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  1. I really like the THM Stevia the best. My version of moonshine is a half a cup of strawberries give or take, a Tablespoon of Braggs Apple Cider vinegar, 2 Tablespoons of Lime Juice, 3 donks (the little spoon that comes with THM Stevia) and a tsp. of ginger. To this I add about a cup of water and a cup of ice and off to the Ninja it goes. When it's done I add more water and ice to fill the largest cup that came with my Ninja which I think is a quart. I love this in the summer. I have given up my diet coke habit and find when I have some again I can't seem to control my cravings. That has been a surprise to me. I have tried some of the other sweetener blends from THM and the grocery store but I find they all have an after taste. If you have a dog, remember anything with xyletol is highly poisonous to them. If you want a good breakfast smoothie recipe, I use a half a banana, 1/2 cup light cottage cheese, 1/2 cup soy milk, 1 cup almond milk, 2 Tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 scoop of THM Pristine Whey powder, 4 donks of Stevia, a large handful of fresh spinach and ice. It is so smooth and creamy and best of all chocolaty and you don't taste the spinach. Just thought I would throw that out this out their if you are looking for something for a breakfast on the go. It's my vitamin in a cup.
  2. Thank you everyone for weighing in on what to do. I decided to try the orthotics and see how it goes. The flare up has died down a lot thanks to the cortisone shots but I don't want it to come back and I am starting to feel some twinges again a few weeks out. If the orthotics don't work then maybe I will try the barefoot route. A homeschooling student who loved to go barefoot said that's the way God made you so it must be good. She may have had a point! I just hate going barefoot.
  3. I so feel for you. I had to take my sweet golden a few years ago. As hard as it was, I was so glad I was with her to the very end. The vet was great and gave me the last appointment of the day and came out to the car. We have a mini van so I climbed in the back with her and wrapped her in my arms. Her passing was very peaceful. She had cancer and I knew she was suffering. I hope your vet will come out to your car so you don't have to go in. I also paid in advance so I didn't have to deal with the bill afterwards.
  4. My dog never learned her lesson when it came to skunks and the current one has already had one run in. I now keep a half gallon of peroxide on hand at all times!
  5. My husband and I discussed it once upon a time. We are both greenhouse growers and have a lot of experience in the industry so having a garden center would have been an easy step for us. In the end after some soul searching we decided we just wanted to lock the door at the end of the day and go home with no worries or work and be able to go on vacations, etc.
  6. After limping through life for six months, I finally went to see a podiatrist for help with my Plantar Fasciitis. I have maxed out the cortizone shots which have given me total relief for a few weeks but then I can feel the pain starting to return. The doctor said I have two choices for the next step. The first is a custom orthodic and the second is PT. Anyone have any experience with either? Did it work? Either way it is going to cost me but I am ready to pay the price to get off my backside and get up and going again.
  7. Sending the biggest hugs available. I think you made the right decision but it still doesn't make it any easier. Still miss my last golden. They are the best.
  8. The hydrogen peroxide and baking soda with dawn dish detergent is better than tomato sauce. If you can somehow hold a towel over the dogs eyes it will help keep the mix out. It is definitely a two to three person job. Don't wait to long to wash the dog as the skunk oil sinks into the skin. I made the mistake of leaving the dog on the deck for the night and bathing her in the morning. She reeked for weeks. i feel your pain.
  9. Have you checked the washing machine? I tend to put mine on top of the laundry basket as I cart it up and down stairs, and it tends to sink down in to the laundry. I found it one day in the bottom of the washing machine after it went through the whole wash cycle. It came out with a nice curve to it after being spun dry. It still turned on but that was about as far as it went. It was a very sad day.
  10. We went about five years ago and there are a couple of things that I wish I had known before we went. The first one is that it gets really chilly at night in places in the southwest. It was 105 degrees the first week of May when we landed in Phoenix and froze in the low twenties at the Grand Canyon. I wish we had brought coats, hats and mittens. We survived but did some shivering. Another thing I took note of was the total lack of places to eat and bathroom facilities. I would recommend buying food for picnics and never passing up a restroom opportunity. There are no bushes to duck behind out there. We had rented an RV and were very grateful that we had a bathroom on board and a way to prepare meals. We found the RV a great way to travel. We rented from Cruise America and have had good luck with them a couple of times now. Cell phone service and internet is far and few between out there. We spent a bit of time in the one McDonalds we found so we could find out where the campgrounds where. As a previous posted mentioned, it is very dry out there and drinking a lot of water is a must so make sure your well stocked. Have a blast. Our family did.
  11. Dave Ramsey has a great curriculum for teens. There of videos with it and he can be very entertaining while being really informative. I taught if at a homeschool coop and the parents all told me their kids learned quite a bit from it plus it opened up a lot of great conversations in the homes.
  12. I have a sign in my bedroom that says "Don't cry because it is over. Smile because it happened." That has been my mantra as my kids have left the nest over the last couple of years. And, yes I did shed numerous tears.
  13. I have been on Celexa, Zoloft and am now on Paxel. I had a terrible time with Celexa. It sent my anxiety through the roof instead of helping it showing me how someone could commit suicide on an SSRI. I stopped taking it after a week and went back to my normal anxious state immediately. Next they tried Zoloft and it helped so so but I also added 20 pounds on it. I was on it for a couple of years and then weaned off because I felt pretty good. I did great for about 15 years and then the anxiety settled in again. I had been warned menopause would probably stir up my General Anxiety Disorder and it did. I started Paxil and had relief within a couple of days instead of weeks. It was awesome to finally feel at peace. Main side effect has again been 20 pounds before I managed to put the breaks on. While I feel much better on the Paxil, I am constantly craving food especially carbs. It is a constant mental battle not to give in to the cravings that after two years I am getting tired of. The Paxil also makes me feel very complacent. I just can't seem to get excited about much. I am thinking by next spring my life might be settled enough to try weaning off it but when I started it, it was a godsend. Make it clear to your daughter that she has to be open and honest with her doctor about how she is feeling so they can properly manage her medication. Also warn her that it may take time to find the right dose, medication, etc. Paxil worked quick for me but Zoloft took a while. I would also continue with the cognitive behavior specialist. I think counseling helped me more than any medication. If your daughter doesn't seem to be making good strides with the councelor, then it is time to try another one. I stayed with one for to long because I kept thinking it was me who wasn't getting better. She moved so I had to switch to a new one. The second one had me feeling better in no time because she was the right fit for me. One last note. I see your daughter is 17. Once she is 18 the doctor or therapist won't talk to you anymore unless she signs a paper at their offices stating that they can. As soon as she gets close to 18 talk to her about signing so you can help to continue to manage her health care.
  14. Another vote for Bar Harbor Maine and Acadia National Park. There is so much to do there especially if you have kids. The scenery is so unique and just beautiful. We go back every year because we just love it. Another great choice is the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. This is where I live. Plenty of swimming and hiking. Close to the White Mountains. You can also take a cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee or a Gondoloa ride to the top of Canon Mtn. or the Cog railway up Mt. Washington.
  15. The airport in Sedona is a great place to go to watch the setting sun light up all the red rocks. It is very pretty. There are a lot of shops in Sedona that carry unique things. Granted you probably can't afford any of it but it is really fun to look. We enjoyed Walnut Canyon near Flagstaff and seeing how the indians lived in the walls of the canyon back in the day. If you want to do extra driving, we loved Monument Valley but don't go with out reservations for the night as lodging is few and far between. Can't help with restaurants as we rented an rv and did all our own cooking.
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