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  • The Night the Lights Went Out - Small Notebook
    know you will treasure them throughout your lives Congratulations can we come too Jennifer s last post Junk science or food for thought Tepary says November 18 2010 at 4 44 pm Rachel Our six month stint in Florence Italy was why I started blogging We went in Feb 2009 and returned in late Aug 2009 I miss it Let me know if you have questions This is my blog from that time http alittlegnocchi blogspot com We ll be over in late Spring probably for a couple of weeks Tepary s last post Help A Mother Out angelvalerie says November 18 2010 at 5 07 pm Yep that thinking thing will get ya from time to time Terrific outcome though moving to Florence and getting to live some of your dream I am looking forward to following your adventure in cyberspace live it and love it angelvalerie s last post house guests jill says November 18 2010 at 5 12 pm FLORENCE Eeeek I love how you just casually dropped that bomb of fabulousness Can t wait to watch Hugs to you jill s last post Seriously though How handsome are my babies Light says November 18 2010 at 5 15 pm It ll be fun and challenging Sometimes you ll wish you could pick and choose which challenges to have but of course it s worth it It s a whole new kind of enriching for the family Looking forward to hearing all the ways you learn and grow and do and discover Light s last post Reverse Bathroom Breaks for Mums and Dads Kelly Cook says November 18 2010 at 5 44 pm No one else asked and I don t recall reading haven t followed that long what you or your husband do for a living that you get to pack up and go I remember the post asking if we could live anywhere but didn t go back to see if the question is answered there My husband could do his work from anywhere Sometimes the thought of just picking a spot and going sounds very tempting Kelly Cook s last post My Experience with Pumpkin Cake Bars Zengirl Heart and Mind says November 18 2010 at 6 19 pm Rachel wow going lights outside helped your inside light and vision kick in Florance wow sounds like an adventure have family there Looking forward to your journey Zengirl Heart and Mind s last post Giving Thanks How Gratitude Can Improve Your Life liz says November 18 2010 at 6 23 pm Oh Florence That sounds absolutely wonderful And I love that we live in a world where you can find a seasonal apartment in Italy on Craigslist I mean that s pretty cool I do hope you ll keep blogging as you are able so we can travel vicariously though I understand if your internet access is limited and you re busy living and not being online liz s last post a classroom with a little less waste Denise C says November 18 2010 at 6 25 pm Wow That is so awesome I was wondering can you live there just off your passports or do you have to apply for a citizenship of some sort Make sure post pictures Susan says November 19 2010 at 3 10 am I m curious too how will you be able to stay longer than 90 days Tourist visa limit of course I m new to your blog Perhaps this has already been figured out in advance Or you have dual citizenship Florence is lovely and you will of course have a wonderful experience there God bless Christine says November 18 2010 at 6 31 pm You can t say We re moving to Florence without a flood of Oh my goooooodness es right Hehe What an amazing experience for your kiddos so important in forming their little personalities and world views I m excited for your family TJ says November 18 2010 at 6 32 pm This is exciting news Congrats and I hope your family enjoys every minute of it I found your website the other day by total chance and I have to say I love it Thanks for writing your an inspiration TJ s last post The Art of Balancing It All Jessicah says November 18 2010 at 6 51 pm How amazing And Tom s probably just learning to talk right Maybe you can have a bilingual baby Somehow I always think that babies babytalking in other languages is pretty much the cutest thing ever Jessicah s last post I m sure that Eleanor is going to be tall someday I just Jennie says November 18 2010 at 6 51 pm You know it really isn t fair For the past year I ve been telling my husband Pretty much I want our life to be just like Rachel s life except I don t want to live in Texas Now what am I supposed to say Haha But really I wish you all the best We ve recently decided too that next summer after we ve both graduated and our lease is up we ll be free to move wherever we want It s so exciting but it really does get you living in the future How can I think about dishes while I m planning all the day trips we could go on Good luck with everything Jennie s last post The Outcomes of Simplicity Karen says November 18 2010 at 6 56 pm OMG Florence sounds amazing can t wait to hear all about it Karen s last post Holiday Give Away Rachel says November 18 2010 at 7 42 pm I ve never thought of power failure as a particularly productive time We lose power all the time in the winter so I will keep this in mind Florence sounds like a wonderful change of scenery and experience Enjoy it Rachel s last post Experiments in Benign Neglect vermontmommy

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  • What We Buy: Purposeful or Passing Time? - Small Notebook
    that we re able to go travel with four cats and an academic job I wish we d taken the opportunity to travel when we were still in college but we didn t know how we could possibly afford it No debt but we ve always lived paycheck to paycheck yes we do have some savings but we don t like to break into it I love hearing about people able to travel and take time off work I suppose someday it could be possible for us but I honestly don t know what we d do with our cats Or my husband s job which he can t possibly quit there just aren t openings every year in his academic field sarah s last post More Impossible Daisies Kelly Heavener says October 27 2010 at 4 23 am Sometimes traveling doesn t have to take you far from your house We are military and just moved to North Carolina I have lived here before but when I was younger I am seeing all around me in a new light So many day or weekend trips Our country is filled with so much great stuff to explore se7en says October 25 2010 at 9 43 am Love what you say about the glamorous shopping us mother s do Like the Christmas advertisements we have on now super savings and everyone thinks yay Christmas goodies turns out it s loo rolls and oven cleaner Sarcasm on hmmm don t die of excitement I know I would love those in my stocking high high high on my list above a picture from my kiddo s Sarcasm off Otherwise I am dying to read about your travels and exciting plans sounds to wonderful to be true se7en s last post Se7en s Fabulous Friday Fun 41 Link Up Nicole says October 25 2010 at 9 53 am I can t wait to hear what the world holds for you and your family Every time I read your posts I think how can I live my life more simply Nicole s last post fall weekend part 3 Jennie says October 25 2010 at 10 21 am Wow I needed this When I first started decluttering one of the things I was most excited about was that since we had fewer things I could really love each item individually I called my husband the other day and complained You know the thing about simplicity is that now I have to look at the same things every day I realized that simplicity as a novelty is really great and freeing But it can be hard to stick with it in the long haul That isn t going to stop me though Thanks for the reminder Rachel says October 26 2010 at 6 04 am One thing that makes it easier is as things wear out gradually replace them with better quality things that you don t get tired of Or maybe that s just me I waited for months to find the perfect tote bag and then carried it for years It greatly curbed my desire to buy a new tote bag whenever I saw one in a catalog Diane says October 26 2010 at 8 39 am Hi I don t think I ve actually commented on any of your posts But I so love reading your blog I had to laugh at this reply because my husband thinks I m a tote bag junkie I shop and think I found the perfect one and then I find another But what made me laugh was that I love the tote bag holding both your kids that you ve posted So here is a bag I m envying Good luck with the travels and can t wait to hear about the travels Lisa Medley says October 25 2010 at 10 27 am Where will you start traveling to How will you travel By car camper Can t wait to start living vicariously Traveling Mercies to you and your family Lisa Medley s last post Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend Rachel says October 26 2010 at 6 05 am We haven t decided yet where we ll be going but I ll definitely let you know Emily remodelingthislife says October 25 2010 at 10 20 am I just was thinking about how shopping is a pastime for so many people I know What a not fun thing to spend time doing for fun So exciting you are leaving your apartment and traveling Your story gets more exciting by the minute Renee Harris says October 25 2010 at 10 22 am Along the same lines I used to spend an embarrassing amount of time at yard sales looking for deals I remember seeing a Roomba for a price that was practically giving it away I walked away from it but often wondered if I should have purchased it now I m glad I didn t Over the years I ve decided that I saved myself a lot of money and clutter by staying away from yard sales unless I had a specific item in mind Now your toilet paper mention made me think of something else to buy or not to buy in bulk I always buy TP in bulk because of the savings and it s obviously something we ll always use you never see it for sale at a garage sale and even though I m raising a large family I often wondered why other people wouldn t always buy TP in bulk even if they lived alone Other items like raisins I wouldn t necessarily buy in bulk because even though it might save us money cost oz we d probably eat much more of it since it s readily available rather than eat it sparingly One more I rarely buy the newspaper but this weekend I did I can t believe how tempting it was to go shopping when I read through the ads I m back to no more newspapers Rachel says October 25 2010 at 11 10 am I don t go to garage sales either because even though there might be great deals we don t really need anything in the first place I buy toilet paper in bulk because we get it at Walmart and I buy enough that we only have to go there once every two months or so I can never buy Kettle chips in bulk on sale because that s when we eat so much more of them Rebecca says October 28 2010 at 7 45 pm WHAT I thought you were using cloth wipes that you could wash repeatedly and not buying tp Was I imagining this Or are you like me a reusable toilet paper drop out Just wondering Lauri V says October 26 2010 at 7 53 am I did buy a roomba at a yard sale LOL It is an awesome addition to our family That being said I limit myself to our community s 3 sales a year It is fun for a bit and I am able to cloth my kids for a very reasonable amount I am a stay at home mom and spending wisely is one of my contributions Yard saling used to mean something entirely different to me Simple not so much Moderation is key I am a reformed shopper Lauri V s last