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5 Simple Gift Ideas For The Person Who Has Everything

posted by Andrea | 12/16/2019 | 16 comments
simple gift ideas

Are you still contemplating gift ideas for that one person on your Christmas list who seems to have everything? Or the person who insists they don’t want anything? Yes, we have a few of them on our shopping list too! 

Whenever I’m unsure what to give to someone who has everything, I almost always resort to one of the options in today’s post!

Our Children’s Christmas Gifts (and why we are OK with used gifts)

posted by Andrea | 12/13/2019 | 37 comments
christmas gifts

Every year I get lots of questions about what we give our children for Christmas… specifically, if we give them used and second-hand gifts. 

I’m sharing all the details in today’s post — including how we managed to get all 4 of our children 12 gifts for less than $100 total (thanks to used and second-hand gifts)!

How to Clean Battery Corrosion

posted by Andrea | 12/12/2019 | 17 comments
how to clean battery corrosion

Have you ever wondered how to clean battery corrosion (or even if it’s possible to do so)? Yes, it is possible to clean mild to moderate battery corrosion — and as I’ll show you, it’s actually really simple to do! 

If you use batteries, you’ll want to read today’s post!!  

My Favorite Crowd-Pleasing Easy Appetizers

posted by Andrea | 12/11/2019 | 33 comments
crowd-pleasing easy appetizers

In an effort to simplify entertaining, I have a favorite go-to easy appetizer platter I can whip up in minutes if we have last-minute guests. I can also make it well in advance if I have the time.

These easy appetizers are perfect at any time of year, for any type of party, with any budget, and can accommodate almost any dietary restriction or food allergy. It almost sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it!

Simple Ways We Cultivate a More Meaningful Christmas

posted by Andrea | 12/10/2019 | 18 comments
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I know we’re already half-way into the Christmas season, but there’s still plenty of time left to simplify your days and cultivate a more meaningful Christmas season for you and for your family. 

Here’s how our family is attempting to do that THIS year. 

5 Practical Tips to Survive Sleepless Nights With Littles

posted by Andrea | 12/9/2019 | 21 comments
how to survive sleepless nights with littles

The last 8 years of my life have been filled with more sleepless nights than I care to recall! As a coping mechanism for my ultra-structured self, I came up with a short list of survival techniques — all of which I’m sharing in today’s post!

If you struggle with sleepless nights (for whatever reason) today’s post can help!

The Hidden Costs of “More”

posted by Andrea | 12/6/2019 | 15 comments
the hidden costs of more

As a human being, it’s so easy to fall into the mindset of thinking “more” is always better and desirable — however, there are many hidden costs of “more”. Some of these hidden costs are very obvious… others might not be! 

My goal is to help you think through some of those hidden costs instead of blindly assuming “more” is always the best choice for you and for your family. 

The Ultimate List of Clutter-Free Gift Ideas for All Ages

posted by Andrea | 12/5/2019 | 7 comments

Over the past several years, I’ve shared many Clutter-Free Gifts posts; so this year, I thought I’d try to compile ALL those posts and ALL those ideas into one Ultimate List of Clutter-Free Gift Ideas!

I’d love for you to share your favorite clutter-free gifts in the comments!

Creamy Mashed Potatoes From Scratch

posted by Andrea | 12/4/2019 | 22 comments
creamy mashed potatoes

Deliciously smooth and creamy, these mashed potatoes are the perfect side dish to almost any meal in almost any season.

If you’ve never tried making potatoes from scratch, this simple recipe will wow you with how easy the process can be!

How to Make 30 Simple Gifts in Under 30 Minutes for Under $30

posted by Andrea | 12/3/2019 | 23 comments
simple holiday gifts

I love giving simple holiday gifts to all the special people in our lives. However, my clutter-free lifestyle means I’m always searching for disposable and consumable gifts. And since I give LOTS of gifts, I need to come up with a way to keep the cost and time-commitment in check.

My gift idea this year is quite possibly my simplest one yet! In fact, I made more than 30 gift bags in under 30 minutes for under $30! Get the details (and free printable gift tags) in today’s post!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {December 2019}

posted by Andrea | 12/2/2019 | 28 comments
favorite things

I’m back with more of my favorite things!

All of the goodies on my list would be excellent Christmas gifts — I’ve even included a variety of price-points and age levels, so there’s something for (almost) everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving!

posted by Andrea | 11/27/2019 | 26 comments
dekker family

Dave and the kids are off of school for the rest of the week, so we’re gearing up for a LONG weekend full of board games, craft projects, movie marathons, holiday baking, yard work, and more!

I’m sharing my most favorite Thanksgiving recipes and a little encouragement for those of you who need to re-evaluate your traditions this year!

Homemade Cornbread From Scratch (whole grain)

posted by Andrea | 11/26/2019 | 4 comments
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This amazingly cheesy homemade cornbread is the perfect addition to any holiday table — and a delicious side dish for chili, pork chops, and so much more.

Mix in various “extras” to change up the flavor and let your taste buds come alive!

How We Save BIG with a Prepaid Cell Phone Plan

posted by Andrea | 11/25/2019 | 38 comments
how we save big with a prepaid cell phone plan

After researching many different options in an effort to save money on our cell phone bills, Dave and I decided to go with Verizon’s prepaid cell phone plan, and so far we are thrilled!

We are saving hundreds of dollars a year, AND we get 12 times more data usage!

5 Tips To Simplify Kids’ Birthday Parties

posted by Andrea | 11/22/2019 | 27 comments
5 tips to simplify birthday parties

Contrary to what we might see on social media these days, I’m a firm believer that it IS possible to celebrate our children on their birthday (and every day) without tons of stress, financial investment, or a huge mess to clean up the next day!

Since it’s Nora’s 8th birthday TODAY, I thought it was the perfect time to share a few of my tips to simplify kids’ birthday parties!

Why I Switched Back to 1 Planner

posted by Andrea | 11/21/2019 | 27 comments
personal planner giveaway

As you might remember, I ordered both a wall calendar AND a small planner last year… and while this 2-part system worked OK, I decided to switch back to just using a planner again this year.

I explain more in today’s post — and I’ve got another Personal Planner giveaway (and discount code) for those of you who are anxiously waiting to order YOUR 2020 planner!

How to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers (50+ Simple Recipes!)

posted by Andrea | 11/20/2019 | 6 comments
how to use thanksgiving leftovers

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year — in part because I love all the leftover food! I’ve amassed a pretty impressive list of ideas on how to use Thanksgiving leftovers, and I’m sharing more than 50 SIMPLE recipes in today’s post!

Now you have no excuses! Don’t let your delicious Thanksgiving leftovers go to waste! 

5 Steps to Quickly Clear Your Closet Clutter

posted by Andrea | 11/19/2019 | 12 comments
5 steps to clear closet clutter

Over the course of my life, I have implemented many different clutter-busting strategies. However, today’s tips to quickly clear your closet clutter remain at the very TOP of my list.

If your closets could use a little TLC, give my simple 5-step process a try. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you see results with this simple clutter-busting technique!