December, 2012

Merry Christmas… from the Dekkers

posted by Andrea | 12/19/2012 | 36 comments

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m taking a two-week blogging break to spend time with family — and to enjoy Dave’s extra-long two FULL weeks of Christmas break!

However, I couldn’t just leave for two weeks without wishing you all a VERY Merry Christmas, or without sharing our 2012 Christmas card — and a few cute family pictures!

Our Plans for the Holidays

posted by Andrea | 12/18/2012 | 7 comments

One of the pros of running my own business is that I can take time off whenever I want. One of cons is that it’s really hard to actually take time off! However, based on my past experiences and the last 5+ years running a business, it’s 100% worth it every time I do!

So as we enter another crazy and busy holiday season, I’ve decided to take a two-week break… and yes, I’m excited!

Our Child-Friendly Christmas Decor

posted by Andrea | 12/17/2012 | 13 comments

Since I didn’t do much decorating for Fall or Thanksgiving, I was itching to get out my Christmas decorations. I scaled back quite a bit because I knew Nora would get into EVERYTHING… however, our house still feels really festive!

Come on inside and take a look!

My Simple “Clear the Clutter Before Christmas” Challenge

posted by Andrea | 12/15/2012 | 32 comments

Today, I’m sharing a very simple (but effective) “Clear the Clutter Before Christmas” challenge that will hopefully encourage and motivate you to clear a little bit of clutter from your home and life before Christmas day.

No matter how busy you are these next 10 days, YOU CAN DO THIS… and you’ll be so glad you did!

Weekend Giveaway: eMeals 6-Month Meal Planning Bundle Pack

posted by Andrea | 12/14/2012 | 244 comments

I’m a pretty firm believer in meal planning as a way to save time, money, and a whole lot of stress each week and each month. So today, I’m really excited to share a fabulous online meal-planning service that does pretty much ALL the work for you {besides actually making the food}.

If you’d like to revive your meal-planning efforts, a subscription to might be just what you need!

Why I’m Not Cleaning for Company Anymore!

posted by Andrea | 12/13/2012 | 14 comments

As I mentioned last week, Dave and I have been hosting all sorts of holiday parties with family and friends — and believe it or not, I hardly did ANY cleaning before company arrived.

No I’m not sick, no I’m not lazy, I’ve just decided that our company doesn’t care and a “lived in” house is actually more welcoming than a perfectly clean house.

Nora’s “Big Girl” Room Makeover

posted by Andrea | 12/12/2012 | 36 comments

Yes, you read the title of this post correctly — her stubbornness won out so Nora is now fully transitioned into her “big girl” bed in her “big girl” room (at 1 year old!)

Today I’m sharing pictures of the mini-makeover 🙂

How our Grocery Bill Has Changed in Two Years

posted by Andrea | 12/10/2012 | 35 comments

When I first started this blog (Sep. 2010) I was spending $20 or less on groceries each week — yes, that’s $20, NOT $200 — and no, we didn’t eat ramen noodles every night!

Fast-forward 2 years and our grocery bill has more than doubled… but I suppose we’re in a different season of life right now and I’m OK with that.

Weekend Giveaway: DUO Binders

posted by Andrea | 12/7/2012 | 487 comments

Today is Dave’s birthday (he’s 31 — which is much older than me!) so in honor his birthday, I’m sharing one of HIS favorite orgainzing tools — the DUO 7-Pocket Accordion Binder File!

Happy Birthday Dave, and thanks for being so neat and organized 🙂

My 10-Minute Photo Collage

posted by Andrea | 12/6/2012 | 10 comments

Over the past few months, we’ve noticed that Nora has an obsession with pictures… like whenever there are pictures around, she can’t focus on anything else until she carefully looks at all of them.

So the other day, I took a yardstick and extra clothespins and made her a photo collage for her bedroom wall — in about 10 minutes!

What I Decided for the Wall Above Our Couch

posted by Andrea | 12/5/2012 | 34 comments

A few weeks ago, I posed the question, “How should I decorate my living room wall?”

I was super excited and inspired by all the feedback I received — and after a couple weeks of thinking, I came up with an idea that looks fabulous. Come take a look and let me know what you think!

Cheesy Mashed Potato Soup

posted by Andrea | 12/4/2012 | 23 comments

I had a ton of mashed potatoes left over after Thanksgiving — even after I gave a bunch of them away and made a shepherd’s pie!

So last week, I made this delicious Cheesy Mashed Potato Soup — and was it ever delicious. Even Nora liked it!

Nora’s Birthday Bash – On A Budget

posted by Andrea | 12/3/2012 | 14 comments

We celebrated Nora’s first birthday over Thanksgiving weekend, and I’m sharing a bunch of pictures — and a few tips that helped me keep the entire cost of her party under $50!

I’d love to hear any of your tips for birthday parties on a budget!

Creative & Clutter-Free Gifts {Day 6} = Acts of Service

posted by Andrea | 12/1/2012 | 3 comments

Today is the last day in my week-long Creative & Clutter-Free Gifts series… and it’s my favorite clutter-free gift of all {acts of service}.

I’ve always been a big fan of service gifts — much more so now that I’m married, have a house to maintain, and a child! I’d take the “gift” of a cleaned kitchen or a few hours of babysitting over almost anything from the store… any day!