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  1. I think I've passed a point of no return in my relationship with my parents. I had let the kids go to my parents' house August 29 - Sept 1 on the condition that she and my dad did not go anywhere (except for Covid-protocol church) and the kids did not go anywhere. I was very clear about this being past my comfort level already, and that I was Really Serious about these restrictions if the kids went over. I said that if this didn't work the kids wouldn't go over again before either my parents or the kids were vaccinated. I said that I knew she did not agree with me and has disregarded my conditions in the past but I was Really Serious about this. (Please note, my parents go to multiple multiple stores/restaurants on a daily basis with no mask and are unvaccinated in a High Transmission area, which is why I asked for these conditions. I'm not trying to control their lives on a daily basis, let's not delve into how unreasonable I may be as I have heard it all already, multiple times, in two languages). Well, surprise surprise...they did not keep their end of the bargain. So last week I had to tell them the kids would not be visiting Sept 18-22 as previously planned. I had 9 blissful days of silence after my mom hung up on me. She asked to speak with me last night to "clear the air." [I wrote out the whole conversation, but on re-read realize it doesn't really matter.] I didn't actually feel anything when she was crying or saying her piece. I was patient and kind and did the right noises, but I didn't feel anything about it. I didn't even feel guilty. I am tired of it. I rolled my eyes at the idea that I'm blackmailing them, instead of them having to deal with the consequences of their choices. I rolled my eyes when she said my kids would be infertile because their DNA was changed if I got them vaccinated. I rolled my eyes at the idea that God is "pruning her", instead of her taking responsibility for her decisions. I'm okay with being a disappointment and a bad daughter, because I realize that being their version of good is a) not that great and b) unachievable anyway. So I'll just be me instead, which I think has been working out mostly ok. Not perfect, lol, but mostly ok. Anyway. Thanks for listening.
  2. This was a horrible thread to click on. I now know of 3 bakeries way too close to me that offer too many things I cannot know about. Also, cake pops at the local bakery that sells them is $36/dozen, and have to be ordered ahead of time and in dozen packages. "Price will increase with certain customizations."
  3. I find it interesting that you have the Locally Hated AND the SWAT Team house and that these two are not the same. There's at least 1 story that I am hoping you'll share, lol. When I moved into this house, we found out the hard way that the key marked "Front" did not actually unlock the front door. I called the handy guy I had met a few weeks earlier, and he walked me through breaking and entering. (There was an awkward pause where he was like, "So, ...I don't do this type of thing anymore...but do you have a credit card?") I thanked him very profusely once I got inside and, now that I knew how easy it was to break in, asked him to come over sometime that week to install deadbolts, lol.
  4. @cintinative and @Slache, and anyone else who uses the IEW poetry: does the teacher workbook add a lot to you? I could see us using the CDs, but that's more of a flourish than a necessary thing for us, so I'm debating between just getting the student workbook or the full set. I have a bad habit of not reading directions, lol, but if the teacher book gives valuable advice I'd make the effort to try.
  5. Phone/Tablet/iPad Apps: Star Walk (may have a new version by now). Very interactive and you can drag it around to see the sky directly above you, below you, and at different angles.
  6. @cintinative How long do you think Level 1 took you? Is it pretty comparable to a school year? I do random poetry memorization with the kids, and toss in some Shakespeare from the plays we are reading, but I think the long poem/speeches are what I want to aspire to, and it would be easier to do with a program to work up to it. I always look at these poetry memorization programs and flirt with them in my cart, but never pull the trigger. But the list of speeches, now that's tempting. eta to answer OP's question, @lulalu: we do speeches from Shakespeare. "Friends, Romans, Countrymen" was the last one we did. We do a longer prayer daily from memory (14 stanzas, about 7 lines each?). I know as a kid in 6th grade in school I had to memorize the Raven by Poe; we didn't have memory work in grades before this so I don't know what they were thinking, only 2 of us successfully memorized it. In the end they made it a group project so we all effectively memorized 4-7 stanzas, something like that, then recited in groups taking turns. That may be something you could consider, too. Agree it is just a matter of working 1 stanza at a time, then adding on. What I've liked about it for the kids is that then smaller memorizations seem easy, and they expect they can memorize things because they have done it before. This blends over into music lessons for us, where no one balks at a piece memorization because they are already used to long form. Just make sure that you review the early parts often , so that you aren't memorizing stanza 15 to find out stanzas 1-3 are gone. We usually do all the stanzas memorized, then add on, so that way gaps are less likely to happen or stay long if they do.
