Children

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: b.box Diaper Caddy

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | 2 comments
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Looking for a super easy, super convenient, and super stylish way to store and organize your diapers, wipes, and other diaper changing necessities?

The b.box 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 b.box 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!

Kids in the Kitchen :: Homemade Personal Pan Pizzas

posted by Andrea | 06/2/2015 | 19 comments
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Since Nora enjoys cooking and helping out in the kitchen SO much, I figured it might be fun to start posting a few SUPER simple recipes that not only taste great, but are easy for little hands to help with.

Todays very first “Kids in the Kitchen” post is a fabulously simple recipe for personal pan pizzas… and it just so happens to taste really good too!

Feeding Simon: Why I Chose Bottles

posted by Andrea | 05/21/2015 | 44 comments
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Now that Simon is almost 15 months old, I feel like it’s time to officially publish this post.

I’ve been compiling ideas and content for this post for over a year now — and I’m SOOOOO excited to finally be sharing it with you, especially since I’ve gotten many questions about how I liked using bottles with baby #2!!

Our “Going To the Park” Bag

posted by Andrea | 05/6/2015 | 37 comments
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As I’ve mentioned MANY times already, we’re big on walking pretty much anywhere we can walk. And now that Simon is more comfortable on his feet, we’ve been walking to a few local parks during the day.

It used to take me forever to gather up everything we needed for our walk and park visit, but now that I put together our “going to the park” bag, we’re out the door in no time at all!

The STUFF That Helped Simplify Life After Kids

posted by Andrea | 04/27/2015 | 18 comments
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I’m often asked if there are certain things that helped me to simplify and organize my life with 2 small children around. And while I don’t usually like to advocate for buying more STUFF, there are a handful of things that immediately come to mind when I’m asked these questions.

Today I’m sharing my “list”… and I’d love to know what STUFF would make your list!

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

posted by Andrea | 03/31/2015 | 42 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!