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  1. It could be fun to go off-the-wall with something that goes well with chocolate - like Strawberry.
  2. What's been vetoed? We have a tendency to go with regular people names for pets instead of the usual "Coco", etc.
  3. If they planned an outdoor wedding but made no back-up plans for inclement weather, that's on them, and attire expectations are out the window. Dress for weather rather than the occassion.
  4. None of our kids have sensory issues, so we make very few exceptions. Lunch is fend for yourself (except the one who is too young for that) and start with the leftovers. They do get the opportunity suggest dinners, but snacking instead of eating meals is not allowed. We've been having problems with our 14 yo on this lately. He has impulse control issues (ADHD), so we know where it stems from for him. However, since we only have the older kids every other weekend, he has 2 very different food environments, and there isn't much we can really do.
  5. Somebody else suggested walnut for the butcher block - that would go better with grays. You can also find grayed tones for wood finish for cabinets.
  6. Video games and inane youtubers. The 8th grader is at that unfortunate stage of trying too hard, so whatever is popular. The 7th grader loves reading, but I can't get him only books.
  7. Sheesh, it is time to start thinking about this, isn't it? Our oldest (18) and youngest (almost 4) are easy. It's the middle 2 I have no ideas about. 7th & 8th grade boys. The stuff they really want is too expensive. They are not athletic/outdoorsy. Magazine subscriptions? Clothes? I'm at a loss.
  8. Color scheme tip - hit the paint chips at the store. They often have scheme suggestions on the back or you can go monochrome with the shades from one strip.
  9. We like this Cabbage Roll Soup. Brown 1 lb ground beef (or pork). Add 1 large diced onion and 1 chopped small head of cabbage. Cover and cook, stirring occassionally, about 10 minutes. Add a 46 oz can tomato juice, 4 cups beef broth, 3/4 cup rice, 1-2 tbsp worcestershire, 8 cloves garlic, 1 tsp thyme, 1 tbsp paprika, salt & pepper to taste. Simmer 30 minutes, or until rice is done. Our other favorite is French Onion soup. I wish my hubby was on board with having soup more often. I just enjoy soup a lot more than he does.
  10. We have a teen wih ADHD and depression issues. The first ssri was no good for him, but the second has helped. I have anxiety issues that look like I tried a little of everything off the anxiety alphabet buffet as well as depression. I've been on a few different rx over the years with mixed results; I'm currently on one that works pretty well with no noticeable side effects. Unfortunately, trial & error is just the nature of it until we iron out a better way. The doctor's plan sounds quite reasonable, and medication combined with CBT is generally considered the most effective tr
  11. Birkenstocks are great if you can afford them. They are even trendy right now. I have a few pairs of $5 ballet flats from walmart that I use inserts with. I can't do any sort of heel anymore myself, even wedges. The Dr. Scholls inserts where you stand on the footmap thing are worth every penny to me.
  12. Yipes! I have ink, and would generally say that teachers can too. This guy has taken it too far though. Especially with the eyes. Modeling such a dangerous judgement call for young kids is not ok.
  13. Idk about on the WTM forums, but The Mighty is a support group site for chronic illness/mental illness/rare diseases.
  14. The real answer is both, but if I have to choose one - Harry Potter.
  15. I'm also not sure why so many are assuming that learning the names of shapes, etc. means drilling? Playful activities and books are great ways to teach kids those concepts. Ds is just ready to move beyond the basics. He WANTS to. As I've stated, 10 minutes is all I'm looking for. She can't stay still long enough to eat 1/2 of a sandwich; playdoh is the only thing that I've seen keep her occupied for 5 whole minutes. It would be insanity to give her scissors without direct supervision. ~~ The trouble is keeping her on her own activity while we do something else because ds gets annoyed
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