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  • DIY Glass Bubble Chandelier - Small Notebook
    last post February 16 I love Kait Palmer says February 17 2010 at 1 45 pm Nifty and super cute Wish we could swap out the cheap gold colored one that s in our condo Kait Palmer s last post Challenge Days 28 33 St Boniface Haiti Foundation Vicki says February 17 2010 at 4 42 pm Seriously cute Vicki s last post The Rusted Chain giveaway Lisa says February 17 2010 at 7 13 pm Your post is so timely because the other day I googled bubble chandelier and found these instructions on ReadyMade I haven t decided yet if I m going to try to make one but your step by step photos are so helpful Your chandelier is beautiful Lisa s last post Etsy Favorites No 36 geri says February 18 2010 at 7 21 am beautiful simple and minimal thanks for the instructions too geri s last post via pisana Lisa lists in my pocket says February 18 2010 at 7 56 am Love it You guys are so ambitious You made it look easy Lisa lists in my pocket s last post On My Nightstand Prayer Request Christine says February 18 2010 at 3 19 pm Awesome idea Very IKEA esque By the way I m currently doing my own spin on your no spend month It was way inspiring to me Christine s last post No Spending Jessica says February 18 2010 at 4 02 pm Love it Jessica s last post Momma wants a Brand New Bag Farmer Gal says February 18 2010 at 5 14 pm Very nice I love the way the light bounces off of all the glass Farmer Gal s last post Days of Our Nine Lives Michele says February 19 2010 at 2 09 am I LOVE this idea I might try hanging the glass balls off a small embroidery hoop and then attach it to our existing ceiling lights Thanks for the creative inspiration Michele s last post Nourishing Traditions Class emmeline says February 19 2010 at 6 31 am love your chandelier i made one myself for my living room above the dining table see pics here http www file upload net download 2275799 meine Whg 034 jpg html http www file upload net download 2275800 meine Whg 031 jpg html emmeline s last post Argh Tsh says February 21 2010 at 8 42 am You know no idea how much I love this Rachel So beautiful Sonia says February 25 2010 at 12 20 am Love the idea The use of glass bubbles to spruce up the lighting never occurred to me and I confess I m going to adopt this Sonia s last post Glass Gems Earrings Modpodge Does it Again Shannon says August 9 2010 at 10 18 am I love this idea Could I steal a photo so I can point to your post from my blog Shannon s last post Scrapbooking the summer with your kids Rachel says August 9 2010

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  • Staying the Course - Small Notebook
    meat and non green vegetables and non citrus fruit Compared to that my diet goals are a cinch Thanks for the encouraging words I always think that I feel discouraged more on days when I compare myself to others my friends that seem so successful or who are living in such cool places or who seem to have everything together Lately I ve been trying to be more deliberately content with my own life and not compare myself to others Denise says February 12 2010 at 10 10 am sometimes we are our best teachers Besides there is nothing worse than eating our words Jenni Life from the Roof says February 12 2010 at 11 21 am Today FINALLY our son gets to come home from the hospital after being there for 6 days for a nasty cold virus RSV Even though it wasn t as critical as some things like say cancer liver failure etc it was still draining enough to make it hard to be nice and smile and say everything s fine when all we wanted to do was just to get him home We live in an apartment too and watching HGTV in the hospital didn t help too much I only wish I could complain that my master bedroom was SOOOOO huge that I needed a special design team to come and help me decide what to do with all the space One interesting thing I read while I was in the hospital though was a chapter from an old book on character It was on character and the home life and talked all about how important mothers were to some of the most famous figures we know in history It encouraged me that all of the sitting by the bedside wiping noses changing diapers doing playdough and block sculptures is worth it in the end and reminded me of what a high calling we mothers have mother necessity says February 12 2010 at 11 22 am I could have written your post myself when my children were small and I was home with them Some days are just so demoralizing I remember writing about it in a blog post about knitting here http mothernecessity blogspot com I find that the arrival of spring always helps with these feelings It never helped when people said to me to enjoy these years because they would be soon be gone I did enjoy them just not all the time and it made me feel guilty that somehow I should because they were my children Just like any job there are good days and bad days and the fact that our job is taking care of our children doesn t change that mother necessity s last post Announcing jill says February 12 2010 at 11 49 am Five More Days Til Babies Thank you for this timely post jill s last post Still waiting RubyMama says February 12 2010 at 11 58 am Oh Oh my This post just made my heart flutter and my breath stop You actually made me catch my breath I can t tell you how many times I have longed to express in words how very lonesome a feeling it is to feel like you have accomplished NOTHING You did it so very completely I m not sure what else I can even add here honestly We also live in an apartment as houses in our neighborhood start at half a million