Life

The Questions We Ask When Debating to Save or Splurge

posted by Andrea | 01/21/2019 | 10 comments

Today I’m sharing a list of questions Dave and I ask when we’re contemplating saving or splurging.

Of course, there is no right or wrong way to save or splurge, but I’ve found that my mental checklist of questions helps put my purchase into perspective, resist impulsive spending, and still enjoy regular splurges and special treats for myself and my family (without feeling guilty!)

What Are You Content With Right Now?

posted by Andrea | 01/11/2019 | 22 comments

Oh the gloriousness of a fresh new year… a blank slate! So many goals, resolutions, and aspirations… so many things we want to change. 

However, before we get too carried away making all sorts of changes and “improvements”, I’d like to encourage you to stop and note at least 5 things you are currently very content with. 

A Peek Into Our Christmas Break

posted by Andrea | 01/7/2019 | 12 comments

I hope you all enjoyed some part of your holiday season — even if it’s just the fact that the holidays are now over and won’t be back again for 11 months (no shame!!)

Today is our family’s first day back at school after a super fantastic 2-week-long Christmas break — I’m sharing more about our Christmas break in today’s post! 

A Few Of My Favorite Things {January 2019}

posted by Andrea | 01/1/2019 | 17 comments

HAPPY NEW YEAR, FRIENDS!!!!
I had a fabulous “week away” from my computer, the blog, social media, and even from most of my emails… but I’m excited to get into a better routine again.

Of course, you know that another new year (and month) means another new list of my favorite things!! Feel free to share some of YOUR favorite things in the comments!

When Life Needs to Be Crazy for a Bit

posted by Andrea | 12/21/2018 | 12 comments

Obviously, I’m a huge advocate for simple-living. HOWEVER, I also know there must often be times of busyness, stress, frustration, and “too much” in order to reach a goal, meet a deadline, or get where you want to go in life.

If you’re in a season of extra busyness, but you feel like it’s the right thing for you at this point in your life — I hope today’s post will offer some encouragement and motivation to push forward!

How “Worst-Case-Scenario” Thinking Propels Me Forward

posted by Andrea | 12/13/2018 | 9 comments

Have you ever wondered something like, Can I freeze this food?, Can I swap these ingredients?, Would this style flatter my figure?, Will this product work for my home?, etc.?

If you sometimes feel paralyzed by indecisiveness or even just unsure of what to do in various situations, give my worst-case-scenario approach a try. I have a feeling it will liberate you and help you move forward in so many areas of life!

My Favorite 5-Part Foolproof Appetizer

posted by Andrea | 12/12/2018 | 30 comments

In an effort to simplify entertaining EVEN MORE, I have a favorite go-to appetizer platter that 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.

This 5-part foolproof appetizer is perfect any time of year, for any type of party, and can accommodate almost any dietary restriction or food allergy. Plus, it’s super simple and uses many ingredients you can buy ahead, so you always have them in the house.

Encouragement For When The Holidays Aren’t Always Happy

posted by Andrea | 12/6/2018 | 31 comments

Despite the perfectly happy holiday cheer we see in magazines, on TV, on the internet, or in any local mall, the holiday season is often a bittersweet time of year for so many people.

If you find yourself nodding in agreement, I hope to provide a tiny bit of encouragement for you today.

The One Holiday Deal We Always Capitalize On

posted by Andrea | 12/4/2018 | 20 comments

As many of you know, Dave and I are not the shopping type. We prefer to stay home and would probably rather have some type of operation or even get a tooth pulled versus going shopping the day after Thanksgiving!

That said… there is one deal we ALWAYS capitalize on during the holiday season. I’m sharing the details today!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {December 2018}

posted by Andrea | 12/3/2018 | 13 comments

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the extra time I have to do a little more reading… it’s too cold to do yard work and we rarely do any house projects over the holidays, so I have enjoyed the extra “down time” and have read several books these past few weeks.

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

Have You Ever Considered “Skipping” A Holiday?

posted by Andrea | 11/26/2018 | 79 comments

Due to a change in plans, our family essentially “skipped” Thanksgiving in the sense that we didn’t do any holiday parties, we didn’t have traditional Thanksgiving foods, we didn’t scan the ads for amazing deals, and we didn’t see any extended family members or friends.

Before you click away, thinking we are a family of Scrooges, please just read through to the end… the whole weekend was a revolutionary experience for Dave and me, and I just had to share! 

3 Simple Ways to Stretch Your Meat Budget

posted by Andrea | 11/19/2018 | 42 comments

I’m sure you’ve heard the concept of “Meatless Mondays” as a clever way of encouraging people to eat vegetarian on Mondays — well, my family isn’t big on meatless meals, but I do have 3 really simple tricks to stretch our meat AND add a little more protein and fiber into our diets!

I’ve been using these tricks for years and years and my family has never complained (well, rarely ever!)

My Top Tip to Simplify Big Holiday Meals

posted by Andrea | 11/13/2018 | 63 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 | 84 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 | 15 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!