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  • Good Reads for Your Weekend - Small Notebook
    at 8 44 am Saw this storefront photo in my blog reader and was jealous that Dallas doesn t have the sort of street character of where this must have been taken hamptons mass islands etc Then I clicked on the link and realized it s taken a two minute walk from my house Gotta stop and smell the roses Rachel says April 24 2010 at 11 12 am What a nice surprise We ve spent many weekend mornings at Corner Market I like the chicken salad the BLT s and their iced coffee Next door is Society Bakery which is owned by a friend of mine Meredith from Penelope Loves Lists says April 24 2010 at 10 36 am I love the link to Kideos I m going to share that with my sister who s looking for this kind of thing for her little ones Laura PARING DOWN says April 24 2010 at 7 52 pm Those dishes have the most beautiful delicate hues Laura PARING DOWN s last post Crate and Barrel Vase My FIRST GIVEAWAY Vermontmommy says April 25 2010 at 8 07 am Love the picture of the store front ands the pottery Thanks for the book suggestions I will check the out at out library Love your blog Kelli says April 25 2010 at 10 53 am I bookmarked your post on lunches earlier this week there were so many great answers I already have a ton of new ideas for lunch to try this week Tina RideOnToys says April 25 2010 at 1 09 pm I had no idea that Kideos even existed I m so excited to spend some time there with my granddaughter Tina RideOnToys s last post The Razor PowerWing Scooter Provides A Side To Side Ride Mary Anne Davis

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  • 5 Simple, Natural Ant Control Remedies - Small Notebook
    pit bulls and they are all Terrified of ants LOl So much for the Pit Bull Killer Dog Myths I have to be careful what I use because they have the run of the house and often are my vacuum cleaners when something drops to the kitchen floor My mother told me about the Corn Meal and it does work as long as you can keep the Bully s from blowing it away with their noses lol This has been by far the best remedy I have used I did use the smash and destroy method first but it scared the dogs Kyle Caster says September 10 2011 at 10 51 am Thanks Denise I find your comment to be the most useful I too hate ants and it s interesting to see there s more people who feel the same way Keep up the good and productive work Lee says April 21 2010 at 11 15 am I had a case where the ants were coming in from behind a cabinet I put clear packing tape over the entrance I took it down over the winter and they did not try to come back the next year I also used the sprinkled borax on a doorway with some success it did take a little while to take effect Lee s last post If you register your site for free at Kait Palmer says April 21 2010 at 12 42 pm Great list I ve used the cornstarch one too and that seemed to work Kait Palmer s last post Drinking Wine From a Dixie Cup Lydia says April 21 2010 at 12 45 pm Great post Thanks for sharing Lydia s last post Free Sample Plackers Grind No More Juice says April 21 2010 at 12 49 pm I ve had success with vinegar in a spray bottle but I m glad to hear of these other methods too Juice s last post Cecilia s Not Feeling The Love jeanne says April 21 2010 at 12 20 pm The cinnamon sticks worked for me a few weeks ago when it warmed up quickly and I had ants coming in my kitchen I place a few in the cracks between the dish washer and the cabinet and by the refrig and also in the track of my glass slider doors Tina RideOnToys says April 21 2010 at 1 23 pm What great tips that I never knew about I just buy over the counter ant traps but really don t like to have them laying around So glad to have more tricks up my sleeve Tina RideOnToys s last post The Batman Power Wheels Will Keep Your Little Crime Fighters Busy se7en says April 21 2010 at 1 33 pm We have a heap of ants that come out when it rains If it rains really hard they vanish back into the walls If it is dry they stay indoors but when it is misty or a light drizzle they come out in their bazillions We don t mind them we don t really see them and they never come into the house But why don t they like a gentle spattering of rain I would love to know Is it some sort of ant thing se7en s last post The Week That Was 2 42 pathutch says March 25 2011 at 4 22 pm I had ants that would come and go like that and it turned out that thousands of them were building nests in my foam roofing insulation I had to have all the insulation replaced That was the most expensive ant hill I ve ever seen Lisa Mom s Green Shopping List