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  • Good Reads - Hello, November - Small Notebook
    you simplify at home Connect with me on Pinterest and Twitter Previous Save Money With a Fun Allowance Next Paper Pile Makeover Results Comments Leah Ingram says November 1 2008 at 10 42 am Thank you for recommending my post on frugal meal planning from my blog The Lean Green Family formerly Suddenly Frugal at http suddenlyfrugal blogspot com I appreciate the shout out Leah Leah Ingram s last blog post A Pennsylvania Yankee in My Kitchen Michelle at Scribbit says November 1 2008 at 10 08 pm Thanks for the mention I m a Like Merchant Ships fan too Michelle at Scribbit s last blog post Inkubook Digital Scrapbook Giveaway Megan SortaCrunchy says November 1 2008 at 11 53 pm I ve been LOVING Stephanie s Keeper of the Home for many months She is provides a wealth of information and resources Camilla says November 2 2008 at 8 00 am Great looking resources I love the idea of ditching discontenment i ve been giving that a serious go this morning and i ll enjoy reading the article by the looks of it Emily says November 2 2008 at 3 18 pm Rachel thank you so much for mentioning me in this fabulous list of resources And I have been meaning to jump over here for days to tell you how much I love your made over paper pile I am tackling my computer armoire office craft area this week and hope to get it looking even half as good as your minimal pile Vintage Mommy says November 3 2008 at 2 52 pm I often think similar thoughts about gratitude even especially while in the middle of a good internal whine monologue about doing housework cooking dinner etc How lucky to have food to cook and dishes to

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  • "Holidays by Hand" Festival - Small Notebook
    your blog and send us the link to your blog post so you can be included Feel free to use one of the buttons that Kelly made for each theme I ll look forward to seeing your paper holiday projects cards notebooks ornaments gifts you name it 8 Comments October 26 2008 in Handmade About Rachel I write about practical tips that will help you simplify at home Connect with me on Pinterest and Twitter Previous Paper Pile Makeover Results Next The Difficulty of Doing Less Comments Vintage Mommy says October 27 2008 at 3 15 pm The buttons look great along the side Rachel Vintage Mommy s last blog post Holidays by Hand Good Ideas from Around the Blogosphere Gidget says October 27 2008 at 3 30 pm Hi fellow crafter Nice to meet you I ve been meaning to stop by your blog for some time now going to subscribe Gidget s last blog post I Got Tagged Tina says October 27 2008 at 8 50 pm God bless all of you who turn out wonderful handmade items for the holidays but don t let this post fly in the face of Rachel s wonderful last post Make new commitments sparingly it s such a hectic time of year anyway smallnotebook says October 28 2008 at 12 03 am Thanks Ann and Gidget Tina I completely agree This will be really fun but only sign up for it if it won t take away from your real priorities I ve received a couple of questions by email so in case you re wondering There is no limit to the number of entries As long as you send me your link by November 10 and it s related to the theme I ll include it Your paper project doesn

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  • The Difficulty of Doing Less - Small Notebook
    most helpful things in saying no is to rid yourself of the obligation to ever give an answer on the spot say you need to check your calendar and you ll get back t them then it gives you time to reflect and decide if it s even something you want to do So often that pressure to respond immediately causes us to say yes when a little extra time would give us the clarity we need to say no Our litle guy is only 2 so we don t have to deal with lots of activities yet but my husband and I have already started discussing that we don t want to be the family who s always on the run we desire that we spend time at home as a family together I m sure the challenge will be living it jodi bpr s last blog post WFMW Blogging The Accountability Factor Vintage Mommy says October 22 2008 at 5 02 pm Oh this is a tough one I m always always trying to do much and usually comparing myself unfavorably to others who seem to be doing it all Just today I told VG s daycare that we wouldn t be at the family event on Thursday evening My fingers could barely type the words but in the scheme of things during a busy week that event is not a priority I wrote a post on my other blog link below about assuming that everyone else has it all together I was assured that this is not so Reality Check Vintage Mommy s last blog post I m Not Angry Rebecca says October 22 2008 at 5 09 pm I think it is probably easier for my family since my kids are still young We are blessed to homeschool so don t have hours of homework or after school activities clogging up our evening schedule We have decided on ONE activity per child We prayerfully discern what our childrens unique abilities desires are and choose one activity that suits them best Another thing we do is multitask I nearly always combine an activity with a necessity like groceries I m afraid that as they get older things ll get harder I try to give myself a lot of grace Rebecca s last blog post Punkins Emma says October 22 2008 at 5 40 pm Love these thoughts We had a major pulling back last year from many of our commitments It took a number of months and we slowly were able to lose that overwhelmed feeling I think its a constant process and not something you can deal with only once For me its definitely activities and responsibilities that I take on outside of the home often without consulting my husband first for some much needed perspective that cause the most trouble Emma s last blog post Dollars and sense Rachel says October 22 2008 at 6 33 pm Great point about giftings Rachel Because someone else is amazing at doing a lot doesn t mean that I should try to replicate that Life is much more productive when we focus on what we should personally be doing not what others are doing Rachel s last blog post Itty Bitty Pincushion Laura Leigh says October 22 2008 at 6 52 pm Wow I posted on this topic a few weeks ago It was hard for me to let a commitment go but once I did it I was amazed at how free I felt I am able to concentrate better on the commitment that is most important to me outside family my Bible study I realized that other s expectations were holding me back from saying no and once I got over that part it was easier Anyway I could go on forever all to say that I understand and have definitely been there Great post Laura Leigh s last blog post Small Step BIG Results Deb says October 22 2008 at 9 06 pm Oh I wrote a three part series on that on my blog a ways back from first hand experience This fall after almost