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  • Introducing... - Small Notebook
    of my favorite names too congratulations Sharon says August 31 2009 at 7 27 am Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow Congratulations Sharon s last post New Blogger Tool Updated Editor Shilo says August 31 2009 at 7 29 am I was wondering if he had come What a BEAUTIFUL boy he is So sweet Enjoy these days jen ourdailybigtop says August 31 2009 at 7 31 am Congratulations Six pushes now that s what I m talking about Enjoy your time with your precious little one He s beautiful jen ourdailybigtop s last post I heart faces before after Ashley says August 31 2009 at 7 40 am He is absolutely precious Congrats Ashley s last post In need of some inspiration Sherri Serene Journey says August 31 2009 at 7 42 am He s absolutely gorgeous Congrats to you and your whole family Take care and enjoy Sherri Serene Journey s last post Show Your Kids You Love Them Suzanne says August 31 2009 at 7 47 am What a handsome little guy Congratulations Chele says August 31 2009 at 7 51 am Congrats A baby is a true blessing Take some much needed time to spend with that precious baby Chele s last post Menu Plan Monday August 31st himanshu says August 31 2009 at 7 51 am Congratulations to you all wishes to you from India baby is looking sweet Southern Gal says August 31 2009 at 7 56 am He s beautiful I miss those days of staying in bed or in the recliner and just nurse and love those babies Praying the adjustment to a new little life in the family will go smoothly for all Emily The Pilot s Wife says August 31 2009 at 7 56 am He is just beautiful Enjoy the quiet moments in the next few days and rest up Emily The Pilot s Wife s last post Wedding Showers and a Giveaway Indeeds says August 31 2009 at 7 57 am Congratulations Indeeds s last post again with the sky Denise says August 31 2009 at 8 02 am oh I have been waiting for this post So thrilled for you He is a precious little guy soak up all you can take good care of yourself too Jessica Lucas says August 31 2009 at 8 12 am He s so cute And I have to say it is totally unfair how beautiful you look After giving birth I looked like a truck ran over me Enjoy your family Maryeliz says August 31 2009 at 8 14 am What a lovely lovely little guy He is gorgeous And you all look so happy Warm congratulations Kim says August 31 2009 at 8 36 am Congratulations to you and your beautiful family I always enjoy checking in on your blog what a nice surprise to find pictures of your new son maria says August 31 2009 at 8 42 am All the best wishes for your family and the Newborn you all look so happy and sweet The photos capture the moment so beautifully I am totally moved And you blog is so inspiring looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us Maria from Finland Alisha says August 31 2009 at 8 42 am congratulations you both look great Jan says August 31 2009 at 8 51 am Congratulations What a beautiful baby Enjoy your time with him You are blessed Teri H says August 31 2009 at 9 05 am Congratulations He s beautiful Teri H s last post where i bean Michele says August 31 2009 at 9 07 am Congratulations He is beautiful Michele s last post Hank the Cowdog Review Andrea says August 31 2009 at 9 13 am And what a little sweetheart Congratulations Amanda Mommy s Idea Book says August 31 2009 at 9 15 am Congratulations Rachel I m so glad you had an easy delivery He is absolutely beautiful and you look great too Enjoy your time with your family Amanda Mommy s Idea Book s last post Have You Tried a SoBe Lifewater Cindy says August 31 2009 at 9 20 am Congratulations He is just adorable You have a beautiful family and I am so happy for all of you Enjoy these very special days Cindy Sarah says August 31 2009 at 9 28 am I have been checking daily to see when your sweet little man would arrive So glad to hear that he made it and the both of you are doing good What a blessing that has been added to your family I have never written but I wanted you to know that you soooooo inspire me to scale down on all the stuff in our lives You are holding the only thing that really matters Congratulations and God Bless you all Sarah Adele says August 31 2009 at 9 30 am Congratulations He s beautiful And glad to hear you had such a quick and peaceful delivery second ones are so much easier don t you think Enjoy this sweet time together Adele s last post Quotable Sunday Tammy says August 31 2009 at 9 40 am CONGRATULATIONS Tammy s last post Busy Amy says August 31 2009 at 9 41 am Congratulations to you and your beautiful family KS says August 31 2009 at 9 43 am Congratulations and blessings He s adorable Nancy says August 31 2009 at 9 44 am He is beautiful Congratulations to your family Nancy s last post its all about the tomato Shannon says August 31 2009 at 9 47 am Stunning all of you Enjoy jill says August 31 2009 at 9 56 am Oh Rachel He s so beautiful Congratulations jill s last post Oh There it is Marci OvercomingBusy says August 31 2009 at 10 21 am Congratulations He is so precious Sarah says August 31 2009 at 10 31 am Congratulations Sarah s last post The case of the dead guppies Erin says August 31 2009 at 10 36 am Congratulations He is absolutely perfect Erin s last post My New Love Affair seashoreknits says August 31 2009 at 10 46 am He is just perfect so lovely Thank you for sharing your joy with us you look so beautiful too and happy Congratulations to you and your whole family Welcome Baby Tom Buffie says August 31 2009 at 10 54 am Congratulations He s adorable and I hope you enjoy your time off with him Buffie s last post Menu Plan Monday August 31 Michelle says August 31 2009 at 10 54 am Oh my goodness he is incredibly cute And you look beautiful Michelle s last post Bench Monday Cindy says August 31 2009 at 10 59 am Congrats he s beautiful Cindy s last post My precious boy RF says August 31 2009 at 11 01 am Newborns are perfect Congratulations on the healthy happy birth of your son Many blessing to you and your family as you all get to know one another And a special hug and kiss for Lane I hope I don t see a new post for a while Liz says August 31 2009 at 11 09 am AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW he is beautiful Get great rest adn enjoy that bundle of joy A true gift