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  • The New Year - Small Notebook
    want to make one for my daughter maryanne s last blog post Rice Ham and Veggie Casserole Trish says December 31 2008 at 8 01 am Congratulations You will have an exciting year indeed Trish s last blog post Christmas Pajamas KaseyQ says December 31 2008 at 8 03 am Congratulations to you Boy combining the new year with the impending arrival of another little one and no wonder you re in organizing mode I have been too but then I get that way every year around this time Oh the plans I could tell you about the plans I ve been doing a lot of show and tell on my blog with my plans and there s more to come KaseyQ s last blog post Happy Birthday to Me Denise says December 31 2008 at 8 09 am what a great way to end your year such fantastic news I am way happy for you and your family Kristi says December 31 2008 at 8 17 am CONGRATS long time lurker here but this this is something to come out of the shadows for That is a great way to end start the year Look forward to seeing your organizational ideas Congrats again Kristi s last blog post Baby Leggings Michelle says December 31 2008 at 8 19 am Congratulations on your wonderful blessing Sandra Gonzales says December 31 2008 at 8 23 am Beautiful Wonderful It s weird I don t personally know you but my heart leapt for joy at your news I wish you and your beautiful family the best Have fun getting ready for Cutie 2 Congrats Nina says December 31 2008 at 8 33 am Happy news Best Wishes in the New Year Nina s last blog post Have you read Nicole says December 31 2008 at 8 35 am Your smiles say it all Many blessings Sharon says December 31 2008 at 8 37 am Congratulations What wonderful news to receive just before beginning a new year LisaInCT says December 31 2008 at 8 45 am Wow congrats An amazing way to start the New Year Rachel says December 31 2008 at 8 45 am Thanks for the congratulations everyone It s an August baby Leah says December 31 2008 at 8 53 am Congratulations What a happy holiday surprise Christine says December 31 2008 at 9 07 am Wow congratulations And Lane looks great in that tutu too Kristyn says December 31 2008 at 9 14 am Congratulations Rachel Blessings to you and your expanding family Looking forward to your organizing Rachel says December 31 2008 at 9 25 am Congratulations It s exciting to plan and dream about a growing family isn t it Can t wait to see what you discover along the way stephanie says December 31 2008 at 9 29 am Congratulations Nancy says December 31 2008 at 9 30 am Congratulations That s absolutely fabulous and I can t think of a better way for you and the family to begin the new year Nancy s last blog post O Nine Baby WhenIGrowUpCoach says December 31 2008 at 9 44 am Hate to sound like a parrot but CONGRATS Rachel You are guaranteed a fantastic 2009 now Enjoy your New Years WhenIGrowUpCoach s last blog post Tough Question Tuesday Installment 9 Amy says December 31 2008 at 9 48 am CONGRATS That is such exciting news I am so happy for your family I adore that picture of your daughter in the tutu so sweet Amy s last blog post Going Without Prescription Coverage Ruth Ann says December 31 2008 at 9 59 am You ve lured me out of lurking to say Congratulations KS says December 31 2008 at 10 11 am Congratulations and a blessed new year to you and your family I m looking forward to reading Small Notebook in 2009 Lia says December 31 2008 at 10 11 am Congratulations on your growing family Very exciting news Your archives have given me a great start to planning my new year and I m looking forward to reading about your new organization as well Great tutu Lia s last blog post Tutus tiaras and tea Kim says December 31 2008 at 10 16 am Wow What a wonderful New Year s gift Congratulations to you and your family Can t wait to see what 2009 holds for all of us Tina says December 31 2008 at 10 19 am What a beautiful way to end 2008 All the best Cindy says December 31 2008 at 10 22 am Congratulations We recently found out that we re expecting an August baby too Here s to a wonderful 2009 Cindy s last blog post Happy 10 months Daria Rachel says December 31 2008 at 10 25 am That s great Cindy Mandy says December 31 2008 at 10 58 am Congratulations What an exciting way to begin the new year Happy Organizing I will stay posted Mandy s last blog post Wordless Wednesday Casey says December 31 2008 at 11 02 am Congratulations and happy new year Casey s last blog post Whirl Into Winter Quilt Blog Giveaway make art every day says December 31 2008 at 11 06 am the only thing better than one kid is two congratulations make art every day s last blog post The irony of Christmas Andrea says December 31 2008 at 11 17 am Congratulations Andrea s last blog post Sewing Christmas Jen says December 31 2008 at 11 20 am Congratulations and best wishes for your new resolutions Have fun Jen s last blog post Book List for 2008 The Nester says December 31 2008 at 11 24 am Rachel I am so happy for you Thanks for sharing the news with us The Nester s last blog post Bird Watching chelsea says December 31 2008 at 11 28 am that is so exciting congratulations i wish you all the best in growing a baby packing and all that new year organizing wesleyjeanne says December 31 2008 at 11 30 am Congratulations and happy new year I m looking forward to reading about the upcoming changes in your family wesleyjeanne s last blog post 31 Days of Joy 29 Rachelle S says December 31 2008 at 11 32 am Congratulations That s exciting I m sometimes sad to hear about