How I Get Cash Back By Shopping Online

posted by Andrea | 11/27/2015 | 21 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 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!!

Merry Christmas From The Dekker Family {2014}

posted by Andrea | 12/24/2014 | 84 comments
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As I’ve done in previous years, I’ll be taking the full week off between Christmas and New Years to enjoy time at home with family and friends. However, I couldn’t leave for a week without sharing our 2014 Christmas card with you! Oh, and make sure you read all the way to the end of the post for a fun surprise :)

Merry Christmas!!

Why We Didn’t Do Traditions This Year

posted by Andrea | 12/18/2014 | 37 comments
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Over and over again, I’ve been asked what family traditions we take part in over the holiday season. Over and over again, I’ve felt slightly ashamed when I explain that we really didn’t do any traditions this year.

No, I’m not the Grinch — I actually love the holidays. However, I refuse to let a “but we’ve always done it that way” get in the way of me and my family enjoying this time of year.

What We’re Giving Our Kids for Christmas

posted by Andrea | 12/8/2014 | 34 comments
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I’ve gotten several questions asking what we’re giving Nora and Simon for Christmas — as well as requests for holiday gift suggestions for children, teens, adults, etc.

So today, I’m sharing what we’re giving our kiddos, and some of my favorite gift ideas for kids 2-6 years old!

10 Tips to Simplify Holiday Entertaining

posted by Andrea | 11/19/2014 | 18 comments
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Dave and I are hosting Nora’s birthday party this weekend, then we’re celebrating Thanksgiving, 5 other immediate family member birthdays, lots of Christmas parties, a New Years party, hosting out of town guest, and more… all in the next 6 weeks.

Because of all these celebrations, I felt a post on how to simplify holiday entertaining was timely. I hope it will be helpful for many of you as well!

What To Do With Old Holiday Cards

posted by Andrea | 11/17/2014 | 64 comments
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In the next couple of weeks, Christmas and other holiday cards will start filling up our mailboxes… but what will we do with those cards in another couple months, when the holidays are over?

Today, I’m sharing what I do with our holiday cards, and I’d love to know if you have any simple ways to reuse holiday cards.

Yet Another Post on Clutter-Free Gifts

posted by Andrea | 11/11/2014 | 10 comments
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I know, I know… I’ve written at least one post on clutter-free gifts every single year since I started my blog. Most years, I’ve written several posts on the topic; and now, I even have a link to all my clutter-free gifts posts in my sidebar. I’m sorry — I just can’t help it!

Today, I’m sharing a few more of my thoughts on clutter-free gifts; as well as a whole bunch of clutter-free gift ideas and resources.

Why Parents Should Stop Worrying About Fair and Equal

posted by Andrea | 10/24/2014 | 63 comments
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This is a post I’ve been itching to write for years already — but I didn’t think I would hold any “clout” on the topic until I had at least 2 kids.

So now that the “having two kids” part has been taken care of, I have a few (maybe more than a few) things to say about why I STRONGLY believe we should stop worrying and stressing about making every single aspect of our children’s lives “fair” and “equal”.

Clutter-Free Gifts for Kids (100 days and counting)

posted by Andrea | 09/16/2014 | 14 comments
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Last week, two different people emailed me asking for advice on clutter-free gifts for kids.

So, in honor of the fact that today marks 100 days until Christmas (yes, you read that right!), and the fact that I’m a huge advocate for completing at least some holiday shopping nice and early, I’m sharing a few of my favorite clutter-free gifts for kids.

Because I Don’t Need Flowers to Feel Loved

posted by Andrea | 06/16/2014 | 52 comments
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Today is my birthday!

And instead of giveaways or any other fancy, celebratory post, I’m sharing something that has been on my mind a lot lately. It also just so happens to fit perfectly with this special day.

My Top 10 Favorite Holiday Posts

posted by Andrea | 03/26/2014 | 1 comment
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As I planned ahead for the arrival of baby Simon, I thought it might be fun to resurrect some of MY favorite posts from the past 3.5 years of blogging.

Today, I’m sharing some of MY favorite holiday posts — clutter-free gift ideas, our holiday cards, tips to simplify and enjoy these busy times of year, and more!

Our Super Relaxing Holiday Getaway

posted by Andrea | 01/3/2014 | 24 comments
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Dave and I intentionally tried to simplify our 2013 Christmas Break. We’ve just been so busy, and we know things will only get busier with a new baby, so we’ve been doing a lot of relaxing lately.

We were also gifted a fabulous local getaway to the Homewood Suites by Hilton — Grand Rapids. It was the icing on top of our super relaxing Christmas break!

Merry Christmas! – 2013

posted by Andrea | 12/24/2013 | 9 comments
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We’re all excited for Christmas over here; but honestly, I think I sometime like Christmas Eve even better than Christmas Day. It’s quieter, more low-key, less hoopla, less busyness, and just simpler.

Due to the holidays, having family in town, and a fun little pre-baby holiday getaway Dave and I are taking later this week, I’ll be taking the rest of the week off from blogging. But I’ll see you back here on New Year’s Day!


posted by Andrea | 12/23/2013 | 31 comments
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Today I’m talking about traditions — specifically holiday traditions — and I’d love to hear your thoughts too.

I love traditions… but only if they work with our current family, our current stage of life, our current budget, and our current interests. And I’m definitely not afraid to stop or alter a specific tradition if it stops working for us.