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Re: A weeks worth of dinners...

I'm ashamed to say I have no idea. Meals are a real challenge for us. We are a family of four and DH is vegetarian, I'm not, DS1 is a super picky eater with food issues (hides to eat, gags, cries, avoids - you name it) and DS2 can't have most dairy. Sometimes this is so overwhelming to me I don't ev...

by puppmom

August 25th, 2016, 2:22 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: A weeks worth of dinners...

Replies: 43

Views: 955
Re: Leasing Vehicles vs Buying New and Selling

Good point, BabyMonster. I was thinking more in the context of my $14k Corolla.

by puppmom

August 23rd, 2016, 12:08 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Leasing Vehicles vs Buying New and Selling

Replies: 41

Views: 844
Re: Leasing Vehicles vs Buying New and Selling

PierreBear, I don't know what's average but my Corolla with 200k was generally only in the shop for inspection. At that time, I would get an oil change and address tires, wipers if needed. At that point though, I was driving the car only 4,000 miles or so per year whichwas obviously a contributing f...

by puppmom

August 23rd, 2016, 11:41 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Leasing Vehicles vs Buying New and Selling

Replies: 41

Views: 844
Re: Leasing Vehicles vs Buying New and Selling

I drove a Toyota Corolla for 13 years with virtually no maintenance other than oil changes, tires and inspection. I totaled it in November (minor accident but a new bumper and hood would have cost more than the car was worth). It had 200k miles and had recently been inspected. My mechanic thought it...

by puppmom

August 23rd, 2016, 7:33 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Leasing Vehicles vs Buying New and Selling

Replies: 41

Views: 844
Re: Oh NOES, gay sex is happening in Rio!

Jesus! That is terrible! I would not call this person a journalist. He should be ashamed. And his wife and kids? I can't even!

by puppmom

August 12th, 2016, 2:10 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Oh NOES, gay sex is happening in Rio!

Replies: 18

Views: 446
Re: Salute our Hairless Heroines

I dislike body hair. I don't know why. Maybe it's because I'm a hairier than average woman and it's not socially acceptable (if I'm trying to psychoanalyze myself :lol: ). Shaving was always a pain (literally) for me. I had laser hair removal on my thighs and underarms. No regrets. PS - that IS funn...

by puppmom

August 12th, 2016, 8:16 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Salute our Hairless Heroines

Replies: 6

Views: 266
Re: Terminally ill woman holds party before ending her life

I would absolutely go! I'm sure I would feel sick to my stomach in anticipation but I would go. One of our very best friends was diagnosed with ALS at 36 years old. My heart breaks for him, his wife and his children although he doesn't tolerate anyone feeling sorry for him. At this point, he says he...

by puppmom

August 12th, 2016, 7:56 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Terminally ill woman holds party before ending her life

Replies: 19

Views: 428
Re: Vaxxed-Have you seen it?

I vaccinate my children because I believe they work. I am open to research that indicates otherwise. The problem is it seems that there is not currently a source that the public can trust on this topic. That, in my opinion, is pathetic. I don't know much about this film but the fact that they told y...

by puppmom

August 10th, 2016, 10:25 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Vaxxed-Have you seen it?

Replies: 12

Views: 417
Re: Paying for babysitter vs relying on others

Momhappy, I'm so with you! I'm way happier with our paid nanny than I was with MIL. Not that my kids weren't happy and safe in her care... There are other family members I would never leave my children alone with though! DH and I made our children our life and allowed our relationship to become seco...

by puppmom

August 10th, 2016, 8:04 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Paying for babysitter vs relying on others

Replies: 19

Views: 446
Re: Paying for babysitter vs relying on others

For me, it's a combination...we currently have a nanny and pay her obviously. My mother in law also helps with childcare although infrequently now and more for obligations than dates. I have a 21 year old daughter who will also help here and there. Her kids stay home with her boyfriend will she watc...

by puppmom

August 9th, 2016, 1:18 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Paying for babysitter vs relying on others

Replies: 19

Views: 446
Re: Our nanny's last day is coming up.

