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  1. Still reading the book.... but when she says don't put things back/oganize, does she mean until the CATEGORY is done, or until the whole house is done. Because, I can't just leave everything laying about until the whole house is done. Or does she mean things can be put away and THEN organized once the house is done?
  2. My son and husband have lots of clothes left over from my pre-book purge. I don't have hardly anything left, but I hardly wore any of it to begin with so I kept the few tops that I wear regularly and let go of the rest. The reason why I don't have many is because I'm fat. Fat, fat fat. So I hate shopping for clothes because it's just a reminder of how fat and out of shape I am. But I did ask Hubby for a treadmill and the new Trim Healthy Mamas book for my birthday this month, so I'm hoping that I'll start getting healthier and lighter along with my house. The downside? The treadmill is still in its box in the hallway because there's no where to put it in the house because of the clutter. :banghead:
  3. I'm so glad this topic has come up here, and is still alive and well. I pretty much avoid "fad" things, but after reading ALL these posts, and a few on some blogs and facebook, I decided to give it a try. My church held a rummage sale this past weekend to raise money for a new sanctuary, so I went through our clothes KM style (as much as I could pick up from blogs & videos). I was able to donate 5 paper bags full of clothes, and I still have a couple of closets that I didn't have time to go through. I also have two additional garbage bags full to donate to a thrift store. I'm sold, and the book is on it's way. :lol: This has come at a really good time for me. I've struggled with clutter and stuff most of my adult life. I'm also married to a packrat, who comes from a long line of packrats on both sides of his family. We live in a tiny house, but it feels even SMALLER because of all the stuff. Both our garage and one of the bedrooms have become blackholes, where stuff-without-a-home goes to die. (Or to breed, since it seems to rapidly multiply once it gets in there.) My mom fell May 1st of this year, and shattered her elbow. At the time she was living about 1 1/2 hours away from us, and I ended up spending basically the whole month of May at her house. Not only was I dealing with her pain, surgery, doctor visits and medications; but her landlord had sold the house and she had to be out by May 31st. :willy_nilly: So during my down time (hahahahahaha!) I was busy packing her house and trying to find movers to take all her worldly belongings, including her car, across country to a different state. She had SO. MUCH. STUFF. And she wouldn't let any of it go, kept looking over our shoulders to see what and how we were packing, and mad us unpack and repack boxes if she didn't like how they were packed. After the movers came and took all her stuff away, she lived with us for three weeks at our house. (I'm a bit surprised we survived the experience.) Her new house, over 16 hrs away, is smaller than the one here. It's about 100 yrs old, has no closets to speak of, and basically no storage. Once she was cleared by the surgeon to travel, we took her to her new home and stayed for a week to help unpack. We got her set up as best we could, but family there kept blocking us and getting in the way, so that when we left she still had most of her stuff in boxes. They promised to finish helping her unpack and set up, but apparently after we left they didn't do a thing. *sigh* I don't want to do the same thing to MY kids. If all this stuff is suffocating me NOW, I can only imagine how bad it would be by the time I got to my mom's age. I'm the one in this family who tends to buy too much stuff, but my Hubby is the one who won't get rid of anything once it's here. We **still** have the ice cream maker that someone gave us for our wedding almost 20 years ago. It's never been used, and he won't let me get rid of it. :svengo: I do hope KMing will rub off on him, cuz really? I woudn't eat any ice cream that came outta that nasty thing. *lol*
  4. My purses have names, too. I have The Black, The Brown, The Denim, and The Flat One that Holds Nothing but Looks Cool. My life is very, very different from hers.
  5. I love this Doctor, but the stories have been "meh." I really didn't like Matt Smith that much, but at least the episodes were (mostly) good.
