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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 🙂

My Week In Review (July 23-29)

posted by Andrea | 07/27/2017 | 8 comments

The kids (and Dave and I) have enjoyed much cooler temperatures this week — after super hot, humid weather the past few weeks.

I’m sharing a few pictures from this past week, plus lots of yummy recipes and practical organizing tips in today’s Week In Review Post!

Why We DON’T Budget for House Projects

posted by Andrea | 07/21/2017 | 27 comments

Over the last 6.5 years, Dave and I have spent a considerable amount of money fixing up, renovating, remodeling, and decorating our home… and since I share the renovations on my blog, I’m regularly asked how we budget and plan for all our home projects.

I’m guessing many of you would be shocked to know that Dave and I actually DON’T budget for house projects… that’s what I’m talking about today!

My Week In Review (July 16-22)

posted by Andrea | 07/20/2017 | 14 comments

We’re nearing the end of July already… but that still means a full month of summer vacation left for Dave, and about 2 full months to prepare for this next baby.

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite posts from previous years, and a bunch of photos from our recent vacation with Dave’s family!

My Week In Review (July 9-15)

posted by Andrea | 07/13/2017 | 13 comments

In current “Dekker news” — Nora lost her first tooth, Simon loves having crazy hair, James turns TWO, we welcomed a new baby cousin, Dave has 5 more weeks of summer break, and I’m telling myself that 9-10 weeks isn’t really that much longer to be pregnant 🙂

And of course, I’m also sharing what I blogged about this week in previous years, in today’s Week In Review Post!

My Week In Review (July 2-8)

posted by Andrea | 07/4/2017 | 21 comments

Happy 4th of July to everyone in America! 

Today I’m sharing several patriotic recipes, fun patriotic pictures of my kids throughout the years, a patriotic home tour, and so much more!

A Few of My Favorite Things {July, 2017}

posted by Andrea | 07/3/2017 | 15 comments

We have been thoroughly enjoying our summer so far, and look forward to several more weeks of down-time at home together — along with 1 more vacation with Dave’s family.

In the meantime, here are a few more of My Favorite Things.

This Week In Review (June 25 – July 1)

posted by Andrea | 06/29/2017 | 12 comments

It’s Dave and my 11th anniversary tomorrow — so along with sharing lots of great recipes, organizing ideas, money-saving tips, landscape renovations, and some of my favorite things, I’m also sharing pictures and posts from all of our previous anniversaries! 

I hope you enjoy re-reading them as much as I did! 

How I Style My Short Hair (a Video!)

posted by Andrea | 06/27/2017 | 49 comments

After enjoying very long, curly hair for the first 23+ years of my life, I’ve had shorter hair for almost 9 years now… and I just LOVE it! 

I’ve gotten so many requests to share exactly how I style my hair each morning; and even though it only takes me a minute or two, I had fun finally making a video tutorial! 

This Week in Review (June 18-24)

posted by Andrea | 06/22/2017 | 13 comments

As I mentioned last week, one of the fun post series I’m running over the summer is a “Week in Review”, where I look back on my past 7 years of blogging and highlight old posts, photos, recipes, etc.

Today I’m sharing links to some favorite BBQ side dishes, our huge kitchen renovation, Dave and my engagement story, Craigslist tips… and pictures from this week’s vacation 🙂

Planning Ahead While Living in the Present

posted by Andrea | 06/20/2017 | 11 comments

As someone who really enjoys planning ahead, setting goals, and daydreaming about the future, I feel like I do a fairly decent job of intentionally living (and enjoying) the present moments…

Today I’m sharing a few thoughts that I hope will encourage you to stop and think about what you’re planning for.

My “Someday Daydreams”!

posted by Andrea | 06/16/2017 | 52 comments

Today is my 32nd birthday! And as I get older, I find myself daydreaming about all the things I might potentially do “someday” when I have a little bit more free time.

I realize they might not all happen, but I’m sharing a bunch of MY daydreams in a light-hearted post today!