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  • The Closet Makeunder: Buying the New - Small Notebook
    but it s a habit I m OK with My favorite look is the classic white shirt and jeans then built up with accessories shoes bags etc It takes the guesswork out of one part of my morning And white shirts are great in the summer because 1 they look fresh 2 they don t turn into a solar panel like a black one would 3 bleach pens are my friend and 4 if you re a mess after running around outside after your kids they don t show sweat But I agree about online shopping being the way to go My daughter now 3 years old has always been a great shopping companion My son 8 months is a true boy and HATES stores He s had too many dressingroom meltdowns for me to brave them for a while Luckily there are sites like RetailMeNot com that give codes for discounts or free shipping so I m not shelling out much more than I would ve if buying in a regular store Jen C says June 8 2010 at 10 39 am Hi I just found you blog a bit ago and just have to say I love it I always dread going clothes shopping It s not that I don t like having new clothes I m actually in desperate need of a wardrobe replenishing it s just that I feel I m horrible at picking out something that looks cute along with being functional Since I recently got a job at a place where I cannot just wear jeans I have to find new dress clothes this summer The stuff I currently have is from college and no longer fits right or looks nice I think it s time to find a shopping buddy with more class than me Shilo says June 8 2010 at 12 22 pm Rachel Thanks for the tip on Land s End Canvas tanks Do you feel they are modest enough to wear alone or do you have to wear a cami underneath it I m curious because in the photo on the internet it shows a bit of cleavage and that s not quite the look I m going for It s so difficult to find a modest tank that doesn t need to be layered Shilo Shilo s last post I Love Being a Mother Rachel says June 8 2010 at 1 05 pm These are layering pieces so I wear a second tank with it for extra coverage They are sized to be a close fit I don t think they are as low cut or droopy as they look in the photo The picture on the striped tanks is more accurate for how they fit and they don t show any cleavage on me So I d say it s not modest enough to wear by itself but more modest than other brands I ve tried Kait Palmer says June 8 2010 at 12 46 pm Love the tips and that last paragraph is a great description My mother loves to remind me of the time she went shopping in Nordstroms a RARE event and to look for a party dress when I was a toddler when she saw in the mirror I was peeing right through my big girl panties I ll never live that one down Working full time at a pretty causal job I too am trying to find things that are a bit nicer than tees without being super business like or formal I ve fallen in love with this summer s dresses beause its as comfortable as pajamas but can look polished with a blazer and heels Kait Palmer s last post My Seatmate Ethel Laura says June 8 2010 at 1 08 pm Oh to be able to wear dresses again but not for me while my sweet girl is still nursing I ve been surprised how much less I needed in maternity wear when I was pregnant and I ve tried to maintain that as I ve gotten back into my regular sizes I m in the process now of weeding out work clothes that haven t transitioned well into my SAHM lifestyle This summer I purchased 3 tops 1 pair of cropped jeans and a new easter outfit I ve been crocheting or sewing special items instead of shopping for a new dress sweater or accessory It gives me a creative critical thinking outlet and satisfies me much longer than any purchases I ve made at a store bubu says June 8 2010 at 1 09 pm Re bathing suits I ve found lands end is great for this too If you are near a sears you can return them there too But with their virtual models and mix and match styles the process is a lot less painful and returns are easy just don t lose your receipts A friend of mine ordered a bunch online tried them all on at home then returned everything except the couple she liked to Sears Perhaps questionable but a lifesaver for a situation like yours I hear you on the plain T s It s very hard to resist but I m trying to incorporate pattern whenever I buy new things and it does make me much happier to open the closet and see some pattern and variety rather than a sea of solids Erika says June 8 2010 at 4 24 pm IF I can actually get out the door to go shop I m usually busy chasing a toddler around the store or searching for a place to nurse the infant IF I can go shop without the kiddos which to be honest I don t know that I ve even had this opportunity yet I d be searching the sales rack I have a lot to learn in the shopping arena but one thing I ve learned about myself is that if I don t feel comfortable in something

