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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 Top 10 Favorite Frugal-Living Posts

posted by Andrea | 03/20/2014 | 3 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 frugal-living posts — all about saving, spending, budgeting… and of course, Craigslist!

DIY Travel Art Kit from a DVD Case

posted by Andrea | 03/19/2014 | 16 comments
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As I was planning ahead for when Nora would come visit Simon and me in the hospital, I realized she wouldn’t last 10 minutes without going stir-crazy in that hospital room.

Thankfully, I found a really neat idea on Pinterest for a travel art kit made out of an old DVD case. She LOVES it!!

Why We Eat Some Processed Foods

posted by Andrea | 03/18/2014 | 65 comments
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As I clearly state on My Recipes Page, it’s not my goal to live without any processed or convenient foods. And it’s not my goal to make everything my family eats 100% from scratch.

Today I’m sharing a bit more about our “everything in moderation” food philosophy and why I think we’re actually better off because of it!

My Top 10 Favorite Organizing Posts

posted by Andrea | 03/17/2014 | 8 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 organizing posts — there were so many to choose from, I just HAD to include a few extras!

The Story Behind Simon’s Name

posted by Andrea | 03/14/2014 | 29 comments
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Thanks so much for all your support after the birth of baby Simon. We were so excited to FINALLY share his birth announcement (and his name) with all of you!

Since many of you have asked, I promised I’d share the story behind Simon’s name — and today is the day :)

My Top 10 Favorite Farmhouse Posts

posted by Andrea | 03/13/2014 | 8 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 farmhouse posts — all about our home renovations, landscape design, and my sheer love for all things farmhouse!

My 2-Year Old’s Perspective on Working Parents

posted by Andrea | 03/12/2014 | 32 comments
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Before I had kids, I NEVER EVER expected to be a stay-at-home-mom — I was positive I would work outside the home and send our kids to daycare. Obviously, that didn’t happen.

This post was sparked by a recent conversation with my 2-year old… I was literally shocked by her young thought process!

My Top 10 Favorite Recipe Posts

posted by Andrea | 03/11/2014 | 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 recipe posts — desserts, soups, breakfasts, main dishes, and more!

The True Cost of Our Stuff

posted by Andrea | 03/10/2014 | 24 comments
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I know there are people who think I am super cheap since I often refuse to buy anything that isn’t a necessity…

But the fact of the matter is that even inexpensive (or free) items usually come with hidden costs that might end up being a burden later on.

Free Pampers Diapers and Wipes for a Month!

posted by Andrea | 03/7/2014 | 9 comments
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Yay, baby Simon is here!

And what better way to celebrate a brand new baby than by giving out free diapers and wipes — just think of it as Simon’s gift to you :)

Wet Burritos

posted by Andrea | 03/6/2014 | 26 comments
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Last week, I tried a new Wet Burrito recipe for dinner — and Dave and I BOTH gave it 2 thumbs up.

I was also thrilled that I was able to simplify the original recipe to make it more “family friendly” for my blog — today, I’m sharing that simplified recipe!

Welcome to the World, Simon John!

posted by Andrea | 03/5/2014 | 147 comments
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He’s here!

Dave, Nora, and I are ecstatic to introduce you to the newest member of the Dekker family… Simon John!

My Thoughts on Baby Schedules and Sleep Training

posted by Andrea | 03/4/2014 | 29 comments
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Recently, I’ve been noticing a lot of chatter about “sleep training” in my social media feeds — and while I honestly have nothing against sleep training, I know for a fact that it doesn’t work for everyone — even if you follow every single rule in those books.

If you’re a frustrated, sleep-deprived parent, you’ll want to read this post!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {March 2014}

posted by Andrea | 03/3/2014 | 11 comments
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Here are a few of my favorite things for the Month of March. I was hoping to have “a new baby” on my list… but we’ll just wait patiently for my due date — tomorrow!!

Preventing Social Media Time-Sucks

posted by Andrea | 02/28/2014 | 17 comments
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A few weeks ago, I posted a question on Facebook asking what topics people REALLY wanted me to blog about. Not surprisingly, many of you requested more information on how to prevent social media time-sucks.

So today, I’m sharing a bunch of ideas, tips, and tricks that have helped me to better manage my time spent on social media — I think they might be helpful for you too!

Nora’s Food Journey: My thoughts after 21 months of nursing!

posted by Andrea | 02/27/2014 | 58 comments
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The whole feeding process has been a VERY long journey for Nora (and for me) — and one I promised I would talk more about.

So since I’ve gotten mass amounts of emails asking for more information about our “feeding journey”, I figure I better squeeze in this post before Baby #2 arrives and I need to start all over again!

Why I’m NOT A Minimalist

posted by Andrea | 02/26/2014 | 32 comments
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When people learn what I do for a living, they often assume I’m a “minimalist” and can’t stand any amount of STUFF in my home and life. However, that is absolutely not true at all.

Today I’m sharing my thoughts on minimalism and why I’m NOT a minimalist.

Our New Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

posted by Andrea | 02/25/2014 | 44 comments
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Dave and I are HUGE chocolate chip cookie lovers — and recently, we’ve been on the hunt for that most perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe.

I’ve honestly baked more chocolate chip cookies in the past 6 months than I have in our entire married life… and just recently, I finally found THE BEST RECIPE! You’ll never believe how I found it either!

Our Savings Journey: Living Off Half Our Income

posted by Andrea | 02/24/2014 | 51 comments
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In a blog post I wrote over THREE years ago, I casually mentioned that Dave and I lived off less than 50% of our income… and boy did I get some reactions!

So while I never expected to do any sort of follow-up post on that post, I figure it’s finally time — because the emails and questions just keep rolling in :)