Doing More With Less

November 15, 2010

The topic of doing more with less is on my mind. Every time we’ve added a child to our family, my instinct is to clear out our space, to get rid of gear and simplify wherever possible. It probably has something to do with making mental space for this new person in my life.

Last week, I was packing for our trip to San Jose and thinking about what I should bring for June’s meals — she’s still mostly nursing, but she’s also eating 3-4 meals a day of solids. At first I was thinking several bibs, 10+ jars of baby food, a bag of rice cereal, utensils and bowl for preparations, utensils for feeding, etc. But finally decided it was a short trip, to a town with every convenience, and that all I would need was a baby spoon.

For breakfast, I found plain yogurt and oatmeal among the offerings and grabbed a ripe banana for when we were out and about. And I was able to find similarly soft foods wherever we were. During feedings, I kept a napkin handy to keep her clean and I was good to go. While I appreciate the helpfulness of things like bibs and lots of food choices when we’re at home, it was nice to be reminded that it didn’t take much to keep June happy and fed when we wanted to travel as light as possible.

Another example that comes to mind? The giant table we built after moving to Colorado. It is the most used piece of furniture in our house. We use it for entertaining, for homework, for art projects, for sewing projects, for building things. And when we’re not using it, it does its duty as a piece of furniture that’s nice to look at and that compliments the space.

What about you? What are your thoughts on doing more with less? What’s an item you have that you get the most use out of?

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{ 410 comments }

1 The Emily November 16, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Wait, so I can keep leaving comments? Neat. Another thing I do more with less of: TV. The less I watch, the more I get done. But some days I just can’t help myself. The laundry can wait another day, right?

2 Zina November 16, 2010 at 11:24 pm

Truthfully, when I think of doing more with less, I think of our minivan. It’s just your standard white Chrysler Town & Country (a/k/a Dodge Caravan) that everyone has, but since it’s from 1995 and since, with 7 people in the family, it usually carries more than one passenger and is often full to capacity, I feel like we’re getting pretty efficient use out of it. And we’ll keep driving it until it dies.

3 Samantha November 16, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Using a staple food all week, a roast chicken in sandwiches then a roast chicken soup, then roast chicken stir fry

4 Kelli November 16, 2010 at 11:42 pm

My husband and I go to the same school, but work in completely different places and are making it work with 1 car! AND it gets FABULOUS gas mileage, so it’s a double bonus.

5 aimee c. November 16, 2010 at 11:43 pm

before i used to buy things just bc they were on sale. now, i think about function. if at all possible, things have to have more than one function in order for me to even think about buying it. (unless it really only has one purpose!) thanks again for the chance!

6 cathy k. November 17, 2010 at 3:43 am

I try to grocery shop thoughtfully and buy less as I really hate to throw money out with spoiled produce or other foodstuff. We always have what we need on hand, just not over abundance.

7 Rian November 17, 2010 at 7:23 am

Sites such as Groupon and Living Social have been invaluable to me as far as coupons and savings – but it also gets me out to shop locally which is totally a win-win!

8 Amy L November 17, 2010 at 7:38 am

I do more with less by mixing up white vinegar and water in spray bottles, one for each bathroom and the kitchen, and a box of baking soda for each as well. I clean almost everything with the vinegar spray-toilets, mirrors, shower doors…and when I need to scour a sink or stuck on food, I sprinkle a bit of baking soda on it & scrub. No harsh chemicals to dry my skin or make me sneeze.

9 Becky November 17, 2010 at 8:18 am

I try to do more with less by simplyfying our life and realizing the best days are the days we go out shopping, or to museums or when we wear tons of nice clothes and jewelry, it is when we simplyfy and enjoy playing for hours with our kids using an old diaper box and some blankets to make a fort.

10 Rendy Lemke November 17, 2010 at 8:25 am

We use the library like netflix/amazon – when we see a book, movie or video game we want, we “order it”/”put it in the q”, and that way, it is usually there for us when we make a library run.

11 Becky November 17, 2010 at 8:28 am

I try to do more with less by simplyfying our life and realizing the best days are the days we do not go out shopping, or to museums or when we wear tons of nice clothes and jewelry, it is when we simplyfy and enjoy playing for hours with our kids using an old diaper box and some blankets to make a fort.
(Sorry I forgot the Do NOt)

12 Dele O November 17, 2010 at 9:02 am

There is nothing like hand-made gifts for the holidays. Lots of money saved and lots of time spent together as a family.