post Got java Christine says October 25 2010 at 10 56 am I also am eager to hear where you guys will be heading Kait Palmer says October 25 2010 at 12 24 pm I began to realize the stuff I spent money on indicated the stories I was living That hit me We might be moving soon don t know where but it has changed the way I look at things when I m out shopping Do I really need one more fall decor doo dad to pack up and haul across the country Probably not My hubby and I have been trying to focus our spending on experiences A trip to the pumpkin patch a weekend in Canada a butt busting hike in the Olympics all so much better than a new outfit Kait Palmer s last post Raffle for a Ruffled Owl Apron and a good cause Rachel says October 26 2010 at 6 06 am It seems like it wasn t that long ago you moved where you live now It s so great to be able to travel while you re young without kids Tracey says October 25 2010 at 12 37 pm I ll just enjoy what I have here for now too Thank you for these words These reminders Tracey s last post My Husbands Office Has Great Sticks Kate Nesi says October 25 2010 at 11 50 am I love your blog Thank you for sharing the excerpt from the book Your stories remind me that a simple life doesn t mean an empty life Zom G says October 25 2010 at 12 50 pm Porch camping was one of my favorite things to do in college On a beautiful fall day sleeping outside is just perfectly joyful It takes the ears awhile to forget the artificial silence and white noise of inside but as soon as they did I never slept so well Imagine the stories your children will have tell with all of your adventures Zom G s last post Bats Spider Webs and Ghosts Anu says October 25 2010 at 1 02 pm Nicely put and very true Tad long 20 minutes video but worth watching http www storyofstuff com Anu s last post Two Birds with one Arrow Jennie says October 26 2010 at 11 34 am I love this video I found it a few weeks ago and was like YES This is exactly what I ve been talking for the past year Definitely worth watching Peregrina says October 25 2010 at 1 02 pm I have recently taken a new position at work and while the hours are nice I have switched to a rotation that now gives me seven days off in a row It s going to take a lot of mental organization not to get bored and shop Thank goodness I have a small uncluttered apartment that won t allow me to buy much I Live in an Antbed says October 25 2010 at 2 22 pm The evaluation process you have followed is so very valid and worthwhile I love the line in Sabrina with Harrison Ford and Julia Ormond where he is asking her to take pictures of the cottage on Martha s Vineyard She asks him which pictures he wants her to take and he says All of them She responds by saying More is not better it s just more I Live in an Antbed s last post Psalm 148 Rachel says October 26 2010 at 6 08 am Oh I forgot about that scene What a good movie Shannon says October 25 2010 at 2 23 pm My friend and her family recently lost their home in a fire They were able to salvage a few of their belongings It was a fire that started in their garage so when they knew their children were safe they still had a few minutes to go in and get stuff I ve wondered a lot since then What do I have that I would run in for if my house were burning Pictures scrapbooks and important papers that I need to start storing in a firesafe are about the only things that come to mind I m not that sentimental so I don t even think I d grab my wedding dress For me luxury shopping not grocery shopping is more about going and doing rather than going and spending I love spending time with my girls eating out window shopping and yes finding a bargain This is all fun and exciting to me something I don t do often but love to do But at the end of the day I don t come home with much because I know it s not worth running into a burning home for You and your family welcome to come visit us in Colorado the night sky is magnificent Shannon s last post Vistaprint Free Photo Calendar plus shipping Becca says October 25 2010 at 2 44 pm I love the idea of city camping Becca s last post Moptastic Zoanna says October 25 2010 at 3 16 pm I m curious about how much or little of an agenda or itinerary you ll keep You seem like a ducks in row kind of gal with a flair married to Mr Spontaneity So I wonder what that looks like when you decide to hit the road or skies or what have you Do you have destination 1 decided or are you just gonna get in the car and drive till you drop So much fun to think of your adventures with you Zoanna s last post Rate Yourself Rachel says October 26 2010 at 6 12 am What a fun description of us We re currently making our decisions and trying to reserve a place I think because of our kids we re going to choose just two or three places and settle for a bit Ramblings of a Woman says November 1 2010 at 8 35 pm Rachel My husband and I are in a different place than you are although only a little older He is almost 47 and I am 45 Our kids are almost grown the younger 2 are 17 and 19 We are looking at doing some extended travel utilizing vacation home rentals in the off seasons IE the beach during the winter and the mountains in the summer You can rent a nice place furnished for a monthly rate that is quite affordable Good place to seach would be http www vrbo com stands for vacation rental by owner Just a thought Bernice Ramblings of a Woman s last post Living the Balanced Life Perfectly Imbalanced Kim McCallie says October 25 2010 at 3 24 pm This post really touched a nerve with me I feel so overwhelmed with all the clutter in my home and have been trying to find the motivation to get rid of it Fortunately I haven t added to it lately mainly because I feel like I regret every purchase I make So I m using that thought to curb my spending and to start the decluttering process Will I regret buying this Sometimes when I m trying to clear my mind at night and fall asleep I repeat this statement If everything you had was everything you were EVER going to have would you be satisifed The answer is always yes and that thought puts my mind to rest and I fall asleep in peace Kim McCallie s last post Bacon Topped Veggie Bake Rachel says October 26 2010 at 6 16 am Decluttering helps a lot to curb spending Really it does for me If I get an urge to start spending I channel that energy into the stuff I currently have by cleaning it out and that helps me feel like I have more than I need aNGIE says October 25 2010 at 2 25 pm Your post made Matthew 6 21 come to mind Thank you for the reminder Rachel says October 26 2010 at 6 10 am Thank you for that In case someone else wants to read it it s this one For where your treasure is there your heart will be also Erin Australia says October 25 2010 at 3 47 pm This blog really hit home with me I hate spending money but sometimes it is easy to justify purchases for the sake of passing time I love Donald Miller s writing have you also read Blue Like Jazz and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years has definitely challenged m husband and I to analyse the kind of story we are writing for ourselves and our children Thanks for the honesty and the encouragement in your writing Dyan Euler says October 25 2010 at 5 04 pm I just realized that your daughters name is Lane I LOVE IT My son who will be 14 Dec 28th who now stands 6 1 and I look up too and I am a tall woman lol his name is Ricky Lane and he has always gone by Lane I got my name from the movie 8 seconds awesome but sad true story movie about a bullrider who s name was Lane Frost I also watched a show years back it was only on for like 1 season and it was on a cable channel I do believe and there was a girl on there and her name was Lane but spelled Layne I very rarely hear that name but have been told it is very popular in Canada Just felt the need to share that with you and also I love your blog just stumbled onto it a few weeks ago but I look forward to reading it daily I only subscribe to about 6 and 3 are a must read daily no matter what and yours is in that 3 Good luck on your year off adventure I so envy you Wish it was us Rachel says October 26 2010 at 6 16 am Thank you I love that name too Shannon says November 5 2010 at 7 44 pm I love the name too It was on our girl list which it seems we will never need It also sounded like a Country Club or bowling alley with our last name Wood Shannon s last post 5 Prerna says October 25 2010 at 6 50 pm So need this right now With all the holiday sales that surround me and flyers screaming Great Deals

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  • Good Reads: Favorite Lines Edition - Small Notebook
    Steady Mom I do like for a house to feel like home I like personality and order and fun and function and more than anything I like warm and welcoming BooMama So this Saving Money Thing It s sort of fun Ok It s really fun I m all of sudden recognizing that I have enough stuff as it is Week 1 of No Spend Month Jenna Living The Life One day I was studying in the law library when I heard a fellow student a few rows back notice with a laugh that the pockets in her winter coat were functional All she needed was a pair of scissors to snip the threads but where would she find scissors The male voice next to her said without skipping a beat Go find Jules I guarantee she has a pair I did right next to my hole puncher and retractable ruler Jules Pancakes and French Fries Have a wonderful weekend 7 Comments October 23 2010 in This That Links About Rachel I write about practical tips that will help you simplify at home Connect with me on Pinterest and Twitter Previous What We Buy Purposeful or Passing Time Next Introducing The Simple Blogging E book Comments Emily remodelingthislife says October 23 2010 at 2 21 pm Thank you so much for linking to me Rachel xoxo Emily angelvalerie says October 23 2010 at 5 19 pm Great lines and I look forward to updates on the e book and your year of living dangerously angelvalerie s last post honouring others Jules says October 23 2010 at 7 32 pm Thank you so much for linking to me I m honored Jules s last post Week 1 Kait Palmer says October 23 2010 at 7 51 pm I always love finding

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  • Introducing: The Simple Blogging E-book - Small Notebook