says April 21 2010 at 5 52 pm This is the first year we have had ants My husband went out and bought some of those icky ant traps which I wasn t very happy about Thankfully now I have some natural alternatives to try first Lisa Mom s Green Shopping List s last post What Are Your Earth Day Resolutions Jennifer says April 21 2010 at 6 38 pm I have found one of the best things is dried bay leaves put in cupboards just near where the ants are coming in etc The bonus is the nice smell I leave a couple of leaves in the pantry and have never been bothered with ants since Jenn says April 21 2010 at 8 31 pm SALT Ants generally invade the kitchen and living room right before it rains Ants usually won t cross a salt barrier not sure why This and vinegar have worked REALLY well for me but I m glad to have the cinnamon and cornstarch back up plan Great post Thanks Jenn s last post Taking a Few Sick Days Andrea thetraintocrazy com says April 21 2010 at 8 03 pm Perfect timing This past week I ve had 5 10 ants invade a day I vacuum and mop after every meal and snack w vinegar and while it seems to be helping they keep coming I m going to try garlic Junn says April 22 2010 at 1 15 am Thank you thank you I had been searching for ways to get rid of ants but too lazy to do the extensive searching on google This might save me yet I don t want to use the powder for killing ants due to have an inquisitive toddler on hand Rana says April 22 2010 at 7 02 am I ve used baby powder and that has gotten rid of them before too I don t know what it is about it but they don t like it Rana s last post Great Outdoor Challenge Backyards and Playgrounds mamie says April 22 2010 at 9 36 am I can vouch for the cornstarch and the baby powder Here in South Texas our ants sting and many children are allergic to the stings Worst case treat stings with unseasoned meat tenderizer I have seen nasty swelling on little feet go down in minutes I make a paste and smear it on tracy coville says June 19 2011 at 10 08 pm use a wet aspirin to rub on ant bites it will take away swelling and pain Try ginger ants hate it cinnamon works well too Vicki R says April 22 2010 at 8 04 pm Not sure if it s been mentioned but my mom swears by this remedy mix a batch of Borax honey together then just leave it out for them to come eat it They eat it take it back to their nest it kills all of them It worked for a bit for us but eventually they just kept coming back but they would always go to the bowl of Borax honey So at least it contained them Marcy Tate says April 23 2010 at 7 49 am Wow baby powder great idea I am going to test it out here and see if it works for me too Thanks for the other great ideas like salt borax and cornstarch Thanks for sharing Robbie Going Green Mama says April 23 2010 at 8 58 pm Cayenne pepper Robbie Going Green Mama s last post In the wake of our Great TV Rebellion carol says July 9 2011 at 7 19 am hasn t worked for me they just crawl through it is my pepper too old maybe Sofia s Ideas says April 24 2010 at 2 30 pm Thank you so much for this very timely post I live in South Florida where ants are a constant nuisance I was wondering though if you have any suggestions for natural solutions to FIRE ants Sofia s Ideas s last post Happy Earth Day 2010 Kyle says July 30 2011 at 4 59 am My dad taught me this one years ago and its always worked w fire ants FIRST stir up the mound and get them running around THEN sprinkle INSTANT grits generously over around whatever fire ant mound you see and in a few days the mound will become inactive I don t know if they all die but when you come back a few days later and stir the mound again there are no more ants in residence Good luck Kyle says July 30 2011 at 5 01 am sorry it s always worked careless typo Sofia s Ideas says August 4 2011 at 5 50 am Thanks Kyle I appreciate you taking the time My parents used grits on black ants when we lived on Long Island I remember helping them when I was growing up I had no idea they worked on fire ants too From what I understood they are virtually indestructable We ended up calling the exterminator but whatever they used was a temporary solution as they always return if the queen remains Sofia s Ideas s last post this moment Beth says April 24 2010 at 3 54 pm We have had great success getting rid of ants by using baby powder the kind WITH talc The ants usually clear up about 3 days after we sprinkle it around the edges of the counters and they re gone for the rest of the summer Kirsty Abu Dhabi says April 25 2010 at 8 24 am This is perfect timing for me my girls bedroom has been invaded and nothing seemed to be getting rid of