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  1. I do not usually do well with chamomile products, and I was afraid to try the face wipes after they irritated my son's skin. We are sensitive folks, lol!
  2. kbutton

    if you use dishrags instead of sponges

    We have tons of dishcloths and swap them regularly. When they are still damp, we wring them out, put them in the microwave until they steam, and then we hang them on the octopus (much like a PP linked) on the back porch until we do a full load of towels. The microwave step cut down tremendously on stinky dishcloths! We are in SW Ohio, and we seem to have a lot of mold and mildew in the air. This is the only solution that has worked for us.
  3. At my primary care doctor's office, the nurse basically writes down EVERY THING I SAY WRONG. And if I notice (look over her shoulder) and correct her, she just changes it to something else wrong. I would not trust a "gatekeeping" nurse with this information. If your gyn is scheduled out that far, the nurse is definitely tasked with gatekeeping.
  4. It's a good alternative for body soap, but it doesn't do the same things for my face (acne and soft, glowing skin). I do need to keep some on hand anyway though-- visiting family members use it, so I will give it another try.
  5. Up to a dozen packages (2 bars to a package), but anything gives me a bit of a buffer to try new options or for them to change their mind. 😉
  6. kbutton

    Question about the "Sandwich Generation"

    I think a lot of it has to do with modern busyness and modern housing coupled with greater spacing between generations. I grew up in a rural town that was completely walkable--similar towns near where I live have only touristy stores and offices in town--you have to drive outside of town for useful things; it makes a really big difference when access to stores and services is available on foot, nearby, and not a giant traffic jam! It takes minutes to run errands there that can take an hour here just due to traffic and lots of lights in a short distance. I know lots of elderly folks (and disabled folks) who can access services more easily because of the way the town is set up. I think it's easy to romanticize illness in previous generations as being quicker and deadlier, but my great-grandfather languished with cancer for 7 years long before they had great treatments. He was young when he died, and he had many people involved in his care--not just my great-grandmother. I supposed my grandmother was sandwiched at that point--she helped, and she had young children at home still. Other family members had strokes and lived for years afterwards. I do have records in our family history of other family members living with their kids, but they often went from one kids' home to another vs. living permanently with one family. Sometimes elderly siblings also lived together or near each other to provide assistance. There have been homes for elder care for a long time, they just weren't as regulated. My great-grandmother ran a boarding home for the elderly out of her house. She dispensed meds, cooked, cleaned, etc. I don't think she did much skilled nursing otherwise, but clearly there was a need for people to have care that their families couldn't provide. I wonder if some of the pressure comes from families having to do more skilled care that would have been done in a doctor's office (or house call!), hospital, or in a home like what my great-grandmother provided, or that care is expensive enough that families can't easily hire help. Perhaps help for activities of daily living was more affordable in previous generations.
  7. I am not sure I can do the orange peel. I have been having allergic reactions to some citrus, but thank you for the idea.
  8. I am not sure which liquid soap you are referring to, but I can certainly check it out if you give me the name. We forgot a bag at checkout, so I have to go back sooner than later (it's a 3-4 times per year trip for us normally). I do use the tea tree oil shampoo (which also makes an excellent wash for lingerie too, BTW).
  9. That would be incredibly generous, and I would reimburse.
  10. Find a resource that ties future planning to spiritual discipline and drop some verse bombs? 😉 I am so sorry. My parents money went farther than it should have since I grew up in a low COL area, and they have always had something for retirement. Now, they may have to spend every penny, but they have something. Starting when I was in late high school or college, they've also always made sure I knew where to access their financials when they pass, even before they had a more formal estate plan. I am sorry you have this hanging over you, but I do agree that they are big kids--they have to live with the consequences. In your shoes, I might have to say something about my unwillingness to help them out of their situation though. It's not fair to expect you to be a safety net, and it sounds like you are concerned that's the case.
  11. Trader Joe's discontinued their tea tree oil bar soap. Does anyone know of a nearly identical option? I am bereft, and in a couple of weeks, will be visited with annoying amounts of visible and persistent acne (gotta love oily skin at 42). When I don't use this soap, I also look older, and my skin is just...ugly. This was my entire beauty routine. I will no doubt also be blessed with dry skin. Somehow this soap removed just the right amount of oil but left me with enough that I rarely had to use lotion of any kind. It's magical stuff. Help! If you are also bereft, please consider e-mailing TJ's along with me--the cashier said they sometimes bring back products if customers complain.
  12. kbutton

    Do you bring your own Bible to church?

    Our congregation is mostly all of the above, though I don't think we always have scripture text on the screens. Our pastor jokes a lot about the glowing faces of people who are reading onscreen, but he's supportive (he is not easily distracted by crying babies or anything else either). We have a table at the back where people can take a free Bible. At least one children's teacher has class Bibles that are all the same so that it's easier to help the kids learn to look up verses and is less confusing than having kids read in different translations (probably due to emerging and varying reading levels). Our church also offers a class fairly regularly where a person can learn how to use various reference tools (concordance, etc.) to do Bible study. They cover some of the core theology for our denomination (Baptist), and at the end, participants receive a study Bible. I prefer to use a hardcopy Bible. I remember things pretty visually and often can picture where on the page a verse appears, if there were many footnotes on that page in my study Bible, how close to the front or back of the Bible that verse is located, etc. Ditto for other kinds of books--I have a difficult time learning from text on a screen (not as bad with a website or something with a less "vanilla" layout). We attended a church for several years that gave scriptures to members to recognize major life events--birth (NT), high school graduation (study Bible), college graduation (pocket reference of verses by topic), additional degrees (study Bible), and marriage (family Bible). I have wondered if they still do that.
  13. kbutton

    Have you ever made mashed potatoes with a strainer?

    If I recall correctly, I had to peel apples when I used my KA strainer to make applesauce. I would think the potato peels would jam things up. Hmm...curious how it goes for you.
  14. So, I went to SGM that my son uses with an SLP. She is liking it a lot. My son has great ability to write sentences, but he's missing some big picture/critical thinking stuff that SGM provides up close work on. He's using the main Thememaker book (SGM for older kids), and we are also using the Making Connections autism book (which no one expected him to need, but there ya go!). We are planning on using some of the TpT lessons concurrently, but have my son actually make the connections back to SGM. I haven't done a lot of that yet due to time constraints, but that's the plan. SGM offers tracking type materials that school-based SLPs and intervention teachers can use for tracking and reporting progress. That's one nice thing if you choose to go that route. Anyway, I think if you try the grade level materials and have difficulty, then you can use that as fuel for getting him more/different help at school. If you have a sense that therapy level materials are more appropriate, I would just get going with the SGM stuff. Call the company and ask questions--the author will get on the phone with you, and she'll even talk about testing he's had and what the results might mean for where to plug into her products. She's great! As PeterPan said, our kids are at different places--my son has more intact language stuff but has holes.
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