and that s for a pile of crap We struggle on our one little income but not more than many others out there I try day by day to take it hour by hour and keep doing what I do Keep on doing what you do That was an amazing post Cindy says February 12 2010 at 12 02 pm I am sorry it has been a trying week for you It has been that way with me for the last week too and I sympathize I am sending you a big virutal hug and the reminder for both of us that this to shall pass and a brighter day is ahead A friend told me that when our children are young the days are long but the years are short That is so true My oldest is almost 22 years old I have no idea where the years went My youngest is 5 years old and truly some days like the last week of them are so very long Leigh Ann says February 12 2010 at 12 05 pm Be still my soul Thanks for posting this These are such wonderful reminders Leigh Ann s last post Worth Reading Wednesday Denise C says February 12 2010 at 12 20 pm Hmmmm what am I not giving up on that one is I m still pondering Last Thursday before blizzard 1 the engine went out in my truck of 6 years And my son broke his bedroom window costing us around 400 to replace This was all in one day Then we had 34 5 of snow dumped on us followed by an additional 27 5 My husband and kids got sick hubby with walking pneumonia kids with pink eye and colds I was recently diagnosed with a mood disorder and am still digesting that I m not giving up on the fact that my truck will get fixed Hubbs and I have discussed it at length that we d rather pay for a new engine than have 5 years worth of car payments I m not giving up on the fact that the sun is out today and is melting some of the snow we re getting round 3 on Monday Tuesday I m also not giving up on myself with the recent diagnosis a lot of stuff makes sense now and I m getting treatment for it And lastly everyone is drinking lots of fluids and getting rest so their batteries are nice and recharged I guess I m not giving up on life Stuff happens sometimes a lot at one time and well you just have to deal with it Great post Rachel Hope you guys are doing ok with the snow Texas got Nicole at Burning Bushes says February 12 2010 at 12 42 pm I love your honesty in this post So great I too have chosen to stay home with my kiddos And I often feel like there is little to show for it I am seeking to not give up on believing that these days together really do matter though they all seem to run together and sometimes feel so crazy I remember your post a while back about doing something each day that can t be UN done I love that idea but I have to remind myself that my kiddo s lives can t be UN done the time and energy I invest in them and my husband is not like laundry or dishes it is UN doable That keeps me going and seems like it does so for you too Amy says February 12 2010 at 12 50 pm I wrote about this very thing just a couple of days ago I m six months pregnant and I m pretty sure that I would give up on having this baby if it wasn t inevitable I want him to be here so badly but if it took any persistence to keep him growing and developing I m not sure I d have what it takes to stay the course Luckily I just have to wait it out because I can t just decide to go back to not being pregnant But I am definitely looking forward to May Amy s last post From Grandma s kitchen Farmer Gal says February 12 2010 at 12 57 pm Dishes I have no dishwasher so believe me getting the dishes done always takes some perseverance Farmer Gal s last post Summer Came Round brenda says February 12 2010 at 1 06 pm Now is the winter of our discontent or perhaps summing up the general feeling of almost everyone I know now is the discontent of our winter I always find this the hardest most demoralizing time of the year Holidays are long over spring doesn t seem to be anywhere on the horizon the hassle of bundling everyone up to go out into the cold grates on me we live in the northeast and I feel my energy level is just so low just trudging along but read something yesterday that we should not fight winter or just count down to spring but allow in this time to slow down and like trees or hibernating bears rest more and rejuvenate our roots I found just accepting my lower energy and desire to curl up under a blanket rather than try to fight through it gave me a lot of peace Also I decided whenever it is over 30 degrees and not snowing raining I m going to try to get outside for some sun and a walk even just 10 minutes I did it yesterday and today and it s made an amazing difference in my mood Not quite on point to your post but related I think I also decided rather than killing myself to work out intensely at 6 00am each morning I will allow a couple more snoozes to snuggle with my husband and just aim for 20 30 minutes before the kids wake up Sticking to it but finding flexibility in the goal as well Jessicah says February 12 2010 at 1 16 pm I wanted to add that my contentment issues with our house got a whole lot better after I found your blog last year We have a small nice 2 bedroom house which hubby bought before we even started dating I m pregnant and I was obsessed with wanting to move before the baby came because the 2nd bedroom was our office den guestroom and I didn t see how we were going to fit all that stuff elsewhere But we re a little upside down on our mortgage now so selling is impossible and I was really frustrated about it Especially because in our same neighborhood there are 4 bedrooms for sale for the same price as our 2 The thought of having 2 more bedrooms for the same mortgage was killing me Then I read some