Daily Life

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!

My Homemade Facewash (8 years later)

posted by Andrea | 02/6/2018 | 47 comments

Just about 8 years ago, I got the crazy idea (after reading it somewhere on the internet) that I wanted to start using OIL to cleanse my face!

That post was so popular that I STILL get comments, questions, and emails asking if we really use oil to cleanse our face… so today, I’m sharing an update, 8 years later!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 01/29/2018 | 15 comments

What a full week we had last week — not necessarily because of so many activities, but simply because each one of our kids had something special going on last week!

Also… I left the house EVERY single day with some or all of the children! Can you believe it!

A Peek Into Our Week (post holiday)

posted by Andrea | 01/8/2018 | 44 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!

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 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 🙂

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.

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 (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!

My Week In Review (August 27- September 2)

posted by Andrea | 08/31/2017 | 26 comments

Dave and Nora’s first day of school (and Nora’s first time riding the bus) is officially in the books — Nora said the first day was “the best day of her entire life”!

Today I’m sharing what we’ve been up to this past week, as well as many of the posts I wrote this week in previous years.

If It Won’t Matter in 5 Years…

posted by Andrea | 08/10/2017 | 10 comments

Several years ago, I heard a simple little phrase that has completely changed how I look at issues or problems that arise in my life.

It might be slightly naive, but it’s one of those phrases that has really stuck with me over the years, and has actually helped me to simplify so many areas of my own life.

My Week In Review (July 9-15)

posted by Andrea | 07/13/2017 | 13 comments

In current “Dekker news” — Nora lost her first tooth, Simon loves having crazy hair, James turns TWO, we welcomed a new baby cousin, Dave has 5 more weeks of summer break, and I’m telling myself that 9-10 weeks isn’t really that much longer to be pregnant 🙂

And of course, I’m also sharing what I blogged about this week in previous years, in today’s Week In Review Post!

My Week In Review (July 2-8)

posted by Andrea | 07/4/2017 | 21 comments

Happy 4th of July to everyone in America! 

Today I’m sharing several patriotic recipes, fun patriotic pictures of my kids throughout the years, a patriotic home tour, and so much more!

This Week In Review (June 25 – July 1)

posted by Andrea | 06/29/2017 | 12 comments

It’s Dave and my 11th anniversary tomorrow — so along with sharing lots of great recipes, organizing ideas, money-saving tips, landscape renovations, and some of my favorite things, I’m also sharing pictures and posts from all of our previous anniversaries! 

I hope you enjoy re-reading them as much as I did! 

How I Style My Short Hair (a Video!)

posted by Andrea | 06/27/2017 | 51 comments

After enjoying very long, curly hair for the first 23+ years of my life, I’ve had shorter hair for almost 9 years now… and I just LOVE it! 

I’ve gotten so many requests to share exactly how I style my hair each morning; and even though it only takes me a minute or two, I had fun finally making a video tutorial! 

This Week in Review (June 18-24)

posted by Andrea | 06/22/2017 | 13 comments

As I mentioned last week, one of the fun post series I’m running over the summer is a “Week in Review”, where I look back on my past 7 years of blogging and highlight old posts, photos, recipes, etc.

Today I’m sharing links to some favorite BBQ side dishes, our huge kitchen renovation, Dave and my engagement story, Craigslist tips… and pictures from this week’s vacation 🙂