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  • Clothes | Small Notebook
    my techniques to bring more style to an otherwise basic and small wardrobe 207 Comments How to Downsize Your Wardrobe with Common Sense A reader s question Do you have any guidelines for how many clothes to keep have It is so hard to follow the 6 month rule 69 Comments Too Many Spares Simplify Your Pairs If your underwear drawer has been neglected for too long you might open your drawer to four cute pairs and twenty spares Let s simplify that 105 Comments The Closet Makeunder Before my closet was a mish mash of too many clothes in different sizes but now everything is organized 23 Comments The Closet Makeunder Buying the New After I cleaned out my closet I challenged myself with shopping rules for new clothes 31 Comments The Closet Makeunder Out with the Old How could I have a closet filled with 4 different sizes of clothing and still feel like I had nothing to wear I needed a closet makeunder 31 Comments Organizing Your Children s Clothes Storage Having cute baby clothes in a drawer usually means having off season different sized children s clothes stored somewhere else in the home It s hard

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  • Small Notebook Policies - Small Notebook
    you are required to leave your name and email address to identify yourself but your email address will not be shared or sold It can only be viewed by the site administrator Advertisements Third party ad networks may use beacons or cookies to serve advertisements based on your web browsing history Google uses the DART cookie You can opt out of a third party vendor s use of cookies by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative opt out page When you see an ad for Pier LLC that s my husband s company I definitely support his business Affiliate Links I occasionally use affiliate links All links to Amazon com are affiliate links which means that when you click on a link from Small Notebook to Amazon com I will receive a small percentage of whatever you purchase This does not affect the amount that you pay you won t pay extra it s just a commission that I get for the referral Some examples of what I will link to with an affiliate link are books that I think you will like and stuff that I bought and recommend Advertisements Hi I m Rachel I ll help you simplify your

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  • Frequently Asked Questions - Small Notebook
    I use most often is a Canon 50mm Some of my best pictures have been with a little point and shoot camera and a lot of natural light so cameras aren t everything I like photos to look natural so I don t use Photoshop but I occasionally do light editing with iPhoto Q How do you make your little ink drawings on this blog They re actually ink drawings I draw them with a gel pen on white paper and then take a photo Q Do you accept guest posts Yes but only once in a while when I have time and when it s a really good fit for my blog Please see my guest post guidelines Q What are your advertising rates I m currently not offering direct ad space on Small Notebook Q How do you manage time for blogging So glad you asked I hear this question so often that I wrote a book It s called Simple Blogging Less Computer Time Better Blogging It contains everything I know about how to grow your blog in a limited amount of free time Click here to find out more Q How did you set up your blog Small Notebook is a self hosted WordPress blog It is hosted by Bluehost com and they give you a free domain If you sign up for Bluehost through this link I will receive a commission for the referral The design is based on a framework by StudioPress that I customized When I first began blogging I started with a free blog from WordPress com and used that until I was ready for more options Q My family has diet restrictions too Do you have any recommendations I ve shared some of our strategies for avoiding dairy and specifically casein

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  • These are the quilts - Small Notebook
    August 14 2013 at 1 06 pm Thank you for sharing this I completely understand being so spent with emotions that you just don t have any left to share There comes a point of selflessness that feels a lot like exhaustion and hopelessness But I hope you ll remember you aren t alone You have a lot of people even strangers on the internet who love you and are rooting for you And like others have said we ll be here whenever You can do this and when you can t you can ask for help Jennie s last post Simply Ten Good Things Kathleen Dunagan says August 14 2013 at 1 09 pm What a beautiful gift certainly to be treasured for many years to come I m so sorry to hear about your mom I went through the same thing with my grandma four years ago Although your mother is no longer herself this was definitely a glimpse of her old self and a gift from God