others having babies because I m past that stage in life just barely My baby will be 5 in Feb I love the tiny baby stage I keep telling myself that someday I ll have grandbabies but that s several years away my oldest is only 14 I m very happy for you though definately keep drinking water on your list of to do s this year I am determined to clean out the clutter this year I m hoping for some inspiration in that area as I find now that I m just too busy to tackle that heap of a job so it s a little discouraging to have that on my goal list I m sure when the kids go back to school next week I ll have more time to concentrate on those things I m in school myself though too Well good luck with your pregnancy Happy New Year to everyone Christine says December 31 2008 at 11 36 am Awesome news Congrats Good luck with everything because I love reading your blog Christy of MommaOnTheMounain says December 31 2008 at 11 38 am Congratulations on your impending blessing What a wonderful way to herald a new year I love your blog comment seldom but really do appreciate the way you share your efforts and your enthusiasm for a simpler life God Bless Jennifer says December 31 2008 at 11 46 am Congratulations That is the most wonderful news to start the new year with I look forward to your ideas on balancing simplicity with a growing brood V Higgins says December 31 2008 at 11 49 am Yay hug Congratulations I ll be praying for your health and energy over the next few months By the way that picture of Lane is adorable Sarah Life in the Parsonage says December 31 2008 at 11 53 am Now THAT is a way to start of the new year Congrats I m on a kick to get organized too can t wait to hear how yours goes Sarah Life in the Parsonage s last blog post Cheap Therapy Steph Problem Solvin Mom says December 31 2008 at 12 04 pm Congratulations I m so happy for you and your family Lane is so adorable in her tutu It s just like the one I made for my daughter and a few of my friend s kiddos this Christmas that was included in the Holidays by Hand festival A great quick and easy craft for sure Wishing you many blessings in the new year Steph Steph Problem Solvin Mom s last blog post Looking back and looking forward Jennifer says December 31 2008 at 12 13 pm What wonderful news Congratulations Jennifer s last blog post Santa s Workshop Jessica says December 31 2008 at 12 43 pm Congratulations times a hundred What exciting news and what a wonderful time of year to get it We ll hopefully be moving ourselves soon so I ll look forward to all your wonderful tips and advice Jessica s last blog post Update jodi bpr says December 31 2008 at 12 49 pm Congrats what wonderful news we re awaiting 2 any day now so lots of changes in store for us in 09 as well Definitely need to continue to do some organizing cleaning out will be looking forward to the encouragement jodi bpr s last blog post fun CVS Holly says December 31 2008 at 12 51 pm Congratulations My husband and I are trying to conceive right now and we moved to a larger and closer to work apartment over the Christmas holiday so I feel very in tune with you right now Can t wait to hear about it all Margaret says December 31 2008 at 12 56 pm Congratulations what a great start to the year Margaret s last blog post Ramblings Ginger says December 31 2008 at 12 56 pm CONGRATULATIONS That is a blessed gift from God Can t wait to see how the organization will go I need all the tips I can get I will be praying for you and your preganancy Ginger s last blog post Adopted Twice Amy E Vorro says December 31 2008 at 1 02 pm Congratulations Megan SortaCrunchy says December 31 2008 at 1 06 pm Again SO MANY CONGRATS When you are ready to do your sling shopping let me know I always have suggestions recommendations Megan SortaCrunchy s last blog post Two Thousand Eight Mary Beth says December 31 2008 at 1 09 pm Congratulations Rachel You are glowing May it be an easy and joyful pregnancy Mary Beth s last blog post Happy happy after Christmas lull Jen says December 31 2008 at 2 10 pm Congratulations I hope that everything goes well with your pregnancy and your move I look forward to reading all the new organizing tips as well Thanks for writing a wonderful blog and thanks for giving us some insight into your life every once and a while Good luck Lisa says December 31 2008 at 2 20 pm Congratulations Rachel Best wishes for a blessed new year ahead Lisa s last blog post Resolutions Goals and Life Lists Suzy says December 31 2008 at 2 20 pm Congratulations Rachel What a belated Christmas surprise for you your family I think the photo with your daughter in the tutu mittens jumping in the leaves one of my favorites is really sweet Wishing you the best for the coming New Year Suzy s last blog post Reflecting Amber says December 31 2008 at 2 25 pm Wow Congrats Amber s last blog post liz perspicacious says December 31 2008 at 2 26 pm Eeee Congrats I have had so much fun reading your blog this year I look forward to many baby posts Nothing more fun than reading about babies Except well having one The tutu looks awesome too Good luck with your move liz perspicacious s last blog post 2008 in review Courtney says December 31 2008 at 2 54 pm Congratulations What wonderful news to start your new year Courtney s last blog post To happiness and daydreaming and loving what you have Sarah says December 31 2008 at 3 07 pm Oh my gosh congratulations I love reading your blog and it ll be so fun to follow all of the new changes in store for your family in 2009 Sarah s last blog post blog it out