Family

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

Waiting…

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!

Celebration Week Giveaway: b.box Diaper Caddy

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | 2 comments
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Looking for a super easy, super convenient, and super stylish way to store and organize your diapers, wipes, and other diaper changing necessities?

The b.box diaper caddies and diaper wallets are most likely just what you are looking for. Perfect for on-the-go and in your home, they help you corral all those essentials in one convenient location. Come enter to win you own b.box goodies!

Celebration Week Giveway: Magnetic Family Wall Calendar

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | comment
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If the “lazy days of summer” aren’t always so “lazy” around your house, you might find that having a family wall calendar could do wonders for keeping everyone’s schedules organized and in one convenient location.

The large magnetic wall calendars from Calendars and Chores are my all-time favorite wall calendar… and I think you’ll see why once you read my post!

Celebration Week Giveaway: $50 Glamourmom Gift Certificates

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | 3 comments
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You know I couldn’t celebrate a new baby without giving away something from Glamourmom… right?

Many of you know how much I love these tanks, tops, and other nursing and maternity items. And after 4 years of constant wear, I can attest to the fact that the Glamourmom clothes REALLY hold up… which is why I’m so excited to share them with you again today!

Celebration Week Giveaway: Naturalmat Organic Bedding

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | comment
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We are officially a “two-crib household” since Simon isn’t even close to ready to move into a big-boy bed yet.

As I searched for another mattress to fill our 2nd crib, I was ecstatic to come across Naturalmat — a company that specializes in super high quality natural and organic bedding. I am equally excited to be offering a fabulous Naturalmat giveaway as well!

Celebration Week Giveaway: pediped Shoes

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | comment
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If you’re looking for comfortable, stylish, high-quality sandals and shoes for your infants, toddlers, and young children, look no further than pediped.

Their shoes are amazing, both our kids LOVE them, and Dave and I appreciate how easy they are to get on and off :)

Celebration Week Giveaway: $100 MAM Gift Basket

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | 4 comments
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The MAM products are some of my all-time favorites. We have a full drawer full of their sippy cups, and their bottles and pacifiers are the only ones Simon will touch.

I know how much we love MAM goodies — and I think you will too. And you’ll get to try a little of everything with the $100+ gift basket I’m giving away!