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  • 3 Quick Tips on Peaches - Small Notebook
    or so to a peach orchard and pick a couple bushels of peaches When we got home we did the hot water cold water peel and then mom added some sugar and froze them in ziplock bags They were delicious all winter My favorite thawed and used to top vanilla ice cream Yum A little bit of summer in the depth of winter mrs e s last post Going Batty Denise says August 6 2009 at 8 35 am wow it is hard to believe that a year has passed since I emailed you that little tip I think I am marking time now with what is in season I like that concept Michelle says August 6 2009 at 10 06 am Hands down cut up into a bowl with a bit of sugar and milk YUM Michelle s last post Then and now RF says August 6 2009 at 10 32 am The peach skins don t disappear while a cobbler pie or crisp bakes but in my opinion the skins aren t that big of a deal and much easier than peeling a huge batch of peaches Jennifer Clutching to the Vine says August 6 2009 at 11 29 am I didn t know you could peel peaches by plunging them in boiling water I love it when I learn a new tip like that Thanks Jennifer Clutching to the Vine s last post Sticking to Routines Lauren says August 6 2009 at 11 45 am Fresh peaches cut up with cream and sugar was a common dessert when I was a child We never peeled them This is interesting to know Lauren s last post Modern Manners Thank You Cards Southern Gal says August 6 2009 at 12 36 pm I learned the boiling water trick from my mother in law and her mother They canned all the time Tomatoes work well with that method also I ll have to try the disappearing peach skin oh amanda says August 6 2009 at 12 49 pm How funny I was just going to post about peaches I have honestly NEVER liked peaches until this year I guess it s b c I was forced to eat those slimy canned peaches in my school lunch as a kid But let me say that fresh peaches are HEAVENLY oh amanda s last post Stuff I Keep Forgetting To Tell You Part 4 Princess Ballet Camp Cherry Tree Lane says August 6 2009 at 12 57 pm hilarious you wrote this because I have tons of them in the fridge and didn t know what to do with them Cheers Cherry Tree Lane s last post two peas in a pod Adele says August 6 2009 at 1 28 pm Just found your blog and love it We freeze sliced peaches and eat them like Popsicles during the year Perfect for teething babies and toddlers too Adele s last post Repurposed Bookshelf steadymom says August 6 2009 at 2 07 pm

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  • The Takeaway: What I Learned from Our No Spend Month - Small Notebook
    that So thank you Karen says August 4 2009 at 11 33 am Lots of great lessons Congrats on your success and thanks for the inspiration Karen s last post Mistakes were made A belated weekend recap Rachel says August 4 2009 at 11 37 am These are some great tips I use the wishlist idea and it definitely helps One that I need to work on is finishing up old projects before new As far as quick freezer foods what do you suggest Making a meal and freezing it or buying frozen meals Rachel says August 4 2009 at 12 13 pm Most of our frozen meals are soups that I make ahead of time and then portion out and freeze They re great complete meals that don t take up a lot of space in the freezer I m sure there will be a blog post about some of our freezer meals in the next couple of weeks Rachel says August 4 2009 at 12 34 pm Oh good I can t wait to read it Abbie says August 4 2009 at 11 57 am I really like your idea about finishing projects instead of starting new ones I have a bunch of crown moulding sitting in my basement waiting to be hung We even have nails caulk and the saw Just need a sunny day to put this up And it would feel so much better to finish this project than to look at a bunch of new supplies waiting to be used And I can totally relate to not sending your husband to do the groceries mine sugary impulse purchase central right here Great post congratulations for getting through the entire month What a wonderful challenge Abbie Abbie s last post No TV Week at My House steadymom says August 4 2009 at 1 15 pm I tend to impulse buy books my passion so I find if I force myself to check out a title at the library first it helps me know if I REALLY need to add that title to my permanent library Jamie steadymom s last post Sponsor Giveaway Tiny Sprouts liz says August 4 2009 at 1 22 pm I agree about the wish list We walk over pretty much all non food purchases and pretty often decide we don t need the item or can make do Time will usually tell you whether you really want