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  1. I can't read the article since I don't pay for news, but does it say anything about the people using the money for something that would expand their ability to make more of their own money, resources, etc.? How was it disbursed? And did they use it up and then that was it until the next time there was an influx of charity or something else? Wish I could read it!
  2. Our kids haven't done NaNoWriMo for quite a few years now, but I think our youngest (13yo) would like to try it! Does the site still offer forums if you create an account? The forums were really helpful for our kids who did it! (Youngest dd20 is in Honors English at the cc and nailing it--IMO, because of NaNoWriMo more than anything I assigned her! 😅)
  3. OK, I'm popping back in to say that this thread inspired me so much that I started looking at venues again and found...a barn at a **Christmas tree farm**!! This may be the one! LOL
  4. I'm so grateful for this thread! My dd is probably getting engaged within the next few months and I know she wants to get married next fall. We are going to be sitting down to discuss *priorities*. For example, I had NO idea that my dd doesn't even care about having real flowers. WHAT?! That was one of my MUSTS when I got married! LOL Etsy has some amazing options (have you see these amazing WOOD flowers?? https://www.etsy.com/search?q=sola flower bouquet ) and we will probably do our own centerpieces with mismatched china teacups and greenery, etc. So really, communication is going to be key for finding out which things we can pare down a bit. Another example is venue. We have a lot of local parks that rent out pavilions and lodges. One goes for $300 and can fit about 120 people! There are a lot of creative options for venues and since, for us at least, we have options between $300 and $4000, we have wiggle room in that part of the budget. Photography can easily have a huge range in price. We have many really good amateur photographers among our friends who tend to take photos wherever they go, so we're just going to ask that if they were bringing their camera anyway, to be intentional about getting photos of the venue, decor, friends, etc. and sharing them with us. My dd has done the same for others and it works out well! My dh's and my favorite wedding picture is from a family friend! (And the camera of the friend we *hired* for the ceremony BROKE so we have very few good wedding pictures...and also why we would never have a friend do the ceremony. LOL!!) We are doing a small, 2-tier cake for the couple and sheet cake from Costco brought out already sliced for everyone else. (Plus a donut wall. lol) My dd loves Christmas but wants a fall wedding so we're going to go a little crazy with white string lights and draped tulle at the venue. Then she will have lights to decorate their first tree AND their house. 🙂
  5. I have a question, if you all don't mind? My 20yo dd is dating a great young man who has RA. What are some things she should know, questions she should ask in order to be sensitive to his condition, things that might help him, etc.? It has only been 3-4 months but they are fairly serious and I have a feeling that he might be "the one." If you'd prefer I ask in a separate thread, I can do that, as well. Thank you!
  6. Have you tried any of the seasonal allergy support supplements? They DO work. D-Hist is the best, but there is a generic with the exact same ingredients (De-Hist on Amazon, lol) and it costs less and probably works just as well. https://www.amazon.com/Ortho-Molecular-Product-Natural-D-Hist/dp/B0006ON6D8/ *Edited to add that my dd takes this and if she needs an actual allergy medication she will take it as well on a really bad day without any issues.
  7. Praying for it to be benign and that life will start to get so much better after surgery.
  8. I've used emu oil products for burns on my arms and it seemed to help quite a bit. (I have a tendency to be a klutz in the kitchen! lol) Something like this (I like a cream, not oil but there are lots of options): https://www.amazon.com/Emu-Oil-Moisturizer-Strengthened-InstaNatural/dp/B00JX979CQ
  9. These underwear: https://www.amazon.com/Reebok-Womens-Seamless-Hipster-Panties/dp/B07H46QTHC And also, use BodyGlide stick in the, um, creases? Or ChafeX if you prefer a not too greasy cream instead of the stick. (I do.) Nike also makes some Dri-Fit undies that look like shorts! I would love to try those.
  10. I don't follow her blog but just heard the news. Terribly sad! Here are the blog updates from her dh for the last 2 weeks. She was in a medically induced coma due to complications from treatment for an infection. https://rachelheldevans.com/blog/health-updates
  11. Is there any other substance that is a prescribed DRUG that is also legally used recreationally? Alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes don't really count...they are not prescribed, right? Prescription drugs used recreationally but *illegally* don't count, either. So is there any other prescription medication that people are permitted to use in any way they like? I'm just so curious about how pot has been classified as a drug to get it legalized (for proper purposes, I think) and yet it is unique, in a way, because there aren't really any equivalent substances like it that have been found (at least by some) to be strong enough for prescribing but then perfectly ok to use on one's own without any direction whatsoever, etc. Maybe natural, homeopathic stuff but those aren't prescribed. This is really just a curiosity thing; not making a judgment. I think it's a fascinating situation.
  12. I have a love-hate relationship with dressers. Right now I'm using them because we inherited the furniture from dh's grandparents AND we have pitifully small closets. But when we move, if we get good closets, I might sell them. For some reason I seem to forget that I have stuff in them. LOL
  13. I just saw something on FB that showed how to do a make-your-own terrarium craft for friends to do together that I thought was unique! You could do little fairy/gnome/hobbit type accessories, or cute little animals, etc.
  14. My oldest ds is on it and waited for his dosage to get settled before trying alcohol again. He is a very light, occasional drinker and has had no issues, but we were super cautious and I didn't allow him to drink at all unless dh or I were driving him home as we tested it out. We're not regular drinkers so at first I wondered why the kid had to tempt the whole thing at all--just be a non-drinker, maybe? lol--but ds was almost 23 so what are you gonna do. lol He seems to be settled into what works for him and I'm relieved!
  15. It's interesting to see who is consistent with their stance on these situations. (His twitter account is full of responses from people now saying that "believe women" was maybe not the right tack and "listen to women" is SO much better. To which half of America says, "No duh. Thanks for catching on.") I agree with him about the importance of evidence, but I'm being consistent because I had the same point of view with Kavanaugh and any other situation where I wait for information to come out. But the most disturbing (that may be too strong of a word) aspect of his response is the clear implication that when it comes down to he said-she said without real evidence that people will side with the person who is most credible...with the clear implication that somehow he is more credible. At least it felt that way to me. And I also find him to be arrogant so I'm not sure what he's basing his idea of being credible on. If it's because he's a scientist who believes in reason and naturalism/materialism, well I guess his weird little spiritual handshake throws that out the window a bit. Unless, of course, it was actually just a weird little come on.
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