Family

The Essentials I Keep In My Car “Just In Case”

posted by Andrea | 01/30/2015 | 24 comments
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We live in Michigan… more specifically, West Michigan. This means we have pretty nasty winters, thanks to “lake effect” snow, sleet, and ice that blasts our area ALL winter long.

Because of this, I’ve come up with a pretty good list of “car essentials” that I keep in my vehicle at all times — and a few extra items for winter and summer. Today, I’m sharing that list!

BabyBjörn Bouncer Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 01/29/2015 | 22 comments
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In case you can’t tell by the title of this post — I’m super excited to be offering you yet another chance to win a BabyBjörn Bouncer (one of my most-loved baby essentials of all times!)

Even more exciting, this giveaway is for one of the brand new, exclusive Dots patterned bouncers that are just way too cute. This would be the perfect gift for any new parent, parent-to-be, or parent of young children!

DIY Homemade Hair-Detangling Spray

posted by Andrea | 01/26/2015 | 26 comments
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Although I absolutely adore Nora’s curls, her hair is snarly, hard to comb, and a pain to control. Add in the fact that she doesn’t love any amount of water on her face or head, and you can imagine how difficult it is to wash her hair — let alone use conditioner to control the frizz and snarls!

Enter my free, 20-second, DIY Hair Detangling Spray (a.k.a. “magic spray”) and we’ve almost eliminated the hair brushing battles at our house!

A Day With the Dekkers (January 2015 Edition)

posted by Andrea | 01/23/2015 | 29 comments
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Over the last few months, many of you have requested a day-in-the-life post, and I suppose it has been a couple years already… so I’m due for an update!

While no 2 days are ever exactly alike (can you relate), here’s what a relatively normalish weekday looks like in our house.

2 Simple Healthier Habits I’m Working On This Year

posted by Andrea | 01/14/2015 | 34 comments
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Most of you know that I am NOT a foodie. I’ve always been somewhat intimidated by the thought of making a food or healthy-living goal because that’s just not “my thing”.

However, by keeping things REALLY simple and focusing on a couple very specific (yet do-able) changes to incorporate into my current diet, I haven’t felt even the slightest twinge of panic or intimidation — and I’m excited to share my 2 new healthier habits with you today!

Simon @ 10 Months + Dekker Family Life Updates

posted by Andrea | 01/8/2015 | 17 comments
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Today I’m sharing some Dekker family updates from our Christmas break, as well as the last month or so.

I’m also sharing Simon’s 10-month photos and update — all jam-packed into one post since I have so many other ideas and blog posts to share with you this month!!

Merry Christmas From The Dekker Family {2014}

posted by Andrea | 12/24/2014 | 84 comments
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As I’ve done in previous years, I’ll be taking the full week off between Christmas and New Years to enjoy time at home with family and friends. However, I couldn’t leave for a week without sharing our 2014 Christmas card with you! Oh, and make sure you read all the way to the end of the post for a fun surprise :)

Merry Christmas!!

Homemade Gak

posted by Andrea | 12/23/2014 | 18 comments
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Recently, Nora and I made homemade gak for a couple of her cousins (and some to keep at our house). It was super easy, super cheap, and has provided hours upon hours of entertainment for Nora!

If you’re looking for a last-minute child’s gift idea, or just something to do over Christmas break, I would highly encourage you to try out this simple gak recipe!

Why We Didn’t Do Traditions This Year

posted by Andrea | 12/18/2014 | 37 comments
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Over and over again, I’ve been asked what family traditions we take part in over the holiday season. Over and over again, I’ve felt slightly ashamed when I explain that we really didn’t do any traditions this year.

No, I’m not the Grinch — I actually love the holidays. However, I refuse to let a “but we’ve always done it that way” get in the way of me and my family enjoying this time of year.

3 Steps To Organize Digital Photos

posted by Andrea | 12/15/2014 | 27 comments
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Since I get SO many questions about how I store and organize my digital photos, and since most people take a bazillion photos over the holiday season, I figured it was time for a blog post dedicated to digital photo organization.

Today, I’m sharing my relatively quick and simple 3-step process to store, organize, and backup all my digital photos.