Much needed I imagine Hang in there I ll be praying for you Brenda Rhodes says August 14 2013 at 1 11 pm I lost my Mom on May 21st and have been going through her house Mom had be declining in health pretty steadily for a couple of years and had started marking special things in the house and where they came from I found a quilt that had never been washed or used My maternal great grandmother had pieced the quilt and my paternal grandmother had quilted it My Mom had left a note pinned on it telling me the history I washed the quilt because it had some age spots on it my great grandmother died in the 70 s I pinned the note back on so my kids would know the history if something happened These are bittersweet times in our lives Praying for your Mom and you Rachel H says August 14 2013 at 1 12 pm I have really missed your posts As much as I wondered where you were I was hoping all was well I will be praying for you My mom is at the neurologist right now as you can see the flicker in her eyes and the frustration of her words in many of her interactions Don t worry we ll be right here where you left off May Jesus give you and your family the peace that passes all understanding charis says August 14 2013 at 1 12 pm love peace and prayers to you and yours Nikki H says August 14 2013 at 1 17 pm Your quilt is surely a treasure Mary Kay says August 14 2013 at 1 39 pm I love your blog thoughts ideas perspectives Whether you write every day or once in a blue moon makes no difference to me Spend your time loving on the people in your life There will be another season for writing to resurface Sounds like you have your priorities straight which is the point of a simplified life isn t it Lorina says August 14 2013 at 1 50 pm Thank you CynthiaJo says August 14 2013 at 1 52 pm Thank you for sharing this and so glad to hear from you Prayers for you and your family as you weather this season Jane says August 14 2013 at 1 52 pm I m so sorry for all that you are going through Your words touched my heart and I write this with tears Stay strong we are all praying for you and your family Allie says August 14 2013 at 1 56 pm I ve been to that place daily care of the amazing woman who raised me with my own two wee babes needing me too Emotionally entirely consuming but a time I look back on with greatest pride she was there for me when I most needed her and I was there for her when she most needed me and when so many others turned and walked away I send you wishes for strength I ll be here to listen when you re able to share with us again Shilo says August 14 2013 at 2 07 pm Rachel Thank you Poingantly powerful tears May God carry you through these days and months and years May you feel His favor shining on you You are beautiful Shilo Samantha says August 14 2013 at 2 29 pm Your post brought tears to my eyes We will here when you are ready Katherine says August 14 2013 at 2 40 pm Oh that is hard You sound wrung out Peace to you and your family as you wade through everything Katherine s last post Don t Make Big Decisions When Mrs T says August 14 2013 at 2 40 pm A beautiful beautiful post Thank you so much for sharing your heart and this beautiful yet oh so difficult story I am much older than you old enough to be your mother I guess and I just came from my dad s where I spent part of every Wednesday He is 90 and still able to live alone but his short term memory is not very good It s hard to see it happening as you know Your post was a blessing today and I m thankful you were able to put this experience into words to bless others God is already bringing something good out of a very hard thing Mrs T s last post Appreciating the little things Sandra Gonzales says August 14 2013 at 2 53 pm I ve read your blog since the beginning and I remember your posts like the advice of an old friend I just bought a french press and I searched your archives for the post on cold coffee I m glad I read that post back then because I m relishing waking up to cold coffee these hot Houston mornings I pray you stay strong Cybers hugs going your way jenlarson says August 14 2013 at 3 01 pm I also have tears in my eyes reading this I have missed you and your blog but knew you must be doing something important We ll be right here whenever you are ready able to write some more We ll be thinking of you and your family 3 Susan S says August 14 2013 at 3 04 pm I like many others have missed your posts but understand that your priorities are different I ll be here ready to read whenever you can find the time and motivation to post No rush Kelly Love Well says August 14 2013 at 3 27 pm I ve read your blog for years Rachel This is a poignant post We ll be here when you are ready to settle in again Blessings on you and your mom and your family as you journey this path Julie V says August 14 2013 at 3 48 pm Rachel you are an amazing woman mom daughter and writer I feel so fortunate to have found your blog a few years ago when