Happy Valentines Day!
Instead of sharing cute Valentine’s craft ideas, decorating ideas, gift ideas, recipe ideas, or other ideas that take time, effort, energy, money, and a decent amount of planning ahead, I thought I’d share 14 simple ways we can show OURSELVES a little extra love over the next few weeks, months, and even years!
As you might know already, I’m not a huge health nut. HOWEVER, over the past 5+ years, I’ve made a conscious effort to SLOWLY incorporate several healthier habits into my (and my family’s) daily routine.
Today I’m sharing 2 more super simple healthier habits for 2017!
A couple months ago, I read a book that encouraged me to think about what I do for myself (a.k.a. “me time”). And for the last 2 months, I’ve consciously considered what activities bring me joy, satisfaction, and fulfillment.
What I realized is that despite being home with 3 young children all day, I actually enjoy quite a bit of “me time”. Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite me time activities… and why I’m able to be so productive as a result of these activities.
Today is Dave’s birthday, and I thought we’d celebrate on the blog by doing a fun giveaway!
I also have a super cute video of Nora and Simon trying out our new simplehuman soap pump 🙂
Have you ever felt like you were juggling too many responsibilities, being pulled in too many different directions, or “wearing too many hats”?
If so, I hope today’s post will help you take a step back, look at ALL those good things you’re doing, and figure out a way to cut back. It won’t be easy, but I don’t think you’ll regret it.
As with all aspects of my life, when it comes to health, wellness, nutrition, exercise, and body image, I strive for “all things in moderation” and “gradual forward progress”.
Today, I’m sharing 5 ways I try to promote a healthier lifestyle… as well as a few thoughts on positive body image.
Earlier this spring, I transplanted a bunch of white lilies from my Great-Grandparents’ dairy farm… and while it might sound a bit crazy, the lilies got me thinking about different seasons of my life when I have had very little time for myself.
If you are currently in a season of life with no time for yourself, I hope this post offers some encouragement… you definitely are NOT alone!
Although it’s nearly impossible for me to suggest the number of tasks that is “too much” for any given person, I do think it’s possible to gauge whether OUR OWN schedule is too full right now based on a few tell-tale signs of overly-busy people.
Today I’m sharing 5 signs that your schedule might be too full — as well as a few steps you can take to simplify your schedule!
If you have been striving to get more organized, simplify your life, or increase your productivity… but for whatever reason you just never make any progress, I would highly encourage you to read through today’s (somewhat lengthy) post.
It might just shine some light onto a deeper reason for your disorganization.
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!
Although I am the farthest thing from a “health food nut” or a nutritionist, I am always striving for “better” in every area of my life. So for the past few years, I’ve been making really small changes to implement a few healthier habits into our diet.
This year, I’m making one more…
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.
I am certainly not a health or nutrition expert in any way (nor do I want to be one). However, I am pretty good at simplifying almost everything 🙂
So as we approach cold and flu season, I thought I’d share one of the simplest things we do around our house to keep the germs away.
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!