September, 2019

3 Questions I Ask Myself Before Saying “Yes”

posted by Andrea | 09/30/2019 | 8 comments

Over the course of my life, I have been asked to take on numerous different responsibilities — many of them as a volunteer, some as a paid opportunity. There have also been many things I’ve simply WANTED to do because they sound fun or exciting. 

But before I say “Yes” to any of these extra requests for my time (fun or not as fun) I ask myself a few questions…

How To Make Bunk Bed Quilts from a Full Size Comforter

posted by Andrea | 09/27/2019 | 10 comments

Two years ago, we moved Nora out of a full-size bed and into bunk beds (that she will eventually share with Clara). Since we loved her current comforter so much, I turned it into 2 bunk bed size comforters instead!

The whole project took me around 15 minutes, it didn’t cost me a dime, and it turned out so cute! I’m sharing this simple “how-to” in today’s post!

Homemade Taco Seasoning (mild)

posted by Andrea | 09/26/2019 | 21 comments

This MILD taco seasoning is very flavorful and only takes a few minutes to mix up a BIG batch!

There are countless ways you can play with the flavor combinations to make it work for you and your family too!

Clara is 2!!!

posted by Andrea | 09/25/2019 | 30 comments

A Big Happy Birthday to our Sweet Clara Jo!! 

We didn’t have an official party, but we DID celebrate with our own family over the weekend — a few fun gifts, lots of yummy food, a balloon, and a bunch of wrapping paper and boxes to play in afterward. It’s safe to say she had an extremely fun “birthday party” — and I know she’ll be spoiled with special treats and fun activities again today! 

My Monthly Photo Checklist

posted by Andrea | 09/24/2019 | 39 comments

I’ve written at length about how I organize our photos, how I create our digital photo albums, how I edit our photos, and how I back up our digital photos… but I’ve never shared MY thought process for taking certain photos in the first place.

If you’ve ever been overwhelmed by all your photos, or wished you would have taken more photos, I think my “monthly photo checklist” might be helpful for you!

Why We Stopped Eating Dessert After Meals

posted by Andrea | 09/23/2019 | 32 comments

Over the course of my life, I recall very few meals that did NOT end with dessert… just a little something sweet to finish the meal — even if we weren’t actually hungry anymore (most of the time, we were not).  

This trend of enjoying dessert after every meal continued into adulthood, up until this past summer when Dave and I decided to try something different…

A Quick Tip To Save Time In Doctor Offices

posted by Andrea | 09/20/2019 | 17 comments

Thankfully, our family does not spend all that much time waiting in doctor offices.

However, after 8 years of regular prenatal, postnatal, and well-child visits, I have learned a few tips and tricks to spend as little time as possible in waiting rooms (especially when I have other children along!) 

Simple Ideas to Repurpose Glass Food Jars

posted by Andrea | 09/19/2019 | 42 comments

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 | 80 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 | 21 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 | 21 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 | 21 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
personal planner giveaway

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!