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  1. I made this last night and it was very good. https://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/brownie-cheesecake-low-carb-and-gluten-free/

    Instead of making the chocolate sauce, I made this raspberry sauce to go with it, but reduced the cornstarch amount and used swerve instead of sugar. https://thesaltymarshmallow.com/raspberry-sauce/

    I am the only one that eats keto in our house, but this is a dessert we all could enjoy, including my gluten free ds.

    If anyone else has a favorite keto recipe to share, please do!

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  2. 5 minutes ago, Ktgrok said:

    Puppy mill or scam. 

    Also, tea cup puppies are incredibly unhealthy as a rule - dogs are not supposed to be that small. With that tiny size comes hydrocephalus, dental issues, liver issues, etc. Toy is a thing - tea cup is just a marketing gimmick for runt sized dogs. 

    I really thought it was unlikely that they could be healthy, if they were even real. And even if they were, I’d be afraid I’d step on the poor thing or sit on it or something. But, they do really look cute.

  3. Well, my dd is heading to University of Richmond this fall and we are so relieved and happy about it. 🙂 Richmond has given her fantastic financial aid and we’re also hoping for a scholarship that would eliminate the loan part of the aid, but we’ll see.

    She really wanted a small to medium sized liberal arts school with a strong business and a classics department and that’s what she got. She had also been considering nursing at the beginning of this process and applied to a number of schools to keep that option open. In order for schools to be in our range of affordability, they had to either be in-state public schools (we have a 529 prepaid tuition plan for her) or schools that meet full need AND are generous in their calculation of need. She applied to:

    College of William & Mary - received a cypher letter (Likely letter)

    University of Virginia (Nursing) - accepted with fantastic FA 

    Christopher Newport University (Honors College) - accepted with honors scholarship

    University of Alabama - Huntsville (Honors College/Direct admit Nursing) - Accepted with full tuition scholarship

    University of Notre Dame - Rejected. This was a heartbreak and tough to handle because she had to wait quite awhile before she had other acceptances that she really wanted and it left us doubting whether she was going to get into any of the private schools she had applied to.

    College of the Holy Cross - We’ll never know, because we have to withdraw her app, but this was another top contender for her. They have an amazing Classics department and offer a four year full tuition scholarship for a Classics major that she applied for.

    James Madison University (Honors College/Nursing) - Will withdraw her application

    Franklin & Marshall - Will withdraw application, but this was another school that was very interesting to her due to it’s cool location in Lancaster and it’s strong classics and business offerings.


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  4. We had a similar situation here as my dd applied to colleges this year. I cannot now remember whether it is on the FAFSA or just the CSS profile that you can note things like this. I did go ahead and note our change in income, though I did receive advice not to do that until after my dd was accepted to college since our lower income might impact her admission chances. I was told it might be better to appeal FA after admission. In the end, I chose to just report it and hope that “need blind” schools wouldn’t axe her because of our income. She was accepted to a need blind school and has received fantastic financial aid. We just got her aid package today and were able to go ahead and place her enrollment deposit.

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  5. On 2/4/2020 at 3:15 PM, Alice said:

    I went to University of Richmond. I also grew up in Richmond. I loved UR and thought it was a great experience. I’ll share my thoughts, with the caveat that it is all from a long time ago so things may have changed quite a bit.

    I was on a full scholarship (not from UR, a separate private scholarship). I also had a lot of friends on scholarship as I was in a honors/scholars program. I never really felt like most of my friends or people I knew were wealthy. I am definitely not from a wealthy upbringing. I knew going into college that I had to get a scholarship or likely wouldn’t go to school. I honestly can say it was never an issue for me while there. 

    Most of the students do come from outside Virginia. When I was there (and I think it’s still about the same even though that was a long time ago now), many people were from New Jersey or New England because relatively speaking UR was much more affordable than the schools up there. 

