Life

7 Specific Ways I Simplify My Life

posted by Andrea | 09/9/2019 | 31 comments

I am (and always have been) on a mission to simplify and streamline my life to allow more time and energy for the things, people, and activities that are most important to me. 

I know so many of you come here looking for specific tips to simplify and organize your own lives too, so today’s post is a compilation of 7 specific ways I simplify my life — as well as one over-arching life simplifier! 

Start Where You Are. Use What You Have. Do What You Can.

posted by Andrea | 09/3/2019 | 22 comments

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to getting organized, boosting productivity, or increasing vegetable intake – and that’s OK!

I hope today’s post will encourage you to simply start where you are, use what you have, and do what you can!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {September 2019}

posted by Andrea | 09/2/2019 | 31 comments

I’m often asked if I “dread” September because it means Dave goes back to school… and while I don’t love sending him back to school after a summer home together, I don’t dread it either.

In fact, September is one of my favorite months because it’s the start of Fall — my favorite season! I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things in today’s post!

Upgrading The Everyday: a simple, frugal way to make life more fun!

posted by Andrea | 08/27/2019 | 29 comments

Dave and I both thrive on routine and structure — and for the most part, our children do too. However, there is just something about a special surprise or a fun change in plans that can instantly cheer up even the gloomiest of days.

These special surprises and change in plans are usually very simple, very easy to pull off, and they are almost always free. I call it “Upgrading the Everyday”… and I try to do it at least once every day.

Peek Into Our “Week” (Summer 2019)

posted by Andrea | 08/26/2019 | 26 comments

We made it through our very last week of Summer Vacation — and the kids go back to school TOMORROW (2nd grade, Kindergarten, preschool, and home with mom).

I’m sharing more about our last week of summer fun, our menu plan, a little update on the kids, and more in today’s post!

What I Buy At Costco

posted by Andrea | 08/23/2019 | 50 comments

We’ve had a Costco membership for almost 4 years now and although we regularly talk about NOT renewing it, we always decide it’s worth the cost for our family at this point in life. 

One of the requests I get ALLLLLL the time is to share the things I regularly buy at Costco — so that’s what I’m doing today!

Why I Didn’t Accomplish My Summer To-Do List (and what we made time for instead)

posted by Andrea | 08/15/2019 | 33 comments

Back in May, I made a mental list of all the things I hoped to accomplish over the summer… I’ll be honest, I did NOT complete many of them! 

Although it’s very unlike me to push so many projects and to-dos to the “back burner”, I did have a good reason, and looking back over the summer, I’m happy I made the decision to prioritize other things over my personal to-dos this year!

What If You Don’t Have Big Life Goals?

posted by Andrea | 08/9/2019 | 23 comments

Just because you don’t have a BIG goal for your life doesn’t mean you can’t set goals for yourself on a regular basis. Your life and your days can still have purpose and meaning without the addition of big goals.

Today’s post elaborates more on these thoughts!

Why I Don’t Stress About Getting Back Into A “School Routine”

posted by Andrea | 08/5/2019 | 19 comments

You might be surprised to know that I don’t do much to get our family back into a school routine before the school year starts!

Yes, I AM still a huge advocate for planning ahead whenever possible, but when it comes to preparing for a new routine, there is only so much planning you can do! I explain more in today’s post!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {August 2019}

posted by Andrea | 08/1/2019 | 23 comments

It’s August! Only a couple more weeks of summer vacation for our family — and then it’s back to school again for another 9 months! 

Although the kids are excited for school, having everyone home for the summer is pretty high up there on my list of “favorite things”! I’m sharing a few more of favorites in today’s post! 

Prevent Burnout By Focusing on Planning and Progress

posted by Andrea | 07/31/2019 | 27 comments

Over the past few years, I have gotten so many emails and questions asking me to share more about how I prevent burnout.

These questions have been percolating in the back of my brain for months now, and I keep circling back to the ideas of “planning ahead” and “gradual progress”… I’m sharing more today!

My Favorite Dollar Store Buys

posted by Andrea | 07/26/2019 | 48 comments

Not everything at the dollar store is necessarily a great bargain, but there are definitely some amazing deals if you’re willing to browse!

Since we love our local dollar store so much, I thought it might be fun to share some of OUR favorite items to buy on our monthly walks to the dollar store. 

My “Quantity over Quality” Quick-Cleaning Tips

posted by Andrea | 07/19/2019 | 30 comments

Although there are times when deep cleaning or hiring a professional are necessary, I will be the first to admit that 9 times out of 10, I am a “QUANTITY over QUALITY” type of cleaner.

Today, I’m sharing 5 of my “quantity over quality” quick-cleaning tips that have saved my sanity and allowed me to accomplish so much more around the house.

Quick Tip (+ a fun story): Backup Your Devices!

posted by Andrea | 07/17/2019 | 14 comments

Today’s post is unfortunately one of those posts ideas that came to me via personal experience.

I’m hoping that by sharing my own story, it will motivate you to take action and prevent something similar from happening to you…

Why We Turned Our Cell Data Off for 3 Weeks

posted by Andrea | 07/11/2019 | 36 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!