I had my first child It takes a lot of courage and selflessness to share this with your readers Hopefully you can feel the support and commiseration I m not sure if you re in the headspace for this new but Still Alice by Lisa Genova is an excellent model written from the perspective of a woman with early onset Alzheimers There is Alzheimers in my family and it gave me tremendous insight into the fears and frustrations someone with dimensia can experience Jo H says August 14 2013 at 11 15 pm I would also recommend this book although from your description of what you are doing with and for your mom you may already intuitively know what is in it You are on a hard road right now Please know how many here have shared your experience or something similar and hopefully draw some strength from that It must be hard for your mom also still being aware of her losses Peace and comfort to all of you Tricia C says August 14 2013 at 4 13 pm I am a quilter and just lost my father three months ago Thank you for finding the emotional and physical energy to share this slice of your life would encourage you to use that quilt Maybe not with your little ones but somehow Quilts are meant to be used and loved If you have a guest room it could go on the bed or over the back of a chair or couch Quilts are incredible treasures that were never meant to be folded away in a drawer Make sure your children grow up with memories of that quilt Generations of love are within it Sue says August 14 2013 at 4 14 pm Love never fails Love bears all things It is worth it Hang on Karen Scotland says August 14 2013 at 4 54 pm I felt so so sad reading this I have no words to give comfort and I m so sorry about that Save your energy for those that need it including yourself and come back to your readers when you re ready I hope your faith is giving you the strength you need Karen Scotland Nicole Gidget Goes Home says August 14 2013 at 5 05 pm As happy as I was to see a post from you in my inbox my heart breaks reading what you are going through The quilt is beautiful and what a precious memory to be given from your mom My grandma has early dementia and I can t imagine the pain of seeing your own mom that far progressed in such an awful illness Anytime you want to pop in and post a blog we will happily receive it In the meantime may the Lord strengthen you daily Kelly says August 14 2013 at 5 14 pm Rachel I was just recently wondering about you and missing you but I am so glad you are taking care of the most important things May God continue to uphold you your father your mother and all of your family daily Kelly Meghan says August 14 2013 at 5 16 pm Rachel This was really touching to read and beautifully written It brought tears to my eyes Thinking of you and wishing you peace and strength Meghan s last post Trusting in the Small Steps Lauren says August 14 2013 at 5 23 pm Just wanted to send you a cyber hug I am in that season of my life where some of my friends are going through this with their aging parents and I see how it tears them up inside So even though we have never met I just want you to know that you are not alone and I will say a prayer for you along with those I say for my dear friends who are trying to cope with this with as much grace as anyone can muster Rebekah says August 14 2013 at 5 24 pm I ve been missing your blog posts yours was the first blog I followed and my favorite I ll be here to read whenever you post I m so so sorry about your precious mom se7en says August 14 2013 at 5 49 pm So good to hear from you again and your words as always are beautiful we have a grandparent with dementia and the energy to help and engage and support is so overwhelming and I know as a family we are stronger and closer because of it you are not alone on your journey Amy Rogers Hays says August 14 2013 at 6 10 pm Thank you for sharing this Rachel I ve missed your posts but now I feel like I understand the quiet as waiting with purpose We are waiting with you as face this particular season with grace and peace We are waiting with you as you serve and love in a long and painful goodbye May you find strength in unexpected places and know that your work is appreciated and valued Thank you for all that you do Amy Rogers Hays s last post Welcomed into a Safe Haven Reflections on Jim and June Young Cynthia says August 14 2013 at 6 58 pm You are in my thoughts and prayers Will still be here whenever you get back to writing your beautiful and oh so practical blog sonrie says August 14 2013 at 8 13 pm I have been missing your posts lately and this makes sense Our lives take us through many journeys and sadly dementia is one My grandfather had Alzheimer s and though I was very young I remember his difficulty with memories What a beautiful gift for her to remember and give to you I have some quilts my great grandmother made hidden in my grandfather s hope chest for 60 years Nancy says August 14 2013 at 8 17 pm My