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Why We Turned Our Cell Data Off for 3 Weeks

posted by Andrea | 07/11/2019 | 29 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 Peek Into Our Holiday Week

posted by Andrea | 07/8/2019 | 43 comments

I’m back from a little blogging break over the holiday week, and I’m sharing updates on our summer goals, lots of cute pictures of the kids, a few pictures from James’ birthday party, and 2 fun freebies! I also have a question regarding my sourdough bread attempts!

Thanks for sticking around while I took a week off!

A Few of My Favorite Things {July 2019}

posted by Andrea | 07/1/2019 | 26 comments

I feel like the summer is flying by at warp speed — faster than any other summer before! We’re already a full month in and we still have SO many things we want to do! 

I’m sharing a few of my favorite things in today’s post — and I’ll be taking the rest of the week off from blogging to enjoy the holiday week with my family!

Why I Don’t Always Give 100%

posted by Andrea | 06/27/2019 | 38 comments

With only 24 hours in a day, there really is only so much we can accomplish. Of course, we CAN work to increase our productivity and improve our efficiency, but there are times when we simply have to cut corners and give less than 100% effort in order to fit it all in.

I am personally more of a “do more at less than 100% effort” — but there are certainly pros and cons for each side. I’d love to have you weigh in with what works best for you!

Why We Prepare to Be Productive (Even in the Summer)

posted by Andrea | 06/25/2019 | 23 comments

We often think of summertime as no work, all play, beach days, sleeping in, vacations, and living carefree without any type of schedule. I don’t know about you, but that’s not how my summers are… even with Dave home all day!  

Productive is rarely a hot topic during the summer months — however, in my opinion, preparing to be productive is even more important for Dave and me during the summer months when we have SO many extra things we want to pack into our schedule. I explain more in today’s post!

One of The Easiest Ways to Get Excited to Wake Up Early

posted by Andrea | 06/10/2019 | 31 comments

I don’t think waking up early is essential for productivity or a lifetime of success. It’s completely possible to sleep in and be productive during different times of the day… HOWEVER, based on the number of emails and comments I’ve gotten asking about our 4am wake up time, I figured it was time for another blog post.

If you’re interested in learning to become a morning person (something I DO think you can learn), I hope the 4 tips in today’s post will help!

A Simple, Frugal, and Fun Wedding Shower Idea

posted by Andrea | 06/6/2019 | 18 comments

One of my favorite wedding showers was a “Pantry Shower” where everyone brought a recipe and a few of the non-perishable ingredients for that recipe. This shower was a fantastic way to quickly fill up our EMPTY pantry and kitchen cabinets with a huge variety of foods.

If you’re looking for fun, frugal, practical, easy-to-put-together shower ideas for almost any new couple (or new homeowner) THIS is it! 

A Peek Into Our Last Weeks of School

posted by Andrea | 06/4/2019 | 11 comments

Summer is here… well, almost! Nora has 2 more days of school left and then the “lazy days” of summer are officially here!

Come read about what we’ve been up to these past few weeks, some of our upcoming summer plans (we’re trying camping for the first time!), and all the food I’ve been making and baking (I got a sourdough starter!)

A Few of My Favorite Things {June 2019}

posted by Andrea | 06/3/2019 | 18 comments

Summer break is officially here! Dave is completely finished with his school year, his classroom is cleaned out, and all his grades are entered. We’re looking forward to hanging out at home for the next 10+ weeks… that’s one of my favorite things for sure!

I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things in today’s post! 

How Our Finances Have Changed Without a Mortgage

posted by Andrea | 05/29/2019 | 40 comments

After a decade of living ULTRA-frugally in an effort to pay off our mortgage early while also paying out-of-pocket for our many home renovations, Dave and I have basically kept the same frugal lifestyle, despite the fact that we no longer have nearly as many expenses.

So what are we doing with the extra money? This is a question I’ve been asked countless times over the past few years — and one I’m finally answering today! 

Get Rid of the All Or Nothing Mentality

posted by Andrea | 05/24/2019 | 22 comments

I am not one to follow fads or trends, I have never been the type to “jump on the band wagon” just because “everyone else is doing it”, I rarely have super strong opinions about specific topics, I don’t see many things in life as “black or white” with no middle ground, and I strongly dislike all-or-nothing decisions and situations.

Instead, I opt for a mentality of all-things-in-moderation — which has been a HUGE asset in my quest for simple living. 

Don’t Let Urgent Get in the Way of Important

posted by Andrea | 05/22/2019 | 30 comments

One thing I have stressed over and over and over again in my own life, with past clients, with my children, and here on my blog is the importance of planning ahead.

I could talk about planning ahead all day long, but if I had to boil it down to one single reason why planning ahead helps me to simplify, streamline, and de-stress my entire life, it would be this: Planning ahead lets me focus on the IMPORTANT instead of dealing with the URGENT.

I Am Enough! How I Quiet The Ridiculous Thoughts I Have Every Day

posted by Andrea | 05/16/2019 | 56 comments

I often find myself striving for improvement in almost every single thing I do — which can lead to feelings of being inadequate and not good enough (I’m sure some of you can relate!)

Today I’m sharing the super simple technique I use when these thoughts creep into my brain… I’d love to know how you handle these thoughts as well!

My Favorite Canning Supplies

posted by Andrea | 05/13/2019 | 11 comments

As our children get older, as our vegetable garden gets larger, and as I have more “free time” for activities I enjoy, I hope to increase the types and quantities of food I preserve each year. 

And since we’re entering the time of year when canning and preserving are becoming hot topics of conversation again, I thought it might be perfect timing to share some of MY favorite canning resources (the ones I’ve used year after year for as long as I can remember). 

A Few Of My Favorite Things {May 2019}

posted by Andrea | 05/1/2019 | 20 comments

Last week was a BIG yard work week for us… we had several larger trees delivered and planted, we dug out and transplanted so many shrubs, I split countless perennials, we rented a sod cutter to expand a few of our planting beds, and we had 20+ yard of mulch delivered. 

I know it might sound crazy, but working out in the yard truly is one of my most favorite things to do this time of year! I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things in today’s post! 

There Are Almost Always Exceptions to the Rule

posted by Andrea | 04/29/2019 | 2 comments

Although I am probably more organized, more energetic, and more scheduled than the average mother of 4, I feel the need to mention that in my life, there are ALMOST ALWAYS exceptions to the rule! 

Just because a system or routine or course of action might not work 100% of the time does NOT mean it’s not a great system or routine, it doesn’t mean I’m lying, and it doesn’t mean I failed! 

Are Your Goals a Priority?

posted by Andrea | 04/26/2019 | 4 comments

We’re already one-third of the way into the year, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably thought about the various goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year.

How are you doing with those goals? If you feel like you haven’t made any progress over the last 4 months, I can almost guarantee it’s because of one thing…

My Super Simple, Super Frugal, Quick Fix for Faulty Technology

posted by Andrea | 04/18/2019 | 29 comments

Over the years, I have learned one super simple, super frugal, quick fix for faulty technology that has worked over and over and over again for me…

It might not work for every tech issue you encounter — but considering it’s completely free, super easy to do, and only takes a few seconds, it’s probably worth a shot the next time you experience an issue with your technology!