November, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

posted by Andrea | 11/27/2019 | 26 comments
dekker family

Dave and the kids are off of school for the rest of the week, so we’re gearing up for a LONG weekend full of board games, craft projects, movie marathons, holiday baking, yard work, and more!

I’m sharing my most favorite Thanksgiving recipes and a little encouragement for those of you who need to re-evaluate your traditions this year!

Homemade Cornbread From Scratch (whole grain)

posted by Andrea | 11/26/2019 | 4 comments
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This amazingly cheesy homemade cornbread is the perfect addition to any holiday table — and a delicious side dish for chili, pork chops, and so much more.

Mix in various “extras” to change up the flavor and let your taste buds come alive!

How We Save BIG with a Prepaid Cell Phone Plan

posted by Andrea | 11/25/2019 | 38 comments
how we save big with a prepaid cell phone plan

After researching many different options in an effort to save money on our cell phone bills, Dave and I decided to go with Verizon’s prepaid cell phone plan, and so far we are thrilled!

We are saving hundreds of dollars a year, AND we get 12 times more data usage!

5 Tips To Simplify Kids’ Birthday Parties

posted by Andrea | 11/22/2019 | 27 comments
5 tips to simplify birthday parties

Contrary to what we might see on social media these days, I’m a firm believer that it IS possible to celebrate our children on their birthday (and every day) without tons of stress, financial investment, or a huge mess to clean up the next day!

Since it’s Nora’s 8th birthday TODAY, I thought it was the perfect time to share a few of my tips to simplify kids’ birthday parties!

Why I Switched Back to 1 Planner

posted by Andrea | 11/21/2019 | 27 comments
personal planner giveaway

As you might remember, I ordered both a wall calendar AND a small planner last year… and while this 2-part system worked OK, I decided to switch back to just using a planner again this year.

I explain more in today’s post — and I’ve got another Personal Planner giveaway (and discount code) for those of you who are anxiously waiting to order YOUR 2020 planner!

How to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers (50+ Simple Recipes!)

posted by Andrea | 11/20/2019 | 6 comments
how to use thanksgiving leftovers

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year — in part because I love all the leftover food! I’ve amassed a pretty impressive list of ideas on how to use Thanksgiving leftovers, and I’m sharing more than 50 SIMPLE recipes in today’s post!

Now you have no excuses! Don’t let your delicious Thanksgiving leftovers go to waste! 

5 Steps to Quickly Clear Your Closet Clutter

posted by Andrea | 11/19/2019 | 12 comments
5 steps to clear closet clutter

Over the course of my life, I have implemented many different clutter-busting strategies. However, today’s tips to quickly clear your closet clutter remain at the very TOP of my list.

If your closets could use a little TLC, give my simple 5-step process a try. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you see results with this simple clutter-busting technique!

Being Average is Awesome Too!

posted by Andrea | 11/18/2019 | 25 comments
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Have you ever bemoaned the fact that you weren’t the “best”? Have you ever felt a twinge of guilt (or even anger) for just being “average”?

NEWS FLASH: the majority of people you know and interact with every single day are “average”… and contrary to popular opinion, I personally think being average is awesome!

Our Kid-Friendly LEGO Storage System

posted by Andrea | 11/15/2019 | 31 comments
kid friendly lego storage system

If you have LEGO-loving kids (or husbands) you’ve probably wondered how to store and organize LEGOs… right? Well, just about a year ago, I was stuck with those same questions!

It took me a few months to figure out the best kid-friendly LEGO storage solution for our family, but we finally have a super simple system that works. The best part is that our kids actually use the system and put the LEGOs away! 

3 Quick Tips For Tender, Juicy Turkey Every Time

posted by Andrea | 11/14/2019 | 36 comments
how to roast a juicy turkey

Since Thanksgiving is just a few days away (seriously, I can’t believe it!) I wanted to re-share one of my most popular Thanksgiving posts from a few years ago. If you’re in charge of the big meal this year and are wondering how to roast a juicy turkey, I’m here to help!

By following the 3 super simple tips in today’s post, I can almost guarantee your turkey meat will be SO tender and juicy, you won’t ever roast a turkey any other way again! 

Laundry Balls: How I Wash Without Detergent

posted by Andrea | 11/13/2019 | 40 comments
laundry balls how I wash without detergent

For almost 2 years now, I’ve been using laundry balls to wash ALL our clothing — no detergent at all.

I get SO many questions about how to use laundry balls that I decided it was finally time to answer them all in one post. Come read more about one more way I simplify our laundry routine!

7 Creative Ways To Capitalize on Free Photo Card Deals

posted by Andrea | 11/12/2019 | 8 comments
free photo card deals

Have you seen those photo card deals that offer 1, 3, 5 or 10 free photo cards? Have you wondered what anyone would do with just a few free cards?

Yes, you could just choose a few of your closest friends or family members to mail your free photo cards to… or you could pay a premium price to buy more than the allotted freebies… OR you could use my creative ideas instead!

A Peek Into Our Week (Family Pictures & Blogging Goals)

posted by Andrea | 11/11/2019 | 39 comments
dekker family

In today’s Peek Into Our Week post, I’m sharing our menu plan (with links to the recipes), several of our favorite family games, the new business projects and goals I’m working on, and yes… our most recent family pictures!

I’d also love any of your ideas or suggestions for how you would like my blog to function, change, etc.

A Little Encouragement for the Parents of Picky Eaters

posted by Andrea | 11/8/2019 | 24 comments

Do you worry that your children are “picky eaters”? Have you been shamed by other parents, relatives, friends, doctors, or “experts” because of what your children don’t eat?

If you’re stressed about picky eaters, you’re in the right place! I hope to offer some simple tips, as well as much-needed encouragement for you and your family!

Simple Egg Substitutes

posted by Andrea | 11/7/2019 | 37 comments

Whether you’re baking for someone with an egg allergy or just forgot to add “eggs” to your grocery list, these 5 simple egg substitutes are sure to “save the day”.

I’ve used all 5 of them with much success over the years and I’m confident they will work for you too! 

99 Effective Ways to Say No

posted by Andrea | 11/6/2019 | 6 comments

When I thought up the idea for a post about different ways to say “No”, I originally entitled it 21 Ways to Say “No”. As the days went on, I continued to think up more ways, and finally “capped” myself at 99 Ways to Say “No”!

If you struggle to say “No”, PLEASE read this post, bookmark this post, and refer back to it often! With 99 ways to say “No”, there’s one for any situation!

Caramel Apple Pie Cheesecake Bars (Whole Grain)

posted by Andrea | 11/5/2019 | 12 comments
caramel apple pie cheesecake bars

Caramel apple pie cheesecake bars – honestly, can a dessert get any more “Fall” than that? 

In my efforts to combine 2 of my favorite desserts (apple pie and cheesecake) I ended up with these delicious bars. I made this recipe with 100% whole grains, but I’ve also made them gluten-free as well — so many options, depending on your preferences and the ingredients you have on hand!

9 Simple Techniques to Create More Time Every Day

posted by Andrea | 11/4/2019 | 8 comments

Do you ever wish you could have more time every day — even just an extra hour?

Obviously, having a literal extra hour is impossible… but what if there were a few simple things you could do right now to instantly create more time every day? I’m sharing 9 of my favorite techniques in today’s post!