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Free Christmas Cards from Minted

posted by Andrea | 12/2/2016 | 8 comments
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Yesterday, I shared a few of my favorite things; and today, I get to GIVE AWAY a bunch of my favorite things… Christmas Cards!!

Minted.com is giving away $300 worth of Christmas cards to my readers… and their cards are AMAZING!

Nora is FIVE!

posted by Andrea | 11/22/2016 | 42 comments
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Our sweet, sassy, stubborn, strong-willed Nora is FIVE years old today! How can that be?!?!

I’ll share more about her Frozen-themed birthday party next week… Today, I’m simply sharing some of my favorite pictures from the past several months.

Yes, You CAN Have Too Much Of A Good Thing

posted by Andrea | 11/18/2016 | 8 comments
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Have you ever felt like you were juggling too many responsibilities, being pulled in too many different directions, or “wearing too many hats”?

If so, I hope today’s post will help you take a step back, look at ALL those good things you’re doing, and figure out a way to cut back. It won’t be easy, but I don’t think you’ll regret it.

It’s BACK! My Favorite Personal Planner Giveaway!

posted by Andrea | 11/17/2016 | 46 comments
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It’s THAT time of year again — time to order next year’s planner!

My amazing Personal Planner arrived last week… and since it’s just 7 weeks until the New Year, I’m giving away a handful of Personal Planners today (and the giveaway is open worldwide!!!!)

5 Thoughts for the Mom Who Hates Breastfeeding

posted by Andrea | 11/14/2016 | 39 comments
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After several recent conversations with new moms… and after 5 years of collective experience nursing, pumping, and washing bottles, I’m sharing 5 thoughts that I hope will be encouraging to any mom struggling in her breastfeeding journey.

More Thoughts on Traditions

posted by Andrea | 11/2/2016 | 28 comments
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As many of you know, I’m a HUGE fan of basic systems and routines. I feel confident that my systems and routines help to simplify and streamline almost every single aspect of my life.

However, when it comes to “traditions” my feelings are slightly different…

Two Tips to Simplify UNpacking

posted by Andrea | 10/25/2016 | 31 comments
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In light of a recent mini vacation we took last week, I’m sharing 2 relatively quick tips that help me to simplify the UNpacking process… In fact, they make it possible to be fully unpacked and on my 2nd load of laundry within 60 minutes of getting home!

4 Ideas to Reduce Excess “Wants”

posted by Andrea | 10/24/2016 | 21 comments
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There is no “quick fix” for not wanting something cool when you see it, but I do have a few relatively simple tips I use for myself (and for my children) that seem to help reduce some of those excess “wants”.

These ideas are especially relevant now, as we gear up for another holiday season filled with even more stuff… but they work well year round too!

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

posted by Andrea | 10/21/2016 | 15 comments
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Do you have a list of projects, tasks, to-dos, and goals you’ve been putting off until the timing is just right?

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

3 Ways to Help Children Live Simply

posted by Andrea | 10/18/2016 | 29 comments
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If you have children of any age, I hope today’s post will give you a few ideas to help your children learn to live simply.

These tips alone won’t magically transform your children into simple-living, time-managing, neat-freak, purging machines… but they are steps in the right direction!

10 Reasons We Love Our Library!

posted by Andrea | 10/13/2016 | 24 comments
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Even though I’m not personally an avid reader, I spend a fair amount of time reading to my kids AND taking them to the library.

I realize that going to the library (especially with small children) can seem overwhelming if you’ve never done it before; however, I would encourage all of you (no matter your age) to visit your local library every once in awhile. Even if you aren’t a big reader like me, there are still so many free programs and resources you can take advantage of!

How We Do Halloween

posted by Andrea | 10/11/2016 | 15 comments
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Whenever we get close to a holiday, I get lots and lots of questions about what we do to celebrate, what types of traditions we have, what types of food we make, how we involve our kids, what types of gifts or treats we share with others, etc. etc.

I realized that after almost 7 years of blogging, and after sharing our traditions for SO many other holidays, I’ve never written about Halloween… until today!

My Job As Mom

posted by Andrea | 10/7/2016 | 32 comments
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Although I never expected to be a full time stay-at-home mom, I truly do enjoy being home with my kids… however, I didn’t always love being home.

It took a few years before I was finally able to find my own best way to be a stay-at-home-mom… and it all started when I decided to treat my job as mom like any other “typical job”!

My New Favorite (Online) Dollar Store!

posted by Andrea | 10/6/2016 | 13 comments
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With the holiday shopping season right around the corner, I thought it might be the perfect time to share another fabulous online shopping resource I’ve been using the past couple of months.

For those of you who hate shopping (like me) you’ll enjoy finding great deals at dollar store prices — all from the comfort of your own home!

Why I Don’t Always Listen to What “They” Say

posted by Andrea | 09/30/2016 | 23 comments
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As with almost every facet of my life, once I find my own way, I have a renewed confidence that propels me forward without worrying or stressing about what anyone else says I should be or could be doing, eating, wearing, saying, thinking, etc.

While I’m certainly not opposed to seeking out advice from others, I know my own life has been significantly improved by simply trusting my own instincts and not always listening to what “they” say.

Back-to-School Shoe Giveaway!

posted by Andrea | 09/22/2016 | 6 comments
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Although I’ve never loved shopping and I’m not really into clothing all that much, one of my favorite things about back-to-school shopping is getting new shoes.

Our kiddos are loving their new “back-to-school shoes”… and I’m excited to be able to give away a couple pairs of pediped shoes for those of you who might still need to pick up a pair of back-to-school shoes for your kids!

Our Non-Toy Christmas

posted by Andrea | 09/21/2016 | 28 comments
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After shopping a local second-hand sale last week, I realized that I’m actually DONE with all the Christmas shopping for our kids (and I spent less than $50 total!) Also, I realized that out of everything I have for them, there are only 2 toys!

If you’re looking for a few non-toy gift ideas — or if you just want to know what our kids are getting for Christmas, check out today’s post (but don’t tell my kids!)

My Monthly Photo Checklist

posted by Andrea | 09/12/2016 | 19 comments
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I’ve written at length about how I organize our photos, how I create our digital photo albums, how I edit our photos, and how I back up our digital photos… but I’ve never shared MY thought process for taking certain photos in the first place.

If you’ve ever been overwhelmed by all your photos, or wished you would have taken more photos, I think my “monthly photo checklist” might be helpful for you!

5 Ways I Try to Promote a Healthier Lifestyle

posted by Andrea | 09/8/2016 | 38 comments
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As with all aspects of my life, when it comes to health, wellness, nutrition, exercise, and body image, I strive for “all things in moderation” and “gradual forward progress”.

Today, I’m sharing 5 ways I try to promote a healthier lifestyle… as well as a few thoughts on positive body image.

Snapshots of Summer

posted by Andrea | 08/26/2016 | 28 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!