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Why We DON’T Budget for House Projects

posted by Andrea | 07/21/2017 | 27 comments

Over the last 6.5 years, Dave and I have spent a considerable amount of money fixing up, renovating, remodeling, and decorating our home… and since I share the renovations on my blog, I’m regularly asked how we budget and plan for all our home projects.

I’m guessing many of you would be shocked to know that Dave and I actually DON’T budget for house projects… that’s what I’m talking about today!

My Week In Review (July 16-22)

posted by Andrea | 07/20/2017 | 14 comments

We’re nearing the end of July already… but that still means a full month of summer vacation left for Dave, and about 2 full months to prepare for this next baby.

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite posts from previous years, and a bunch of photos from our recent vacation with Dave’s family!

My Week In Review (July 9-15)

posted by Andrea | 07/13/2017 | 13 comments

In current “Dekker news” — Nora lost her first tooth, Simon loves having crazy hair, James turns TWO, we welcomed a new baby cousin, Dave has 5 more weeks of summer break, and I’m telling myself that 9-10 weeks isn’t really that much longer to be pregnant 🙂

And of course, I’m also sharing what I blogged about this week in previous years, in today’s Week In Review Post!

My Week In Review (July 2-8)

posted by Andrea | 07/4/2017 | 21 comments

Happy 4th of July to everyone in America! 

Today I’m sharing several patriotic recipes, fun patriotic pictures of my kids throughout the years, a patriotic home tour, and so much more!

A Few of My Favorite Things {July, 2017}

posted by Andrea | 07/3/2017 | 15 comments

We have been thoroughly enjoying our summer so far, and look forward to several more weeks of down-time at home together — along with 1 more vacation with Dave’s family.

In the meantime, here are a few more of My Favorite Things.

This Week In Review (June 25 – July 1)

posted by Andrea | 06/29/2017 | 12 comments

It’s Dave and my 11th anniversary tomorrow — so along with sharing lots of great recipes, organizing ideas, money-saving tips, landscape renovations, and some of my favorite things, I’m also sharing pictures and posts from all of our previous anniversaries! 

I hope you enjoy re-reading them as much as I did! 

How I Style My Short Hair (a Video!)

posted by Andrea | 06/27/2017 | 49 comments

After enjoying very long, curly hair for the first 23+ years of my life, I’ve had shorter hair for almost 9 years now… and I just LOVE it! 

I’ve gotten so many requests to share exactly how I style my hair each morning; and even though it only takes me a minute or two, I had fun finally making a video tutorial! 

This Week in Review (June 18-24)

posted by Andrea | 06/22/2017 | 13 comments

As I mentioned last week, one of the fun post series I’m running over the summer is a “Week in Review”, where I look back on my past 7 years of blogging and highlight old posts, photos, recipes, etc.

Today I’m sharing links to some favorite BBQ side dishes, our huge kitchen renovation, Dave and my engagement story, Craigslist tips… and pictures from this week’s vacation 🙂

Planning Ahead While Living in the Present

posted by Andrea | 06/20/2017 | 11 comments

As someone who really enjoys planning ahead, setting goals, and daydreaming about the future, I feel like I do a fairly decent job of intentionally living (and enjoying) the present moments…

Today I’m sharing a few thoughts that I hope will encourage you to stop and think about what you’re planning for.

My “Someday Daydreams”!

posted by Andrea | 06/16/2017 | 52 comments

Today is my 32nd birthday! And as I get older, I find myself daydreaming about all the things I might potentially do “someday” when I have a little bit more free time.

I realize they might not all happen, but I’m sharing a bunch of MY daydreams in a light-hearted post today!

We Don’t Always Need “More” to Make a Difference

posted by Andrea | 06/12/2017 | 50 comments

Sometimes, I feel like I can’t even put my thoughts and feelings for my blog into words — and then other days (like today) I can gush on and on for 1400+ words about how much my blog (and all of you) have affected my life over the past several years!

I hope today’s post is an encouragement for any of you who have thought about trying something new!

Our Summer “Schedule”

posted by Andrea | 06/8/2017 | 23 comments

Today is Dave’s last day of school — which means our family officially starts summer vacation TOMORROW!

I’ve already gotten so many emails from readers asking for what we do to stay on a schedule during the summer, so I figured today was a good day to share our VERY loose summer “schedule”!

A Nice Change of Pace

posted by Andrea | 06/5/2017 | 10 comments

Although I love schedules, I thrive off regular routines, and I really enjoy finishing up a big project, there is just something to be said for tossing the to-do list every once in awhile! Don’t you think?

Today I’m sharing how our long Memorial Day weekend turned into just the right “change of pace” we needed to take a break from construction and focus on other things.

A Few Of My Favorite Things {June, 2017}

posted by Andrea | 06/1/2017 | 9 comments

Today is June 1, and the whole month of June is one of my “Favorite Things” for so many reasons — my birthday, Dave and my anniversary, and the start of summer vacation, to name a few!!

However, aside from the month of June, I have a handful of other Favorite Things to share with you this month.

How We Enjoy the Fruits of Our Frugalness

posted by Andrea | 05/30/2017 | 35 comments

I have always been good at making the most of our MONETARY resources. However, in many ways, this has caused me to squander my resources of time and energy. Also, we weren’t really enjoying any tangible benefits from all my frugal habits.

Today I’m sharing how our family has introduced a little more MODERATION into our savings and spending over the past 4-5 years, and how we are now regularly enjoying the “fruits” of our frugalness!

Why It’s OK Not To Have Constant Balance

posted by Andrea | 05/25/2017 | 16 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!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 05/22/2017 | 21 comments

The last week or two have been FILLED with house projects, yard projects, preschool field trips, and lots of extra end-of-year activities for Dave.

Our schedule is full… but there are only a few more days until our glorious summer vacation! Come read what we’ve been up to!!

The “Good Old Days” Start Now!

posted by Andrea | 05/19/2017 | 19 comments

Despite what so many professionals, books, and news articles try to scare us to believe, I’m convinced today’s youth will grow up into fine adults who can fend for themselves, live on their own, and make a decent life for themselves.

And I have a feeling our kids will remember their childhood as “the good old days”, just like we remember ours!