Family

Our Expectations Matter

posted by Andrea | 02/12/2016 | 22 comments
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It’s very easy to quickly develop unrealistic expectations for our own homes, lives, bodies, spouses, children, and abilities… and in my experience, having unrealistic expectations is just another step towards an unhappy life.

If nothing else, I hope today’s post encourages you to be more mindful of your expectations and not let them be the cause of your unhappiness.

Things I Wish I Had With My First Baby

posted by Andrea | 02/9/2016 | 28 comments
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A recent conversation with a friend who is expecting her first baby sparked the idea for this post…

After having 3 children with VERY different personalities, all in different seasons of the year, and experiencing both genders, here are a handful of items I wish I would have had from the very beginning.

Another Small Healthier Habit

posted by Andrea | 01/20/2016 | 29 comments
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Although I am the farthest thing from a “health food nut” or a nutritionist, I am always striving for “better” in every area of my life. So for the past few years, I’ve been making really small changes to implement a few healthier habits into our diet.

This year, I’m making one more…

My New Daily Routine (with 3 kids)

posted by Andrea | 01/18/2016 | 21 comments
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I’ve been asked about my new routine several times over the past few months… so now that James is 6 months old, and I’ve been home with all 3 kids for half the school year, I thought it was time to share a little bit more about my “new” daily routine.

How I Use My Planner

posted by Andrea | 01/15/2016 | 32 comments
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Over the past 5 years, I have shared several posts about the planners I have used… but I don’t think I’ve ever shared exactly HOW I use my planner, or why this method works so well for me.

Obviously, I don’t expect my method to be the perfect system for everyone else. However, maybe what works for me will spark a few new ideas that will work better for you!

James @ 6 Months!

posted by Andrea | 01/14/2016 | 13 comments
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Yes, you read the title of this post correctly… James is already 6 months old!

Come see lots of cute baby pictures and weigh in on who you think he looks like :)

Our Handprint and Footprint Calendar

posted by Andrea | 01/12/2016 | 34 comments
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Throughout the month of November, the kids and I worked on an “extra special Christmas present project” that we couldn’t share until after all our Christmas gifts had been given.

We made handprint calendars for our grandparents… and today, I’m sharing the results (as well as a few tips and resources to simplify the process)!

A Peek Into Our Christmas Break

posted by Andrea | 01/4/2016 | 19 comments
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Happy New Year! I’m excited to be back blogging again!

It’s been several weeks since my last Peek Into Our Week post — and since I’m not just talking about last week, I thought it was more fitting to share A Peek Into our Christmas Break.

Merry Christmas! {plus My Favorite Christmastime Posts}

posted by Andrea | 12/22/2015 | 13 comments
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We sent out our Christmas cards last week — so I figured it was safe to share them on the blog now! I’m also sharing some of my favorite Christmastime posts from previous years, my favorite Christmas recipes, and a bunch of pictures from earlier Christmases in the Dekker house!

Merry Christmas! I’ll see you back here on the blog next year!

10 Tips to Simplify Holiday Entertaining

posted by Andrea | 12/10/2015 | 19 comments
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While it does take a decent amount of extra effort to host a gathering (even if we do keep things simple) we generally enjoy having others over to our house — especially since it’s often an easier option than loading up the kids to go somewhere else!

If you are entertaining this holiday season, here are 10 simple tips that should help things go a bit smoother — and allow you to actually enjoy your time with family and friends!

My Tips to Pack a Minimalist Wardrobe

posted by Andrea | 12/9/2015 | 10 comments
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Although I definitely wouldn’t consider myself to be a minimalist in most areas of my life, I have always tried to pack a relatively minimalist wardrobe whenever I travel.

So, since I know many of you will be traveling for the holidays (and because I’m wishing spring break would come sooner), I thought it might be good timing to share a few of my best tips for packing minimally — at least when it comes to clothing!

The 4th Trimester

posted by Andrea | 12/7/2015 | 34 comments
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Today I’m sharing some of my thoughts on “The 4th Trimester” as it relates to my new normal after bringing home each one of my babies… and also how giving yourself a 12-week grace-period can be so helpful when embarking on any big new changes in your life.

What Are Your Favorite Holiday Traditions

posted by Andrea | 12/4/2015 | 55 comments
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Although I’m not an overly sentimental person, some of my favorite things about the holidays are the fun family traditions I look forward to year after year.

Today, I’m sharing a few of our family traditions, and I’d love to know what yours are too (either for your family, friends, work, or from when you were little.)

How I Get Cash Back By Shopping Online

posted by Andrea | 11/27/2015 | 22 comments
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When it comes to online shopping, I’ve learned A LOT over the past 4-6 years. I’ve learned how to find the best deals and coupons, how to almost always get free shipping, and how to literally get cash back on almost every online purchase I make!

Today, I’m sharing my simple cash back “secret”… just in time for the Cyber Monday deals!

Thanksgiving Tips, Fun Facts, and Recipe Ideas

posted by Andrea | 11/25/2015 | 15 comments
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This is Dave and my 10th Thanksgiving as a married couple, and although I’ve made all the traditional Thanksgiving foods many times before, this is our first time hosting the big day at our house!

Today, I thought it would be fun to share a few of my tips for simplifying this time of year; as well as some fun Thanksgiving trivia and some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes!

Personal Planner Giveaway!

posted by Andrea | 11/24/2015 | 25 comments
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If I were as cool as Oprah and did a big fancy “Andrea’s Favorite Things” event at Christmas time, the Personal Planner would make my gift list every single year! I love how simple and easy it is to customize this planner to exactly what I want and need it to be… plus it’s really pretty!

If you’re in the market for a new 2016 planner, head on over to enter my giveaway!!

Nora’s Cinderella Birthday Party

posted by Andrea | 11/23/2015 | 18 comments
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This past weekend, we celebrated Nora’s 4th birthday with a fun Cinderella-themed birthday party — complete with a Cinderella cake, lots of fun gifts, and our whole family in costume!

My Favorite Holiday Photo Gift + THREE $100 Giveaways!

posted by Andrea | 11/19/2015 | 9 comments
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If you are in the market for fabulous photo gifts or top-notch holiday cards, you’ll definitely want to click through to today’s post.

I’ve partnered with Minted.com to offer THREE lucky readers a $100 gift certificate — just in time for the holiday season!

What I Do When the Sniffles Strike

posted by Andrea | 11/12/2015 | 28 comments
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Although we are generally quite healthy around our house, the kids have had enough runny and stuffy noses over the past 4 years to allow me to develop a little routine of sorts for “what to do when the kids get a cold”.

Today I’m sharing a little more about what I do when the sniffles strike… as well as some of my favorite cold and cough remedies for kids.

Tips and Resources for Parenting High-Needs Babies

posted by Andrea | 11/9/2015 | 27 comments
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As many of you know all too well, parenting a high-needs baby is hard, it’s exhausting, and it’s overwhelming.

If you are in the thick of parenting a high-needs baby, my hope is that sharing a few of the tips and resources that helped me through that very difficult first year with Nora will also help you… or at the very least, offer some encouragement that you are NOT alone!