Home-Canned Applesauce… in 9 Simple Steps

posted by Andrea | 10/31/2014 | 53 comments
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It’s fall – which, in Michigan, means APPLES!

Canning applesauce is often a project that seems very overwhelming… but today, I’m making it as simple as I possibly can by showing step-by-step how I can applesauce in 9 steps (with LOTS of pictures!)

7 Tips for a More Productive Morning (and why I’m not following most of them!)

posted by Andrea | 10/30/2014 | 22 comments
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If you’re looking for a few tips to get your morning off to a great start, this post should get you on the right track.

On the other hand, if you’re feeling totally overwhelmed by the thought of waking up early, I’m right there with you… and I think you’ll take comfort in what I have to say at the end of this post.

(Giveaway) Fight Cold and Flu Season Naturally with Maty’s Healthy Products

posted by Andrea | 10/29/2014 | 3 comments
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With the onset of cold and flu season, I thought it was only appropriate to share about a fabulous company I was recently introduced to — Maty’s Healthy Products.

Aside from being all-natural, made in the US, and using food-based ingredients in their products, their cough syrup is so good you can spread it on your toast!

Tatertot Casserole

posted by Andrea | 10/28/2014 | 16 comments
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Today, I’m sharing one of our family’s favorite casseroles. It’s not fancy or glamorous or “pretty”… but it is really quick and easy. And it tastes delicious!

This is one of those meals I can have on the table in less than an hour — including browning the meat and baking it for 30 minutes!

DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

posted by Andrea | 10/27/2014 | 17 comments
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When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? If you can’t remember — it’s probably about time!

Today, I’m sharing my favorite DIY makeup brush cleaner I’ve been using for years. There are only 2-ingredients and it takes less than 5-minutes!

Why Parents Should Stop Worrying About Fair and Equal

posted by Andrea | 10/24/2014 | 61 comments
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This is a post I’ve been itching to write for years already — but I didn’t think I would hold any “clout” on the topic until I had at least 2 kids.

So now that the “having two kids” part has been taken care of, I have a few (maybe more than a few) things to say about why I STRONGLY believe we should stop worrying and stressing about making every single aspect of our children’s lives “fair” and “equal”.

Our Summer of Landscaping (Round 2)

posted by Andrea | 10/23/2014 | 15 comments
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We wrapped up all our 2014 landscaping projects almost 2 months ago… so I figured it was time to finally share the official before and after photos from the work we accomplished this past Spring and Summer!

Simplify Your Shopping with ePantry.com (plus $10 off and FREE Mrs. Meyers!)

posted by Andrea | 10/22/2014 | 21 comments
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I’m excited to gush about one of my new favorite online shopping destinations that has helped me simplify my busy life and keep my home clean — ePantry.com.

Oh yeah… and they are offering free goodies to ALL of you!

5-Minute Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

posted by Andrea | 10/21/2014 | 11 comments
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When it comes to comfort foods like homemade macaroni and cheese, simple is often better… right?

Today, I’m sharing another super simple slow cooker recipe that literally takes 5 minutes to toss the ingredients in. A few hours later, dinner is served!

AndreaDekker.com… Start Here!

posted by Andrea | 10/20/2014 | 16 comments
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Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve made a few small changes to my blog… and as I was updating things, I realized that I’ve never done any type of “start here” post for new readers.

So although I know many of you are veteran readers (and I’m so grateful for you) I thought it might be time for an AndreaDekker.com “how-to post” — and I think even you veteran readers might learn something new!

My Thoughts on Intentional Free Time (and why I don’t “sleep when the baby sleeps”)

posted by Andrea | 10/17/2014 | 11 comments
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For anyone who may be tempted to click away thinking “another post about babies… I’m not interested”, let me assure you this post has little to nothing to do with babies. 

However, it might change the way you use your free time!

A Few of my Favorite Fall Family Photos

posted by Andrea | 10/16/2014 | 20 comments
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It’s been a while since I shared many “family life” photos here on the blog… so since Fall is my favorite season of the year, I figured it was time to share!

How We Prepare Our Home and Yard for Cold Weather

posted by Andrea | 10/15/2014 | 4 comments
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After our end-of-summer party last week, Dave and I are in full-on “Fall Mode”. We’ll be outside almost any chance we get raking and mulching leaves, dead-heading flowers, splitting perennials, draining hoses, cleaning yard tools, emptying flower pots, and preparing our home for the COLD Michigan winter that is just weeks away.

Today, I’m sharing a few simple and frugal ways we’re preparing our home and our yard for cold weather.

A Life of Moderation: My Top Tip for Simple Living

posted by Andrea | 10/14/2014 | 18 comments
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One of my goals in life has always been to simplify (shocking, I know!) I take great pleasure in finding simpler, more organized ways to run my home, my work, and my life. It’s not always easy, but it is always worth my efforts.

Today, I’m sharing one key factor that has made my life more simplified and helped me avoid burnout. You might just say it’s my “Top Tip For Simple Living”!

My Answers to Your Clothes Clutter Questions

posted by Andrea | 10/13/2014 | 14 comments
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About 5 weeks ago, I shared a week-long series about clothes clutter here on my blog. I was thrilled that the overwhelming majority of response were extremely positive.

However, along with all the excitement came lots more questions. Not bad questions or rude questions — just questions. I’m answering many of those clothes clutter questions in today’s post!

Our Salute to Summer Shindig

posted by Andrea | 10/10/2014 | 9 comments
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As I mentioned in last week’s post, we hosted a big “salute to summer shindig” at our house to celebrate the end of the summer and the end of all our summer projects.

Although the Michigan weather did not cooperate, we still had a fabulous time celebrating with our family… in our garage :)

Snack Spout Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 10/9/2014 | 13 comments
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I have a REALLY fun giveaway for you today — something that normally might not fit my blog themes of “simple” and “organized” — but it’s just so cool I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share it with you!

Come enter to win a Snack Spout gift package!

Chicken, Bacon, Pesto Pasta

posted by Andrea | 10/8/2014 | 11 comments
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A couple months ago, a reader shared a delicious pasta recipe with me. I tweaked it a bit, simplified it A LOT, and came up with a super simple, very delicious Chicken, Bacon, Pesto Pasta that even Nora devoured!

If you’re looking for quick week-night meal that will please the whole family, keep reading…

Why I Almost Never Say: “We Can’t Afford That”

posted by Andrea | 10/7/2014 | 55 comments
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About 2 months ago, I shared a post about one of my pet peeves — when people complain about “not having enough time” for various activities.

Today, I’m sharing another pet peeve — saying “We can’t afford that.” I personally try to never say, “we can’t afford that” and I’m sharing why in today’s posts. Also, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic!

Simon @ 7 Months

posted by Andrea | 10/6/2014 | 9 comments
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Simon hit the 7-month milestone over the weekend — so that means lots of cute baby boy pictures on the blog today!

Our 2014 Farmhouse Tour

posted by Andrea | 10/3/2014 | 49 comments
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Over the years, SO many of you have asked for a full tour of our farmhouse — so since we’re well over half way through renovating our house and yard, I thought now would be a good time to give you a tour!

Welcome to our farmhouse… established: 1890.

Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole

posted by Andrea | 10/2/2014 | 11 comments
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If you or your kids are anything like Nora (with an intense love of cheese and mashed potatoes) this recipe will certainly be a big hit with them.

It’s SO simple, it uses basic ingredients, it can be made ahead, and it travels really well. All winning recipe qualities in my opinion!