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  1. Every November before I host Thanksgiving. So, once a year, but I have to do it today because something smells in there.
  2. I doubt those would be on sale. I've never used a stove top one. As far as the IP breaking, I've had one of mine for 5 years and it's still going strong. From what I've seen in their facebook group, IP is pretty good about replacing them if they do break.
  3. I love my Instant Pots. I've got more than one now because I was using them so much. My favorite one is the 6 qt. duo. I didn't check the price on it over prime day, but the last one I bought I paid around $49 for. With Black Friday sales coming again, you would probably find one around that price or less. I use mine to make applesauce, yogurt, meatloaf, rice, mashed potatoes/sweet potatoes, jelly, pulled pork (the best!), pork chops, and roasts. I've made other things in it also, such as cheesecake (the best!), bread, and spaghetti. I love how tender a roast comes out in the Instant Pot. They are so tender. I made one today in the crock pot and it wasn't as good. The Instant Pot does have a learning curve, but if you put in a little time to figure it out, it does pay off. I've figured out how to estimate the pressurization time and factor that into my cooking. I love mine. If I had to choose between my crock pot and my instant pot now (after owning one for 5 years), I'd probably choose the Instant Pot.
  4. I thought he looked pretty good. He looked rested and healthy to me.
  5. Low magnesium causes low vitamin D. There is a lot of information on this site. It focuses on magnesium, potassium, and sodium, along with Vitamin C. I've been following the protocol here for the past 2 1/2 years. It's eliminated a ton of the health issues I was having -- migraines, vertigo, heart palpitations, tinnitus, exhaustion. This might give them something to consider. https://therootcauseprotocol.com/all-resources/
  6. I'm so sorry. My dad has parkinson's and it's been hard to watch his progression over the past three years. This is what I would do. I would start following this protocol. https://therootcauseprotocol.com/ I had my parents on it for a few months, but they were not good about following it. I have been following this protocol for the past 2 1/2 years. It helped eliminate my migraines, brain fog, heart palpitations, numbness in my face & legs, and fatigue.
  7. I have twice, last fall and this spring. I'm planning on working Nov. 3rd also. It's been pretty easy and the money is a nice bonus. This last time I was an inspector and had to check over each polling location to make sure they were set up correctly.
  8. Look up Pioneer Woman's recipe. It's the best.
  9. I heard prime day was moved to September. OP, I am a tad confused as to what type of appliance you are looking for. The Instant Pot is better known as a pressure cooker, not as a slow cooker. It does have that feature, but it doesn't work that well. I have several Instant Pots, but don't use them for slow cooking. I personally would not give up my slow cooker. Instant Pot has several items for air frying. They have a lid that you can use on the IP pressure cooker to crisp items/air fry with and they have stand alone air fryers. I have the stand alone one. I don't use it often. Hopefully this fall I'll have time to play with it some more and figure out it's functions.
  10. I think a lot of special occasion dresses are labeled that way, but they are safe to hand wash. What is the dress made of? I used to be leary of how to wash items like that too, until I worked in a bridal shop and found out that the owner would take bridal gowns home and throw them in her machine. I decided after that that most dresses aren't that delicate after all.
  11. My daughter is back in the studio. She danced at two different studios during the school year and is at a new one this summer. The one studio did zoom classes and started back the last week in May, did a video recital the first week in June, and started their summer classes the following week. She is taking two classes their a week, which is 3 hours each week. The second studio did their classes online from mid-March until the end of May. My daughter went each week to demo for them. They had two weeks back the first two weeks of June and then did their final recital. That studio is done now until they start back in September. The third studio allowed her to join them this summer. My daughter is going to major in dance this fall, so I needed to find something for her to stay in shape with this summer. She also would have gone crazy without dance. She was used to dancing 20 hours a week until mid-March. This studio tried to do zoom, but their dancers didn't care for it. They took a break for April & May. They started up in June and will have 8 weeks of class for June & July and then a recital the first week in August. She's dancing about 5 hours there now each week. We took her two weeks ago to a national dance competition in MO. I felt that they took precautions to keep people safe. Our area had a spike of cases in April, but the numbers have since dropped. I feel fine sending her to dance.
  12. There is an ad running on Facebook for Bolt Virtual Bible school. I see it all the time. Our church did it and I've seen several other churches in our town advertising that they are doing it also.
