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My Top Tip to Simplify Big Holiday Meals

posted by Andrea | 11/13/2018 | 59 comments

I like to keep ALL holidays as simple as possible, but Thanksgiving is a big one for me — it can be so much work to roast the “perfect turkey” and have all the foods ready at the exact same time (but it doesn’t have to be).

If you’re hosting a big meal this holiday season, let me share one tip that has completely revolutionized the way I prepare big holiday meals, and drastically helped to simplify my most favorite holiday! I’m also linking to TONS of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes!

How I Lost 60 Pounds in 60 Weeks (Post Baby)

posted by Andrea | 11/12/2018 | 64 comments

As someone who is anti “diet” and anti “exercise”, I felt a little overwhelmed as I embarked on my first-ever weight-loss journey after Clara was born (60 weeks ago).

I ended up loosing 60 pounds, which was much more than I anticipated in the beginning — I’m sharing my journey in today’s post!

5 Tips To Encourage a Clean(er) and (more) Organized Family

posted by Andrea | 11/8/2018 | 29 comments

Over the years, I’ve been asked countless times how to get messy spouses and messy children to ‘clean up their act’. And while I don’t have any quick-fix answers or easy solutions to these questions, I do think that if your children and/or your spouse are willing to try to change their behavior, there is hope!

Today I’m sharing 5 steps to encourage a clean(er) and (more) organized family!

How We Grow Our Children’s Savings Accounts

posted by Andrea | 11/7/2018 | 21 comments

At this point in our lives, Dave and I don’t give any type of allowance to our children. However, we DO have an extremely simple method of growing our children’s savings accounts that requires zero effort on our part.

The whole process is automated through our bank… and it’s amazing how quickly the money adds up!

Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix (for a crowd!)

posted by Andrea | 11/6/2018 | 12 comments

Today’s recipe for Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix is a newer favorite of ours. I got the recipe from a friend this summer — and WOW is it good! 

I’ve made it a few times for food gifts, and I’m sure I’ll make it a few more times for holiday parties. It’s the perfect balance of sweet, salty, spicy, savory, crunchy, chewy, and oh so delicious! 

9 Questions To Help Declutter Your Life

posted by Andrea | 11/5/2018 | 13 comments

While it would be fantastic if I could work individually with each one of you to help you clear the clutter from your home, the lack of hours in a day and my hatred of travel make that idea completely impossible.

One way I can tailor my advice to each one of you, however, is to share open-ended questions YOU can ask YOURSELF when YOU purge YOUR home. By asking yourself these 9 questions (and honestly answering them) you will equip yourself with the ability to purge necessary items from your home and life! 

3 Tips to Arrive On Time (or early) With Young Children

posted by Andrea | 11/2/2018 | 57 comments

As I was talking with friends the other day, something they mentioned sparked an in-depth conversation about the things Dave and I do to help us get out the door and to our destination on time (often early) even with our children in tow.

My 3 tips really aren’t all that revolutionary — however, they are simple tactics we can all implement into our daily lives… and they work! If you struggle to arrive on time, try my tips and see if they help! 

A Few Of My Favorite Things {November 2018}

posted by Andrea | 11/1/2018 | 25 comments

Just 7 “short” years ago, I was anxiously anticipating the arrival of our first baby! Now we are anxiously looking forward to Nora’s 7th birthday (on Thanksgiving day!) We’ll celebrate one of our favorite girls on my most favorite holiday of the year — I can’t wait!

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

A Simple Way To Think About Saving and Spending

posted by Andrea | 10/30/2018 | 33 comments

If you’re looking for a fairly simple and straightforward way to quickly decide if the cost of something is worth it for you, read this post and follow the 2 steps!

You might think it’s TOO simple… but I promise it works!!

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!

How I Save BIG On Prescriptions and Blood Work

posted by Andrea | 10/23/2018 | 25 comments

Over the course of our married life, Dave and I have been blessed with very good health. We’ve hardly ever been sick, we usually only visit the doctor for routine checkups, and we’ve hardly had to fill any prescriptions or pay for any medically-related expenses.

This past summer, however, we had several medical expenses… and after talking with my doctor, I found a brilliant and extremely simple way to save BIG on both prescriptions and blood work!

Practice Makes… It Easier!

posted by Andrea | 10/19/2018 | 26 comments

If there’s something you wish you were better at, something you wish were easier for you, something you wish you enjoyed more, my simple tip for today is PRACTICE IT!

Today I’m sharing how simply practicing various skills over and over again has helped make so many areas of my life feel easier and less stressful. I most likely won’t ever achieve “perfect” but with a little practice, things sure feel a lot easier! 

Another BANDI Belt Giveaway!

posted by Andrea | 10/18/2018 | 7 comments

Those of you who have read my blog for years and years might remember the very first time I shared BANDI belts with you, 5 years ago! Since then, my collection of BANDI belts has grown to 3 belts, all of which I wear on a regular basis.

The BANDI belts are so handy when I’m heading to the park with the kids, going for a bike ride, or doing yard work. They allow me to keep my essentials handy without lugging a bag around or having stuff fall out of my pockets — score! I’m giving a couple BANDI belts away in today’s post! Come enter to win!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 10/15/2018 | 22 comments

We’ve enjoyed a fairly uneventful start to the school year — we’re just about 2 months in and everyone has adjusted very well!

Today I’m sharing a little peek into our week — complete with family updates, house purging updates, and a huge list of new recipes I’ve tried recently!

How I Practice Self-Care Every Single Day

posted by Andrea | 10/10/2018 | 31 comments

For a very long time, I had the underlying impression that “self-care” was a LUXURY or an EXTRAVAGANT INDULGENCE… definitely not something the average person could achieve on any sort of regular basis.

Now, many years later, my thoughts and perceptions have changed, and I practice self-care on a daily basis…. I’m sharing SO much more on this in today’s post!

DIY Granite Countertop Cleaner

posted by Andrea | 10/9/2018 | 31 comments

When our granite counters were installed in our kitchen, I was shocked to find out that I couldn’t use vinegar to clean them (the acid can etch away at the finish). I searched for a DIY granite cleaner I could make at home.

It didn’t take me long to find several different recipes — and today, I’m sharing my simplified DIY granite cleaner that takes all of 10 seconds to mix up and costs pennies!

5 Questions to Ask Before You Buy Anything

posted by Andrea | 10/5/2018 | 3 comments

If you love deal-shopping, the next 8-12 weeks could be pretty rough on your budget AND home (all that stuff needs to be stored somewhere!)

As a gentle reminder before you get too wrapped up (pun intended) in all the “great holiday deals”, I’d encourage you to read through these 5 questions… think about them for a few minutes right now… and then ask yourself these questions BEFORE you buy anything!

6 Specific Ways We Simplify Busy Mornings

posted by Andrea | 10/2/2018 | 30 comments

As a self-proclaimed homebody, you would be shocked to know that our current Fall schedule has our entire family up and out the door every single weekday morning for some activity or another!

Of course, getting Nora on the bus and the other 3 out the door with me can sometimes feel like a mini circus act — however, thanks to a handful of specific steps we take the night before, our mornings rarely ever feel stressful, frazzled, hectic, or too busy. I’m sharing our “secrets” in today’s post!