  7. Sweet (kinda sad) story. My grandfather had Alzheimers and was fading away for years before he eventually had to go to a nursing home. Part of his dementia included hiding things in very random places, and he became particularly concerned his money was being stolen because it kept disappearing. My nana was a bit of a neat freak and so was always trying to put things back as they should be, and had to always tell him that no, she wasn't stealing the money. He died in 2010, she died in 2018. My mom showed me this note he left my nana: "My love, I am probably gone now. I am hiding all of the cash in the pipe underneath the shed. I hope you are safe. Love --" She had found the note while cleaning out the house after my grandmother's death, at the back of a drawer in his room. So my nana probably never found it. Unfortunately the shed is filled to the brim with a relative's belongings now and so we can't investigate if his stash is still there, or if he even did what he had intended to do. However, the thing I can speak to is that the same house has a wall filled with jars in the patio. You can see some of the jars through a crack. It was where they stored canning supplies. I guess when she stopped canning they just decided to wall that up with everything as it was.
  8. Re: bras, I've recently found Bravissimo and Negative Underwear and *love* what I've gotten. I've never had good bras before (and never more than 2 bras at the same time), so I can't compare to other "good bra brands", but I never knew that wearing bras could be pleasant. My collection grows with each marketing email, lol.
  9. This is the first I've heard of it (busy day). Just went and looked it up. So it looks like there is a choice between vaccine and weekly testing. Setting aside the argument of "Is this overreach?", just looking at the policy itself it seems quite a reasonable way to go about this. If you have a large number of people potentially working together, they should be either vaccinated or testing regularly to make sure that any outbreak is caught and dampened before it spreads in this large number of people. So even if you aren't willing to be vaccinated, you can still be part of the solution while not violating your principles (if you're against vaccination for an actual principle, which is another argument I'm just going to set aside). The way people are decrying being forced to be vaccinated I didn't realize there was the second option. No, it's not pleasant to get a weekly test, but it isn't in the realm of inhumane treatment and unless you have left jobs on principle to stand against random drug testing, I would say that any objection to this is more pomp than principle. It isn't an unreasonable request to show that, if you aren't taking the necessary precautions, that you are not a danger to the group. These are two reasonable options being given to employees and focusing only as if there is a vaccinate-or-leave dichotomy is really misleading and I'm surprised this isn't being pointed out more.
  10. Office admin job, in the executive department (so to speak). When I was interviewing I noticed *every* woman in the office complex had really nice nails. It's the culture here I guess. I could technically not do it and not get fired, but I'd stick out like a sore thumb (ha). You say these last a long time, do you do a lot of typing? Or handling files? It doesn't sound like it'd be hard on nails but man I've been surprised at what these easy tasks are doing to my paint jobs. But easier to apply sounds wonderful. I wonder if my stamping would stick on top, I don't see why it wouldn't. Think putting a top coat on top of the strips would damage them? Ah! Is it harder to do than regular polish? Harder to clean up? I'm still a bit sloppy and so like that I clean up in the shower, does this stuff allow for that? I've found my old MK nail polishes are definitely worn out by Wednesday (painted on Sunday). And a couple colors of the Sally Hanson seem to chip more than others? I'm not sure if I'm doing something different when painting but 2 of the colors chipped multiple times even after touchups. So if this stuff is more durable I should really look at it. And just not tell my DH how much I'm spending on nails, lol. eta: I just realized I'm *excited* to talk about nails. Who have I become?! (Not that there's something wrong with it, it's just never been anything I was remotely interested in before)
  11. While I will agree he is the best, idk about throwing out things from a house that spontaneously generates sequins and weather patterns. Definitely a bold move by him. In a few days the house may spontaneously cough up 3 glittery lids as some sort of mind game and then you will be wondering if you threw out a matching part. But don't worry, because found lids never (ever) have matching parts, it's just the house messing with you.
