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Sara in AZ

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  1. I love this idea so much! My best friend just relocated to another city. We used to workout or walk together 5 days/week and now it‘s zero. 😭 I can keep myself motivated to get up and move without her, but I miss her and this is the perfect way for us to keep in touch. I already texted her and worked it out. Thanks for sharing!
  2. My daughter broke both arms at once several summers ago and having a bidet was a lifesaver for both of us!!! So I vote yes to the bidet! But I can’t remember what brand we had and then it broke...so hopefully someone else can advise you on that. Hope the surgery goes well!
  3. I’m in Tempe. If your parents were the type to get out I would have some suggestions, but since they are not....do they at least have a pool? Swim? That’s pretty much it for outside. If he had access to a bike he could get out early am or in the evening to go for a bike ride. It’s been in the low to mid 70’s in the early AM lately, but will likely not be that nice in July. My teens are pretty much inside all day doing various online camps/Summer school/gaming with friends. About once a week I drag everybody up north to get to where it is 10-20 degrees cooler (Payson, Prescott, etc.) and do a hike. Hiking at Usury or Lost Dutchman would be no fun right now. Boyce Thompson Arboritum might be ok in the early hours of the day. Canyon lake is not too far away from your parents. I’m not sure if the marina and picnic spots have reopened (I’m guessing they have) but we saw lots of people parking along the road and walking to the water a couple of months ago. But he’d have to be able to get there. Sorry, July is a crummy time to be here. 👎🏻
  4. Same!!! I was just introduced to this awesome app called Paprika that will strip the recipe of all of the unnecessary commentary/ads and you can save just the recipe and file them away in the app. It’s super cool.
  5. I’d definitely check it out. When my dd with celiac was diagnosed the only symptom she really had was chronic tummy pain starting when she was about three until I finally got a doctor to test her around age 7. We had the whole family checked out after that. Hope you can get to the bottom of it!
  6. My sister and I write letters monthly, and a friend gave me several boxes of pretty stationary for Christmas.
  7. When my oldest two were born (they are 16 and 14 now), I read a lot of anti-vaccination books/materials, and I had a lot of friends that never vaxxed. I wasn't 100% anti, but I did feel nervous about injecting so many vaccines into tiny infant bodies at one time. I was never afraid of autism, but I definitely think that pumping tiny immune systems full of multiple vaccinations wasn't something that was necessarily tested over time. I don't 100% trust the government to be looking out for the well being of MY child. Autoimmune diseases are on the rise and there has to be some or many sources in our environment that are contributing to that. So we delayed, as in started more like 4 months and spaced them out one vaccine at a time for my older two. When my oldest was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 6, I felt really compelled to find out "why" this happened to her (which is really unknowable, by the way). And in some of my reading I ran across information linking the hib vaccine, which was the first one we gave her at 4 months, to an infection that can trigger diabetes. It sounds kind of crazy to me now, but after reading that I was adamant about not vaxxing our younger two children. So I didn't, even though my husband always wanted them to be vaxxed. I told him for years that if it was that important to him that he could take them to get it done, which of course he never did. At this point the younger two are 8 and 10 and this is the year that I decided to just vax them and get it over with. I don't want to worry about them getting chicken pox in adolescence for one thing. Plus, I do feel some responsibility to not contribute to the lowering rates of vaccination that are threatening our heard immunity. I believe in parent choice, but I also believe it's important to keep these diseases from making a resurgence. So I guess I flip flopped back and forth. 😉 I will never authorize gardasil for any of my kids, though. Also, watching a 10 year old who was going next hide under a chair while her younger sister shrieked in pain from being held down by nurses and injected with two shots on each arm at the same time was just as traumatizing as holding down a squirming toddler, maybe more...
  8. Many of my kids’ groups use this. Not sure if it’s free. https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/
  9. I bought one for my birthday last year. I ordered the suggested size based on the questionnaire, and it fits great. It’s my favorite of my current bras.
  10. I feel like I hear this word pronounced both ways in the various radio programs and podcasts I listen to.
  11. Several years ago we discovered termites in the house we had just purchased and in the house we were preparing to sell at the exact same time. It was annoying, but really not a big deal. I think it was maybe $1500 for each house for the treatment. (Not tents here, just the drilling mentioned up thread.) We saw signs of them again in our current house about a year later and had them retreat (free under the warranty) and everything has looked good for several years now. Our realtor said there are two kinds of houses: Those that have termites and those that are going to get termites....
  12. Congratulations on the new baby!! I had cholestasis with my first two babies and it is such a nightmare. I’m so sorry. 😢 I remember how traumatic it was when we had to forgo the birth we had hoped for at the birth center for an early induction at the hospital. It was so scary. But I am grateful your baby is safe and healthy. Have you ever looked in the memorial section on the itchymoms.com website? The stillbirth risk is very real. 😢 I am so glad you are both doing well!
