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  1. One of my big takeaways from this whole thread is that what may be considered "polite and refined" or socially acceptable isn't the same across cultures. So if you mean that tourists should do their best to adopt the social norms of the place they are visiting, sure. But I also think we could all be better at giving people the benefit of the doubt, having some patience, and trying to accept others for who they are and not who we think they should be.
  2. https://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2010/08/lacto-fermented-dilly-carrot-sticks.html These are so yummy! For the whey I used the clear liquid that separates from plain yogurt. If I am making several batches of these carrots (because my kids all love them too) and don't have enough whey, I just used a tablespoon of the yogurt. It makes the brine a bit murky, but it still works. When I make these my kids spend every day after asked over and over if they are ready yet.😄
  3. If you have a health food store nearby by, they will have a large selection of good quality probiotics in a refrigerated section. I wouldn't bother with probiotics at the grocery store. Or even mail order because a lot of them should be refrigerated.
  4. This is another recently discovered favorite. There is something about having dinner in the crock pot in the morning that makes me feel like a rock star. Everything else can go wrong during the day, but at least dinner is almost ready! I steam some broccoli and serve the Korean beef over rice. https://damndelicious.net/2015/02/21/slow-cooker-korean-beef/
  5. I have never made sourdough bread, but I find this so intriguing. My dad used to make sourdough bread. I really should learn.
  6. It depends. If the illness is especially bad or if the friends have medically complex kids, no I would not send a still-healthy kid over to play. It also depends on the ages of my kids and the ages of the friends. Little ones tend to share their germs much more liberally than older kids so I can usually assume all my little kids will get each other sick. But my teens and tweens can isolate themselves in a room and keep their germs to themselves. And if still-healthy teens and teens go out, I expect they aren't putting their mouths on other people's stuff. Because little kids ARE gross like tha
  7. I really like this recipe. Quick and easy. I serve it with tortilla chips and we end up eating it like a dip. https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/49552/quinoa-and-black-beans/?internalSource=hub recipe&referringContentType=Search
  8. Ooh, I'll play. I would love some new recipes. This is a family favorite. I am about to put it in the slow cooker right now, actually. I always double the recipe or at least add a couple extra cans of beans. It is so easy to throw together in the slow cooker, and for that reason alone is a favorite. But it also has incredible flavor. I mourn the summer months when it's socially unacceptable to make chili. https://www.melskitchencafe.com/creamy-white-chili/
  9. Several years ago while visiting a somewhat touristy location, a couple from Beijing sat by as we were sitting down taking a break. Beijing was the only word we communicated, but the man was gushing over one of my boys, gesturing to take a picture with him. I asked DS if he felt uncomfortable and he said no. Maybe he though the attention was fun. But then out of nowhere this man gets touchy, patting on him and he totally patted DS's crotch area. I immediately stood up and left with my kids, wondering if I should call security. I didn't because I wasn't sure it really registered with DS what ha
  10. So we visit my grandparents cabin in the mountains several times a year and we often see wildlife especially in one particular area on the way. While I may not take a picture, we definitely have to stop and watch because it's especially exciting for the littles in the back. I make no apologies for stopping and gawking when it makes my kids' day. ** we are careful not to impede traffic
  11. I like to take pictures of the kids and the whole family when we travel because THEY change so much. Years from now there will be documented proof that they once visited those places that are only vague memories for them. I try to be polite though when taking pictures. 😉
  12. I was going to suggested ringing the doorbell and then dashing back to the car, but if it was me I'd probably get hit in the face with my unsupported b00ks, so maybe not. I hate getting out of the car too when I'm not prepared for it.
  13. And this is another thing that bothers me. The owners lied about it being a pit bull mix which makes me think the pit bull parent was NOT a fantastic family dog with great genetics. I mean, why lie about it? Unless they are just harder to sell in general. Buyer still has the pup. But if my opinion is ever asked again, I won't hesitate to say that it's going to make me incredibly nervous in the coming years to have this dog at family events where toddlers and kids and other dogs are in attendance.
  14. What about just putting some money on her school account? Assuming the school lunch is set up that way and she has an account.
