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  • Poll: Last-Minute Guests! - Small Notebook
    already know the truth hehe Kelli says August 15 2008 at 8 38 am Hm where s the Hey let s meet at Chili s instead option Actually to be honest I keep my front room clean all the time because I used to teach piano lessons and got in the habit of keeping it picked up so that I wouldn t be embarrassed when the students and parents came in Then I realized how nice it was to always have one room perfectly clean at least so I still keep it up as much as I can I have three little ones the other rooms are up for grabs Casey says August 15 2008 at 8 50 am people just stop by all the time you d think I d start keeping my house looking better since it happens so often but I don t I just make sure I get dressed in the morning LS says August 15 2008 at 9 33 am I feel like I m ahead of the game if there aren t blocks and toy cars everywhere A few dishes in the sink No big deal we re being green and waiting to wash em all together smallnotebook says August 15 2008 at 9 57 am Kelli that would be a good option Nice reason LS I m pretty happy if all the kid stuff is picked up Casey you must make people feel pretty comfortable since they want to keep coming over Dana I love when my friends let me come over even if they haven t picked everything up I think it shows real friendship Pooja Sood says August 15 2008 at 10 14 am I guess I can make it quite presentable in 5 minutes Steph Problem Solvin Mom says August 15 2008 at 11 23 am I usually have notice that my guests are coming allowing me to aim for b when in reality I m not quite there on the other hand I know my friends come to see me and not the house and most of them understand how littles can transform into mess making machines at a moment s notice It s my MIL I have to worry about holly says August 15 2008 at 12 19 pm The fact that I can make it presentable in about 5 minutes means that I m at B but use E to get to A Definitely a benefit of a small apartment smallnotebook says August 15 2008 at 12 26 pm Holly that is exactly my answer too I love living in my apartment The downside is since it s small a little mess can be really noticeable There s not much place for it to hide aswewalk says August 15 2008 at 2 58 pm That was fun Just this morning I had to swipe the toilet and last night I swept the kitchen Of course my junk pile has overtaken my stove but it s hidden I

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  • Is Your Bag Too Prepared? - Small Notebook
    bag of diapers well I am working so solve this and I m sure keeping diapers in the car is a good idea but this is where I give myself grace KS says August 14 2008 at 8 38 am In addition to the things on your list except for baby nail clippers I usually carry my daily list of things to do and buy coupons hand sanitizer Kleenex a small comb and breath mints Everything in my purse seems necessary yet it also feels like too much Blessed says August 14 2008 at 9 03 am I ve found a happy medium I carry a very well stocked diaper bag and a very small purse The purse fits in the diaper bag when I know I ll need baby stuff and if I m just running in to the grocery store post office or etc I leave the diaper bag in the truck and just take the baby and my purse it s wonderful When I quit carrying a diaper bag I m still going to have to carry a bag because I can t leave all that extra stuff I might need home so I ll just do like I do now and leave the big bag in the car and take the small one with me It s what I did before I had a baby and it works for me I usually only carry that big bag from the house to the car and from the car to the house but when I do need it it s a blessing to have it Dana says August 14 2008 at 9 06 am My purse is normally pretty light Once a week I clean it out of garbage old receipts or gum wrappers I normally do this while I m waiting somewhere ie picking up the kids or at a doctor s office I also clean it when I m on my 15 minute break from my part time job I also carry a pull up just in case Elijah has an accident Slackerjo says August 14 2008 at 9 06 am Many years ago back in 1978 when I was 11 my mom and I went to visit friends in Cupertino CA It was a very long trip involving three airports My mom was convinced that Air Canada would lose our luggage they did not so she made sure I had several changes of clothes in my carry on bag She also insisted I be a proper lady and carry a purse So there I am struggling through the Calgary airport desperately trying to find a cart Loaded down with a gym bag crammed with stuff a purse crammed with stuff and another carry on bag yup crammed with stuff The carry on bag and the purse were slung across my neck rubbing my skin raw and practically choking me I m pretty sure the Allied paratroopers carried less when they invaded France during WWII I was 11 I don t think I weighed 100lbs but the stuff I was carrying sure did It was during that trip that I decided that a I would never let my mom pack