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  • Ask Doug: Men and Their Toys - Small Notebook
    no collections from me and i m lucky that my husband doesn t collect toys he is more prone to buying a lot of duck hunting stuff or waste of space as i call it but at least he s an avid hunter and uses all of it it s hard to argue with that good luck with the SW cleanout Sandra Gonzales says January 26 2010 at 9 56 am In her case she has to consider that her husband probably likes to play with their son Those memories will be alot more valuable to their son than a clutter free tidy home I can sympathize though I look at my husband s Star Wars collection and it seems silly to me On the other hand my three Gone with the Wind collector s item Barbies are just too precious to part with Amy says January 26 2010 at 10 20 am I ve just accepted the fact that I will be living with hundreds of Boba Fetts for the rest of my life I m okay with that Visty says January 26 2010 at 11 01 am Now I m all for decluttering but old Star Wars toys are always exempt from that If they re really from a childhood and not the kind purchased in their mid 20 s Kait Palmer says January 26 2010 at 11 30 am This made me laugh today thanks Kait Palmer s last post WC Days 9 10 11 Adele says January 26 2010 at 12 39 pm Ooh I had a good belly laugh from that Thanks Adele s last post Make Me Smile Jessicah says January 26 2010 at 1 43 pm My husband is more of a Batman and GI Joe guy most have been relegated to a single box in the closet but he has one Batman figurine that s allowed to lurk around the house Actually we take turns hiding it in different places and seeing how long it takes the other person to find it Currently Batman is hanging from the chain on the ceiling fan in our office spare room Angel says January 26 2010 at 2 48 pm My husband isn t currently buying toys but he has saved most of his from his childhood That s so hard for me because I wanted to get rid of everything However it has been great recently when my 6 year old got into Star Wars and we were able to pull out all of Daddy s old toys We recently just pulled out the Transformers It s like Christmas for my son and we don t have to spend any money Emily says January 26 2010 at 4 01 pm We keep my DH s Star Trek toys in the bedroom There he can enjoy them but I don t have to be embarrassed in front of company Knowing that my company may have their own stash of toys somewhere makes me feel a

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  • Sometimes Getting Organized is a Big Fat Waste of Time - Small Notebook
    25 am Great post It appears that a lot of us struggle with this I definitely have my share of unfinished projects lying around my house I think this idea can apply to blog reading as well I read several very good blogs nearly daily with the pretense that what I m learning makes me a better wife mom friend daughter child of God etc but unless I actually APPLY what I m reading learning I m just wasting an extraordinary amount of time Thanks I needed this reminder Alicen says January 21 2010 at 12 06 pm I totally agree Case in point my clean desk at work and my design project that was neglected for 2 3 hours Get to get to that ASAP hillary says January 21 2010 at 12 36 pm Thanks for such a wise thought Not only does this make sense but it feels freeing Off to cut up some fabric I ve had sitting on the shelf for months AlaskanAndi says January 21 2010 at 12 39 pm Ummm Yes yes I have a project or two to get started One of which is an ongoing project I have to weed through all of our papers How long did it take you to do your massive paper revamp I think I have a bit more than you did It is a very daunting task Another is emptying the boxes out of our garage We moved the day after Thanksgiving The holiday rush stumped us and I ve had a hard time getting the gumption to sort through the rest of the boxes all of my craft stuff and most of the kids toys I almost want to dump it all at goodwill Kait Palmer says January 21 2010 at 1 00 pm So true I know there ve been a number of times I ll get ready to cook a special dinner and buy exotic ingredients special tools printed recipes only to let the food go bad for lack of initiative Great reminder Kait Palmer s last post Wardrobe Challenge Day 7 8 Christine says January 21 2010 at 1 04 pm I ve been wanting to make homemade granolla for most of January but knew it would take a lot of effort I finally did it on Tuesday and it s so yummy And yes sometimes I use organizing as an excuse to get ahead but I end up wasting time on it I usually only let myself organize enough at the desk etc to feel sane and then get on to more important tasks Liz Jenkins says January 21 2010 at 1 47 pm When I first read the heading I thought man just go bash my profession will you But then I read your post you are right on One of the biggest issues I run into with clients when I m organizing is their many projects that they have stuff for everywhere Even items that are for a project are still clutter if they aren t actually used Plus all that stuff laying around simply causes guilt and anxiety I SHOULD be doing this And then they want me to help them get organized so they can do these projects I m fine with that love it in fact but I always ask if really truly this is something they want to do or if they just feel as though they should do it they ve already spent the money or maybe it was an interest a long time ago that isn t so strong now Either do the project or don t Making the decision is the hardest part But any time spent organizing something that won t be used or isn t necessary is wasted time in my oh so humble opinion Liz Jenkins s last post Blog Talk Radio with Julie Verleger Me Anita says January 21 2010 at 1 53 pm I feel this was written just for me The hardest part of a hard project is just getting started The idea and planning are the easy part hibby says January 21 2010 at 3 