Life

DIY Homemade Hair-Detangling Spray

posted by Andrea | 01/26/2015 | 25 comments
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Although I absolutely adore Nora’s curls, her hair is snarly, hard to comb, and a pain to control. Add in the fact that she doesn’t love any amount of water on her face or head, and you can imagine how difficult it is to wash her hair — let alone use conditioner to control the frizz and snarls!

Enter my free, 20-second, DIY Hair Detangling Spray (a.k.a. “magic spray”) and we’ve almost eliminated the hair brushing battles at our house!

A Day With the Dekkers (January 2015 Edition)

posted by Andrea | 01/23/2015 | 29 comments
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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.

Developing the Habit of Simple Living

posted by Andrea | 01/22/2015 | 26 comments
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Simple living can sound like an overwhelming task for many of us… and it CAN be at first.

However, I know from personal experience that when simple living becomes a habit, or “an unconscious pattern of behavior,” it just feels right, and easy, and oh so simple you won’t even be able to imagine living life any other way!

Free Yes To Hand Cream + $10 off ePantry Offer

posted by Andrea | 01/20/2015 | 9 comments
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Last month, I shared that one of my current favorite things is the Yes To Intense Repair Hand Cream — the stuff is amazing!

So obviously, I was excited when ePantry.com asked if I wanted to offer my readers a FREE Yes To Hand Cream plus $10 off plus free shipping! Keep reading to learn how to get this special time-sensitive offer!!

5 Ways the Internet Improves, Simplifies, and Betters My Life

posted by Andrea | 01/19/2015 | 19 comments
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I realize we need to use caution and take proper steps to protect and secure our online information (especially when it comes to our children), but overall, I personally feel that the Internet is an amazing tool that has helped me to improve, simplify, and better my life.

I (literally) can’t imagine life without it — and today, I’m sharing 5 reasons why!

My Baking Soda Beauty Routine

posted by Andrea | 01/15/2015 | 8 comments
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This time of year, I always rekindle my friendship with my box of baking soda. Not for baking, or cleaning, or freshening — although those are all excellent uses for baking soda.

I use baking soda to soften my skin, to soothe my hands, to scrub my face, and, in general, to simplify my beauty routine!

2 Simple Healthier Habits I’m Working On This Year

posted by Andrea | 01/14/2015 | 34 comments
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Most of you know that I am NOT a foodie. I’ve always been somewhat intimidated by the thought of making a food or healthy-living goal because that’s just not “my thing”.

However, by keeping things REALLY simple and focusing on a couple very specific (yet do-able) changes to incorporate into my current diet, I haven’t felt even the slightest twinge of panic or intimidation — and I’m excited to share my 2 new healthier habits with you today!

The Difference Between Those Who Meet Their Money-Management Goals and Those Who Don’t

posted by Andrea | 01/9/2015 | 13 comments
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In my experience, there seems to be a very distinct difference between people who rarely ever get ahead financially (no matter how much they make) and people who seem to effortlessly grow their savings account (no matter how little they make).

Today I’m sharing that difference… and my FREE downloadable 2015 Finance-Tracking Workbook — that should help you simplify your money-management goals this year!

A Few of My Favorite Things {January 2015}

posted by Andrea | 01/5/2015 | 19 comments
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Since I took over a week off from the blog between Christmas and New Years (more on that later this week) I ALMOST decided to skip my Favorite Things post this month. But since I have a bunch of favorites to share with you again, I decided that I’d figure out a way to pack everything in!

Why I Don’t Reserve Goals for the End of the Year

posted by Andrea | 12/22/2014 | 10 comments
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I know many of you will be setting some type of goal or resolution over the next 2 weeks — yes, I’ll be right there with you. I love setting goals, planning for the future, and thinking about what might happen over the next year. However, I don’t just reserve this activity for the end of December.

Keep reading to learn why!

Good Enough

posted by Andrea | 12/17/2014 | 45 comments
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Over the years, I’m sure the number of times I’ve said “that’s good enough” is astounding. I catch myself saying it ALL THE TIME — and honestly, I’m not sure that’s such a bad thing.

