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Clara is ONE!

posted by Andrea | 09/25/2018 | 23 comments

One year ago today, I woke up pregnant for the last time. Miss Clara Jo was born at 9:57pm and our lives have been happier since that moment!

I CANNOT believe our sweet little bundle of endless smiles is ONE already!

Eat At Home… My Simple Weight-Management Plan

posted by Andrea | 09/20/2018 | 7 comments

Over the past year, our family has eaten almost every single meal at home… and it’s honestly amazing how much we’ve saved (both money and calories!)

Today I’m sharing a little more about how simply eating at HOME has been a key factor in helping me lose my baby weight and manage my weight moving forward.

Kid-Friendly Charcuterie… one of our favorite simple meals

posted by Andrea | 09/12/2018 | 10 comments

One of our children’s most favorite thing to eat is “meat and cheese” — a.k.a. a plate of food consisting of various meats, cheese, fruits, veggies, crackers, dips, nuts, etc.

Over the summer months (in an effort to spend less time in the house and more time outside by the pool) I decided to regularly serve up their’ favorite “meat and cheese” meal as a fun-looking, fun-to-eat, kid-friendly charcuterie board. WOW, was it ever a huge hit!

Kid’s Clothing That Works With Our Sensory Issues

posted by Andrea | 09/10/2018 | 45 comments

As many of you know, Nora struggled with several sensory issues as a baby and toddler. The doctors all told me she’d outgrow them by kindergarten… and for the most part, she did! The one area she still struggles with is clothing — she won’t wear anything that doesn’t “feel right”.

Since we just recently purchased several new items of clothing for her, I thought I’d share some of the brands and types of clothing that seem to work well for us — in hopes that maybe it will help some of you with sensory kiddos in your life!

Our School Snack Simplifier

posted by Andrea | 09/7/2018 | 14 comments

I’ve wanted to share one of our favorite ways to simplify school snacks for some time now… but I wanted to wait until the back-to-school season was in full swing.

Now that we have a couple weeks of school under out belts, it’s time for my tip…

How “Fun Lunches” Simplify Our School Routine

posted by Andrea | 08/30/2018 | 64 comments

When it comes to packing lunches, it’s definitely not my most favorite thing on my list of daily to-do’s, but I certainly don’t despise it the way some of our friends, relatives, and other school families seem to!

In fact, after thinking about lunch packing more this past month, I might know at least one reason I don’t dread or despise packing lunches… I’m sharing my “secret” in today’s post!

Our New, Super Early Morning Routine

posted by Andrea | 08/29/2018 | 56 comments

A few weeks ago, Dave mentioned an article he had read about someone who went to bed around 9pm every night so he could wake up at 4am every morning. We were both intrigued by this idea, so we decided we’d give it a try for a couple months to see if it works for us.

So far, so good… and although waking up at 4 is NOT for everyone, it’s working for US for NOW. I’m sharing more in today’s post!

Clara @ 11 Months (+ one factor that changed my perspective of the infant stage)

posted by Andrea | 08/27/2018 | 34 comments

Clara is 11 months old!!! As many of you know, she has basically been a dream baby compared to my other 3. She is so happy, sweet, easy-going… and her first year has been better than I ever hoped it could be.

However, in my opinion, there is an even bigger factor that has completely revolutionized the way I feel about parenting an infant now versus when Nora was a baby…

Our Digital Photo Books (everything you ever wanted to know!)

posted by Andrea | 08/23/2018 | 17 comments

Over the past 8 years, the number of questions, comments, and requests I’ve gotten regarding my digital photo books is CRAZY!

So, in honor of the fact that James’ 2-year photo book just arrived, hot-off-the-press, and the fact that my photo book posts are some of the most requested posts on my blog, I’m compiling all the information I have on my blog, to-date, in one concise post! 

Life Lessons From Our “Lemonade Stand”

posted by Andrea | 08/8/2018 | 42 comments

After months (maybe years) of listening to their begging and pleading, we finally let our kids set up a stand at the end of our driveway. It was not fun, they did not make much money, and they never want to do it again!

However, I quickly realized they were learning several valuable life lessons in the process… in fact, I even learned one too!

Restless Leg Syndrome: 5 Ways I Alleviate Many of My Symptoms

posted by Andrea | 07/26/2018 | 32 comments

For most of my life — even as a very young child — I’ve struggled with occasional to regular Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS).

Although there is no cure for RLS, there are ways to alleviate so many of the symptoms. Today, I’m sharing 5 of the things that have worked for me over the years — as well as a few bonus tips that have worked for various friends and family members!

How We Store Future Gifts (Clara @ 10 Months)

posted by Andrea | 07/25/2018 | 29 comments

With Clara’s upcoming first birthday, James’ 3rd birthday a couple weeks ago, and the fact that Christmas is exactly 5 months from today (what!), I thought this might be a good time to share how Dave and I currently handle buying and storing gifts year-round.

But first… an update on our sweet and smiley Clara Jo, who is 10 months old today!!

Working From Home With Kids: Creating Structure and Being Flexible

posted by Andrea | 07/20/2018 | 27 comments

I’ve already shared various posts about what a typical day in my life looks like, but I thought it might be interesting to share more about how I make the working + raising babies + housework happen… without feeling like I’m totally stressed out or way too busy.

I think there are 2 key factors for me to be able to work from home with kids — I’m sharing more in today’s post!

James is 3!!!!

posted by Andrea | 07/13/2018 | 23 comments

One of the cutest, sweetest, happiest boys around turns THREE tomorrow!! Can you believe it!

Today I’m sharing a few (OK, probably more than a few) of my favorite pictures from this past year, as well as some from his Bob the Builder birthday party this past weekend!

We Bought a Pool… Here Are My Thoughts!

posted by Andrea | 07/12/2018 | 25 comments

Since the day I first shared a picture of the pool we bought at Costco this spring, I have been inundated with questions and requests for a blog post about our pool — so that’s what I’m sharing today.

If you’re in the market for an inexpensive, temporary above-ground pool, I hope today’s post will be helpful for you. If not, I hope you enjoy the cute pictures of my kids!

How I Use My Early Morning Quiet Hours

posted by Andrea | 07/6/2018 | 25 comments

Since our kids are all in bed around 7:00pm every night, and since they all (usually) sleep through the night, I’m getting really good sleep, which means I can finally get back to waking up early again!

It might sound like an over-exaggeration, but every single aspect of my day runs smoother when I wake up early — I’m sharing more about how I use these early morning hours today!

Fourth of July Flowers and Festivities

posted by Andrea | 07/4/2018 | 12 comments

Happy 4th of July!

Instead of a normal post, I wanted to simply pop in to share a few pictures of our landscape today — complete with almost 700 red, white, and blue annuals!

Laughter Is The Best Medicine… 12 Years and Counting

posted by Andrea | 06/29/2018 | 30 comments

Dave and I celebrate our 12th anniversary tomorrow… and as I was thinking about what I might share with you all today, I kept coming back to the old cliché saying, “Laughter Is The Best Medicine”.

I feel like so many of our family’s “problems” have been resolved with laughter… which is what I’m sharing more about in today’s post!