prayers are with you and your family and especially your father My father suffered from multi infarct dementia the last 4 years of his life Like many others I have missed your blog and this one brought me to tears Again my prayers Stay safe and treasure the quilt Sharon says August 14 2013 at 8 20 pm I ve missed your blog and wondered at times if I d somehow unsubscribed I ll gladly wait and look forward to reading your poignant words when the time is right for you Go in God s grace Liz Catholic Deals says August 14 2013 at 8 26 pm How beautiful Rachel Prayers for your family We ll be here to read your blog when you come back sherri says August 14 2013 at 8 33 pm I ve missed your spare insightful and caring posts Rachel My heart goes out to you as your family struggles with this sad debilitating disease Bruna says August 14 2013 at 8 38 pm I m so sorry My prayers and best wishes for you and yours The quilt is very beautiful Deborah Flowers says August 14 2013 at 9 01 pm Tears are running down my face as I read your quilted piece straight from your heart God bless you and shine His face on you Even though my Mama is gone now to her glorious home in heaven I am forever grateful that her mind stayed strong and intact I can t imagine the pain you re in seeing your Mom this way I pray for you and for your Dad for strength and wisdom in these days of adversity and struggle I have become the live in caregiver for my Mama s only surviving brother who is 95 years old He can t hear is blind in one eye very physically frail and stubborn as they come But I am cherishing these days as hard as they are some days We have to just stay in constant contact with Jesus Pray without ceasing and give God the glory I hope you ll find that gorgeous quilt on your bed Even if it s just a throw across the bottom of the bed Be Strong in the LORD for He has not given us a spirit of fear Deborah Deborah Flowers s last post Bok Tower Garden Jenni Life from the Roof says August 14 2013 at 9 05 pm I m glad to see you back blogging again even if it is during the hard times I think it s touching too that despite the difficulty in remembering what to say your mom was able to finally tell you about the quilt Therese says August 14 2013 at 9 11 pm So sorry to hear about your Mom Since the quilts were important to her I d like to tell you about alzquilts org Quilters have been making and bidding on quilts to raise money for Alzheimers The director lost her Mom to Alzheimer s You have posted about your home your family your trip to Europe it s ok to talk about your Mom too There are many going through something similar or have friends trying to cope too May you find blessings in the middle of all this Jen says August 14 2013 at 9 20 pm I m so happy to see a post from you I ve been a reader since Nov 2008 and yours is the only blog I ve stuck with for this long I understand the need to step away for a bit and deal with family stuff Family comes first and sometimes life gets too complicated Having said that I have missed your posts terribly and I hope you can start writing again even if it s only occasionally I miss your inspiring words and hearing about your beautiful family Monica The Writer Chic says August 14 2013 at 9 21 pm Oh Rachel Kym says August 14 2013 at 9 49 pm I love your blog and your posts it will be here for you when you are ready I wish you and your family peace and grace Jessica says August 14 2013 at 9 58 pm So many have said it already but I will as well I appreciate your insightful posts no matter what the topic and no matter how often or not they come I don t stop this late in the evening to read much at all and rarely comment when I do but I wanted to click over for this for you I am newly becoming a care partner in the circle supporting my Grandma who has developed Alzheimer s as well This vast internet of people should always come second to the ones you know face to face but there is love and support here as well Thank you for sharing with us but don t feel that you must continue as you say we are like that quilt and this is all temporary all except our souls Bless you Vikki says August 14 2013 at 10 19 pm I ve missed your blog and wondered what had interrupted your life thank you for your honest lovely story and the reminders we have of our family treasures You and your parents have my admiration and prayers Robyn says August 14 2013 at 10 31 pm I know this is a hard time for you and your famil I hope that you won t shut down and will be open and able to receive the gifts that this season in your life holds May God bless you and your family Marnie says August 15 2013 at 12 05 am Thank you I lost my Mom in October but I missed her for the last 10 years due to her dementia She was still lovely but didn t know who I was This brought it all back Hug your Mom while you can Efi Maryeli says August 15 2013 at 12 52 am Love your mom we will still love you no matter how much time you re away