May, 2017

My Mini Maintenance Mode (week 1)

posted by Andrea | 05/31/2017 | 20 comments

Since I am regularly asked to share more about the organizing projects I do around my home, I thought it might be fun to start a series of posts dedicated to the various different projects I do to KEEP my home organized.

Most of these projects will be relatively small projects — so I’m starting today by sharing the Mini Maintenance Mode projects I tackled last week… at least the ones I remembered to write down!

How We Enjoy the Fruits of Our Frugalness

posted by Andrea | 05/30/2017 | 35 comments

I have always been good at making the most of our MONETARY resources. However, in many ways, this has caused me to squander my resources of time and energy. Also, we weren’t really enjoying any tangible benefits from all my frugal habits.

Today I’m sharing how our family has introduced a little more MODERATION into our savings and spending over the past 4-5 years, and how we are now regularly enjoying the “fruits” of our frugalness!

Happy Memorial Day + Spring Landscape Photos

posted by Andrea | 05/29/2017 | 14 comments

I usually don’t share many spring photos of our landscape because everything is still so small and uncolorful… but after planting a bunch of annuals 2 weeks ago, so many of you have asked for pictures!

Although the plants are all still very small and the annuals need to fill in A LOT, I figured it might be fun to share a handful of spring pictures — and then follow up with the same areas later this summer or fall to see how much bigger everything got!

Simon Says – Our Speech Therapy Experience

posted by Andrea | 05/26/2017 | 33 comments

As some of you may remember, Simon never talked (like literally never even said one word) until he was about 18-20 months old… and now we can’t get him to stop talking!

Today, I’m sharing more about our speech therapy experience, as well as some helpful tips and ideas for those of you with a “speechless” toddler in your life.

Why It’s OK Not To Have Constant Balance

posted by Andrea | 05/25/2017 | 16 comments

Most people think that in order to achieve a simple organized life, we also need to have complete and constant balance in every aspect of life… but in my opinion, constant balance is nearly impossible to achieve.

I’m sharing more thoughts about “balance” in today’s post!

Easy Make-it-Your-Way Chicken Salad

posted by Andrea | 05/24/2017 | 21 comments

One of my most favorite lunch options is chicken salad. It’s just so delicious — and it can easily be made with various ingredients I have on-hand.

Today, along with sharing my own personal favorite recipe for chicken salad, I’m also sharing some basic guidelines for making chicken salad — which will hopefully enable you to find your own “perfect” recipe!

The Story of Piercing Nora’s Ears

posted by Andrea | 05/23/2017 | 44 comments

Exactly 6 months ago, Nora got her ears pierced.

I’ve been asked to share more about our ear-piercing experience so many times, and I figured today would be a good day — especially since we’ve finally put the ‘trauma’ of the whole ordeal behind us 🙂

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 05/22/2017 | 21 comments

The last week or two have been FILLED with house projects, yard projects, preschool field trips, and lots of extra end-of-year activities for Dave.

Our schedule is full… but there are only a few more days until our glorious summer vacation! Come read what we’ve been up to!!

The “Good Old Days” Start Now!

posted by Andrea | 05/19/2017 | 19 comments

Despite what so many professionals, books, and news articles try to scare us to believe, I’m convinced today’s youth will grow up into fine adults who can fend for themselves, live on their own, and make a decent life for themselves.

And I have a feeling our kids will remember their childhood as “the good old days”, just like we remember ours!

Baby Steps and Big Picture Thinking

posted by Andrea | 05/18/2017 | 21 comments

As many of you know, I regularly encourage baby steps and small-but-steady forward progress… and although it might sound like an oxymoron, one of my favorite ways to make small but steady forward progress is what Dave and I call “big picture thinking”.

Over the past 11 years, Dave and I have met so many of our big picture goals — thanks in part to our baby steps approach!

Our Favorite Easy At-Home Lunches

posted by Andrea | 05/17/2017 | 22 comments

Since summer is just around the corner (YAY!) and kids will be home for lunches again, I thought it might be good timing to share some of our favorite EASY at-home lunches.

Our lunch options are much more limited than our dinner options, but we still have enough variety ready to go each day that we don’t get bored or feel like we’re eating the same things day after day.

When A Tradition You Love Just Doesn’t Work

posted by Andrea | 05/16/2017 | 34 comments

I know it can be difficult to stop a long-standing tradition (especially a tradition you really enjoy) but speaking from experience, there are SO many times when our lives become stress-filled because we insist on doing something that no longer works for us… just because we’ve always done it that way.

If you feel overwhelmed or weighed down by certain traditions in your life, I hope this post shares a little encouragement and a new perspective.

How We Organize Our Outdoor Tools and Toys

posted by Andrea | 05/15/2017 | 22 comments

This time of year, I often get questions regarding how we store and organize all our outdoor gear — hand tools, lawn tools, toys, lawn furniture, kiddie pools, play equipment, mowers, fertilizers, hoses, etc. etc.

Although our storage and organizational needs are always changing, we do have A LOT of outdoor gear, and today I’m sharing how we organize it all!

A Sister for My Sweet Nora!

posted by Andrea | 05/12/2017 | 54 comments

That’s right friends, baby Dekker #4 is another GIRL!!

Obviously, we would have been happy either way — but it sure was fun to tell Nora she was “finally” getting a little sister!

My SIMPLE Tips to Organize Any Space

posted by Andrea | 05/11/2017 | 17 comments

After 7 years of blogging and 2000+ published blog posts, I was shocked when I recently realized that I’ve NEVER shared my most favorite super simple tips for better organizing almost any space in your home.

So… today is the day when I finally share my tips with you! If you are trying to better organize any space in your home, I feel confident these “SIMPLE” tips will help you!

5 Signs Your Schedule is Too Full

posted by Andrea | 05/10/2017 | 32 comments

Although it’s nearly impossible for me to suggest the number of tasks that is “too much” for any given person, I do think it’s possible to gauge whether OUR OWN schedule is too full right now based on a few tell-tale signs of overly-busy people.

Today I’m sharing 5 signs that your schedule might be too full — as well as a few steps you can take to simplify your schedule!

The Next Best Choice… Why I Cut the Crust off My Kids’ Bread!

posted by Andrea | 05/9/2017 | 65 comments

I was recently thinking about all the times in my life when I choose “the next best” instead of the “best” because it’s faster, easier, cheaper, and more fitting with my current stage of life.

As I pondered all these “next best” choices, I realized these choices are one of the reasons my life is simpler, less stressed, less chaotic, less busy, and less full. I’m elaborating more on this today!

How We Keep Our Construction Mess to a Minimum

posted by Andrea | 05/8/2017 | 14 comments

I’m often asked how we contain our construction messes and prevent them from traveling into every other space in our house (especially since we have always lived in our house during our renovations).

And since we’re currently in the middle of a VERY messy house project, I thought this would be a perfect time to share how we keep our construction mess to a minimum!