two years experience of choosing wisely I slipped back into old busy ness patterns Just yesterday I sent an email cancelling a half dozen activities I d committed to in the next WEEK God is faithful to remind me where He has placed me and how I can work with Him Steph Problem Solvin Mom says October 22 2008 at 9 09 pm Congrats to Stephanie For just ONE second there I thought maybe it was me but then it wasn t my comment Anyhoo I have eliminated some of the less value added things in my life to help simplify such as tv we hardly watch any at all I struggle finding balance with the amount of time I spend blogging and the other activities that go along with blogging so I m trying a few strategies there to see what works best I think just like decluttering our house this is something we need to revisit regularly great topic Steph Problem Solvin Mom s last blog post Everything you need for your little fairy princess Karisa says October 22 2008 at 9 28 pm I have been practicing being less committed and it has been a blessing after blessing I wonder why I didn t do this earlier I have been able to concentrate on my life s real priorities Thanks for the great post Karisa s last blog post Perspective from a Daughter and Wife smallnotebook says October 22 2008 at 10 22 pm Deb that was a great series thanks for sharing your links Don t miss the 3 links that Deb posted above Here s a quote from her story I had placed my identity in what I could do not who I am in the Lord Party planner Couldn t find a better one around Home school teacher The most awesome of course

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  • How Often Do You Declutter? - Small Notebook
    Gracia Fraile says October 20 2008 at 10 21 am If you take a look at my blog you ll see that the answer is Not often enough Gosh my home is scary right now Darcy says October 20 2008 at 11 12 am I feel like I am decluttering all the time I too have the paper bags out all the time for stuff to go to goodwill It seems like there is always something that we are done with We live in a small house about 800 square feet with 2 adults and 2 kids and only 2 very small closets It seems that it is always an ongoing process I have several areas that I tend to put a lot of stuff and then every week I have to go through and clean it out darcy rena says October 20 2008 at 11 20 am I probably hit every shelf and drawer once a month The things is when you do it so often it only takes a minute to do a drawer or shelf I go through the kids clothes and toys probably four times a year plus before and after gift givings holidays I hate extra stuff Someone mentioned it is like therapy I feel that way also rena s last blog post Last Sunday at Church Slackerjo says October 20 2008 at 11 57 am I don t really need anything new I have everything I need in life to function So my non clutter way is to only buy stuff to replace other stuff There is no accumulation I know this is harder for families as kids grow break things and want toys okay even the grown ups want toys too But even if you can shift your thinking from accumulating to replacing you will notice your clutter decreasing Christy says October 20 2008 at 1 26 pm Daily I have kids and the ongoing onslaught of paper is ridiculous Plus I m also finally getting honest about what my kids will and won t play with now that they are bigger and the daycare I work for is the recipient of a ton of stuff from toys to tapes to books But I agree it seems like it is ongoing I am trying to make sure that when I de clutter I organize too so everything I want to keep has a place Otherwise things get moved around indefinetly and just create more cluttered spaces LS says October 20 2008 at 1 57 pm I agree that settling on places for things makes it less likely that whatever you ve decluttered will instantly reclutter Especially since others in my family aren t always so aware of the level of clutter having a labeled home for X or Y makes it really obvious when Y wound up in X s spot and thus eliminates the excuse of I didn t know where it belonged The hardest thing right now is decluttering the kid stuff Everytime I pull a box of toys out because they re not getting enough attention if I don t take it to Sal Val immediately the fact that it was discovered in a pile in the basement seems to suddenly increase its value and appeal and back it comes to the toy box only to be abandoned a day later Any tips on how to get the kiddos to buy into the idea of decluttering And Just in case anyone is decluttering their bookshelves I wanted to mention a site I discovered this weekend bookmooch com You can list books that you no longer want and earn points for listing and mailing out titles that you can in turn use to mooch books from other people s bookshelves Not quite as immediate as taking a box of books to Sal Val but at least you know that the books you once cherished enough to purchase and bring into your home will in turn be cherished anew rather than gathering dust and getting musty on the Sal Val shelves James says October 20 2008 at 1 58 pm I declutter little by little It s less overwhelming when it s in small steps Interesting that you mention this as last night I was going through my box of files getting rid of really old and irrelevant paperwork and cleaning up my personal space It gets a little addictive to keep cleaning up as much as possible But it s always very rewarding to see the place cleaner after each run I d have to say that although I was on top of keeping things clean at home this blog has continued to inspire me to keep at it For instance I went through my box of files and I took out just a few folders with records from more than two or three years ago I used a photocopier at work to scan a batch of stuff to PDF for example Fighting the clutter little by little James s last blog post For Humans Only Comic Con Jennifer says October 20 2008 at 2 10 pm Unfortunately it seems the declutter project simply never ends My mother wants us to have a garage sale We should have had it this summer and it didn t happen So I have stacks of boxes in all the rooms that will hopefully stay in their basement for the winter but in the meantime it s hard to declutter when there s no room for more boxes I hate garage sales Renee says October 20 2008 at 2 58 pm I de clutter gradually I have been wishing I could send the kids for a weekend at grandma s and do one bid sweep but they re a little young for that So I just put things in the Goodwill or Freecycle box as I find them and ocassionally finally get them out of the house I wish I had the stomach for craigslist

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  • Jewelry Giveaway from Lisa Leonard Designs - Small Notebook
