September, 2013

How I Organize The Area Under Our Sink

posted by Andrea | 09/30/2013 | 23 comments

One question I get over and over and over again is how we use and organize the space under our kitchen sink.

To be perfectly honest, there are a handful of questions I get on a very regular basis about our sink, our faucet, etc. etc. so today, I’m answering a bunch of these questions for all the inquisitive farmhouse sink lovers out there!

Bumbleberry Pie

posted by Andrea | 09/27/2013 | 12 comments

Bumbleberry pie is one of my favorite pies to make; especially this time of year after I’ve picked and frozen all sorts of delicious fruits throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall. The best part about making any Bumbleberry dessert is that you can use whatever berries or fruit you have on hand — even frozen fruit!

If you love pie, you won’t want to miss today’s recipe post 🙂

Why I Don’t Do My Weekly Shopping at Aldi

posted by Andrea | 09/26/2013 | 75 comments

Almost weekly, I am asked via email, Facebook, or my blog why I don’t shop at Aldi. I have nothing against Aldi stores in general — and I DO shop there every once in a while to stock up on canned goods and chips — I just don’t do my regular weekly grocery shopping at Aldi.

Today, I’m sharing a few reasons why Aldi doesn’t seem to work for me… in hopes of answering all the Aldi questions I get!

When Mama Puts Herself First… For Once!

posted by Andrea | 09/25/2013 | 52 comments

Today is a monumental day in the Dekker household! For the very first time since Nora was born (over 22 months ago) this mama bird is leaving the nest. And yes, I feel SO anxious, nervous, sad, excited… and guilty.

Keep reading for more about my mom-only “vacation”… and a few 17 week baby bump pictures 🙂

Giveaway: Calendars & Chores Magnetic Calendar

posted by Andrea | 09/24/2013 | 675 comments

If you feel like your family’s schedule is out of control now that school is in full swing again, let me take 10 minutes to introduce you to the Calendars & Chores Etsy Shop.

More specifically, let me share their fabulous Magnetic Wet/Dry Erase Calendar. Seriously, this thing might just revolutionize your family’s schedule!

Our Landscaping: Before and After!

posted by Andrea | 09/23/2013 | 44 comments

We’ve been finished with yard work for the summer for several weeks already — but I’ve had a difficult time trying to accurately photograph the “after” pictures. It’s so hard when the plants and trees are still small!

I’m sure I’ll be sharing more pictures next summer — but for now, I’m excited to share our official 2013 landscaping before and after shots!

Why Motherhood (Sometimes) Makes Me Feel Like a Failure as a Person

posted by Andrea | 09/20/2013 | 87 comments

Before I had Nora, I was literally busy busy busy from the moment I woke up until the moment I went to bed. And not just busy shopping or other leisurely activities.

After Nora was born, the realization that I just couldn’t do everything I had been doing before was extremely difficult for me. Although I was willingly giving lots of time and energy to my family, I felt like a failure in pretty much every other area of life.

Thoughts and Reflections after a Month Away

posted by Andrea | 09/19/2013 | 25 comments

In case you missed it, I took the entire month of August off from blogging. However, after I announced I was taking a full month off, I found it interesting that MANY other bloggers emailed me asking more about why I took a break, how I decided on a month, and if I would share some of my thoughts once I returned.

I figured that was a reasonable request — so today I’m sharing my thoughts and answering a few questions I got over and over again.

Scarcity: A Good Frugal-Living Principle

posted by Andrea | 09/18/2013 | 36 comments

It’s no secret that I love planning ahead, stocking up, and being prepared. Our freezer and pantry are full, our bank account has plenty, and we have an almost endless supply of diapers and toilet paper!

But recently, I’ve been thinking about the principle of scarcity and how much less likely we are to waste a resource if it’s scarce. Not that I’m a wasteful person; it’s just a lot easier to inadvertently waste when you have plenty. Don’t you think?

Our New Epoxy Garage Floor – Q&A

posted by Andrea | 09/17/2013 | 13 comments

After showing pictures of our new garage makeover last week, I got an insane number of questions about the garage floor coating. I totally understand why — Dave and I are thrilled with the results. So I decided to send your questions directly to the Monkey Bar expert.

Today’s post has their answers mixed with my comments and photos — and seriously, this floor is amazing!

Christmas Planning eBook Bundle – Only $7.40

posted by Andrea | 09/16/2013 | comment

As crazy as it sounds, Christmas is less than 100 days away! But don’t worry: this week’s Christmas Planning eBook bundle includes everything you need to simplify your plans and get organized early so that you can avoid the stress of the holidays. You’ll find daily planning tips and printables, recipes, handmade gift tutorials and more in this fabulous collection.

Get all five of these ebooks at almost 75% off this week only!

Easy Oven Roasted Potatoes

posted by Andrea | 09/16/2013 | 20 comments

As I’ve mentioned before, we are BIG potato-lovers over here. Because of this, I’m always on the look out for quick and simple potato recipes to add to our weekly menus.

Today’s recipe most definitely fits my “quick” and “simple” week-day meal requirements, but is delicious enough to serve for a more lavish weekend dinner with company… and yes, Nora likes them 🙂

11 Relatively Normal Things I’ve Never Spent Money On

posted by Andrea | 09/13/2013 | 104 comments

Can you believe that I’ve never purchased a drink at Starbucks… or any other coffee house for that matter? I know, crazy huh?

Well, believe it or not, today’s post is a whole list of pretty normal things that (as far as I can remember) I’ve never spent money on… ever!

Unger Neat Home Cleaning Kit Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 09/12/2013 | 735 comments

I’ve been using various Unger products for several years now (in the home and in the garage) and have no complaints. Their products are super high-quality, affordable, and ascetically pleasing in their bright, cheerful colors!

So I’m super excited to be partnering with them again — sharing some of their new products available at Target — AND offering a prize package giveaway valued at over $100 to a few lucky readers.

Mama’s Girl: Our journey with a high-need baby

posted by Andrea | 09/11/2013 | 157 comments

Life with Nora has been a struggle for me from the first moment she was born… and after 17 long months, we finally started to realize some of the reasons Nora is so difficult.

Not only is she way too smart for her own good, she’s extremely high needs and has severe sensory issues — all of which make it almost impossible to parent her like a “normal” child. But we’re slowly figuring her out…

Everything In Its Place: New Garage Organization with Monkey Bars

posted by Andrea | 09/10/2013 | 26 comments

Last week, I shared how we were able to fully transform our garage from drab to fab in about a week… and I don’t think I need to convince anyone how much we love our new space.

Today, I’m sharing the final pictures of ALL our stuff organized with the new Monkey Bars system. Let’s just say that even I was impressed with how much stuff we could fit in such a small space!

7 Reasons I Love Canning Jam

posted by Andrea | 09/9/2013 | 27 comments

If you’ve never tasted home-canned foods, you don’t know what you are missing. However, unless you intend to start canning, I wouldn’t recommend trying home-canned food… because once you do, it will be REALLY hard to go back to the store bought stuff 🙂

Today, I’m sharing a few reasons why I love canning jam — as well as a bunch of helpful jam-making tips and resources.

A Few of My Favorite Things {September 2013}

posted by Andrea | 09/6/2013 | 26 comments

After a whole month off for rest and relaxation (and catching up on a bunch of projects), I have a few more “favorite things” to share with you for September!!