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  • Good Reads: The Nesting Edition - Small Notebook
    Simple Mom s Spring Cleaning Party which starts on Monday We re trying out a corn free diet to see if that fixes some issues This is in addition to our already dairy free and wheat free diet Somehow having to give up more food is not such a big deal anymore But sometimes during Lane s nap I still eat ice cream Actually yesterday that was my lunch and it was good I finally tried this black bean soup from Salt and Chocolate It was tasty and best of all it was ready in less than fifteen minutes I can t even bake frozen french fries that quickly This weekend I hope to spend some time working on my patio garden with the dove Hope you have a good weekend 4 Comments May 2 2009 in This That About Rachel I write about practical tips that will help you simplify at home Connect with me on Pinterest and Twitter Previous Off Track Get Reacquainted With Your Finances Again Next Live Simply By Staying True To Yourself Comments nicola says May 2 2009 at 2 05 pm thank you for the links i love both my kids but my son gives hugs and snuggles in a way my daughter never did at his young age of course he keeps me in shape running after him too nicola http whichname blogspot com nicola s last blog post on the net and wool coasters winner renee FIMBY says May 2 2009 at 6 49 pm Re corn free We are a mostly gluten free corn free and vegan household My husband gets skin rashes from eating wheat and corn which has pretty much eliminated all processed foods from our diet which is a blessing renee FIMBY s last blog post May Day

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  • Live Simply By Staying True To Yourself - Small Notebook
    submitting to silly conventions KaseyQ s last blog post Spiritual Sundays Finding Financial Peace Juliet says May 1 2009 at 11 53 am Kasey You totally need a playroom Go for it Juliet s last blog post Let us now set aside childish things Prairie Chick says May 1 2009 at 9 41 am I really needed this today I have been struggling lately knowing what I want and need to do but something inside me fighting it because I think I am jealous of my friends who run around and meet up all the time and have pretty different lifestyles from me The truth is that the envy is an illusion I m really not envious of that lifestyle but the different ness factor does its best to put a thorn in my side and rob me of my simple joy It s been a tug of war for me but I know that this is what it s all aobut staying true to myself and my lifestyle and letting go of anything that clutters and detracts from that Thank you for saying it so succinctly and for giving me someone something to say yes I am not alone here Prairie Chick s last blog post Bed Breakfast Juliet says May 1 2009 at 11 52 am I love this post Once we can quiet ourselves enough to see what we really want it is so liberating to say no to everything else Juliet s last blog post Let us now set aside childish things Megan SortaCrunchy says May 1 2009 at 12 04 pm Wow Emily Such great words Thanks so much for sharing I can say in all honesty that something about hitting my thirties finally allowed me the freedom to embrace who I am as a person who we are as a family and just rejoice in the different ness that we all possess It makes such an amazing difference in the level of joy I can experience just knowing that I am completely comfortable in my skin and not apologizing for the choices we make as a family Thanks again for sharing such great truth today Megan SortaCrunchy s last blog post Simply Thrilled Christine says May 1 2009 at 5 36 pm Now if I could just get that thru my children s minds that being who you are is okay and special Grow into liking your own skin Then again i guess that is what youth is about the journey to finding who they are Thanks for such a nice post Christine s last blog post Day 6 It s Thursday Night I love em Denise says May 1 2009 at 5 44 pm B E A F U T I U L L Y put Emily I am in the midst of some personal changes and this post was very inspiring Thanks Sally says May 1 2009 at 7 05 pm Thank you for this most inspiring post today I am going

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  • Craigslist Savvy: How to Buy and Sell to Decorate Your Home - Small Notebook
    let you know SavvyChristine says April 27 2009 at 11 31 am I wish more people thought of buying used first I like to go to CL and browse for wedding stuff I ve seen so many beautiful wedding dresses and decorations and for sale It looks like you got some neat stuff That card catalog is wonderful Amanda Mommy s Idea Book says April 27 2009 at 11 57 am I ve heard of Craigslist but I ve never even checked it out I guess I should since I m in the market for some furniture for my office As far as selling stuff I don t like the hassle of trying to sell something or having strangers come to the house to look at it I just always give everything away to friends relatives or charitable organizations I obviously don t make any money this way but it s just so much easier and helps others out too Amanda Mommy s Idea Book s last blog post Tips for Family Vacation Planning Introduction Christin says April 27 2009 at 12 10 pm What a great idea Thank you for the tips We have bought from Craigslist before but I never thought to decorate that way Thank you Juliet says April 27 2009 at 12 34 pm I love The List I m on there everyday and YES you can get amazing deals on very high quality items I have a hard time justifying buying anything new when I can easily find everything I need on CL I use a first offer gets 24 hours rule That way if they don t show I have the next offer ready to pounce Letting people know that there are other folks interested