something or if it s an impulse buy For gift giving we use wishpot I love it my wishpot is full of practical things and for my birthday and Christmas I get things I want and need I ve been freezing tons of stuff lately in antcipation of going back to work full time next week I just worked out the costs and for 5 frozen meals and some extra sides I spent about 15 I did spend almost a whole day cooking but I still think it s worth it Congrats again I ve loved reading your updates this month awesome job liz s last post Alaskan farmers market Sandra Gonzales says August 4 2009 at 1 23 pm My inspiration for cutting back this summer was a 2300 balance on a loan I took advantage of hand me downs for my 10 yr old s play clothes and church dresses I ve paid attention to every dollar and it paid off I paid off the loan as of 7 31 09 Sometimes it was really hard denying myself things but now I realize they were fleeting pleasures I enjoy reading everyone else s thoughts I don t feel alone in this endeavor anymore angelvalerie says August 5 2009 at 1 22 am great work I am trying to work towards debt free ness too angelvalerie s last post patience is a virtue Kait Palmer says August 4 2009 at 2 22 pm This was actually easier than we expected it to be Although with us both commuting every day gas took up most of our budget and we had to fudge and fill up my car two days before the end Our pantry is lighter now and I think we may try this again in the wintertime The hardest part was when it was 90 degrees and the only options for dinner involved standing over a hot stove we scrounged our change and went to Taco Bell the last day It definitely taught us to plan our meals ahead and think twice about what we re buying And we managed to save our entire emergency fund in one month We ll be doing this again for sure Kait Palmer s last post Swagbucks Vicky thecitycradle says August 4 2009 at 3 16 pm Thanks so much for posting your thoughts about the month We are just starting our no spend month for August It has been 3 days and I am already feeling the pain of it but learning a lot about myself and my spending habits I can already tell there will be many valuable lessons to take from this Thank you for your encouragement Vicky thecitycradle s last post Sunday Snaps Jessica says August 4 2009 at 4 46 pm I ve recently started only running errands on my way home from work so that we rarely use our car on weekends I m always tired after work which means that I only stop for necessities on my way home once or maybe twice a week which also means I do a lot less impulse shopping I think I m going to try your wishlist strategy too I think it might help me out And we re trying a modified no spend month this month I hope it goes as well as yours Lauren says August 4 2009 at 6 05 pm I do my no spend month in October I did it last year and got the idea off your blog I did learn many lessons as well back

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  • No Spend Month Update: The Final Day - Small Notebook
    post it as a wanted item on freecycle Someone else might be upgrading their pots and you could benefit or other things you need it s a win win register in your area at freecycle com Good luck mrs e says August 1 2009 at 11 31 am You are such an inspiration I have found myself being more economical even without a no spend month It is truly amazing what we don t really need I love the picture of Super Girl flying through the air mrs e s last post Lake House Mornings jodi back40life says August 1 2009 at 11 40 am great post it s been so interesting to hear how it s gone for you guys not sure I want to tackle a no spend month though I know it would be good for us eating out is definitely my vice as I just don t enjoy cooking LOL thanks for sharing the journey jodi back40life s last post Pictures around the House Kim whatsupbird says August 1 2009 at 11 53 am Congratulations I ve enjoyed following your No Spend month and get great ideas from your blog Love the Yippee picture too Kim whatsupbird s last post I am a Winner Lyn says August 1 2009 at 1 45 pm So happy for you and your accomplishments You ve been very inspiring and I ve looked forward to reading about your journey Lauren says August 1 2009 at 1 51 pm Well done for doing so well I to am ike all of us really trying to save money at the moment I did give in an spend money on some sale items today hehe but I have been soo good We have even discovered that you can survive easily and healthily on 25 a week for two people Lauren s last post The Phenomena of The Sale Paige says August 1 2009 at 2 03 pm Congrats Awesome