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  • Good to Own: Useful Tools - Small Notebook
    to have a nice drill and I have to admit that since buying our condo last spring we have used it tons Anything more substantial than a small picture frame has required drywall screws those plastic deals that you hammer into the wall before you add the screw We d have totally bare walls without the drill That said you don t need a drill all the time and likely someone has one you can borrow I second the stud finder too We also got a laser level and it s been great for hanging long shelves I think we like tools Also your drawings rock and you re right about the plunger liz perspicacious org s last blog post managing crock pot dinners Angie says February 18 2009 at 9 30 am When we rented our first house our tub got clogged up The landlord sent out a plumber to snake the tub It cost our landlord 89 When we bought our first home we bought a snake for 10 99 and have already used it 3 times It s a disgusting job but so worth it to own your own tool steadymom says February 18 2009 at 9 33 am I love our electric screwdriver I wasn t convinced when we first bought it thought it might be a nonessential But it has come in handy and saved us much time steadymom s last blog post learning pondering the presidents Jasi says February 18 2009 at 9 38 am Painters tape for painting and labeling any storage I agree with the hot glue gun especially for renting you don t want Duct Tape And we really like our reversible double edged screwdriver with magnetic tip Orange Handle 5 at Home Depot Best tool ever Rachel says February 18 2009 at 9 52 am Peony I think I got that plunger at a hardware store maybe Lowe s or Home Depot Mary says February 18 2009 at 10 14 am I love the drawings too Don t forget computer tools A girl has to be able to upgrade her memory A useful pack can be picked up for under 10 at an office supply store all its own zippered case Mary s last blog post A different idea for using your emergency fund Katie at makingthishome com says February 18 2009 at 10 23 am Cute drawings We ve never actually owned a plunger Maybe German toilets are different in that department My favorite tools are scrapers and utility knives For my husband it s the drill screw gun and soldering iron Katie KaseyQ says February 18 2009 at 10 28 am My favorite household tool is my husband He comes in very handy KaseyQ s last blog post The Sprit of Elijah The Greatest Story of All is Life Itself Denise Collins says February 18 2009 at 11 13 am Needle Nose Pliers and Wire Snips They thing work on everything Lynette says February 18 2009 at 11

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  • I Never Thought I'd Eat Cod Liver Oil - Small Notebook
    the food in their cupboards is packaged and processed Real food is so much tastier than processed stuff From reading some of the other comments I see that many people make the move away from processed foods when the issue of food allergies crops up It s a shame it takes food allergies for us to realize just how good real food is Meriann says February 16 2009 at 8 45 am I am cracking up at the title because I just started taking cod liver oil about 3 weeks ago but I am wishing I d gotten the lemon flavor I am trying to make changes in my family s diet baby steps Juicing veggies a couple times a week is one way that I am working toward better nutrition I am also finding new ingredients things like quinoa coconut oil raw nuts It feels so good when I stick to what I know is good for all of us Thanks for sharing your journey Meriann s last blog post Slumdog Millionaire Review Dru says February 16 2009 at 9 53 am SavvyChristine several members of our local gluten intolerance group stopped having migraines when they went on a gluten free diet no wheat rye barley or non certified oats It s all well and good to eat whole foods but if the whole foods you re eating whole grain wheat for example are making you sick these foods need to be eliminated There is a steep learning curve to a gluten free diet but once you ve figured it out it becomes second nature In the past two years there has been a lot of new good gluten free products added to the market especially online Amazon com has an extensive line of gf foods OTOH there are still many of the yucky gluten free items still out there too Don t rely on non authoritative sites for your information about gluten in food there is so much misinformation out there For example caramel coloring does not have to be eliminated from your diet distilled alchohol does not have to be eliminated same with modified food starch and many other food items about which there are misconceptions The recently passed Food Labeling Act was a big boon for those with gluten intolerance However barley is commonly used for flavoring and does not have to be labeled Flavored teas will sometimes have barley in them A good site for information is http www celiac com Katie at makingthishome com says February 16 2009 at 9 56 am We don t have any known food allergies at our house though we changed a lot of our habits the past few years Moving to Germany they changed even more I couldn t read any of the boxes of packaged food so we turned to a diet of the very basics and it s been wonderful Everyone s had interesting comments so far I can t wait to hear other thoughts Katie Katie at makingthishome com s last blog post Building a Double Garage in the Apartment Taylor at Household Management 101 says February 16 2009 at 10 50 am Rachel your comment about Lane being small having to do with gluten intolerance intrigues me One of my children is quite small very unlike the other two and I constantly question the doctor about this because it just doesn t feel right Could you give me some sources such as books etc that you read that helped you form this hypothesis for your daughter because I would be interested in