Children

5 Ways We Help Our Kids Try (and like) New Foods

posted by Andrea | 04/23/2019 | 27 comments

I would NOT say our kids are super adventurous eaters, but I wouldn’t say they are overly picky either. Of course, there are times when we do “force” our children to try something… but there are many other times when we are so impressed by their food choices… it seems our hard work is actually paying off!

If you’re struggling to get your children to try (and like) new foods, here are 5 relatively simple (yet effective) tips that have worked for us over the years.

An Attitude of Hospitality… Towards Our Families

posted by Andrea | 04/22/2019 | 20 comments

I think most of us consider hospitality to be outward acts of kindness to others — inviting friends over for a meal, bringing cookies to new neighbors, asking a coworker to join the gym with you, hosting the holiday festivities, etc. Even the dictionary defines Hospitality in that way. 

However, what if we applied this attitude of hospitality to our interactions with our own immediate family members…

Why I Don’t Buy Kid’s Clothing in Advance

posted by Andrea | 04/16/2019 | 39 comments

When it comes to kid’s clothing (and adult clothing) I truly do not store much of anything outside the clothing we actually wear right now. I don’t buy ahead, I purge once they outgrow an item, and we don’t rotate clothing based on the season.

I explain more in today’s post!

My Method for Choosing Children’s Library Books

posted by Andrea | 04/12/2019 | 21 comments

Over the past 7 years of regularly visiting our local library, our family hasn’t even come close to reading every single book in the children’s section. 

However, in my opinion, we HAVE done a really great job of reading through a huge variety of books each week — thanks to a super simple method I implemented a few years ago!  

My Mother’s Ring (and a Jewelry Discount!)

posted by Andrea | 04/11/2019 | 14 comments

As some of you know, I recently designed and ordered a “Mother’s Ring” (a ring with all my children’s birthstones).

I’m so happy with how the ring turned out and I’ve had such great experiences working with Engels Jewelry Company over the last 20 years that I thought it might be fun to offer a discount on all Mother’s Jewelry… just in time for Mother’s Day!

Clara @ 18 Months

posted by Andrea | 03/25/2019 | 24 comments

Yes, you read the title of this post correctly… my sweet “baby” is 18 months old today! 

Really though, she’s not much of a baby anymore. She’s walking, talking, singing, laughing, and showing us a little bit more of her own individual personality every single day.

A Different Perspective (That Time My Child Out-Organized Me!)

posted by Andrea | 03/14/2019 | 23 comments

Many of my pervious in-home organizing clients told me that the most helpful part of working with a professional was having a different perspective to help them “see” simple storage solutions that were literally right in front of them… but yet not “visible” for whatever reason. 

I understood what they were saying (and I know it’s true) but I honestly never experienced it in my own life until a recent situation when Nora out-organized me!! 

How Quickly We Forget: Encouragement for hard seasons of life

posted by Andrea | 03/11/2019 | 30 comments

I suppose I’m glad our brains tend to push memories of hard times to the side, but I DO hope I never fully forget how difficult different seasons of life were in an effort to better empathize with others. 

If you’re struggling in a rough season of life, I hope today’s post is somewhat encouraging for you!

Simon is FIVE!!

posted by Andrea | 03/4/2019 | 19 comments

As of 12:20 this afternoon, Simon will officially be 5 years old! 

Come check out his very low-key superhero birthday party, and some of my favorite pictures of him over this past year!

Practical Advice for Expectant Parents (and so many others)

posted by Andrea | 02/28/2019 | 22 comments

No, we’re NOT expecting any more babies!

But if you are, I’ve got a list of practical advice and to-dos you can complete and cross off your list NOW, and then rest a little easier knowing that some of these important tasks are out of the way before baby arrives!

How We Make Space For Our Kids’ “Treasures”

posted by Andrea | 02/25/2019 | 19 comments

Even before having children of my own, I was adamant that I could have BOTH a large(ish) family AND a clean home without spending hours every day picking up after people. 

So far, I’ve been able to keep our house neat and organized enough for my standards with minimal effort, while letting my children display, collect, save, cherish, and sometimes “hoard” their most favorite trinkets and treasures!

How We Celebrate Valentine’s Day: Frugal, Festive, Family Fun!

posted by Andrea | 02/11/2019 | 8 comments

We love celebrating special days and holidays… but we most definitely do NOT spend crazy amounts of time, energy, or money on decorations, fancy food, or elaborate gifts.

If you share my love of celebrating special days without too much excess hoopla, I think the simple ideas, tips, and recipes in this post will help make your entire week a bit more festive!

Simple Ways We Celebrate Half Birthdays!

posted by Andrea | 01/17/2019 | 40 comments

In general, I’m not someone who goes over-the-top to celebrate any holiday, birthday, or special occasion… however, we DO still celebrate.

One of my favorite things to celebrate with my children is their half birthday, and today, I’m sharing some of the simple ways we make half birthdays extra special!

3 Ways to Help Children Live Simply

posted by Andrea | 12/18/2018 | 33 comments

If you have children of any age, I hope today’s post will give you a few ideas to help your children learn to live simply.

These tips alone won’t magically transform your children into simple-living, time-managing, neat-freak, purging machines… but they are steps in the right direction!

Our Family’s Very Non-Traditional Christmas

posted by Andrea | 12/10/2018 | 43 comments

Since our family essentially “skipped” Thanksgiving this year, it only seems fitting that we celebrated Christmas in a VERY non-traditional manner as well.

Come read about what we did (and didn’t do) this year! 

Personalized Holiday Gifts, Goodies, and Giveaways!

posted by Andrea | 12/5/2018 | 6 comments

If you’re looking for any type of cute, fun, out-of-the-ordinary personalized gift or stocking stuffer for someone on your Christmas list this year, Stuck On You has some REALLY cute products in their holiday section right now…

…and I just so happen to have a giveaway on the blog today!!

Nora is 7! Happy Thanksgiving!

posted by Andrea | 11/21/2018 | 32 comments

Tomorrow, our family will celebrate Thanksgiving Day AND Nora’s 7th birthday! Seriously… SEVEN!! 

Since I’m stepping away from my blog over the long holiday weekend (and since we’re actually celebrating her birthday with our immediate family today), I decided to share Nora’s birthday post a day early!

Also… Happy Thanksgiving to my U.S. readers!!!

5 Tips To Encourage a Clean(er) and (more) Organized Family

posted by Andrea | 11/8/2018 | 29 comments

Over the years, I’ve been asked countless times how to get messy spouses and messy children to ‘clean up their act’. And while I don’t have any quick-fix answers or easy solutions to these questions, I do think that if your children and/or your spouse are willing to try to change their behavior, there is hope!

Today I’m sharing 5 steps to encourage a clean(er) and (more) organized family!