13 Mandy November 17, 2010 at 10:15 am

I get the most use out of Goody ouchless hair bands, and they have to be the ouchless kind. Not only are they perfect for lazy day ponytails, but at 6 months pregnant they also extend the life of my pre-pregnancy wardrobe.

14 Emily November 17, 2010 at 10:33 am

Anytime I make a meal with ground beef, I sub at least half the meat with canned beans. Healthier and cheaper!

15 Deanna November 17, 2010 at 10:49 am

Coupons! And buying things on SALE!

16 Elise November 17, 2010 at 11:04 am

I have been cleaning out everything, definitely feeling the need to simplify! Fewer toys means less to clean up, and more creative play! I am also sewing storage boxes to keep things contained when not in use. I love a clutter free home.

17 Erin November 17, 2010 at 11:08 am

I have the same urge to purge as we are expecting our next. This time of year, it is easy to get caught up in thinking about all the new “stuff” to get. But really, I find myself more and more drawn to the homemade and simpler toys for my toddler. Each holiday, I try to make at least one gift for him.

18 Heather HS November 17, 2010 at 11:34 am

Recycle, of course!

19 cheryl burchett November 17, 2010 at 12:24 pm

When my daughter was really little I had larger burp rags that were soft and cozy so they doubled as bib/blankie/nursing cover if needed. They saved lots of space in the diaper bag and were handmade with love.

20 Lacretia November 17, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I try to do more with less when it comes to makeup. I work in a professional environment, and often just go to work with concealer, blush and mascara on. I love how it saves me time in the morning, yet I still feel great about myself! Thanks for the chance to win!

21 Alison F. November 17, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Lately I have been forced to do more with less. My husband and I recently moved in (temporarily, I hope) with my parents. We are having to live out of boxes and suitcases so with little room I had to think very carefully with what we NEEDED. There are things in storage that I wish I could get to and use because I WANT them but we are getting by just fine without the extras. Makes me wonder what we are going to do when we do have all of our loot back.

22 Kathi November 17, 2010 at 3:43 pm

I grew up with live Christmas trees and was reluctant to give them up, but when I started thinking about how much money I’ll be throwing out at the end of the holiday season each year, I decided to invest in an artificial tree. I’ll be able to put it up sooner, enjoy it longer, and sleep better (not waking every hour to see if the tree is burning). One tree – many benefits.
This counts only marginally – because I’m pretty sure I could have done with less but bought as much as I could get…

23 Charlotte November 17, 2010 at 3:49 pm

We live on a sailboat, so our life is very streamlined. We don’t have running water, instead we pump the water we need into our sink with a foot pump. We wash dishes with ocean water and then use a spray bottle of fresh water to rinse them. We use very little water this way and live a very green, clean, lovely life!

24 hanna November 17, 2010 at 6:22 pm

been trying to get rid of stuff I don’t use

25 NicoleK November 17, 2010 at 7:58 pm

I do love this topic!

What immediately comes to mind for me is the amount of toys and “stuff” our kids have. The less clutter we have in the house, the happier everyone is and the more time we spend together.

My boys (6 &4) entertain themselves for hours using their imagination – and I have more time to play with them b/c I’m not busy cleaning and tidying everything! We have a 3,000 sq. ft. home (I would *love* to downsize but the community and school is amazing and I don’t want to leave that) but I’m proud of the fact that all of our toys fit in a basket on a small single shelf of a bookshelf in the family room along with a large bucket of legos, and a bucket of blocks. I haven’t found an earth-friendly solution to the amount of paper used on art projects though! =) Instead of a massive playroom, we set up basketball hoops a small indoor trampoline in that space and kids love coming to our house!

26 Alli November 17, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Well, I’m a speech therapist, and I work with a large number of students. Instead of creating separate lessons for each group I work with, I usually pick out 3-4 sets of materials based around a theme, and spin them in different ways to use for all of my groups.

27 Samantha November 17, 2010 at 11:35 pm

I love using kaffir limes. I use them to clean the stove, i use them to deep clean my hair, i use them in curries. kaffir limes are awesome.

28 Anna November 18, 2010 at 1:43 am

i kick my husband out of the kitchen, it’s easier and faster when he’s NOT helping, lol

29 Rian November 18, 2010 at 6:51 am

I think this is a timely question, as holiday spending can get out of control. My whole family is really working to cut back this year and make the gifts count.