reading them myself Taylor at Household Management 101 s last blog post Feb 14 Personal Finance Blogs I Recommend Kelli says February 16 2009 at 11 11 am I also discovered our families gluten intolerance because of what I read online One of my daughters is also very very small and I now believe it is because of gluten intolerance My other two children had a TON of symptoms of gluten intolerance I just didn t know it until I read about it I had been trying ever since my kids went to solid food to figure out why they had so many weird reactions all of the time but just didn t know what they were reacting TO but after we cut out gluten all of their symptoms AND my MIGRAINES went away Amazing to feel so much better so quickly It definitely takes time to adjust to re learn but once you get it it becomes easy and you feel much better For all of you that are gluten free I buy a flour mix that is wonderful I substitute it cup for cup in all of my old recipes with the exception that you have to add more baking powder when a recipe calls for it and it is WONDERFUL Seriously I use it in all of my muffin cookie pizza crust recipes that I have always used and no one ever knows that they are eating something gluten free You can order it at http www meistersgf com They are a small family owned company in Illinois with great customer service and quick shipping Kelli s last blog post What a week Rachel says February 16 2009 at 11 23 am These comments and stories are so interesting Thanks for the frozen grapes tip Camilla Meriann we use the fruit punch flavored cod liver oil I like it better than the lemon flavor especially in smoothies Taylor all the details for Lane s gluten free story are right here I didn t have any references because at that time Lane didn t have any illness or crankiness so she didn t fit the profile of classic symptoms A friend who researched autism and gluten intolerance had read stories of kids craving the foods they were intolerant to and Lane was a picky eater who loved crackers I tried a gluten free diet on her for a few weeks as an experiment and her growth rate for weight doubled Months later her body started showing severe illness with exposures to milk and gluten so we were fortunate to discover it early Sally Parrott Ashbrook says February 16 2009 at 11 26 am I just learned in the last few weeks that refrigerated naturally pickled vegetables from the grocery store my Whole Foods sells dill pickles and sauerkraut in this version contains the good bacteria just like the much more expensive probiotics pills Of course some yogurt does too but we don t do dairy You can also make homemade pickles that have the same bacteria the naturally fermented kind made from brine not from vinegar We eat a small dill pickle or a bit of sauerkraut with one meal per day now in lieu of taking a probiotic pill It s amazing how much better I m feeling this month while we re not eating cane sugar or non whole grain flours Sally Parrott Ashbrook s last blog post The Big Question Marks Sally Parrott Ashbrook says February 16 2009 at 11 30 am Oh and for anyone looking for a resource about getting diagnosed for gluten and casein intolerance the fairly recently published book The Gluten Connection ties together a lot of info that previously took each of us much more research I think the doctor who wrote it might get a little overzealous about thinking gluten and casein are the potential cause of a thousand different illnesses but then again many people can be helped by the avoidance diet even if it s not the actual cause of those illnesses Sally Parrott Ashbrook s last blog post The Big Question Marks Rachel says February 16 2009 at 11 31 am Sally that s a great idea I know the book Nourishing Traditions has a section on fermented food but since a lot of it is dairy based we ve been avoiding it I ll have to look into that I love Whole Foods Since so many people are mentioning migraines I really think diet changes can help MSG is one common culprit that I know about Kyrie says February 16 2009 at 11 31 am I have two little ones who are gluten free too Celiac disease is the most underdiagnosed disease in the United States and the symptoms can be quite diverse and far ranging The only way to find out for sure is to go on a totally gluten free diet and see how much better you and your loved ones feel Lily says February 16 2009 at 11 31 am Oh yeah I ve changed my habits in the last years I used to live with my mother she uses a lot of frozen meals and sweets eats little vegetables and fruit and drinks sodas a lot When I moved in with my boyfriend I gradually became aware of my bad habits and changed my taste We have a varied diet with vegs cereals meat fish and everything bake our own cakes eat much organic avoid palm oil cook from scratch Italian cuisine is so varied it s a pity not to try all those wonderful recipes I can t believe how much I love fresh tap water now and that I put half a spoon of sugar in my tea Heather says February 16 2009 at 12 00 pm Hi Rachel Thanks for your post I ve changed my diet in the last couple years as I ve gotten married and started cooking more and more I ve really increased the amount of vegetables I eat and realised how many delicious variations there are Like many other readers we try to stay away from HFCS Hydrogenated oils and all processed foods We cook almost everything from scratch I recently got Nourishing Traditions and have been adapting some of it s tips as well I can t give up chocolate I ve found developing a passion for cooking has been the most useful thing in my life And I hope we are setting a stable and nutritional foundation for any future children we have Hope your food journey becomes more and more simple over the years adapting around the varied needs Heather s last blog post Tumblr Lynette says February 16 2009 at 12 29 pm My son doesn t eat many sweets and knows they aren t good for him When