them will start trying out this list Thanks Kirsty Abu Dhabi s last post Early morning light Abu Dhabi Maternity Photographer from the desk of me says April 25 2010 at 3 26 pm this was super helpful thanks so much as summer quickly approaches i was beginning to cringe knowing that my little black 6 legged buddies would be back i have tried vinegar and it works but i hate the smell i am definitely going to try cinnamon and mint thanks again Elisa blissfulE says April 25 2010 at 10 34 pm Love these ideas for when I manage to find where they are making their entrance which can be quite difficult I have fought ants on four continents now and keeping everything clean with vinegar works well for us I ran our of white vinegar and tried apple cider vinegar ACV one time it attracted even more ants So I stick with plain white vinegar these days Elisa blissfulE s last post ode to eatmeal angelvalerie says April 26 2010 at 3 57 am I have always used any talcum powder sprinkle around their roadway and leave it there a few days soon no more ants and you don t see them for a long time afterwards I have used this is several cities and 2 countries hot and temperate always works angelvalerie s last post dreaming your dreams Julia says April 26 2010 at 9 28 am Found this via simple mom and it is just what I need Thanks for these remedies I m off to battle now Joy Marshall says April 29 2010 at 9 46 pm I take the caps from 2 liter bottles of soda fill them with corn meal and add a wee bit of honey in the center The ants take the corn meal back to the queen and there is no more reproduction The honey is a lure This takes time but it is safe if you have animals at home which we do Over time it is a wonderful cure Renee Wyatt says April 30 2010 at 9 51 am I have heard that ants can not digest cornmeal They will take it back to their nest and after they feast on it they will die However I saw several responses in the discussion that mentioned cornstarch Does anyone know if its cornmeal or cornstarch Or both Thanks Tracy says May 23 2010 at 10 27 am Borax and a little icing sugar mixed in Works every time Kim House Cleaning Howtos says June 7 2010 at 6 59 am I came to your site to look at your chocolate syrup recipe and have had an enjoyable browse Really like the philosophy that shines through here This year I did something new about the ants that arrive with each spring in our second story apartment Nothing If they were completely in my way I brushed them aside but other than that I just let the little dudes hang out No one got hurt no one died And I didn t notice any more ants than when I sprayed like mad with gosh knows what in previous years Living insect free is not a healthy goal living pesticide free is Kim House Cleaning Howtos s last post Hand Washing Clothes How to Wash by Hand Sivje Parish says June 20 2010 at 11 14 am I have not found anything that works but I have not tried anything on your list so I plan to try them all Thank you so much Millaje says July 15 2010 at 10 16 am Cinnamon works amazing sprinkle it over the anthill or wherever you see them congregating Works well in conjunction with the cinnamon sticks in the windows and doorways Cheryl says September 3 2010 at 10 25 pm Does anyone know how to get rid of CARPENTER ANTS They are terrible up here in Alaska They come inside and make tunnels through the walls Boo says November 14 2010 at 2 10 am I have used bay leaves I crush them They don t like the smell or something and it deters them Sarah says March 28 2011 at 1 58 am I found that by hanging several hummingbird feeders in the trees around my home that the ants crawl up to the feeders rather than into my house The first year I thought it was coincidental but I have lived in my home for almost three years and never a single ant in the house Every time I fill up the feeders I have to wash out the ants but Id rather them in there than on my kitchen counter Try it this summer and see if it works for you Dava says April 27 2011 at 6 57 am Thanks for the tips Jen Becoming Greener says May 15 2011 at 10 25 am Apparently ants hate Mrs Meyer s Clean Day All Purpose cleaner too Has lavender in it plus made from botanicals I have sprayed it in a panic and it does kill on contact When I sprayed it on the counters and left it a while before wiping it up it also kept them from returning for a while I hate killing ants but if they d just stay outdoors where they belong I d leave them alone I m trying the peppermint next since it is growing like wild in our garden and I can even transplant it to the place where I am seeing the outdoor colonies There are def fewer of them