Because the Lessons Are More Important Than the Results

posted by Andrea | 05/29/2015 | 5 comments
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A LONG time ago, I promised myself that I wouldn’t be “that mom” who always picked up and re-did chores after her kids because it wasn’t good enough for my own standards.

I’ve reminded myself of this promise many times… but I never expected to be at the point in my life where I had to put it into practice so soon!

Rhubarb Muffins with Cinnamon Sugar Topping

posted by Andrea | 05/28/2015 | 4 comments
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I’ve been on a muffin-making kick lately — so when I realized my rhubarb plant had plenty of rhubarb for muffins, I flipped through my files and found my rhubarb muffin recipe.

If you’re looking for a quick and simple recipe to use up some rhubarb, give this one a try!

How I Save Loads of Time in the Grocery Store

posted by Andrea | 05/27/2015 | 72 comments
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Over the years, I’ve shared many tips for saving time and money at the grocery store (one of my least favorite places!) However, due to the fact that I get SO many questions about grocery shopping, I figured it was time to re-share one of my BEST time-saving tips (at least when it comes to grocery shopping).

So what is my amazing tip? Click through to find out!

5 Things: An Exercise in Contentment

posted by Andrea | 05/26/2015 | 24 comments
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Have you ever felt discontent with one area of your home, life, body, etc? If you’re human (and especially if you’re female) I’m guessing the answer is yes!

Today, I’m sharing a super simple “remedy” I use when I’m feeling less-than-content about something in my life… I’m always amazed how well it works!

How to Remove Sticky Tree Sap from Skin, Hair, Clothes and Toys

posted by Andrea | 05/25/2015 | 11 comments
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Back when we purchased our house, we had about 35-40 very tall, very old, very scraggly looking pine trees that dripped sap EVERYWHERE.

With 2 little people who are experts at figuring out how to get that sticky sap all over everything, I quickly found a few simple sap-removing remedies that work extremely well… and I’m sharing them with you today!

Get Organized For The Start of Summer

posted by Andrea | 05/22/2015 | 17 comments
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The start of summer is officially less than ONE month away — yay!

Although this is often a very full and busy time of year for many of us, it’s also a great time to put a little effort into getting organized BEFORE summer starts. Today, I’m sharing some of the things we do to get organized for the start of summer.

Feeding Simon: Why I Chose Bottles

posted by Andrea | 05/21/2015 | 43 comments
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Now that Simon is almost 15 months old, I feel like it’s time to officially publish this post.

I’ve been compiling ideas and content for this post for over a year now — and I’m SOOOOO excited to finally be sharing it with you, especially since I’ve gotten many questions about how I liked using bottles with baby #2!!

Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Chocolate Cake

posted by Andrea | 05/20/2015 | 19 comments
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Although we are fortunate not to have any known food allergies or sensitivities in our home, we do have many friends who can’t eat certain foods. Because of this, I’m often on the lookout for allergy-friendly recipes that actually taste good.

Today’s chocolate cake recipe is one of those allergy-friendly desserts that definitely still tastes really good. Oh, and it’s super easy too!

How the 80/20 Rule Helps Me Purge

posted by Andrea | 05/19/2015 | 13 comments
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Four years ago, I wrote a post about The 80/20 Rule for Your Closet, and honestly, I think about that post almost daily.

In almost every aspect of my life, the 80/20 rule rings true — and after realizing this, I have started to use the 80/20 rule as a great “tool” to help and encourage me to purge more than I otherwise might.

Why We’ve Been Dining Out More (and how we’re doing it frugally)

posted by Andrea | 05/18/2015 | 15 comments
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Dave and I saved SO much money the first 6+ years of our marriage by almost never (and I mean never) going out to eat.

However, over the past couple of years, we’ve managed to dine out almost once a week for a VERY minimal cost (often times even free!) Today, I’m sharing 7 ways we dine out on a budget!

How to Clean Hair Brushes and Combs

posted by Andrea | 05/15/2015 | 9 comments
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When was the last time you cleaned your hairbrush or comb? If it’s been a while, you might be surprised how much gunk and grime is caked onto the bristles.

You might also be surprised how SIMPLE it is to quickly clean them!

10 Creative Wedding Gift Ideas (that work with their registry)

posted by Andrea | 05/14/2015 | 31 comments
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It’s wedding season — which means lots of gift-giving opportunities.

If you’d like to get a little more creative this year — but still honor their registries — I have a bunch of ideas that are relatively simple to implement and can be quite frugal as well.

It’s Project Season… Here’s what we’ve been up to!

posted by Andrea | 05/13/2015 | 16 comments
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The last 2 weeks have been a crazy whirlwind of hustle and bustle around the Dekker house as we have officially kicked off our 2015 “project season”.

It’s a bit earlier than we normally start working on projects, but with a new baby due around the end of June / early July, we felt the need to start early. Today, I’m sharing our plans (and some of our progress)!

Simplify and Streamline Your Meal Planning

posted by Andrea | 05/12/2015 | 26 comments
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You all know how much I LOVE to systematize things so they take less time and run more efficiently… right?

Well today, I’m sharing a little more about Blue Apron — a fabulous meal planning service that might just completely simplify, streamline, and systematize your weekly meals!

10 Things I Do to FEEL More Energized

posted by Andrea | 05/11/2015 | 15 comments
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I would normally consider myself to be a high-energy person. However, there are definitely times when I have a little less energy.

Even though I might not actually BE very energetic at various times during the day, I have a whole bunch of things I can do to make myself FEEL more energized. I’m sharing 10 of those tips today!

Why a No-Spending Period IS Doable for YOU

posted by Andrea | 05/8/2015 | 16 comments
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Two years ago, I shared about a “no-spending month” Dave and I were doing; and over the past 2 years, many of you have congratulated me, but told me why a no-spending challenge would NEVER work for you.

So today, I’m sharing why a no-spending challenge COULD indeed work for ANYONE who wants to do one!

Chewy, Delicious Blondie Bars

posted by Andrea | 05/7/2015 | 8 comments
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Today’s recipe for Blondie Bars came from my sister…

I’m not sure where her variation of this recipe came from; but I do know they are really good, really easy, make a nice big batch, and freeze well — so they are essentially the perfect recipe to share here on my blog!

Our “Going To the Park” Bag

posted by Andrea | 05/6/2015 | 34 comments
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As I’ve mentioned MANY times already, we’re big on walking pretty much anywhere we can walk. And now that Simon is more comfortable on his feet, we’ve been walking to a few local parks during the day.

It used to take me forever to gather up everything we needed for our walk and park visit, but now that I put together our “going to the park” bag, we’re out the door in no time at all!

6 Reasons A Capsule Wardrobe Might NOT Work for You

posted by Andrea | 05/5/2015 | 25 comments
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If you’ve spent any amount of time reading blogs or browsing social media lately, you’ve probably heard a lot about “Capsule Wardrobes”.

I’m always so intrigued by the idea of a capsule wardrobe, but I also realize that for the majority of people, it’s not the most realistic wardrobe plan… today I’m sharing a few reasons why.

A Few Of My Favorite Things {May 2015}

posted by Andrea | 05/4/2015 | 15 comments
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It’s May — which means we’re working hard to finish all our house and yard projects before this baby arrives!

Today, I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things for the month, and I’d love to know your list too!