Reader Question: How Do You Handle Kids and Money?

posted by Andrea | 03/15/2018 | 34 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.

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!

Our Current Bedtime Routine

posted by Andrea | 02/20/2018 | 25 comments

Dave and I certainly have a long way to go before becoming “super parents” but I will say we have our kid’s bedtime routine DOWN TO A SCIENCE! 

Today, I’m sharing what our children’s bedtime routine looks right now — not because I think everyone should use our routine, but simply because I get asked about our bedtime routine quit eoften, and I know it’s always interesting to read what works for other families!

Simple Ways to Spend One-On-One Time with Young Children

posted by Andrea | 02/14/2018 | 20 comments

As we celebrate Valentine’s Day today, I thought it might be nice to share some super simple, frugal, easy, non-stressful ways you can show a little extra love to the little (or not so little) kiddos in your life!

What are your favorite ways to spend one-on-one time with your kids?

What I Keep In Our Diaper Bag for 4 Kids

posted by Andrea | 02/5/2018 | 5 comments

A couple weeks ago, I decluttered, cleaned, and simplified the contents of my diaper bag… and as crazy as it might sound, we actually keep LESS in our diaper bag with 4 kids than we did with 2 or 3.

Today I’m sharing exactly what we keep in our diaper bag, and several of my favorite diaper bags!

My Fourth 4th Trimester

posted by Andrea | 01/5/2018 | 8 comments

After James was born, I shared a little bit about how I always feel an improvement in my physical, mental, and emotional health after I make it through the 4th trimester — this time with Clara was no exception.

And as of Christmas Day, I officially made it through my FOURTH “4th trimester”!!

Clara @ 3 Months – Merry Christmas!

posted by Andrea | 12/25/2017 | 13 comments

Merry Christmas!  

As I’ve done for many, many years, I’m taking off the week between Christmas and New Years to enjoy a few lazy days at home with Dave and the kids.

But first, I’m sharing a few pictures of our newly minted 3 month old baby girl!!

How to Clean Up Battery Corrosion

posted by Andrea | 12/19/2017 | 16 comments

I can’t even begin to add up how much money I’ve saved buying used toys, electronics, games, and other battery-powered items over the years — especially once I learned how to quickly clean up battery corrosion!

If you use batteries, you’ll want to read today’s post!!  

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!

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! 

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 | 17 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!

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!

A Few Thoughts on Volunteering

posted by Andrea | 09/6/2017 | 32 comments

I’m a huge advocate for volunteering for organizations I feel passionate about — and obviously, volunteer work is crucial to many schools, churches, and other community organizations. However, there are definitely seasons of life when volunteering is much less “doable”.

For those of you who feel really overwhelmed with the amount of volunteer work you might be asked to do this coming year, I hope this post lets you breathe a sigh of relief and realize you do NOT have to do it all!