A Clutter Lesson from 10 Pairs of Socks and Underwear

posted by Andrea | 01/17/2018 | comment

For the majority of my life, I’ve had drawers stuffed full of socks and underwear — not because I necessarily NEEDED that many pairs, but simply because I had them.

However, 4 years ago, I purged my huge stash down to only 10 pairs of socks and underwear, and I’ve learned a few “clutter lessons” as a result!

I Made My Pancakes Healthier… and No One Noticed!

posted by Andrea | 01/16/2018 | 28 comments

5 years ago, I shared my recipe for our family’s most favorite pancakes… and since then, I’ve made this recipe hundreds and hundreds of times.

My original recipe isn’t necessarily “unhealthy”; however, last year, I decided to try “healthifying” my pancake recipe just a little tiny bit… hoping no one would notice (and they didn’t)! I’m sharing the 3 little tweaks I made in today’s post!!

Because 40% Off Is Still 60% More Than Not Buying It In The First Place!

posted by Andrea | 01/15/2018 | 11 comments

Although I generally dislike shopping, I often find it difficult to pass up a bargain — especially at thrift stores , online, or if I get freebie coupons.

Today I’m sharing a couple recent stories about how I (almost) got sucked into using a coupon just because it was a great deal… tell me I’m not the only one with this problem 🙂

A Clever Way To Organize Medicine When You’re On The Go

posted by Andrea | 01/12/2018 | 22 comments

Last month, I shared a few simple tips and tricks to quickly organize your medicine cabinet at home… however, for those of you who are regularly away from home, I thought it might be helpful to share a super simple and extremely clever way to keep your meds organized on-the-go.

Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce

posted by Andrea | 01/11/2018 | 18 comments

If you’ve ever read the Weekly Menu section of my Peek Into Our Week posts, you’ll notice that we eat A LOT of applesauce! Every year, I can roughly 50 quarts of delicious homemade applesauce and we enjoy it as a simple side dish with most of our meals.

However, on special occasions, I often whip up a fresh batch of chunky cinnamon applesauce — with the delicious addition of Red Hot candies! I’m sharing that recipe today!

Two of My Favorite Benefits of Good Time Management

posted by Andrea | 01/10/2018 | 4 comments

I talk a lot about time management and productivity on the blog, and that’s because it IS important to me — but NOT just so I can “do more”.

In fact, as the years go by, I’ve realized that simply “doing more” is rarely the reason I strive to better manage my time. Of course, it’s always nice to accomplish more in less time… but my favorite benefits of good time management are quite different.

How I Keep Up With Regular Purging

posted by Andrea | 01/9/2018 | 14 comments

Since we have so much more coming INTO our home these days, I really have to practice regular purging to keep things from getting too out of control.

I don’t have a fancy system or cute donation bins… but so far, the simple system I’ve been using for years and years continues to work well for us, even as the volume of things entering our home continues to increase.

A Peek Into Our Week (post holiday)

posted by Andrea | 01/8/2018 | 41 comments

Life in the Dekker house is slowly getting back to “normal” after lots of holiday parties, out-of-town guests, and SO MUCH FOOD!

Today I’m sharing a few family and life updates, along with my new winter boots and a fabulous book I just finished! Oh, and I’d love some ideas for indoor winter activities for young kids!

My Fourth 4th Trimester

posted by Andrea | 01/5/2018 | 8 comments

After James was born, I shared a little bit about how I always feel an improvement in my physical, mental, and emotional health after I make it through the 4th trimester — this time with Clara was no exception.

And as of Christmas Day, I officially made it through my FOURTH “4th trimester”!!

Another Healthier Habit: Low-Waste Lunches

posted by Andrea | 01/4/2018 | 23 comments

For the past several years, I’ve been diligently working to SLOWLY incorporate several healthier habits into my family’s daily life… and this year, I’ve decided that my “healthier habit” will not only be more nutritious for my family but also “healthier” for the environment.

I’m doing my best to pack low-waste lunches, and I’m sharing lots of great ideas and products in today’s post!

Personal Planner Giveaway and Discount!

posted by Andrea | 01/3/2018 | 13 comments

I’m not sure I can get away with starting another New Year without sharing another Personal Planner giveaway and discount code here on my blog!

If you’re in the market for a new planner, I would highly recommend trying a Personal Planner this year!

A Few of My Favorite Things {January 2018}

posted by Andrea | 01/2/2018 | 17 comments

As much as I love the holiday season, I’m fairly confident I love January even more (I literally took all my Christmas decorations down on Christmas night!)

I love getting back to my “normal” routine again, I love purging and paring down after 2 months of accumulating, and I love sharing a few more of my favorite things with you!

Happy New Year (Our 2017 Holiday Card)

posted by Andrea | 01/1/2018 | 12 comments

Happy New Year!

I’ll be back to my regular blogging schedule tomorrow (with another one of my Favorite Things posts) but in the meantime, I wanted to make sure I shared our 2017 holiday card with all of you.

Clara @ 3 Months – Merry Christmas!

posted by Andrea | 12/25/2017 | 13 comments

Merry Christmas!  

As I’ve done for many, many years, I’m taking off the week between Christmas and New Years to enjoy a few lazy days at home with Dave and the kids.

But first, I’m sharing a few pictures of our newly minted 3 month old baby girl!!

Get More Organized in 100 Days!

posted by Andrea | 12/22/2017 | 6 comments

As we near the end of December, I can’t help but get excited for a fresh start at the beginning of the New Year — especially since the New Year is often prime time for organizing and decluttering (2 of my favorite hobbies!)

If you don’t share my love for organization and would love a little extra help in this department, the resource I’m sharing today might be just want you need to transform your home and life in just 100 days!

3 Steps to a Squeaky Clean Dishwasher

posted by Andrea | 12/21/2017 | 31 comments

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!

My Personal Definition of “Too Busy”

posted by Andrea | 12/20/2017 | 11 comments

Try as you may, there is NO “one-size-fits-all” definition of what is too busy for every single person.

Instead, I’ve come up with my own personal definition of what “too busy” means for me… I have a feeling it might helpful for others to consider as well. 

How to Clean Up Battery Corrosion

posted by Andrea | 12/19/2017 | 16 comments

I can’t even begin to add up how much money I’ve saved buying used toys, electronics, games, and other battery-powered items over the years — especially once I learned how to quickly clean up battery corrosion!

If you use batteries, you’ll want to read today’s post!!