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  • Our New Company: Pier - Small Notebook
    2012 at 9 53 am HOW EXCITING for Doug and your family I m good with managing money but lack investment confidence so goodness knows we need people like your husband who listen to financial news for fun That s hard for me to imagine Wishing you great success on this new venture Anne Modern Mrs Darcy s last post I m Headed to Blissdom Here s What That Means For Me and You Brie says February 22 2012 at 11 28 am Congratulations you two I am so happy that his dream is coming to life I also mirror a lot of others sentiments here saying your blog truly is a testament to his knowledge and both of your integrity I love that you don t spend money on frivolous things for your home and do what works instead of just pretty It grounds me sometimes Keep up the hard work and congrats again Lorilee Loving Simple Living says February 22 2012 at 11 31 am Yay So happy for you guys getting started I am sure it will go great but I wish you luck anyways I think the small company has a lot to offer because people are sick of being lost in the crowd There is so much craziness with the economy and markets that I think people will feel much more comfortable knowing who is actually taking care of their money by name Gwyn says February 22 2012 at 11 39 am Wonderful Another self employed family on the planet I love the legacy you re building for your children as you both follow your hearts and work hard to make your dreams come true If you get to feeling lonely I belong to a great FREE online community at http 48days net run by Dan Miller 48Days to the Work You Love author it s a great place to work out ideas and ask for help Blessings on your new venture Rachel says February 22 2012 at 11 41 am Thanks for your encouraging words about Doug and his new business venture We re really excited Kay says February 22 2012 at 11 50 am Congrats Why named PIER I first read your tagline and thought it stood for PIER Passive Investing Smart Investing Though Passive Investing Economic Returns or something with those letters would be cool But what do i know haha i m just a kid Jennie says February 22 2012 at 11 54 am How exciting Good luck Jennie s last post The Tool You Can t Clean Without Lori says February 22 2012 at 12 42 pm How exciting for your family to be starting this business This is certainly a year of changes for you Now I m picturing Doug with a hammer in one hand and The Financial Times in the other Lori s last post Balancing Balance Part X The Home Manager s Biggest Perk savvysuzy says February 22 2012 at 1 08 pm That s really

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  • Love Doesn't Buy the Groceries - Small Notebook
    just can t leave my future financial security in God s hands I would flip the question and look instead for God s hand in your over all security I do think he gave us gifts to be used and I for one appreciate and admire people of integrity in the financial industry who can help those of us who are not so gifted with some of the finer points I don t think growing the resources we ve been entrusted with in order to facilitate more good and family stablity is a Biblical instruction and provides a platform for ongoing good works is in anyway un spiritual or untrusting I would only add that the cultural fixation on the numbers seems to be what leads so many of us to spiritual crisis or is it the other way around wealthy and poor alike the cottage child s last post Friday baby Catherine says November 9 2010 at 11 47 am There s an old story about a man who was in a flood He climbed up to his roof and said to himself God will provide Someone came by with a raft and offered him a spot but he said God will provide Later someone came in a lifeboat but he said God will provide Finally a helicopter hovered over his house but the man said No thanks God will provide Then he died in the flood When he reached heaven s gate he asked God Why didn t you save me from the flood God said I sent you a raft a lifeboat and a helicopter At some point you have to take over for yourself That s how I feel about money and most things My husband also works his butt off and because of him I can be a stay at home mom to keep my family happy and my household running We don t expect something for nothing but we take care of ourselves AND believe we will have enough As my husband s Aunt Doris told us after our own flood Worrying s a sin As funny as it was at the time I took great comfort in knowing that I m not always in control Catherine s last post Perfection Karen says January 20 2011 at 5 14 pm I have heard that story before It makes a great point After all where does everything come from I give God credit for ALL things Jobs money health etc It even says so in the Bible It is a sin to worry I sometimes still have problems with that but work on it daily God is the ultimate Provider He also trusts us with money to be good stewards with it Skeemer118 says November 9 2010 at 12 23 pm Hi Kathy I am what you would consider to be a religious person but I don t constantly apply the God will provide mentality to my financial life I first have to ask myself the questions Am I doing what I m supposed to be doing with money Am I spending more than I make Can I cut back on luxery items