  12. Whenever he asks for something (water, screwdriver, toothpaste) always hand him an apple at the same time. This requires preplanning and an apron with large pockets, but will work especially well if you hide all the screwdrivers and toothpastes. Or you make your new phrase for finishing anything, "How do you like dem apples!" But say it kinda menacingly with eye contact and casually tossing an apple up and down (again, apron and pockets for preparation) so he understands that, yes, he likes dem apples.
  13. I mean.... she's asking for resources... so I'm assuming she wants to teach it. And maybe also go to the beach, it is a celebration of the labor movement, after all.
  14. Yes, I leave out the "online" part because it seems to qualify the word "friend" and I don't really feel a qualification towards y'all, so just "friend" is more accurate for me than "online friend." Maybe if you have a good irl friendship network the qualification makes sense, but I have no need for it personally. eta: though I have to randomly make up names for you guys sometimes. "The other day my friend Happiduck said..." can sometimes distract the conversation lol
  15. My daughter is basically the same, except she likes leggings. So it's black leggings plus t-shirts, loosely fitting, with a sweater tied around her waist, and a baseball cap. She likes the tshirts from Old Navy, there's a lot there without graphics or designs she's okay with. If you can get your daughter past the store's branding of pink, Justice has some things that work like plaid button down loose fitting shirts, we aren't into jumpsuits here like your links but it looks like they have a couple. They usually have longer dresses that don't hug anything, for when dressing up is necessary.
  16. "No, DH, it's not a cult...it's just that I *needed* what they already had!" ----- So in my new job I am having to deal with an uncharted territory: weekly-done nails. Me, the casual 1-2 times a year fun color sloppily applied person, has been very studiously watching Youtube videos about nail care. I've been getting mostly Sally Hanson Insta-Dry Colors because they have some office-friendly shades and I feel more secure in my not-mess-it-up-immediately abilities with the faster dry time. But, the real purchase that has made this journey more fun is Maniology stamping kits (nail decorations). If I've got to do my nails weekly, gosh darn it I'll have fun with it! I have been doing mostly 1-2 nails a week, and one week did every nail. It's fun to add a bit of color to my routine, and it doesn't really add all that much time or effort to get a bit of decoration in. Pro tips: yes there's a difference to the "stamping polish", or maybe I just don't own a comparable type; they aren't kidding about 100% acetone to clean the plates; and the stamp thing cleans best with tape only. Depending on your perfectionistic streak, this can be really fun or really frustrating, lol.
  17. Thanks for this post. I had to make a Hard Decision and had to tell my parents yesterday. There was...unpleasantness, and even though I'm making the best choice for my family, it doesn't make the fallout fun. I joked with DH this might be the straw that breaks the camel's back and gets me disowned lol. Except...it wasn't really joking. I think they'll get over it. But, I know a lot of irreparable damage has been done to some relationships and it just seems so pointless, when I think about how we missed out on a possibly better future because of the irresponsibility of some.
  18. Home Chef has a "Fast and Easy" option that advertises "Delicious low or no prep meals for those with a busy schedule!" It looks like they offer 3 levels of prep/easiness. From their website: Meal Kits: Easy recipes with pre-portioned ingredients ready in about 30 minutes. 15 Minute Meal Kits: Built for speed! Prepped, pre-portioned ingredients that cook in 15 minutes. Oven-Ready: Pre-portioned, fresh ingredients arrive with an oven-safe tin. No prep, no mess! eta: Best codes I can find online are AAA110D ($110 off 4 boxes: $30 off 1st box, $30 off 2nd box, $25 off 3rd box, and $25 off 4th box) and Fall55 (55% off your first box up to $40, and $10 off your second box). Codes verified to work as of 9/4/2021.
