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James @ 6 Months!

posted by Andrea | 01/14/2016 | 13 comments
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Yes, you read the title of this post correctly… James is already 6 months old!

Come see lots of cute baby pictures and weigh in on who you think he looks like :)

My Favorite “Fancy” Green Beans

posted by Andrea | 01/13/2016 | 7 comments
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Green beans are my most favorite vegetable… and even though Dave doesn’t necessarily share my intense love of green beans, he has really enjoyed the beans I’ve been making lately (I’m sure the bacon doesn’t hurt my efforts!)

If you’re looking for a new (but extremely simple) way to cook green beans, give this recipe a try!

Our Handprint and Footprint Calendar

posted by Andrea | 01/12/2016 | 34 comments
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Throughout the month of November, the kids and I worked on an “extra special Christmas present project” that we couldn’t share until after all our Christmas gifts had been given.

We made handprint calendars for our grandparents… and today, I’m sharing the results (as well as a few tips and resources to simplify the process)!

Yes… We Have a WHITE Couch!

posted by Andrea | 01/11/2016 | 12 comments
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Over the past 5 years, the number of questions, comments, and emails I’ve gotten regarding our white couch still amazes me!

So…I thought it might be time for a post detailing exactly what I do to wash and dry our slipcovers (and why on earth I still have a white couch with 3 little kids!)

How to Tackle Projects that Seem Overwhelming

posted by Andrea | 01/8/2016 | 25 comments
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Over the past several years, one of the MOST common complaints I hear from others is, “it’s just so overwhelming… I don’t know where to start.” Can you relate?

I know I can certainly relate to feeling totally overwhelmed when certain projects are hanging over my head — so today, I’m sharing 3 really simple tips that will hopefully help you to finally tackle those projects that seem so overwhelming!

Get Your Papers Organized Once and For All

posted by Andrea | 01/7/2016 | 5 comments
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If you’ve been struggling with any type of paper clutter, or if you’ve made a New Year’s goal to create some type of paper organizing system, or if you just love reading about simple and straightforward ways to better organize paper clutter, you won’t want to miss today’s post!

My friend Lisa is giving away her eBook “The Sunday Basket” FREE to EVERYONE for the next week!!!!

Black Bottom Pie

posted by Andrea | 01/6/2016 | 2 comments
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One of my favorite refrigerator pies is Black Bottom Pie — and today, I’m sharing the delicious from-scratch recipe my mom and grandma have been making for years.

And if you’re not up for a completely from-scratch recipe, I’m also sharing a much simpler pudding pie recipe that tastes almost the same!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {January 2016}

posted by Andrea | 01/5/2016 | 25 comments
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Happy New Year! I hope you all had at least a few moments to relax a bit over the holiday season.

I shared a bit about our Christmas break in yesterday’s post… and today, I’m back with a few more of my favorite things! As always, be sure to check out some of my favorite things from past months and share your favorite things in the comments!

A Peek Into Our Christmas Break

posted by Andrea | 01/4/2016 | 19 comments
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Happy New Year! I’m excited to be back blogging again!

It’s been several weeks since my last Peek Into Our Week post — and since I’m not just talking about last week, I thought it was more fitting to share A Peek Into our Christmas Break.

Merry Christmas! {plus My Favorite Christmastime Posts}

posted by Andrea | 12/22/2015 | 13 comments
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We sent out our Christmas cards last week — so I figured it was safe to share them on the blog now! I’m also sharing some of my favorite Christmastime posts from previous years, my favorite Christmas recipes, and a bunch of pictures from earlier Christmases in the Dekker house!

Merry Christmas! I’ll see you back here on the blog next year!

My 2016 FREE Finance-Tracking Workbook

posted by Andrea | 12/21/2015 | 6 comments
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Since I’ll be taking some time off for the holidays, I thought it might be nice to share my 2016 free printable Finance-Tracking Workbook — for all of you who like to get everything set up before the New Year!

This is NOT a budget, but it IS a fabulous (and free) tool to help you get your finances on track — one that I’ve been using since I was in college!

To Sell or to Donate: That is the Question

posted by Andrea | 12/18/2015 | 50 comments
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Over the past few years, I’ve talked a lot about selling our unneeded items on Craigslist. However, what I might not have said in so many words is that I most definitely DO NOT sell everything we purge. In fact, the majority of it is donated on a regular basis as I just want to get it out of our home ASAP!

Today, I’m talking about the question of when to sell and when to just donate…

A Tour of Our Farmhouse Bedroom

posted by Andrea | 12/17/2015 | 27 comments
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In the 5+ years I’ve been blogging, and the almost 5 years we’ve been steadily renovating our home (and sharing our progress on the blog) I’ve never gotten around to giving you a tour of our bedroom.

Well that changes today!! Come see the full tour :)

My New Favorite Catfish Recipe + 2 Free Meals From Blue Apron

posted by Andrea | 12/16/2015 | 10 comments
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Today I’m sharing my new favorite catfish recipe (that even Simon devoured)!

I’m also offering an opportunity to get 2 free meals from Blue Apron — and yes, this might just make the perfect last-minute, clutter-free gift for someone on your list this year!

3 Steps to a Squeaky Clean Dishwasher

posted by Andrea | 12/15/2015 | 21 comments
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If it’s been awhile since you cleaned your dishwasher (or if you didn’t even know you could clean your dishwasher), I’d suggest giving this SIMPLE 3-step process a try… you might be surprised how much better your dishwasher runs as a result!

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!

An Update on How We Store and Organize our Toys

posted by Andrea | 12/11/2015 | 13 comments
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Just over 3 years ago, I shared a post about how we sort, purge, organize, and store our various toys. As you can imagine, A LOT has changed around our house since then — including how we store and organize our growing number of toys.

Today I’m sharing how we store and organize all our various toys, books, games, crafts, and other kid items.

10 Tips to Simplify Holiday Entertaining

posted by Andrea | 12/10/2015 | 19 comments
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While it does take a decent amount of extra effort to host a gathering (even if we do keep things simple) we generally enjoy having others over to our house — especially since it’s often an easier option than loading up the kids to go somewhere else!

If you are entertaining this holiday season, here are 10 simple tips that should help things go a bit smoother — and allow you to actually enjoy your time with family and friends!

My Tips to Pack a Minimalist Wardrobe

posted by Andrea | 12/9/2015 | 10 comments
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Although I definitely wouldn’t consider myself to be a minimalist in most areas of my life, I have always tried to pack a relatively minimalist wardrobe whenever I travel.

So, since I know many of you will be traveling for the holidays (and because I’m wishing spring break would come sooner), I thought it might be good timing to share a few of my best tips for packing minimally — at least when it comes to clothing!

Tasty Turkey Tortilla Bake

posted by Andrea | 12/8/2015 | 8 comments
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Today’s recipe is a fabulously simple meal for busy weeknights! It’s also a great dish to bring to a potluck, give to a new mom, or just stockpile in your own freezer.

Now you have no excuse to let any of that leftover Thanksgiving turkey go to waste!