Daily Life

Do It Now: My Personal Time-Management ‘Rule’

posted by Andrea | 04/10/2014 | 28 comments
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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.

My Top 10 Favorite Simple-Living Posts

posted by Andrea | 03/24/2014 | 2 comments
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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!

5 Tips for Better Time Management

posted by Andrea | 03/21/2014 | 2 comments
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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!

My “To Do Before Baby” List

posted by Andrea | 01/21/2014 | 26 comments
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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!

Three Extra Days… and a Whole New Perspective

posted by Andrea | 01/9/2014 | 34 comments
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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.

My 2014 Goals

posted by Andrea | 01/8/2014 | 39 comments
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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).

Our 2014 Finance-Tracking Workbook

posted by Andrea | 01/2/2014 | 25 comments
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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!


posted by Andrea | 12/23/2013 | 31 comments
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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.

It’s OK if Your Holidays Aren’t Totaly Stress-Free and Simple

posted by Andrea | 11/25/2013 | 5 comments
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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…

My Love-Hate Relationship with “Good Enough”

posted by Andrea | 11/21/2013 | 35 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!

The Personal Planner Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 11/18/2013 | 807 comments
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If you’ve ever felt frustrated that you can’t find the perfect planner for your needs, I can almost guarantee that you’ll be able to create YOUR perfect planner using the Personal Planner’s many customizable options.

Come read how it all works and enter to win your own fully customizable Personal Planner!

BANDI Belt Giveaway: Simple, Stylish, Practical

posted by Andrea | 10/8/2013 | 441 comments
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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!

A Few of My Favorite Things {October 2013}

posted by Andrea | 10/1/2013 | 13 comments
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I had a really hard time choosing what to include in my Favorite Things post for October. I keep adding to my list of things I want to share with you all eventually — and seriously, for being a clutter-hating minimalist at heart, I sure have a lot of tangible things that I like!

Today’s post includes the things I’ve decided to share with you for this month — but my list is already growing for next month!

Back From My Blogging Break

posted by Andrea | 09/3/2013 | 49 comments
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As many of you probably realized by now, I took the entire month of August off from blogging — not because I was burnt out or feeling totally overwhelmed — but simply because I could.

We accomplished a lot AND we relaxed a lot over the past couple of months — and today, I’m sharing a bunch of the things we did while I was away.

Ending The Summer Quietly

posted by Andrea | 07/31/2013 | 31 comments
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I know, I know — there’s still a whole month of Summer left — but I’ve decided to take a blogging break for most of the month of August.

So for me and for my blog, the last month of Summer should be pretty quiet (and yes, I’m super excited!)

Allocating Our Resources at Different Stages of Life

posted by Andrea | 07/22/2013 | 9 comments
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Most people I know have somewhat fixed amounts of time, money, energy, etc. — and it’s our job to then allocate these resources the best we can.

Sometimes, the decisions are no-brainers and easy to make. However, many times, it can be quite difficult to know the best way to allocate our many resources. And just when you think you’ve figured out the best solution, things change. You enter a new season of life and you need to figure things out all over again!

My ‘Don’t-Do List’

posted by Andrea | 07/8/2013 | 47 comments
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You know how much I love lists… right? Well, I don’t literally have a “don’t-do list”, but I do have a mental list of things that I’ve specifically chosen NOT to spend my time on — and I think everyone would benefit from making some sort of don’t-do list.

Obviously your list will be different than mine, but if you’re wondering what activities I DON’T make time for… keep reading.

These Are The “Good Old Days”

posted by Andrea | 06/13/2013 | 20 comments
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I think that no matter how old we are, we tend to look back on the past as the Good Old Days, remembering things as better and simpler “back then”. So if you think about it, this means that in 1, 2, 5, or 10 years, we’ll be looking back on today, this week, and this year, and remembering these moments as the Good Old Days.

Right now, we are living and experiencing tomorrow’s Good Old Days — are you making the most of them?

It’s Not Rocket Science… It’s Real Life

posted by Andrea | 05/30/2013 | 195 comments
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Today’s post is a reflection on a recent email I received. The email was quite rude, but ironically, the phrase they used to try to put me down actually affirmed that what I’m doing here on AndreaDekker.com is working!

The ideas and concepts presented on my blog are NOT rocket science — that’s true. I never intended them to be rocket science. In fact, it would defeat both my business and personal goals if my ideas were rocket science!

3 Simple Concepts to Simplify Your Life

posted by Andrea | 05/6/2013 | 27 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!