    in Eureka IL Emily says October 15 2008 at 11 08 am I am thankful for my bike Seriously It gets me everywhere Theron Peck says October 15 2008 at 11 09 am Given the current economy after selling our house moving changing jobs schools life is better now than it has been during our nearly 17 years of marriage The only one who can take credit for this is God through His son Jesus period not us I am thankful for everything small to tall The world has an entirely new perspective Caitlin says October 15 2008 at 11 19 am I am so thankful for the people who dedicate so much time and effort to making our neighborhood a great place to live and I m honored and inspired to work amongst them Caitlin s last blog post T 19 Paige says October 15 2008 at 11 25 am I am really thankful for my family Sounds trite but it s true Tara says October 15 2008 at 11 29 am I am so thankful to finally be home with my 4 year old daughter I quit my full time corporate job in August to spend more time with the people who matter my family Amy P says October 15 2008 at 11 38 am I am thankful for my job It is stable in this crazy economy and I have no fear of losing it Michelle O says October 15 2008 at 11 41 am I gave birth to my 3rd daughter 2 weeks ago I am so thankful that I have 3 precious healthy girls I m also thankful for my wonderful husband who has taken care of everything while I recover kitchendoor says October 15 2008 at 11 42 am I m thankful for Earl Grey tea kitchendoor s last blog post Works for me Wednesday Library Lady Julie says October 15 2008 at 11 45 am I just bought one of Lisa s bird necklaces for my mom for Christmas It is so beautiful I m tempted to keep it for myself It will go to my mom though as I am thankful for the incredible role model she is to me She is the best care taker of wild birds which is why the necklace is so perfect for her She has over 100 bird houses on her property and has several feeders around her house that keeps them happy through the winter Jessica says October 15 2008 at 12 07 pm I am thankful for these gorgeous autumn days corinne says October 15 2008 at 12 08 pm I love Lisa s designs and I have recently found your blog and I am also in love with your posts I am thankful for so much but right now I am thankful for blogging and all of my blogging friends that have taught me and continue to teach me so much Corinne corinne s last blog post I Am In Love Robin says October 15 2008 at 12 18 pm Of course my beautiful children are top of my list Oh and that husband of mine suppose he s up there too Amanda says October 15 2008 at 12 25 pm I am thankful for my wonderful husband Sometimes I don t think I would make it through the day without him Amanda s last blog post With A Name Like Santino He Must Know Something About Cooking Ann Pleiss Morris says October 15 2008 at 12 30 pm I m grateful that my husband has been seizure free for three years as of tomorrow Leah says October 15 2008 at 12 32 pm Of course I m thankful for my wonderful family and friends But right now I m feeling super thankful for the financial aid that the government has provided my husband and I Without it we wouldn t have been able to continue and finish soon our college education to not only be able to provide a better future for our daughter but also be a personal example to her how hard work pays off Leah s last blog post I ve Been Busy Tina C says October 15 2008 at 12 35 pm I am thankful for the love of family and friends and being content with knowing the best things in this life are free Colleen says October 15 2008 at 12 37 pm I am grateful for joy The amazing joy I experience everyday from my two little girls and my baby boy being a wife the sun on my shoulder the smell of mud in spring the feel of crisp fall wind the sound of leaves rustling Simple joy Keri says October 15 2008 at 12 38 pm I am so thankful for my wonderful husband and 3 precious children I take them for granted far too often but I m so thankful to be able to stay at home with my kids What a blessing Kristy says October 15 2008 at 12 40 pm I am thankful for waking up everyday and knowing that I m doing the best I can for my family We struggle to make ends meet but I know that we provide unconditional love for each other It s great to know that I can come home after work and be surrounded by my babies and husband rachel says October 15 2008 at 12 41 pm that God made things beautiful Jaime says October 15 2008 at 12 42 pm I am grateful for the farmers market in Union Square Specifically for Brussels sprouts Jaime s last blog post Welcome Back to Work Tired Girl Karen says October 15 2008 at 12 44 pm I am thankful for my job and my family gwen says October 15 2008 at 12 47 pm I m thankful that I finally got around to learning some wirework I m having a blast making new jewelry which is fancier than anything I d ever actually spend the money on Jenna says October 15 2008 at 12 49 pm Wow so pretty I m thankful for this long gentle fall season and excited for winter erin says October 15 2008 at 12 53 pm I m grateful that my wait for cooler weather is nearly over Liz says October 15 2008 at 12 53 pm I am thankful for my family my excellent health wonderful friends and a good job I am thankful I don t have to worry where my next meal is coming from I am so blessed When I start to complain I pinch myself and remember the guys at the mission where I volunteer every month or the neighbors that do not know if they will loose thier house or not Just looking in my grand daughter s eyes makes the world a wonderful place no matter what the TV or the news is telling me Jen says October 15 2008 at 12 55 pm I m thankful for my wonderful husband and three healthy boys and for the way God has always provided for our family I ve admired LL s jewelry for several months now Thanks for the opportunity to win some And thanks for the great blog I m a new reader but have enjoyed what I ve read recently Jen s last blog post Dancing Ali says October 15 2008 at 1 02 pm I am thankful for my mother She is a strong beautiful woman Katie says October 15 2008 at 1 05 pm I m thankful for my family and friends They re wonderful susan says October 15 2008 at 1 08 pm so grateful thankful even mindful but sadly sometimes still not contentful so I must remind myself that He is enough gives enough and makes me enough for everything I need susan Susan Hollander says October 15 2008 at 1 11 pm When my five month old daughter Ava sits in my lap and talks to me and grabs my necklace I can t help but be thankful that I get to spend this time at home with her Kelli McCall says October 15 2008 at 1 18 pm I am thankful for people such as yourself who share the gifts that they have been blessed with to help and inspire others Thank you Kirstin says October 15 2008 at 1 29 pm I am thankful for the opportunity to homeschool my children what a great life L from TN says October 15 2008 at 1 29 pm I am thankful for My God protecting me Monday from serious injury in a car wreck While my SUV was totalled I was able to walk away So I am not just thankful