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  • The Closet Makeunder: Out with the Old - Small Notebook
    old TV s except its blue Can you believe that it puts me in a bad mood when he wears that shirt especially if it s to a place where we will be taking pictures I almost got rid of it this weekend when I saw that he packed it for the family reunion Then I decided that I would not stoop that low I need help Southern Gal says June 2 2010 at 4 04 pm I wear things out quickly Maybe because I don t have enough items in my wardrobe Either way it s such a pain to get rid of something I only bought a year ago and have to go shop for replacements Can you tell I am NOT a shopaholic Southern Gal s last post New Mercies Michelle says June 2 2010 at 4 38 pm As far as clothing mistakes I ve made hmmm you name it I m enjoying your blog I m glad I found it from a friends blogroll I m a simple girl too no need for all that fuss and clutter Looking forward to a closet transformation Michelle s last post Classic book of the month June 2010 Denise C says June 2 2010 at 4 45 pm My wardrobe was is very limited to begin with I owned 2 jeans one with holes in the knees shameful I know 3 tee shirts a black cocktail dress Why so little I really REALLY dislike clothes shopping Back in Feb I really did not like the way I looked so I began running eating much better To date I ve dropped 22 lbs My goal is 40 lbs all together Since I m now smaller I can finally get some new hip clothes for the hip 32 year old that I am So far I ve added 2 khaki shorts scoop neck shirts skirts and jeans All approved by my husband He too is my go to person when it comes to my wardrobe Anna B says June 2 2010 at 6 07 pm I love to get rid of stuff a little too much I had lost weight and kept it off for over a year so I got rid of all my big pants I m also a bit of a minimalist so I only had two pairs of khakis and two pairs of jeans Well you wear those every day and they wear out so I went to buy new I found out unhappily that I was no longer my smaller size My clothes had stretched with me and I hadn t noticed So I had to rebuy in the larger size Embarassing and expensive but if I had it to do again I m not sure I d keep the big pants even knowing that I just hate clutter Jodz says June 2 2010 at 7 17 pm I have been having a huge clearout but I still find it hard to part with my smaller sizes as if I lost the 15kgs I need to I would still wear them Jodz s last post No new clothes Lindsey says June 2 2010 at 7 20 pm I have a little sister who is 18 years old and very fashionable I recently invited her over to help me sort through my closet We got rid of all of the old ugly ill fitting items and identified a few staples that I needed to buy to help me get better use out of the pieces I had left I have a hard time getting rid of clothes that were gifts or nice brands that I found on a good sale even if I hate the way I look in them It s helpful to have a second opinion around to help make those hard decisions You re lucky to have a husband with honesty AND good taste Lindsey s last post Maybe My Favorite Gift Ever finallygettingtoeven com says June 2 2010 at 6 24 pm I had a major closet purge a few months ago I eliminated about 80 of my clothes I finally got rid of the stuff that i should only be wearing if i was 12 And the stuff that looked great back in the 90 s And the stuff that fit before 100 washings And those items that should have just stayed on the hanger at the store they looked better there anyway And the list goes on and on francesca says August 23 2010 at 8 58 am i should really try to find the courage to do all that too gosh francesca s last post Flat Irons beginners guide Glenda says June 2 2010 at 8 35 pm I enlisted my husbands help a few weeks ago to do the same he was so eager and I was amazed by the strength of some of his opinions He was brutally but lovingly honest and I was given some really clear insight into the things he loves to see me in which actually boosted my confidence even though I m struggling and the larger end of 4 different sizes at the moment I d highly recommend it he might just be dying for you to ask for his help and to respect his opinion Glenda s last post Holy Matrimony Vanessa says June 2 2010 at 7 55 pm Welcome back I need to do a closet purge right away I find it hard to get rid of clothes that don t suit my lifestyle at the moment but might down the road I also regret a few items I got rid of in the past which makes it harder to get rid of items in the future the what if it ll come back in style and I ll wish I still had it Two such items that I donated actually did come back in style and I never thought they would again I also didn t replace them

