Children

Feeding Our Kids: Why We Don’t Force Veggies and Allow Snacks

posted by Andrea | 03/31/2015 | 32 comments
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Lately, I’ve heard SO much hype about what our children should and should not be eating… and I’ve honestly just started to completely tune it out.

I know I’m not a dietitian, but I will say that micro-managing the food my kids eat each day is VERY far down on my list of daily concerns. Here’s why…

6 Giveaways: BabyBjorn High Chair + Feeding Accessories!

posted by Andrea | 03/26/2015 | 12 comments
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You all know how much I appreciate, enjoy, and utilize the BabyBjörn products on a daily basis (multiple times every day to be exact).

Well today, I’m super excited to be offering SIX fabulous BabyBjörn giveaways — featuring their incredible line of feeding products for both infants and toddlers!

Practical Advice for Expectant Parents (and so many others)

posted by Andrea | 03/13/2015 | 16 comments
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Are you expecting a new baby (whether it’s your 1st or your 5th)?

If so, I’ve got a list of practical advice and to-dos you can complete and cross off your list NOW, and then rest a little easier knowing that some of these important tasks are out of the way before baby arrives (can you tell I’m already starting to think ahead for baby #3!)

Simon’s Thomas the Train 1st Birthday Party

posted by Andrea | 03/10/2015 | 21 comments
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Last week, Simon had a birthday… and this past weekend, we had the privilege of celebrating with him!

Although Simon had a double ear infection and I ran out of frosting for the cake, it was a very fun, festive, and frugal first birthday party — and lots of memories were made!

Simon @ 1 Year!!

posted by Andrea | 03/4/2015 | 28 comments
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Yes, you read the title of this post correctly — baby Simon is a whole year old already!!

Compared to Nora’s first year, I feel like Simon’s first year just FLEW by — after all, wasn’t it just last week when we took our squishy baby home from the hospital?

101 Reasons My Toddler Had a Tantrum… Today

posted by Andrea | 03/2/2015 | 75 comments
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Nora is right smack in the middle of the “terrible threes” as I’ve heard them called :)

Last week, we had one particularly rough day that had me in bed, sound asleep by about 9:15pm… but only after making a massive list of EVERY SINGLE THING Nora had a tantrum about during the day!

You Won’t Believe How We Finally Got Nora to Sleep!

posted by Andrea | 02/19/2015 | 62 comments
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I remember “way back when” Nora was just an infant and I hadn’t slept more than a couple hours in days. I was SO tired, SO exhausted, and SO frustrated. By her 2nd birthday, I started wondering if we’d ever sleep through the night again. I told myself that “someday, when she finally started sleeping through the night, I would write a blog post about everything we tried.” So today, I’m more than just a little excited to FINALLY be writing that blog post… and yes, she is sleeping through the night!!!!

Simon @ 11 Months

posted by Andrea | 02/4/2015 | 17 comments
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Simon is 11 months old today…. and Nora is already busy planning his birthday party for next month :)

BabyBjörn Bouncer Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 01/29/2015 | 24 comments
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In case you can’t tell by the title of this post — I’m super excited to be offering you yet another chance to win a BabyBjörn Bouncer (one of my most-loved baby essentials of all times!)

Even more exciting, this giveaway is for one of the brand new, exclusive Dots patterned bouncers that are just way too cute. This would be the perfect gift for any new parent, parent-to-be, or parent of young children!

DIY Homemade Hair-Detangling Spray

posted by Andrea | 01/26/2015 | 26 comments
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Although I absolutely adore Nora’s curls, her hair is snarly, hard to comb, and a pain to control. Add in the fact that she doesn’t love any amount of water on her face or head, and you can imagine how difficult it is to wash her hair — let alone use conditioner to control the frizz and snarls!

Enter my free, 20-second, DIY Hair Detangling Spray (a.k.a. “magic spray”) and we’ve almost eliminated the hair brushing battles at our house!

Simon @ 10 Months + Dekker Family Life Updates

posted by Andrea | 01/8/2015 | 17 comments
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Today I’m sharing some Dekker family updates from our Christmas break, as well as the last month or so.

I’m also sharing Simon’s 10-month photos and update — all jam-packed into one post since I have so many other ideas and blog posts to share with you this month!!

What We’re Giving Our Kids for Christmas

posted by Andrea | 12/8/2014 | 34 comments
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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
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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.

Nora is 3!

posted by Andrea | 11/24/2014 | 29 comments
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Nora turned 3 on Saturday!

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

Simon @ 8 Months

posted by Andrea | 11/4/2014 | 18 comments
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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
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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
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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”.

Simon @ 7 Months

posted by Andrea | 10/6/2014 | 9 comments
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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
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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
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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.