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How “Fun Lunches” Simplify Our School Routine

posted by Andrea | 08/30/2018 | 64 comments

When it comes to packing lunches, it’s definitely not my most favorite thing on my list of daily to-do’s, but I certainly don’t despise it the way some of our friends, relatives, and other school families seem to!

In fact, after thinking about lunch packing more this past month, I might know at least one reason I don’t dread or despise packing lunches… I’m sharing my “secret” in today’s post!

Our New, Super Early Morning Routine

posted by Andrea | 08/29/2018 | 56 comments

A few weeks ago, Dave mentioned an article he had read about someone who went to bed around 9pm every night so he could wake up at 4am every morning. We were both intrigued by this idea, so we decided we’d give it a try for a couple months to see if it works for us.

So far, so good… and although waking up at 4 is NOT for everyone, it’s working for US for NOW. I’m sharing more in today’s post!

Easy Italian Chopped Salad

posted by Andrea | 08/28/2018 | 5 comments

Dave is not a picky eater, but when it comes to salads, he definitely prefers one with a fair amount of meat and cheese to go along with the vegetables… so this hearty Italian Chopped Salad is a win-win for both of us.

It’s also extremely quick and easy to put together, and can be assembled several hours (or even a day) in advance without sacrificing freshness!

Clara @ 11 Months (+ one factor that changed my perspective of the infant stage)

posted by Andrea | 08/27/2018 | 34 comments

Clara is 11 months old!!! As many of you know, she has basically been a dream baby compared to my other 3. She is so happy, sweet, easy-going… and her first year has been better than I ever hoped it could be.

However, in my opinion, there is an even bigger factor that has completely revolutionized the way I feel about parenting an infant now versus when Nora was a baby…

Goals, Goals, and More Goals!

posted by Andrea | 08/24/2018 | 4 comments

Goals have always been a fun topic for me to write about… mainly because I enjoy setting goals for myself, working towards those goals, and experiencing the thrill of eventually achieving my goals.

Today, I’m sharing links to my most favorite goal posts (pun intended!) from the past 8+ years!

Our Digital Photo Books (everything you ever wanted to know!)

posted by Andrea | 08/23/2018 | 17 comments

Over the past 8 years, the number of questions, comments, and requests I’ve gotten regarding my digital photo books is CRAZY!

So, in honor of the fact that James’ 2-year photo book just arrived, hot-off-the-press, and the fact that my photo book posts are some of the most requested posts on my blog, I’m compiling all the information I have on my blog, to-date, in one concise post! 

16 Of Our Favorite Zucchini Recipes

posted by Andrea | 08/22/2018 | 14 comments

Yup… it’s THAT time of year again — when I’m forever and always on the lookout for new, different, interesting, and yummy ways to use up ALL the zucchini we get from our garden.

If you’re looking for a simple zucchini recipe to work into your menu plan this season, today’s compilation post should offer you a good selection!

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!

Do Your Spaces Serve YOU and YOUR Season Of Life?

posted by Andrea | 08/17/2018 | 6 comments

Over the years, I’ve frequently stressed the importance of “regular maintenance” in order to keep a space organized for the long-term.

However, another super important part of the organizational “puzzle” is to consistently re-evaluate and re-work your spaces so they SERVE YOU WELL. That’s what I’m sharing more about today!

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!

Tasty Grilled Vegetables

posted by Andrea | 08/15/2018 | 4 comments

Earlier this year, I shared a few tips for making yummy roasted vegetables — which are still my go-to side dish for most of our meals.

However, throughout the summer grilling months, GRILLED veggies are another huge hit with our hungry family. I’m sharing our simple “recipe” in today’s post!

Lifestyle Changes versus a Quick Fix

posted by Andrea | 08/14/2018 | 13 comments

As many of you probably already know, lifestyle changes are SO MUCH MORE WORK and usually take significantly longer to implement and enjoy the benefits. However, if you’re looking for long-term results that are actually maintainable, lifestyle changes are definitley the way to go!

I’m explaining more (with several examples from my own life) in today’s post!

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!

Our “Better Than Nothing” Vegetable Garden

posted by Andrea | 08/10/2018 | 11 comments

I almost didn’t plant a vegetable garden this year because I didn’t think it was worth the effort for a “small garden”. However, over the last 2 months, our vegetable garden has gone from drab to fab… and I’m so glad I planted the garden even though it’s not perfect or all that pretty.

If you’ve been putting off a particular project because you’re not sure you can do it perfectly, I hope today’s post will offer a little motivation and encouragement to help you just get started!

Simple Ways I Reduce Decision Fatigue

posted by Andrea | 08/9/2018 | 17 comments

As someone who leans towards the introverted side of the spectrum and cares for 4 young children every day, making extra decisions is one thing I try to do as little of as possible as it easily drains my energy and my patience (both of which are often in short supply these days!)

Today I’m sharing a few simple ways I reduce decision fatigue.

Life Lessons From Our “Lemonade Stand”

posted by Andrea | 08/8/2018 | 42 comments

After months (maybe years) of listening to their begging and pleading, we finally let our kids set up a stand at the end of our driveway. It was not fun, they did not make much money, and they never want to do it again!

However, I quickly realized they were learning several valuable life lessons in the process… in fact, I even learned one too!

Soft and Chewy Oreo Blondies

posted by Andrea | 08/7/2018 | 8 comments

Blondie bars are a fantastic alternative to regular brownies, they are much faster than making cookies, and they are a great substitute for peanut-butter-laden desserts that aren’t allowed in most schools.

In an effort to grow my list of blondie recipes, I combined a few of my favorite bar recipes to come up with these amazingly delicious Oreo Blondies.