we are around othr kids drinking soda pop he knows why I say no and He doesn t seem to mind He doesn t crave the sugar like the others do since he rarely has it When we are at b day parties he gets his fair share but he know s it s birthday food Not something we regularly eat or have around the house Kate says February 16 2009 at 12 33 pm I have just started to try healthier eating I grew up thinking the only thing I really needed to worry about was fat and calories but I have discovered that counting calories might help me lose weight but it doesn t help me develop a healthier body I have been slowly making the transition over to whole grains more veggies less processed food and sugar My husband is very supportive I think he likes the idea of being healthier as well Thanks for posting and keeping us mindful of the foods we eat Kate s last blog post Free Necklace Giveaway steadymom com says February 16 2009 at 2 30 pm Those grapes look amazing I m going to grab some from my fridge right now I was just writing as well about not letting kids know about candy keeping it from them is never a bad idea I grew up on a lot of junk food and I d love for my three little ones to have a very different experience So far it s working delara says February 16 2009 at 5 00 pm wow in reading this post and the subsequent comments i am having a lot of feelings mostly good it s wonderful that so many people are willing to share their ideas openly and help each other it s fantastic that a growing mass of people are willing to make changes in their diet and lifestyle that are healthier for them and their families as well as better for our communities and the environment there is a movement growing that i believe will have significant impact in our world and that rocks also the networking helps me feel like i m not alone a couple of years ago i too had to alter my diet due to minor but noticeably negative physical symptoms i resisted the changes like nobody s business especially because i had to eliminate sugar and BOY do i have a sweet tooth just like you wrote rachel and as many others have commented here my cooking felt like experiments too and i found myself spending an inordinate amount of time just FEEDING myself it felt ridiculous forget trying to plan time for exercise i had to plan time to EAT but now even with what i consider to be a long list of can t eats i am loving what i eat and it feels so much more manageable i m not sure what changed or how it happened i think most of it has to do with focusing on what i CAN eat rather than what i can t and just being really open minded anyway i feel like i m rambling thank you for posting and sharing please continue and if you d like some recipes for all kinds of gluten free sugar free dairy free yeast free goodies let me know i ve accumulated a substantial list yippee delara s last blog post thinking out loud or at least in text Larraine says February 16 2009 at 5 26 pm Everyone is different but the sugar argument rages on My son will be 30 this year We kept him away from most sweets for a long time I actually had to threaten my father with losing his rights to have him visit overnight if he insisted on feeding him presweetened cereal He was accustomed to having unsweetened cereal with raisins as the sweetener He was very happy with that We gave him plain Cheerios when he was ready for finger food He was happy with that too My father accused me of being cheap I told him that I would pay MORE for plain cereal if need be My mother backed us up The reason we did this was simple Both my husband and I have struggled with weight problems all of our lives I recently had weight loss surgery and have lost 60lbs My husband was diagnosed with diabetes about 10 yrs ago Neither of us wanted our son to have weight problems Today he is over 6 tall and slim He is big but not in the least overweight We don t have a lot of short people in our family Funny when you consider that we are mostly Italian These sugar debates rage on and off They were big in the 70 s into the mid 80 s Doctors and scientists insists that kids are not affected by refined sugar I think some are and some are not I knew someone whose daughter had serious problems with hyperactivity She took her off all refined sugars She used honey instead She said that it made all the difference Doctors insist that mothers are just imagining it or are giving their children more attention and that s why the behaviors change That may be true in some cases However I think there are some children who just can t take refined sugar Perhaps raw sugar or honey or agave syrup might be a good substitute It s a shame to deny all treats On the other hand nobody needs cookies and candy every day In the past they were special treats and should be treated as such Larraine s last blog post Waging Peace Rachel says February 16 2009 at 10 19 pm We love sweets We drink a lot of fruit smoothies sometimes sweetened with agave or pineapple chunks We have a really good local honey I love good chocolate It s just the refined sugar that we re looking out for I don t want Lane to give up treats entirely I think giving kids stickers is a great substitute for candy when we want to do a special reward or treat Camilla says February 17 2009 at 2 59 am Rachel You re welcome i still enjoy them as a snack lol Interesting to read all these comments i suffer from fairly regular migraines and headaches as well as tiredness so i might give a few of these diet suggestions a go Great topic and comment thread Juliet says February 17 2009 at 7 35 am I have to ask why do you eat cod liver oil I take fish oil everyday in pills same reason Is it so Lane can have some too Seems like a terrible thing to make yourself do otherwise Rachel says February 17 2009 at 10 24 am Juliet it s very much like fish oil It has Omega 3 s DHA and vitamins A D Sometimes I take it in a capsule We add the liquid to smoothies so you can t taste it autumnesf says February 17 2009 at 11 27 am Thank you I recently did a post on this exact subject I feel like throwing in the towel and am so frustrated with intolerances autumnesf s last blog post Autumn Asks Battled any little gods today Katchmo says February 17 2009 at 3 16 pm We also have to cook gluten free and I actually do better going grain free One of my daughters cannot tolerate cane sugar in any form and

