Why We Have Life Insurance and a Living Trust

posted by Andrea | 04/24/2014 | 15 comments
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One of my “to-do’s” before Simon was born was to finalize all the information for our Living Trust. I breathed a sigh of relief when we signed the final papers knowing that all our “ducks” were in a row just in case anything happened to Dave and I.

Today, I’m sharing a bit more about our Life Insurance and our Living Trust — and why we made the decisions we did.

Snickerdoodle Cookies

posted by Andrea | 04/23/2014 | 6 comments
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When it comes to cookies, brownies, or any other dessert, I usually don’t “waste” my time unless there’s a decent amount of chocolate in the recipe.

However, these Snickerdoodle cookies are quickly becoming one of my favorite sweet treats.

The Ultimate Homemaking eBook Bundle

posted by Andrea | 04/23/2014 | 3 comments
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By popular demand, 100+ homemaking bloggers are bringing back The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!

Bought separately, these resources would cost $698 (not including $200+ in bonuses). However, from now through April 28, they are available for just $29.97!

Daily Maintenance is Key: Lessons From My Maternity Leave

posted by Andrea | 04/22/2014 | 20 comments
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Since I took about 5 weeks off from blogging (and life) to take it easy after Simon’s birth, I knew that I’d need to use Dave’s Spring Break week to catch up and plan ahead.

I was really looking forward to feeling like my normal productive self again… however, I didn’t expect it would be so difficult to find my productivity groove again!

More Yard Work for the Dekkers

posted by Andrea | 04/21/2014 | 10 comments

As some of you might remember, Dave and I spent a lot of time outside last summer — and not for relaxation purposes. On and off from May through August, we had various yard projects going on around our house.

We have a BUNCH more landscaping projects to tackle this summer — and I’m sharing them all in today’s post!

How I Save a BUNCH By Creating My Own Stationery

posted by Andrea | 04/18/2014 | 11 comments
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I’ve mentioned before that I enjoy sending out Christmas cards each year — well, I also get way too excited about sending thank-you cards and birth announcements. The only thing I don’t love about them is the price.

However, I have a really simple way to print totally customized stationery for ridiculous low prices!

10 Tips to Prepare for Overnight Guests

posted by Andrea | 04/17/2014 | 15 comments
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Will you be hosting out-of-town guests any time soon? if so, this post offers 10 helpful suggestions to get you and your home ready.

All the tips are super simple, and most of them won’t cost you a penny!

Cheesy Hashbrown Potatoes

posted by Andrea | 04/16/2014 | 16 comments
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These cheesy hashbrown potatoes are one of our favorite side dishes as they taste amazing with almost any type of meat and vegetable.

This recipe is super simple, super quick to make, and can very easily be assembled a day in advance — definitely a winner in my book!

One Year Ago…

posted by Andrea | 04/15/2014 | 22 comments
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One year ago today, I made the humongously scary decision to totally change my blog and business name from Simple Organized Living to AndreaDekker.com.

Today, I’m sharing a few of my thoughts looking back.

My Life With Kids: The Differences From 0 to 1… and 1 to 2

posted by Andrea | 04/14/2014 | 48 comments
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When I announced I was pregnant with baby #2, everyone told me the transition from 1-2 was WAY more challenging than the transition from 0-1. This naturally freaked me out since my transition from 0-1 was pretty traumatizing for me!

However, after 6 weeks, I can say that so far, the transition from 1-2 has been easier than 0-1. Thank goodness!

How We Store It

posted by Andrea | 04/11/2014 | 17 comments
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I’ve gotten so many random questions about how we store various items in and around our house… so today, I’m sharing a post about how we store “IT”.

Obviously, what works for me, for my family, and for our home won’t necessarily work perfectly for you — but maybe it will spark a few ideas for how you might be able to better store and organize your stuff.

Do It Now: My Personal Time-Management ‘Rule’

posted by Andrea | 04/10/2014 | 28 comments
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When it comes to getting stuff done, I almost always choose to “do it now” rather than waiting until later.

I realize there are A LOT of people who don’t share this mindset, however, I think my “do it now” philosophy has been one of the key factors in keeping my home and my life simplified and organized.

My Top 10 Favorite Family Posts

posted by Andrea | 04/9/2014 | comment
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As I planned ahead for the arrival of baby Simon, I thought it might be fun to resurrect some of MY favorite posts from the past 3.5 years of blogging.

Today, I’m sharing some of MY favorite family, marriage, parenting, and motherhood posts — with a few extras thrown in because I just couldn’t decide!

5 Tips for Giving the Gift of Food

posted by Andrea | 04/8/2014 | 26 comments
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Over the past 5 weeks since Simon’s birth, Dave and I have been blessed with numerous meals and other food gifts.

And since I’ve shared my love of giving and receiving food gifts before, I thought I’d do another post about little tips and tricks you might consider the next time you’re giving the gift of food — because I just don’t know anyone who wouldn’t appreciate the gift of food.

A Few Of My Favorite Things {April 2014}

posted by Andrea | 04/7/2014 | 17 comments
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Here are a few of my favorite things for the Month of April — it’s a REALLY random list, but all things I’m totally loving right now!

As always, be sure to check out some of my favorite things from past months.

Simon @ 1 Month

posted by Andrea | 04/4/2014 | 26 comments
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Simon is a one month old today!

I’ve already shared several “Simon posts” this past month, so I don’t have a ton of new information… but I do have lots of pictures!

My Top 10 Favorite Food Posts

posted by Andrea | 04/3/2014 | comment
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As I planned ahead for the arrival of baby Simon, I thought it might be fun to resurrect some of MY favorite posts from the past 3.5 years of blogging.

Today, I’m sharing some of MY favorite food posts — all about freezer cooking, meal-planning, canning, baking in bulk, and more!

For When You’ve Never Walked a Mile In Their Shoes

posted by Andrea | 04/2/2014 | 42 comments
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Almost all of us have ongoing struggles and problems that we deal with on a daily basis. I know our first couple of years with Nora definitely were not a piece of cake!

Inspired by a recent reader question, I decided to write this post about appropriate (and not so appropriate) responses for when friends share their problems with us.

My Top 10 Favorite Cleaning Posts

posted by Andrea | 04/1/2014 | 2 comments
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As I planned ahead for the arrival of baby Simon, I thought it might be fun to resurrect some of MY favorite posts from the past 3.5 years of blogging.

Today, I’m sharing some of MY favorite cleaning posts — homemade cleaners, tips to save time on those dreaded household chores, laundry how-to’s, and more!

Why We Don’t Have College Funds for our Kids

posted by Andrea | 03/31/2014 | 38 comments
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Almost immediately after Nora was born, I started getting asked if Dave and I would or would not set up a college fund for her and for future children.

The short answer is “no, probably not” — and today, I’m explaining more about that decision.