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!
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!
Do you struggle to make simple decisions or constantly worry about making a mistake or failing? Do you regularly ask for other people’s opinions instead of just trusting your own gut instinct?
If so, I hope today’s post offers a bit of encouragement and motivation to “just give it a try” (whatever IT is). After all… can it really hurt to try?
Wow… it’s been over TWO months since my last Peek Into Our Week post!
Come read what we’ve been up to, what we’re eating, what I’ve been watching and reading, and our plans for the upcoming spring and summer!
Over the years, I have noticed that (especially when it comes to my own children) I have become SO much more accepting of their mistakes, their crazy antics, and the changes they bring about to our home and our lives.
I don’t just “tolerate” them, I truly “accept” them — and as a result, I enjoy simpler, happier, more peaceful days at home.
Saying ‘no’ is rarely ever fun or enjoyable — it’s not something we anxiously anticipate doing (at least I don’t!) However, I think the whole concept of saying ‘no’ has a bad reputation and is viewed as unnecessarily negative by so many people.
If you are the type of person who struggles to say ‘no’ I hope today’s post will be encouraging for you!
I love thinking about better, more efficient ways to keep my home and life more organized — but I usually don’t start looking for a more efficient way until I start feeling like my current system isn’t working anymore.
If my current system isn’t broken… I don’t fix it (and I save a lot of time, money, and stress in the process!)
Despite starting our week with 3 sick kiddos, we had a great week with slightly warmer temperatures and Dave home a bit more due to exams.
I finished a couple more books, did a few small projects around the house, and updated our important document binder… so overall, a pretty productive week for me!
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!
Have you ever pushed yourself too hard… to the point where you hated an activity you once loved?
As we strive for new goals and resolutions in the coming year, I want to highlight the negative impact of pushing too hard. It’s one thing to strive for a lofty goal… it’s another to completely burn out and start hating an activity you formerly enjoyed.
Sometimes, I think we get sucked into thinking that all busyness is bad, unnecessary, and something that could or should be avoided — like if our lives are busy, we’re doing something wrong.
But in reality, busy times are often just part of life. They are not always avoidable, nor are they always bad…
A couple months ago, I read a book that encouraged me to think about what I do for myself (a.k.a. “me time”). And for the last 2 months, I’ve consciously considered what activities bring me joy, satisfaction, and fulfillment.
What I realized is that despite being home with 3 young children all day, I actually enjoy quite a bit of “me time”. Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite me time activities… and why I’m able to be so productive as a result of these activities.
Today is Dave’s birthday, and I thought we’d celebrate on the blog by doing a fun giveaway!
I also have a super cute video of Nora and Simon trying out our new simplehuman soap pump 🙂
Last week was not a normal week for our family due to Nora’s birthday and Dave being home most of the week for Thanksgiving break… however, it’s been almost 2 months since my last Peek Into Our Week post, so I was due for an update!
I’m sharing more about Nora’s Frozen-themed birthday parties, our menu plan, and what we did over Thanksgiving break.
Have you ever felt like you were juggling too many responsibilities, being pulled in too many different directions, or “wearing too many hats”?
If so, I hope today’s post will help you take a step back, look at ALL those good things you’re doing, and figure out a way to cut back. It won’t be easy, but I don’t think you’ll regret it.
If you have ever felt even slightly discouraged by your seemingly never-ending journey towards a simpler, more organized life… PLEASE, take 5 minute to read this post.
I hope it will encourage you — and maybe put a few things into perspective!
One thing I have stressed over and over and over again in my own life, with past clients, with my children, and here on my blog is the importance of planning ahead.
I could talk about planning ahead all day long, but if I had to boil it down to one single reason why planning ahead helps me to simplify, streamline, and de-stress my entire life, it would be this: Planning ahead lets me focus on the IMPORTANT instead of dealing with the URGENT.
As a self-proclaimed “do more at less than 100%” person, I have become an expert at determining my own “good enough” standards and doing just enough to meet those standards.
Today I’m sharing more about how my “good enough” standards have helped me to streamline and simplify everything from cooking and cleaning to finances and self-care!