now that we are seeing indoors and the traditional liquid bait my husband tried is not working as well These ants seem to be too smart for that I m getting itchy now just thinking about ants Cyndie says May 28 2011 at 11 36 am I mix a few tablespoons of liquid dish washing detergent any brand for hand washing dishes and about 16 ounces of water and keep it in a spray bottle on the counter I use that for an instant ant killer It is easier to spray a bunch and then clean them up rather than running for a paper towel to smash each individual ant Thanks for all these great suggestions I am going to try the borax and honey where they are coming in my front door I love your website I read your words of wisdom and soak up the inspiration regularly Emilie says May 30 2011 at 12 19 am I just wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU to whoever it was that mentioned using CORNSTARCH It worked like a charm I ve never used a natural method before For the first time last year I had a huge infestation of little black ants and they didn t respond at all to the poison traps they were around most of the summer This summer they came back with a vengence They were everywhere I awoke with them crawling on me that s how bad it got This went on for over a month I sprinkled the cornstarch everywhere I saw them coming out and they were gone within a few weeks THANK YOU AND HOORAY FOR CORNSTARCH Dennis Grover says June 17 2011 at 8 19 am USE SSS SKIN SO SOFT BATH OIL ANTS AVOID IT LIKE THE PLAGUE IF YOU SPRAY THE ONES YOU SEE IT KILLS ON CONTACT RUB SOME ON OUTSIDE OF GARBAGE PAILS ANTS WILL NOT CLIMB THEM TO GET TO GARBAGE MAKE A SPRAY OR USE FULL STRENGH TO USE ALONG BASEBOARDS PETS i HAVE 2 CATS don t seem to mind the woodsy smell BORAX TALC AND CORNSTARCH WORK ALSO EVEN WITH COCKROACHES AND PALMETTO BUGS Anthony Galati says June 20 2011 at 12 52 pm I may be the only person on this page that feels this way but I actually like ants A lot of people don t realize how beneficial the little critters are to plants all over the world as they do things like ingest parasites off of them when they drink the dew in the morning etc Small dark ants have been coming into my kitchen and instead of killing them I have used a small hand held Micro Vac to suck them up and bring outside away from the house I tried cinnamon powder as well as cinnamon oil but it didn t turn them away What did work for me though was smearing lemon juice around the area where they were coming

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  • Craigslist Photo Tip: How to Show Big, Clear Photos So Your Stuff Sells - Small Notebook
    have found your blog It brings considerable help to my life Thank you Dianna says April 14 2010 at 11 33 am Thanks What a timely article for me as I am getting ready to list some items on Craigslist Catie says April 14 2010 at 1 15 pm LOVE this blog This is such a great tip walkthrough I shop craigslist ALL the time and I don t even glance at the post w out a pic I will do my pics this way from now on Thanks Catie s last post Top Ten Kitchen Items I Can t Live Without Jen says April 14 2010 at 3 18 pm Great tip I think your description can also go a long way towards helping you sell something We recently sold a mattress that was only a year old and was just not comfortable for my husband and I We weren t happy about having to buy a new mattress again so soon and wanted to get a decent price for the one we were selling We live in a small town and yet there were at least 6 other Queen sized mattress sets available when I posted ours but the lady who bought it at our asking price which was higher than a lot of the other ones told us that the combo of our pic and the detailed description no stains euro pillow top that has been turned regularly and always had a protective mattress pad etc sold her instantly Jen s last post Cranky Whitney says April 14 2010 at 2 21 pm Fabulous post I was just asking my husband how to do this and he didn t know how Now I know how Thank you anna says April 14 2010 at 8 03 pm Wow I never thought to do this Great great idea anna s last post Not Your Grandmother s Brussels Holly F says April 14 2010 at 8 04 pm Wow that is extremely helpful information Thanks for sharing Holly F s last post PVL Kacey says April 14 2010 at 11 15 pm Great tip I had no idea you could do this I m definitely going to be doing this from now on Kacey s last post Distressed White Side Table Kara says April 15 2010 at 6 58 am This is a great tip I was just planning yesterday to put an ottoman up on Craigslist I will keep this tip in mind Thanks Also I am enjoying your blog quite a bit and I discovered it through Simple Organic Mom Bites I don t remember the exact one Andrea says April 15 2010 at 7 21 am Thanks for the hints I ve had a kiln sitting in my attic for the last few years that I have no intention of using Off to list it on Craigslist today Zengirl Heart and Mind says April 15 2010 at 12 14 pm I have used Craigslist successfully in past

