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6 Ways I Simplify My Life

posted by Andrea | 03/9/2017 | 32 comments

For me (and for the rest of our family) having a simplified home environment goes a long way in simplifying our lives — however it’s not the ONLY factor.

I’ve taken many steps to simplify and streamline my life as much as I possibly can, and (along with keeping our home environment relatively simple) there are a few concrete things I do in order to simplify. I’m sharing those today!

Why I Prepare to Be Productive

posted by Andrea | 02/22/2017 | 13 comments

Over the past 7+ years of blogging, I have shared my fair share of productivity tips, tricks, and tools — but as with almost everything in life, my productivity changes as my season of life changes.

Today, however, I’m sharing the one productivity tip that has worked for me for many, many years — and one I suspect will continue working for years to come!

How I Save Time on One of My Least Favorite Activities

posted by Andrea | 02/8/2017 | 40 comments

After many years of visiting 4-5 grocery stores each week, finding the BEST deals, playing the drugstore game, and sending in multiple rebates every week, I now do 97% of my grocery shopping at ONE store.

I know I’m spending more because of it… but the luxury of more time is a splurge I’ve thoroughly enjoyed for the past few years! I’d love to know how you handle your grocery shopping too!

How I Became More Easy Going By Planning Ahead!

posted by Andrea | 01/31/2017 | 31 comments

This might sound like a crazy oxymoron… but it’s completely true for my life! Without faithfully planning ahead and incorporating structure into my daily routine, I would not be able to enjoy the benefits of a simpler, less stressful, more relaxing, more easy-going way of life.

Can anyone relate?

Creating Routine… When Every Day is Different

posted by Andrea | 01/27/2017 | 21 comments

As a self-employed, work-from-home mom of 3 energetic, non-school-age children, my days can be very VERY unpredictable… and this lack of structure starts to wear on me after a while!

Today I’m sharing a few basic routines I’ve implemented that allow our family to thrive, even when every day is different. I think the concepts could be implemented into many different family situations too.

A New Planner for A New Year!

posted by Andrea | 01/4/2017 | 15 comments

As many of you know, I love my Personal Planner and have ordered that brand for the last several years.

Since my Personal Planner giveaway is always so popular, I’m back with another opportunity for you to win their newest A4 planner – perfect for those of you who want to get a little more organized in the New Year!

It’s BACK! My Favorite Personal Planner Giveaway!

posted by Andrea | 11/17/2016 | 48 comments

It’s THAT time of year again — time to order next year’s planner!

My amazing Personal Planner arrived last week… and since it’s just 7 weeks until the New Year, I’m giving away a handful of Personal Planners today (and the giveaway is open worldwide!!!!)

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

posted by Andrea | 10/21/2016 | 15 comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.