05 pm Wow I ve lurked here for a while now but I had to comment because that first bullet hit hilariously close to home That first cut into the fabric is always the hardest It s so much easier and nicer to keep the pretty apron pattern in my head I m starring this post in my reader so I can come back to it again and again to remind myself to just GET THE SCISSORS OUT Thanks Visty says January 21 2010 at 3 17 pm Definitely a great perspective Organizing can be a way to avoid DOING Megan SortaCrunchy says January 21 2010 at 3 47 pm I am actually almost in tears over here I feel like you took a look around here not that i am organized just good at avoidance and wrote this based on my many many unfinished projects that abound here Thanks for being open in addressing this I really really need this Printing it out now Megan SortaCrunchy s last post WFMW Stop Collections Harrassment Anna says January 21 2010 at 3 55 pm You had me smiling at the title Well said Onlinehandyman says January 21 2010 at 4 15 pm Excellent post so I just had to put in my 2 cents You are right about everything that you said but I just would like to add that starting or not starting in this case is usually because of some underlying fear For me and in the case of many it s the fear is the fear of failure We don t begin because we fear lackluster results and spend forever getting it perfect so that we need not be disappointed Just remember that winners take imperfect actions while losers are still perfecting the plan Thanks for the post Our Lives says January 21 2010 at 5 12 pm

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  • Ask Doug: Dealing with Husband’s Old Computer Parts - Small Notebook
    just recently got rid of an old joystick that hadn t been used in years and wouldn t be used again Im pretty sure it hung around our house those 9 years for sentimental reasons Jasi says January 19 2010 at 9 06 am I agree with you Doug But I m a girl after all and here s what worked for me If you can save a little on the side bribery works really well I ll trade you your old gnarled dozen cables and old router for a brand new wireless deal you pick I set aside the money myself because the clutter is my issue not his It makes me happier to have a clean clear room If he won t go for it and you re not sacrificing some space for children then it doesn t seem worth it to fight to me at least Also try Unclutterer com for a lot of different tidy workspace ideas Rachel says January 19 2010 at 5 11 pm Absolutely it s worth the trade but not the fight and I think hearing upgrade and wireless is music to any man s ears Adele says January 19 2010 at 9 16 am Early on my husband and I struck a deal I got to keep the unused crafting supplies and he got to keep his collection of extension cords sounds harmless but looks like a nest of snakes approximately the size of our dining room table In the end he chose to get rid of the majority of his extension cords of his own volition when we were moving Time works wonders Adele s last post Colorful Crockpot Beef Stew GG says January 19 2010 at 11 54 am Doug I LOVE your participation What a delight it is to hear from you Thanks for adding your two cents which I expect is worth much more than just 02 Micah says January 19 2010 at 1 33 pm As a husband that lost his computer graveyard to a nursery I feel like I have a unique perspective on this issue The first thing to realize is that there are two types of stuff that we don t like to release A Stuff we THINK we MIGHT need later B Stuff we love that we own even though we haven t turned it on in years Getting rid of these two categories takes different tactics The first one is by far the easiest My wife made a deal with me I get rid of all the cables adapters PCI cards etc and if I ever need something then I could go buy it This has worked out well for her because she got an entire closet cleaned out and I am pretty sure the only thing I have purchased since then about a year and a half is a single A B USB cable The core truth is that we don t really need any of that stuff I wonder

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  • Inspired by Steady Days (& Giveaway) - Small Notebook
    d love a copy Marla Taviano says January 18 2010 at 9 26 am This book sounds AWESOME Marla Taviano s last post un perspicuous Katherine says January 18 2010 at 9 29 am I d be thrilled to win this Olivia says January 18 2010 at 9 30 am This book sounds right up my alley Since the birth of my first child last year I ve been very keen on being intentional in the way I raise her and in the ways I nurture our home environment I d love to see Jamie s perspective stasi says January 18 2010 at 9 33 am this looks like a great book I m not a mother yet but my sister is and i d love to give her this book to hold on to till we re ready Alisha says January 18 2010 at 9 34 am It would be great to win Thanks for the giveaway Vicki says January 18 2010 at 9 39 am Thx for the giveaway from one SAHM to another Mom to 2 boys 3 5 yrs 8 5 mths Any little bit of help I can get to organize my days is welcomed Vicki s last post We can t blow up the world Lindsey says January 18 2010 at 9 41 am I would love to win a copy of this book FeFe says January 18 2010 at 9 43 am I would love to win a copy of this book Kristi says January 18 2010 at 9 56 am This book is definitely on my to read list Kristi s last post Inspiration Sunday 01 17 10 Julie says January 18 2010 at 9 57 am Just what I need Tammy says January 18 2010 at 9 57 am Please enter me It looks like a great book Tammy s last post Romantic Piano Bethany says January 18 2010 at 10 00 am I would love to win I ve started following her blog and love what she has to say Untypically Jia says January 18 2010 at 10 02 am I don t even think I d mind getting a highlighted copy LOL I would love to win her awesome book jill says January 18 2010 at 10 03 am I need a win This sounds perfect o Lowbudget says