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A Few Of My Favorite Things {July 2015}

posted by Andrea | 07/1/2015 | 13 comments
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Happy July! It’s baby month in the Dekker house and we are officially ready and waiting.

I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things today… and as always, be sure to check out some of my favorite things from past months.

Our Newest Method of Transportation With Kids!

posted by Andrea | 06/29/2015 | 12 comments
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Thanks to the fact that our little 1-acre, 125-year-old farmhouse is SMACK in the middle of a small town, the kiddos and I can walk almost any place we want or need to go on a given day. And thanks to one of our newest pieces of outdoor “gear” we’ve been getting out and about even more!

Come check out our Burley D’Lite bike trailer + double jogger + double stroller in action. This thing is amazing!

Our Experience Buying and Selling USED Cars By Owner

posted by Andrea | 06/24/2015 | 12 comments
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Ever since I mentioned that we sold Dave’s car on Craigslist in less than 24 hours, I’ve been getting loads of questions about buying and selling used cars.

While I would never consider myself an “expert” in this area, I figure it can’t hurt to simply share MY answers to some of these questions… along with a few fabulous online resources. Hopefully today’s post will be helpful for those of you trying to buy and/or sell a used car by owner!

Time + Money Management: We Have a Choice

posted by Andrea | 06/22/2015 | 46 comments
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Over the years, I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say “I can’t afford that” or “I don’t have time for that”… and I guess it just bothers me that so many people seem to have such a “defeatist” attitude towards their lack of time and money.

The reason it bothers me is because I personally feel very strongly that in almost every situation, we have a choice as to how we will spend our time and our money… I’d love to know if you agree with me or not (and why!)

Celebrating… The Start of Summer!

posted by Andrea | 06/19/2015 | 7 comments
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Since the official start of Summer is this weekend, and since Dave has officially been home from school for 2 weeks already, I thought that celebrating the start of Summer and the fact that our little family will be at home together for another 10-11 weeks would be the perfect way to wrap up our fun Celebration Week!

Celebrating… A New Decade!

posted by Andrea | 06/16/2015 | 30 comments
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Today is my 30th birthday!! And that’s definitely a reason to celebrate — which is what we’re doing all week long here on the blog!

Come “celebrate” my birthday with me, and take a little look back on the past decade of my life!

Celebration Week Giveaway: Naturalmat Organic Bedding

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | comment
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We are officially a “two-crib household” since Simon isn’t even close to ready to move into a big-boy bed yet.

As I searched for another mattress to fill our 2nd crib, I was ecstatic to come across Naturalmat — a company that specializes in super high quality natural and organic bedding. I am equally excited to be offering a fabulous Naturalmat giveaway as well!

Frugal DIY Foaming Hand Soap

posted by Andrea | 06/12/2015 | 10 comments
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Earlier this month, I shared that one of my favorite things is foaming hand soap — since it makes it so much easier for kids to wash their hands.

Well today, I’m sharing how I make super frugal DIY foaming hand soap for pennies a bottle!

3 Reasons Your Stuff Isn’t Selling

posted by Andrea | 06/3/2015 | 15 comments
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Dave and I recently cleaned out a few things from our garage and our extra garage, and I cleaned out a few kitchen items… and it sure feels great to get rid of some of the things we no longer need, use, want or love!

I know many of you are also in a spring cleaning / purging mood right now, and if you’re having trouble selling your castoffs, here are 3 ideas that might help!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {June 2015}

posted by Andrea | 06/1/2015 | 13 comments
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How is it already June!?!? With only a few more days of school left for Dave, we are anxiously anticipating the start of summer — and a less structured, less rushed, more relaxed day-to-day life (until the baby arrives anyway!)

Today, I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things for the month, and I’d love to know your list too!

Because the Lessons Are More Important Than the Results

posted by Andrea | 05/29/2015 | 34 comments
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A LONG time ago, I promised myself that I wouldn’t be “that mom” who always picked up and re-did chores after her kids because it wasn’t good enough for my own standards.

I’ve reminded myself of this promise many times… but I never expected to be at the point in my life where I had to put it into practice so soon!

How I Save Loads of Time in the Grocery Store

posted by Andrea | 05/27/2015 | 74 comments
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Over the years, I’ve shared many tips for saving time and money at the grocery store (one of my least favorite places!) However, due to the fact that I get SO many questions about grocery shopping, I figured it was time to re-share one of my BEST time-saving tips (at least when it comes to grocery shopping).

So what is my amazing tip? Click through to find out!

5 Things: An Exercise in Contentment

posted by Andrea | 05/26/2015 | 24 comments
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Have you ever felt discontent with one area of your home, life, body, etc? If you’re human (and especially if you’re female) I’m guessing the answer is yes!

Today, I’m sharing a super simple “remedy” I use when I’m feeling less-than-content about something in my life… I’m always amazed how well it works!

Why We’ve Been Dining Out More (and how we’re doing it frugally)

posted by Andrea | 05/18/2015 | 16 comments
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Dave and I saved SO much money the first 6+ years of our marriage by almost never (and I mean never) going out to eat.

However, over the past couple of years, we’ve managed to dine out almost once a week for a VERY minimal cost (often times even free!) Today, I’m sharing 7 ways we dine out on a budget!

10 Creative Wedding Gift Ideas (that work with their registry)

posted by Andrea | 05/14/2015 | 32 comments
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It’s wedding season — which means lots of gift-giving opportunities.

If you’d like to get a little more creative this year — but still honor their registries — I have a bunch of ideas that are relatively simple to implement and can be quite frugal as well.

10 Things I Do to FEEL More Energized

posted by Andrea | 05/11/2015 | 15 comments
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I would normally consider myself to be a high-energy person. However, there are definitely times when I have a little less energy.

Even though I might not actually BE very energetic at various times during the day, I have a whole bunch of things I can do to make myself FEEL more energized. I’m sharing 10 of those tips today!

Why a No-Spending Period IS Doable for YOU

posted by Andrea | 05/8/2015 | 16 comments
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Two years ago, I shared about a “no-spending month” Dave and I were doing; and over the past 2 years, many of you have congratulated me, but told me why a no-spending challenge would NEVER work for you.

So today, I’m sharing why a no-spending challenge COULD indeed work for ANYONE who wants to do one!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {May 2015}

posted by Andrea | 05/4/2015 | 17 comments
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It’s May — which means we’re working hard to finish all our house and yard projects before this baby arrives!

Today, I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things for the month, and I’d love to know your list too!

Why It’s OK Not To Have Constant Balance

posted by Andrea | 05/1/2015 | 13 comments
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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!

What Being a Homemaker Looks Like for Me

posted by Andrea | 04/24/2015 | 22 comments
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While I realize that many of you might not share my ultra-enthusiastic views of homemaking, I DO think that every one of us wants our home to be a place we enjoy spending time with our family and friends. For some of us, it just takes a little extra motivation and willpower to get there — and that’s OK :)

Today, I’m sharing what being a “homemaker” means for me — as well as some great resources for those of you looking for a little of that motivation!