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  • 5 Foundations of Personal Finance, #3: True Savings - Small Notebook
    saving regularly at least not to start with but just being consistent It needs to become a habit My mom works at a credit union and one thing they tell people who don t save anything is to put the last 3 digits of their paycheck in savings each time they get paid For example Paycheck is 398 45 so 8 45 would be deposited into savings This may seem a little strange but the whole point is to get them into the habit of putting something back on a regular basis One other good thing to do once you are accustomed to regularly saving is each time you get a raise increase the amount that is going into savings After all you were not used to having that money at your disposal to start with Amanda Mommy s Idea Book s last blog post No Because I said so Michelle says April 10 2009 at 9 37 am Amanda That s a really great idea and an easy way to build good habits How I wish I had heard that many years ago Rachel says April 10 2009 at 10 18 am Great advice Amanda Denise says April 10 2009 at 8 46 am I agree with Jessica I can t say that I am a natural saver but I can easily pass up a sale We are following Dave Ramsey s plan We have our initial emergency fund but will not save more until debt is paid off Sally Parrott Ashbrook says April 10 2009 at 8 51 am Rachel have you read the book Deep Economy I just finished it and loved it and I think you would find the stories and statistics in it fascinating Rachel says April 10 2009 at 10 22 am Thanks Sally I ll look for it next time I m at the bookstore Ashley says April 16 2009 at 3 59 pm Instead of buying it at the bookstore get it from your local library and if they don t have it ask them to get it for you from another library Test driving books from the library before you decide they are worthy of purchase is a great way to save money Plus the librarians really do want to go the extra mile we don t become librarians to shush you Really Michelle says April 10 2009 at 10 02 am Rachel Great post I m enjoying this series Today s post really hit me I can be so tempted by the SALE sign and CLEARANCE If I m looking for something specific that I need that can be great but 9 times out of ten it s just a want Kelli says April 10 2009 at 12 04 pm I desperately desire to be a debt free person and hubby and I are striving towards this goal We are also trying to be consistent savers which is difficult due to owning a small business We do not always have

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  • 5 Foundations of Personal Finance, #2: Earn With Contentment - Small Notebook
    for sure Thanks for your insights kitchendoor s last blog post Icy Blue Heart Winter 2009 Part One Rachella says April 8 2009 at 9 18 am One month EEK I d better start saving Thank you for this post I also love this series even though I m quite useless at saving or budgeting Rachella s last blog post marissa says April 8 2009 at 10 34 am Funny you should mention it I just figured this out yesterday and was pleasantly surprised Although an unfortunate scenario to think about it actually gave me more peace of mind to know where we really stood Meredith from Merchant Ships says April 8 2009 at 10 47 am Great advice Thank you so much for summing it up in a non terrifying easy to digest post Meredith from Merchant Ships s last blog post Sick House Sweet Links Kirwin says April 8 2009 at 12 31 pm Right now we have enough for about 3 months worth However we re aggressively working on building that number to 6 months worth It just gives us more peace of mind Kirwin s last blog post What s your Love Language Marci says April 8 2009 at 12 36 pm I just purged our tax files this past month and found our tax returns from when we first got married Oh my I can t believe we made it on that little Makes me wonder why it takes so much now We could survive a little while if the employment situation changed Being self employed our thoughts right now are on how to adapt to a changing economic environment Marci s last blog post Romans challenge Life from the Roof says April 8 2009 at 4 55 pm A little over five months but that would mean no extra spending money at all and just paying the bills groceries gas etc We re working toward 6 months but it seems like this last month is going to take forever kind of like losing the last five or ten pounds of baby weight Life from the Roof s last blog post Favorite Frugal Recipes Tabouli Rachel says April 10 2009 at 10 25 am Jenni don t remind me I ve been snacking on icecream bars lately with this pregnancy Allison Worthington Wire says April 8 2009 at 10 15 pm excellent Allison Worthington Wire s last blog post How to Grow Herbs Indoors Easy Maybe not Rewarding Oh yeah Sherri Serene Journey says April 8 2009 at 11 20 pm Hey Rachel I just wanted to echo your point on salary negotiation Most salary conversations only take a minute and how you handle that minute can make a big difference in your overall pay Negotiating is very nerve wracking for some me included At my last position I was given a job offer and I counter offered with a fairly substantial increase in the annual pay I was shaking in my boots but I

