Holidays

5 Ways We Simplify Christmas… with small children

posted by Andrea | 12/5/2016 | 25 comments
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I wasn’t planning to do a post about “simplifying Christmas”, but after receiving an astonishing number of emails, comments, and Facebook messages requesting this post, I decided to share 5 things we do (or rather DON’T do) to simplify our holiday season.

Free Christmas Cards from Minted

posted by Andrea | 12/2/2016 | 10 comments
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Yesterday, I shared a few of my favorite things; and today, I get to GIVE AWAY a bunch of my favorite things… Christmas Cards!!

Minted.com is giving away $300 worth of Christmas cards to my readers… and their cards are AMAZING!

More Thoughts on Traditions

posted by Andrea | 11/2/2016 | 28 comments
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As many of you know, I’m a HUGE fan of basic systems and routines. I feel confident that my systems and routines help to simplify and streamline almost every single aspect of my life.

However, when it comes to “traditions” my feelings are slightly different…

4 Ideas to Reduce Excess “Wants”

posted by Andrea | 10/24/2016 | 21 comments
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There is no “quick fix” for not wanting something cool when you see it, but I do have a few relatively simple tips I use for myself (and for my children) that seem to help reduce some of those excess “wants”.

These ideas are especially relevant now, as we gear up for another holiday season filled with even more stuff… but they work well year round too!

How We Do Halloween

posted by Andrea | 10/11/2016 | 15 comments
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Whenever we get close to a holiday, I get lots and lots of questions about what we do to celebrate, what types of traditions we have, what types of food we make, how we involve our kids, what types of gifts or treats we share with others, etc. etc.

I realized that after almost 7 years of blogging, and after sharing our traditions for SO many other holidays, I’ve never written about Halloween… until today!

My New Favorite (Online) Dollar Store!

posted by Andrea | 10/6/2016 | 13 comments
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With the holiday shopping season right around the corner, I thought it might be the perfect time to share another fabulous online shopping resource I’ve been using the past couple of months.

For those of you who hate shopping (like me) you’ll enjoy finding great deals at dollar store prices — all from the comfort of your own home!

Our Non-Toy Christmas

posted by Andrea | 09/21/2016 | 28 comments
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After shopping a local second-hand sale last week, I realized that I’m actually DONE with all the Christmas shopping for our kids (and I spent less than $50 total!) Also, I realized that out of everything I have for them, there are only 2 toys!

If you’re looking for a few non-toy gift ideas — or if you just want to know what our kids are getting for Christmas, check out today’s post (but don’t tell my kids!)

Our Family Pictures :: Spring 2016

posted by Andrea | 05/27/2016 | 21 comments
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We had family pictures taken a couple weeks ago and I got the digital rights to all the photos last week!

Although I already shared a couple of the full-family shots on the blog, I figured it might be fun to share a few more of the kids and different poses.

Our Handprint and Footprint Calendar

posted by Andrea | 01/12/2016 | 36 comments
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Throughout the month of November, the kids and I worked on an “extra special Christmas present project” that we couldn’t share until after all our Christmas gifts had been given.

We made handprint calendars for our grandparents… and today, I’m sharing the results (as well as a few tips and resources to simplify the process)!

A Peek Into Our Christmas Break

posted by Andrea | 01/4/2016 | 19 comments
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Happy New Year! I’m excited to be back blogging again!

It’s been several weeks since my last Peek Into Our Week post — and since I’m not just talking about last week, I thought it was more fitting to share A Peek Into our Christmas Break.

Merry Christmas! {plus My Favorite Christmastime Posts}

posted by Andrea | 12/22/2015 | 13 comments
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We sent out our Christmas cards last week — so I figured it was safe to share them on the blog now! I’m also sharing some of my favorite Christmastime posts from previous years, my favorite Christmas recipes, and a bunch of pictures from earlier Christmases in the Dekker house!

Merry Christmas! I’ll see you back here on the blog next year!

10 Tips to Simplify Holiday Entertaining

posted by Andrea | 12/10/2015 | 19 comments
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While it does take a decent amount of extra effort to host a gathering (even if we do keep things simple) we generally enjoy having others over to our house — especially since it’s often an easier option than loading up the kids to go somewhere else!

If you are entertaining this holiday season, here are 10 simple tips that should help things go a bit smoother — and allow you to actually enjoy your time with family and friends!

What Are Your Favorite Holiday Traditions

posted by Andrea | 12/4/2015 | 55 comments
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Although I’m not an overly sentimental person, some of my favorite things about the holidays are the fun family traditions I look forward to year after year.

Today, I’m sharing a few of our family traditions, and I’d love to know what yours are too (either for your family, friends, work, or from when you were little.)

How I Get Cash Back By Shopping Online

posted by Andrea | 11/27/2015 | 22 comments
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When it comes to online shopping, I’ve learned A LOT over the past 4-6 years. I’ve learned how to find the best deals and coupons, how to almost always get free shipping, and how to literally get cash back on almost every online purchase I make!

Today, I’m sharing my simple cash back “secret”… just in time for the Cyber Monday deals!

Thanksgiving Tips, Fun Facts, and Recipe Ideas

posted by Andrea | 11/25/2015 | 15 comments
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This is Dave and my 10th Thanksgiving as a married couple, and although I’ve made all the traditional Thanksgiving foods many times before, this is our first time hosting the big day at our house!

Today, I thought it would be fun to share a few of my tips for simplifying this time of year; as well as some fun Thanksgiving trivia and some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes!

My Favorite Holiday Photo Gift + THREE $100 Giveaways!

posted by Andrea | 11/19/2015 | 9 comments
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If you are in the market for fabulous photo gifts or top-notch holiday cards, you’ll definitely want to click through to today’s post.

I’ve partnered with Minted.com to offer THREE lucky readers a $100 gift certificate — just in time for the holiday season!

50+ Clutter-Free Gift Ideas for All Ages

posted by Andrea | 10/28/2015 | 3 comments
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Over the past 5 years, I’ve shared many different Clutter-Free Gifts posts; so this year, I thought I’d try to compile ALL those posts and ALL those ideas into one place.

It’s a LONG list — but I’m sure I’m missing some good ideas — so I’d love for you to share your favorite clutter-free gifts in the comments!

Save Time and Money with Amazon Wish Lists

posted by Andrea | 10/20/2015 | 19 comments
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Many of you already know how much I love making lists (and that I try to buy everything online). So it should come as no surprise that I have multiple Amazon Wish Lists 🙂

With the holiday season approaching, I thought I’d share how I use Amazing Wish Lists to save time, energy, money, and even space in my home!

10 Creative Wedding Gift Ideas (that work with their registry)

posted by Andrea | 05/14/2015 | 33 comments
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It’s wedding season — which means lots of gift-giving opportunities.

If you’d like to get a little more creative this year — but still honor their registries — I have a bunch of ideas that are relatively simple to implement and can be quite frugal as well.

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!!