March, 2018

Our Mini No-Spending Challenge

posted by Andrea | 03/30/2018 | 14 comments

Five years ago, I shared the self-inflicted no-spending challenge Dave and I did during the month of May. It was a great experience for us, and we learned a lot!

Since our first no-spending challenge back in 2013, Dave and I have done several smaller no-spending challenges — most recently, a no-spending challenge for fast food and restaurants (which is what I’m sharing more about today!)

6 Tips for Simple Roasted Vegetables

posted by Andrea | 03/29/2018 | 46 comments

Dave and I have long been fans of roasted veggies — in fact, it’s probably my favorite way to eat cooked veggies!

If you’re new to the world of roasted vegetables, I hope today’s tips will give you the nudge you need to give them a try. They are SOOOOO delicious! 

How to Instantly Update a Sweatshirt (no sewing required)

posted by Andrea | 03/28/2018 | 26 comments

Last week I purged my closet, picked up a few new finds from a local thrift store, and updated several items already in my closet — a few of which were super quick “sweatshirt updates”.

As I was cutting up my sweatshirts, I realized I had to share this on the blog — there is absolutely NO sewing required, and with a few quick snips, you can give almost any sweatshirt a brand new look!

3 Ways to Reduce Decision Fatigue

posted by Andrea | 03/27/2018 | 10 comments

If you think about how many hundreds and thousands of little (and big) decisions we need to make every single day, it’s no wonder so many people suffer from “decision fatigue”.

If you feel like you struggle with decision fatigue, I hope the 3 tips in today’s post will help lighten your load and allow you to make fewer decisions throughout the day. 

Clara @ 6 Months + 6 Reasons More Children Has Felt Easier

posted by Andrea | 03/26/2018 | 17 comments

Miss Clara celebrated 6 months yesterday, and what a fantastic 6 months it has been!

Today I’m reflecting back on the past 6 months — specifically the fact that, for some crazy reason, mothering 4 children has actually felt significantly easier for me than mothering fewer children!

5 Years of AndreaDekker.com!

posted by Andrea | 03/23/2018 | 68 comments

FIVE years ago this weekend, I announced the new name for my blog — AndreaDekker.com and I’m happy to say that I’m still doing EXACTLY what I set out to do 5 years ago!

I’m taking a little walk down memory lane today, with some fun “then and now” pictures and a heart-felt thank-you to all of you who have stuck around for so long!

The 3 Daily Routines That Keep My Home Clean and Decluttered Enough

posted by Andrea | 03/22/2018 | 11 comments

If I really had to estimate how much time I spend keeping my home clean and organized enough for my family and I to feel comfortable and happy living here, it would be fairly minimal.

In fact, the more I’ve though about this over the past few years, the more I realized I basically utilize 3 simple daily routines to manage the inside of my home.

New Shoes for Spring (plus a giveaway!)

posted by Andrea | 03/21/2018 | 6 comments

We haven’t quite packed up our snow boots just yet (that would be tempting fate too much!), but we did get new pediped shoes for everyone a few weeks ago — so we’re ready to go when the weather officially warms up!

pediped shoes are my most favorite brand of children’s shoes (for good reason) and I’m excited to share another giveaway and discount code with you today!

Super Chocolatey Chocolate Chip Cookies

posted by Andrea | 03/20/2018 | 8 comments

Our family loves cookies… and today’s recipe is one that Dave and I both instantly agreed were some of the absolute best chocolate chip cookies we’ve ever had!

Of course, I’ll keep looking and testing and baking other chocolate chip cookie recipes, but I have a feeling this one will be on regular rotation in my mixer (pun intended) for a while!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 03/19/2018 | 25 comments

It’s been almost 2 months since my last Peek Into Our Week post — but that’s because we really haven’t had much to “peek” at!

We’re getting excited for a busier spring season with lots of fun “extras” on the schedule — and of course, I’m getting excited for yard work and house projects! 🙂

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

posted by Andrea | 03/16/2018 | 17 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 | 38 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 | 14 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.