    book Definitely need advice about juggling blogging with family life MrsMonesaver s last post Safeway 10 20 10 26 Quaker Instant Oatmeal Fage Greek Yogurt Tsh Simple Mom says October 20 2010 at 1 25 pm It s really good everyone Go get it Tsh Simple Mom s last post The 411 Behind Cloth Diapering 101 MrsMonesaver says October 20 2010 at 1 33 pm Just started can t wait to do a review on my blog MrsMonesaver s last post Safeway 10 20 10 26 Quaker Instant Oatmeal Fage Greek Yogurt Rachel says October 20 2010 at 1 12 pm I can t wait to read it Rachel This is exactly what I need Rachel says October 20 2010 at 1 24 pm Thank you everyone I am absolutely thrilled by the response and enthusiasm for this ebook Rochelle says October 20 2010 at 2 29 pm Congrats Wishing ou all the best of luck Delanie says October 20 2010 at 2 39 pm Sounds great Can t wait to read it Delanie s last post Pack Crossing Amy Journey Mum says October 20 2010 at 3 08 pm Boy do I ever need this book Thank you for keeping the price so reasonable I see a lot of e books and although the topics are intriguing I have to pass on them because of the price Definitely not so with yours I have been struggling with juggling being a mother to two kids under two and trying to blog I m about half way through your book now and your tip on turning off the internet while writing a blog post is genius There are way too many distractions I m looking forward to learning so much more Thank you Amy Journey Mum s last post DIY Desk and Study Dining Room Swap Jackie Lilolu says October 20 2010 at 4 05 pm Looks interesting Can t wait to read it Julie says October 20 2010 at 3 26 pm This is my first time commenting after finding your blog last month I bought the book this morning and have already read it It is packed with helpful tidbits for the blogger who has a full time job beyond blogging Thank you I ll be going back again and again it is an excellent resource Rachel says October 20 2010 at 3 55 pm Loved this and I am a single girl I think it s really applicable for anyone because we single girls have lives outside of the blog world as well It s so important to maintain balance I am very pleased with my purchase emily freeman says October 20 2010 at 6 41 pm This sounds fantastic Congratulations to you I can t wait to read it emily freeman s last post 31 Days of Grace day 20 what grace is not Prerna says October 20 2010 at 7 25 pm I have been waiting so long for this Am totally thrilled and really looking forward to reading it Thank you Rachel for keeping the price low Really helps your international readers as well Warmly Prerna Prerna s last post How Writing for Suite 101 Makes Me Money A Guest Post on About Freelance Writing Diane InMyOwnStyle says October 20 2010 at 6 28 pm Hi Rachel Just found your blog this week and it is EXACTLY what I needed and then I read you were writing a book and here it is perfect timing I am looking forward to reading it My best Diane Sharon says October 20 2010 at 8 36 pm Got it am going to include it in my reading for the weekend I ended up printing it out as i don t like reading on the computer Congrats Sharon Sharon s last post October Challenge Laughter Frances says October 20 2010 at 9 16 pm That sounds like something I need Does this mean you can fix my slow writing skills I need some serious work there I just spent all day writing one post One I don t know where the time went All I knew was that my family would be reading it and it had to be I will check out your book Thanks as always Frances s last post A Dietary Challenge Ulrica says October 21 2010 at 6 26 am Congratulations on this wonderful project You gave the idea that I can make my own book in this didgital way Just never thougt about it Now I just have to know waht the book will be about I have thousands of ideas mostly knitting since that is my major intrest Good luck to you Donna says October 21 2010 at 7 35 am I bought the e book yesterday and can t wait to read it I won t even list my blog here because it is so neglected i get overwhelmed I m a 50 something woman with 2 jobs i love to blog but is it in front of the computer going who wants to hear this i love reading blogs and dream of being in the same race thank you i needed this Gina says October 21 2010 at 1 01 pm Boy is this speaking to me right now I am on the edge of the cliff with opportunities and ambition vs family life and balance Thanks for writing this Lisa says October 21 2010 at 1 01 pm I just bought this and read it last night This is essential Rachel I felt calmed down just by reading it like Rachel was talking to me across the table Yes I m busy being a mother and a wife and a blogger But it s possible Make priorities Rachel can you extend your simple blogging voice to other e books with topics like frugality cleaning crafts cooking decorating I know other people have published e books in these topics but I like YOUR voice Er but that might cut into your

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  • Waiting to Upgrade: How an Ugly Couch Made Our Marriage Better - Small Notebook
    http www se7en org za 2009 12 27 saturday spot se7ens survival of the season spot and we finally bought our own fabulous leather couch It took 18 years of marriage to get the couch we liked And it changed our whole family dynamic because finally there is a place for everyone to sit and now we all sit around in our lounge that we never ever went into before and read and and chat and watch the odd movie it s just lovely Eighteen years se7en s last post Sunday Snippet ESV Study Bible GiveAway Winner Angie Pearl says October 8 2010 at 11 01 am We are going on eleven years and still have hand me downs One thing I have noticed is that taking our time to find antiques will probably be the way to go as most things seem to be made of particleboard now Also we have young kids so they will ruin nice furniture We are on our second set of hand me down living room furniture and we just use slip covers which can be washed I do remember a funny story from right after we got married we moved to Dayton and had to have new mattreses My husband couldn t take the little dip in the middle of my old ones We ended up moving with no mattresses and slept on the floor for a week and a half waiting for the new ones to come in carmen life blessons says October 8 2010 at 7 25 am Oh I love this post especially because I m in the newlywed stage myself still with our hand me down couch although we have a nice couch cover that hides the 1950s floral print beneath It is very difficult for me at times to see all that my other friends have the nice house the perfectly decorated living rooms and pieced together decor and not be discontent about it But I know that we have as much as we need and that we re called to being wise with our resources not to impress others It s humbling but I know it s good for us Thanks for this reminder and the encouragement carmen life blessons s last post Homemade Chewy Granola Bar Recipe Amydelle says October 8 2010 at 6 39 am That s funny we are the opposite We needed a new couch when we moved in together 4 dogs two adults and a teenager just weren t fitting on the little sofa Now we have added to our family with two more babies When I relax on our dark brown leather couch that the whole family can sit and fit on I LOVE IT It wipes clean and doesn t show messes I searched on craigslist for a while looking before I bought it brand new We just never found the right one I almost always buy used off CL but our couch brand new And everytime I use it I m so thankful for it renee FIMBY says October 8 2010 at 7 16 am Such good stuff Rachel As newlyweds we lived very frugally with much mix matched furniture household goods and stuff Damien had just graduated from University and I will still going to school I was just 20 yrs old We didn t pay off all our debts till 9 years later though Lots of funny stories but no time to share them As far as couches though I ve always wanted a beautiful leather couch we still have a futon a replacement for the one we bought when we got married It doubles as a guest bed and looks like it will last us many years to come it s fairly good quality jen G says October 8 2010 at 7 20 am Thanks for being a refreshing voice in blogland I couldn t agree more and reading it in the midst of all the decorating blogs in my reader makes a big impression Jennie says October 8 2010 at 8 32 am Okay it is seriously scary how close your posts get to my life Just last night I was rather emphatically explaining to my husband our dire need for a new couch Our current couch and by couch I mean one cushion loveseat was a hand me down from my grandmother I absolutely love it It is old fashioned and really pretty and though it desperately needs to be re upholstered it was a perfect fit in our first small apartment But now that we live in a bigger space and have a lot more income I m getting a little tired of having nowhere to cuddle or relax after a long day Now you have reminded me that I promised Travis we would only buy a couch after we finished paying our car off I guess I should thank you Travis definitely will But maybe you could make it up to me by sending me a new couch Stephanie says October 8 2010 at 7 47 am I agree Our first year of marriage we paid off my student loan debt We put up with ugly furniture and lived in a not so nice area of town It was worth it We bought our first house the next year with a payment we could afford because we had been saving for the downpayment We also had been wisely counseled pre marriage to live on one income not both We knew we wanted kids and would want me to stay home with them We were used to living on one income when that time came and the transition was easy Rachel says October 8 2010 at 9 10 am Oh yes I couldn t agree more After we paid off the debt we started living off Doug s income so in a couple of years I stayed home with our new baby Molly says October 8 2010 at 7 52 am We um took a couch from the alley next to us it s like a free city recycling program After a year it went back to the alley While it was a great couch at the time we now realize we probably shouldn t take cushiony things from alleys because of Chicago s bed bug problem Oh well live and learn We still have our 12 double papasan chair though Fantastic yard sale buy Marrrie says October 8 2010 at 8 02 am Thank you for your post We just bought an apartment and all our savings went to the down payment and closing fees We decided to put a bigger down payment to save on interest and loan insurance but now I am here looking at the futon I ve had since my first student rental and the empty dishwasher hole in the kitchen I m dreaming of an actual couch and a dishwasher but I dread debts too I see all my friends credit buying new furniture when they buy a house or condo so it s good to see that at least some other people do wait instead of getting more debts Doug s Mom says October 8 2010 at 9 25 am Funny how couches can teach life lessons After living in furnished apts we bought our first couch We were very proud It was covered with a thin knobby material that wore out in six months was bright red 6 feet long with slate covered 2 foot end tables attached to the frame Looked great in that house We were in the air force moved six months later and again and again Watching the struggle to get it in and out all ten feet of it and finding a wall to hold it well The old carpenter s addage comes to mind measure twice cut once Think before you spend Paula Simply Sandwich says October 8 2010 at 9 42 am Oh brother this could be an ongoing post with the stuff we had I mainly remember our first bed frame was a wooden one that Hubby built It was sturdy but it is no surprise we both had terrible back problems in those early years Paula Simply Sandwich s last post Ice Ice Baby Kait Palmer says October 8 2010 at 10 05 am Ooh where to start lol I had gone ahead and bought Craigslist and Ikea furniture for my own apartment before we got married even though everyone told me not to since I would be married soon humph and it turns out everything in Matt s apartment belonged to his roommates so it worked out We got a nice new memory foam mattress but lacking the funds for a bedframe or boxspring we had to sleep