Family

Snapshots of Summer

posted by Andrea | 08/26/2016 | 27 comments
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Today is the last official day of summer for the Dekker family as Dave goes back to school on Monday.

As I thought about how I wanted to close out the summer on my blog, I realized there were SOOOOOO many photos I’d love to share… I hope you enjoy a few “snapshots” of our summer!

The Importance of Margin Time

posted by Andrea | 08/22/2016 | 35 comments
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Just as the margins of books, newspapers, and magazines give our eyes a break from all the words on the pages, margins in our life give us a break from all the busyness, stress, and chaos.

Today I’m sharing why I feel “margin time” is one of the simplest and most important things I do to alleviate that frazzled feeling that often shows up if I have even the slightest notion that I might be running behind.

My TOP TIP to Simplify The School Year

posted by Andrea | 08/11/2016 | 27 comments
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As I child, I LOVED the start of another school year! As a teacher’s wife with 3 young children at home, I can’t say I have that same love and happy anticipation for another school year to begin!

However, I’m working ahead now to simplify the start of our school year… and I’m sharing my top tip today!

Our Amazing Bubble Cloud Experiment

posted by Andrea | 08/8/2016 | 8 comments
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Our “Amazing Bubble Cloud” is currently one of our favorite crafts or experiments — and it’s SOOOOOOOO simple to set up.

If you’re looking for a quick activity for younger children with very little set up and not much mess, you’ll love this one!

Wedding Anniversaries… and More Memories Preserved

posted by Andrea | 08/3/2016 | 18 comments
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Dave’s parents’ wedding anniversary is coming up later this month and as an early “anniversary-type gift”, we digitized hundreds of old family pictures (something his mom has wanted to do for years) with the help of Legacybox.

It has been fun to look through Dave’s old family photos — and I’m excited to offer all of you a fabulous discount to help preserve YOUR memories!

When You Have No Time For Yourself

posted by Andrea | 07/15/2016 | 59 comments
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Earlier this spring, I transplanted a bunch of white lilies from my Great-Grandparents’ dairy farm… and while it might sound a bit crazy, the lilies got me thinking about different seasons of my life when I have had very little time for myself.

If you are currently in a season of life with no time for yourself, I hope this post offers some encouragement… you definitely are NOT alone!

James is ONE!

posted by Andrea | 07/14/2016 | 21 comments
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Can you believe our sweet baby James is a year old today!?

Come take a stroll down memory lane with lots of cute pictures from the past year…. Also, James is talking!

Dream Weddings, Date Nights, and a Decade with Dave

posted by Andrea | 06/30/2016 | 35 comments
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Today is Dave and my 10-Year Anniversary!

After 10 years of marriage, I’m certainly NOT an expert — but as I thought about what I wanted to write about today, there were 2 topics that kept coming to mind… I couldn’t pick just one, so I’m writing about both today!

Our Diaper Bags (What We Love and What We Don’t)

posted by Andrea | 06/28/2016 | 29 comments
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Today, I’m sharing some of the diaper bags we’ve used over the last few years, what we like about them, what we don’t like, and a bit more about the bags we use right now.

If you’re in the market for a new diaper bag, I hope my thoughts and insights are helpful for you!

Enjoy ONE Moment (but maybe not every moment)

posted by Andrea | 06/20/2016 | 51 comments
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Anyone who has ever gone anywhere with a young child has most likely heard the phrase, “enjoy every moment — it goes so fast” uttered from the lips of well-meaning friends, relatives, or complete strangers.

Since it’s not actually possible to enjoy EVERY moment of life… I’m sharing how striving for ONE enjoyable moment has helped me realize how much of my life I actually DO enjoy — and alleviate so much guilt for those times when I do get frustrated, annoyed, angry, or stressed.

12 Ideas to Entertain Young Children (no creativity required)

posted by Andrea | 06/17/2016 | 37 comments
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For those of you who spend time with young children, those of you who aren’t necessarily super creative or crafty, and those of you who have no idea what you’re going to do now that the kids are home ALL DAY LONG, here are a few things we do to stay busy…

You’ll notice that most of these activities require little to no creativity, little to no monetary cost, little to no set-up, and little to no clean-up! Win, Win, Win, Win!

Our New (amazingly awesome) Kid’s Bedtime Routine

posted by Andrea | 06/13/2016 | 36 comments
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For the first time since becoming parents, Dave and I finally feel like we have an awesome bedtime routine for all 3 of our kids… and since I am regularly asked about our bedtime routine, I wanted to share exactly what is working for us RIGHT NOW, and why I feel it’s working so well.

I hope some of you will have more tips and ideas to share in the comments too!

Our Family Pictures :: Spring 2016

posted by Andrea | 05/27/2016 | 21 comments
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We had family pictures taken a couple weeks ago and I got the digital rights to all the photos last week!

Although I already shared a couple of the full-family shots on the blog, I figured it might be fun to share a few more of the kids and different poses.

Secondhand Shopping Made Simple

posted by Andrea | 05/26/2016 | 25 comments
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For as long as I can remember, I have always hated shopping for clothes. All of that changed, however, when I stumbled upon thredUP soon after Nora was born.

Over the past 4 years, thredUP has become my top resource for clothing for my children AND for myself. I’m excited to share more about this today — and offer a fabulous discount to anyone who has yet to try thredUP!

Four Fun Flower Crafts

posted by Andrea | 05/24/2016 | 12 comments
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Although we try to stay outside as much as possible this time of year, the rain keeps us inside at least a couple afternoons a week — and when it rains, Nora almost ALWAYS wants to do some type of “painting craft”.

Today I’m sharing 4 quick, simple, and fun flower crafts she did one rainy day last week!

3 Questions That Reduce My Frustration as a Parent

posted by Andrea | 05/19/2016 | 32 comments
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Today’s post is another one of those “this is what works for me” type of posts — however, I think it has the potential to improve almost any “adult-child relationship” — whether it’s your child, your grandchild, a niece or nephew, a neighbor child, a friend’s child, or whomever.

Surviving and Thriving – it only took me 5 years!

posted by Andrea | 05/10/2016 | 37 comments
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Exactly 5 years ago today, Dave and I shared our surprise baby news with our parents — we had NO idea what we were getting ourselves into, especially with a fussy baby like Nora.

Now, a couple years and a couple babies later, I feel like I’m FINALLY finding my groove — you might even say we’re THRIVING instead of merely SURVIVING!

5 Signs Your Schedule is Too Full

posted by Andrea | 05/6/2016 | 18 comments
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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!

Our Simplified Mornings Start with Two Breakfasts

posted by Andrea | 05/5/2016 | 26 comments
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I have recently received several emails, comments and questions asking for tips to simplify and de-stress busy mornings.

I know my solution won’t work for every family, but you might be surprised to read how we manage to keep our mornings relatively simple AND eat a hot breakfast almost every single day.

3 Reasons Homemaking + Parenting is Easier Today Than Ever Before

posted by Andrea | 04/27/2016 | 17 comments
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Homemaking and parenting has never been (and will never be) “easy”, but with a little extra support, some helpful modern conveniences, and a boatload of useful resources, it’s getting EASIER!

What are your thoughts on parenting and homemaking today versus in past generations?