Creating Change When You Just Feel Too Busy

posted by Andrea | 03/30/2015 | comment
change thumb

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 | 24 comments
working from home thumb

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
day with the dekkers thumb

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
personal planner thumb

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 | 11 comments
free time thumb

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
calendar thumb

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
one more day thumb

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 | 6 comments
nora crying thumb

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
perfectplanner thumb

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
full calendar thumb

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
water drop thumb

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
summer thumb

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
family tradition thumb

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 | 39 comments
softball thumb

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
working mom thumb

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
goals thumb

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
tidymighty thumb

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
heywe thumb

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
no thumb

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
coffee thumb

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!