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  • Organizing Your Children’s Clothes Storage - Small Notebook
    keep or not to keep Adele s last post Oatmeal Bread Rachel says August 24 2009 at 1 17 pm Go shopping through those clothes and choose your favorites then let go of the rest One thing about hand me downs is that there will probably be more in the future Stacie newmommyhelp net says August 24 2009 at 10 05 am After our firs babies twins I saved practically everything When baby 3 came along I decided to go back through the clothes and only keep items that I really loved were in good quality and were not terribly out of style A lot can happen in 3 years For me it became easier with each baby I learned what was a keeper and what was not Thanks for the tips on storage I need the help with organizing Stacie newmommyhelp net s last post How To Make Books Come Alive With Your Toddler Joyful Abode says August 24 2009 at 10 17 am This is exactly the same idea I had I don t have kids yet but when I do I plan to have them in totes by gender size season just like you have here Since i want to have 3 4 kids I figure it ll be worth the time to make sure that they re organized properly since it will be a money saver for subsequent children Joyful Abode s last post Spaghetti Spaghetti Squash Tammy says August 24 2009 at 10 39 am I m really glad you posted this I have been struggling with how to store my daughter s clothes both the clothes that she has outgrown and the clothes she has yet to grow into Last weekend I sorted them by size and put them in cardboard boxes but I was still unsatisfied with my method I was wanting to buy storage bins such as you posted about but wasn t sure Now I m ready to invest in a few bins so that things are neatly organized and ready for giving a new baby Tammy s last post Ripple in Progress Minnesotamom says August 24 2009 at 11 32 am We have a similar system though I haven t been as thorough in the weeding out process A month or two before this new baby arrives I plan to get the tubs out of storage and weed through them Minnesotamom s last post Probably the coolest Kitchen re do I ve ever seen Marci OvercomingBusy says August 24 2009 at 11 57 am We have always used totes to store the kids clothes in the basement I kept my daughter s clothes until my son was born We knew we were done having kids so I sent out an email with the sizes and had them all given away by the end of the week They were mostly hand me downs so I didn t want to sell them Now I either give away my kids clothes as they outgrow them or send them to a local consignment store to make money for new clothes Marci OvercomingBusy s last post Menu Plan Monday August 24 2009 Rachel says August 24 2009 at 12 07 pm Thank you for inspiring me I have been trying to figure out what to do with all of my daughter s clothes We are hoping to have more children in the future so I don t want to get rid of all of it but I really do need to give away a few things There is just too much and it s not necessary Amy says August 24 2009 at 12 17 pm First you know I drool when I see those neatly stacked bins Second whaddaya mean IF you have more kids Hahahahah Kristin says August 24 2009 at 1 01 pm I think this is my first ever comment here We used to use tubs but have a reeaaaaaally small house and even stacked tubs too up too much space SO we bought those vacuum space bags I put each size in its own bag and vacuum the air out they take up so much less space stack and slide easily under beds Erika says August 25 2009 at 2 23 pm What a great idea I get overwhelmed thinking about organizing my growing supply of clothes and hadn t even thought of those Thanks Whitney says August 24 2009 at 1 07 pm This is great congrats on such an organized pile of clothes I only have one child boy one year and already the clothes are astounding For now I have three tall thin laundry baskets in our closet one for N 3 months one for 3 whatever size he s at now and one for what comes next I don t anything too far in advance because he s proven tricky to clothe One of the things about kids clothes that REALLY bugs me is the wide size discrepancies I can box something that says 6 months but what do I do with a 6 12 months sleeper He could have worn it at 8 months but that doesn t mean our next kid will Rachel says August 24 2009 at 1 14 pm I d put a 6 12 months sized sleeper in with the 6 months clothes Better to find it while it s too big than when it s already outgrown Karen says August 24 2009 at 1 37 pm This looks like the whole right hand side of my attic I have two boys 4 and 3 a girl 1 and another on the way We never found out the sex of the first three but I am very tempted to do so this time just so I can weed out some of the clothes in the attic I also do the one week s clothes is enough system Everything is hung on