    UR is very much a campus school. We spent very little time off campus and being in the West End really doesn’t impact life.  There is the city (which is way more hip and arty than when I grew up or lived in Richmond) but you will have to have a car to go downtown. You kind of have to drive to go anywhere, so being in the West End doesn’t make things cost more. There is a Greek system and when I was there frat parties were a big thing on the weekends, but not the only thing by any stretch of the imagination. Rush happens in the spring so you have the whole fall to make friends before you join a sorority (or don’t). There are also no sorority houses (at least there weren’t then) so it was kind of just another club. My roommate for most of my time (sophomore through senior year) was in a different sorority than me and our other two roommates were not in the Greek system. 

    I was a Biology and Chemistry double major. I had a fantastic experience. I had a lot of friends who went to UVA or W&M and I got into both of them but chose UR for various reasons. When I talked to them and compared our experiences in the sciences, I felt like I had a much more personal experience. At the time, the only large classes I had were freshman bio and chem. Everything else was small. I was able to do fairly significant undergraduate research for three years and two summers. I got paid during the summers for the research. Because there were no grad students, I basically just approached the Biochem professor and asked him I could work with him and he said yes. I knew all my professors really well. We would go to their houses for dinners. One of the Chem professors had us to his lake house every summer, we would all as a department go tubing on the James River. We had Tshirts made one summer and all went to Kings Dominion together (with the professors). I went to Florida with several professors and some other students over Spring Break one year to present at a national conference. Yes, all very geeky...but heaven for me. 

    Because of the honors program I was in, I was able to take upper level classes in a lot of other departments and had great experiences in Studio Art, Theater, English (I had enough credits for a minor but not the right classes) and Women’s Studies. 

    My roommate was almost exactly the opposite, as far as majors, a Art History, English and Women’s Studies major. She had similar relationships with professors in her fields. I knew other people who had similar experiences in Physics, Math, Psychology, Sociology. 

    It’s a great school. I’d be happy if my kids when there. It doesn’t have nursing though, so that is a definite downside if she is interested in going that route. 



    Thank you so much, Alice! She interviewed yesterday and will find out soon. It’s been one of her very top choices from the beginning, but since we hadn’t heard anything from them until last week (and homeschoolers need to be invited to interview), we had assumed she wasn’t being considered. In preparing for the interview, she was reminded of all the things she loves about the school. The interview went well, so we’ve got our fingers crossed. If she gets in, that’s where she’s going.

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  6. On my dd’s transcript at the beginning of the year, I included her senior year courses like this:

    Great Books           (12th)

    For the mid year report, I updated classes that were done or had a semester or final grade for her fall CC classes:

    Great Books.            (A)

    I have a key on the transcript that originally said classes in (. ) were in progress.

    Since some of the classes were semester classes that were completed by the time I submitted my mid year report, I changed the key to say classes in (. ) were senior year classes. For second semester CC classes, I left the courses with the (12th). For all others, I put in the final grade if the course was over or the midterm grade if it was a year long class.

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  7. 2 hours ago, May said:

    My neighbor is from Richmond. I’ll ask her about it when they get home later. The only thing negative I’ve heard about the school is the location, as in not being in a very good part of Richmond. I have no first hand knowledge though. Oldest daughter graduated from JMU. She wanted to go to grad school there but got a full ride scholarship to GMU and they wouldn’t match it. UVA has a beautiful campus and I haven’t heard of anyone not liking it. It seems to be a huge legacy school, at least in NOVA.

    Thank you, May! Wow on the full ride scholarship at GMU. Too bad JMU wouldn’t match it, but I hope your dd will be happy with Mason. UVA does have a beautiful campus and I know many are happy there but I’ve also heard a lot of negative stories and have known a number of students that went there and have been pretty unhappy. I’m trying not to influence my dd with my fears about that and she did attend a summer program there for many years, so she is familiar with the campus. 

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  8. 1 hour ago, 8FillTheHeart said:

    Nursing and not are 2 pretty radical decisions.  What does she see herself majoring in? At UVA if she changed her mind, she would have the entire offering available, but at UR she can't pursue nursing.

    FWIW, I don't about UR from the perspective of a college student, but my ds had multiple things that were based on UR's campus and we knew many adult UR grads.  There is definitely a lot of $$ there. I have no idea about the culture, though.   My kids have appreciated having close friend groups who did things on a budget. My dd is always cognizant of asking her friends to do things b/c so many of them have tighter budgets than she does.  For example, Wicked was on her campus this past week.  She desperately wanted to go.  She only mentioned it in passing to several of her friends and specifically talked a couple who she knew could afford tickets. And, dd is on a tight budget.  So, I can see it might cause some problems unless she finds a good cohort of kids who live on a tight budget.