and only giving them 24 hours to pick up really motivates the buyers and they don t dilly dally Of course if they pay up front they can pickup whenever I m nice that way Juliet s last blog post marissa says April 27 2009 at 12 41 pm Thank you so much for the tip off to the Craig Toolbox That makes Craiglist so much easier to use Shilo says April 27 2009 at 2 09 pm I love the card catalog What a unique idea Shilo s last blog post Florida Precious Q s and Unforgettable Mommy Moments Tonni says April 27 2009 at 3 42 pm We don t do CL where I live but our comparable site is Kijiji I was inspired by your mantel headboard and just found one on Kijiji planning to check it out this week Thanks Tonni s last blog post Kamille Tillsonburg Ontario Maternity Photographer Aly in Va says April 27 2009 at 8 09 pm all great finds and best of all recycled Aly in Va s last blog post Earth Day 2009 Meg says April 28 2009 at 12 17 am I love Craig s List As others have mentioned I also make people get the item within 24 hours and always post pictures and dimensions If something is defective I take a picture of what is wrong with it so the potential buyers aren t imagining something worse than it is Additionally and I ve noticed not a lot of people do this I write my ads in outline format not complete sentences and paragraphs It is frustrating to buyers to have to read a whole block of text Breaking it up and being concise allows people to scan your ad quickly Blessed says April 28 2009 at 6 29 am Thanks for the tip about the Craigslist Tool Box Oh and I m so envious of your card file that is an awesome find We love Craigslist too I bought a 400 crib and changing table off of a lady for 40 then sold the changing table a year later for 50 The crib is a convertible so it will change into a toddler bed when we re ready for that We ve had a lot of luck with other stuff too The free section is also a great way to get rid of stuff that you don t have time to haul off but that isn t sellable like our old broken oven and etc and I ve picked up stuff for free that I turned around and sold later when I was finished with it once that was a really nice stroller Blessed s last blog post More Turkey Hunting News mamaloves says April 28 2009 at 8 16 am Thank you so much for the tip about CraigsToolbox I installed the add on yesterday and love it By the way congratulations on your news about having a baby boy You must be so excited Elle melissa the inspired room says April 28 2009 at 3 55 pm I didn t know about CraigsToolbox I just sold my old washer and dryer a refrigerator and a kids ride on toy And a couple of years ago I bought our Pottery Barn sofa Love Craiglist melissa the inspired room s last blog post My Kitchen The Top 10 Things I Learned While Remodeling on a Budget Suzy says April 29 2009 at 3 12 am I ve always wanted a librarian cabinet like that Rachel What a great buy Craigslist is not a place that I ve used for making purchases Suzy s last blog post 14th 100th LOST Episode My 300th Post Yay lifeasamama says April 29 2009 at 8 12 am LOVE Craigslist Use it all the time My hint would be to have the sections of craigslist that you check all the time sent to your Google Reader Yup there are RSS feeds That way all the new ads for just the sections that you want show up in your Reader I created a folder just for them and they re all in one spot Pretty cool lifeasamama s last blog post Mother s Day Already Sally Parrott Ashbrook says April 29

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  • We're Having a... - Small Notebook
    be outside all the time dirt puppy dog smells after playing his deep love for his mommy a more difficult time separating going to school camp etc than your daughter See above the cutest little tighty whities and athletic socks EVER low maintanence eating bowls and bowls of cereal when they are going through a growth spurt the best cuddles EVER feeling a connection like never before the excitement of raising a good man You will love every minute of it too COngratulations pam s last blog post happy weekend Terry says April 24 2009 at 11 36 am Congratulations on your blessing While there may be clear and distinct differences between them you can be assured He will be a joy and fill your life even more with love laughter and precious moments to cute to forget Looking forward to the unfolding of your parenting adventures Blessings and hugs to you Terry s last blog post Lara says April 24 2009 at 11 47 am trucks trains airplanes and spiderman Whitney says April 24 2009 at 11 57 am Congratulations As for having boys my son is all boy I don t have a daughter but comparing to the other girls I know he is HIGH ENERGY And this is true of other boys his age too Some of that may be personality but wow he has so much energy When he s tired he crashes but until then it s zoom zoom zoom until bedtime He loves to be tossed and thrown etc and loves anything like that Oh and food He s such a piggy It s a blast Alex says April 24 2009 at 11 58 am Congratulations Rachel Boys are the best It s just like girls just faster hardier and more tumbly But boys love their mommas and in the end it s just joy joy joy all the way around Here goes a wish for a healthy beautiful happy baby boy Elizabeth says April 24 2009 at 12 24 pm Congrats Rachel I only have a girl so no advice I can give you But I m due in a month with my second it ll be a delivery room surprise but I m feeling more like it s a boy than another girl but we shall see Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy Elizabeth s last blog post Potty training is not for the weak Cindy says April 24 2009 at 12 30 pm Congratulations How exciting for you My son has never been ashamed to have me come to his school volunteer in his