December, 2015

Merry Christmas! {plus My Favorite Christmastime Posts}

posted by Andrea | 12/22/2015 | 13 comments

We sent out our Christmas cards last week — so I figured it was safe to share them on the blog now! I’m also sharing some of my favorite Christmastime posts from previous years, my favorite Christmas recipes, and a bunch of pictures from earlier Christmases in the Dekker house!

Merry Christmas! I’ll see you back here on the blog next year!

My 2016 FREE Finance-Tracking Workbook

posted by Andrea | 12/21/2015 | 10 comments

Since I’ll be taking some time off for the holidays, I thought it might be nice to share my 2016 free printable Finance-Tracking Workbook — for all of you who like to get everything set up before the New Year!

This is NOT a budget, but it IS a fabulous (and free) tool to help you get your finances on track — one that I’ve been using since I was in college!

To Sell or to Donate: That is the Question

posted by Andrea | 12/18/2015 | 50 comments

Over the past few years, I’ve talked a lot about selling our unneeded items on Craigslist. However, what I might not have said in so many words is that I most definitely DO NOT sell everything we purge. In fact, the majority of it is donated on a regular basis as I just want to get it out of our home ASAP!

Today, I’m talking about the question of when to sell and when to just donate…

A Tour of Our Farmhouse Bedroom

posted by Andrea | 12/17/2015 | 30 comments

In the 5+ years I’ve been blogging, and the almost 5 years we’ve been steadily renovating our home (and sharing our progress on the blog) I’ve never gotten around to giving you a tour of our bedroom.

Well that changes today!! Come see the full tour 🙂

My New Favorite Catfish Recipe + 2 Free Meals From Blue Apron

posted by Andrea | 12/16/2015 | 10 comments

Today I’m sharing my new favorite catfish recipe (that even Simon devoured)!

I’m also offering an opportunity to get 2 free meals from Blue Apron — and yes, this might just make the perfect last-minute, clutter-free gift for someone on your list this year!

3 Steps to a Squeaky Clean Dishwasher

posted by Andrea | 12/15/2015 | 22 comments

If it’s been awhile since you cleaned your dishwasher (or if you didn’t even know you could clean your dishwasher), I’d suggest giving this SIMPLE 3-step process a try… you might be surprised how much better your dishwasher runs as a result!

A Peek into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 12/14/2015 | 10 comments

Nora is spelling words, Simon is starting to talk, and James just got his first tooth!

Add in all the Christmas excitement and we have a lot to share from these past 2 weeks!

An Update on How We Store and Organize our Toys

posted by Andrea | 12/11/2015 | 13 comments

Just over 3 years ago, I shared a post about how we sort, purge, organize, and store our various toys. As you can imagine, A LOT has changed around our house since then — including how we store and organize our growing number of toys.

Today I’m sharing how we store and organize all our various toys, books, games, crafts, and other kid items.

10 Tips to Simplify Holiday Entertaining

posted by Andrea | 12/10/2015 | 19 comments

While it does take a decent amount of extra effort to host a gathering (even if we do keep things simple) we generally enjoy having others over to our house — especially since it’s often an easier option than loading up the kids to go somewhere else!

If you are entertaining this holiday season, here are 10 simple tips that should help things go a bit smoother — and allow you to actually enjoy your time with family and friends!

My Tips to Pack a Minimalist Wardrobe

posted by Andrea | 12/9/2015 | 10 comments

Although I definitely wouldn’t consider myself to be a minimalist in most areas of my life, I have always tried to pack a relatively minimalist wardrobe whenever I travel.

So, since I know many of you will be traveling for the holidays (and because I’m wishing spring break would come sooner), I thought it might be good timing to share a few of my best tips for packing minimally — at least when it comes to clothing!

Tasty Turkey Tortilla Bake

posted by Andrea | 12/8/2015 | 8 comments

Today’s recipe is a fabulously simple meal for busy weeknights! It’s also a great dish to bring to a potluck, give to a new mom, or just stockpile in your own freezer.

Now you have no excuse to let any of that leftover Thanksgiving turkey go to waste!

The 4th Trimester

posted by Andrea | 12/7/2015 | 34 comments

Today I’m sharing some of my thoughts on “The 4th Trimester” as it relates to my new normal after bringing home each one of my babies… and also how giving yourself a 12-week grace-period can be so helpful when embarking on any big new changes in your life.

What Are Your Favorite Holiday Traditions

posted by Andrea | 12/4/2015 | 55 comments

Although I’m not an overly sentimental person, some of my favorite things about the holidays are the fun family traditions I look forward to year after year.

Today, I’m sharing a few of our family traditions, and I’d love to know what yours are too (either for your family, friends, work, or from when you were little.)

Every Little Bit Helps

posted by Andrea | 12/3/2015 | 9 comments

After Nora’s 4th birthday, she and I walked to our local bank and opened up a savings account in her name — and I explained how every little bit of money she puts into her account will help her to save up for a bigger purchase someday down the road.

Of course, that got me thinking about how the phrase “every little bit helps” applies to SO many different areas of our lives!

Cranberry Pork (or Chicken)

posted by Andrea | 12/2/2015 | 19 comments

Today’s recipe is another one of those ridiculously simple “non recipes” that I almost feel silly posting here on my blog.

If you love a good slow-cooker pork or chicken recipe, and have a little extra cranberry sauce to use up after the holidays, you’ll definitely want to give this Cranberry Pork (or Chicken) recipe a try!

A Few of My Favorite Things {December 2015}

posted by Andrea | 12/1/2015 | 44 comments

I’m back with a few more of my favorite things… several of which would make nice holiday gift ideas!!