January 18 2010 at 10 03 am I would love to read this book I am not a SAHM however I work full time with Moms that do stay at home and I would love to read about the ideas that are in this book I think the ones you shared are great and the Moms I work with would benefit as well Thanks again for this opportunity to enter another great contest Tara says January 18 2010 at 10 11 am Would love this book Currently I m a fulltime working mom but hope to be a full time mom oneday Mary Beth says January 18 2010 at 10 21 am Thank you for your review Rachel I ve read Jamie s blog a little bit and especially remember her post about cleaning which I found wonderfully refreshing and a good perspective I d love to win a copy of the book I do work but would love some direction to help me have happy days when I m home with the kids like today Mary Beth s last post happy birthday Ken Andrea The Train To Crazy says January 18 2010 at 10 24 am Sounds like a great book Andrea The Train To Crazy s last post Where I am Nicole aka Gidget says January 18 2010 at 10 27 am I can t wait to read this Nicole aka Gidget s last post Compassion for Haiti sam rhoades says January 18 2010 at 10 33 am I wouldn t mind a highlighted copy either if I am not a winner would someone consider loaning me theirs I long for consistency and joy in my parenting thank you for writing quirkygranolagirl says January 18 2010 at 10 41 am This book looks like a good one Thanks for the giveaway quirkygranolagirl s last post Trixie the Mixie PaulaSG says January 18 2010 at 10 42 am That sounds like a book that I would love to read Will also check out her blog Thanks for the chance to win PaulaSG s last post Seven years ago Brandy says January 18 2010 at 10 42 am I would love this book I m a full time mom and I feel like I spend most of my days trying to figure out what to do Jessicah says January 18 2010 at 10 45 am I m also subscribed to Steady Mom and was interested in the book before but you make it sound even more intriguing Since I will be joining the mother crowd in 3 months I d be excited to read this Kristia FamilyBalanceSheet says January 18 2010 at 10 46 am I just discovered her blog this past weekend and I immediately subscribed Thanks for the giveaway opportunity Kristia FamilyBalanceSheet s last post Easy Chicken Noodle Soup Ginny says January 18 2010 at 10 46 am I m at home w 2 daughters right now I would love to read this book it sounds like just what I m looking for in my life right now Ginny s last post And now we meet Marie says January 18 2010 at 10 48 am Crossing my fingers to win Amy says January 18 2010 at 10 51 am This book looks so interesting Can t wait to read it Elle says January 18 2010 at 10 51 am I have heard great things about this book and would love a copy of my very own Thanks Kelli says January 18 2010 at 10 59 am I just read about her book yesterday at Simple Mom It sounds like I may need to read it With three toddlers under 3 I can use all the help I can get MindyH says January 18 2010 at 10 59 am This sounds great Going to check our library catalog just in case I don t win Courtney K says January 18 2010 at 11 08 am This book sounds like the inspiration I need with a 3 year old and another one on the way Leann says January 18 2010 at 11 12 am I am due with my first child a boy in May I would love to win this book so I can go ahead and start implementing things as soon as he is born Leann s last post 24 Weeks Lisa says January 18 2010 at 11 15 am Pick me Pick me Can you tell how un steady I am Sarah G says January 18 2010 at 11 15 am Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway Kelly says January 18 2010 at 11 18 am I love reading Steady Mom the blog I can t wait to get her book as well Bitts says January 18 2010 at 11 18 am I love Jamie s blog and would be honored to win her book Monica says January 18 2010 at 11 19 am I would love to read that book Annie says January 18 2010 at 11 22 am sounds really interesting Annie s last post Squeezing in a few Christmas photos Grace says January 18 2010 at 11 23 am I would love to read that book Claire says January 18 2010 at 11 24 am I am so excited to read this book I don t know if I can wait to see if I win I want to read it right now Heather says January 18 2010 at 11 24 am I just subscribed to her blog too Love reading your blog It has been a great inspiration to me Nina says January 18 2010 at 11 24 am what a great idea being out of work for several months now I ve been frustrated by my seeming inability to create a schedule and smooth day for my son and me this would really help with that I m going to check the library for a copy too laura says January 18 2010 at 11 26 am As a former preschool teacher I tend to think I need to constantly engage my twin toddlers throughout the day Turns out that leaves no time for me Looks like this book could help a lot Paige says January 18 2010 at 11 26 am Wow the book sounds great I am sure I d be right htere next to you with my highlighter and pencil amking notes in the margins I love to inspire people with great new ideas It s all about being true to who you are and discovering your purpose in life It s a journey Thank you for the chance to win a copy of the book SaRaH says January 18 2010 at 11 28 am ooo ooo me me Rachel says January 18 2010 at 11 28 am I am longing to read this book I am a stay at home mom Have twin toddlers boys 2 teenagers Need to get my hands on this a s a p Kristy says January 18 2010 at 11 29 am As a new stay at home mom this book sounds like it could help me find the balance I ve been looking for Eszter says January 18 2010 at 11 35 am I ve stayed at home too with my twins After the initial shock was over I started applying the things I ve learned at my corporate job as a manager and as a team member I have to say that things got a whole lot better after I ve realized that I have power and that I can actually give purpose to our days The kids seem to strive