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3 Tips to Organize Your Medicine Cabinet

posted by Andrea | 12/8/2017 | 19 comments

One of the mini organizing projects I like to tackle this time of year is to weed through, purge, restock, and better organize our medicine cabinet. I did this a few weeks ago and ironically, 4 of the 6 of us have been sick over the past week (Clara and I have been spared so far!)

Today I’m sharing 3 of my tips to help you quickly get your medicine cabinet organized!

Reader Question: What Are Your Gift-Giving Traditions?

posted by Andrea | 12/7/2017 | 28 comments

Today is Dave’s 36th birthday — he’s officially closer to 40 than 30!

Since we’re in birthday mode around our house (Nora’s birthday was 2 weeks ago) and since the holiday gift-giving season is here, I thought it was the perfect time to post another reader question I got regarding gift-giving traditions… and I’d love to read some of YOUR gift-giving traditions!

A Simple Tip For Making Manageable To-Do Lists

posted by Andrea | 12/6/2017 | 12 comments

Over the last 2-3 months, I’ve regularly accomplished all (or almost all) of my daily to-dos, even with a new baby, the busyness of back-to-school, and all the extra holiday activities. 

This is not because I’m super woman and it’s not because I work all night long. It’s simply because I’ve gotten very good at making manageable to-do lists… and today I’m sharing one simple tip that helps me do just that!

How We Help Our Kids Give Gifts

posted by Andrea | 11/30/2017 | 11 comments

My children love giving gifts… but since they are so young, it’s often difficult for them to choose something appropriate for the recipient.

Thankfully, I have a REALLY simple system that allows my children to pick the “perfect” gift for their family and friends and still give useful and appropriate items.

Nora’s Birthday and Clara’s Baptism

posted by Andrea | 11/29/2017 | 12 comments

Our family had a VERY FULL Thanksgiving weekend… including celebrating Nora’s 6th birthday and Clara’s baptism in addition to our other Thanksgiving festivities.

The very simple combined Little Mermaid + baptism party was a success — and Clara wore a very special dress for her baptism!

Clara @ 2 Months… and The Hardest Part of 4 Kids For Me

posted by Andrea | 11/27/2017 | 39 comments

Two months ago, we added a sweet little girl to our family (seriously, how has it been 2 months already)! And over the past 2 months, I’ve been asked countless times what the hardest part of transitioning from 3-4 kids was/is for me.

I’m sharing that today… and my answer might surprise you!

Nora is SIX!!!

posted by Andrea | 11/22/2017 | 45 comments

Can you believe it… this girl turns SIX today! 

Ideas to Organize and Repurpose Holiday Cards

posted by Andrea | 11/21/2017 | 17 comments

As I’ve mentioned before, I really enjoy the whole process of sending out holiday cards — and of course, I love receiving holiday cards from others too. However, there is always the question of what to do with all those cards AFTER the holiday season is over. 

If you can relate, I hope today’s post offers a few ideas to help you organize and repurpose your old holiday cards! 

Reader Question: How Do You Handle Kids and Technology?

posted by Andrea | 11/14/2017 | 34 comments

I’m back with another reader question… all about Kids + Technology!

I don’t have much perspective on this topic because of the age of my children — however, I KNOW so many of you with older children have great ideas, and I’d love it if you would share those ideas in the comments so we can all benefit from your wisdom!

Clara’s Birth Announcements

posted by Andrea | 11/9/2017 | 15 comments

In the age of social media, I definitely don’t think it’s necessary to send out an official birth announcement — however, I personally like sending them out and I know some of our non-techy relatives enjoy getting them in the mail!

Today, I’m sharing Clara’s birth announcement — as well as how I made them myself for a bargain!

Realistic Expectations – 6 Weeks Post Baby

posted by Andrea | 11/6/2017 | 21 comments

Life with a newborn… need I say more! 

We’ve definitely had some rough days and a few sleepless nights — but today, I’m sharing my thoughts on realistic expectations, and how my expectations played a HUGE role in my perception of these past 6 weeks.

Clara @ 1 month + a Dekker Family Update

posted by Andrea | 10/26/2017 | 33 comments

We celebrated one month with Clara yesterday — and so far, her specialties seem to be eating, sleeping, and creating a bunch of laundry for me!

Today I’m sharing a Dekker family update from this past month!

Clara’s Newborn Pictures!

posted by Andrea | 10/19/2017 | 38 comments

One of my favorite things about having a newborn is getting newborn pictures taken! I don’t often pay for professional photos of my kids, but I’ve always paid for professional newborn photos because I just love looking back on how tiny they were.

Today I’m sharing Clara’s newborn pictures (along with a handful of family shots… and even a few of the big kids!)

Clara’s Birth Story

posted by Andrea | 10/12/2017 | 54 comments

After weeks of daily contractions, I woke up on Monday, September 25, completely unphased by the fact that I felt more contractions. No big deal, just another day of waiting… or so I thought!

Clara may have arrived a full week “late”, but her timing really couldn’t have been more perfect!

Introducing Miss Clara Jo!

posted by Andrea | 09/27/2017 | 116 comments

She’s here! 

Meet the newest addition to the Dekker clan…Clara Jo!

6 Reasons Working from Home with Kids Works for Me (but might not work for you)

posted by Andrea | 09/26/2017 | 13 comments

If you’ve ever wondered how on earth I’m able to work from home with my kids, I hope these 6 reasons help to clear up any confusion.

I promise that I’m no “better” than any other working parent; I just have different skills and I’ve figured out a way to use those skills in a way that works best for me, for my personality, and for my family. 

3 Simple Self-Care Rituals That Make a HUGE Difference for Me

posted by Andrea | 09/25/2017 | 24 comments

I’m often asked if there are certain things I do on a regular basis that are little “treats” for myself — something to pamper myself or something to look forward to after the kids are in bed.

I suspect my answers are not what you’d expect, but… there are definitely 3 really simple (frugal) self-care rituals I do every single day that make a world of difference for me!

I Did So Many Things “Wrong” and My Children Survived

posted by Andrea | 09/20/2017 | 34 comments

I get so many requests for parenting advice… but I often shy away from giving “advice” versus just sharing what works for me and my children.

So today, in hopes of offering encouragement to those of you who feel like you’re failing, I’m sharing many of the things I apparently did “wrong” (according to the experts and books) and how little those things actually mattered in the bigger scheme of my children’s lives!