September, 2019

Simple Ideas to Repurpose Glass Food Jars

posted by Andrea | 09/19/2019 | 1 comment

Although I don’t buy nearly as many store-bought products as I have in years past, I still end up with a handful of glass jars from store-bought salsa and other sauces. 

These jars have a special storage spot in my kitchen cabinets because I reuse them for SO many different purposes — watch today’s video to see how!

When Simple Isn’t Popular

posted by Andrea | 09/18/2019 | 69 comments

I’ve been striving to live simply and to be more organized for as long as I can remember… and although “simple living” is an extremely popular topic in today’s society, my real-life simple choices are not always equally as popular.

I hope today’s post gives you the confidence to make simple living choices that work for YOU, even if they aren’t the most popular!

30-Minute Homemade Tomato Soup

posted by Andrea | 09/17/2019 | 19 comments

Although my childhood self was not keen on tomatoes, I do always remember liking tomato soup…. and to this day, it’s still one of my favorite soups.

Nowadays though, I make tomato soup from scratch, and it’s not nearly as difficult or time-consuming as you might think — especially if you used canned tomatoes! 

8 Tips That Help Me Avoid Writer’s Block

posted by Andrea | 09/16/2019 | 10 comments

I’m often asked how I come up with enough content to update my blog 5 times each week… or how I’m able to fit writing into my days with 4 children at home.

As a “writer” I have a handful of tips that help me simplify the writing process as well as stay consistent in my writing efforts throughout the years. I’m sharing those in today’s post! 

An Update On Our Crazy Method To Prevent Weeds In Our Garden

posted by Andrea | 09/13/2019 | 26 comments

Earlier this spring, I shared our “new-to-us” crazy plan to keep weeds out of our vegetable garden…

I said I would come back with an update to share how it worked for us… and that’s my big news today! 🙂

READER QUESTION: What Are Your Thoughts on The Whole 30

posted by Andrea | 09/12/2019 | 19 comments

Surprisingly (to me) I get quite a few questions about the Whole30 diet — many from readers who assume I’ve already completed a Whole30 challenge (nope!)

I have read and learned quite a bit about the Whole30 way of eating over the past few years… but I am far from an expert. So instead of me sharing what I don’t know, I thought this might be a great “Reader Question” — I’d love to hear from those of you who HAVE completed one or more Whole30 challenges, as well as from those of you who tried but didn’t finish!

Our Experience With a High-Needs Child (6 years later)

posted by Andrea | 09/11/2019 | 17 comments

Exactly 6 years ago today, I shared a difficult post about Nora’s “high needs” personality and how much of a struggle the first 20 months of her life had been for me. 

Now, 6 years later… I have a little update on life with our not-so-little-anymore Nora!

The 16-Week Full-House Purge (+ FREE printable!)

posted by Andrea | 09/10/2019 | 21 comments

Exactly 1 year ago, I shared my personal challenge to complete a full-house purge BEFORE the New Year (along with several posts regarding my purging progress). 

This post series was so popular last year, with many of you completing your own full-house purge, that I thought it would be fun to try again… I even have a FREE printable this year!

7 Specific Ways I Simplify My Life

posted by Andrea | 09/9/2019 | 31 comments

I am (and always have been) on a mission to simplify and streamline my life to allow more time and energy for the things, people, and activities that are most important to me. 

I know so many of you come here looking for specific tips to simplify and organize your own lives too, so today’s post is a compilation of 7 specific ways I simplify my life — as well as one over-arching life simplifier! 

How We Hung A Shower Curtain with Sloped Ceilings

posted by Andrea | 09/6/2019 | 20 comments

Our old farmhouse has crazy sloped ceilings in every room upstairs — including the bathroom. We have sloped ceilings in the kids’ bathtub/shower area and although it wasn’t too much extra hassle, we did have to think through things a bit before we decided on the best way to hang the curtain in their shower.

Today I’m sharing our simple solution!

Back-To-School Planner Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 09/5/2019 | 29 comments

Since Dave always aligns his planners with the school year (and I know many of you do too) I thought it might be fun to offer a back-to-school planner GIVEAWAY from Personal Planner, my most favorite planner ever!

They have a few brand new layouts — one of which is perfect for how Dave uses his planner!

Tater Tot Casserole From Scratch (with Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup)

posted by Andrea | 09/4/2019 | 11 comments

Tater Tot Casserole is one meal Dave and I both grew up enjoying… and it’s definitely one of our kids’ most favorite meals ever! I make it roughly once a month, all year round — but my recipe looks a little different than it did when I originally shared it back in 2014.

I have added more veggies and fiber, reduced the fat, calories, and sodium, and used a REALLY simple recipe for homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup. The prep time is still quite minimal, and my kids still LOVE this meal!

Start Where You Are. Use What You Have. Do What You Can.

posted by Andrea | 09/3/2019 | 22 comments

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to getting organized, boosting productivity, or increasing vegetable intake – and that’s OK!

I hope today’s post will encourage you to simply start where you are, use what you have, and do what you can!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {September 2019}

posted by Andrea | 09/2/2019 | 31 comments

I’m often asked if I “dread” September because it means Dave goes back to school… and while I don’t love sending him back to school after a summer home together, I don’t dread it either.

In fact, September is one of my favorite months because it’s the start of Fall — my favorite season! I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things in today’s post!