Today I’m sharing why “good enough” is good enough for me!

A New Year, A Fresh Start, and A Fun Opportunity

posted by Andrea | 12/11/2014 | 18 comments
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We’re just weeks away from another new year — a fresh start, a new beginning. And while I definitely don’t want to rush through the holiday season, I can’t help but be excited to flip over my calendar on January 1.

If you share my enthusiasm, yet feel like you’ve been struggling to “really live” your best and most fulfilling life, today’s post might be just what you need to get excited about another new year.

Increase Your Saving and Investment Potential With Automatic Deposits

posted by Andrea | 12/10/2014 | 15 comments
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I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it over and over again — automating our savings and our investments has been one of the most important reasons we’ve been able to stick with our lofty savings and investment goals for the past 8+ years.

As we approach another new year with new goals, I’d encourage you to set up a monthly auto-deposit into a specific savings or investment account that you are committed not to touch for a while.

10 Tips for Bringing a Dish to Pass

posted by Andrea | 12/9/2014 | 29 comments
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If the next few weeks at your house look anything like the next few weeks at our house, you’ll be hosting and/or attending MANY holiday parties. And what’s a great party without great food?

I know there are hundreds of “holiday recipe round-up” posts out there right now — so I’m not going to share specific recipes with you today. Instead, I’m going to share some of the things I personally consider when I’m bringing a dish to pass.

A Few Things to Consider Before You Donate

posted by Andrea | 12/5/2014 | 32 comments
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Although the holiday season is often filled with consumerism and spending money, there is also a HUGE amount of charitable giving that takes place this time of year.

Today, I’m sharing my thoughts on a few recent conversations with donation centers and volunteers… definitely something to consider the next time you’re ready to head to your local donation center or food pantry.

A Few Of My Favorite Things {December 2014}

posted by Andrea | 12/1/2014 | 26 comments
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Are you looking for a few great stocking stuffers? Would you like to know what my favorite organizing containers are?

It’s all in this month’s “favorite things” post!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

posted by Andrea | 11/26/2014 | 14 comments
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I know I’ve said it before, but Thanksgiving is hands down my most favorite holiday of the year.

I’ll be away from my blog the rest of the week, but just wanted to pop in to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

10 Tips to Simplify Holiday Entertaining

posted by Andrea | 11/19/2014 | 18 comments
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Dave and I are hosting Nora’s birthday party this weekend, then we’re celebrating Thanksgiving, 5 other immediate family member birthdays, lots of Christmas parties, a New Years party, hosting out of town guest, and more… all in the next 6 weeks.

Because of all these celebrations, I felt a post on how to simplify holiday entertaining was timely. I hope it will be helpful for many of you as well!

My Favorite Hobbies and Free-Time Activities

posted by Andrea | 11/12/2014 | 25 comments
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Recently, a blog reader emailed me saying she was shocked that we had a Netflix membership. I figured she was going to rant and rave about how TV was the most horrible thing ever; however, she was actually thrilled to know we had a Netflix membership because (as she put it) it meant I had free time!

For those of you who have ever wondered what I do in my free time… here are a few of my favorite hobbies!

A Few of My Favorite Things {November 2014}

posted by Andrea | 11/3/2014 | 15 comments
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A few of my favorite things for the month of November.

It’s a REALLY random list again this month — but all things I’m using regularly!!

7 Tips for a More Productive Morning (and why I’m not following most of them!)

posted by Andrea | 10/30/2014 | 27 comments
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If you’re looking for a few tips to get your morning off to a great start, this post should get you on the right track.

On the other hand, if you’re feeling totally overwhelmed by the thought of waking up early, I’m right there with you… and I think you’ll take comfort in what I have to say at the end of this post.

Why Parents Should Stop Worrying About Fair and Equal

posted by Andrea | 10/24/2014 | 63 comments
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This is a post I’ve been itching to write for years already — but I didn’t think I would hold any “clout” on the topic until I had at least 2 kids.

So now that the “having two kids” part has been taken care of, I have a few (maybe more than a few) things to say about why I STRONGLY believe we should stop worrying and stressing about making every single aspect of our children’s lives “fair” and “equal”.