What I Pack in My Hospital Bag

posted by Andrea | 08/18/2017 | 22 comments

Today marks 1 months until my due date — YIKES!

No, I don’t actually have my hospital bag packed a full month in advance, but I’ve gotten SOOOOOOOOO many questions asking what I pack in my hospital bag that I figured now was a good time to share… considering I’ll be getting my bag packed very soon!

My Week In Review (August 13-19)

posted by Andrea | 08/17/2017 | 24 comments

This week is our last official week of summer vacation as Dave’s teacher meetings starts up again next week Monday. Of course, I’m very thankful that he loves his job (and that he has a job!) but man, are we going to miss him!

Today I’m back with a look at what I blogged about this week in previous years — and an update on what we’ve been up to this past week!

My Favorite Make-Ahead Foods

posted by Andrea | 08/16/2017 | 8 comments

Since many of you have asked for my favorite make-ahead meal ideas, I thought it would be a perfect time to share — especially considering the busy back-to-school season is HERE!

I know make-ahead meals aren’t for everyone, but for someone like me, with multiple young children and a tight schedule to keep, make-ahead meals are one of the MAIN ways I am able to simplify each day! 

Personalized Back-To-School Goodies!

posted by Andrea | 08/15/2017 | 16 comments

Earlier this summer, I stumbled across the Stuck On You website in my search for personalized notebooks and markers for my kids. After receiving our first order (and after placing a few more orders since then) I’m convinced Stuck On You will be our go-to location for top-of-the-line personalized products!

I’m partnering with Stuck On You to offer a couple really fabulous back-to-school prize packages, valued at almost $200 each!

ONE Tip That Can Eliminate Your Clutter

posted by Andrea | 08/14/2017 | 16 comments

One of MY personal goals is to break down and simplify the often overwhelming task of decluttering our homes and lives — because I’m 100% confident anyone can be more organized if they put in a little time and effort up front, commit to doing regular maintenance, and monitor what they bring into their homes. 

Today, I’m sharing my #1 tip to virtually eliminate all clutter — it might not be ‘easy’ but it sure is SIMPLE!

My Week In Review (August 6-12)

posted by Andrea | 08/11/2017 | 10 comments

Less than 20 days until Dave and Nora’s first day of school — and yes, we have a countdown chain in place 🙂

Here’s a peek back at what I blogged about this week in previous year (as always, I have a 2017 update at the end of the post!)

If It Won’t Matter in 5 Years…

posted by Andrea | 08/10/2017 | 9 comments

Several years ago, I heard a simple little phrase that has completely changed how I look at issues or problems that arise in my life.

It might be slightly naive, but it’s one of those phrases that has really stuck with me over the years, and has actually helped me to simplify so many areas of my own life.

Chicken, Zucchini, and Corn Pasta Bake

posted by Andrea | 08/9/2017 | 4 comments

It’s August — which means “zucchini season” is here!

Today’s recipe is such a quick and easy meal to whip up — I can literally have it in the oven within 15-20 minutes. It’s a great way to use up some of those delicious late-summer veggies in a comfort food sort of dish the whole family will enjoy.

My Parenting Don’ts

posted by Andrea | 08/8/2017 | 27 comments

Dave and I really don’t enjoy DOING a lot of extra things with young children. Too much ‘extra’ stresses us out, makes us crabby, and we become less fun parents. 

If you’re the type of parent who can nod in agreement with many of my Parenting DON’Ts, I hope this post helps you realize you’re not alone! 

What Should We Do In Our Former Playroom?

posted by Andrea | 08/7/2017 | 42 comments

Now that we’ve finished renovating all our kids’ bedrooms, we are left with a completely empty “playroom”. Dave and I are both lacking inspiration… but we’d love to do something fun (and frugal) in this space.

I know there are so many ideas we just aren’t thinking of, so I’d love it if you helped us out a bit and shared YOUR ideas!

My Week In Review (July 30 – August 5)

posted by Andrea | 08/4/2017 | 30 comments

Although we only have a few weeks of Summer Vacation for Dave and Nora (and essentially for me too!) we have several things on our mental “summer to-do list” yet.

I’m sharing some of those, along with a bunch of pictures, and what I blogged about this week in previous years on this week’s Week In Review Post!

Save Big on Back-To-School (+ a $200 Giveaway!)

posted by Andrea | 08/3/2017 | 13 comments

When I was growing up, back-to-school shopping meant scouring the ads, clipping coupons, and driving from store to store in search of $0.10 note pads, $1.00 markers, and my favorite… Trapper Keepers!

Now days, back-to-school shopping is SO much simpler and easier because you can do almost everything online! And speaking of shopping online, I have a $200 Visa gift card to help one lucky reader stretch their back-to-school shopping budget just that much farther!

My Baby-Feeding Philosophy and Plans for Feeding Baby #4

posted by Andrea | 08/2/2017 | 25 comments

Someone recently shared with me that the first week in August is World Breastfeeding Week… and they asked if I would share more about MY baby-feeding philosophy and how I plan to feed baby #4.

So that’s what’s on the agenda for today… along with another discount code for the amazing Glamourmom nursing tanks I love so much!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {August 2017}

posted by Andrea | 08/1/2017 | 16 comments

It’s August… which means we’re enjoying the last few weeks of having Dave home every day for summer vacation.

I guess you could say Dave is one of my favorite things. However, since you can’t have Dave, I’m also sharing a few more of my favorite things in today’s post — all of which are available on Amazon or your local grocery store! 🙂

What Simple Living Means for Me

posted by Andrea | 07/31/2017 | 19 comments

Small, scarce, serene, systems, schedules, storage solutions, and speaking up — what do all those “S-words” have to do with Simple Living?

Keep reading to find out 🙂

The Boys’ $5 Shared Bedroom Makeover

posted by Andrea | 07/28/2017 | 29 comments

Simon and James have officially been sharing a bedroom for almost a month now — and it’s going really well.

Today I’m sharing a tour of their “new” bedroom — and I’m extra excited because I made this transformation happen for less than $5!! Everything in this room was either repainted, repurposed from something we already had in the house, or simply rearranged — and I honestly feel like the room looks and feels so different.

My Week In Review (July 23-29)

posted by Andrea | 07/27/2017 | 8 comments

The kids (and Dave and I) have enjoyed much cooler temperatures this week — after super hot, humid weather the past few weeks.

I’m sharing a few pictures from this past week, plus lots of yummy recipes and practical organizing tips in today’s Week In Review Post!

My Favorite 5-Part Foolproof Appetizer

posted by Andrea | 07/26/2017 | 22 comments

In an effort to simplify entertaining EVEN MORE, I have a favorite go-to appetizer platter that I can whip up in minutes if we have last-minute guests OR make well in advance if I have the time.

This 5-part foolproof appetizer is perfect any time of year, for any type of party, and can accommodate almost any dietary restrictions or food allergies. Plus, it’s super simple and uses many ingredients you can buy ahead so you always have them in the house.