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  • Why I Love You Valentine - Small Notebook
    Higgins says February 12 2009 at 12 31 pm So cute One thing I do sometimes for a letter or card to a friend is write a Bible verse or saying on the back of the envelope in swirly directions shapes Taking the time to write down all the things you love about someone is a great way to not only touch their heart but also remind you of how blessed you are as well Have a lovely Valentines SavvyChristine says February 12 2009 at 1 42 pm How many reasons did you put on the heart I ask because I ve seen that idea where you write 365 reasons down on little slips of paper put them into a jar and read one every day That seems like fun too Aren t you concerned that your SO will come to your blog and see this Rachel says February 12 2009 at 2 07 pm Christine I have no idea how many there are Doug will read this but fortunately this isn t a new idea I gave this card to him for a previous Valentine s Day and I talked to him about sharing the idea here That s a great idea to put the reasons in a jar Jules Lovely Las Vegas says February 12 2009 at 2 33 pm Wonderful idea I love writing in that similar style on cards usually in a circular pattern but I had never done it for Valentine s Day on a heart shape none the less What a cool effect Thanks for you great blog I always enjoy your simple but brillant posts Jules Lovely Las Vegas s last blog post Restaurant Fleur de Lys Las Vegas KS says February 12 2009 at 4 51 pm Happy Valentine s Day Thank you for the idea Nikki says February 12 2009 at 8 23 pm I love your idea so much better and personal than a 4 6 store bought card This is a card he ll never discard Thanks for sharing the fun idea I ve done something similar in a list format but the heart is so appropriate for Valentine s Day Also thanks for all the creative fun simple affordable ideas that you share on your blog I hope you keep it up after baby number two I know you ll be busy but maybe you can find a weekly blogging time that works for you I ll keep my fingers crossed Your little Lane is just adorable All the best Nikki Rachel says February 12 2009 at 8 43 pm Thanks so much Nikki I definitely have plans to continue blogging I ve been thinking of ideas I can write about in advance so I can keep it up while I take some time off with family Isabel Kallman says February 12 2009 at 10 55 pm i love this idea so much lilyhaven says February 13 2009 at 12 10 am What a truly lovely idea I

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  • Apartment Adventures - Small Notebook
    planning time jodi bpr s last blog post Catching Up on Pics Ivy says February 10 2009 at 8 30 am Congrats on the new place and baby How exciting Ivy s last blog post Craziness Dana Letters to Elijah says February 10 2009 at 8 31 am How exciting Just be happy you are in a small place now so you won t have much to pack Dana Letters to Elijah s last blog post Is this not Racist Casey says February 10 2009 at 8 59 am Congratulations Have fun decorating Casey s last blog post fun links SavvyChristine says February 10 2009 at 9 19 am Our apartment has a lot of beige too all the walls cabinets doors Like you said I think you ll be fine once you have your things moved in The new apartment sounds just right Congratulations SavvyChristine s last blog post 3 Tips to Help You Have a Good Day Shilo says February 10 2009 at 10 31 am Best of luck as you move Shilo s last blog post Purse Love Juliet says February 10 2009 at 11 49 am Josh and I often lament not being able to indulge our urban loft fantasies It is so important to be able to get outside quickly and easily with little children and your comment about not be able to actually GO to any of the chic and wonderful restaurants that are such a great part of urban living really struck home with me We all certainly make concessions because we have kids but they won t be little forever happily sadly and I ll have my loft someday Juliet s last blog post Rejecting complexity Charity says February 10 2009 at 12 07 pm Congratulations on finding an apartment o Charity s last blog post The Many Faces of Liam Luchenbach says February 10 2009 at 12 16 pm Congrats on the find Jessica says February 10 2009 at 12 28 pm Best of luck preparing for the move and making your new place your home As we begin prepping our new house and slowly move from our tiny apartment into more than double the space I sometimes think about how much I ll miss my husband since we won t be living in as close quarters as we have for so long But then he starts working on that one song that I ve heard for the millionth time or plays his electric drums 3 feet from me while I watch TV and I m glad we ll have some more room to live ha Jessica s last blog post Best In Show V Higgins says February 10 2009 at 12 33 pm Good luck in your move It was crazy enough to move into our apartment when we got married I want to put off moving again for as long as possible One way to personalize a lot of beige are the Wall Words you can get that don

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  • Slowing Things Down - Small Notebook