Alana Gray Matters says December 31 2008 at 3 15 pm A true gift congratulations and have a wonderful new year Alana Gray Matters s last blog post I m Sew Excited Lindsay says December 31 2008 at 3 18 pm That is wonderful Congratulations Lindsay s last blog post Dec 30 Renee says December 31 2008 at 3 35 pm Congratulations You re glowing already Jill says December 31 2008 at 3 52 pm Congratuations what a wonderful way to start the New Year Claire W says December 31 2008 at 4 02 pm Congratulations I am so excited for you and your family jill says December 31 2008 at 4 25 pm wow oh wow oh wow congratulations couldn t be more thrilled for you and can t wait to follow you through the new year Yay Rachel Kim says December 31 2008 at 4 57 pm Oh congratulations Mama What an exciting way to start the new year I am so glad I ve found your blog this year I really enjoy reading it and learning from you Happy New Year Kim s last blog post I Wanna Go Too Christina Lynn says December 31 2008 at 5 28 pm Wow just when a gal needed to hear some good news you had some What a beautiful event to look forward to in the coming year for you and your family Congratulations are indeed in order Richelle F says December 31 2008 at 6 18 pm Congrats We are hoping our baby will be here soon in the new year Richelle F s last blog post Merry Christmas Andrea says December 31 2008 at 6 40 pm Congratulations That is very exciting news I love reading all your tips and advice and it will be great to hear what you have to say about pregnancy Andrea s last blog post Book Clubs Shilo says December 31 2008 at 6 55 pm Felicitaciones So exciting This child will be blessed to be born into your family Blessings Shilo P S the pic of Lane is DARLING Shilo s last blog post The Screaming Banshee Meets Baby s First Christmas sherri says December 31 2008 at 7 17 pm Congratulations What a wonderfully exciting blessing for 2009 Suzanne says December 31 2008 at 7 26 pm CONGRATULATIONS to you and your family The second child oh my The adjustment to becoming a mom and raising the 1st child will seem so incredibly easy compared to the day to day crazy life of 1 1 I m sure you will handle it splendidly though Suzanne s last blog post Focus Challenge Month 10 Emma says December 31 2008 at 7 43 pm Congratulations Rachel Ivy says December 31 2008 at 8 08 pm Congratulations Kelly says December 31 2008 at 9 10 pm WOW Congrats As a mom of 4 I can say it definitely changes when you have your second Just remember that no matter what hurdles you encounter you are giving Lane the best gift of all a sibling one of the most relationship s in the world Good luck with the move Kelly s last blog post the after Christmas donation run Kari says January 1 2009 at 3 01 am That s wonderful Congratulations to you and your family Kari s last blog post Sewing at 3am angelvalerie says January 1 2009 at 4 00 am Congratulations May God s blessings continue to be with you angelvalerie s last blog post New Year New Goals Stephanie says January 1 2009 at 10 15 am How awesome congratulations My husband and I are trying to decide whether we eventually want another baby so I can t wait to read how it goes for ya ll the second time around Stephanie Keeper of the Home says January 1 2009 at 10 39 am Wonderful amazing news I m thrilled for you And yes you ll worry less and find the second baby much easier to just add in to your life 1 to 2 kids was far easier than 0 to 1 We ve also got some big changes coming up in the New Year so I ll be following along with you this January Scribhneoir says January 1 2009 at 11 33 am I am so excited to hear your news it s going to be a wonderful year for you four I wish you all the very best of health and happiness for the coming year Scribhneoir s last blog post Anna says January 1 2009 at 12 11 pm Congratulations Fantastic news for you and your family May you have a blessed pregnancy and 2009 Best wishes Anna CC says January 1 2009 at 3 52 pm CONGRATS Just get all the sleep you can now Because with baby 2 no more sleep when the baby sleeps Someone is always up Enjoy and be healthy Meg says January 1 2009 at 3 59 pm Congratulations What happy news Nicki says January 1 2009 at 5 55 pm I m a little behind in my Google Reader so I guess I get to

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  • The Secret to a Good Self Photo - Small Notebook
    are more fun when you take them yourself Good suggestion Thanks Tyra MNKristy s last blog post Post Christmas Family Fun Denise says December 29 2008 at 8 20 am My husband and I were just doing the self portrait thing yesterday We ended up deleting them all but had a few good laughs in the process And with digital cameras now it is no big deal to just delete until you get the shot you like Steph Problem Solvin Mom says December 29 2008 at 8 51 am Love these photos of your family thanks for inspiring me to try this It s much less scary now that things are digital anyway right Hope you had a joyful and relaxing holiday wishing you many blessings in the coming year Steph Steph Problem Solvin Mom s last blog post Avoid the Post Holiday Slump Sarah Life in the Parsonage says December 29 2008 at 9 11 am I couldn t agree more so so true Love the pics Sarah Life in the Parsonage s last blog post Cheap Therapy Elizabeth says December 29 2008 at 9 13 am great post thanks jill says December 29 2008 at 11 54 am I used to have the hardest time with these shots I think my arms are too short But this Xmas BKG and I found a solution We both hold the camera One keeps it steady and