    The main thing about UR is its location in the West End.  That is where the $$ is in the area.  UR itself is not in a convenient location and requires driving.  Short Pump is not too terribly far, but definitely requires driving.

    I agree. She has a wide range of interests and has been having trouble nailing down what direction she wants to go in for a career. To me, if she is not absolutely positive that she wants to go in the nursing direction, then that should be out (for now) and that seems to be the direction she is leaning, with the thought that she could always do a BS to BSN program later if she changes her mind. Not the most efficient route, but the one that may make the most sense for her.

    Richmond is actually the better choice for her other areas of interest, I think.

    I’m not sure how to weed through the impact of what her financial situation will be on her experience at Richmond, but I appreciate your comments. Thank you.

    When you say the West End is a wealthy area, do you mean that it is going to be expensive to do things there? I was surprised to discover that 82% of the students at UR come from outside of Virginia.

  9. 4 minutes ago, gardenmom5 said:

    as for "social life" - -a lot of that is what the student seeks out.  My girls attended a school known for their drinking.  (rural, frats . . . .)  neither drink, both made friends with others who didn't drink and their social life was fine while getting a top notch education.

    does she want to do nursing, or something else?  that will have an impact on her choice.

    I think you are right about the social stuff. I’m just really wanting reassurances. I think she is really leaning against nursing as her undergrad degree. I think she wants more time to explore and discover her other areas of interest and was thinking she could always fulfill many of the prerequisites for nursing during that time and then do a BS to BSN program if that is what she decides she really wants to do.

  10. Does anyone here have experience with this school or know someone that does? This school has been at the top of my daughter’s list but she just unexpectedly was accepted into the University of Virginia’s nursing school. Plus we also recently visited James Madison and she really loved it.

    Basically, she needs to decide in the next few days because she switched her application to early decision II for Richmond. She could withdraw her application or switch to regular decision prior to decision releases. After decisions come out, she is contractually obligated to attend Richmond. Academics at Richmond are great as long as she decides against nursing for her undergraduate. It is more the social life I am wondering about. I keep reading about the wealth of many of the students and we are not wealthy. It would only be possible for her to attend because they offer such great financial aid.

    I’d love to hear any thoughts about Richmond, positive or negative, that I can pass along to her.

    ETA: The things she loves about Richmond are:

    Beautiful campus

    small liberal arts college

    opportunities to take classes in any area, including business and fine arts, which are often limited at other schools

    the students we met all seemed very nice

    academics are strong

    classes in all of her languages are offered

  11. I guess the main reason I bring up the wealth is because I don’t know if it will leave my dd left out because she wouldn’t be able to afford to do things the other kids are doing? She does have a substantial savings from working over the last couple of years, but I’d hate to see her pressured to blow through it so that she can socialize. Right now, she is very frugal and saves most of her money. I’m not going to be able to give her a lot of spending money.

  12. 1 hour ago, dmmetler said:

    How comfortable is she in cities? Richmond is a lot bigger/more urban than Harrisonburg or Charlottesville, and you don't have to get far off campus for that to be very apparent.  And yes, at least when I was a kid, Richmond got a lot of their students from private, more affulent schools, so there was a dichotomy between students picking Richmond vs VCU (for example). Having said that, UVA gets a lot of the more affulent, private school crowd, due to being a public ivy. 

    Thank you!

    We have visited all of these schools. She instantly disliked VCU because of it’s placement in the middle of the city. She loves the URichmond campus because it is actually in the suburbs. That being said, she loves to go to NYC, so it’s not about being uncomfortable in the city. She just wants a campus that feels like a campus and not just a part of the city. She really has wanted a smaller liberal arts college with a close-knit community. That’s what UR advertises, but I’m wondering if that’s really the experience, at least the close-knit part.