in our very structured environment they love the security of it Also they can deal with spontaneous events and me needing to go because they know that I will be back I love reading your blog for all the great practical ideas I am certain that this book deserves your praise too Love E Noreen Smith says January 18 2010 at 11 36 am In my job as a school based administrator I managed a staff of 35 employees and 500 students How come I can t get it together with only two young boys at home This transition from career woman to SAHM is WAY harder than I expected I would love to become a professional mom in the same way I was a professional career woman I will definitely be purchasing this book if I don t win it Thanks for the chance Cori says January 18 2010 at 11 37 am Just what I need as I am sitting in my PJ s drinking coffee and reading blogs at 10 30am Yikes I could use some motivation right about now Lee says January 18 2010 at 11 38 am Help Trying to homeschool bright 9yo while surviving devastatingly cute but serious handful 4yo I need this book I am not organized by nature much too right brained for it to come naturally but I can be taught Thanks for the giveaway Lee s last post Heading in the Right Direction Coral says January 18 2010 at 11 40 am Wow totally what I am looking for Whether I win or not I need to get this book thanks for everything Holly says January 18 2010 at 11 40 am I am excited to read this book and I think it will end up being a good gift to other moms as well Holly s last post January Wanita says January 18 2010 at 11 40 am My children are all grown but I would love to give this book to my daughter who is a stay at home mom It looks like a wonderful book Katie T says January 18 2010 at 11 41 am I would LOVE a copy of this book I ve really been feeling like I need to be more intentional about time with my 18 month old balancing her independent play my household chores with instructive time and good ol snuggling Leah says January 18 2010 at 11 41 am As an expectant mom student teacher and future SAHM I m sure Steady Days has tons of info to help me figure out this next phase of my life Amy says January 18 2010 at 11 41 am I work full time out of the home which makes our weekends and holidays jammed packed with all of to do s and as well as entertainment for my 3 5 year old and 15 month old Neither of my kids plays independently too well so I d love any help we can get Alison says January 18 2010 at 11 43 am Oh my goodness that sounds like such a wonderful book I sure hope I win Alison s last post The Christmas Plan Elizabeth says January 18 2010 at 11 43 am I would love to have this book as a SAHM of 5 young boys I am always looking for inspiration and new ideas Claire Tudor says January 18 2010 at 11 47 am I m a former stay at home mom now back at work Sounds like this book would be great for me In the limited time I have with the kids now I struggle with being productive and being a steady maternal presence Diann The thrifty Groove says January 18 2010 at 11 48 am This sounds like a wonderful book Being a mommy for the first time at my age 46 has been quite a challenge when it comes to trying to balance my life I feel like everyone else has a secret decoder ring or something and I am out of the loop Diann The thrifty Groove s last post It s Monday What are you reading Angie The Crew says January 18 2010 at 11 50 am I am very intrigued I have searched tried suceeded and failed as most of us do at this profession or any other for that matter Angie The Crew s last post boys oh boy Beth S says January 18 2010 at 11 51 am This looks like a great book My husband and I are expecting our first in May and I plan on quitting my job to stay home with our little one I would really enjoy reading this book Julia Mueller says January 18 2010 at 11 58 am My kids are grown but this would be a great gift for my daughter who has two little boys Thanks Beth Young says January 18 2010 at 11 58 am Woo hoo another give away for this book I keep entering hoping that I ll win I subscribe to both of your blogs Beth says January 18 2010 at 12 02 pm I m attempting to be a mom while attempting to hold down a professional job outside the home as well I need help I can t wait to get my hands on it but will subscribe to the blog until then Thank you Karen S says January 18 2010 at 12 05 pm I am very excited about this book Aja says January 18 2010 at 12 11 pm That book sounds wonderful I would LOVE to win a copy Aja s last post Friday Gratitudes Lisa says January 18 2010 at 12 12 pm I have two kids three and under I would love to read this book to help keep my days in perspective Anne Y says January 18 2010 at 12 13 pm I would love to get a copy of this book I would love to be a stay at home mom especially with a second child on the way but we just can t make that happen right now I feel like a horrible mother working full time because I am always so tired or feel like I need to get other things done besides play or interact with my daughter I know she is bored and needs more of our attention I just don t know how to balance everything I really think this book would help me Thanks Teresa Hayes says January 18 2010 at 12 13 pm I am the grandmother of four beautiful grandchildren If I should win a copy of this book I would give it to my daughter in law because I know it would be an inspiration to her Dorothy says January 18 2010 at 12 13 pm Mum used to say If only I had the books available to me that you have darling I would have enjoyed mothering so much more Thirty years later I don t want to hear myself saying the same thing to my sons and their wives I did have the advantage of good books to see what I could do better but none were encouraging they insisted corrected and criticised How wonderful it is to find out you are doing a good job you are worth a rest your ideas are perfect and you can celebrate having littlies without the nagging feeling that you could always