Holidays

Happy New Year! (Our Family Christmas Card)

posted by Andrea | 01/1/2020 | 22 comments
2019 Christmas Card

I’m thrilled to be back to blogging after my 2-week hiatus, and I have a couple of REALLY fun, exciting posts to share with you…

However, before I jump into all the fun and excitement that comes with running an organizing blog in January, I want to take a moment to officially share our family’s 2019 Christmas card here on the blog. I designed it myself with free software and I’m so happy with how it turned out!

My Final Word For You This Decade

posted by Andrea | 12/17/2019 | 37 comments
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As we near the close of another decade, the word that continually comes to mind is… SIMPLIFY!

Simplify is a BIG word for my home, my family, my business, and my life. I think you’ll understand why it’s the final word I want to share with you this decade.

5 Simple Gift Ideas For The Person Who Has Everything

posted by Andrea | 12/16/2019 | 16 comments
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Are you still contemplating gift ideas for that one person on your Christmas list who seems to have everything? Or the person who insists they don’t want anything? Yes, we have a few of them on our shopping list too! 

Whenever I’m unsure what to give to someone who has everything, I almost always resort to one of the options in today’s post!

Our Children’s Christmas Gifts (and why we are OK with used gifts)

posted by Andrea | 12/13/2019 | 37 comments
christmas gifts

Every year I get lots of questions about what we give our children for Christmas… specifically, if we give them used and second-hand gifts. 

I’m sharing all the details in today’s post — including how we managed to get all 4 of our children 12 gifts for less than $100 total (thanks to used and second-hand gifts)!

Simple Ways We Cultivate a More Meaningful Christmas

posted by Andrea | 12/10/2019 | 18 comments
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I know we’re already half-way into the Christmas season, but there’s still plenty of time left to simplify your days and cultivate a more meaningful Christmas season for you and for your family. 

Here’s how our family is attempting to do that THIS year. 

The Ultimate List of Clutter-Free Gift Ideas for All Ages

posted by Andrea | 12/5/2019 | 7 comments

Over the past several years, I’ve shared many Clutter-Free Gifts posts; so this year, I thought I’d try to compile ALL those posts and ALL those ideas into one Ultimate List of Clutter-Free Gift Ideas!

I’d love for you to share your favorite clutter-free gifts in the comments!

How to Make 30 Simple Gifts in Under 30 Minutes for Under $30

posted by Andrea | 12/3/2019 | 23 comments
simple holiday gifts

I love giving simple holiday gifts to all the special people in our lives. However, my clutter-free lifestyle means I’m always searching for disposable and consumable gifts. And since I give LOTS of gifts, I need to come up with a way to keep the cost and time-commitment in check.

My gift idea this year is quite possibly my simplest one yet! In fact, I made more than 30 gift bags in under 30 minutes for under $30! Get the details (and free printable gift tags) in today’s post!

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!

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 Holiday Week

posted by Andrea | 07/8/2019 | 43 comments

I’m back from a little blogging break over the holiday week, and I’m sharing updates on our summer goals, lots of cute pictures of the kids, a few pictures from James’ birthday party, and 2 fun freebies! I also have a question regarding my sourdough bread attempts!

Thanks for sticking around while I took a week off!

How We Celebrate Valentine’s Day: Frugal, Festive, Family Fun!

posted by Andrea | 02/11/2019 | 8 comments

We love celebrating special days and holidays… but we most definitely do NOT spend crazy amounts of time, energy, or money on decorations, fancy food, or elaborate gifts.

If you share my love of celebrating special days without too much excess hoopla, I think the simple ideas, tips, and recipes in this post will help make your entire week a bit more festive!

Simple Ways We Celebrate Half Birthdays!

posted by Andrea | 01/17/2019 | 40 comments

In general, I’m not someone who goes over-the-top to celebrate any holiday, birthday, or special occasion… however, we DO still celebrate.

One of my favorite things to celebrate with my children is their half birthday, and today, I’m sharing some of the simple ways we make half birthdays extra special!

What Are You Content With Right Now?

posted by Andrea | 01/11/2019 | 24 comments

Oh the gloriousness of a fresh new year… a blank slate! So many goals, resolutions, and aspirations… so many things we want to change. 

However, before we get too carried away making all sorts of changes and “improvements”, I’d like to encourage you to stop and note at least 5 things you are currently very content with. 

A Peek Into Our Christmas Break

posted by Andrea | 01/7/2019 | 12 comments

I hope you all enjoyed some part of your holiday season — even if it’s just the fact that the holidays are now over and won’t be back again for 11 months (no shame!!)

Today is our family’s first day back at school after a super fantastic 2-week-long Christmas break — I’m sharing more about our Christmas break in today’s post! 

Merry Christmas! (2018)

posted by Andrea | 12/24/2018 | 20 comments

It’s that time of year again — when I take a little time away from my computer to enjoy a change of pace with everyone home from school. 

I’ll “see” you back here again on New Year’s Day! Until then, here is our family’s 2018 Christmas Card! Merry Christmas!

Our Family’s Very Non-Traditional Christmas

posted by Andrea | 12/10/2018 | 43 comments

Since our family essentially “skipped” Thanksgiving this year, it only seems fitting that we celebrated Christmas in a VERY non-traditional manner as well.

Come read about what we did (and didn’t do) this year! 

Dave’s Favorite Chocolate + Peanut Butter Desserts

posted by Andrea | 12/7/2018 | 30 comments

Today I’m wishing the happiest of birthdays to my most favorite person!

And in honor of Dave’s birthday (which perfectly coincides with the holiday baking season) I’m sharing a bunch of his most favorite Chocolate + Peanut Butter Desserts. If you’re on a diet, you probably don’t want to read today’s post!

Encouragement For When The Holidays Aren’t Always Happy

posted by Andrea | 12/6/2018 | 31 comments

Despite the perfectly happy holiday cheer we see in magazines, on TV, on the internet, or in any local mall, the holiday season is often a bittersweet time of year for so many people.

If you find yourself nodding in agreement, I hope to provide a tiny bit of encouragement for you today.