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  • 5 Foundations of Personal Finance, #1: Mindful Spending - Small Notebook
    You are so correct in that shopping HAS become a form of entertainment In some ways living in a small town helps in that I no longer troll Target when I am bored The closest Target is 40 miles away I have to really need something specifically from there when I am bored Same with mall cruising have to have a purpose to even darken the door I think for myself recognizing that I am a huge impulse spender and developing or WORKING on developing self control in this area has helped Whether I am shopping for new books new cloth diapers clothes shoes and even especially at the grocery store I make myself take time to walk away and really think through a purchase That s my best path to mindful purchasing Megan SortaCrunchy s last blog post Holy Week Monday Jenni at My Web of Life says April 6 2009 at 11 29 am I love this post I ve personally been on a shopping fast for the past few weeks as part of my Giving up Carbon for Lent series I definitely used to be a recreational shopper and have been surprised at how I no longer feel the need to shop for the fun of it I do have to admit that it was difficult at first and I will be buying my children each a little token gift for Easter but I feel confident that my shopping habits have changed permanently I look back at how I used to shop and look around at the clutter that I still have in my home and it all feels so gluttanous NO MORE Thanks again for a great post V Higgins says April 6 2009 at 12 01 pm This has been a long difficult road for me one that I m still travelling on Shopping was theraputic for me and now I m trying to break that habit When we first got married my husband s parents suggested the envelope system we thought that was way too much trouble and that we would be just fine using our debit card 9 months later we realized that even though we re not way overspending we re still not saving like we want to So this month we re using the envelope system for anything that we don t pay for online like groceries clothing budget etc This is allowing us to save up for a trip to a friend s wedding and other things that aren t coming up for a few months but we ll still need to be prepared for Another way for me to hold back is thinking where am I going to put it We have a small apartment and I already have too much clutter unless it s to replace something else I m not going to buy it Fabulously Broke says April 6 2009 at 12 36 pm Agreed This is something I preach about all the time on my blog that you just have to track your expenses and just KNOW what you are spending instead of pretending you re in denial Pear Budget didn t work for me I tried it 2 years ago and had to come up with my own more dynamic option Fabulously Broke s last blog post Blaming anyone but yourself is the easy way out Jen Balancing Beauty and Bedlam says April 6 2009 at 1 12 pm Ah yes one of my favorite topics and something that my kids here are drilled about frequently We are living debt free except for the house and have changed our mortgage from 30 to 15 years in order to have that monkey off our back as well With my hubby currently unemployed we are so thankful that we identified needs vs wants a few years back and have planned accordingly Jen Balancing Beauty and Bedlam s last blog post Trash to Treasures it s yard sale time NMPatricia says April 6 2009 at 1 27 pm Ah mindful spending I have struggled with the wants vs needs I find Madison Avenue s constant push to sell wears on me and will catch me if I am not constantly mindful Just got back from doing the every other weekly food shopping I was amazed at how displays are put and how tempting they are Shopping is therapeutic and it is also entertainment When a huge cut in income came about 7 months ago I have really struggled to break both of those behaivors It is tough BTW we own our home and owe no money It isn t that I can t I just don t like it SavvyChristine says April 6 2009 at 1 42 pm I stay mindful about spending by sticking with the one item in one item out philosophy that we just implemented That ll help me curb impulse purchases for sure In addition to thinking about how much I want something I ll have to think about what I want to get rid of in order the welcome the new item into my house Gracia Fraile says April 6 2009 at 2 37 pm We re not doing so well with budgeting but I think being on top of things is key If you know at any given moment how much is left in your bank account what bills are coming soon and how long you have to wait until your next paycheck it s easier We try to save in our ING account because my income is not regular so if there s a month when I don t make enough we withdraw it from there This means that in our account there s rarely more than we are allowed to spend so we re fairly safe Taryn says April 6 2009 at 3 49 pm Does House debt count as debt you do not want to have When you do your no spend July that cannot include rent and such

