Life

Why It’s OK Not To Have Constant Balance

posted by Andrea | 05/25/2017 | 16 comments

Most people think that in order to achieve a simple organized life, we also need to have complete and constant balance in every aspect of life… but in my opinion, constant balance is nearly impossible to achieve.

I’m sharing more thoughts about “balance” in today’s post!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 05/22/2017 | 21 comments

The last week or two have been FILLED with house projects, yard projects, preschool field trips, and lots of extra end-of-year activities for Dave.

Our schedule is full… but there are only a few more days until our glorious summer vacation! Come read what we’ve been up to!!

The “Good Old Days” Start Now!

posted by Andrea | 05/19/2017 | 19 comments

Despite what so many professionals, books, and news articles try to scare us to believe, I’m convinced today’s youth will grow up into fine adults who can fend for themselves, live on their own, and make a decent life for themselves.

And I have a feeling our kids will remember their childhood as “the good old days”, just like we remember ours!

Baby Steps and Big Picture Thinking

posted by Andrea | 05/18/2017 | 21 comments

As many of you know, I regularly encourage baby steps and small-but-steady forward progress… and although it might sound like an oxymoron, one of my favorite ways to make small but steady forward progress is what Dave and I call “big picture thinking”.

Over the past 11 years, Dave and I have met so many of our big picture goals — thanks in part to our baby steps approach!

When A Tradition You Love Just Doesn’t Work

posted by Andrea | 05/16/2017 | 32 comments

I know it can be difficult to stop a long-standing tradition (especially a tradition you really enjoy) but speaking from experience, there are SO many times when our lives become stress-filled because we insist on doing something that no longer works for us… just because we’ve always done it that way.

If you feel overwhelmed or weighed down by certain traditions in your life, I hope this post shares a little encouragement and a new perspective.

The Next Best Choice… Why I Cut the Crust off My Kids’ Bread!

posted by Andrea | 05/9/2017 | 63 comments

I was recently thinking about all the times in my life when I choose “the next best” instead of the “best” because it’s faster, easier, cheaper, and more fitting with my current stage of life.

As I pondered all these “next best” choices, I realized these choices are one of the reasons my life is simpler, less stressed, less chaotic, less busy, and less full. I’m elaborating more on this today!

My Current Goal: Have Less To Do!

posted by Andrea | 05/5/2017 | 13 comments

In general, I am the type of person who finds value and self-worth in how productive I am and what I can accomplish in any given period of time.

If you have a similar “do it now” personality — or if you’re just weighed down by too much on your plate, I’m sharing a few relatively simple and very doable ways I have been able to enjoy fewer things on my to-do list, fewer outside commitments and obligations, and a whole lot less stress!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {May 2017}

posted by Andrea | 05/1/2017 | 26 comments

One of my favorite posts to write every month is my “Favorite Things” post!

I’m back today with a handful of favorites — I think there really is something for everyone on my list this month!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 04/24/2017 | 21 comments

Although it has been challenging for me to find my groove again after coming back from vacation, I’m feeling more productive, more efficient, and more “normal” again after a couple weeks at home.

I tried a few new recipes last week, read a bunch of books, and found a some fun goodies on Amazon — I’m sharing all of that, and more, in today’s post!

My 2017 View of “Homemaking”

posted by Andrea | 04/11/2017 | 20 comments

For me, “homemaking” in 2017 looks quite a bit different than it did years ago… and while I probably wouldn’t ever introduce myself as “Andrea Dekker, a homemaker” I’m also not ashamed to consider “homemaking” as a large and important part of what I do every day.

After reading this post, I still don’t expect you to love it as much as I do — but maybe you won’t hate it!

Save More: Buy What You Need Versus What You Can Afford

posted by Andrea | 04/7/2017 | 22 comments

We wouldn’t have very full lives if we ONLY allowed ourselves to buy exactly what we needed to survive and nothing more. It’s fun to splurge a little every now and then and it can be a special treat to do or buy something we might not normally do or buy.

But I do think we (myself included) could all save a lot of money if we simply stopped to ask “Do I NEED this?” versus “Can I AFFORD this?”

A Few of My Favorite Things {April, 2017}

posted by Andrea | 04/3/2017 | 11 comments

It’s a new month… and I’m sharing a few new favorite things. Everything on this month’s list has a very low price-point, but they all make a huge difference in my daily life.

Come see what my favorite things are, and share YOUR favorites in the comments!

Can It Really Hurt To Try?

posted by Andrea | 03/30/2017 | 19 comments

Do you struggle to make simple decisions or constantly worry about making a mistake or failing? Do you regularly ask for other people’s opinions instead of just trusting your own gut instinct?

If so, I hope today’s post offers a bit of encouragement and motivation to “just give it a try” (whatever IT is). After all… can it really hurt to try?

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 03/27/2017 | 33 comments

Wow… it’s been over TWO months since my last Peek Into Our Week post!

Come read what we’ve been up to, what we’re eating, what I’ve been watching and reading, and our plans for the upcoming spring and summer!

Our Best Tax Refund Tip

posted by Andrea | 03/24/2017 | 131 comments

With just over 3 weeks until the official end of tax season, Dave and I figured it was perfect timing to share one of our best tax refund tips — especially since we were pleasantly surprised with the extra-large refund we received for 2016!

How Dave Watches March Madness Without Cable

posted by Andrea | 03/20/2017 | 24 comments

As many of you know, Dave and I nixed cable a while ago… and we really have no regrets.

However, the one time of year Dave really misses cable is during March Madness. The man is a basketball junkie and would probably watch every single game if he could — thankfully, he found a very frugal solution that allows him to watch as much basketball as he wants… without cable!

Why We Don’t Have College Funds for our Kids

posted by Andrea | 03/14/2017 | 86 comments

Almost immediately after Nora was born, I was asked if Dave and I were planning to set up a college fund for her and for any future children.

The short answer is “no, probably not” — and today, I’m explaining more about that decision in an updated post from one I wrote 3 years ago.

5 Things I’ve Accepted In Exchange for a Happier Life

posted by Andrea | 03/13/2017 | 27 comments

Over the years, I have noticed that (especially when it comes to my own children) I have become SO much more accepting of their mistakes, their crazy antics, and the changes they bring about to our home and our lives.

I don’t just “tolerate” them, I truly “accept” them — and as a result, I enjoy simpler, happier, more peaceful days at home.