of your posts about living in a small apt and it inspired me to figure out how to make things work in our house So after getting rid of a bunch of stuff and a bunch of praying about my attitude now our bedroom is an office bedroom and the guest room is going to be an air mattress that can be blown up in the living room which leaves a bedroom just for the baby And now I m even thinking This bedroom is pretty big I bet we can get 2 or 3 kids in here So even in difficult weeks your words are still inspiring AlaskanAndi says February 12 2010 at 1 24 pm I have a few complaints lingering around in my brain Our tenants downstairs are foul mouthed New Yorkers with a dog in a one bedroom apt which they allow to urinate all over our children s snow fort and snowmen a friend they let stay in their one bedroom for two weeks with them on our utilities we pay and loud base on their TV But I am not giving up on my positive aspirations we have tenants who pay their rent early I slipped on the ice going down our cement steps yesterday and hit my head arm and butt and am now really sore But I am not giving up on my positive aspirations I have no broken bones and am perfectly mobile My toddler refused to sleep last night and went to bed almost four hours after his regular bedtime and now is a total crank But I am not giving up on my positive aspirations He is incredibely cuddly when he is tired and I get more snuggly moments today than usual I am NOT giving up on my positive aspirations I just need to release my negative cling ons mamie says February 15 2010 at 1 48 pm Not that this is any of my beeswax and not to be overly negative if the house guest is there too much maybe you can argue that he is not on the lease Then evict or raise for utilities I realize you may want the regular rent money over the fight or the joy of finding new renters just thought I would throw that out there Stay positive I just think you have a legit beef with the NY s Danielle says February 12 2010 at 2 06 pm I am not giving up on being a mom like I have a choice The record amount of snow we received yesterday in the Dallas Fort Worth area has been a blessing a curse So fun to play in with the kiddos but those same kids turn crazily cranky when the new ness of the snow wears off and they discover that they are just plain cold I m not proud of the tone my words took this morning but like you said I ll hang in there and do better next time Danielle s last post WFMW Kid s Shoes Kat InspiredToAction says February 12 2010 at 4 01 pm Oh Rachel I can t imagine not being able to eat dairy citrus and tea Those are some of my favorites You have some serious self discipline I love the idea recally WHY we made our decisions back WHEN we made them instead of just going with how we feel when we re discouraged Such a simple idea but so revolutionary and thanks for the link again I feel like the nerdy freshman and the cool senior class president invited me to eat lunch with her Kat InspiredToAction s last post I Need Your Input And How To Win A 10 iTunes Gift Card Tiffany says February 12 2010 at 5 16 pm Thank you thank you thank you This is just what I needed right now I need to learn to write down why I am making certain decisions so I can refer back to them It s so hard to remember when all you can think of is wanting that soda to move from this place etc Tiffany s last post Snowpocalypse DC Zengirl Happy Heart and Mind says February 12 2010 at 6 48 pm I am going through blue past few days everything I am doing is not going according to my plan one of these weeks These too shall pass I hope Karen says February 12 2010 at 8 00 pm I will not give up on getting my body into good enough shape so that I can play harp again Angela says February 12 2010 at 9 44 pm I m not giving up on my marriage We ve had a tough go of it so far but we know that grace will sustain us and we will learn how to love each other well Rhiannon says February 12 2010 at 10 58 pm Thank you for this post Rachel The past few weeks have been very hard because we have been trying to get our son to sleep longer at night Once we started that he s decided to become picky about his naps too So today I almost gave up after a very long night and refusal to take any naps but was reminded that this is only a season he will eventually sleep for longer than three hours at a time and I won t always have to slather my face in summery glow lotion so I don t look like death warmed over Rhiannon s last post Love Love Love Glenda Childers says February 12 2010 at 11 01 pm My word for this year is AUTHENTICITY which is just what I found in your post Thank you Ashley says February 12 2010 at 11 29 pm I totally had one of those kitten posters So funny This is a great post I ve been thinking a lot lately about remembering the truth when the feelings just aren t there Thanks for the encouragement Ashley s last post Making it Fun on the eastern journey says February 13 2010 at 8 26 am I m not giving up on the no sugar lifestyle I started in January Even though stress is making me want to eat chocolate I plan to stay on course We just adopted our daughter so I m feeling strained as I try to figure out life with two I m not giving up on the idea of seasons and how I m in one right now Before I know it these kids will be out of the house and I ll be wishing for just one day filled with tantrums and diapers on the eastern journey s last post Celebrating one week together se7en says February 13 2010 at 10 20 am Hay You sound like you need a lovely walk in the great outdoors away from all that is trapping you and yet your weather isn t exactly conducive Hang in there and Spring will eventually come and before you know it you will be doing some urban camping Hope you find some fun space this weekend se7en s last post Beastly Bushveld Bunting in Se7en Steps Christine says February 13 2010 at 2 51 pm I appreciate your stick to it tive ness What a great idea to go back to the reason you made the commitment in the first place That s such a great way to do it First of all because in weeks like yours it reminds you of