form God Lisa says August 31 2009 at 11 09 am Great Scott he s cute God bless Lisa s last post Food Bobbi says August 31 2009 at 11 11 am Congratulations he is gorgeous Sylvia says August 31 2009 at 11 12 am He s beautiful Enjoy every minute Kelli says August 31 2009 at 11 25 am Congratulations He s adorable Kelli s last post New BF Sandra says August 31 2009 at 11 38 am I was wondering about you guys last night I m very happy for you and your sweet little family God bless you and your family Renee says August 31 2009 at 11 41 am Congratulations He s beautiful and you look amazing Renee s last post Queijo Fresco Tostada Charity says August 31 2009 at 11 49 am Congratulations He s beautiful Charity s last post Mmmm Mmmm Good Courtney says August 31 2009 at 12 05 pm He is gorgeous I mean really GORGEOUS Congratulations Angie says August 31 2009 at 12 27 pm What a wonderful intro Beautiful baby congrats and you are sure deserving of time with that wonderful little one jen says August 31 2009 at 12 29 pm He is delicious Congratulations jen s last post Mulligan please Dee Wilcox says August 31 2009 at 12 30 pm My first thought was Aww congratulations And then You posted at 1 38 AM Go back to bed Best of wishes for you and your family I hope these next few days are blissful for you Dee Wilcox s last post Hornworms Chickybeth says August 31 2009 at 12 42 pm Congrats I am so happy for all of you and he looks like a total sweetie Thank you for always giving me something to smile about p s Excellent pictures They are wonderful Shanna says August 31 2009 at 12 49 pm What a doll baby he is Enjoy all your time with him lucky girl Lily says August 31 2009 at 1 05 pm Congratulazioni So glad everything went smoothly after all and quickly Holly says August 31 2009 at 1 05 pm Congratulations He s beautiful Holly s last post Bicycling Advice Always Wear Your Helmet Vanessa says August 31 2009 at 1 12 pm Congratulations So glad everything went well Enjoy your time together God bless Katherine says August 31 2009 at 1 16 pm Congratulations to your family What a beautiful angel Katherine s last post Bust Your Clutter Free Your Life valerie says August 31 2009 at 1 23 pm Blessings to you and your family and it s new addition Colleen says August 31 2009 at 1 31 pm He s a blessing Amanda says August 31 2009 at 1 41 pm He really is beautiful Congratulations Cristina says August 31 2009 at 1 46 pm He is absolutely perfect Congrats to you and your family Ginny says August 31 2009 at 1 52 pm Congrats what a little beauty Ginny s last post My Husband Karen says August 31 2009 at 1 56 pm He s gorgeous Congrats Karen s last post In my back yard kinda juliet says August 31 2009 at 2 01 pm I knew it That last post was up just few days too long He s BEAUTIFUL looks just like his sister 100 000 congratulations Lisa WhatFeedsMySoul says August 31 2009 at 2 07 pm Oh congrats He is so precious I love his little smile Lisa WhatFeedsMySoul s last post taking time for slowing down Jennifer says August 31 2009 at 2 20 pm I know this is just one of a long string of congratulations but he really is so darling Good luck to you Jennifer s last post PJs don mae says August 31 2009 at 2 20 pm Wonderful news He is beautiful Congrats to both of you don mae s last post Like A Kid In The Candy Store Lee says August 31 2009 at 2 21 pm What a sweet little blessing love that first picture I m just going to add that I m impressed you did your no spend month while pregnant I was busy going to favorite restaraunts and buying baby stuff I didn t need in those last couple of months Lee s last post Photo of the Day Carla says August 31 2009 at 2 25 pm Oh he is just perfect What an angel Congrat s to you and your family Many blessings to you Carla s last post Card Patterns Happy Saturday Adrienne says August 31 2009 at 2 52 pm Congratulations Rachel and family Tom is so cute liz says August 31 2009 at 3 20 pm Yay He is just the cutest thing ever and I mean that in all sincerity Wow what an amazingly fast delivery Can only imagine the whirlwind you re on now enjoy it Many blessings Liz liz s last post secret messages from the wood fairies Lydia says August 31 2009 at 3 33 pm So happy for you Tom is a beautiful little baby and I love the name Blessings as you enjoy those lovely days with a sweet newborn I m praying everything will continue to go smoothly Lydia s last post Freebie Betty Crocker Potatoes Taryn says August 31 2009 at 3 43 pm Oh my he is gorgeous congratulations Taryn s last post Homemade Craisins Alaskan Andi says August 31 2009 at 3 53 pm Oh my What a cute bundle of boy you have Congratulations on the new babe in your life I am going to have to sign out as seeing these adorable pictures makes me baby hungry and we aren t ready for another lol Have fun on your vacation Clare says August 31 2009 at 4 06 pm Congratulations to you all enjoy every minute V Higgins says August 31 2009 at 4 11 pm squeals He is so precious I hope the next few weeks are very restful and filled with those wonderful new baby memories Alyson says August 31 2009 at 4 32 pm Seriously that first picture is one of the cutest newborn pictures I have ever seen He is absolutely adorable Congratulations Angela says August 31 2009 at 4 37 pm One of the prettiest babies I ve ever seen Congrats on your new little blessing Angela s last post Homemaker Horror Jen K says August 31 2009 at 4 40 pm Congrats He is absolutely adorable Anali says August 31 2009 at 5 56 pm As everyone else has pointed out He s adorable Congratulations have a great time with your piece and quiet Anali s last post Look what I bought I LOVE the farmers market Victoria says August 31 2009 at 5 57 pm Oh my goodness he is simply beautiful Well done you I wish you and your lovely little family much happiness Enjoy these precious first days together xx Victoria s last post Summer Holidays Sherri says August 31 2009 at 6 41 pm Wow he s so beautiful Thank you for sharing these precious photos with us God bless you all Stacy says August 31 2009 at 7 05 pm Congratulations He truly is a gorgeous little guy Blessings to you and your fam Stacy s last post 30 days of happiness 6 Suzanne says August 31 2009 at 7 18 pm Congratulations to you your family I hope your recovery goes really well Tom is absolutely gorgeous