Some New Things


I love a good makeover, and it was time to freshen things up here at Small Notebook. (If you’re reading this in your RSS or email, click through to see the new design.)

A few changes to note

  • The Daily Tip features a new idea every day to make things easier.
  • See what people are talking about in the Comments. The comments link is now after the post. It’s also easier to reply to specific comments.
  • Good Reads have their own place so I can share interesting article links without waiting until the weekend. The most recent are highlighted on the front page at the bottom right, and you can browse all of them on the Good Reads page.
  • Small Notebook is opening up for advertisements. Contact me for details.

Take a look around. I hope you like the changes!

About Rachel

I write about practical tips that will help you simplify at home. Connect with me on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. I love the changes! It looks great Rachel :)

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  2. Love the new look!! :)

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  3. I think it looks fantastic!

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  4. Love the new look!

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  5. I love your new look!

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  6. Love it , very fresh and spring-like!!!

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  7. I think it looks great!

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  8. Love the new look. I’m also glad to see that you are going to start advertising. I know some readers go bonkers on other blogs when ads start popping up. I am glad for those who can make some money to support their ambitions. I have been contemplating it myself for some time now, though you have many, many more readers than I :).

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  9. Very, very nice. Although I’m restructuring my blog a little (it’s a long process, started at Christmas break) I’m always inspired by “the look” that others create. I love your clean, classic and simple layout. It reflects your blog content very well.

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  10. LOVE your changes you have made! It feels very clean and true to your other format, but offers bonus material :) Great job, Rachel!!

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  11. Very nice changes! I really love the “Daily Tip” idea.

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  12. I love it! The tip today was great, too–something that I really need to do, since we’ve just decided to switch to an all cash system. The unexpected always happens. Good job on the redesign!

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  13. Robin in NC says:

    Love your new look. Congrats!

  14. I love the new look!

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  15. Love the new look! Your blog is always so refreshing.

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  16. Rachel,
    *LOVE* the new look! So clean, simple and refreshing! Congrats!

  17. It looks beautiful!

    I also love the daily tip section! Fantastic!

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  18. Love it. It’s definitely spring cleaning – many blogs are getting fresh new looks, and I am just getting started. Can’t quite decide what to do yet. Too many choices. :)

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  19. It looks beautiful — really peaceful and very classy!

    Nice work!

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  20. Love it! So fresh and springy!!!

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  21. LOVE it, Rachel. I KNEW you were up to something.

  22. I love a spring blog makeover! It looks GREAT!

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  23. Wonderful! Small Notebook is growing up!

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  24. Super! I’m already poking around all the upgrades.

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  25. Christina Taylor says:

    This looks great, I like the bottom cattergories. Many times I skim through quickly and hope to come back to make notes. This makes it easy to find the post I needed, great job.

  26. marissa says:

    Very Pretty!

  27. I love the changes…it looks great!

  28. nicely done

  29. Wow! The site looks great. I found you only a short while ago, but am really enjoying the posts so far. Great work.

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  30. I like the new look! Very fresh and nice on the eyes!

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  31. It looks wonderful! Even more fresh and simple. It looks like you have been working very hard. I love all of the new features. Very clever!

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  32. Jenni at My Web of Life says:

    Rachael- Love the new look! It is inspiring me to want to declutter both my house and my blog!

    I always look forward to your posts in my inbox! Thanks!

  33. What a delightful fresh look and even more encouraging, inspiring content. It’s always a pleasure to visit your site. Thank you!

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  34. Looks great….really clean and simple. I think the Daily Tip feature is a great addition too. Going to have to remember to click through from the email updates every day so I can read them :-)

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  35. It looks nice and bright Rachel – lovely.

    Hope you are ok :)

  36. It looks awesome! Definitely loving all the extras and the layout changes, and that we can reply to specific comments too. Yay! :D

  37. Great new look!

    By the way, thanks for the mention in your Good Reads! :)

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  38. I love the fresh look! Having recently started a blog, I now know how layout changes can make a huge difference (and be a HUGE p.i.a. when technology isn’t cooperating!)

    And I love the Tip of the Day!

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  39. I love it!!

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  40. V. Higgins says:

    Very cute! I like how clean and pretty it looks.

  41. Ooh, love it! Very fancy schmancy but clean and pretty :)

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  42. Looks great!

  43. loving the new look! fabulous :)

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  44. I **love** the new, fresh, slick look!
    Thanks for your encouraging and practical words!

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  45. Sweet! :)

  46. Very high tech! I didn’t know where I was at first!

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