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  • The Stacked Wood Mantel (Before & After) - Small Notebook
    for the Grocery Spending Shannon says February 10 2010 at 4 40 am love it Shannon s last post Giveaway Week Day 3 renee FIMBY says February 10 2010 at 6 25 am That mantle just rocks Your last post was what to get a man for valentines day I d like this mantle for V Day Mrs Money says February 10 2010 at 6 38 am WOW That is beautiful You guys did a great job Mrs Money s last post Should We Switch our Main Checking Account to ING Kat InspiredToAction says February 10 2010 at 6 45 am It looks great I love how you filled in the space above the mantel with the fabric covered board is that what it is I never would have thought of that It works great because it fills up the space but doesn t overwhelm the mantel like a giant picture or painting would Nice Kat InspiredToAction s last post 10 Ways To Easily well MORE easily Get Out Of Bed Rachel says February 10 2010 at 8 34 am That s fabric across a wood frame I tried a big piece of flowery fabric first but it was too much so we took it down I think I will try to make a skirt from it just like Sound of Music Denise C says February 10 2010 at 6 46 am Love it Jenni at My Web of Life says February 10 2010 at 8 36 am We are lucky enough to have a fireplace in our house but I have to admit I m trying to think of a room where I can build one of these babies It is gorgeous Very well done Rachael and Doug Emily says February 10 2010 at 9 04 am Wow This looks so cool Emily s last post This And That Marie says February 10 2010 at 9 08 am I m curious about the old library card catalog Where did you get it And what do you use it for Thanks Marie Rachel says February 10 2010 at 10 48 am That s a Craigslist find You can see more about it and what s inside here The Card Catalog File Emily says February 10 2010 at 10 43 am Rachel I love that you just reposted this I just pulled up the original post and told my DH we had to make it now that we re moving It s still so beautiful I can t wait to see how it looks in my place Emily s last post Hey Jealousy Rue says February 10 2010 at 11 04 am I love this and think something similar could make a beautiful headboard Can you give me some idea of the cost Rachel says February 10 2010 at 8 27 pm It s hard to predict cost because so much depends on size and where you source the wood I think it would look great as a headboard Rue says

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  • Ask Doug: What do guys want for Valentine’s Day? - Small Notebook
    last post Weekend in Pictures Tepary says February 9 2010 at 8 27 am Oh Doug this is fabulous I have to say this is pretty much what I would like for Valentines too Tepary s last post Cluck cluck cliche Shannon says February 9 2010 at 9 26 am That sounds about right Have you read the book Love Respect I can t say that I remember agreeing with everything from it but the basic principle that women need to feel loved and men need to feel respected has been really helpful Now whenever we are struggling with communication or have some sort of blip between us we see things differently This was cute Thanks for sharing Shannon s last post Giveaway Week Day 3 Heather says February 9 2010 at 10 02 am I LOVE this It s a fun idea and my husband will love it He loves to cook and is very good at it but he likes to buy expensive impractical ingredients in my opinion I m going to be nothing but supportive the next time we are at the store together No sarcasm is key Minnesotamom says February 9 2010 at 10 30 am Wow great response Doug I am absolutely positive that acceptance would be the greatest gift I could give my husband and this is an excellent reminder of that Thank you Minnesotamom s last post This is my job lisa w says February 9 2010 at 11 35 am This is perfect advice for me since we live in an unfinished rehab project that my husband is doing himself It s difficult sometimes to appreciate ALL that IS done and not focus on all the unfinished aspects Our home is live able and it is the creation of our joint vision and of our making Thanks for inspiring me to give him the gift of my understanding and contentment in the right here and now Not quite sure how to convey this as a gift yet but I feel sure that as I hold it in the forefront of my mind it will become apparent Thanks SO much quirkygranolagirl says February 9 2010 at 11 39 am Wow what a thoughtful post that really gets at the heart of things honest and thought provoking I ll be thinking about this all day quirkygranolagirl s last post Learning how to eat out of a bowl Kait Palmer says February 9 2010 at 12 09 pm Aww I love it Great advice We women forget how important respect and appreciation is to our men Thanks Kait Palmer s last post Wardrobe Challenge Days 20 22 Booooooom Auction jaime says February 9 2010 at 3 41 pm doug you sound like my husband i do v day for him every year predator ribs shooting range chicken waffles i just wrote a post with all the stuff we ve done we call it Un Romantic Valentine s Day and i highly recommend it jaime s