to save And other similar questions I like nice things I do treat myself from time to time But I never want to use God will provide as a cop out Not that all people do but some do for not taking responsibility Yes I believe He will supply all my needs but I also believe that I must be a good steward of His money You re right you did succeed because you worked your butts off I believe if we do our parts then He will meet us there Matthew 25 14 30 tells us that we are to do our part bring increase to our households As another posted said I don t believe I m ultimately in control of every aspect of my life but I do agree with you that we should all be the best stewards of our money that we can be Great comment kathy says November 10 2010 at 9 34 am Thank you all for the thoughtful comments I appreciate your taking the time to chime in and offer your insight Ashley says November 9 2010 at 10 30 am My husband and I are still young 22 and 24 and have been together for 5yrs and have two children 3yrs and 10months We were very careless with our money in the beginning not putting much thought into where we were going to be in 5rys About a year and a half ago we were not in a good position We were over drafting 300 just days after getting payed We had a few debts Firestone for about 1500 My husbands star card 900 and a few other smaller ones We made the decision to use our entire income return to pay off our debts and to get us out of the over drafting cycle It has taken us falling so hard and having fallen a few times since then to figure out where we want to be financially We save and live frugal but comfortably My husband and I are so much LESS stressed about life in general now that we are actually paying attention to our finances Teresa Where In the World says November 9 2010 at 10 54 am Love doesn t buy groceries you are right We don t need much to live comfortably We are able to give generously However we feel driven to increase our earnings not for ourselves but in order to love and support those in greater need extravagantly Fiscal responsibility opens us up to live a life of freedom If you are already debt free it opens you to give It gives you the chance to let your love buy groceries when you see the woman in front of you trying to find enough in her wallet to buy hers kathy says November 10 2010 at 9 33 am Teresa this is excellent It describes exactly how I ve been feeling these days now that we are virtually debt free minus a mortgage I am able to be more generous with my money because I know I ve got enough for that emergency or whatever may come along So yes I m more likely to write a check for a good cause or even give money to that woman in the line at the grocery store Maryhomemama says November 9 2010 at 12 00 pm I too went through my teen years spending all I made and had parents who gave me everything I told them that I needed like a car insurance free gas 80 jeans they had grown up through the war in an impoverished country and had no educational opportunities They believed in providing every opportunity for their children that they could giving us what they had never even dreamed of having all through their sacrifices and hard work Now I appreciate all they did for me and now I am trying to be a saver like they were and not a spender Our children have even more opportunities than I had and I hope that by NOT giving them everything they ask for that they are learning to save and be good stewards of their resources Jennie says November 9 2010 at 12 06 pm I was raised in a family that was wobbling on the edge of a mountain of credit card debt In my first few years as an adult I very much thought I would go that way too until I met my husband who is incredibly financially responsible He made me want to be that way too You re absolutely right Now that we re not swimming in debt in fact we re completely out except for student loans I hardly think about money at all I m no longer worrying before I even have it about all the places it needs to go P S Sure love can t buy groceries but you can get by on fewer groceries if you re fighting for love when it is all about money all you want is more more more Living on love means less worrying about stuff and spending time cultivating more love HannahRuthie says November 9 2010 at 12 26 pm This post rang true for me and my family There s wisdom in living within your means my husband spends a lot of his time earning that money we feel responsible to treat it with care I ve been able to stay home with my boys keep them fed clothed and in a steady home even go on yearly vacations and occasional weekend excursions on very little We do a bunch more than people who have a larger yearly income I just found out our family size and income puts us below poverty level Whaaa and it s because of careful planning and the priorities we ve chosen We drive cars that we paid cash for for example We have credit cards and only use them for medical emergencies Being familiar with discounts and local festivals that are free packing lunch and having a picnic only buying toys when it s a birthday or Christmas but making special trips for an ice cream cone Hopefully we will have more income available as my husband just finished his Master s degree but you re right a little planning and time has gone a long way to