30 Heather HS November 18, 2010 at 7:18 am

I have kept my old phone for WAY past the contract… that’s doing more with less!

31 Heather Mac November 18, 2010 at 7:30 am

I’m just going to admit that I have no idea how to do this. I’m infamous for bringing everything with me when we go on vacations, camping, even leaving the house for a few hours. It’s annoying, but everyone knows who to count on if they forgot something! I’ve got the “magical purse”.
When I’ve thought about the question, “If your house was on fire, what would you grab?” I realize how unimportant everything but pictures and memorabalia is.Everything else probably wouldn’t be missed, or could easily be replaced.

32 Emily November 18, 2010 at 8:08 am

I dropped cable TV last year and haven’t looked back. Between Netflix and Hulu, I have access to hundreds of hours of TV that I actually want to watch. Even though I have 10 or so over-the-air channels, I almost never sit on the couch to watch TV any more. When my boyfriend moves in, it’ll be a different story…Go forbid we miss a Braves game!

33 Becky November 18, 2010 at 9:18 am

Sometimes instead of taking a whole purse + everything else you think you need for shopping I just grab a card and stick it in my back pocket and grab my kids and go. It feels so light to go with nothing.

34 Rendy Lemke November 18, 2010 at 10:53 am

We do not, and never have had cable TV. The only time anyone watches TV is Sat a.m. cartoons.

35 Jennifer November 18, 2010 at 10:56 am

My husband and I only get one gift for each other for Christmas. We give ourselves a very small budget and we must be creative with what we have. It’s fun and it helps us remember that Christmas is not about ourselves.

36 Yogi November 18, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I stay organized with Microsoft OneNote, which helps me do more with less time.

37 Jaimie November 18, 2010 at 2:34 pm

We tried to go a whole year without buying anything new, we made it for about 5 months, still quite an accomplishment! But we discovered many great uses for old things. My favorite is repurposing old clothes into new items, like sweater quilts, leggings for my 2 year old, etc. Saves tons of coin on fabric and makes meaningful items that we use every day!

38 Erin H. November 18, 2010 at 2:40 pm

I find that doing more with less is like losing weight in that a little success is the best possible inspiration to keep going. This phone could certainly trim down my gadget collection!

39 Mandy November 18, 2010 at 3:12 pm

I love cooking with as minimal dishes as possible, or by using the same pan twice, etc.

40 anna p. November 18, 2010 at 3:33 pm

This concept is especially important this year as we have a new home and a new baby (3) and only one income. I try to do my part by saving money on groceries with coupons. Thanks!

41 Craig November 18, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Less Christmas shopping means more time for everything else! By mutual agreement, my friends and family have scaled back gift giving plans this year to focus on shared activities and good food to celebrate the season. P.S. This would make a knockout Christmas gift for my Mom..!

42 The Emily November 18, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Hmmm…I’m still entering. I hope I’m not looking like a doofus by entering every day. I swear it says that though! So why aren’t more people doing it??

43 Kelli November 18, 2010 at 10:57 pm

I have started using baking soda for more than just cooking–I heard it can make a good face scrub, and I love that it sucks the stinky odors from my fridge!

44 Samantha November 19, 2010 at 12:09 am

i love using wax paper for everything, lining dishes, easily move sifted flour, so useful

45 Heather HS November 19, 2010 at 6:00 am

Hooks in the bedroom keep worn-but-not-dirty clothes from going in the wash. Saves energy, money, and keeps them top of mind.

46 Rian November 19, 2010 at 6:33 am

I’ve really tried to teach my children about not needing so much. It starts when you are young, and I can easily see how it gets out of hand. The grandparents go crazy at Christmas and we finally had to step in!

47 Michelle McCullough November 19, 2010 at 8:08 am

Today, I did more with less by not taking a giant diaperbag out just to go to the store. Inspired by you.

48 Mandy November 19, 2010 at 9:20 am

Goodreads.com in conjunction with the library is probably the combination ever. I love finding a book with good reviews from the site, then being able to place books on hold and then they call me when they are ready for pick up! No more wandering the aisles hoping for a good read.