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  • Small Notebook Recommends - Small Notebook
    I do the same thing when I go to buy something research research research This will take a lot of the time off my own research part Thanks Kait Palmer s last post Wardrobe Challenge Days 20 22 Booooooom Auction Tara says February 8 2010 at 1 39 pm Oh I m SO glad you did this I shop Amazon quite a bit and I m all about supporting someone else especially since it s shopping I would be doing anyways I hate to go to the store so I shop online I m also happy to see your ideas and I am wanting to get that haba play food Shannon says February 8 2010 at 1 53 pm I am exactly the same way I hate thinking that I have made a bad choice and wasted money so I research nearly every purchase I make I will say it is a little freaky how many of the things on your list we own too the kitchen the Haba toys the water table the booster the immersion blender the coffee grinder the gallon jar etc etc I guess we come to a lot of the same conclusions when we research the best is the best Before you purchase anything else just ask me if we already have one so you know which to purchase I will be buying the short sweater shelf It will be perfect in my boys closets Thank you Lisa lists in my pocket says February 8 2010 at 2 35 pm Great idea I love reading product reviews will definitely check your recommendations out Lisa lists in my pocket s last post Weekend in Pictures Jenni at My Web of Life says February 8 2010 at 3 26 pm I love this Thank you for being so thoughtful about your recommendations There are a couple of blogs that I have stopped subscribing to because I no longer trust what they are telling me I can no longer tell when they are being truthful or just advertising They had also transitioned from less actual blogging to mostly reviews It turned me off I am certainly not against reviews As you can see from my last post I do reviews on my blog and I have begun advertising However I am also a huge advocate of thrift store shopping and buying less in general so I would never want to come across as one big advertisement It s a very fine line that I am hoping to walk with grace My hat is off to you for doing it with both grace and style mrs e says February 8 2010 at 4 53 pm What a great idea I can t wait to see your recommendations mrs e s last post Ghost of Valentine s Days Past Denise C says February 8 2010 at 5 01 pm Awesome I was thrilled to see Fiesta Ware listed My dishes are old chipped and are not standing the test of

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  • Back Room Makeover: Procrastinating - Small Notebook
    River Rock Cottage says February 6 2010 at 8 29 pm We just had a Rummage Sale at church this weekend It may not be clean in my store room but at least we purged it of lots of stuff What s one man s trash is another man s treasure Someday I ll actually get it organized I think I hear Judy Garland sining in the background Some day over the rainbow Amy blogs River Rock Cottage s last post I Can Hardly Wait The Countess of Nassau County says February 6 2010 at 9 52 pm I totally agree with Imani enjoy your family If you still feel the need to deal with this room follow along with Flylady during the month of February and spend 15 minutes a day decluttering this room Don t make yourself crazy The Countess of Nassau County s last post The Tuesday Stunner and So Not in a Good Way Southern Gal says February 7 2010 at 6 17 am Isn t it funny not how we find anything and everything else to do besides the one thing we have determined to do My computer calls to me at the most inconvenient times Gotta work on that Thanks Southern Gal s last post The Countdown mother necessity says February 7 2010 at 8 01 am Oh my gosh I can totally relate My living room desperately needs a paint job but first I have to fix the cracking drywall paint so I ve been moving furniture de cluttering and pretty much everything else I can think of that doesn t have to do with drywall I figure if I m getting work done around the house it s all good mother necessity s last post Reduce Reuse Recycle Trish says February 7 2010 at 8 18 am I don t know anybody who can t relate I have a buncha stuff I need to sell on Craig s List and I just can t get my act together to do it I think I ll do my old trick of inviting my friends over for drinks and mention a few things that I could use help with That group of crafty chicas couldn t stand bad pics or lighting and the job would be done before I knew it Do you have someone you can invite over who isn t invested in your stuff to help Trish s last post Non Knitting Related but Homespun mrs e says February 7 2010 at 10 14 am You re human I ve had my doubts You are amazing Thanks for sharing your procrastination I m the queen of it mrs e s last post Checklist of Last Year s Birthday Post Cori says February 7 2010 at 5 35 pm My whole house looks like your back room right now and usually does I will admit Dirty diaper laundry and 4 hungry little tummies call me much louder than messes I miss an organized

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  • Good Reads – the Staying Warm Inside Edition - Small Notebook