coathangers in outfits as my hubbie struggles otherwise I find I have to do laundry so frequently that there is no need for lots of outfits It also means that outfits are REALLY stained and done byt the time they grow out of them rather than just a bit worn Easier to be ruthless and chop them up for rags when they look like that Karen Scotland Annie Pazoo says August 24 2009 at 2 07 pm What perfect timing thanks for the post I m sitting in my daughter s room sorting through her drawers and closet before back to school and while she s at a water park with friends I find it s impossible to get her to part with anything But it makes such a big difference to go through the process from time to time and a clean room is a great way to start the school year Robin Baker says August 24 2009 at 6 10 pm I do the same thing se7en says August 24 2009 at 6 24 pm Hay you your little clothes look perfect I don t use tubs just gift bags in our linen cupboard A gift bag per size means we only keep the very best Somehow with hand me downs and so on we always seem to have enough and I what was the perfect out fit for one child doesn t always look so fabulous on another I am very discerning totally and absolutely love it or out it goes I never have a problem with people dropping off huge bags of hand me downs sometimes I keep none of it I reckon I am doing them a favor and pass them on to the local shelter we live in Cape Town South Africa and their is poverty on our doorstep literally no problem looking for a place to donate Often people battle to get rid of their stuff it was their child s most precious outfit and so on well I reckon by providing a drop off point half their battle is won se7en s last post This Week This Week 24th August at Se7en mrs e says August 24 2009 at 9 29 pm Your storage is wonderful I used to do the same thing with diaper boxes You couldn t see in them but I marked the sizes I m quite impressed with your system As far as clothes go two little girls gave my first girl all of their EXPENSIVE newborn through 3T clothes My youngest daughter wore them too and we passed them on to my sister who had 4 little girls We ve laughed at the pictures of the clothes going from girl to girl Their generosity saved me a lot of money and my girls got to wear much more expensive clothing than I could have afforded They held up fairly well and made it through 8 little girls wearing them mrs e s last post A Tribute to Press N Seal Amanda says August 24 2009 at 10 33 pm I can t bring myself to get rid of any of my youngest s clothes yet He s nine months old and everything is sitting in a hamper in my basement Maybe I ll get around to organizing it and agonizing over what I m going to keep and what has to go Since this is more than likely my last baby I know that I won t need any of it but still it s the things that I had to change seventeen times a day when he spit up all over the place and the things he wore when he first came home that didn t even remotely fit him He was tiny in those clothes and now he s so big Amanda s last post Back to School Nina says August 24 2009 at 11 21 pm 1st we have the exact same dresser mine is from my great aunt who gave it to my mother who gave it to me and I have the bed and nightstand too but two of the handles have split in half and I can t find replacements anywhere any ideas I ve looked online at several sites and restoration hardware anyway i had size newborn to 2T given to me by a family friend when my son came home from the hospital since he was just under 4lb at birth even nb was big I washed it all and sorted it by size and then season i had a ton she had 2 boys and my sister had sent her stuff from my nephew some of it was 4 yrs old but looked brand new I don t limit how much I have honestly in the summer he can go through 2 or more outfits a day with water play and popsicles he often didn t wear an outfit more than once esp under 6 mos I then passed it along to others I ve always kept a diaper box or 2 huge size open in the closet and as things get too hard to put on throw them in to give away or as I m putting away wash I throw it in a box as I just did with his 18 mos stuff i also have been ordering next season year s clothes when on sale and just make sure to go through seasonally to pull out stuff spent 60 bucks on 8 outfits since he s now in 2T I m down to one bin instead of two I try to keep in my mind what we have so if I m in the mall and see a sale at gymboree or the children s place I know we need a sweater or carter s we need some pj s I use the same dividers in his drawers but more limited his are ikea drawers and I just stack in piles of similar items one bin for socks one for unmatched and go through every few weeks and match up the big issue is brands run so different e g talbots small gymboree large you ve