Life

A Simple Way to Store Extra Sheets

posted by Andrea | 12/15/2017 | 19 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 | 10 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…

3 Simple Self-Care Rituals That Make a HUGE Difference for Me

posted by Andrea | 09/25/2017 | 24 comments

I’m often asked if there are certain things I do on a regular basis that are little “treats” for myself — something to pamper myself or something to look forward to after the kids are in bed.

I suspect my answers are not what you’d expect, but… there are definitely 3 really simple (frugal) self-care rituals I do every single day that make a world of difference for me!

My Week In Review (Sep. 17-23)

posted by Andrea | 09/21/2017 | 23 comments

I am SO hoping this will be the last Week In Review post I write for a while as I said I would write them until the baby arrives… I figure she HAS to arrive before the end of NEXT week!

Honestly, though, I feel like I’m living in “the calm before the storm”… and I’m doing my best to just enjoy it instead of feeling anxious for the baby to arrive! 

My Week In Review (Sep 10-16)

posted by Andrea | 09/15/2017 | 13 comments

I’m still here… the baby is still NOT here 🙂 All is well though, and I’m really not anxious for her to arrive sooner than she’s ready. I know labor and delivery will be so much easier when everyone is truly ready!

I hope to have some exciting baby news to share with you all soon… but in the meantime, here’s what I blogged about this week in previous years.

Stop Comparing – You Will Be So Much Happier

posted by Andrea | 09/12/2017 | 57 comments

While I truly do think it would be impossible to get through life (or even one day) without ever comparing yourself, your home, or your life to someone or something, I’m also convinced that so many people today are ruining their own lives by CONSTANTLY comparing themselves to other people’s lives — and only the parts of other’s lives they can see.

Today I’m sharing more about comparison and why I try really hard to be content with what I’m good at instead of stressing about improving the areas I’m not good at.

My Week In Review (September 3-9)

posted by Andrea | 09/8/2017 | 15 comments

We’re 2 weeks into the school year and 10 days from my due date — which means lots of changes for the Dekker family this month! Thankfully, they all seem to be good, fun, and exciting changes — but sometimes even good, fun, and exciting changes are challenging for me!

Here’s what I blogged about this week in previous years.

How We Keep Our Vehicles Neat and Clean Almost All The Time

posted by Andrea | 09/7/2017 | 17 comments

Besides some sand, dirt, and a few cracker crumbs, the insides of our vehicles are almost always very neat, tidy, and organized — even with multiple children, snacks, drinks, blankets, diaper bags, craft supplies, tissues, wipes, etc.

Today I’m sharing 3 simple, but specific, things we do to keep our car neat and clean (almost) all the time — and I promise, they really take very little effort on our part!