Daily Maintenance is Key: Lessons From My Maternity Leave

posted by Andrea | 04/22/2014 | 19 comments
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Since I took about 5 weeks off from blogging (and life) to take it easy after Simon’s birth, I knew that I’d need to use Dave’s Spring Break week to catch up and plan ahead.

I was really looking forward to feeling like my normal productive self again… however, I didn’t expect it would be so difficult to find my productivity groove again!

How I Save a BUNCH By Creating My Own Stationery

posted by Andrea | 04/18/2014 | 11 comments
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I’ve mentioned before that I enjoy sending out Christmas cards each year — well, I also get way too excited about sending thank-you cards and birth announcements. The only thing I don’t love about them is the price.

However, I have a really simple way to print totally customized stationery for ridiculous low prices!

10 Tips to Prepare for Overnight Guests

posted by Andrea | 04/17/2014 | 15 comments
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Will you be hosting out-of-town guests any time soon? if so, this post offers 10 helpful suggestions to get you and your home ready.

All the tips are super simple, and most of them won’t cost you a penny!

Do It Now: My Personal Time-Management ‘Rule’

posted by Andrea | 04/10/2014 | 28 comments
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When it comes to getting stuff done, I almost always choose to “do it now” rather than waiting until later.

I realize there are A LOT of people who don’t share this mindset, however, I think my “do it now” philosophy has been one of the key factors in keeping my home and my life simplified and organized.

A Few Of My Favorite Things {April 2014}

posted by Andrea | 04/7/2014 | 17 comments
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Here are a few of my favorite things for the Month of April — it’s a REALLY random list, but all things I’m totally loving right now!

As always, be sure to check out some of my favorite things from past months.

Why We Don’t Have College Funds for our Kids

posted by Andrea | 03/31/2014 | 38 comments
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Almost immediately after Nora was born, I started getting asked if Dave and I would or would not set up a college fund for her and for future children.

The short answer is “no, probably not” — and today, I’m explaining more about that decision.

My Top 10 Favorite Simple-Living Posts

posted by Andrea | 03/24/2014 | 2 comments
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As I planned ahead for the arrival of baby Simon, I thought it might be fun to resurrect some of MY favorite posts from the past 3.5 years of blogging.

Today, I’m sharing some of MY favorite simple-living posts — you know, all those tips, tricks, ideas, and concepts that have helped me to live more simply!

5 Tips for Better Time Management

posted by Andrea | 03/21/2014 | 2 comments
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Today I’m sharing a guest post from Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom. I know many of you follow her blog… and since I’ve worked with Crystal for over 2 years now, I can attest to the fact that she is a time management GURU!

If you’re struggling with time management, this post is for you!

My Top 10 Favorite Frugal-Living Posts

posted by Andrea | 03/20/2014 | 3 comments
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As I planned ahead for the arrival of baby Simon, I thought it might be fun to resurrect some of MY favorite posts from the past 3.5 years of blogging.

Today, I’m sharing some of MY favorite frugal-living posts — all about saving, spending, budgeting… and of course, Craigslist!

The True Cost of Our Stuff

posted by Andrea | 03/10/2014 | 24 comments
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I know there are people who think I am super cheap since I often refuse to buy anything that isn’t a necessity…

But the fact of the matter is that even inexpensive (or free) items usually come with hidden costs that might end up being a burden later on.

A Few Of My Favorite Things {March 2014}

posted by Andrea | 03/3/2014 | 11 comments
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Here are a few of my favorite things for the Month of March. I was hoping to have “a new baby” on my list… but we’ll just wait patiently for my due date — tomorrow!!

Why I’m NOT A Minimalist

posted by Andrea | 02/26/2014 | 32 comments
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When people learn what I do for a living, they often assume I’m a “minimalist” and can’t stand any amount of STUFF in my home and life. However, that is absolutely not true at all.

Today I’m sharing my thoughts on minimalism and why I’m NOT a minimalist.

Our Savings Journey: Living Off Half Our Income

posted by Andrea | 02/24/2014 | 51 comments
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In a blog post I wrote over THREE years ago, I casually mentioned that Dave and I lived off less than 50% of our income… and boy did I get some reactions!

So while I never expected to do any sort of follow-up post on that post, I figure it’s finally time — because the emails and questions just keep rolling in :)

Baby Week Giveaway #3: LaundryTree SoapNuts

posted by Andrea | 02/11/2014 | 11 comments
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Laundry is a never-ending chore for most families — especially families with lots of little kiddos.

However, with LaundryTree’s SoapNuts, you can make laundry just a bit simpler, and bit easier, and a whole lot nicer on the environment!

Preparing for Baby #2 with Less than $100

posted by Andrea | 02/10/2014 | 20 comments
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It’s time to celebrate Baby Dekker #2 here on the blog, and what better way to do that than with a week of fun baby-related posts and giveaways!

Since most of you seem to like a good “frugal-living” post, I’m kicking off Baby Week with a detailed post about how I acquired everything we needed for our newest addition with a self-imposed budget of $100 — and that includes the nursery renovations!

A Few of My Favorite Things {February 2014}

posted by Andrea | 02/3/2014 | 26 comments
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After skipping the month of January (I had too many other posts I wanted to write) I’m back with more of my favorite things. I had such a long list of things I wanted to share with you — but I just picked a few and will save the rest for next month!

As always, be sure to share your “favorite things” in the comments — I’ve found a lot of new products I love thanks to YOUR recommendations!

How to Tackle Projects that Seem Overwhelming

posted by Andrea | 01/31/2014 | 15 comments
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Over the past several years, one of the MOST common complaints I hear from others is, “it’s just so overwhelming… I don’t know where to start.” Can you relate?

I know I can certainly relate to feeling totally overwhelmed when certain projects are hanging over my head — so today, I’m sharing 3 really simple tips that will hopefully help you to finally tackle those projects that seem so overwhelming!

My “To Do Before Baby” List

posted by Andrea | 01/21/2014 | 26 comments
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Now that my brain has finally registered that 2014 is here (and after noticing that the expiration date on my yogurt was only 2 weeks before my due date) I decided that it was time to make my “To-Do Before Baby” list.

And since several of you have asked what my “must do” items are before this baby arrives, I figured that sharing the list would not only answer those questions, but also hold me more accountable!

Resist That Urge to Compare

posted by Andrea | 01/14/2014 | 40 comments
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We’ve all done it — myself included — many, many, many, MANY times. We see someone doing something we think we should be doing — and we compare our situation to theirs, which then makes us feel inferior.

Today’s post is all about resisting that urge to compare — and I think it would be an awesome goal for all of us this year!

Three Extra Days… and a Whole New Perspective

posted by Andrea | 01/9/2014 | 34 comments
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As Christmas break came to a close, Dave and I sat down to go over our crazy-busy January schedule — after which I had a mini melt-down; panicking that I would never be able to do everything I needed to do with Dave gone so much this month.

But then the snow started… and it didn’t stop for 3 days! I was gifted 3 extra days at home with Dave helping — and it totally changed my perspective.