job and truly inspiring Shannon says August 1 2009 at 2 37 pm I love that picture Nothing more beautiful than seeing a papa and his children Shannon s last post Fermented Cod Liver Oil Jake says August 1 2009 at 3 40 pm Hi congrats on your success with no spend month I got halfway through July and made the decision to take a trip next year This means saving like a wild thing for the next 6 months with Christmas in the mix plus Birthdays etc The outcome was that having jumped on the wagon halfway through the month I managed to spend just 8 00 for the last two weeks Bread and milk only and a few bits and pieces for my pet bird I will be doing this for the next 6 months to save as much as I can that way I will not come home to a credit card bill as big as the national debt Cherry Tree Lane says August 1 2009 at 5 44 pm Thank you for your inspiration to all of us Thank you Thank you Cherry Tree Lane s last post ILV i love vintage Sharon says August 1 2009 at 7 16 pm You are my inspiration I ve just spent the last of our emergency savings on a new heating and air conditioning unit for our home we desparately need to put money back into our savings so we are once again attempting the No Spend or as I coin it Spend Less month in August This is no longer an experiment but a necessity for us If you have any pointers please let me know Sharon s last post My menu is complete and my debit cards are in my dresser drawer mtfiddlegal says August 1 2009 at 7 53 pm Great I just found your blog a few days ago thanks to a friend of mine My parents lived on nearly nothing when I was growing up and I never felt a lack of anything Mom tells me that one time all she had was an onion for dinner so we had onion rings for dinner She must ve had some flour and oil or butter Anyway my friend and I were going to go out to lunch today but because of your blog we packed a picnic and ate in the park Saved us each about 10 15 and much more charming anyway Thanks Life from the Roof says August 1 2009 at 8 56 pm I like this it encourages us moms who can feel pressured by others expectations that we have to spend a lot in order to raise our kids properly Life from the Roof s last post Da Big Ma Life from the Roof says August 1 2009 at 8 59 pm Glad to see you made it through and with money left to spare I m still amazed you did it on 250 Our gas expenses alone usually get close to 150 which would leave us only 100 left for food We re going to try a no spend month in October but my big downfall is that I just love to cook from scratch and there s always one ingredient or another that I m running out of Admittedly though we have been spending more on fruit during the summer given the amazing selection of produce I ve found too that cooking at home often helps you realize both how much you spend on eating out as well as how much better things taste at home for the most part These days I often find it hard to pay for something when we eat out if I know I could make it myself and taste better Breakfast places are especially hard to enjoy 12 for a plate of bacon eggs and pancakes Life from the Roof s last post Da Big Ma Jennifer says August 1 2009 at 9 30 pm Way to go Jennifer s last post I Like Nice People

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  • No Spend Month Update: Week 4 - Small Notebook
    This technique has helped save me from myself many times Your husband is a rock star for helping to save the day It would be interesting to hear his side of no spend month Nancy says July 29 2009 at 8 16 am Doug gets a gold star And you re a pretty lucky gal to have a husband that knows how to save the day with just a couple of dollars Good job on your no spend month Nancy s last post A Little of This A Little of That Beth Young says July 29 2009 at 9 04 am woo hoo Beth Young s last post Summer Mango Salsa Life from the Roof says July 29 2009 at 9 18 am You re doing so well I know it s hard especially if you re pregnant and trying to eat just what you have on hand Glad to see that you were able to work a piece of cheesecake in your budget at least We re going to try to do our No Spend Month in October when I m at home most of the time anyway with our new baby and won t be able to get out too much to spend Life from the Roof s last post Gnawing down to the bones Paige says July 29 2009 at 9 37 am Enjoy every bit of that chessecakse you deserve it Michelle says July 29 2009 at 9 39 am Wow You have done so well with this Sounds like you might come out ahead even WITH the cheesecake And can I just say Sometimes a girl just needs a piece of cheesecake Smart hubby you have Michelle s