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How We Cleaned our Large Shag Rug At Home

posted by Andrea | 08/20/2019 | 6 comments

Do you have a large rug you’d like to wash but aren’t sure how to do it because it doesn’t fit into your washing machine or even the machines at the laundry mat?

If so, I hope the tips in today’s post will give you the knowledge and can-do spirit to try cleaning your own rugs at home. 

How To Eliminate and Prevent Stinky Towels

posted by Andrea | 08/16/2019 | 79 comments

Based on the number of email questions I get, I’m assuming stinky towels are a pet peeve (or at least mildly annoying) for many of you.

Thankfully, I’m a semi-obsessive towel-washer with an acute sense of smell — so I have a BUNCH of ideas for those of you with not-so-nice smelling towels!

Our Girls’ Farmhouse Bedroom Tour

posted by Andrea | 08/13/2019 | 27 comments

I’m SO excited to take you on a tour of our girls’ “new” bedroom! And yes, it’s a VIDEO tour!

Come see how we changed our kids’ bedrooms around (again) and how we transformed this room for roughly $40!

One Area of My House I (almost) Never Clean!

posted by Andrea | 08/8/2019 | 38 comments

A couple weeks ago, I shared one of my most favorite household chores… as well as why I enjoy it so much.

Today, as a follow-up to my favorite household chore post, I thought it might be eye-opening for some of you to know the one area of our home I (almost) NEVER clean!!

How I Maximized Our Storage in a Closet with Sloped Ceilings

posted by Andrea | 08/7/2019 | 12 comments

Living in a 130+ year old farmhouse has been my dream for as long as I can remember… despite the fact that they are filled with crazy sloped ceilings, unique bump-outs, and weird closets that can make organizing a bit more frustrating!

One of the crazy closets in our house is in the boy’s new shared bedroom upstairs. I recently gave this closet a mini makeover and fully maximized the space! Come check it out!

Our Summer Landscaping… in Pictures

posted by Andrea | 08/6/2019 | 28 comments

Dave and I spend a considerable amount of time working in our yard… but our hard work pays off (in my opinion) as we have a very colorful yard that is enjoyable for both kids and adults to spend time in — not to mention we personally enjoy looking at it every day! 

I’ve already taken several pictures of our yard this summer, but never get around to it… so today’s post is a compilation of many different areas of our yard over the past 3 months!

My Favorite Household Chore

posted by Andrea | 07/24/2019 | 41 comments

It’s very common to hear about “least favorite chores” or “dreaded chores” — often accompanied by various remedies or tips to reduce the time and effort it takes to complete those chores.

In my experience, it’s not nearly as common to share a FAVORITE household chore… but that’s what I’m doing today!!

How We Care for Our Bestway Pool

posted by Andrea | 07/22/2019 | 10 comments

Last spring, we purchased a 9′ x 18′ Bestway Pool from Costco… and ever since I shared news of our tiny pool on my blog, I have gotten questions, questions, and more questions regarding everything and anything having to do with our little pool! 

I’m hoping to answer most of those questions today (with the help of Dave)!

My “Quantity over Quality” Quick-Cleaning Tips

posted by Andrea | 07/19/2019 | 30 comments

Although there are times when deep cleaning or hiring a professional are necessary, I will be the first to admit that 9 times out of 10, I am a “QUANTITY over QUALITY” type of cleaner.

Today, I’m sharing 5 of my “quantity over quality” quick-cleaning tips that have saved my sanity and allowed me to accomplish so much more around the house.

10 Uses for Glad Press ‘N Seal Plastic Wrap

posted by Andrea | 07/12/2019 | 50 comments

We always have at least 2 or 3 rolls of plastic wrap in the house as I’ve found it comes in handy SO often (and not just in the kitchen).

Today, I’m sharing 10 different uses for my favorite type of plastic wrap (Glad Press ‘N Seal wrap).

Why We Turned Our Cell Data Off for 3 Weeks

posted by Andrea | 07/11/2019 | 36 comments

Last month, Dave and I got a notification from Verizon saying we only had 10% of our data remaining — even though we were only a few days into our month! 

As as result, we decided to turn our cell data OFF for the rest of the month, both to avoid being charged extra and as a fun (and eye-opening) summer experiment for us! 

A Look At Our Outhouse Shed (5 Years Later)

posted by Andrea | 07/10/2019 | 17 comments

Since our yard is very large, it is nearly impossible to share a “before and after” post about the entire yard — it would take you 2 hours to read! 

Instead, I’m planning to select a few different areas to showcase throughout the rest of the summer and fall months. First up is the west side of our yard with the cute little outhouse shed!

Our Garage Renovation: a 6-Year Update

posted by Andrea | 06/21/2019 | 8 comments

It’s been exactly 6 years since we completely overhauled our main garage with the fabulous organizational system and epoxy garage floor coating… and it honestly looks as good today as it did 6 years ago!

We have enjoyed our renovated garage immensely over the past 6 years — I’m sharing some updates (and lots of photos) in today’s post! If you’re contemplating a garage renovation, you’ll want to check out this post!

5 Questions I Ask When I’m Purging

posted by Andrea | 06/18/2019 | 45 comments

I’m often asked if I have a “method” for purging or a pattern that I follow each time to make it a more routine process — and as I thought more about how exactly I motivate and encourage myself (and others) to purge, I realized that there are certain questions I came back to time and time again.

Today, I’m sharing those questions!

Our Completely Ridiculous-Looking Plan to Keep Weeds Out of Our Garden

posted by Andrea | 06/17/2019 | 39 comments

For the past 5 years, we have had ONE nice-looking vegetable garden — the others have been completely covered with weeds by fall. 

This year, we’re trying something new to (hopefully) help us keep the weeds down– boy does it look ridiculous! I’m almost a little embarrassed to share pictures on the blog! 

6 Reasons A Capsule Wardrobe Might NOT Work for You

posted by Andrea | 06/13/2019 | 32 comments

If you’ve spent any amount of time reading blogs or browsing social media, you’ve probably heard a lot about “Capsule Wardrobes”.

I’m always so intrigued by the idea of a capsule wardrobe, but I also realize that for the majority of people, it’s not the most realistic wardrobe plan… today I’m sharing a few reasons why.

How to Remove Sticky Tree Sap from Skin, Hair, Clothes and Toys

posted by Andrea | 05/27/2019 | 31 comments

Back when we purchased our house, we cut down roughly 35-40 very tall, very old, very scraggly looking pine trees that dripped sap EVERYWHERE.

Since it’s the time of year when trees are REALLY sappy, I thought it might be a good time to share the quick tip we use (regularly) to remove sticky tree sap from hands, clothing, hair, yard toys, and more!

Our Updated Pantry + How I Store Our Bulk Food

posted by Andrea | 05/23/2019 | 21 comments

Over the past 18 months, my cooking style has drastically changed and as a result, we’re buying most of our pantry staples in bulk.

I feel like I finally have a really good storage solution for all our bulk pantry staples — which is what I’m sharing today, complete with my first-ever chalkboard label project!