Saturday Morning Reads

I’m giving thanks for small victories today like a good hair morning that I hope will last until the afternoon.

I’m on Pinterest now. It’s a place to collect ideas and inspiration with your friends. (Megan wrote a helpful beginner’s guide to Pinterest.) Come take a peek at what I like.

Pinterest is like coffee. It’s a way to pick yourself up during a five-minute break, but don’t consume it at night or you won’t get any sleep.

A few more links:

Hobby Farm – from The Lettered Cottage – this makes for some good weekend daydreaming

5 Ways to Make the Monotonous More Fun – from Steady Mom

Do you have ants too? I looked up an old post from the archives to remember what to do about it. The black pepper ant remedy worked very effectively.

At AlphaMom, I recently wrote:

This Time Last Year…

5 Ways to Make Summer Reading More Fun

DIY Spiral Streamers

Lane was so excited about her blog post yesterday. Thank you for your sweet comments! My husband thinks we have the nicest commenters at Small Notebook, and I couldn’t agree more.

Hope you have a wonderful day!

About Rachel

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


  1. Oh my… yet another site for me to waste away the hours messing with ;) You’re so good at providing me those! ha.
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  2. Okay, have known about Pinterest for some time now.
    But your link and your boards have finally pushed me over the edge – I just requested an invite :)
    Love your boards, Rachel, and now I look forward to creating some also!

  3. I’m on pinterest too, “following” you now (Tammy S). :) I like your analogy of coffee/pinterst!
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  4. Thanks for sharing Megan’s guide to Pinterest! I have heard so much about it, but had no idea what it was or how to use it.
    Have an awesome weekend!
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  5. Rachel, I became addicted to Pinterest a few weeks ago. It is like window shopping, inspiration seeking, magazine clipping and filing all in one place. Just love it!

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  6. 1) Your hair = AMAZING
    2) Lane = DARLING
    3) Link love = GRATEFUL

    Have a gorgeous weekend!
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  7. Love your blog! Thanks for the link to the Lettered Cottage! I’m now following.

    I’m on Pinterest too. so much fun. Definitely inspiration for the eyes there.

    You and your daughter are lovely. Thanks for your blog.


  8. I just got hooked on Pinterest about three weeks ago and I have to admit – I’m addicted. I have found so many great ideas on there since I started and it’s easy to lose track of time! Love the photo of your daughter – she looks like how I feel when I get comments on my blog! ;-)
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  9. What a great capture of that sweet face! Thanks for the ant remedy and the courage to try Pinterest! Summer Reading…the kids are older now…I should still encourage. Always a pleasure to stop by your place.
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  10. Denise M says:

    Hi! I noticed that you have curly hair… I haven’t been following your blog very long, and when I saw your comment about hoping your hair lasts until the afternoon, I knew I had to comment. I also have curly hair, and found some great products and philosophy for curly haired-people on Their more helpful website is currently under construction ( Using products free of SLS will change your curls! Hope that helps some as you continue on the path of a curly girl! Best wishes.

  11. I’ve been interested in finding out more about Pinterest. Thanks for the link :)

  12. I like your description of Pinterest! It’s very addicting late at night for sure. And, that’s a super adorable picture of you and Lane. A belated happy birthday to her!
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  13. The photo of the two of you is precious..pinterest is super cool, window shopping without the hassel ..mine is
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  14. What a sweet picture of your daughter and you. Pinterest looks like a LOT of fun!
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  15. I just got onto Pinterest too! So addicting and TOO MUCH FUN!
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  16. I just saw your daughter’s post. She is so cute. I love those shoes too. Wish I had a pair! I’d wear them every single day if I did!
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  17. Rigoni is a good brand for jams. :)

    Loved the magazine post, lol – viva the Eighties!

  18. Ohhh my goodness that pic is priceless!!!
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  19. I like your simile of Pinterest, so true!
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  20. Denise C. says:

    Love the photo of you and Lane! Rachel, your hair looks *awesome*, I lived in Texas for 5 years and never had good looking hair (my waves/curls would frizz out the moment I stepped outside!). Lane, I am happy you had a wonderful 5th birthday! =)

  21. I just joined Pinterest too! Love it! Let’s be friends: :)

    {mommy chic} design. style. kids. life.
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  22. So I wasn’t even interested in looking at Pinterest (who needs another time-sucker? Not me.) But then I clicked.
    Oh. My. Goodness.
    I think I’m in love. I no longer need to go to the recesses of the internet to find pretty pictures amidst a bunch of unpretty things. Now all the pretty things ever are all in the same place.
    You are awesome. Following you first.
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  23. Just stumbled across your blog and so happy to have found your site. I love it! You are so right about not looking at it at night. I’m your newest pinterest follower ( :)

  24. Thanks for the link to the Lettered Cottage!Love your photos so much.I think I will get many interesting things from those links
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  25. ok i must be the only person who isnt really hooked on to Pinterest…Im trying though.
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