Holidays

The Perfect Clutter-Free Gift for That Difficult-to-Buy-For Person!

posted by Andrea | 11/15/2018 | 20 comments

Wherever you are on your holiday shopping progress, you’re bound to have at least one person on your list that you JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO GIVE THEM! Right?

Today I’m sharing a fantastic (and clutter-free) gift idea for those difficult-to-buy-for people on your list this year! Also, I have a discount code!!

5 Ways We Simplify Christmas… with small children

posted by Andrea | 11/14/2018 | 59 comments

I wasn’t planning to do a post about “simplifying Christmas”, just yet (I want to enjoy Thanksgiving first!)

But after receiving an astonishing number of emails, comments, and Facebook messages requesting this type of post, I decided to share 5 things we do (or rather DON’T do) to simplify our holiday season — specifically Christmas.

Fun Conversations Starters (for adults, kids, introverts, and anyone else!)

posted by Andrea | 10/26/2018 | 12 comments

As self-proclaimed introverts, Dave and I are not much for small-talk. We can manage boring small-talk conversations just fine, and I certainly wouldn’t ever consider us to be “socially awkward”.

That said, with the holiday party season just around the corner, I thought it might be fun to come up with a list of Fun Conversation Starters for anyone who would rather not discuss the weather or work with every new person they encounter! I also have a great list of 20 conversation starters for kids!

4 Ideas to Reduce Excess “Wants”

posted by Andrea | 10/25/2018 | 41 comments

There is no “quick fix” for not wanting something cool when you see it, but I do have a few relatively simple tips I use for myself (and for my children) that seem to help reduce some of those excess “wants”.

These ideas are especially relevant now, as we gear up for another holiday season filled with even more stuff… but they work well year round too!

Our Favorite Clutter-Free Teacher Gifts

posted by Andrea | 10/8/2018 | 43 comments

I don’t know if it’s simply because Dave is a teacher and I know how much time, effort, and energy they put into teaching their students every single day, but I’m much more willing to splurge on one of my children’s teachers than I am on any other non-family member.

I realize teacher gifts aren’t something every parent is so passionate about… but if you’re looking for a few clutter-free teacher gift ideas, I think today’s post will help — hopefully with plenty of time to put something nice together before the holidays! 

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!!

Fourth of July Flowers and Festivities

posted by Andrea | 07/4/2018 | 12 comments

Happy 4th of July!

Instead of a normal post, I wanted to simply pop in to share a few pictures of our landscape today — complete with almost 700 red, white, and blue annuals!

Happy Memorial Day… a walk down memory lane!

posted by Andrea | 05/28/2018 | 6 comments

Happy Memorial Day!

I often like to do something different for holiday posts — so today, I’m linking back to several posts I think might be fun to read (or reread) over your long holiday weekend. I’m also taking a mini walk down memory lane and sharing a handful of photos from my family and my yard — it’s crazy how much the plants AND the kiddos have grown!

Happy New Year (Our 2017 Holiday Card)

posted by Andrea | 01/1/2018 | 12 comments

Happy New Year!

I’ll be back to my regular blogging schedule tomorrow (with another one of my Favorite Things posts) but in the meantime, I wanted to make sure I shared our 2017 holiday card with all of you.

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!!

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!

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.

Ideas to Organize and Repurpose Holiday Cards

posted by Andrea | 11/21/2017 | 21 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! 

Christmas in July… How Do You Handle Gifts?

posted by Andrea | 07/25/2017 | 11 comments

After several requests to share more about how our family handles Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, and other gifts throughout the year, I figured today was a great day to finally share (after all, it’s exactly 5 months until Christmas!)

I’d also love to know how you handle gift-giving throughout the year. Happy Christmas in July!

A Peek Into Our Christmas Break

posted by Andrea | 01/2/2017 | 23 comments

Happy New Year!

It was so nice to take a week off and enjoy a slower pace over the holidays — but I’m excited to be back! Come take a peek at what we did over our break!

Merry Christmas from the Dekkers

posted by Andrea | 12/23/2016 | 28 comments

As I’ve done for many years now, I’ll be taking the week between Christmas and New Years as a short blogging break. It’s such a nice time to step away from my computer and social media for a few days, and I always come back after the New Year with so many blog post topics and ideas!

Today I’m sharing our 2016 Christmas card, and a little bit about what I hope to do (and not do) over our Christmas break!

Live or Artificial? My Internal Christmas Tree Debate

posted by Andrea | 12/16/2016 | 46 comments

Although I was fairly certain we would get a live tree once we were living out on our own, Dave and I have been using a thrift store artificial Christmas tree for the past 11 Christmases 🙂

Every year I have some sort of internal debate about if we should keep using our artificial tree or go buy a real one…

Are We Giving To Satisfy Ourselves?

posted by Andrea | 12/6/2016 | 40 comments

There are so many times when we (myself included) have our own agendas for giving — we want to give what WE want to give, whether it is useful or needed or appreciated by the recipient.

I hope today’s post reminds all of us to take few minutes to think how our gifts might best be used — not only for family and friends but also donations and other charitable giving!