I pray for you to have all the courage strength and stamina you need Ella Pretty Blog says August 15 2013 at 1 56 am I m a long time reader and I was so happy to see a post from you again As other posters have mentioned we ll always be here waiting for you and wishing the best for you I had a recent health scare and in those brief moments of fear I realized again what a gift family is there is nothing more important than them and every moment with them is a blessing Sending lots of hugs your way Laurie says August 15 2013 at 3 37 am We are always here waiting Suzanne says August 15 2013 at 5 52 am You are in uncharted territory and I appreciate the candor and vulnerability you shared Martina says August 15 2013 at 6 03 am My heart goes out to you It s so important to be there for your mom right now and for your dad also It was wonderful to see a new post I really love your blog but I love all the goodness you left us in the archives also So do what is most important now And don t forget to take care of yourself Dimi says August 15 2013 at 6 16 am Blessings to you and your family Take care D x Amy says August 15 2013 at 6 22 am Thank you for writing this blog when your time allows You have so much wisdom to share The quilt is beautiful Take care and God bless you all Betsy C says August 15 2013 at 6 28 am Oh Rachel This really touched me I just returned to the States from Spain and while my family was overseas my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer s He recently fell and had a hip replacement and right now things seem to be spinning out of control I m still so far away and I wish I could be there for him Your mother s determination for you to have a treasured quilt is what grabbed me She kept returning to that space sure that there is something there she needs that you need Hope and prayers for you and your family Carol says August 15 2013 at 7 08 am Rachel Thank you for sharing your life with us I am sorry for the difficult times you are facing and the tears flowed as I read your post I have missed your posts and didn t realize how much until I saw this one We will be here Praying for you and your family Carol Brazil steadymom says August 15 2013 at 7 11 am I have wondered how you and your mom are doing several times So lovely to hear from you keeping you all in prayer when you come to mind during this time Thank you for sharing steadymom s last post 15 years Sophie says August 15 2013 at 7 37 am Oh Rachel Hang in there And do not hesitate to adapt your blog to your life We ll stick around Love Sophie LisaZ says August 15 2013 at 8 18 am Thank you for letting us know I too have missed your lovely blog posts I ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers denise says August 15 2013 at 8 29 am you are amazing and you are loved praying for you and your family xoxo Zeljka says August 15 2013 at 8 53 am Your blog is my favorite Rachael and although I am not sure if I commented here before I ve missed you I will be here when you return to the blog I am very sorry to hear about your Mom and I wish you and your family the best Jamm says August 15 2013 at 9 42 am Like a lot of the other invisible readers I love your blog but haven t posted before Add my name to the list of people who will always be here waiting for you It must be pretty cool to see how many of us are still here Blogging can be a two way conversation Talk to us We re listening Shay says August 15 2013 at 11 01 am Welcome back So glad you could stop in Your readers will be here whenever you get around it posting but I know that dementia is a brutal and emotionally exhausting thing to handle Prayers and hugs your way Sasha says August 15 2013 at 11 41 am I ve missed you and wondered where you were Now I will be thinking of you during this difficult time Hang in there tiffany h says August 15 2013 at 12 15 pm It was nice to read your update I ve missed your posts Life brings many changes Sorry to hear about your mom As I grow older I find it tough to see my mom age as well Prayers to you and your family Rebecca T says August 15 2013 at 4 46 pm What a touching post Family quilts are so meaningful and special and I believe that is why your mother battled so hard to give you this treasure What a wonderful mother you have Know that you are in the hearts and minds of your many readers MrsB says August 15 2013 at 4 58 pm Alzheimer s stole my grandma away from me over 20 years ago and your post still made me cry like it was yesterday My heart goes out to you and your family Heather says August 15 2013 at 5 54 pm Rachel last week we moved our family of 4 into a 2 bedroom apartment We ve made a big move from one state metro area to another and I don t have a job yet so we re trying to downsize and live a little lighter I was at Goodwill today thinking about how you once wrote that you treated Craigslist as long term storage and that I could do that too give things away or sell them and