classroom or talk to his friends My middle daughter is horrified by all of the above My youngest daughter is 4 and still thinks that the sun and moon rise and set with me Boys are fantastic daughters too You will have a lot of fun with him and he will make you smile daily Terra Jones says April 24 2009 at 12 52 pm As the mama of two boys 2 and 8 months they are awesome granted I m more of a tomboy than girly girl lol But boys love their mama s My 2 year old also LOVES to help in the kitchen some would say that s a girly thing but I think it s great he s learning that and he is a GREAT big brother very loving usually gentle lol he is ROUGH and TUMBLE though It s great Terra Jones s last blog post What will I be up to after we move Kacie says April 24 2009 at 12 55 pm CONGRATS My little boy is 4 months old He is such a sweetie pie I m wrapped around his little finger Tightly But I wouldn t have it any other way Kacie s last blog post How much can we spend on housing Rachel says April 24 2009 at 1 20 pm Congratulations I don t have a son but I do have two brothers and I love them dearly Laney will be a lucky little girl Rachel s last blog post Crafty office supplies Laura says April 24 2009 at 1 46 pm How wonderful I had my boy first his sister followed 3 years later and let me just say it was easier with a boy Girls can be high maintenance from the get go IMHO though I wouldn t trade my princess for the world Wouldn t trade my boy either though that s a fact Boys are rough giggly defiant protectors heroes and they love their Mommy unconditionally she is always the prettiest nicest bestest person in the whole world Oh and you get to learn the very hard lesson of letting them be rough and tumble which means they get bruises and cuts and scrapes and yet they go back again and again to do the same thing that caused the pain because it is so much fun I am just learning this now as my 7 YO DS is really into cycling and he LOVES riding and doing tricks on a pump track BMX track the same bruise that would have had him in tears two years ago he now laughs about and shows off as a medal of honor boys just like his Daddy Laura s last blog post Inspiration Jessica Lucas says April 24 2009 at 1 48 pm I have two girls but I ve heard a boy with an older sister makes him a better husband someday Maybe it s because he spends his youngest years looking up to a female Anyway congrats and good luck Rona says April 24 2009 at 2 25 pm It s been a pleasure having a son He s now 17 years old but he s still our Little One Marcus loved to destory things Not a good idea when he drew on our brand new TV screen He loved the outdoors playing lots of sports and being silly Now that he s older it s about the iPod cell phone and the latest clothes Our husband and I decided to stop with him and have no regrets It s been a challenge but we wouldn t have traded it for anything Rona s last blog post Her Husband Rocks On Grace for Gayle Ivy says April 24 2009 at 2 36 pm Congrats Ivy s last blog post Fun Foto Friday Heather WoolandFlax says April 24 2009 at 2 53 pm I m so happy for you I absolutely love raising boys We do a lot of running inside and out I have the movie Cars memorized as well as the names and parts of most construction vehicles We do a lot of building with blocks and Legos and couch cushions and I find myself picking up worms for them to hold in the garden They love to play and wrestle with Daddy but when they get hurt they want Mommy They re probably more of a challenge physically but it s well worth it Congratulations Heather WoolandFlax s last blog post Mess nicola says April 24 2009 at 3 00 pm congratulations i have 4 5 yr girl and a 16 mo old boy they are soooo different but both so loving and lovable and they adore each other but oh are boys active my son could climb before he could walk and so far this year we have had 1 ER visit 2 dental injuries and 2 head injuries i am thrilled for you nicola http whichname blogspot com nicola s last blog post friday internet finds Meg says April 24 2009 at 3 01 pm Congratulations I love posts about your family Renee says April 24 2009 at 3 11 pm Boys are WONDERFUL I have 4 boys and 2 girls Each is a miracle and they are each so different and quite fabulous I love being a mom to my sons I love it with my daughters too but since you are having a boy we ll just discuss the great things about sons The world needs strong and kind men and you have the opportunity to add to this great bunch There is nothing better than the great hugs you get from your boy I love watching my boys tackle a new challenge just wait until you watch their thought process and the way their brains think I love how they can make new friends as easily as breathing air They are adventurous have such great imaginations and I love that vroom vroom noise they make when they realize for the first time that anything with wheels can go I love laundry day when I clean out pockets to see what new things they see as treasures You will love cheering for them at soccer games cheering for them at their pine wood derbies and hugging them good bye as they head for their first prom looking so very grown up and handsome Each stage of life is a joy and an adventure Get ready for the ride of your life Congratulations Leigh from 123 blog says April 24 2009 at 3 40 pm Congratulations I m pregnant with boy girl twins too and am also wondering what on EARTH I m going to do with a boy except kiss and snuggle him Nicole Miraty says April 24 2009 at 3 49 pm Baseball Rocks Dirt Easier to clean parts Well at least when they are young enough that you have to do the cleaning Little smushy kisses ESPN More baseball Girls are awesome too but the clothes fight I am in the middle of right now with my daughter is making