I praise God for His Love and Protection of His daughter Mary Fong says October 15 2008 at 1 30 pm I am thankful for my family my husband and my two sons I am thankful that I am healthy and able to appreciate all that life has to offer Susan Culligan says October 15 2008 at 1 31 pm I m eternally grateful for Eckhart Tolle and this moment free of thought just for a few seconds Amber MMM says October 15 2008 at 1 32 pm I am thankful for my Savior my Sweet Girl My Man and our extended family most of all Janine Courreges says October 15 2008 at 1 43 pm I am thankful to be surrounded by family and friends who love me just for who I am Suzanne says October 15 2008 at 1 44 pm I am thankful that I have awareness of myself of what is important and what is not and in valuing positivity Suzanne s last blog post Focus Challenge Month 7 Sandra Gonzales says October 15 2008 at 1 47 pm I am thankful I was born a woman There s nothing greater than giving life to your children and helping mold their lives I love my angel Angelica Steve says October 15 2008 at 1 52 pm I m thankful for my wife who is carrying our first little one She will be the recipient of the jewelry if I m selected Jennifer says October 15 2008 at 1 58 pm I m thankful for relationships once broken that are healed Yay for forgiveness Courtney says October 15 2008 at 2 01 pm I am thankful for so many things but especially for long naps The baby s not my own sadly LB says October 15 2008 at 2 03 pm I am thankful for so many things it is difficult to choose just one Most of all I am thankful that I am healthy Beth H says October 15 2008 at 2 05 pm OH how I love Lisa Leonard Designs I m so thankful to have a healthy and happy family After recently having a great friend diagnosed with Hodgkin s Lymphoma and now having extended Chemo it is something I think of every day Beth H s last blog post Guest Post from the Other Half Kara says October 15 2008 at 2 09 pm I am thankful to be a christian full of the peace of the Lord in trying times like these Kristy S says October 15 2008 at 2 15 pm What a lovely necklace I m thankful for my new bible study group Janet Ziegler says October 15 2008 at 2 16 pm I am so thankful for my beautiful family they being so much joy to each and every day Marie says October 15 2008 at 2 18 pm Thankful that FALL IS HERE Amy says October 15 2008 at 2 23 pm something I m grateful for other than great giveaways Well I m extremely grateful for my sweet husband who so willingly supports our little family Amy s last blog post 25 years Sarah says October 15 2008 at 2 28 pm I m thankful for my adorable dog Oscar even when he tracks his muddy paws all over the house on a rainy day Sarah s last blog post old balls erin says October 15 2008 at 2 32 pm i m thankful for my two beautiful children and wonderful husband anja says October 15 2008 at 2 35 pm having just spoken with a friend whose brother died this week way too young i m finding myself thankful for friends and family near and far and thankful that i can be a friend to someone in need Kelly says October 15 2008 at 2 52 pm I am thankful for my generous husband beautiful children and homey house Kelly s last blog post would like to not forget Michelle says October 15 2008 at 2 53 pm Oh yeah I forgot to post what I m thankful for I really have so much to be thankful for I ll start by saying that I m thankful for life I went through a really hard situation in 2006 and into 2007 But here I am still living life loving God my family and friends I m learning to find the joy in everyday simple things I m also thankful that after 30 years I m learning who I am and realizing that I have a purpose in this life Dana says October 15 2008 at 2 56 pm Love love love that So simple and elegant Dana s last blog post Cole Kara says October 15 2008 at 2 57 pm I m grateful for my family of course and for our good health Sarah says October 15 2008 at 3 02 pm I ve been wanting one of these necklaces for months now I have a lot to be thankful for but right now I am most happy that we are finally debt free and just in time since the economy is so awful Dillon says October 15 2008 at 3 05 pm I am thankful that my mother raised me to be an independent strong woman I m also thankful that my family grew up simple poor because the economic crisis right now is nothing new We re still going the way we ve been going for decades Bev says October 15 2008 at 3 06 pm Gorgeous jewelry I am thankful for my health which has allowed me to have my gorgeous son Ollie and the other one due next month I feel very lucky Natalia says October 15 2008 at 3 11 pm I am thankful for my son teaching me new things everyday marissa says October 15 2008 at 3 12 pm I am so thankful for my husband He encourages me daily to let go and enjoy life more while I can always depend on him to roll up his sleeves and get to work when the going gets rough He calms me and inpsires me I couldn t ask for a better man Amy says October 15 2008 at 3 14 pm I am thankful for my family the ones who put up with me and love me unconditionally so happy I am blessed with 2 sweet boys and a gorgeous little girl amanda www kiddio org says October 15 2008 at 3 17 pm Aww I ve entered every giveaway for her jewelry that I ve run across Maybe yours will be the big winner As for thankful I m feel so blessed by my husband Without him I would not be here at this moment living the life that I am He s a wonderful person and shares with me our three wonderful children Yay amanda http www kiddio org s last blog post Mini Puff Pancakes with Berries Yum Buffy Pruett says October 15 2008 at 3 18 pm Guess I should enter the giveaway eh I am thankful for opportunities to be educated to worship my God to love to laugh and to be free Buffy Pruett s last blog post GO POKES Claire W says October 15 2008 at 3 35 pm I m thankful for my beautiful little girl She makes everyday worth living to its fullest Claire W s last blog post Half Marathon Training Diary Stephanie says October 15 2008 at 3 38 pm I am thankful that my 3 month old has started napping on a mostly reliable schedule Stephanie s last blog post GPOYW or Gratuitous Picture of Yourself Wednesday nBecause I jill says October 15 2008 at 3 42 pm I am thankful for my hard working husband I told him the other night that he s the only person I d want to weather an economic downturn with o I m also thankful for Rachel and this blog She has influenced me in ways big and small in such a short time Elizabeth says October 15 2008 at 3 43 pm I love her work and I have been begging my husband for a necklace for my birthday next month I am most thankful today for the privilege of being a stay at home mom and enjoying it Great giveaway sew funky says October 15 2008 at 3 46 pm That s really nice Lisa J says October 15 2008 at 3 50 pm I love Lisas jewelry It is beautiful I am thankful for people who makes these beautiful handmade crafts