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  • Rental Re-do: Lighting Switcheroo - Small Notebook
    says April 3 2009 at 11 08 am You re right on how easy changing the whole look with lighting can be I still have all the builder brass up in our house and light fixtures are at the top of my list for my upcoming yard sale season So much inspiration in blog land it s amazing Jen Balancing Beauty and Bedlam s last blog post Building a Core Wardrobe Frugally LaughingFamily says April 3 2009 at 11 21 am You ve got to love brass I just can t figure out why that look went out of style Two great spots are http www shelterrific com http blackeyedsuzies blogspot com index html LaughingFamily s last blog post A circle of quiet Lauren says April 3 2009 at 12 48 pm You MUST check out http www thisyounghouse com John Sherry are hilarious and post lots of DIY ideas before and after pics and even do custom design consultations Hands down one of my favourite blogs Sara at On Simplicity says April 3 2009 at 5 34 pm I sympathize from the opposite end of the spectrum We ve got all cheapo generic builder installed fixtures You know the ones that look like boobs Yeah When we took out the pseudo silicone wonder in our family room and put in a fan dude I like ceiling fans the room suddenly looked like a home instead of a rental But I really don t see the problem with that fabulous chandelier I mean brass is it Funny about Money says April 3 2009 at 11 05 pm LOL The thing is a parody of itself The previous owners of my house had installed a truly banal fixture over the dining room table but in the WRONG PART of the dining

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  • Kids Compendium: Your Questions Answered - Small Notebook
    a really big plastic box This also works well And those pancakes how adorable What a creative idea I m afraid mine would never come out looking that cute Thanks for the link Amanda Mommy s Idea Book s last blog post Sophie s Heart by Lori Wick Christy says March 30 2009 at 10 37 am Keep in mind that kids crave company is a generalization and not true for all kids My DD is on the autism spectrum and her sleep issues combined with need for quiet when she got stressed made sharing a room impossible for her as a pre schooler Parenting advice always has to be personalized and taken with a grain of salt My son has a huge collection of lego that he stores in a massive container we originally got halloween candy in It has a flip top lid is square and the perfect height for sliding under the bed Out of sight out of my foot o Rachel says March 30 2009 at 1 05 pm Yes for every general comment there will always be an exception and personal needs should be considered jill says March 30 2009 at 10 43 am Oh wow I want to make like 10 000 of those ribbon thingies E has given me a whole new appreciation for dancing while twirling something pretty Oh And here s a link to the origin of Advanced Beginner which is a phrase I stole from author Melissa Bank since I do realize it s next to impossible to find anything in the archives of my blog http secretgenius typepad com ohmyblog 2008 12 im happythis morning after getting e set up on the couch with her little cup of os and a cartoon yeah i know lazy pare html Heart Ya Have a wonderful week rdzins says March 30 2009 at 11 18 am How about something that you can use for matchbox cars Instead of legos I have matchbox cars There like stepping on skates SavvyChristine says March 30 2009 at 12 33 pm When I was a kid we had a matchbox car case with a little pull out plastic tray that had one spot for each matchbox car It was kind of like an ice cube tray for matchbox cars Not that that s helpful now but I know at least they USED to make them Rachel says March 30 2009 at 1 06 pm We had those too growing up So fun Amanda Mommy s Idea Book says March 30 2009 at 1 52 pm They do still make those My son got one for Christmas and it is great It holds about 100 cars and has sections for larger and smaller cars We purchased it at Wal Mart Amanda Mommy s Idea Book s last blog post Sophie s Heart by Lori Wick alexis says March 30 2009 at 12 22 pm Thanks for the tip on energetic kids my 4 year old son has

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  • 3 Steps to Less Clutter in the Kids' Rooms - Small Notebook
