Life

Don’t Assume… Ask!

posted by Andrea | 04/20/2018 | 20 comments

Today I’m sharing one of the most often overlooked “secrets” of a less-stressed, less-chaotic, happier life. 

Yes, I know that’s a pretty bold statement… but it’s true in so many ways. And it’s SO SIMPLE! 

The Effects of Sleep On… Everything!

posted by Andrea | 04/17/2018 | 17 comments

Thanks to the fact that all 4 of our children are sleeping through the night on a fairly regular basis, I’ve enjoyed significantly more sleep than I have over the past 6+ years — and WOW has it make a world of difference for me!

After joking with Dave about how my whole quality of life feels exponentially better now that I’m sleeping so much more… I decided to share more on the blog today!

Say “No” Without An Explanation

posted by Andrea | 04/12/2018 | 21 comments

As many of you know, I’m a HUGE advocate for saying ‘no’. Well… today, I’d like to take things one step further.

I’d like to encourage you to say ‘no’ WITHOUT an explanation! It will probably be a lot harder than you think!

You Can’t Want “it” For Someone

posted by Andrea | 04/10/2018 | 35 comments

Today’s post is a little heavier than my normal tips, recipes, and cute baby photos — but it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately and I wanted to share.

I hope it gives you something to think about, and maybe the freedom to just step back, let go, and move on (at least for now).

A Peek Into Our Week {Spring Break!}

posted by Andrea | 04/9/2018 | 36 comments

I’m back after taking a few days off last week to enjoy Dave and Nora’s spring break.

Although we didn’t actually travel anywhere, I’m positive our kids had a really great time doing lots of fun things we wouldn’t normally take the time or pay the money to do on a regular basis.

A Few Of My Favorite Things {April 2018}

posted by Andrea | 04/2/2018 | 31 comments

It’s officially Spring Break for both Dave and Nora — and, as you’ll read below, Spring Break is most definitley one of my Favorite Things.

Today, I’m sharing a handful of other favorites… and then I’m taking the rest of the week off to enjoy all the fun activities Dave and I have planned for the kids this week!

Our Mini No-Spending Challenge

posted by Andrea | 03/30/2018 | 14 comments

Five years ago, I shared the self-inflicted no-spending challenge Dave and I did during the month of May. It was a great experience for us, and we learned a lot!

Since our first no-spending challenge back in 2013, Dave and I have done several smaller no-spending challenges — most recently, a no-spending challenge for fast food and restaurants (which is what I’m sharing more about today!)

3 Ways to Reduce Decision Fatigue

posted by Andrea | 03/27/2018 | 10 comments

If you think about how many hundreds and thousands of little (and big) decisions we need to make every single day, it’s no wonder so many people suffer from “decision fatigue”.

If you feel like you struggle with decision fatigue, I hope the 3 tips in today’s post will help lighten your load and allow you to make fewer decisions throughout the day. 

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 03/19/2018 | 25 comments

It’s been almost 2 months since my last Peek Into Our Week post — but that’s because we really haven’t had much to “peek” at!

We’re getting excited for a busier spring season with lots of fun “extras” on the schedule — and of course, I’m getting excited for yard work and house projects! 🙂

Do You Struggle To Stay Motivated? You’re Not Alone!

posted by Andrea | 03/16/2018 | 17 comments

Whether you’re trying to start a new business, get more organized, make more time for yourself, increase your productivity, or decrease your debt, there will always be times when you are super motivated, and other times when you’re not.

Guess what… this is completely NORMAL. Today I’m sharing why!

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!

My Crazy ‘Should I Buy This?’ Decision Process

posted by Andrea | 03/13/2018 | 10 comments

As many of you know, I try to be mindful about what I bring into my home — thankfully, I’m not a big shopper, so it’s relatively easy for me to resist impulse purchases!

However, when I DO purchase something, I mentally think through several questions before bringing the item home. Today I’m sharing those questions, and how they help me resist extra clutter in my home!

How We Recently Saved Almost $100 on Insurance in About 5 Minutes

posted by Andrea | 03/9/2018 | 13 comments

Two years ago, I shared 9 tips to save on insurance (home, auto, medical, dental, life, etc.) and I believe those tips are all still very relevant today. 

However, after a recent email conversation with our home/auto insurance company, I thought it was worth reiterating how ridiculously easy it can be to save money on insurance… simply by asking a few questions every now and then. 

One Simple Task to Clean Up Your Home

posted by Andrea | 03/7/2018 | 20 comments

I’m often asked if I have ONE single tip to help people magically clean up and better organize their homes — unfortunately I don’t.

HOWEVER, today I’m sharing what I’d say if I had to chose just one piece of advice for anyone feeling overwhelmed with the state of their home.

That Time I Made Excuses… and how I finally started working towards my goals!

posted by Andrea | 03/2/2018 | 27 comments

After 2 weeks of making excuses after excuses for a ridiculously simple task, I finally put my foot down and decided to make it a priority over everything else on my to-do list.

If you are currently making excuses for a certain goal in your life, I hope today’s post will motivate you to put your foot down and start working towards your goal today!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {March 2018}

posted by Andrea | 03/1/2018 | 15 comments

We’ve made it to March — which means Spring is almost here! It also means I’ve officially been sharing my Favorite Things for 5 years… and that I will have a newly minted 4 year old in just 3 days!!

Today I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things — all of which are $10 or less!

10 Ways to Be a Lifelong Learner – No School Required

posted by Andrea | 02/22/2018 | 37 comments

One of my college professors would always say, “If you stop learning, you stop living” and I fully agree. There is so much joy and satisfaction that comes from learning and developing a new skill.

Even if you aren’t a “book nerd” and don’t really love the idea of going back to school, there are still MANY ways you can be a lifelong learner.

Don’t Worry About Perfection… Just Move Forward

posted by Andrea | 02/21/2018 | 19 comments

Our 2017 photo book arrived last week, which got me thinking about all the times people have told me they “wish they would have started making digital books when their kids were born”.

The point of today’s post is NOT that everyone should create digital photo albums. Rather, I hope to encourage you to stop worrying about doing everything perfectly, and instead, focus on what you can do right now and just MOVE FORWARD!