Chocolate Easy Layer Bars

posted by admin | 02/20/2013 | 6 comments

One of my favorite “sweet treat” recipes on my blog is the recipe for Easy Layer Bars.

However, the other day I was all out of graham crackers for the crust, so on a whim, I substituted chocolate WhoNu? cookies. The results were so delicious, and I’m sharing the simple recipe today!

Hello world!

posted by admin | 02/19/2013 | 1 comment

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My “Not-So-Routine” Cleaning Routine

posted by admin | 02/19/2013 | 38 comments

I actually don’t mind cleaning — if there’s nothing better to do. However, since my days are often jam-packed, the cleaning “routine” that works best for me might actually surprise you!

Today, I’m sharing my thoughts on our “not-so-routine” cleaning routine.

Are You Organized for the Unexpected?

posted by admin | 02/18/2013 | 42 comments

There are many situations where someone else might need to step in and run your home, pay your bills, care for your children, or manage your life… and if your home is out of control and completely unorganized, there’s a good chance the people who are trying to help won’t be able to.

Today I’m sharing my own thoughts, as well as a poignant story from a reader, that will hopefully encourage and motivate you to be a little more diligent with your organizing efforts.

Meal Planning, Shopping, and Cooking for 30!

posted by admin | 02/16/2013 | 18 comments

Last weekend, Dave, Nora, and I went up north for a long weekend with friends. There were 30 people total — and for some reason, I offered to create a meal plan and make the majority of the food! It was quite a bit more work than I originally thought it would be, but everything turned out well, the food tasted great, and we had SO much fun!

Today, I’m sharing a few pictures from our trip as well as a bunch of tips and recipe ideas for feeding a crowd!

Weekend Giveaway: NeuYear Calendar {10 winners}

posted by admin | 02/15/2013 | 211 comments

I realize it’s currently the middle of February, and not anywhere close to the “New Year”… however, it’s a known fact that many New Year’s goals start to fade away after only 6-8 weeks. And since we’re just over 6 weeks into the New Year, I’m excited to tell you a little more about the very cool NeuYear Calendar.

I’m giving away 10 calendars today… plus 50% off for everyone else!

Our Memory Boxes

posted by admin | 02/14/2013 | 14 comments

Since today is Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be fitting to share how I organize our Memory Boxes — yes, believe it or not, we DO have 2 Memory Boxes!

Want to see what we keep in our Memory Boxes? Keep reading…

3 Life Lessons from my Busy Childhood

posted by admin | 02/13/2013 | 35 comments

Growing up, I was always involved in as many extra-curricular activities as possible (big surprise, huh!)

While I totally understand that there is only so much one child or one family can be involved in, I also think there are 3 important reasons all kids should be involved in a few extra-curricular activities (at least based on my own experiences).

A Little History Left in our Kitchen

posted by admin | 02/12/2013 | 5 comments

When we decided to renovate our kitchen this past summer, one of my goals for the renovation was to somehow incorporate at least a few things from the old kitchen into the new design.

Today I’m sharing two small ways we left a little history in our “new old kitchen”!

The Difference in My Daily & Master To-Do Lists

posted by admin | 02/11/2013 | 25 comments

I’ve always been a big fan of lists. Surprise, surprise! I just love having that visual reminder of what I need to do next.

Because I love lists so much, I actually have 2 lists going at the same time — a Master List and a Daily List. Today, I’m talking about why I keep 2 lists going and how these lists work together to help me get more done!

Making the Most out of a Whole Turkey

posted by admin | 02/9/2013 | 13 comments

Last weekend, I roasted a whole turkey for my Dad’s birthday celebration. However, I was also able to put LOTS of shredded turkey and lots of yummy homemade broth in the freezer for future meals.

Today, I’m sharing how I saved at least $12.00 (probably lots more) by making the most out of our whole turkey!

Weekend Giveaway: GlamourMom Nursing Bra

posted by admin | 02/8/2013 | 200 comments

I’m excited to share yet another fabulous giveaway from Glamourmom.com — a company that specializes in high-quality, “glamorous” nursing and maternity apparel for every size and shape.

Today, I’m giving away their brand new Starter Nursing Bra!

A Different Perspective on ALL Our Stuff

posted by admin | 02/7/2013 | 23 comments

Consider how you might feel with less stuff to store, less stuff to organize, less stuff to clean around, less stuff to buy, and less stuff to think/worry about. Then consider how much of your stuff you truly NEED.

Today I’m sharing a different perspective on all our STUFF… and I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Can Working Parents ‘Have It All’?

posted by admin | 02/6/2013 | 15 comments

This topic has been on my mind for well over a year — since just before Nora was born. And now, almost 15 months later, I’ll be the first to admit that I grossly underestimated how difficult it would be to manage home, work, family, and life.

So can working parents ‘have it all’? Click through to read my thoughts!

A Day in the Dekker House

posted by admin | 02/5/2013 | 61 comments

I’m frequently asked if I would share what a day in my life looks like… if there are certain things I do at the same times every day, schedules I stick to, productivity secrets to share, or any tips for how I balance work, home, family, and life.

Our daily lives are far from perfect. But since I preach “progress, not perfection” I’m sharing our perfectly imperfect ways with you today!

How I Manage to Only Cook 2-3 Meals a Week

posted by admin | 02/4/2013 | 18 comments

Due to Dave and my overly ambitious work schedules, our growing list of home projects, and Nora’s unwillingness to take naps, I’ve decided that there are a bunch of things I absolutely must simplify in order to stay sane! One of those things is our meal planning.

Today I’m sharing how we eat home-cooked meals by only cooking 2-3 days a week!

Organize Your Office… 5 Minutes at a Time

posted by admin | 02/2/2013 | 3 comments

It’s a common misconception that any amount of organization must take lots and lots of time and energy. However, that’s simply not true.

Not only can you GET organized over a series of 5 to 10-minute increments, you can also STAY organized by spending 5 minutes at different points throughout the day, quickly cleaning and organizing your workspace.

Weekend Giveaway: ShaggyBaggy “Bucket” Bags

posted by admin | 02/1/2013 | 655 comments

Today, I’m sharing a really cool giveaway from Shaggy Baggy. It’s a set of 3 Bucket Bags — and I’ve honestly never seen anything quite like them.

The Shaggy Baggy Etsy shop is full of so many colorful fabrics and fun designs — how can it not be fun to get organized!

Over 40 of My Favorite {FREE} Apps

posted by admin | 01/31/2013 | 23 comments

I am often asked what my favorite Apps are — either to help me be more productive, to help me better manage my home and life, or even just for fun.

So while I use lots of different Apps on a regular basis, I’m sharing my favorites today — all of which were free!