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.

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

posted by Andrea | 04/21/2015 | 48 comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 Routines

posted by Andrea | 04/25/2013 | 22 comments

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 routine — 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

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

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!