Life

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 04/24/2017 | 15 comments

Although it has been challenging for me to find my groove again after coming back from vacation, I’m feeling more productive, more efficient, and more “normal” again after a couple weeks at home.

I tried a few new recipes last week, read a bunch of books, and found a some fun goodies on Amazon — I’m sharing all of that, and more, in today’s post!

My 2017 View of “Homemaking”

posted by Andrea | 04/11/2017 | 18 comments

For me, “homemaking” in 2017 looks quite a bit different than it did years ago… and while I probably wouldn’t ever introduce myself as “Andrea Dekker, a homemaker” I’m also not ashamed to consider “homemaking” as a large and important part of what I do every day.

After reading this post, I still don’t expect you to love it as much as I do — but maybe you won’t hate it!

Save More: Buy What You Need Versus What You Can Afford

posted by Andrea | 04/7/2017 | 22 comments

We wouldn’t have very full lives if we ONLY allowed ourselves to buy exactly what we needed to survive and nothing more. It’s fun to splurge a little every now and then and it can be a special treat to do or buy something we might not normally do or buy.

But I do think we (myself included) could all save a lot of money if we simply stopped to ask “Do I NEED this?” versus “Can I AFFORD this?”

A Few of My Favorite Things {April, 2017}

posted by Andrea | 04/3/2017 | 11 comments

It’s a new month… and I’m sharing a few new favorite things. Everything on this month’s list has a very low price-point, but they all make a huge difference in my daily life.

Come see what my favorite things are, and share YOUR favorites in the comments!

Can It Really Hurt To Try?

posted by Andrea | 03/30/2017 | 19 comments

Do you struggle to make simple decisions or constantly worry about making a mistake or failing? Do you regularly ask for other people’s opinions instead of just trusting your own gut instinct?

If so, I hope today’s post offers a bit of encouragement and motivation to “just give it a try” (whatever IT is). After all… can it really hurt to try?

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 03/27/2017 | 33 comments

Wow… it’s been over TWO months since my last Peek Into Our Week post!

Come read what we’ve been up to, what we’re eating, what I’ve been watching and reading, and our plans for the upcoming spring and summer!

Our Best Tax Refund Tip

posted by Andrea | 03/24/2017 | 131 comments

With just over 3 weeks until the official end of tax season, Dave and I figured it was perfect timing to share one of our best tax refund tips — especially since we were pleasantly surprised with the extra-large refund we received for 2016!

How Dave Watches March Madness Without Cable

posted by Andrea | 03/20/2017 | 24 comments

As many of you know, Dave and I nixed cable a while ago… and we really have no regrets.

However, the one time of year Dave really misses cable is during March Madness. The man is a basketball junkie and would probably watch every single game if he could — thankfully, he found a very frugal solution that allows him to watch as much basketball as he wants… without cable!

Why We Don’t Have College Funds for our Kids

posted by Andrea | 03/14/2017 | 86 comments

Almost immediately after Nora was born, I was asked if Dave and I were planning to set up a college fund for her and for any future children.

The short answer is “no, probably not” — and today, I’m explaining more about that decision in an updated post from one I wrote 3 years ago.

5 Things I’ve Accepted In Exchange for a Happier Life

posted by Andrea | 03/13/2017 | 27 comments

Over the years, I have noticed that (especially when it comes to my own children) I have become SO much more accepting of their mistakes, their crazy antics, and the changes they bring about to our home and our lives.

I don’t just “tolerate” them, I truly “accept” them — and as a result, I enjoy simpler, happier, more peaceful days at home.

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!

10 (more) Things I’ve Never Spent Money On

posted by Andrea | 03/6/2017 | 37 comments

Over the past 7+ years of blogging, I’ve shared a few “Things I’ve Never Spent Money On” posts, and they are always SO fun to write and so fun to read the comments!

I recently thought of several more “things I’ve never spent money on” so I figured it was time for another post!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {March 2017}

posted by Andrea | 03/1/2017 | 15 comments

It’s a new month… and time for a few new favorite things (not pictured = an amazingly cute little boy who turns THREE on Saturday!)

A Post for Anyone Who Struggles to Say ‘No’

posted by Andrea | 02/28/2017 | 10 comments

Saying ‘no’ is rarely ever fun or enjoyable — it’s not something we anxiously anticipate doing (at least I don’t!) However, I think the whole concept of saying ‘no’ has a bad reputation and is viewed as unnecessarily negative by so many people.

If you are the type of person who struggles to say ‘no’ I hope today’s post will be encouraging for you!

3 Concepts that Help Me Be More Content

posted by Andrea | 02/24/2017 | 18 comments

If I’m really honest with myself, I’m not naturally a super “content” person. I would much rather work towards a goal — and while I don’t necessarily think it’s bad to strive for more, it does get tiring after a while, and I think it robs us of happiness.

Over the past few months, I’ve thought quite a bit about what exactly I do to (try and) be more content… and I came up with 3 super simple concepts that seem to help me.

A Simple Way to Extend The Life of Your Furnace (Plus Free Filters!)

posted by Andrea | 02/16/2017 | 12 comments

After almost 11 years of being a homeowner, I have learned a thing or two about home maintenance. Namely, that a little bit of maintenance can go a LONG way in preventing big huge expenses…

Today I’m sharing one very simple maintenance task that can save you a bunch of money by extending the life of your furnace!

14 Simple Ways to Show Yourself Some Love

posted by Andrea | 02/14/2017 | 24 comments

Happy Valentines Day!

Instead of sharing cute Valentine’s craft ideas, decorating ideas, gift ideas, recipe ideas, or other ideas that take time, effort, energy, money, and a decent amount of planning ahead, I thought I’d share 14 simple ways we can show OURSELVES a little extra love over the next few weeks, months, and even years!

If it Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It!

posted by Andrea | 02/10/2017 | 15 comments

I love thinking about better, more efficient ways to keep my home and life more organized — but I usually don’t start looking for a more efficient way until I start feeling like my current system isn’t working anymore.

If my current system isn’t broken… I don’t fix it (and I save a lot of time, money, and stress in the process!)