Graphs and Charts and Survey Results… Oh My!

posted by Andrea | 06/13/2014 | 27 comments

I’m FINALLY sharing the results from the blog survey I asked you to take way back in February. I learned so much from that survey and was blown away by all your kind, generous, and encouraging responses. Thank you!

I had a little (OK, a lot) of fun making a few graphs and charts to outline the results… some of which might surprise you!

One Year Ago…

posted by Andrea | 04/15/2014 | 24 comments

One year ago today, I made the humongously scary decision to totally change my blog and business name from Simple Organized Living to

Today, I’m sharing a few of my thoughts looking back.

My Top 10 Favorite Working From Home Posts

posted by Andrea | 03/28/2014 | 5 comments

As I planned ahead for the arrival of baby Simon, I thought it might be fun to resurrect some of MY favorite posts from the past 3.5 years of blogging.

Today, I’m sharing some of MY favorite working from home posts — all about time management, productivity, blogging, my experiences running a business, and more!

3 Concepts That Helped Me Grow My Blog (And Enjoy The Process)

posted by Andrea | 11/11/2013 | 10 comments

It’s been a little over 3 years since I started my blog — and I can definitely say that I’ve learned a lot, I’ve grown a lot, and I’ve had a lot of fun along the way.

Today I’m sharing 3 things that helped me get into my blogging grove, grow my traffic, AND (most importantly) really enjoy the process.

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 🙂

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.