    read the others It feels like I ve gotten an online group hug We are all human We are all similar in having strengths AND weaknesses The things we share on our sites are the things we have figured out On those good days I guess the reason there seems to be so many superwomen online is because we forget about the things that are not shared The things that may not have been figured out yet I remember how exhausting pregnancy can be especially during the early months If you do nothing but continue to put one foot in front of the other and love your family you have accomplished a lot Everything else is gravy Hugs and kisses Hang in there Laurel Plum s last blog post Climbing Out of the Mess The Rest of the Week Meriann says February 7 2009 at 9 52 am Thanks so much for your encouragement Yesterday I didn t mop the sticky kitchen floor but I was a guest at my girls homemade spa The day before that I did not organize the overflowing paper pile but I did make health a priority by juicing vegetables Thanks for the reminder to look at the positives Meriann s last blog post Slumdog Millionaire Review tricia says February 7 2009 at 2 14 pm Hi I have never commented on a blogsite before but after seeing this post I wanted to say Thank you This is just what I needed as a new stay at home mom following the birth of our second I have felt behind and unsuccessful since April This is a wonderful perspective I enjoy your blog very much Also after seeing Lane s gutter bookcase we put one up similar in our playroom My husband thought I was nuts but now think it is the most brilliant addition to our house ever SavvyChristine says February 7 2009 at 2 46 pm I ve learned over the past few months as well that anything crossing anything off my to do list makes me feel more accomplished It doesn t all need to get done right away How nice to see it reiterated Have you tried drinking hot water with lemon in the morning I sometimes do this when I want to feel more awake I can t have caffeine migraines lemon is such an invigorating taste that it perks me up sonya says February 7 2009 at 4 18 pm one thing my mother has always said is that children don t remember days of spotless house cleaning they have memories of fun time w family anyway congrats on potty training momstheword says February 7 2009 at 7 04 pm Amen girl I loved what you said about being behind only if normal is perfect At some point we have to stop At some point we have to say good enough is good enough At some point we just have to stop I think it s good to have an

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  • Sounds of a Peaceful Home - Small Notebook
    stressor I am moving in 26 days I can t wait scmama says February 2 2009 at 8 32 am This is funny but my favorite sound is my youngest son snoring Its not loud but you know he is getting in some good snoozies Peaceful baby sleep The best time is at 230 am when the kids are sleeping and there isn t any noise inside or outside peaceful still and sweet I love that time of morning Jenny says February 2 2009 at 8 41 am This weekend I hid a CD player under one of my little side tables in my bedroom It has a long table skirt on it so you can t see it I ve had soft piano music playing on it ever since It s amazing how peaceful it makes our room and how motivating it is to get all the laundry put away too It was such a simple thing to do I wonder why it took me so long to figure that out I love it Jenny s last blog post American Idols SavvyChristine says February 2 2009 at 8 56 am I like the sound of early morning with birds chirping Unfortunately I live right next to one of the busiest highways in Massachusetts so I never hear the birds anymore the way I did when living in northern New Hampshire Time for a change I think Taylor at Household Management 101 says February 2 2009 at 9 03 am Wow I had never really thought about the sound in my home but now that you mention it your thoughts are spot on My kids are quite enthusiastic and rambunctious and we have a baby who likes to scream most of the time happily so things aren t too quiet around my home right now I really enjoy the evenings when they are all sleeping in their beds and things are calm and quiet again for a few hours It lets me think and breathe That being said during the day on the very rare instances when I am home alone and things are quiet I miss the noise a bit My kids are great but whose aren t right Taylor at Household Management 101 s last blog post Jan 29 Household Inventory How to Create One Quickly And Easily Sherry says February 2 2009 at 9 49 am I love music but I love silence even more and fortunatley my husband feels the same way Jeri Dansky says February 2 2009 at 9 58 am My favorite sound is my cats purring followed by the sound of the frogs in the pond in my front yard and the sound of the foghorn in the distance I live on the coast Jeri Dansky s last blog post Reader Question Disposing of Old Video Tapes RT says February 2 2009 at 10 35 am In the spring and fall and sometimes on not so hot summer days my favorite sound is the water trickling in the pond right outside our open livingroom windows Imelda says February 2 2009 at 11 10 am I have to get up early on some days for an early appointment before work so I m up at 5 15am and leave around 6am I love the calmness of my neighborhood so early just before dawn breaks Only a few cars are out so early and while I m waiting for the bus there s this wonderful calmness that makes me forget that I live in a major city It s nice It makes up for waking up at the crack of dawn Andrea says February 2 2009 at 11 17 am My favorite sound is laughter With kids there is a lot of it We usually don t have music or background noise on in the house unless it is dance hour I d suggest spraying door hinges with a silicone spray because it isn t greasy Andrea s last blog post Toddler and Preschooler Sleep Wisdom Dealing With Nightmares SoBella Creations says February 2 2009 at 11 56 am My favorite sound in my home is the laughter of my girls when they are watching something they find hilarious SoBella Creations s last blog post LaDesigns2 jill says February 2 2009 at 12 22 pm the scream at home bit gave me my first good laugh of