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6 Reasons We Buy Used

posted by Andrea | 04/3/2019 | 56 comments

It’s no secret that I frequently buy used and secondhand items for me, for Dave, for our kids, and for our house. I’m not ashamed to borrow something from a friend or relative — and you all know how much I love Craigslist!

Today, I’m sharing 6 reasons I almost always buy used…

A Few Of My Favorite Things {April 2019}

posted by Andrea | 04/1/2019 | 23 comments

Our family has enjoyed having everyone home for Spring Break these last few days… I feel like all I’ve been doing is cooking and baking (something I enjoy doing more of when Dave is home to help “hold down the fort”)! 

I’ll share more about all my spring break cooking and baking next week… in the meantime, it just seems fitting that all my favorites for this month are kitchen-related! 

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I’ve shared these types of posts in the past, but they get outdated so quickly that I decided it was time for an updated look at what a fairly “normal” weekday looks like in the Dekker home!

How Our Simple Lifestyle Facilitates Frugality

posted by Andrea | 03/26/2019 | 45 comments

I’ve always been a very frugal person — faithfully clipping coupons, shopping thrift stores and Craigslist, cooking from scratch, and more — all in an effort to save more on the things we need and want to buy. 

However, SAVING money on the items we buy is really only half the battle in living a frugal debt-free life… today, I’m sharing the other huge factor in frugal living as it relates to our family’s ability to live well below our means.

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!

Save More: Buy What You Need Versus What You Can Afford

posted by Andrea | 03/7/2019 | 35 comments

We wouldn’t have very full lives if we ONLY allowed ourselves to buy exactly what we needed to survive and nothing more. It’s fun to splurge a little every now and then and it can be a special treat to do or buy something we might not normally do or buy.

But I do think we (myself included) could all save a lot of money if we simply stopped to ask “Do I NEED this?” versus “Can I AFFORD this?”

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!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {March 2019}

posted by Andrea | 03/1/2019 | 16 comments

It’s March!! — which means a big birthday for one of my favorite “big” boys! We’re celebrating Simon’s 5th birthday tomorrow (with donuts, of course!) Can you believe it?! His always-sharing, always-giving personality is one of my favorite things about him. That… and his eyes when he smiles! 

I’m sharing a few more of my favorite things in today’s post!

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!

5 Practical Reasons To Know and Understand Personality Types

posted by Andrea | 02/8/2019 | 35 comments

I’ve been fascinated by personality types ever since I took my first Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality test in high school. It’s amazing to me how accurately the results of this test explain my personality, my strengths, and my weaknesses.

Today, I’m sharing my own personality type, along with 5 practical reasons to know and understand personality types!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {February 2019}

posted by Andrea | 02/1/2019 | 43 comments

Thanks to a huge storm, Dave and the kids had THE ENTIRE week off of school for snow/cold days!

A full week of snow days is definitely one of my favorite things… today, I’m sharing a few more favorites!

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!

My Self-Imposed Eat-From-The-Pantry Challenge

posted by Andrea | 01/25/2019 | 52 comments

Back in October, I decided we had WAAAAAAAAY too much food in our pantry and freezer… my solution = a self-imposed Eat-From-The-Pantry (and freezer) Challenge!

Today I’m sharing how this 3-month-long challenge worked for our family, as well as how I’m planning to change my grocery shopping from here on out.

My Simple and Effective Way to Get Started On Any Project

posted by Andrea | 01/23/2019 | 6 comments

I know what it feels like to be “too busy”, to have more to-do list than time, and to procrastinate on various projects because they feel too overwhelming.

Fortunately, I have a super simple (yet very effective) motivator that seems to work almost every time I feel procrastination setting in. I’m sharing more in today’s post!

The Questions We Ask When Debating to Save or Splurge

posted by Andrea | 01/21/2019 | 12 comments

Today I’m sharing a list of questions Dave and I ask when we’re contemplating saving or splurging.

Of course, there is no right or wrong way to save or splurge, but I’ve found that my mental checklist of questions helps put my purchase into perspective, resist impulsive spending, and still enjoy regular splurges and special treats for myself and my family (without feeling guilty!)