Daily Life

How I Drink More Water (at least 100 ounces) Every Day

posted by Andrea | 02/13/2020 | 54 comments
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If you’re looking for an extremely simple, frugal, and quick “fix” for many common ailments like dry skin, headaches, chapped lips, low energy, restless legs, etc. my suggestion is to first DRINK MORE WATER every single day! 

I’ve been amazed, time and time again, how a few extra glasses of water will completely eliminate so many of these annoying symptoms!

Don’t Let Guilt Stifle Your “No”

posted by Andrea | 02/10/2020 | 16 comments

Have you ever wondered how to say “no” without feeling guilty or like you’re letting others down?

I’m sharing a little secret with you today — one that will hopefully empower you to advocate for yourself, learn how to say “no”, and stop letting guilt rule your decisions.

Our Homemade Healthy On-The-Go Lunches

posted by Andrea | 01/28/2020 | 12 comments

On days when we’re away from home, running errands, and doing all sorts of fun stuff, I pack healthy on-the-go lunches to save time, money, and calories. We can easily eat these lunches in the car or wherever we are when we’re hungry and want to eat.

These lunches have been a total game-changer for our family now that we are officially out of the napping stage and it’s easier to get out and about during the day.

The Power Of ONE: How a Decade of Healthier Habits Transformed My Life

posted by Andrea | 01/13/2020 | 42 comments

If I could drill one Simple Living Message into your brain, it would be THE POWER OF ONE! 

If you don’t believe me, just look at where a decade of Small, Simple, Healthier Habits has gotten me! 

My Early Morning Routine Sets the Tone for My Family’s Day

posted by Andrea | 01/8/2020 | 57 comments
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Rushed and busy mornings are not high on my list of favorite things… if you feel the same way, I hope today’s post offers you the motivation you need to simplify your mornings once and for all.

It’s AMAZING how simply sticking with my early morning routine sets a positive tone for our whole family for the entire day!

Why You Should Make a “Done List”

posted by Andrea | 01/7/2020 | 36 comments
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Have you ever gotten to the end of a day and felt like you accomplished absolutely nothing? Yup, me too! Whenever these feelings of inadequacy strike, I know it’s time to make another “Done List” — or a list of everything I accomplished that day.

A Done List is an excellent way to practice gratitude and contentment, and I’m challenging you to try it this year!

My Final Word For You This Decade

posted by Andrea | 12/17/2019 | 37 comments
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As we near the close of another decade, the word that continually comes to mind is… SIMPLIFY!

Simplify is a BIG word for my home, my family, my business, and my life. I think you’ll understand why it’s the final word I want to share with you this decade.

5 Practical Tips to Survive Sleepless Nights With Littles

posted by Andrea | 12/9/2019 | 21 comments
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The last 8 years of my life have been filled with more sleepless nights than I care to recall! As a coping mechanism for my ultra-structured self, I came up with a short list of survival techniques — all of which I’m sharing in today’s post!

If you struggle with sleepless nights (for whatever reason) today’s post can help!

Happy Thanksgiving!

posted by Andrea | 11/27/2019 | 26 comments
dekker family

Dave and the kids are off of school for the rest of the week, so we’re gearing up for a LONG weekend full of board games, craft projects, movie marathons, holiday baking, yard work, and more!

I’m sharing my most favorite Thanksgiving recipes and a little encouragement for those of you who need to re-evaluate your traditions this year!

Being Average is Awesome Too!

posted by Andrea | 11/18/2019 | 25 comments
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Have you ever bemoaned the fact that you weren’t the “best”? Have you ever felt a twinge of guilt (or even anger) for just being “average”?

NEWS FLASH: the majority of people you know and interact with every single day are “average”… and contrary to popular opinion, I personally think being average is awesome!

A Peek Into Our Week (Family Pictures & Blogging Goals)

posted by Andrea | 11/11/2019 | 39 comments
dekker family

In today’s Peek Into Our Week post, I’m sharing our menu plan (with links to the recipes), several of our favorite family games, the new business projects and goals I’m working on, and yes… our most recent family pictures!

I’d also love any of your ideas or suggestions for how you would like my blog to function, change, etc.

99 Effective Ways to Say No

posted by Andrea | 11/6/2019 | 6 comments

When I thought up the idea for a post about different ways to say “No”, I originally entitled it 21 Ways to Say “No”. As the days went on, I continued to think up more ways, and finally “capped” myself at 99 Ways to Say “No”!

If you struggle to say “No”, PLEASE read this post, bookmark this post, and refer back to it often! With 99 ways to say “No”, there’s one for any situation!

3 Areas to Downsize to Enjoy a Simpler Life

posted by Andrea | 10/31/2019 | 12 comments

Does your home feel cluttered and chaotic? Does your schedule feel jam-packed? Does your life feel like it’s spiraling out of control?

If so, keep reading for 3 areas you can downsize to enjoy a simpler life!

Find Your “Good Enough” and Simplify Your Life

posted by Andrea | 10/29/2019 | 39 comments

Are you struggling to do everything you feel you need to do each day? If so, I’d encourage you to find your “good enough” and then relax as you enjoy a bit more simplicity in your life! 

Today I’m sharing more about how my “good enough” standards have helped me to streamline and simplify everything from cooking and cleaning to finances and self-care!

Enjoy Stress-Free Mornings With My 5 Morning Must-Dos

posted by Andrea | 10/21/2019 | 17 comments

Are mornings stressful and chaotic in your home? If so, you can join the supposed 95% of Americans who say they “hate mornings” and continue living in chaos.

OR, you can read today’s post, and implement a few of my morning must-dos for stress-free mornings!

A Few Quick Things!

posted by Andrea | 10/16/2019 | 31 comments

I regularly have “a few quick things” floating around in my brain — ideas I want to share with you, but that are often too short to warrant a full blog post.

Today, I’m sharing my very first “A Few Quick Things” post in an attempt to share some of these thoughts — a simple dishwasher tip, an amazing bargain, one of my favorite homemaking resources, James’ hilarious preschool picture, and more!

3 Simple Concepts to Simplify Your Life

posted by Andrea | 10/9/2019 | 33 comments

Today I’m sharing an overly-simple message that I KNOW you already know.

You’ve heard it 100 times before, but maybe today will be the day you take action. Maybe today will be the day it makes sense. Maybe today, this message will be just the reminder you need to start simplifying your life!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 10/7/2019 | 21 comments

We’re 7 weeks into the school year already and so far, things are going quite well in the world of 2nd grade, Kindergarten, Preschool, and Pre-Calculus! 🙂

Today I’m sharing a peek into our week — what I’m reading, what I’m purging, what I’m baking, what the kids have been up to, our weekly meal plan, and lots of cute pictures!