Queenie, so glad you were able to stay home with your kids. I know how challenging that can be also! DH did it for two years and, let me tell you, it took a toll on him! Azstonie, that's a great idea! They love snapchat - I have an older daughter (21) and they like to send and receive the goofy filt...

by puppmom

August 5th, 2016, 6:35 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Our nanny's last day is coming up.

Replies: 8

Views: 382
Re: Our nanny's last day is coming up.

Azstonie, yuck! My husband is definitely not the creepy dad. LOL I think she'll miss the kids as much as we miss her. Thanks, everyone. I didn't really anticipate our kids developing such a strong bond in such a short time. My 3 year old literally cries on Saturday and Sunday mornings because she's ...

by puppmom

August 4th, 2016, 2:26 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Our nanny's last day is coming up.

Replies: 8

Views: 382
Our nanny's last day is coming up.

You guys...I'm so sad! Our nanny's last day is next Friday. She's off to grad school 5 hours away. She's only been with us since April when my husband went back to work and we knew all along it was temporary because DS1 is going into 1st grade and DS2 preschool. My kids had a really fantastic summer...

by puppmom

August 4th, 2016, 1:04 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Our nanny's last day is coming up.

Replies: 8

Views: 382
Re: Private struggle... perspective/advice appreciated

Elliott, I don't have any personal experience with abuse but I wanted to send you some positive energy. You should be so proud of yourself! It takes a lot of courage to do what you did. You've gotten some really great advice here. Go easy on yourself. I sincerely hope that he doesn't make this more ...

by puppmom

July 31st, 2016, 2:49 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Private struggle... perspective/advice appreciated

Replies: 39

Views: 1413
Re: Learning to play the violin as an adult

No real advice on the violin in particular but a few things about learning a new instrument as an adult that I learned from my mother-in-law who took up cello a few years ago in her late sixties. - she rented a child size instrument because she's really petite (about 5'1") - rental instruments ...

by puppmom

July 27th, 2016, 9:29 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Learning to play the violin as an adult

Replies: 22

Views: 395
Re: Dog sitting is harder than I thought!

Azstonie, Hollis does have allergies and skin issues so maybe that was me? Share away! I need some good news. Adventures in dog sitting continue...Hollis ended up with two staples to his hind leg last night. We noticed blood on the floor and promptly examined both dogs (not the children :lol: ). Hol...

by puppmom

July 27th, 2016, 6:56 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Dog sitting is harder than I thought!

Replies: 16

Views: 440
Re: Confession time - Have you played Pokemon Go?

My soon to be 6 year old loves it (and I love that it gets him walking with no complaints!). I don't think he entirely understands it (neither do I!) but he likes hunting for the Pokemon and capturing them. We live in a small suburban town with lots of small shops, churches and monuments so it is a ...

by puppmom

July 26th, 2016, 8:55 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Confession time - Have you played Pokemon Go?

Replies: 49

Views: 786
Re: Dog sitting is harder than I thought!

:wavey: We had a pretty bad thunderstorm last night at around 4am. Walter barked for a few minutes which somehow only woke me up. :rolleyes: Then Hollis broke through the baby gate intended to keep him downstairs and got into bed with us and was shaking like a leaf for an hour. So, we're pretty tire...

by puppmom

July 25th, 2016, 1:22 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Dog sitting is harder than I thought!

Replies: 16

Views: 440
Re: Dog sitting is harder than I thought!

Thanks, Kae Kae! We have his bed, blanket, a toy, crate, food and bowls. It's strange, he is relaxed as long as we are...but if we're up and about so is he. It's just a total reality check that I don't know dogs well. I know MY dog well. He has to be crated at home or he tears up their house. With H...

by puppmom

July 24th, 2016, 1:45 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Dog sitting is harder than I thought!

