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Time + Money Management: We Have a Choice

posted by Andrea | 06/22/2015 | 46 comments
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Over the years, I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say “I can’t afford that” or “I don’t have time for that”… and I guess it just bothers me that so many people seem to have such a “defeatist” attitude towards their lack of time and money.

The reason it bothers me is because I personally feel very strongly that in almost every situation, we have a choice as to how we will spend our time and our money… I’d love to know if you agree with me or not (and why!)

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!

Celebrating… A New Baby!

posted by Andrea | 06/18/2015 | 19 comments
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My due date is 2 weeks away… so of course, it’s time to celebrate the Dekkers transitioning into a family of FIVE!

Even though there is a lot I’d like to do in the next 2 weeks, I can honestly say this is the most “ready” I’ve felt (physically, mentally, emotionally) to bring a new baby home… and yes, I can’t wait to celebrate the big news with all of you!

Celebrating… House and Yard Progress!

posted by Andrea | 06/17/2015 | 29 comments
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No, we’re not completely finished with everything on our “summer to-do list” but we have been making REALLY good progress over the past 10-12 weeks!

Although I can’t share all the official “after” photos just yet (because we’re not quite finished) I CAN share a whole bunch of “progress” photos so we can celebrate how far we’ve come in only a few weeks!

Celebrating… A New Decade!

posted by Andrea | 06/16/2015 | 30 comments
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Today is my 30th birthday!! And that’s definitely a reason to celebrate — which is what we’re doing all week long here on the blog!

Come “celebrate” my birthday with me, and take a little look back on the past decade of my life!

Celebration Week Giveaway: Babyhome Dream Bassinet

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | 2 comments
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If you’re looking for an extremely simple and portable way for your little one to sleep on-the-go or in your home, you might just want to check out the Dream Bassinet from Babyhome.

There are so many amazing features to this simple, yet elegant design… I can’t wait to use it for our new little guy in just a few short weeks!

Celebration Week Giveaway: Inglesina Highchair

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | 2 comments
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The Inglesina Gusto Highchair is one of the very few chairs I’ve come across that is not only super functional and practical, but also has TONS of “bells and whistles” to simplify meal time for busy parents and families — and yes, I’m giving one away today!

We have gotten lots of use out of this highchair the past couple of months, and I’m sure there will be many more messes made in this chair over the next few years!

Celebration Week Giveaway: b.box Diaper Caddy

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | 2 comments
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Looking for a super easy, super convenient, and super stylish way to store and organize your diapers, wipes, and other diaper changing necessities?

The b.box diaper caddies and diaper wallets are most likely just what you are looking for. Perfect for on-the-go and in your home, they help you corral all those essentials in one convenient location. Come enter to win you own b.box goodies!

Celebration Week Giveway: Magnetic Family Wall Calendar

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | comment
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If the “lazy days of summer” aren’t always so “lazy” around your house, you might find that having a family wall calendar could do wonders for keeping everyone’s schedules organized and in one convenient location.

The large magnetic wall calendars from Calendars and Chores are my all-time favorite wall calendar… and I think you’ll see why once you read my post!

Celebration Week Giveaway: $50 Glamourmom Gift Certificates

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | 3 comments
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You know I couldn’t celebrate a new baby without giving away something from Glamourmom… right?

Many of you know how much I love these tanks, tops, and other nursing and maternity items. And after 4 years of constant wear, I can attest to the fact that the Glamourmom clothes REALLY hold up… which is why I’m so excited to share them with you again today!

Celebration Week Giveaway: Naturalmat Organic Bedding

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | comment
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We are officially a “two-crib household” since Simon isn’t even close to ready to move into a big-boy bed yet.

As I searched for another mattress to fill our 2nd crib, I was ecstatic to come across Naturalmat — a company that specializes in super high quality natural and organic bedding. I am equally excited to be offering a fabulous Naturalmat giveaway as well!

Celebration Week Giveaway: pediped Shoes

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | comment
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If you’re looking for comfortable, stylish, high-quality sandals and shoes for your infants, toddlers, and young children, look no further than pediped.

Their shoes are amazing, both our kids LOVE them, and Dave and I appreciate how easy they are to get on and off :)

Celebration Week Giveaway: $100 MAM Gift Basket

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | 4 comments
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The MAM products are some of my all-time favorites. We have a full drawer full of their sippy cups, and their bottles and pacifiers are the only ones Simon will touch.

I know how much we love MAM goodies — and I think you will too. And you’ll get to try a little of everything with the $100+ gift basket I’m giving away!

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 | 31 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!