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How We Keep Our Vehicles Neat and Clean Almost All The Time

posted by Andrea | 09/7/2017 | 17 comments

Besides some sand, dirt, and a few cracker crumbs, the insides of our vehicles are almost always very neat, tidy, and organized — even with multiple children, snacks, drinks, blankets, diaper bags, craft supplies, tissues, wipes, etc.

Today I’m sharing 3 simple, but specific, things we do to keep our car neat and clean (almost) all the time — and I promise, they really take very little effort on our part!

A Few Thoughts on Volunteering

posted by Andrea | 09/6/2017 | 32 comments

I’m a huge advocate for volunteering for organizations I feel passionate about — and obviously, volunteer work is crucial to many schools, churches, and other community organizations. However, there are definitely seasons of life when volunteering is much less “doable”.

For those of you who feel really overwhelmed with the amount of volunteer work you might be asked to do this coming year, I hope this post lets you breathe a sigh of relief and realize you do NOT have to do it all!

How To Quickly Declutter 100 Things From Your Home

posted by Andrea | 09/5/2017 | 16 comments

When it comes to decluttering, the hardest part is often JUST GETTING STARTED!

If you’d like to get a little more organized, clear some of your clutter, and whip your home into shape — but you just don’t know where to start — I think today’s post might be just what you need!

Labor Day… and My Plans for Labor after I Labor!

posted by Andrea | 09/4/2017 | 30 comments

As I mentioned last week, I’ve always thought it would be fun to actually go into labor on Labor Day — but so far, no such luck for me!

Today I’m sharing more about the “labor” Dave and I did this weekend, as well as my plans for working and blogging after I actually do go into labor.

A Few of My Favorite Things {September 2017}

posted by Andrea | 09/1/2017 | 17 comments

Since my due date is September 18(ish), I think I can officially say that it’s “Baby Month” here in the Dekker house!!

A new baby will definitely top my list of favorite things for this month… but since she’s not here yet, I’m sharing a few more favorites in today’s post!

My Week In Review (August 27- September 2)

posted by Andrea | 08/31/2017 | 26 comments

Dave and Nora’s first day of school (and Nora’s first time riding the bus) is officially in the books — Nora said the first day was “the best day of her entire life”!

Today I’m sharing what we’ve been up to this past week, as well as many of the posts I wrote this week in previous years.

One Small Change That Simplified My Days

posted by Andrea | 08/30/2017 | 55 comments

Today I’m sharing one SUPER SIMPLE change I made to my daily life that has made a big difference and simplified one of my most hated household chores.

You might have a different “hated chore” or something else that triggers your procrastination reflexes… but I think the concept of today’s post could help you make big positive changes in your daily life too!

Back to School with Blue Apron

posted by Andrea | 08/29/2017 | 11 comments

Over the summer months, Dave and I enjoyed several delicious Blue Apron meals for lunch — after feeding the kids and sending them outside to play. It was like a mini at-home date in the middle of the afternoon — SO FUN!

Today I’m offering THREE FREE Blue Apron meals to anyone who hasn’t tried Blue Apron yet… it might be just the break you need for this busy back-to-school time of year!

My Favorite Dollar Store Buys

posted by Andrea | 08/28/2017 | 30 comments

Not everything at the dollar store is necessarily a great bargain, but there are definitely some amazing deals if you’re willing to browse!

Since we love our local dollar store so much, I thought it might be fun to share some of OUR favorite items to buy on our monthly walks to the dollar store. 

My Week In Review (August 20 – 26)

posted by Andrea | 08/25/2017 | 20 comments

I haven’t decided what I plan to do with these Week In Review posts now that summer is basically over — I REALLY enjoy writing them, and many of you have said how much you enjoy reading them.

I’m considering publishing them until I have the baby — but we’ll see what I decide as the next couple of weeks pass. (Let me know if you have an opinion!) In the meantime, here’s a look at what I blogged about this week in previous years.

Halfway… Encouragement for the REALLY Long Days!

posted by Andrea | 08/24/2017 | 23 comments

If you are in the thick of LOOOOONG days without enough parenting perspective to look back and see how far you’ve come, just know you aren’t alone. I think I can speak for all parents in saying, “We’ve all been there!”

I hope today’s post offers so much encouragement for parents with tiny children… and a few smiles for those of you with a bit more parenting experience!

Blueberry Peach Pie

posted by Andrea | 08/23/2017 | 17 comments

Dave and I LOVE all types of pies — however, we really love fruit pies!

Blueberry + peach is one of our favorite pie combinations — and today, I’m sharing a recipe for an extremely simple, completely delicious blueberry peach pie that should WOW even your toughest dessert critic!

My Freezer Stash: 4 Weeks Before Baby #4

posted by Andrea | 08/22/2017 | 36 comments

Even though I’m NOT a big fan of massive freezer-cooking marathons, I decided to take advantage of the fact that Dave was home all summer to watch the kids while I cooked… and I did a “freezer cooking week” a couple weeks ago where I made several meals for the freezer each day.

It was a lot of work, but I’m thrilled to have a freezer that’s packed full of delicious ready-to-bake meals. Come take a look at everything I made!

What We Decided For The Landing Area!

posted by Andrea | 08/21/2017 | 29 comments

I’m back with the finished landing area — and I’m so happy with how it turned out!

There’s a good chance this space will continue to change and evolve over the next several years… but I honestly think this mini makeover fits our family’s needs perfectly right now!

What I Pack in My Hospital Bag

posted by Andrea | 08/18/2017 | 25 comments

Today marks 1 months until my due date — YIKES!

No, I don’t actually have my hospital bag packed a full month in advance, but I’ve gotten SOOOOOOOOO many questions asking what I pack in my hospital bag that I figured now was a good time to share… considering I’ll be getting my bag packed very soon!

My Week In Review (August 13-19)

posted by Andrea | 08/17/2017 | 24 comments

This week is our last official week of summer vacation as Dave’s teacher meetings starts up again next week Monday. Of course, I’m very thankful that he loves his job (and that he has a job!) but man, are we going to miss him!

Today I’m back with a look at what I blogged about this week in previous years — and an update on what we’ve been up to this past week!

My Favorite Make-Ahead Foods

posted by Andrea | 08/16/2017 | 11 comments

Since many of you have asked for my favorite make-ahead meal ideas, I thought it would be a perfect time to share — especially considering the busy back-to-school season is HERE!

I know make-ahead meals aren’t for everyone, but for someone like me, with multiple young children and a tight schedule to keep, make-ahead meals are one of the MAIN ways I am able to simplify each day! 

Personalized Back-To-School Goodies!

posted by Andrea | 08/15/2017 | 16 comments

Earlier this summer, I stumbled across the Stuck On You website in my search for personalized notebooks and markers for my kids. After receiving our first order (and after placing a few more orders since then) I’m convinced Stuck On You will be our go-to location for top-of-the-line personalized products!

I’m partnering with Stuck On You to offer a couple really fabulous back-to-school prize packages, valued at almost $200 each!