I’ve been striving to live simply and to be more organized for as long as I can remember and I’ve been blogging about it for 4 years now.
However, it just recently occurred to me that although “living simply” is an extremely popular topic in today’s society, my real life simple choices are not always equally as popular.
Today, we’re enjoying Dave’s very last day at home before school starts up, bright and early tomorrow morning.
For one last day this summer, we’re all together ALL DAY LONG. Going for walks, playing outside, eating 3 meals a day at our kitchen table, and snuggling together on the couch (per Nora’s daily request).
Over the past couple of years, I’ve spent more time looking into different personality types… and I’ve learned a lot about myself as an introvert.
I do not feel less than, or worse, or slighted, or restrained in any way simply because I lean more towards the introverted spectrum of personalities. I actually find it fascinating to learn more about my personality type and what make me “tick”!
We ALL get 24 hours to do whatever we need and want to do each day. What we make of that time is up to US.
In today’s posts, I’m sharing one of my weird pet peeves — and also how I empower myself by swapping out one simple word!
About a month ago, a blog reader emailed me asking for time management tips as she felt like she never had enough time to give 100% to everything she was doing. She admitted she had a lot on her plate, but like so many of us, she loved everything she did and didn’t want to give up any of it.
Today’s post shares my response along with my own thoughts on giving 100%.
Today is my birthday!
And instead of giveaways or any other fancy, celebratory post, I’m sharing something that has been on my mind a lot lately. It also just so happens to fit perfectly with this special day.
A few weeks ago, I blogged about our super overwhelming yard project. After that post went live, several people commented that my “any progress is still progress” philosophy could actually be applied to almost anything in life. And I totally agree!
Do you have any overwhelming projects on your to-do list? If so, I hope this post will be the motivation you need to get started.
One of the questions I’m asked on a very regular basis is how I seemingly stay so organized and “on top of things” with a toddler, an infant, lots of home projects, and an at-home business.
I’ve been thinking a lot about that question these past few weeks… and I’m sharing my answers today on the blog!
One of my “to-do’s” before Simon was born was to finalize all the information for our Living Trust. I breathed a sigh of relief when we signed the final papers knowing that all our “ducks” were in a row just in case anything happened to Dave and I.
Today, I’m sharing a bit more about our Life Insurance and our Living Trust — and why we made the decisions we did.
Since I took about 5 weeks off from blogging (and life) to take it easy after Simon’s birth, I knew that I’d need to use Dave’s Spring Break week to catch up and plan ahead.
I was really looking forward to feeling like my normal productive self again… however, I didn’t expect it would be so difficult to find my productivity groove again!
When it comes to getting stuff done, I almost always choose to “do it now” rather than waiting until later.
I realize there are A LOT of people who don’t share this mindset, however, I think my “do it now” philosophy has been one of the key factors in keeping my home and my life simplified and organized.
As I planned ahead for the arrival of baby Simon, I thought it might be fun to resurrect some of MY favorite posts from the past 3.5 years of blogging.
Today, I’m sharing some of MY favorite simple-living posts — you know, all those tips, tricks, ideas, and concepts that have helped me to live more simply!
Today I’m sharing a guest post from Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom. I know many of you follow her blog… and since I’ve worked with Crystal for over 2 years now, I can attest to the fact that she is a time management GURU!
If you’re struggling with time management, this post is for you!
Now that my brain has finally registered that 2014 is here (and after noticing that the expiration date on my yogurt was only 2 weeks before my due date) I decided that it was time to make my “To-Do Before Baby” list.
And since several of you have asked what my “must do” items are before this baby arrives, I figured that sharing the list would not only answer those questions, but also hold me more accountable!
As Christmas break came to a close, Dave and I sat down to go over our crazy-busy January schedule — after which I had a mini melt-down; panicking that I would never be able to do everything I needed to do with Dave gone so much this month.
But then the snow started… and it didn’t stop for 3 days! I was gifted 3 extra days at home with Dave helping — and it totally changed my perspective.
Over the last two weeks, I’ve given a lot more thought to what specific (and general) goals I want to set for myself in 2014.
I’m feeling the need for a bit more structure this year, so I laid out a few more specific goals for myself — but still with that overall theme of simplicity in mind (because I know that’s how I live and work best).
If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know that I’m a HUGE advocate for financial stewardship — tracking our finances, budgeting, using our money wisely, eliminating all debt, etc. etc.
So since one of my favorite financial “tools” of all time is my finance-tracking workbook, I thought it was only fitting to share it with you (totally free to download and edit as you please) once again this year!
Today I’m talking about traditions — specifically holiday traditions — and I’d love to hear your thoughts too.
I love traditions… but only if they work with our current family, our current stage of life, our current budget, and our current interests. And I’m definitely not afraid to stop or alter a specific tradition if it stops working for us.
Yes, you read the title of this post correctly. Andrea Dekker is telling you that it’s OK if your life is stressed and crazy! Well, kind of
Keep reading for my thoughts on why it’s probably OK if your life is a little crazy for the next 6 weeks…
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!
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When it comes to my every-day life, I’m ALWAYS on the lookout for products that not only help me to simplify and organize my busy life… but also are really easy to use.
Because of that, I’m SOOOOO excited to share the BANDI belts with you and offer a fun giveaway this week!