amazing and so precious You definitely have a beautiful family Rachel Suzanne s last post Balance Balance Use Your Balance Jules Lovely Las Vegas says August 31 2009 at 7 50 pm Oooooh A big congrats What a precious baby Jules Lovely Las Vegas s last post Persian Las Vegas Habib s Persian Cuisine Org Junkie says August 31 2009 at 8 03 pm What a beautiful boy and amazing pictures Congratulations Org Junkie s last post Menu Plan Monday Aug 31st Kimberlee says August 31 2009 at 8 12 pm Oh goodness What a beautiful little boy Congratulations to you and your family mrs e says August 31 2009 at 8 45 pm Congratulations on that beautiful boy I love the picture of the whole family gorgeous You look wonderful Best wishes to all of you mrs e s last post Views Slackerjo says August 31 2009 at 9 19 pm Rachel you will have to file this post under the category organize as little Tom s birth seem to be an event of the utmost organization and simplicity jodi back40life says August 31 2009 at 9 19 pm what a sweet little fella Congrats to you guys Hope the next few days will be just wonderful soak in all that new baby goodness and you look fabulous by the way jodi back40life s last post It Is FINISHED Williams 1 Bank 0 Sweet Em says August 31 2009 at 9 35 pm He Is Beautiful Sweet Em s last post Trip Picture Catch up Part 2 of kt says August 31 2009 at 9 42 pm So adorable So sweet So angelic So blessed Angela Pearl says August 31 2009 at 10 02 pm He is beautiful just gorgeous Congratulations Laura move to portugal says August 31 2009 at 10 55 pm Congratulations Rachel Doug and Lane he s beautiful enjoy Serena says August 31 2009 at 11 16 pm Congratulations on your gorgeous baby and wonderful labor Jill says September 1 2009 at 12 10 am Congratulations Meeks family on this beautiful and wonderful gift Thank you for sharing your joy with your readers Take care and get as much rest as you can chelsea says September 1 2009 at 1 04 am holy cow is he a cutie forget blogging you just cuddle that boy until he thinks he s too cool for your cuddling anymore he is a doll i hope you all adjust to your new schedule soon take care bronya says September 1 2009 at 1 39 am Congratulations All the best and enjoy your time together bronya s last post what s the day again Camilla says September 1 2009 at 4 20 am Oh my goodness look at him smiling He is so gorgeous And i love the photos of the four of you together it looks absolutely perfect I hope you enjoy your little break and have a great time getting to know your little son Looking forward to hearing from you when you get back to posting Deanna L says September 1 2009 at 4 57 am So Sweet Enjoy Elisa blissfule says September 1 2009

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  • My Favorite Place at Home - Small Notebook
    on craiglist tucked into a hallway alcove surrounded by cork boards I don t know what I would do without it juliet s last post Faustian Bargain robyn says August 27 2009 at 8 20 am i love this idea i ve rotated my spot around the home a lot and end up taking over corners i didn t realize i d wanted to be mine as we redo our home room by room new walls new windows new paint and doors etc we re combining our offices into one and getting a big L shaped desk to share as i pare downt he stuff i own a constant battle challenge i m coming to realize that my half of that desk will be mine but really the spot that i ve claimed as mine it s in the family room the rocking chair that sits in front of the window and the basket next to it are my knitting corner and i LOVE it maybe i ll have to share pictures on my blog robyn s last post Watch Cap an introduction FB FabulouslyBroke com says August 27 2009 at 8 47 am This is stunning I love the idea of a huge desk but sometimes I just want to lie down so I tend to move my workspace a lot in our studio Alisha says August 27 2009 at 9 19 am Hmmm a place of my own No I do not but interesting that you just posted this as I have been thinking about trying to create a space that is solely mine I think everyone should have their own little space Ashley says August 27 2009 at 9 50 am I need a place like this With two little ones underfoot Mommy needs a place to escape and call my quiet zone I have a desk that I finally dug out you should have seen the junk burying it and I have spent quite a bit of time at it since I would love however a cozy reading writing corner all to myself decorated in a coffee house theme a big overstuffed chair lounger and plenty of mood lighting in a quiet kid free zone Ashley s last post Hump day is over Michelle says August 27 2009 at 10 28 am I did have my own spot until the boys wanted their own rooms about two years ago So no more sewing no more crafting no more place to hide the bills and the papers that accumulate I really miss that space that I could call my own Just recently I ve been trying to figure out a way to fit a small space in my room which is tiny to begin with but it would be better than nothing Your space is lovely and I think that tote bag is the coolest I ve ever seen Michelle s last post Wednesday in the Word WorkingMom says August 27 2009 at 10 49 am LOVE

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  • Crazy Nesting - Small Notebook
    5 but it never did She is now one month old and I feel gypped I never got the manic instinct I enjoy your blog so much It makes me feel peaceful Megan at Simple Kids says August 20 2009 at 12 41 pm A week or so before Dacey was born she was overdue by that point Kyle came home and found me in the midst of manically cleaning out all of our dresser drawers Actually when he got there I was cleaning out my underwear drawer and all of his underwear was stacked in piles all over the bed He had a good laugh over that site You just keep up the good hard work mama and you ll be meeting Little Brother in NO TIME Megan at Simple Kids s last post Storytelling Day The True Story of Jack and Jill Mary Anne Davis says August 20 2009 at 12 45 pm My first comment is GET OFF OF THE LADDER I was on a ladder late into my 8th month to hang my yes brand new curtains and caboom fell off Backward thank God just bruised Still horrifies me to think of it As long as you are on the ground I think the nesting cleaning thing is pretty normal Ice cream ah wish I