on the mattress on the floor for the first few months When we finally did get a boxspring and bedframe and turned the bed up on the wall to assemble everything we saw the bottom of the mattress was covered in MOLD We lived in Ocean Beach San Diego at the time where it is perpetually damp from the sea air and not letting the mattress breathe resulted in some moldy nastiness Three years later we re still using that second hand boxspring and frame I m still waiting for the day we ll actually have a real bed with a headboard Kait Palmer s last post Win An Apron Lydia says October 8 2010 at 10 35 am Ah yes We lived very bare bones the first 1 1 2 years of our marriage The first 7 months we lived in a furnished house free of charge thanks to our generous pastor Then we bought a fixer upper and determined to do all the work and buy our furnishings without going into debt I think for the first year after we moved in we used a card table and chairs as dining room furniture We also had no living room furniture for a long time just used camp chairs Oh and our mattress lay directly on the floor for a while and we had our clothing organized in suitcases Some people thought we were weird and it wasn t all glamorous by any means but we are so thankful to have a mostly furnished house now 4 years later and no debt other than a little bit of house mortgage Oh and the feeling of knowing you paid for stuff free and clear is incredible I am convinced it makes you value the stuff you do have even more Lydia s last post Free Sample Stayfree D says October 8 2010 at 10 11 am After 30 years of marriage I have learned not to waste money buying expensive furniture for several reasons you will inevitably move the furniture gets banged up and sometimes costs so much to move that it s better to give it away or sell it and get something else in your new place kids and pets will bang into it knock it over spill stuff on it throw up on it and it will break your heart your taste will change as decorating trends change and the sofa you loved will become the sofa you now hate Get stuff that you like not love and can pay for in cash Karen Scotland says October 13 2010 at 3 00 pm I have to say I agree wholeheartedly with this I love the idea of buying quality and lifelong pieces of furniture but the reality is that life is too destructive We bought one thing made of actual wood as opposed to veneer and my daughter scratched it with scissors within a week I actually felt my eyes well up slightly before I thought Get a grip at least it wasn t her eyes or gut she scratched But yes I don t feel our family deserves anything expensive Karen julie says October 8 2010 at 11 19 am We made the foolish mistake of buying a bunch of furniture on credit when we were married 16 years ago Thankfully we aren t still carrying that debt but it took a long time to get rid of it Some of the pieces we still own and others were worn out long before the bills were paid Wish I had followed this advice long ago Laura says October 8 2010 at 11 41 am Our couch is one of the purchases I most regret in our 5 year marriage We bought the microsuede chaise on the side and it fit perfectly in our living room We put our house on the market 2 months later so now in our home it looks awkward and I found out that the expensive handstitched upholstery was only dry clean able when the stain guard wore off the same time our first child began walking I thought because I had been told that purchasing a quality piece in a neutral color would be the foundation for our living room over the years Now I know the people who live in our room are the foundation Laura s last post So whats happening now Holly says October 8 2010 at 1 12 pm Yes The people are the foundation indeed Anna says October 8 2010 at 10 45 am My husband s old beater car was stolen shortly after we were married We went over a year before replacing it and lived with just having one car Neither of our cars are fancy or very new but going without one for so long has made me SO GRATEFUL to have two cars that run now I used to wish I could have a fancy BMW like my older brother but now I look at our 10 year old Mazda and am so happy to have it I don t care at all that it isn t fast doesn t have navigation etc Every time I look out our window and see 2 cars I smile and thank the Lord for blessing us with everything we need Laura says October 8 2010 at 11 43 am You are so right Buying on credit has really taken gratefulness away from us Laura s last post So whats happening now Leslie says October 8 2010 at 11 01 am My dad had this saying A poor man can t buy cheap things My husband and I have been married 34 years and I can t tell you how many times we ve said that to each other Not that you have to break the bank to buy things but you had better be sure the thing is absolutely what you need want and will last We waited over ten years before we bought bedroom furniture for ourselves We finally found and could afford exactly what we wanted and everytime I look at it I am thankful for the patience that old saying taught us Rachel says October 8 2010 at 1 17 pm that s a great quote Leslie Denise C says October 8 2010 at 11 42 am My husband I lived together for 4 years before getting married One time during those 4 years we lived in separate apartments needed some time apart though we saw each other daily A friend of a friend of a friend through my husband had some metal pipe furniture Basically you stick the pipes together get a sofa It was cheap ugly as sin but it worked as a place for me to sit I had no money to buy a sofa I also slept on the floor because I could not afford a bed Looking back those 6 months living on my own I built character have learned to never ever take anything for granted Niki Blake says October 8 2010 at 11 56 am Your story is basically ours We kept old ugly hand me downs when we were first married also determined to pay off our debt Besides that we couldn t afford anything else except food bills etc the basics We did go ALL OUT and buy finance a 300 dollar daybed that we used as a couch mauve light blue pillows remember adorning the back got them at Wal mart on sale and used a quilt we received as a wedding gift to cover it We LOVED it and paid it off quickly with no interest We laugh now that we had to finance it We thought at times that we wished we had a well furnished apt like so many of our friends but we just couldn t do it We would have bring your own meat parties when we grilled out with friends No one cared b c we were all pretty much in the same boat Looking back those were simple times with great memories I LOVE sharing all these memories with our boys so that they know what is REALLY impt when beginning their new life whether that be out of college just getting married whatever Thanks for the walk down memory lane Cindy May says October 8 2010 at 1 16 pm The first six years of our marriage my husband and I rented two semi furnished houses in England In a strange twist of fate my husband s dear auntie died just a month or so before we were married so we inherited some of her stuff lucky for us but we were sad to have lost her too My in laws bought us a nice double bed for a wedding present which we used until we moved back to America too expensive to ship so we donated it to a worthy cause When we moved back to America and purchased our first house we finally bought all new furniture for the first time ever I m lucky that my husband s generous income was able to provide us this opportunity but I never once minded using second hand things or borrowed items In fact I kind of miss those days of innocence living in tight quarters but always having enough storage space Last year we bought a new Tempurpedic mattress and were able to give our 5 year old mattress to my sister who is quite happy with it so everyone won there Cindy May s last post The Dancing Hares Jennifer says October 8 2010 at 12 22 pm I could go on and on as this post brought back many memories But I ll just say this we ve been married 10 years The first few years we had our 13in TV on a milk crate that was covered in a tie dye tapestry We also had a futon that was sitting on bricks We used foldable purple lawn chairs in the dining room and had one chair from Ikea We lived like that for a while Funny time sure changes things Now I have too much A 3 bedroom house filled to the brim with furniture and things I have learned many lessons and the biggie is no matter how much stuff you acquire it s always the little things that count Tammy Hawkins says October 8 2010 at 12 41 pm I felt so proud when reading your post a personal confirmation that we are on the path to a simple and happy life My husband and I have been married for 10 months and just celebrated paying off our last piece of debt We are lucky in that we probably could afford to buy some of the wants in our life but luckily we both enjoy saving money for something bigger Our hand me down tweed couch with a small hole in the front which drives my mother in law crazy is perfectly good for us When we first got married I finished furnishing our apartment with 90 worth of craigslist furniture with a 6 can of stain I dont feel like we need to upgrade for at least a few years Thanks for your post it is good to be reminded that what we have is good enough and we are blessed to have it Karen says October 8 2010 at 12 44 pm Great post My boyfriend and are not living together but when I recently moved I saved up and bought my first new couch ever But I think I was smart because I took him shopping with me and he helped me pick it out Because I hate his Ginny says October 8 2010 at 1 05 pm My husband and I day dream about the couch we ll buy when are kids are grown and out of the house and our much loved but destructive weimeraner passes on It ll have a tufted back with velvety upholstery Our kids are 4 1 and one one the way so until then we ve lowered our standards but some day Holly says October 8 2010 at 1 09 pm Our story is a variation on the theme When my then boyfriend now husband and I started dating my income and standard of living were much much higher than his I was earning 3x his income and had lots of savings and no debt whereas he had school loan debt and no savings It would have been easy for me to just spend more money and inflate his lifestyle to meet my own but we didn t Instead as we built our life together my lifestyle deflated and his only slightly inflated We didn t go to rock concerts every week like I used to We didn t eat out at fancy restaurants on a whim but saved those outings for special occasions We didn t get a bigger apartment when he moved in but instead stayed in my small one bedroom apartment until we needed more room hello baby This has had some huge benefits We paid off his student loans right away with my savings so as a couple we ve always been debt free We banked his income from day 1 and live off of only mine When we had a baby he quit work and is a stay at home dad and we re still saving money every month In fact we may be saving more money as a family of 3 with one income than I was when I was single Having a family to support and goals for our long term life together makes it much easier to evaluate spending decisions with a long term lens katie