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How I Pared Down My Gift Wrapping Supplies

posted by Andrea | 11/17/2017 | 16 comments

From Thanksgiving week through New Year’s Day, Dave and my immediate families celebrate 6 birthdays and attend 4+ Christmas parties.

It’s a fun (and busy) time of year, and it always gives me a great opportunity to do a quick purge and reorganization of my gift wrap!

The Saving Power of Waiting 24 Hours

posted by Andrea | 11/16/2017 | 32 comments

We’re quickly approaching the time of year when there are so many sales and “great deals” that it’s often easy to make quick decisions and impulse purchases we might later regret.

If you’re hoping to avoid extra impulse purchases this year, today’s tip might help you do just that!

Oatmeal M&M Bars (Kid’s In the Kitchen)

posted by Andrea | 11/15/2017 | 8 comments

Today I’m sharing another super easy, “Kid’s In The Kitchen” recipe… this time, with Simon and James as my trusty helpers!

The recipe is from my neighbor who also has 4 little kids, so you know it’s going to be easy! It’s a super yummy snack or dessert my kids love. 

Reader Question: How Do You Handle Kids and Technology?

posted by Andrea | 11/14/2017 | 34 comments

I’m back with another reader question… all about Kids + Technology!

I don’t have much perspective on this topic because of the age of my children — however, I KNOW so many of you with older children have great ideas, and I’d love it if you would share those ideas in the comments so we can all benefit from your wisdom!

A Peek Into Our Week

posted by Andrea | 11/13/2017 | 17 comments

It’s officially been 6 months since my last Peek Into Our Week post… I’m due for an update!

Today I’m sharing several recent mini house/organizing projects, our menu from last week, updates on the kids, and cute Clara pictures 🙂

2 Indirect Benefits of Being Organized

posted by Andrea | 11/10/2017 | 24 comments

Over the course of my life, I have reaped many DIRECT benefits from my organized nature. However, over the past few years, I have noticed a couple really fantastic INDIRECT benefits of being organized.

Today, I’m sharing 2 of my favorite indirect benefits of being organized.

Clara’s Birth Announcements

posted by Andrea | 11/9/2017 | 15 comments

In the age of social media, I definitely don’t think it’s necessary to send out an official birth announcement — however, I personally like sending them out and I know some of our non-techy relatives enjoy getting them in the mail!

Today, I’m sharing Clara’s birth announcement — as well as how I made them myself for a bargain!

My Super Simple, Super Frugal, Quick Fix for Faulty Technology

posted by Andrea | 11/8/2017 | 26 comments

Over the years, I have learned one super simple, super frugal, quick fix for faulty technology that has worked over and over and over again for me…

It might not work for every tech issue you encounter — but considering it’s completely free, super easy to do, and only takes a few seconds, it’s probably worth a shot the next time you experience an issue with your technology!

Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Bread

posted by Andrea | 11/7/2017 | 14 comments

Now that we’re a full week into November, I definitely feel like it’s time for another pumpkin recipe!

This recipe is one of my favorites as it combines 2 of my most favorites desserts — cheesecake and pumpkin pie — into one deliciously huge loaf of quick bread.

Realistic Expectations – 6 Weeks Post Baby

posted by Andrea | 11/6/2017 | 21 comments

Life with a newborn… need I say more! 

We’ve definitely had some rough days and a few sleepless nights — but today, I’m sharing my thoughts on realistic expectations, and how my expectations played a HUGE role in my perception of these past 6 weeks.

I Clean It When It’s Dirty Enough to Bother Me!

posted by Andrea | 11/3/2017 | 26 comments

One of the more common requests I get from readers is to share a detailed list of my regular cleaning schedules. However, I’m often leery of sharing my “cleaning routine” because it is always changing and evolving.

Plus, more often than not, I usually only clean when something is dirty enough to bother me!

2000… and Counting!

posted by Andrea | 11/2/2017 | 25 comments

As of yesterday, I’m officially back from my 5-week maternity leave… yay! 

AND, as of yesterday, I have officially published 2000 posts here on my blog… wowzers! 

A Few Of My Favorite Things {November 2017}

posted by Andrea | 11/1/2017 | 12 comments

Although I’m not one to overly romanticize the holiday season, I will admit that flipping the calendar over to November makes me smile every year — I just love this time of year!

This month, we’ll celebrate Thanksgiving, Clara’s baptism, and Nora’s birthday (all in 1 week!), we’ll decorate our house for the holiday season, and we’ll hopefully make lots of holiday baked goods — all of which are my favorite things. I’m sharing a few more favorites in today’s post!

Clara @ 1 month + a Dekker Family Update

posted by Andrea | 10/26/2017 | 33 comments

We celebrated one month with Clara yesterday — and so far, her specialties seem to be eating, sleeping, and creating a bunch of laundry for me!

Today I’m sharing a Dekker family update from this past month!

An Updated Tour of our Farmhouse

posted by Andrea | 10/23/2017 | 19 comments

It’s been 3 years since my first farmhouse tour post; and as many of you know, we’ve made LOTS of changes and updates in the last 3 years!

So today, I’m sharing an updated tour… welcome to our farmhouse!

Clara’s Newborn Pictures!

posted by Andrea | 10/19/2017 | 38 comments

One of my favorite things about having a newborn is getting newborn pictures taken! I don’t often pay for professional photos of my kids, but I’ve always paid for professional newborn photos because I just love looking back on how tiny they were.

Today I’m sharing Clara’s newborn pictures (along with a handful of family shots… and even a few of the big kids!)

Easy Spots to Clean When You Physically Can’t Do As Much

posted by Andrea | 10/16/2017 | 9 comments

For the last 3 weeks since Clara was born, I’ve forced myself to take it easy as much as possible as I physically can’t (and shouldn’t) do as much while I recover.

If you’ve ever found yourself in a situation where you physically can’t do as much, I hope today’s posts offers a few very simple ideas of ways you can keep up with your house cleaning with minimal effort and energy.

Clara’s Birth Story

posted by Andrea | 10/12/2017 | 54 comments

After weeks of daily contractions, I woke up on Monday, September 25, completely unphased by the fact that I felt more contractions. No big deal, just another day of waiting… or so I thought!

Clara may have arrived a full week “late”, but her timing really couldn’t have been more perfect!