could that now Enjoy these final days and thanks for sharing Mary Anne Davis s last post Lindy s Dinnerware Lynn says August 20 2009 at 1 51 pm I remember climbing up to the top of a 13 foot ladder so that I could scrub our vinyl siding with a brush Lynn s last post Trouble in Crafty Land Tesa says August 20 2009 at 2 52 pm The night before my fourth baby was born my husband found me at the utility sink scrubbing the bottoms of my other three children s shoes He knew the time was near Tesa s last post Letting them grieve Mary R says August 20 2009 at 4 41 pm such a great story I ve never had a baby but I go through the same thing the night before I leave on a trip somewhere for some reason the house has to be immaculate the floors scrubbed the fridge sparkling even though it will just sit collecting dust while I m away I think it quells my travel anxiety a little bit Mary R s last post Travel and Foodie Friday What Was Your Favorite Meal This Week jill says August 20 2009 at 4 44 pm Love it I CANNOT WAIT to get to the nesting stage I am still on the outskirts of the lay on the couch feeling miserable stage But I just wanted to chime in to say Bravo Mama Bravo for eating the ice cream straight on of the carton Kelli says August 20 2009 at 4 46 pm I had post nesting with my first I think after having had a high stress job just being home with a sleeping baby was strange Two days after my first a friend was surprised my mom wasn t over at my house helping my mom replied Um she s making brownies right now I think she s fine It was like this weird thing clicked in my mind that I m a mom and I make brownies I went on a cooking spree Two weeks before my second was born we moved Yikes Talk about nesting Our sales just went way faster than we expected and we had to move while I was soooo ready to have that baby That was tough But we did it Kelli s last post Crickets Shannon Anchormommy says August 20 2009 at 5 44 pm Oh yes I nested like a crazy person too About a month and a half before my due date I started batch cooking like crazy I made 2 3 meals every week that I could stick in the freezer Just about everyone I knew concluded that I was nuts but I tell you what all that work paid off BIG TIME later on I also completely reorganized our linen closet and attached handwritten labels to every shelf for towels sheets bathmats Now every time I open that closet and see the labels I remember the look my husband gave me as I sat there surrounded by towels It was like Who are you Shannon Anchormommy s last post Gimme S more An award winning recipe a cupcake coma Rae says August 20 2009 at 6 41 pm A few weeks before my first I climbed on a chair and starting cleaning the top of the fridge Next I got down on the floor pulled the drawer out from under the stove and started cleaning that My mom was there at the time and when my husband wondered what the heck I was doing my mom just said Nesting Back away Maria K says August 20 2009 at 8 24 pm back away that is priceless Leanne says August 20 2009 at 7 11 pm Ha We ve been thinking about having a second and I m starting to think more seriously that this would be a fantastic idea not because I so want a second or because new babies are so fascinating or because I want our first to have a sibling but because seriously the coupon drawer has just gotten totally out of hand since my last nesting phase Maria K says August 20 2009 at 8 22 pm Very funny and brings back such memories Our first was 2 5 wks early and we had just had our kitchen floor tiled Contractor was a friend of hubbies and helped me wipe down the new floor and scrub the walls between loads of baby shower laundry and wiping every baseboard in the house With my daughter I new I was in early labor but went to work anyway It was Friday and work was only 4

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  • Baking Shortcut: Make Your Own Mixes - Small Notebook
    where they like you to cream the sugars I just put those in a seperate jar Annie Pazoo says August 17 2009 at 6 26 pm Thanks This measure ahead idea is just the best I ve never come across that one before Thanks too for the GF bread recipe I m always looking for good ones supreme says August 17 2009 at 6 38 pm What an amazing idea We are just expanding our pantry and I am totally going to do this supreme s last post Monday Musings Sears discovery mrs e says August 17 2009 at 8 18 pm I ve received gifts of mixes several cookbooks have recipes on how to make them for gifts But I have never thought of something as practical as making a mix for me just to simplify Great idea mrs e s last post First Days of School angelvalerie says August 18 2009 at 3 24 am Love it And I agree they look great Rachel in short you are a genius Thanks angelvalerie s last post fun and adventure D says August 18 2009 at 8 37 am For anyone else that would make more than what looks like probably only one loaf at a time clean glass pickle or olive jars the big deli ones would work mary b says August 18 2009 at 8 53 am Great idea I have been saving all my glass jars and gradually filling them up and using my new label maker to mark them This will be a good thing to use up more jars DH will be happy mary b s last post Menu Plan Monday 08 17 09 Zucchini Anyone Karina says August 18 2009 at 10 42 am This is a fabulous idea and would make a lovely gift Beautiful One note on shelf life in hot and humid climates gluten free flours can break down faster than you might think especially higher protein flours like brown rice bean or soy flour To be safe I would recommend jarring only what you would use within a month and keeping the jars out of direct sun Cool dry storage is best I m glad you like the recipe xox Karina s last post Curried Apple Chicken Stir Fry Recipe with Art School Rice KS says August 18 2009 at 1 48 pm I ve been planning to check out the cookbook Make A Mix by Karine Eliason Nevada Harward and Madeline Westover It s recommended on the Sweet Peas and Happy Things blog Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog says August 18 2009 at 2 20 pm I would feel so cool with several of those jars in my pantry Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog s last post Buying the House A big no way from FHA Sandra says August 19 2009 at 8 40 am Such a great idea As I bake all our biscuits cakes snacks from scratch this will save me so much time and help me