me forget why Shilo says April 24 2009 at 5 38 pm Congratulations We have two boys and they are so much fun Shilo s last blog post And Suddenly I m the Fastest Girl in the 5th Grade Again Robin Baker says April 24 2009 at 6 22 pm I ve got two boys under 4 and they are all about trains dirt sandbox playdough dirt bikes cars dirt loving their mommy and did I mention dirt it s fun congrats Robin Baker s last blog post Good Friday Amy says April 24 2009 at 6 56 pm Congrats rachel boys are so wonderful I have 2 and 1 little baby girl Boys are so loveable with mamas there s nothing like your little boy giving you hugs They are so curious and loud and energetic you won t be bored they love working with Daddy but still come over to give mama a big kiss how special for you to have one of each What a blessing Amy Tatiana says April 24 2009 at 7 13 pm Congratulations My little boy is now 2 and I can tell you you re probably in for about the same as you have now with your daughter at least for the first few years My son is facinated with my ponytail holders it s probably the bright colors But as many mentioned above be prepared for lots of trains trucks hugs and yes dirt Tatiana Mandy says April 24 2009 at 7 42 pm Congratulations We have a 16 month old boy and currently he enjoys observing his bellybutton and other parts of his anatomy blowing kisses and peeing in the bathtub He is the joy of our earthly lives Aly in Va says April 24 2009 at 10 31 pm Congrads I only have girls so no advice on the boy front except to watch out for those boy fronts during diaper changes Aly in Va s last blog post Earth Day 2009 Pattie says April 24 2009 at 10 48 pm I have an almost 30 y o daughter and my baby boy turned 27 Wed My daughter was always Daddy s Girl and my son well let s just say he was firmly tied to my apron strings until at least 3 y o and sometimes I tease that he still is Both kids still at home I have 2 amazing Grandsons who couldn t be more different from each other Girls are great but can be prissy whiny mopey little creatures then you factor in heartbreaks boys and the monthly girl thing and I think I d pick a boy any day of the week On the other hand your daughter learns to be a great Mom friend and woman from her Mom you whereas the boy child learns from their father so whichever sex our children are for me it s a win win all the way around Boys are dirtier smellier and get into way more icky stuff than a girl ever would and I think there are more injuries broken bones and blood than you have with a girl For the most part I believe that 95 of all boys are fearless which will leave your heart pounding every day once he learns to walk Congrats to you and yours I follow your blog daily and was thrilled to learn of your impending motherhood and thrilled now to read it s a boy Your daughter is precious Always put a washcloth or something down in front when you open his diaper The cold air always makes something happen and it s a shocker when you get hit chelsea says April 24 2009 at 10 55 pm Yea Congratulations Since I have 2 boys I have no daughter to compare with but be prepared for stick collections rock collections dinosaurs cars trains heavy footfalls and this innate desire to wrestle with other boys Really my 1 year old started tackling his older brother at 6 months old And while my youngest is completely attached to my hip my oldest loves to do everything just like his daddy but still would be lost without his mommy jill says April 24 2009 at 11 00 pm A boy How wonderful Congratulations Carrie says April 24 2009 at 11 41 pm Boys are amazing My baby is turning one tomorrow and I also have a three year old They have both had me wrapped around their finger from the minute I laid my eyes on them The bond between a mother and a son is just amazing to me I wanted a daughter when I was pregnant the first time I had no idea what I d do with a BOY Now I have no idea what I d do with a girl When comparing my boys to girls of the same age boys are simple When your son looks at you with adoring eyes and says Mommy you are beautiful I guarantee you will melt to a puddle I love having sons they are my true blessing Although I will say you will likely be disappointed with the selection of boys clothing and shoes at most stores The good thing boys don t care what they wear Minnesotamom says April 24 2009 at 11 59 pm Congratulations Minnesotamom s last blog post Sherman se7en says April 25 2009 at 1 30 am Brilliant We have 4 boys and 3 girls Love them both but they are a completely different species You will love just as totally as you love your daughter but in his own unique way Congrats se7en s last blog post Happy Anniversary and Se7en Wedding Tips Wendy says April 25 2009 at 2 21 am We have two little girls so I m not an expert on the differences but one of my sister s has four boys aged 4 to 13 Her boys are SO well behaved They are loud and rough but also fiercely protective of my girls and play so gently with them Congratulations jen vickyandjen com says April 25 2009 at 2 16 pm I can t help ya there Got 2 girls Congratulations and good luck Jen Amy says April 25 2009 at 3 03 pm I have an eight year old son and can tell you from personal experience that boys are awesome I would be delighted with a whole house full of them Most of my friends have girls and I have noticed a few major differences My son is much more likely to have a fit about something than the girls but he is quick to forget about it The girls on the other hand are far more emotional and frequently sulk and brood over things My son is also much more active but also more cuddly and tender hearted than the girls Other boy traits They somehow know how to make the sounds of every car truck rocket and weapon without being taught