for all to enjoy You can truly get something unique Brenda says October 15 2008 at 3 56 pm WOW I am so thankful for so mcuh At this time I would like to tell of my little Colette that we a adopted 4 years ago on OCt 16 Just two weeks after my birthday She was almost a late term abortion but she was blessed and we were blessed to have her sent to us There are miracles of we look for them or most of all make them happen Thank you for an opportunity to share and again think of all the things I am thankful for And thank you for this and opportunity to maybe win your bueautiful jewlery Kasey says October 15 2008 at 4 02 pm I am thankful for all the little blessings in life Even on the worst most stressful days I have it pretty good with a husband who loves me and the best job ever Kasey s last blog post Look what I did Elle says October 15 2008 at 4 17 pm I am thankful for this week the twelfth anniversary of my first son s death Thankful because God has shown me 12 years of His particular mercy and redeeming love giving beauty for ashes and joy for sorrow Elle s last blog post This week marks the twelfth Heather says October 15 2008 at 4 18 pm I m thankful for my children my family and all the time I get to spend with them I m thankful for their health and happiness Heather s last blog post Saturday Rituals Suzanne says October 15 2008 at 4 20 pm Today isn t a day I m feeling thankful the kids have been horrible and everything has seemed hard Yet I m thankful there will always be a tomorrow because today cannot should not be repeated LOL Cassie says October 15 2008 at 4 27 pm This was a tough one for me In the current state of affairs it seems there is less and less to be thankful for Then I went and read through my blogs for the day and saw something I checked on a message forum and saw it again there The desire to help others in need A forum I belong to does something similar to a secret santa This forum full of women get together and help as many needy families as they possibly can I have seen needy moms on there helping just because they know someone out there is worse off It s overwhelming to watch these peopl almost complete strangers helping each other just because Today I m thankful for the just because Cassie s last blog post Something to get excited about Charity says October 15 2008 at 4 36 pm Today I am thankful for electricity Our power was out this morning and is it ever a good reminder of how blessed we are 0 Charity s last blog post Poor Little Bunny Marla says October 15 2008 at 4 51 pm I m thankful for answered prayers jpritchard says October 15 2008 at 4 56 pm i m thankful for my husbands stable employment his provision for our family we are blessed beyond measure in more ways than we can count jpritchard s last blog post patient advice Janelle says October 15 2008 at 5 24 pm I am thankful for a loving and supportive family Double L says October 15 2008 at 5 35 pm I m thankful for the ability to support myself and my three furbabies the opportunities that i have been given and the motivation and drive to achieve my dreams Meredith says October 15 2008 at 6 04 pm I m thankful for my family thankful for my husband who travels for work to allow me to stay home with our three children whom I m also extremely thankful for Nikki says October 15 2008 at 6 11 pm I m thankful for the internet which has taught me so many things introduced me to so many people and broadened my perspective Condo Blues says October 15 2008 at 6 28 pm I am thankful for all of the people who offered information and support when I was rehabilitating my abused and fearful rescue dog Without that network I would not have been able to dig through the layers of mistrust and allow my dog s confident well behaved furry goofball personality to shine through Condo Blues s last blog post Looking for Products or Services to Review Dawn says October 15 2008 at 6 34 pm I am thankful for my faith in God my husband my son my home my job a car that runs the internet but mostly for the fact that as I sit here type this my husband is cooking dinner Can t beat that toniw says October 15 2008 at 6 37 pm I am thankful that I have the energy will and resources to live each day with my family in love Erin L says October 15 2008 at 6 48 pm I am thankful for my husband He is a rock and challenges me in all areas of my life He makes me a better person and it s a true joy to be his wife True Love is awesome MJ says October 15 2008 at 6 50 pm I am thankful for my fiance and for the rest of my family Cara says October 15 2008 at 6 58 pm I am thankful for two sleeping boys after a long day Cara s last blog post Accidental photography Kristin says October 15 2008 at 7 11 pm I am thankful for free weekends to enjoy with my family Rachelle S says October 15 2008 at 7 27 pm I would have to say the one thing I am most thankful for is my family My husband children are my world I have 6 children ranging from 4 14 years old we have all been through a lot together Several years ago when I had lots of little tiny ones I would have some very stressful days I feel like I work really hard to try to be the best mom to them as I can I m beginning to see the rewards from this hard work I love these kids so much I couldn t have done it all without my husband He s amazing He has worked 2 jobs almost the entire 15 years of our marriage just to make ends meet to allow me to be home with our children which is extremely important to me I m very grateful for all he has sacrificed for our family I have to thank God for my family Feliciity says October 15 2008 at 7 32 pm Living in Australia I am Thankful for the Warmer Summer Weather and for being able to enjoy this wonderful season with my boyfriend and Family Above all I am Thankful for God s Love and Grace demenstrated through sending Jesus Christ to die for my sins and the blessing following and Trusting in Christ for the forgiveness of Sins Shelby M says October 15 2008 at 8 00 pm I m thankful that I ve been given the opportunity to return to school and pursue a career I feel I can be passionate about Ruth Ann says October 15 2008 at 8 04 pm I m thankful for my family Therese says October 15 2008 at 8 24 pm I m thankful for supportive friends and family Kate says October 15 2008 at 8 25 pm I m thankful for my parents who have always supported me and encouraged me to dream big Andrea says October 15 2008 at 8 28 pm I am very thankful for the discovery of blogs and the inspiration information and encouragement I get from reading them Andrea s last blog post Funny Wedding Kirstin says October 15 2008 at 8 31 pm I am thankful for my 3 boys They drive me crazy on occasion but I can t imagine my life without them Clara says October 15 2008 at 8 31 pm I m thankful for my husband kiddos and the beautiful fall weather we ve been enjoying Clara s last blog post A trip to the Pumpkin Patch Deb says October 15 2008 at 9 22 