Children

James is ONE!

posted by Andrea | 07/14/2016 | 20 comments
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Can you believe our sweet baby James is a year old today!?

Come take a stroll down memory lane with lots of cute pictures from the past year…. Also, James is talking!

12 Ideas to Entertain Young Children (no creativity required)

posted by Andrea | 06/17/2016 | 37 comments
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For those of you who spend time with young children, those of you who aren’t necessarily super creative or crafty, and those of you who have no idea what you’re going to do now that the kids are home ALL DAY LONG, here are a few things we do to stay busy…

You’ll notice that most of these activities require little to no creativity, little to no monetary cost, little to no set-up, and little to no clean-up! Win, Win, Win, Win!

Our New (amazingly awesome) Kid’s Bedtime Routine

posted by Andrea | 06/13/2016 | 36 comments
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For the first time since becoming parents, Dave and I finally feel like we have an awesome bedtime routine for all 3 of our kids… and since I am regularly asked about our bedtime routine, I wanted to share exactly what is working for us RIGHT NOW, and why I feel it’s working so well.

I hope some of you will have more tips and ideas to share in the comments too!

Secondhand Shopping Made Simple

posted by Andrea | 05/26/2016 | 25 comments
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For as long as I can remember, I have always hated shopping for clothes. All of that changed, however, when I stumbled upon thredUP soon after Nora was born.

Over the past 4 years, thredUP has become my top resource for clothing for my children AND for myself. I’m excited to share more about this today — and offer a fabulous discount to anyone who has yet to try thredUP!

Four Fun Flower Crafts

posted by Andrea | 05/24/2016 | 12 comments
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Although we try to stay outside as much as possible this time of year, the rain keeps us inside at least a couple afternoons a week — and when it rains, Nora almost ALWAYS wants to do some type of “painting craft”.

Today I’m sharing 4 quick, simple, and fun flower crafts she did one rainy day last week!

Our Simplified Mornings Start with Two Breakfasts

posted by Andrea | 05/5/2016 | 25 comments
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I have recently received several emails, comments and questions asking for tips to simplify and de-stress busy mornings.

I know my solution won’t work for every family, but you might be surprised to read how we manage to keep our mornings relatively simple AND eat a hot breakfast almost every single day.

7 Reasons I Don’t Sell Our Clothes

posted by Andrea | 04/18/2016 | 36 comments
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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 kid’s clothing.

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

How We Do Snacks and Sweet Treats

posted by Andrea | 04/13/2016 | 36 comments
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Over the past month, I’ve gotten many emails and questions about how we handle snacks and desserts in our home — and since the Dekkers are all BIG fans of snacks and sweets, I figured it would be a fairly simple post to share.

Plus, I had so much fun digging up all those cute “messy face” photos of my kids from past years!

That Time We Hired A Sleep Consultant… and what I learned!

posted by Andrea | 04/8/2016 | 23 comments
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James has never been an awesome nighttime sleeper, but he’s just so happy that we never really worried about it… until he started sleeping worse and worse around 5 months old. By 7 months, I was getting almost no sleep and having flashbacks to when Nora was younger.

I just couldn’t fathom doing 3 years of no sleep all over again, so we hired a sleep consultant. In less than 2 weeks, we had a much happier, more rested baby (and mama)! Today, I’m sharing the details!

Why We Don’t Homeschool

posted by Andrea | 03/18/2016 | 50 comments
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Over the past year, I have gotten a surprising number of emails asking why we aren’t homeschooling Nora, suggesting that we should homeschool her, or asking if we would ever consider homeschooling our kids. I have gotten an equal number of emails that, for whatever reason, assume that we DO homeschool our kids.

So today, I’m sharing a few reasons why we don’t homeschool — and why we really have never considered it as an option for our family.

A Big-Boy Bed for Simon

posted by Andrea | 03/10/2016 | 15 comments
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Now that Simon is officially 2 years old, we have started to talk about transitioning him into a “big boy bed”. We’re not planning to rush into anything, but we did want to get the bed all set up and in place so we’re ready when HE is ready.

Today, I’m sharing the new Leesa mattresses we got for Simon’s bed (and I have a great coupon code for anyone looking to purchase a new mattress!)

Simon is 2! (Plus His School Bus Party)

posted by Andrea | 03/7/2016 | 26 comments
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My sweet, squinty-eyed Simon turned 2 on Friday and we had so much fun celebrating at his School Bus birthday party this past weekend!

Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite things about Simon — and lots of cute pictures of his party!

10 Simple Ideas To Baby-Proof Your Home

posted by Andrea | 03/2/2016 | 12 comments
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Now that James is inching closer to 8 months old, he is crawling all over the place, trying to pull himself up on furniture, and grabbing anything and everything he can grab. I have no doubt that he’ll be taking his first few steps in no time — which means it’s time to put a few more baby-proofing precautions in place!

Today, I’m sharing 10 simple ideas to keep your house safe for young children… and save your sanity in the process!

Things I’m Glad I Had For My First Baby

posted by Andrea | 02/17/2016 | 19 comments
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Last week, I shared a handful of baby items we had with Simon and James… but wished we would have had with Nora.

After writing that post, I started thinking more about the things we DID have with Nora that we have used over and over and over again with all 3 of our children… and I’m sharing a few of those today!

Things I Wish I Had With My First Baby

posted by Andrea | 02/9/2016 | 30 comments
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A recent conversation with a friend who is expecting her first baby sparked the idea for this post…

After having 3 children with VERY different personalities, all in different seasons of the year, and experiencing both genders, here are a handful of items I wish I would have had from the very beginning.

James @ 6 Months!

posted by Andrea | 01/14/2016 | 13 comments
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Yes, you read the title of this post correctly… James is already 6 months old!

Come see lots of cute baby pictures and weigh in on who you think he looks like 🙂

The 4th Trimester

posted by Andrea | 12/7/2015 | 34 comments
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Today I’m sharing some of my thoughts on “The 4th Trimester” as it relates to my new normal after bringing home each one of my babies… and also how giving yourself a 12-week grace-period can be so helpful when embarking on any big new changes in your life.

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.