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One Important Life Lesson I’ve Learned

posted by Andrea | 01/13/2017 | 48 comments

Tomorrow my sweet baby James will be 18 months old!!!

Today, I’m sharing one very important lesson I’ve learned after 5+ years of motherhood — one that has completely changed my outlook on these years when so many others share their personal suggestions, opinions, and advice. 🙂

Two More Healthier Habits

posted by Andrea | 01/9/2017 | 68 comments

As you might know already, I’m not a huge health nut. HOWEVER, over the past 5+ years, I’ve made a conscious effort to SLOWLY incorporate several healthier habits into my (and my family’s) daily routine.

Today I’m sharing 2 more super simple healthier habits for 2017!

A New Planner for A New Year!

posted by Andrea | 01/4/2017 | 15 comments

As many of you know, I love my Personal Planner and have ordered that brand for the last several years.

Since my Personal Planner giveaway is always so popular, I’m back with another opportunity for you to win their newest A4 planner – perfect for those of you who want to get a little more organized in the New Year!

A Peek Into Our Christmas Break

posted by Andrea | 01/2/2017 | 23 comments

Happy New Year!

It was so nice to take a week off and enjoy a slower pace over the holidays — but I’m excited to be back! Come take a peek at what we did over our break!

Merry Christmas from the Dekkers

posted by Andrea | 12/23/2016 | 28 comments

As I’ve done for many years now, I’ll be taking the week between Christmas and New Years as a short blogging break. It’s such a nice time to step away from my computer and social media for a few days, and I always come back after the New Year with so many blog post topics and ideas!

Today I’m sharing our 2016 Christmas card, and a little bit about what I hope to do (and not do) over our Christmas break!

Live or Artificial? My Internal Christmas Tree Debate

posted by Andrea | 12/16/2016 | 45 comments

Although I was fairly certain we would get a live tree once we were living out on our own, Dave and I have been using a thrift store artificial Christmas tree for the past 11 Christmases 🙂

Every year I have some sort of internal debate about if we should keep using our artificial tree or go buy a real one…

My Favorite “Me Time” Activities… and One Reason I’m so Productive

posted by Andrea | 12/14/2016 | 44 comments

A couple months ago, I read a book that encouraged me to think about what I do for myself (a.k.a. “me time”). And for the last 2 months, I’ve consciously considered what activities bring me joy, satisfaction, and fulfillment.

What I realized is that despite being home with 3 young children all day, I actually enjoy quite a bit of “me time”. Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite me time activities… and why I’m able to be so productive as a result of these activities.

3 Steps To Organize Digital Photos

posted by Andrea | 12/9/2016 | 36 comments

Since I get SO many questions about how I store and organize my digital photos, and since most people take a bazillion photos over the holiday season, I figured it was time for a blog post dedicated to digital photo organization.

Today, I’m sharing my relatively quick and simple 3-step process to store, organize, and backup all my digital photos.

Our Favorite Mess-Free Soap Pump (plus a giveaway!)

posted by Andrea | 12/7/2016 | 390 comments

Today is Dave’s birthday, and I thought we’d celebrate on the blog by doing a fun giveaway!

I also have a super cute video of Nora and Simon trying out our new simplehuman soap pump 🙂

Are We Giving To Satisfy Ourselves?

posted by Andrea | 12/6/2016 | 38 comments

There are so many times when we (myself included) have our own agendas for giving — we want to give what WE want to give, whether it is useful or needed or appreciated by the recipient.

I hope today’s post reminds all of us to take few minutes to think how our gifts might best be used — not only for family and friends but also donations and other charitable giving!

5 Ways We Simplify Christmas… with small children

posted by Andrea | 12/5/2016 | 41 comments

I wasn’t planning to do a post about “simplifying Christmas”, but after receiving an astonishing number of emails, comments, and Facebook messages requesting this post, I decided to share 5 things we do (or rather DON’T do) to simplify our holiday season.

Free Christmas Cards from Minted

posted by Andrea | 12/2/2016 | 10 comments

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 | 44 comments

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

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 | 48 comments

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

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

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

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

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

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!