My Thoughts on “Healthy” Desserts Versus Smaller Portions

posted by Andrea | 06/19/2018 | 1 comment

Over the past 8+ years of sharing recipes and menu plans, I have gotten a large number of comments and questions about the fact that our family enjoys quite a bit of dessert… as well as many requests for “healthier” dessert recipes.

Today, I’m sharing my thoughts on “healthier” desserts, as well as our family’s “all things in moderation” approach to eating (small) sweet treats on daily basis!

The End Of An Era + One More Glamourmom Giveaway!

posted by Andrea | 06/18/2018 | 2 comments

I was recently thinking about the fact that I have been pregnant or nursing (or both) for my last 8 birthdays… and I’m pretty sure my 33rd birthday (this past Saturday) was the last birthday I’ll be stuck in the pregnant/nursing camp!

To celebrate, I thought it was only fitting (pun intended) to share one more fantastic giveaway and discount offer from Glamourmom, the creator of my most favorite nursing tops EVER!

How I Find Quiet Time with 4 Kids

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2018 | 29 comments

In general, I like my environment to be very quiet… which, I suppose, is somewhat laughable considering I’m a stay-at-home-mom of 4 little children!

Nevertheless, I regularly find ways to meet my “quiet time quota” each day — which makes for a much happier mama and a much more enjoyable day for everyone! Today, I’m sharing a few ways I find a fair amount of quiet time every day… even with 4 kids! 

The Few Products I’m Brand-Loyal To!

posted by Andrea | 06/14/2018 | 43 comments

If you would question me about being “brand loyal”, I would most likely tell you I’m NOT. However, over the years I’ve become more and more brand loyal as I find specific brands I love, that my kids prefer, and that seem to work better for me.

SO….. in honor of my birthday, I thought it might be fun to share some of the things I’m willing to spend more on JUST to get the brand I’ve come to love.

Our 3-Phase Bathroom + Laundry Room Renovation

posted by Andrea | 06/13/2018 | 27 comments

A couple months ago, I asked for any brilliant ideas and/or opinions about how we should renovate the full bathroom off our kitchen — and wow, did you respond!

SOOOOOO many fantastic ideas, suggestions, opinions, etc. Dave and I actually went back to the “drawing board” and ultimately ended up changing our plans for this space, thanks in large part to some of your suggestions! Today I’m sharing the “official” 3-phase plan!

Caprese Pasta Salad – Summer In A Bowl!

posted by Andrea | 06/12/2018 | 10 comments

With summer tomato season right around the corner, I thought it was high-time I share one of my favorite SUPER simple pasta salad recipes that is perfect this time of year — when fresh tomatoes and basil are readily available.

It tastes and smells like summer in a bowl and is a fabulous side dish to almost any meat!

How I Increase My Productivity by Using Short, Specific To-Do’s

posted by Andrea | 06/11/2018 | 19 comments

If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed, frustrated, or constricted by to-do lists, my hope is that making a couple small adjustments in HOW you create your lists might just be the trick you need to jump back on the daily list-making bandwagon!

I can speak from personal experience that my methods work! 🙂

How The 80/20 Rule Helps Me Simplify My Home

posted by Andrea | 06/8/2018 | 16 comments

The 80/20 rule states that we use and wear 20% of our things about 80% of the time — which means we rarely use and wear the other 80%. But don’t worry, I’m not going to persuade you to purge it all!

However, I do think there is A LOT we can learn by taking a closer look at the 20% of things we regularly use — and then utilize that information to help us declutter and simplify our lives.

Time + Money Management: We Have a Choice

posted by Andrea | 06/7/2018 | 60 comments

Over the years, I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say “I can’t afford that” or “I don’t have time for that”… and I guess it just bothers me that so many people seem to have such a “defeatist” attitude towards their lack of time and money.

The reason it bothers me is because I personally feel that in almost every situation, we have a choice as to how we will spend our time and our money… I’d love to know if you agree with me or not (and why!)

Simple Meatless Meals… for people who love meat!

posted by Andrea | 06/6/2018 | 28 comments

Although meat is often the most expensive part of a meal, our family isn’t necessarily the vegetarian type (read: we LOVE meat!)

If you feel the same way, I’d like to share several meatless meals our family enjoys on a regular basis without feeling like we are missing out on our meat! In fact, many of these meals are staples in our weekly meal plans and some of our kids’ favorites!

3 Reasons Your Stuff Isn’t Selling

posted by Andrea | 06/5/2018 | 28 comments

Today’s post is a repost from one I originally published in 2015…

I’m re-sharing today as I know so many of you are hoping to sell some of your unneeded things this summer. If that sounds like you, I hope the 3 ideas in today’s post will be helpful!

A Peek Into Our Week (Summer Vacation!)

posted by Andrea | 06/4/2018 | 18 comments

It’s officially Summer Vacation for the Dekker family, and we started off with a week FULL of fun (and a decent amount of work too!)

Today I’m sharing updates on our bathroom renovation process (yay!), my tentative summer blogging plan, our super simple menu, and a bunch of pictures of what we’ve been up to lately.

A Few Of My Favorite Things {June 2018}

posted by Andrea | 06/1/2018 | 17 comments

Summer vacation…. THAT is definitely one of my favorite things! And it just so happens that Dave’s summer vacation starts today! 

Today I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things… one of which requires the consumption of large quantities of ice cream. 🙂

Easy Homemade Guacamole

posted by Andrea | 05/31/2018 | 14 comments

A couple months ago, I mentioned that we love the single-serving guacamole packs from Costco. However, whenever I’m making food for a crowed (or even just a few guests) I always opt for a big bowl of homemade guacamole… and THIS is always the recipe I use!

It’s so fast and easy, and if you use the simple tips I share, your guacamole SHOULD stay looking fresh for several days!

5 Things I Do (Almost) Every Day To Keep Household Messes at Bay

posted by Andrea | 05/30/2018 | 33 comments

If you’d like a few more of my “secrets” to keeping my home fairly neat and organized without a ton of effort, today’s post is a good place to start!

How Food Prep Positively Impacts Almost Every Aspect Of My Life

posted by Andrea | 05/29/2018 | 21 comments

I’ve always known food prep was an important piece of the puzzle for my simplified, organized lifestyle; however, it really hasn’t been until the last 9 months of my life that I truly started to realize just how much my entire life “falls apart” when I slack on food prep. 

This knowledge is more than enough for me to continue my not-so-loved task of food prep… as you’ll read in today’s post, it really does positively impact almost every area of my life!

Happy Memorial Day… a walk down memory lane!

posted by Andrea | 05/28/2018 | 6 comments

Happy Memorial Day!

I often like to do something different for holiday posts — so today, I’m linking back to several posts I think might be fun to read (or reread) over your long holiday weekend. I’m also taking a mini walk down memory lane and sharing a handful of photos from my family and my yard — it’s crazy how much the plants AND the kiddos have grown!

Clara @ 8 Months!

posted by Andrea | 05/25/2018 | 13 comments

I feel like I just wrote Clara’s 7 month post… and here we are at 8 months already (in patriotic attire for the upcoming holiday!)

I’m excited to learn more about her little personality as she continues to grow — either way, she really is such a great complement to the entire rest of our family. She is SO loved!