Family

7 Tips to Stop Germs From Spreading and Shorten The Duration of Coughs and Colds

posted by Andrea | 01/24/2020 | 37 comments
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Although we are generally quite healthy around our house, the kids have had enough colds and coughs over the past few years to allow me to develop a little routine of sorts for “what to do when the kids get a cold”.

Today I’m sharing 7 tips to stop germs from spreading and shorten the duration of coughs and colds… they work for us, I hope they work for you too!

5 Practical Reasons To Know and Understand Your Personality Type

posted by Andrea | 01/17/2020 | 53 comments

I’ve been fascinated by personality types ever since I took my first Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality test in high school. It’s amazing how accurately the results of this test explain my personality, my strengths, and my weaknesses!

Today, I’m sharing my own personality type, along with 5 practical reasons you should know and understand your personality type!

My 2020 Healthier Habit: All-Natural Cosmetics

posted by Andrea | 01/16/2020 | 56 comments
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I’m excited to share my healthier habit for 2020… using all-natural cosmetics!!! 

It took me a long time to decide on the all-natural products and brands I wanted to use for our family, but I’m finally ready to share them with you today (as well as some of the cool changes we’ve noticed as a result!)

The Power Of ONE: How a Decade of Healthier Habits Transformed My Life

posted by Andrea | 01/13/2020 | 40 comments

If I could drill one Simple Living Message into your brain, it would be THE POWER OF ONE! 

If you don’t believe me, just look at where a decade of Small, Simple, Healthier Habits has gotten me! 

My Early Morning Routine Sets the Tone for My Family’s Day

posted by Andrea | 01/8/2020 | 57 comments
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Rushed and busy mornings are not high on my list of favorite things… if you feel the same way, I hope today’s post offers you the motivation you need to simplify your mornings once and for all.

It’s AMAZING how simply sticking with my early morning routine sets a positive tone for our whole family for the entire day!

Happy New Year! (Our Family Christmas Card)

posted by Andrea | 01/1/2020 | 22 comments
2019 Christmas Card

I’m thrilled to be back to blogging after my 2-week hiatus, and I have a couple of REALLY fun, exciting posts to share with you…

However, before I jump into all the fun and excitement that comes with running an organizing blog in January, I want to take a moment to officially share our family’s 2019 Christmas card here on the blog. I designed it myself with free software and I’m so happy with how it turned out!

My Final Word For You This Decade

posted by Andrea | 12/17/2019 | 37 comments
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As we near the close of another decade, the word that continually comes to mind is… SIMPLIFY!

Simplify is a BIG word for my home, my family, my business, and my life. I think you’ll understand why it’s the final word I want to share with you this decade.

5 Simple Gift Ideas For The Person Who Has Everything

posted by Andrea | 12/16/2019 | 16 comments
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Are you still contemplating gift ideas for that one person on your Christmas list who seems to have everything? Or the person who insists they don’t want anything? Yes, we have a few of them on our shopping list too! 

Whenever I’m unsure what to give to someone who has everything, I almost always resort to one of the options in today’s post!

Our Children’s Christmas Gifts (and why we are OK with used gifts)

posted by Andrea | 12/13/2019 | 37 comments
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Every year I get lots of questions about what we give our children for Christmas… specifically, if we give them used and second-hand gifts. 

I’m sharing all the details in today’s post — including how we managed to get all 4 of our children 12 gifts for less than $100 total (thanks to used and second-hand gifts)!

How to Clean Battery Corrosion

posted by Andrea | 12/12/2019 | 17 comments
how to clean battery corrosion

Have you ever wondered how to clean battery corrosion (or even if it’s possible to do so)? Yes, it is possible to clean mild to moderate battery corrosion — and as I’ll show you, it’s actually really simple to do! 

If you use batteries, you’ll want to read today’s post!!  

Simple Ways We Cultivate a More Meaningful Christmas

posted by Andrea | 12/10/2019 | 18 comments
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I know we’re already half-way into the Christmas season, but there’s still plenty of time left to simplify your days and cultivate a more meaningful Christmas season for you and for your family. 

Here’s how our family is attempting to do that THIS year. 

5 Practical Tips to Survive Sleepless Nights With Littles

posted by Andrea | 12/9/2019 | 21 comments
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The last 8 years of my life have been filled with more sleepless nights than I care to recall! As a coping mechanism for my ultra-structured self, I came up with a short list of survival techniques — all of which I’m sharing in today’s post!

If you struggle with sleepless nights (for whatever reason) today’s post can help!

The Ultimate List of Clutter-Free Gift Ideas for All Ages

posted by Andrea | 12/5/2019 | 7 comments

Over the past several years, I’ve shared many Clutter-Free Gifts posts; so this year, I thought I’d try to compile ALL those posts and ALL those ideas into one Ultimate List of Clutter-Free Gift Ideas!

I’d love for you to share your favorite clutter-free gifts in the comments!

How to Make 30 Simple Gifts in Under 30 Minutes for Under $30

posted by Andrea | 12/3/2019 | 23 comments
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I love giving simple holiday gifts to all the special people in our lives. However, my clutter-free lifestyle means I’m always searching for disposable and consumable gifts. And since I give LOTS of gifts, I need to come up with a way to keep the cost and time-commitment in check.

My gift idea this year is quite possibly my simplest one yet! In fact, I made more than 30 gift bags in under 30 minutes for under $30! Get the details (and free printable gift tags) in today’s post!

Happy Thanksgiving!

posted by Andrea | 11/27/2019 | 26 comments
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Dave and the kids are off of school for the rest of the week, so we’re gearing up for a LONG weekend full of board games, craft projects, movie marathons, holiday baking, yard work, and more!

I’m sharing my most favorite Thanksgiving recipes and a little encouragement for those of you who need to re-evaluate your traditions this year!

5 Tips To Simplify Kids’ Birthday Parties

posted by Andrea | 11/22/2019 | 27 comments
5 tips to simplify birthday parties

Contrary to what we might see on social media these days, I’m a firm believer that it IS possible to celebrate our children on their birthday (and every day) without tons of stress, financial investment, or a huge mess to clean up the next day!

Since it’s Nora’s 8th birthday TODAY, I thought it was the perfect time to share a few of my tips to simplify kids’ birthday parties!

Why I Switched Back to 1 Planner

posted by Andrea | 11/21/2019 | 27 comments
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As you might remember, I ordered both a wall calendar AND a small planner last year… and while this 2-part system worked OK, I decided to switch back to just using a planner again this year.

I explain more in today’s post — and I’ve got another Personal Planner giveaway (and discount code) for those of you who are anxiously waiting to order YOUR 2020 planner!

7 Creative Ways To Capitalize on Free Photo Card Deals

posted by Andrea | 11/12/2019 | 8 comments
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Have you seen those photo card deals that offer 1, 3, 5 or 10 free photo cards? Have you wondered what anyone would do with just a few free cards?

Yes, you could just choose a few of your closest friends or family members to mail your free photo cards to… or you could pay a premium price to buy more than the allotted freebies… OR you could use my creative ideas instead!