Baby Week Giveaway #3: LaundryTree SoapNuts

posted by Andrea | 02/11/2014 | 11 comments

Laundry is a never-ending chore for most families — especially families with lots of little kiddos.

However, with LaundryTree’s SoapNuts, you can make laundry just a bit simpler, and bit easier, and a whole lot nicer on the environment!

Baby Week Giveaway #2: Kushies Zolo Activity Mat

posted by Andrea | 02/11/2014 | 5 comments

The Kushies Zolo Activity Mat is one thing I wish we had for Nora — and I’m so excited to have one for Baby #2.

I’m also excited to share it with you, as any new baby you know is sure to LOVE this activity mat!

Baby Week Giveaway #1: My Favorite Baby Essentials Prize Pack

posted by Andrea | 02/11/2014 | 30 comments

It’s time to celebrate Baby Dekker #2 Β here on the blog, and what better way to do that than with 12 fabulous giveaways — valued at over $1500!

This first giveaway is simply a thank-you gift from me, and is FILLED with all MY favorite baby essentials (plus an Amazon gift card for anything else you might want!)

One Month…

posted by Andrea | 02/6/2014 | 24 comments

My due date is officially less than one month away!

On one hand, 1 whole month seems like an eternity to be so physically huge and uncomfortable… But on the other hand, with only 1 month left, I feel like there’s a whole lot of mental and emotional preparations that I need to make.

My “To Do Before Baby” List

posted by Andrea | 01/21/2014 | 26 comments

Now that my brain has finally registered that 2014 is here (and after noticing that the expiration date on my yogurt was only 2 weeks before my due date) I decided that it was time to make my “To-Do Before Baby” list.

And since several of you have asked what my “must do” items are before this baby arrives, I figured that sharing the list would not only answer those questions, but also hold me more accountable!

How We Decide On Our Baby Names

posted by Andrea | 11/1/2013 | 92 comments

As I announced last week, Baby Dekker #2 is a boy — so now we can start the process of deciding on a name. Crazy enough, this is probably my most favorite part of being pregnant — and if you ask Dave, he will definitely confirm my love / obsession with picking out the perfect name!

Today, I’m sharing the many different factors that affect our baby name choices πŸ™‚

Sister + Brother = Love

posted by Andrea | 10/22/2013 | 53 comments

The results are in, and baby Dekker #2 is a……….

An Unexpected “Project”

posted by Andrea | 09/5/2013 | 144 comments

As I mentioned on Tuesday, Dave and I have been working on a whole bunch of projects this summer.

The next project on our list is renovating our upstairs bedrooms. We weren’t necessarily planning to tackle this project for another year or so, but due to a recent and unexpected change of events, we’ll be needing the extra space in approximately 25 weeks πŸ™‚

Childbirth Choices

posted by Andrea | 07/30/2013 | 45 comments

I was actually planning to do a post about canning today, but over the past week since the big Royal Birth, I’ve read and heard more than a few snide comments about the use of pain medication and childbirth.

So while I never expected to write anything like this on my blog, I’m sharing my thoughts — from someone who did NOT use pain medication but has no issue with those who do.

Weekend Giveaway: GlamourMom Nursing Bra

posted by Andrea | 02/8/2013 | 200 comments

I’m excited to share yet another fabulous giveaway from — a company that specializes in high-quality, “glamorous” nursing and maternity apparel for every size and shape.

Today, I’m giving away their brand new Starter Nursing Bra!

Weekend Giveaway: GlamourMom Nursing Top

posted by Andrea | 11/16/2012 | 249 comments

In honor of Nora’s first birthday {and my first year as a mom}, I want to offer one of my all-time favorite “mom things” for this week’s giveaway — the GlamourMom Nursing Top.

If you are expecting a baby, know anyone who is {or will be} nursing, or even if you’d just like a fabulous gift to donate to a local women’s shelter, you MUST enter today’s giveaway!

Raising an Infant on a Budget: Recap & FREE Printable

posted by Andrea | 04/21/2012 | 5 comments

In the months since Nora was born, I’ve received a crazy number of emails asking what items I would suggest for soon-to-be-moms looking to stay clutter-free and stick to a tight budget. While I definitely don’t have ALL the answers; after almost 5 months, I can at least share the items we regularly used for the newborn/infant stage.

All week long, I’ve been sharing my “must-have” items for infants — and today, I’m rounding out this week-long series with a few more money saving tips… and a FREE printable!

Moms Helping Moms via Mom’s Bloom

posted by Andrea | 03/6/2012 | 8 comments

As I’ve mentioned several times before — motherhood is SO much harder than I ever thought it would be. I can’t believe how physically and emotionally draining it is to have such an important 24/7 job on top of everything I do each day.

Thankfully, I stumbled upon Mom’s Bloom, a non-profit organization that matches experienced “mentor moms” with newbie moms like me! I feel blessed to work with such an amazing mentor mom and would love to know if there are any programs like this in your area.

Weekend Giveaway: Glamourmom Nursing Tank

posted by Andrea | 12/16/2011 | 63 comments

Since I’m planning to nurse Nora for several months, I wanted a few nursing tank tops that I could wear every day and that would allow me to discreetly nurse.

In my many online searches, I came across — which is an awesome company that specializes in high-quality, “glamorous” nursing and maternity apparel for every size and shape. I’ve been wearing their nursing tanks for the past 3 weeks and am so excited to give you a chance to win one!

Nora’s Birth Story and Life Updates

posted by Andrea | 12/12/2011 | 19 comments

After being on maternity leave for almost 3 weeks, I’m back; and I have a mountain of new tips and ideas to share with you! But first, I thought I would take a few moments to share a little about Nora’s birth story, update you on the last 3 weeks of my life, and answer some of the MANY questions I’ve gotten via email, facebook, twitter, and blog comments.

Ten Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms

posted by Andrea | 12/6/2011 | 3 comments

Due to the recent birth of our baby girl, I recruited a handful of amazing moms to share their motherly advice with all of us!

Today, Karen From Abundance on a Dime — and mother of 2 — is sharing her ten most-valuable breastfeeding tips. I know that nursing can be a challenge but I also know how good it is for me and my baby… so I’m sure I’ll be referring back to this post a few times!

Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me…?

posted by Andrea | 12/2/2011 | 3 comments

Due to the recent birth of our baby girl, I recruited a handful of amazing moms to share their motherly advice with all of us!

Today, Amy from The Finer Things in Life — and mother of 3 — is sharing tips from her series, Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me That. Her series includes so much information… you’ll just have to stick around for a while and keep reading; I know I am!

Dealing With The Baby Blues

posted by Andrea | 11/30/2011 | 1 comment

Due to the recent birth of our baby girl, I recruited a handful of amazing moms to share their motherly advice with all of us!

Today, Kim from Art of Domestic Living — and mother to 2 — is sharing her story about battling post partum depression and the “baby blues”. This is a REAL issue for many women, and Kim’s story is very encouraging for anyone who has dealt with this or might currently be dealing with this.