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  • Simple Living Myth: Trying to Keep Up Appearances - Small Notebook
    making the decision to pull our kids out of public school to homeschool them We had to deal with all sorts of criticism from uninformed relatives and friends After a few years of successful homeschooling circumstances in our home changed and we decided it would be best to put all three in school again Then we had to endure the frowns and raised eyebrows of our homeschooling friends I decided then that what is best for me and my family is what God leads me to do so I proceeded with head held high It is also a good reminder not to judge another until you have been there yourself Emily The Pilot s Wife says August 14 2009 at 10 02 am Amen and amen Beautifully said Emily The Pilot s Wife s last post Disqus Comments Paige says August 14 2009 at 10 06 am I think the conecpt of living a simple life can be difficult for some Yes some of the things that contribute to living a simple life are quite easy but it IS truly something you I need to work at I just love reading your blog becuase it really inspires me to do more as in doing having wanting less Thank you P S I like homemade sauce but we freeze much of it for another couple of meals when my husband makes it Thats good too right liz says August 14 2009 at 10 11 am I love this post I feel like I have pressure from both ends pressure from my blog friends to be inspired and simple and zen and healthy and all that jazz and then pressure from my real life friends and partner who think I m a wack job for making beans from scratch and baking my own bread because who does that anymore I guess you just have to find what works for you what makes you happy and what your priorities are I think your priotities are really the key What s really most important to you What others think Saving money Helping the earth Being self sufficient Time with your family Experiences for your kids Very thought provoking Thanks for the food for thought I think the most important thing always is to be authentic People can generally tell when you aren t and will respond when you are even if they disagree Also who wants to be a phony liz s last post what I read this summer Michelle says August 14 2009 at 10 13 am Amen sister I agrew wholeheartedly But you know what I am finding I m finding that people think I m weird for doing what I do I m not judging them for NOT doing it but it seems as if they are judging me for DOING it Ah well I guess it goes to the image thing and since I don t care about image it s all good Michelle s last post Getting a grip Adele says August 14 2009 at 10 15 am Thanks for calling our little simple mini culture out on this Despite the fact that I have some homemade granola in the oven as I write I have many little guilty secrets I absolutely adore my dishwasher I occasionally let my daughter watch a video or two While I use many natural cleaning products I reach for the strong stuff when something s truly gross I couldn t agree more that it s all about the journey Adele s last post On my Nightstand Lisa says August 14 2009 at 10 21 am Yes I ve felt the pressure all week We are trying to live more self sufficiently naturally organically but it s not a perfect plan I raised a dozen Cornish Cross chickens to butcher for our family freezer in the spring and now it s time for more chickens to raise I wanted to get Heirloom chickens this time Buff Orpingtons but I ve waited too long they take twice as long to raise 3 4 months The Crosses take 6 weeks So I m compromising my own standards and going with the ridiculously over bred Cornish s much to the horror of my farmy hippie friend I know I ve disappointed her but I can t wait and care for them for 4 months and into the winter right now Maybe by spring I can have a better plan and raise the Buffs It makes me look bad to my organic hippie friends but a girl s gotta do what a girl s gotta do and I and my family are already doing a lot The guilt is mine to deal with but I do have it Lisa s last post First Day of School Carolyn says August 14 2009 at 11 00 am Regarding your comments on image our pastor has a saying that seems to fit this You wouldn t worry so much about what other people think of you if you realized how little they do Megan at Simple Kids says August 14 2009 at 11 26 am Authenticity is living simply Yes Exactly Sometimes I do find myself carefully thinking about what I share not wanting to disappoint anyone That s why it was so hard for me to share on my personal blog about how much TV my kiddos watch But I would rather be real than be seen as making perfect decisions all the time Just as you said it gives other people freedom to be real and I desire that more than anything in relationships This is a powerful post Thank you for being bold and truthful with us Megan at Simple Kids s last post August 14 SK Showcase paisleypenguin says August 14 2009 at 11 54 am Wow very powerful words I struggle with the perfections syndrome every day My blog is my place to talk about what I want I usually don t include any negatives there The hubs and I are on a really exciting journey right now In five years the hubs youngest will graduate from HS and we plan on taking a year off and travel soon after that In order for us to do this we need to be debt free and have money saved We will sell the condo we live in and store the large items we don t want to repurchase upon our return Our plan after that is to settle somewhere and built a Katrina Cottage small living space Most everything I am doing now are small steps towards larger goals Thank you so much for your gentle reminder of being authentic I use a jarred spaghetti sauce as well Wouldn t that be an interesting poll marisa says August 14 2009 at 1 01 pm thank you for this i ve been struggling to find simplicity right now overwhelmed by all the things that i should be or need to be doing in my life right now this is a great reminder that real simplicity is found in embracing our authentic self it doesn t have to be as hard as i m making it out to be marisa s last post you ll never know dear how much I love you Angela says August 14 