5-Minute Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

posted by Andrea | 10/21/2014 | 2 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 | 14 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 | 16 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 | 47 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!

A Few of My Favorite Things {October 2014}

posted by Andrea | 10/1/2014 | 11 comments
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A few of my favorite things for the month of October…

Our “Good Enough” Vegetable Garden

posted by Andrea | 09/30/2014 | 21 comments
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I know there are many of you out there struggling to get started on a house project, an organizing project, a landscaping project, a picture project, etc. because you don’t have the time or the energy to do it exactly the way you want to do it.

I completely understand how that feels… however, I also know that it can’t hurt to just get started. You might find that “done” = “good enough”. That’s how it usually works for me :)

5 Tips to Avoid Impulse Purchases

posted by Andrea | 09/29/2014 | 15 comments
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Impulse purchases can do a number on your budget — not to mention adding excess clutter to your home if you don’t have the space to store your new items.

So as the holiday shopping season approaches, I thought I’d share a few guidelines I follow to avoid impulse purchases. I’d love to know if you have anything to add to my list!

The Summer I Realized Motherhood Could Be Fun

posted by Andrea | 09/26/2014 | 33 comments
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I smiled the entire time I sat writing this post — I hope you smile as you read it.

Thanks for journeying with me on the rocky road of motherhood… slowly but surely, I’m finding my way ;)

Banish Paper Clutter with the ScanSnap {Plus a Giveaway!}

posted by Andrea | 09/25/2014 | 25 comments
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Are you tired of your paper clutter? Are you looking for a quick and easy way to digitize various recipes, receipts, business cards, kid’s artwork, important documents, photos, and so much more?

If so, then today’s post is for you! Oh, and I’m giving away the newest ScanSnap portable scanner that will scan everything I just mentioned above!

It’s Not Magic… It’s Maintenance

posted by Andrea | 09/24/2014 | 21 comments
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In a world of quick-fixes, diet pills, and books that promise to solve all our problems, it’s easy to forget that the key to most of our problems is simply hard work, determination, and baby steps in the right directions.

It’s not magic… it’s maintenance!

Basic (yet very tasty) Meatloaf

posted by Andrea | 09/23/2014 | 26 comments
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Today’s recipe definitely fits the bill for super simple, family-friendly, and budget-friendly — and although I’m often told that meatloaf is just too much work, I almost guarantee that you can get this meal on the table with less than 15 minutes of hands-on work.

If you’re looking for a yummy fall comfort food that requires little to no effort on your part, this recipe is for you!

Grass Growing 101 {plus a bunch of pictures of our yard!}

posted by Andrea | 09/22/2014 | 7 comments
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Although our lawn is far from perfect, we have worked really, REALLY hard to keep our very large, grass-dominated lawn looking nice.

We have spent many hours growing, caring for, and maintaining our lawn, and today (per your numerous requests) I’m sharing what we’ve learned over the last 8 summers of grass-growing.