be doing more more more Emily says January 18 2010 at 12 13 pm Oh I am a great fan of SteadyMom I am so looking forward to reading her book I was gushing with jealousy scratch that with joy and enthusiasm for you in that shot above reading in peace and comfort and reflecting on your parenting Love the giveaway idea Emily s last post Pain de Campagne Melody says January 18 2010 at 12 13 pm This sounds like a great book I would love to have a copy Thanks for the chance to win it Have a great day Kristy says January 18 2010 at 12 14 pm This sounds like a book I would absolutely love and read time and time again I have a full time job as well as going to school to finish my Masters degree I feel like the little amount of time I get to spend with my kids needs to be quality time I think this would help so much Amanda says January 18 2010 at 12 17 pm I would love to win this book Thank you Lisa Rae smacksy says January 18 2010 at 12 20 pm Thanks for the chance for the book Thanks Lisa Rae smacksy s last post Make A Wish Tiffany H says January 18 2010 at 12 27 pm This book sounds great Thanks for sharing your find with us and for the giveaway Cara says January 18 2010 at 12 27 pm Love the whole premise to the book Love your blog Thanks for all you do ang says January 18 2010 at 12 33 pm I would love a copy of this book My husband and I are not yet parents but we are currently trying to begin a family I m slowly realizing that despite the fact I have a bachelor s degree I m halfway done with a master s degree I know nothing about being a mother Shouldn t there have been a class on parenting somewhere along the way ang s last post The Loveliness of Birthdays Beth K H says January 18 2010 at 12 35 pm This book looks like exactly what I need Thanks Lisa says January 18 2010 at 12 37 pm Sign me up because let me tell you trying to work full time take care of the house the critters and be a Mom is anything but STEADY in this house Lisa s last post Play Guitar Roxanne says January 18 2010 at 12 40 pm I could really use a copy of this book Roxanne s last post Oh Goodie Goodie Goodie Goodie Nicole says January 18 2010 at 12 44 pm I d love a copy of this Cindy says January 18 2010 at 12 47 pm I would love to have a copy of this book It sounds like exactly what I need Elizabeth says January 18 2010 at 12 49 pm WOW I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win this book Sign me up knmkendall says January 18 2010 at 12 50 pm This looks like a TERRIFIC book Thank you for the giveaway I SO need this right now for my growing family Stephanie says January 18 2010 at 12 51 pm Sounds like a great book sem says January 18 2010 at 12 58 pm Sounds awesome Would love love a copy Danielle says January 18 2010 at 1 06 pm Love her blog would love to have her book Danielle s last post Just Do It 2 Amy says January 18 2010 at 1 07 pm Just hoping to win Amy s last post Regarding my silence Diana says January 18 2010 at 1 08 pm I would love to win this book it sounds so helpful and practical Hollie says January 18 2010 at 1 13 pm As I am about to become a mama in 2 weeks I would love the opportunity to have this book Pauline says January 18 2010 at 1 16 pm I m a home health care provider working with children Not only could I use benefit from this book but I have in mind one particular mom who really REALLY needs some help This sounds as if it would be wonderful for me and her both but for her to keep for reference referral Thanks for posting the link information Leah says January 18 2010 at 1 16 pm This sounds wonderful I am not familiar with her blog but will be checking it out now coleen says January 18 2010 at 1 17 pm Hi I m a stay at home grandmom I watch my grandson 4 days aweek for my daughter This book looks like it would be VERY helpful Christine says January 18 2010 at 1 17 pm Commenting commenting commenting Both my sisters are having babies right now Christine s last post Sweet Baby Boy Kim says January 18 2010 at 1 20 pm I love reading with a highlighter Frequently I feel as though the days just fade away and I miss opportunities to fully connect with my role as a mother Would love a copy this book Kim s last post he loves us lisa w says January 18 2010 at 1 24 pm This sounds like a wonderful book My kids are a little older now so I would love to gift this to one of 3 nieces who have babies on the way Thanks for the great give away Rachael says January 18 2010 at 1 24 pm I really want to read this book hopefully I ll win one Otherwise on to amazon Jackie says January 18 2010 at 1 25 pm I m a new mom and I know this book would come in handy I d sure love to win a copy Amy says January 18 2010 at 1 26 pm I m reading my copy of this now but would love to win one to give to a mom friend You re right that it has so much good stuff in it Thanks for the giveaway Shana says January 18 2010 at 1 27 pm This book sounds great I am mom who is trying to cut back on hours at work I work part time now and get to home full time this sounds like a great addition to the journey Thanks for the opportunity Jutta says January 18 2010 at 1 28 pm One of my favorite compliments I have ever received was a couple of months ago when someone said I was like a professional mother I loved it so much that professional mother is what I now put on forms that ask for my occupation I love to see someone else using that term Can t wait to read this book even if I don t win the giveaway Lauren says January 18 2010 at 1 36 pm Sounds like a great book Jena says January 18 2010 at 1 38 pm This book sounds like exactly what i need Adrienne says January 18 2010 at 1 45 pm Sounds like a really good book I m not a mother but my best friend is a stay at home mom with a 2 year old son and she s currently pregnant with their 2nd child another boy due in April I ve spent time at their house and I m always amazed by her energy I ll definitely look into getting this book for her I m sure she could use it Adrienne s last