2009 at 1 03 pm My post today was entitled Living Simply Although as my post describes this for me was when I was living in a rural area and free from the expectations of the material goods driven city So I guess for me Living Simply means being free of pressures for others Obviously I haven t even scratched the surface of living simply homemade spaghetti sauce oh boy am I in trouble I can see how it would generate competition Why does it seem there are people out there who always want to pressure and judge each other Why can t we just say great job for giving it your best shot Angela s last post Living Simply Charity says August 14 2009 at 1 30 pm This is so refreshing to read I ve made it my goal this year to try one new thing a month for our family along the line of simpler more natural living Some months are great cloth napkins were a simple transition other not so much hankercheifs are still in the maybe column I love that we can learn to support one another rather than feel threatened by what other people place priorities on Charity s last post Making Progress steadymom says August 14 2009 at 1 33 pm Great post there s nothing better than being real We all have different passions visions and goals living simply can and should have many different definitions Jamie steadymom s last post Inspiration for Your Weekend Jessica says August 14 2009 at 1 37 pm Mostly I ve had trouble with my own vision of what I m supposed to be doing rather than what other people see of me Every time I put a loaf of bread or a package of crackers in the shopping cart I think I should be making this myself When I m supposed to find the time to do all these things I just don t know but somehow I still feel like a bit of a failure because I buy my bread pizza dough or yes even the spaghetti sauce I do however put all these items in my reusable grocery bags Jessica s last post Smile Hez says August 14 2009 at 2 21 pm What perfect timing I m feeling pressure from an upcoming birthday party for my daughter A friend is having her child s party the same weekend She s going all out for her son and I m left thinking Is what we have good enough Could I have done better What will everyone think I lost focus on what the reason for the party is to celebrate the life of my daughter Thank you for helping me remember that mrs e says August 14 2009 at 10 23 pm Keeping up with others we never measure up Someone always does it better is more on top of things leads a more beautiful life When we finally get to the point that the only one we want to impress is ourself well that is an accomplishment I ve said it before you inspire so many mrs e s last post Then and Now Southern Gal says August 14 2009 at 10 47 pm I feel it There s a huge push in our homeschool group to buy and grind whole grains to make your own homemade bread Don t get me wrong It s a healthy nutritious way to eat And I love to bake bread But now it s gone to co ops for maple syrup coconut oil raw honey get the picture That stuff is EXPENSIVE I want to be healthy and frugal but I m having trouble marrying the two lately And being bombarded with every new natural product is making it super hard to feel like I m doing anything right Wow I think I needed to vent Sorry Rachel says August 14 2009 at 10 59 pm I remember the first time about two years that I heard of someone grinding their own flour At the time I couldn t figure out why anyone would do such a thing In the same conversation she was talking about how she had no time to keep her house clean Like someone else mentioned you just can t do or have it all I just pick one or two I love the honey because I could eat it with a spoon but I just can t work in the coconut oil too Maybe we ve just been so blessed in our country that we feel like we re not doing good enough if we don t always get the best of everything It s probably best for our kids anyway if they see us making choices instead of trying to have it all Minnesotamom says August 14 2009 at 11 03 pm Yes yes one hundred times yes I have felt the pressure I look at the magazines the blogs and I feel that I will never live up to that standard I will never have a perfect white room with a few colored accents and an apple resting on top of my current read My coffee table has crayon on it for weeks before I wipe it off or most often make her do it I don t can don t quilt don t grow my own veggies because I don t have the time or the land I am handy at most things I try but the time consumption of doing them is something that makes these activities NOT simple for me I love giving handmade gifts preparing from scratch meals and living sustainably But sometimes these things are usurped by a need for efficiency rather sanity There I said it and it felt good I am living authentically right Minnesotamom s last post MN State Fair Food Finder Sara says August 15 2009 at 3 20 am Simplicity and Success is a great book I have read ALL the books on simplifying and if you dont have a purpose or a vision of you want in mind well good luck Bruce Elkin the author talks about your vision of simplifying and how to get there your way not how someone else s way looks For example many of my friends would laugh if I said that I value living simply However my wardrobe is simple our food is simple well chocolate doesnt count and our life is harmonious well most of the time It really depends on how you see it I make my own spaghetti Bolognase sauce but I buy my pesto For the life of my I cant grow herbs So how do you see Living Simply Its your own version As the famous saying goes Be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else Sara katiek says August 15 2009 at 7 20 am It s amazing how living simply and living green has become something that involves so much social pressure We recently stopped using our credit cards and living just with what we have and we re feeling the crunch here at the beginning of the school year I m starting to realize that living simply sometimes involves great sacrifice that helps the whole household get healthier more financially responsible and more creative I thought I was frugal and creative before but now it s a sink or swim issue It s not fun but I know I will be proud later when we ve figured out how to truly live off almost nothing Thanks for