Holidays

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 | 34 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!!

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!

What To Do With Old Holiday Cards

posted by Andrea | 11/17/2014 | 65 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”.