also gotta eyeball it sams club is a great resource too once I ve unpacked all the clothes we have need something because mid season their stuff if lots cheaper than it was at the start so I get pants and shirt for 5 bucks or less sunsuits were 3 nicola says August 25 2009 at 12 15 am great post i have posted about this before we do something similar with toys as well what is your baby count down now nicola http whichname blogspot com nicola s last post on thrifting Denise C says August 25 2009 at 12 18 am When I was pregnant with my son I held on to E V E R Y T H I N G in case future kids were boys When I was pregnant with my daughter I broke up my son s infant clothes and passed on 2 bags to my nephew and a dear friend also having a boy With my daughter I m having a bit harder time parting only because she is my last child and I ll be honest little girl dresses are so darn cute With the recent purchase of a home though I decided it was time to go through them I donated my daughter s items between a battered woman s shelter and a homeless shelter in our area I kept the E X T R E M E L Y sentimental items for her memory box same for my son Both kids have about 1 weeks worth of clothes and I use this tip courtesy of the happyhousewife blog if kids clothes are stained and my kids had some doozies use Oxy Clean and HOT water Fill a bucket with HOT water 1C of Oxy Clean not the bleach kind and let the clothes SOAK Sometimes over night the stains come right out Rinse in cool water and run through a cycle in the wash Zengirl says August 25 2009 at 1 35 am I find that newborn to one year s clothes seemed to be outgrown so fast I need to change every month as they grow so much in early years I like your system I should follow it I put those in non clear tubs with labels but using clear tubs surely would be much easier How is your pregnancy going You are due soon right Zengirl s last post Learning from 4 years old Lauren says August 25 2009 at 8 07 am There may be many of them but sometimes you really need that Like with kids So I wouldn t worry about the quantity It is such an efficient and actually quite attractive way of storing them well done Lauren s last post Semi Daily eBay Diane vin Furstenberg Military Leather Jacket Jenny says August 25 2009 at 2 42 pm We knew our twins would be our only children and as soon as the girls grew out of their clothes we gave them away good stuff to friends ok stuff to good will and the rest in the trash recycled It was too overwhelming as we had probably 3 weeks worth of outfits per child Now we dump it in a big bucket in their closet wait til the next season and then give it away This time we are actually having a tag sale as the girls clothes are very good quality would sell on e bay if I had the patience I save a few choice items and put them in a closet and they will eventually be moved to a box for each girl Keeping stuff for us is not practical and someone else can always use the clothes Holly says August 25 2009 at 2 51 pm I m sure that just about a weeks worth of clothes is fine if you have at least 2 changes of clothes for each day Especially during those potty training years When we had our first I couldn t believe how much laundry resulted from such a little person I ve been lucky to have 3 girls and able to use the clothes over and over I do have them in the larger totes sorted by size and sometimes also season Bulky sweaters sweatshirts etc tend to take up a lot of space Also while the clear totes are nice the rubbermaid roughneck totes are much tougher I ve had the clear ones break on me during moves or an unfortunate fall off the table I also have shoes sorted by size in 2 gallon ziploc bags and all of those are in a tote I don t keep the girls athletic shoes or any that they wear out just mainly dressy church shoes or boots that don t get as much wear and can be passed on to the next one We are expecting our fourth and probably final a boy in Nov but I m not quite ready to part with all my girl stuff just yet Holly s last post Bicycling Advice Always Wear Your Helmet chelsea says August 25 2009 at 9 45 pm This post is so timely for me We just moved and with two little boys the piles of clothes are huge With 1 I used to keep the outgrown clothes in large bins but there got to be too many so now I use space saver bags I can fit 1 bin into each bag and 3 bags takes up as much space as 1 bin used Also I limit 1 year of life to 1 bag 0 12mos 12 24mos 3T etc I m currently doing a major overhaul of all the clothes as the 3rd and final child is about 3 years away My bets are on a 3rd boy so I don t want to completely get rid of everything I m

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  • Tips to Buy Kids' Clothing for Less Money - Small Notebook