the week thanks Lane I woke up early this morning and enjoyed the sound of silence until I ruined it by putting clean dishes away I need those felt pads on my cupboard doors like you mentioned I love having open windows and hearing birds chirping I love to overhear someone playing piano or even drums jill s last blog post This is me feeling my age Jen in KS says February 2 2009 at 1 13 pm I have a noisy mailbox Really I can hear the flap slap shut through the brick wall but it s one of my favorite sounds Since we ve had our name and address on a no junk mail list I like getting mail Jen in KS s last blog post How d we do and what s ahead Geri says February 2 2009 at 1 15 pm Personally the favorite sound in my house is the sound of the waterfall from my back yard I love to hear the sound of running water Geri s last blog post Almond Milk Soy Milk and Rice Milk Carla says February 2 2009 at 2 22 pm I would say I love the sound of the wind blowing thought the threes and the rain at night Carla s last blog post President Obama moves forward to a cleaner environment KS says February 2 2009 at 2 32 pm I have flea market wind chimes made of old silverware hanging on my porch I like it when they catch a breeze which is rare Inside I sometimes like listening to classical music when I

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  • Good Reads: The Ice is Slush, My Brain is Mush Edition - Small Notebook
    then I m happy to be by the beach I hope it warms up and you can venture out soon Emily remodelingthislife s last blog post Link Love Baby It s Cold Outside Edition Rachel says January 31 2009 at 8 47 am Hi Rachel The baby gnome hats look very doable for a beginner They are mostly knit stitch I think most of what you would need to know are cast on knit stitch knitting in the round purl stitch and knit two together Oh and how to make pom poms Learning the knit stitch will cover 4 5 of that list as everything listed but the purl stitch is a variation of the knit stitch I can help by email when you decide to start FishMama LifeasMOM says January 31 2009 at 8 56 am Thanks for the link Rachel It s been really fun to see all these fun cakes My 4yo caught the fever too and was gathering his toy cake toppers last night His bday isn t until the end of May FishMama LifeasMOM s last blog post Grocery Geek Back to Coupons Katie at makingthishome com says January 31 2009 at 10 14 am Oh wow Rachel Here I am with chai in hand because I hate being cold too I m ready to read your latest thoughts and then I see me mentioned What a treat to be with all these other great links Thanks for the mention I ve already opened way too many tabs with the other links Katie Katie at makingthishome com s last blog post Blondes Have All the Fun Here Too Rachel says January 31 2009 at 10 35 am Thanks for your offer to help Rachel SoBella Creations says February 1 2009 at 7 57 am I

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  • Goodbye Clutter, Hello Cash - Small Notebook
    less from books I soon have to find a library to donate my books or maybe sell them very soon renee FIMBY says January 29 2009 at 8 02 am We use ebay or I should say my husband does If it was up to me the stuff would end up sitting in the front porch to sell pile forever He s a tech geek and can do the process so fast and efficiently it s very worth it We never garage sale and rarely visit them anymore either It s not worth the time in my mind One more point about selling stuff If you buy better quality things to begin with which means you buy less because better quality is usually more costly you can actually sell them for a decent price if you end up not using it often enough We are not buying snobs by any means If we can find it used or at goodwill we will get it there But if not we save till we can buy a quality item like a piece of clothing for example and that item retains it s value renee FIMBY s last blog post It s all good Chocolate Truffles Tammy says January 29 2009 at 8 44 am I had great success about a year or so ago selling some old Hebrew commentaries that my dh had They were old they were popular search items and I got a lot of bids on them I made quite a bit of money on them but I lost about 20 over all the books in postage I always mess up on the postage Recently I have sold some larger items on Craigslist The items I sold were household items we didn t need and they were too bulky to even consider selling on e bay We ve also gotten some great bargains on items we need through Craigslist I don t like yard sales either going to them or having them so Craigslist has been the best place for us recently Tammy s last blog post Showers of Blessings Laura says January 29 2009 at 9 03 am Ah yes garage sales I really can t stand doing them anymore The last one we did was about 3 years ago and I swear it was like the hottest day of the year and we sat out there and literally all I sold was a pair of pants When I lived in San Francisco in a bustling neighborhood we actually had great luck with garage sales I still enjoy going to them though I ve found some great stuff Now I mostly just donate to Salvation Army etc but I would try Craigslist too I agree that selling on Ebay seems like too much of a hassle especially because then you have to ship the stuff With Craigslist you could get somebody local to pick it up Thanks for this post it s reminding me that it s about time to do another round of decluttering Laura s last blog post Gratitudes Jen in KS says January 29 2009 at 9 04 am I gave up throwing garage sales after organizing three of them in about as many weeks when my dad moved from the country into town Like with you the haggling kills me It might be the name of the game but I can t stand it because so many of the buyers come off like vultures than those interested in a fair deal My opinion of humanity greatly diminishes after a tag sale so I don t go to that dark