    totally ghetto Most important is to bring very very little in to begin with Also my kids play with the coffee bags they made into puppets more than the 100 American Girl Doll and 75 monster dump truck Now that they are 4 and 6 I think I have FINALLY REALLY TOTALLY learned this lesson This is a topic near and dear to my heart thanks to FIMBY for the post Juliet s last blog post Diversity Myth renee FIMBY says March 27 2009 at 8 52 am bring very very little in to begin with I couldn t agree more I had more to say on this matter but I didn t want to make the post too long Getting family friends on board with this is really where it s at so that each holiday and birthday isn t all about getting stuff renee FIMBY s last blog post missing the creative me Amanda Mommy s Idea Book says March 27 2009 at 7 20 am I like the idea of saying that I would rather be doing something else than cleaning and de cluttering We usually go through my son s things about once every six months The first thing to go is anything broken or torn even it is only a little broken it has to go He is 5 years old so then I let him choose any baby toys that he is too old for now Currently that seems to work pretty well because he definitely doesn t want to be labeled a baby anymore Amanda Mommy s Idea Book s last blog post How to Easily Keep Track of Your Monthly Bills jodi bpr says March 27 2009 at 8 02 am this is definitely something we struggle with my little guy is 2 5 and we have a 2 mo old daughter as well he doesn t seem to be happy unless everything is strewn to and fro and oftentimes picking it all up during the day just seems like a fruitless battle Definitely need to work more on that as the stuff everywhere drives both my husband and me crazy jodi bpr s last blog post Please Pray for the MckFamily Sandra Gonzales says March 27 2009 at 8 38 am These are great articles I love the decluttering suggestions but on top of that I m glad I m not the only one going through this I sometimes feels an overwhelming frustation that I can never keep my home and daughter s room tidy enough I now see that decluttering is an ongoing practice I ve also done my part by not giving in to my daughter s every whim Target is such a weakness for me so I haven t been there in the longest time Kirwin says March 27 2009 at 8 51 am I love this post It hits home in so many areas First off we have lego enough for everyone I m torn because it s such a creative tool but it s like shrapnel spelling when you step on it Ugh My kids are 5 and almost 3 It s the 5 year old who has a difficult time parting with things He will say But it s my favorite present tense Even if he hasn t played with it in ages he holds firm that it still is his favorite This is why I can t stand stuffed animals they never get played with but they take up so much room I could go on and on but I won t This post has inspired me to set a date and we will go through their stuff WE will Kirwin s last blog post Random Acts of Kindness with children renee FIMBY says March 27 2009 at 8 59 am Good Maybe you can try a 6 month bin idea When my children have a hard time parting with something that they haven t played with for months they put it in the 6 month bin I then store that bin in the dark recesses of a closet so no one sees it If no one asks for that item in the next 6 months it goes After doing this for a while my kiddos are able to part with stuff this way They realize if they haven t missed it they really don t need it You might need to bribe your son with other rewards for parting with stuff like an outdoor activity he really enjoys or a trip out for ice cream renee FIMBY s last blog post missing the creative me Sally Parrott Ashbrook says March 27 2009 at 11 17 am I ve always been a really sensitive person and I remember when I was a kid thinking that giving something away was hurtful either to the object itself a doll I d personified to some level for example or to the person who had first given me the item I also think I have general packrat tendencies One thing that s helped me enormously as an adult is donating stuff to shelters and places like that where I know my stuff will get used and maybe even treasured It warms my heart to think of someone else enjoying something like I once did and I think if I had understood that as a child that the stuff wasn t just going away but was going to people who d love it it would have shifted the emotions around it for me I feel sure there must be sensitive kids out there for whom the feelings would be the same Sally Parrott Ashbrook s last blog post The strawberries are coming The strawberries are coming alexis says March 27 2009 at 9 26 am Great ideas I let my 4 year old son take a picture on the digital camera he s a budding photographer so this is incenntive enough to show his accomplishment to grandma and grandpa He s so proud of himself that he can t wait to do it again alexis s last blog post alexis vega added a blog post Marci says March 27 2009 at 9 53 am It