    This is really just me starting to question this because of her acceptance at UVA. The nursing school has a very low admissions rate and we were not feeling confident at all about her getting in. I guess I’m really just looking for reassurance that UR will be a good experience before she passes on UVA. Thanks for your thoughts!


  13. Does anyone here have experience with this school or know someone that does? This school has been at the top of my daughter’s list but she just unexpectedly was accepted into the University of Virginia’s nursing school. Plus we also recently visited James Madison and she really loved it.

    Basically, she needs to decide in the next few days because she switched her application to early decision II for Richmond. She could withdraw her application or switch to regular decision prior to decision releases. After decisions come out, she is contractually obligated to attend Richmond. Academics at Richmond are great as long as she decides against nursing. It is more the social life I am wondering about. I keep reading about the wealth of many of the students and we are not wealthy. It would only be possible for her to attend because they offer such great financial aid.

    I’d love to hear any thoughts about Richmond, positive or negative, that I can pass along to her.

  14. I printed the unofficial college transcript (since I had direct access to it) and wrote “official transcript will be provided upon acceptance” and uploaded it along with my transcript. So unless someone asks for more than that, I figured we’d only pay to send the official transcript to the whatever college she winds up attending.

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  15. 41 minutes ago, cintinative said:


    Where did he do Ominbus? Veritas or WHA or self-paced?  We did GC1 at WHA last year (for my oldest) but I really felt like he needed writing from someone other than me. Also he was missing a lot of the broader themes, etc. due to his age and maturity. He could read the books, but not necessarily enjoy them.

    I was hoping to put my oldest in TPS' Medieval/Renn/Reformation history/lit and comp next year but when I emailed for a list of the books read in full versus excepts it was really surprising how much they were reading (just for the lit side).  I have another thread on here about that though.  😃

    It was a local class. There were two or three papers a year. I’ll post the reading list for the years he did below.

    It’s okay if he is missing some of the broader themes,. I’m betting most students do. The idea is to prepare them to be able to read and analyze on a high level, but it is a process. I’m not going to say my kids have enjoyed everything they’ve read in these classes, but they have always been fortunate to have some other engaged students in the class with them, which really helps, I think.

    I think focusing on raising those reading levels is the most important thing I did for my ds. He had a pretty average looking transcript in that he didn’t take any AP or DE classes or have any awards other than for Eagle Scout and his volunteer work, We stuck mostly with the basics and he met the normal requirements for a high school diploma. He really stands out in this area in college now and he stood out at another local coop in 11th and 12th because he has strong reading, writing and math skills. Many of the other students he’s got in his classes have struggled because they have not been challenged to read difficult material. It’s been a major confidence booster for him. My ds has really struggled with things when compared to my dd, and he does have some lds, but he really shines now because of all the work he did in high school.

    As far as writing goes, I always preferred an outside writing class as well. I found it really tough to work with my kids on that. My ds took IEW classes locally through middle school and then we floundered a bit. The type of writing he did in 11th and 12th was similar to what Sue Ellen encourages in answering the discussion questions. It involves making a claim, supporting it with an example from the reading (a quote) and then explaining/analyzing, This is an important and great skill to develop but it takes time. It is the key to writing papers with substance and goes beyond just focusing on style and structure. It’s about making strong arguments.

    I’m not sure any of this is helpful to you because every kid is different, but this is my experience with my ds, who I thought would always be hindered by his lds and never able to write papers in college. It doesn’t sound like that is the case for your boys at all. I’m just trying to illustrate how really focusing and putting time into the basics helped him. He was accepted at every college he applied to — GMU, CNU, UMW, etc. Mostly state schools, nothing super selective, but all good solid schools. He wound up with a 29 ACT score, but his reading score was a 34 or 35.

    Here’s the reading list. It’s probably got fewer books each year than some of the online classes.