last post Wednesday in the Word Amy says July 29 2009 at 9 47 am What a smart man you ve got there It s the little things isn t it It just makes all the difference Christy Z says July 29 2009 at 10 50 am Great save Admittedly I m skeptical of things like this it seems to be delayed spending as the next month people are back to spending without limitations What is your plan when this is all finished Otherwise this months was just saving up to spend more when it s over Wishing you luck Rachel says July 30 2009 at 7 53 am I ll be sure to write about that and share our plans since I am asked about that a lot julie says July 29 2009 at 11 38 am Your No Spend Month is inspiring mrs e says July 30 2009 at 9 52 am Wow I am impressed And I think the husband did the right thing Cheese cake is definitely just the perk you needed Congrats on inspiring the rest of us mrs e s last post Back from the Lake se7en says July 30 2009 at 2 56 pm Well done I have been so inspired by your month and can t believe how quickly

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  • How to Make Kombucha Tea - Small Notebook
    kombucha for a long time but haven t been able to find a SCOBY Danielle says September 16 2009 at 2 10 pm I was wondering does the tea need to be caffeinated Also if I get a cutting of a SCOBY will I be able to grow a proper one Rachel says February 10 2010 at 11 23 pm I use caffeinated black tea Feel free to experiment A cutting of a SCOBY works fine and it will eventually grow It doesn t matter what size or shape it is Denise says October 26 2009 at 8 40 am I am just making my first batch Last night I put my SCOBY in and it sank to the bottom This morning it is standing on it s side still on the bottom Is this normal Rachel says October 27 2009 at 10 24 pm Denise that s totally fine It will float back to the top eventually Staci says June 1 2010 at 11 55 am My scoby never did float to the top Throughout the entire 7 day brewing process it stayed at the bottom The batch tasted okay but was not very fizzy Any suggestions Laura says November 16 2009 at 11 11 am Hello So I started my first batch with a test tube sized gift scoby in a quart jar The scoby is still on the bottom 5 days later and it s growing a daughter on top but also it has all this clouded mass attached to it what looks like a frog egg cocoon It doesn t seem to be a scoby starter but this is my first brew so I am clueless I guess I am worried because I left a paper from one of the tea bags on accident does that change ph or cause a mold Thanks for info Rachel says November 23 2009 at 10 33 pm Does it look more like you expected by now The clouded mass is the forming of a new scoby and it doesn t matter if it floats or not I wouldn t worry about the tea bag paper marta says February 1 2010 at 8 32 pm Hi I left all the teabags for a week I forgot to take them out Did it screw up my kombucha Please let me know Thanks Rachel says February 1 2010 at 10 06 pm It s probably fine liz says November 30 2009 at 9 45 pm Can you reuse the scoby Rachel says December 8 2009 at 11 35 pm Yes you can use the original scoby again It will also form another scoby on top and you can use that one too Chris says December 16 2009 at 10 14 pm So it s day three and I ve got nothing Any suggestions Should I just start another batch Rachel says December 17 2009 at 12 26 am I would wait several more days before starting over It may just need more time Chris says December 16 2009 at 10 16 pm The above comment is regerring to growing a scoby I m on day three of your scoby growing technique Sorry forgot to elaborate Mimi says January 1 2010 at 11 05 pm Hello I want to begin making batches with flavor How much and what is the best furit juice or real fruit pieces to use and when Thanks anyone who s been successful I really like the GT s cosmic cranberry but cranberries are so tart Any suggestions appreciated Rachel says February 1 2010 at 10 07 pm We like using grape juice for grape flavor We ve also tried cherry juice concentrate but we like the grape better I add the fruit flavor right before bottling it See Day 10 Step 4 above maria carton says February 5 2010 at 9 06 am Thank you for the easy instructions I recently started and my sister told me she takes the scoby that she doesn t want chops it in little pieces and adds it to her plants It has made them very green and abundant in foliage Chase says February 10 2010 at 4 41 pm This is the best site for learning how to do this I had actually experimented and started to make my own Scoby before I found this site and I am happy to know I did it correctly I ve made just