Simple Steak Marinade

posted by Andrea | 07/31/2015 | 2 comments
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Since it’s another summer weekend, perfect for grilling, I’m sharing one of my favorite SUPER simple steak marinades.

It only uses a few basic ingredients and can marinate your meat in just 1 hour!

NEW Customizable Double Daily Planner (Finally!)

posted by Andrea | 07/29/2015 | 8 comments
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After about 5 years of being asked if I have an editable version of my double daily planner printable, I can FINALLY say yes :)

Thanks to a loyal reader who had the appropriate software and graciously offered to do it for me, you now all have access to this free and very useful document!!

A “New” Nursery for James

posted by Andrea | 07/27/2015 | 6 comments
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I’ve gotten lots of requests to see the new nursery — so that’s what I’m sharing here today.

You might notice that it looks awfully similar to Simon’s nursery tour from last year — but there are a few special additions for baby James :)

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

posted by Andrea | 07/23/2015 | 14 comments
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After numerous cinnamon roll conversations with Dave’s mom, searching the internet for various different recipes and tips, and lots of trial and error, I feel like I’m finally starting to find my groove when it comes to making homemade cinnamon rolls.

Today I’m sharing my super simple recipe that starts with a loaf of frozen bread dough, uses ingredients you most likely already have on hand, and tastes pretty darn good!

Simon’s Big Boy Room

posted by Andrea | 07/20/2015 | 14 comments
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Simon literally “moved up” in the world… because he is now sleeping in his new big boy bedroom, which is upstairs by Nora’s bedroom.

The transition went pretty smoothly, and although we have lots more plans for this room, I’m excited to share our mini makeover (I still can’t believe it cost less than $150 to pull off!)

My “Quantity over Quality” Quick-Cleaning Tips

posted by Andrea | 07/17/2015 | 17 comments
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Although there are definitely times for deep cleaning, I will be the first to admit that 9 times out of 10, I am most definitely a “QUANTITY over QUALITY” type of cleaner.

Today, I’m sharing 5 of my “quantity over quality” quick -leaning tips that have saved my sanity and allowed me to accomplish so much more around the house.

Welcome to the World Sweet Baby James!

posted by Andrea | 07/15/2015 | 70 comments
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He’s finally here!

I’m so excited to introduce you to the newest member of the Dekker clan… James Robert Dekker

Waiting…

posted by Andrea | 07/13/2015 | 19 comments
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Today officially marks 10 days PAST my due date — 41.5 weeks!

I’m sharing a few pictures, some updates, and answers to ALLLLLLLLL the questions I’ve been getting these past 2 weeks!

10 Uses for Glad Press ‘N Seal Plastic Wrap

posted by Andrea | 07/10/2015 | 20 comments
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We always have at least 2 or 3 rolls of plastic wrap as I’ve found it comes in handy SO often (and not just in the kitchen).

Today, I’m sharing 10 different uses for my favorite type of plastic wrap (Glad Press ‘N Seal).

When You Have the Time… But Not the Energy

posted by Andrea | 07/8/2015 | 18 comments
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When it comes to time management and productivity, I believe there are many ways we can learn to better utilize our time and learn to be more productive.

However, there’s also the factor of how much energy we have at various points in our lives — and that’s what I’m talking about today!

The Blogs I’m Reading (2015)

posted by Andrea | 07/6/2015 | 40 comments
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Since I won’t be blogging as frequently for the rest of the summer, I thought it might be fun to share some of my favorite blogs and bloggers with you.

This way, you’ll have a little extra reading material while I’m away from my computer enjoying my family and a little more free time!

Red White and Blue: Our Patriotic House

posted by Andrea | 07/3/2015 | 22 comments
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When we purchased our house, one of the first neighbors to introduce themselves to us said that they called our house the “patriotic house” because it was white and had the red, white, and blue bunting.

Over the past 4.5 years, I have really embraced that patriotic theme in almost every room of our house… and since it’s our country’s birthday this weekend, I thought it might be fun to share a few pictures of our “patriotic house” with you! Happy 4th of July!

My Favorite Make-Ahead-and-Freeze Meals

posted by Andrea | 07/2/2015 | 8 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 | 29 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 | 16 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!