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50+ Freezable Foods That Will Save You Time and Money

posted by Andrea | 10/23/2019 | 474 comments
freezable foods

I am passionate about freezable foods because they are such a simple way to save time and money in the kitchen (2 things I like to save!)

Over the last 13+ years, I have diligently kept our deep freezer stocked and today, I’m sharing 50+ of our favorite freezable foods!

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!

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! 

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!

Irresistible Whole Grain Apple Cake

posted by Andrea | 10/15/2019 | 17 comments

If you need a new apple recipe to try this Fall, give my 100% whole grain apple cake a try!

The oat + pecan topping really adds a nice crunch and the cinnamon yogurt whipped cream has just the right amount of “tang” to perfectly finish off this dish. It’s also a great dish for the kids to help with!

The 60+ Simple Tasks Our Children Do Every Day

posted by Andrea | 10/14/2019 | 24 comments

I am continually asked what “chores” or responsibilities our kids have, and/or if we recommend any specific simple daily tasks for children at various age levels.

I’ll be honest, even though our family is very routine-oriented and scheduled, we haven’t found a chore chart or reward system that works well for us. Our family seems to function best with a handful of basic expectations that, although unwritten, are known and (usually) remembered by all… I’m sharing 60+ of these unwritten tasks or expectations in today’s post!

How We Make More Produce Work For Our Family

posted by Andrea | 10/11/2019 | 28 comments

In some ways, I feel like a broken record sharing yet ANOTHER post about our fruits and veggies. However, based on my email inbox, it’s a topic MANY of you are still so interested in learning more about! 

Today I’m sharing 3 very specific reasons why eating more produce works for OUR family for now… but might not work for YOUR family! 

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 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.

5 Reasons I Don’t Keep “What if I Need It Clutter”

posted by Andrea | 10/3/2019 | 61 comments

Do you have trouble purging when you think you MIGHT need something again in the foreseeable future?

I call this ” What-if-I-need-it-clutter” and I hope today’s post will give you the motivation you need to purge it once and for all!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Scotcharoos (no corn syrup)

posted by Andrea | 10/2/2019 | 9 comments

Scotcharoos are one of our family’s most favorite sweet treats, and although I shared my recipe for Scotcharoos WITHOUT peanut butter several years ago already, it recently dawned on me that I’ve never actually shared my recipe for “regular” scotcharoos! 

That all changes TODAY! YUM!

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…