a few batches and am thrilled at how gorgeous my mushrooms have turned out This is probably a silly question but can you eat them Is it a super food yet to be discovered like blue green algae or bee pollen propolis royal jelly My first batch was a bit acidic very reminiscent of apple cider vinegar My second batch even after thirteen days was a bit sweet Both taste great to me though I have yet to achieve the effervescent stage Any suggestions Thank you Rachel you are providing such a wonderful service and fabulous information Rachel says February 10 2010 at 11 34 pm I don t think I ll try eating it ever but be my guest I m glad yours turned out so well The effervescence depends on the bottles you use The bottles need to be air tight otherwise it s like leaving the cap off a soda bottle and the coke goes flat So after a few days of sitting at room temperature in closed bottles it becomes fizzy At that point you want to refrigerate it so that it won t continue to build pressure and burst Rosemary McElroy says March 21 2011 at 2 25 pm Does this mean that if my kombucha from the store is not fizzy enough i can let it sit at room temperature for a little more kick Or has the process stopped once it is refrigerated ElizaDay says March 6 2010 at 3 00 pm Too much sugar in your recipe I used it my kombucha smelled like sulfur and it made me sick I did research and sugar should be 1 cup per gallon 1 4 cup per quart Rachel says March 6 2010 at 4 11 pm Too much sugar might make it too sweet but it doesn t make it smell like sulfur Something was clearly wrong with your batch I would suggest you start over with a new SCOBY Sweetness can be adjusted to personal preference by adding more or less sugar in the beginning or by how many days you wait before bottling Branen says March 29 2010 at 10 07 am Hello I just purchased a bottle of GT s original kombucha tea last night at Whole Foods with the intent to grow my own SCOBY but an employee of the store said he has heard numerous people try to grow one and simply cannot because the tea is already fermented Regardless I still purchased the bottle and still plan on trying but what s your take on this I mean obviously your post states that it IS possible but this guy was so arrogantly confident it would not work that it got me thinkin thanks Rachel says March 29 2010 at 12 09 pm I did it and it worked Did he even try Probably not Just try it add some fresh tea and sugar to help the SCOBY grow like I did and give it a shot Renee says July 16 2010 at 9 46 am I did it and it worked I used GTs Citrus flavor because that was all I had and I only used half a bottle because I drank the other half and I also put the sweet tea in with the Kombucha all at once instead of waiting a few days I only used about 3 tablespoons of white sugar for 1 cup of tea and it worked just fine Got a beautiful SCOBY Renee s last post Haekelbeutel Vinko says April 1 2010 at 1 09 pm Question about the starter what is the purpose of starter if you are using a scoby thanks Rachel says April 7 2010 at 5 41 am It gives it a head start Renee says July 16 2010 at 9 48 am It helps keep the tea and scoby at the correct pH level so that no other unwanted things will grow along with your scoby Renee s last post Haekelbeutel Diane says April 7 2010 at 5 00 am I just started trying to grow a scoby last night It s pretty warm in the house should I refrigerate it I know you have to keep the final product refrigerated but as its brewing are there temperature concerns Rachel says April 7 2010 at 5 35 am You want the SCOBY to be at room temperature to grow so don t refrigerate it unless you are trying to keep it dormant The refrigeration slows down the fermenting process in the kombucha as well Mary says April 8 2010 at 1 19 pm Where do I get the kombucha if I don t have kombucha from last batch I ve never made it before so there has never been a last batch charlie says April 14 2010 at 11 47 am Im going to try and make some today by the way I know GT who makes the stuff they sell in stores and Ive been drinking his since he started making it at home for himself and its the very best out there I just wish I got a discount on the stuff just for knowing him sallie says May 13 2010 at 3 50 pm how much grape juice do you add kerry says May 26 2010 at 8 09 am over mother s day i visited my daughter in houston and she gave me a scopy it survived the plane trip home and a week before i started the batch i just bottled my tea today after 13 days and had the first taste it did taste like dry champange i used the swing top bottles you suggested and flavored 6 bottles with grape