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  • Good Reads – Tax Break Edition - Small Notebook
    back to my taxes Enjoy your weekend 7 Comments April 10 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 Spring Cleaning Saving on the High Cost of Storage Next How to Save the Day by Starting Over Comments Holly says April 10 2010 at 3 08 pm These were timely reading for me thanks Holly s last post Needful Things sarah says April 11 2010 at 11 19 am Ok I have a salad spinner but I hate it I mean I ve got to lug the giant thing out of the cabinet wash it ugh I thought it d be perfect since I hate the soggy lettuce thing But um no TOO BIG Anyhow I like the idea of swinging the lettuce around like a circus man tossing a ball of fire Awesome imagery there sarah s last post First Flush Meredith from Penelope Loves Lists says April 11 2010 at 10 42 am Thanks so much for the mention here I m honored to get on any one of your reading lists Krista says April 11 2010 at 4 28 pm Right there with ya on the taxes Just so you know you re not alone Amanda G says April 11 2010 at 10 00 pm For the first time in my adult life my husband and I did our taxes early It s a great feeling knowing that it s done and I don t have to worry about it again until next year but I totally sympathize I loved the link to the salad spinner without the spinner I usually end up eating soggy salad because I can t bear pulling the spinner out of the deep

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  • How to Save the Day by Starting Over - Small Notebook
    he felt at the moment and how I must have come across When I returned he touched my back and apologized for being short with me HE had also been thinking THE BEST OF ME while I was gone It felt amazing to choose to love each other in the midst of feeling overwhelmed with life at the moment It reminded me of how simple it is really to like you said start over Lisa WellGrounded Life s last post At the Heart of Self Care Sally Parrott Ashbrook says April 8 2010 at 5 33 pm Well put Lisa Sally Parrott Ashbrook s last post My New Project and a fabulous recipe to kick it off heidi wonder woman wannabe says April 8 2010 at 11 27 am love this Jen says April 8 2010 at 12 55 pm What a wonderful idea Sometimes just re centering your attitude can be tough but by pairing it with physical actions of happier easier times I can see how you could really make the change quickly Jen s last post Cranky Denise C says April 8 2010 at 12 00 pm I m on a huge iced coffee kick thanks to one of your previous posts I have a glass of that and declare quiet time usually 30 min to an hour I read or rest my eyes and that seems to do the trick bubu says April 8 2010 at 12 01 pm perfect i would only add changing into pajamas too since that s how we usually are on saturday mornings and getting into jammies sooner makes everything nicer Michal says April 8 2010 at 12 29 pm Thanks everyone for the encouragement I broke down crying while on the phone with my sister earlier and she prayed for me That was the beginning of starting over for me today I decided to deal with one thing at a time First discipline my one year old for disobeying yet again but to discipline him without anger Second go grocery shopping instead of putting it off for yet another day Third lay down with dh for a little while and cuddle he was home on his lunch break Fourth take some benadryl because I ve been feeling really lousy all day and NOW I m going to make some coffee Then I ll take some time to read my Bible and re calibrate focus on His Will instead of mine Finally I ll deal with the water seeping into our family room downstairs which is what sent me into a tizzy in the first place dh doesn t know I didn t want to greet him with bad news on his lunch break Your Saturday AM Start over is a great idea and I think we ll give that a try next time we need a start over at dinner time Breakfast for dinner is such a life saver on those nights Liz says April 8 2010 at 2 24 pm I love this post Great idea and great attitudes What lucky kids you have Zengirl Heart and Mind says April 8 2010 at 3 26 pm I often feel this way as much I love being home with kids being home with 1 year and preschooler can sometimes be