Replies: 16

Views: 440
Re: Dog sitting is harder than I thought!

Hollis even shared *his* couch.

by puppmom

July 24th, 2016, 1:24 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Dog sitting is harder than I thought!

Replies: 16

Views: 440
Dog sitting is harder than I thought!

My brother and his family are on vacation for a week and we're sitting for their 5 year old Basset Hound. Geesh! So much harder than I thought! Not all dogs are the same...obviously. I just didn't realize how in tune I was to my own dog's habits, wants and needs. Walter, my brother's dog, peed on th...

by puppmom

July 24th, 2016, 1:22 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Dog sitting is harder than I thought!

Replies: 16

Views: 440
Re: Beat the heat...temp check

*only* 90 here in the mid-atlantic. Looks like it's going to creep up over the next few days though.

by puppmom

July 21st, 2016, 2:35 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Beat the heat...temp check

Replies: 23

Views: 409
Re: Advice for soundproofing a room

It's not soundproofing but have you thought about white noise instead? I know for my DH - white noise drives him bonkers but I don't mind it and neither do my kids. I don't know if that would drown out the sound to the neighbors though. DH is a musician and back in his teenage days when they had no ...

by puppmom

July 21st, 2016, 8:05 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Advice for soundproofing a room

Replies: 15

Views: 354
Re: Olive's new buddy

What a beautiful boy! Congratulations!

by puppmom

July 20th, 2016, 9:17 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Olive's new buddy

Replies: 22

Views: 610
Re: Falling off one wagon and staying on another

Stephanie, I'm sorry. I feel like a total dolt suggesting exercise with a bad knee! I'm glad the pills are gone. Go to the SAHM group! It's a step in the right direction even if you don't feel like it. I made an effort to make "friends" with our neighbors with small children - awkward and ...

by puppmom

July 15th, 2016, 11:39 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Falling off one wagon and staying on another

Replies: 23

Views: 754
Re: Appropriate etiquette for interacting with seriously ill

Rockinruby, what a great thing to do! Congratulations! We had dreams of Hollis becoming a therapy dog but he just doesn't like people that much. :rolleyes: He has a few favorites and tolerates the rest. No advice on what to say but I think most parents understand this is challenging and will be very...

by puppmom

July 15th, 2016, 11:30 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Appropriate etiquette for interacting with seriously ill

Replies: 10

Views: 357
Re: Falling off one wagon and staying on another

Stephanie, I'm sorry you've had such a rough year! But I agree, we're only a little more than half way through and the rest doesn't have to be bad! I hope that things improve for you. Re: the meds. I think it is absolutely possible that taking those a few times can leave you wanting more and lead to...

by puppmom

July 15th, 2016, 9:05 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Falling off one wagon and staying on another

Replies: 23

Views: 754
Re: Any tips on buying used cars?

I've had some success negotiating over the phone. It's really saved me a lot of time and energy (and painful in-person conversations!). I also suggest staying away from Ford or Chevrolet unless you're looking for a truck. If I hadn't totaled it last year, I'm pretty confident I would still be drivin...

by puppmom

July 14th, 2016, 11:06 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Any tips on buying used cars?

Replies: 18

Views: 463
Re: Sleeping better

Thanks, Missy! I could use the help. I find that the less sleep I get the harder it is to sleep. So, on nights when I stay up too late, it's really hard for me to fall asleep even though I'm really tired. I used to be one of those people who fell asleep within minutes of laying my head down and over...

by puppmom

July 14th, 2016, 11:00 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Sleeping better

Replies: 12

Views: 419
Re: Hidden Netflix Gem Thread

PS - Missy, Dear Zachary - I was totally caught off guard by this one. I went into it blindly and just didn't see things coming. ;(

by puppmom

July 12th, 2016, 6:39 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Hidden Netflix Gem Thread

Replies: 289

Views: 5743