Holidays

A Peek Into Our Christmas Break

posted by Andrea | 01/2/2017 | 23 comments

Happy New Year!

It was so nice to take a week off and enjoy a slower pace over the holidays — but I’m excited to be back! Come take a peek at what we did over our break!

Merry Christmas from the Dekkers

posted by Andrea | 12/23/2016 | 28 comments

As I’ve done for many years now, I’ll be taking the week between Christmas and New Years as a short blogging break. It’s such a nice time to step away from my computer and social media for a few days, and I always come back after the New Year with so many blog post topics and ideas!

Today I’m sharing our 2016 Christmas card, and a little bit about what I hope to do (and not do) over our Christmas break!

Live or Artificial? My Internal Christmas Tree Debate

posted by Andrea | 12/16/2016 | 46 comments

Although I was fairly certain we would get a live tree once we were living out on our own, Dave and I have been using a thrift store artificial Christmas tree for the past 11 Christmases 🙂

Every year I have some sort of internal debate about if we should keep using our artificial tree or go buy a real one…

Are We Giving To Satisfy Ourselves?

posted by Andrea | 12/6/2016 | 40 comments

There are so many times when we (myself included) have our own agendas for giving — we want to give what WE want to give, whether it is useful or needed or appreciated by the recipient.

I hope today’s post reminds all of us to take few minutes to think how our gifts might best be used — not only for family and friends but also donations and other charitable giving!

5 Ways We Simplify Christmas… with small children

posted by Andrea | 12/5/2016 | 41 comments

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

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

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 | 23 comments

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 | 16 comments

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

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 | 29 comments

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

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 | 38 comments

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

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

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

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

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

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!