says October 8 2010 at 3 06 pm we ve been married just over a year but have lived like this as long as we ve each had apartments the only pieces of furniture we bought new are some ikea bookshelves and our mattress and boxspring which were our wedding gift from his parents everything else is thrifted craigslisted or curbed oh and one piece that i built we were students when we got married and combined households undergrad for me grad for him and i m still a student now med so although we have a slightly bigger place and he has a cushy real job we still live a student lifestyle we ve always valued experiences more than possessions and keeping that mindset as well as making a point to have things that meet your needs so you re not constantly dissatisfied and replacing them helps us to do just fine katie s last post moving on up Eileen says October 8 2010 at 2 29 pm Newlywed furniture lawn chair and butterfly chair Married 2 years furniture hand me down futon whose mattress slid to the floor as the night wore on I HATED that thing but we were both in school and felt like we shouldn t live beyond our means Married 7 years furniture Finally bought our first couch for 450 off Craigslist I was in heaven Married 9 years furniture Bigger apartment with a basement tv room but no couch for that room we made do by sitting on the floor Married 10 years furniture I m 8 months pregnant and sick of sitting on the floor to watch tv Last month I insisted on buying a cute 300 couch off Craigslist Yeah for a comfortable place to lounge Especially as a newlywed it was like torture to visit my friend s homes and see their nicely decorated rooms I would come home and cry and be frustrated at our financial situation But I ve had to learn to accept where I m at and be happy with my blessings even if they seem slow to arrive We are currently snowballing our student loans and next in line is saving for a down payment for a house We re making progress Andrea says October 8 2010 at 2 50 pm We bought our first new piece of furniture a matress this summer and we ve been married 11 years On other hand we entered marriage completely debt free and stayed that way for five years and now we have a huge demanding I might say mortgage The biggest thing I ve learned is that when you are debt free you are very careful with your money When you owe owe owe very sadly it becomes easy to spend money you don t have What s another little debt added to the huge one etc etc Oh dear nancy says October 8 2010 at 2 57 pm We have the same Cargo loveseat and chair as we did since 1999 It went through a flood and two moves and we still have them Because I am cheap beyond words I will not look at another piece of furniture for the next 20 years It is still wonderful to sit on and look at I have made covers for the seats to prevent spills and cat hair from getting into the cushions and think about how much money we have saved by not buying furniture on a whim The dining table went throuhg the same flood we restored the furniture since it is wood and still use it A penny saved is dollars earned Alexandria says October 8 2010 at 3 12 pm I ve never understood why buying a home was so expensive to furnish We ve been in our current home twice as big as our last for about 9 years Over the years we have slowly added furniture and drapes Many rooms sat empty for many years and would have for many more if not for all the freebies and hand me downs Last year was triumphant when I finally found the perfect curtains for the room with the high ceilings What was before going to have to be a custom purchase became standard size during the boom I suppose I like how it didn t happen all at once our home becoming a HOME When we bought our first home we eventually bought a couch coffee table and a nice TV not all at once a bedroom set was gifted to us and we had a hodge podge of other items from our single days In this home we were given an old formal dining set Over the years we bought furniture for the kids as they arrived a living room couch and some theater seating The kids also have some of our old furniture of course We have never borrowed for anything but our mortgage Sometimes I dream of having enough cash to buy some really nice furniture Most of the time I really don t see the point IT s a matter of priority At face value many people would think maybe we were depriving oursleves too much My dh s dream was a movie theater in the home which we have and I love my granite countertops personally But these things seem much more useful functional to us than a new couch or a shiny new dining set Jenni Life from the Roof says October 8 2010 at 4 14 pm Sigh I really want some newer furniture But it s days like today where a friend s daughter whom I was watching came in and said that she accidentally forgot to leave the non washable marker in the kitchen and that my three year old had colored our ottoman Thankfully it was the 10 ottoman that I scored at a flea market and doubly thankfully it was a light yellow marker that washed off fairly easily But my goodness my heart stopped at first because we also had an ottoman in that living room that was a beautiful Pottery Barn purchase off of Craigslist Jenni Life from the Roof s last post Yes you can eat steak on a frugal budget abbi says October 8 2010 at 4 15 pm We didn t have debt when we got married but we were both students and paying as we went and so we didn t have ANY extra money either My husband and I were just laughing last night about how we collected our collection of furniture Our couch a friend found on the side of the road as he ran his garbage route It was pretty covered in dog hair but I painstakingly cleaned it up and we used it for 10 years or so Most of our furniture was second hand and given to us by friends We have just begun to start replacing it after nearly 13 years of marriage but I am not sorry a bit With a little scratch cover recovering and making slipcovers it has served us well abbi s last post Have a Handmade Christmas Carnival coming soon Please join me Alexandria says October 8 2010 at 3 16 pm P S I was focusing on material thing in my post After reading other comments I had to add that the non material benefits are even greater more time for our kids etc Agreed Leticia Watson says October 8 2010 at 3 55 pm This post reminds me of something I wish I had known when my husband I first married Wait till you re settled down to buy real furniture In the meantime use the old couch In my experience newly married couples tend to not stay in the same place for long So the stuff they buy may match the layout and size of their current home but it may not fit the layout and size in their next home Plus the more furniture they have the more stuff they have to move The nicer the stuff is the more obligated they feel to have to move it And the bigger furniture they have the bigger their truck has to be We had to get a larger truck only because the smaller one would have been to small for our king sized bed So my advice to newly married couples is to keep it simple I Live in an Antbed says October 8 2010 at 6 10 pm Such good advice We have been married 25 years now but I still remember our hand me down furniture We used it for years But it was worth it Now we have what we like and have the money to replace it when we need to It is always better to wait It teaches such appreciation for the nicer things Our oldest daughter is married now and they are completely debt free buying their first house and have a huge down payment saved up She called me from a garage sale this morning where she had found two really nice chairs for 10 a piece for their new house I love it I Live in an Antbed s last post Audie amp Marlene angelvalerie says October 8 2010 at 6 26 pm Hallelujah and Amen Seriously I wish more younger people would read this blog and follow your advice I too have followed this path and life is better for it This year I bought a proper couch for the first time Yes friends said I lived like a refugee but it was worth it waiting is a good thing angelvalerie s last post work flow angelvalerie says October 8 2010 at 6 30 pm I should add I turned 40 this year angelvalerie s last post work flow Patricia says October 8 2010 at 5 34 pm Oh I love this post When my ex and I were first married we didn t have anything He was still in school and I was starting my first year of teaching He bought our kitchen table at an auction think metal and laminate A friend s father gave us 4 chairs that were damaged They slowly came apart that first year Our living room couch was a fake wicker sectional that had been in my parents basement He wired it together so visitors wouldn t fall through TV with rabbit ears sat on shelves made with lumber and cinder blocks We bought our bed at an auction for 15 and refinished it Ex now lives in a beautiful home jokingly referred to as South Fork by some of my friends I live in a large home myself They re both paid for That early frugality paid off Prerna says October 8 2010 at 8 34 pm We ve been married 5 years now and we re still in the process of decorating and furnishing Am so glad you talked about matchy matchy furniture because I used to feel so weird combining bits and pieces of items when all my friends were buying coordinated sets Guess am not alone Prerna s last post Being a Writer What Tough Times Can Teach You A Guest Post on No Job For Mom Emily says October 8 2010 at 8 00 pm I m glad you wrote about this because it s definitely something that newly married people need to hear but for some reason aren t often told We got this advice too late and are now trying to get things on track antigone says October 9 2010 at 2 32 am I grew up in apartments with boxes for tables and mattresses for couches I was well loved and cared for but they lack of things made me Want It s a tough thing While my spouse and I were doing grad school we has very little but so much more than I had as a child The result was my Want for things and my guilt for Wanting I would compromise or so I thought by getting cheaper in price and quality stuff often that didn t fit for what I was trying to do Not merely furniture but also small things This is a big problem for me by far I want so much to be good that I often screw up and end up being wasteful What bugs me even more is that I don t know how to teach Simplicity for the joy if it to my kids where is the equilibrium How do we balance between my upbringing where everything we owned fit into gutted chevy van until I was 12 and the ideal Do I give my kids what they want so they don t Want Or would that overprivelage them Tracy says October 9 2010 at 5 29 pm I think many of us are right back where we started only we have kids and college and a mortgage this time It s not the cute We re poor honey but we still got love We re back to a crappy couch we can t replace repairs on our 20 year old cars we can t afford and enjoying beans n wienies saying Mr Obama is this my new reality In spite of it we re happy and grateful knowing there s only One Thing really needed and it can t be taxed or taken away from us Kim

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  • How to Prep Your Home for the Weekend - Small Notebook
