Daily Life

How I Save Loads of Time in the Grocery Store

posted by Andrea | 05/27/2015 | 72 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!

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 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!

My Morning Routine… and how it sets the tone for my family’s day

posted by Andrea | 04/21/2015 | 43 comments
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Now that Nora is finally sleeping through the night, I’m FINALLY getting back to a more normal morning routine (after a 3-year hiatus!)

It feels great to be back in my early morning groove again — and I can’t believe how simply starting MY day off on the right foot can make such a drastic difference in the mood for my entire family.

A Life Lesson… From Nora

posted by Andrea | 04/9/2015 | 20 comments
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On one of our recent walks, Nora had a frustrating “problem” that was solved with a very simple solution… and as I walked on, I realized that many of us adults have a similar problem that could also be solved with a very simple solution.

Keep reading for the valuable life lesson from Nora… it’s amazing the things our kids teach us :)

So… What Exactly Is A Top-5 List?

posted by Andrea | 04/3/2015 | 11 comments
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Four years ago, I shared a post about my Top-5 List and how it helps to reduce procrastination and increase productivity.

Today, I’m sharing a follow-up post, answering the many questions I’ve gotten about my Top-5 List… definitely a must-read if you’d like to get more done in less time :)

10 Ways to Be a Lifelong Learner – No School Required

posted by Andrea | 03/20/2015 | 15 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!

101 Reasons My Toddler Had a Tantrum… Today

posted by Andrea | 03/2/2015 | 75 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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

Why I Don’t Reserve Goals for the End of the Year

posted by Andrea | 12/22/2014 | 10 comments
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I know many of you will be setting some type of goal or resolution over the next 2 weeks — yes, I’ll be right there with you. I love setting goals, planning for the future, and thinking about what might happen over the next year. However, I don’t just reserve this activity for the end of December.

Keep reading to learn why!

Good Enough

posted by Andrea | 12/17/2014 | 45 comments
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Over the years, I’m sure the number of times I’ve said “that’s good enough” is astounding. I catch myself saying it ALL THE TIME — and honestly, I’m not sure that’s such a bad thing.

Today I’m sharing why “good enough” is good enough for me!

My Favorite Hobbies and Free-Time Activities

posted by Andrea | 11/12/2014 | 26 comments
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Recently, a blog reader emailed me saying she was shocked that we had a Netflix membership. I figured she was going to rant and rave about how TV was the most horrible thing ever; however, she was actually thrilled to know we had a Netflix membership because (as she put it) it meant I had free time!

For those of you who have ever wondered what I do in my free time… here are a few of my favorite hobbies!