They will make a gun out of anything crackers sticks legos it s remarkable They have an uncanny ability to memorize every painful detail about their favorite things Star Wars sports airplanes and then repeat it back to you They are always covered in dirt and multiple bruises Congrats on the boy You are going to love it Amy s last blog post Rock Band Laura Leigh says April 25 2009 at 5 55 pm Congrats Rachel and family John s only 2 but he s into bugs dirt and throwing and catching a ball He also likes airplanes cars and big trucks It ll be fun Laura Leigh s last blog post Hey Batt ah Batt ah Suzy says April 25 2009 at 8 25 pm Congratulations Rachel I have two sons their young adults now but let me tell you that you re in for a lot of action and fun I discovered Legos with them and we d play with them for hours and hours They loved playing with boxes and making things out of stuff in the garage Plus they liked to play in the trees and they made themselves a treehouse type roost all by themselves Even today my favorite type movies are action adventure probably due to the

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  • A Home With Your Favorite Things - Small Notebook
    get rid of some of them but not all Another tactic I use is pretending that we re going to move which by the way is going to happen eventually I ask myself if the item is really worth the hassle of packing up and moving to a new location kirwin s last blog post A place of my own Marci says April 22 2009 at 9 14 am We move every few years and it is a blessing as far as keeping the knick knacks out I have learned to only keep what I want to move later Because we move a lot I don t have end tables or shelves on the walls That used to bug me Now I realize not all furniture will fit in all houses Without tables and shelves I don t have spaces to put a lot of clutter Works for me I do have a few items that I won t part with Like the beautiful picture that hung above my grandparents bed their whole married life a wedding present from their church and a stained glass lamp that my late cousin made for us as a wedding present Marci s last blog post Tired of the negative Elizabeth says April 22 2009 at 1 03 pm I never buy knick knacks and only buy things that are truly necessary other than books But even they are kept to a minimum We have a 6 month rule other than seasonal items if we won t use it within 6 months we dont really need it The only things I have that make me truly happy are my family Juliet says April 22 2009 at 2 40 pm My husband makes me keep all the public television public radio coffee mugs we ve received from years of pledging I hate them They are ugly and I don t like to drink from them because the rims are too thick I have problems Yet knowing they are on that back shelf in basement gives him great peace Go figure I am a rabid declutterer but the things my grandmother made for me a baby blankie a knit throw a wall hanging will be with me always Looks like the mugs will too Juliet s last blog post Enough Adrienne says April 22 2009 at 3 30 pm Hi Rachel I just discovered your blog a month or so ago and I m really enjoying it So many thing you say have been in my head for so long and you so wonderfully lay these ideas out I completely agree with this post However my parents love to buy me little knick knacks trinkets and gadgets for my kitchen plus toys for my kids that I simply don t want or need I know they enjoy doing it but we live in a small apartment and already lack the space Plus these are often things that I don t enjoy looking at or will even

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  • 10 Gifts for Kids That Don’t Involve “Stuff” - Small Notebook
    with them for hours at a time on a regular bases However Polly Pocket Barbie My Little Pony ect are just so much clutter Stephanie Keeper of the Home says April 20 2009 at 9 43 am Great topic This is definitely a direction that we ve been moving in with our kids Not that we ve ever been big stuff buyers when it comes to them but we re just trying to be more intentional about giving something meaningful and not just another toy One of my favorite new ideas was snagged from a good friend give a membership to a place that makes for fun family outings For example last year we bought our kids a family membership to the local zoo It was a blast and so nice to have a great place to go for free when we wanted to get out as a family This year my Mom was asking what to get my son and I offered the membership idea which she loved So she and I are going to put some money together for his birthday next month and choose a new place for the year Perhaps Science World or the Aquarium the possibilities are endless Another thing that I have done is to make meaningful memoirs for my kids For my daughter I created a large framed piece of art with her full name it s meaning and the Bible verse that we ve chosen for her all done in scrapbook style in colors to match her bedspread I expect it will be something that she takes when she moves out I can t wait to make one for my son and for every child that we have Stephanie Keeper of the Home s last blog post Introducing Healthy Homemaking One Step at a Time Steph Problem Solvin Mom says April 20 2009 at 10 34 am I love this concept and as a family that lives in a small space I love gifts that we can use up rather than those that take up space or worse yet gather dust Rachel I would love it if you d link this post up on my Organizing Tip Thursday roundup Steph Problem Solvin Mom s last blog post Crockpot and freezer menu planning Sharon says April 20 2009 at 11 16 am What a wonderful article Thanks for these ideas Liz The funny thing is I like to receive activity gifts myself I would so much rather