49 Ducky November 19, 2010 at 9:51 am

Whenever I get mail, I am typically very disappointed. It is usually junk mail, with the occasional “suspicious package.” What I usually do is keep a sort of “incinerator” out back to burn all of my junk mail. It is nothing more than a simple brick fireplace that I use to get rid of all this unnecessary clutter. It helps me do more with less!

50 Rendy Lemke November 19, 2010 at 11:05 am

Whenever I get the mail, I walk directly to our outside trash can, and deposit 95-100% of what’s in my hand. Something else, which I didn’t choose, but is rather an awesome blessing: I have boys 15 months apart. They have 2 boy cousins, approx 2 yrs older, that are 13 months apart. Their mother, my sister, is a serious clothes-aholic. I have never had to buy clothes for my boys, in all their 7/8 yrs of life. Of course, I could not resist, and did buy them some skinny jeans this week. So adorable. (I can say adorable, b/c they are at school right now).

51 Dele O November 19, 2010 at 11:08 am

Doing more with less almost always is thinking outside of the box. Those air duster canisters are for more than just cleaning out your keyboard. You can use it to dust hard to reach areas too.

(fingers crossed) to win the phone. :)

52 Sam November 19, 2010 at 11:40 am

I do more with less because I make good use out of everything that I have and don’t waste anything.

53 Nicole November 19, 2010 at 11:48 am

Doing more with less? Prioritize. Let the lesser things go and focus on the major things more. I think that would make a lovely quote on a pillow :)

54 Ashley Johnson November 19, 2010 at 12:20 pm

My new mantra is: a perfectly kept home is a sign of a misspent life.
One step at a time. One moment at a time. Be in the moment.

55 laura November 19, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Thanks to some hearty student loans, doing less with more is more of a necessity than a mantra. But when I get jealous of those with more, I just remind myself that happiness isn’t about things; it’s about people. And when it comes to family and friends, I’m very rich.

56 Melissa S. November 19, 2010 at 12:29 pm

I’m doing more with less….simply by changing my mindset and how I look at things. I have consciously shopped less in the past year, and it’s amazing how much money you save by not buying the things you don’t need anyways. I don’t agonize or antagonize myself if I do buy something; it’s more of using the free time I have (that I may have previously spent aimlessly shopping) for more important things, like doing things with my family.

57 Emmy November 19, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I always think about the concept that less is more around the holidays. We do one gift each, and this year everything has to be handmade.

58 Bridget November 19, 2010 at 1:27 pm

I am doing “the 12 books of Christmas” this year with books I purchased for 50% off on the final day of a toy consignment sale. They are beautiful books. And ranged in price from .50-$1.00. Score.

59 Wendy November 19, 2010 at 1:29 pm

It seems like “more” but truly spending 60 dollars, once every two weeks on a housekeeper, makes my house sparkle and I feel like a million bucks. Not to mention I can get other stuff done during that time. It may seem indulgent but that has been so freeing!

60 Raquel November 19, 2010 at 1:36 pm

We try to buy on sale w/ coupon and reuse what we can.

61 Alie Jones November 19, 2010 at 1:40 pm

My sister always impresses me with her way of doing more with less. This year both of us opted to make Christmas gifts for the family instead of buying them.

62 Katherine November 19, 2010 at 1:55 pm

We live in a 650 square foot condo with our two kids. It’s cozy but I actually love it. We are trying to simply our life as much as possible without it affecting the boys too much. It’s the clutter that has taken over here and to be honest, most of it we don’t need. We just have to get past the emotional pull of some of the things! Next up, simplifying my kitchen. We have way too many things that we do not use.

63 Emily November 19, 2010 at 3:02 pm

I recently chopped off 8 inches of hair, all the way up to my jaw. I. LOVE. IT. I used to spend ages trying to blow-dry it into submission, ending up in a ponytail anyway every single day. Now it’s 5 minutes with the blowdryer and I’m out the door, looking cute.

64 Angela November 19, 2010 at 3:06 pm

We try to stick to gifts that work for the whole family- games, household items, books. And one toy per kid… which they are young enough to think is amazing.

65 kitchen-dreams November 19, 2010 at 3:22 pm

When it comes to clothes I try to buy classic pieces that will stand the test of time. And I wait for sales and use coupons. Then I take good care of the clothes so they last. I also make sure that they all mix and match so that I don’t need very many and it doesn’t look like I wear the same things over and over.

