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Exciting News From The Blog!

posted by Andrea | 01/20/2020 | 127 comments
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A lot has changed in my life over the past 10 years… but one thing that has remained the same is my commitment to simplify every aspect of life … for my own family, AND for yours. 

As I look ahead to a new decade, I’m excited to share even more simple-living tips and inspiration with you. BUT… I plan to share this information in a slightly different way. Keep reading for some exciting news!

The Power Of ONE: How a Decade of Healthier Habits Transformed My Life

posted by Andrea | 01/13/2020 | 40 comments

If I could drill one Simple Living Message into your brain, it would be THE POWER OF ONE! 

If you don’t believe me, just look at where a decade of Small, Simple, Healthier Habits has gotten me! 

Happy New Year! (Our Family Christmas Card)

posted by Andrea | 01/1/2020 | 22 comments
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I’m thrilled to be back to blogging after my 2-week hiatus, and I have a couple of REALLY fun, exciting posts to share with you…

However, before I jump into all the fun and excitement that comes with running an organizing blog in January, I want to take a moment to officially share our family’s 2019 Christmas card here on the blog. I designed it myself with free software and I’m so happy with how it turned out!

The Hidden Costs of “More”

posted by Andrea | 12/6/2019 | 15 comments
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As a human being, it’s so easy to fall into the mindset of thinking “more” is always better and desirable — however, there are many hidden costs of “more”. Some of these hidden costs are very obvious… others might not be! 

My goal is to help you think through some of those hidden costs instead of blindly assuming “more” is always the best choice for you and for your family. 

Why I Switched Back to 1 Planner

posted by Andrea | 11/21/2019 | 27 comments
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As you might remember, I ordered both a wall calendar AND a small planner last year… and while this 2-part system worked OK, I decided to switch back to just using a planner again this year.

I explain more in today’s post — and I’ve got another Personal Planner giveaway (and discount code) for those of you who are anxiously waiting to order YOUR 2020 planner!

Being Average is Awesome Too!

posted by Andrea | 11/18/2019 | 25 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!

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!

9 Simple Techniques to Create More Time Every Day

posted by Andrea | 11/4/2019 | 8 comments

Do you ever wish you could have more time every day — even just an extra hour?

Obviously, having a literal extra hour is impossible… but what if there were a few simple things you could do right now to instantly create more time every day? I’m sharing 9 of my favorite techniques in today’s post!

Thank You! Just Because!

posted by Andrea | 10/18/2019 | 114 comments

Over the past several weeks, I’ve had so many random thoughts related to my blog and my business, but the one that kept coming back to me was the fact that I wanted to say THANK YOU to all of YOU.

Without you, I couldn’t earn a living working from home — and without you, I certainly wouldn’t enjoy my time blogging nearly as much! So… THANK YOU! 

My Slightly More Ergonomic Office

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

After suffering from mild to moderate lower back and neck pain for the majority of my adult life, I FINALLY started to see a chiropractor a few months ago… and I’ve made a couple really SIMPLE changes in my office space to make it slightly more ergonomic!

I still have a LONG way to go to heal my back, but I’m taking small steps in the right direction!

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…

8 Tips That Help Me Avoid Writer’s Block

posted by Andrea | 09/16/2019 | 10 comments

I’m often asked how I come up with enough content to update my blog 5 times each week… or how I’m able to fit writing into my days with 4 children at home.

As a “writer” I have a handful of tips that help me simplify the writing process as well as stay consistent in my writing efforts throughout the years. I’m sharing those in today’s post! 

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! 

Back-To-School Planner Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 09/5/2019 | 29 comments
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Since Dave always aligns his planners with the school year (and I know many of you do too) I thought it might be fun to offer a back-to-school planner GIVEAWAY from Personal Planner, my most favorite planner ever!

They have a few brand new layouts — one of which is perfect for how Dave uses his planner!

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!

Let’s Talk About My Blog Ads…

posted by Andrea | 07/29/2019 | 116 comments

As many of you may have noticed (who am I kidding, you’ve ALL noticed), my blog has significantly more advertisements over this past year than it did for the first 8+ years. 

There IS a reason for this, and I HAVE weighed the pros and cons of the extra ads… I’m sharing more about it all in today’s post!

Why We Prepare to Be Productive (Even in the Summer)

posted by Andrea | 06/25/2019 | 23 comments

We often think of summertime as no work, all play, beach days, sleeping in, vacations, and living carefree without any type of schedule. I don’t know about you, but that’s not how my summers are… even with Dave home all day!  

Productive is rarely a hot topic during the summer months — however, in my opinion, preparing to be productive is even more important for Dave and me during the summer months when we have SO many extra things we want to pack into our schedule. I explain more in today’s post!