gloriousness of a fresh new year… a blank slate! So many goals, resolutions, and aspirations… so many things we want to change. 

However, before we get too carried away making all sorts of changes and “improvements”, I’d like to encourage you to stop and note at least 5 things you are currently very content with. 

Reader Question: How to Store and Organize Home Movies

posted by Andrea | 01/10/2019 | 19 comments

Over the years, I’ve shared numerous posts regarding our digital photo books — however, as many of you have noticed, I have yet to share anything about how I handle home movies.

I get questions about it ALL the time, but I never have a great answer… that’s where YOU come in! If you have a working system for organizing and storing your home movies, PLEASE SHARE!!

10 Simple Food Swaps for Healthier Family Meals

posted by Andrea | 01/9/2019 | 11 comments

Over the last few years, I’ve slowly incorporated many more nutritious foods in our family meals… and to be honest, I’m SUPER impressed with how well it has worked (often without anyone noticing my swaps!)

If you’re looking for a few relatively simple ways to swap more nutritious foods into YOUR family meals, I think today’s post will give you a really great place to start!

How We Deal with Half-Dirty Clothes

posted by Andrea | 01/8/2019 | 31 comments

I’m still committed to “only” doing laundry twice a week (a system that’s been working really well for me for over 2 years), and since I don’t want to do 10 loads of laundry on those 2 days, I’ve come up with a few different methods of dealing with what I consider “half-dirty clothes” — clothes that have been worn but aren’t worthy of washing just yet!