challenging Other ideas that works for us 1 Go out for walk with kids Getting sunlight of outdoor changes our food 2 Put some tapping dancing music and go crazy dancing inside the home 3 Eat some fruits or healthy snacks being hungry can also causes tantrum in me too 4 All else fail cry it out and then go back to being mommy again Zengirl Heart and Mind s last post Are you happy with your heart and mind jeana says April 8 2010 at 3 44 pm I find myself doing this in the middle of the morning on days when I feel overwhemed I simply freshen up and start my routine over Or just start it thats usually what overwhelms me most is not doing what I know will bless our family to begin with So I simply start again Great post its a great way to turn the day around jeana s last post Spring Mantel se7en says April 8 2010 at 3 55 pm We have never done this at the end of the day that s brilliant I have often done it mid morning when school is not going well or not going at all and everything is just grumpy Restart back into bed stories to start the day breakfast over and on we go At the end of the day when the wheels come off I take out the flying blanket any blanket will do and toss it on the floor with a couple of books we can t leave the blanket till everyone has had their story read se7en s last post This Week At 5 April At Se7en Jackie Lee says April 8 2010 at 4 09 pm Mornings are always better here I can t believe I never thought about starting the day over What a great idea Sometimes I have to take a walk around the house I also sometimes think about those moments when she s sleeping and I wish she was awake so I could hang out with her and how I feel during those moments It s those feelings that sometimes get me through Jackie Lee s last post What s in the Kitchen Ham Sally Parrott Ashbrook says April 8 2010 at 5 34 pm What calming advice I love it Usually what it takes for us is a break of 2 5 minutes in separate rooms before one of us restarts things with a fresh attitude I hope we ll manage it as well when we add kids to the mix Sally Parrott Ashbrook s last post My New Project and a fabulous recipe to kick it off Rana says April 8 2010 at

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  • The Freedom of Routines - Small Notebook
    I give my daughter the feather duster and some instructions then it takes longer about three hours I take breaks between jobs and take care of them or set them up with their next activity I try to save precious nap time for something I can do while sitting quietly like reading a book or spending time on the computer which is really hard to do when they re awake I find if I m up busy and working around the house they feel like I m still with them even if I m not involved in what they re doing Sandy Your Life Organized says March 26 2010 at 9 16 am I agree with you it is so nice to have the ability to take a day off here and there I don t have a routine right now because we just moved but when everything is in its place and you keep up everyday you can skip a day are so and not have to worry Hope you have a wonderful weekend Our Lives says March 26 2010 at 10 17 am Oh I forgot to answer your questions Sensible routines brings freedom complicated routines brings struggles Jenny Our Lives s last post Tackle it Tuesday Spice Cabinet Our Lives says March 26 2010 at 10 44 am Grammar errors Sensible routines bring freedom complicated ones bring struggles Jenny Thank you Meredith Blogging is my extending ESL course Our Lives s last post Tackle it Tuesday Spice Cabinet Meredith from Penelope Loves Lists says March 26 2010 at 10 29 am I love this post I got very sick suddenly yesterday and wasn t able to get to 2 routine housekeeping items on my list Instead of being upset about it I was able to rest easy in the fact that my routines enable me to know that I wasn t behind in my cleaning and missing one day wasn t going to be a big deal Jenny is right simple routines bring freedom complicated ones bring struggles Meredith from Penelope Loves Lists s last post How This Blogger Stays Organized meet Jules from Pancakes French Fries Michelle says March 26 2010 at 10 04 am Can I answer BOTH I like a routine but am so bad about sticking to them I can t seem to get a grip on my home and it s very frustrating But you wrote in this post that you take 2 hours every Monday to just get it over with and I m thinking that I need to adopt that attitude Because I am not good at spreading it out over time either And really two hours once a week not bad Thanks for sharing this it s given me HOPE Rachel says March 27 2010 at 10 43 am When I tried to spread