one presses the button Your pics are adorable The last one is my fave Love your smile and your hair blowing back Captures a moment instead of a pose corinne says December 29 2008 at 12 02 pm Oh that s perfect I love your photos Now I know why I always look like someone is pulling on the back of my hair LOL Corinne corinne s last blog post Fairy Lights Lia says December 29 2008 at 12 41 pm Great tips for taking photos I just found your blog and I can tell already that it is my new favorite liz perspicacious says December 29 2008 at 1 26 pm I love these We are just the same each year choosing between a similar posed pic and a pic taken by me w my arm extended I thik we ve only chosen a posed shot for Christmas cards maybe once What a darling family you have Lane is pretty much the cutest little munchkin I ve ever laid eyes on liz perspicacious s last blog post organizing holiday supplies Megan SortaCrunchy says December 29 2008 at 3 39 pm since we got our D40 I never take self photos anymore I need to get out the point and shoot and do this more often thanks for the tips and inspiration Megan SortaCrunchy s last blog post Shivering snuggling and semi sabbatical Kelly says December 29 2008 at 5 54 pm Love the photos I think my fav is the one where we only see part of your face The fact that you

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  • Real - Small Notebook
    have more Thank you and MERRY CHRISTMAS Ginger s last blog post Duncan Phyfe Christmas Betsy says December 24 2008 at 6 53 am Thank you for this simple and beautiful post I ve enjoyed your work over the past several months and like you am striving toward more simplicity Merry Christmas Betsy s last blog post AND THE GLORY OF THE LORD SHALL BE REVEALED Southern Gal says December 24 2008 at 7 21 am Merry Christmas HopiQ says December 24 2008 at 8 27 am What a Savior we have While we were yet sinners in our mess in the middle of a horribly messy problem we could nothing about He came Thank you for the beautiful post HopiQ s last blog post Gift Tags Galore Evenshine says December 24 2008 at 8 41 am Psalm 40 is one of my favorites too You seem to have the words We re all on strike to some extent and we let the trash pile up for too long Thank you for inspiring all your readers with your simply truthful words Merry Christmas Evenshine s last blog post What heaven sounds like Deb says December 24 2008 at 9 24 am Mmmm the sweet sweet love of Jesus Merriest Christmas to you and yours Blessings and Joy Deb Denise says December 24 2008 at 9 36 am Thanks Rachel thanks for keeping it real Shilo says December 24 2008 at 10 45 am Well said Rachel Thanks for sharing Have a blessed Christmas Shilo s last blog post They Fell Down Emily remodelingthislife says December 24 2008 at 11 16 am Merry Christmas Rachel I think you do just fine writing about your faith This is beautiful Emily remodelingthislife s last blog post Link Love Andrea says December 24 2008 at 11 34 am Beautiful There is so much snow here that garbage hasn t been picked up in 2 weeks Fortunately there is fresh snow so we can t see it Merry Christmas Andrea s last blog post Sewing Christmas V Higgins says December 24 2008 at 12 12 pm It s so true One of the most precious things I ve learned is that even when I m mad at God when I want to yell and scream at him because I don t understand he s still there he ll still listen and he ll still love me Like a good friend who sits on the bed while you rant and rave and vent and is still there to hold you close while you cry it all out If I lost everything else I want to still be thankful for the amazing God who chose to love me even in my mess jodi bpr says December 24 2008 at 12 44 pm beautiful post Merry Christmas to you and your family Nicki says December 24 2008 at 1 26 pm Merry Christmas Rachel and thank you for sharing I find parallels of God s love in everyday

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  • Saving Holiday Memories - Small Notebook
    for their favorite things etc It is so great to look back and see how they change through the years Amy s last blog post Our Birthday Brunch Bash With Recipes Meriann Meryhew says December 22 2008 at 8 47 am I really love your do able ideas This post especially in the age of insatiable desire for stuff is a reminder that Christmas is NOT about all of that In fifty years no one will remember that they got a new sweater or ipod but a thoughtful gift a gift of time words memories or resources shared with those in need is truly a gift of eternal value And as a non scrapbooker I appreciate your simple book that will be just as precious to your family as one with all the fancy frills Nancy says December 22 2008 at 9 20 am What a great idea Love it I am not a scrapbooker nor have I ever wanted to be I don t have the desire to spend the time or money on such but I love this practical idea which can capture so much for years to come Thanks for sharing Nancy s last blog post Menu Plan Monday Casey says December 22 2008 at 9 47 am I ve been wanting to do this exact thing since I had my first baby I wish I had done it then maybe I should stop procrastinating and start this year it d be such a wonderful keepsake when I m old and grey Casey s last blog post As seen on many many a blog Rachel says December 22 2008 at 10 00 am Mindy I ve seen Ali s work I like how she puts an emphasis on journaling for the things that photos can t capture Amy I love the idea of including Christmas letters to Santa How great I will do that for sure liz says December 