making our family more creative and resourceful and that s a priceless lesson HannahRuthie s last post King Arthur amp The Knights Of The Round Table Skeemer118 says November 9 2010 at 12 29 pm GREAT comment I completely agree that planning is critical to our budget This is probably the first year in my life I ve not acquired any new debt We are working our way out one dollar at a time Jennie says November 9 2010 at 2 59 pm This sounds a lot like our budget A lot of consumer Americans don t understand that you can live on very little especially if you save your money for experiences rather than more Stuff Skeemer118 says November 9 2010 at 12 27 pm From my 20 s to my now 30 s I ve learned the power of a budget I ve learned that money can hinder where I want to go in life what I want to do So I pay more attention I make it work for me I work a regular job make regular money Thankfully over 10 000 in debt has been paid off since the past year We hope to be debt free except for our home by 2012 Cherie says November 9 2010 at 1 52 pm Please young people do pay attention to your money the sooner the better I don t mean obsess but set your priorities and make a plan and re evaluate it once in a while it pays off in the long run My husband and I will retire soon at age 50 debt free after having just put two kids through college We re so excited about this next phase in our lives Kait Palmer says November 9 2010 at 3 05 pm That is so awesome to hear Congrats and enjoy your second honeymoon Kait Palmer s last post Panting Denise C says November 9 2010 at 6 34 pm That is AWESOME Cherie Shannon says November 9 2010 at 2 12 pm When I was first married I used to think that budgeting was something we would do until we were well off Now 20 years later and a bit more well off I realize how important budgeting and planning is I ve come to realize that my money has a mind of it s own and that if I don t give it an assignment budget right away it ll take off after all of our wants and we won t have any left for our needs Kait Palmer says November 9 2010 at 3 03 pm I ve always kept an eye on my money but it wasn t until our first No Spend Month in 2009 that we really started to pay attention I was reading some book recently honestly can t remember that basically said if you have a savings account you re not trusting God to take care of you That was kind of shocking but now I ve had time to mull it over and think I disagree Didn t Joseph encourage the Pharoah to stock up in times of plenty for times of need Ultimately God controls it all but I think as part of being rational intelligent people it is wise to be prepared even if its to help someone else in need Kait Palmer s last post Panting Unplanned Cooking says November 9 2010 at 3 33 pm Great excerpt I used to not care about money either until I had children and then I realized that all the things I wanted for them a good education a roof over their heads healthy foods costed money And I do think knowing what you have and what to do with it goes a long way towards having enough Unplanned Cooking s last post What do windows say about a house Nicole says November 9 2010 at 3 49 pm My husband and I are almost debt free excluding our house payment When we married my husband had A LOT of debt I had none Over the three years we ve been married we ve worked diligently to cut down our debt and have nearly met that goal What a great feeling I am a saver and my husband is a spender I want less and he wants more So we have to meet in the middle And I think we ve both grown a lot because of that Nicole s last post trying this out2 years later Light says November 9 2010 at 5 07 pm Another concise summary regarding the practicalities of life Thanks We always socked away and were never about the money We basically lived like a little frugal and giving old couple Now that we have moved abroad where everything is more expensive we realize we just need to let go of some of our frugal hangups and get the things we need We ve saved enough to do that though Debbie says November 9 2010 at 5 35 pm I feel that involving your children in your financial affairs is imperative They need to know how much things cost starting with how much the rent or mortgage is food insurance etc They learn quickly that money does not grow on trees and are less likely to develop an attitude of entitlement Our son decided to attend a community college and a state university to complete his education because he knows that the choices he makes now can affect the rest of his life Children tend to emulate our behavior and that s the reason my husband and I chose to be fiscal responsibility Denise C says November 9 2010 at 6 48 pm At 32 married with 2 kids I am still learning about money My parents were not good role models for me my Dad always lived paycheck to paycheck he was always overextended even to this day I was horrible at saving as a teenager I got somewhat better in my late 20 s when I lived on my own I had accumulated debt paid it off I to this day will not touch a credit card unless it is an absolute emergency My husband I encountered some major financial setbacks this year Sure our savings account took several massive hits Money is an ongoing learning experience Zengirl Heart and Mind says November 9 2010 at 8 34 pm It is very interesting I