    I do that in the morning I also try to do it before weekends but sometimes it is more important for the weekend to start on Friday night then it is for everything to be all ready for Saturday Jennie s last post Praising Moderation Rachel says September 17 2010 at 1 44 pm Oh yes I forgot I used to go out on Friday nights That feels like so long ago before kids Jennie says September 17 2010 at 3 17 pm Haha Yeah I understand My husband works Friday so by the time he gets home he just wants to go to bed Married Fridays are definitely more mellow than Single Fridays And Married with Kids Fridays well I can only imagine Jennie s last post Praising Moderation Paige says September 17 2010 at 12 48 pm A clean kitchen is essential for me to relax over the weekend Wipe cabinets and knobs clean coffee pot and yes snacks in the fridge I also like to have candles around especially this time of year to take in all the great smells of the fall apples pumpkin etc I love Fall Paige s last post I have a confession mr clean says September 18 2010 at 10 05 am can t beat a bit of knob wiping before the weekend 0 Catherine says September 17 2010 at 11 50 am Once again you ve inspired me Just keeping the kitchen table cleared of clutter is a full time job in my house So lately that s been my goal just keeping the kitchen table clear so homework is less chaotic and the table can be set quickly It s the first thing I see when I walk in the house or out of my bedroom in the morning so having it clear makes such a difference same as making the bed which for most of my life just seemed pointless makes the whole room look cleaner Karen Scotland says September 17 2010 at 11 56 am This isn t something I usually do but by coincidence I let the kids stay up later tonight after their bath it was a really early bath it s been a long day and I have just dashed around tidying like crazy I woke up feeling overwhelmed today with no plans or ideas Michel husband has been at sea for a week now and I have five weeks to go I decided tomorrow is not going to be frittered away like today so mad dash tidy this evening early to bed but doesn t make much difference while 6mo Nina wakes me every couple of hours when can I feed her porridge write a plan of action for tomorrow something constructive and something fun Off to include the bathroom taps and loo in that mad tidy up forgot them until I saw them in your list Have a nice weekend Karen Karen Scotland says September 18 2010 at 5 27 am Further to yesterday s comment all I can say is The best laid plans of mice and men gang aft awry Discovered last night that my 5 and 4 year old boys have threadworms sorry if that is too gross a thought for some of you but mothers of skanky little boys will get that it s just a depressing fact of life So far today has involved washing EVERY piece of fabric upstairs about 7 loads so far and also using my gran s and aunt s machines putting all toys into quarantine for 2 weeks easier than washing them all and getting medicine for the three kids six week ultra hygiene is beyond my five and four year old boys I am about to go up and hoover all floors mattresses and wipe down ALL surfaces yep walls in the bedrooms too Then I ll do all surfaces in the bathrooms Then I ll start on the downstairs fabric floors bathroom All this just goes to show that as a mum you can never prep enough to cope with what life throws at you Karen Kathryn says September 19 2010 at 9 30 am Oh gracious I hope things start to settle down for you soon Jenni Life from the Roof says September 17 2010 at 12 57 pm I like to make a goal of having most or all of our laundry done by Friday evening If I do a load or two a day it usually isn t too hard Same goes for a clean kitchen and vacuuming and picking up in general putting away clothes etc I usually do my grocery shopping on Saturday morning around 8 or 9 am It s quiet then and I can grab a coffee and shop in peace while I leave my kids home with my husband and get things done a lot faster It s kind of become a routine tradition that I bring home the food on Saturday mornings and then my three year old unpacks everything exclaiming over all the treasures I ve brought back We joke about it though because I don t think my three year old realizes that it takes Daddy s money to get Mommy s groceries Jenni Life from the Roof s last post Read and Recommended Created for Work Jasi says September 17 2010 at 12 22 pm weekends around here are never productive for whole house cleanliness weekends are for projects visits fun or just relaxing so i like fresh sheets and vacuuming on thursdays fridays i just get everything out of the way literally hide the stuff on monday i clean for real Emily from ReadyToWait com says September 17 2010 at 1 31 pm Thank you so much for this post I spend so much time getting us through the week that the weekend kind of falls upon us and we don t always make the best of it honor the peacefulness that our home should provide for us during this time or remember to do the things we love I am going to include some Getting Ready for the Weekend items in my weekly home notebook Emily from ReadyToWait com s last post The gondola Kat says September 17 2010 at 12 36 pm I try to make sure the kitchen is clean and back in order as we are sure to blow it up again with big lazy breakfasts and other leisurely weekend meals sunny says September 17 2010 at 2 21 pm What a great post thank you I usually just get through the weekends doing projects and going out to run errands and see friends and family However if I switch my focus to using Friday nights to prepare for the weekend where I ll be at home more than I am during the week it makes more sense So glad you posted this sunny s last post TGIF junkaholics flat Kait Palmer says September 17 2010 at 2 27 pm We both work full time so Friday nights for me are when I can take a breath put my feet up and not worry about staying up too late Saturdays are my work days at home We only have access to do laundry on the weekends so I do all our laundry change the sheets clean the house so I can wash the rags all that good stuff At least I try to do that on Saturdays we ve been out of town the past three weekends so our house desperately needs some attention Kait Palmer s last post Travels to Canada Return to Whistler Jenn says September 17 2010 at 1 29 pm Chores used to get scattered over the weekend and we always seemed to be doing something I try to do a crockpot meal on Fridays so when we get home from work school we can all get our chores done while dinner finishes cooking itself I unload reload the dishwasher throw in any remaining laundry not done Thursday night and finally I review the grocery fliers the freezer and pantry and make up the grocery list for Saturday morning My husband cuts the grass and then wipes down the patio furniture ready for eating outside on the weekend My daughter and son do their homework immediately after school so we don t have to nag them about it all weekend If all goes according to plan by the time we sit down to dinner all the chores are done and the rest of the weekend is all free time Sometimes on the weekend I ll tackle a project I want to do but all the critical chores get done by Friday at supper If there s a home improvement project to do that happens on the weekend when we have enough time to completely finish it I hate spreading a job over several evenings Kim says September 17 2010 at 2 38 pm I do my big clean Friday so that the weekend can be more free I also do a mini clean tidy and quick wipe down on Monday to recover from the weekend I tidy up every night before bed so that I can wake to an organized home My days just run more smoothly when the house isn t cluttered I m home all day with the kids so it makes a huge difference for me Zoanna says September 17 2010 at 3 35 pm I love to get the kitchen super clean from shining the stainless tea kettle to Pine Sol ing the counters and mopping the floor I also vacumm at least 2 of 3 levels and try to put the finished laundry away Tidy up everywhere and take trash out and have at least the guest bathroom company ready Kim Mc says September 17 2010 at 3 55 pm I love the idea of getting ready for the weekend I hate waking up on Saturday mornings and knowing what awaits me laundry dishes picking up My sons are only five and seven but I feel like I m cleaning up a frat house on the weekends But I m turning over a new leaf and following your advice I ve got some laundry going to get a jumpstart to what I know will be a busy weekend Kaz in Oz says September 19 2010 at 7 52 pm I m with you Kim My boys are the same age and are both home from school today with gastroenteritis not that they are sick today that was my sleepless night last night the very clean upstairs TV room that was last night at bedtime is no more Bharty says September 17 2010 at 5 16 pm What a nice post It reminded me of my habit to cook a couple of extra dishes on Friday That way I could skip cooking over the wknd Have to get back to it Preeti Heart and Mind says September 17 2010 at 6 55 pm Rachel Your picture looks so inviting already to start off a weekend We used to get laundry and vacuum done on Friday evening to kick off a weekend outing but lately we have been going relaxing in so our Friday ritual has time off too BTW I mentioned your site in my latest post for not using social media such as twitter to be successful you are a big example and inspiration for me Preeti Heart and Mind s last post Top 10 reasons why I am not on Twitter Sherry says September 17 2010 at 7 55 pm Hmmm Saturday s are like B R 31 flavors Could be anything depending on my current needs which is WHY is LOVE Saturdays We used to sing a song Saturday is a special day it s the day we get ready for Sunday and it s true it s the day I prepare for the Sabbath That being said Saturday is special sometimes I m oncall working Other times 1 I clean like crazy during the week so my Saturday is free blissful 2 I clean like crazy on Saturday so my week is blissful 3 Big project day 4 Laundry ALWAYS going regardless of the situation 5 Good shopping day if 1 is done 6 Good travel day if 1 is done And the list goes on but usually I do 1 most of the time Jennie says September 17 2010 at 9 47 pm Hey Me too I don t know if this is an exclusive LDS song so if this doesn t make sense I apologize but I used to sing that in Primary My mom still sings it whenever we go down for the weekend Jennie s last post Praising Moderation Sherry says September 18 2010 at 9 39 pm No apology needed no exclusivity on the song Sunday is a great day for everyone And I do still sing it to myself it helps me get in the proper frame of mind for the weekend stay on task on Saturday s especially when I would rather be relaxing or playing Have a great week Prerna says September 17 2010 at 9 14 pm Really like your to the point posts Rachel I come here in the midst of writing assignments and it is like a short sweet break Something like heading to the watercooler in a real office The conversation is amazing Anyway I keep Fridays for menu planning for the weekend since I do a lot of baking and entertaining during that time It s also when I run double loads of laundry change table linen take out good flatware and take care of any minor repairs Prerna s last post 10 Great Ways to