pomegranate cranberry and mango flavors i left 3 bottles alone the flavor was just too good i used a gallon of distilled water 1 1 2 cups organic sugar 3 green tea bags 3 black tea bags my question is this even though i strained the tea there are one or two bottles that have a small quantity of yeast floating should i strain that again Eileen says June 25 2010 at 9 27 am Thanks for the great instructions I have successfully grown my scoby and am ready to start brewing my tea Does it matter if the container I am planning to brew in is much wider than the scoby Would it take longer to brew than if I used a narrower container Judy Roberts says June 26 2010 at 11 23 am I ve wondered the same I just bottled some from a bottle with a relatively narrower neck than what I was using It brewed just fine though the SCOBY kinda puffed up in the middle kerry says September 6 2010 at 6 11 pm no the SCOBY will grow to fit the container in fact you can cut a piece of the SCOBY and put in a jar and it will grow to fit the jar i use a 3 gallon jar with a 12 inch opening for my tea the SCOBY puts on a new layer every week which you can use to start a new batch the SCOBY will grow to fit the dimensions of the jar you use you can discard the bottom layer every so often as the SCOBY grows this will usually have a lot of yeast attached and is beneficial for compost i would use the top layer to start a new batch but that s just me the bottom layer has all the good stuff Judy Roberts says June 26 2010 at 11 22 am I ve been putting a stick of cinnamon in each bottle when I bottle the tea It makes it taste like apple cider Delicious kerry says September 6 2010 at 5 29 pm i m gonna try that for Christmas thanks Renee says June 27 2010 at 6 12 am Thank you so much for these instructions I have 2 bottles of GTs Kombucha left and there is no more to be found in the entire city of Houston as far as I can tell so I am going to try your method for making my own SCOBY Say a little prayer to the Kombucha Gods for me that it works THANK YOU AGAIN kerry says September 6 2010 at 5 32 pm i can help you with that my daughter lives in tomball if you really want a SCOBY she can help you i got mine from her on mother s day and i have the best kombucha batch ever hamedah says June 29 2010 at 5 46 am I am living in Singapore I have been asking aroud about the kombucha tea but failed I need to make one myself but the problem is i dont have the kombucha itself What i know is that i need the scoby to start making the tea We dont have store in singapore that sell the scoby or the kombucha I want to grow the scoby myself Can you help me with this Where can i get 1 Thanks Hamedah kerry says September 6 2010 at 6 19 pm you can buy a SCOBY online they live for weeks in baggies and it shouldn t be a problem to get one shipped let me know if you want one Alexandria says July 8 2010 at 10 22 am Hello I am a newbie at Kombucha I just started a batch and it also fell to the bottom I have a few questions 1 Do you think my fell to the bottom because my tea wasn t at room temperature I left it for five hours but I woke up at 130 in the morning to add it so I could have been sleepy and didn t notice it was still warm 2 How do I test to see if my scoby is working How do I check to see if bubbles are forming Should I taste it before the 12 days 3 When I recieved my scoby in the mail it seemed there were two in the ziploc I add both along with the tea does this sound ok Thanks My k tea is like a child I just want it to succeed kerry says September 6 2010 at 5 55 pm i m a newbie too in any event you will succeed my SCOBY fell to the bottom in my first batch too it will float to the top after time don t put the SCOBY in warm tea it should always be at room temp that being said it doesn t die easily and can take a hit warm temps can bring mold however so always check for that if mold invades the batch you will have to discard everything here s the good news you can bottle your tea after 9 days yes do a taste test mine always tastes like dry champagne my recipe is listed above bottle your tea after 9 days and leave the bottles sitting on the shelf for 5 more days before putting them in the fridge this adds those wonderful bubbles sometimes my swingtop bottles overflow like popping a bottle of bubbly when i open them after 5 days you can always drink the tea during this time but it tastes better cold after a couple of months of turning the tea over you will have the most wonderful home brew champangne sometimes it takes a while to disintegrate the vinegar smell a lot of stores are pulling the kombucha tea from the