was happier with little money when I was in college I had less responsibilities and I was more optimistic about life Now I have 2 kids and husband and whole social thing to do I still think money does not buy happiness as zenguy also has done what Doug is doing now he left his job 2 years ago to follow his dream and sometimes there is no income Luckily with our pared down life and savings and finding joy in little things we have survived till now Some days are hard but most days we feel content Zengirl Heart and Mind s last post How To Be Happy Quotes By Wise People Connie says November 9 2010 at 9 27 pm Sounds like alot of people here have good financial sense I am older than most commenting on here I m sure I am in my early 50 s and didn t start budgeting and saving until about 2 years ago and my parents were great examples of what I should have done Anyway I tell anyone who wants to listen to not do what I did It is so much easier to save a small percentage of your income when you re younger than saving a larger percentage when you re older But hey at least I finally woke up and am having fun living a very simple life and trying to save more than I would have ever thought possible Who knew how satisfying this new life I found would be Christine says November 9 2010 at 9 48 pm I m still young and I think money saving is not in the picture JUST YET I completely value it but I m poor right now Not 3rd world poor I know but I just can t imaging putting 10 percent away for a rainy day when my bank account is let s just say two figures I look forward to the day when using that savings account of mine

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  • Money | Small Notebook
    Personal Finance 4 Give Generously 5 Foundations of Personal Finance 3 True Savings 5 Foundations of Personal Finance 2 Earn With Contentment 5 Foundations of Personal Finance 1 Mindful Spending 1 2 3 4 5 6 Advertisements Hi I m Rachel I ll help you simplify your home Share this site Pin it Get new posts delivered to your inbox Subscribe by email For Winter How to Deal With the

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  • Money | Small Notebook
    I m Rachel I ll help you simplify your home Share this site Pin it Get new posts delivered to your inbox Subscribe by email For Winter How to Deal With the Keepsakes You Shouldn t Save Want to Simplify Start Here Getting More Organized is Not the Goal Smart Design from a Petite Venetian Kitchen Click here before you shop on Amazon and part of your purchase will benefit

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  • What I Wish I Had Known About Cloth Diapers - Small Notebook
    my goodness Rachel that s a funny coincidence maybe it s an omen This baby has to come soon all my others were early so I m just flummoxed Hilarie says August 12 2012 at 5 15 pm We cloth diapered both girls Prefolds until 15 pounds then fuzzibunz and Wonderoos my fave We didn t love the one BumGenius we had but the Wonderoos were the same idea I can t imagine NOT cloth diapering for us I worked but it did help that my kids stayed home with grandmothers caring for them No rashes for us and I felt good about not adding mountains to the trash We did have to use disposables at night for our 2nd she wouldn t let me change her even at a few months old and I couldn t keep her from soaking through with cloth We went on vacation when our first was 17 months old and I had no idea how to buy use disposables I thought that was a very different problem to have I would recommend anyone to try it Buy a few diapers or borrow some if you have a friend who uses them and see how it goes Try it you ll like it Hilarie s last post Printed Photo Book Reviews Part 4 including wrap up Tammy H says August 12 2012 at 6 04 pm I couldn t get my pocket diapers to go without leaking at night too until he was a little bigger When they re little they just drink and pee so much I think it wasn t long after he started solids that her could wouldn t be soaked in the morning with double inserts in a pocket So moral of my story would be just try again later to see if they ve outgrown that problem And ps I love the domestic ritual of hanging up the diapers Makes me feel connected to the women of the past as well as the earth nerdy Probably Jessica This Blessed Life says August 12 2012 at 6 09 pm Sorry if this is a dumb question but I am a total newbie I m pregnant and seriously considering cloth for my second child I only did disposables with my son What is a sprayer Is it something you somehow attach to your toilet to hose off the cloth It s okay to laugh if that s ridiculous Katherine YeOldCollegeTry says August 12 2012 at 6 29 pm That s right Many cloth diapering women swear by a sprayer Don t feel dumb asking questions the cloth diaper world has so many acronyms and systems that work for different people that there are always more questions to ask I totally get that ugh feeling when I have to buy a big box of disposables My husband has had to remind me that it is just fine to do that every once in a while when I need to keep things that much easier That being said I agree that there s not that much work involved with cloth diapers Extra laundry but it is not the same as your regular clothing laundry so that s not a one to one comparison I think most people