Our New-To-Us Minivan!

posted by Andrea | 03/11/2016 | 35 comments
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Before we had kids, Dave and I joked about the day when we would eventually drive a minivan… and now, almost 10 years later, that day has finally arrived!

Today, I’m sharing why we decided to make the switch to a minivan, as well as some of my favorite minivan features.

My Tips to Pack a Minimalist Wardrobe

posted by Andrea | 12/9/2015 | 10 comments
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Although I definitely wouldn’t consider myself to be a minimalist in most areas of my life, I have always tried to pack a relatively minimalist wardrobe whenever I travel.

So, since I know many of you will be traveling for the holidays (and because I’m wishing spring break would come sooner), I thought it might be good timing to share a few of my best tips for packing minimally — at least when it comes to clothing!

Traveling as a Type-A, Over-Planned, Minimalist

posted by Andrea | 10/23/2015 | 30 comments
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Dave and I are on a mini vacation with the kids this week… and as many of you know, I don’t necessarily love traveling all that much 🙂

Today, I’m sharing a somewhat humorous post about what it’s like for me to travel as a “Type-A, Over-Planned, Minimalist”… please tell me a few of you can relate!

Celebration Week Giveaway: Babyhome Dream Bassinet

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | 2 comments
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If you’re looking for an extremely simple and portable way for your little one to sleep on-the-go or in your home, you might just want to check out the Dream Bassinet from Babyhome.

There are so many amazing features to this simple, yet elegant design… I can’t wait to use it for our new little guy in just a few short weeks!

Our Very First Family Vacation!

posted by Andrea | 04/17/2015 | 20 comments
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We made it… whew!

Our very first family vacation with kids and I didn’t forget anything, we had a lot of fun, and we all made it home safe and sound (I kind of feel like I deserve a medal or something!)

The Essentials I Keep In My Car “Just In Case”

posted by Andrea | 01/30/2015 | 33 comments
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We live in Michigan… more specifically, West Michigan. This means we have pretty nasty winters, thanks to “lake effect” snow, sleet, and ice that blasts our area ALL winter long.

Because of this, I’ve come up with a pretty good list of “car essentials” that I keep in my vehicle at all times — and a few extra items for winter and summer. Today, I’m sharing that list!

Our New Double Stroller

posted by Andrea | 05/28/2014 | 23 comments
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Our brand new double stroller was delivered just over a month ago — yes, you read that right — BRAND NEW!

Aside from diapers, wipes, and other “perishable” items, I think this double stroller was the very first baby thing I’ve ever personally purchased brand new — and today, I’m sharing a bunch of reasons why we’re loving our new stroller!

Giveaway: BABYBJÖRN Travel Crib Light

posted by Andrea | 04/29/2014 | 14 comments
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BABYBJÖRN’s newest product — their Travel Crib Light — is the perfect choice for families who enjoy traveling, families who are always on-the-go, or even those of us who just need an extra kid’s bed for Grandma’s house.

I would highly recommend this product and am super excited to be offering it as a giveaway today!

DIY Travel Art Kit from a DVD Case

posted by Andrea | 03/19/2014 | 16 comments
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As I was planning ahead for when Nora would come visit Simon and me in the hospital, I realized she wouldn’t last 10 minutes without going stir-crazy in that hospital room.

Thankfully, I found a really neat idea on Pinterest for a travel art kit made out of an old DVD case. She LOVES it!!

Our Super Relaxing Holiday Getaway

posted by Andrea | 01/3/2014 | 24 comments
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Dave and I intentionally tried to simplify our 2013 Christmas Break. We’ve just been so busy, and we know things will only get busier with a new baby, so we’ve been doing a lot of relaxing lately.

We were also gifted a fabulous local getaway to the Homewood Suites by Hilton — Grand Rapids. It was the icing on top of our super relaxing Christmas break!

When Mama Puts Herself First… For Once!

posted by Andrea | 09/25/2013 | 52 comments
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Today is a monumental day in the Dekker household! For the very first time since Nora was born (over 22 months ago) this mama bird is leaving the nest. And yes, I feel SO anxious, nervous, sad, excited… and guilty.