shelves due to the alcohol content which in insane because it s not much different from the organic apple cider vinegar that i used to start my batch SCOBYs can still be found online let me know if you want one Jessica says August 17 2010 at 4 15 pm Hi i was wondering can i use roasted brown rice green tea to make a batch i have a scoby ready but this is the only tea i have in the house Do u think the brown rice will mess it up kerry says September 6 2010 at 5 59 pm that just sounds bad to me i wouldn t waste a SCOBY to try it but let me know if it works this stuff is so resilient that it s hard to mess it up Sarah says October 26 2010 at 7 55 pm Just to add my 2 cents about creating your own scoby from scratch I THOUGHT I remembered how someone did it on a site so I basically made up a batch of tea with sugar how I would normally make it I used to make it a couple years ago and stopped so I remember this process but someone gave me a scoby then and I now I didn t have one I then poured in a bottle of original kombucha and waited for it to grow a scoby Umm it grew little green fuzzy things instead lol Then I decided to try growing one in a bottle of berry flavored GTs that I had already drank about 4 5 from it grew a perfect fat little scoby in about a week I am ready to try my new batch of KT again So excited Sarah says October 26 2010 at 7 58 pm BTW I didn t add any tea or sugar while that little scoby from my GTs was growing I just put the bottle uncovered on the counter put double paper towel over it

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  • Good Reads: the Money-Free Weekend Edition - Small Notebook
    The Basics Behind a Budget that Works from Simple Mom You can t realistically predict an entire year s worth of expenses Simple Mom writes about how to make your budget flexible each month since financial needs and goals change all the time 15 Low Cost Ways to Beat Stress from Wise Bread Pretty much all of these ideas are on my list to do this weekend Groceries Expense or Investment an open discussion at Beauty that Moves Making short term sacrifices in order to achieve long term goals another good one from Money Saving Mom Have a good weekend friends 1 Comment July 25 2009 in This That Links About Rachel I write about practical tips that will help you simplify at home Connect with me on Pinterest and Twitter Previous How to Make Kombucha Tea Next Gracious House Guests with Kids Comments Mrs Green says July 25 2009 at 11 11 am What a great list The sun is shining here and we re about to make some paper boats and go and race them on the stream Good fun full of memories and it won t cost a penny Thanks for the inspirational reading Mrs Green s

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  • Gracious House Guests (with Kids) - Small Notebook
    in Family Life About Rachel I write about practical tips that will help you simplify at home Connect with me on Pinterest and Twitter Previous Good Reads the Money Free Weekend Edition Next No Spend Month Update Week 3 Comments Shannon says July 24 2009 at 5 05 am Great tips Pulling our toddler back into bed with us usually works It s our squirmy wormy and loud baby who wakes up by 6 30 that is the struggle Shannon s last post Food Roots July 23 where does your food come from Damsel says July 24 2009 at 6 32 am Hmmm You make me thankful that I don t have to deal with this My parents are VERY early risers and usually take the kids so we can get a bit of extra sleep Thanks for the reminder that I need to thank them for this when we go for Christmas That said when we visited my grandparents I just made sure to take my almost 5 year old son to a playground every morning for at least an hour Letting him burn the energy early in the day made him much more likely to be quieter and behave at their house for the rest of the day Damsel s last post Ready Rachel says July 24 2009 at 7 56 am Our biggest challenge when we visit is finding food to meet our diet restrictions Most people don t realize how many ingredients could make Lane or Doug sick We often end up bringing a cooler or grocery bag of foods with us FishMama LifeasMOM says July 24 2009 at 9 02 am Good point Rachel Even though we don t have dietary restrictions I ve found that it helps to bring a small bag of groceries

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  • No Spend Month Update: Week 3 - Small Notebook
