Our Favorite Hairstyles for Little Girls

posted by Andrea | 10/9/2015 | 9 comments
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I really enjoy doing hair, so now that Nora’s hair is getting quite long and thick, we’ve been experimenting with a few simple, quick, and fun ways to do her hair.

I can’t imagine any of the styles would take longer than 10 minutes to complete — and they are so cute!

A Simple Way We Keep Germs Away

posted by Andrea | 10/6/2015 | 16 comments
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I am certainly not a health or nutrition expert in any way (nor do I want to be one). However, I am pretty good at simplifying almost everything :)

So as we approach cold and flu season, I thought I’d share one of the simplest things we do around our house to keep the germs away.

A Peek into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 10/5/2015 | 14 comments
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Several of you have asked me to share more posts about our weekly menu plans, little organizing projects I do around the house, and various other more menial day-to-day happenings.

So today, I’m sharing a Peek Into Our Week post that I hope will become more regular here on the blog!

Why I Say “Yes” to My Toddlers as Often as Possible

posted by Andrea | 09/29/2015 | 13 comments
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On an average day in our house, I think it’s realistic to say I answer upwards of 250 questions… for real!

It’s easy for me to get overwhelmed by all the questions and whining and just say “no” to everything — however, for the past few months, I’ve been working hard to say “yes” as often as possible… and it has made a big difference in how my kids react and how smoothly our days go.

Because it’s Rarely the “Right Time” to Get Started

posted by Andrea | 09/28/2015 | 5 comments
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Do you have a list of projects, tasks, and goals you’ve been putting off until the timing is just right?

If so, I hope today’s posts will be the motivation you need to get started RIGHT NOW… because it’s rarely ever the “right time” to get started!

James @ 2 Months + a Family Update

posted by Andrea | 09/14/2015 | 19 comments
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It’s hard to believe that another month has gone by; yet at the same time, last month’s post seems like ages ago!

A lot has happened since last month — Dave started school, I returned to full-time blogging, and our kids are growing like weeds over here!

James’ Birth Announcement (and how I made them myself for pennies)

posted by Andrea | 08/28/2015 | 7 comments
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Today I’m sharing James’ birth announcements I sent out a few weeks ago. Not only did I do the design myself (so it’s totally custom) but I also ordered them through Vistaprint with a coupon code so they were so inexpensive!

If you’re planning to order cards, announcements, invitations, etc. you’ll definitely want to read how I did it :)

3 Simple Ways I Improve My Quality of Sleep

posted by Andrea | 08/26/2015 | 26 comments
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As many of you know, “sleep” has been a hot topic in the Dekker household for the past 3.5 years… basically since we brought Nora home from the hospital!

Although sleep is one of my top priorities, I haven’t always been able to get the QUANTITY of sleep I would like. However, there are a few things I do that have helped me get more QUALITY sleep… I’m sharing those today!

Our Family’s Favorite Netflix Shows

posted by Andrea | 08/21/2015 | 27 comments
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Over the past couple of years, I’ve talked about how much our family has enjoyed using Netflix… and many of you have asked about our favorite shows to watch.

So, since I’ve had a little extra time to watch Netflix these past few weeks, I thought it would be a perfect time to share some of our family’s favorite things to watch on Netflix.

James @ 1 Month + A Dekker Family Update

posted by Andrea | 08/14/2015 | 23 comments
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James is officially 1 month old today — and even for someone who doesn’t particularly love the newborn phase of life, that month went by pretty fast!

Today, I’m sharing an update on each of the kids, plus a family update, and lots of pictures!

4 Tips to Simplify Back-to-School

posted by Andrea | 08/10/2015 | 8 comments
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Even though there are still few more weeks until Dave is officially back in school, reality is starting to sink in here at the Dekker house, and back-to-school preparations are beginning.

Today, I’m sharing 4 things we do to help simplify and de-stress this busy time of year!

James’ Birth Story and Newborn Photos

posted by Andrea | 08/6/2015 | 38 comments
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In case you missed the big announcement, I had a baby 3 weeks ago :)

Today, I’m sharing James’ birth story, his newborn photos, and our newest family photos!

Welcome to the World Sweet Baby James!

posted by Andrea | 07/15/2015 | 70 comments
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He’s finally here!

I’m so excited to introduce you to the newest member of the Dekker clan… James Robert Dekker


posted by Andrea | 07/13/2015 | 19 comments
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Today officially marks 10 days PAST my due date — 41.5 weeks!

I’m sharing a few pictures, some updates, and answers to ALLLLLLLLL the questions I’ve been getting these past 2 weeks!

Why The Quest for “Fair” Can Ruin Relationships

posted by Andrea | 06/30/2015 | 29 comments
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Today is Dave and my 9-year anniversary. Seriously, time flies!

Since I don’t really feel qualified to give marriage advice after only 9 years, and since I’m not really a “mushy” sentimental type of writer… I thought I’d share some general relationship “insight” I’ve been thinking about for a while now (actually, for many years).

Are Today’s Children Really That Spoiled?

posted by Andrea | 06/26/2015 | 11 comments
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Every year, around this time, I start seeing blog posts, news articles, and social media posts that rant and rave about how “spoiled” our kids are and how they apparently expect to be entertained 24/7.

While I fully agree that this generation of children is being raised in a completely different way than I was raised (or any other generation), I often wonder if that’s really as bad as people say… and I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic as well!

DIY Kid’s Paint

posted by Andrea | 06/23/2015 | 7 comments
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A few weeks ago, Nora saw some of our neighbor kids painting on their driveway with paint brushes. Of course, she immediately wanted to be able to do the same thing… and even though we have buckets of sidewalk chalk, she NEEDED paint.

Thankfully, I found a super simple, super frugal DIY paint recipe that has kept her busy for HOURS outside painting our driveway!

Celebrating… A New Baby!

posted by Andrea | 06/18/2015 | 19 comments
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My due date is 2 weeks away… so of course, it’s time to celebrate the Dekkers transitioning into a family of FIVE!

Even though there is a lot I’d like to do in the next 2 weeks, I can honestly say this is the most “ready” I’ve felt (physically, mentally, emotionally) to bring a new baby home… and yes, I can’t wait to celebrate the big news with all of you!

Celebration Week Giveaway: Babyhome Dream Bassinet

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | 2 comments
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If you’re looking for an extremely simple and portable way for your little one to sleep on-the-go or in your home, you might just want to check out the Dream Bassinet from Babyhome.

There are so many amazing features to this simple, yet elegant design… I can’t wait to use it for our new little guy in just a few short weeks!

Celebration Week Giveaway: Inglesina Highchair

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | 2 comments
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The Inglesina Gusto Highchair is one of the very few chairs I’ve come across that is not only super functional and practical, but also has TONS of “bells and whistles” to simplify meal time for busy parents and families — and yes, I’m giving one away today!

We have gotten lots of use out of this highchair the past couple of months, and I’m sure there will be many more messes made in this chair over the next few years!