Use Empty Glass Jars and Bottles Reusing Jam Wine and Other Glass Containers Bobbie says September 17 2010 at 8 36 pm I make a list on Thursday night and grocery shop on Friday hopefully at lunch hour and not after work so I dont have to do it on the weekends Gosia says September 17 2010 at 8 52 pm My husband and I like to relax on a Friday night We cook something quick and easy and just chill on the couch watch a movie and maybe go for a walk So we ve developed a system which works best for us we get up early on Saturdays which is not that hard after a lazy Friday evening throw in a couple of loads of laundry and then we clean together he s good at vacuuming and I am quite efficient when it comes to tidying up the rest of the apartment I takes us maybe half an hour to get the whole place cleaned up Once in a while when we feel like it we do some serious scrubbing and decluttering I have just recently discovered your blog It s a fun read ruth says September 17 2010 at 9 16 pm I would say I m laughing out loud but in truth I m staring deer in headlights eyed at your post On my way in to the computer I passed through the kitchen which is not a disaster area but also not picked up I can pick this up in the morning I thought to myself Not after reading that post I will march my little self into the kitchen and prep it for tomorrow Jen says September 18 2010 at 3 30 am Your picture really highlighted how I get ready for the weekend it s all about the food With 5 of us I feel like I could spend all my weekends in the kitchen so I usually focus on food Make muffins or a loaf we usually have a snacky lunch and this time of year I have something in the slow cooker or a big pot of soup on I usually do all this Saturday morning so I don t feel like it consumes my whole weekend Sunday morning is always a big breakfast ewa says September 18 2010 at 5 21 am I tent do look through newspaper and get rid of the old ones It s good to open windows and let some fresh air into apartment Putting some candles and then lighting them in the evning give a romantic atmosphere to one s home Nicole says September 18 2010 at 8 27 am I really like the thought of having weekends free of chores and tasks and think saving all that for Monday is a great idea keeping the weekend free and begining the week with a fresh start I just became a mommy and am having a hard time balancing it all I used to be a cleaning machine and now I m lucky if I sweep the floor once every two weeks It s been a hard adjustment for me I m a little nervous for my return to work in November not sure how I ll balance it all but I know many moms do it Nicole s last post caffine return Cathie says September 18 2010 at 2 44 pm Getting things tidy and sometimes just under way for the weekend is a great idea My husband works a 4 10 week so is off on Fridays while I am at work He has a group of men church friends many of them retired who like to drop in to have coffee with each other I discovered they come here on some Fridays since he s home So I started doing my weekend prep on Thursday nights pick up clutter deal with any mail or paperwork that has been hanging around too long make sure counters and table are spotless with clean placemats take out the newspapers clean the bathroom fold the couch throw blankets I don t have to feel embarassed that it is my mess on view when drop ins arrive and I m not

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  • Freedom and Opportunity: The Advantages of Owning Less - Small Notebook
    Nissan Sentra Everything you have can fit in your car and that s exactly what I did I remember packing up the car when I left DC a year later Little did I know that I d eventyually end up in DC with a couch mortgage and 2 kids Rachel says September 13 2010 at 12 07 pm Okay it s so funny to me that you mention the couch because when Doug I bought our couch about five years ago was when I felt like a true grown up For some people it s a house for me it was the couch Kait Palmer says September 13 2010 at 4 51 pm Same here We just got our first non Craigslist couch a few months ago and I wrote a whole blog about it And Vanessa I loved that feeling that everything fit in my 4Runner One trip back and forth at the beginning and end of each semester and I was set Kait Palmer s last post Travels to Canada Return to Whistler Sue says September 13 2010 at 12 48 pm Hubby retired 4 years ago and we sold everything and hit the road for 3 months trying to decide where to live It was wonderful Now settled into our last house we have accumulated only things that we use daily Books an electric piano a LARGE armoire stuffed with paints drawing and sketching supplies a whole lotta ski s hiking clothes snowmobiling clothes digital camera s our life is about DOING not having It s better than I could have ever imagined Now if we want to take off on an adventure we don t worry about things left behind How freeing Karen Scotland says September 13 2010 at 12 55 pm We have no immediate plans to move yet My husband is Dutch and works for a Dutch company so a move to Holland is always a possibility in the future However We seem to live our life in five year plans Five years in the Glasgow flat five years in our wee house and we re past half way of our five year plan in this home Our belongings were multiplying until the end of last year when we helped friends to move house and witnessed them move stuff from one attic to another attic They then decided to convert that attic and most of the stuff is now just gone So that spurred us on not to repeat that mistake When it comes time to move whether that is to Holland or to a more rural spot or just because we feel it s time for a change I plan to be down to the essentials and ready to go without too much stress I plan to have our attic stuff down to Christmas decor camping gear and ONE memory box each Karen se7en says September 13 2010 at 3 02 pm We started decluttering a couple of years back we thought we had to move The plan was just to get everything on order and give everything a place before we moved turns out after decluttering all our stuff and just getting rid of the excess we didn t need to move after all and we are very content in our small house with hardly any stuff Just saying some life re arrangeing is sometimes just staying where you are se7en s last post The Week That Was 310 Abigail aka Mamatouille says September 13 2010 at 2 10 pm After two international moves and three cross country moves since we got married 9 years ago I can completely appreciate having less stuff Some friends and family who haven t moved as much or as far can t understand our minimalist position but it brings a smile to my face to realize we are constantly becoming less attached to things Makes sense from a life death standpoint anyway You can t take it with you Kait Palmer says September 13 2010 at 4 45 pm I love being reminded to do this My husband is getting endorsed for the next step in management in a couple of weeks so we could be moving at any point in the next year to just about anywhere It is an exilerating thought and its fun to peep at different apartments around the country Imagining spending autumn in Virginia or a winter skiing in Utah gets my travel bug itching We already did this once moving from San Diego to Seattle as two newlyweds with a Budget truck Since then I m proud to say I ve been able to let go of a lot more stuff and we ve invested in things like a good camera camp beds for hosting our constant stream of company and our dog Even this past weekend I was gathering up stuff to sell at our neighbor s fundraising garage sale and was reminded that a lot of what we have is not necessary Nice but not necessary Kait Palmer s last post Travels to Canada Return to Whistler renee FIMBY says September 13 2010 at 6 14 pm This was great Rachel So good And what we want to for our lives also freedom We re working on it Jennie says September 13 2010 at 7 59 pm Oh yes I think about this ALL the time This is the beauty of simplicity When you want to up and leave you aren t thinking But who is going to take care of my boxes upon boxes of memorabilia and my bookcases of broken chintz animals Only a slight exaggeration My outlook on future moves is two fold Let s move because we want to so that means moving to a place we like and You can buy stuff anywhere so we ll just find the nearest donation center on the way to the airport Simplicity means no more worrying about Stuff when you could 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  • My $7 Per Month Mobile Phone Plan - Small Notebook
    with our internet so I don t use it except when I m out I m at home most of the time with kids and FIOS so I don t mind not having a smart phone Also because hubster works in a restricted government area he can t have a phone that takes pictures its really hard to find now We got him the most basic phone without a camera but it still can text Jennifer says September 9 2010 at 7 46 am With AT T you can add on a line for 10 My parents who get discounted phone service anyway because my dad retired from AT T added me onto their plan My phone has a different area code than I d like but for 10 a month I can t beat that I hardly use it anyway because I hate talking on the phone I can t get anything accomplished and I have to hide from my kids because they must see me talking on the phone and think it s some sort of signal for them to whine fight and ask me questions the cottage child says September 9 2010 at 7 52 am I have to hide from my kids because they must see me talking on the phone and think it s some sort of signal for them to whine fight and ask me questions add break something that s either dangerous or of significance and you re at my house Do they make a pact in the nursery at the hospital or something Karen says January 12 2011 at 4 31 pm That s nothing even my dog looks at me and runs away and won t listen if I m on the phone whether it s a land line or cell phone It s like he thinks if I m on the phone I can t see what he is doing My oldest 3 kids were the same as described above Fortunately my 4th and last child never did that but then I didn t spend near as much time on the phone when he was younger being a single mom and only one income Molly says September 9 2010 at 8 22 am I have the free phone from Verizon that I got 4 years ago Once our contract ran out which turned out to be SIXTY SEVEN DOLLARS A MONTH with taxes and fees we switched to a PAYG plan and now spend about 16 a month MUCH better Carla says September 9 2010 at 8 35 am I have NO cell phone I did for awhile but realized I was just flushing my money down the drain If you need to reach me and I am not home leave a message When I am out I am out It has been very freeing for me not to worry about where my phone is at all times and to just be present with what I am doing when I am not home The mobile phone industry in Canada is highway robbery so not having a phone saves a pile of money the cottage child says September 9 2010 at 11 00 am I want to be like you when I grow up Carla says September 13 2010 at 1 50 pm LOL It wasn t easy at first but now I wouldn t change it for the world tabatha says September 10 2010 at 8 02 pm I did this for a while and it was great we