seems we de clutter toys all the time The never ending battle My husband and I don t ever buy the kids toys but family seems to think it is a necessity So we like the toy in toy out rule Although sometimes it gets away from us Our big toy toss is before Christmas I tell the kids that they need to get rid of a toy for every gift they want back It still pains my 7 year old daughter to part with stuff but my 4 year old son pretty much empties his room LOL There is a big consignment sale here twice a year I go through toys a couple months before and put some in a box to store in the basement If the kids don t ask about the toys by the time the sale comes the toys go in the sale Marci s last blog post Don t get too busy for your husband Kika says March 27 2009 at 10 35 am Re KIRWIN I learned from watching my mom mother of 12 to spread a blanket down first and then let younger kids play lego on top Then for cleanup just grab corners of blanket lift and slide lego back into bin My son is almost 13 and still has tons of lego but now it usually stays built in various lego ships etc Still such a great educational resource We got him shelves to keep all his creations displayed on Julia says March 27 2009 at 10 50 am This is such a problem around here that I ve been trying to resolve for a while While my husband and I rarely buy stuff for our kids our families DO and they seem to feel that the more they buy the better I ve explained as best I can our stuff philosophy but not all of them seem to get it And to further perpetuate the problem they remember what they ve given and notice if it s not around anymore So how do you cull the clutter keep it from accumulating again and keep families happy That s what I m trying to figure out There s so much junk I just want to throw out and never see again I m starting to accumulate lists of non stuff gifts that the grandparents would be happy to give and the kids would be happy to receive But that s harder than it seems especially when you re dealing with people who think gift giving simply means going to a store grabbing the coolest and gadget iest toy you can find and expecting the kid to be crazy about it Since when did gift giving get reduced to nothing more than what we give as opposed to finding something meaningful for the person to whom we re giving I don t get it Any suggestions for non clutter gifts Anyways all this to say I m right there with you and I m trying to get better at it so we can have much more time for what really matters like being outside Juliet says March 27 2009 at 12 38 pm Julia I don t think you can regulate gifts Everyone needs to be allowed to do what they feel is right and you need to feel free to do what YOU think is right I say this over and over and over and over and over and no one listens So I say thank you and I give it away 3 months later If someone gets their feelings hurt well such is life Juliet s last blog post Diversity Myth Krista says March 27 2009 at 4 23 pm Julia I understand how you feel My kids are the only grandkids on both sides This year we had 3 Christmas celebrations and so many toys I ve only recently found sanity again Since then I ve learned to be a little sneaky Whenever the kids get a gift while they are at the home of one of the grandparents or relatives I tell them we can leave it there for when we visit next That way we don t have to transport toys when we travel and the giver gets to keep the clutter As ong as we re there for a few days for them to play with it the kids are ok Rae says August 3 2010 at 6 02 pm Beginning this year when the grandparents 3 sets ask what the girls want need I am going to suggest gifts such as membership to our Children s museum music CDs easy to store tickets to the movies events etc personalized scrapbooks we vacationed with my mother this year she is an avid scrapbooker I m going to ask that she make a small scrapbook for each of the girls to document the trip they LOVE stuff like this books accompanied by CD of the granparent reading it to them You could even do a library book and put it on video page by page as it s read stationery and stamps gift certificates for camps classes etc They will still get gifts for sure but I m hoping these ideas will cut down on the enormity of it all Our girls are the only grandchildren on both sides and then add to it that they have November and December birthdays and then Christmas and ARGH They typically get more close to 100 gifts each at Christmas alone It s generous but FAR TOO MUCH Liz Jenkins says March 27 2009 at 11 24 am I teach a class on organizing kids and what s interesting is that most of the moms who attend find the philosophical approach I use more helpful than the practical tips and I thought it would be the other way around Just having the permission to do what you need to do and understanding that you need to take the kids perspective in mind To address