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About LadyR

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    Mom to one professional ballet dancer and one NASCAR fan.
  1. I'm 55 and I wear leggins and skinny jeans BUT I do wear them with longer shirts. "Boyfriend" jeans are popular and I think those are cute when styled with the right shirt & shoes. If you google boyfriend jeans you'll see what I mean. They're sort of like mom jeans but it's all in the styling, I think.
  2. I just switched from Venus to the Target brand 5 blade razor because it cost less and was surprised that it worked just as well as Venus, maybe even better. What has made a HUGE difference for me is using an exfoliating glove in the shower before shaving. I use it with a bit of Aveeno Baby Cleansing Therapy Moisturizing Wash, which I then also use to shave. It's super gentle and makes your skin feel silky. No more same day stubble.
  3. I always take a measuring tape with me when I am shopping for carry-on luggage. I have found that the listed dimensions on the tag do NOT usually include handles and wheels. I remember when a passenger was about to board a plane and they asked him to step aside. They tested his carry-on by placing it into a container they had and it didn't quite fit. They wouldn't let him take it onto the plane. Always better to be safe than sorry. If you have a lot of clothes you are trying to pack into a carry-on, maybe small vacuum storage bags would help. We've used them in regular size luggage
  4. The Travel Berkey is the same stainless steel system as the Big Berkey, just smaller. I read that each filter should last 3000 gallons, so two should have lasted for 6000 gallons. But even if it is 1000, I had used less than 300 gallons so it's really strange why they failed so soon. I do clean the whole system pretty often, taking everything apart and scrubbing inside and out and re-prime the filters.
  5. It seems like that may have happened with the first filters that became smelly and cloudy. I keep the canisters very clean so not sure how it happened. With the 2nd set of filters, the water was coming out clean and tasted fine but when I did the red dye test today I found that neither filter was actually working. We have pretty good tap water with just a bit of chlorine. I didn't detect any chlorine but if the red dye is coming through then, according to the Berkey website, the filters are not working properly. I'm wondering how long this has been going on because although I clean the s
  6. It's a travel Berkey with 2 black filters and 2 fluoride filters. We have very good tap water, not hard, not much chlorine. I contacted Berkey, both the dealer and manufacturer, the first time the filters failed. They had me do several tests but couldn't figure out the problem. They started out perfectly fine but after about 500 gallons the water coming out of the filters was so bad - really foul smelling, cloudy, musty, and undrinkable. The water that was going into the Berkey from the tap was clean. They offered me a discount to replace the filters. When I installed new filters, I di
  7. I've purchased Berkey filters twice (from an authorized dealer) and both times they failed after filtering just a fraction of what they should have. On to something else.... Has anyone tried a Propur pitcher? They claim it removes fluoride and that appeals to me. Any other pitcher suggestions? I would love to see some independent test results of all these water filters to see if they actually hold up to what they claim.
  8. I recently purchased glasses for distance from EyeBuyDirect. I can see crystal clear if I look straight ahead, but for some reason if I look towards the top or bottom of the lens it's a bit wonky. I seem to remember that there may have been an option to choose a better quality lens for a bit more money and if I were to order online again and that was an option, I would definitely choose the best quality. Also, I might try Zenni next time.
  9. Awesome job! That is really stunning! And your dd is beautiful!
  10. I received a notice that I am being considered for Petit Jury Service. In the past I have requested to be excused because of homeschooling but that isn't an issue this time. The truth is I have very limited transportation. We have one car and my (retired) husband now works part time, all different hours and different days. I doubt he would be able to request a schedule that would allow me to have the car during the days and hours I might be required to be on a jury. We are not anywhere near public transportation. Is this a lame excuse to ask to be excused? Or should I just wait to see
  11. Thanks for all the info. One more question. Do you notice a big difference in screen quality in the Kindle compared to your phone? My eyesight isn't that great so I'm wondering if I should save up for a tablet with higher resolution and dpi. I would love the higher screen resolution found in the ipad mini but want to pay a Kindle price. lol
  12. Any problems with android social media apps like facebook and instagram? or Gmail?
  13. Does anyone use a Kindle Fire in which they have downloaded Google APK files to install android apps? How is that working for you? Any lags or other issues?
  14. We do BJU with DVD's and it comes with a printed packet with all the paperwork you need including quizzes, answer keys, AND only those pages of the teacher's manual that have assignments (such as chapter section & chapter review questions) and those answers. The packet doesn't come with the whole teacher's manual, just the pages you need as the facilitator. I never even use these pages because the text is too small for me to see. It's easier for me to download the teacher manual onto my computer and use it that way. I can zoom in and make it easier on my eyes! So for me personally, I
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