  19. First box I'm trying is EveryPlate. Started here because they had a great introductory offer and it seemed like a good way to ease into this. The food: good standard fare, kids like the flavors, nothing too out there. All of the produce was fresh (asparagus a bit soft but still green and tasted good). All of the proteins have kept well, I was very happy with the quality of the shrimp and the steaks since they are better than I can get locally. Portion sizes: I ordered the 4 person option and some of the portions seem a bit small, even before taking into account we are effectively splitting for 5 (2 adults, 7, 10, 12yo, 4 yo has been skipping dinner). The amount of asparagus they gave for 4 is normally what DH would eat himself, lol, but maybe we just like asparagus more than the average bears? Also for the side of rice meal, we just made our own since I knew the 1.5 cups rice sent wouldn't be enough for us. But the protein portions have been good. I don't mind taking out a bag of green beans from the freezer to make on the side just in case someone's still hungry and am trying to give grace, again, for 5 people sharing 4 portions. The convenience factors: Directions are easy to understand and follow, kids with little kitchen experience are able to help and quasi-take over dinner without too much input from me. If I'm making it, their time estimates are accurate (all meals in under 35 minutes). All the food was in one cardboard box that easily lifted out of the shipping box and could slide into the fridge. You have to sort for each meal, this is fine with me since I'd prefer less packaging. I feel a bit bad for some of the extra packaging but understand why it's done. I can see that their menus are a bit hit and miss for us; not enough meals over the next 2 weeks are interesting enough for us to justify ordering from them. But with this first box I'm happy with the quality and convenience it offers; it would have been worth it without the intro offer for the convenience of it. meta eta: I'm going to add more labels to the legend, let me know if you think this helps for finding what you need, or if it clutters up the list too much.
  20. The admin asst is in damage control mode. She is trying to placate you so you don’t take it up the chain of command (by apologizing), saying it’s really your own fault so you won’t blame her (PTA comment), and probably trying to do what she can to fix it so it doesn’t look as bad to her superiors (“appear to be trying to fix it” comment). This is all CYA tactics, I highly doubt anything will actually come out of it that will help you and your kid, it will only be by accident if you do get help. If you haven’t directly spoken with the principal yet, you need to, they might not even know what’s really happened and any excuse or explanation given by the assistant cannot be trusted to be the whole truth. If she’s willing to blame you to your face when she knows you go to PTA meetings, what is she willing to insinuate to others to make it look like just a little mistake in her part and a huge oversight on yours?
  21. Yes, this is true, I was just trying to get across that I am not concerned about this bill just because of how it could affect me personally, but because it allows the courts to be weaponized against the citizenry in favor of a select few that can stay anonymous in their wreaking of havoc. With no opportunity to “Face your accuser” and the state blindly accusing you on the word of a masked face at a keyboard, this is a direct “slap in the face” to the 6th amendment. Among many other concerns it presents.
  22. "The head of the [Arizona] state's premier anti-abortion organization said Thursday she is looking to use the newly enacted Texas ban on the terminating a pregnancy after fetal heartbeat has been detected as a template for legislation here." Article on AZ Capitol Times this morning https://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2021/09/02/texas-abortion-law-template-for-arizona/ Everyone in the US should be concerned about this. For the record, I am completely pro-life, and I would not "aid or abet" someone in getting an abortion. So my objection to this bill isn't because I'm concerned about getting sued. My concern about this law is how it infringing and curtails the rights of Americans and is hijacking our courts to work as bully threat tactics. This law is flawed, it is un-American, it's the proverbial landslide of a slippery slope. This is not the way to dissuade abortions or save lives. This is just totalitarianism and insanity on a signed piece of paper, using our justice system to bully others. This isn't pro-life, this will do nothing to save lives, this is posturing and bad law.
