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Hikin' Mama

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  1. There is so much wisdom here! And I say that as the mom of an adult child whose bio dad I parted ways with before my son was born.
  2. You have every right to be proud. Congrats to you and her!
  3. I would feel the same as you do.
  4. I have often bought more than one item knowing I was going to return one. I like to take them home and think on it. For example, I might want to try dresses on in different lighting or see how an item looks with my decor. I think that is perfectly ethical. What is unethical is buying something you know you are going to use before you return it. I've actually heard people say they do this with clothing for a family photo shoot.
  5. I read part of the article. My (obviously well-thought out 😆) conclusion: whatever. Every generation has had stress that can lead to burnout. In my observation, every generation has whiners and every generation has people who try to look at the positive and do the best they can with what they've got. I know many millenials, including my three kids, who don't fit the stereotype I keep hearing about. I'm sure they exist; I just haven't met them.
  6. Take a look at Alexia Clark workouts. For $30/month she gives you 5 workouts per week. Each day has both a gym workout, which utilizes typical gym equipment, and a similar home workout, which can be done with minimal equipment. They are excellent workouts (I did the gym version for a few months when I was bored with coming up with my own strength routines). While they are not exactly CrossFit, I do think if you enjoy CF, you would enjoy her workouts. You can take a look at snippets of what you would be doing by checking her out on Instagram. They really helped me when I was in a rut but wanted to keep training. Best wishes!
  7. I would definitely get a hotel room in this situation.
  8. That's awesome! I love it when a small thing makes my day.
  9. Yes, I would expect my dh to stand up for me. What a hurtful comment. And I hope my sons will let me know if I ever offend their wives (if and when they actually get married). I want my dil's to feel like my daughters.
  10. I just posted a dog training spin off question but I would like to add: please train your dog or don't take them out in public. And when you take them out in public make sure they are on a secure leash and that you are strong enough to control them. I have had so many instances of problematic dogs (all off leash) while my dog was controlled and leashed that there are some places I will no longer take my dog because it is just not worth it.
  11. I just read Katie's post about poorly behaved dogs. My dog is very good when out and about with me, but jumps on people when they first come over to my house. How do I break this? I usually put him outside while I answer the door and then let him back in and hold his collar while he says hello to my guest(s). However, I would like for him to be able to remain in the room and be able to control himself from jumping. He doesn't jump on anyone in any other situation. Thank you!
  12. I don't. If I wanted to spend time listing all the items and deciding on a valie for them, I might as well try to sell them in a yard sale or online and actually make some money. I am way too lazy to do that so I drop that stuff off and my brain does a happy dance rejoicing that I never have to see that stuff again. 😁 (Also, we don't have enough expenses to itemize. I still don't think I'd do it if we did itemize.)
  13. You did a fabulous job! I would feel so loved if someone made something like that for me.
  14. I am definitely a less traveled trail person. Not that I don't enjoy walking on a wide path with other people, but most of my hiking happens on trails in which I rarely encounter other people. I have many beautiful places to hike within a couple hours of my house. I don't always have people to hike with who are available when I'm available. So most of my hiking is solo. I do have a dog who always goes with me. I do stick to marked trails, though, because there is rarely ever cell service where I am, so I don't want to get lost. Many people tell me I shouldn't go by myself, and I do realize there is a risk, but I figure I'm more likely to get hurt driving to the trailhead than when I'm on the trail. ETA: Photos of my regular hiking (and snowshoeing) spots. I'm so thankful I live close enough to do these in day trips!
  15. I tend toward minimalism, but my dh likes to keep all.the.things. We have to have some sort of balance, so I hear ya on the storage space. Fortunately, we have some good storage, but I am always going through stuff, culling, and reorganizing. I know I have a problem, but I don't focus well when things aren't organized. It is a joke in our family that Dad wants to keep everything and Mom wants to get rid of everything. It is not a joke that every time my husband can't find something of his, he accuses me of giving it away.
  16. Not nuts at all. My mom had my grandma taking this and it was a game changer. Before the D-Mannose, my grandma constantly got UTI's and was therefore frequently on antibiotics. With the D-Mannose, she had no more UTI's.
  17. Thank you, Amira. I appreciate you taking the time to explain this, because this is information I didn't know.
  18. Quill, I am so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I don't know you personally, but I've always admired you here on the boards. I wish you the best of outcomes! And as for your question, which has probably already been answered well, it's your journey, do it however you want and don't worry what anyone else thinks.
  19. I greatly appreciate all the replies! I have decided to stick with the dress I have, which is a solid color, has some bling around the neckline, and falls below my knee. It is not a casual dress. I will even be wearing heels, which I rarely ever do. (I'm a flip flop and running shoe kinda gal.) My husband is going to try on a jacket of his brother's. If that doesn't work, we will just go buy a jacket for him. It doesn't stress the budget, but I really don't like spending money on things that will probably never get worn again. (My dress was very inexpensive at Ross. ?) The funny thing is that the invitation did not specify dress, but the website did. If I hadn't looked at the website I would never have thought about it. Now I can focus on more important matters. Ha ha! I have missed the experience of the Hive. I really don't think there is anywhere else with such a great group of people to learn from.
  20. Darn! We have neither. I did buy a new nice dress (not long, but I look nice in it and wore it to another wedding this summer and was dressier than many) and shoes and the hubs has nice slacks, shirt, and tie. Hmmm...
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