think laundry and equate that with the longer process of sorting pretreating and folding None of that with diapers Katherine YeOldCollegeTry s last post Advice for a New Mom Rachel says August 12 2012 at 6 33 pm That s exactly what it is Another option as an alternative to spraying is flushable liners Nicole says August 15 2012 at 3 49 pm Hi Jessica Sorry to self promote here but my husband wrote up a tutorial on my blog for how to make your own diaper sprayer It should save you about a third to half the cost of buying one They are really invaluable for once the baby starts eating solids and has real non water soluble poop http gidgetgoeshome com 2008 08 25 diy tutorial make your own diaper sprayer Nicole s last post 10 on 10 August 2012 Jen2 says August 16 2012 at 10 06 am One thing that deterred us from the sprayer is that it attaches where the water turns off so if there is a problem with the connection you could end up with a serious flood So if you go this route be sure to check it regularly for leaks We didn t need it at all until we started solids breastmilk poop just washes off in the machine After solids we took a break for a while because shaking it off in the toilet got messy and gross Then we found flushable liners What a relief now if only we could get our son to stop pulling them out of his diaper we would be golden Also I work full time We cloth diaper on the days we are home with him which is Saturday and Sunday for me and Tuesday and Wednesday for my husband Our daycare isn t set up to use cloth diapers We each do the laundry at the end of our cloth shift We haven t been able to make overnight cloth work for us though We have all sorts of brands and types because I wanted to try them all My favorites are the Flips and Econobums because you can change out the inserts and reuse the covers if there s no mess Ashley Our Little Apartment says August 12 2012 at 7 05 pm Women love to talk cloth diapers I got Fuzzibunz perfect size and one size for my gifts since I told my family that s what I really wanted Made diapering virtually free They got some in great condition at a steep discount from Craigslist Then a reader on my blog suggested I try prefolds Cottonbabies offers a 35 try it kit with a few covers and prefolds I was hooked So now I used both My only advice for moms considering cloth don t get velcro if you plan to use them on multiple kids Some of mine is already shot after just 2 years of cloth diapering Snaps are where it s at Ashley Our Little Apartment s last post Five Things I Have Learned from Watching the Olympics and Reality Competition TV Monique says August 12 2012 at 8 40 pm That s funny because I can t abide the snaps I have velcro for my covers and it is holding up just tokens DD 1 Potty trained at 20 months used cloth from birth and DD 2 is 5 mo I love the velcro because I always get a perfect fit at the waist With snaps it always seems too tight or too loose Ashley Our Little Apartment says August 12 2012 at 9 03 pm Velcro is definitely easier for getting a perfect fit My husband definitely prefers it But my son has also had a few occasions where he s TAKEN OFF his velcro diaper which wasn t pretty Eeep Thankfully he hasn t figured out the snaps yet fingers crossed Ashley Our Little Apartment s last post Five Things I Have Learned from Watching the Olympics and Reality Competition TV Renee says August 12 2012 at 9 47 pm Ha We also love our velcro BumGenius that we got used for about 2 per cover with the expectation that we d have to do a lot of repairs 20 months later we ve not repaired a single one and they are still working fine they don t look chic and new but the velcro holds the diaper on and the diaper holds the poop in We also liked snaps when we used Econobum with our first son from about 9 months to 2 5ish but he twisted and turned like an angry baby alligator when we changed him and we didn t want to deal with that with our second son so we splurged for new used covers and haven t looked back Amanda says August 12 2012 at 7 30 pm Rachel do you use cloth wipes too Since you wrote such a nice balanced post on cloth diapers some reader might like to hear cloth wipe advice coming from the same point of view Also do wool covers REALLY not leak I m thinking of switch from PUL covers to wool with this next baby I ve read the science behind why how they work but can t wrap my head head around the fact that it REALLY won t just let potty drip everywhere Rachel says August 12 2012 at 10 36 pm I couldn t fully comprehend it either but the wool is absorbent on its own and the lanolin acts as a barrier If you start to feel some wetness on the outside of the wool cover that s a sign that it needs more lanolin so you give it another lanolin soak with the wool wash and a dab of Lansinoh The prefold would be sopping wet but the cover would only be slightly damp on the inside and once it airs out it s fine I usually make sure to get extra lanolin around the leg holes Crazy but it works and I am very sensitive about things smelling fresh and clean We did use cloth wipes that I sewed from old receiving blankets I m not actually sure where they are right now after we moved We re just using regular wipes Holly says August 12 2012 at 8 22 pm I use cloth nappies and I love them My husband prefers them too which is nice