How I Get Cash Back By Shopping Online

posted by Andrea | 11/27/2015 | 20 comments
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When it comes to online shopping, I’ve learned A LOT over the past 4-6 years. I’ve learned how to find the best deals and coupons, how to almost always get free shipping, and how to literally get cash back on almost every online purchase I make!

Today, I’m sharing my simple cash back “secret”… just in time for the Cyber Monday deals!

Thanksgiving Tips, Fun Facts, and Recipe Ideas

posted by Andrea | 11/25/2015 | 13 comments
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This is Dave and my 10th Thanksgiving as a married couple, and although I’ve made all the traditional Thanksgiving foods many times before, this is our first time hosting the big day at our house!

Today, I thought it would be fun to share a few of my tips for simplifying this time of year; as well as some fun Thanksgiving trivia and some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes!

Personal Planner Giveaway!

posted by Andrea | 11/24/2015 | 23 comments
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If I were as cool as Oprah and did a big fancy “Andrea’s Favorite Things” event at Christmas time, the Personal Planner would make my gift list every single year! I love how simple and easy it is to customize this planner to exactly what I want and need it to be… plus it’s really pretty!

If you’re in the market for a new 2016 planner, head on over to enter my giveaway!!

Nora’s Cinderella Birthday Party

posted by Andrea | 11/23/2015 | 18 comments
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This past weekend, we celebrated Nora’s 4th birthday with a fun Cinderella-themed birthday party — complete with a Cinderella cake, lots of fun gifts, and our whole family in costume!

My Quick Tip to Clear Clothes Clutter

posted by Andrea | 11/20/2015 | 7 comments
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It’s probably not surprising that when it comes to clutter in our homes, the 2 areas I’m asked about most are kitchens and closets. Last week, I shared my quick tip to clear kitchen counter clutter… so today, I thought I would share my quick tip to clear clothes clutter.

If you feel like your closet could use a makeover, I hope today’s quick tip will help!

My Favorite Holiday Photo Gift + THREE $100 Giveaways!

posted by Andrea | 11/19/2015 | 9 comments
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If you are in the market for fabulous photo gifts or top-notch holiday cards, you’ll definitely want to click through to today’s post.

I’ve partnered with to offer THREE lucky readers a $100 gift certificate — just in time for the holiday season!

A Few Things to Consider Before You Donate

posted by Andrea | 11/18/2015 | 49 comments
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Although the holiday season is often filled with consumerism and spending money, there is also a HUGE amount of charitable giving that takes place this time of year.

Today, I’m sharing my thoughts after a few recent conversations with donation centers and volunteers… definitely something to consider the next time you’re ready to head to your local donation center or food pantry.

Baked Puff Pancakes

posted by Andrea | 11/17/2015 | 25 comments
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As much as I’d love our children to be satisfied with cereal and milk for breakfast, I just can’t get them to eat it. Instead, they request daily hot breakfasts.

Thankfully, I have an arsenal of hot breakfast recipes, like these fabulously simple Baked Puff Pancakes, that can bake while I get everyone ready for the day!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 11/16/2015 | 34 comments
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Although I didn’t have as much time to work on “extra” projects as I would have liked, there are still quite a few updates from the Dekkers.

For starters, by the end of the week, we’ll have a 4 month old and a 4 year old in our house (yes, Simon is here too!). We also made lots of progress on our new shed — and I put squash in almost every meal I made :)

My Quick Tip to Clear Kitchen Counter Clutter

posted by Andrea | 11/13/2015 | 28 comments
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I realize I might desire a bit more cleanliness and organization than some people; however, I know I’m not alone in my hatred of kitchen counter clutter.

If you want to get your counters and other flat surfaces cleaned and decluttered, today’s quick tip might be just what you need!

What I Do When the Sniffles Strike

posted by Andrea | 11/12/2015 | 28 comments
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Although we are generally quite healthy around our house, the kids have had enough runny and stuffy noses over the past 4 years to allow me to develop a little routine of sorts for “what to do when the kids get a cold”.

Today I’m sharing a little more about what I do when the sniffles strike… as well as some of my favorite cold and cough remedies for kids.

Why I Roast My Turkeys Breast DOWN

posted by Andrea | 11/11/2015 | 15 comments
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While I would never consider myself a “master chef” or even a “really amazing cook”, I do enjoy being in the kitchen and trying new recipes and ideas.

I also like finding simple solutions to improve the taste of my food… and since Dave and I are hosting our first Thanksgiving dinner this year, I figured it was the perfect time to share one of my super simple tips to assure my turkey meat comes out extra juicy every time!

My Thoughts On Washing Whites

posted by Andrea | 11/10/2015 | 69 comments
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Most of you know that I love white! From our sheets, towels, and curtains, to our couch, and even our rugs — the majority of the fabric items in our home are white.

Today I’m sharing a bit more about how I keep my whites white — and why I feel washing whites is actually easier than trying to keep colors bright.

Tips and Resources for Parenting High-Needs Babies

posted by Andrea | 11/9/2015 | 27 comments
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As many of you know all too well, parenting a high-needs baby is hard, it’s exhausting, and it’s overwhelming.

If you are in the thick of parenting a high-needs baby, my hope is that sharing a few of the tips and resources that helped me through that very difficult first year with Nora will also help you… or at the very least, offer some encouragement that you are NOT alone!

The Saving Power of Waiting 24 Hours

posted by Andrea | 11/6/2015 | 22 comments
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We’re quickly approaching the time of year when there are so many sales and “great deals” that it’s often easy to make quick decisions and impulse purchases that we might later regret.

If you’re hoping to avoid extra impulse purchases this year, today’s tip might help you do just that!

Space-Saving Storage + a Giveaway!

posted by Andrea | 11/5/2015 | 12 comments
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If you’re a sucker for storage containers, but hate how much extra space they take up when you’re not using them, you’ll LOVE the fabulous space-saving storage containers from Pop ‘n Store.

Not only are they extremely versatile and durable, but they fold up into the lid when they aren’t in use!!

3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken

posted by Andrea | 11/4/2015 | 19 comments
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Today’s recipe is so ridiculously simple I almost don’t even consider it a “recipe”.

Not only does it taste great, it requires virtually no prep work of any kind, and there is almost no clean up!

A Few of My Favorite Things {November 2015}

posted by Andrea | 11/3/2015 | 12 comments
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Today I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things for the month — there’s something for all ages this month!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 11/2/2015 | 20 comments
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Last week was a very full but fun week. Nora wore her “new” Cinderella costume almost every single day, we had lots of fun plans with friends and family, and we ate way more sugar than I care to think about :)

7 Ways I Save Time and Money at the Grocery Store

posted by Andrea | 10/30/2015 | 19 comments
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Although grocery shopping is not my least-favorite chore, I still like to get in and out as fast as I can — and, if possible, save a few bucks in the process.

If you share my “in-and-out” grocery shopping philosophy, here are 7 EXTREMELY simple ways I save both time and money at the grocery store (no coupon-clipping required).