December, 2013

Merry Christmas! – 2013

posted by Andrea | 12/24/2013 | 9 comments

We’re all excited for Christmas over here; but honestly, I think I sometime like Christmas Eve even better than Christmas Day. It’s quieter, more low-key, less hoopla, less busyness, and just simpler.

Due to the holidays, having family in town, and a fun little pre-baby holiday getaway Dave and I are taking later this week, I’ll be taking the rest of the week off from blogging. But I’ll see you back here on New Year’s Day!

Traditions

posted by Andrea | 12/23/2013 | 31 comments

Today I’m talking about traditions — specifically holiday traditions — and I’d love to hear your thoughts too.

I love traditions… but only if they work with our current family, our current stage of life, our current budget, and our current interests. And I’m definitely not afraid to stop or alter a specific tradition if it stops working for us.

How The Dekker’s “Do Christmas”

posted by Andrea | 12/20/2013 | 16 comments

Over the past years, I’ve gotten numerous questions about how Dave and I “do Christmas”. And since I’ve only blogged a little bit about each of these topics sporadically over the past 3+ years, I thought it might be time to consolidate it all into one nice, neat post.

Today, I’m sharing how Dave and I have been “doing Christmas” for the last 8 years — everything from holiday cards and gift-giving to family traditions, Christmas decorations, holiday parties, and more!

Giveaway: Pamper’s Diapers and Wipes

posted by Andrea | 12/19/2013 | 268 comments

Since I’m a huge fan of Pamper’s diapers (they’re definitely my favorite brand for Nora these past 2 years), I figured it would be a great time to do a little Pamper’s giveaway — especially since I don’t know any parent of small children who would complain about free diapers!

Enter to win free Pamper’s diapers and wipes!

Do You Buy Yourself Gift Cards?

posted by Andrea | 12/18/2013 | 30 comments

I’ve already shared how much I love giving gift cards as clutter-free holiday gifts. However, I’ve never shared how Dave and I buy gift cards for ourselves this time of year.

Yup! We capitalize on the freebie gift cards, bonus offers, and other seasonal gift card deals to literally get free money. Then we use the gift cards for simple date nights throughout the rest of the year.

Simple Egg Substitutions… For Baking

posted by Andrea | 12/17/2013 | 9 comments

Dave and I are HUGE egg lovers! In fact, it’s not uncommon for us to go through 2 dozen eggs per week (or more). So I was pretty bummed when I wanted to do some holiday baking last week and only had 1 egg left in the house.

Thankfully, I found a few super simple recipes for egg substitutions (specifically for baking) — and I’m happy to report that they worked REALLY well!

Linen Storage: Why I Don’t Need It

posted by Andrea | 12/16/2013 | 80 comments

What would you say if I told you we only have 1 set of sheets/blankets per bed — and (get ready to be shocked) only 2 bath towels and 1 hand towel for each of us?

Today, I’m sharing my minimalist approach to linens, and how it saves us TONS of storage space.

An Update On Our Sleepless Child

posted by Andrea | 12/13/2013 | 36 comments

Over the last few months, I’ve gotten many emails from desperately tired parents asking for more information about Nora’s sleep… or lack of sleep.

I’ll let you know right now that we still haven’t found anything that has magically worked — but I do think the information in this post will still offer some help and encouragement to anyone who also has a poor sleeper.

Yummy BrocoSlaw

posted by Andrea | 12/12/2013 | 7 comments

I’ve never been a huge fan of coleslaw — however, when it comes to BrocoSlaw, I’ll almost always go back up for 2nds or even 3rds. I love the stuff.

BrocoSlaw is versatile enough to work with backyard BBQ’s, a simple sandwich buffet, or even a ham dinner — and today, I’m sharing my super simple recipe for this yummy side dish!

Our New Play Room

posted by Andrea | 12/11/2013 | 31 comments

When we first purchased our home, one of the areas I was most excited about was the large landing area at the top of the stairs. And since we’re in the process of renovating Nora’s new “big-girl bedroom” upstairs, we decided that it was also a good time to transform this landing area into the playroom we envisioned when we first moved in.

After a little paint, carpeting, and a bunch of toys, this is what we ended up with!

TRIO Binder Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 12/10/2013 | 475 comments

Are you looking for a fun and functional way to organize various papers, recipes, photos, craft projects, tax documents, warranties, etc?

Today’s giveaway (the TRIO Binder) is one of the coolest paper organizing products I’ve ever used. Dave and I have been using these binders for over a year now — we love them and I think you will too!

Our Filing Cabinet Downsize, Upgrade, and Makeover

posted by Andrea | 12/9/2013 | 23 comments

Over the past few years, I’ve been on a mission to use and store less paper.

So I’m supper happy to announce that we recently switched from a MASSIVE 4 drawer, big, bulky filing cabinet to a much smaller, shallower, 2-drawer filing cabinet… with room to spare!

Happy Birthday to the Man I’ve Loved for Almost a Decade

posted by Andrea | 12/6/2013 | 107 comments

I have a surprise post for Dave today!

You see, tomorrow is Dave’s 32nd birthday, and since I don’t usually talk a ton about Dave here on the blog, I thought it might be the perfect timing for a little post about the man I’ve loved for almost a decade.

Dear Well-Meaning Relatives: Please respect our request of fewer gifts for our kids.

posted by Andrea | 12/5/2013 | 47 comments

Since I get SO many emails from overwhelmed parents asking, “how can we ask our well-meaning relatives to PLEASE stop giving our kids so much stuff?” I thought I’d write up a response in the form of a letter.

This post is intended to be humorous, so I certainly hope it doesn’t come off as offensive, rude, or disrespectful — and it is in NO WAY directed towards Dave or my relatives. šŸ™‚

Cheesecake for “Two” + 5 Recipe Variations

posted by Andrea | 12/4/2013 | 10 comments

Dave and I love cheesecake — but I don’t always love making a huge cheesecake for just the two of us. So I was thrilled when a reader recently emailed me a recipe for a much smaller cheesecake.

It requires much fewer ingredients, much less time in the kitchen, and has much fewer calories than eating a full-size cheesecake (especially when there’s just two of us).

Nora’s $40 Daniel Tiger Birthday Party

posted by Andrea | 12/3/2013 | 31 comments

Instead of shopping on Black Friday, Dave and I hosted a little Daniel Tiger birthday party for our big two year old.

It turned out so cute, and I’m pleased to say I pulled off the whole party (including dinner for 16+ guests and gifts) for less than $40!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {December 2013}

posted by Andrea | 12/2/2013 | 27 comments

Iā€™m back with more of my favorite things for December… a few of which would be excellent stocking stuffers!

And as always, be sure to share YOUR favorite things in the comments!