pm So sweet I m thankful for our outing to the apple orchard today It was a wonderland Tina says October 15 2008 at 9 24 pm I am sooo thankful I have my Dad here with me Two years ago he had a heart transplant and is doing well Lori J UrgentCookie says October 15 2008 at 9 54 pm I am so thankful for my family I am grateful for the time that I have to share with them 0 Lori J UrgentCookie s last blog post Free Handbag Giveaway Michele P says October 15 2008 at 10 04 pm I am thankful for my family they aren t perfect make mistakes but I still have to have them around life would be boring without them Mindy says October 15 2008 at 10 15 pm I am thankful to be a stay at home mom a hard but rewarding job to 4 small children Mindy s last blog post Back amongst the living Lindsay J says October 15 2008 at 10 19 pm I am thankful for my husband He truly is my best friend and can always make me laugh I love that he is always supportive of me my dreams and my aspirations He always takes the time to listen to me even when I have some crazy hair brained idea He searched far and wide for a Wii Fit for me for my birthday because he knew that I really wanted one and he ended up giving me two gifts because he had a back up gift ready to go in case he didn t find a Wii Fit in time he ended up finding on the day before my birthday I just can t say enough about the great guy I married Lindsay J s last blog post Last day in Seattle RhondaP says October 15 2008 at 10 25 pm I am thankful for my wonderful children husband and family They are kind funny thoughtful and supportive of one another I m extremely lucky LOVE the jewelry Absolutely beautiful work shar says October 15 2008 at 10 34 pm I m thankful for my family FrugalSimple says October 15 2008 at 11 02 pm I m grateful that while I don t have much I have everything I need and a loving family to share it with FrugalSimple s last blog post THE WORKING POOR BLOG ACTION DAY O8 POVERTY Kathy says October 15 2008 at 11 22 pm I m thankful for my faith my husband my five children my friends my family and a new place to call home John 3 16 Beth says October 15 2008 at 11 31 pm I am thankful for life For the difficulties that you learn from for the tragedies that help you realize how precious life is and the importance of being tenacious For kids that remind me this moment will never come again isabel de Sousa roberts says October 15 2008 at 11 37 pm I m thankful for my husband 52 Faces says October 16 2008 at 1 06 am omg what a wonderful way to enter the contest I am grateful for the two chosen family members in my life my best friend who is finally my roommate again and my boyfriend 52 Faces s last blog post Ban Gay Marriage Not Patrizzia says October 16 2008 at 1 30 am I will forever be thankful for being able to be a stay at home mom It was always my dream to be able to stay home with my daughter and raise her and be with her 24 7 Thanks to my wonderful husband I am able to do that Heather says October 16 2008 at 6 20 am Right now I am thankful for my husband for changing a poopy diaper Kate says October 16 2008 at 7 17 am I m thankful that my good friend s 2 year old little boy Dominic is in remission from a rare childhood cancer Stay Strong Dom Jennifer says October 16 2008 at 8 19 am I m so thankful for my sister Erin who keeps me sane most days and is always there in a moment of need Love ya girl Jennifer s last blog post Indian Summer mary beth says October 16 2008 at 9 07 am I am thankful for my Jesus lovin patient wise daughter in law and my fun patient wise Jesus lovin son in law God has woven such wonderful children into my basket of blessings Katie at makingthishome com says October 16 2008 at 9 18 am Thank you for this chance I m thankful for my husband s dedication We just moved to Germany and started blogging and I know I m leaning on him far more than ever since I don t know any German Katie at makingthishome com s last blog post Berlin s Festival of Lights Starts at Our House Trish says October 16 2008 at 9 21 am I m thankful for my sweet family and that we just signed a contract on our first house Jenny says October 16 2008 at 9 26 am I m thankful for warm sunny Fall days my beautiful family and my kick butt bike Roxanne says October 16 2008 at 9 28 am I am thankful for my hardworking husband healthy little girl and baby on the way Erik says October 16 2008 at 9 50 am I am thankful for my wife son and for the next bundle of joy coming in March Michelle says October 16 2008 at 10 54 am I am thankful for my family and friends Cathy says October 16 2008 at 11 14 am I m thankful for being who I am And for that for being able to Thank God And my family cause without them being in my life who and where would I be Libby says October 16 2008 at 11 35 am I am thankful for my DIY skills Things in our house seem to be falling apart lately Knowing that I can fix a lot of these small tasks myself or find the information to give it a try is very rewarding Not to mention a heckuva lot cheaper than hiring someone else laura move to portugal says October 16 2008 at 11 41 am I m thankful for my three healthy children and that so many people have discovered this beautiful simple living blog laura move to portugal s last blog post Launderette Anna M says October 16 2008 at 11 47 am I am so thankful for my husband I am a newly wed and our marriage has been a rough go of it so far But he is so devoted and loving and I am the luckiest woman to have him I m even tearing up as I write this He is truly a gift Jessica C says October 16 2008 at 11 49 am I m thankful for my family and God taking such good care of us Jessica C s last blog post Logo Linda says October 16 2008 at 11 50 am I m thankful for freedom for God for learning new things for beginning to get rid of things and other stuff that just isn t important Lunasea says October 16 2008 at 12 56 pm Every day I am thankful that my 3 year old Benjamin is with us He had a prolapsed cord at birth and if I d gotten to the hospital any later he would have been stillborn and we wouldn t have his shining smile to brighten our lives Lunasea s last blog post The World According to Ben Anjanette says October 16 2008 at 12 56 pm Right now I am incredibly grateful for creative outlets the ability to ponder and create and to do all this for myself and others Kam A says October 16 2008 at 1 11 pm I am thankful for my two sons Joni says October 16 2008 at 2 11 pm I am thankful for our health and the ability to buy healthy food Lisa Kjeldgaard says October 16 2008 at 2 13 pm Without a doubt I m most thankful for my husband My friends call him Mr Thoughtful and he is that and so much more definitely more than I deserve Megret says October 16 2008 at 2 27 pm I m thankful for my family and how close we are even through the grandparents great grandparents 2nd cousins and great aunts and uncles I know it s not common and I m grateful our children