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  1. A close relative of ours has been visiting regularly and gifting us food. The foods in question vary from canned to boxed to refrigerated to frozen. The problem is the frozen foods are often pre-frozen in their original Styrofoam containers and freezer burnt, the refrigerated foods are either partially used or out of date, and the homemade "chicken broth" bags come pre-frozen, etc. I often toss most of what is gifted and it creates more work. While I greatly appreciate the thought behind the gifts, I want to limit the unsolicited gifts without hurting feelings. Is there a way to do this?
  2. That is my concern. I would be horrified if the cup showed up on the scan and I was taken to another room for further examination. Fortunately, our flights are fairly short (2ish hours each) and this isn't a heavy day, so I could avoid emptying them for the duration of the flights and possibly the airport.
  3. Theoretically, if one were to fly while wearing one's menstrual cup, what would happen? Would one be subject to extra screening? Asking for a friend. ;)
  4. Some laundry mats will wash, dry and hang for you for a small price. You just drop and schedule a time to pick up and pay. No, it might not be cost effective for a mid-sized family's week's worth of laundry, but it could get you out of a tight spot. Or be worth it for a smaller, mid-week load.
  5. Alternate universe.... ;)
  6. These ideas are all so good!! I'm stealing for my next menu!!
  7. We gave several as gifts this year. These... Dh and I got this one....
  8. If you think she might like to choose her own you might try We are giving our 18 yo dd a 3 month subscription for Christmas. Right now they are offering a free bonus month for the gift giver, so you would get a bonus book for you.
  9. Breakfast and junk foods. Could be mini cereal boxes, fruit snacks, cheese and crackers, round bottle of water or soda pop, etc. A toothbrush and toiletry items like a unisex manicure set. Small non junky items. It varies year to year. Chocolates and gum or mints.
  10. No wrapping here. We include Christmas breakfast junk like mini cereal boxes, fruit, granola bars, etc. It seems silly to wrap those. Also, I have 9 children and the time wrapping would be absurd! It is already a challenge wrapping regular presents for immediate and extended family.
  11. They have these in bins and end caps at Wal-Mart.
  12. I just read this entire thread and it is hard for me to believe this is a real belief. So this really isn't a group of internet trolls!? Wow! Just wow!
  13. (not dh!) that lives with us and continually uses a specific product in which I am allergic?
  14. Is he getting enough sunlight for Vitamin D? Could he be depressed? Is he drinking enough water? I know you said nothing showed up on tests, but have you heard of hemochromotosis. It is high iron, but can register as low iron anemia on tests. The only way to determine for sure is a certain DNA test, but you can look up the symptoms. The best thing for someone with this disorder is to give blood or have semi-regular dialysis; both can make one feel instantly better. It is much more symptomatic in males than females for obvious reasons.
  15. Not vegan here, but we gave up dairy as a family for a while after a kiddo was diagnosed with food allergies. We found Daiya cheese to be a pretty good substitute for regular cheese.
  16. I don't want to derail the awesome subscription threads that are currently on the board, so here we go. A subscription box would be a great Christmas gift idea, but I don't like the idea of being locked into a monthly service for so many people. Do you know of any box subscriptions that could be pre-paid, say, for 3 months then could be dropped?
  17. I can't be the only one, can I? I have a fear that someone will poison my drink in a public parking lot. My thought process goes something like this: I leave the house with all of my kiddos in tow with the prerequisite bottle of water to accompany me during my errands. Of course, when I run into the grocery or box store the water must be left behind in the 12 passenger van because who brings a half-dozen kids or more AND a water bottle into a store. When we all arrive back at the van after shopping and get buckled up, I can not bring myself to drink my water. What if someone has followed me, broken into said van, and POISONED the water while I was shopping!? Thinking it through and typing it out, it sounds completely ludicrous. If someone was following around a middle aged momma with several kids in tow, I doubt the last thing they would do would be to sneak into the mega-van and poison bottled water, but ,alas, I worry about it every time.
  18. A school agreed to let dd test!! We go in to pay the fee and register tomorrow.
  19. We were told by the STEM school that the PSAT fees would be covered if we used their code. It doesn't really matter to me either way, especially because the $ would be worth it.
  20. How do I sign up my Junior? She attends the local career tech in a STEM program and as such the career tech said we could use their school code in lieu of the homeschool one. Our local school district has 3 high schools. The one she would attend if she were in public is taking the alternate test date and won't sign anyone up yet "because the kids will forget between now and then." The administrator also told me that x school, also in the district, rarely purchases enough tests for their students so it isn't likely dd will get in, though they are testing on the regular date. (How could they not order enough for their own students!?) A school in the next town over has (finally!) returned my call and is "researching it." It is very likely she will come close to testing for National Merit Scholar and I am befuzzled on how to get her to registered. My eldest didn't have these problems and was able to test. The second oldest never tested. Why can't it just be like the ACT where one just registers on the College Board and picks a test site!?
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