Our Favorite Baby Monitor + Giveaway!

posted by Andrea | 06/23/2017 | 3 comments

If you are currently in the market for a new baby monitor, or if you’re a soon-to-be new parent wondering what to add to your registry, I cannot praise the Angelcare monitors enough. Dave and I have used them every single day for the last 5+ years and we are so thankful for the peace of mind they have given us.

Today I’m offering a fabulous Angelcare giveaway AND a discount code for everyone!

This Week in Review (June 18-24)

posted by Andrea | 06/22/2017 | 13 comments

As I mentioned last week, one of the fun post series I’m running over the summer is a “Week in Review”, where I look back on my past 7 years of blogging and highlight old posts, photos, recipes, etc.

Today I’m sharing links to some favorite BBQ side dishes, our huge kitchen renovation, Dave and my engagement story, Craigslist tips… and pictures from this week’s vacation 🙂

Easy 10-Layer Ice Cream Dessert

posted by Andrea | 06/21/2017 | 6 comments

If you’re looking for a new ice cream dessert recipe this summer, or if you just want a super simple make-ahead dessert recipe you can keep frozen for unexpected company (or for your own nightly treat) you’ll definitely want to try my yummy 10-layer ice cream dessert!

Planning Ahead While Living in the Present

posted by Andrea | 06/20/2017 | 9 comments

As someone who really enjoys planning ahead, setting goals, and daydreaming about the future, I feel like I do a fairly decent job of intentionally living (and enjoying) the present moments…

Today I’m sharing a few thoughts that I hope will encourage you to stop and think about what you’re planning for.

Our Favorite, Easy HOT Breakfasts

posted by Andrea | 06/19/2017 | 19 comments

Last month, I shared our favorite EASY at-home lunch ideas, in preparation for all the kiddos being home from school this summer. Soon after I published that post, I started getting requests to share our favorite (easy) at-home breakfasts… so that is what’s on today’s agenda.

I’m specifically sharing several of our favorite HOT breakfast ideas!

My “Someday Daydreams”!

posted by Andrea | 06/16/2017 | 52 comments

Today is my 32nd birthday! And as I get older, I find myself daydreaming about all the things I might potentially do “someday” when I have a little bit more free time.

I realize they might not all happen, but I’m sharing a bunch of MY daydreams in a light-hearted post today!

My Summer Blogging Plan

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2017 | 29 comments

Over the past several summers, I’ve taken 2-4 weeks off from blogging… just because I could! However, this year, with a baby scheduled to arrive in late September, I’m “saving” my vacation time for later this year and will be blogging straight through the summer months.

Today I’m sharing more about my summer blogging plans — including a fun new post series I’m starting!

One of My Favorite Ways to Display Artwork and Pictures

posted by Andrea | 06/14/2017 | 13 comments

One of the questions I get most often (outside of clothes clutter questions) is how I display kids artwork and snapshot photos.

Over the years, I’ve personally tried many different ways to display photos and artwork, but time and time again, I always end up reverting back to my most favorite (super simple) way…

Easy Cheesy Pesto Chicken

posted by Andrea | 06/13/2017 | 21 comments

I’m always a fan of recipes where the most time-consuming part is preheating the oven — so of course, this super easy, cheesy pesto chicken was a winner for me.

Thankfully the whole family loved it — even Simon who initially wasn’t so sure about the green sauce 🙂

We Don’t Always Need “More” to Make a Difference

posted by Andrea | 06/12/2017 | 50 comments

Sometimes, I feel like I can’t even put my thoughts and feelings for my blog into words — and then other days (like today) I can gush on and on for 1400+ words about how much my blog (and all of you) have affected my life over the past several years!

I hope today’s post is an encouragement for any of you who have thought about trying something new!

Reader Question: How Did You Decide on Your Family Size?

posted by Andrea | 06/9/2017 | 96 comments

Ever since I announced that Baby Dekker #4 is on her way, I’ve gotten so many congratulatory emails and comments from all of you.

A couple of the emails questioned how Dave and I decided what size family we want (or at least hope to have) someday… and that’s what I’m sharing more about today.

Our Summer “Schedule”

posted by Andrea | 06/8/2017 | 23 comments

Today is Dave’s last day of school — which means our family officially starts summer vacation TOMORROW!

I’ve already gotten so many emails from readers asking for what we do to stay on a schedule during the summer, so I figured today was a good day to share our VERY loose summer “schedule”!

I Worked From Home Before It Was Cool!

posted by Andrea | 06/7/2017 | 42 comments

Did you know I’ve been working from home for over 10 years already? Way before I started my blog, before I had children… and honestly, before it was even “cool” to work from home.

Today I’m sharing part of my work-from-home journey, along with a bunch of valuable resources and tools for anyone hoping, wishing, dreaming, or even just tentatively thinking about working from home!

Why I Don’t Save and Repurpose Everything

posted by Andrea | 06/6/2017 | 28 comments

Do you feel like your home is packed full of things you hope to sell on specific websites, give to specific people or organizations, bring to specific donation centers or recycling facilities, or just things you are saving because you might have a chance to use them again someday?

If so, I hope this post is the motivation you’ve been waiting for to finally lighten up your home!

A Nice Change of Pace

posted by Andrea | 06/5/2017 | 10 comments

Although I love schedules, I thrive off regular routines, and I really enjoy finishing up a big project, there is just something to be said for tossing the to-do list every once in awhile! Don’t you think?

Today I’m sharing how our long Memorial Day weekend turned into just the right “change of pace” we needed to take a break from construction and focus on other things.

2 Super Simple Ways We Save on Kid’s Clothing

posted by Andrea | 06/2/2017 | 26 comments

I’m often asked for good money-saving tips, so I thought I’d share 2 of the simplest ways we save on kids clothing. They don’t involve scouring garage sales, using coupons, or reselling things at consignment stores — they are both much easier than all of that!

I know my ideas and tips won’t work for every family… but they’ve been working really well for us for the past 6 years!

A Few Of My Favorite Things {June, 2017}

posted by Andrea | 06/1/2017 | 8 comments

Today is June 1, and the whole month of June is one of my “Favorite Things” for so many reasons — my birthday, Dave and my anniversary, and the start of summer vacation, to name a few!!

However, aside from the month of June, I have a handful of other Favorite Things to share with you this month.

My Mini Maintenance Mode (week 1)

posted by Andrea | 05/31/2017 | 20 comments

Since I am regularly asked to share more about the organizing projects I do around my home, I thought it might be fun to start a series of posts dedicated to the various different projects I do to KEEP my home organized.

Most of these projects will be relatively small projects — so I’m starting today by sharing the Mini Maintenance Mode projects I tackled last week… at least the ones I remembered to write down!