can grow up in such a rich loving family environment Thanks Megret musesofmegret at gmail dot com WhenIGrowUpCoach says October 16 2008 at 2 29 pm Just one thing to be thankful for Well right now I am thankful to be in the honeymoon stage of my life as I just got married to the man of my dreams 32 days ago Our wedding day was so special and amazing because it was the start of being part of an awesome team for the rest of our lives That s why we call ourselves Team Awesome Erica P says October 16 2008 at 2 54 pm I am thankful for every morning that I wake up Every day is busy and crazy and I wouldn t want it any other way Denai says October 16 2008 at 3 31 pm I am thankful to have 4 healthy children In a world where children are dying from every imaginable disease I am just so thankful that so far we have not had to encounter any of them Denai s last blog post THURSDAY CHALLENGE elle says October 16 2008 at 3 50 pm i am greatful for every new day that i get to wake up and spend with my incredible family and wonderful friends my nephew is the light of my life and watching him grow from an infant to toddler and wondering and hoping for his promising future makes me very greatful to wake up every morning Ivy says October 16 2008 at 4

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  • Hot Chocolate Recipe to Start the Season - Small Notebook
    we are all about winter hats They are a big deal at my house Those sound like such pleasant memories tabbyintexas says October 10 2008 at 12 09 pm coffe coffee coffee with lots of soy milk hot OR cold I love coffee i m so glad things are cooling off in texas but I know i ll miss the fours seasons we had in Japan Germany and New Jersey Nancy says October 10 2008 at 1 29 pm I m not a coffee drinker but I do love me a cup of chai tea That s my fave I also like hot chocolate kitchendoor love the term ho cho I may have to coin that phrase at our house if you don t mind I will admit that I use the Nestle ho cho mix at our house in the morning as we re usually pressed for time to get to school work in a timely manner Youngest and I add just a splash of milk to cool it to a drinkable temp My absolute fall favorite drink is hot apple cider My mother would make it for us regularly simmer on the stove with cinnamon sticks cloves heavenly Nancy s last blog post Morning Chatter Gracia says October 10 2008 at 3 51 pm There s nothing I enjoy more than a hot chocolate with whipped cream although for everyday usage I stick to coffee In my Nespresso a Cosi milk and sugar And a cookie on the side Kathie says October 10 2008 at 4 56 pm When I m feeling really decadent I warm 2 cups of milk on the stove and stir in 3 ounces of semi sweet chocolate until it melts Both my husband and I love it it s rich but oh so good on those cold days We spike it occasionally with a little coffee liqueur or mint schnapps too Kathie s last blog post Frosty Mornings Rebecca says October 11 2008 at 9 21 am I love hot drinks in the fall Bliss I m not a coffee drinker but I love hot tea with milk sugar Splenda these days But chai is at the top of my list especially one with strong spices I agree about frothing the hot chocolate I ll have to try adding the cinnamon cayenne Sounds super good Have you ever had homemade marshmallows Decadent when compared to the ones that come in a bag Rebecca s last blog post I heart fall Mother Hen says October 11 2008 at 3 56 pm I would have never thought of using my stick blender for hot cocoa Genius Mother Hen s last blog post Frugal Entertainment Deb says October 12 2008 at 7 35 am Oh YUM Only our weather has spiked to almost 80 these past few days inspiring more iced tea than hot Jessica says October 12 2008 at 4 03 pm My favorite hot drink lately has been Abuelita s Mexican hot chocolate I

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  • Trading Down to a Smaller Home - Small Notebook
    6 2008 at 1 06 pm Last year my husband and I started looking for our first house together The more we looked the more we realized that a we don t need much space and b we didn t want to own something that was only for us it seemed a selfish way to spend money So we decided to buy a two family home We live on the bottom floor and rent the top floor at a discounted price to friends who are in the process of saving for their first home We ve really enjoyed being able to share space the porches with them and we all take responsibility for the outdoor chores By sharing things like tools the washer and dryer and not necessary kitchen items we were also both able to get rid of excess stuff I am all for simplifying way to go Jennifer Sarah says October 6 2008 at 3 27 pm My housing story is a bit different I inherited my home which was a run down old thing My husband and I spruced up the apartment side of the duplex which we rent out then got to work on our side The only walk in closet became a half bath The never used dining room is now a family room that gets used every day we like our eat in kitchen for all our meals My next project is cleaning out an attic stuffed with everyone s castoffs That will become a bedroom The clutter will be given away freecycled or trashed I plan to keep only family photos Monica says October 6 2008 at 4 12 pm Laura what a great idea We currently live in a 1500 sq ft house We rent a room out to a college student One room is used for an office for my husband s business which is much better than renting space somewhere Our son shares our bathroom so our roommate can have one to herself When my son started sharing our bathroom it is definitely got cozy and I like it Along with many other Americans we are in danger of going into foreclosure At that point we may have to move to a much smaller place which will give us a chance to get creative Monica s last blog post The Art of Patience Bev says October 6 2008 at 4 24 pm a lovely story and very true me thinks I have been trying to de clutter our house recently too Why is it when you move you bring all the stuff you never used from the last place If only my hubbie wasn t such a hoarder I am doing it gradually and he doesn t seem to notie that way Bev s last blog post christmas stocking Slackerjo says October 6 2008 at 6 09 pm This is driving me crazy How big was the old house and how big is the new house I live in a 550 sq foot apt so 700 is like a mansion to me Denise says October 6 2008 at 7 14 pm My husband and I have thought about downsizing to save money The funny thing is we can t In my area a smaller home is actually more expensive than our house We did buy our home at the right time yet there is something wrong when you can t afford to downsize Deb says October 6 2008 at 7 57 pm Reminds me of that country song out last decade about the warmth of running into each other in the narrow hallways of a starter house We live in a medium sized house and I always say I wouldn t have the time and energy