Because it’s Rarely the “Right Time” to Get Started

posted by Andrea | 10/21/2016 | 15 comments
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Do you have a list of projects, tasks, to-dos, and goals you’ve been putting off until the timing is just right?

If so, I hope today’s post will be the motivation you need to get started RIGHT NOW… because it’s rarely ever the “right time” to get started!

My Job As Mom

posted by Andrea | 10/7/2016 | 32 comments
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Although I never expected to be a full time stay-at-home mom, I truly do enjoy being home with my kids… however, I didn’t always love being home.

It took a few years before I was finally able to find my own best way to be a stay-at-home-mom… and it all started when I decided to treat my job as mom like any other “typical job”!

The Importance of Margin Time

posted by Andrea | 08/22/2016 | 36 comments
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Just as the margins of books, newspapers, and magazines give our eyes a break from all the words on the pages, margins in our life give us a break from all the busyness, stress, and chaos.

Today I’m sharing why I feel “margin time” is one of the simplest and most important things I do to alleviate that frazzled feeling that often shows up if I have even the slightest notion that I might be running behind.

My TOP TIP to Simplify The School Year

posted by Andrea | 08/11/2016 | 27 comments
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As I child, I LOVED the start of another school year! As a teacher’s wife with 3 young children at home, I can’t say I have that same love and happy anticipation for another school year to begin!

However, I’m working ahead now to simplify the start of our school year… and I’m sharing my top tip today!

That Time We Hired A Sleep Consultant… and what I learned!

posted by Andrea | 04/8/2016 | 23 comments
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James has never been an awesome nighttime sleeper, but he’s just so happy that we never really worried about it… until he started sleeping worse and worse around 5 months old. By 7 months, I was getting almost no sleep and having flashbacks to when Nora was younger.

I just couldn’t fathom doing 3 years of no sleep all over again, so we hired a sleep consultant. In less than 2 weeks, we had a much happier, more rested baby (and mama)! Today, I’m sharing the details!

My New Daily Routine (with 3 kids)

posted by Andrea | 01/18/2016 | 21 comments
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I’ve been asked about my new routine several times over the past few months… so now that James is 6 months old, and I’ve been home with all 3 kids for half the school year, I thought it was time to share a little bit more about my “new” daily routine.

How I Use My Planner

posted by Andrea | 01/15/2016 | 32 comments
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Over the past 5 years, I have shared several posts about the planners I have used… but I don’t think I’ve ever shared exactly HOW I use my planner, or why this method works so well for me.

Obviously, I don’t expect my method to be the perfect system for everyone else. However, maybe what works for me will spark a few new ideas that will work better for you!

Personal Planner Giveaway!

posted by Andrea | 11/24/2015 | 25 comments
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If I were as cool as Oprah and did a big fancy “Andrea’s Favorite Things” event at Christmas time, the Personal Planner would make my gift list every single year! I love how simple and easy it is to customize this planner to exactly what I want and need it to be… plus it’s really pretty!

If you’re in the market for a new 2016 planner, head on over to enter my giveaway!!

3 Simple Ways I Improve My Quality of Sleep

posted by Andrea | 08/26/2015 | 26 comments
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As many of you know, “sleep” has been a hot topic in the Dekker household for the past 3.5 years… basically since we brought Nora home from the hospital!

Although sleep is one of my top priorities, I haven’t always been able to get the QUANTITY of sleep I would like. However, there are a few things I do that have helped me get more QUALITY sleep… I’m sharing those today!

Celebration Week Giveway: Magnetic Family Wall Calendar

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | comment
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If the “lazy days of summer” aren’t always so “lazy” around your house, you might find that having a family wall calendar could do wonders for keeping everyone’s schedules organized and in one convenient location.

The large magnetic wall calendars from Calendars and Chores are my all-time favorite wall calendar… and I think you’ll see why once you read my post!

Why I Don’t Have a Birth Plan

posted by Andrea | 06/5/2015 | 89 comments
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Believe it or not, I have never had any type of “birth plan”… and I don’t plan on making one for baby #3 either!

I realize many of you might think I’m crazy, and some of you certainly will not agree with my reasonings — and that’s OK. However since I’ve been asked about my birth plan many times over the past few months I figured it was time I shared why I’ve never had a birth plan.

My Morning Routine… and how it sets the tone for my family’s day

posted by Andrea | 04/21/2015 | 47 comments
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Now that Nora is finally sleeping through the night, I’m FINALLY getting back to a more normal morning routine (after a 3-year hiatus!)

It feels great to be back in my early morning groove again — and I can’t believe how simply starting MY day off on the right foot can make such a drastic difference in the mood for my entire family.

So… What Exactly Is A Top-5 List?

posted by Andrea | 04/3/2015 | 11 comments
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Four years ago, I shared a post about my Top-5 List and how it helps to reduce procrastination and increase productivity.

Today, I’m sharing a follow-up post, answering the many questions I’ve gotten about my Top-5 List… definitely a must-read if you’d like to get more done in less time 🙂

Creating Change When You Just Feel Too Busy

posted by Andrea | 03/30/2015 | 1 comment
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If you can relate to feeling too busy, I hope the ideas and concepts in this post will be helpful and encouraging for you — and, more importantly, I hope they will motivate you to make some changes in your life.

In my own personal experience, I’ve never once regretted creating that change yet!

Working From Home With Kids: Creating Structure and Being Flexible

posted by Andrea | 03/17/2015 | 25 comments
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I’ve already shared various posts about what a typical day in my life looks like, but I thought it might be interesting to share more about how I make the working + raising babies + housework happen… without feeling like I’m totally stressed out or way too busy.

I think there are 2 key factors for me to be able to work from home with kids — I’m sharing more in today’s post!

A Day With the Dekkers (January 2015 Edition)

posted by Andrea | 01/23/2015 | 29 comments
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Over the last few months, many of you have requested a day-in-the-life post, and I suppose it has been a couple years already… so I’m due for an update!

While no 2 days are ever exactly alike (can you relate), here’s what a relatively normalish weekday looks like in our house.

Giveaway: Personal Planner!

posted by Andrea | 12/3/2014 | 31 comments
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Since it’s almost that time of year, I’m sharing my new planner today — and offering a couple great giveaways from!!

My Thoughts on Intentional Free Time (and why I don’t “sleep when the baby sleeps”)

posted by Andrea | 10/17/2014 | 12 comments
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For anyone who may be tempted to click away thinking “another post about babies… I’m not interested”, let me assure you this post has little to nothing to do with babies. 

However, it might change the way you use your free time!

Family Wall Calendar Giveaway from Calendars and Chores

posted by Andrea | 09/5/2014 | 12 comments
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The back-to-school time of year can be very stressful and chaotic, but has the perfect solution.

Their fabulous magnetic calendars are the perfect way to organize all your busy family activities in one convenient spot… so yeah, I’m really excited to be giving away one of their wall calendars today!

My Thoughts on Baby Schedules and Sleep Training

posted by Andrea | 03/4/2014 | 30 comments
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Recently, I’ve been noticing a lot of chatter about “sleep training” in my social media feeds — and while I honestly have nothing against sleep training, I know for a fact that it doesn’t work for everyone — even if you follow every single rule in those books.

If you’re a frustrated, sleep-deprived parent, you’ll want to read this post!