Daily Life

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!

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! 

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.

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!

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!

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!

Sustainable Change Happens Slowly

posted by Andrea | 05/3/2018 | 12 comments

If you want to see a change in any part of your life, you MUST give it time while you continually work at it.

Slow and steady really DOES win the race (at least when it comes to sustainable changes!) Let me share several examples from my own life.

Don’t Assume… Ask!

posted by Andrea | 04/20/2018 | 20 comments

Today I’m sharing one of the most often overlooked “secrets” of a less-stressed, less-chaotic, happier life. 

Yes, I know that’s a pretty bold statement… but it’s true in so many ways. And it’s SO SIMPLE! 

The Effects of Sleep On… Everything!

posted by Andrea | 04/17/2018 | 17 comments

Thanks to the fact that all 4 of our children are sleeping through the night on a fairly regular basis, I’ve enjoyed significantly more sleep than I have over the past 6+ years — and WOW has it make a world of difference for me!

After joking with Dave about how my whole quality of life feels exponentially better now that I’m sleeping so much more… I decided to share more on the blog today!

Say “No” Without An Explanation

posted by Andrea | 04/12/2018 | 21 comments

As many of you know, I’m a HUGE advocate for saying ‘no’. Well… today, I’d like to take things one step further.

I’d like to encourage you to say ‘no’ WITHOUT an explanation! It will probably be a lot harder than you think!

3 Ways to Reduce Decision Fatigue

posted by Andrea | 03/27/2018 | 10 comments

If you think about how many hundreds and thousands of little (and big) decisions we need to make every single day, it’s no wonder so many people suffer from “decision fatigue”.

If you feel like you struggle with decision fatigue, I hope the 3 tips in today’s post will help lighten your load and allow you to make fewer decisions throughout the day. 

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 03/19/2018 | 25 comments

It’s been almost 2 months since my last Peek Into Our Week post — but that’s because we really haven’t had much to “peek” at!

We’re getting excited for a busier spring season with lots of fun “extras” on the schedule — and of course, I’m getting excited for yard work and house projects! 🙂

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.