    Omnibus I:  Ancient Cultures 
    Required summer reading: George Orwell’s Animal Farm
    Unit I: George Orwell’s Animal Farm -- the power of language & introduction to the Paideia discussion method
    Unit II:  Homer’s The Iliad & Odyssey -- the oral tradition, story structure, heroic themes
    Unit III:  Herodotus & Thucydides (selected readings) -- transition to the written tradition, the beginnings of the study of history 
    Unit IV:  Plutarch, Livy & Suetonius (selected readings) -- moral biographies, comparisons, studies of character 
    Unit V:  Vergil’s Aeneid -- creating a composite history; the written epic, the secondary epic 

    Omnibus II:  Medieval and Renaissance 

    Required summer reading:  Famous Men of the Middle Ages
    Unit I: Introduction to the Paidaea method, Medieval drama -- Everyman -- a medieval morality play
    Unit II: Bulfinch’s Age of Charlemagne -- the Song of Roland -- introduction to the Middle Ages:  the rise of education, culture 
    Unit III:  Beowulf (Trans. Seamus Heaney) -- Anglo-Saxon England, Old English, the heroic epic continued, the Dark Ages   transition from pagan to Christian culture 
    Unit IV:  Bulfinch’s Age of Chivalry, (the Arthurian Legends) -- the heroic quest, the Crusades, Saxon England continued,   Norman England, Chretien de Troyes
    Unit V:  Dante’s Divine Comedy -- feudal Italy, the beginnings of the Renaissance, classical allusions, courtly love continued
    Unit VI:  Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (selected readings) -- the triumph of Middle English, the tumultuous 14th century, William  Caxton brings the printing press in England, the pilgrimage, the romance, classical allusions, Medieval drama
    Unit VII:  Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet -- early Modern English, blank verse, iambic pentameter, rhymed couplets, Pyramus  and Thisbe, Elizabethan drama




  16. 1 hour ago, cintinative said:


    You are right of course but I am scared to experiment with a kid when it counts for a college transcript. 

    This is not a reason to avoid it IMO. I would avoid it if you think it will be too much for your kids, but I really wouldn’t miss it because of fear of a grade on the college transcript. (My thought as the Mom of one in college and one applying to college right now. I would have had the same fears as you when my kids were younger too, but I can now see how unfounded they were.)

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  17. And I want to say that this class would have taken my ds a ton of time had I put him in it in 9th grade. He could have done it and it would have been good for him, but I would have had to really pare down his schedule and I probably would have had to help him, especially with the writing. Keep in mind this class is worth at least a full literature credit AND a history credit. Sue Ellen also says you can give a composition credit. 

    Instead, he took an Omnibus class in 9th that included heavy reading but MUCH less writing than the GB class and then in 11th and 12th took a Literature class that had him doing tons of reading (that was easy for him after a couple of years of the Omni class) and tons of writing that he was much more ready to do at that point. He always struggled horribly with writing when he was younger and now he’s in college and easily cranking out really good papers. It amazes me. 

    And my dd who loves GB, took AP English in 9th and loved the class BUT spent an absolutely crazy ridiculous amount of time on the class. Very stressful because she had way too many hours of schoolwork that year. That was a big mistake on my part.

    I see your boys are taking TPS classes and I know those are very good sound preparation as well.


  18. My dd is in the class and it takes her about 5 hours a week, which is about as long as I believe Sue Ellen expects it to take. I think if your child has done a lot of reading over the years and isn’t new to writing, and isn’t especially young for the class, 5 hours is on target. My dd did spend extra time when she first started the class getting acclimated to the writing requirements, which are fairly heavy. The teacher is scaling back a little on the writing requirements in my dd’s class due to some students feeling the workload is too heavy. Some students are happy about that and others are not, but anyone who wants to keep up with the current amount of writing can still continue to.

    Look at the books and see if they are ones you think your student will enjoy. My dd’s classmates are very active and engaged in the class and most seem to really enjoy the material, but some of that will depend on the luck of the draw, of course. I can honestly say this has been the best and most worthwhile class my dd has taken in all her years of homeschooling. Sue Ellen invests a tremendous amount into offering something really special, IMO. She has also been absolutely wonderful about writing college recommendations for my dd. She has written a number of them and has done them very promptly after my dd has asked, which is a huge blessing to us with all the other stress that goes on with college applications.


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  19. I was just there a few weeks with my kids for skiing. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express. We checked out the college while we were there, but spent most of our time at the ski resort, so I really can’t recommend things to see beyond that. We were impressed with how nice the area was. Very pretty surrounded by all the mountains.

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