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Annie Laurie

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  1. How do I go about finding a math tutor for my 8th grader? He wants to try public school for high school next year, and I need to get him caught up on math. We had issues with math anxiety and a lot of arguing and drama with math, so I took it pretty slow for several years. He's willing to put in the work to get caught up and has gotten better about dealing with frustration. We've been using Lial's Basic College Math, which some of my other kids have used in the past, and I really like it. However, I feel like I'm not keeping us on a fast enough pace, and that following the textbook will be too slow to have him caught up by the end of the school year. He loves science and needs to catch up in math so he can advance in science, as well as being ready for high school in the fall. Are Sylvan and Kumon type places worth the money and time, or would we be better off trying to find a college kid or other private tutor with good references?
  2. I have a long history of GERD and it always feels like a burning pain to me. I spent years chewing Tums all the time, which I later read, can actually make stomach acid issues worse over time. It got so bad several years ago, when I was at my highest weight ever, that I was having these painful "attacks" at night and would wake up in pain so bad I would spend a few hours laying on the living room floor on my left side praying for it to pass, and I would usually end up vomiting a lot and then eventually feel better. It started happening more and more frequently so I drastically changed my diet, out of fear of being in that much pain. I started eating only a few, very bland things each day, like plain oatmeal with some sliced banana, apples, lean meats, and veggies. I avoided wheat and dairy to see if that was an issue for me, and anything fatty or acidic. I ate small portions and chewed my food very well and didn't eat for 3 hours before bedtime. I drank a lot of ginger tea. I avoided tomatoes, strawberries, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, fatty foods, citrus fruits, and peppermint. That got it under control, and I lost about 20 pounds. After that I slowly added food back in. I was on a PPI for a couple of years and was finally able to take myself off it. The best I was ever at, as far as my GERD, was last year when I ate extremely "clean" for body building reasons, and I ate tons of veggies and lean protein and very little sugar. I've been off PPIs for a year or two now and I've noticed if I don't eat enough veggies I start having GERD issues again. I think the vegetable enzymes help a lot with digestion. Triggers may be different for everyone, but alcohol, chocolate, and strawberries are big ones for me. Also, not drinking enough water. I've learned now that if I start having symptoms, drinking a lot of water helps. I've been to a gastroenterologist and had an endoscopy. I didn't have H Pylori.
  3. Lots of soup recipes for the crockpot are easy and good, I often wing it and dump in chicken or ground turkey and/or beans and whatever veggies and herbs I have on hand, along with broth and maybe some small pasta or rice toward the end. We make this crockpot lentil recipe a lot. http://pinchofyum.com/crockpot-red-lentil-curry Buffalo chicken in the crockpot for salads or sandwiches- put in 6-8 raw chicken breasts, or I often use thighs because they don't get dry, and add /2 c Frank’s Wing Sauce, 1/4 c yellow mustard, and 1/4 c apple cider vinegar. Cook on high for 5 hours (my crockpot runs high and it's more like 4 hours for mine). Salmon with roasted veggies- easy to throw salmon in a foil lined baking pan and drizzle evoo or butter on it, season it and toss it in the oven. This recipe always comes out moist and flavorful. http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/baked-salmon Then toss veggies with evoo and sea salt and pepper on a baking sheet and roast at 400 toward the end. We love roasted broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and asparagus especially, but carrots, green beans, and potatoes are great roasted too. This is one of my family's favorite meals. http://foodlove.com/crispy-black-bean-tacos-with-avocado-lime-dipping-sauce/ It might seem like a lot of work because there are several steps, but I find having no meat to deal with makes it faster, I often make a big batch of the black beans ahead of time when I have some spare time, and then I assembly line the taco making by cooking big batches on my large griddle. Also, I put my kids to work, usually one will volunteer to make the dipping sauce. Also, if your family likes eggs, I find that to be a fast and easy standy. I scramble or poach a bunch of eggs and then have lots of fresh toppings to choose from- chives, diced tomatoes, roasted red peppers (from a jar to save time), crumbled goat cheese, etc. Frittata is another favorite here, and it's so quick. This is our favorite, though I don't like the sweet taste of coconut milk, so I can't vouch for the taste of it with the coconut milk, I just use unsweetened almond milk or whole cow's milk instead. http://callbellsbarbells.com/eat/prosciutto-herb-frittata/ The new Skinnytaste Fast and Slow cookbook is excellent, I've already made several hits from it.
  4. Thanks! My brain is not functioning on so little sleep right now, so I appreciate any help.
  5. My husband had surgery recently and I'm exhausted and haven't been able to keep up, and now I can't print my kids' transcripts, on top of my daughter not getting to complete her Novel in a Year course and being out $312 for a recent group buy. My kids' teachers were excellent and I'm disappointed for them that they're not being paid what they are owed. Landry had no business taking customer's money or hiring teachers they couldn't pay.
  6. Landry Academy is closing. We got an email from my daughter's novel in a year teacher today stating that Landry is now closed. This is in the middle of my daughter's year long class, she is in the middle of writing her novel. What a waste of a semester and we paid for a year and are not getting that. A teacher of one of her semester classes sent an email stating that Landry has not been truthful and I believe that. They had no business taking homeschooling parent's money or hiring teachers they couldn't afford to pay. I assume we will never get the money back from this group buy, I'm out $312 for 6 credits.
  7. Thank you so much! I got busy and haven't been back to this forum for awhile. I have to be to the hospital soon with a family member today, but will come back to this thread as soon as I have time and can think clearly. I appreciate all the help! I don't know a thing about programming, that's why my question is broad, but will give some thought to what we need more specifically and will look at your questions, Lanny, thanks!
  8. Where could my son take online computer programming classes? He is 15 and would need advanced programming classes. He has been mostly self-taught up to this point. This would be for spring semester. ETA: I looked at Landry Academy but the time for advanced Python classes conflicts with his online math class.
  9. You are both making me hungry! I'm putting tacos on my menu for this week.
  10. We put tons of veggies in our tacos too. I love the added texture of shredded cabbage in a taco, especially a fish taco. We love everything else you mentioned on a taco too. Plus pico or salsa or jalapenos.
  11. Novel writing class online Adobe Illustrator class online geometry class online Having a lot of trouble with history and science, and we need to start full time by the 12th.
  12. I love tacos. Any kind of taco. Tacos are a regular dinner here- fish tacos, black bean tacos, chicken tacos. The more spice and the more stuff in there, the better. I tend to eat Paleo, but make an exception for tacos. It's just not the same eating my taco filling on salad greens.
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