this post it s came at a time that I was feeling pretty alone in this struggle Comparing myself at this point is torture and I hope I can remember what the sting feels like when I m out of the woods and still trying to live with JUST what I have katiek s last post First Grade Satakieli says August 15 2009 at 1 15 pm I really enjoyed this post We try to live simply and naturally however I find that my son has an overwhelming number of horrible plastic toys Simply because they are all hand me downs I m not going to go out and buy brand new wooden toys when he can recycle something that someone else no longer wants Admittedly those wooden toys look much nicer though I d love to grow my own food too except I live on the second floor and have no garden I find there s the dream that s present in the beautiful photographs you see everywhere of course I want my home to look that way But then there s the reality If you look at the reality in the right way then it s just as beautiful if I take baby steps then I ll achieve my dream eventually because every little thing I do to stay simple or live green makes an impact Satakieli s last post Brum brum Amy Sue says August 15 2009 at 3 53 pm This post is marvelous There have been times where I have been overwhelmed by the plethora of blogs posting in the name of simplicity Often I have thought that if I don t sew don t compost don t bake don t make fabulous meals all from things I grew out of our garden don t have amazing art projects for my children to do each day don t decorate my home with the incredible revamped thrift store finds etc and then don t take fabulous pictures of it all with amazing lighting then I m not measuring up I love your definition Authenticity is living simply I am more inspired to celebrate my little successes and changes each day Thank you juliet says August 15 2009 at 5 33 pm My latest blog has a picture of the aftermath of Kristallnacht and I m using lots of bad words to talk about the health insurance industry so I guess my answer is no not feeling any pressure here I jest a bit of course We each do our best and that won t be same for any 2 ladies or gents because we all have different gifts and deficits It s about what s most important to you Every choice is a sacrifice juliet s last post The Devil We Know Lily from Italy says August 15 2009 at 6 03 pm I think I ve felt this pressure because there s always someone who s doing better things than me It s not about appearances though I don t care about people s opinion

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  • 38 Weeks - Let's Talk - Small Notebook
    be a part of a miracle Renee McCrory says August 12 2009 at 11 23 am I really can spell REALLY Billie Jean says August 12 2009 at 11 32 am I so enjoyed the video You look great I wish you your family the best Enjoy this special time together My son Sevy is already 5 months old and it surely passed by too quickly julie says August 12 2009 at 11 37 am What a beautiful person you are blessings on the upcoming birth of your baby Heather says August 12 2009 at 11 39 am You are a beautiful special woman I am so happy for you guys Megan at Simple Kids says August 12 2009 at 12 29 pm RACHEL You are PRECIOUS and DARLING and DELIGHTFUL You are absolutely beautiful and glowing and just well precious Good on you for writing in advance When I was at the end of AJ s pregnancy and I was still trying to keep up with a toddler in the Texas heat of late summer I just laid on the couch A lot I can t wait for Little Man to arrive You ll love having two Treasure these last days and make sure to do a little writing just for your sweet family too XOXO Megan at Simple Kids s last post What We re Reading Wednesday August 12th Amy Bayliss says August 12 2009 at 12 42 pm Rachel You are so precious I m praying for you and that little one He will be here before you know it Amy Bayliss s last post Just another family night Katherine says August 12 2009 at 1 17 pm So fun to see and hear you You are precious I am enjoying your blog and today s video was a great touch Katherine s last post A Mind is a Precious Thing to Waste Cindy says August 12 2009 at 1 50 pm Rachel Thank you for the video Children are a blessing from the Lord and I wish you all the best Renee says August 12 2009 at 2 19 pm You are absolutely darling I loved the video I love reading your website and it was so fun to kind of meet you Good luck with the new baby Thanks for sharing Lisa says August 12 2009 at 2 34 pm You are just the sweetest girl ever Good luck and may you have a beautiful healthy baby boy VERY SOON Lisa s last post The Mystery of the Secret Ingredient Amy says August 12 2009 at 4 48 pm You look beautiful Rachel I did the same exact thing prepping the blog before the baby You are a smart cookie Good luck with the remainder of your pregnancy Jessica says August 12 2009 at 5 01 pm It s neat to finally see who I am reading about I am a fairly new reader of your blog I read somewhere that you live in Texas

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  • Teaching Sewing - Small Notebook
    I had learned alot and started sewing again Now I love creating stuff Tami s last post Crayon Keeper Rollups Girl Designs Clutching to the Vine says August 10 2009 at 11 28 am I love this My mom made most of our clothes at least the ones that weren t hand me downs when I was growing up I don t sew much now but I mend a lot and I m thankful for the skills I learned from her This weekend the netting around our neighbor s trampoline tore My eight year old son got a needle and thread and sewed it back together My neighbor and I were amazed Sometimes I wonder what else my kids would do if they were just given a chance Clutching to the Vine s last post Courage Elisa says August 10 2009 at 12 27 pm Two memories when the oldest of my 5 was young EVERYTHING was a potential craft project every cup and straw from Mc D s etc One useful project I had each child design their own placemat We used stick on letters for their name on a 11 17 sheet of paper Then they used other stickers I had on hand to decorate around the edge however they wanted I took them to the office supply store for heavy duty lamenating so they would last which they did for years Because we left the middle blank they