look in the same place later to get something similar back if needed It s making me feel much better about letting go of things I m sorry you ve been dealing with something so hard I hope you know that your blog is already a wonderful resource and will continue to be one even during your absence Please take care of yourself and I hope there are some better moments for you in the days ahead You re not the only one dealing with these issues either and we re glad to offer support in any way we can Jodie says August 15 2013 at 7 21 pm Thank you My Nanna has been diagnosed with Alzheimer s and my grandfather her primary carer passed away very recently It s tough but thank you for sharing your moment of beauty in the hardship it helps me remember to look for them in mine Kika says August 15 2013 at 7 57 pm Over the past year and a half my dad has been slowly destroyed by cancer such a long painful process I imagine losing a loved one to dementia or Alzheimers is equally painful and emotionally exhausting My heart goes out to you May He give you the strength and courage you need for this season Maryanne says August 15 2013 at 8 27 pm Oh Rachel I have missed you Praying for you and your family Thank you for sharing Carrie says August 15 2013 at 9 18 pm I read this on day 4 of business travel I will only be home 8 days out of the next 35 I am sitting in a hotel bar having a glass of wine and Peter Gabriel s Mercy Street is playing over the speakers and I feel it is just for you There are quilts that look just like that in my Mom s home My Great grandmother made them You filled my heart with home this evening Love grace pain and His mercy Praying for you And thank you for blessing me with this post Kelly says August 15 2013 at 10 56 pm Welcome back whenever you can be here That was a beautiful and honest telling Jennifer says August 16 2013 at 1 48 pm Thank you for sharing and putting into words what caregivers so often feel I am so sorry your mother has this terrible disease My husband passed from brain cancer and it was a very similar process There were so many demands frustrations moments of desperate joy I wanted to cling to like a life raft and never let go and sadness you just don t know where to put because you feel like every inch of your soul is taken up One day you will pull out that quilt a cry but then you will smile because she worked so hard to pull that memory out and that means a lot of love behind that action I wish you peace and joy Karen says August 16 2013 at 3 39 pm Hi Rachel I ve been a long time reader of your blog but I ve never commented before I have been praying for you for about a month now I can t explain it but I felt that you needed some prayers that something must be going on in your life for the blogging to have gone way down I m saddened but happy to know your situation so that i can pray for you and your mom While I so enjoy your posts I understand the need for quiet This just gives me more time to read your old posts and work on simplifying my life Christina Engst says August 16 2013 at 9 41 pm What a beautiful tribute to the love and perseverance of your family I am so sorry about your mother How painful that must be The bitterness of life is so much easier to bear when we have the love of others to mix some sweet in I am so thankful that you have the courage to be so real and honest You inspire me I pray that you and your family are blessed with the peace and comfort that only God can bring in such a time as this I am also looking forward to the continuation of your blog Stephanie says August 17 2013 at 5 35 am So sorry to hear about your mother You honoured her by writing in such a beautiful way Know that your readers care and will be here ready for your return Sending love your way X Stephanie s last post The homework station Karen says August 17 2013 at 12 23 pm Hi Rachel I ve been reading your blog for a while but I ve never commented before I wanted to let you know that I ve been keeping you in my prayers for about a month now I can t explain it but I had a feeling that you needed prayers especially because you weren t blogging much I will continue to pray for you and your mother Your break from blogging is allowing me time to read the archives and work on simplifying my life Danielle says August 17 2013 at 5 41 pm Your story so closely matches my story the diagnosis that took my mom away so slowly my dad providing her care how hard it was to have her lingering in that in between place of still being here but really here Feeling just like this right now I don t have the emotions left to spend Hugs and prayers for you Leslie says August 17 2013 at 7 39 pm This is a beautifully written and touching post Thank you for sharing such an intimate glimpse into your life Christy says August 17 2013 at 8 17 pm What a beautiful tribute to the perseverance of love in both of you Your priorities are definitely in the right place I have been praying