for me ever again and b that I WILL NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER CARRY A PURSE Here I am 30 years later and still purseless Woo hoo And yes my mom still thinks I am some sort of heathen for not carrying a purse Jessica says August 14 2008 at 9 44 am I had to downgrade my bag this spring Went to the doctor with neck pain and he asked me to hand him my purse giant leather shoulder bag crammed full and pretty much told me that was the problem Now I have a canvas messenger bag with my wallet sunglasses case small knitting project notebook and a pen Lighter and distributes the weight better smallnotebook says August 14 2008 at 10 21 am Avlor I try to avoid carrying other people s stuff too Lane has a purse that she likes to take with her It hold 3 rocks and 2 blue nasal aspirators Yes Keeping a couple of diapers and travel wipes in the car can be a life saver because I rarely think to bring a diaper bag with me Heather says August 14 2008 at 11 09 am Among other things I have to carry around a yearly calendar in my purse for work I don t have a car so to lighten the load I ve cut out all the old calendar pages Now I m only carrying August December instead of January December I leave all the old pages in an envelope at work in case I need them for past reference Every little bit makes a difference you know Leslie says August 14 2008 at 12 00 pm I recently went through a phase where I was obsessed with purses honestly I am not quite through with the phase yet I think it comes from carrying a diaper bag for a couple of years and not being able to carry just a regular purse Now that my daughter is potty trained I find that I carry my smallest purse and all it has in it are my wallet my cell phone and my keys and occasionally my glasses I do keep a backpack in the car with a change of clothes and wipes just in case Also in the console of my car is a small first aid kit band aids cleanser and the like After carrying around diaper bags for a few years that had all sorts of things in them just in case I find that I don t want to carry any more than I absolutely have to That is why I stick with my very smallest purse so that I am not tempted to throw anything else in there peggy says August 14 2008 at 1 17 pm Very nice post And

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  • 10 Strategies for a Big Life Change - Small Notebook
    live with my family while I look for a job My previous job ended last week so right now I m kind of just hanging out at home I ve got a pretty big life to do list http chelseys101 wordpress com so I m going to use this free time to work on those things I m making sure to get a good amount of exercise each week I m drinking a lot of water and watching my fast food intake because this is a difficult time and at any moment I can start to feel depressed And feeling bloated from soda does NOT help that I m also making sure to find time for friends and most especially time for the Lord I m working on memorizing Psalm 34 one of my favorite psalms because it never fails to lift me up when I m feeling down I really really like the simplicity of your blog Have a great day Chelsey Grace Grammar and Good Eats http chelsey wordpress com jill says August 11 2008 at 1 16 pm I like 6 But when I read the first sentence my thoughts went in another direction Like not worrying about doing everything right right away As in give yourself a margin of error when you re in the midst of change I ve started a bizillion new jobs in my life and I m always clueless and stumbling for the first three months The same is true for any new task or change I undertake even in the home A three month grace period works for me smallnotebook says August 11 2008 at 1 23 pm Thanks Pooja and thanks Chelsey I m looking forward to seeing more of your life goals on your blog That s a good point Jill I find I need about 6 months to start feeling confident in something new RDS says August 11 2008 at 3 52 pm Thanks to my job my family typically relocates to a different country every few years It s a great deal of fun to really experience different ways of life but it can be very stressful These are great tips and we already use a lot of these and probably should use the rest too The other big thing for me is to make sure that I am getting regular exercise If I am not swimming running or biking a few times a week I find that I am not only more lethargic and less productive but I am also much more vulnerable to stress It might not work for everyone but it is huge for me RDS http financialvalues blogspot com Jen says August 11 2008 at 4 24 pm Thanks for the fabulous reminder My family and I are moving at the beginning of September and I have felt super stressed and overwhelmed the last few weeks Your thoughts have helped my put a few things in perspective I think for me the big

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  • How to Make Natural Cleaners Work Better - Small Notebook