    that it just makes sense So for our 40 this time we bought 3 dresses 2 tops and 3 pairs of shorts We stopped by Old Navy on the way home and bought 4 knit play shirts for another 10 The reasons I like that particular second hand store is that they check the clothes to make sure they are in extremely good condition They sell clothes for the current season so you can buy exactly what you need and you don t have to guess what size your child will be six months from now Prices for like new shorts or shirts are about 3 sweaters or jeans are usually 5 a dress might be 6 and a coat is about 8 Tips when shopping for used clothing Don t buy more than you need just because it s cheap Check collars cuffs and knees for signs of wear that s where it shows up first The cost difference between discount and boutique brands is only a dollar or two so look for brands that will give you reinforced seams lining secure buttons and higher quality fabric T shirts pajamas and other knits that get worn a lot are better purchased new since the prices for those aren t much lower than a sale at Old Navy I also went through Lane s storage baskets of stuff She has toys but she likes our stuff better especially if it comes in a smaller version She has a collection of travel sized bottles and toothpaste tubes that she has claimed as her own Today I secretly put them back in the bathroom I don t know how long it will be before she notices 1 Comment April 12 2008 in Money Budgets Clothes About Rachel I write about practical tips

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  • Guest Post Guidelines - Small Notebook
    and home are the most popular Other topics include personal finance natural living family life and gardening The general theme is living simply at home I love the discussion that happens after the post in the comments Finish your post with a question or discussion prompt and I encourage you to respond to questions and comments How to Submit Your Article Posts are usually 400 600 words Include at least one pretty photo for the beginning of the post Photos must be original or legal to use The maximum width for photos is 500 pixels Shorter paragraphs are easier to read Lists and bullet points are visually appealing and help focus your writing Use subheadings where appropriate End your article with a brief author s bio that links to your blog Also include a small about 100 x 100 pixels photo or image that represents you I may edit your article for grammar readability and sometimes for tone I might change the title or shorten a paragraph I want to make your guest post as successful as I can Take a look at these guest posts for examples 3 Steps to Less Clutter in the Kids Rooms 10 Gifts for Kids That Don t Involve Stuff Thrifting for Quality Clothes 3 Great Ways to Spend More Money Reasons I might choose not to publish your article If the topic is not related to simple living at home If the topic has been fully covered recently If the article requires more editing or emailing than I have time to do If the article is promotional for a product service or website or if it was submitted to get an SEO link If it has been published elsewhere I want the content on Small Notebook to be unique I am not able

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  • Flavorful Food without Milk - Small Notebook
    it I just use water Like my favorite sweet breads they often call for milk Be glad you don t have to take out soy too My daughter when she was very small couldn t have cow s milk or soy It was awful But I learned she could have goat s milk Expensive stuff but it was worth it to help put a few pounds on her Might want to check out alternatives like goats milk if you need milk since some milk allergies are just cow s milk Amy says June 5 2008 at 9 59 am This is such great information for family s that are struggling with these allergies I am bookmarking it to try that salmon recipe too thank you so much Jasi says June 5 2008 at 12 21 pm My 2 y o daughter has food allergies dairy eggs nuts and lots of tree fruit We re pretty lucky she likes veggies but our biggest problem was finding replacements that made her feel more normal Calcium fortified rice milk goes nicely in cereals hot and cold Soy Garden Butter is creamy and the rest of the family doesn t even miss the real thing But her favorite is low sugar frozen fruit ices and sorbets in a cone They look like ice cream cones but without the dairy For calcium we give her chew able supplements and Calcium added rice milk and OJ we even make freezer pops of the OJ for a double dose So far she doesn t seem deprived and is thriving despite her dietary restrictions Jessica says June 5 2008 at 3 16 pm Thanks for this great article My 9 year old son is allergic to milk and I m with you I gravitate towards dairy free recipes instead of trying to substitute ingredients I will have to