Life

7 Tips to Stop Germs From Spreading and Shorten The Duration of Coughs and Colds

posted by Andrea | 01/24/2020 | 37 comments
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Although we are generally quite healthy around our house, the kids have had enough colds and coughs over the past few years to allow me to develop a little routine of sorts for “what to do when the kids get a cold”.

Today I’m sharing 7 tips to stop germs from spreading and shorten the duration of coughs and colds… they work for us, I hope they work for you too!

Has Aldi Raised Their Prices… or is it just me?

posted by Andrea | 01/22/2020 | 96 comments
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For the last 2 years, I’ve done the vast majority of my grocery shopping at Aldi; purchasing only a few “extras” at Meijer and Costco each month. Honestly, I’m a HUGE Aldi fan! 

However, I’ve noticed their prices starting to creep up lately — even higher than other stores in our area — and I wonder if you have noticed this too?

5 Practical Reasons To Know and Understand Your Personality Type

posted by Andrea | 01/17/2020 | 53 comments

I’ve been fascinated by personality types ever since I took my first Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality test in high school. It’s amazing how accurately the results of this test explain my personality, my strengths, and my weaknesses!

Today, I’m sharing my own personality type, along with 5 practical reasons you should know and understand your personality type!

My 2020 Healthier Habit: All-Natural Cosmetics

posted by Andrea | 01/16/2020 | 56 comments
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I’m excited to share my healthier habit for 2020… using all-natural cosmetics!!! 

It took me a long time to decide on the all-natural products and brands I wanted to use for our family, but I’m finally ready to share them with you today (as well as some of the cool changes we’ve noticed as a result!)

The Power Of ONE: How a Decade of Healthier Habits Transformed My Life

posted by Andrea | 01/13/2020 | 40 comments

If I could drill one Simple Living Message into your brain, it would be THE POWER OF ONE! 

If you don’t believe me, just look at where a decade of Small, Simple, Healthier Habits has gotten me! 

My Early Morning Routine Sets the Tone for My Family’s Day

posted by Andrea | 01/8/2020 | 57 comments
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Rushed and busy mornings are not high on my list of favorite things… if you feel the same way, I hope today’s post offers you the motivation you need to simplify your mornings once and for all.

It’s AMAZING how simply sticking with my early morning routine sets a positive tone for our whole family for the entire day!

Why You Should Make a “Done List”

posted by Andrea | 01/7/2020 | 36 comments
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Have you ever gotten to the end of a day and felt like you accomplished absolutely nothing? Yup, me too! Whenever these feelings of inadequacy strike, I know it’s time to make another “Done List” — or a list of everything I accomplished that day.

A Done List is an excellent way to practice gratitude and contentment, and I’m challenging you to try it this year!

Join My FREE 20-Day Challenge to Simplify Your Life

posted by Andrea | 01/6/2020 | 15 comments
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Are you ready to calm the chaos and clear the clutter in your home, schedule, and life?

If so, my brand new, completely FREE, 20-day challenge to Simplify Your Life is for you! 

How To Stop Junk Mail, Spam Texts, Robocalls, and More!

posted by Andrea | 01/3/2020 | 23 comments
how to stop junk mail

Have you ever wondered how to stop junk mail, spam texts messages, robocalls, telemarketers, promotional emails, and more??

If so, this post is exactly what you’re looking for! I’ve done the research and put together a huge list of resources for how to stop junk mail and more!

20 Of My MOST Favorite Things {January 2020}

posted by Andrea | 01/2/2020 | 38 comments
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Can I tell you a secret? I’ve been planning for and looking forward to today’s post for MONTHS! 

After almost 7 years of sharing my favorite things every single month, I went back through ALL my previous Favorite Things posts and hand-selected 20 of my MOST favorite things to share with you for the start of 2020! 

My Final Word For You This Decade

posted by Andrea | 12/17/2019 | 37 comments
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As we near the close of another decade, the word that continually comes to mind is… SIMPLIFY!

Simplify is a BIG word for my home, my family, my business, and my life. I think you’ll understand why it’s the final word I want to share with you this decade.

How to Clean Battery Corrosion

posted by Andrea | 12/12/2019 | 17 comments
how to clean battery corrosion

Have you ever wondered how to clean battery corrosion (or even if it’s possible to do so)? Yes, it is possible to clean mild to moderate battery corrosion — and as I’ll show you, it’s actually really simple to do! 

If you use batteries, you’ll want to read today’s post!!  

My Favorite Crowd-Pleasing Easy Appetizers

posted by Andrea | 12/11/2019 | 33 comments
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In an effort to simplify entertaining, I have a favorite go-to easy appetizer platter I can whip up in minutes if we have last-minute guests. I can also make it well in advance if I have the time.

These easy appetizers are perfect at any time of year, for any type of party, with any budget, and can accommodate almost any dietary restriction or food allergy. It almost sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it!

5 Practical Tips to Survive Sleepless Nights With Littles

posted by Andrea | 12/9/2019 | 21 comments
how to survive sleepless nights with littles

The last 8 years of my life have been filled with more sleepless nights than I care to recall! As a coping mechanism for my ultra-structured self, I came up with a short list of survival techniques — all of which I’m sharing in today’s post!

If you struggle with sleepless nights (for whatever reason) today’s post can help!

The Hidden Costs of “More”

posted by Andrea | 12/6/2019 | 15 comments
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As a human being, it’s so easy to fall into the mindset of thinking “more” is always better and desirable — however, there are many hidden costs of “more”. Some of these hidden costs are very obvious… others might not be! 

My goal is to help you think through some of those hidden costs instead of blindly assuming “more” is always the best choice for you and for your family. 

The Ultimate List of Clutter-Free Gift Ideas for All Ages

posted by Andrea | 12/5/2019 | 7 comments

Over the past several years, I’ve shared many Clutter-Free Gifts posts; so this year, I thought I’d try to compile ALL those posts and ALL those ideas into one Ultimate List of Clutter-Free Gift Ideas!

I’d love for you to share your favorite clutter-free gifts in the comments!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {December 2019}

posted by Andrea | 12/2/2019 | 28 comments
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I’m back with more of my favorite things!

All of the goodies on my list would be excellent Christmas gifts — I’ve even included a variety of price-points and age levels, so there’s something for (almost) everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving!

posted by Andrea | 11/27/2019 | 26 comments
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Dave and the kids are off of school for the rest of the week, so we’re gearing up for a LONG weekend full of board games, craft projects, movie marathons, holiday baking, yard work, and more!

I’m sharing my most favorite Thanksgiving recipes and a little encouragement for those of you who need to re-evaluate your traditions this year!