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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!

A Little Encouragement for the Parents of Picky Eaters

posted by Andrea | 11/8/2019 | 24 comments

Do you worry that your children are “picky eaters”? Have you been shamed by other parents, relatives, friends, doctors, or “experts” because of what your children don’t eat?

If you’re stressed about picky eaters, you’re in the right place! I hope to offer some simple tips, as well as much-needed encouragement for you and your family!

99 Effective Ways to Say No

posted by Andrea | 11/6/2019 | 6 comments

When I thought up the idea for a post about different ways to say “No”, I originally entitled it 21 Ways to Say “No”. As the days went on, I continued to think up more ways, and finally “capped” myself at 99 Ways to Say “No”!

If you struggle to say “No”, PLEASE read this post, bookmark this post, and refer back to it often! With 99 ways to say “No”, there’s one for any situation!

9 Simple Techniques to Create More Time Every Day

posted by Andrea | 11/4/2019 | 8 comments

Do you ever wish you could have more time every day — even just an extra hour?

Obviously, having a literal extra hour is impossible… but what if there were a few simple things you could do right now to instantly create more time every day? I’m sharing 9 of my favorite techniques in today’s post!

Healthy Kids’ Snacks: How To Incorporate More Fresh Produce

posted by Andrea | 10/28/2019 | 15 comments
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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!

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!

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!

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 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…

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!) 

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!

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! 

Back-To-School Planner Giveaway

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