The Shoe of Simplicity: Small Notebook

by Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

I‘m starting a new series here on Simple Mom. About twice a month I plan to feature a fellow blogger who has embraced the art of simplicity within his or her niche. And in so doing, I will offer an award sure to be coveted by many:


I read blogs about all kinds of topics, and the ones that pique my interest most are the ones who excel in their topic by writing in a down-to-earth way, with their readers in mind, with the goal of encouragement, help, and inspiration. They exude simplicity as its finest.

sim•plic•i•ty (noun): freedom from complexity; full of sincerity, naturalness; clarity of expression.

The first recipient of the Shoe of Simplicity is Rachel of Small Notebook.

Why she exudes simplicity:

  • First off, she hand draws all the artwork on her blog. How cool is that?


Hers is a relatively new blog, so give her some love and explore her place. I’ve enjoyed getting to “know” her since she started reading Simple Mom, and I hope this little award makes her smile.

Enjoy the shoe, Rachel!
Artwork by Rachel

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  1. Thanks for sharing her site! My pantry needs serious help and she just helped me figure out what to do!

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  2. Sure thing! Love your site, by the way.

  3. I just poked around over there. She is absolutely deserving. I just added her to my Bloglines. I can’t wait to read more. I need all the inspiration I can get!

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  4. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! (that would be me, squealing with delight!)

    I found Rachel a few months ago (or did she find me? can’t remember) and I have absolutely LOVED getting to know her. She does post such amazing, inspiring, SIMPLE stuff. She’s taking the time to hold my hand through this “shampoo free” stuff, and she is so sweet and friendly. And her daughter is darling, too.

    YAY YAY YAY! Congrats, Rachel!

    What a great series, mama. Can’t wait to see who else I’ll discover through you. :)

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  5. Great new series!!

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  6. Glad you all are Rachel fans, too! I’m giddy about this series – too many great blogs to choose from.

  7. Thanks so much for sharing! I’ve been finding that it’s less than well, simple, to find quality blogs about simplicity. Love the Shoe of Simplicity logo, too. :)

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  8. Oh wow, this is so nice. Thank you so much! I can’t wait to see the profiles for other blogs too. What a great way to end the week.

    SmallNotebooks last blog post..Writing with pen is so 1994

  9. I just wandered over from Blissfully Domestic. Your blog is fantastic. I’m all about living simply and I appreciate you sharing your experiences. I can’t wait to read more!

    Tiffanys last blog post..Tiff’s Tips #2- New Favorite (Alison Krauss)

  10. What a fun new feature! I love to see what other bloggers are doing and I am ALL about simplicity- thank you!

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