My Favorite Make-Ahead-and-Freeze Meals

posted by Andrea | 07/2/2015 | 4 comments
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With the impending arrival of a new baby any day now, I’ve been asked over and over again what types of meals I’m making ahead to alleviate the need for as much cooking later on.

Today, I’m sharing that list!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {July 2015}

posted by Andrea | 07/1/2015 | 13 comments
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Happy July! It’s baby month in the Dekker house and we are officially ready and waiting.

I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things today… and as always, be sure to check out some of my favorite things from past months.

Why The Quest for “Fair” Can Ruin Relationships

posted by Andrea | 06/30/2015 | 26 comments
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Today is Dave and my 9-year anniversary. Seriously, time flies!

Since I don’t really feel qualified to give marriage advice after only 9 years, and since I’m not really a “mushy” sentimental type of writer… I thought I’d share some general relationship “insight” I’ve been thinking about for a while now (actually, for many years).

Our Newest Method of Transportation With Kids!

posted by Andrea | 06/29/2015 | 12 comments
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Thanks to the fact that our little 1-acre, 125-year-old farmhouse is SMACK in the middle of a small town, the kiddos and I can walk almost any place we want or need to go on a given day. And thanks to one of our newest pieces of outdoor “gear” we’ve been getting out and about even more!

Come check out our Burley D’Lite bike trailer + double jogger + double stroller in action. This thing is amazing!

Are Today’s Children Really That Spoiled?

posted by Andrea | 06/26/2015 | 11 comments
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Every year, around this time, I start seeing blog posts, news articles, and social media posts that rant and rave about how “spoiled” our kids are and how they apparently expect to be entertained 24/7.

While I fully agree that this generation of children is being raised in a completely different way than I was raised (or any other generation), I often wonder if that’s really as bad as people say… and I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic as well!

Loaded Baked Potato Casserole

posted by Andrea | 06/25/2015 | 2 comments
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A couple weeks ago, we ended up with LOTS of extra baked potatoes after a party we had at our house… and there was no way I was letting them go to waste.

Today’s recipe (if you can even call it a recipe) is a super simple, super yummy way to repurpose leftover baked potatoes — and best of all, it’s something you can easily make ahead of time for a busy weeknight meal!

Our Experience Buying and Selling USED Cars By Owner

posted by Andrea | 06/24/2015 | 12 comments
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Ever since I mentioned that we sold Dave’s car on Craigslist in less than 24 hours, I’ve been getting loads of questions about buying and selling used cars.

While I would never consider myself an “expert” in this area, I figure it can’t hurt to simply share MY answers to some of these questions… along with a few fabulous online resources. Hopefully today’s post will be helpful for those of you trying to buy and/or sell a used car by owner!

DIY Kid’s Paint

posted by Andrea | 06/23/2015 | 7 comments
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A few weeks ago, Nora saw some of our neighbor kids painting on their driveway with paint brushes. Of course, she immediately wanted to be able to do the same thing… and even though we have buckets of sidewalk chalk, she NEEDED paint.

Thankfully, I found a super simple, super frugal DIY paint recipe that has kept her busy for HOURS outside painting our driveway!

Time + Money Management: We Have a Choice

posted by Andrea | 06/22/2015 | 46 comments
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Over the years, I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say “I can’t afford that” or “I don’t have time for that”… and I guess it just bothers me that so many people seem to have such a “defeatist” attitude towards their lack of time and money.

The reason it bothers me is because I personally feel very strongly that in almost every situation, we have a choice as to how we will spend our time and our money… I’d love to know if you agree with me or not (and why!)

Celebrating… The Start of Summer!

posted by Andrea | 06/19/2015 | 7 comments
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Since the official start of Summer is this weekend, and since Dave has officially been home from school for 2 weeks already, I thought that celebrating the start of Summer and the fact that our little family will be at home together for another 10-11 weeks would be the perfect way to wrap up our fun Celebration Week!

Celebrating… A New Baby!

posted by Andrea | 06/18/2015 | 19 comments
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My due date is 2 weeks away… so of course, it’s time to celebrate the Dekkers transitioning into a family of FIVE!

Even though there is a lot I’d like to do in the next 2 weeks, I can honestly say this is the most “ready” I’ve felt (physically, mentally, emotionally) to bring a new baby home… and yes, I can’t wait to celebrate the big news with all of you!

Celebrating… House and Yard Progress!

posted by Andrea | 06/17/2015 | 29 comments
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No, we’re not completely finished with everything on our “summer to-do list” but we have been making REALLY good progress over the past 10-12 weeks!

Although I can’t share all the official “after” photos just yet (because we’re not quite finished) I CAN share a whole bunch of “progress” photos so we can celebrate how far we’ve come in only a few weeks!

Celebrating… A New Decade!

posted by Andrea | 06/16/2015 | 30 comments
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Today is my 30th birthday!! And that’s definitely a reason to celebrate — which is what we’re doing all week long here on the blog!

Come “celebrate” my birthday with me, and take a little look back on the past decade of my life!

Celebration Week Giveaway: Babyhome Dream Bassinet

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | 2 comments
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If you’re looking for an extremely simple and portable way for your little one to sleep on-the-go or in your home, you might just want to check out the Dream Bassinet from Babyhome.

There are so many amazing features to this simple, yet elegant design… I can’t wait to use it for our new little guy in just a few short weeks!

Celebration Week Giveaway: Inglesina Highchair

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | 2 comments
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The Inglesina Gusto Highchair is one of the very few chairs I’ve come across that is not only super functional and practical, but also has TONS of “bells and whistles” to simplify meal time for busy parents and families — and yes, I’m giving one away today!

We have gotten lots of use out of this highchair the past couple of months, and I’m sure there will be many more messes made in this chair over the next few years!

Celebration Week Giveaway: b.box Diaper Caddy

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | 2 comments
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Looking for a super easy, super convenient, and super stylish way to store and organize your diapers, wipes, and other diaper changing necessities?

The b.box diaper caddies and diaper wallets are most likely just what you are looking for. Perfect for on-the-go and in your home, they help you corral all those essentials in one convenient location. Come enter to win you own b.box goodies!

Celebration Week Giveway: Magnetic Family Wall Calendar

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | comment
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If the “lazy days of summer” aren’t always so “lazy” around your house, you might find that having a family wall calendar could do wonders for keeping everyone’s schedules organized and in one convenient location.

The large magnetic wall calendars from Calendars and Chores are my all-time favorite wall calendar… and I think you’ll see why once you read my post!

Celebration Week Giveaway: $50 Glamourmom Gift Certificates

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | 3 comments
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You know I couldn’t celebrate a new baby without giving away something from Glamourmom… right?

Many of you know how much I love these tanks, tops, and other nursing and maternity items. And after 4 years of constant wear, I can attest to the fact that the Glamourmom clothes REALLY hold up… which is why I’m so excited to share them with you again today!

Celebration Week Giveaway: Naturalmat Organic Bedding

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | comment
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We are officially a “two-crib household” since Simon isn’t even close to ready to move into a big-boy bed yet.

As I searched for another mattress to fill our 2nd crib, I was ecstatic to come across Naturalmat — a company that specializes in super high quality natural and organic bedding. I am equally excited to be offering a fabulous Naturalmat giveaway as well!

Celebration Week Giveaway: pediped Shoes

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | comment
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If you’re looking for comfortable, stylish, high-quality sandals and shoes for your infants, toddlers, and young children, look no further than pediped.

Their shoes are amazing, both our kids LOVE them, and Dave and I appreciate how easy they are to get on and off :)