October, 2019

3 Areas to Downsize to Enjoy a Simpler Life

posted by Andrea | 10/31/2019 | 12 comments

Does your home feel cluttered and chaotic? Does your schedule feel jam-packed? Does your life feel like it’s spiraling out of control?

If so, keep reading for 3 areas you can downsize to enjoy a simpler life!

Easy Sourdough Starter Pancakes

posted by Andrea | 10/30/2019 | 17 comments
easy sourdough starter pancakes

Although I’ve given up on sourdough bread, for the time being, I’m still too stubborn to let my sourdough starters die — instead, I make these delicious sourdough starter pancakes.

If you’re looking for a super simple recipe that will use up a bunch of extra sourdough starter, today’s recipe is IT!!

Find Your “Good Enough” and Simplify Your Life

posted by Andrea | 10/29/2019 | 39 comments

Are you struggling to do everything you feel you need to do each day? If so, I’d encourage you to find your “good enough” and then relax as you enjoy a bit more simplicity in your life! 

Today I’m sharing more about how my “good enough” standards have helped me to streamline and simplify everything from cooking and cleaning to finances and self-care!

Healthy Kids’ Snacks: How To Incorporate More Fresh Produce

posted by Andrea | 10/28/2019 | 15 comments
healthy kids' snacks

When it comes to healthy kids’ snacks, I feel like it can be a never-ending battle… with the parents often on the losing end! Can you relate?

If you’d like to incorporate more fresh produce into your kids’ snacks (without whining, complaining, or tantrums), the 5 helpful tips in today’s post are exactly what you need!

10 Life-Changing Tips When You Are Overwhelmed With Laundry

posted by Andrea | 10/25/2019 | 39 comments
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Maybe my use of the words “life-changing” is slightly dramatic. However, I know so many people who are completely stressed out by their laundry situation that I believe their lives would be completely changed if they adopted many of my tips. 

It won’t happen overnight, but I’m confident this never-ending chore will feel significantly less overwhelming by implementing these 10 life-changing laundry tips!

How To Organize Kids’ Winter Gear Quickly and Easily

posted by Andrea | 10/24/2019 | 20 comments

Do you struggle with the best, most functional and practical ways to organize winter gear?

If so, you’ll definitely want to read my tips on how to quickly and easily organize kids’ winter gear — including one fantastic realization that made our mudroom so much more functional for our entire family! 

50+ Freezable Foods That Will Save You Time and Money

posted by Andrea | 10/23/2019 | 474 comments
freezable foods

I am passionate about freezable foods because they are such a simple way to save time and money in the kitchen (2 things I like to save!)

Over the last 13+ years, I have diligently kept our deep freezer stocked and today, I’m sharing 50+ of our favorite freezable foods!

How To Help Your Children Increase Their Savings

posted by Andrea | 10/22/2019 | 26 comments

Have you ever wondered how to help your children increase their savings or manage their money? Or maybe you’ve waffled back and forth about the concept of an allowance? 

If so, I’m sharing the simple 3-part plan we’re using (with much success) right now!

Enjoy Stress-Free Mornings With My 5 Morning Must-Dos

posted by Andrea | 10/21/2019 | 17 comments

Are mornings stressful and chaotic in your home? If so, you can join the supposed 95% of Americans who say they “hate mornings” and continue living in chaos.

OR, you can read today’s post, and implement a few of my morning must-dos for stress-free mornings!

Thank You! Just Because!

posted by Andrea | 10/18/2019 | 114 comments

Over the past several weeks, I’ve had so many random thoughts related to my blog and my business, but the one that kept coming back to me was the fact that I wanted to say THANK YOU to all of YOU.

Without you, I couldn’t earn a living working from home — and without you, I certainly wouldn’t enjoy my time blogging nearly as much! So… THANK YOU! 

How to Stop Pesky Money Leaks by Tracking Your Expenses

posted by Andrea | 10/17/2019 | 38 comments

Today I’m sharing a bit more about how using my finance-tracking workbook has helped me find “money leaks” in our budget — and then address them before they get out of control.

I’m certain we have saved thousands of dollars over the past several years… and it only takes me a few minutes a month!

A Few Quick Things!

posted by Andrea | 10/16/2019 | 31 comments

I regularly have “a few quick things” floating around in my brain — ideas I want to share with you, but that are often too short to warrant a full blog post.

Today, I’m sharing my very first “A Few Quick Things” post in an attempt to share some of these thoughts — a simple dishwasher tip, an amazing bargain, one of my favorite homemaking resources, James’ hilarious preschool picture, and more!

Irresistible Whole Grain Apple Cake

posted by Andrea | 10/15/2019 | 17 comments

If you need a new apple recipe to try this Fall, give my 100% whole grain apple cake a try!

The oat + pecan topping really adds a nice crunch and the cinnamon yogurt whipped cream has just the right amount of “tang” to perfectly finish off this dish. It’s also a great dish for the kids to help with!

The 60+ Simple Tasks Our Children Do Every Day

posted by Andrea | 10/14/2019 | 24 comments

I am continually asked what “chores” or responsibilities our kids have, and/or if we recommend any specific simple daily tasks for children at various age levels.

I’ll be honest, even though our family is very routine-oriented and scheduled, we haven’t found a chore chart or reward system that works well for us. Our family seems to function best with a handful of basic expectations that, although unwritten, are known and (usually) remembered by all… I’m sharing 60+ of these unwritten tasks or expectations in today’s post!

How We Make More Produce Work For Our Family

posted by Andrea | 10/11/2019 | 28 comments

In some ways, I feel like a broken record sharing yet ANOTHER post about our fruits and veggies. However, based on my email inbox, it’s a topic MANY of you are still so interested in learning more about! 

Today I’m sharing 3 very specific reasons why eating more produce works for OUR family for now… but might not work for YOUR family! 

My Slightly More Ergonomic Office

posted by Andrea | 10/10/2019 | 18 comments

After suffering from mild to moderate lower back and neck pain for the majority of my adult life, I FINALLY started to see a chiropractor a few months ago… and I’ve made a couple really SIMPLE changes in my office space to make it slightly more ergonomic!

I still have a LONG way to go to heal my back, but I’m taking small steps in the right direction!

3 Simple Concepts to Simplify Your Life

posted by Andrea | 10/9/2019 | 33 comments

Today I’m sharing an overly-simple message that I KNOW you already know.

You’ve heard it 100 times before, but maybe today will be the day you take action. Maybe today will be the day it makes sense. Maybe today, this message will be just the reminder you need to start simplifying your life!

Why I Save Butter Wrappers :)

posted by Andrea | 10/8/2019 | 58 comments

As you know, I’m fairly frugal — and I’m also quite resourceful in the sense that I LOVE finding another use for things I already have in the house!

Our butter wrappers are one of those things I have found a “second use” for — and although I’ve been saving them for YEARS, I’ve never thought to share the idea on the blog until now!