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!
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!
I’ve never been big on wearing makeup — mostly because I don’t like feeling it on my skin or my lips.
However, recently, I started wearing Simple Beauty Mineral makeup — which gives me a little more polished look and doesn’t feel like I have a mask on. I’m excited to share my review, some before/after pictures, and a giveaway with you today!
Although I am definitely NOT a ‘health nut’ by any standards, I have been practicing one extremely healthy habit on a daily basis for the last 15+ years of my life.
It hardly takes any extra effort on my part but it makes a MASSIVE difference in how I look and feel physically, mentally, emotionally, etc. Oh, and it’s completely FREE!
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…
One of my college professors would always say “If you stop learning, you stop living” and I fully agree. There is so much joy and satisfaction that comes from learning and developing a new skill.
Even if you aren’t a “book nerd” (believe me, I’m not either) and don’t really love the idea of going back to school, there are still MANY ways you can be a lifelong learner.
We live in Michigan… more specifically, West Michigan. This means we have pretty nasty winters, thanks to “lake effect” snow, sleet, and ice that blasts our area ALL winter long.
Because of this, I’ve come up with a pretty good list of “car essentials” that I keep in my vehicle at all times — and a few extra items for winter and summer. Today, I’m sharing that list!
Most of you know that I am NOT a foodie. I’ve always been somewhat intimidated by the thought of making a food or healthy-living goal because that’s just not “my thing”.
However, by keeping things REALLY simple and focusing on a couple very specific (yet do-able) changes to incorporate into my current diet, I haven’t felt even the slightest twinge of panic or intimidation — and I’m excited to share my 2 new healthier habits with you today!
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!
Over the past couple of years, I’ve spent more time looking into different personality types… and I’ve learned a lot about myself as an introvert.
I do not feel less than, or worse, or slighted, or restrained in any way simply because I lean more towards the introverted spectrum of personalities. I actually find it fascinating to learn more about my personality type and what make me “tick”!
I’ve shared Nora’s love of shoes before… I don’t know where she gets it from, but she LOVES her shoes!
Today, I’m sharing our new shoes and giving away a couple pairs of pediped shoes.
Almost all of us have ongoing struggles and problems that we deal with on a daily basis. I know our first couple of years with Nora definitely were not a piece of cake!
Inspired by a recent reader question, I decided to write this post about appropriate (and not so appropriate) responses for when friends share their problems with us.
Can you believe we’ve made it through over 26 months of bathing a infant and toddler without a bath tub? It’s true, we’ve easily made due with infant tubs in the sink and Nora’s beloved blow-up bath tub!
Well today, I’m excited to give away the Angelcare Infant Bath Support — that just so happens to fit perfectly in our sink and inside Nora’s blow-up tub!
Due to Nora’s sensory issues, feeding and oral care have been a struggle since the beginning.
Because of this, I’m thankful there are companies like MAM who specialize in high-quality oral care items for all stages of baby life — and I’m super excited to share a huge MAM gift basket with you today!
My due date is officially less than one month away!
On one hand, 1 whole month seems like an eternity to be so physically huge and uncomfortable… But on the other hand, with only 1 month left, I feel like there’s a whole lot of mental and emotional preparations that I need to make.
I know many of you love eBooks — and so do I. You can read as much as you want with NO book clutter — and at a fraction of the expense.
So today, I’m excited to share the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle with you. It includes 86 eBooks, a free 12-week online conference and 9 freebie bonuses. The entire package is valued at over $1000 but it’s on sale THIS WEEK ONLY for $29.97.
I was actually planning to do a post about canning today, but over the past week since the big Royal Birth, I’ve read and heard more than a few snide comments about the use of pain medication and childbirth.
So while I never expected to write anything like this on my blog, I’m sharing my thoughts — from someone who did NOT use pain medication but has no issue with those who do.
Today’s post is a little heavy for a summer weekend, but a recent Sunday sermon (along with a few emails and previous blog posts) got me thinking about an idea for another blog post… today, I’m sharing the thoughts and words that transpired!
After 9 months of getting very little sleep, Dave and I are both exhausted. And although we would love to get more sleep, it’s just not an option right now since Nora doesn’t nap and is quite fussy at night.
I know so many people who aren’t able to get a good night’s sleep for a variety of reasons… If you are one of those people, I’m hoping some of my tips might help you as you battle exhaustion.
A few weeks ago, I shared how I keep our car clean and organized. And after I published that post, I received several comments and emails suggesting that I add a first aid kit to our vehicles… especially now that we have a baby.
I figured that was probably some good advice, so I got creative and turned an old diaper wipes container and a bunch of our extra sample size products into first aid kits for both of our vehicles.