  13. My DH has a desk job, so he sits a lot. But they periodically have step competitions at work and that guy can rack up close to 20,000 steps on a work day if he really tries. Of course, his daily jog gives him a big head start. But he is really diligent about getting up every hour to walk around the building, or if he’s working from home take the dog around the block. He’ll pace while we’re watching tv, which is annoying. 😜 My top count has been 23,000 and that was a day Disney, so I’m pretty impressed with DH. I find that as long as I get my morning workout in, it’s pretty easy to get 10k. Jogging my 2 mile route gets me about 3500/4000.
  14. 80, not counting digital. That includes Christmas and 5 birthdays,
  15. Yes! 1,000 times yes! Do it!
  16. I am so, so sorry! Hang in there! Life gets SO much better when you can get on a pump. It’s so much easier to eat without the rigid timing of shots. But to get to that point you have to establish good habits and get everything under control. But until then it’s totally okay to feel angry and cry and mourn the loss of that perfect pancreas. It really, really sucks.
  17. I’m so sorry! This must be so overwhelming for a teen to face this. My dd15 was diagnosed at age 6, so she’s grown up with it. But I remember how awful those first few weeks were. The strict eating/shots schedule made it feel like having a newborn again (and I had a newborn at the time. And it was the week before my entire family was coming for Thanksgiving. 😳) The first things I did to put the pieces back together was set up an organized station in the kitchen for all the supplies (organization is not my strong suit!) and then I calculated the carb count/serving size for the meals I made most frequently. We took the Calorie King nutrition book with us everywhere for years, though there are probably better online resources/apps now. For a brief and insane period I tried really hard to create the perfect diet (following counsel from a naturopath, not just on my own, and various blogs of Type 1 people claiming they could get off insulin by going Paleo) I killed myself cooking everything from scratch and cut out almost all grains and dairy and sweeteners except agave. And of course my picky 7 year old did not like Mac and cheese made with quinoa pasta and goat cheese. 😜 I was controlling literally everything she ate and she STILL had random, unexplained highs and then I would blame myself. I cried all the time. And then I came to my senses and realized this was stupid. (At about the time the naturopath recommended cutting out nightshades...) So I bought that girl a Cliff bar and we moved on with our lives! (I have nothing against naturopaths by the way. I have seen many I like, but that was just not a good situation.) So, generally, I think reducing the amount of carbs in the diet of a type one diabetic (or really anybody) is never a bad thing, and can definitely help, but I think sticking to the foods your teen already likes right now will make this transition so much easier for everybody. Just get good at counting carbs. I promise you it will get so much easier!!! We pretty much eyeball carb counts now, unless she’s eating something packaged that we can know exactly. I would much rather put my energy into establishing responsible behavior as far as him checking his blood sugar and not eating ANYTHING without covering it with insulin than fight about food at this point. You can do this! He can do this! Hang in there!
  18. My youngest DD turned 7 in January and I let her go on a shopping spree to Target for her birthday. I gave her a set amount of money I was willing to spend and we had a great time shopping together and calculating how much money she had left. It was perfect because I didn’t have to figure out what to get her and who wouldn’t want a shopping spree at Target for their birthday?! 😃
  19. I wing it with almond flour for my celiac daughter...maybe a cup of almond flour mixed with a couple of teaspoons of paprika and some salt. I use chicken fingers cut up smaller into nugget size. Roll on egg, coat with almond flour, back at 350 until they are done...20/25 min. Super easy.
  20. Me. Smart phones were the best invention ever for this!!
  21. Lots of ideas for both those flours here: 😊 https://elanaspantry.com
  22. You’ll be about 7 minutes away from me. 😊 The MIM is absolutely worth it, though a bit of a drive. We really love the Heard Museum, as well. My teenage daughter is not into makeup, so no suggestions there, but there is a big outlet mall down the street from your hotel...Arizona Mills. The Mexican restaurant at the hotel, Aunt Chiladas, is okay. Other good Mexican places we like: Carolinas, Somburros (both are fast food, but yummy), Barrio Cafe is sit down and nicer and highly acclaimed. The water park at AZ Grande is ok. My kids get bored, though. There is a water park not too far in Mesa called SunSplash that is fun. Yes, the botanical gardens are good. There is a great arboretum outside of town, Boyce Thompson. I’ll keep thinking. 😊
  23. I always just make it like I normally would only I sub a GF flour mix like Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 for the wheat flour. I don’t know that coconut or almond would make a very good gravy. Arrowroot starch would probably work ok. Good luck!
  24. I’m curious about these, too. They’re all over my FB feed, as well, and i’ve been tempted to try them.
  25. This is one that stands out for me, too! Also the one where Carrie falls into the well. 😳 Or that one where Laura gets lost in the hills for a few DAYS looking for God? That’s a weird one For a few years when our four kids were 12 and under, we had a tradition of watching Little House every Sunday night. We got up to season 6 or 7 and we all enjoyed it. We talked through everything as we watched, and I didn’t remember anyone being too traumatized. 😜. I don’t remember the clown rape, but it definitely goes downhill as the seasons progress...blowing up the whole town in the very last episode? Totally wacky.
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