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A Few of My Favorite Things {September 2016}

posted by Andrea | 09/1/2016 | 26 comments
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How is it possible that September is here already! Wow!

I’m back with a few more of my favorite things today — and as always, be sure to check out some of my favorite things from past months and share your favorite things in the comments!

My Favorite Canning and Preserving Recipes

posted by Andrea | 08/31/2016 | 13 comments
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Over the years, as I shared some of my canning journey here on my blog, I have been continuously asked for my “favorite” canning and preserving recipes.

So in an effort to compile all my favorites in one convenient location (both for myself and for you) I thought it might be nice to link to them all in one post… just in time for peak canning season here in West Michigan!

Can You Find It In the Dark? My Organizational Litmus Test

posted by Andrea | 08/30/2016 | 21 comments
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If I were a betting person, I would bet you that I could find almost anything in my entire house in the dark.

This is not because I have a photogenic memory or because I spend endless hours organizing, re-organizing, and labeling everything in our house. But rather, it’s because we have an organizational system that works for our home and for our family…

How I Handle Hand-Me-Downs

posted by Andrea | 08/29/2016 | 23 comments
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Since I am regularly asked about how I handle kids’ clothing (specifically hand-me-downs) I thought the back-to-school time would be a perfect time to share the questions that help me control the amount of clothing my kids have without being super minimalistic or feeling like I have to do laundry every other day.

And I’d love to know how YOU handle hand-me-downs as well!

Snapshots of Summer

posted by Andrea | 08/26/2016 | 28 comments
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Today is the last official day of summer for the Dekker family as Dave goes back to school on Monday.

As I thought about how I wanted to close out the summer on my blog, I realized there were SOOOOOO many photos I’d love to share… I hope you enjoy a few “snapshots” of our summer!

Save Space by Separating Your Sets

posted by Andrea | 08/25/2016 | 20 comments
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If you’re like most people, you have gotten sucked into buying a full set of something just to get the few pieces you really want or need… yes?

Today I’m sharing how I save so much space by purging items I don’t need, use, or want (even if they are part of a set!)

Make-Ahead Belgian Waffle Mix

posted by Andrea | 08/24/2016 | 22 comments
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Over the past 5-6 years, I have thought about sharing my extremely simple Belgian waffle recipe countless times; but for whatever reason, I always decided to share a different recipe… until today!

If you’re looking for a super simple, make-ahead breakfast recipe, give this one a try!

Our Amazing (but Full-of-Weeds) Vegetable Garden

posted by Andrea | 08/23/2016 | 41 comments
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Way back in the beginning of April, Dave and I excitedly prepared a large chunk of ground for the biggest vegetable garden we’ve had since we moved into our farmhouse… almost 6 years ago.

We had 3 goals for our garden… today I’m sharing 2 of the goals we nailed, and another one we fell quite a bit short on! Plus, lots of pictures of our garden!

The Importance of Margin Time

posted by Andrea | 08/22/2016 | 36 comments
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Just as the margins of books, newspapers, and magazines give our eyes a break from all the words on the pages, margins in our life give us a break from all the busyness, stress, and chaos.

Today I’m sharing why I feel “margin time” is one of the simplest and most important things I do to alleviate that frazzled feeling that often shows up if I have even the slightest notion that I might be running behind.

One More Reason To Say “No”

posted by Andrea | 08/19/2016 | 12 comments
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Looking for ONE more reason (or just a little more courage) to say “no” when someone asks you to do something that you just don’t think you can make the time to do?

I hope today’s post will be the encouragement and motivation you need…

Nora and Simon’s Mini Bedroom Makeovers

posted by Andrea | 08/18/2016 | 8 comments
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Both Nora and Simon’s bedrooms are upstairs — right off the playroom. We keep most of the toys in the playroom, but it’s nice to be able spread out into their bedrooms for more playtime fun.

Dave and I both thought it would be nice to create more floor space in their bedrooms… and thanks to an hour of moving furniture around (and out of) their rooms, we now have LOTS of extra room to play!

One Quick Tip That Helps Us Eat More Veggies

posted by Andrea | 08/17/2016 | 19 comments
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Several weeks ago, I shared a post about how we reduce, and even eliminate, wasted produce.

Today, I’m sharing another very quick and simple tip that helps us not only reduce wasted produce, but also eat A LOT more veggies!

One Less Thing To Forget + FREE Furnace Filters!

posted by Andrea | 08/16/2016 | 17 comments
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I’m a huge advocate for automating as many things as possible — banking, bill pay, grocery deliveries, and even furnace filters! For the past year, I’ve been using FilterEasy’s fabulous filter delivery system, which means I never have to think about changing furnace filters again!

If you’d like to automate one more thing in your life, I’d encourage YOU to jump on board with FilterEasy because they are giving away FREE filters to ALL my readers (along with a chance to win a $250 Amazon gift card!)

Prevent Burnout By Focusing on Planning and Progress

posted by Andrea | 08/15/2016 | 10 comments
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Over the past few years, I have gotten so many emails and questions asking me to share more about how I prevent burnout.

These questions have been percolating in the back of my brain for months now, and as I thought more about them over my short blogging break last month, I kept circling back to the ideas of “planning ahead” and “gradual progress”… I’m sharing more today!

Craigslist 101: Always Be Ready to Sell

posted by Andrea | 08/12/2016 | 11 comments
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Over the past few weeks, Dave and I have purged SOOOOO much stuff from our home… and as I was emailing potential buyers and selling off our items, I thought of one more Craigslist tip that has helped me sell more items and sell them faster.

Today, I’m sharing that tip in hopes that it might help motivate you to sell some of your unwanted items!

My TOP TIP to Simplify The School Year

posted by Andrea | 08/11/2016 | 27 comments
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As I child, I LOVED the start of another school year! As a teacher’s wife with 3 young children at home, I can’t say I have that same love and happy anticipation for another school year to begin!

However, I’m working ahead now to simplify the start of our school year… and I’m sharing my top tip today!

Our Mini Nursery Makeover

posted by Andrea | 08/10/2016 | 8 comments
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Last week, I shared our COMPLETELY FREE master bedroom mini makeover and this week, I’m sharing James’ mini nursery makeover.

Just like our bedroom makeover, it was also completely free, and it made his tiny room feel SO much bigger!

Easy Pizza Sliders

posted by Andrea | 08/9/2016 | 23 comments
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Today’s recipe is a family favorite, and I’m asked for the recipe almost every time I make these pizza sliders.

They are absolutely delicious, super frugal, and so ridiculously simple to make… thankfully, my family doesn’t get tired of me making them over and over again 🙂

Our Amazing Bubble Cloud Experiment

posted by Andrea | 08/8/2016 | 8 comments
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Our “Amazing Bubble Cloud” is currently one of our favorite crafts or experiments — and it’s SOOOOOOOO simple to set up.

If you’re looking for a quick activity for younger children with very little set up and not much mess, you’ll love this one!

A Master Bedroom “Makeover” (for FREE!)

posted by Andrea | 08/5/2016 | 33 comments
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Dave recently helped me move almost ALL the bedroom furniture in our entire house… which means all 4 bedrooms got a mini makeover without spending a dime!

Today, I’m so excited to share our (completely free) Master Bedroom Mini Makeover!