  23. I've always appreciated the long detailed posts on different topics here, especially when I'm researching for a house purchase. Based off some of the recent dinner meal subscription threads, I've decided to take the plunge and try out some of the options. I had originally started a master list/stats/review for myself in Excel but then realized the Board may find it helpful, too. I'll keep this master list (first post) updated with new companies, strike out of business, link to any reviews posted in the thread, etc. Any prices and specials I list are as of the day I added it. If you have a review on a company or meal or anything related, I would love to hear about it! I hope others find this helpful and I really hope others contribute here, too. If not, well, welcome to my journal of the search for the perfect box, lol. Legend: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, S=Snacks, Sw=Sweets. Gold bullets: mean nothing, idk why it's doing that! 🥕Vegetarian/Vegan. 🥕🥕Vegetarian/Vegan ONLY. 🥩Keto/Paleo. 🐟Pescatarian. 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦FamilyOptions. 💪Health-focused. 🥡Reheat. 🍳Cooking. ⏲️15-30minCooking. 🐄Dairy-FREE. 🌾Gluten-FREE 🌿Organic 📢Reviews. 🛒Add-ons 🌅Breakfast ⚖️Weightloss Some companies may offer options that I do not include in the writeup or the icons, or may change their offerings Meal Subscriptions, in Alphabetical Order BistroMD bistromd.com 💪 🌅 ⚖️ Doctor-designed meal delivery plan, focused on weight loss, offers B, L, D, S options. Programs organized by number of days and women/men options. Programs starting at $98, averaging around $9/serving for the L+D program and $7 for the BLD option. Newsletter signup special: 25% Off plus free shipping. Blue Apron blueapron.com 🥕👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 🛒📢 One of the originals, wide variety of dinners, more involved cooking sometimes. Menu options are Signature, Vegetarian, and Signature for 4. Some of their meals are marked WW approved. 2,4 person options. "Market" and wine add-ons available. Starting at $7.50/serving. $10 shipping. Newsletter signup special: $80 off over first 4 boxes, search online for better limited-time deals Reviews: sassenach, HomeAgain Chef’s Plate cook.chefsplate.com 🥕 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 ⏲️ 3 meal plans available: Meat & Veg, Family Friendly, Vegetarian. Can choose 2, 4 people, 2-4 meals per week. Some of their meals are flagged as “15-min meal”. Marketing is focused on convenience and family friendly. $9-10/serving, based on number of meals ordered. Free Shipping. $244 off through first 4 boxes (including first two boxes at 55% off), offer on website. Cookunity cookunity.com 🥡 “Signature meals from award-winning chefs, delivered to your door.” These meals are pre-cooked by their chefs, you receive and reheat. Doesn’t deliver to my area so can’t see pricing. Newsletter offer: save 40% on your first order Daily Harvest daily-harvest.com 🥡 🛒 💪 Frozen meals to be reheated, offers meals and smoothies and other replacement options (like almond milk). Focus on healthy. All single-serving options, no bulk/family, but you can order however many of one type you want. Average price of $9/serving for meals, $8 for smoothies and soups, some other items at $6, at their “medium” box size. Get up to $35 off your first order (depending on how many items you buy) Code: Welcome2021! Dinnerly dinnerly.com 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 🥕 ⏲️ 📢 “Fast, easy, tasty meals start at just $4.69 per person.” 2, 4 person options. 3-6 meals per week. Smaller boxes can be made to be vegetarian. They say the recipes are 5 simples steps. They don’t deliver to my location so I can’t more detailed meal options. $5.89/serving for 2 persons @ 3 meals/week. $4.69/serving for 4 persons @ 6 meals/week. $8.99 shipping. Search online for promo codes, they seem to change monthly. Reviews: vonfirmath EveryPlate everyplate.com/ 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 🥕 ⏲️ 📢 One of the most economical I’ve found, typical American food that sometimes tries for ethnic flare. Most dinners include starches. Options for 2 or 4 people, 3 -5 meals a week. Dinner only. $5.50/serving @ 4 people for 5 dinners/week. Can search online for $1.99/serving on your first box. For $20 off, click my link. or PM me for a free week of meals. Reviews: sassenach, Moonhawk Green Chef greenchef.com 🥩 🥕 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 ⏲️ Bit more pricey, but more interesting meal options. Better options for different diet restrictions, they have menus for Keto + Paleo, Balanced Living, and Plant-Powered. Dinner options for 2, 4, 6, 8, 12 people, 3-4 meals per week. Dinner only. Dinner for 6 @ 4 meals/week = $275 ($11.45/serving), plus 10$ shipping. 