Schedules

My Thoughts on Baby Schedules and Sleep Training

posted by Andrea | 03/4/2014 | 29 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!

It’s OK if Your Holidays Aren’t Totaly Stress-Free and Simple

posted by Andrea | 11/25/2013 | 5 comments
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Yes, you read the title of this post correctly. Andrea Dekker is telling you that it’s OK if your life is stressed and crazy! Well, kind of :)

Keep reading for my thoughts on why it’s probably OK if your life is a little crazy for the next 6 weeks…

The Personal Planner Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 11/18/2013 | 807 comments
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If you’ve ever felt frustrated that you can’t find the perfect planner for your needs, I can almost guarantee that you’ll be able to create YOUR perfect planner using the Personal Planner’s many customizable options.

Come read how it all works and enter to win your own fully customizable Personal Planner!

Giveaway: Calendars & Chores Magnetic Calendar

posted by Andrea | 09/24/2013 | 675 comments
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If you feel like your family’s schedule is out of control now that school is in full swing again, let me take 10 minutes to introduce you to the Calendars & Chores Etsy Shop.

More specifically, let me share their fabulous Magnetic Wet/Dry Erase Calendar. Seriously, this thing might just revolutionize your family’s schedule!

Make More Time by Dropping Tasks

posted by Andrea | 07/29/2013 | 6 comments
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In my experience, dropping a task that I don’t have the time or energy for can be SO freeing — and exactly what I need to simplify.

If we just stop and think about all the things we do each day, I’m guessing that there are at least a few things we can drop to open up a little more breathing room in our schedules.

Slowing Down Summer

posted by Andrea | 06/6/2013 | 19 comments
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Summer is always such a crazy time of year for us (I’m sure many of you can relate). On one hand, we want to work on house projects, go on vacation, and pack every day with something fun. On the other hand, we just want to relax.
This year, Dave and I are on a mission to slow down summer — to find that healthy balance between “getting stuff done” and relaxing — I’ll let you know if we succeed in about 11 weeks!

Simplify Family Schedules with Traditions

posted by Andrea | 04/25/2013 | 22 comments
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You may remember my motto for 2013 is “A Year of Ultra-Simplicity”, and one of the ways Dave and I have been able to REALLY simplify our busy schedules is by implementing daily and weekly traditions — and thus saving loads of time, energy, and stress.

Sound good? Then keep reading!

3 Life Lessons from my Busy Childhood

posted by Andrea | 02/13/2013 | 36 comments
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Growing up, I was always involved in as many extra-curricular activities as possible (big surprise, huh!)

While I totally understand that there is only so much one child or one family can be involved in, I also think there are 3 important reasons all kids should be involved in a few extra-curricular activities (at least based on my own experiences).

Can Working Parents ‘Have It All’?

posted by Andrea | 02/6/2013 | 18 comments
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This topic has been on my mind for well over a year — since just before Nora was born. And now, almost 15 months later, I’ll be the first to admit that I grossly underestimated how difficult it would be to manage home, work, family, and life.

So can working parents ‘have it all’? Click through to read my thoughts!

A Look Back at my 2012 Personal Goals

posted by Andrea | 01/16/2013 | 2 comments
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Yesterday, I mentioned that my goal for 2013 is “Ultra Simplicity” in every aspect of life.

However, before I push ahead to 2013, I want to first take a few minutes to look back on how I did with my 2012 goals… and no, I didn’t accomplish them all.

Weekend Giveaway: TidyMighty Printable Organizers

posted by Andrea | 01/12/2013 | 260 comments
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We’re almost 2 weeks into the New Year so if you haven’t made any New Year’s goals yet, it might be time to sit down and think about a few things you’d like to do, change, or improve on in the year ahead.

If one of your goals is to get more organized, today’s giveaway from TidyMighty Printable Organizers should help you do just that!

Organize Your Family’s Schedule with the Free HeyWe App

posted by Andrea | 10/3/2012 | 7 comments
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Even though I’ve always been a HUGE fan of pen and paper planners/calendars/etc. There is something so convenient about digital calendars and the ability to access all your information right from your phone.

