Life

10 Ways to Be a Lifelong Learner – No School Required

posted by Andrea | 03/20/2015 | 11 comments
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One of my college professors would always say “If you stop learning, you stop living” and I fully agree. There is so much joy and satisfaction that comes from learning and developing a new skill.

Even if you aren’t a “book nerd” (believe me, I’m not either) and don’t really love the idea of going back to school, there are still MANY ways you can be a lifelong learner.

Why I Choose ‘Productive’ Instead Of ‘Busy’

posted by Andrea | 03/12/2015 | 19 comments
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I have had MANY years of my life that were extremely “full” and sometimes verging on “too busy”. But over the past few years, even after adding more children and work responsibilities to the mix, I have continually felt less and less “busy”… all while maintaining a very full and productive life.

Today I’m sharing my thoughts on being “productive” versus being “busy” — and I’d LOVE to hear your take on this subject too!

Simple Starts with Contentment

posted by Andrea | 03/6/2015 | 20 comments
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Last week, I shared a little bit about “What Simple Living Means for Me”, and as I wrote that post I kept coming back to the idea that “simple starts with contentment”.

If you’re striving towards a simpler way of life, I’d encourage you to also strive towards more contentment. Here are 5 concepts that have helped me — and they might just help you too!

A Few of My Favorite Things {March 2015}

posted by Andrea | 03/3/2015 | 31 comments
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Today I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things — something for you, for the kids, for the home, and for the kitchen!

101 Reasons My Toddler Had a Tantrum… Today

posted by Andrea | 03/2/2015 | 73 comments
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Nora is right smack in the middle of the “terrible threes” as I’ve heard them called :)

Last week, we had one particularly rough day that had me in bed, sound asleep by about 9:15pm… but only after making a massive list of EVERY SINGLE THING Nora had a tantrum about during the day!

What Simple Living Means for Me

posted by Andrea | 02/27/2015 | 17 comments
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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 :)

How I Decide When to Save or Splurge

posted by Andrea | 02/25/2015 | 25 comments
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Most of you know that I am a very frugal person. When given a choice, I will almost always go with the less expensive item — even if the more expensive item is closer to what I want.

However, I’ve been working hard at “letting” myself splurge on more quality items here and there — and today, I’m sharing what items I’m more willing to splurge on, what items I still prefer to save on, and how I make my choice either way.

9 Reasons We Use Credit Cards to Simplify our Lives

posted by Andrea | 02/17/2015 | 81 comments
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I’ve had a credit card since I was 16 — and Dave and I use credit cards to pay for almost everything we buy.

I definitely don’t think that credit cards are the best financial decision for everyone — and at the same time, I don’t think being restricted to a cash-only budget is the best financial decision for everyone. That said, here are just a few of the ways credit cards majorly simplify and organize my life.

Don’t Be Ashamed To Do Your ‘One Thing’ Well

posted by Andrea | 02/9/2015 | 75 comments
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As a life-long lover of cleaning, organizing, and all things “home”, I’ve heard my share of negative comments geared at my “perfect home”. Sometimes, I’ve even felt ashamed of doing my ‘one thing’ really well.

If you’ve ever felt ashamed of doing your ‘one thing’ well (whatever that one thing is) read this post!

inSelly $75 Shop Credit Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 02/5/2015 | 13 comments
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I have another really fun giveaway today — just in time for a little Valentine’s Day treat for ourselves!

Also, if you’re a crafty person and have not heard of the inSelly Marketplace, you’ll definitely want to keep reading for more information… and of course, a chance to win free prizes :)

A Few of My Favorite Things {February 2015}

posted by Andrea | 02/3/2015 | 16 comments
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A few more of my favorite things for the month of February…

The Essentials I Keep In My Car “Just In Case”

posted by Andrea | 01/30/2015 | 33 comments
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We live in Michigan… more specifically, West Michigan. This means we have pretty nasty winters, thanks to “lake effect” snow, sleet, and ice that blasts our area ALL winter long.

Because of this, I’ve come up with a pretty good list of “car essentials” that I keep in my vehicle at all times — and a few extra items for winter and summer. Today, I’m sharing that list!

Because There is Always Something…

posted by Andrea | 01/28/2015 | 18 comments
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If you have ever felt even slightly discouraged on your seemingly never-ending journey towards a simpler, more organized life… PLEASE, take 5 minute to read this post.

I think it will be very encouraging for you — and maybe put a few things into perspective!

DIY Homemade Hair-Detangling Spray

posted by Andrea | 01/26/2015 | 26 comments
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Although I absolutely adore Nora’s curls, her hair is snarly, hard to comb, and a pain to control. Add in the fact that she doesn’t love any amount of water on her face or head, and you can imagine how difficult it is to wash her hair — let alone use conditioner to control the frizz and snarls!

Enter my free, 20-second, DIY Hair Detangling Spray (a.k.a. “magic spray”) and we’ve almost eliminated the hair brushing battles at our house!

A Day With the Dekkers (January 2015 Edition)

posted by Andrea | 01/23/2015 | 29 comments
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Over the last few months, many of you have requested a day-in-the-life post, and I suppose it has been a couple years already… so I’m due for an update!

While no 2 days are ever exactly alike (can you relate), here’s what a relatively normalish weekday looks like in our house.

Developing the Habit of Simple Living

posted by Andrea | 01/22/2015 | 27 comments
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Simple living can sound like an overwhelming task for many of us… and it CAN be at first.

However, I know from personal experience that when simple living becomes a habit, or “an unconscious pattern of behavior,” it just feels right, and easy, and oh so simple you won’t even be able to imagine living life any other way!

Free Yes To Hand Cream + $10 off ePantry Offer

posted by Andrea | 01/20/2015 | 9 comments
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Last month, I shared that one of my current favorite things is the Yes To Intense Repair Hand Cream — the stuff is amazing!

So obviously, I was excited when ePantry.com asked if I wanted to offer my readers a FREE Yes To Hand Cream plus $10 off plus free shipping! Keep reading to learn how to get this special time-sensitive offer!!

5 Ways the Internet Improves, Simplifies, and Betters My Life

posted by Andrea | 01/19/2015 | 20 comments
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I realize we need to use caution and take proper steps to protect and secure our online information (especially when it comes to our children), but overall, I personally feel that the Internet is an amazing tool that has helped me to improve, simplify, and better my life.

I (literally) can’t imagine life without it — and today, I’m sharing 5 reasons why!

My Baking Soda Beauty Routine

posted by Andrea | 01/15/2015 | 8 comments
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This time of year, I always rekindle my friendship with my box of baking soda. Not for baking, or cleaning, or freshening — although those are all excellent uses for baking soda.

I use baking soda to soften my skin, to soothe my hands, to scrub my face, and, in general, to simplify my beauty routine!

2 Simple Healthier Habits I’m Working On This Year

posted by Andrea | 01/14/2015 | 36 comments
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Most of you know that I am NOT a foodie. I’ve always been somewhat intimidated by the thought of making a food or healthy-living goal because that’s just not “my thing”.

However, by keeping things REALLY simple and focusing on a couple very specific (yet do-able) changes to incorporate into my current diet, I haven’t felt even the slightest twinge of panic or intimidation — and I’m excited to share my 2 new healthier habits with you today!