  15. While this thread had made me somewhat uncomfortable, it's also made me think about how our cultural practices (which may be neither right nor wrong) are interpreted in other cultures. Someone up thread mentioned greeting the shop owner in France as being he norm. Shopping at mostly large stores here, I don't think about greeting the store owner, though I see why that would be important in a small shop. And I can see why not doing so would be considered rude if I didn't while in France. But like I said, I don't think most of the cultural norms are right or wrong. They just are. I think we woul
  16. I am sure he won't ever do it again. He said as much. Their last dog was also an internet gamble, but he was such a fantastic family dog. I think he has realized that rolling those dice isn't worth it
  17. I have a friend who was running down her street when 2 pitbulls attacked her. They wouldn't stop and a passerby let her jump in their car to get away from the dogs. A guy showed up, claimed the dogs belonged to his neighbor and left with the dogs. Friend went to the hospital, but by the time the guy was tracked down (who was indeed the owner) the dogs were gone. His neighbor's security cameras showed the dogs getting out, going back in, and the owner scrubbing all evidence of the dogs from his backyard. The police wouldn't do anything.
  18. He was the one who brought up possibly rehoming it. I told him I wouldn't blame him at all if he did. When I asked about it, he sounded like he was still considering it but the kids love it. The dog would rarely be at my house, but we are together on campouts and other gatherings.
  19. I am not sure on the details of all the behaviors he is concerned about. While I know that this dog could turn out to be an excellent family dog, I know that he would be disappointed if his temperament is such that he can't accompany them on all outings where others dogs and children are present. And it seems like with both of those breeds' stereotypes, it would be easier to have a dog breed who is more likely to have the temperament he's looking for. Obviously it's not my decision to make. I just know how he loves to take his dogs everywhere and would feel bad if he couldn't.
  20. This thread is making me quite self-conscious. I haven't done any international travelling since I was young and single, and I went to Central America where I stuck out like a sore thumb because of my looks. Now with 7 kids we can't go anywhere without making a spectacle of ourselves, even when the kids are well-behaved. A few months back we took a trip to some touristy scenic locations and even (especially?) the international visitors loudly and dramatically counted my children as we walked by. 😄 This thread also has me pondering how much of our personalities are shaped by the culture we
  21. I was surprised by it because that was not a breed they had been talking about. Buyer admits it was impulsive. They just lost their family dog to old age who had been just fantastic for them. Buyer always has a dog, and has had several different breeds. Definitely a dog person who normally does a lot of research before jumping into something. Buyer is inclined to rehome but kids are attached now.
  22. Please don't quote, may delete later. Moral of the story is don't buy puppies from craigslist and meet in parking lots for the transaction. But what's done is done. Seller said puppy was from an accidental litter with a French Mastiff and a Pyrenees. Buyer, just for fun, did a DNA test shortly after getting puppy and it came back as 50% American Staffordshire Terrier (aka: pitbull), 25% Pyrenees and the rest "other." If you google pitbull puppy, the pics look just like this pup. (DNA test did not require a picture sent in) Buyer sent seller a nice text inquiring about this, asking if
  23. The 13 year old, maybe. If they understood that if there was a medical emergency the child would call 911, I'd be okay with that if it was just for a few hours.
  24. I agree. I am not going to make any decisions for anyone else, obviously. But I look at these elderly folks who take a handful of pharmaceuticals every day for age-related issues and wonder if it isn't just prolonging the inevitable. Six months ago we moved my dad in with a sibling. He wants to live at home but can't. He talks about wanting to pass on and be with my mom. He was recently diagnosed with Lewy Body dementia and he spends all day and all night fretting over things that don't need to be fretted over. He's paranoid and OCD about some things. It's hard. I know we have a mo
  25. I'd wait. Let daddy do his thing. I agree about waiting till summer and he's older. However I would start talking up underwear. I have done this with most of my kids and I feel like it really helps. For months before *I* am reading to start potty training I start talking about underwear. "When you turn 3 (or pick your milestone) you get to wear big boy underwear! No more diapers! You'll get to go potty in the toilet!" Make it sound fun and exciting. We talked about it during diaper changes. Every few weeks we'd pull out the underwear and admire them. And then when the stars aligned and I was
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