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  • Money | Small Notebook
    Spend Month Update The Final Day No Spend Month Update Week 4 No Spend Month Update Week 3 No Spend Month Update Week 2 No Spend Month Update Week 1 1 2 3 4 6 Advertisements Hi I m Rachel I ll help you simplify your home Share this site Pin it Get new posts delivered to your inbox Subscribe by email For Winter How to Deal With the Keepsakes

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  • Family Life | Small Notebook
    Series of Five Minutes at a Time Never Clean a Sippy Cup Again And we re back How to Save the Day by Starting Over 1 2 3 4 6 Advertisements Hi I m Rachel I ll help you simplify your home Share this site Pin it Get new posts delivered to your inbox Subscribe by email For Winter How to Deal With the Keepsakes You Shouldn t Save Want

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  • Handmade | Small Notebook
    help you simplify your home Share this site Pin it Get new posts delivered to your inbox Subscribe by email For Winter How to Deal With the Keepsakes You Shouldn t Save Want to Simplify Start Here Getting More Organized is Not the Goal Smart Design from a Petite Venetian Kitchen Click here before you shop on Amazon and part of your purchase will benefit Rachel s cancer treatment 9

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  • This & That | Small Notebook
    Writing with pen is so 1994 My Bathroom Looks Like a Bakery How to Change a Car s Air Filter 1 3 4 5 6 Advertisements Hi I m Rachel I ll help you simplify your home Share this site Pin it Get new posts delivered to your inbox Subscribe by email For Winter How to Deal With the Keepsakes You Shouldn t Save Want to Simplify Start Here Getting

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  • This & That | Small Notebook
    Self Photo Real Good Reads the So Thankful for a Quiet Night Edition Good Reads and a Reader Feedback Poll Good Reads The Quick Recovery Edition 1 2 3 4 5 6 Advertisements Hi I m Rachel I ll help you simplify your home Share this site Pin it Get new posts delivered to your inbox Subscribe by email For Winter How to Deal With the Keepsakes You Shouldn t

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  • Blog - Small Notebook
    to share your thoughts and advice about cloth diapering in the comments For those who don t have babies thanks for putting up with all the baby talk and now back to our usual program 65 Comments Simplify Baby Gear The Shopping Guide This week I m sharing for discussion some of the baby questions that I receive most often in my inbox Today s question is I m expecting my first baby I don t have the space or desire for a house full of baby things Could you give me your opinion about the must haves and what will help make life a bit easier When both of my children were babies we lived in apartments and though it would have been nice to do whatever I wanted for the nursery looking back I m kind of thankful that the apartment made us keep it simple in terms of baby stuff All of our decisions were made regarding usefulness value and storage First some general advice and I m skipping the part about buying used or borrowing since you know that already 1 You don t need it all at the beginning For example you don t need the high chair right away You don t have to baby proof the house before your baby learns how to crawl All babies are different and you can wait and see what you need and then go find it on Craigslist such as what I did with my baby swing and maybe someone will offer you one in the meantime 2 Choose gender neutral colors for baby gear such as carriers car seats strollers and high chairs to make it easier to use them for the next baby Save the pinks and blues for clothing and blankets 3 You don t need to buy a lot of clothes People will give them to you and then you can see if you re missing something The way I store my baby clothes is to divide them by size so I can see what we have in the next size up I realized when I had too many outgrown baby clothes that we were buying too much in the first place 4 Go for multipurpose items Before you buy something try to think if you already have something that will do the same job But since hooded towels are so cute you should get one of those anyway At Home Bouncer seat The smallest no frills travel size version you can find so that you can pick it up and move it from room to room You want to be able to move it into the bathroom so you can take a shower I use an inexpensive Fisher Price bouncer seat A place to sleep The baby stores display bedding sets with matching blankets and bumpers but you just need a sheet You re not supposed to use the other bedding in a crib so skip it and get a couple of sheets and a waterproof mattress liner instead Crib safety has changed If you re using an heirloom crib make sure the slats are no more than 2 ⅜ inches apart a soda can shouldn t pass between them All of the drop side cribs were recalled a couple of years ago If you co sleep travel or nurse your baby on your bed a Swaddlebees mattress pad saves you from a lot of laundry It has fleece on top and waterproof PUL underneath Since it s not a crib fitted mattress pad you can use it on top of your bed so that you won t have to change all the sheets in case of leaks High chair I didn t have room for a traditional high chair I used a space saving high chair that strapped to one of our normal dining chairs The Fisher Price Booster Seat is good for at home and taking to Grandma s house for babies 6 months and up Diaper changes Instead of a changing table you can put a changing pad on top of a dresser or use a towel on the floor with a basket of supplies We ll talk about diapers in a different post On the Go Baby carrier I ve used a sling a Bjorn and a Beco Butterfly II I like them all but the Beco Butterfly II is the most versatile and truly goes from small baby to toddler With all carriers you should practice a few times for you and your baby to get comfortable with them It s easier to take your baby to the grocery store in a carrier than to put the car seat in the grocery cart and arrange the groceries all around the baby Car seat I like the kind of infant car seat with a carrier seat so you can bring your sleeping baby inside and to restaurants and other people s houses Optionally you can get a travel system stroller or a lighter stroller frame and keep that in the trunk of the car For a stroller make sure the handles are high enough to make it comfortable so you don t have to stoop over to push it I like lightweight umbrella strollers and the Chicco Capri is durable and goes everywhere once babies can sit up That s the one we took to Europe I prefer it to the more expensive Maclaren strollers Diaper Bag Instead of bringing everything with us when we go places I repurposed an insulated lunchbox as a small diaper bag I usually keep it in the car with a few diapers wipes and an extra onesie or I can throw it in a larger tote bag It s insulated for bottles and the short handle makes it easy to hang on a stroller My son will be able to use it as a lunchbox when he goes to school From Lands End or L L Bean Small Things Bibs soft ones

