Life

James’ Birth Announcement (and how I made them myself for pennies)

posted by Andrea | 08/28/2015 | 4 comments
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Today I’m sharing James’ birth announcements I sent out a few weeks ago. Not only did I do the design myself (so it’s totally custom) but I also ordered them through Vistaprint with a coupon code so they were so inexpensive!

If you’re planning to order cards, announcements, invitations, etc. you’ll definitely want to read how I did it :)

What If You Don’t Have Big Life Goals?

posted by Andrea | 08/17/2015 | 9 comments
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Just because you don’t have a BIG goal for your life, doesn’t mean you can’t set goals for yourself on a regular basis. Your life and your days can still have purpose and meaning without the addition of big goals.

Today’s post elaborates more on these thoughts!

James @ 1 Month + A Dekker Family Update

posted by Andrea | 08/14/2015 | 23 comments
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James is officially 1 month old today — and even for someone who doesn’t particularly love the newborn phase of life, that month went by pretty fast!

Today, I’m sharing an update on each of the kids, plus a family update, and lots of pictures!

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 Few of My Favorite Things {August 2015}

posted by Andrea | 08/3/2015 | 1 comment
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I had so many new “favorite things” I wanted to share with you this month… but I limited it to 5 and will save the rest for later :)

Happy August!

NEW Customizable Double Daily Planner (Finally!)

posted by Andrea | 07/29/2015 | 12 comments
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After about 5 years of being asked if I have an editable version of my double daily planner printable, I can FINALLY say yes :)

Thanks to a loyal reader who had the appropriate software and graciously offered to do it for me, you now all have access to this free and very useful document!!

My “Quantity over Quality” Quick-Cleaning Tips

posted by Andrea | 07/17/2015 | 17 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.

The Blogs I’m Reading (2015)

posted by Andrea | 07/6/2015 | 40 comments
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Since I won’t be blogging as frequently for the rest of the summer, I thought it might be fun to share some of my favorite blogs and bloggers with you.

This way, you’ll have a little extra reading material while I’m away from my computer enjoying my family and a little more free time!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {July 2015}

posted by Andrea | 07/1/2015 | 13 comments
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Happy July! It’s baby month in the Dekker house and we are officially ready and waiting.

I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things today… and as always, be sure to check out some of my favorite things from past months.

Our Newest Method of Transportation With Kids!

posted by Andrea | 06/29/2015 | 16 comments
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Thanks to the fact that our little 1-acre, 125-year-old farmhouse is SMACK in the middle of a small town, the kiddos and I can walk almost any place we want or need to go on a given day. And thanks to one of our newest pieces of outdoor “gear” we’ve been getting out and about even more!

Come check out our Burley D’Lite bike trailer + double jogger + double stroller in action. This thing is amazing!

Our Experience Buying and Selling USED Cars By Owner

posted by Andrea | 06/24/2015 | 12 comments
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Ever since I mentioned that we sold Dave’s car on Craigslist in less than 24 hours, I’ve been getting loads of questions about buying and selling used cars.

While I would never consider myself an “expert” in this area, I figure it can’t hurt to simply share MY answers to some of these questions… along with a few fabulous online resources. Hopefully today’s post will be helpful for those of you trying to buy and/or sell a used car by owner!

Time + Money Management: We Have a Choice

posted by Andrea | 06/22/2015 | 46 comments
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Over the years, I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say “I can’t afford that” or “I don’t have time for that”… and I guess it just bothers me that so many people seem to have such a “defeatist” attitude towards their lack of time and money.

The reason it bothers me is because I personally feel very strongly that in almost every situation, we have a choice as to how we will spend our time and our money… I’d love to know if you agree with me or not (and why!)

Celebrating… The Start of Summer!

posted by Andrea | 06/19/2015 | 7 comments
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Since the official start of Summer is this weekend, and since Dave has officially been home from school for 2 weeks already, I thought that celebrating the start of Summer and the fact that our little family will be at home together for another 10-11 weeks would be the perfect way to wrap up our fun Celebration Week!

Celebrating… A New Decade!

posted by Andrea | 06/16/2015 | 30 comments
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Today is my 30th birthday!! And that’s definitely a reason to celebrate — which is what we’re doing all week long here on the blog!

Come “celebrate” my birthday with me, and take a little look back on the past decade of my life!

Celebration Week Giveaway: Naturalmat Organic Bedding

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | comment
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We are officially a “two-crib household” since Simon isn’t even close to ready to move into a big-boy bed yet.

As I searched for another mattress to fill our 2nd crib, I was ecstatic to come across Naturalmat — a company that specializes in super high quality natural and organic bedding. I am equally excited to be offering a fabulous Naturalmat giveaway as well!

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!

3 Reasons Your Stuff Isn’t Selling

posted by Andrea | 06/3/2015 | 15 comments
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Dave and I recently cleaned out a few things from our garage and our extra garage, and I cleaned out a few kitchen items… and it sure feels great to get rid of some of the things we no longer need, use, want or love!

I know many of you are also in a spring cleaning / purging mood right now, and if you’re having trouble selling your castoffs, here are 3 ideas that might help!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {June 2015}

posted by Andrea | 06/1/2015 | 13 comments
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How is it already June!?!? With only a few more days of school left for Dave, we are anxiously anticipating the start of summer — and a less structured, less rushed, more relaxed day-to-day life (until the baby arrives anyway!)

Today, I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things for the month, and I’d love to know your list too!

Because the Lessons Are More Important Than the Results

posted by Andrea | 05/29/2015 | 34 comments
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A LONG time ago, I promised myself that I wouldn’t be “that mom” who always picked up and re-did chores after her kids because it wasn’t good enough for my own standards.

I’ve reminded myself of this promise many times… but I never expected to be at the point in my life where I had to put it into practice so soon!

How I Save Loads of Time in the Grocery Store

posted by Andrea | 05/27/2015 | 74 comments
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Over the years, I’ve shared many tips for saving time and money at the grocery store (one of my least favorite places!) However, due to the fact that I get SO many questions about grocery shopping, I figured it was time to re-share one of my BEST time-saving tips (at least when it comes to grocery shopping).

So what is my amazing tip? Click through to find out!