66 Taunya November 19, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I’m constantly trying to find small ways to lessen our families footprint on the earth and many times that coincides with a less is more type mentality. We are always trying to find new and creative ways to use what we already have rather than purchasing something new. Surprisingly the kids are exceptionally creative with finding new uses for things.

67 Sonja November 19, 2010 at 3:55 pm

To do more with less I stay out of the stores. Whenever I head out shopping I end up buying more things that I don’t need, stuff clutters everything about your life, so keep it simple, don’t get more stuff!

68 Jes November 19, 2010 at 6:30 pm

doing more with less is pretty much the story of our life…we moved from Arizona with nothing but what we could cram in our cars…we’ve slowly been aquiring pieces from Craigslist and Ikea…and our home is rather sparse and bare. But. It won’t always be. …and we know that. Our kitchen table is also our study space…my sewing table and craft center, our computer station, and food prep space (as we live in a teeny apt with little counter room!)

We also both have phones that are 3 years old! Hahaha –
:-)
Jes

69 Marae Lindsey November 19, 2010 at 7:19 pm

my husband, baby, and i are living out of two shared 50 lb suitcases, and it’s got me thinking of all of the things i don’t NEED. i’m realizing that i only want things that i really, really love, and i don’t need to buy anything else. and that it’s okay for my baby to sleep in her clothes. i’m also finding some great outfits i never would have thought of with all of this mixing and matching.

70 Deirdre November 19, 2010 at 7:57 pm

With 4 kids in an older home with zero closet space, we’ve really been forced to declutter whenever possible. At first I was a bit annoyed with the lack of storage, but I have actually found the process of decluttering to be very cathartic.

71 Becky November 19, 2010 at 8:20 pm

I try do a lot of Chirstmas Crafts with my kids with things I have around the house and then we hang them in the front window.

72 Shaela November 19, 2010 at 8:32 pm

When I shop I often think “Where will this be stored in our home?” That always helps me remember that we don’t need MORE things crammed into our home. This year for Christmas I’m trying to make sure our purchases are useful and not more “Toy Clutter”. For example, each child will get their own monogrammed sleeping bag. It is special, personalized, but very useful.

73 Jamie November 19, 2010 at 9:45 pm

My family is living within our means and try to explain to our kids that you can’t always get what you want and that we have to treat our things with respect. If a toy gets broken, we try to emphasize that you can’t just go back to the store and buy a new one.

74 The Emily November 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Have I mentioned that my phone is a tracfone with pay-as-you-go minutes? It takes ten of them to download a picture…

75 Samantha November 20, 2010 at 12:09 am

I love using chicken broth to take shortcuts during the holidays and food. Its inexpensive and adds tons of flavor to any dish

76 scott schluter November 20, 2010 at 5:27 am

Compost. I live in an area with all sand so I compost everything compostable that we generate in this house. I also have landscaping friends that I work with give me their leave/grass mulchings.

77 beth hale November 20, 2010 at 7:04 am

I do more with less time! I am back to work full time with my 2 and 1/2 year old and feel like both jobs got 100 times harder, but they are both getting done – with at least moderate success!! Not much worthwhile in the post – all I have time for – get it?? Ha!

78 Dele O November 20, 2010 at 7:49 am

Calendars are a huge help. And the Outlook Quickstep is a great shortcut tool that helps me quickly create some of my common tasks, appointments, and emails while on the go. The win phone 7 will be a great mobile tool to aid in this.

79 Rian November 20, 2010 at 8:45 am

Doing more with less…very important at the holidays. My entire extended family is going to just focus on gift giving for the children this year, rather than buy for all the adults like we usually do.

80 sally November 20, 2010 at 12:32 pm

For me, doing more with less means asking “do I really need this?” before I make a purchase or “do I already have something that might work?”

81 julie r November 20, 2010 at 12:41 pm

It just feels GOOD to do more with less. When my kids have less toys, they get more creative. After seeing the Babies documentary, I know they can play with rocks and sticks and still have fun!

And the same with me – if I’m missing an ingredient or two for dinner, I get more creative and try to use what I’ve got rather than run to the store for just one or two things…(which usually ups the grocery bill a bit). It’s nice to know I don’t NEED what I think I do…and then I think “What else can I do without??”

82 The Emily November 20, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Oh MAN was it crazy at Target today.

83 Emily November 20, 2010 at 4:07 pm

I try to reduce my grocery-store trips. This forces me to use up all those random ingredients from the back of the pantry, so it’s not such a mysterious jungle in there.

