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  1. Ha...yeah, our oldest is 9. I considered a balance board like this for the oldest, but decided the teeter popper will go over better with all of them this year. I also considered stilts this year, but again I think waiting one more year would be ideal with our age spread.
  2. A toddler/preschool pogo stick (We have tile floors and don't mind in they use it indoors.) Warning: that sale price is more than I paid. It looks like the marked it up to be able to mark it down. Teeter Popper Bilibo A stick horse (found at Goodwill) I seriously considered an indoor trampoline. I wish this one was in our budget. Also considered were a tumbling mat, chin up bar, indoor balance beam, and balance pods.
  3. Well, in our house stockings are from Santa as well as 1 additional gift (usually the "big one"). Then there's usually a gift from Mom and Dad, and a gift from siblings. There may be a few small other gifts thrown in (often books). I don't understand wanting credit for the gift. That something I can't wrap my brain around when it comes to gifts for kids from Santa versus parents. And if Santa only brings stocking stuff, what's the point of the tradition of writing him letters and visiting him (which we don't necessarily do)? I feel your pain, OP. We just don't need more stuff. So there's a bunch of consumable gifts (arts and crafts stuff) coming into our house, as well as some gifts meant for more active things (to help with WI winters). In the future, I definitely see us doing family gifts. I like the idea above of a puzzle they have to put together telling them what it is.
  4. This was also my reaction to the replies here. To those who were in that situation, I am sorry.
  5. I think these have been suggested, but they are all so good, I'm mentioning them again. A Small Miracle (Collington) The Christmas Miracle of Johnathan Toomey The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree An Orange for Frankie Cranberry Christmas And I don't think I saw this one mentioned yet. Humphrey's First Christmas
  6. Well, in our family that'd mean you wouldn't be expected to bring anything. If you insisted, the suggestion would be jellied cranberries (you know, from a can). I feel a little badly that all I am taking to Thanksgiving this year is cranberry relish, cranberry sauce, jellied cranberries (yes, we need all 3 kinds as different people prefer different ones) and 2 kinds of cookies. I offered to bring a veggie or rolls but was turned down. OP, I am glad you see the humor in this.
  7. I am sorry you are dealing with all of this. I have no advice or knowledge. But, every time I see the title of this thread, my brain reads it as "kid free diet." And I do heartily support diets that don't encourage eating children.
  8. It sounds like the dr. has advised againts an external version for turning the baby. What about her doing various things to try to get baby to flip? If she wants to encourage baby to flip, she can avoid sitting on soft surfaces (like couches/recliners). She can kneel on a couch and lean forward to the floor. I highly recommend having pillows around her on the floor if she tried this. I even recommend having someone else around in case getting up is tricky. The website might have more ideas. If she doesn't want to try flipping baby (and even if she does), I'd remind that the goal is "healthy mom and healthy baby," however that needs to happen. If that means a c/s, so be it. I have no advice re: c/s support, as I've never had one. (Besides the obvious, be available to help lift/carry things, prepare food, etc...) Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional in real life. I don't even want to attempt to play one on TV or online. I have no idea if the above ideas are okay with the pre-e. complications. I know solely that they are things I did to flip one of mine. She should consult her medical professional before attempting any of them. Also, I will keep her and baby in my prayers. (I hope that we here at the Hive will be graced with a photo of a cute, squishy healthy newborn!)
  9. Well, our small town has a grocery store (small chain), Walmart, and one other specialty-ish more expensive food place. I generally prefer the grocery store, as it's less chaotic and I like to support smaller businesses. However, they don't carry whole wheat flour (even in our super crunchy area). So I usually do most of our food shopping at the small store (paying slightly more is worth it there). There I pick up random things on a Walmart run. Only rarely do I do these the same day. As the 4 kids are usually with me, I try to only do one large errand at a time. Behavior and sanity levels are at their best that way. And I only go to the other place for granola. Oddly, it's more reasonably priced there than the other 2 stores, plus the selection is better. I do my very best to only go there when don't have all 4 kids as taking them in with me for 1 thing is just...not my favorite thing.
  10. Except what are they basing the "use by" date for safety on? As many posters in this thread have pointed out, it's really based on nothing! Canned food that your senses tell you is fine and that you cook is almost guaranteed to be fine safety-wise.
  11. Catwoman, I don't always agree with you, but I just want to say there is a very high and mighty attitude from you in this post. Many, many people buy dented cans for a variety of reasons. Have you never heard of any Amish "dent 'n bent" stores? What a position of wealth and privilege you come from to never have needed to patronize one, or a similar type venue. Congrats on that (but surely even you can see that isn't the case for many people). As for cleaning out pantries, I have no idea if people I know do that regularly or not. (Well, the person we inherited said items from certainly didn't, but there were extenuating circumstances.) I certainly clean off shelves, but as I know dates are based on well...nothing...I don't pay much attention. FWIW, I'd bet that you wouldn't be able to tell the difference in taste/quality. (And, given that I've admitted we've eaten things past dates here, I think my opinion holds my water!) I mean, canned goods aren't exactly fine dining, you know? So the slight decline that might happen a few months or a year after the date just isn't noticeable. And if it looks, smells, or tastes off...well, you wouldn't eat it, and neither would I! That's my whole point. If your (general you) senses tell you it's bad, throw it out (regardless of whether it was canned this morning or last year).
  12. Yes, it's not luck, it's knowing that spoiled canned food will be putrid. Unless it's a mild botulism contamination, which could be from 2 day old canned food, again, nothing to do with the expiration date. This has very little to do with unsafe food handling practices, except the fear of grossness. It's the difference between factual and emotional decisions.
  13. Botulism has nothing to do with expiration dates, with the baked potato in foil being a good example. Botulism spores are not killed by boiling temps, which is why you need to pressure can low acid foods, to get the temperature higher than the boiling point. Botulism is an anaerobic bacteria, and thrives only when the other bacteria have been killed off by heat. So you are preparing an ideal growing bed by cooking a potato and then wrapping it (not going to get into pasteurized vs raw milk now, but think about it if you want). If that potato was canned without killing the botulism spores, then it would cause food poisoning within hours or days, the expiration date of 2 years, or ten years, or a hundred years is irrelevant. Cooking to 185 for five minutes destroys botulism toxin also. Warming food without simmering is bad. Food between 40 and 140 is the danger zone in general. Botulism for some stored foods is one of the rare/unusual exceptions, listeria in cold temps is another unusual one. In addition to botulism in low acid canned foods that are not pressure canned, wrapped baked potatoes sitting out, also watch out for and beaver parts fermented in tupperware instead of buried. Expiration dates are about food quality. I wonder how they compared the quality of the cans from the sunken ship, since not many would have remembered the quality of canned food from that era. edit, spelling, and I thought potato botulism was more common, but could only find the texas case, and a canned botulism case from michigan
  14. But why does it matter? Who decided when each food's date should be? Where is the science behind it? If the can looks fine, and the food looks and smells fine, and you plan on cooking said food, wouldn't that take care of problem?
  15. Well, we recently ate some canned food with an expiration date in 2011 (we inherited it), and I didn't want to just throw it out. so clearly I/we belong to the "canned goods are good pretty much forever" camp. That being said, at any sign of weirdness, I'd certainly toss. But the food looked/smelled fine, so we ate it. It's been a few days, so I think we are good.
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