Daily Life

When (Some) Busyness Leads to (Mostly) Simple

posted by Andrea | 05/17/2018 | 20 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.

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!