  6. Rice County Historical Society? :confused1:
  7. Quick Background: I've been homeschooling for 15+ years, and I've burned out. Actually, I've probably been burned out for several years, because we've gone from TOG, to unschooling to basically no schooling. *sigh* It doesn't help that I have a very strong willed 10yr that turns everything school related into a battle if it isn't "fun." I've been seriously considering putting DS in public school just so that he gets SOME kind of education and structure. So, he's 10yrs old and technically 5th grade. But although bright, he's behind where he could/should be (based on his abilities), because of our lack of regular schooling, esp in math. On top of that, we've recently converted to Catholicism, and I'd like to use homeschooling to help us continue to learn about our new faith. I need an open and go curriculum. I don't mind it teacher involvment, but I need to be able to just open up a schedule and do what it says. I'm usually a "tweaker" and have been mixing and matching curriculum forever. I've been using TOG since before there was a Classic version, so I'd say I'm sort of a eclectic CMer. :lol: I'm just so tired of trying to figure out a schedule for every little thing. I'm looking at Kolbe, CHC and MODG. Any suggestion about which one might be a good fit? I'll prolly stick with our Math and Science program. If possible, I'd like a curriculum where the different subjects tie in together... so that our Lit Books match the same time frame as History, which matches Geography, etc. KWIM? Do any of these three do that? I'm not looking for rigorous at this point, just something easy to implement, that will help him catch up and move forward, and help us get back on track. Thanks!!!
  8. We play on Skrafty, a multiplayer homeschool Christian server. It's a safe online world that is heavily moderated and has chat filters that weeds out the majority of bad language. It's free to play, and has classes available for a small fee per class. They have three creative worlds, three survival worlds, and lots of fun mini-games.
  9. King of Tokyo Forbidden Island and Forbidden Desert Castle Panic Scotland Yard 7 Wonders Loopin' Louie ( yes, even for older kids and adults) Resistance and or Avalon Coup Pandemic and expansions Flash point fire rescue and expansions Ticket to Ride and expansions Carrcassonnee and expansions Bang the dice game Jungle Speed and Jungle Speed Safari Spot It Hive Tsuro Indigo Bugs in the kitchen Takinoko Formula D One night ultimate wearwolf Battle sheep Hey that's my fish Star Trek catan Can't stop Bazaar Card games and misc: Pit, no thanks, hanabi, sushi go, Zeus on the loose, sleeping queens, loot, archaeology, rat a tat cat, swap, swipe, set, for sale, Rory story cubes, brave rats, Incan gold, Botswana, get bit, love letter. I teach a games class at my homeschool co-op and have quite a large selection of games. This is just a few that we own. :)
  10. I have taught a Lego class two semesters that the kids seemed to love. The gist class was for kids 4th - 12th, but I don't think we had any kids older than about 12 sign up. I would show the kids a quick video about a specific topic or technique, then challenge the kids to build their interpretation. Near the end of class we had a show and tell session, where I briefly taught them a public speaking skill, like making eye contact, speaking loudly, greetings, etc. they had to use that skill during their 1min show and tell. The lego class I'm teaching this semester is very similar, but it's 1st - 5th, and I'm not doing the public speaking element. Everything else is the same except I give them a 10 speed build time at the beginning of class. I've also taught a Games for Critical Thinking class, which is really just an excuse for me to take board games to co-op. Lol! Actually, I have kids begging me to teach the class every semester. I introduce the kids to a wide variety of games, from competitive to cooperative, fillers and brain burners, bluffing games, to straight up roll and move. I had one parent tell me recently that she noticed that her DD has been more strategic and thoughtful in her thinking, both with games and schoolwork. <3
  11. I've tried almost every one mentioned. I just started a trial for homeschoolminder. Looks hopeful so far!
  12. We use KidsWatch. It not only controls when they can log on, but also how long they can stay on. In my case, my 9yo only gets 30 mins of playtime on the computer, and only after 2pm. His behavior starts to deteriorate if he's on longer electronics longer than an hour, so I have to control it carefully. The nice thing about having the software is there is no arguing about how long he's been on, or how much time is left. I also have a timer app for my ipad so he can only spend 30 mins on it, too. HTH!
  13. My son doesn't have anxiety, but I have had panic and anxiety attacks for the last 15 yrs. The cause can vary from emotional to environmental, which is why finding the root cause, if at all possible, is desirable. Perscriptions just relieve the symptoms, but don't heal. In my case, therapy plus cognitive behavior modification helped, along with eating a cleaner diet. Then I started using YL essential oils and they relived the remaining symptoms. I still have a few triggers, but since I usually know when to expect them, I apply oils ahead of time and it's not a problem. I do carry a bottle of Stress Away in my purse, just in case I need it. :) If it were my child, I would closely observe his/her environment and start making lists. What kinds of products are they using on their bodies? Sadly, most soaps, shampoos and other HBAs are quite toxic. What kinds of foods do are they eating regularly? Do they seem more anxious after eating certain types of foods? How much processed foods are they eating? What are they drinking. Are they drinking enough water? Most ppl are chronically dehydrated but not realize it. Blood becomes thicker when dehydrated and may not be moving toxins out of the body quickly. Many drinks today are also nothing more than chemicals. It can be a long process, but if you are able to figure out if there are any environmental factor and remove them, that will probably help a lot. Other Young Living essential oils that are helpful with nerves and anxiety are Lavender and Valor.