it out during the week I would usually do jobs at the beginning of the week but I always skipped jobs on Wednesday Thursday and Friday I could not get motivated on those days The two hours doesn t include picking up or laundry or dishes which I consider to be daily life maintenance instead focused cleaning time Karen S says March 26 2010 at 10 29 am I did no house cleaning this week until today We have had a lazy week and that s ok Sometimes I want a very detailed plan but most of the time my routines have become such a habit that the house does not have to be cleaned every day Just a quick pick up Melissa says March 26 2010 at 10 33 am I have a few routines that I stick to but the rest no matter how hard I try they fall apart So I have been trying to go with the flow and work on what I can when I can Em says March 26 2010 at 10 46 am I do far better when I follow my routines But I m not real good at sticking to them or I follow my bad routines a lot more easily I m slowly learning and unlearning how to make my day run a lot more smoothly and use every minute efficiently but still have time for me Hillary says March 26 2010 at 11 07 am I love the freedom of routines and I also love to through routines out the window so often Then I get frustrated and hop back on I guess that in and of itself is a routine Since we homeschool and work for ourselves our routine is completely up to us which can be a good and a challenging thing Megan SortaCrunchy says March 26 2010 at 1 07 pm I walk the line between really REALLY needing routines and really REALLY needing flexibility Honestly I wish I were solidly one or the other I love my freedom but I have this internal voice that is often so huffy and put out with me and my unwillingness to stick to the plan And when I am sticking to the plan rather quite nicely the free spirit within gets exasperated Where I have the biggest struggle is embracing freedom from routine is when I need to compromise my routines for the purpose of ministering to others For example we love to have people over for dinner and conversation but we also love to have our girls in bed by 8 PM I struggle with getting all antsy and twitchy when people stay later than bedtime but I know in my heart that practicing hospitality should take precedence over my schedule Megan SortaCrunchy s last post Perspective Vanessa says March 26 2010 at 12 09 pm I love the idea of routines but implementing them has been hard for me I know they would keep me on track and help me get a lot more done and make me feel better probably but keeping up with them even if they re simple is

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  • When Going Green Goes… Not So Great - Small Notebook
    homemade before but I ve thought about it Now I m not so sure I want to Those are funny stories Thanks for the tip on the vinegar I may try that but glad to know what type to use Our Lives says March 22 2010 at 10 01 am I was so gun ho on the homemade cleaners last year I did the dish liquid soap and I loved it except I found out that the cost of the ingredients I was using were way over what I have budgeted for So out went the soap and now that we stop using the dish washer to see if we can actually save some money by washing dishes by hand I am now just stick with the home made laundry detergent And the worms under the sink I was almost there but the family would not go close to the sink so that was out of the picture as well Deedee says April 12 2010 at 5 43 pm I just recently read somewhere that it actually saves water to use the dishwasher vs hand washing your dishes Apparently quite a big difference So we have been using our dishwasher an energy efficient model less than 2 years old again Only running it when it is totally full to be as efficient as possible But I do worry about that dishwasher soap Wonder if there is something else more natural that would work in the dishwasher Donna says March 22 2010 at 10 27 am When you live in small studio apartments as I often have you just don t need so many things So imagine my frustration as I tried to do the right thing with recycling but struggled to find enough space for 3 containers to do my part for recycling Vanessa says March 22 2010 at 10 29 am Ha I never knew it was apple cider vinegar My husband jokes that he loves when my hair smells like salad dressing Megan SortaCrunchy says March 22 2010 at 12 04 pm Oh Oh the stories I could tell from my earliest days of cloth diapering Oh my I ll refrain though to protect the innocent and the weak There was some bad though BAD Megan SortaCrunchy s last post You Tell Me What s your dream