post Happy Sunday Aubrey says January 18 2010 at 1 45 pm What a great guide for any woman Cindy says January 18 2010 at 1 49 pm I m intrigued by what I ve heard about this book and can t wait to read it whether I win a copy or buy a copy Cindy s last post Switching Furniture Again Shannon says January 18 2010 at 1 51 pm Why amongst us couldn t use the inspiration What a great giveaway rachael says January 18 2010 at 1 53 pm Thank you for the new blog to read This sounds like the sort of thing that could help me day to day Amanda Serenity Now says January 18 2010 at 1 55 pm Great giveaway This sounds like the kind of book I need to read even if I don t win I stay at home with my two little girls and I have a hard time getting it all done Cheri says January 18 2010 at 1 56 pm I am really excited about this book the more I hear about it Definitely going to add it to my to buy list if I don t win a copy Rubymama says January 18 2010 at 1 58 pm As a stay at home mom to two little ones 19 3 mos I KNOW how hard it can be to kill time and actually try and get things done around the house We are not always our best Thanks so much for the review on this I can t wait to see some of the suggestions I m also a freak about highlighting my materials Rubymama s last post Menu Plan for this week Heather says January 18 2010 at 2 10 pm This sounds like just the thing I ve been looking for With three crazy kids and another on the way I need help solidifying our schedule and creating some more peaceful routines Thanks Heather s last post A Word of Advice for Husbands Wendy says January 18 2010 at 2 11 pm I ve been hearing a lot about this book and it sounds great Becky says January 18 2010 at 2 13 pm I am a stay at home mommy of 3 little ones and of course I would love a little help This book looks like it will be an amazing read Thanks for the suggestion Melanie says January 18 2010 at 2 16 pm This sounds like a great book very applicable to where I m at in life right now I would love to win a free copy Wendi says January 18 2010 at 2 16 pm This book sounds great I d love to win a copy Carol says January 18 2010 at 2 17 pm This sounds like a really great book I hope I m a winner Robin M says January 18 2010 at 2 17 pm This would be awesome Missy K says January 18 2010 at 2 19 pm This book looks wonderful Missy K s last post The Roast Chicken Principle punkinmama says January 18 2010 at 2 24 pm Wow sounds like just the right book for me punkinmama s last post Project 365 2010 Rachel says January 18 2010 at 2 27 pm This book sounds like the kind of inspiration that I need Thanks for doing this giveaway Rachel s last post 12FOR2010 Pantry Part One Eos Mom says January 18 2010 at 2 37 pm I d love to win this book I need all the help I can get vermontmommy says January 18 2010 at 2 39 pm Oooh please put me down in this lottery I just did a check at the libraries in McKinney and they don t have it yet What is up with that Thank you Kristin says January 18 2010 at 2 39 pm Thanks for offering this giveaway I would love to win a copy of this book so I can follow up on some things that God has been doing in my life recently I just finished A Mother s Rule of Life and I was convicted of sin in relation to how I handle my responsibilities at home The definition of sloth near the end of the book hit me right where it hurt Thanks for being such an encouragement to me Laura says January 18 2010 at 2 48 pm I d love to read this one Jen Hill says January 18 2010 at 2 48 pm It s already been on my list list of books to buy and read It looks awesome Jen Hill s last post better thoughts Robbie says January 18 2010 at 2 52 pm Though I have been a mom for more than 30 years it is never too late to learn how to be a better one especially with one still in the nest Sweet Em says January 18 2010 at 2 57 pm I need this I do Misty says January 18 2010 at 3 11 pm It sounds like I need to read this book Noel says January 18 2010 at 3 12 pm I love the idea of this book and the author s insight into it I would love to have a mentor in this stay at home mom profession My mom was a single working mom I really have no example in my life on how to do this I m definitely interested in this book Maybe it is what I ve been looking for Sounds better than How to be a stay at home mom for dummies Tricia Ortega says January 18 2010 at 3 16 pm Thanks for showing me this book I think it s just what the doctor ordered I ve added it to my soon to buy wishlist but it would be so much better to win one o This Thrifted Life says January 18 2010 at 3 20 pm I would love to win thanks for the review and giveaway Lydia says January 18 2010 at 3 21 pm Count me in Lydia s last post Tylenol Recall alison says January 18 2010 at 3 21 pm I d love to win Devon says January 18 2010 at 3 25 pm Looks like a really interesting book Going to have to get a copy for myself if I don t win Lisa says January 18 2010 at 3 27 pm Me please I d love a little inspiration Cristina says January 18 2010 at 3 31 pm This sounds like a book I could REALLY use Thanks for the chance to win Jennie says January 18 2010 at 3 35 pm I really enjoy your blog it gives me a bit of perspective when things seem a little out of control Great tip for the book I know I ll be buying it whether I win one or not Thank you for a wonderful blog Elaine Gonzalez says January 18 2010 at 3 39 pm I m actually soo excited about this book I m hoping to recieve it tomorrow If I win a copy of it I have a good friend that I would love to give it to Thanks for doing your blog it is very inspiring Sheila says January 18 2010 at 3 40 pm I m a working mother with a 3 year old and 16 month old Juggling my part time job as a physician and FULL time job as a mother is difficult I d love to live each day with enthusiasm and meaning rather than just surviving Thanks for the post I ll check her out Subha says January 18 2010 at 3 41 pm getting a toddler to play on his own when I get some work