Creamy Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

posted by Andrea | 09/4/2015 | 11 comments
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Although I realize it’s not exactly a “cake”, if you ask me what my favorite cake is, I will always choose cheesecake!

Today, I’m sharing the relatively simple recipe for our family-favorite chocolate chip cheesecake. My favorite part is that it’s almost impossible to mess up the baking time, thanks to a new “trick” I recently learned!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {September 2015}

posted by Andrea | 09/2/2015 | 10 comments
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And…. it’s officially September.

Everyone is going back to school (even Nora! — which I’ll share more about in a later post). Today, however, I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things!

How I Prioritize My Time

posted by Andrea | 08/31/2015 | 8 comments
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This time of year always seems to be extra busy. Many of us will feel like we have more requests for our time than we have hours in the day. We’ll be “pulled” in too many different directions; and in order to stay sane, we’ll need to make some conscious decisions as to how we will (and will not) spend our time.

Today, I’m sharing a relatively simple system I use to divvy up the tasks on my to-do list in order to make time for the things that are more important for me.

James’ Birth Announcement (and how I made them myself for pennies)

posted by Andrea | 08/28/2015 | 7 comments
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Today I’m sharing James’ birth announcements I sent out a few weeks ago. Not only did I do the design myself (so it’s totally custom) but I also ordered them through Vistaprint with a coupon code so they were so inexpensive!

If you’re planning to order cards, announcements, invitations, etc. you’ll definitely want to read how I did it :)

3 Simple Ways I Improve My Quality of Sleep

posted by Andrea | 08/26/2015 | 26 comments
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As many of you know, “sleep” has been a hot topic in the Dekker household for the past 3.5 years… basically since we brought Nora home from the hospital!

Although sleep is one of my top priorities, I haven’t always been able to get the QUANTITY of sleep I would like. However, there are a few things I do that have helped me get more QUALITY sleep… I’m sharing those today!

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

posted by Andrea | 08/24/2015 | 17 comments
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I have a new favorite way to use up some of the extra zucchini in our garden… and yes, it involves chocolate!

Our Family’s Favorite Netflix Shows

posted by Andrea | 08/21/2015 | 27 comments
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Over the past couple of years, I’ve talked about how much our family has enjoyed using Netflix… and many of you have asked about our favorite shows to watch.

So, since I’ve had a little extra time to watch Netflix these past few weeks, I thought it would be a perfect time to share some of our family’s favorite things to watch on Netflix.

The Kid’s Bathroom {Before and After}

posted by Andrea | 08/19/2015 | 30 comments
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Exactly 2 months ago, I shared our progress on the kids’ bathroom upstairs… and although we finished this mini renovation well before James arrived, I’m finally getting around to sharing the before and after pictures now.

I don’t want to blow the surprise, but I will say that it’s much less “neon” now :)

What If You Don’t Have Big Life Goals?

posted by Andrea | 08/17/2015 | 9 comments
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Just because you don’t have a BIG goal for your life, doesn’t mean you can’t set goals for yourself on a regular basis. Your life and your days can still have purpose and meaning without the addition of big goals.

Today’s post elaborates more on these thoughts!

James @ 1 Month + A Dekker Family Update

posted by Andrea | 08/14/2015 | 23 comments
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James is officially 1 month old today — and even for someone who doesn’t particularly love the newborn phase of life, that month went by pretty fast!

Today, I’m sharing an update on each of the kids, plus a family update, and lots of pictures!

How We Simplify and De-Stress Home Renovations

posted by Andrea | 08/12/2015 | 10 comments
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As many of you know, Dave and I have been faithfully working on renovating our 125 year old farmhouse for the past 4.5 years. It’s a labor of love — but we don’t always love doing it!

Today, I’m sharing some of our tips to de-stress and simplify home renovations!

4 Tips to Simplify Back-to-School

posted by Andrea | 08/10/2015 | 8 comments
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Even though there are still few more weeks until Dave is officially back in school, reality is starting to sink in here at the Dekker house, and back-to-school preparations are beginning.

Today, I’m sharing 4 things we do to help simplify and de-stress this busy time of year!

James’ Birth Story and Newborn Photos

posted by Andrea | 08/6/2015 | 38 comments
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In case you missed the big announcement, I had a baby 3 weeks ago :)

Today, I’m sharing James’ birth story, his newborn photos, and our newest family photos!

A Few of My Favorite Things {August 2015}

posted by Andrea | 08/3/2015 | 1 comment
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I had so many new “favorite things” I wanted to share with you this month… but I limited it to 5 and will save the rest for later :)

Happy August!

Simple Steak Marinade

posted by Andrea | 07/31/2015 | 3 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 | 12 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.