22 2008 at 1 08 pm I love that what a sweet idea I agree that simple is definitely better I just started a holiday book this year It s just a journal where R and I write down a few sentences about what we did and maybe paste in a couple of pictures I started it because the years we ve been together are starting to blend some and really want to remember the specifics of what we did My blog helps with that too since I ve been blogging so long Thanks so much for sharing all your great ideas here Have a Merry Christmas liz s last blog post bacon and eggs V Higgins says December 22 2008 at 1 08 pm That s an awesome idea I hope you have a blessed peaceful Christmas Sadly we lost my grandpa yesterday so prayer would be appreciated jodi bpr says December 22 2008 at 2 41 pm great idea we were actually given a book that is specifically for something like that when we got married

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  • Tie a Gift Bow for Extra Special Gifts
    top before now I know how I am glad I procrastinated my wrapping in time to see your post I think that the way a gift is wrapped really says a lot even a humble gift can seem more special if it is wrapped up nicely I ve also seen some people use strips of contrasting wrapping paper in place of ribbon so I may try that Thanks again for the info KaseyQ s last blog post Need a Last Minute Gift Shilo says December 17 2008 at 1 48 pm I m sitting here cracking up As sooooooooooooon as my little boy heard your little girls voice he ran over to my computer to see what I was looking at Too cute Thanks for the bow tutorial too I ve never seen it done that way before Blessings today Shilo Shilo s last blog post Who is This Person Mary says December 17 2008 at 9 52 pm Thank you so much for making this video I m one of those who really needed that I ll definitely use this one And I loved the surprise ended I love the idea of using a wide piece of gorgeous ribbon and then knowing the recipient could reuse the ribbon any way she wants Thanks for sharing jill says December 17 2008 at 10 38 pm So fun to hear both your voice and Lane s little voice in the tutorial Love the way the bow comes undone so smoothly Give it that Voila factor And gets the ribbons less wrinkled up so they can be reused Rachel says December 17 2008 at 10 56 pm Thanks everyone I love making these little videos CC 14 gifts Wow you ve been busy Jill you can iron old ribbon to make it look new I don t like ironing but it s fast to just do a ribbon liz says December 17 2008 at 11 47 pm Oh I love this so much Thank you As much as I love all those craft tutorials my delicious bookmarks attest to that do I really have time to make all those crafts I DO have time to tie gorgeous bows though I use grosgrain and satin ribbon for most packages and I keep the pieces afterward I wind the pieces around my fingers after and paperclip them into a ring Then I toss these into a ziploc bag for next year They don t wrinkle this way I love plain brown paper and tissue paper for wrapping things This year I also got some preprinted shirt boxes which can t be beat for simplicity liz s last blog post yummiest cookies ever really Mary Ann says December 18 2008 at 5 53 am Thanks for this I love using real ribbon for gifts since it can be reused I ve been focusing on using up a bunch of Christmas wrapping paper After it s used I m planning on a combination of either brown

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  • Cancel the Cable for Holiday Peace - Small Notebook
    cable and then I say we don t have internet or a home phone Some people think it s because we are behind the times when really we just don t want to spend the money on something that is not a necessity I d rather go on a vacation with that money I wonder how much money we have saved for the past 5 years from doing without these luxuries KS says December 15 2008 at 12 01 pm I didn t have a TV for several years and then my sister and her husband gave me a new flat screen TV several months ago I would need cable which I don t have to get decent reception on several stations Sometimes I forget that I own a TV now I only watch a few hours of programming each month and I think it s nice to have Some anti TV people can be a teeny bit self righteous about not owning TVs holly says December 15 2008 at 12 51 pm We do what Rachel does no tv cable antenna but we watch movies on our oversize computer monitor whenever we want The fact that picking a movie tv series on DVD to watch is a lot more deliberate than just turning on the tube and looking for something interesting really reduces the amount that I watch Jennifer says December 15 2008 at 1 08 pm You are much braver than I I think I d have an actual revolt on my hands if I got rid of the cable the ring leader would be dh lol Some days I love being curled up under a blanket w coffee in hand watching a TV program then there are other days I wished I could just chuck the whole thing out the window Jennifer s last blog post Blizzard Blues Buster V Higgins says December 15 2008 at 1 24 pm My DH was laid off last week so the first thing to go was the cable especially since they had just raised our rates without notifying us at all I ll miss the Discovery channel but we can set up his computer to plug into our TV so we can stream shows if we care to I d rather watch my Remington Steele DVDs than 90 of the TV out there anyway Lisa says December 15 2008 at 3 37 pm We have been cable free for a few months now and I absolutely love it We do get a few