Life

Because 40% Off Is Still 60% More Than Not Buying It In The First Place!

posted by Andrea | 01/15/2018 | 11 comments

Although I generally dislike shopping, I often find it difficult to pass up a bargain — especially at thrift stores , online, or if I get freebie coupons.

Today I’m sharing a couple recent stories about how I (almost) got sucked into using a coupon just because it was a great deal… tell me I’m not the only one with this problem 🙂

A Peek Into Our Week (post holiday)

posted by Andrea | 01/8/2018 | 41 comments

Life in the Dekker house is slowly getting back to “normal” after lots of holiday parties, out-of-town guests, and SO MUCH FOOD!

Today I’m sharing a few family and life updates, along with my new winter boots and a fabulous book I just finished! Oh, and I’d love some ideas for indoor winter activities for young kids!

Another Healthier Habit: Low-Waste Lunches

posted by Andrea | 01/4/2018 | 25 comments

For the past several years, I’ve been diligently working to SLOWLY incorporate several healthier habits into my family’s daily life… and this year, I’ve decided that my “healthier habit” will not only be more nutritious for my family but also “healthier” for the environment.

I’m doing my best to pack low-waste lunches, and I’m sharing lots of great ideas and products in today’s post!

A Few of My Favorite Things {January 2018}

posted by Andrea | 01/2/2018 | 17 comments

As much as I love the holiday season, I’m fairly confident I love January even more (I literally took all my Christmas decorations down on Christmas night!)

I love getting back to my “normal” routine again, I love purging and paring down after 2 months of accumulating, and I love sharing a few more of my favorite things with you!

How to Clean Up Battery Corrosion

posted by Andrea | 12/19/2017 | 16 comments

I can’t even begin to add up how much money I’ve saved buying used toys, electronics, games, and other battery-powered items over the years — especially once I learned how to quickly clean up battery corrosion!

If you use batteries, you’ll want to read today’s post!!  

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 12/18/2017 | 39 comments

Our family got hit with the flu, our fridge died, we celebrated Christmas with our kiddos, Clara got her first haircut, I ordered my 2018 planner, and I found the most perfect winter coat!

All this and more in today’s peek into our week!

A Simple Way to Store Extra Sheets

posted by Andrea | 12/15/2017 | 21 comments

Four years ago, I shared a post about why we didn’t need extra storage for linens — mainly because we didn’t have any extra linens! We had a fabulously minimalistic system that worked well for us for several years. However, 4 years (and 3 more children) later, we have a little bit different system.

We now have 2 sets of sheets per bed — but we still don’t need a linen closet to store the extra set. I’m sharing our super simple sheet storage system today!

Increase Your Saving and Investment Potential With Automatic Deposits

posted by Andrea | 12/13/2017 | 24 comments

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — automating our savings and investments has been one of the most important reasons we’ve been able to stick with our lofty financial goals for the past 11+ years.

As we approach another New Year with new goals, I’d encourage you to set up a monthly auto-deposit into a specific savings or investment account. Then commit to leaving that money untouched for as long as you possibly can!!

How I Organize and Keep Track of My Digital Receipts

posted by Andrea | 12/4/2017 | 21 comments

If you do the majority of your shopping online like I do, you probably get what feels like 10 million emails regarding your various online purchases — when the orders are places, when they are processed, when the products are shipped, when the orders are delivered, etc. etc. etc. 

It can feel overwhelming if you don’t have a system. Thankfully, you do NOT need a fancy system to track your digital receipts — I’m sharing my super simple system today!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {December 2017}

posted by Andrea | 12/1/2017 | 11 comments

It’s December — where did this year go! 

I’m back with another list of some of my favorite things… I know I’ll have many more to share with you NEXT YEAR!! 

The Saving Power of Waiting 24 Hours

posted by Andrea | 11/16/2017 | 32 comments

We’re quickly approaching the time of year when there are so many sales and “great deals” that it’s often easy to make quick decisions and impulse purchases we might later regret.

If you’re hoping to avoid extra impulse purchases this year, today’s tip might help you do just that!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 11/13/2017 | 17 comments

It’s officially been 6 months since my last Peek Into Our Week post… I’m due for an update!

Today I’m sharing several recent mini house/organizing projects, our menu from last week, updates on the kids, and cute Clara pictures 🙂

Clara’s Birth Announcements

posted by Andrea | 11/9/2017 | 15 comments

In the age of social media, I definitely don’t think it’s necessary to send out an official birth announcement — however, I personally like sending them out and I know some of our non-techy relatives enjoy getting them in the mail!

Today, I’m sharing Clara’s birth announcement — as well as how I made them myself for a bargain!

My Super Simple, Super Frugal, Quick Fix for Faulty Technology

posted by Andrea | 11/8/2017 | 26 comments

Over the years, I have learned one super simple, super frugal, quick fix for faulty technology that has worked over and over and over again for me…

It might not work for every tech issue you encounter — but considering it’s completely free, super easy to do, and only takes a few seconds, it’s probably worth a shot the next time you experience an issue with your technology!

Realistic Expectations – 6 Weeks Post Baby

posted by Andrea | 11/6/2017 | 21 comments

Life with a newborn… need I say more! 

We’ve definitely had some rough days and a few sleepless nights — but today, I’m sharing my thoughts on realistic expectations, and how my expectations played a HUGE role in my perception of these past 6 weeks.

A Few Of My Favorite Things {November 2017}

posted by Andrea | 11/1/2017 | 12 comments

Although I’m not one to overly romanticize the holiday season, I will admit that flipping the calendar over to November makes me smile every year — I just love this time of year!

This month, we’ll celebrate Thanksgiving, Clara’s baptism, and Nora’s birthday (all in 1 week!), we’ll decorate our house for the holiday season, and we’ll hopefully make lots of holiday baked goods — all of which are my favorite things. I’m sharing a few more favorites in today’s post!

Clara @ 1 month + a Dekker Family Update

posted by Andrea | 10/26/2017 | 33 comments

We celebrated one month with Clara yesterday — and so far, her specialties seem to be eating, sleeping, and creating a bunch of laundry for me!

Today I’m sharing a Dekker family update from this past month!

A Few of My Favorite Things {October, 2017}

posted by Andrea | 10/2/2017 | 23 comments

Fall is (and always has been) my favorite season — seriously, if you live in West Michigan, you most likely understand why Fall is one of my favorite things. Another one of my favorite things is the fact that I’m no longer pregnant — Clara is 1 week old today! 

Keep reading for a few more of my favorite things…