Keep reading for more about my mom-only “vacation”… and a few 17 week baby bump pictures 🙂

Our ‘cation at the Cotta

posted by Andrea | 07/23/2013 | 25 comments
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For those of you who don’t understand Nora talk, the title of this post should read “Our Vacation at the Cottage”. We spent all of last week lounging and lazing around at a cottage on Lake Michigan with Dave’s immediate family — it was glorious!

Now we’re back to laundry, and cooking, and yard work, and grocery shopping — but we feel refreshed after a lovely week away from our routine (and I’m sharing pictures today!)

Giveaway: Martha Stewart iPad Case

posted by Andrea | 03/27/2013 | 314 comments
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I was recently given a Martha Stewart iPad case… and I immediately noticed how user-friendly it was, AND that it easily attached to the back of a car headrest (why didn’t someone think of that sooner!)

Since we love this iPad case, I figured you would too — so I’m giving one away! Come enter to win…

6 Tips to Travel With Less

posted by Andrea | 03/25/2013 | 17 comments
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Dave’s spring break starts this Friday, and we are planning to spend a nice relaxing week AT HOME. Hallelujah!

But for those of you who are headed out of town, I have a few tips that should help you pack a little lighter… and could potentially save you a bundle if you’re flying!

Our First Experience Traveling with a Baby

posted by Andrea | 07/9/2012 | 17 comments
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It’s already been a full week since we arrived home from our crazy 5-day wedding road trip with Nora. And since I asked for your tips for traveling with tots before I left, I figured that I should also share what I “learned” on our first road trip with a baby.

Here are a few things we did that really helped the trip to go smoothly.

My Minimalist Traveling Wardrobe

posted by Andrea | 06/28/2012 | 17 comments
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Earlier this week I mentioned that we’re taking a road trip for Dave’s brother’s wedding… and listed off all the STUFF we had to pack to accommodate Nora!

However, I thought I would also share a few of my personal tips for packing an extremely minimalist traveling wardrobe.

What are YOUR Tips for Traveling with Tots?

posted by Andrea | 06/25/2012 | 49 comments
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Dave and I are gearing up for a 10-hour road trip to his brother’s wedding later this week…. and yes, our cute, and very fussy, 7 month-old baby is coming along too!

I’m just a tiny bit anxious… especially since this is our first trip with her. So since I know many of you have lots of experience traveling with babies and young children, I’d LOVE for you to share your best tips for traveling tots… pretty please!

Tips for Planning a Big Shopping Trip

posted by Andrea | 07/22/2011 | 16 comments

This morning, Dave and I WERE SUPPOSED to drive to our closest IKEA store {2.5 hours away} to do some serious shopping! We actually even rented a small U-HAUL trailer because we were planning to purchase a couch, some mattresses, a couple of chairs, and a bunch of other things for our {almost} newly renovated main floor bedrooms, bathroom, office, and living room. However, the truck we were planning to use did not have the correct electrical hook ups for the trailer […]

10 Ways I Relaxed on Our Vacation

posted by Andrea | 04/11/2011 | 7 comments

This photo is the path to one of the main pools. Doesn’t that tree look so cool? Dave and I spent the past week in Florida for a very last-minute vacation. Although it was a little crazy trying to work out all the details in less than 36 hours, the vacation itself was SO relaxing! We didn’t have an agenda or any specific plans — other than sitting at the pool and soaking up as much warm weather and sun […]

A Last-Minute Vacation!

posted by Andrea | 04/2/2011 | 1 comment

Dave and I are headed to Orlando, Florida — right now! And while we certainly didn’t bring that much luggage, we are traveling with my aunt, uncle, cousin, and my cousin’s two kids…so the van is pretty full 🙂 We are so excited for warm, sunny weather {a huge change from West Michigan} and even though the 20-hour car ride might do me in, I know it will be worth it once we get down there. Normally I would take […]