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For some reason, changing our furnace filters is a seasonal task that I either forget to do, or put off doing because our furnace requires a really random size filter that is not readily available at most home improvement stores.
However, I recently found FilterEasy, an online air filter delivery service — and I’m so excited to share more about it with you. Oh yeah, and there’s a fun giveaway!
With Dave back in school again, I’ve resurrected several of my most simplified weeknight meal ideas in attempts to get dinner on the table with all 3 kids scrambling around the kitchen!
These chicken quesadillas are definitely a family favorite — especially for me as I can get them on the table in 10-15 minutes flat!
Although I still prefer the toddler and preschool stage MUCH more than the newborn and infant stage, I’m happy to say that I’m enjoying my time with James so much more than I ever did with either Nora or Simon.
Maybe it’s because he’s an easier baby, maybe it’s because Nora is older and actually helpful, or maybe it’s because I’m learning to be a “better mom”. Whatever the case, I feel like the third time’s the charm for me
Although I realize it’s not exactly a “cake”, if you ask me what my favorite cake is, I will always choose cheesecake!
Today, I’m sharing the relatively simple recipe for our family-favorite chocolate chip cheesecake. My favorite part is that it’s almost impossible to mess up the baking time, thanks to a new “trick” I recently learned!
And…. it’s officially September.
Everyone is going back to school (even Nora! — which I’ll share more about in a later post). Today, however, I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things!
This time of year always seems to be extra busy. Many of us will feel like we have more requests for our time than we have hours in the day. We’ll be “pulled” in too many different directions; and in order to stay sane, we’ll need to make some conscious decisions as to how we will (and will not) spend our time.
Today, I’m sharing a relatively simple system I use to divvy up the tasks on my to-do list in order to make time for the things that are more important for me.
Today I’m sharing James’ birth announcements I sent out a few weeks ago. Not only did I do the design myself (so it’s totally custom) but I also ordered them through Vistaprint with a coupon code so they were so inexpensive!
If you’re planning to order cards, announcements, invitations, etc. you’ll definitely want to read how I did it
As many of you know, “sleep” has been a hot topic in the Dekker household for the past 3.5 years… basically since we brought Nora home from the hospital!
Although sleep is one of my top priorities, I haven’t always been able to get the QUANTITY of sleep I would like. However, there are a few things I do that have helped me get more QUALITY sleep… I’m sharing those today!
I have a new favorite way to use up some of the extra zucchini in our garden… and yes, it involves chocolate!
Over the past couple of years, I’ve talked about how much our family has enjoyed using Netflix… and many of you have asked about our favorite shows to watch.
So, since I’ve had a little extra time to watch Netflix these past few weeks, I thought it would be a perfect time to share some of our family’s favorite things to watch on Netflix.
Exactly 2 months ago, I shared our progress on the kids’ bathroom upstairs… and although we finished this mini renovation well before James arrived, I’m finally getting around to sharing the before and after pictures now.
I don’t want to blow the surprise, but I will say that it’s much less “neon” now
Just because you don’t have a BIG goal for your life, doesn’t mean you can’t set goals for yourself on a regular basis. Your life and your days can still have purpose and meaning without the addition of big goals.
Today’s post elaborates more on these thoughts!
James is officially 1 month old today — and even for someone who doesn’t particularly love the newborn phase of life, that month went by pretty fast!
Today, I’m sharing an update on each of the kids, plus a family update, and lots of pictures!
As many of you know, Dave and I have been faithfully working on renovating our 125 year old farmhouse for the past 4.5 years. It’s a labor of love — but we don’t always love doing it!
Today, I’m sharing some of our tips to de-stress and simplify home renovations!
Even though there are still few more weeks until Dave is officially back in school, reality is starting to sink in here at the Dekker house, and back-to-school preparations are beginning.
Today, I’m sharing 4 things we do to help simplify and de-stress this busy time of year!
In case you missed the big announcement, I had a baby 3 weeks ago
Today, I’m sharing James’ birth story, his newborn photos, and our newest family photos!
I had so many new “favorite things” I wanted to share with you this month… but I limited it to 5 and will save the rest for later
Since it’s another summer weekend, perfect for grilling, I’m sharing one of my favorite SUPER simple steak marinades.
It only uses a few basic ingredients and can marinate your meat in just 1 hour!
After about 5 years of being asked if I have an editable version of my double daily planner printable, I can FINALLY say yes
Thanks to a loyal reader who had the appropriate software and graciously offered to do it for me, you now all have access to this free and very useful document!!