get a gift card to a favorite restaurant or the chance to share an event with my sister than more clothes gadgets stuff I am excited about finding the same solution for my son Lois thatperfectsomething says April 20 2009 at 11 34 am These are wonderful alternatives to stuff It s important to teach kids from a young age that gifting should not be done out of obligation The best gifts come from a place of true friendship they encourage hobbies they create lasting memories and are in my opinion more meaningful to the recipient Lois thatperfectsomething s last blog post Office Group Gifting Yay or Nay Lynette says April 20 2009 at 11 56 am This is a GREAT idea I am going to post a link back to this on my website My son is having a b day party this week I only wish my friends would see this beforehand Great Article Kika says April 20 2009 at 1 04 pm I ve actually avoided having parties for my own children many years b c I detested the accumulation of more stuff One year we did a Chinese gift exchange but I think other parents thought that was wrong like I was short changing my son When my kids want to buy me something for my birthday I always suggest Tim Horton coffee cards consumable practical b c I do buy coffee there and no dusting required Heather WoolandFlax says April 20 2009 at 2 36 pm What a great post I can see I m not the only one who is weary of toy and trinket clutter My husband s family just started a great tradition of exchanging restaurant gift cards for Christmas gifts Everyone has loved that much more than getting little trinkets As far as kid s gifts go our default is art supplies You can purchase good quality ones like Prang watercolors that last longer But I m loving the experience gift ideas I will definitely be using some of the ideas I ve read Thanks Heather WoolandFlax s last blog post Aesthetics Learning to see beauty in the world around us Tricia says April 20 2009 at 4 01 pm My mother always wants to buy and mail a little something to my two year old son It usually ends up being cheap plastic stuff that he is interested in for 5 minutes At Christmas we bought him a bank that automatically counts coins when you put them in and he LOVES it Now when my mother asks what she can send him I tell her to tape a few coins into a card He is always thrilled with that it ends up costing her the same and he has the joy of putting his coins one by one into his bank Rachel says April 20 2009 at 4 08 pm Tricia that is a great idea I still have a card from my Granny that she must have sent to me when I was little It has twenty cents taped inside lyndsay says April 28 2009 at 3 34 pm this is such a cute and awesome idea lyndsay s last blog post Insane Totoro Cupcakes Miko s Girl says April 20 2009 at 6 42 pm I have a neighbor who is great at the gift that doesn t clutter Her gifts often involve a trip to a special place with her child and the birthday child On the flip side I ve encouraged my girls to have charity birthday parties where the gifts are items to be donated to a charity of their choice the charity du jour is the SPCA I want the girls to remember their birthdays as a celebration with friends not a present free for all Liz Jenkins says April 29 2009 at 8 23 am We tried the charity party route which I think is a fabulous idea but at 7 my daughter is not quite there yet I think next year will be easier She s very generous throughout the year but at birthday time she wants it to be about her still Liz Jenkins s last blog post being organized is a good thing but sometimes you can have too much of a good thing Hollie I m Busy Procrastinating says June 7 2011 at 12 38 pm Great idea Teaching kids to be givers instead of expecting to receive all the time especially when many of our kids have so much already is a great lesson Condo Blues says April 20 2009 at 8 33 pm I like to give those kinds of gifts too One Christmas we gave our niece a zoo membership for Christmas and she was so excited that she begged her parents to take her to the zoo the next day they did Hey Kirwin I remember Ranger Rick magazine My grandmother gave me a subscription for my birthday as a kid Condo Blues s last blog post Dr Bronner s Magic Soap Earth Day Giveaway Erin says April 20 2009 at 8 45 pm My parents buy our family a zoo pass every year for Christmas It means less gifts under the tree but the kids don t expect more and The zoo pass lasts a lot longer than a jillion hot wheels cars would Erin s last blog post Anatomy of a Pregnant Woman Kelli says April 20 2009 at 8 50 pm Great ideas to consider When my children are invited to birthday parties we try to buy either art supplies or gift certificates I love the gardening tool idea Kelli s last blog post Monday Moments LobotoME says April 21 2009 at 8 32 am great ideas LobotoME s last blog post the break part II Lisa says April 21 2009 at 8 33 am These are great ideas One thing I do to avoid expense is stock up on toys when they are on clearance so we have some on hand for last minute birthday parties I am definitely going to try some of your ideas too Thanks Lisa s last blog post Nature Source Giveaway Reminder chelsea says April 21 2009 at 12 48 pm these are great ideas i ve taken to giving as many dollars as the child is turning then they can decide what to buy for themselves i like the idea of grandparents giving lessons or annual passes my kids grandparents like to give BIG gifts so i m going to suggest soccer lessons pronto Rachel says April 21 2009 at 4 07 pm We love it when our kids receive experience gifts or crafting supplies Another clutter free option is to simply request on the birthday party invitation no gifts please While this is not the norm in our circle of friends it has become the norm and we are thankful This has taken