could then draw on them with vis a vis markers a new masterpiece everyday Megan at Simple Kids says August 10 2009 at 3 06 pm I ADORE this post I have a sewing machine I am too terrified to use must get over but we have been doing lots of hand sewing lately It is so fun to do this with Dacey One of my new favorite pastimes for sure Megan at Simple Kids s last post From the Archives Teaching Your Kids Without Them Knowing They re Learning Heather says August 10 2009 at 4 01 pm You are the most precious amazing mother I know Lane is so beautiful She looks so happy in those photos Absolutely priceless Allison says August 10 2009 at 7 33 pm I m bookmarking this post My 2 1 2 year old is so eager to learn sewing since his mama is very attached to her machine and he wants to do everything we do I think I ll start teaching him soon Allison s last post Decorating on a Budget Jenn Valencia says August 10 2009 at 9 16 pm I have never learned how to sew either by hand or on a machine and I would really like to learn how I d love to find a woman who d take me under her wing as an apprentice and teach me first by hand and then with a machine then I in turn could teach my 4 year old Anyone recommend first steps for achieving my dream of

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  • What Do You Collect? - Small Notebook
    in a pottery pot that my daughter made in college In winter I display a basket of pine cones and in fall I bring out some dried grasses I think that natural things give me a peaceful feeling and the price is right Darlene says August 8 2009 at 11 46 am I collect Mother of Pearl compacts and cases calling card cigarette and some evening clutches They are so beautiful and are really fun Our big clunky purses of today have none of the elegance of earlier eras I also collect tons of other things too many to mention here and yes my house is very cluttered with all my collections LOL But they bring me joy And I have stopped collecting and just enjoy what I have Eileen says August 8 2009 at 11 52 am When I was younger I collected fabric buttons and sewing things and marbles as I got older collections have grown not as much fabric now but still love to get some once in awhile I ve given lots of fabric away on the Freecycle group But now have a small collection of blue glass Pez tea pots little chairs sock monkeys one of my favorites barbie and 8 doll collection really like the 8 ones and the list could go on I guess I am a collector lol Love your blog missy its almost naptime says August 8 2009 at 12 15 pm I collect children missy its almost naptime s last post FRIDAY FAVES Perfume Phyllis C says August 8 2009 at 1 12 pm I collect clocks I have a wall in my kitchen with 24 clocks on it I think the most unique is one made of tinker toys I bought it at a garage sale for 50 brought it home put a battery in it and it works like a charm Johanne says August 8 2009 at 1 15 pm I suppose I could say that I collect yarn as my stash tends to grow faster than I can knit it Marcia Francois from Organising Queen says August 8 2009 at 1 28 pm I collect notebooks and journals Angela says August 8 2009 at 1 28 pm Books We have one room that we call the library and I am constantly trying to figure out how to get everything on the shelves Leigh says August 8 2009 at 1 36 pm I collect books I like all kinds but love old books on domestic subjects I buy used books and love the hunt through old book stores I rarely buy new It feels like cheating The nice thing is they are easy to store and to dust liz says August 8 2009 at 1 49 pm What a great question Your balcony looks totally fabulous great job I ll bet you can keep stuff out there year round too At the risk of sounding like a little kid I collect rocks We have a jar of rocks and shells and feathers and things from our travels I also collect jars I am converting most of my kitchen storage to glass but am loathe to spend money on them if I can help it liz s last post an attempt at batch cooking Lori says August 8 2009 at 3 21 pm No collections but LOVE yours Beautiful Love your site too Inspiring juliet says August 8 2009 at 4 07 pm Some day I d love to collect money Not in a weird Indecent Proposal all over the bed kind of way Just quietly in the credit union where I can visit it whenever I want juliet s last post The Devil We Know Sheryl says August 8 2009 at 5 03 pm You name it I have collected it Starting out probably 55 years ago it was perfume bottles then I started antiquing with my mother and grandmother and it became anything I thought was pretty As I grew older it became depression glass the Open Lace Pattern and I grew tired of that and started seriously collecting cups and saucers from everywhere they are all gone now except for a precious few My taste has changed as I have grown older but I still thrill for the hunt I now have a slew of chickens and roosters shells buttons stamps vintage jewelry mostly Indian turquoise vintage evening bags and various other whatnots that fill two antique secretaries I have slowed down but have loved every minute of it Money and space doesn t permit it anymore Rona says August 8 2009 at 5 47 pm I would say birdhouses I also love handmade cards Rona s last post Please Don t Dump Your Pets Jen says August 8 2009 at 6 24 pm I collect frog items Or I should say I used to I m trying to stop people from giving me more of them now I also collect postcards from the vacation places I ve been and when I was younger I collected buttons with funny sayings on them I only have the frogs on display and I m trying to come up with a good way to display all the postcards and buttons Any ideas Rachel says August 9 2009 at 4 33 pm I used to hang post cards on my wall with binder clips Here s an inspiring idea for displaying a post card or photo collection Krista says August 8 2009 at 6 32 pm Ok I m a nerd I collect erasers I have since I was a child I have well over 500 they are all fancy erasers like ones in the shape of the Statue of Liberty a phone a pencil I even ocassionally put them out on display at the Library I work in Kids think they are pretty cool but I m 32 Krista s last post Friday Favourites Connie C says August 8 2009 at 6 40 pm I collect three things now

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