How My Stay-at-Home Wife Simplifies My Life

posted by Andrea | 12/12/2014 | 36 comments
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Guess what friends? Today, you get to read a guest post from one of my all-time favorite people… Dave!

I think what he has to say will be encouraging to SOOOOO many of you stay-at-home and work-at-home parents who sometimes feel like you have little to nothing to show for yourself at the end of the day — besides stained clothing and a pile of dirty dishes in the sink.

What We’re Giving Our Kids for Christmas

posted by Andrea | 12/8/2014 | 34 comments
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I’ve gotten several questions asking what we’re giving Nora and Simon for Christmas — as well as requests for holiday gift suggestions for children, teens, adults, etc.

So today, I’m sharing what we’re giving our kiddos, and some of my favorite gift ideas for kids 2-6 years old!

Simon @ 9 Months

posted by Andrea | 12/4/2014 | 21 comments
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Maybe it’s the fact that the holiday season is crazy busy, or that Simon is the 2nd child, or that the months are going by SOOO fast — but I honestly almost forgot about today’s 9 month post!

It wasn’t until just a couple days ago that I remembered (while in the shower, of course) that… DUH, my little boy is 9 months old on December 4th.

Giveaway: Personal Planner!

posted by Andrea | 12/3/2014 | 31 comments
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Since it’s almost that time of year, I’m sharing my new planner today — and offering a couple great giveaways from Personal-Planner.com!!

Nora is 3!

posted by Andrea | 11/24/2014 | 29 comments
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Nora turned 3 on Saturday!

We celebrated with a super fun Curious George birthday party… complete with costumes :)

Big-Picture Parenting

posted by Andrea | 11/21/2014 | 50 comments
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When it comes to parenting, I’ve had a 3-year crash course with one of the toughest instructors around — my 3 year old, highly-anxious, overly-sensitive, never-slept-through-the-night little girl.

So, since Nora’s THIRD birthday is tomorrow, I figured now would be the perfect time to share a few more of my thoughts on parenting…

10 Tips to Simplify Holiday Entertaining

posted by Andrea | 11/19/2014 | 18 comments
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Dave and I are hosting Nora’s birthday party this weekend, then we’re celebrating Thanksgiving, 5 other immediate family member birthdays, lots of Christmas parties, a New Years party, hosting out of town guest, and more… all in the next 6 weeks.

Because of all these celebrations, I felt a post on how to simplify holiday entertaining was timely. I hope it will be helpful for many of you as well!

What To Do With Old Holiday Cards

posted by Andrea | 11/17/2014 | 64 comments
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In the next couple of weeks, Christmas and other holiday cards will start filling up our mailboxes… but what will we do with those cards in another couple months, when the holidays are over?

Today, I’m sharing what I do with our holiday cards, and I’d love to know if you have any simple ways to reuse holiday cards.

Yet Another Post on Clutter-Free Gifts

posted by Andrea | 11/11/2014 | 10 comments
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I know, I know… I’ve written at least one post on clutter-free gifts every single year since I started my blog. Most years, I’ve written several posts on the topic; and now, I even have a link to all my clutter-free gifts posts in my sidebar. I’m sorry — I just can’t help it!

Today, I’m sharing a few more of my thoughts on clutter-free gifts; as well as a whole bunch of clutter-free gift ideas and resources.

Simon @ 8 Months

posted by Andrea | 11/4/2014 | 18 comments
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Simon is 8 months old today!

(Giveaway) Fight Cold and Flu Season Naturally with Maty’s Healthy Products

posted by Andrea | 10/29/2014 | 3 comments
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With the onset of cold and flu season, I thought it was only appropriate to share about a fabulous company I was recently introduced to — Maty’s Healthy Products.

Aside from being all-natural, made in the US, and using food-based ingredients in their products, their cough syrup is so good you can spread it on your toast!

Why Parents Should Stop Worrying About Fair and Equal

posted by Andrea | 10/24/2014 | 63 comments
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This is a post I’ve been itching to write for years already — but I didn’t think I would hold any “clout” on the topic until I had at least 2 kids.

So now that the “having two kids” part has been taken care of, I have a few (maybe more than a few) things to say about why I STRONGLY believe we should stop worrying and stressing about making every single aspect of our children’s lives “fair” and “equal”.