    tub and toilets Do you have less harsh cleaners for those areas or do you use store bought cleaners Curious in AZ Amber says August 7 2008 at 1 27 pm Hi Rachel Rhonda at down to earth mentions making liquid soap using her homemade bars in this post http down to earth blogspot com 2008 07 i am home body html She doesn t specifically say she uses it for dish washing but I am going to give it a try as soon as my soap has finished curing I use vinegar for nearly every cleaning application possible I often sprinkle baking soda over the tub before spritzing with vinegar water and scrubbing with a brush It works as well as if not better than a powdered cleaner What do you do for toilets That s one I still buy Thanks for the dusting tips That was one I was struggling with LittleMissMoneybags says August 7 2008 at 1 32 pm What do you store vinegar and water in I use it as a stain remover freshener for laundry and keep it in a squirt bottle After a while I notice that the bottle no longer squirts and I m sure it has something to do with the vinegar straight water doesn t seem to cause the problem This has happened with three bottles now DateLady says September 29 2011 at 11 38 pm Your vinegar is very strong use more water and WOW this simple subject went ALL over the place Im learning and enjoying it emensely If anyone still USES liquid soap I pour any of mine into those foaming hand soap pump and THAT extends the life of Whatever I put in them Dilute with a little water first last post 2008 boy am I late We use a Loofa sponge for washing dishes and screbbing as IT has a soft exterior and a Hard interior when you cut it in Half I like to cut it in circles Great in the shower too AND it is the SILVER that kills the germs NOT the yarn That is an ancient way to purify drinking water still used in India Jacinda says August 7 2008 at 1 33 pm I ve been cleaning naturally for a few months now and I love it I like to add tea trea oil for surface cleaning and cleaning in the bathroom since it s an antispetic For toilets I use a combination of vinegar and baking soda For polishing wood furniture I use two parts olive oil and one part lemon juice You apply it with one rag and then buff it with another It is amazing I started this one day and kept looking for any piece of wood in our house that I could polish Bev says March 23 2011 at 5 01 pm I ve been using natural cleaners for years Love the addition of the tea tree oil smallnotebook says August 7 2008 at 2 03 pm Thanks Sonya You can subscribe and I appreciate it it just takes one extra step Soon I ll be adding the feature to make subscribing easier If you re using Google Reader there s a button on the left side of the Google Reader page that says Add Subscription Click it and then paste in this address http smallnotebook org feed If that doesn t work or if you are using a different reader then please email me so I can help Theresa says August 7 2008 at 2 11 pm I love Trader joe s dishwasher liquid for the dishwasher and for regular sink washing I use Dr Bronner s peppermint castille Works great on grease My best tip for wood floors furniture is a mix my grandma has used for over 60 years 1 cup white vinegar 1 cup olive oil 1 2 cup water and a few drops of essential oil I use lavender or orange she loved eucalyptus Mix it all in a spray bottle Spray on then wipe of with a microfiber using the cloth to buff the oil in a bit Works awesome even on my ancient hardwood floors that take a beating from my 4 active boys Denise says August 19 2010 at 5 00 pm I use Dr Bronner s on my skin it s been my bath soap for years and if I have to use a mainsteam soap now it seems to leave a film on my skin I love Dr Bronner s smallnotebook says August 7 2008 at 2 30 pm For toilets I use either vinegar or liquid soap whatever is closest to me at the time Any cleaner and a toilet brush work fine For the bathtub I use baking soda a scrub brush and some kind of liquid soap such as dish detergent or even old body wash Laundry detergent works great on tubs too I think the idea that we need strong separate cleaners for each task comes from marketing and commercials We ve been told so many times that strong fumes means it works better Honestly my bathroom is cleaner now that I don t use harsh cleaners I clean it more often because I don t dread the fumes I store the vinegar and water in an old Windex spray bottle Hmm I m not sure what could cause that LittleMissMoneybags Thanks for the link Amber I ve been thinking about making my own liquid soap too Thanks for all these good extra tips too Vicki says August 7 2008 at 3 06 pm There are some great ideas here especially the furniture polish I just wanted to chime in about the water bottle sitch as well I have bleach under the sink in a spray bottle that I use as a disinfectant on the counter tops when I ve had chicken out I think it eats away at the plastic which could be the case with the vinegar as well Maybe

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  • Water: Don't Be Without It - Small Notebook
