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What I Keep on My Kitchen Counters

posted by Andrea | 08/28/2019 | 67 comments

Today’s post is an updated version of a post I shared a couple years ago… with new pictures and an up-to-date record of what exactly I keep on my kitchen counters.

As you might notice, I’m not a minimalist, however, I do not keep any appliances in plain sight 🙂

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!

We’re Finished With Our Back-To-School Shopping!

posted by Andrea | 08/22/2019 | 13 comments

Are you finished with your back-to-school shopping yet? We are, and it feels good to know the kids are ready to go for their first days of school!

If you’re still looking for the perfect back-to-school shoes, check out the pediped website — I’m sure you’ll find something you (and your kids) will love!

Our Boys’ Farmhouse Bedroom Tour

posted by Andrea | 08/21/2019 | 24 comments

I had SO much fun decorating the boys’ bedroom for our most recent “mini makeover”! I tried my best to tailor it to the boys’ personalities, likes, and interests — and I must have done a pretty good job because they were THRILLED when they saw their finished space. 

This room has odd sloped ceilings and some other challenges to work around, but thanks to some creative storage and “out of the box thinking”, I was able to create a fun and functional farmhouse bedroom for our boys!

How We Cleaned our Large Shag Rug At Home

posted by Andrea | 08/20/2019 | 6 comments

Do you have a large rug you’d like to wash but aren’t sure how to do it because it doesn’t fit into your washing machine or even the machines at the laundry mat?

If so, I hope the tips in today’s post will give you the knowledge and can-do spirit to try cleaning your own rugs at home. 

READER QUESTION: How Do You Handle Extra-Curricular Activities?

posted by Andrea | 08/19/2019 | 39 comments

A few weeks ago, I shared a Reader Question, asking how you handle fundraisers… and today, I’m back with another Reader Question (one I get very regularly) regarding extra-curricular activities! 

Along with so many of my readers, I am very curious to know how different families approach extra-curricular activities!

How To Eliminate and Prevent Stinky Towels

posted by Andrea | 08/16/2019 | 79 comments

Based on the number of email questions I get, I’m assuming stinky towels are a pet peeve (or at least mildly annoying) for many of you.

Thankfully, I’m a semi-obsessive towel-washer with an acute sense of smell — so I have a BUNCH of ideas for those of you with not-so-nice smelling towels!

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!

Zucchini Banana Sheet Cake (with cinnamon cream cheese frosting)

posted by Andrea | 08/14/2019 | 10 comments

Today’s recipes is a sweet one — literally! 

It’s one of our family’s favorite sweet treats when zucchini are plentiful; and since it makes a fairly large batch, it’s something I regularly bring to potlucks, reunions, BBQ’s, or other parties this time of year!

Our Girls’ Farmhouse Bedroom Tour

posted by Andrea | 08/13/2019 | 27 comments

I’m SO excited to take you on a tour of our girls’ “new” bedroom! And yes, it’s a VIDEO tour!

Come see how we changed our kids’ bedrooms around (again) and how we transformed this room for roughly $40!

5 Ways I Simplify School Snacks and Lunches

posted by Andrea | 08/12/2019 | 35 comments

As I’m sure many of you can relate with, packing snacks and lunches was something I hated doing — I even had Dave do it for a while. However, this task has grown on me over the years and I’m now to the point where I actually enjoy it! 

What made the difference for me? A simplified routine, some fantastic lunch boxes, and a few more tips that I’m sharing in today’s post!

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!

One Area of My House I (almost) Never Clean!

posted by Andrea | 08/8/2019 | 38 comments

A couple weeks ago, I shared one of my most favorite household chores… as well as why I enjoy it so much.

Today, as a follow-up to my favorite household chore post, I thought it might be eye-opening for some of you to know the one area of our home I (almost) NEVER clean!!

How I Maximized Our Storage in a Closet with Sloped Ceilings

posted by Andrea | 08/7/2019 | 12 comments

Living in a 130+ year old farmhouse has been my dream for as long as I can remember… despite the fact that they are filled with crazy sloped ceilings, unique bump-outs, and weird closets that can make organizing a bit more frustrating!

One of the crazy closets in our house is in the boy’s new shared bedroom upstairs. I recently gave this closet a mini makeover and fully maximized the space! Come check it out!

Our Summer Landscaping… in Pictures

posted by Andrea | 08/6/2019 | 28 comments

Dave and I spend a considerable amount of time working in our yard… but our hard work pays off (in my opinion) as we have a very colorful yard that is enjoyable for both kids and adults to spend time in — not to mention we personally enjoy looking at it every day! 

I’ve already taken several pictures of our yard this summer, but never get around to it… so today’s post is a compilation of many different areas of our yard over the past 3 months!

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!