November, 2013

It’s Black Friday… and I’m Saving Even More by NOT Shopping

posted by Andrea | 11/29/2013 | 17 comments

It’s Black Friday — which means many of you woke up at the crack of dawn (or were up all night) shopping for all the latest deals and steals. Good for you! I hope you’re having lots of fun — say ‘hi’ to my sister and my mom for me!

I, on the other hand, will be hiding under the covers with Nora until the holiday traffic dies down!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Dekkers

posted by Andrea | 11/28/2013 | 7 comments

As I mentioned several weeks ago, we decided to send out Thanksgiving cards this year. We have so much to be thankful for — it just seemed fitting.

Happy Thanksgiving friends!

The EASY-OFF Oven-Cleaning Challenge

posted by Andrea | 11/26/2013 | 28 comments

Have you ever dreaded cleaning your oven — particularly this time of year after lots of holiday cooking and baking?

I can totally relate — which is why I’m excited to share a new (super easy) oven cleaning product with you today!

It’s OK if Your Holidays Aren’t Totaly Stress-Free and Simple

posted by Andrea | 11/25/2013 | 6 comments

Yes, you read the title of this post correctly. Andrea Dekker is telling you that it’s OK if your life is stressed and crazy! Well, kind of 🙂

Keep reading for my thoughts on why it’s probably OK if your life is a little crazy for the next 6 weeks…

Nora @ 2 Years!

posted by Andrea | 11/22/2013 | 27 comments

Get ready for some cute Nora pictures in today’s post… because our sweet, spunky, sassy, “siwwy” (silly), big blue-eye girl is TWO… going on 22.

Can you believe it!

The Most Delicious Semi-Homemade Cornbread

posted by Andrea | 11/20/2013 | 14 comments

One of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes (right up there with stuffing and applesauce) is super moist, homemade cornbread. It just makes the meal if you ask me.

If you’re looking for a REALLY easy, “tastes-like-it’s-from-scratch” cornbread recipe — you’ll want to give this one a try!

Nora’s New DIY Play Kitchen!

posted by Andrea | 11/19/2013 | 63 comments

It’s official — Nora’s new play kitchen is finished! I’m super happy with how the finished product turned out — so much cuter than I ever thought, and so much like a real kitchen.

I had so much fun working on this project and I’m super excited to share the before / after photos with you today!

The Personal Planner Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 11/18/2013 | 807 comments

If you’ve ever felt frustrated that you can’t find the perfect planner for your needs, I can almost guarantee that you’ll be able to create YOUR perfect planner using the Personal Planner’s many customizable options.

Come read how it all works and enter to win your own fully customizable Personal Planner!

A Little Parenting Perspective

posted by Andrea | 11/15/2013 | 35 comments

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, I’ve been thinking a lot about everything I personally have to be thankful for — it’s a lot in case you were wondering!

So today, I’m sharing how a new parenting perspective helped me see a few things in a different light — and be much more thankful for my sleepless nights and fussy toddler.

Holiday Opportunities to Give Back

posted by Andrea | 11/14/2013 | 19 comments

In an effort to jump-start the generous spirit of the holiday season, I thought I’d share some of my thoughts about holiday giving along with a few ideas we can all give back this season.

I’d also love to hear some of your favorite ways to give back — both during the holiday season and all year long.

Creamy, Cheesy, Chicken Lasagna

posted by Andrea | 11/13/2013 | 29 comments

A couple weeks ago, I asked for recommendations on a really good chicken lasagna recipe via my Facebook page — and I got a whole bunch!

So since I obviously wasn’t going to make multiple different lasagnas just for Dave and myself, I took pieces of the different recipes (using the ingredients I had on hand) to try a brand new recipe. The results were so delicious — even Nora gobbled it up!

Progress in Nora’s New Room + Playroom

posted by Andrea | 11/12/2013 | 14 comments

With our family expanding in a few months, we decided it was also time to “expand” our living area. So we’re in the middle of a bunch of renovations upstairs.

Today I’m sharing a bunch of before pictures, a few progress pictures, and some of my ideas for the finished rooms!

3 Concepts That Helped Me Grow My Blog (And Enjoy The Process)

posted by Andrea | 11/11/2013 | 10 comments

It’s been a little over 3 years since I started my blog — and I can definitely say that I’ve learned a lot, I’ve grown a lot, and I’ve had a lot of fun along the way.

Today I’m sharing 3 things that helped me get into my blogging grove, grow my traffic, AND (most importantly) really enjoy the process.

Our New Craft Corner

posted by Andrea | 11/8/2013 | 20 comments

Over the past several months, it’s become very apparent that Nora LOVES doing crafts… so last week, I decided that my old method of storing and organizing our limited craft supplies needed a toddler-friendly update.

Within 45 minutes, I created a new (and very simple) craft corner in our kitchen — perfect for doing crafts at the kitchen table!

More Creative & Clutter-Free Holiday Gift Ideas

posted by Andrea | 11/7/2013 | 24 comments

Today I’m piggy-backing off the really fun Clutter-Free Gift series I ran last year, and sharing some of my favorite creative AND clutter-free gifts for almost anyone on your holiday shopping list this year.

Of course, I’d love to hear your favorite clutter-free gifts as well!

Our Favorite Chicken, Broccoli & Rice Casserole

posted by Andrea | 11/6/2013 | 17 comments

Dave and I love casseroles — especially in the cooler fall and winter months when warm leftovers for lunch the next day really hit the spot!

Today, I’m sharing a super simple casserole recipe — AND a casserole-making tip I use regularly to reduce the number of dirty dishes I need to wash and reduce the amount of time it takes me to get dinner on the table. Win, win!

A Few of My Favorite Things {November 2013}

posted by Andrea | 11/5/2013 | 24 comments

I’m back with a few more of my favorite things for November… and I definitely think some or all of these ideas would make fabulous holiday gifts for those of you planning ahead!

As always, I’d love to hear about some of your favorite things in the comments too!

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posted by Andrea | 11/4/2013 | comment

I know many of you love eBooks — and so do I. You can read as much as you want with NO book clutter — and at a fraction of the expense.

So today, I’m excited to share the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle with you. It includes 86 eBooks, a free 12-week online conference and 9 freebie bonuses. The entire package is valued at over $1000 but it’s on sale THIS WEEK ONLY for $29.97.