Daily Life

Nora’s Cinderella Birthday Party

posted by Andrea | 11/23/2015 | 18 comments
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This past weekend, we celebrated Nora’s 4th birthday with a fun Cinderella-themed birthday party — complete with a Cinderella cake, lots of fun gifts, and our whole family in costume!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 11/16/2015 | 34 comments
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Although I didn’t have as much time to work on “extra” projects as I would have liked, there are still quite a few updates from the Dekkers.

For starters, by the end of the week, we’ll have a 4 month old and a 4 year old in our house (yes, Simon is here too!). We also made lots of progress on our new shed — and I put squash in almost every meal I made :)

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 11/2/2015 | 20 comments
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Last week was a very full but fun week. Nora wore her “new” Cinderella costume almost every single day, we had lots of fun plans with friends and family, and we ate way more sugar than I care to think about :)

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 10/19/2015 | 16 comments
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It’s been an eventful 2 weeks since my last Peek Into Our Week post — James rolled over, Simon got a haircut, Nora started dance classes, and Dave and I did massive amounts of yard work :)

A Peek into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 10/5/2015 | 15 comments
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Several of you have asked me to share more posts about our weekly menu plans, little organizing projects I do around the house, and various other more menial day-to-day happenings.

So today, I’m sharing a Peek Into Our Week post that I hope will become more regular here on the blog!

3 Simple Concepts to Simplify Your Life

posted by Andrea | 09/25/2015 | 30 comments
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Today I’m sharing an overly-simple message that I KNOW you already know.

You’ve heard it 100 times before, but maybe today will be the day you take action. Maybe today will be the day it makes sense. Maybe today, this message will be just the reminder you need to start simplifying your life!

Life Insurance Q+A

posted by Andrea | 09/23/2015 | comment
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Last week, I shared 10 reasons to get life insurance; and as expected, I got quite a few questions related to buying, having, and using life insurance.

Since I didn’t feel confident answering all of them myself, I asked the folks at Allstate if they would answer these questions for a follow-up post. They graciously agreed — and I have to admit, I learned quite a bit myself!

The Third Time’s the Charm!

posted by Andrea | 09/8/2015 | 27 comments
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Although I still prefer the toddler and preschool stage MUCH more than the newborn and infant stage, I’m happy to say that I’m enjoying my time with James so much more than I ever did with either Nora or Simon.

Maybe it’s because he’s an easier baby, maybe it’s because Nora is older and actually helpful, or maybe it’s because I’m learning to be a “better mom”. Whatever the case, I feel like the third time’s the charm for me :)

NEW Customizable Double Daily Planner (Finally!)

posted by Andrea | 07/29/2015 | 12 comments
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After about 5 years of being asked if I have an editable version of my double daily planner printable, I can FINALLY say yes :)

Thanks to a loyal reader who had the appropriate software and graciously offered to do it for me, you now all have access to this free and very useful document!!

Our Newest Method of Transportation With Kids!

posted by Andrea | 06/29/2015 | 16 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!

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!

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!

10 Things I Do to FEEL More Energized

posted by Andrea | 05/11/2015 | 16 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

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 | 16 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!