the focus off of the stuff and put it onto the celebration of the child and the fellowship with friends Rachel s last blog post Restoring Order The Laundry Room C says April 22 2009 at 10 49 am This could be the best post ever Liz Jenkins says April 29 2009 at 8 24 am Thanks I had no idea it would get so much positive feedback but I m thrilled I ve been doing these things for years and didn t realize others would be so interested Liz Jenkins s last blog post being organized is a good thing but sometimes you can have too much of a good thing Mary says April 26 2009 at 12 08 pm I only had birthday parties for my boys at the 1 year mark more for family than the boys Since about 3 years of age they have always wanted to do a family activity musical camping museum or the like This year we are combining birthdays and going on a dinsaur dig My mom FINALLY got the message that we don t want stuff but would rather make memories together She now get us a season pass to our favorite amusement park for Christmas and membership to our science museum for birthdays easy for her and we enjoy all year Patty says April 26 2009 at 12 46 pm We have always tried to make gifts meaningful whether it be choosing gifts to give to others or gifts for our children Currently my daughter is a college sophomore and had a tough time deciding what to do for her best friend s birthday best friends for eight years and two hundred miles apart in different colleges She decided to bake a different type of cookie for her each month and send it to her at school with a cute handmade card Not only has her friend enjoyed the cookies along with her dormmates but my daugher has had fun doing it for her It doesn t take money do much as thought and time what every great gift is made of lyndsay says April 28 2009 at 3 35 pm i LOVE this baking is truly such a nice present i love to give and receive this gift lyndsay s last blog post Insane Totoro Cupcakes Princess Leia says April 26 2009 at 1 59 pm As someone who lives in a very small condo with three other people two of which are still small but it seems that the smaller they are the more stuff they have or need and especially given that both of my children were born within a week or two of Christmas who has time or money for a birthday party on or near Dec 23rd we just haven t done parties yet But this year we re going to have a Jones family birthday and half birthday party at the end of June my birthday In the invitation is the request that they not bring us anything but instead pick something from a list of needs for our local Crisis Pregnancy Center We still get to celebrate with friends and family but get to do it without having the stress of finding a place for more stuff Plus we get to teach our kids early on the importance of giving to others I m so excited about this party and it s still months away But thanks for the ideas of what to give to others in our circle of friends without feeling guilty that I m just adding to their stuff Princess Leia s last blog post AJ s Word of the Day lyndsay says April 28 2009 at 3 31 pm i love the idea of a very special hang sesh with a kid like a really cute handmade or nicely designed gift certificate for Cupcake Decorating Hang Sesh with Auntie Lyndsay And at the end they get to take home a dozen cupcakes to share or have a cupcake party right then and there or caramel apples or brownies or something festive like ice cream Homemade ice cream which can then be turned into the coolest ice cream sundaes in the world Get colorful dishes sprinkles make homedmade chocolate sauce so they re learning fun stuff in the kitchen or things to make plus you get to spend time with them just make sure that initial gift certificate looks EXCITING you wouldn t want them to think it was gonna be a real drag I really went off on a tangent I am EXCITED to give this gift ot my nephew when he gets old enough lyndsay s last blog post Insane Totoro Cupcakes Josh says April 28 2009 at 9 22 pm All great ideas For my son s birthday parties we have been having a book exchange instead of gifts Each child brings a wrapped book which is placed in a circle Start singing happy birthday while circling the book and when the song ends each child gets the book that is in front of them Usually there is some swapping at the end but for the most part everyone gets a great new book Liz Jenkins says April 29 2009 at 8 25 am Wow thanks everyone for all of the comments I had a great time writing this article and look forward to contributing more I love Small Notebook Just feeling the love today Liz Jenkins s last blog post being organized is a good thing but sometimes you can have too much of a good thing AmberLee GiversLog says April 29 2009 at 11 47 am love these ideas and couldn t agree with everyone more the home made movie would be something my kids would treasure forever we ve made a quick photo book for cousins on snapfish in just a couple hours that was a hit also love the idea of the baking kit and so many others i hope you don t mind if I share this on my blog AmberLee GiversLog s last blog post HAND SOAP featuring YOUR KIDS ART HeatherS says April 29 2009 at 3 36 pm My son received a great gift from a little boy at his party a few years ago The gift was not only a gift certificate to a local bookstore but the other boy and his Mom picked my son up and took him there as part of a special outing to spend his gift certificate This mom will also give bowling gift certificates and pick up the child and take them bowling too The kids love it and no plastic stuff to clutter up the house Will Blog For Shoes says May 2 2009 at 1 17 pm Great list I love giving stuff free gifts Will Blog For Shoes s last blog post Musings on the Swineflu Money Funk says May 5 2009 at 