    the thing Their commercials ruined it for me Everyone in the commercial is all Woo hoo Raise the roof for Snuggies It s just too stinkin silly Coach J s last post Turning Japanese but not in a good kind of way and not voluntarily and I want it to stop Michelle says January 30 2010 at 1 25 pm I m with you on the snuggie I will never wear one Catherine B says January 30 2010 at 2 44 pm Hot tea and my no sew blankets each family member has one I am with you on the Snuggie for sure Catherine B s last post 27 Ways you can help when cancer strikes Mrs Money says January 30 2010 at 2 50 pm I agree hot baths and hot tea 3 Mrs Money s last post Is Being Frugal Always Being Different Abby New Urban Habitat says January 30 2010 at 3 23 pm Thanks for linking to me Oh my I ve never heard of the Snuggie How funny I d definitely prefer a nice hot cup of tea next to the fire Vicky from vickyandjen com says January 30 2010 at 4 20 pm Anything non snuggie works for me I call them trip ee s or ugli ees not snuggies I just like to snuggle with my dog hubbie and son Body warmth rachella says January 30 2010 at 5 08 pm Baking cookies It warms up the house and creates a nice inviting smell I have to admit the Snuggie sounds good to me I don t have one though probably because they have an ugly name here in the UK The Slanket Who could spend hard earned money on something with a name like that thea says January 30 2010 at 6 01 pm Ok I was one of those who would never be caught using a Snuggie Apparently my hubs and son did not hear me announce that so what did I get for Christmas Yep Snuggie I didn t know what to say I couldn t hurt their feelings so I had to wear it a few times The concept is good but the fabric creates so much static and you cannot wash them because they will ruin your dryer HMMM Someone did not think that one through far enough SO NO MORE SNUGGIE FOR ME LOL Emily remodelingthislife says January 30 2010 at 6 11 pm I will never wear a snuggie or a slanket or anything of the like A good book and a hot cup of tea is all this girl needs to be cozy Granted I live in Florida Thanks for linking Tina says January 30 2010 at 6 32 pm I heat up one of those buckwheat hull heating pads in the microwave I think they come with rice in them too Then I either drape it around my neck or put it on my lap Super cozy Holly says January 30 2010 at 6

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  • Refining Possibilities: Making the Best Use of Your Time - Small Notebook
    new skill like knitting Those afghan magazines do not lie They just don t tell you a team of crochet ers round the clock for 2 1 2 days to accomplish it Casey says January 29 2010 at 2 40 pm I love this post For a few months now I have been operating with the understanding that each choice a make to do X is a choice not to do Y And that s okay As long as I m making choices that make sense there is balance in my world But when I operate out of anxiety or pressure or stray from the things that I know make my day feel complete things get out of whack and the whole cycle comes crashing down I can t think of an immediate example of Keep and Drop but I know that my days are filled with those decisions So to have permission my own or yours to simplify and let some things go is helpful on any number of levels Thanks Casey Danielle says January 29 2010 at 2 45 pm Keep do the laundry regularly Drop picking out all four kids entire outfit each day My priorities had to change trying to control the wardrobes of four kids with definite opinions was resulting in way too many battles It doesn t matter what I think or what my friends neighbors fellow school moms think The opinions of others was my priority not my kids and a lame priority at that Danielle s last post WFMW Noisy Toys Karen Scotland says January 30 2010 at 1 15 pm Love this My boys 5 and 3 still don t care and will put on whatever I ve laid out for them but my little girl only two is already a bit scowly some days at my choices so I am dreading future years You re right I will have to give up the control one day so I should start relaxingwhen she wants to wear the purple stripey tights with the turquoise dres Karen Scotland jennibell says January 31 2010 at 4 16 pm Couldn t agree with you more jennibell s last post Saturday Snow Day Appetite for Conversation says January 29 2010 at 2 46 pm Thanks so much for sharing this I struggle with my to do list so much Somehow it is always obvious to me what other people should be dropping from their lists but it s never so obvious what I should be dropping from my own Definitely something worth thinking about Appetite for Conversation s last post Admissions The Nester says January 29 2010 at 2 58 pm Keep having healthy good meals we all like Drop trying to have like 945 meals in the rotation in all seriousness my family is happy with the same meals every week The Nester s last post L Herbert Cupcake Prints Mary Beth says January 29 2010 at 3 22 pm Oh yes so true This is a good one Mary Beth s last post recipe favorites peanut noodles Kaylen says September 19 2011 at 2 51 pm I could never drop the meal plan I LOVE making new things We don t like to eat the same meal twice around here except my toddler I keep an emergency bag of chicken for him in the freezer and fresh fruits veggies plain for him Kaylen s last post I Forgot The Crock Pot Kaylen says September 19 2011 at 2 51 pm I forgot to say that doubles as my hobby I dropped couponing in favor of cooking Kaylen s last post I Forgot The Crock Pot Antique Mommy says January 29 2010 at 2 59 pm I too have a giant fabric collection that I would like to organize or make use of but it will have to remain in the trunk where its been hiding for gulp 15 years I do want to make those Roman shades for my guest room though so something has got to get moved off the list Good encouragement to focus on what s important rachel says January 29 2010 at 3 11 pm LOVE this post thankyou so much for writing it i am trying to force myself to be selective and commit to the things i care about rather htan taking on