  14. My Home School Grades, hands down. I got to review it a few months ago, and it's truly awesome. Super quick to learn, only have to pay one time for lifetime access for all if your kids. If you need to keep portfolio type stuff, I scan and stick them into Evernote. HTH! https://myhomeschoolgrades.com/
  15. There is so much ick in tap water that I avoid it as much as possible. Most city water now has a scary mixture of perscription meds, not to mention flouride. Eeeek! We have a Berkey and use the water from it for all our cooking and drinking. To jazz up our drinking water we use a sodastream just for the carbonation. We also love adding young living essential oils to the water, both for the taste and health benefits. Sadly, most milk in the store today isn't all that healthy either. Cows are usually given growth hormones and/or lots of antibiotics to keep them healthy in really rotten conditions. Plus most milk has been high temp pasteurized, killing off the remaining helpful enzymes and nutrients. Not to mention homogenization, and the destructive process milk goes through to make it less that full fat. I haven't made the jump to raw, but we drink low temp non-homogenized milk, the closest to raw you can buy at a store.
  16. Left Right Center Uno Flash (but they may not make it anymore) Swap (card game) Forbidden Island Castle Panic Life Stories (storytelling) Fib or Not Carcassonne
  17. We're going to the mall this weekend. On purpose. Not to shop but to enjoy the decorations and people watching. Ask me later if it was worth it. :D
  18. Good thing I rewatched Jericho last month. Now I'll know what to do when everything goes to pot. Especially gotta watch out for those darn New Burn takeovers!
  19. Santa only brings socks, underwear and stuff in the stocking. Oh, and Christmas Eve jammies. Mom and Dad buy all the cool gifts. :D
  20. I usually only unwrap gifts from the extended family, and mostly only my kid's gifts. That way I can handle duplicates if it comes up.
  21. My Bacon number is either 2 or 3 depending on how it's counted. Actually, that would make me only 2 or 3 away from all the actors on X-men First Class. And now is when I confess that I've never actually SEEN the movie. :blush:
  22. Do you guys have a Roku player? Hubby loves ours because he watches all kind of old war movies, etc. on Netflix and Amazon Prime. How about a magazine subscription, a gift that goes on all year. A page a day calender? My DH looks forward to getting Dilbert every year. A gift certificate to Amazon/Lowes/Home Depot/Hobby Store so he can pick out the perfect thing?
  23. I luuuuuuurve Evernote! It's my brain! I have notebooks devoted to cooking, homeschooling, photography, scouting, essential oils, business, digiscrapping, gardening....EVERYTHING! :thumbup: I love that I can access my files anywhere....my iPad, iPhone, computer, at the library, anywhere there is a internet connection. It takes up less memory on my computer, but I don't **have** to be online to access my files. I can add photos, audio files and text in the same note. I only just got a smart phone a few months ago, and I love the extra access. However I've been an Evernote user for many, many years. The most complicated part of Evernote is that it's sooo flexible sometimes it's a bit hard to figure out how to use it. Some people dump all their notes into one notebook and rely on tags. Other people (like me) like to file things away by notebook. Some ppl do a mix of both. The search function is phenomenal. You can share notebooks with ppl, which is great for collaborative projects. Here is a free book that can explain more about the in's and out's of using it. http://www.makeuseof.com/pages/how-to-use-evernote-the-missing-manual
  24. We are board/card game freaks at our house. I don't like common games (trouble, monopoly, etc.) as much as uncommon ones. These are all I can think of off the top of my head.... Card Games: Blink Swipe Swap Sleeping Queens Loot Rat-a-tat Cat Rukus Board Games: Castle Panic Forbidden Island Carrcassonne Spy Alley 100 Really Dumb Things Ticket to Ride Fib or Not Life Stories (like verbal scrabooking) Blokus Creationary
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