to keep up with anything bigger The way it is we can move the other level if one is dirty while we re entertaining Condo Blues says October 6 2008 at 8 51 pm It s amazing that small living is the new trendy it s about time When my husband and I bought our house our first we were prodded by our family and the bank natch to buy a bigger place But we didn t need a bigger place and gave up on trying to convince the others that we knew what we were doing Condo Blues s last blog post Save Travel Time and Money with a Zero Waste Road Trip Nancy says October 6 2008 at 9 03 pm Hubby and I lived in a duplex 800 s f when we were married 2 bedroom Shortly after the birth of our daughter we decided we should buy a home I had a mentality that you couldn t raise a family in a duplex shame on me We bought a home 1500 s f from a couple that we knew A great deal 9 years later we moved to a larger home 2200 sf With the larger space we got a larger mortgage but also a great neighborhood which is worth a lot We ve been here 6 years and there have been times we wish we had our old house back We had more storage a lower monthly payment but we would also have had a kitchen the size of a postage stamp The kitchen could have been renovated expanded but then we probably would have done more than just the kitchen so we d probably be spending the same amount we are now I m convinced that our move was a God thing our neighbor is now hubby s boss A career opportunity that probably would not have happened otherwise and hubby absolutely loves what he does Nancy s last blog post After the Storm Elizabeth says October 6 2008 at 9 24 pm Thanks for sharing this I live in a small house and I sometimes find myself envious of those who own big beautiful homes But you re right it s just a storage space and the

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  • How to Make Stovetop Popcorn
    pm For what ever reason when I hit the play button on your video I get a message saying This Video no longer exists I would love to watch it I ve never made or seen made stove top popcorn Katie s last blog post To soy or not to soy Melanie says October 3 2008 at 2 50 pm This is how we make popcorn at home too I just cringe at the bagged microwave kind yuck I think stove top tastes better and I love it with real butter and salt I saw a comment where someone uses Ranch powder that looks delicious Mmmmm think I ll make some tonight Love your blog Melanie s last blog post I am inspired smallnotebook says October 3 2008 at 4 46 pm Katie I m still able to watch it Is anyone else having trouble Suzanne says October 3 2008 at 6 43 pm I just watched it and it worked fine It didn t play in my reader but it did on this website Anyways thank you That was great to watch Now I want to cook popcorn with coconut oil and see how it tastes Also hearing your little one in the background was too cute Suzanne s last blog post Focus Challenge Month 7 holly says October 3 2008 at 7 24 pm I vote that Rachel makes more movies smallnotebook says October 3 2008 at 8 10 pm Thanks Holly it was fun to make I m glad you all are enjoying watching it Condo Blues says October 3 2008 at 9 45 pm I never make microwave popcorn It s too salty and I don t like the fake butter yuck Not to mention the waste of the packaging and extra unpopped kernals I ve always made my popcorn on the stove Lately I ve been using different herbs and spices on it I really like dill or a combination of oregano and basil on my popcorn Especailly if the basil is fresh from my herb garden Condo Blues s last blog post Save Some Bucks How to Seal Heating Ducts Jill Whitney says October 3 2008 at 10 26 pm This is the sweetest video with two of the sweet voices narrating I saw that you asked about making a sweet variety of stove top popcorn and that someone mentioned making a simple syrup I ve never tried that method However when we make sweet popcorn we follow all the steps you showed in the video and instead of placing the lid on the popcorn watch the kernels carefully They will change color slightly turning sort of opaque I always wait until one kernel pops then quickly sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of white sugar over the popcorn swirl around in the pan and wait replacing the lid after you swirl I continually shake the pan as it pops I guess because my mom did it that way I would maybe use a larger pot to make the popcorn the sugar might distribute better with more surface area I hope this works for you I am so glad I ve found your site smallnotebook says October 3 2008 at 11 36 pm Thanks for the ideas for sweet popcorn Steph and Jill Vintage Mommy says October 4 2008 at 10 51 am I make popcorn for a snack almost every afternoon I invested in an air popper which I love I don t like microwave popcorn too salty and who knows what chemicals are involved I top my popcorn with olive oil one tsp and salt delicious and healthy Vintage Mommy s last blog post Adoption Book Review The Day We Met You Jill Whitney says October 4 2008 at 11 21 am Oh I forgot something We always add a few shakes of salt to the sweet popcorn right after its through popping it gives it a lttle better flavor God s Dancing Child says October 4 2008 at 2 52 pm I LOVE parmesan cheese on stovetop popcorn with a bit of rosemary Makes me drool just thinking of it I also like making kettle corn which is really really easy to make Just as the above poster s mentioned Afterwards we add a bit of salt and it s astounding Sometimes I like to add a few chocolate chips to my bowl while it s still really hot It doesn t cover every inch of the popcorn but it s so yummy Deb says October 5 2008 at 8 05 am For whatever reason I abhor microwaved popcorn We have a hot air popper that I just love And it makes it an event for the kids We melt our own butter and sprinkle liberally with salt Good old fashioned popcorn We also bought red and white striped tall popcorn containers for each of us one year It makes it MUCH more fun Gracia Fraile says October 5 2008 at 2 59 pm Hi Thanks for your comment in our blog I m writing this one down I think this could make a perfect snack now that we re watching our budget We could buy kernels in bulk katie paxton says October 6 2008 at 7 35 am We used to always make popcorn on the stove top and we used bacon grease Back than you didn t buy oils We had a blue enamel pan that had a stir knob on top to keep the kernals from burning before they popped Great memories great video Sleepy Cat Hollow says October 7 2008 at 11 19 am LOL I blogged about this way to make popcorn I HATE MICROWAVE popcorn This is the ONLY way to make it stove top Sleepy Cat Hollow s last blog post My Favorite Barn just outside of Loyalton California Marcia HDMac says October 8 2008 at 8 56 am Well I LOVE popcorn And personally I really don t like the microwave popcorn Love it

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