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  1. My whole family really loved this recipe (even though two out of three are omnivores): https://minimalistbaker.com/poblano-and-portobello-fajitas/
  2. Here's a terrible confession that I need to make: we have three dogs, and I don't walk them regularly. Only sporadically. Two of the three have health conditions which limit their ability to walk, but they can still do short walks. So even a short walk for each dog (I have to walk them separately, they are far too crazy and excited when you try to walk them together) would still add up to quite a few steps! So I think I'll start with that. Maybe I can walk the healthy dog every day, and alternate days with the other two, or something like that. This time of year it would be easy to spre
  3. Yes, that's exactly what I'm contemplating. I tend to do my designated hour of exercise and then forget about it. I think I need to incorporate more activity into the rest of my day as well.
  4. Ah, so like the article that Kinsa posted, it's more about the intensity than the distance covered? Thank you!
  5. Thank you, that was interesting. I definitely think there is a benefit to getting your heart rate up into that aerobic zone -- I've felt the benefits of that very clearly. So I'm definitely not looking to replace my more intense activities with walking. But wondering if more walking should be an additional goal.
  6. If you walk 10,000 or more steps per day, could you tell me how you accomplish that? Do you set out on a deliberate walk just for the sake of walking? Do you incorporate more walking and less driving into your daily routine? Both? Other? About how many minutes of walking do you think it takes to get 10,000 steps? (By the way, if there has already been a thread about this topic, could you please point me to it? I didn't find one, but that doesn't mean it isn't here.) I was watching a doctor give a speech on YouTube yesterday and he said that people who are sedentary most of the day
  7. I put sautéed veggies in my pasta marinara (or arrabbiata - yum): bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, carrots, anything you like. Somehow it makes it a lot more interesting and filling. Lentils are an interesting idea - I’ll have to try that next time!
  8. Thank you all for your help! I appreciate the information. :) This is a great idea. We have most of our investments with Fidelity, so I will check into their card. Thanks!
  9. Spinning off of the thread about using credit cards to pay bills in order to get the rewards: Which credit cards do you feel offer the best rewards programs? I would be particularly interested in travel-related ones. Are there any airline cards where you can use your points/miles towards a flight you would actually want to take? Because my impression of those is that they have so many “black out dates†that it’s basically worthless. Am I wrong? What about hotel cards, are those better? Or if there are no impressive travel-related ones, what good “general purpose†ones are the
  10. What is your current bedtime routine? Do you do something relaxing (that doesn’t involve a screen) for awhile before bed?
  11. Thanks for the recent replies! So many great ideas! :) I don’t know what I did wrong the first time, but your tofu scramble recipe was delicious, Hornblower! Thank you so much!
  12. As many cosmetics companies as are out there, I'm hoping I'll be able to find something that will work. I just haven't started looking yet because I have been using up what I had already purchased. I'm not willing to compromise on that one because it's just such completely unnecessary cruelty. The safety (and risks) of the ingredients they use has long since been established, so it just seems so pointless to me. I was more worried that I might have to compromise on the shoes, because that's an issue of mobility and functionality, not just appearance. But now that I know there are vegan Bi
  13. Thank you for all the help! This is wonderful!
  14. Thank you, everyone, for all of the great suggestions! I knew you guys would have ideas that I hadn't considered. :001_smile: Eventually I will need new workout shoes too, but I'm going to wear out my current ones. So what I'm in the immediate market for is street shoes, particularly sandals because summer comes early and stays late here, so the weather will be warm in no time. What I'm wearing right now is Clinique "lip chubbies". They are truly fragrance-free. A lot of companies that claim to be fragrance free will still use things like rosemary, mint, or citrus.
  15. Don’t want you guys to think I’m ignoring you. I appreciate the help so much! Will post more ASAP.
  16. Hi Ladies! (and gents?) I was wondering if you could help out this newbie vegan (vegan since August 2017) with two things. The first is suggestions for non-sweet breakfasts. I've been eating oatmeal with berries or Kashi nugget cereal with berries and soy milk, and I'm getting pretty bored with those options! I tried making a tofu scramble as a substitute for eggs once and it was AWFUL. I don't know if I did something wrong or what, but it was super bitter. My only other idea is to keep some tortillas and chile beans and roasted potatoes on hand for a simple breakfast burrito.
  17. I did not know that! In fact, I didn't even know it was possible to become an Orthodox priest without attending an Orthodox seminary. Interesting.
  18. :grouphug: I think my post may have sounded harsher than I meant it to, so I wanted to apologize. It's obvious you love her and just want the best for her! And some layers and thinning are nowhere near as drastic as what my mom did to my hair! Someone else suggested having the stylist talk to her about it first, and I think that's a great idea.
  19. As a person with very unpleasant memories of my mom deceptively giving shorter-than-I-wanted cuts, or forcing me to cut when I didn't want to, I definitely wouldn't recommend it. So instead I would recommend what I wish my mom had done for me: teach her how to braid it.
  20. Yes, all of those things are spread out, miles and miles apart from one another. It's madness, I tell you!
  21. Me too! I grew up in a rural area, so we drove everywhere. But summers I would sometimes stay with a cousin who lived right smack in the middle of a small town. Together we rode bikes to the corner store, to the library, to the park. It was so much fun! Of course part of the fun of it was that it was just the two of us, no boring grown-ups. :D But there is also something very satisfying about getting somewhere you want to go using the power of your own body. I wish I had given my daughter that kind of childhood.
  22. That was me. I didn't mean to imply that he is not Orthodox, just that he doesn't represent Orthodoxy. There are extremists in any church. I don't think we can judge the entire church by one random extremist, that's what I was trying to get at. I *do* however think it's fair to judge the church by its priests. They do represent the church. They've gone to seminary, they are supervised by their bishops. They are the "face" of the church in the day to day experience of the parishioners.
  23. About the issue of the amount of time it takes, I think that really goes back to the point that most communities were built around cars. I mean, if you live in a place that was designed with pedestrians in mind (or retroactively changed with pedestrians in mind, like the article Bluegoat linked to about Arlington), then you spend x minutes walking to the store. If you live in a more typical car-based, spread out place, then you spend x minutes driving to the store. Either way, we're going to spend a significant chunk of our day moving from point A to point B. The question is how we want to
  24. That was an excellent article. Thank you for sharing it!
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