Today I’m sharing my new favorite FREE app that allows Dave and I to stay connected, stay organized, and stay on-top of each other’s busy lives!

When Was the Last Time You Said ‘No’?

posted by Andrea | 09/26/2012 | 12 comments
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It’s THAT time of year when everyone is looking for volunteers, committee members, etc. etc. If you haven’t been bombarded with these requests yet, it’s bound to happen some time in the next month.

If you’re already feeling overwhelmed and over-busy, keep reading for some encouragement and motivation to “just say no”!

Our Simplified Mornings + a New Coffee Maker

posted by Andrea | 09/18/2012 | 7 comments
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Dave and I both hate feeling rushed, we hate being late, we hate forgetting anything, and we hate being unprepared… so we’ve always been huge advocates for planning our mornings the night before.

And thanks to a brand new (programmable) coffeemaker from Hamilton Beach, our morning routine is just THAT much simpler!

My New “Go-With-The-Flow” Attitude

posted by Andrea | 06/14/2012 | 29 comments
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If someone were going to describe my personality, “go-with-the-flow” would NOT be the words they might choose… I can guarantee it! And you know what, I’m not bothered by that one bit.

However…Over the past 6+ months since Nora was born, I’ve been FORCED (completely against my will) to learn how to go-with-the-flow. I’m still not very good at it; but I’m learning :) And in case you don’t believe me, here are 4 examples from the past few weeks:

Guest Posts Worth Reading

posted by Andrea | 05/31/2012 | comment
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I wrote a bunch of guest posts this month and included a few of my favorites right here. If you’re looking to simplify your summer schedule or add hours to your day, I’ve got several tips to share.

I’m also talking about the pros and cons of working as a virtual assistant, as well as how listening to music can actually help you be MORE productive!

Weekend Giveaway: My Life Locker {10 Winners}

posted by Andrea | 04/20/2012 | 200 comments
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My Life Locker is the ultimate organizational system. Think of it as your own personal filing cabinet: one tidy spot to keep your entire life’s information. My Life Locker covers your whole life, not just one area — everything from your family, to your home, your finances, you internet user ID’s, your passwords, and more!

If this sounds like something you could use, stop by and enter to win your very own copy of My LIfe Locker!

Tips for Being “On-Time” With Kids

posted by Andrea | 01/17/2012 | 22 comments
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I’ve always been a pretty punctual person — often arriving a bit early to meetings and appointments. I hate being late or feeling rushed, so thankfully it’s almost second nature for me to plan ahead, leave early, and arrive on time!

I had a feeling all of this might change after Nora was born, but thankfully I got some great advice that has helped me to still be somewhat on time…. even with a new baby!

Simplify Your Evening Routine with a Homework Box

posted by Andrea | 12/7/2011 | 4 comments
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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, Tara from Deal Seeking Mom — and mother of 5 — is sharing her tips on how to simplify and organize evening routines… specifically the dreaded homework routine. If you have school-age kids, this post is a must-read for sure!

Time Management for Busy Moms

posted by Andrea | 12/7/2011 | comment
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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, Jennifer from SheBudgets — and mother of 2 — is sharing her scheduling and time management tips for busy moms! Sheis a wealth of knowledge and if you’ve been struggling to “keep it all together”, this post might just be what you need to read.

Five Tips for New Moms

posted by Andrea | 12/5/2011 | 1 comment
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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, Aby from Simplify 101 — and mother of 3 — is sharing five tips for new moms. Aby is a woman after my own heart and is continually looking for ways to simplify and streamline EVERYTHING… so I know her tips for new moms will be absolutely invaluable for me {and all you other moms out there!}

Weekend Giveaway: 2012 Planner {10 winners!}

posted by Andrea | 11/25/2011 | 224 comments
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Since the New Year is just FIVE weeks away {yes 5}, you probably should be thinking about purchasing a new planner, or a refill for the planner you already have — you DO have a planner, right?

However, since I know many of you are way too busy doing your holiday shopping and recovering from a huge Thanksgiving meal; I thought I would make it really easy on you and give you an opportunity to win one of the best planners I’ve ever used!!