August, 2015

James’ Birth Announcement (and how I made them myself for pennies)

posted by Andrea | 08/28/2015 | 7 comments

Today I’m sharing James’ birth announcements I sent out a few weeks ago. Not only did I do the design myself (so it’s totally custom) but I also ordered them through Vistaprint with a coupon code so they were so inexpensive!

If you’re planning to order cards, announcements, invitations, etc. you’ll definitely want to read how I did it 🙂

3 Simple Ways I Improve My Quality of Sleep

posted by Andrea | 08/26/2015 | 26 comments

As many of you know, “sleep” has been a hot topic in the Dekker household for the past 3.5 years… basically since we brought Nora home from the hospital!

Although sleep is one of my top priorities, I haven’t always been able to get the QUANTITY of sleep I would like. However, there are a few things I do that have helped me get more QUALITY sleep… I’m sharing those today!

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

posted by Andrea | 08/24/2015 | 17 comments

I have a new favorite way to use up some of the extra zucchini in our garden… and yes, it involves chocolate!

Our Family’s Favorite Netflix Shows

posted by Andrea | 08/21/2015 | 27 comments

Over the past couple of years, I’ve talked about how much our family has enjoyed using Netflix… and many of you have asked about our favorite shows to watch.

So, since I’ve had a little extra time to watch Netflix these past few weeks, I thought it would be a perfect time to share some of our family’s favorite things to watch on Netflix.

The Kid’s Bathroom {Before and After}

posted by Andrea | 08/19/2015 | 32 comments

Exactly 2 months ago, I shared our progress on the kids’ bathroom upstairs… and although we finished this mini renovation well before James arrived, I’m finally getting around to sharing the before and after pictures now.

I don’t want to blow the surprise, but I will say that it’s much less “neon” now 🙂

What If You Don’t Have Big Life Goals?

posted by Andrea | 08/17/2015 | 10 comments

Just because you don’t have a BIG goal for your life, doesn’t mean you can’t set goals for yourself on a regular basis. Your life and your days can still have purpose and meaning without the addition of big goals.

Today’s post elaborates more on these thoughts!

James @ 1 Month + A Dekker Family Update

posted by Andrea | 08/14/2015 | 23 comments

James is officially 1 month old today — and even for someone who doesn’t particularly love the newborn phase of life, that month went by pretty fast!

Today, I’m sharing an update on each of the kids, plus a family update, and lots of pictures!

How We Simplify and De-Stress Home Renovations

posted by Andrea | 08/12/2015 | 10 comments

As many of you know, Dave and I have been faithfully working on renovating our 125 year old farmhouse for the past 4.5 years. It’s a labor of love — but we don’t always love doing it!

Today, I’m sharing some of our tips to de-stress and simplify home renovations!

4 Tips to Simplify Back-to-School

posted by Andrea | 08/10/2015 | 8 comments

Even though there are still few more weeks until Dave is officially back in school, reality is starting to sink in here at the Dekker house, and back-to-school preparations are beginning.

Today, I’m sharing 4 things we do to help simplify and de-stress this busy time of year!

James’ Birth Story and Newborn Photos

posted by Andrea | 08/6/2015 | 38 comments

In case you missed the big announcement, I had a baby 3 weeks ago 🙂

Today, I’m sharing James’ birth story, his newborn photos, and our newest family photos!

A Few of My Favorite Things {August 2015}

posted by Andrea | 08/3/2015 | 1 comment

I had so many new “favorite things” I wanted to share with you this month… but I limited it to 5 and will save the rest for later 🙂

Happy August!