done I would love to know how Julie Anne says January 18 2010 at 3 43 pm I have REALLY been struggling with the enthusiasm part of staying at home with my kids lately I think this book has my name on it Tanya says January 18 2010 at 3 44 pm That looks fantastic Love those principals and need help with them Jena Organizing Mommy says January 18 2010 at 3 48 pm Looks like a good book Jena Organizing Mommy s last post Finally some holiday photos Larraine says January 18 2010 at 3 51 pm This sounds like a wonderful book I have a friend who is expecting her first baby in May She is older so this will be her only child I know she is nervous about motherhood This would be so perfect for her Stephanie says January 18 2010 at 4 17 pm This book sounds wonderful especially to a mom of a toddler and one to arrive any day now Stephanie s last post Lion for a change Jennifer says January 18 2010 at 4 19 pm I just discovered her blog this week and I ve been enjoying her archives I d be very excited to win a copy of her book Thank you for the opportunity Laura says January 18 2010 at 4 32 pm Thanks for highlighting her work I intend to look into the book this sounds like a must read and a must give Kimm says January 18 2010 at 4 39 pm I would like to enter to win this book My kiddos are older 16 14 14 and 9 I ve homeschooled them since the beginning I sought a lot of support when they were younger things are busy with 3 teenagers and I don t find as much time for moms and homeschooling groups Sounds like this is just what I need Tesa says January 18 2010 at 4 42 pm Sounds like a great book inspiring purposeful living Thanks for the review Tesa s last post Hibernating Elizabeth says January 18 2010 at 4 43 pm Jamie s book absolutely intrigues me It sounds so wonderful Melissa says January 18 2010 at 4 44 pm This sounds like such a blessing I would love to read this book My boys are 9 and 11 We homeschool and my husband travels quite a bit I think this would be a great read deb says January 18 2010 at 4 45 pm After browsing steady mom s site and reading about her book I am amazed at how much Jamie s passions and interests resonate with my life and thoughts Amy B says January 18 2010 at 4 50 pm This book sounds amazing I can t wait to highlight my own copy Heather C says January 18 2010 at 4 54 pm This book is exactly what I ve been searching for It s not available at my library yet so winning a copy here would really make my day Gina clutterpunk says January 18 2010 at 5 08 pm II could so do with some sound advice in this department I m going to check Jamie s blog

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  • Good Reads – Brought to You by Doug and Tazo Chai - Small Notebook
    says January 16 2010 at 11 29 am 1 way to stay warm in your apartment Make sure your delightful husband shut the flue on the chimney at last the explanation for why it s gotten colder in the house even while it s gotten warmer outside is solved Rachel says January 16 2010 at 11 36 am Oh I know that s tip 7 on the list Mary Anne Davis says January 16 2010 at 11 37 am Just a quick hello happy new year and thank you for this I am loving the Home Sanctuary blog Keeping up with work parenting a teen and home gets overwhelming fast Coming back to a simple plan helps Cheers Megan SortaCrunchy says January 16 2010 at 11 44 am Any chance Doug might like to moonlight over here Great links as always Have a great weekend my friend Megan SortaCrunchy s last post rejoice rachel says January 16 2010 at 1 07 pm i love don miller ta for the links xx rachel s last post Wise words Rachel Anne says January 16 2010 at 8 45 pm Thank you so much for the link I m excited about a new year new month new chance to reestablish a bit of realistic order around the house Simple things small things are the theme of my life and the reason why one visit to your site makes me say ahhhhh I just love it Rachel Anne s last post Coffee 1 15 and Today s Small Thing heidi wonder woman wannabe says January 17 2010 at 2 45 pm I really enjoyed that post from Home Sanctuary Thanks for sharing heidi wonder woman wannabe s last post Re Ignite Date Night 21 Angie says January 17 2010 at 7 01 pm Thanks

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  • Welcome 2010! - Small Notebook
    but only because I had to LOL I am thinking of all the projects I want to do and will get a list of some sort written up soon But today is just for thinking of all the possibilities ahead Darlene Sharon says January 1 2010 at 12 06 pm I look forward to the reveal You have a lot of great ideas for organization Happy New Year Sharon s last post A New Year a new financial plan rachel says January 1 2010 at 12 24 pm Happy new year I am having a peaceful start to it too knitting and bank holiday tv and a good cup of tea rachel s last post Happy 2010 mrs e says January 1 2010 at 12 44 pm Something about the New Year that inspires us to organize or at least shuffle I m off to check out a few of those posts Thanks for sharing And Happy New Year mrs e s last post The Dawn of 2010 jodi says January 1 2010 at 1 29 pm for us it s a little bit of both still in the pj s but cleaning out cooking at the same time seems like a good balance of productivity holiday all at the same time jodi s last post Christmas in review Meredith from Penelope Loves Lists says January 1 2010 at 3 21 pm I m splitting my day in half first half work and projects the biggest of which is to file our 2009 financial documents second half movie with the family It s my way of easing myself out of the holidays and into work mode Meredith from Penelope Loves Lists s last post Goals for the New Year not a list of resolutions because I suck at resolutions Doug says January 1 2010 at 3 48 pm making cookies Our Lives says January 1 2010 at 4 17 pm Read a book Our Lives s last post Be anxious for nothing Kathi Kelly says January 1 2010 at 4 47 pm Hi Rachel I m so glad I found your blog really enjoying reading your thoughts on things I am inspired for the new year Hope you have a fantastic 2010 full of God s love peace grace presence Kathi Kelly s last post Wishing you a Merry Christmas se7en says January 1 2010 at 5 46 pm I am pretending it is holiday time for a good while we finished up our school year on Christmas Eve and we are on summer vacation Even though the father person goes back to work on Monday we are on Summer holiday and have lots of absolutely nothing planned So we are roaming snacking napping reading feasting sleeping repeat lulubird6 says January 1 2010 at 9 57 pm First off I want to say thank you for such an inspiring blog It never fails to bring a smile to my face and a wealth of ideas to help make my home