10 23 am Buying items that can result in wonderful experiences is a much more thoughtful gift than an item I bought concert tickets last Christmas for my kids and they had so much fun I even got a thank you from my teenager That is hard to do lol But I didn t think of buying lessons My daughter s bday is this weekend And I think I am going to buy her a month s worth of lesson to a hip hop class Thanks for that idea Money Funk s last blog post My Weekend Julie W says May 24 2009 at 10 21 pm About a year ago my son received a subscription to the preschool version of the Highlights magazine HighFive He absolutely LOVES it and it s a gift that he receives all year Then for Christmas we asked for subscriptions to Cricket a non fiction magazine for preschoolers and Babybug a magazine for infants toddlers The kids enjoy getting mail with their names on it Julie W s last blog post Fruit Snacks Please niki says October 22 2009 at 6 36 am Good stuff here I am all for anti clutter gifts niki s last post Come Follow Follow Follow Zhu Zhu says December 7 2009 at 8 03 pm This is perfect timing for the holidays when many of us don t have the money we once did I ll be making more things this year for sure Jess says September 3 2010 at 6 24 am my little girl was born last november so i thought it was a little bit silly to fuss over a newborn at christmas time when she wouldn t

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  • 5 Foundations of Personal Finance, #5: Learn to Invest - Small Notebook
    comfortable with investing what advice do you hold to 11 Comments April 15 2009 in Money About Rachel I write about practical tips that will help you simplify at home Connect with me on Pinterest and Twitter Previous 10 Gifts for Kids That Don t Involve Stuff Next 5 Foundations of Personal Finance 4 Give Generously Comments Nicole says April 15 2009 at 5 32 am Thanks for this great breakdown of ways to get started We ve avoided the topic too My husband though has gotten into doing his research during this time of waiting to have enough to invest This will help me feel a little more up to speed Nicole s last blog post Bad Handwriting Redeemed Shannon says April 15 2009 at 6 00 am To be honest we don t plan on investing in any of the above mentioned ways Sustainably speaking land is a good investment Not real estate to rent or sell but a piece of land for our family to live off of Even if the market tanks and the banks go under you can still feed your family and live the good life Shannon s last blog post Salmon Cakes with Lemon Caper Butter Dinah says February 18 2011 at 10 29 am I totally agree Land garden house chickens who could ask for more Dinah s last post Katherine at Fourteen Months Sherri Serene Journey says April 15 2009 at 7 14 am Hi Rachel It s normal to be discouraged by the recent market downturn but in my opinion it s the best time to be investing buy low sell high I m not a financial person by any means but I know that diversification not having all of your eggs in one basket is very important By diversifying if one sector does really poorly you have money in others to counter balance that Of course it doesn t help too much when every sector drops but it is a bit of protection and I think a wise thing to do I really like this post because you re encouraging people to educate themselves not just follow blindly that s great Sherri Serene Journey s last blog post When Life Gives You Lemons Use Them Juliet says April 15 2009 at 7 46 am I recently finally got my husband to agree to hand over the reigns of the 401K and OUCH gotta love finding out you had 40 of your in global equities and real estate Doh Anyhoot I am really risk averse as they say and I have all our money in guaranteed or low risk vehicles getting anywhere from 4 8 In my mind the is pretax awesome and with our employer match awesome again even if we just stay ahead of inflation some years I feel we are doing well The most sage bit of wisdom I have is this although the market does go up in aggregate over the long haul it may not

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  • 5 Foundations of Personal Finance, #4: Give Generously - Small Notebook
    very excited to have it It cuts out the middleman and humanizes the giving experience Juliet s last blog post Irredeemable Taylor at Household Management 101 says April 13 2009 at 8 03 am This one is very true I have also found that when I give to others I have much more abundance in my own life like I am opening up for others to give to me also but not really expecting it Does that make sense I just think giving to others helps me trust that others will help me too when I need it Taylor at Household Management 101 s last blog post Apr 13 Laundry Care Label Decode Yours Easily And Accurately Tricia says April 13 2009 at 8 04 am This is very true I think tithing is the simplest way to keep this generous spirit in my family It opens our hearts to continue giving outside the church Tricia s last blog post My sweet chunk Sherri Serene Journey says April 13 2009 at 9 43 am I completely agree Most things are better when shared I love how you get this point across in only 5 sentences Well done Sherri Serene Journey s last blog post How You Can Become A Catalyst For Change Megan SortaCrunchy says April 13 2009 at 11 09 am Last week grass fires swept across the state of Oklahoma I was made aware of a family that lost everything when their house burnt to the ground They have a twelve month old daughter and I have a surplus of little girls clothes I gathered up everything my youngest wore last summer and took it to be delivered to this family As I was packing it up I felt a twinge of what if WE need these clothes

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