Life

Being Average is Awesome Too!

posted by Andrea | 11/18/2019 | 22 comments
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Have you ever bemoaned the fact that you weren’t the “best”? Have you ever felt a twinge of guilt (or even anger) for just being “average”?

NEWS FLASH: the majority of people you know and interact with every single day are “average”… and contrary to popular opinion, I personally think being average is awesome!

7 Creative Ways To Capitalize on Free Photo Card Deals

posted by Andrea | 11/12/2019 | 8 comments
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Have you seen those photo card deals that offer 1, 3, 5 or 10 free photo cards? Have you wondered what anyone would do with just a few free cards?

Yes, you could just choose a few of your closest friends or family members to mail your free photo cards to… or you could pay a premium price to buy more than the allotted freebies… OR you could use my creative ideas instead!

A Peek Into Our Week (Family Pictures & Blogging Goals)

posted by Andrea | 11/11/2019 | 39 comments
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In today’s Peek Into Our Week post, I’m sharing our menu plan (with links to the recipes), several of our favorite family games, the new business projects and goals I’m working on, and yes… our most recent family pictures!

I’d also love any of your ideas or suggestions for how you would like my blog to function, change, etc.

99 Effective Ways to Say No

posted by Andrea | 11/6/2019 | 6 comments

When I thought up the idea for a post about different ways to say “No”, I originally entitled it 21 Ways to Say “No”. As the days went on, I continued to think up more ways, and finally “capped” myself at 99 Ways to Say “No”!

If you struggle to say “No”, PLEASE read this post, bookmark this post, and refer back to it often! With 99 ways to say “No”, there’s one for any situation!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {November 2019}

posted by Andrea | 11/1/2019 | 25 comments

I honestly can’t believe it’s November already — the holiday season is here! 

I’m definitely a “minimalist” when it comes to holiday hoopla, so I’m excited to share one of my favorite SIMPLE gift ideas for teachers, coaches, instructors, directors, coworkers, neighbors, etc. etc. Hopefully it will give you a little head start on your holiday planning! 

3 Areas to Downsize to Enjoy a Simpler Life

posted by Andrea | 10/31/2019 | 12 comments

Does your home feel cluttered and chaotic? Does your schedule feel jam-packed? Does your life feel like it’s spiraling out of control?

If so, keep reading for 3 areas you can downsize to enjoy a simpler life!

Find Your “Good Enough” and Simplify Your Life

posted by Andrea | 10/29/2019 | 39 comments

Are you struggling to do everything you feel you need to do each day? If so, I’d encourage you to find your “good enough” and then relax as you enjoy a bit more simplicity in your life! 

Today I’m sharing more about how my “good enough” standards have helped me to streamline and simplify everything from cooking and cleaning to finances and self-care!

How To Help Your Children Increase Their Savings

posted by Andrea | 10/22/2019 | 26 comments

Have you ever wondered how to help your children increase their savings or manage their money? Or maybe you’ve waffled back and forth about the concept of an allowance? 

If so, I’m sharing the simple 3-part plan we’re using (with much success) right now!

Enjoy Stress-Free Mornings With My 5 Morning Must-Dos

posted by Andrea | 10/21/2019 | 17 comments

Are mornings stressful and chaotic in your home? If so, you can join the supposed 95% of Americans who say they “hate mornings” and continue living in chaos.

OR, you can read today’s post, and implement a few of my morning must-dos for stress-free mornings!

How to Stop Pesky Money Leaks by Tracking Your Expenses

posted by Andrea | 10/17/2019 | 38 comments

Today I’m sharing a bit more about how using my finance-tracking workbook has helped me find “money leaks” in our budget — and then address them before they get out of control.

I’m certain we have saved thousands of dollars over the past several years… and it only takes me a few minutes a month!

A Few Quick Things!

posted by Andrea | 10/16/2019 | 31 comments

I regularly have “a few quick things” floating around in my brain — ideas I want to share with you, but that are often too short to warrant a full blog post.

Today, I’m sharing my very first “A Few Quick Things” post in an attempt to share some of these thoughts — a simple dishwasher tip, an amazing bargain, one of my favorite homemaking resources, James’ hilarious preschool picture, and more!

3 Simple Concepts to Simplify Your Life

posted by Andrea | 10/9/2019 | 33 comments

Today I’m sharing an overly-simple message that I KNOW you already know.

You’ve heard it 100 times before, but maybe today will be the day you take action. Maybe today will be the day it makes sense. Maybe today, this message will be just the reminder you need to start simplifying your life!

Why I Save Butter Wrappers :)

posted by Andrea | 10/8/2019 | 58 comments

As you know, I’m fairly frugal — and I’m also quite resourceful in the sense that I LOVE finding another use for things I already have in the house!

Our butter wrappers are one of those things I have found a “second use” for — and although I’ve been saving them for YEARS, I’ve never thought to share the idea on the blog until now!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 10/7/2019 | 21 comments

We’re 7 weeks into the school year already and so far, things are going quite well in the world of 2nd grade, Kindergarten, Preschool, and Pre-Calculus! 🙂

Today I’m sharing a peek into our week — what I’m reading, what I’m purging, what I’m baking, what the kids have been up to, our weekly meal plan, and lots of cute pictures!

10 Ways We Prepare Our Home and Yard for Fall

posted by Andrea | 10/4/2019 | 18 comments

Now that October is officially here, Dave and I have started the process of cleaning up the outside of our home and yard.

I often feel overwhelmed with everything we “need” to do… but then I remind myself to take a deep breath and “chilax” (as Dave says) because I know we will get it all done eventually!  Here are a few of the things we do before cold weather and snow hit.

A Few of My Favorite Things {October 2019}

posted by Andrea | 10/1/2019 | 29 comments

October is a good month… we’re settled into the back-to-school schedule and the busyness of the first month is behind us, the weather is cooler but not cold, Candy Corn is on sale at almost every grocery store, and it’s apple season in Michigan.

These are just a few of the MANY reasons Fall is my favorite season! I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things in today’s post! 

3 Questions I Ask Myself Before Saying “Yes”

posted by Andrea | 09/30/2019 | 8 comments

Over the course of my life, I have been asked to take on numerous different responsibilities — many of them as a volunteer, some as a paid opportunity. There have also been many things I’ve simply WANTED to do because they sound fun or exciting. 

But before I say “Yes” to any of these extra requests for my time (fun or not as fun) I ask myself a few questions…

A Quick Tip To Save Time In Doctor Offices

posted by Andrea | 09/20/2019 | 17 comments

Thankfully, our family does not spend all that much time waiting in doctor offices.

However, after 8 years of regular prenatal, postnatal, and well-child visits, I have learned a few tips and tricks to spend as little time as possible in waiting rooms (especially when I have other children along!)