channels through the antenna but I mostly watch that for new and weather We are going to look into one of those pc adapt tvs so that we can stream shows off the internet as well I get to choose what my kids watch and when which is easier to do when there is no remote glued to their hands We always did preview the children s movies and shows but this makes things alot easier No tv means more family time in our home which is always a good thing na0 says December 15 2008 at 4 02 pm i have actually been cable free for several years and have very seldom missed it it s nice to listen to a bit of holiday music while playing board games with loved ones instead of the tv na0 s last blog post cancel your cable Jessie Earth Momma says December 15 2008 at 5 17 pm We have been TV free for 5 years We haven t missed it Though we do download a few of our favorite programs from stations such as the History Channel and Animal Planet and of course Comedy Central onto our laptop We receive these shows free of commercials and are able to use the programming as a homeschool resource TV free Oh heck yes Jessie Earth Momma s last blog post Oh Precious Sleep Suzy says December 15 2008 at 5 47 pm We realized there was too much on cable and we were barely watching anything although my son was watching animes He found another source on line to watch those shows and we just let the cable go It wasn t worth it We have a DVR and can record the few shows we want to watch without the commercials Sometimes after recording some shows we realize we didn t really want to watch them anyway We have more control over what and when we watch something We got rid of our newspaper too It was creating excess paper due to all of the ads Due to getting a smaller car we couldn t take to the recycling place like we did when we had a van We get most of our news off the internet now a few magazines backup on TV sometimes radio We are definitely opting away from TV and we re better off for it Suzy s last blog post a href a merry little Christmas with a few favorite things or not MammaBug says December 15 2008 at 7 17 pm We haven t had a TV since the first day of the olympics when we moved it to plaster the walls don t really miss it If I just HAVE to watch something then I need to plug the TV card into my laptop and that is how I can watch it Personally I prefer to read a book MammaBug s last blog post Breastfeeding how long is long enough angelvalerie says December 15 2008 at 10 52 pm Agreed I have not bothered to fix the TV aerial for years and am down to about 2 channels sometimes 1 Luckily nothing I am missing anyways I really like the idea of using the quiet space to be and reading is one of my favourite pastimes angelvalerie s last blog post So it s Christmas Blessed says December 16 2008 at 12 43 am My Dad got rid of our TV when I was 6 years old now I m married with a daughter and 33 years old and still don t have a television in my home It s so peaceful Blessed s last blog post Privileged Camilla says December 16 2008 at 3 52 am MamaShift I am saving for a projector I love the idea of watching movies properly really immersing in them Some friends in Norway have a projector and we play Mario Kart on a huge size on the wall lol Rachel Zackly and I guess we avoid the risk of seeing spoilers for next week s episode of programs too No TV nights are a good idea probably made easier by a TV cabinet you can close I know that would help me avoid switching it on automatically Andrea says December 16 2008 at 3 31 pm I d love to get rid of the cable We were without it for a year but not having the sports on TV drove my husband crazy Now we have the DVR and it has cut way back on our TV watching Plus we never watch commercials I wish I had the guts to get rid of the internet Andrea s last blog post WIN SOMETHING Brittney says December 16 2008 at 8 17 pm I think living without TV is super for family time and conversation We ve been without TV for about 13 years since we got married I would have to say Christmas is the one time of year I wish I had a TV There are so many wholesome programs at the holiday season and I have so many great memories from It s a Wonderful Life A Christmas Carol and others I watched during childhood Last week we went to the video store and loaded up on five DVDs to watch on our computer to share these memories with our own children Reesie says December 16 2008 at 8 30 pm For those who need a compromise I wholeheartedly recommend TIVO DVR There are somethings on TV I d like to see but when we sit down to watch it is intentional We only watch shows we truly desire plus we fast forward through the commercials thereby cutting down the amount of time we actually watch When the kids need some down time no more than 40 minutes per day per child or 2 short PBS Shows They can watch what they want and we are not tied to someone else s schedule It is the perfect solution for the family where one person wants to get rid of TV and the other wants to keep it No I don t work for TIVO I m just a devoted user Bruce The Big Desk says December 16 2008 at 9 35 pm I love the idea of consuming less in general and the idea includes spending less on pointless things Great post and nice looking site I can t quite figure out why consumption hasn t become a big no no in fact people still seem proud of it There needs to be a type of score like a GDP where we can track our distance from equilibrium How s that for the genesis of a post Think I may write about that this weekend Bruce The Big Desk s last blog post The