    re advised to keep on hand for each person So we never have quite enough That s one way to handle it right Lucky for us though there s time to fix that problem I think I might try to make it a habit to pick up a bottle or two every time we shop until there s a better stockpile Oh and since our fridge has an automatic ice maker I also like to fill up ziploc bags with ice for the same reason you suggest storing the soda bottles in the freezer smallnotebook says August 5 2008 at 2 30 pm KF I suggested at least 1 gallon a day not 7 I added This covers essential drinking water but you need more for preparing food and cleaning It s recommended to have 3 gallons per person per day for 3 7 days This recommendation comes from several agencies and organizations Water for cleaning would be used to keep things sanitary such as washing hands or food No I would not be cleaning my house Some foods do need water for preparation such as dry beans or rice Meg if you have a hot water heater that holds at least 40 gallons Then you can add a few gallons of bottled water I don t mean to come across as paranoid but I am concerned about how many homes do not keep any bottled water stored for emergencies scott says August 5 2008 at 3 25 pm KF Do you remember hurricane Katrina Water was a very important thing to have around for more than 2 or 3 days Also I would love to hear from some people who live in Florida on how much water they think should be kept on hand this time of year Does anyone remember the Tsunami or the recent earthquake in China or the fires in California or the blackout in New York City a few years ago Water is cheap and takes up very little space and in light of not having it when you need it I ll be glad to be on the careful side of the equation No worries you ll be fine People are generally very kind and will share if you need some water just stop and ask a nice paranoid person for some and to finish I have several children one of whom is still in diapers I ll be worried about washing her with clean water and making sure she has all she wants to drink Jessica says August 5 2008 at 3 31 pm We have water stored I agree with you it s a good idea Also just a tip I have read that if you aerate stored water before you drink it that it will taste better Dana says August 5 2008 at 3 43 pm You know I ve never even thought about storing water How sad is that I remember before Y2K we bought a bunch of cases Thanks

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  • What's for dinner? - Small Notebook
    boyfriend and I wouldn t really do well to plan so far in advance But we do create a menu anytime we do full on grocery shopping We don t necessarily say Okay here s what we re going to have Monday night or whatever but we do have 3 4 meals that we know we re going to have for the week and shop for those items Then if he makes too much of whatever meal he likes to cook and sometimes overcooks we might eat it for multiple meals multiple days We always have whatever we had for dinner the night before for lunch Then whatever days are left over we just have sandwiches soup something simple myillusion org Pepperdove says August 4 2008 at 1 39 pm It is too hot to cook here too esp since we are not running the broken a c this summer As a result we have been eating out waaay too often I need to brush up on my microwave cooking and get back in the kitchen Meal planning is tough for me but remains a goal smallnotebook says August 4 2008 at 1 44 pm I can definitely relate to summer heat since I m in Texas Nancy s idea of ice cream for dinner sounds pretty good to me Amanda that s so great that Eddie likes to cook Robyn Thompson says August 4 2008 at 1 55 pm Dear smallnotebook I just stumbled across your site and was very inspired by No Spend Month Since January I ve been setting one monthly goal like Fitness February or Preparation June and it s lovely to see this working so wonderfully and simply in your home I ve just recently gotten married one month and since we returned from our honeymoon I ve been menu planning each Friday and we do our groceries each Saturday I find menu planning helps us eat more healthily takes the pressure out of cooking dinner and allows for a quicker and cheaper grocery shop because we know the exact quantities we need for the week I make our grocery list through the week on a notepad in the kitchen when we run out of basics and then add to it when I menu plan Before I make the plan I always check the pantry and freezer to see how much of what we already have I can incorporate into our meals because we are moving to Scotland in a month we simply cannot stock up One of the best advantages to our menu plans has been our post groceries meal prep time When I make the menu plan I write out what kinds of food prep we can do to make cooking for the week easy things like make any doughs batters like for breads and pancakes wash and chop all of our fruits and veg cook some chicken breasts for quick wraps or paninis grate any cheeses we need and cooking can really

