Holidays

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!

What Are You Content With Right Now?

posted by Andrea | 01/11/2019 | 22 comments

Oh the gloriousness of a fresh new year… a blank slate! So many goals, resolutions, and aspirations… so many things we want to change. 

However, before we get too carried away making all sorts of changes and “improvements”, I’d like to encourage you to stop and note at least 5 things you are currently very content with. 

A Peek Into Our Christmas Break

posted by Andrea | 01/7/2019 | 12 comments

I hope you all enjoyed some part of your holiday season — even if it’s just the fact that the holidays are now over and won’t be back again for 11 months (no shame!!)

Today is our family’s first day back at school after a super fantastic 2-week-long Christmas break — I’m sharing more about our Christmas break in today’s post! 

Merry Christmas! (2018)

posted by Andrea | 12/24/2018 | 20 comments

It’s that time of year again — when I take a little time away from my computer to enjoy a change of pace with everyone home from school. 

I’ll “see” you back here again on New Year’s Day! Until then, here is our family’s 2018 Christmas Card! Merry Christmas!

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! 

Dave’s Favorite Chocolate + Peanut Butter Desserts

posted by Andrea | 12/7/2018 | 30 comments

Today I’m wishing the happiest of birthdays to my most favorite person!

And in honor of Dave’s birthday (which perfectly coincides with the holiday baking season) I’m sharing a bunch of his most favorite Chocolate + Peanut Butter Desserts. If you’re on a diet, you probably don’t want to read today’s post!

Encouragement For When The Holidays Aren’t Always Happy

posted by Andrea | 12/6/2018 | 31 comments

Despite the perfectly happy holiday cheer we see in magazines, on TV, on the internet, or in any local mall, the holiday season is often a bittersweet time of year for so many people.

If you find yourself nodding in agreement, I hope to provide a tiny bit of encouragement for you today.

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!!

The One Holiday Deal We Always Capitalize On

posted by Andrea | 12/4/2018 | 20 comments

As many of you know, Dave and I are not the shopping type. We prefer to stay home and would probably rather have some type of operation or even get a tooth pulled versus going shopping the day after Thanksgiving!

That said… there is one deal we ALWAYS capitalize on during the holiday season. I’m sharing the details today!

Have You Ever Considered “Skipping” A Holiday?

posted by Andrea | 11/26/2018 | 79 comments

Due to a change in plans, our family essentially “skipped” Thanksgiving in the sense that we didn’t do any holiday parties, we didn’t have traditional Thanksgiving foods, we didn’t scan the ads for amazing deals, and we didn’t see any extended family members or friends.

Before you click away, thinking we are a family of Scrooges, please just read through to the end… the whole weekend was a revolutionary experience for Dave and me, and I just had to share! 

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!!!

The Perfect Clutter-Free Gift for That Difficult-to-Buy-For Person!

posted by Andrea | 11/15/2018 | 24 comments

Wherever you are on your holiday shopping progress, you’re bound to have at least one person on your list that you JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO GIVE THEM! Right?

Today I’m sharing a fantastic (and clutter-free) gift idea for those difficult-to-buy-for people on your list this year! Also, I have a discount code!!

5 Ways We Simplify Christmas… with small children

posted by Andrea | 11/14/2018 | 61 comments

I wasn’t planning to do a post about “simplifying Christmas”, just yet (I want to enjoy Thanksgiving first!)

But after receiving an astonishing number of emails, comments, and Facebook messages requesting this type of post, I decided to share 5 things we do (or rather DON’T do) to simplify our holiday season — specifically Christmas.

Fun Conversations Starters (for adults, kids, introverts, and anyone else!)

posted by Andrea | 10/26/2018 | 12 comments

As self-proclaimed introverts, Dave and I are not much for small-talk. We can manage boring small-talk conversations just fine, and I certainly wouldn’t ever consider us to be “socially awkward”.

That said, with the holiday party season just around the corner, I thought it might be fun to come up with a list of Fun Conversation Starters for anyone who would rather not discuss the weather or work with every new person they encounter! I also have a great list of 20 conversation starters for kids!

4 Ideas to Reduce Excess “Wants”

posted by Andrea | 10/25/2018 | 41 comments

There is no “quick fix” for not wanting something cool when you see it, but I do have a few relatively simple tips I use for myself (and for my children) that seem to help reduce some of those excess “wants”.

These ideas are especially relevant now, as we gear up for another holiday season filled with even more stuff… but they work well year round too!

Our Favorite Clutter-Free Teacher Gifts

posted by Andrea | 10/8/2018 | 43 comments

I don’t know if it’s simply because Dave is a teacher and I know how much time, effort, and energy they put into teaching their students every single day, but I’m much more willing to splurge on one of my children’s teachers than I am on any other non-family member.

I realize teacher gifts aren’t something every parent is so passionate about… but if you’re looking for a few clutter-free teacher gift ideas, I think today’s post will help — hopefully with plenty of time to put something nice together before the holidays! 

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!!

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!