READER QUESTION: What To Do When Decluttering Feels Wasteful

posted by Andrea | 12/14/2018 | 19 comments

I’ve always been a perpetual purger as I know I MUST stay on top of the clutter to prevent it from spiraling out of control. Sometimes I do feel a little wasteful — purging, trashing, and recycling things so regularly; but I just don’t have the extra energy required to deal with so much stuff. 

If you’ve ever felt wasteful after a good purge, I think you’ll relate to this Reader Question. 

How “Worst-Case-Scenario” Thinking Propels Me Forward

posted by Andrea | 12/13/2018 | 9 comments

Have you ever wondered something like, Can I freeze this food?, Can I swap these ingredients?, Would this style flatter my figure?, Will this product work for my home?, etc.?

If you sometimes feel paralyzed by indecisiveness or even just unsure of what to do in various situations, give my worst-case-scenario approach a try. I have a feeling it will liberate you and help you move forward in so many areas of life!

My Favorite 5-Part Foolproof Appetizer

posted by Andrea | 12/12/2018 | 30 comments

In an effort to simplify entertaining EVEN MORE, I have a favorite go-to appetizer platter that I can whip up in minutes if we have last-minute guests. I can also make it well in advance if I have the time.

This 5-part foolproof appetizer is perfect any time of year, for any type of party, and can accommodate almost any dietary restriction or food allergy. Plus, it’s super simple and uses many ingredients you can buy ahead, so you always have them in the house.

Why A Messy Planner Works for Me!

posted by Andrea | 12/11/2018 | 44 comments

This time of year, I always get so many questions about planners. And due to the craze in Bullet Journaling, lots of these questions have been about any stickers, color-coded systems, or embellishments I add to my planner. 

Surprisingly (or maybe not) I don’t add anything to my planner… in fact, my planner is REALLY messy! Today, I’m sharing why my “messy planner” works for me!

Our Family’s Very Non-Traditional Christmas

posted by Andrea | 12/10/2018 | 41 comments

Since our family essentially “skipped” Thanksgiving this year, it only seems fitting that we celebrated Christmas in a VERY non-traditional manner as well.

Come read about what we did (and didn’t do) this year! 

Dave’s Favorite Chocolate + Peanut Butter Desserts

posted by Andrea | 12/7/2018 | 28 comments

Today I’m wishing the happiest of birthdays to my most favorite person!

And in honor of Dave’s birthday (which perfectly coincides with the holiday baking season) I’m sharing a bunch of his most favorite Chocolate + Peanut Butter Desserts. If you’re on a diet, you probably don’t want to read today’s post!

Encouragement For When The Holidays Aren’t Always Happy

posted by Andrea | 12/6/2018 | 31 comments

Despite the perfectly happy holiday cheer we see in magazines, on TV, on the internet, or in any local mall, the holiday season is often a bittersweet time of year for so many people.

If you find yourself nodding in agreement, I hope to provide a tiny bit of encouragement for you today.

Personalized Holiday Gifts, Goodies, and Giveaways!

posted by Andrea | 12/5/2018 | 6 comments

If you’re looking for any type of cute, fun, out-of-the-ordinary personalized gift or stocking stuffer for someone on your Christmas list this year, Stuck On You has some REALLY cute products in their holiday section right now…

…and I just so happen to have a giveaway on the blog today!!

The One Holiday Deal We Always Capitalize On

posted by Andrea | 12/4/2018 | 20 comments

As many of you know, Dave and I are not the shopping type. We prefer to stay home and would probably rather have some type of operation or even get a tooth pulled versus going shopping the day after Thanksgiving!

That said… there is one deal we ALWAYS capitalize on during the holiday season. I’m sharing the details today!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {December 2018}

posted by Andrea | 12/3/2018 | 13 comments

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the extra time I have to do a little more reading… it’s too cold to do yard work and we rarely do any house projects over the holidays, so I have enjoyed the extra “down time” and have read several books these past few weeks.

I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things in today’s post! 

Our Recent Family Pictures + Life Updates

posted by Andrea | 11/30/2018 | 31 comments

We had family pictures taken exactly 1 month ago… and thanks to the world of digital everything, we got the digital files back from our photographer right before Thanksgiving!

I’m sharing a handful of my favorites on the blog today — along with a Dekker Family Life Update!

My New Planner + Calendar Approach to 2019 (and a giveaway!)

posted by Andrea | 11/29/2018 | 41 comments

I’ve been using the Personal Planner for so many years now, and I truly can’t speak highly enough about it. It has always worked for me, for my family, and for my business in every season of life! 

Today I’m sharing my newest Personal Planner system (a calendar + planner approach to 2019) as well as a Personal Planner giveaway and discount coupon!!

5 Ways to Eat Veggies for Breakfast

posted by Andrea | 11/28/2018 | 20 comments

It took time for me to get onboard with veggies for breakfast — and even more time for my family to stop thinking I was completely crazy — but now breakfast is honestly my favorite meal of the day. I love coming up with new and different ways to work more veggies into our morning meal.

If you’d like to try incorporating a few more vegetables into your breakfast, here are 5 ideas to get you started! 

How We Conceal Our Cord Clutter

posted by Andrea | 11/27/2018 | 12 comments

I KNOW there are more attractive and more professional ways of concealing cord clutter — but the simple method I’m sharing in today’s post was completely free AND it has worked well for us for 8 years now!

If you’re looking for a simple way to conceal your cord clutter, give our method a try!

Have You Ever Considered “Skipping” A Holiday?

posted by Andrea | 11/26/2018 | 79 comments

Due to a change in plans, our family essentially “skipped” Thanksgiving in the sense that we didn’t do any holiday parties, we didn’t have traditional Thanksgiving foods, we didn’t scan the ads for amazing deals, and we didn’t see any extended family members or friends.

Before you click away, thinking we are a family of Scrooges, please just read through to the end… the whole weekend was a revolutionary experience for Dave and me, and I just had to share! 

Nora is 7! Happy Thanksgiving!

posted by Andrea | 11/21/2018 | 32 comments

Tomorrow, our family will celebrate Thanksgiving Day AND Nora’s 7th birthday! Seriously… SEVEN!! 

Since I’m stepping away from my blog over the long holiday weekend (and since we’re actually celebrating her birthday with our immediate family today), I decided to share Nora’s birthday post a day early!

Also… Happy Thanksgiving to my U.S. readers!!!

3 Habits That WILL Help You Be More Organized

posted by Andrea | 11/20/2018 | 13 comments

When it comes to simplifying and organizing your home, getting started is often the most difficult and seemingly overwhelming part of the entire project!

If you’re looking for some relatively simple things you can start doing TODAY to help better organize your home and life, I promise the 3 tips in today’s post will most definitely get you moving in the right direction!

3 Simple Ways to Stretch Your Meat Budget

posted by Andrea | 11/19/2018 | 42 comments

I’m sure you’ve heard the concept of “Meatless Mondays” as a clever way of encouraging people to eat vegetarian on Mondays — well, my family isn’t big on meatless meals, but I do have 3 really simple tricks to stretch our meat AND add a little more protein and fiber into our diets!

I’ve been using these tricks for years and years and my family has never complained (well, rarely ever!)