for you knowing that you must be going through something difficult to leave your blog for such a long time Take as long as you need I always knew you would come back some day Diahn says August 17 2013 at 8 39 pm Thank you for posting such beautiful thoughts I m sorry I have missed your posts you have helped me more than you ll ever know We downsized sold almost everything took teaching jobs in Korea and are enjoying the simple life in our cozy little apartment Your encouragement and ideas have been instrumental in our transition Thank you I ll pray for you Marie says August 17 2013 at 8 50 pm Oh my I wish you would have written about this topic sooner so all your readers could have prayed for you and your situation Your posts have helped me tremendously and I ve missed reading them these past months Now that I know how hectic your life is I can understand why you ve been absent from your blog angelvalerie says August 18 2013 at 2 26 am Thanks for coming back to this space you ve been missed I ve walked this journey and its hard Take time heal recover cope Come back when you can I ll be praying for you all joanne says August 18 2013 at 9 04 am Thank you for during this personal story We are in the the early stages of deementia with my mother and trying to navigate this new journey with the same grace and patience that you appear to have Prayers for you and your family Carol M says August 18 2013 at 1 34 pm Not much of a commenter but have been a reader of your blog for some time My father was just diagnosed with Alzheimer s this past week My mother has been doing her best to care for him but at age 80 it is becoming too much for her So I am changing my life around to help on a more consistent basis and we will get through all of this together Bless you and your family on this journey Margo Thrift at Home says August 18 2013 at 9 39 pm I m so sorry to hear of this heartbreaking time I miss your posts but I ll be here to read when you write I read your post three times it was so beautifully written I ll pray for you all Tanya says August 19 2013 at 6 57 am This was the day I needed to read this I couldn t thank you enough Eileen says August 19 2013 at 3 44 pm You are doing such important work taking care of your mom Wishing you presence in the moments comfort and resilience Caroline says August 19 2013 at 3 49 pm Like others I wondered what had happened since I have enjoyed your posts but now I understand I wish you the best and will keep you on my blog feed until you feel it is time to return Meghan says August 19 2013 at 5 18 pm Four years ago I cared for my grandmother in her last months struggling with dementia To say that it is a difficult job is such an understatement but when you wrote I don t have the emotions left to spend all those feelings came rushing back It was the hardest most intense most profound most rewarding time in my life It s actually what made me start blogging and helped me to realize that I wanted children I m sending you strength and forbearance to get through these days Meghan s last post Multitasking Kelly says August 19 2013 at 8 41 pm Thanks for sharing Rachel I know how hard it is at this stage in life I know I look back on the time with my grandma in her last 3 years here with fondness I miss giving her a basket of towels to fold washing dishes together going on walks Glad you re able to be there for your dad as well Steph says August 20 2013 at 6 44 am Praying for you It s so incredibly hard to lose someone you love while they re still physically here Steph s last post For the 4th Trimester Mamas julie says August 20 2013 at 11 37 am Beautiful words Rachel says August 20 2013 at 7 36 pm I ve been checking in every now and then hoping things were okay for you and yours I ve

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  • Coming Soon: New Podcast - Small Notebook
    are auto paid out if it Is that right Is it an option for you to build up a small buffer in that account by transferring more money in than you think you ll need to for a while Say 10 more for 3 months That should show you pretty quickly if it is a cash flow issue or an overspending issue If you still are having overdraft charges after 3 months it is probably an overspending issue Margo Thrift at Home says May 8 2013 at 8 12 pm Neat I m looking forward to more input from you I ve missed your blog I would love to hear about introducing kids to money and helping them learn how to handle it My kids are 5 and 7 and I m really at sea When they are teenagers and have a parttime job that seems easier to discuss real money issues Right now they get birthday money from grandparents and they play with it and lose it or I keep it for them and they forget about it Margo Thrift at Home s last post A Pompom Garland and a Messy Desk Holly says May 8 2013 at 10 53 pm The US Government put together a really good resource for this http moneyasyougrow org It is all about the