Our Homemade Healthy On-The-Go Lunches

posted by Andrea | 01/28/2020 | 12 comments

On days when we’re away from home, running errands, and doing all sorts of fun stuff, I pack healthy on-the-go lunches to save time, money, and calories. We can easily eat these lunches in the car or wherever we are when we’re hungry and want to eat.

These lunches have been a total game-changer for our family now that we are officially out of the napping stage and it’s easier to get out and about during the day.

How We Arrange Carseats In Our Van

posted by Andrea | 06/28/2019 | 15 comments

Over the years, we have switched and rotated and rearranged the carseats in our van multiple times and multiple different ways — depending on how many children we had and what their ages were.

I’ve gotten SO many questions regarding the ways we arranged our seats — so that’s what I’m sharing more about today! 

Another BANDI Belt Giveaway!

posted by Andrea | 10/18/2018 | 7 comments

Those of you who have read my blog for years and years might remember the very first time I shared BANDI belts with you, 5 years ago! Since then, my collection of BANDI belts has grown to 3 belts, all of which I wear on a regular basis.

The BANDI belts are so handy when I’m heading to the park with the kids, going for a bike ride, or doing yard work. They allow me to keep my essentials handy without lugging a bag around or having stuff fall out of my pockets — score! I’m giving a couple BANDI belts away in today’s post! Come enter to win!

The Dekkers Go To Florida

posted by Andrea | 04/12/2017 | 26 comments

Last week, our family flew to Kissimmee, FL, with my entire side of the family for spring break… and even though I felt more tired when we got home than before we left, I’d have to say that the week was a success (considering we traveled with 3 children 5 and under!)

Today I’m sharing a bunch of pictures from our trip!

Tips for Traveling With Tots

posted by Andrea | 03/17/2017 | 51 comments

Thanks to a bunch of fun travel opportunities, the Dekkers will be traveling more in the next 4 months than we have in the last 4 years — and yes, we’ll be taking all 3 kiddos with us to all our destinations!

Since I’m not necessarily an experienced traveler, I did a few quick internet searches for handy tips, tricks, ideas, and suggestions to simplify the traveling process with small children. Today, I’m sharing my favorite tips with you!

Two Tips to Simplify UNpacking

posted by Andrea | 10/25/2016 | 32 comments

In light of a recent mini vacation we took last week, I’m sharing 2 relatively quick tips that help me to simplify the UNpacking process… In fact, they make it possible to be fully unpacked and on my 2nd load of laundry within 60 minutes of getting home!

Our New-To-Us Minivan!

posted by Andrea | 03/11/2016 | 39 comments

Before we had kids, Dave and I joked about the day when we would eventually drive a minivan… and now, almost 10 years later, that day has finally arrived!

Today, I’m sharing why we decided to make the switch to a minivan, as well as some of my favorite minivan features.

My Tips to Pack a Minimalist Wardrobe

posted by Andrea | 12/9/2015 | 10 comments

Although I definitely wouldn’t consider myself to be a minimalist in most areas of my life, I have always tried to pack a relatively minimalist wardrobe whenever I travel.

So, since I know many of you will be traveling for the holidays (and because I’m wishing spring break would come sooner), I thought it might be good timing to share a few of my best tips for packing minimally — at least when it comes to clothing!

Traveling as a Type-A, Over-Planned, Minimalist

posted by Andrea | 10/23/2015 | 30 comments

Dave and I are on a mini vacation with the kids this week… and as many of you know, I don’t necessarily love traveling all that much 🙂

Today, I’m sharing a somewhat humorous post about what it’s like for me to travel as a “Type-A, Over-Planned, Minimalist”… please tell me a few of you can relate!

Celebration Week Giveaway: Babyhome Dream Bassinet

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | 2 comments

If you’re looking for an extremely simple and portable way for your little one to sleep on-the-go or in your home, you might just want to check out the Dream Bassinet from Babyhome.

There are so many amazing features to this simple, yet elegant design… I can’t wait to use it for our new little guy in just a few short weeks!

Our Very First Family Vacation!

posted by Andrea | 04/17/2015 | 20 comments

We made it… whew!

Our very first family vacation with kids and I didn’t forget anything, we had a lot of fun, and we all made it home safe and sound (I kind of feel like I deserve a medal or something!)

The Essentials I Keep In My Car “Just In Case”

posted by Andrea | 01/30/2015 | 33 comments

We live in Michigan… more specifically, West Michigan. This means we have pretty nasty winters, thanks to “lake effect” snow, sleet, and ice that blasts our area ALL winter long.

Because of this, I’ve come up with a pretty good list of “car essentials” that I keep in my vehicle at all times — and a few extra items for winter and summer. Today, I’m sharing that list!

Our New Double Stroller

posted by Andrea | 05/28/2014 | 24 comments

Our brand new double stroller was delivered just over a month ago — yes, you read that right — BRAND NEW!

Aside from diapers, wipes, and other “perishable” items, I think this double stroller was the very first baby thing I’ve ever personally purchased brand new — and today, I’m sharing a bunch of reasons why we’re loving our new stroller!

Giveaway: BABYBJÖRN Travel Crib Light

posted by Andrea | 04/29/2014 | 14 comments

BABYBJÖRN’s newest product — their Travel Crib Light — is the perfect choice for families who enjoy traveling, families who are always on-the-go, or even those of us who just need an extra kid’s bed for Grandma’s house.

I would highly recommend this product and am super excited to be offering it as a giveaway today!

DIY Travel Art Kit from a DVD Case

posted by Andrea | 03/19/2014 | 16 comments

As I was planning ahead for when Nora would come visit Simon and me in the hospital, I realized she wouldn’t last 10 minutes without going stir-crazy in that hospital room.

Thankfully, I found a really neat idea on Pinterest for a travel art kit made out of an old DVD case. She LOVES it!!

Our Super Relaxing Holiday Getaway

posted by Andrea | 01/3/2014 | 24 comments

Dave and I intentionally tried to simplify our 2013 Christmas Break. We’ve just been so busy, and we know things will only get busier with a new baby, so we’ve been doing a lot of relaxing lately.

We were also gifted a fabulous local getaway to the Homewood Suites by Hilton — Grand Rapids. It was the icing on top of our super relaxing Christmas break!

When Mama Puts Herself First… For Once!

posted by Andrea | 09/25/2013 | 52 comments

Today is a monumental day in the Dekker household! For the very first time since Nora was born (over 22 months ago) this mama bird is leaving the nest. And yes, I feel SO anxious, nervous, sad, excited… and guilty.

Keep reading for more about my mom-only “vacation”… and a few 17 week baby bump pictures 🙂

Our ‘cation at the Cotta

posted by Andrea | 07/23/2013 | 25 comments

For those of you who don’t understand Nora talk, the title of this post should read “Our Vacation at the Cottage”. We spent all of last week lounging and lazing around at a cottage on Lake Michigan with Dave’s immediate family — it was glorious!

Now we’re back to laundry, and cooking, and yard work, and grocery shopping — but we feel refreshed after a lovely week away from our routine (and I’m sharing pictures today!)