too much great advice xx rachel s last post Friday Five Mary Beth says January 29 2010 at 3 21 pm This is such a wonderful post Rachel and so welcome I literally laughed outloud about your crochet afghan comment Once again your words resonate with me and give me some things to think about and carry with me for some time One thing I ve given up for an entire year handmade gifts They eat up my sewing time and for a lot of the recipients I don t think a handmade gift really matters that much to them Also no new craft books or cookbooks at all for a full year I can t tell you what a relief it has been to cozy up with my current books and projects and drop some of the could be doings Mary Beth s last post recipe favorites peanut noodles Laura says January 29 2010 at 3 41 pm Oh this is just perfect This is exactly what I ve been struggling with as a stay at home mom There s so much that I want to do the possibilities are endless but there just isn t enough time to accomplish it all I need to prioritize and choose what s best and not feel guilty about letting some things that are good not best go Kait Palmer says January 29 2010 at 3 42 pm I think I m mentally going to be doing this all weekend Keep Hiking with hubby and dog Outdoor therapy and exercise will be good for all Drop Plans to haul oak dining table to parking garage to refish and paint it I can put a tablecloth over it Yeah that saying will be repeating in my head keep drop Thanks Kait Palmer s last post Challenge Days 12 13 Ode to Le Creuset and Krochet Kids Amy River Rock Cottage says January 29 2010 at 3 55 pm I get it simplify Choose and loose How s that for a daily reminder I really appreciate this post Not only did it clarify yesterday s post but it spoke about being realistic within a 24 hour period We all have to do that each day Have a great weekend as you choose and loose Amy River Rock Cottage s last post Switching to Grass Fed Beef Jenni at My Web of Life says January 29 2010 at 4 23 pm I did a lot a thinking about this as I worked on my goals resolutions this year Keep Keeping the kitchen clean of dishes and clutter before my children arrive home from school and at night before going to bed Drop The concept that the rest of my house will look like a magazine spread every day I was getting overwhelmed by being too much of a perfectionist A clean kitchen is good enough for me now The rest will come later Denise C says January 29 2010 at 8 08 pm Ooooh this is so true I always wanted a clean and perfect house Something right out of the pages of Better Homes and Gardens With 2 kids 4 and 2 that is not going to happen Especially when their play area is in our main living area My kitchen must be cleaned up every night I dislike waking up to a sink full of dirty dishes jennibell says January 31 2010 at 4 19 pm And then there are those of us who have more energy in the morning and prefer to do it then it took me YEARS to realize that it s o k to not be like everyone else and do it the best way for my family which for me is to do tasks first thing in the morning when I m not exhausted jennibell s last post Saturday Snow Day Terri says January 29 2010 at 4 46 pm I have been doing the keep drop thing with my schedule over the last few months Various interesting fun enjoyable and or challenging opportunities have come along but I have said no to them Prayed about it asked my husband and wasn t dicouraged from these things But I have just felt a need to simplify and focus on what I already have going rather than add new priorities to the mix Great post Blessings Terri s last post Winter Weather Watch Mrs Money says January 29 2010 at 5 51 pm I love this I know that I always bite off more than I can chew I have big dreams and aspirations and they seem to get the best of me I should sit down and make a list like this Mrs Money s last post Is Being Frugal Always Being Different jennibell says January 31 2010 at 4 22 pm Kind of like packing a bag for vacation go ahead and pack then take out 20 Works for daily schedules too jennibell s last post Saturday Snow Day angelvalerie says January 29 2010 at 5 58 pm Rachel you are a genius God bless you angelvalerie s last post getting up to do it again motivation for the hard stuff Rachel says January 29 2010 at 5 58 pm I had to laugh Everytime I started an afghan it took me 2 3 years to finish it and I did this THREE times I told my husband to never let me make another afghan again no matter how cute it is Never Again Rachel s last post Out With the Old In With the New and Keeping a Few Good Ones Debbie M says January 29 2010 at 7 29 pm I have real trouble dropping goals on purpose But I have actually just done so with two of them Keep going dancing Drop going to dance lessons I don t learn much anymore and was just going for the socializing Keep actually start getting enough sleep Drop web sudoku Marla Taviano says January 29 2010 at 8 00 pm Love the keep drop keep drop Need to let this one stew for a bit Marla Taviano s last post whatcha ma call em Meredith from Penelope Loves Lists says January 29 2010 at 8 00 pm The keep drop format here was such a lightbulb moment for me There are so many things I need to drop bc they are simply causing me stress bc they re not getting done This is a case where simplifying and taking away actually adds to your life Denise C says January 29 2010 at 8 12 pm What a wonderful post Rachel I am so glad you and Tom are ok I love the keep drop format SO SIMPLE I need to really figure out my drops A keep for sure is to get into running I have 35 lbs I want to shed before summertime Have a wonderful weekend Marci