financial lessons kids should learn at different ages 3 year olds learn that you need money to buy things while 11 year olds are learning about the power of compound interest Each lesson has several activities like giving the child a few dollars and letting them choose which fruit to buy at the store to demonstrate that you need to make choices about how to spend money In their own words Families can use Money as You Grow to start a dialogue about money and teach kids important lessons about saving making choices and avoiding debt Put up a Money as You Grow poster on your refrigerator try the activities in your everyday life and check to see if your children know the milestones for their age groups Eileen says May 8 2013 at 8 16 pm This will be a great topic Questions I have How to prioritize saving for retirement and saving for a home in a city where homes in safe neighborhoods are 400k How to work with your spouse to set long term financial goals even when things seem impossible to FIGURE OUT our dreams and dream big and make a plan so that we can make them happen How to convince your spouse of the realities of increased cost of living supporting more children on one income etc so that he will go out and look for better employment Thanks Holly says May 8 2013 at 10 56 pm I wish homes in my city were 400k Here in San Francisco they are more like 800k no joke We ve actually decided to just not buy a house here doing so would mean forgoing

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    so the water goes deep for healthier roots We chose bald cypress which is a native tree that can survive on rain water even in a Texas summer and unimproved clay soil The leaves are soft fronds so we won t have to rake them I see them used frequently in street medians because they are low maintenance and pretty too The trees were 50 each the rental truck to drive them home was 20 and we bought some dirt so our overall cost for three trees was less than 200 Over time this might end up giving us the best return on investment for all of our house projects The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago The second best time is now What is your favorite tree used for landscaping 13 Comments Current Favorite My Hot Water Bottle My entire family had the flu even me and I ve been struggling to get my strength back One thing that s helping me to survive the cold weather this winter is my hot water bottle It s one of my favorite low tech things that I keep with me I usually can t find my phone but I sure know where the hot water bottle is all the time I used to think that these were just for sick people and it s true they are good for helping aches and pains A hot water bottle is even more for cold people and I am cold all the time even in the summer It comes down to this a hot water bottle feels like a hug It also sort of feels like you re holding a baby because it has a similar weight and you can just sit there in the relaxing way where you don t have to get up but you also don t have to take care of it I loaned out my baby sling but if I still had it I would probably use it to carry around the hot water bottle with me Just at home obviously How to use a hot water bottle I thought hot water bottles were pink and flabby and liver shaped unappealing mostly but the one I purchased is nice and well made You can find cheaper ones at the drug store but I think it s worth spending a little more to not spring a leak I bought the Fashy brand hot water bottle from Amazon affiliate link which is made in Germany It has a strong stopper and it s not made from rubber like other kinds Fill it up with hot water from your sink faucet Don t use your tea kettle that is not smart thinking The sink will be hot enough Put the hot water bottle under the sheets before you go to bed My kids go to sleep really fast this way It should stay warm for a few hours but it doesn t get cold it eventually settles at

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    it we couldn t believe our eyes It is our own private park Add a comment Winter Plants After three years of waiting the camellia is in full bloom The pansies are still going strong Even my oleander and mandevilla which I didn t think would make it through the winter are still alive The basil was not so lucky 1 Comment Window Shopping Today I took Lane out to get coffee and browse by the shop windows It was chilly but not too cold to play with Preston the boxer a regular at our Starbucks And then run around a bit Later she told her Papaw about it She said while nodding her head emphatically mall dog ball we go Which was we went to the mall we saw a dog the dog had a ball It was her first story She started to put sentences together too This week she said It s the sky And my favorite Dirt is dirty Dirty dirt Add a comment 1 197 198 199 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

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