mamie says March 22 2010 at 11 38 am I have to be careful about these sort of things too My very educated parents still think all green thinking is Hippy I realize that as a military family in 1967 they are sensitive but Yes Mom no shampoo doesn t mean we are moving to a commune It cracks me up They are so green they crunch just being out on the ranch with hanging dry the laundry and canning food turning off lights and old fashioned frugality Michelle says March 22 2010 at 12 16 pm I recently started making my own deoderant which is great until my husband mentions it to people like his parents who look at me like I m crazy I d love for you to do a post on the recipes that you came up with for natural shampoo conditioner and any other beauty care products I ve tried a few and they haven t worked for me but I m on the lookout for ones that will work for me Sherrie says March 22 2010 at 5 54 pm I LOVED both this post and your post about being an Earth Club dropout so me too My first thoughts when I saw this one were Well at least the hawk wasn t enjoying her egg laying chickens for lunch Followed quickly by Oh no was it an egg laying chicken Poor girl Thanks for sharing your nasty photo and your real life experiences with us Cori says March 22 2010 at 7 35 pm akward the first time our sitter wiped DD s 2 year old bum in the bathroom and DD insisted on a cloth wiper What is she asking for Cori s last post Meadowbrook Jess OpenlyBalanced says March 23 2010 at 3 01 am I love it The worms are so going to be me someday This month it was the dairy products I m not much of a dairy eater and I found myself with a fridge full of kefir clabbered milk and whey The dogs have really enjoyed my experiments And my addition to Emily s four words not to be mentioned in public menstrual cup Jess OpenlyBalanced s last post The Naturalistic Fallacy Erin says March 23 2010 at 8 18 am The first time we hosted my husband s large extended family for Thanksgiving a hawk came to visit We we oohing and ahhing until we noticed it had something in its claw and proceeded to tear it to shreds before our very eyes Nothing beats real life NG carnage on Thanksgiving It was quite a spectacle and very similar to your experience Too funny Erin s last post Please Don t Flee My Blog What Social Justice Means to Me Kait Palmer says March 23 2010 at 9 53 am Hah all these stories are great I ve got some interesting ones regarding when I switched from tampons to the Diva Cup but those are better left untold online Let s just say it takes awhile to get used to it Kait Palmer s last post Condensing Jackie Lee says March 23 2010 at 11 05 am What a funny post I love the worm conversation funny thing that would be a normal conversation around here We also got plenty of strange looks when we talked about cloth diapering Thanks for the smile Jackie Lee s last post Living the Law of Attraction and Parenting With It Too Tara says March 23 2010 at 12 37 pm Three words cloth toilet paper I love it now but it wasn t without interesting conversations and some learning

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  • Good Reads: Here We Are, This is You and Me - Small Notebook
    home with a book Read more about the red bird themed party at SortaCrunchy A couple of years ago we thought it was a good idea to have some food stored for emergencies so I bought extra canned goods and we kept them in the bottom of the linen closet Of course no one wanted to eat those foods so they stayed there until we finally had to eat them as we emptied the pantry during No Spend Month If I had first read the helpful advice in Prepping 101 from Homestead Revival we might have been saved from all those cans of vegetable medley I just found out today is a National Day of Unplugging and here I am giving you more to read I didn t even realize when the Olympics were about to start a few weeks ago so maybe I need to stay a little more plugged in It s a big change from the entertaining 1995 Newsweek article about how the internet is an over hyped fad and no one will want to shop online And did you know today is the first day of spring We ve got to do something special for this today Enjoy your weekend 6 Comments March 20 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 When Going Green Goes Not So Great Next Making a Home The Money Pit Comments mrs e says March 20 2010 at 6 18 am First day of spring We ve got snow and 30 mph winds Quite depressing Tom is about to crawl eh Yes life gets interesting for a bit Love the picture of him asleep while you re taking pictures I love

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