Family

Why We Didn’t Do Traditions This Year

posted by Andrea | 12/18/2014 | 34 comments
nativity thumb

Over and over again, I’ve been asked what family traditions we take part in over the holiday season. Over and over again, I’ve felt slightly ashamed when I explain that we really didn’t do any traditions this year.

No, I’m not the Grinch — I actually love the holidays. However, I refuse to let a “but we’ve always done it that way” get in the way of me and my family enjoying this time of year.

3 Steps To Organize Digital Photos

posted by Andrea | 12/15/2014 | 21 comments
digital photos thumb

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.

How My Stay-at-Home Wife Simplifies My Life

posted by Andrea | 12/12/2014 | 35 comments
dekker family thumb

Guess what friends? Today, you get to read a guest post from one of my all-time favorite people… Dave!

I think what he has to say will be encouraging to SOOOOO many of you stay-at-home and work-at-home parents who sometimes feel like you have little to nothing to show for yourself at the end of the day — besides stained clothing and a pile of dirty dishes in the sink.

What We’re Giving Our Kids for Christmas

posted by Andrea | 12/8/2014 | 34 comments
gifts thumb

I’ve gotten several questions asking what we’re giving Nora and Simon for Christmas — as well as requests for holiday gift suggestions for children, teens, adults, etc.

So today, I’m sharing what we’re giving our kiddos, and some of my favorite gift ideas for kids 2-6 years old!

Simon @ 9 Months

posted by Andrea | 12/4/2014 | 21 comments
9 months thumb

Maybe it’s the fact that the holiday season is crazy busy, or that Simon is the 2nd child, or that the months are going by SOOO fast — but I honestly almost forgot about today’s 9 month post!

It wasn’t until just a couple days ago that I remembered (while in the shower, of course) that… DUH, my little boy is 9 months old on December 4th.

Giveaway: Personal Planner!

posted by Andrea | 12/3/2014 | 29 comments
personal planner thumb

Since it’s almost that time of year, I’m sharing my new planner today — and offering a couple great giveaways from Personal-Planner.com!!

Nora is 3!

posted by Andrea | 11/24/2014 | 29 comments
curious george thumb

Nora turned 3 on Saturday!

We celebrated with a super fun Curious George birthday party… complete with costumes :)

Big-Picture Parenting

posted by Andrea | 11/21/2014 | 50 comments
big picture parenting thumb

When it comes to parenting, I’ve had a 3-year crash course with one of the toughest instructors around — my 3 year old, highly-anxious, overly-sensitive, never-slept-through-the-night little girl.

So, since Nora’s THIRD birthday is tomorrow, I figured now would be the perfect time to share a few more of my thoughts on parenting…

10 Tips to Simplify Holiday Entertaining

posted by Andrea | 11/19/2014 | 18 comments
holiday entertaining thumb

Dave and I are hosting Nora’s birthday party this weekend, then we’re celebrating Thanksgiving, 5 other immediate family member birthdays, lots of Christmas parties, a New Years party, hosting out of town guest, and more… all in the next 6 weeks.

Because of all these celebrations, I felt a post on how to simplify holiday entertaining was timely. I hope it will be helpful for many of you as well!

What To Do With Old Holiday Cards

posted by Andrea | 11/17/2014 | 62 comments
cards thumb

In the next couple of weeks, Christmas and other holiday cards will start filling up our mailboxes… but what will we do with those cards in another couple months, when the holidays are over?

Today, I’m sharing what I do with our holiday cards, and I’d love to know if you have any simple ways to reuse holiday cards.

Yet Another Post on Clutter-Free Gifts

posted by Andrea | 11/11/2014 | 10 comments
clutter free gifts thumb

I know, I know… I’ve written at least one post on clutter-free gifts every single year since I started my blog. Most years, I’ve written several posts on the topic; and now, I even have a link to all my clutter-free gifts posts in my sidebar. I’m sorry — I just can’t help it!

Today, I’m sharing a few more of my thoughts on clutter-free gifts; as well as a whole bunch of clutter-free gift ideas and resources.

Simon @ 8 Months

posted by Andrea | 11/4/2014 | 18 comments
8months thumb

Simon is 8 months old today!

(Giveaway) Fight Cold and Flu Season Naturally with Maty’s Healthy Products

posted by Andrea | 10/29/2014 | 3 comments
matys products thumb

With the onset of cold and flu season, I thought it was only appropriate to share about a fabulous company I was recently introduced to — Maty’s Healthy Products.

Aside from being all-natural, made in the US, and using food-based ingredients in their products, their cough syrup is so good you can spread it on your toast!

Why Parents Should Stop Worrying About Fair and Equal

posted by Andrea | 10/24/2014 | 63 comments
fair and equal thumb

This is a post I’ve been itching to write for years already — but I didn’t think I would hold any “clout” on the topic until I had at least 2 kids.

So now that the “having two kids” part has been taken care of, I have a few (maybe more than a few) things to say about why I STRONGLY believe we should stop worrying and stressing about making every single aspect of our children’s lives “fair” and “equal”.

My Thoughts on Intentional Free Time (and why I don’t “sleep when the baby sleeps”)

posted by Andrea | 10/17/2014 | 11 comments
free time thumb

For anyone who may be tempted to click away thinking “another post about babies… I’m not interested”, let me assure you this post has little to nothing to do with babies. 

However, it might change the way you use your free time!

A Few of my Favorite Fall Family Photos

posted by Andrea | 10/16/2014 | 20 comments
family walk thumb

It’s been a while since I shared many “family life” photos here on the blog… so since Fall is my favorite season of the year, I figured it was time to share!

Simon @ 7 Months

posted by Andrea | 10/6/2014 | 9 comments
7 mo thumb

Simon hit the 7-month milestone over the weekend — so that means lots of cute baby boy pictures on the blog today!

The Summer I Realized Motherhood Could Be Fun

posted by Andrea | 09/26/2014 | 35 comments
motherhood thumb

I smiled the entire time I sat writing this post — I hope you smile as you read it.

Thanks for journeying with me on the rocky road of motherhood… slowly but surely, I’m finding my way ;)

Clutter-Free Gifts for Kids (100 days and counting)

posted by Andrea | 09/16/2014 | 14 comments
clutter free gifts thumb

Last week, two different people emailed me asking for advice on clutter-free gifts for kids.

So, in honor of the fact that today marks 100 days until Christmas (yes, you read that right!), and the fact that I’m a huge advocate for completing at least some holiday shopping nice and early, I’m sharing a few of my favorite clutter-free gifts for kids.

Our Family Photo Shoot {September 2014}

posted by Andrea | 09/15/2014 | 26 comments
family photos thumb

Come check out our newest family pictures!

PacaPod Giveaway: The Most Organized Bag I’ve Ever Owned

posted by Andrea | 09/11/2014 | 30 comments
pacapod thumb

I’m so excited about today’s giveaway — partially because I know how much this bag has helped me to simplify and organize getting out and about with 2 little kids (something that is otherwise VERY stressful for me). But also because the PacaPod bags are WAY more than “just” diaper bags.

They are stylish everyday bags that work for anyone in any season of life for almost any on-the-go destination!

Family Wall Calendar Giveaway from Calendars and Chores

posted by Andrea | 09/5/2014 | 12 comments
calendar thumb

The back-to-school time of year can be very stressful and chaotic, but CalendarsAndChores.com has the perfect solution.

Their fabulous magnetic calendars are the perfect way to organize all your busy family activities in one convenient spot… so yeah, I’m really excited to be giving away one of their wall calendars today!