Family

Reader Question: How Do You Handle Kids and Technology?

posted by Andrea | 11/14/2017 | 34 comments

I’m back with another reader question… all about Kids + Technology!

I don’t have much perspective on this topic because of the age of my children — however, I KNOW so many of you with older children have great ideas, and I’d love it if you would share those ideas in the comments so we can all benefit from your wisdom!

Clara’s Birth Announcements

posted by Andrea | 11/9/2017 | 15 comments

In the age of social media, I definitely don’t think it’s necessary to send out an official birth announcement — however, I personally like sending them out and I know some of our non-techy relatives enjoy getting them in the mail!

Today, I’m sharing Clara’s birth announcement — as well as how I made them myself for a bargain!

Realistic Expectations – 6 Weeks Post Baby

posted by Andrea | 11/6/2017 | 21 comments

Life with a newborn… need I say more! 

We’ve definitely had some rough days and a few sleepless nights — but today, I’m sharing my thoughts on realistic expectations, and how my expectations played a HUGE role in my perception of these past 6 weeks.

Clara @ 1 month + a Dekker Family Update

posted by Andrea | 10/26/2017 | 33 comments

We celebrated one month with Clara yesterday — and so far, her specialties seem to be eating, sleeping, and creating a bunch of laundry for me!

Today I’m sharing a Dekker family update from this past month!

Clara’s Newborn Pictures!

posted by Andrea | 10/19/2017 | 38 comments

One of my favorite things about having a newborn is getting newborn pictures taken! I don’t often pay for professional photos of my kids, but I’ve always paid for professional newborn photos because I just love looking back on how tiny they were.

Today I’m sharing Clara’s newborn pictures (along with a handful of family shots… and even a few of the big kids!)

Clara’s Birth Story

posted by Andrea | 10/12/2017 | 54 comments

After weeks of daily contractions, I woke up on Monday, September 25, completely unphased by the fact that I felt more contractions. No big deal, just another day of waiting… or so I thought!

Clara may have arrived a full week “late”, but her timing really couldn’t have been more perfect!

Introducing Miss Clara Jo!

posted by Andrea | 09/27/2017 | 115 comments

She’s here! 

Meet the newest addition to the Dekker clan…Clara Jo!

6 Reasons Working from Home with Kids Works for Me (but might not work for you)

posted by Andrea | 09/26/2017 | 13 comments

If you’ve ever wondered how on earth I’m able to work from home with my kids, I hope these 6 reasons help to clear up any confusion.

I promise that I’m no “better” than any other working parent; I just have different skills and I’ve figured out a way to use those skills in a way that works best for me, for my personality, and for my family. 

3 Simple Self-Care Rituals That Make a HUGE Difference for Me

posted by Andrea | 09/25/2017 | 24 comments

I’m often asked if there are certain things I do on a regular basis that are little “treats” for myself — something to pamper myself or something to look forward to after the kids are in bed.

I suspect my answers are not what you’d expect, but… there are definitely 3 really simple (frugal) self-care rituals I do every single day that make a world of difference for me!

I Did So Many Things “Wrong” and My Children Survived

posted by Andrea | 09/20/2017 | 34 comments

I get so many requests for parenting advice… but I often shy away from giving “advice” versus just sharing what works for me and my children.

So today, in hopes of offering encouragement to those of you who feel like you’re failing, I’m sharing many of the things I apparently did “wrong” (according to the experts and books) and how little those things actually mattered in the bigger scheme of my children’s lives!

It’s Due Date Day!

posted by Andrea | 09/18/2017 | 36 comments

It’s my due date —  but if you are reading this post today, it means my little girl is still tucked safely inside.

Today, I’m sharing how I thought she was ALMOST going to make her debut last week Monday!

A Few Thoughts on Volunteering

posted by Andrea | 09/6/2017 | 32 comments

I’m a huge advocate for volunteering for organizations I feel passionate about — and obviously, volunteer work is crucial to many schools, churches, and other community organizations. However, there are definitely seasons of life when volunteering is much less “doable”.

For those of you who feel really overwhelmed with the amount of volunteer work you might be asked to do this coming year, I hope this post lets you breathe a sigh of relief and realize you do NOT have to do it all!

Labor Day… and My Plans for Labor after I Labor!

posted by Andrea | 09/4/2017 | 30 comments

As I mentioned last week, I’ve always thought it would be fun to actually go into labor on Labor Day — but so far, no such luck for me!

Today I’m sharing more about the “labor” Dave and I did this weekend, as well as my plans for working and blogging after I actually do go into labor.

Halfway… Encouragement for the REALLY Long Days!

posted by Andrea | 08/24/2017 | 23 comments

If you are in the thick of LOOOOONG days without enough parenting perspective to look back and see how far you’ve come, just know you aren’t alone. I think I can speak for all parents in saying, “We’ve all been there!”

I hope today’s post offers so much encouragement for parents with tiny children… and a few smiles for those of you with a bit more parenting experience!

My Freezer Stash: 4 Weeks Before Baby #4

posted by Andrea | 08/22/2017 | 36 comments

Even though I’m NOT a big fan of massive freezer-cooking marathons, I decided to take advantage of the fact that Dave was home all summer to watch the kids while I cooked… and I did a “freezer cooking week” a couple weeks ago where I made several meals for the freezer each day.

It was a lot of work, but I’m thrilled to have a freezer that’s packed full of delicious ready-to-bake meals. Come take a look at everything I made!

What I Pack in My Hospital Bag

posted by Andrea | 08/18/2017 | 25 comments

Today marks 1 months until my due date — YIKES!

No, I don’t actually have my hospital bag packed a full month in advance, but I’ve gotten SOOOOOOOOO many questions asking what I pack in my hospital bag that I figured now was a good time to share… considering I’ll be getting my bag packed very soon!

Personalized Back-To-School Goodies!

posted by Andrea | 08/15/2017 | 16 comments

Earlier this summer, I stumbled across the Stuck On You website in my search for personalized notebooks and markers for my kids. After receiving our first order (and after placing a few more orders since then) I’m convinced Stuck On You will be our go-to location for top-of-the-line personalized products!

I’m partnering with Stuck On You to offer a couple really fabulous back-to-school prize packages, valued at almost $200 each!

My Parenting Don’ts

posted by Andrea | 08/8/2017 | 27 comments

Dave and I really don’t enjoy DOING a lot of extra things with young children. Too much ‘extra’ stresses us out, makes us crabby, and we become less fun parents. 

If you’re the type of parent who can nod in agreement with many of my Parenting DON’Ts, I hope this post helps you realize you’re not alone!