try some of your recipes especially coconut milk in pancakes Sounds delish We have been using Krusteaz Wheat Honey pancake mix It doesn t have milk and you just add water to mix them up so they re super easy I just posted a strawberry pina colada smoothie recipe you might like smallnotebook says June 5 2008 at 11 51 pm Avlor good to know about the bread experiments Usually by the time I change the butter and the all purpose flour I m halfway to a completely new recipe Good thing bread is so adaptable Amy thanks for the comment because I m glad to get to check out all the good stuff on your blog Jasi I ran out and bought some Soy Garden buttery spread after seeing your comment It is hard to find a butter substitute without casein And I was really happy to see that it is not hydrogenated Love the fruit ice idea too Jessica the smoothies sound great and we always have leftover coconut milk to use up Can t wait to try them Adventures In Babywearing says June 6 2008 at 5

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  • A Dinner Host's Guide to Gluten-Free Food (Quick Reference)
    in the morning evenshine says November 21 2008 at 8 45 am You amaze me I don t know how you do it I m a big quinoa fan great as an alternative to oatmeal in the mornings YUM Thanks for raising my awareness today evenshine s last blog post Unfavoritest kids books Rachel says November 21 2008 at 11 05 am Lane s story is a bit different from most She didn t have any of the physical symptoms to identify a food intolerance She wasn t irritable and she never seemed to feel bad At each doctor visit we watched her weight go down to a lower percentile She was average weight as a newborn but as a one year old she stayed in the less than 3 for weight Our doctor looked at our happy attentive baby and reasonably assumed she was just small Other than her low weight the only indication was an extreme pickyness to food The adage about how kids would eat when they were hungry didn t apply to her She ate pureed vegetables as a baby but then she started craving only breads and dairy the two food groups she happens to be intolerant to If we gave her a food she didn t want she would refuse to eat for long periods of time and it worried us because of her weight A family member mentioned wheat intolerance once before but I checked the symptoms and thought that couldn t be it Then someone else mentioned it and I decided to put Lane on a gluten free diet as an experiment Once we removed the gluten she began to eat a few more foods especially protein rich food She started putting on weight in just a couple of weeks The only physical difference I could see was a change in her stools they were darker and showed better digestion We continued the gluten free diet since it seemed to be helping and we also took her off of milk and dairy foods We had a few medical tests done but they were inconclusive It wasn t until a few months later that Lane had an accidental gluten exposure and her physical symptoms became extreme and visible Her body reacts to gluten now with vomiting and chronic diarrhea and it takes several days to go back to normal Doug didn t have any of those symptoms either It s amazing how our bodies can work around issues and not show the symptoms What happened with Doug is that I suggested he try to go a week without gluten since food intolerances are often genetic He felt better and then when he reintroduced gluten into his diet again he experienced some of the classic symptoms Feel free to email me personally if you want to talk about it more Jessica says November 21 2008 at 11 52 am I have what I consider the total opposite problem I need large quantities of fiber

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  • Last Chance: Save 95% on Ebooks!! - Small Notebook
    go to bed and I think Doug will help me I already bought the paint 2 Comments May 4 2013 in Other About Rachel I write about practical tips that will help you simplify at home Connect with me on Pinterest and Twitter Previous Coming Soon New Podcast Next Save 95 This Week the Ultimate Homemaking Ebook Sale Comments karissa says May 4 2013 at 9 05 pm Hi Rachel I got the bundle and right now I m reading your e book great job and a lot of helpful information Thanks Karissa Margo Thrift at Home says May 6 2013 at 2 57 pm I love my blue grey bedroom so much I want to repaint in the same color But we have dramatic deep red vintage furniture and blinds What dark color are you using I hope you will do a show and tell And I totally repainted the dining room the other night after the kids were in bed I did the prep work before their bedtime but I wanted all the wet paint to be AFTER they were in bed I was freshening the room by using the same color though so it wasn t a

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