side anymore Before eBay became so upwardly mobile for small entrepreneurs I sold lots of stuff on it The fees were reasonable and it was worth my time Now however I use eBay only for those items that are easy to ship and are likely to sell not such a waste of fee money I haven t used Craigslist yet though But I have an item or two I might try with it Jen in KS s last blog post How d we do and what s ahead Blessed says January 29 2009 at 9 11 am Sometimes we do well at our garage sale sometimes we don t Since I found out about the local JBF Just Between Friends Consignment sale every fall and spring we started participating in that and I make more off of Sugar s old clothes toys and other gear there than I ever would at a garage sale The bonus is that I can usually find the things she needs there at a very reasonable price as well One of her 45 Christmas presents came from there and I only paid 6 for it I also enjoy going to neighborhood garage sales That way I can park and shop for a couple of hours and usually find some good buys I hardly ever stop at an isolated garage sale they aren t worth the effort unless I know they have something I am specifically looking for When I did well on Ebay was when I treated it like a side business I simply don t have the time or patience for that anymore Craigslist works really well for some of the bigger things we have hanging around not having to mess with shipping is great Additionally I have found some great deals there too I donate lots of stuff to Goodwill It s simply easier Blessed s last blog post Things I Will Always Remember An Open Letter To My Daughter Katie at makingthishome com says January 29 2009 at 9 17 am Here in Berlin there are huge flea markets I always see people sitting along the sidewalk in the grass outside of the market They have their items like old bikes and books and they wait for someone who might buy them The crowd is already there so it seems like a pretty effective strategy should we ever want to do the same For now we ve just been donating Katie Katie at makingthishome com s last blog post How We Afford to Live in Europe Jessica says January 29 2009 at 9 45 am I think part of it really comes down to what the item is Sometimes even Goodwill isn t the best option for giving stuff away for free I had an old piano that I had delusionally thought I would refurbish It never happened and eventually I was just desperate to get rid of it I put it up for free on Craigslist and someone came and hauled it off for themselves My husband and I have made some decent money selling some stuff on eBay We made several hundred dollars a couple years ago selling his used video games And this year we financed part of our cruise with money I made selling perfume on eBay I bought and received as gifts several bottles of my favorite Victoria s Secret scent before it was being discontinued Then I ran out of shower gel so I stopped using the perfume It now sells for a premium on eBay since it s so hard to find I made over 300 on two bottles of perfume and a bottle of lotion Jessica s last blog post Sneak Preview Karen in NC says January 29 2009 at 10 07 am Anyone with relatively new books should check out http www webuyyourbooks com they tell you beforehand what they will pay for your books and cover all shipping A great resource if you are getting over a book ownership addiction as I am In fact I might have gotten this link from another post on this site if so so sorry Not sure if any of you have considered this but we got all of our big items out of our house by contacting social services in our area and asking them if they have any families moving out of shelters and into apartments talk about people who can use very old tvs towels sheets plates pots and pans older chairs or tables truly giving someone some basics when they are just starting out especially in this economy can give people a real fighting chance which may be worth more than the spare cash you could get selling your goods Jenny says January 29 2009 at 10 43 am I sell a variety of items mainly children s clothing and toys on Ebay for extra money This has been a great way for me to financially be able to stay at home with my kids This past month I also decluttered our home and took many items up to a consignment store for the first time and so far I am pleased with the results of the sales as they give 52 of the sale back to me Not only do I like the cash but I like the idea of recycling and making purchases a continuous circle as I too buy many items pre owned Stephanie Keeper of the Home says January 29 2009 at 10 56 am We ve done craigslist a bit and we have had a good experience with it It s great for big items or items that are a bit random or particular and might not be noticed at a garage sale I do like garage sales mostly for the reason that they force me to really go through my house and gather everything together They re a lot of work and no the money s not fantastic I usually make between 100 200 But then everything that s left can easily be given to the thrift stores and I like that I made money on some of it We ve never gotten receipts for our thrift store donations but I ll have to start doing that Another thing that worked well for me recently was selling kids clothes and toys at our local kids swap meet You rent a table for 25 and sell for 4 hours It draws a huge crowd and I made quite a bit of money selling a lot of extra stuff that my kids didn t need or I didn t really care for Whitney says January 29 2009 at 11 20 am I really like giving stuff away whenever possible It s easiest and people LOVE to take it from you Freecycle works but I prefer to give it to a friend if they want it and to a thrift store if they don t I figure I m not starving so why not pass it along We ve been blessed with enough gifts over the years I don t do garage sales for the very reason that I don t have space to 1 gather