Life

Saving, Splurging, and Sticking With YOUR Financial Goals

posted by Andrea | 09/24/2018 | 20 comments

Have you ever felt guilty after reading an article or talking with a friend about how frugal they are in various areas of their life (an amazing deal shopper, someone who never goes out to eat or on vacation, people who buy everything from thrift stores, etc.)?

Well, what you might not be considering is the fact that those frugal people most likely have other areas of their budget where they splurge quite a bit more. I know that’s the case for Dave and myself… which is what I’m sharing more about today!

The Productive Power of a 20 Minute Timer

posted by Andrea | 09/21/2018 | 17 comments

Since Day 1 of my blog (and my organizing business) I have preached the benefits of setting timers for various tasks and activities throughout the day.

If you tend to be easily side-tracked, today’s post might be just the motivation you need to make more progress on your to-do lists!

Peek Into Our Week (back to school)

posted by Andrea | 09/17/2018 | 28 comments

Last week was our family’s first official FULL week of school — wow, did it feel long and tiring!

Come read about what we did, what the kids are up to, the new book on my nightstand, our menu for the week, and a few of our favorite cinnamon roll recipes!

Do One Small Thing… Just Because It Makes You Happy

posted by Andrea | 09/13/2018 | 47 comments

In general, I would say I almost never make impulse purchases. I’m also not the best at treating myself or doing extra-special things for myself “just because”.

Today, I’m sharing how one small thing brought so much joy to my life… and I’m encouraging you to think about how you can bring more joy to your life “just because”.

One Way I Save With Almost Zero Effort (+ a $500 giveaway!)

posted by Andrea | 09/5/2018 | 105 comments

Over the past 10 years, the internet has been a wonderful tool for me as it has allowed me to buy the things I need for myself, my home, and my family without leaving my house, AND get some pretty fantastic deals on top of it.

RetailMeNot.com has been a constant source of deals, promo codes, and cashback over the past several years. If you’re looking for a relatively effortless way to save even more, read today’s posts (and enter to win one of 5 Visa gift cards!)

A Few Of My Favorite Things {September 2018}

posted by Andrea | 09/3/2018 | 14 comments

A day off from work and school for Labor Day is one of Dave’s favorite things about starting school before this holiday weekend. It’s such a nice little break after the first couple weeks of school. And seriously, how is it September already!?!?!?!?!

Today I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things — and you might notice my post went live 2 hours earlier (hopefully for the foreseeable future!)

Everything You Need to Start Your Own Important Information Binder!

posted by Andrea | 08/21/2018 | 6 comments

As part of my summer blogging break, I was planning to share 1 week of re-posts in June, July, and August… however, I’m switching things up for the month of August. Instead of sharing a week of reposts, I’m sharing a week of “compilation posts” where I compile all the information I’ve shared on a specific topic into one post for easy reference.

Today, I’m sharing everything I’ve written over the past 8 years regarding our Important Information Binder!

A Life of Moderation (home, food, technology, life)

posted by Andrea | 08/20/2018 | 2 comments

As part of my summer blogging break, I’m sharing a week of “compilation posts” where I compile all the information I’ve shared on a specific topic into one post for easy reference.

I have a fun line-up of compilation posts planned for the rest of the week, but I wanted to kick off the week with the topic of moderation — especially considering it’s one of the main simple-living principles that guides the course of my entire life!

One Simple, Fool-Proof Way to Save MORE!

posted by Andrea | 08/16/2018 | 16 comments

There are hundreds of ways to save money on virtually every in-store and online shopping trip, and then there are ALLLL the ways you can save on second-hand items!

I use many of these tips and tricks in my own life, and I save thousands of dollars every year as a result! However, today I’m sharing an even simpler, completely fool-proof way to save EVEN MORE!

A Peek Into Our Week (the last days of summer)

posted by Andrea | 08/13/2018 | 19 comments

It’s official… summer is basically over as Dave heads back to school for meetings THIS WEEK!

Nora still has 2 more weeks before she starts school, and Simon doesn’t start preschool until the middle of September — today I’m sharing what we did in our last full week home together during summer break!

Simple Ways I Reduce Decision Fatigue

posted by Andrea | 08/9/2018 | 17 comments

As someone who leans towards the introverted side of the spectrum and cares for 4 young children every day, making extra decisions is one thing I try to do as little of as possible as it easily drains my energy and my patience (both of which are often in short supply these days!)

Today I’m sharing a few simple ways I reduce decision fatigue.

Focus On What You Already Do Well

posted by Andrea | 08/3/2018 | 33 comments

Something I’ve been thinking quite a bit about over the past few months is how we (essentially all humans) naturally seem to focus on all the things others do better than us, instead of feeling satisfied with what we already do well.

Today I’m sharing a few examples from my own life… as well as some encouragement to pause and consider all the things you currently do really well (your list is probably longer than you think!)

A Few Of My Favorite Things {August 2018}

posted by Andrea | 08/1/2018 | 14 comments

The past week has been much cooler and less humid. We’ve enjoyed having the windows open most days, AND the cooler temps at night — both of which are some of my favorites (especially since we were running the air conditioning most of the month).

Today I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 07/30/2018 | 18 comments

It’s July… so I’m claiming it’s still “mid summer” even though I know the reality of school is only a couple weeks away.

We still have a handful of things we’d like to do yet this summer, but we’ve made a sizable dent in our Summer Fun List already! I’m sharing more about what we’ve been up to in today’s post!

5 Ways We Simplify Outdoor Entertaining

posted by Andrea | 07/27/2018 | 14 comments

I realize we’re already nearing the end of July (sniff) and I probably should have shared this post a couple months ago — but if you’re planning to do any outdoor entertaining later this summer or fall, I hope the tips in today’s post will help simplify the process for you.

They are things we always do when entertaining outside (and yes, many of them would apply to entertaining inside as well).

Restless Leg Syndrome: 5 Ways I Alleviate Many of My Symptoms

posted by Andrea | 07/26/2018 | 26 comments

For most of my life — even as a very young child — I’ve struggled with occasional to regular Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS).

Although there is no cure for RLS, there are ways to alleviate so many of the symptoms. Today, I’m sharing 5 of the things that have worked for me over the years — as well as a few bonus tips that have worked for various friends and family members!

My ‘Don’t-Do List’

posted by Andrea | 07/19/2018 | 57 comments

You know how much I love lists… right? Well, I don’t literally have a “don’t-do list”, but I do have a mental list of things that I’ve specifically chosen NOT to spend my time on.

Obviously my list will be different than yours… but if you’ve never tried making a don’t-do list before, I have a feeling you will benefit from it.

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 07/9/2018 | 15 comments

Nora finished gymnastics last week and has soccer camp next week, Simon has perfected the art of drawing “blob people”, James is all about puzzles, and Clara just can’t get enough watermelon. Dave and I are enjoying our slow summer, watching some Netflix, eating so much good food, and probably going to bed way too late!

Come check out what we’ve been up to, what we’re watching, reading, eating, doing, and more in today’s Peek Into Our Week post!