have a home phone with OOMA so we don t pay a monthly fee on it it works through the high speed internet I have a net 10 phone but I only use it for traveling and when I am meeting up with someone It cost like 20 a month though I could save more money if I got the 30 card or one of the more expensive ones but i don t have the money right now Amber says September 9 2010 at 9 46 am Okay I have to disagree with this money saving tip My smart phone has saved me way more then I paid for it But it is all in how you used it Like the time in the tile store where I showed the mgr the same product for 40 less and they just gave me that price Or used the AAA app to find a hotel on a road trip or Where Kids Eat Free for a vacation dinner Many stores will just scan coupons right from your phone thank you Barnes Noble and Target I dont need a GPS ipod Nintindo DS dvd player or even a laptop my phone does it all plus it makes calls Check out the Android smart phones They are better then the iPhone plus much less expensive Amber s last post Sprouts Farmers Market Winnie says September 9 2010 at 9 13 am I too am on a pay and talk system and always have been It costs me 10CDN month I have mine for a very specific purpose so my elderly Mum can reach me wherever I am A very select group have my number and with call display and voice mail I only have to answer it if I want A mobile is just another tool in our arsenal We have to decide if it is a useful tool for us and exactly how it can help us in our lives mary b says September 9 2010 at 9 26 am I also have T Mobile pay as you go plan and only avg about 7 mo I don t like the idea of people calling or texting all the time so I just do not give out my number freely Probably 98 of the calls are between me DH or the kids at home If there were actually pay phones still around I may not even bother with a phone at all It is funny how we have come to need to check email FB twitter etc constantly only travel w GPS instead of map instantly take a pic of our kid send to everyone we know or not be able to otherwise occupy our children Jennie says September 9 2010 at 10 50 am My husband and I copped out and asked my parents to add us to their plan It makes so much more sense than paying for our own because the people we talk to most are each other free and my parents and sister also free which is good because my family talks a lot His family are very terse phone conversationalists so they don t use a whole lot of minutes I care about having some bells and whistles on the actual phone I just got a new touch phone not only was it free but I actually earned my parents 20 for updating their plan and I don t think I could go back I love it I never get lost in fact one time it took me through some back streets and got me somewhere about 20 minutes faster than I would have gone Travis doesn t care as much about that He hates texting and has never figured out how to do it I just barely showed him the wonder of T9 and he s a techno geek All in all I understand the appeal of pay as you go but I don t think it would be right for us Jennie s last post Why My Husband Read Mother in Law is a Genius Carrie says September 9 2010 at 11 02 am I have an LG rumour phone on a pay as you go plan Cell phone service is very expensive in Canada so I use my phone as little as possible I average out to 15 83 per month With my carrier Presidents Choice I pay a daily fee so I can call text any other PC phone for free both my husband and daughter have PC phones My phone can go on the internet unlimited internet is included in the 15 83 month but it is really slow Most of the time I just have my phone turned off and just keep it in the car for emergencies Carrie s last post Hotel Review Rachel says September 9 2010 at 11 07 am We had verizon plans for a few years but it was a huge waste of money for us We aren t really phone people either I now have a TracFone and we pay 7 month as well We went with TracFone because they allow us to roll minutes and our new phone has the double minute feature as well So every 90 days we add a new 60 minute card for 19 keep our leftover minutes and get 120 more minutes Nice I don t know that I ll ever go back Kristen TheFrugalGirl says September 9 2010 at 11 17 am That is the EXACT same phone my husband has lol We both have pre paid phones and we save so much money by doing that and simply not using them much Kristen TheFrugalGirl s last post Know what s a super frugal plant Leslie says September 9 2010 at 10 22 am I have an iPhone and I am fortunate that my company pays for the monthly service 83 mo If that ever ends I am in trouble I cannot justify that cost I would probably do what you do for a cell phone pay as you go Because I don t make a lot of calls either But I d probably get an iPod Touch and use free Apps for texting And of course for access to email Julie says September 9 2010 at 10 35 am I have the exact phone in your hand and I cannot wait until I get an iPhone Not because I like calling on the phone I don t But I want the iPhone so that I can easily text people use the GPS function camera and be able to access the internet quicker than booting up my computer and starting my mobile broadband card which costs 60 a month just for that Also despite the fact that I called customer support my phone still shows up on Caller ID as Luis Gonzalez and I still get spanish speaking people calling me and my Spanish is not good enough to figure it out But I admit the hubs and I are wondering if we re up for the price tag of nearly 100 a month for two years Kelly says September 9 2010 at 10 43 am My mom my sister I are on a family plan with Verizon We split the cost and the minutes but because those are the people I call the most and their on Verizon those minutes aren t taken away from our monthly budget of time It s worked out great for us Heather says September 9 2010 at 10 52 am I m curious to learn more about Google talk We have 2 lines with Verizon that costs about 50 month No text service for our family I wish we had Web functionality but that would double the cost If the phones were cheaper we d like to move to Walmart s cellphone service Straight Talk with all of its bells and whistles Zom G says September 9 2010 at 12 26 pm Prepaid phone high five My tracfone runs me approx 6 bucks a month but more important than the monthly cost is my replacement costs If my toddler flushes it or I run it through the wash replacement 9 99 Awesome And the most recent phone I bought from them is my most favorite phone ever Perfection I worry a little bit about the chemicals radiation from the cheaper phones but I just don t use it enough to justify the worry Zom G s last post A game in which we all lose Camille says September 9 2010 at 11 32 am 7 a month sounds enticing Can you guess how many minutes you use We discontinued our home phone and get 1500 outgoing minutes free incoming phone text and pix for about 50 Wondering if going back to a house phone and a 7 mobile would be cheaper Rachel says September 9 2010 at 1 32 pm The minutes cost ten cents a minute plus tax My home phone costs 15 monthly Like others have said I call the phone company once a year or so to see if they will discount my home phone so that I can get a better rate Liz says September 9 2010 at 12 00 pm I don t pay a dime because I have a Blackberry through work I was getting work calls on my personal cell at the time and I finally put down my foot and went to my boss and said I need a cell So I have saved hubby and I about 40 00 a month Proud of myself for standing up I think the cell thing is really out of hand I have a friend who has an iPhone and she lives on it http www gettingfitwithliz com Andrea says September 9 2010 at 12 04 pm As a stay at home mom I don t know what I d need a cell phone for Yes we go out but not once in 9 years of parenting have I ever wished I had a phone on me Except in a real emergency I just don t know when I d use it If I had a job that required being on the road a lot I m sure I d want one but I think having a phone ringing on me when I ve already got four kids talking at me would drive me bonkers I don t even like it at home when the land line phone is always ringing Don t get me wrong I appreciate technology especially answering machines Katie says September 9 2010 at 12 11 pm I just switched to AT T s PAYG plan last month On a family plan with my husband and I it was costing about 75 mo Now he s dropped to the smallest individual plan 40 mo and we get a 15 service discount which is just enough to take away taxes and fees I chose the 1 day on the days you use your phone with free mobile to mobile It works great because all of my family and friends have AT T so I only pay 1 to talk as much as I want to them If I plan on calling someone that doesn t have AT T I wait until I get home and use my husband s because he has 450 minutes I bought the 365 day expiration card for 100 and I m hoping to make it last all year 8 mo So that drops our phone bill from 75 to 48 mo We don t have a landline and I use my work phone in the off chance I have to call someone during the day Neither of us text and I put a data text block on our account Totally the way to go Karen Scotland says September 9 2010 at 12 17 pm Totally agree with this I only carry a phone now because the school nursery get stroppy with parents who don t have one in case of an emergency My phone is a pay as you go I bought it for about 90 two years ago but I ve only used about 30 of calls texts It s for 1 Emergencies 2 When I know I m meeting someone but plans aren t rigid I have an aunt who calls me on the mobile when she fins my home phone engaged Seriously What does she think I m going to do Hang up one phone to answer another phone Yeesh I figure if I m out I m out And I HATE texting I had predictive texting for years and didn t even know about the normal sort of texting so it s a skill I ve never really learned Text speak txt spk makes me feel a bit ill Mobiles have their uses but they don t steer my day Karen Jennie says September 9 2010 at 10 41 pm Oh my goodness YES about the text speak The next generation thinks that u is a word As an English major also a human being I m appalled Jennie s last post Why My Husband Read Mother in Law is a Genius ohsweetie says September 9 2010 at 2 02 pm i used to have a blackberry and when i used it i used it all the time but my bills were OUTRAGEOUS this past year our annual income dropped about 20K CDN so i ve just had to find ways to cut back and right off was my cell phone i paid 200 to get out of my contract but am saving about 100 month in fees and have unlimited long distance on my home phone so 200 lets me save about 1000 over a year that s pretty good i think i don t plan on getting a new cell just stick it with my landline but i should really get an answering machine ohsweetie s last post WIP Wednesday Shawl and catch up Karen S says September 9 2010 at 1 23 pm How timely My contract expires Friday and I have already planned to do prepay I am not a talker and the 40 monthly is ridiculous for my non useage Alisa says September 9 2010 at 2 25 pm My husband has a Blackberry through his work and I m not really a big phone talker so I and my

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