A Peek into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 10/5/2015 | 12 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!

3 Simple Concepts to Simplify Your Life

posted by Andrea | 09/25/2015 | 29 comments
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Today I’m sharing an overly-simple message that I KNOW you already know.

You’ve heard it 100 times before, but maybe today will be the day you take action. Maybe today will be the day it makes sense. Maybe today, this message will be just the reminder you need to start simplifying your life!

Life Insurance Q+A

posted by Andrea | 09/23/2015 | comment
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Last week, I shared 10 reasons to get life insurance; and as expected, I got quite a few questions related to buying, having, and using life insurance.

Since I didn’t feel confident answering all of them myself, I asked the folks at Allstate if they would answer these questions for a follow-up post. They graciously agreed — and I have to admit, I learned quite a bit myself!

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 :)

10 Reasons To Have Life Insurance

posted by Andrea | 09/17/2015 | 16 comments
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Over the past couple of years, I’ve mentioned the fact that Dave and I each have a life insurance policy… and every time I mention it, I always get lots of questions about why, when, how much, etc. etc.

Today, I’m sharing why we opted to purchase life insurance… and 10 things to consider if you’re in the market for life insurance.

5 Tips to Make the Most of Second-Hand Sales

posted by Andrea | 09/16/2015 | 14 comments
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Earlier this week, I attended a second-hand sale in our area… and since the fall months always seem to bring boatloads of second-hand sales to West Michigan, I thought it might be fitting to share a few of my tips to make the most of your second-hand shopping endeavors.

Where Do You Do Your Best Thinking?

posted by Andrea | 09/11/2015 | 20 comments
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Oddly enough, one of the questions I’m asked most often (even more than if I color-code my closet) is, “How do you come up with enough ideas for all your blog posts?”

My short answer is…

The Third Time’s the Charm!

posted by Andrea | 09/8/2015 | 27 comments
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Although I still prefer the toddler and preschool stage MUCH more than the newborn and infant stage, I’m happy to say that I’m enjoying my time with James so much more than I ever did with either Nora or Simon.

Maybe it’s because he’s an easier baby, maybe it’s because Nora is older and actually helpful, or maybe it’s because I’m learning to be a “better mom”. Whatever the case, I feel like the third time’s the charm for me :)

A Few Of My Favorite Things {September 2015}

posted by Andrea | 09/2/2015 | 12 comments
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And…. it’s officially September.

Everyone is going back to school (even Nora! — which I’ll share more about in a later post). Today, however, I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things!

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

posted by Andrea | 08/28/2015 | 7 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 | 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.

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!