  13. Yes. I would gladly purchase a fixer upper. Our last house was a fixer upper. It had an unfinished basement, dated wallpaper everywhere, carpet in the bathroom and kitchen, shag carpet in the bedrooms. But, it had triple the space of our previous house and the most beautiful sunroom. We lived there for 12 years, only moving became we built our current house. We did a lot of work over the years. Some of what you mentioned could probably be lived with for awhile, if needed.
  14. I would assume hospitals have toilets for their staff that aren't accessible to patients. They would all be using those. My thought process is that if the toilet were the source of transmission, we would be seeing a lot more grocery store workers and Walmart workers getting sick.
  15. Our front line workers have been using the same toliets for the past 8 weeks, so this is something I wouldn't even worry about. Walmart workers, grocery store workers, medical personal. I would just wash my hands well, like I normally do.
  16. You are so lucky. Our library was closed March 16th with no notice. I had been there on the 13th and checked out 10 books. Wish I would have grabbed more. I had planned to go back on the 16th to get more, because our schools closed on the 15th and I was thinking that the library might close. But, it was closed before I had the chance to do it. I wish they would let us check out online and come pick up.
  17. I think that's very unhealthy for both you and your children. I think it's good for children to be apart from their parents for a little bit and to experience a few things on their own. It helps with their growing up process and makes it a lot easier for them to leave the nest when it's time to head to college or other post education opportunity.
  18. They will be fine. Go, have a good time! Sounds like a wonderful opportunity. We traveled 2 times abroad when our kids were younger than that. They were fine. We were fine. Grandparents were fine.
  19. After reading this post from the oldest's third grade classmate -- https://www.facebook.com/taha618/posts/10154979632211901, how can one be calling for more homeschooling regulations? Some of the children were in public school at one time. The classmate talks about how she smelled like poop everyday. How did this teacher not intervene then? And worse, instead of intervening, she picked on her also. How was CPS not called them? Those that are saying they got by with this because they were homeschooled and we need more intervention for homeschoolers are missing that these children were at one time in the public schools and were failed by that system. There were just awful people (monsters) and it shows that no matter where those kids were -- public school, private school, homeschool -- they were going to be abused.
  20. I've only been on Norwegian. I was impressed with them and would cruise again with them, if I had the chance.
  21. I read that in a couple of different articles yesterday about this case. Here's one about the parents living in a separate house in Texas from the children -- http://www.latimes.com/sns-bc-us--shackled-children-20180118-story.html
  22. Poor thing. It's awful to not feel good when you're that are away from home. I had terrible stomach issues my junior year of college. I lost a ton of weight and was terribly sick. The doctors finally just said IBS and gave me some pills. I finally started feeling better and gained some weight, but had flare ups every so often. However, I started taking magnesium last summer and haven't had any issues since then. I would send your daughter some of this to put on her feet at night before bed. https://www.amazon.com/Ancient-Minerals-Magnesium-Oil-oz/dp/B001AD0HL8/ref=sr_1_4_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1516420180&sr=8-4&keywords=ancient%2Bminerals%2Bmagnesium&th=1 It's quick and easy to do and aids with digestion. https://magnesiumhealth.org/magnesium-digestion/ Magnesium also helps with stress and sleep, which would help her to function better all around. https://bebrainfit.com/magnesium-anxiety-stress/ I hope she feels better soon.
  23. a 1/2 hour or less We had no idea we needed them when we were at the airport last July to head to Sydney, Australia. The airline attendant was checking us in and asked for our visa. Had no clue what she was talking about. We were able to apply online at the airport and get confirmation for all of us within a 1/2 hour. Thank goodness it was an extremely short time frame or we would have been in a lot of trouble.
  24. I've been on three cruises. All with Norweigien. I don't have anything to compare to, but I thought they did a fantastic job. There were some restaurants that were an extra charge, but for the most part, everything on board was included, except pop and alcohol. The excursions were extra, but they weren't extremely high priced. There are a range of prices of excursions at each port. You could skip excursions and site see on your own or find a beach to lay on during the time in port. I personally couldn't imagine going on a cruise and not going on a few excursions or not getting off the boat. I didn't think there was enough to do on the boat to keep me busy the entire time. There were shows, but they were only in the evening, after we were back from port. There was a pool, but for our Alaskan cruise, it was chilly, so I didn't want to swim on the boat.
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