I find prefolds fantastic and they re what we use at home We use pockets when we re out as they re easier I use a pocket for night time with a bamboo trifold and 2 microfibre inserts rarely have night leaks like we did with prefolds We tend to use velcro fasteners as my husband prefers it he would refuse to change her as he found snaps so hard and it s simpler with a wriggling bublet I do have to clean the velcro every few weeks however Jennifer says August 12 2012 at 8 25 pm I have used cloth with my three I forgo the sprayer who needs one more step and just shake off what I can when poop gets a little more solid and what doesn t shake off goes right into the pail wet bag If it s really gross I take a little toilet paper and get some off No it doesn t get smelly and yes it all washes off Easy peasy Ashley says August 12 2012 at 8 42 pm Mother ease one size with covers are my favorite They fit newborn to toddler never leak and have snaps instead of velcro to last for at least two kids I can t recommend them enough Monique says August 12 2012 at 8 46 pm We love our cloth dipes I use prefolds and Wonderwraps covers No pins no snappies no fuss We do use disposables at night and some days for convenience like the day of my sister s wedding I have not found a configuration that kept my babies dry all night and let them sleep without bum sticking high in the air from all the layers After putting 3 prefolds in one night and still having her wake up at 3 am soaking wet peaking everywhere I switched to a disposable for overnight Vappu says August 13 2012 at 12 52 am Wool cover would prevent the leaking We used a wool soaker on top of an all in one diaper In fact we have used a wool cover the same one as in the picture on top of a disposable diaper during the night We called them panties Vappu s last post Give What You Cannot Keep Renee says August 12 2012 at 9 52 pm We have loved our experience with cloth and my greatest advice for moms who are interested or in the thick of using cloth diapers is to be gentle with yourself if you feel that you need a break We ve taken a few guilt free breaks from cloth for holidays traveling just to have a little break from laundry etc It is OK You are doing a good thing for the environment even if you do send a few boxes of diapers to the landfill in your lifetime My husband does the majority of the diaper duty at our house something about having hyperemesis during both pregnancies turned diapering into his job for at least 9 months per child and then the discomfort of nursing scored another 9 months each HA The diaper sprayer is the best invention EVER Renee s last post On Being a 50s Housewife Nicole says August 12 2012 at 10 38 pm With our third child we decided to give cloth diapering a chance We are using Softbums which has inserts and covers We use disposables at night over the weekend when we re seldom home and when I need a little break I mostly enjoy cloth diapering now that I kind of have the hang of it but I ve been surprised at how often I change my baby Is it normal to need to change cloth diapers every 2 hours Rachel says August 12 2012 at 11 07 pm I think that s pretty normal especially for a young baby I would need to change a diaper after every feeding and a couple extra It gets better and less often as the baby grows Monique says August 13 2012 at 10 33 am I would ask is it normal to not change a baby at least every 2 hours Most child care facilities in the USA require a check for wetness at least that often I can t bear the thought of my little ones sitting in their own waste for that long Maybe my girls are heavy wetters but I need to change even their disposables about every 1 5 hours cloth every hour At least with cloth if it s only a little wet you don t feel like you re wasting the diaper Nicole says August 13 2012 at 12 39 pm Monique of course I wouldn t allow my baby to sit in her own waste which is why I am changing her every 2 hours I don t consider it a waste of my time or a waste of diapers I was simply curious My 13 month old has been a heavy wetter from the start Her older sister and brother were not Nicole says August 13 2012 at 12 59 pm I have to apologize Monique I was feeling a little defensive after reading your comment You were writing of your experience while I was writing of mine I realize now that you weren t saying that I was valuing the number of diapers I go through over my child I m sorry about the snippy comment that s not like me Funny or not so funny how the mama bear comes out of me when my children are concerned Again I apologize Monique says August 14 2012 at 9 59 pm Nicole no offense taken I came back to apologize for phrasing my comments in a way that let them be so easily misread I m glad you have found a system that let s you go 2 hours between changes in a cloth diaper Nicole says August 15 2012 at 11 24 am Monique for some reason I couldn t reply to your last post so I ll do it here Thank you for your last comment as I really was worried that I d hurt your feelings Considering your girls are heavy wetters have you tried the wool covers others have mentioned at night I haven t but was curious if it worked for heavy wetters If there s any consolation I ve heard that heavy wetters early potty trainers Maybe we ll both be lucky in that area Monique says August 