Julia s question about non clutter gift items I ve been doing this for years and it s a hit most of my friends know we do NOT want more stuff so here s my ideas 1 movie tickets you can even order them on fandango and they ll email them right to the recipient 2 tickets to a local children s theatre we have the Nashville Children s Theatre around here one of our friends recently gave my daughter tickets to Junie B Jones that was being put on there 3 a trip to the zoo science center etc with the gift giver 4 gift certificate to a make your own pottery place kids hair salon for a kids spa day we have a place around here called Sweet N Sassy that does this a class at a local place that does something cool like cooking rock climbing or something like that 5 a donation to a local animal shelter or food bank or other good cause in their name I ve done several blog posts on kids and I have some handouts I use if anyone is interested I d be happy to send them along via email One has tips for organizing clothes toys and papers one is tips for helping kids get rid of stuff and one is resources for kids organizing stuff Julia says March 27 2009 at 11 48 am Thanks Liz for the ideas This is exactly the type of stuff I was looking for And I would definitely be interested in your handouts Chandra says March 27 2009 at 5 16 pm I would really be interested in the handouts too Your ideas sound great Liz Jenkins says April 6 2009 at 3 01 pm Chandra email me directly at liz afreshspace com and I d be happy to send you the kids handouts Couldn t figure out how to do it on the blog post liz Liz Jenkins s last blog post book sale at the Franklin library April 2 4 Liz Jenkins says April 6 2009 at 3 01 pm Julia email me directly and I d be happy to send you the handouts on kids stuff I ve got a few couldn t figure out how to attach them on the blog post It s liz afreshspace com Liz Jenkins s last blog post book sale at the Franklin library April 2 4 jeannie says March 11 2010 at 12 42 pm As a kid there are few gifts that I actually remember getting What I do remember is DOING stuff with family members So we re trying to convince our niece s parents to let us take her and do things with her Our list includes camping trips geocaching hiking in a local state park going to the bat cave to watch the bats leave at night things that her parents aren t inclined to do with her No luck so far but we ll keep trying SavvyChristine says March 27 2009 at 12 08 pm Great post Renee I like the 15 minute time limit I don t have any kids but I m sure it will work for my fiance and me I d love any tips you have about getting family members on board with the idea of bringing very little in to begin with My family is so against that philosophy when it comes to presents and not just for kids SoBella Creations says March 27 2009 at 12 52 pm I invested in great storage containers from IKEA Everything has a place And when those places get to crowded we do a keep or donate day I let my 5 year old decide on what to donate We give all the toys to a friend The friend has a yard sale that benefits senior basset hounds Knowing that she is helping buy food pay vet bills etc for older dogs is a great incentive for my daughter to let go of some of the clutter SoBella Creations s last blog post Art Festival Creative Art Storage Teresa says March 27 2009 at 1 23 pm SoBella which Ikea storage containers are you using I m re designing the playroom and would love to know what worked for you Thanks don mae says March 27 2009 at 1 28 pm Hi Rachel My post is on something completely different Just read an article on Yahoo about No Spend Month You lead off the story They mention you and Doug your successes and tips Fantastic You are getting to be quite famous Keep up the excellent work Have fun making your new space all your very own http biz yahoo com brn 090325 27670 html v 1 pf banking budgeting don mae s last blog post Knowing It s Oscar Time Rachel says March 27 2009 at 5 18 pm Thanks for letting me know about it Don Mae That was an interview I did a while ago and I hadn t seen it Kirsten says March 28 2009 at 10 38 am Great tips Renee We also do the one thing in one thing out rule We have one large basket that gets filled with toys and if they don t fit in there out they go It works really well for us and it is easy to put all the stuff away at the end of the day Kirsten s last blog post Geyer Family Photos Anne says March 29 2009 at 9 36 am This post was wonderful and so timely for my family I got some great tips from this post but I need some more advice We will be moving from a very large 4 bedroom old farm house

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  • Moving Day - Small Notebook
