Children

A Few Thoughts on Volunteering

posted by Andrea | 09/6/2017 | 32 comments

I’m a huge advocate for volunteering for organizations I feel passionate about — and obviously, volunteer work is crucial to many schools, churches, and other community organizations. However, there are definitely seasons of life when volunteering is much less “doable”.

For those of you who feel really overwhelmed with the amount of volunteer work you might be asked to do this coming year, I hope this post lets you breathe a sigh of relief and realize you do NOT have to do it all!

Personalized Back-To-School Goodies!

posted by Andrea | 08/15/2017 | 16 comments

Earlier this summer, I stumbled across the Stuck On You website in my search for personalized notebooks and markers for my kids. After receiving our first order (and after placing a few more orders since then) I’m convinced Stuck On You will be our go-to location for top-of-the-line personalized products!

I’m partnering with Stuck On You to offer a couple really fabulous back-to-school prize packages, valued at almost $200 each!

My Baby-Feeding Philosophy and Plans for Feeding Baby #4

posted by Andrea | 08/2/2017 | 26 comments

Someone recently shared with me that the first week in August is World Breastfeeding Week… and they asked if I would share more about MY baby-feeding philosophy and how I plan to feed baby #4.

So that’s what’s on the agenda for today… along with another discount code for the amazing Glamourmom nursing tanks I love so much!

James is TWO!

posted by Andrea | 07/14/2017 | 20 comments

I know… I can hardly believe it either! Our sweet little baby James turns TWO today!

Prepare yourself for cuteness overload — James loves the camera!

Our Favorite Inside Toys

posted by Andrea | 07/7/2017 | 21 comments

I know it might seem weird to do a post about inside toys in the middle of the summer, but here in West Michigan, it can get REALLY hot and humid in the summers, so we often play outside in the morning and inside in the afternoon, where the air conditioning keeps things very pleasant!

The toys listed in today’s post are things ALL 3 of our kids (ages 5, 3, 2) play with and enjoy almost every single day!

Our Favorite Baby Monitor + Giveaway!

posted by Andrea | 06/23/2017 | 7 comments

If you are currently in the market for a new baby monitor, or if you’re a soon-to-be new parent wondering what to add to your registry, I cannot praise the Angelcare monitors enough. Dave and I have used them every single day for the last 5+ years and we are so thankful for the peace of mind they have given us.

Today I’m offering a fabulous Angelcare giveaway AND a discount code for everyone!

2 Super Simple Ways We Save on Kid’s Clothing

posted by Andrea | 06/2/2017 | 26 comments

I’m often asked for good money-saving tips, so I thought I’d share 2 of the simplest ways we save on kids clothing. They don’t involve scouring garage sales, using coupons, or reselling things at consignment stores — they are both much easier than all of that!

I know my ideas and tips won’t work for every family… but they’ve been working really well for us for the past 6 years!

Simon Says – Our Speech Therapy Experience

posted by Andrea | 05/26/2017 | 33 comments

As some of you may remember, Simon never talked (like literally never even said one word) until he was about 18-20 months old… and now we can’t get him to stop talking!

Today, I’m sharing more about our speech therapy experience, as well as some helpful tips and ideas for those of you with a “speechless” toddler in your life.

The Story of Piercing Nora’s Ears

posted by Andrea | 05/23/2017 | 44 comments

Exactly 6 months ago, Nora got her ears pierced.

I’ve been asked to share more about our ear-piercing experience so many times, and I figured today would be a good day — especially since we’ve finally put the ‘trauma’ of the whole ordeal behind us 🙂

A Sister for My Sweet Nora!

posted by Andrea | 05/12/2017 | 54 comments

That’s right friends, baby Dekker #4 is another GIRL!!

Obviously, we would have been happy either way — but it sure was fun to tell Nora she was “finally” getting a little sister!

7 Reasons I Don’t Sell Our Clothes

posted by Andrea | 05/3/2017 | 56 comments

Due to my frugal nature, my love of buying and selling on Craigslist, and the fact that I purge regularly, I’m often asked about how and where I sell my clothing and our kids’ clothing.

Most people are surprised when I explain that I don’t sell any of our clothes… today, I’m sharing why!

My Thoughts on Children’s Sleep Schedule

posted by Andrea | 04/21/2017 | 17 comments

It’s been just over a year now since we finally got all 3 of our kids on a relatively decent sleeping schedule… and since then, Dave and I have enjoyed hours of kid-free time every evening.

I’m often asked to share what exactly we did to get our kids to sleep better — and although I don’t have a specific 3-step or 5-step process, I hope that some of the thoughts I share in today’s post will help those of you in the thick of sleepless nights!

Why We Don’t Have College Funds for our Kids

posted by Andrea | 03/14/2017 | 86 comments

Almost immediately after Nora was born, I was asked if Dave and I were planning to set up a college fund for her and for any future children.

The short answer is “no, probably not” — and today, I’m explaining more about that decision in an updated post from one I wrote 3 years ago.

Simon is 3!

posted by Andrea | 03/7/2017 | 33 comments

Our sweet, silly, stubborn Simon celebrated his THIRD birthday this past Saturday… and we partied in true “Simon fashion” with a Firefighter birthday party complete with donuts, juice, and candy (all his favorite things).

Today I’m sharing a bit more about Simon, and a bunch of pictures from his party!

5 Ways We Simplify Mealtime with Young Children

posted by Andrea | 02/17/2017 | 17 comments

Mealtimes are some of the craziest, busiest, loudest, messiest times for our family — and they happen 3-5 time a day (if you include snacks).

However, there are a few things we do that seem to significantly simplify our crazy mealtimes… I’m sharing 5 of them today!

Why I Don’t Stress about Kids and Chores

posted by Andrea | 02/3/2017 | 50 comments

As my kids get older, I get more and more questions about kids and chores… and while Dave and I definitely do expect our children to help out around the house in age-appropriate ways, we don’t go crazy or get stressed out forcing chore charts on our young children.

Today I’m sharing the reasons why I don’t worry too much about kids’ chores… and I’d love to know how you handle chores in your home!

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. 🙂

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.