15 2012 at 2 04 pm I haven t tried a wool cover Honestly I m hesitant to put down 30 for a cover that might not meet our needs especially since it looks as if I would need to buy different sizes as baby grows I use onesize covers with great success I can t imagine paying over and over again for bigger covers Our decision to cloth diaper was purely economical We knew we could not spend every week on sposos And yes my older daughter was potty trained by her 2nd birthday Vappu says August 13 2012 at 12 48 am We loved the wool covers too in fact we have had the exact same Disana cover and even though DD now wears a diaper only during a night and it s a disposable eco diaper made of corn the wool pants keep working to prevent leaks while sleeping The combination we used and liked the best was an all in one diaper made with organic fair trade cotton un dyed white and tan colors only with velcro fasteners I loved those because they were all soft and cuddly and still had the PUL fabric INSIDE But we still wore wool pants on top DD didn t care at all about being wet and she had great skin always so we didn t change her very often and the wool pants always kept her warm and without leaks She wore wool pants and a top almost exclusively when we cloth diapered and we went as far as to do it when visiting family too The reason we changed into the corn disposables was that we noticed her starting to really move a lot more once when we ran out of cloth diapers and she was wearing

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  • Mini Summer Olympics and Other Summer Activities - Small Notebook
    Avoid the Rush and Build More Free Time into Summer Days 6 Comments July 5 2012 in Family Life About Rachel I write about practical tips that will help you simplify at home Connect with me on Pinterest and Twitter Previous How to Reduce Your Budget in the Beginning Next Organize Arts Crafts Supplies for Free Comments Jessica Quirky Bookworm says July 5 2012 at 4 29 pm I might have to make a couple of those ear bud cases I always find mine all tangled in the bottom of my purse Jessica Quirky Bookworm s last post A Patriotic Book Review The Last Refuge Giveaway Robi says July 5 2012 at 4 37 pm I absolutely LOVE your Lego Olympics I can t wait to show this idea to my kiddos who are absolute Lego fiends This will make watching the Olympics more creative for them Thrifty Mom in Boise says July 6 2012 at 8 17 am Cute Love your Lego Olympics Thrifty Mom in Boise s last post Some Of My Favorite Things Food Storage Containers Lori In My Kitchen In My Life says July 6 2012 at 11 50 am Lego Olympics is brilliant sometimes it s the simplest things Lori In My Kitchen In My Life s last post Cerebral Homemaking Part 2 Please Lie Down on the Couch and We ll Begin the Analysis MelD says July 8 2012 at 3 33 pm How cute Wouldn t last 5 seconds with my 4 yr old grandson though I use a small pink case intended for tampons for my older iPod Shuffle and the earbuds it would be good for the earbuds along too MelD s last post Hip hopping Rachel says July 12 2012 at 8 16 am Tea came out my nose when

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  • A Soft, Comfy Reading Chair - Small Notebook
    took a big sniff only to find that the entire desk reeked of cigarette smoke Needless to say I wouldn t put that in a child s room and returned it fearing that even a sanding and repainting wouldn t stop the smell All that to say I have learned to carefully examine everything new or used I do love your reading chair though and wish you many great stories in it Natacha says June 27 2012 at 3 38 pm I love the chair and we are so lucky that we live only 15 minutes of drive away from IKEA just on the other side of the border in Belgium However I stopped buying anything fabric covered because of our cat Although she doesn t damage the furniture she loses so much hair and the fabric was always full of hair and dirty So when we needed a new sofa last year we bought a leather one It is so much easier Natacha s last post Lava beads Fiona Everyday Spiritual Wisdom says June 27 2012 at 4 11 pm A place to read was so incredibly important when we bought out sofas They had to be just soft enough to curl up and read in especially as it s one of our favourite past times I love the seat in white it makes it look even more inviting serene x Fiona Everyday Spiritual Wisdom s last post Life s Little Luxuries Kelly says June 27 2012 at 4 37 pm It looks like a lovely cosy place to sit and read I m very inspired to do the same Thanks for the inspiration xx Susan says June 27 2012 at 4 44 pm Almost all of our hard furniture is used vintage but we HAD to have the Ektorp sofa bed and later that chair Everything is white and whenever we think about getting another color slipcover the sends us right back to white Jessica Quirky Bookworm says June 27 2012 at 5 12 pm I want that chair A few months ago I redid our bedroom and I moved the recliner that used to live in Eleanor s room and which rarely ever was used since the glider was comfier into the corner of our room I read in it all the time now but I always steal pillows off our bed since it s not the comfiest Very envious of your comfy corner Jessica Quirky Bookworm s last post Judging Covers All the King s Men Suze says June 27 2012 at 6 01 pm We had two