    the oven the chips get crunch toasty Nancy s last post Strawberries Waste Not Want Not Life from the Roof says July 22 2009 at 2 55 pm Have you ever had Mexican style scrambled eggs We called them chiliquias growing up but they also appear on restaurant menus as migas Anyway you basically add crushed tortilla chips stale or fresh to your scrambled egg mixture w a little cheese salsa and sauteed onions and veggies if you prefer I usually don t like scrambled eggs but love them with tortilla strips in them Life from the Roof s last post On vacation Hetal says July 22 2009 at 8 41 am I try to plan out my meals and buy things accordingly so I don t end up hoarding food in my pantry and never using it Amy says July 22 2009 at 9 15 am I just want you to know that your posts have been such an inspiration to me I am so unorganized at home that I spend way too much on groceries My husband and I are really trying to cut back and I have really been resisting it I am going to try to no spend in August I hope I can have the same success as you have had I am sure this first time around there will be a few bumps but we have to start somewhere Thanks again Amy s last post Wisdom in the Waterfall Sherry says July 22 2009 at 10 06 am I really admire your efforts to live on what you have I think it is a reality check for all of us The old adage of store what you eat eat what you store is true Tsoniki Crazy Bull says July 22 2009 at 10 45 am I ve had the best intentions of doing a no spend month at least three or four times the past couple of years But that s all it s been intentions I hope to be able to do this soon it sounds so great I don t spend much money as it is but the pantry could use a good cleaning Tsoniki Crazy Bull s last post Getting Into Writing marisa says July 22 2009 at 11 10 am Thanks so much for documenting your No Spend Month It s always inspiring marisa s last post you ll never know dear how much I love you Katie at makingthishome com says July 22 2009 at 11 32 am Great thoughts in this post Because we move several times a year we ve become really conscious of the things in our cupboards It s one of the few benefits of packing up so often I like your perspective as a family that isn t moving and is trying to look at these things Way to go with the far less than 250 so far My sister will love this post Katie Katie at makingthishome com s last post Dispersing A Childhood Collection Kelli says July 22 2009 at 11 41 am Although we are not doing no spend month I have been following along and am so inspired by what you re doing We may even try it one of these months that we don t have to travel Because we ARE traveling a lot though when we are home I have also been trying to clean out the foods we have stored in our pantry It is amazing how much food accumulates that would probably be there FOREVER if we didn t do this once in a while Mrs Green says July 22 2009 at 11 49 am This is such a timely post for me I m having a major house declutter and I m doing the kitchen cupboards at the moment I have just FREECYCLED a load of food because I thought I would never get through it One of my goals is to become more organised and that means taking an inventory of all the food in the house so that I know at a glance what we have Your line about a shelf full of food yet nothing to eat reminds me of my husband s wardrobe of clothes LOL I think it s great you are getting creative with using up stocks so rewarding and saving you some money too I ll be joining in with this over the next couple of weeks when the majority of the kitchen cleaning is done I also have a fabby resource to share on our site later in the week that can really help with nothing to eat syndrome Well done and keep up the great work I love reading your posts Mrs Green s last post What s under your fridge Kait Palmer says July 22 2009 at 12 06 pm For us to go to work and back it costs us 40 week in gas so that has really eaten up our budget We ve been good to eat what we have but with only two of us and limited space we don t have as much pantry clutter as the normal family I did eat a two year old Easy Mac for lunch one day found a really old gift of scone flour to make a dessert and we had omelettes and fried potatoes for dinner last night we re getting creative Thanks for the inspiration I think we re going to make it Kait Palmer s last post Crap Crackers Kim whatsupbird says July 22 2009 at 12 07 pm I decided to skip the grocery this week and make do We really have tons of stuff but if I don t have the exact thing I want I ll usually just scoot off to Publix We had a pasta with fresh mozarella and italian sausage on Monday night with a fresh tomato salad from the garden even had a guest over I decided to go ahead with the leftovers last night and

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