Daily Life

10 Ways to Be a Lifelong Learner – No School Required

posted by Andrea | 03/20/2015 | 11 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 | 74 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!

7 Tips for a More Productive Morning (and why I’m not following most of them!)

posted by Andrea | 10/30/2014 | 28 comments
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If you’re looking for a few tips to get your morning off to a great start, this post should get you on the right track.

On the other hand, if you’re feeling totally overwhelmed by the thought of waking up early, I’m right there with you… and I think you’ll take comfort in what I have to say at the end of this post.

A Life of Moderation: My Top Tip for Simple Living

posted by Andrea | 10/14/2014 | 18 comments
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One of my goals in life has always been to simplify (shocking, I know!) I take great pleasure in finding simpler, more organized ways to run my home, my work, and my life. It’s not always easy, but it is always worth my efforts.

Today, I’m sharing one key factor that has made my life more simplified and helped me avoid burnout. You might just say it’s my “Top Tip For Simple Living”!

When Simple Isn’t Popular

posted by Andrea | 09/17/2014 | 58 comments
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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.

Our Last Day of Summer Vacation

posted by Andrea | 09/1/2014 | 10 comments
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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).

5 Things I’ve Learned About Myself as an Introvert

posted by Andrea | 08/25/2014 | 43 comments
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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 HAVE the Time… We Just Don’t MAKE it

posted by Andrea | 08/5/2014 | 34 comments
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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!