November, 2018

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!)

My Full-House Purge (the 10-week-update)

posted by Andrea | 11/16/2018 | 18 comments

Roughly 10 weeks ago, I shared a “fun” challenge here on the blog — the opportunity to complete a FULL HOUSE PURGE before the New Year even began!

Since then, I’ve been diligently working through one room per week, and the results have paid off! I even surprised myself with the amount of stuff we purged!

The Perfect Clutter-Free Gift for That Difficult-to-Buy-For Person!

posted by Andrea | 11/15/2018 | 22 comments

Wherever you are on your holiday shopping progress, you’re bound to have at least one person on your list that you JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO GIVE THEM! Right?

Today I’m sharing a fantastic (and clutter-free) gift idea for those difficult-to-buy-for people on your list this year! Also, I have a discount code!!

5 Ways We Simplify Christmas… with small children

posted by Andrea | 11/14/2018 | 61 comments

I wasn’t planning to do a post about “simplifying Christmas”, just yet (I want to enjoy Thanksgiving first!)

But after receiving an astonishing number of emails, comments, and Facebook messages requesting this type of post, I decided to share 5 things we do (or rather DON’T do) to simplify our holiday season — specifically Christmas.

My Top Tip to Simplify Big Holiday Meals

posted by Andrea | 11/13/2018 | 63 comments

I like to keep ALL holidays as simple as possible, but Thanksgiving is a big one for me — it can be so much work to roast the “perfect turkey” and have all the foods ready at the exact same time (but it doesn’t have to be).

If you’re hosting a big meal this holiday season, let me share one tip that has completely revolutionized the way I prepare big holiday meals, and drastically helped to simplify my most favorite holiday! I’m also linking to TONS of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes!

How I Lost 60 Pounds in 60 Weeks (Post Baby)

posted by Andrea | 11/12/2018 | 82 comments

As someone who is anti “diet” and anti “exercise”, I felt a little overwhelmed as I embarked on my first-ever weight-loss journey after Clara was born (60 weeks ago).

I ended up loosing 60 pounds, which was much more than I anticipated in the beginning — I’m sharing my journey in today’s post!

Meal Planning 101: How I Plan our Side Dishes

posted by Andrea | 11/9/2018 | 23 comments

Over the years, I’ve written countless posts about meal planning. These posts DO mention the various side dishes we eat with our meals, but I’ve never really gone into much detail about how I plan, prep, and prepare our side dishes

I’ve gotten a huge number of questions about side dishes, so I felt it was finally time to devote one full post to the topic… that’s what we’re focusing on today!

5 Tips To Encourage a Clean(er) and (more) Organized Family

posted by Andrea | 11/8/2018 | 29 comments

Over the years, I’ve been asked countless times how to get messy spouses and messy children to ‘clean up their act’. And while I don’t have any quick-fix answers or easy solutions to these questions, I do think that if your children and/or your spouse are willing to try to change their behavior, there is hope!

Today I’m sharing 5 steps to encourage a clean(er) and (more) organized family!

How We Grow Our Children’s Savings Accounts

posted by Andrea | 11/7/2018 | 21 comments

At this point in our lives, Dave and I don’t give any type of allowance to our children. However, we DO have an extremely simple method of growing our children’s savings accounts that requires zero effort on our part.

The whole process is automated through our bank… and it’s amazing how quickly the money adds up!

Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix (for a crowd!)

posted by Andrea | 11/6/2018 | 13 comments

Today’s recipe for Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix is a newer favorite of ours. I got the recipe from a friend this summer — and WOW is it good! 

I’ve made it a few times for food gifts, and I’m sure I’ll make it a few more times for holiday parties. It’s the perfect balance of sweet, salty, spicy, savory, crunchy, chewy, and oh so delicious! 

9 Questions To Help Declutter Your Life

posted by Andrea | 11/5/2018 | 13 comments

While it would be fantastic if I could work individually with each one of you to help you clear the clutter from your home, the lack of hours in a day and my hatred of travel make that idea completely impossible.

One way I can tailor my advice to each one of you, however, is to share open-ended questions YOU can ask YOURSELF when YOU purge YOUR home. By asking yourself these 9 questions (and honestly answering them) you will equip yourself with the ability to purge necessary items from your home and life!