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A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 07/9/2018 | 15 comments

Nora finished gymnastics last week and has soccer camp next week, Simon has perfected the art of drawing “blob people”, James is all about puzzles, and Clara just can’t get enough watermelon. Dave and I are enjoying our slow summer, watching some Netflix, eating so much good food, and probably going to bed way too late!

Come check out what we’ve been up to, what we’re watching, reading, eating, doing, and more in today’s Peek Into Our Week post!

How I Use My Early Morning Quiet Hours

posted by Andrea | 07/6/2018 | 23 comments

Since our kids are all in bed around 7:00pm every night, and since they all (usually) sleep through the night, I’m getting really good sleep, which means I can finally get back to waking up early again!

It might sound like an over-exaggeration, but every single aspect of my day runs smoother when I wake up early — I’m sharing more about how I use these early morning hours today!

A Few of My Favorite Things {July, 2018}

posted by Andrea | 07/2/2018 | 15 comments

Our summer is rolling along quickly, and we’ve crossed so many things off our “summer fun list” already. Dave and I have crossed many things off our ginormous summer to-do list as well!

Crossing things off my list is definitely one of my “favorite things”… today I’m sharing a few more!

How I Find Quiet Time with 4 Kids

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2018 | 29 comments

In general, I like my environment to be very quiet… which, I suppose, is somewhat laughable considering I’m a stay-at-home-mom of 4 little children!

Nevertheless, I regularly find ways to meet my “quiet time quota” each day — which makes for a much happier mama and a much more enjoyable day for everyone! Today, I’m sharing a few ways I find a fair amount of quiet time every day… even with 4 kids! 

The Few Products I’m Brand-Loyal To!

posted by Andrea | 06/14/2018 | 47 comments

If you would question me about being “brand loyal”, I would most likely tell you I’m NOT. However, over the years I’ve become more and more brand loyal as I find specific brands I love, that my kids prefer, and that seem to work better for me.

SO….. in honor of my birthday, I thought it might be fun to share some of the things I’m willing to spend more on JUST to get the brand I’ve come to love.

Time + Money Management: We Have a Choice

posted by Andrea | 06/7/2018 | 60 comments

Over the years, I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say “I can’t afford that” or “I don’t have time for that”… and I guess it just bothers me that so many people seem to have such a “defeatist” attitude towards their lack of time and money.

The reason it bothers me is because I personally feel that in almost every situation, we have a choice as to how we will spend our time and our money… I’d love to know if you agree with me or not (and why!)

3 Reasons Your Stuff Isn’t Selling

posted by Andrea | 06/5/2018 | 30 comments

Today’s post is a repost from one I originally published in 2015…

I’m re-sharing today as I know so many of you are hoping to sell some of your unneeded things this summer. If that sounds like you, I hope the 3 ideas in today’s post will be helpful!

A Peek Into Our Week (Summer Vacation!)

posted by Andrea | 06/4/2018 | 22 comments

It’s officially Summer Vacation for the Dekker family, and we started off with a week FULL of fun (and a decent amount of work too!)

Today I’m sharing updates on our bathroom renovation process (yay!), my tentative summer blogging plan, our super simple menu, and a bunch of pictures of what we’ve been up to lately.

A Few Of My Favorite Things {June 2018}

posted by Andrea | 06/1/2018 | 17 comments

Summer vacation…. THAT is definitely one of my favorite things! And it just so happens that Dave’s summer vacation starts today! 

Today I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things… one of which requires the consumption of large quantities of ice cream. 🙂

5 Things I Do (Almost) Every Day To Keep Household Messes at Bay

posted by Andrea | 05/30/2018 | 33 comments

If you’d like a few more of my “secrets” to keeping my home fairly neat and organized without a ton of effort, today’s post is a good place to start!

How Food Prep Positively Impacts Almost Every Aspect Of My Life

posted by Andrea | 05/29/2018 | 21 comments

I’ve always known food prep was an important piece of the puzzle for my simplified, organized lifestyle; however, it really hasn’t been until the last 9 months of my life that I truly started to realize just how much my entire life “falls apart” when I slack on food prep. 

This knowledge is more than enough for me to continue my not-so-loved task of food prep… as you’ll read in today’s post, it really does positively impact almost every area of my life!

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!

Frugal Summer Fun For Younger Children

posted by Andrea | 05/22/2018 | 20 comments

Summer break sort of snuck up on me this year… and while I’m excited to have everyone home all day again, I also realize our schedule and routine will look very different.

I’m trying to prepare by having lots of different fun activities for us to do as a family — many of which are completely free (or very frugal). I’m sharing so many of our favorite frugal summer fun ideas in today’s post!

How I Create More Time, More Simplicity, and More Peace

posted by Andrea | 05/21/2018 | 22 comments

Over the last 6+ year of being a parent, I have learned how to have more balance in my life, I’ve given myself more grace, and as a result, I have a lot more fun!

If you’re looking for a few relatively simple practices to help YOU create more time in your schedule, more simplicity in your home, and more peace in your life, I hope that sharing what works for me might also help you!

When (Some) Busyness Leads to (Mostly) Simple

posted by Andrea | 05/17/2018 | 21 comments

Over the years, I have shared many of tips and tricks for simple living, decluttering, time management, and organization. I’ve also made it very clear that simple living is not always EASY. It requires hard work, dedication, and perseverance — trusting that those busy periods of life will eventually lead to simpler times.

Are you in a very busy period of life? If so, don’t feel guilty or like you’re doing everything wrong. Read today’s post and hopefully breathe a sigh of relief!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 05/14/2018 | 23 comments

We had a full, but really fun week last week, and now we’re gearing up for 2 more busy week.

Then we’ll breathe a sigh of relief because summer vacation will be HERE! Bring on the sweet slow days of summer! 

Don’t Take It For Granted

posted by Andrea | 05/11/2018 | 20 comments

As the little girl who ALWAYS dreamed of the day I would move into my very own home, I certainly underestimated how much work it would be to care for a home and yard — not to mention the amount of effort required to care for the family who now lives in the home and plays in the yard!

Some days, it feels downright impossible to fit everything in… but today (and moving forward) my goal is simply not to take any of it for granted.

My Month-Long Aldi Shopping Experiment

posted by Andrea | 05/7/2018 | 68 comments

Anyone who has read my blog for any amount of time knows my undying devotion to Meijer grocery stores… as well as the fact that I’ve never been a huge fan of Aldi grocery stores.

However, I finally decided to give Aldi a shot with a self-imposed one-month challenge to do as much of my grocery shopping at Aldi as I possibly could… today, I’m sharing the results!