reading chairs in our house growing up One I don t know where it is the other purchased new by my mom probly around 1960 came to me last year still in it s most recent 70 s recovered Naugahyde gold LOL Last year my husband and I selected soft fabric we like in cool current colors My family members don t even recognize the chair at first but it s the most comfortable one in the room and as soon as they sit there it s oh It s THIS chair Love summer reading Lori In My Kitchen In My Life says June 27 2012 at 6 08 pm I have wondered about the quality of these Ektorp pieces compared to more traditional furniture with their hand tied springs etc I ll be interested in a further review after you ve used it awhile Lori In My Kitchen In My Life s last post Five Tips for Planning a Big Party Jamie says July 5 2012 at 1 30 pm My sofa version 7 years old got moved to our sunroom because of a super annoying squeak it developed It still looks nice but it isn t a high quality in my opinion Anne Modern Mrs Darcy says June 27 2012 at 7 51 pm I LOVE it One of those chairs has been on my IKEA shopping list for months we just haven t made it to IKEA yet to pick one up So glad you love yours but it makes me even more eager to get mine Anne Modern Mrs Darcy s last post Atlantic Readers Can t Have It All But Can We Megan says June 27 2012 at 8 45 pm This reminds me of one of my favorite children s books A Chair For My Mother Its about a family saving their loose change to buy a big comfy chair for the mom who is a waitress My mom was a waitress too so I always loved the story Jo says June 27 2012 at 10 06 pm We have had an Ektorp corner sofa for nine years and have been so happy with it It can seat the family of five plus cat Our girls now 19 15 and 13 have always loved to curl up and cuddle and many happy hours have been spent on our very roomy Ikea couch especially with a good chick flick on the TV Sadly the cover now looks a little worse for wear It is white with a pink red rose pattern An Ikea staff member informed us that the corner couch slip covers are no longer made but very quietly told us about a company in Sweden called Bemz who make the covers and ship all over the world I would recommend that anyone who doesn t like the Ikea colours designs or needs a replacement cover check out their website I was amazed Happy reading Rachel Elisabeth says June 27 2012 at 11 17 pm I have the same chair and pretty much did the same thing trying to find it only back in college I was determined to find that perfect comfy reading chair I was an English major with a lot of reading to do and finally found it at IKEA White fit my budget too and it s been washed a few times Now it sits in our sons

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  • Routines for the Kids - Small Notebook
    April 4 2012 at 8 04 am It s not just you I listened to Elizabeth the Queen on audiobook 21 hours of very proper British and I couldn t stop myself Also whenever I try and do voices when I m reading to Eleanor they come out weirdly British y Poor kid is going to think her board books are populated by bizarre Cockneys Karen scotland says April 4 2012 at 8 25 am lol I love that bizarre cockney accent that Americans do I m thinking of a Friends episode but can t remember which one And my friend Who is English Apparently All the little girls round here do a strange high pitched American accent when they are acting out scenes with each other I d blame it on too much US TV but I remember a friend of mine doing the same when we were kids almost 30 years ago Obviously a US accent is just more glam I remember starting to think in a southern US accent when I was reading Gone with the Wind Surreal Karen Scotland Jessica Quirky Bookworm says April 4 2012 at 8 37 am Oh wow I never thought about it going the other way around how funny Suddenly I m remembering my ex boyfriend s attempts at an American accent and imagining him reading Gone with the Wind and it s HILARIOUS Fiona says April 4 2012 at 11 18 am Always happens to me British accent but then I am British It does get even plumier after watching period drama s lol x Heidi says April 4 2012 at 1 51 pm What a great little chart I ve used something similar in the past I found a chart like this to be especially helpful for my autistic ds Heidi s last post Ivory Soap My Favorite Workhorse Liliana says April 4 2012 at 2 25 pm HI i just wanted to tell you that I LOVE YOUR BLOG im from Mexico and I have been traying to be more organized and efficient since i became a mother it has been more difficult for me to get everything done i want to follow many tips that you give here thanks a lot for the help and congratulations for what you do Joan says April 4 2012 at 2 34 pm We do something similar for our boys A chart with their morning routine works very well for them also what day is their laundry day is included They like to do their laundry and change their sheets It makes me happy knowing they will be prepared with valuable life skills when it is time to leave the nest eek Don t even wanna go there yet For our older son 14 we have a separate chart with the days of the week for his chores listing the different ones for each day Noel says April 4 2012 at 4 37 pm When my four kids were little we

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