Life

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 | 33 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!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {October 2018}

posted by Andrea | 10/1/2018 | 8 comments

Fall is (and always has been) my favorite season of the year… I wholeheartedly agree with Anne of Green Gables when she says, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” 

Happy October to you all — come read about a few more of my favorite things this month!

Saving, Splurging, and Sticking With YOUR Financial Goals

posted by Andrea | 09/24/2018 | 22 comments

Have you ever felt guilty after reading an article or talking with a friend about how frugal they are in various areas of their life (an amazing deal shopper, someone who never goes out to eat or on vacation, people who buy everything from thrift stores, etc.)?

Well, what you might not be considering is the fact that those frugal people most likely have other areas of their budget where they splurge quite a bit more. I know that’s the case for Dave and myself… which is what I’m sharing more about today!

The Productive Power of a 20 Minute Timer

posted by Andrea | 09/21/2018 | 18 comments

Since Day 1 of my blog (and my organizing business) I have preached the benefits of setting timers for various tasks and activities throughout the day.

If you tend to be easily side-tracked, today’s post might be just the motivation you need to make more progress on your to-do lists!

Peek Into Our Week (back to school)

posted by Andrea | 09/17/2018 | 28 comments

Last week was our family’s first official FULL week of school — wow, did it feel long and tiring!

Come read about what we did, what the kids are up to, the new book on my nightstand, our menu for the week, and a few of our favorite cinnamon roll recipes!

Do One Small Thing… Just Because It Makes You Happy

posted by Andrea | 09/13/2018 | 47 comments

In general, I would say I almost never make impulse purchases. I’m also not the best at treating myself or doing extra-special things for myself “just because”.

Today, I’m sharing how one small thing brought so much joy to my life… and I’m encouraging you to think about how you can bring more joy to your life “just because”.

One Way I Save With Almost Zero Effort (+ a $500 giveaway!)

posted by Andrea | 09/5/2018 | 105 comments

Over the past 10 years, the internet has been a wonderful tool for me as it has allowed me to buy the things I need for myself, my home, and my family without leaving my house, AND get some pretty fantastic deals on top of it.

RetailMeNot.com has been a constant source of deals, promo codes, and cashback over the past several years. If you’re looking for a relatively effortless way to save even more, read today’s posts (and enter to win one of 5 Visa gift cards!)

A Few Of My Favorite Things {September 2018}

posted by Andrea | 09/3/2018 | 14 comments

A day off from work and school for Labor Day is one of Dave’s favorite things about starting school before this holiday weekend. It’s such a nice little break after the first couple weeks of school. And seriously, how is it September already!?!?!?!?!

Today I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things — and you might notice my post went live 2 hours earlier (hopefully for the foreseeable future!)

Everything You Need to Start Your Own Important Information Binder!

posted by Andrea | 08/21/2018 | 6 comments

As part of my summer blogging break, I was planning to share 1 week of re-posts in June, July, and August… however, I’m switching things up for the month of August. Instead of sharing a week of reposts, I’m sharing a week of “compilation posts” where I compile all the information I’ve shared on a specific topic into one post for easy reference.

Today, I’m sharing everything I’ve written over the past 8 years regarding our Important Information Binder!

A Life of Moderation (home, food, technology, life)

posted by Andrea | 08/20/2018 | 2 comments

As part of my summer blogging break, I’m sharing a week of “compilation posts” where I compile all the information I’ve shared on a specific topic into one post for easy reference.

I have a fun line-up of compilation posts planned for the rest of the week, but I wanted to kick off the week with the topic of moderation — especially considering it’s one of the main simple-living principles that guides the course of my entire life!

One Simple, Fool-Proof Way to Save MORE!

posted by Andrea | 08/16/2018 | 16 comments

There are hundreds of ways to save money on virtually every in-store and online shopping trip, and then there are ALLLL the ways you can save on second-hand items!

I use many of these tips and tricks in my own life, and I save thousands of dollars every year as a result! However, today I’m sharing an even simpler, completely fool-proof way to save EVEN MORE!

A Peek Into Our Week (the last days of summer)

posted by Andrea | 08/13/2018 | 19 comments

It’s official… summer is basically over as Dave heads back to school for meetings THIS WEEK!

Nora still has 2 more weeks before she starts school, and Simon doesn’t start preschool until the middle of September — today I’m sharing what we did in our last full week home together during summer break!