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3 Simple Self-Care Rituals That Make a HUGE Difference for Me

posted by Andrea | 09/25/2017 | 18 comments

I’m often asked if there are certain things I do on a regular basis that are little “treats” for myself — something to pamper myself or something to look forward to after the kids are in bed.

I suspect my answers are not what you’d expect, but… there are definitely 3 really simple (frugal) self-care rituals I do every single day that make a world of difference for me!

My Week In Review (Sep. 17-23)

posted by Andrea | 09/21/2017 | 22 comments

I am SO hoping this will be the last Week In Review post I write for a while as I said I would write them until the baby arrives… I figure she HAS to arrive before the end of NEXT week!

Honestly, though, I feel like I’m living in “the calm before the storm”… and I’m doing my best to just enjoy it instead of feeling anxious for the baby to arrive! 

My Week In Review (Sep 10-16)

posted by Andrea | 09/15/2017 | 13 comments

I’m still here… the baby is still NOT here 🙂 All is well though, and I’m really not anxious for her to arrive sooner than she’s ready. I know labor and delivery will be so much easier when everyone is truly ready!

I hope to have some exciting baby news to share with you all soon… but in the meantime, here’s what I blogged about this week in previous years.

Stop Comparing – You Will Be So Much Happier

posted by Andrea | 09/12/2017 | 54 comments

While I truly do think it would be impossible to get through life (or even one day) without ever comparing yourself, your home, or your life to someone or something, I’m also convinced that so many people today are ruining their own lives by CONSTANTLY comparing themselves to other people’s lives — and only the parts of other’s lives they can see.

Today I’m sharing more about comparison and why I try really hard to be content with what I’m good at instead of stressing about improving the areas I’m not good at.

My Week In Review (September 3-9)

posted by Andrea | 09/8/2017 | 15 comments

We’re 2 weeks into the school year and 10 days from my due date — which means lots of changes for the Dekker family this month! Thankfully, they all seem to be good, fun, and exciting changes — but sometimes even good, fun, and exciting changes are challenging for me!

Here’s what I blogged about this week in previous years.

How We Keep Our Vehicles Neat and Clean Almost All The Time

posted by Andrea | 09/7/2017 | 17 comments

Besides some sand, dirt, and a few cracker crumbs, the insides of our vehicles are almost always very neat, tidy, and organized — even with multiple children, snacks, drinks, blankets, diaper bags, craft supplies, tissues, wipes, etc.

Today I’m sharing 3 simple, but specific, things we do to keep our car neat and clean (almost) all the time — and I promise, they really take very little effort on our part!

A Few of My Favorite Things {September 2017}

posted by Andrea | 09/1/2017 | 17 comments

Since my due date is September 18(ish), I think I can officially say that it’s “Baby Month” here in the Dekker house!!

A new baby will definitely top my list of favorite things for this month… but since she’s not here yet, I’m sharing a few more favorites in today’s post!

My Week In Review (August 27- September 2)

posted by Andrea | 08/31/2017 | 26 comments

Dave and Nora’s first day of school (and Nora’s first time riding the bus) is officially in the books — Nora said the first day was “the best day of her entire life”!

Today I’m sharing what we’ve been up to this past week, as well as many of the posts I wrote this week in previous years.

One Small Change That Simplified My Days

posted by Andrea | 08/30/2017 | 53 comments

Today I’m sharing one SUPER SIMPLE change I made to my daily life that has made a big difference and simplified one of my most hated household chores.

You might have a different “hated chore” or something else that triggers your procrastination reflexes… but I think the concept of today’s post could help you make big positive changes in your daily life too!

My Favorite Dollar Store Buys

posted by Andrea | 08/28/2017 | 30 comments

Not everything at the dollar store is necessarily a great bargain, but there are definitely some amazing deals if you’re willing to browse!

Since we love our local dollar store so much, I thought it might be fun to share some of OUR favorite items to buy on our monthly walks to the dollar store. 

My Week In Review (August 20 – 26)

posted by Andrea | 08/25/2017 | 20 comments

I haven’t decided what I plan to do with these Week In Review posts now that summer is basically over — I REALLY enjoy writing them, and many of you have said how much you enjoy reading them.

I’m considering publishing them until I have the baby — but we’ll see what I decide as the next couple of weeks pass. (Let me know if you have an opinion!) In the meantime, here’s a look at what I blogged about this week in previous years.

My Week In Review (August 13-19)

posted by Andrea | 08/17/2017 | 24 comments

This week is our last official week of summer vacation as Dave’s teacher meetings starts up again next week Monday. Of course, I’m very thankful that he loves his job (and that he has a job!) but man, are we going to miss him!

Today I’m back with a look at what I blogged about this week in previous years — and an update on what we’ve been up to this past week!

My Week In Review (August 6-12)

posted by Andrea | 08/11/2017 | 10 comments

Less than 20 days until Dave and Nora’s first day of school — and yes, we have a countdown chain in place 🙂

Here’s a peek back at what I blogged about this week in previous year (as always, I have a 2017 update at the end of the post!)

If It Won’t Matter in 5 Years…

posted by Andrea | 08/10/2017 | 9 comments

Several years ago, I heard a simple little phrase that has completely changed how I look at issues or problems that arise in my life.

It might be slightly naive, but it’s one of those phrases that has really stuck with me over the years, and has actually helped me to simplify so many areas of my own life.

My Week In Review (July 30 – August 5)

posted by Andrea | 08/4/2017 | 30 comments

Although we only have a few weeks of Summer Vacation for Dave and Nora (and essentially for me too!) we have several things on our mental “summer to-do list” yet.

I’m sharing some of those, along with a bunch of pictures, and what I blogged about this week in previous years on this week’s Week In Review Post!

Save Big on Back-To-School (+ a $200 Giveaway!)

posted by Andrea | 08/3/2017 | 13 comments

When I was growing up, back-to-school shopping meant scouring the ads, clipping coupons, and driving from store to store in search of $0.10 note pads, $1.00 markers, and my favorite… Trapper Keepers!

Now days, back-to-school shopping is SO much simpler and easier because you can do almost everything online! And speaking of shopping online, I have a $200 Visa gift card to help one lucky reader stretch their back-to-school shopping budget just that much farther!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {August 2017}

posted by Andrea | 08/1/2017 | 16 comments

It’s August… which means we’re enjoying the last few weeks of having Dave home every day for summer vacation.

I guess you could say Dave is one of my favorite things. However, since you can’t have Dave, I’m also sharing a few more of my favorite things in today’s post — all of which are available on Amazon or your local grocery store! 🙂

What Simple Living Means for Me

posted by Andrea | 07/31/2017 | 19 comments

Small, scarce, serene, systems, schedules, storage solutions, and speaking up — what do all those “S-words” have to do with Simple Living?

Keep reading to find out 🙂