Daily Life

3 Tips to Arrive On Time (or early) With Young Children

posted by Andrea | 11/2/2018 | 57 comments

As I was talking with friends the other day, something they mentioned sparked an in-depth conversation about the things Dave and I do to help us get out the door and to our destination on time (often early) even with our children in tow.

My 3 tips really aren’t all that revolutionary — however, they are simple tactics we can all implement into our daily lives… and they work! If you struggle to arrive on time, try my tips and see if they help! 

Fun Conversations Starters (for adults, kids, introverts, and anyone else!)

posted by Andrea | 10/26/2018 | 12 comments

As self-proclaimed introverts, Dave and I are not much for small-talk. We can manage boring small-talk conversations just fine, and I certainly wouldn’t ever consider us to be “socially awkward”.

That said, with the holiday party season just around the corner, I thought it might be fun to come up with a list of Fun Conversation Starters for anyone who would rather not discuss the weather or work with every new person they encounter! I also have a great list of 20 conversation starters for kids!

How I Practice Self-Care Every Single Day

posted by Andrea | 10/10/2018 | 31 comments

For a very long time, I had the underlying impression that “self-care” was a LUXURY or an EXTRAVAGANT INDULGENCE… definitely not something the average person could achieve on any sort of regular basis.

Now, many years later, my thoughts and perceptions have changed, and I practice self-care on a daily basis…. I’m sharing SO much more on this in today’s post!

6 Specific Ways We Simplify Busy Mornings

posted by Andrea | 10/2/2018 | 30 comments

As a self-proclaimed homebody, you would be shocked to know that our current Fall schedule has our entire family up and out the door every single weekday morning for some activity or another!

Of course, getting Nora on the bus and the other 3 out the door with me can sometimes feel like a mini circus act — however, thanks to a handful of specific steps we take the night before, our mornings rarely ever feel stressful, frazzled, hectic, or too busy. I’m sharing our “secrets” in today’s post!

The Productive Power of a 20 Minute Timer

posted by Andrea | 09/21/2018 | 18 comments

Since Day 1 of my blog (and my organizing business) I have preached the benefits of setting timers for various tasks and activities throughout the day.

If you tend to be easily side-tracked, today’s post might be just the motivation you need to make more progress on your to-do lists!

Peek Into Our Week (back to school)

posted by Andrea | 09/17/2018 | 28 comments

Last week was our family’s first official FULL week of school — wow, did it feel long and tiring!

Come read about what we did, what the kids are up to, the new book on my nightstand, our menu for the week, and a few of our favorite cinnamon roll recipes!

Do One Small Thing… Just Because It Makes You Happy

posted by Andrea | 09/13/2018 | 47 comments

In general, I would say I almost never make impulse purchases. I’m also not the best at treating myself or doing extra-special things for myself “just because”.

Today, I’m sharing how one small thing brought so much joy to my life… and I’m encouraging you to think about how you can bring more joy to your life “just because”.

A Life of Moderation (home, food, technology, life)

posted by Andrea | 08/20/2018 | 2 comments

As part of my summer blogging break, I’m sharing a week of “compilation posts” where I compile all the information I’ve shared on a specific topic into one post for easy reference.

I have a fun line-up of compilation posts planned for the rest of the week, but I wanted to kick off the week with the topic of moderation — especially considering it’s one of the main simple-living principles that guides the course of my entire life!

A Peek Into Our Week (the last days of summer)

posted by Andrea | 08/13/2018 | 19 comments

It’s official… summer is basically over as Dave heads back to school for meetings THIS WEEK!

Nora still has 2 more weeks before she starts school, and Simon doesn’t start preschool until the middle of September — today I’m sharing what we did in our last full week home together during summer break!

Simple Ways I Reduce Decision Fatigue

posted by Andrea | 08/9/2018 | 17 comments

As someone who leans towards the introverted side of the spectrum and cares for 4 young children every day, making extra decisions is one thing I try to do as little of as possible as it easily drains my energy and my patience (both of which are often in short supply these days!)

Today I’m sharing a few simple ways I reduce decision fatigue.

Focus On What You Already Do Well

posted by Andrea | 08/3/2018 | 33 comments

Something I’ve been thinking quite a bit about over the past few months is how we (essentially all humans) naturally seem to focus on all the things others do better than us, instead of feeling satisfied with what we already do well.

Today I’m sharing a few examples from my own life… as well as some encouragement to pause and consider all the things you currently do really well (your list is probably longer than you think!)

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 07/30/2018 | 18 comments

It’s July… so I’m claiming it’s still “mid summer” even though I know the reality of school is only a couple weeks away.

We still have a handful of things we’d like to do yet this summer, but we’ve made a sizable dent in our Summer Fun List already! I’m sharing more about what we’ve been up to in today’s post!

My ‘Don’t-Do List’

posted by Andrea | 07/19/2018 | 57 comments

You know how much I love lists… right? Well, I don’t literally have a “don’t-do list”, but I do have a mental list of things that I’ve specifically chosen NOT to spend my time on.

Obviously my list will be different than yours… but if you’ve never tried making a don’t-do list before, I have a feeling you will benefit from it.

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 | 25 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!