Daily Life

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 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!

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.

We Don’t Always Need “More” to Make a Difference

posted by Andrea | 06/12/2017 | 50 comments

Sometimes, I feel like I can’t even put my thoughts and feelings for my blog into words — and then other days (like today) I can gush on and on for 1400+ words about how much my blog (and all of you) have affected my life over the past several years!

I hope today’s post is an encouragement for any of you who have thought about trying something new!

Our Summer “Schedule”

posted by Andrea | 06/8/2017 | 23 comments

Today is Dave’s last day of school — which means our family officially starts summer vacation TOMORROW!

I’ve already gotten so many emails from readers asking for what we do to stay on a schedule during the summer, so I figured today was a good day to share our VERY loose summer “schedule”!

A Nice Change of Pace

posted by Andrea | 06/5/2017 | 10 comments

Although I love schedules, I thrive off regular routines, and I really enjoy finishing up a big project, there is just something to be said for tossing the to-do list every once in awhile! Don’t you think?

Today I’m sharing how our long Memorial Day weekend turned into just the right “change of pace” we needed to take a break from construction and focus on other things.

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 | 34 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.

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 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!