Do You Struggle To Stay Motivated? You’re Not Alone!

posted by Andrea | 03/16/2018 | 14 comments

Whether you’re trying to start a new business, get more organized, make more time for yourself, increase your productivity, or decrease your debt, there will always be times when you are super motivated, and other times when you’re not.

Guess what… this is completely NORMAL. Today I’m sharing why!

Reader Question: How Do You Handle Kids and Money?

posted by Andrea | 03/15/2018 | 34 comments

Kids + money has been a hot topic in the Dekker house these past few weeks, so I thought it would be the perfect time to share a recent Reader Question I got regarding how we handle kids and money!

Since our children are still so young, I definitely don’t feel like I have all the answers — so I’d love it if those of you with more experience in this area of parenting would enlighten us all in the comments!

Oven-Baked Chili Cheese Dogs For a Crowd

posted by Andrea | 03/14/2018 | 11 comments

Chili dogs are one of those things I can’t eat very often, but every once in a while, they REALLY hit the spot!

Thankfully my recipe is SUPER simple, and one you can easily make ahead if you want to feed a crowd!

My Crazy ‘Should I Buy This?’ Decision Process

posted by Andrea | 03/13/2018 | 10 comments

As many of you know, I try to be mindful about what I bring into my home — thankfully, I’m not a big shopper, so it’s relatively easy for me to resist impulse purchases!

However, when I DO purchase something, I mentally think through several questions before bringing the item home. Today I’m sharing those questions, and how they help me resist extra clutter in my home!

Organization Is NOT My End-All Goal…

posted by Andrea | 03/12/2018 | 15 comments

The main goal of my blog is to help anyone who reads it to simplify and better organize at least one small area of their home or life… however, I feel I should clarify that in my own personal life, organization is NOT my end-all goal.

If you completely despise the acts of cleaning, purging, simplifying, and organizing… today’s post is for YOU! If I can’t motivate you today, I’m not sure what my next move will be!

How We Recently Saved Almost $100 on Insurance in About 5 Minutes

posted by Andrea | 03/9/2018 | 13 comments

Two years ago, I shared 9 tips to save on insurance (home, auto, medical, dental, life, etc.) and I believe those tips are all still very relevant today. 

However, after a recent email conversation with our home/auto insurance company, I thought it was worth reiterating how ridiculously easy it can be to save money on insurance… simply by asking a few questions every now and then. 

Why We Still Love Our Blue Apron Meal Deliveries

posted by Andrea | 03/8/2018 | 8 comments

I recently realized that Dave and I have been ordering occasional Blue Apron meal deliveries for almost 4 years now (we started it when Simon was a newborn, and he just turned 4 over the weekend!)

Since I get so many questions about our Blue Apron meals, I thought I’d answer some of those in today’s post — especially why we are still LOVING our Blue Apron meals!

One Simple Task to Clean Up Your Home

posted by Andrea | 03/7/2018 | 20 comments

I’m often asked if I have ONE single tip to help people magically clean up and better organize their homes — unfortunately I don’t.

HOWEVER, today I’m sharing what I’d say if I had to chose just one piece of advice for anyone feeling overwhelmed with the state of their home.

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal

posted by Andrea | 03/6/2018 | 12 comments

If you’re looking for a really delicious twist to traditional oatmeal, this cinnamon roll oatmeal recipe is for you!

You can make it overnight if you want, but if you turn your slow cooker on high, you can have it ready to go in just over an hour!

Simon is 4! (His Paw Patrol Birthday Party)

posted by Andrea | 03/5/2018 | 28 comments

The sweetest boy around celebrated his GOLDEN birthday yesterday!

Check out his Paw Patrol themed birthday party — complete with chili dogs, puppy chow, and a dog bone cake.

That Time I Made Excuses… and how I finally started working towards my goals!

posted by Andrea | 03/2/2018 | 27 comments

After 2 weeks of making excuses after excuses for a ridiculously simple task, I finally put my foot down and decided to make it a priority over everything else on my to-do list.

If you are currently making excuses for a certain goal in your life, I hope today’s post will motivate you to put your foot down and start working towards your goal today!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {March 2018}

posted by Andrea | 03/1/2018 | 13 comments

We’ve made it to March — which means Spring is almost here! It also means I’ve officially been sharing my Favorite Things for 5 years… and that I will have a newly minted 4 year old in just 3 days!!

Today I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things — all of which are $10 or less!

15 Minute, No-Bake Snack Balls

posted by Andrea | 02/28/2018 | 16 comments

In an effort to add healthier options to our afternoon snack, I’m always on the lookout for super easy snacks that are slightly more nutritious than traditional baked goods or store-bought goodies, kid-friendly, and have a decent shelf/freezer life.

Today’s recipe definitely fits all my criteria — which is probably why it’s a favorite in our house! 

We Played Musical Bedrooms… again!

posted by Andrea | 02/27/2018 | 38 comments

Remember this past summer, when I spent hours upon hours (while 7-8 months pregnant) painting, moving furniture, installing closets, hanging decorations, and sewing bedding in an effort to transform our upstairs bedrooms for our kids?

Well, it only lasted about 5 months before the kids decided they ALL wanted to share a bedroom… today I’m sharing how we rearranged things to make that happen (and what we’re doing with the extra room in our house!)

Clara @ 5 Months + How I’m Feeding Baby #4

posted by Andrea | 02/26/2018 | 31 comments

Can you believe this little lady celebrated 5 months yesterday!?

Today I’m sharing some adorable Clara pictures, my feeding choices for baby #4, and my new favorite (cute and practical) nursing tops!

How and Where I Store My Cleaning Products

posted by Andrea | 02/23/2018 | 17 comments

I’ve never been one to want or use tons of different cleaning products — I sort of stick to the basics to prevent the need to organize my cleaning supplies (which seems like a funny concept to me!)

So today, after 8 years of blogging about cleaning and organizing, I’m finally sharing how and where I store my cleaning products!

10 Ways to Be a Lifelong Learner – No School Required

posted by Andrea | 02/22/2018 | 37 comments

One of my college professors would always say, “If you stop learning, you stop living” and I fully agree. There is so much joy and satisfaction that comes from learning and developing a new skill.

Even if you aren’t a “book nerd” and don’t really love the idea of going back to school, there are still MANY ways you can be a lifelong learner.

Don’t Worry About Perfection… Just Move Forward

posted by Andrea | 02/21/2018 | 19 comments

Our 2017 photo book arrived last week, which got me thinking about all the times people have told me they “wish they would have started making digital books when their kids were born”.

The point of today’s post is NOT that everyone should create digital photo albums. Rather, I hope to encourage you to stop worrying about doing everything perfectly, and instead, focus on what you can do right now and just MOVE FORWARD!