OvercomingBusy says January 29 2010 at 8 14 pm Keep refining until you are happy with the amount of time and energy you have for those most important to you This is the entire reason for my blog I cringe at the amount of time I spent on my way to large to do list each day when my son was tiny I should have spent that time with him like I did my oldest Now I work hard to be able to spend time cuddling and playing although there are still times I get caught up in busyness Marci OvercomingBusy s last post Time For Family And Friends Paisley Penguin says January 29 2010 at 8 42 pm A statement you made really resonated with me Refinement means losing the extras It s about focusing your sights like an arrow If anything your aspirations become even greater when they are not diluted by all of the possible things you could be doing This perfectly exlemplifies exactly what I am trying to do now I had a momentary setback of a couple weeks but I need to keep on plugging Thank you Kristen says January 29 2010 at 9 14 pm This is exactly how I feel also suddenly the flood of possibilities opens up and I think that is where I start feeling overwhelmed and Keep Drop Keep Drop is totally genius I love this Thanks for the great post Rachael Kristen s last post google reader tips Marilou says January 29 2010 at 11 12 pm Make a Living Will a Family Trust and all those important things that have to be done are not a DROP but have been in the back burner for at least 6 5 years These are important but something else always gets the priority like eating bathing sleeping and laundry A definite KEEP DROP I m finally throwing away the patterns of how to make puppets They are so cute but the patterns have been collecting dust Glad to hear that you and baby recovered from your fall Take it easy Andrea The Train To Crazy says January 29 2010 at 11 43 pm I have so many projects going on right now that I ve got to slow down a bit I ve dropped the housework and laundry And the falling with the baby story brought up more than one memory for me Scary stuff and I m glad you are both okay Andrea The Train To Crazy s last post A neck warmer and a new link up PARTY emmeline says January 30 2010 at 4 55 am omg thank you so so so much for this post i just had a huge crisis yesterday at the moment i have to do so many things concerning my business career my scientific career and my private life that i just could pass out for a whole week so i wont have to think about it and then i disappoint a friend who bought me a bobby long concert ticket and on my way there i just broke down my gosh thank you for this post i will relax this weekend and then sit down to drop many many things that arent just so important now Karen Scotland says January 30 2010 at 1 25 pm Thanks Rachel for another clear and inspiring post I know that overwhelming feeling when you actually HAVE time and you have so many things you want need to do that you end up sort of frozen and usually faffing on the web Keep getting in touch with some old friends that recently emailed Drop the winter hat I m knitting for my eldest son I can finish it for the next son for next winter Keep the plan to teach my eldest how to play board games fairly ie not throw himself on the floor when he loses Drop the vague plan to show my younger son how to write his name Thanks again for a good post Karen Scotland Hannah says January 30 2010 at 1 26 pm I have been thinking about this quite a bit lately I ve made the decision to drop the idea of selling my handmade items on Etsy or at crafts fairs though I ll still make them for myself and family in order to focus more on my photography Hannah s last post Your daily dose of Seth Nicole aka Gidget says January 30 2010 at 8 00 pm Thank you so much for this encouragement Rachel This is exactly how I feel But when the kids drift off to sleep or are happily occupied and don t need me at the moment suddenly the flood of possibilities opens up and I think that is where I start feeling overwhelmed I m definitely going to sit down and think through what I m going to keep and drop Nicole aka Gidget s last post Seven in Shades of Red Elisa blissfulE says January 30 2010 at 11 39 pm Your ring sling is GORGEOUS What a delectable baby Mmmmmmm I started cross stitching a stocking in 1999 but I still hope to finish it someday I am very glad I m not the only one with a project that has been around longer than a decade Because I often have kids and or a cat on my lap the cross stitching is reserved for times when I am a passenger on long car trips brite says January 31 2010 at 3 47 pm This is the blog post I haven t yet written and so much better said My younger sister who has one son made a marvelous list of New Year s Resolutions one that I admire and will encourage her to accomplish She is in a totally different season of life than I am with three little ones I had to start my year listing out all my priorities and then listing everything else that fills my time and let it all go Kind of a funny thing to be doing while everyone else was resolutionating I have been 100x happier accomplishing a few things well especially since almost all my priorities have to do with my own family or church family Thanks for saying it so well I think I will write a post linking to this especially since blogging has not been a main thing lately jennibell says January 31 2010 at 4 11 pm I love this post I think I might have to do one too thanks for the inspiration Sarah says January 31 2010 at 4 28 pm Just stumbled on your blog and it s great I was wondering where you got

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