Daily Life

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 02/8/2016 | 8 comments
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Last week was a pretty low-key week for us… and although the kids were a little under the weather for parts of the week, we enjoyed building snowmen, making Valentine’s Day treats, lots of fun playing at home, and a little Culver’s custard!

Oh, and I ‘caved’ and finally got a Costco membership :)

10 Things I DON’T Do

posted by Andrea | 02/5/2016 | 37 comments
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The purpose of my blog is to share what I DO do. Because of this, I get many emails from people saying “I don’t know how you do everything you do.” However, what they often fail to consider are ALLLLLLLL the things I DON’T do.

Today, I’m sharing 10 of those “DON’Ts”

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 01/25/2016 | 17 comments
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We enjoyed a slightly different week last week as Dave was home a bit more than normal due to exam week at school.

We celebrated the end of his semester with yummy Culver’s food, and… we bought a minivan!

My New Daily Routine (with 3 kids)

posted by Andrea | 01/18/2016 | 21 comments
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I’ve been asked about my new routine several times over the past few months… so now that James is 6 months old, and I’ve been home with all 3 kids for half the school year, I thought it was time to share a little bit more about my “new” daily routine.

How I Use My Planner

posted by Andrea | 01/15/2016 | 32 comments
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Over the past 5 years, I have shared several posts about the planners I have used… but I don’t think I’ve ever shared exactly HOW I use my planner, or why this method works so well for me.

Obviously, I don’t expect my method to be the perfect system for everyone else. However, maybe what works for me will spark a few new ideas that will work better for you!

A Peek into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 12/14/2015 | 10 comments
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Nora is spelling words, Simon is starting to talk, and James just got his first tooth!

Add in all the Christmas excitement and we have a lot to share from these past 2 weeks!

A Peek Into Our Week (Thanksgiving!)

posted by Andrea | 11/30/2015 | 25 comments
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Today, I’m back from the long holiday weekend with another peek into our week!

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 | 13 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!