Social Media Is Not Always To Blame

posted by Andrea | 10/31/2013 | 24 comments

Recently, I feel social media has gotten a bad rap for being a “time suck” and causing unrealistic expectations. I get this; however, I don’t think social media is always to blame for all of that, and I personally feel the benefits of social media far outweigh any negative aspects.

Today, I’m sharing a few ways I have personally benefited from social media — and I’d love to hear your thoughts too!

Evernote and Post-it Notes – The Perfect Pair

posted by Andrea | 10/18/2013 | 9 comments

A couple weeks ago, I attended the Evernote Conference in San Francisco, CA — mainly to be there when Evernote unveiled their brand new partnership with Post-it Brand.

That’s right, the wildly popular Evernote App has partnered with the Post-it Brand we all love — and today, my goal is to share exactly how this awesome partnership works and how it can help all of us to simplify and organize our lives on a daily basis.

My Trip to the Evernote Conference

posted by Andrea | 10/4/2013 | 30 comments

I’m super excited to share that my 2-day blogging trip to San Francisco for the Evernote Conference super awesome, AND that Nora handled it MUCH MUCH better than any of us expected.

While it wasn’t exactly “restful,” it was re-energizing and relaxing to have a change of pace and to think my own thoughts all day. Also, chatting with grown-ups and eating food while it was still hot were nice bonuses too.

When Mama Puts Herself First… For Once!

posted by Andrea | 09/25/2013 | 52 comments

Today is a monumental day in the Dekker household! For the very first time since Nora was born (over 22 months ago) this mama bird is leaving the nest. And yes, I feel SO anxious, nervous, sad, excited… and guilty.

Keep reading for more about my mom-only “vacation”… and a few 17 week baby bump pictures πŸ™‚

Thoughts and Reflections after a Month Away

posted by Andrea | 09/19/2013 | 25 comments

In case you missed it, I took the entire month of August off from blogging. However, after I announced I was taking a full month off, I found it interesting that MANY other bloggers emailed me asking more about why I took a break, how I decided on a month, and if I would share some of my thoughts once I returned.

I figured that was a reasonable request — so today I’m sharing my thoughts and answering a few questions I got over and over again.

How I Generate a Full-Time Income Online

posted by Andrea | 06/7/2013 | 60 comments

Have you ever wondered how bloggers earn an income from their blogs?

Today’s post is quite long — not because the topic is so complicated, but rather, because it took me a REALLY long time to figure out how to build my online business. And since I get so many questions on this topic, I decided it was time to share the process with you!

It’s Not Rocket Science… It’s Real Life

posted by Andrea | 05/30/2013 | 197 comments

Today’s post is a reflection on a recent email I received. The email was quite rude, but ironically, the phrase they used to try to put me down actually affirmed that what I’m doing here on is working!

The ideas and concepts presented on my blog are NOT rocket science — that’s true. I never intended them to be rocket science. In fact, it would defeat both my business and personal goals if my ideas were rocket science!

A Look At My Crazy Work Schedule

posted by Andrea | 04/23/2013 | 39 comments

I get lots of emails and questions asking “What exactly do you do?”, so I thought it would be fun to share more about what my work schedule looks like on a weekly and monthly basis.

If you ever wonder what I do when I’m not clipping coupons, changing diapers, making dinner, scrubbing toilets, pulling weeds, and folding laundry… keep reading!

Welcome to!

posted by Andrea | 04/15/2013 | 59 comments

Welcome Friends! I’m pleased as punch to be the very first to welcome you to the NEW!

It was a long weekend, but we made it… and I can’t wait to “show you around!”

Simple Organized Living… the Last Post

posted by Andrea | 04/11/2013 | 23 comments

Today is my VERY LAST post as Simple Organized Living. By tomorrow morning, the new logo and URL should be in place, but there won’t be a new post as I’ll be working to tie up several loose ends that can only be done AFTER the switch takes place.

It’s going to be a busy and stressful weekend, but I certainly hope to see you ALL back here on Monday for an extra-special post, welcoming you to the new!

My New Blog/Business Name… Revealed!

posted by Andrea | 03/26/2013 | 91 comments

It’s been two weeks since I first announced big changes here on my blog — including the fact that I’m changing the name of my blog! As much as I love “Simple Organizined Living”, it’s time to move on… and today, I’m sharing the brand new name for my business and my blog.

Yep, I’m just a little excited!

Big Changes!

posted by Andrea | 03/8/2013 | 52 comments

It’s officially been 6 years since I filed my first LLC and started my business. And this summer, it will be 3 years since I decided to start a blog.

While I most definitely didn’t start my business with the intention of “sitting on my computer all day”, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t happy with where I’m at right now. However, it’s time for some changes… Big Changes!

Our Plans for the Holidays

posted by Andrea | 12/18/2012 | 7 comments

One of the pros of running my own business is that I can take time off whenever I want. One of cons is that it’s really hard to actually take time off! However, based on my past experiences and the last 5+ years running a business, it’s 100% worth it every time I do!

So as we enter another crazy and busy holiday season, I’ve decided to take a two-week break… and yes, I’m excited!

Bloggers and Businesses: 3 Tips to Get More Product Reviews and Giveaways

posted by Andrea | 10/20/2012 | 4 comments

I offer at least one Weekend Giveaway every Friday morning… and because of these giveaways, I get quite a few emails from other bloggers asking me how I find my giveaways, who my contact people are, how to contact companies, what to ask for, etc.

Today, I’m sharing a guest post from one of the businesses I’ve partnered with for reviews and giveaways — the post offers lots of helpful tips for any bloggers interested in more product reviews and giveaways.

How To Become a Virtual Assistant

posted by Andrea | 09/25/2012 | 12 comments

If you’ve ever thought about working as a Virtual Assistant, you’ll want to check out today’s post. I’m sharing a brand new eBook that’s filled with tips and ideas to starting, managing, and growing a successful VA career (and I’m interviewed in the book!)

There’s also a 25% discount code for anyone who purchases the eBook in the next 3 days!

8 Simple Steps to Start Your Own Blog

posted by Andrea | 09/13/2012 | 13 comments

Today I’m sharing a fabulous guest post from Amy Lynn Andrews of In 8 SIMPLE steps, she’s going to walk you through how to start up your very own blog!

If you’ve ever thought about starting a blog (or a website), you’ll definitely want to read today’s guest post!

11 of my Favorite Blogs

posted by Andrea | 08/15/2012 | 29 comments

I read a lot of blog posts every week… I follow some of these blogs on Facebook or Twitter, I subscribe to some via email, and I have my phone set up so I can quickly and easily access my favorite blogs whenever I have a free minute or two.

Today, I’m sharing 11 of my favorite blogs, and I’d love it if you’d share a few of your favorite blogs with me!

Have You Benefited From This Blog?

posted by Andrea | 05/19/2012 | 43 comments

Two years ago I got the “crazy” idea to start a blog about simple organized living… and after about 4 months of hashing out design details, was born in September of 2010.

I can hardly believe that over 2 million people have visited — and since you’re one of those people, I’d love to know how you’ve benefited from my blog!