    that we have shared in our house It was hard to leave my old house in Tennessee That is where we bought our first dog brought our babies home to live SoBella Creations s last blog post Show Your Team Spirit Megan SortaCrunchy says March 25 2009 at 12 11 pm Oh the bringing home the babies homes those are for sure the best memories We have moved away from the homes where we brought the girls home but that was always the thing I thought of when we closed the door that last time sniff sniff Megan SortaCrunchy s last blog post Warts and All The Confessional Angie says March 25 2009 at 1 23 pm When we moved to this house I was not quite as sold as my hubby until I was washing dishes and looking out my window There he was playing with the girls on our land and as they ran the picture of the girls running on Little House popped into my head I realised this was a better place for my girls and has felt like home ever since that day Angie s last blog post Rain Rain go away LaughingFamily says March 25 2009 at 1 34 pm Congratulations on the move we just went through the same thing in January I was sad to leave behind the old house and all of its memories but we are making new ones every day in our new home My favorite memory sitting as a family on the couch with a pile of books from the library cuddling reading my two favorite activities LaughingFamily s last blog post New skills new surroundings Rebecca says March 25 2009 at 2 09 pm What a beautiful post A few of my favorite home memories Christmas Mornings My husband and I always get such joy out of watching the kids get excited about Santa coming Family Gatherings We love having the extended family over for dinner parties Having so many people we love under one roof at the same time is always so special Cuddling on the couch with my kids before bedtime Laying in my five year old s bedroom with him at night and looking at the glow in the dark solar system that we created on his ceiling while we talk about his day Watching my kids play in the backyard Life from the Roof says March 25 2009 at 4 46 pm Hmmm I love sitting at a clean kitchen table in the afternoon sunlight working on a Bible lesson or reading while my son naps I also love chasing him around the apartment or vice versa we have a great layout for laps Life from the Roof s last blog post When it s time to spend Laura move to portugal says March 26 2009 at 2 28 am Favourite memories are all based around bringing my babies home it doesn t seem that long ago and yet they are starting to

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  • How do you start the day? - Small Notebook
    difficult times of my life I at least know it s going to be a good day for the very fact that I woke up am still alive rebecca s last blog post WFMW Bedroom Door Lock Whitney says March 19 2009 at 11 05 am My mornings always start with my husband getting ready for work and one of us feeding the baby It s a good morning if we do so with a good attitude Taylor at Household Management 101 says March 19 2009 at 11 36 am I especially like the suggestion to smile at yourself in the morning It makes you feel good to smile which can brighten your whole day Taylor at Household Management 101 s last blog post Mar 19 How To Clean A Microwave Oven V Higgins says March 19 2009 at 12 45 pm My hubby and I actually set two alarms one 15 minutes before I have to get out of bed so that we start the day with cuddles Even though it s hard to pull myself out of bed I love starting the day feeling close to my husband Liz Jenkins says March 19 2009 at 1 20 pm What is funny is that on Tuesday I wrote a blog post about getting kids off to school in the morning and it was a response to a friend exclaiming over the fact that I so enjoy having coffee and reading the paper in the morning and that I have the time to do it If you want to read it and maybe get a few tips on simplifying the morning routine it s here http tinyurl com dh7b82 Megan SortaCrunchy says March 19 2009 at 1 31 pm On the very very best of days I start the day with a cup of coffee black and the Scripture in the quiet before the girls wake up I need the steady truth of God s Word to keep my mind focused on His purposes and His kingdom before activities and obligations arise and distract Megan SortaCrunchy s last blog post You Capture Week Four Elizabeth says March 19 2009 at 1 39 pm My day starts with two cups of coffee That is a must frankly Then making breakfast for baby and lunch for hubby getting them both up taking hubby to work coming home and playing until our first nap In between I catch the financial news etc Michelle WhenIGrowUpCoach says March 19 2009 at 1 57 pm It s so interesting that you blogged about this today Rachel as I ve been talking and talking about trying to get up early make just 15 minutes of my morning be well mine As of now I wake up take a shower put on my make up do my hair get dressed pack a lunch brush my teeth I m on my way to my desk job But starting next week I m committed to no trying allowed waking up

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