Children

Clara is ONE!

posted by Andrea | 09/25/2018 | 23 comments

One year ago today, I woke up pregnant for the last time. Miss Clara Jo was born at 9:57pm and our lives have been happier since that moment!

I CANNOT believe our sweet little bundle of endless smiles is ONE already!

Kid-Friendly Charcuterie… one of our favorite simple meals

posted by Andrea | 09/12/2018 | 10 comments

One of our children’s most favorite thing to eat is “meat and cheese” — a.k.a. a plate of food consisting of various meats, cheese, fruits, veggies, crackers, dips, nuts, etc.

Over the summer months (in an effort to spend less time in the house and more time outside by the pool) I decided to regularly serve up their’ favorite “meat and cheese” meal as a fun-looking, fun-to-eat, kid-friendly charcuterie board. WOW, was it ever a huge hit!

Kid’s Clothing That Works With Our Sensory Issues

posted by Andrea | 09/10/2018 | 45 comments

As many of you know, Nora struggled with several sensory issues as a baby and toddler. The doctors all told me she’d outgrow them by kindergarten… and for the most part, she did! The one area she still struggles with is clothing — she won’t wear anything that doesn’t “feel right”.

Since we just recently purchased several new items of clothing for her, I thought I’d share some of the brands and types of clothing that seem to work well for us — in hopes that maybe it will help some of you with sensory kiddos in your life!

Our School Snack Simplifier

posted by Andrea | 09/7/2018 | 14 comments

I’ve wanted to share one of our favorite ways to simplify school snacks for some time now… but I wanted to wait until the back-to-school season was in full swing.

Now that we have a couple weeks of school under out belts, it’s time for my tip…

How “Fun Lunches” Simplify Our School Routine

posted by Andrea | 08/30/2018 | 64 comments

When it comes to packing lunches, it’s definitely not my most favorite thing on my list of daily to-do’s, but I certainly don’t despise it the way some of our friends, relatives, and other school families seem to!

In fact, after thinking about lunch packing more this past month, I might know at least one reason I don’t dread or despise packing lunches… I’m sharing my “secret” in today’s post!

Clara @ 11 Months (+ one factor that changed my perspective of the infant stage)

posted by Andrea | 08/27/2018 | 34 comments

Clara is 11 months old!!! As many of you know, she has basically been a dream baby compared to my other 3. She is so happy, sweet, easy-going… and her first year has been better than I ever hoped it could be.

However, in my opinion, there is an even bigger factor that has completely revolutionized the way I feel about parenting an infant now versus when Nora was a baby…

How We Store Future Gifts (Clara @ 10 Months)

posted by Andrea | 07/25/2018 | 29 comments

With Clara’s upcoming first birthday, James’ 3rd birthday a couple weeks ago, and the fact that Christmas is exactly 5 months from today (what!), I thought this might be a good time to share how Dave and I currently handle buying and storing gifts year-round.

But first… an update on our sweet and smiley Clara Jo, who is 10 months old today!!

James is 3!!!!

posted by Andrea | 07/13/2018 | 23 comments

One of the cutest, sweetest, happiest boys around turns THREE tomorrow!! Can you believe it!

Today I’m sharing a few (OK, probably more than a few) of my favorite pictures from this past year, as well as some from his Bob the Builder birthday party this past weekend!

Fluffy Slime (our new favorite craft!)

posted by Andrea | 06/28/2018 | 12 comments

Nora has been begging to make slime this summer — however, it’s SO messy, slimy, sticky, etc. that I really didn’t want to deal with the mess.

Fortunately, I found a recipe for Fluffy Slime that was fairly quick and simple to make, creates virtually no mess when the kids play with it, and is just “slimy” enough to appease Nora’s desire for slime at home!

Clara @ 9 Months

posted by Andrea | 06/25/2018 | 18 comments

Clara is 9 months old today! Obviously, she’s pretty excited about it… and we are too!

She makes being a mother of 4 young children feel much easier than I ever imagined it would feel — let’s just hope I can say the same thing in 15 years! 

A New Craft Area for Our Kids (total cost = $0!)

posted by Andrea | 06/20/2018 | 23 comments

If you have a space in your home that isn’t functioning well for your current stage of life, I hope today’s posts encourages you to think “outside the box” a bit and put some effort into creating a new space that will work better for you.

I recently did this with our kids’ crafting space… and I was pleasantly surprised with what we came up with!! 

Clara @ 8 Months!

posted by Andrea | 05/25/2018 | 13 comments

I feel like I just wrote Clara’s 7 month post… and here we are at 8 months already (in patriotic attire for the upcoming holiday!)

I’m excited to learn more about her little personality as she continues to grow — either way, she really is such a great complement to the entire rest of our family. She is SO loved!

Frugal Summer Fun For Younger Children

posted by Andrea | 05/22/2018 | 20 comments

Summer break sort of snuck up on me this year… and while I’m excited to have everyone home all day again, I also realize our schedule and routine will look very different.

I’m trying to prepare by having lots of different fun activities for us to do as a family — many of which are completely free (or very frugal). I’m sharing so many of our favorite frugal summer fun ideas in today’s post!

So Many More Strollers (+ our current favorite)

posted by Andrea | 05/18/2018 | 30 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!

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.

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!