US Needs a New Car Company Meriann says December 16 2008 at 10 45 pm I click clicked and here I was I REALLY like your website I am on a journey to living a simple life with my two daughters so your website is a neat find for me We don t have cable either and just watch movies that we rent or check out at the library It really helps keep the mind clear of TV clutter ads and or shows that suck out the brain cells Thanks for sharing your ideas Keep em coming MM Meriann s last blog post Daily bread in the way of good deals nicola says December 17 2008 at 12 26 am i dislike tv my husband uses it to unwind but then again he would love me on the computer less and i use the internet to unwind nicola s last blog post i swear this only coincides with the new year Mollie says December 17 2008 at 7 48 am I ve been enjoying reading your blog for awhile now and thought I d finally comment because I totally agree with no TV My husband and I have been married for almost 5 years and have never had a TV as a couple We ve never really missed it although now that we live in China we get a craving for American TV and culture every now and then We do watch the occasional movie or TV show on our laptops One of our favorite pastimes however is reading aloud to each other We ve read some great books and have enjoyed discussing the books and guessing how they end together We plan on continuing this pastime with our kids as they get older and hope it s something we ll enjoy doing as a family Bill M says December 17 2008 at 11 47 am I think I would die if i cancelled TV heh I still have to overcome cable I have overcome HBO and all those extras that the cable company makes so much on because no one watches but everyone pays I do like to watch the business channels and they are only available on cable unless someone can point me other wise Bill M s last blog post Investing 101 How to Pick a Mutual Fund mary b says December 18 2008 at 12 21 pm I sort of chuckled when I read the title we were just without electricity for 6 days and I said to the family hey we ought to cancel the satellite tv service since we seem to be getting by fine without it this week Everyone cringed but the funny thing is we have now had power restored for about 18 hours the tv has yet to be turned on psuklinkie says December 19 2008 at 4 02 pm Ever since I moved away from my TV loving family I ve completely ignored TV Granted I watch a show or two on the internet but I m totally unwilling to pay for cable In fact we have a TV simply for the console games but we totally ignore our family s odd looks when they ask us why we haven t seen the latest TV show fad We get out more and spend quiet time together it s worked out great for our health and our relationship psuklinkie s last blog post Festive Food Sally Parrott Ashbrook says December 22 2008 at 3 55 pm Great post People often ask me how I have time to do the various things I do and part of the reason is we don t have tv We ve gone without it about three and a half years now and we really don t look back In fact now that I think about it in this house where we are house sitting we DO have tv but we ve been here several days and I don t think either of us has even thought about turning it on I still like to watch movies occasionally on our laptops but I find the sounds of tv jarring if they are just going on in the background now Sally Parrott Ashbrook s last blog post Overcoming Frustration Andrea says December 23 2008 at 2 43 pm We had no cable for 14 years we cancelled it to save money and time Now with grown children it has returned recently but I am finding it is not that good so it may be cancelled again we do have the converter boxes too It is my husband who wants it but he doesn t actually watch it much I think he should keep a record for a week of what he actually watched and mostly it is recordings of shows on regular TV Can t get rid of the internet I need it for my job M F says December 23 2008 at 8 20 pm My husband never watched TV He s always been a bit of a gamer junky so it s very rare for him to want to do something as passive as watching TV If he can t control the main character he just isn t interested As for me I grew up watching TV As a teenager the TV went on when I got home from school and it rarely went off before I crawled into bed When we moved in together we got cable because that s what grown ups do We made a lot of these sorts of decisions actually The hubby never watched TV but it was unthinkable to him that a household should not have one But after two years or so I realized that we were paying nearly 100 month for something that my hubby never watched and that I only rarely had any time to I was a full time university student and just too busy studying to spend an evening zoned out So we got rid of it Honestly we ve never looked back My co workers spend a lot of time talking about the latest shows but most of it just seems so dull If anything it makes me glad that I spend my time doing more exciting things Every so often they will talk about a show that sounds interesting so I will rent it when it comes out on DVD I think shedding the TV was one of the best decisions we ever made It s horrifying to think now of what I could have done with all my time in my teen years I could be a rocket scientist by now if I d only spent that time studying jeana says December 5 2009 at 10 18 am i LOVE this idea Its something I ve been wanting for a long time too but my husband isn t quite on board yet either We just keep it off and unplugged