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So Many More Strollers (+ our current favorite)

posted by Andrea | 05/18/2018 | 22 comments

Exactly 5 year ago, I shared this post about our favorite strollers. At the time, we only had one child, but I had already tried out close to a dozen different strollers — buying and selling them on Craigslist (and often making a profit in the process!)

Well, 5 years and 3 more babies later, we have an entirely new line-up of strollers… that’s what I’m sharing more about today!

Don’t Take It For Granted

posted by Andrea | 05/11/2018 | 20 comments

As the little girl who ALWAYS dreamed of the day I would move into my very own home, I certainly underestimated how much work it would be to care for a home and yard — not to mention the amount of effort required to care for the family who now lives in the home and plays in the yard!

Some days, it feels downright impossible to fit everything in… but today (and moving forward) my goal is simply not to take any of it for granted.

3 Questions That Reduce My Frustration as a Parent

posted by Andrea | 05/2/2018 | 47 comments

Today’s post is another one of those “this is what works for me” type of posts.

That said, I think it has the potential to improve almost any “adult-child relationship” — whether it’s your child, your grandchild, a niece or nephew, a neighbor child, a friend’s child, or whomever.

Sitting Is the New Smoking – Simple Ways I Move More

posted by Andrea | 04/26/2018 | 26 comments

Although I know there are many benefits from actual exercise, I also realize that fitting 30-60 minutes of cardio or strength training into each day is completely unrealistic for many people… including myself! 

I promise, I won’t pressure you to exercise daily… instead, I’ll simply encourage you to take a few minutes to MOVE MORE! I’m sharing several ways I move more in today’s post!

Clara @ 7 Months + Our Happy Homecoming!

posted by Andrea | 04/25/2018 | 19 comments

My favorite baby girl is 7 months old today — and she’s still as happy as ever!

Today I’m sharing a little more about my ONE and only goal for her delivery and our HAPPY homecoming!

A Balanced Approach to Children and Screens

posted by Andrea | 04/23/2018 | 27 comments

If I had to choose one word to sum up my thoughts on children and screens, it would simply be: “Moderation.” Shocking… I know!

If you’re looking for more information to help you evaluate the use of screens in your home, I’m sharing 3 simple guidlines that might bring more balance back to your own children’s screen usage.

The Effects of Sleep On… Everything!

posted by Andrea | 04/17/2018 | 17 comments

Thanks to the fact that all 4 of our children are sleeping through the night on a fairly regular basis, I’ve enjoyed significantly more sleep than I have over the past 6+ years — and WOW has it make a world of difference for me!

After joking with Dave about how my whole quality of life feels exponentially better now that I’m sleeping so much more… I decided to share more on the blog today!

You Can’t Want “it” For Someone

posted by Andrea | 04/10/2018 | 35 comments

Today’s post is a little heavier than my normal tips, recipes, and cute baby photos — but it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately and I wanted to share.

I hope it gives you something to think about, and maybe the freedom to just step back, let go, and move on (at least for now).

How to Instantly Update a Sweatshirt (no sewing required)

posted by Andrea | 03/28/2018 | 25 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!

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!

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!

Simon is 4! (His Paw Patrol Birthday Party)

posted by Andrea | 03/5/2018 | 28 comments

The sweetest boy around celebrated his GOLDEN birthday yesterday!

Check out his Paw Patrol themed birthday party — complete with chili dogs, puppy chow, and a dog bone cake.

That Time I Made Excuses… and how I finally started working towards my goals!

posted by Andrea | 03/2/2018 | 27 comments

After 2 weeks of making excuses after excuses for a ridiculously simple task, I finally put my foot down and decided to make it a priority over everything else on my to-do list.

If you are currently making excuses for a certain goal in your life, I hope today’s post will motivate you to put your foot down and start working towards your goal today!

Clara @ 5 Months + How I’m Feeding Baby #4

posted by Andrea | 02/26/2018 | 31 comments

Can you believe this little lady celebrated 5 months yesterday!?

Today I’m sharing some adorable Clara pictures, my feeding choices for baby #4, and my new favorite (cute and practical) nursing tops!

10 Ways to Be a Lifelong Learner – No School Required

posted by Andrea | 02/22/2018 | 37 comments

One of my college professors would always say, “If you stop learning, you stop living” and I fully agree. There is so much joy and satisfaction that comes from learning and developing a new skill.

Even if you aren’t a “book nerd” and don’t really love the idea of going back to school, there are still MANY ways you can be a lifelong learner.

Don’t Worry About Perfection… Just Move Forward

posted by Andrea | 02/21/2018 | 19 comments

Our 2017 photo book arrived last week, which got me thinking about all the times people have told me they “wish they would have started making digital books when their kids were born”.

The point of today’s post is NOT that everyone should create digital photo albums. Rather, I hope to encourage you to stop worrying about doing everything perfectly, and instead, focus on what you can do right now and just MOVE FORWARD!