How We “Winterize” our Home and Yard

posted by Andrea | 10/7/2015 | 14 comments
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If you live in (or travel to) the Midwest, you know how beautiful our fall weather is. However, there is also a lot of work to do in the fall.

Today (by request from a few readers) I’m sharing a rundown of what Dave and I do to “winterize” our home and yard for the Fall and Winter months ahead.

Our Landscape Before and After {2015}

posted by Andrea | 10/2/2015 | 24 comments
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After 3 years of hard work, our landscaping is 95% complete!

We still have a few projects to tackle yet this fall or next spring — but I’m excited to finally be able to share a bunch of before and after photos on the blog!

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

posted by Andrea | 09/28/2015 | 5 comments
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Do you have a list of projects, tasks, and goals you’ve been putting off until the timing is just right?

If so, I hope today’s posts will be the motivation you need to get started RIGHT NOW… because it’s rarely ever the “right time” to get started!

Because “Free” Isn’t Always “Free” (the story of how we almost got a dog!)

posted by Andrea | 09/21/2015 | 19 comments
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TRUE STORY: we almost got a dog… 4 days before James was born! Yes, I realize how insane that sounds!

Today’s post isn’t really about getting a dog; however, the realization I came to when considering this “free” dog has a lot of good lessons for other areas of our lives as well :)

When Was the Last Time You Changed Your Furnace Filter?

posted by Andrea | 09/10/2015 | 40 comments
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For some reason, changing our furnace filters is a seasonal task that I either forget to do, or put off doing because our furnace requires a really random size filter that is not readily available at most home improvement stores.

However, I recently found FilterEasy, an online air filter delivery service — and I’m so excited to share more about it with you. Oh yeah, and there’s a fun giveaway!

The Kid’s Bathroom {Before and After}

posted by Andrea | 08/19/2015 | 31 comments
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Exactly 2 months ago, I shared our progress on the kids’ bathroom upstairs… and although we finished this mini renovation well before James arrived, I’m finally getting around to sharing the before and after pictures now.

I don’t want to blow the surprise, but I will say that it’s much less “neon” now :)

How We Simplify and De-Stress Home Renovations

posted by Andrea | 08/12/2015 | 10 comments
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As many of you know, Dave and I have been faithfully working on renovating our 125 year old farmhouse for the past 4.5 years. It’s a labor of love — but we don’t always love doing it!

Today, I’m sharing some of our tips to de-stress and simplify home renovations!

A “New” Nursery for James

posted by Andrea | 07/27/2015 | 6 comments
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I’ve gotten lots of requests to see the new nursery — so that’s what I’m sharing here today.

You might notice that it looks awfully similar to Simon’s nursery tour from last year — but there are a few special additions for baby James :)

Simon’s Big Boy Room

posted by Andrea | 07/20/2015 | 14 comments
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Simon literally “moved up” in the world… because he is now sleeping in his new big boy bedroom, which is upstairs by Nora’s bedroom.

The transition went pretty smoothly, and although we have lots more plans for this room, I’m excited to share our mini makeover (I still can’t believe it cost less than $150 to pull off!)

My “Quantity over Quality” Quick-Cleaning Tips

posted by Andrea | 07/17/2015 | 19 comments
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Although there are definitely times for deep cleaning, I will be the first to admit that 9 times out of 10, I am most definitely a “QUANTITY over QUALITY” type of cleaner.

Today, I’m sharing 5 of my “quantity over quality” quick -leaning tips that have saved my sanity and allowed me to accomplish so much more around the house.

10 Uses for Glad Press ‘N Seal Plastic Wrap

posted by Andrea | 07/10/2015 | 21 comments
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We always have at least 2 or 3 rolls of plastic wrap as I’ve found it comes in handy SO often (and not just in the kitchen).

Today, I’m sharing 10 different uses for my favorite type of plastic wrap (Glad Press ‘N Seal).

Red White and Blue: Our Patriotic House

posted by Andrea | 07/3/2015 | 22 comments
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When we purchased our house, one of the first neighbors to introduce themselves to us said that they called our house the “patriotic house” because it was white and had the red, white, and blue bunting.

Over the past 4.5 years, I have really embraced that patriotic theme in almost every room of our house… and since it’s our country’s birthday this weekend, I thought it might be fun to share a few pictures of our “patriotic house” with you! Happy 4th of July!

Celebrating… House and Yard Progress!

posted by Andrea | 06/17/2015 | 29 comments
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No, we’re not completely finished with everything on our “summer to-do list” but we have been making REALLY good progress over the past 10-12 weeks!

Although I can’t share all the official “after” photos just yet (because we’re not quite finished) I CAN share a whole bunch of “progress” photos so we can celebrate how far we’ve come in only a few weeks!

Frugal DIY Foaming Hand Soap

posted by Andrea | 06/12/2015 | 11 comments
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Earlier this month, I shared that one of my favorite things is foaming hand soap — since it makes it so much easier for kids to wash their hands.

Well today, I’m sharing how I make super frugal DIY foaming hand soap for pennies a bottle!

Big News from the Dekkers: We Have a…. Bathtub!

posted by Andrea | 06/8/2015 | 27 comments
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No, no baby yet… but at this point, a new bathtub is almost as big of an announcement for us!

After 4.5 years of living in our 3-bathroom house, we finally have a “real bathtub” for our kiddos to splash around in… and yes, they totally love it!

How to Remove Sticky Tree Sap from Skin, Hair, Clothes and Toys

posted by Andrea | 05/25/2015 | 12 comments
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Back when we purchased our house, we had about 35-40 very tall, very old, very scraggly looking pine trees that dripped sap EVERYWHERE.

With 2 little people who are experts at figuring out how to get that sticky sap all over everything, I quickly found a few simple sap-removing remedies that work extremely well… and I’m sharing them with you today!

Get Organized For The Start of Summer

posted by Andrea | 05/22/2015 | 17 comments

The start of summer is officially less than ONE month away — yay!

Although this is often a very full and busy time of year for many of us, it’s also a great time to put a little effort into getting organized BEFORE summer starts. Today, I’m sharing some of the things we do to get organized for the start of summer.

How the 80/20 Rule Helps Me Purge

posted by Andrea | 05/19/2015 | 13 comments
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Four years ago, I wrote a post about The 80/20 Rule for Your Closet, and honestly, I think about that post almost daily.

In almost every aspect of my life, the 80/20 rule rings true — and after realizing this, I have started to use the 80/20 rule as a great “tool” to help and encourage me to purge more than I otherwise might.

How to Clean Hair Brushes and Combs

posted by Andrea | 05/15/2015 | 9 comments
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When was the last time you cleaned your hairbrush or comb? If it’s been a while, you might be surprised how much gunk and grime is caked onto the bristles.

You might also be surprised how SIMPLE it is to quickly clean them!

It’s Project Season… Here’s what we’ve been up to!

posted by Andrea | 05/13/2015 | 16 comments
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The last 2 weeks have been a crazy whirlwind of hustle and bustle around the Dekker house as we have officially kicked off our 2015 “project season”.

It’s a bit earlier than we normally start working on projects, but with a new baby due around the end of June / early July, we felt the need to start early. Today, I’m sharing our plans (and some of our progress)!