    Original URL path: http://smallnotebook.org/blog/page/10/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Blog - Small Notebook
    your family Like how January s salads taste appealing and fresh after December s generous helpings This month I often thought about my friend who lives like this every day but not by her choice Who won t be able to go stock up her pantry when the month is over and yet she remains cheerful I felt foolish as I missed my comfort items and I thought about people who struggle every single day because everything is made so much harder I noted how anxiety can well up from wondering Will there be enough to cover this at the occasions when other people are celebrating I tried to memorize how it felt since those words are not spoken and are often overlooked Sometimes when a person asks me I am already doing everything I know to do and it s not enough What more can I do I don t know what to say It s a question with no easy answer The No Spend Month was meant to be an exercise to make us aware of places where we can tighten up our spending habits and stop taking things for granted If you are in a place of being stretched out thin this is not meant to be added to the burden you already carry This wasn t intended for you Keep your pace You don t start sprinting when you re running a marathon If you however feel rather suffocated by things that won t satisfy you try using a No Spend Month to step back and refocus a link to recent posts about No Spend Month and how to start your own 51 Comments Get It Done Finishing Projects Later when you see my new drapes and I casually mention Oh these I made them myself I want you to remember that I had to redo them three times and they took forever I will keep these drapes hanging for the next twenty years because I am set in my ways and it is too much work to change them Somehow sewing brings out a bit of craziness in me and what should be good enough turns into perfectionism I thought sewing curtains would be easy after all it s just rectangles right But sewing miles of fabric and making a houseful of drapes isn t easy after all and that s why I waited eight months before cutting into the fabric in the first place Renovating and redoing a house is a lot of work and I feel like I am surrounded by unfinished projects It seems easier sometimes to buy supplies for a new project than to finish the old ones And that s where I am today Last week I was all excited about the arrival of my new baby niece that I didn t get around to doing a summary of the fourth week of our No Spend Month It ties in nicely with what I want to share today though so

    Original URL path: http://smallnotebook.org/blog/page/11/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Blog - Small Notebook
    and it feeds your plants Always excited to learn something new I decided to try it Below is a summary of what is needed for a small worm compost bin If you want to see more detail in pictures I posted the step by step pictures here Worms simply need darkness air reasonable temperatures bedding food and water The bin itself can be a plastic storage box with a lid and small ventilation holes drilled in the sides and bottom A second box underneath collects drainage The bin should be dark to protect the worms from light The one I m using happens to be clear but it will be stored inside a dark cabinet so it should be fine A larger compost bin insulates itself from temperature changes outside but a small bin like this should be kept indoors to protect from hot Texas summers Inside the bin a layer of bedding on the bottom and over the food will hold moisture prevent fruit flies and absorb any food smells Shredded newspaper but not the glossy paper torn up cardboard boxes and cardboard egg cartons are all good for bedding Add moisture to the bedding by soaking it in water and squeezing out the excess Feeding the Worms The types of food you can put into your compost bin are fruit and vegetable scraps coffee grounds tea bags and crushed egg shells Breads and starchy foods are ok in a limited amount Citrus and onions can be too harsh for worms Dairy meat or anything oily should not be added because it will cause the bin to stink and that is not worth it If you just stick to fruits and vegetables with enough bedding the bin won t have any smell at all Feed the worms gradually until

    Original URL path: http://smallnotebook.org/blog/page/192/ (2016-02-10)
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