except when we watch movies or sports Adele says December 5 2009 at 10 59 am Amen sister We gave up TV for lent a few years back and have never gone back The one exception being football for my husband during which we mute turn off the tv for commercials It s amazing how transformative it is to remove yourself from commercial influence and how enriching it is to seek out other sources of fulfillment reading books together sitting by the fire baking together in the evening And several years into this I can honestly say we don t miss it one bit Adele s last post Winter Magic ang says December 5 2009 at 11 20 am We ve been without cable for six months now and its been wonderful We have an old computer hooked directly to the tv so we can watch things online or on netflix directly on the tv screen One side effect I didn t expect I realized I was eating less and losing weight I no longer had those commercials to tempt me or make me hungry I never would have thought they had that much control over me but they did How sad but how liberating now ang s last post Study Buddy juliet says December 5 2009 at 1 04 pm I agree I think the most important thing we have done to reduce TV watching is to not have the TV in the living room We put it in the den The kids never get to watch tv only movies I take that back we watch america s funniest videos with them occasionally and my husband and I only watch recorded programs

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    doing pretty well What I m loving is being able to smile and say nothing when people ask if there s anything we really need I don t think I ve felt that contentment in a while Just 8 more days until it starts getting lighter again Rae s last blog post 11 sewing days left til Christmas angelvalerie says December 13 2008 at 4 27 am Time to breathe live well and enjoy Christmas angelvalerie s last blog post Surprised by time Susan says December 13 2008 at 6 26 am Thank you so much I m really enjoying your thoughts this year I took time this year and really enjoyed putting up my tree rather than making it a contest to get it done I also watched as my 18 year old put up our other tree with help from one of the cats It too was lovely and not a chore Thank you again the sun is up here in Florida and the sky is blue wishing you sunshine Denise says December 13 2008 at 7 56 am yes it is dark here at 4 30 and with my early work hours I want to go to bed at 7 30 which then makes for an early wake on a Saturday So I am on the opposite end of you but I hear ya Blessed says December 13 2008 at 8 08 am There really is nothing quite like quiet time Enjoy it Blessed s last blog post A Great Program for Kids rdzins says December 13 2008 at 8 46 am I got up early this morning before everyone was awake I found I am not ussually a morning person however this morning was different I love the few moments of nothing a cup of coffee

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    beautiful photograph of Lane smiling with unabashed glee I finally put my tree up today had to move the furniture around so that it was in a place where I could actually see it rather than behind the armchair were it was the past three Christmases Geri says December 12 2008 at 8 40 pm I like the easy decorating It s sometimes fun to put up a tree but doing every year can be too much Some years I like to just decorate the fireplace the stair banisters and a few table tops This year I must bah humbug because I ve done nothing Geri s last blog post Toothache Home Remedies Lance says December 12 2008 at 11 55 pm I love that last picture with Lane smiling what a wonderful capture your lens made And I really like the idea of a simple Christmas Lance s last blog post Kindness Comes In Small Gestures angelvalerie says December 13 2008 at 4 25 am Looks delightful and I agree that the picture of Lane s smile is just gorgeous This year I decided just to have a simple nativity in the unused fireplace Simple is a lovely way to do Christmas angelvalerie s last blog post Surprised by time Courtney says December 13 2008 at 2 37 pm Such a creative idea for showcasing your ornaments when you don t have space for a tree So cute Wendy says December 13 2008 at 10 33 pm I love your idea of decorating the fireplace instead of a tree to save space No mess or hassle and your little girl is adorable CC says December 13 2008 at 11 36 pm Great idea If you do ever want to do a tree my tiny fiber optic tree would fit in any apartment CC s last blog post Real Men Megan SortaCrunchy says December 14 2008 at 3 36 pm absolutely darling shot of Lane but really has she ever taken a bad picture i think not I adore the idea of giving children wreaths to start their own ornament collection I do believe I will be borrowing that idea from the Small Notebook home for our own girls Thanks Rachel Megan SortaCrunchy s last blog post Troubleshooting and Testing with a big dose of GRRRRRR Suzy says December 14 2008 at 9 49 pm We have a collection of mini trees and we haven t put on one ornament as of yet I kind of like the simplicity of just only having the lights for this year However one year we had to move on Christmas Eve and we were so tired that we didn t partake of any Christmas activities We were just happy to be situated in our new home where we are now Your husband and little one look happy and your decorated garland is sweet with all the pretty ornaments I m learning that simple is a beautiful thing Suzy s last blog post a

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