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  • Building a Stacked Wood Fireplace Mantel - Small Notebook
    pm If I didn t have a real fireplace I would be heading to the lumber yard TODAY I am in love with this idea and I hope to be able to use it someday Thank you for sharing bashtree s last post Christmas Tear Down Miko s Girl says December 29 2009 at 3 44 pm LOVE it jill says December 29 2009 at 3 59 pm Love how your hubby can just whip stuff up The wood looks beautiful with the Christmas greenery Can t wait to see the changing mantel displays through the seasons jill s last post Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket Wayside Wanderer says December 29 2009 at 4 31 pm What a wonderful idea I love the mix of light and dark woods We still use a tv just like the one in your picture and we used to have a microwave tv stand exactly like that too We took our fireplace out and replaced it with a wall of windows years ago but I really miss it at Christmas time Wayside Wanderer s last post A Homeschooler s Christmas Break Rachel says December 29 2009 at 4 47 pm Love the idea Enjoyed browsing through your blog today will definitely be coming back Rachel s last post Gingerbread Hobbit Hole Anna says December 29 2009 at 4 59 pm Ahhh You gotta love a man who takes a whim and goes with it Wonderful job Anna s last post A Sophisticated Egg Katie goodLife eats says December 29 2009 at 5 05 pm This is the coolest thing I almost think I like it better than our tiled fireplace It is certainly more interesting looking Nice job Katie goodLife eats s last post Baked Potato Soup Jess DAILY says December 29 2009 at 5 28 pm That is absolutely gorgeous What a great idea and I would think rather cheap too if planned out properly I am going to have to keep this in mind to share for a frugal creative idea post I have rolling around in my head Denise C says December 29 2009 at 6 18 pm WOW LOVE LOVE LOVE the fireplace And the blue chair Kudos to you and Doug for being such creative people Happy New Year se7en says December 29 2009 at 6 21 pm Wow You guys don t take on little projects I love it Halle G says December 29 2009 at 8 08 pm THANK YOU for making a post out of my question I LOVE the look but couldn t figure out how it could be safe with an actual fire in it Now I know better jeana says December 29 2009 at 8 18 pm WOW This is AMAZING You guys are increadibly creative and talented jeana s last post Pictures from the past few weeks Elisa blissfulE says December 29 2009 at 8 31 pm Having lived in rentals for nearly 10 years I so

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  • Survival Guide to the Holiday Hustle & Bustle - Small Notebook
    more recent posts that encouraged me on my blog yesterday Stop on by Cheers heidi wonder woman wannabe s last post It s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Rochelle says December 17 2009 at 1 12 pm Your family won t suddenly be perfect just because it s time to put the ornaments on the tree that is so true For the past 5 years I ve taken a picture of the kids for our Christmas cards and every year I end up frustrated and exhausted My husband tried to get me to look at this from a different perspective this year by reminding me that the kids are going to goof off and to just let it go Of course I didn t but thought about it afterwards Next year I think I will snap away while they are being silly and send those pictures It may just the cure Rochelle s last post If I don t get it ll be the worse Christmas EVER Tina says December 17 2009 at 1 32 pm I m being induced tomorrow to have a baby so everything was done even earlier The house isn t as clean as I d like but I m just letting it go and trying to enjoy the last few days of just two kids before we add a 3rd one to the mix We planned for a low key Christmas once we realized baby would be coming around that time Tina s last post First Snow Rhonda says December 17 2009 at 1 35 pm I just keep repeating to myself just 9 more day then it will be over counting the days seems to put it into prospective Check out my post for today It says it all Megan at Simple Kids says December 17 2009 at 1 52 pm Yes SO BUSY this week but the days leading up to Christmas next week look blissfully calm and stress free Right now I m in a frenzy baking and making teacher gifts preparing for a Sunday School class party tomorrow night and last minute shopping My mantra this week is a few more days Next week I ll be golden Can t WAIT to see the dollhouse and quilt Minnesotamom says December 17 2009 at 2 25 pm Most of my getting done is done yay I have one gift left to pick up tomorrow but everything else is wrapped baked planned There s some grocery shopping cooking and such left to do but those are weekly chores for me anyway so I m used to it Merry Christmas Minnesotamom s last post 10 about Christmas steadymom says December 17 2009 at 2 43 pm I love your snack suggestion Our holiday is always ultra simplified much of our buying done online so we are sticking home and loving it Jamie steadymom s last post Children Using Real Tools Zengirl says December 17 2009 at 6 07 pm Great ideas keeping

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