the stuff and 2 sell the stuff I ll just get rid of it as I go and buy smarter I will use ebay for big things only I sold gold on there ones to buy our wedding bands and am planning to sell a major book collection for a couple hundred soon It s not worth it for minor things for us it s just a headache V Higgins says January 29 2009 at 11 48 am Since I work full time and commute as well as training for the Avon Walk it s hard enough to find time to head out to Goodwill to drop off my stuff I ve never been a real fan of holding garage sales and because I m only 23 I don t have much that s worth selling most of what I m donating is worth less than 5 a piece and I d rather spend my weekend relaxing with my hubby and new kitty My husband is a stickler for making sure we get our donations deducted though Maybe later on we ll have something worth putting on Craigslist but right now donations work for us Time for another round of de cluttering I have a closet to attack Holly says January 29 2009 at 11 56 am I used to spend the time selling things on ebay and craigslist but the last time I moved December I donated everything that didn t make the cut From a time management perspective it was the clear choice Laura says January 29 2009 at 12 16 pm We have something called Twin Cities Free Market org where we live It s a good way to get rid of large items and match them with the right person by posting online No money is exchanged but I have found that people will take ANYTHING And it s always gone within 2 days http cash4books net index php ref 86673 this link is another book selling resource You put in the ISBN and they make you an offer and pay the shipping Kelli says January 29 2009 at 12 29 pm I tend to use ebay for the items that are worth more I usually search ebay as you do to see if the value is there If so I list my item I tend to list things that I will get maybe 20 00 or more for If I have to pack and ship an item I want it to be worth it I have also tried Craigslist but haven t had any luck selling things there but I think that that is mostly due to living in NW Montana where people don t use Craigslist all that much If all else fails I usually put stuff on freecycle Kelli s last blog post Cold Remedies Andrea says January 29 2009 at 12 42 pm Craigslist is the only way to sell Kid stuff sells much better than most household items This week I ve sold a camera patio heater kids toys stroller bankets carseats quilts folding chairs and video games on craigslist within 2 days of listing them As long as you live in a populated area and are selling things people want at a good price it will sell Andrea s last blog post So cute but useless Rachel says January 29 2009 at 1 18 pm I think another key to having success on Craigslist or Ebay is to sell things that other people will specifically search for like baby gear or camera lenses Not many people will look through all of the items listed to find decorative knick knacks Lily says January 29 2009 at 1 18 pm Alas in Italy no garage sales nor Craigslist Thrift shops are almost non existant So it s eBay all the time though sometimes it s frustrating not to sell nice things in great conditions or to sell them for cheap Anyway I made some good deals I just bought some videogames my bf wanted to throw away and 2 dvds one was a gift from an ex friend listed at 5 euros sold at 30 Lily says January 29 2009 at 1 19 pm SOLD not bought Lily says January 29 2009 at 1 28 pm Btw I think that eBay is useful if you regularly put up stuff for auction so that the unsuccessful ads and the fees paid for them are compensated by the successful ones And sometimes retrying is worth it Sleepy Cat Hollow says January 29 2009 at 2 04 pm I used to sell on eBay until they set it up to weed out the little guy and it became an all at war between buyers and sellers on feedback It is not a friendly environment anymore Craigslist is good local buys and sells Meet you at the corner store parking lot And then I give a LOT to St Vincent s and Savers nice deductions on the taxes Christy says January 29 2009 at 3 10 pm I LOVE to have garage sales I can t believe that people will actually pay me to haul my junk away I have the kind of garage sales where I price things to sell not make money I m always amazed at the Early Birds who circle the neighborhood waiting for the door to open I m also amazed at what goes first We laughed and laughed that someone took our musical hula dancing doll first a few years ago The sheer entertainment value of the sale is just great Good garage sales require help which can be somewhat of a problem if your friends or family just don t get the same kind of bang out of the sale as you I try to recruit friends who also want to just get rid of the stuff When we re done we split up the money and have a good meal with usually some leftover to divide between us SavvyChristine says January 29 2009 at 3 33 pm I find that as a relatively recent college graduate 12 06 most of my stuff is too junky to be worth anything on Craigslist or Ebay or garage sales I d love to sell off some of the books Mr Savvy and I have collected but that falls into the don t declutter his stuff territory Whoops Juliet says January 29 2009 at 3 36 pm I enjoy giving stuff away I don t feel the need to be compensated for old clothing or books or toys Goodwill does a great job of distributing these things I ve had luck selling more substancial items like furniture on craigslist and I received a crockpot from freecycle this week As we all get more aware of the strain all our stuff is putting on the planet and as our economy continues to decline I see things like freecycle getting much more vigorous as it should Jeri Dansky says January 29 2009 at 7 58 pm Usually I give things away but I ve sold things on craigslist on behalf of a client and that worked really well I ll probably use

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