Daily 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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!) 

When Simple Isn’t Popular

posted by Andrea | 09/18/2019 | 80 comments

I’ve been striving to live simply and to be more organized for as long as I can remember… and although “simple living” is an extremely popular topic in today’s society, my real-life simple choices are not always equally as popular.

I hope today’s post gives you the confidence to make simple living choices that work for YOU, even if they aren’t the most popular!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!