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Frugal DIY Foaming Hand Soap

posted by Andrea | 06/12/2015 | 10 comments
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Earlier this month, I shared that one of my favorite things is foaming hand soap — since it makes it so much easier for kids to wash their hands.

Well today, I’m sharing how I make super frugal DIY foaming hand soap for pennies a bottle!

My Blogging Plan for this Summer and After Baby

posted by Andrea | 06/11/2015 | 21 comments
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It’s official — my yogurt, cheese, and eggs all have expiration dates after my due date! And while we still have a lot to do before the baby arrives, we also have SO much to celebrate!

Today, I’m sharing a bit more of my tentative blogging plan for this summer… and I’m “spilling the beans” about a super fun Celebration Week going on next week here on the blog!

What Happened When I Looked For The Positive

posted by Andrea | 06/10/2015 | 29 comments
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Today I’m sharing another life lesson I’ve learned from my kids… and I’m amazed at the difference it has made in my own life, in my family, and in my interactions with other.

The lesson might be overly-simplistic to some of you… but sometimes those simple lessons are worth repeating a few times so they can really sink in!

My Favorite Pies

posted by Andrea | 06/9/2015 | 17 comments
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Pie is one of my all-time favorite foods — and I’d be hard-pressed to find a variety I didn’t love!

So today, since it’s prime “pie making season”, I figured it was time for me to compile a list of some of my most favorite pies — just in case any of you share my love for this delicious food!

Big News from the Dekkers: We Have a…. Bathtub!

posted by Andrea | 06/8/2015 | 27 comments
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No, no baby yet… but at this point, a new bathtub is almost as big of an announcement for us!

After 4.5 years of living in our 3-bathroom house, we finally have a “real bathtub” for our kiddos to splash around in… and yes, they totally love it!

Why I Don’t Have a Birth Plan

posted by Andrea | 06/5/2015 | 86 comments
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Believe it or not, I have never had any type of “birth plan”… and I don’t plan on making one for baby #3 either!

I realize many of you might think I’m crazy, and some of you certainly will not agree with my reasonings — and that’s OK. However since I’ve been asked about my birth plan many times over the past few months I figured it was time I shared why I’ve never had a birth plan.

Simon @ 15 Months. Nora @ 3.5 Years.

posted by Andrea | 06/4/2015 | 16 comments
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Since Simon and Nora both recently ‘celebrated’ a few big milestones — and since they are changing SO much — I figured it was time for an updated post on my two crazy munchkins!

3 Reasons Your Stuff Isn’t Selling

posted by Andrea | 06/3/2015 | 15 comments
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Dave and I recently cleaned out a few things from our garage and our extra garage, and I cleaned out a few kitchen items… and it sure feels great to get rid of some of the things we no longer need, use, want or love!

I know many of you are also in a spring cleaning / purging mood right now, and if you’re having trouble selling your castoffs, here are 3 ideas that might help!

Kids in the Kitchen :: Homemade Personal Pan Pizzas

posted by Andrea | 06/2/2015 | 19 comments
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Since Nora enjoys cooking and helping out in the kitchen SO much, I figured it might be fun to start posting a few SUPER simple recipes that not only taste great, but are easy for little hands to help with.

Todays very first “Kids in the Kitchen” post is a fabulously simple recipe for personal pan pizzas… and it just so happens to taste really good too!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {June 2015}

posted by Andrea | 06/1/2015 | 13 comments
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How is it already June!?!? With only a few more days of school left for Dave, we are anxiously anticipating the start of summer — and a less structured, less rushed, more relaxed day-to-day life (until the baby arrives anyway!)

Today, I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things for the month, and I’d love to know your list too!

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!

Rhubarb Muffins with Cinnamon Sugar Topping

posted by Andrea | 05/28/2015 | 6 comments
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I’ve been on a muffin-making kick lately — so when I realized my rhubarb plant had plenty of rhubarb for muffins, I flipped through my files and found my rhubarb muffin recipe.

If you’re looking for a quick and simple recipe to use up some rhubarb, give this one a try!

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!

5 Things: An Exercise in Contentment

posted by Andrea | 05/26/2015 | 24 comments
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Have you ever felt discontent with one area of your home, life, body, etc? If you’re human (and especially if you’re female) I’m guessing the answer is yes!

Today, I’m sharing a super simple “remedy” I use when I’m feeling less-than-content about something in my life… I’m always amazed how well it works!

How to Remove Sticky Tree Sap from Skin, Hair, Clothes and Toys

posted by Andrea | 05/25/2015 | 12 comments
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Back when we purchased our house, we had about 35-40 very tall, very old, very scraggly looking pine trees that dripped sap EVERYWHERE.

With 2 little people who are experts at figuring out how to get that sticky sap all over everything, I quickly found a few simple sap-removing remedies that work extremely well… and I’m sharing them with you today!

Get Organized For The Start of Summer

posted by Andrea | 05/22/2015 | 17 comments
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The start of summer is officially less than ONE month away — yay!

Although this is often a very full and busy time of year for many of us, it’s also a great time to put a little effort into getting organized BEFORE summer starts. Today, I’m sharing some of the things we do to get organized for the start of summer.

Feeding Simon: Why I Chose Bottles

posted by Andrea | 05/21/2015 | 44 comments
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Now that Simon is almost 15 months old, I feel like it’s time to officially publish this post.

I’ve been compiling ideas and content for this post for over a year now — and I’m SOOOOO excited to finally be sharing it with you, especially since I’ve gotten many questions about how I liked using bottles with baby #2!!

Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Chocolate Cake

posted by Andrea | 05/20/2015 | 20 comments
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Although we are fortunate not to have any known food allergies or sensitivities in our home, we do have many friends who can’t eat certain foods. Because of this, I’m often on the lookout for allergy-friendly recipes that actually taste good.

Today’s chocolate cake recipe is one of those allergy-friendly desserts that definitely still tastes really good. Oh, and it’s super easy too!

How the 80/20 Rule Helps Me Purge

posted by Andrea | 05/19/2015 | 13 comments
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Four years ago, I wrote a post about The 80/20 Rule for Your Closet, and honestly, I think about that post almost daily.

In almost every aspect of my life, the 80/20 rule rings true — and after realizing this, I have started to use the 80/20 rule as a great “tool” to help and encourage me to purge more than I otherwise might.

Why We’ve Been Dining Out More (and how we’re doing it frugally)

posted by Andrea | 05/18/2015 | 16 comments
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Dave and I saved SO much money the first 6+ years of our marriage by almost never (and I mean never) going out to eat.

However, over the past couple of years, we’ve managed to dine out almost once a week for a VERY minimal cost (often times even free!) Today, I’m sharing 7 ways we dine out on a budget!