A Few of My Favorite Things {December 2015}

posted by Andrea | 12/1/2015 | comment
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I’m back with a few more of my favorite things… several of which would make nice holiday gift ideas!!

A Peek Into Our Week (Thanksgiving!)

posted by Andrea | 11/30/2015 | 14 comments
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Today, I’m back from the long holiday weekend with another peek into our week!

How I Get Cash Back By Shopping Online

posted by Andrea | 11/27/2015 | 21 comments
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When it comes to online shopping, I’ve learned A LOT over the past 4-6 years. I’ve learned how to find the best deals and coupons, how to almost always get free shipping, and how to literally get cash back on almost every online purchase I make!

Today, I’m sharing my simple cash back “secret”… just in time for the Cyber Monday deals!

Thanksgiving Tips, Fun Facts, and Recipe Ideas

posted by Andrea | 11/25/2015 | 15 comments
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This is Dave and my 10th Thanksgiving as a married couple, and although I’ve made all the traditional Thanksgiving foods many times before, this is our first time hosting the big day at our house!

Today, I thought it would be fun to share a few of my tips for simplifying this time of year; as well as some fun Thanksgiving trivia and some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes!

Nora’s Cinderella Birthday Party

posted by Andrea | 11/23/2015 | 18 comments
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This past weekend, we celebrated Nora’s 4th birthday with a fun Cinderella-themed birthday party — complete with a Cinderella cake, lots of fun gifts, and our whole family in costume!

A Few Things to Consider Before You Donate

posted by Andrea | 11/18/2015 | 51 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 after 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 Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 11/16/2015 | 34 comments
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Although I didn’t have as much time to work on “extra” projects as I would have liked, there are still quite a few updates from the Dekkers.

For starters, by the end of the week, we’ll have a 4 month old and a 4 year old in our house (yes, Simon is here too!). We also made lots of progress on our new shed — and I put squash in almost every meal I made :)

What I Do When the Sniffles Strike

posted by Andrea | 11/12/2015 | 28 comments
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Although we are generally quite healthy around our house, the kids have had enough runny and stuffy noses over the past 4 years to allow me to develop a little routine of sorts for “what to do when the kids get a cold”.

Today I’m sharing a little more about what I do when the sniffles strike… as well as some of my favorite cold and cough remedies for kids.

My Thoughts On Washing Whites

posted by Andrea | 11/10/2015 | 69 comments
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Most of you know that I love white! From our sheets, towels, and curtains, to our couch, and even our rugs — the majority of the fabric items in our home are white.

Today I’m sharing a bit more about how I keep my whites white — and why I feel washing whites is actually easier than trying to keep colors bright.

The Saving Power of Waiting 24 Hours

posted by Andrea | 11/6/2015 | 22 comments
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We’re quickly approaching the time of year when there are so many sales and “great deals” that it’s often easy to make quick decisions and impulse purchases that we might later regret.

If you’re hoping to avoid extra impulse purchases this year, today’s tip might help you do just that!

A Few of My Favorite Things {November 2015}

posted by Andrea | 11/3/2015 | 12 comments
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Today I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things for the month — there’s something for all ages this month!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 11/2/2015 | 20 comments
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Last week was a very full but fun week. Nora wore her “new” Cinderella costume almost every single day, we had lots of fun plans with friends and family, and we ate way more sugar than I care to think about :)

7 Ways I Save Time and Money at the Grocery Store

posted by Andrea | 10/30/2015 | 19 comments
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Although grocery shopping is not my least-favorite chore, I still like to get in and out as fast as I can — and, if possible, save a few bucks in the process.

If you share my “in-and-out” grocery shopping philosophy, here are 7 EXTREMELY simple ways I save both time and money at the grocery store (no coupon-clipping required).

Tips To Encourage a Clean and Organized Family

posted by Andrea | 10/29/2015 | 11 comments
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Over the years, I’ve been asked countless times how to get messy spouses and messy children to ‘clean up their act’. And while I don’t have any quick-fix answers or easy solutions to these questions, I do think that if your children and/or your spouse are willing to try to change their behavior, there is hope!

Today I’m sharing a few steps.

50+ Clutter-Free Gift Ideas for All Ages

posted by Andrea | 10/28/2015 | 3 comments
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Over the past 5 years, I’ve shared many different Clutter-Free Gifts posts; so this year, I thought I’d try to compile ALL those posts and ALL those ideas into one place.

It’s a LONG list — but I’m sure I’m missing some good ideas — so I’d love for you to share your favorite clutter-free gifts in the comments!

Save Time and Money with Amazon Wish Lists

posted by Andrea | 10/20/2015 | 19 comments
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Many of you already know how much I love making lists (and that I try to buy everything online). So it should come as no surprise that I have multiple Amazon Wish Lists :)

With the holiday season approaching, I thought I’d share how I use Amazing Wish Lists to save time, energy, money, and even space in my home!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 10/19/2015 | 16 comments
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It’s been an eventful 2 weeks since my last Peek Into Our Week post — James rolled over, Simon got a haircut, Nora started dance classes, and Dave and I did massive amounts of yard work :)

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.

A Peek into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 10/5/2015 | 15 comments
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Several of you have asked me to share more posts about our weekly menu plans, little organizing projects I do around the house, and various other more menial day-to-day happenings.

So today, I’m sharing a Peek Into Our Week post that I hope will become more regular here on the blog!

A Few of My Favorite Things {October 2015}

posted by Andrea | 10/1/2015 | 12 comments
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Fall is here!

As I’ve mentioned many times before, Fall is my favorite season… so it’s only fitting that I share a few more of my favorite things!