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!

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 To Encourage a Clean and Organized Family

posted by Andrea | 10/29/2015 | 11 comments
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Over the years, I’ve been asked countless times how to get messy spouses and messy children to ‘clean up their act’. And while I don’t have any quick-fix answers or easy solutions to these questions, I do think that if your children and/or your spouse are willing to try to change their behavior, there is hope!

Today I’m sharing a few steps.

10 Household Chores for Toddlers

posted by Andrea | 10/15/2015 | 20 comments
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If I had my way, I would have a completely uninterrupted afternoon each week to clean my whole house. However, since that’s not really possible right now, I do the next best thing and clean WITH my kids.

If you’re looking for a way to get your toddlers and preschoolers involved in household chores, these are a few of my favorites.

Why I Don’t Use Cloth Diapers + A Diaper Deal!

posted by Andrea | 10/13/2015 | 45 comments
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Since many people know how frugal I am, it was often assumed that Dave and I would use cloth diapers for our babies — but as you now know, that is not the case.

I have nothing against cloth diapers, but they aren’t for us — and today, I’m sharing why. I’m also excited to be sharing an amazing deal on a Seventh Generation diaper bundle from!!

Our Favorite Hairstyles for Little Girls

posted by Andrea | 10/9/2015 | 13 comments
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I really enjoy doing hair, so now that Nora’s hair is getting quite long and thick, we’ve been experimenting with a few simple, quick, and fun ways to do her hair.

I can’t imagine any of the styles would take longer than 10 minutes to complete — and they are so cute!

Why I Say “Yes” to My Toddlers as Often as Possible

posted by Andrea | 09/29/2015 | 13 comments
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On an average day in our house, I think it’s realistic to say I answer upwards of 250 questions… for real!

It’s easy for me to get overwhelmed by all the questions and whining and just say “no” to everything — however, for the past few months, I’ve been working hard to say “yes” as often as possible… and it has made a big difference in how my kids react and how smoothly our days go.

James @ 2 Months + a Family Update

posted by Andrea | 09/14/2015 | 19 comments
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It’s hard to believe that another month has gone by; yet at the same time, last month’s post seems like ages ago!

A lot has happened since last month — Dave started school, I returned to full-time blogging, and our kids are growing like weeds over here!

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!

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

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: Diaper Caddy

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | 2 comments thumb

Looking for a super easy, super convenient, and super stylish way to store and organize your diapers, wipes, and other diaper changing necessities?

The 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 goodies!

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!

Simon @ 15 Months. Nora @ 3.5 Years.

posted by Andrea | 06/4/2015 | 16 comments
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Since Simon and Nora both recently ‘celebrated’ a few big milestones — and since they are changing SO much — I figured it was time for an updated post on my two crazy munchkins!