Daily Life

Get Rid of the All Or Nothing Mentality

posted by Andrea | 05/24/2019 | 20 comments

I am not one to follow fads or trends, I have never been the type to “jump on the band wagon” just because “everyone else is doing it”, I rarely have super strong opinions about specific topics, I don’t see many things in life as “black or white” with no middle ground, and I strongly dislike all-or-nothing decisions and situations.

Instead, I opt for a mentality of all-things-in-moderation — which has been a HUGE asset in my quest for simple living. 

Don’t Let Urgent Get in the Way of Important

posted by Andrea | 05/22/2019 | 28 comments

One thing I have stressed over and over and over again in my own life, with past clients, with my children, and here on my blog is the importance of planning ahead.

I could talk about planning ahead all day long, but if I had to boil it down to one single reason why planning ahead helps me to simplify, streamline, and de-stress my entire life, it would be this: Planning ahead lets me focus on the IMPORTANT instead of dealing with the URGENT.

I Am Enough! How I Quiet The Ridiculous Thoughts I Have Every Day

posted by Andrea | 05/16/2019 | 56 comments

I often find myself striving for improvement in almost every single thing I do — which can lead to feelings of being inadequate and not good enough (I’m sure some of you can relate!)

Today I’m sharing the super simple technique I use when these thoughts creep into my brain… I’d love to know how you handle these thoughts as well!

There Are Almost Always Exceptions to the Rule

posted by Andrea | 04/29/2019 | 2 comments

Although I am probably more organized, more energetic, and more scheduled than the average mother of 4, I feel the need to mention that in my life, there are ALMOST ALWAYS exceptions to the rule! 

Just because a system or routine or course of action might not work 100% of the time does NOT mean it’s not a great system or routine, it doesn’t mean I’m lying, and it doesn’t mean I failed! 

Are Your Goals a Priority?

posted by Andrea | 04/26/2019 | 4 comments

We’re already one-third of the way into the year, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably thought about the various goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year.

How are you doing with those goals? If you feel like you haven’t made any progress over the last 4 months, I can almost guarantee it’s because of one thing…

When, Where, and How I Fit Work Into My Life

posted by Andrea | 04/15/2019 | 23 comments

I haven’t talked much about my work life lately — mainly because I just haven’t been working as much as I used to. I’m far from the budding entrepreneur I once aspired to be… but I still thoroughly enjoy sharing my thoughts in a tiny corner of the internet while enjoying home life with my family. 

Today, I’m sharing a little bit more about when, where, and how I fit working into my daily life!

My Method for Choosing Children’s Library Books

posted by Andrea | 04/12/2019 | 20 comments

Over the past 7 years of regularly visiting our local library, our family hasn’t even come close to reading every single book in the children’s section. 

However, in my opinion, we HAVE done a really great job of reading through a huge variety of books each week — thanks to a super simple method I implemented a few years ago!  

A Peek Into Our Spring Break Staycation

posted by Andrea | 04/8/2019 | 30 comments

We’re “back to reality” after a fun-filled week off from school for Dave, Nora, and Simon. 

Although we didn’t GO anywhere, I think the kids actually had a great time at home, especially since Dave and I had several fun outings and activities planned every single day. 

Our Current Weekday Routine (Spring 2019 edition)

posted by Andrea | 03/28/2019 | 10 comments

Every week, I get emails asking me to share more about what our normal daily life looks like. 

I’ve shared these types of posts in the past, but they get outdated so quickly that I decided it was time for an updated look at what a fairly “normal” weekday looks like in the Dekker home!

An Update on My Calendar + Planner System

posted by Andrea | 03/22/2019 | 53 comments

Back in November, I shared my new Calendar + Planner approach to the New Year.

I honestly wasn’t exactly sure how well this Calendar + Planner system would (or wouldn’t) work for me, my family, my routine, etc. but I knew I wanted to give it a shot! Now, 3 months after using this system on a daily (sometimes hourly!) basis, I have a short list of pros and cons to share! 

Peek Into Our Week (SPRING!)

posted by Andrea | 03/18/2019 | 40 comments

Yay, it’s almost spring!

Come read what we’ve been up to for the last couple of week — including several very successful loaves of whole grain bread, lots of cute kiddo pictures, a new haircut for Nora, new jewelry for me, and SO many simple recipe ideas!

How I Drink At Least 100 Ounces of Water Every Day

posted by Andrea | 03/5/2019 | 32 comments

After Nora was born, I realized many negative health “issues” I was experiencing were due to simply not drinking nearly enough water. So for the past 7 years, I have made it my goal to drink large amounts of water every single day as a cheap, easy, calorie-free way to improve my overall health.

Today I’m sharing how I make sure I drink at least 100 ounces of water every single day!

Know What You Don’t Want (A Story of How Our Family Almost Had a TV Show!)

posted by Andrea | 02/26/2019 | 14 comments

A few years ago, I was contacted by a TV network who apparently wanted to feature our family in an upcoming TV show… believe it or not, I told them “no thanks”.

Today I’m sharing why I said “no”… as well as why I feel it’s so important to know what we DON’T want for our lives, our families, our schedules, etc.

Non-Book Library Loans: It’s Amazing Everything Libraries Offer!

posted by Andrea | 02/15/2019 | 43 comments

Our family visits the library at least once a week — often checking out 30-50 books at a time! However, we also use our library card for so many other things besides books — and yes, they are all free!

Today, I’m sharing an incomplete list of NON-BOOK items we can check out from our library at no cost!

9 Tips for Working Parents to Make the Most of Their Time at Home

posted by Andrea | 02/12/2019 | 42 comments

While I know my own life experience doesn’t qualify me as an “expert” on today’s topic, I have worked with enough busy families and working parents to come up with a fairly long list of tips, ideas, and suggestions. 

If you work outside the home and struggle to find enough hours in your day to keep your home (and life) in order, I hope today’s post will help!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 01/28/2019 | 19 comments

We’ve had a fun-filled start to our New Year already — I’m sharing more about it in today’s post.

Plus, the bazillion bread making books I’ve read, several of the recipes I made, a couple more organizing projects, and lots of cute kiddo pictures!

What Are You Content With Right Now?

posted by Andrea | 01/11/2019 | 24 comments

Oh the gloriousness of a fresh new year… a blank slate! So many goals, resolutions, and aspirations… so many things we want to change. 

However, before we get too carried away making all sorts of changes and “improvements”, I’d like to encourage you to stop and note at least 5 things you are currently very content with. 

A Peek Into Our Christmas Break

posted by Andrea | 01/7/2019 | 12 comments

I hope you all enjoyed some part of your holiday season — even if it’s just the fact that the holidays are now over and won’t be back again for 11 months (no shame!!)

Today is our family’s first day back at school after a super fantastic 2-week-long Christmas break — I’m sharing more about our Christmas break in today’s post!