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  • Let's get Prepared! - Small Notebook
    things and then move onto the next 3 4 things wbmsic says August 1 2008 at 11 59 pm I recently discovered 43Things The online version of goals What I really like is that 1 They limit you to 43 things I was upset at this at first but it let me pare down my list eliminate things that were similar and stay focused I hover around 37 for the last month or so 2 You can write blog type posts as you achieve or make progress on the goals 3 Other people can make comments and cheer you on towards your goals I ve got a mix of short and long term goals on there but it s nice to be able to skim them over every couple of days and write an entry or two about the progress that I ve made Hope that helps someone out And if you do end up joining look me up using the same nick here Amanda says August 2 2008 at 1 21 am I discovered your site through Get Rich Slowly and boy am I glad I did I love your site I love the stuff you talk about and you re really getting me motivated My boyfriend and I have decided to do a No Spend Month in August we re going to try 300 Which is a LOT less than we normally spend believe me I m also really looking forward to the posts this month about getting prepared I m very much like how you said you are I m all about the planning but as for the doing I d rather plan some more I ll definitely be a daily visitor to your blog and I ll be documenting my No Spend Month on MY blog Thanks Rachel for the motivation http myillusion org Vanessa says August 2 2008 at 8 04 am I seem to be very much like you I make an elaborate to do list and maybe half of the items will get completed I ve changed my method and now have a specific notebook that outlines the days to do list I don t allow myself to put more than 5 items 5 seemed like a good number to me If there are more things that need to get done then just 5 I add it onto the next days page Seems kind of like a mind trick keep the list small and it wont look as though there is to much to do defeating being overwhelmed Andry Kennedy says August 2 2008 at 10 27 am I m a fan of http www flylady net for simplifying and getting things done For many chores and things that need to get done she has you set a timer for 15 minutes and then do it I still get bogged down in list of things to do but I try to remember that even a little bit of action towards something is better

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  • No Spend Month Wrap-up - Small Notebook
    Iowahippiechick I absolutely LOVE your blog I love the simplicity of it and your ideas I m still trying to have a NO SPEND day then weekend then hopefully a whole month I look foward to following your family and your progress Congrats on a great month Sharon Jessica says August 1 2008 at 4 38 pm Can t wait for August I m obsessed with preparation list making planning etc asonomagarden says August 1 2008 at 5 16 pm That great that you made it through July I did a no spend challenge in April and it was a lot easier than I thought After seeing how doing that cut our credit card bill in half was motivation to keep going I just found your blog via Get Rich Slowly and really like it I look forward to more visits Dana says August 1 2008 at 7 41 pm Rachel way to go that s really awesome Thanks for all the encourage you gave me on my no fast food month too Chris says August 2 2008 at 2 02 pm I knew your family could do it Nicely done Just look at all the encouragment you have shown to everyone Love it I could hear the clink of your coffee cups all the way up here in Kirkland Washington Chris Carrie at NaturalMomsTalkRadio says August 3 2008 at 7 03 am This is great Rachel thanks for sharing your experience I didn t discover your blog until this week so I m going to do my challenge in August It will be hard with all the fantastic back to school sales going on I have an important goal in October and this will help me get there http naturalmomstalkradio com blog my challenge spend nothing august Eden says August 3 2008 at 10 17 am Congrats That was very inspirational for me I m going to try a modified version myself in August Enna says August 3 2008 at 12 30 pm I am doing a modified version of this Congrats on completing your 30 days nursheikha says August 3 2008 at 6 37 pm wow that s amazing coffee s normally 4 each in my area Pooja Sood says August 9 2008 at 2 44 am Hi Read this blog few days back But just couldn t get time to write to you Weekends spare me some time so thought of writing to you First of all your daughter is an Angel with her lovely eyes I do something similar in my house hold here Like you strecthing your self to king of extremes once in a year we have limited our budget to some 500 dollars for a month Now we manage everything in that and be more cautious to not exceed our budget Its been a success first month and I am quite on target for next month too Let s see how far can I take it Pooja The Jersey Homesteader says September 3

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