June, 2017

Why We Waited a Week for Our Honeymoon

posted by Andrea | 06/30/2017 | 49 comments

Today is Dave and my 11-year anniversary — which means I’ve officially been married to him for more than 1/3 of my life!

I decided that I would share a bit more about our honeymoon — more specifically why waiting a week to go on our honeymoon was one of the smartest decisions we made so early in our marriage!

This Week In Review (June 25 – July 1)

posted by Andrea | 06/29/2017 | 12 comments

It’s Dave and my 11th anniversary tomorrow — so along with sharing lots of great recipes, organizing ideas, money-saving tips, landscape renovations, and some of my favorite things, I’m also sharing pictures and posts from all of our previous anniversaries! 

I hope you enjoy re-reading them as much as I did! 

How I Clean and Protect My Stone Surfaces

posted by Andrea | 06/28/2017 | 4 comments

Over the years, I have gradually switched to using more natural (often homemade) cleaning products throughout my home. I love how frugal these products are — and that they are often safer and gentler than many store-bought cleaners.

HOWEVER, there are times when my homemade cleaning concoctions just don’t cut it, and I choose to use more powerful cleaning agents… I’m sharing some of those products today!

How I Style My Short Hair (a Video!)

posted by Andrea | 06/27/2017 | 49 comments

After enjoying very long, curly hair for the first 23+ years of my life, I’ve had shorter hair for almost 9 years now… and I just LOVE it! 

I’ve gotten so many requests to share exactly how I style my hair each morning; and even though it only takes me a minute or two, I had fun finally making a video tutorial! 

What a Difference One Year Makes

posted by Andrea | 06/26/2017 | 9 comments

Last spring, I transplanted lilies from my Great-Grandparents’ dairy farm… and they didn’t look so great. This year, however, they are thriving with huge blooms and an amazing scent that fills our yard!

It’s amazing what a difference just one year makes — with our flowers, our children, our careers, our own personal lives, etc. etc. Read more of my thoughts in today’s post!

Our Favorite Baby Monitor + Giveaway!

posted by Andrea | 06/23/2017 | 7 comments

If you are currently in the market for a new baby monitor, or if you’re a soon-to-be new parent wondering what to add to your registry, I cannot praise the Angelcare monitors enough. Dave and I have used them every single day for the last 5+ years and we are so thankful for the peace of mind they have given us.

Today I’m offering a fabulous Angelcare giveaway AND a discount code for everyone!

This Week in Review (June 18-24)

posted by Andrea | 06/22/2017 | 13 comments

As I mentioned last week, one of the fun post series I’m running over the summer is a “Week in Review”, where I look back on my past 7 years of blogging and highlight old posts, photos, recipes, etc.

Today I’m sharing links to some favorite BBQ side dishes, our huge kitchen renovation, Dave and my engagement story, Craigslist tips… and pictures from this week’s vacation 🙂

Easy 10-Layer Ice Cream Dessert

posted by Andrea | 06/21/2017 | 6 comments

If you’re looking for a new ice cream dessert recipe this summer, or if you just want a super simple make-ahead dessert recipe you can keep frozen for unexpected company (or for your own nightly treat) you’ll definitely want to try my yummy 10-layer ice cream dessert!

Planning Ahead While Living in the Present

posted by Andrea | 06/20/2017 | 11 comments

As someone who really enjoys planning ahead, setting goals, and daydreaming about the future, I feel like I do a fairly decent job of intentionally living (and enjoying) the present moments…

Today I’m sharing a few thoughts that I hope will encourage you to stop and think about what you’re planning for.

Our Favorite, Easy HOT Breakfasts

posted by Andrea | 06/19/2017 | 22 comments

Last month, I shared our favorite EASY at-home lunch ideas, in preparation for all the kiddos being home from school this summer. Soon after I published that post, I started getting requests to share our favorite (easy) at-home breakfasts… so that is what’s on today’s agenda.

I’m specifically sharing several of our favorite HOT breakfast ideas!

My “Someday Daydreams”!

posted by Andrea | 06/16/2017 | 52 comments

Today is my 32nd birthday! And as I get older, I find myself daydreaming about all the things I might potentially do “someday” when I have a little bit more free time.

I realize they might not all happen, but I’m sharing a bunch of MY daydreams in a light-hearted post today!

My Summer Blogging Plan

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2017 | 30 comments

Over the past several summers, I’ve taken 2-4 weeks off from blogging… just because I could! However, this year, with a baby scheduled to arrive in late September, I’m “saving” my vacation time for later this year and will be blogging straight through the summer months.

Today I’m sharing more about my summer blogging plans — including a fun new post series I’m starting!

One of My Favorite Ways to Display Artwork and Pictures

posted by Andrea | 06/14/2017 | 13 comments

One of the questions I get most often (outside of clothes clutter questions) is how I display kids artwork and snapshot photos.

Over the years, I’ve personally tried many different ways to display photos and artwork, but time and time again, I always end up reverting back to my most favorite (super simple) way…

Easy Cheesy Pesto Chicken

posted by Andrea | 06/13/2017 | 23 comments

I’m always a fan of recipes where the most time-consuming part is preheating the oven — so of course, this super easy, cheesy pesto chicken was a winner for me.

Thankfully the whole family loved it — even Simon who initially wasn’t so sure about the green sauce 🙂

We Don’t Always Need “More” to Make a Difference

posted by Andrea | 06/12/2017 | 50 comments

Sometimes, I feel like I can’t even put my thoughts and feelings for my blog into words — and then other days (like today) I can gush on and on for 1400+ words about how much my blog (and all of you) have affected my life over the past several years!

I hope today’s post is an encouragement for any of you who have thought about trying something new!

Reader Question: How Did You Decide on Your Family Size?

posted by Andrea | 06/9/2017 | 97 comments

Ever since I announced that Baby Dekker #4 is on her way, I’ve gotten so many congratulatory emails and comments from all of you.

A couple of the emails questioned how Dave and I decided what size family we want (or at least hope to have) someday… and that’s what I’m sharing more about today.

Our Summer “Schedule”

posted by Andrea | 06/8/2017 | 23 comments

Today is Dave’s last day of school — which means our family officially starts summer vacation TOMORROW!

I’ve already gotten so many emails from readers asking for what we do to stay on a schedule during the summer, so I figured today was a good day to share our VERY loose summer “schedule”!

I Worked From Home Before It Was Cool!

posted by Andrea | 06/7/2017 | 42 comments

Did you know I’ve been working from home for over 10 years already? Way before I started my blog, before I had children… and honestly, before it was even “cool” to work from home.

Today I’m sharing part of my work-from-home journey, along with a bunch of valuable resources and tools for anyone hoping, wishing, dreaming, or even just tentatively thinking about working from home!