Family

10 Simple Food Swaps for Healthier Family Meals

posted by Andrea | 01/9/2019 | 11 comments

Over the last few years, I’ve slowly incorporated many more nutritious foods in our family meals… and to be honest, I’m SUPER impressed with how well it has worked (often without anyone noticing my swaps!)

If you’re looking for a few relatively simple ways to swap more nutritious foods into YOUR family meals, I think today’s post will give you a really great place to start!

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!

3 Ways to Help Children Live Simply

posted by Andrea | 12/18/2018 | 33 comments

If you have children of any age, I hope today’s post will give you a few ideas to help your children learn to live simply.

These tips alone won’t magically transform your children into simple-living, time-managing, neat-freak, purging machines… but they are steps in the right direction!

My Simple Tip To Blast Away Children’s Colds

posted by Andrea | 12/17/2018 | 29 comments

When it comes to gross kid germs, I’m honestly not a germaphobe as I know it’s beneficial for their immune systems. That said, I still don’t love it when my kids are stuffed up or “under the weather”…

Today, I’m sharing my super simple, super frugal tip to blast away their colds. It seems to work for us every single time!

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.

Personalized Holiday Gifts, Goodies, and Giveaways!

posted by Andrea | 12/5/2018 | 6 comments

If you’re looking for any type of cute, fun, out-of-the-ordinary personalized gift or stocking stuffer for someone on your Christmas list this year, Stuck On You has some REALLY cute products in their holiday section right now…

…and I just so happen to have a giveaway on the blog today!!

The One Holiday Deal We Always Capitalize On

posted by Andrea | 12/4/2018 | 20 comments

As many of you know, Dave and I are not the shopping type. We prefer to stay home and would probably rather have some type of operation or even get a tooth pulled versus going shopping the day after Thanksgiving!

That said… there is one deal we ALWAYS capitalize on during the holiday season. I’m sharing the details today!

Our Recent Family Pictures + Life Updates

posted by Andrea | 11/30/2018 | 33 comments

We had family pictures taken exactly 1 month ago… and thanks to the world of digital everything, we got the digital files back from our photographer right before Thanksgiving!

I’m sharing a handful of my favorites on the blog today — along with a Dekker Family Life Update!

My New Planner + Calendar Approach to 2019 (and a giveaway!)

posted by Andrea | 11/29/2018 | 43 comments

I’ve been using the Personal Planner for so many years now, and I truly can’t speak highly enough about it. It has always worked for me, for my family, and for my business in every season of life! 

Today I’m sharing my newest Personal Planner system (a calendar + planner approach to 2019) as well as a Personal Planner giveaway and discount coupon!!

Have You Ever Considered “Skipping” A Holiday?

posted by Andrea | 11/26/2018 | 79 comments

Due to a change in plans, our family essentially “skipped” Thanksgiving in the sense that we didn’t do any holiday parties, we didn’t have traditional Thanksgiving foods, we didn’t scan the ads for amazing deals, and we didn’t see any extended family members or friends.

Before you click away, thinking we are a family of Scrooges, please just read through to the end… the whole weekend was a revolutionary experience for Dave and me, and I just had to share! 

Nora is 7! Happy Thanksgiving!

posted by Andrea | 11/21/2018 | 32 comments

Tomorrow, our family will celebrate Thanksgiving Day AND Nora’s 7th birthday! Seriously… SEVEN!! 

Since I’m stepping away from my blog over the long holiday weekend (and since we’re actually celebrating her birthday with our immediate family today), I decided to share Nora’s birthday post a day early!

Also… Happy Thanksgiving to my U.S. readers!!!

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

posted by Andrea | 11/15/2018 | 26 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 | 61 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.

How I Lost 60 Pounds in 60 Weeks (Post Baby)

posted by Andrea | 11/12/2018 | 84 comments

As someone who is anti “diet” and anti “exercise”, I felt a little overwhelmed as I embarked on my first-ever weight-loss journey after Clara was born (60 weeks ago).

I ended up loosing 60 pounds, which was much more than I anticipated in the beginning — I’m sharing my journey in today’s post!

5 Tips To Encourage a Clean(er) and (more) Organized Family

posted by Andrea | 11/8/2018 | 29 comments

Over the years, I’ve been asked countless times how to get messy spouses and messy children to ‘clean up their act’. And while I don’t have any quick-fix answers or easy solutions to these questions, I do think that if your children and/or your spouse are willing to try to change their behavior, there is hope!

Today I’m sharing 5 steps to encourage a clean(er) and (more) organized family!