Life

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!) 

Simple Ideas to Repurpose Glass Food Jars

posted by Andrea | 09/19/2019 | 42 comments

Although I don’t buy nearly as many store-bought products as I have in years past, I still end up with a handful of glass jars from store-bought salsa and other sauces. 

These jars have a special storage spot in my kitchen cabinets because I reuse them for SO many different purposes — watch today’s video to see how!

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!

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!