When, Where, and How I Fit Work Into My Life

posted by Andrea | 04/15/2019 | 23 comments

I haven’t talked much about my work life lately — mainly because I just haven’t been working as much as I used to. I’m far from the budding entrepreneur I once aspired to be… but I still thoroughly enjoy sharing my thoughts in a tiny corner of the internet while enjoying home life with my family. 

Today, I’m sharing a little bit more about when, where, and how I fit working into my daily life!

5 Signs Your Schedule is Too Full

posted by Andrea | 05/10/2017 | 32 comments

Although it’s nearly impossible for me to suggest the number of tasks that is “too much” for any given person, I do think it’s possible to gauge whether OUR OWN schedule is too full right now based on a few tell-tale signs of overly-busy people.

Today I’m sharing 5 signs that your schedule might be too full — as well as a few steps you can take to simplify your schedule!

A Different Perspective on Two Working Parents

posted by Andrea | 03/28/2017 | 33 comments

If I’m honest, I’ve often felt a little guilty about the time I spend working (even though I’m working from home).

However, I recently realized that although it can be tricky to find the right “balance” and enough time for everything when both Dave and I work, with a little bit of a different perspective on things, I can see the HUGELY positive effect my job (and my income) have on our family.

Let’s Talk About Gifts (and not the ones you open)

posted by Andrea | 10/31/2016 | 29 comments

This time of year, we often talk a lot about GIFTS — what we want, what others want, what we bought, how we’ll wrap them, what gifts we need for which party, etc. etc.

Yes, I love birthday and Christmas gifts too… but today, I want to talk about a different type of gift!

Our Thought Process Can Boost Productivity and Performance

posted by Andrea | 03/31/2016 | 26 comments

Have you ever taken the time to think about your thought process? If so, you might have noticed that by thinking through various events, projects, and tasks in your day-to-day life, you can dramatically increase your productivity and improve your performance.

I’ve noticed this time and time again in my own life… and today, I’m sharing several examples.

How I Use My Planner

posted by Andrea | 01/15/2016 | 34 comments

Over the past 5 years, I have shared several posts about the planners I have used… but I don’t think I’ve ever shared exactly HOW I use my planner, or why this method works so well for me.

Obviously, I don’t expect my method to be the perfect system for everyone else. However, maybe what works for me will spark a few new ideas that will work better for you!

My Blogging Plan for this Summer and After Baby

posted by Andrea | 06/11/2015 | 21 comments

It’s official — my yogurt, cheese, and eggs all have expiration dates after my due date! And while we still have a lot to do before the baby arrives, we also have SO much to celebrate!

Today, I’m sharing a bit more of my tentative blogging plan for this summer… and I’m “spilling the beans” about a super fun Celebration Week going on next week here on the blog!

AndreaDekker.com… Start Here!

posted by Andrea | 10/20/2014 | 24 comments

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve made a few small changes to my blog… and as I was updating things, I realized that I’ve never done any type of “start here” post for new readers.

So although I know many of you are veteran readers (and I’m so grateful for you) I thought it might be time for an AndreaDekker.com “how-to post” — and I think even you veteran readers might learn something new!

My Work + Life Update {Summer 2014}

posted by Andrea | 08/22/2014 | 22 comments

Over the past 3 years, as I transitioned from from working part-time from home with no kids to full-time from home with 2 kids, I’ve definitely had to make many adjustments with how I balance both my work and personal lives.

So since Simon is already almost 6 months old, I figured it was time for an update on what my work and life looks like with 2 kids!

My 2-Year Old’s Perspective on Working Parents

posted by Andrea | 03/12/2014 | 32 comments

Before I had kids, I NEVER EVER expected to be a stay-at-home-mom — I was positive I would work outside the home and send our kids to daycare. Obviously, that didn’t happen.

This post was sparked by a recent conversation with my 2-year old… I was literally shocked by her young thought 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!

4 Alternatives to Google Reader

posted by Andrea | 06/12/2013 | 25 comments

In less than 3 weeks, Google Reader will be gone — which means that those of you who use Google Reader to subscribe to my blog will no longer see any of my new blog posts after July 1st.

Today I’m sharing some simple alternatives to Google Reader — all of which should assure you don’t miss any recipes, simple tips, home renovations, or cute Nora pictures!

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 AndreaDekker.com 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!

Simplify and Organize the New Year with 5 eBooks for only $7.40

posted by Andrea | 01/2/2013 | 3 comments

I’m excited to share a brand new website with you today — BundleOfTheWeek.com — a website that offers a “bundle” of 5 ebooks every week for the ridiculously low price of $7.40.

This week’s bundle is all about simplifying, organizing, and goal setting for the New Year. I’ve personally read 4 of the 5 ebooks and they are ALL fabulous must-read books for 2013! Purchase this bundle before it expires at 8am Monday morning.

Five of my Favorite iPhone Accessories

posted by Andrea | 06/13/2012 | 14 comments

Dave and I have had our iPhones for about 6 months now and I’m having so much fun downloading all sorts of free apps, taking lots of photos, and figuring out all the many things the iPhone can do.

I’ve also had fun browsing the many, MANY different Apple and iPhone accessories! Today, I’m sharing five of my favorites…

How to Set-up and Utilize Your Gmail Signature

posted by Andrea | 06/6/2012 | 9 comments

As I’ve mentioned before, I use Gmail for all {10} of my email address. I love Gmail!

But since I use different signatures for each of my email address — and I’m not willing to manually type out a different signature for each email I send — I rely on Gmail’s super cool feature that allows me to set up different signature for each of email address…

How to Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too

posted by Andrea | 08/29/2011 | 1 comment

A few months ago, my friend Mandi from Life… Your Way published an excellent eBook, How to Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too. I’ve raved about this eBook before because as a work-at-home person, {and soon to be work-at-home-mom} it is essential for me to balance work, home, family, and personal life all at the same time. If you work from home, outside of the home, or are just struggling to find balance between everything in your busy life, Mandi’s […]