84 Jennifer November 20, 2010 at 4:40 pm

I am applying this to the relationships in my life. Not that I am unkind to others but instead of trying to be friends with everyone, I am using my time to make lasting relationships with those I care for the most.

85 anna p. November 20, 2010 at 7:47 pm

This holiday season is going to be about more with less. Homemade gifts and hopefully a lot less of the ridiculous last minute over spending. thanks!

86 Andrea "'Dwellingonthepositive" November 20, 2010 at 8:51 pm

We have two kids in a two bedroom house. We are constantly looking for more space and less stuff. Grandparents are the biggest obstacle to this goal- I swear we get a box of toys/clothes/books at least every other week!

87 Carol F. November 20, 2010 at 9:03 pm

This is the phone I am waiting for. One way I do more with less is require that something I want be on my list for longer. I try not to compulsively shop. I wait, and research, and wait until the price and my budget are aligned and then….no guilt!

Thank you, Windows, for designing this phone. This is the one I want.

88 Heather C. November 20, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Back in May I spray painted branches white and hung miny pinwheels on them to use as a centerpiece for a baby open house. I used the same branches for a wedding shower with hearts hanging from it and then changed the hearts out for spiders for halloween. The best $2 craft I’ve ever done.

89 Rian November 21, 2010 at 12:56 am

our whole life is doing less with less. just last march we sold everything we had to follow a dream and more to China with our kids, but three months later we had to turn around and move back due to health problems so we had to sell or give away everything we just bought in China. Everything our family of five owns now fits into 14 suitcases and we are surviving just fine.

90 Yogi November 21, 2010 at 5:38 am

I’ll be able to get more done with less by consolidating my devices when I get a Windows Phone.

91 Emily H. November 21, 2010 at 7:42 am

I have been so lucky to have the chance to go back to school to finish a bachelor’s degree. At this point with a small child and only one real income, EVERYTHING we do feels like we are doing more with less. We think these are good lessons for our daughter.

92 Heather HS November 21, 2010 at 7:43 am

I would love this!

93 Rian November 21, 2010 at 7:51 am

To do more with less, we try to make a ‘meal plan’ out at the beginning of the week and buy all ingredients at that time. This prevents us from impusivly going out to dinner or picking up expensive carryout because we can’t think of what to make!

94 Mandy November 21, 2010 at 9:12 am

I use Photoshop Elements instead of the full PS suite–and I still am able to do just what I need to do!

95 Sharon November 21, 2010 at 2:35 pm

I shred nearly everything that comes in the mail. I save the shredded paper for stuffing in packages and I also use it as filler in the bottom of my very large flower pots.

96 elizabeth November 21, 2010 at 3:13 pm

i’m a big fan of thrift stores. i find lots of great treasures for a fraction of the cost.

97 Kimbyk November 21, 2010 at 6:39 pm

I always give a handcrafted gift instead of buying an item if at all possible. I make cards (which I give as a set) or make a personalized shadowbox. I have so many items in my scrapbook room, that I rarely need to buy anything. I went through a phase where I “gathered” up really cool items from my craft store but never used them – now I am and it just delights me to make something special that only I could give. I have learned that treasures are inside me and that it doesn’t matter that you spend a lot – if you give something special from yourself, that is what is cherished the most.

98 anna p. November 21, 2010 at 6:56 pm

me again, just my daily entry. Love all the ideas for more with less. It’s a concept so many of us can improve upon.

99 The Emily November 21, 2010 at 10:24 pm

I cut off 17 inches of hair after baby #3 was born earlier this year. I can’t believe how versatile short hair is, or how much less hair product I use every day. Fantastic choice. Though I do miss it somedays.

100 Cassidy M. November 21, 2010 at 10:52 pm

This would be great since my son threw mine and it just broke Saturday! Doing more with less….i think that’s been a good lesson to learn lately with our family budget being tighter. I make things stretch. I have really gotten a hold of doing food with less. we are doing to one car and it is hard to be able to grocery shop unless it’s at 5 in the morning or 9 at night. So I have found to not only do more with less money, but also make up recipies and different combinations of food with the randomness that is left in our cupboards, like the time last week where I had to make dinner with no milk, no butter,no veggies, no cheese, and no meat.

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