2 people @ 3 meals/week (smallest option) is $13/serving. Can search online for 50% off first delivery. Or, click my link for $55 off your first box. Kencko kencko.com Smoothies. It’s a powder in a pack that you blend in, so it may not be really thick as much as a drink additive. Lots of flavors. They also do snack “gumdrops.” 20 smoothies @ $2.99/ea; 30 @ $2.69/ea; 60 @ $2.49/ea 3 for 2 deal: buy 2 months get 1 free. Factor 75 factor75.com💪🥡 🥩 ⚖️ “Healthy, chef-prepared meals delivered right to your doorstep.” Precooked healthy meals, all you do is reheat. Chef’s choice, Keto, or calorie-smart meal plans. 4-18 meals per week. $11-15 per serving, depending on how many meals/week. $90 off your first 3 orders newsletter signup Flex Pro Meals flexpromeals.com 💪 ⚖️ “The Amazon Prime of Meal Delivery” Order before 3pm EST, and it will ship same day, (Friday-Sunday orders ship on Monday). Two meal plans: Fat trimmer and Lean muscle. $8.50 - $11.50/serving, depending on how many meals per order. Search online for discount code for first order. For 50% off try code NATUREBOY Freshly freshly.com💪 🥡 “Chef cooked, healthy meals delivered to you.” Fully cooked, you reheat. Plans range from 4-12 meals per week. $8.50-11.50/serving depending on number of meals/week. Plus shipping. Search online for discount codes. Fresh Meal Plan freshmealplan.com/ 💪🥡 🥩 🥕 Offer traditional, paleo, keto, vegan, lean & mean, and a la carte menu options. Meals are ready, you refrigerate and reheat. 6 meals a week @$12/meal, 10 @ $11/meal, 14 $ $10/meal. Plus shipping. Coupons codes online, try FRESH62 for up to $62 off first 2 weeks of meals. -or- FRESH60 for 60% off your first order. Fresh n Lean freshnlean.com 💪🛒 🥡 🥩 🥕 📢 🌅 ⚖️ Delivered ready to eat, just reheat. B, L, D, S options. Meal plans include Protein+, Keto, Whole 30 approved, Paleo, Vegan, Vegan Low Carb, and Bulk options. Can order for 5 or 7 days. Dinner for 5 days is $77.15 (15.43/serving). B+L+D for 7 days is $209.30 ($9.97/serving). (Keto plan example numbers) $20 off if you give your phone number, popup when you try to leave the website. Reviews: zimom Fuel Meals https://www.fuelmeals.com 🛒 🥡 💪 🌅 ⚖️ Another one where it is pre-made, just reheat. Fitness-focused marketing. A la carte, Goal specific (choose sex, fitness goal and B/L/D meal types), and bulk plans available. 7 meal minimum per order. Can do a customized meal. Starting at $8.95/serving, like a restaurant menu where it shows dish/price, $13.95 was highest option. Prices do not change with # ordered. Bulk option prices seem pretty reasonable, considering (eg White rice 1 lb @ $3.95, rice pilaf 1 lb @ $4.95). Newsletter signup 20% off first order Gobble gobble.com 🥕⏲️ 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 15 minute dinner kits. 3 menu options: Classic, Vegetarian, Lean & Clean. 2-4 people, 2-3 dinners/week. $12/serving, plus $7 shipping Get you first 6 meals for $36, offer on website. Or click my link for a 2 meals for $18 deal. Hello Fresh hellofresh.com 🥕 ⏲️ 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 🐟📢 ⚖️🛒 “America’s Most Popular Meal Kit”. 6 menu preferences: Meat & Veg, Veggie, Family Friendly, Calorie Smart, Quick & Easy, Pescatarian. 2-4 people and 2-6 recipes per week options. Add-ons available, featuring other brands like Annie's, Sargento, and fresh produce. Starting at $7.50/serving, up to $12.50, depending on how many meals ordered. Plus $9 shipping. Search online, can usually find 14 free meal deals (spread out over a few boxes) Reviews: whitestavern, sassenach, Home Chef homechef.com. 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 🥡 🍳 📢 These kits also found in select Frys/Kroger stores. 2 options: you prep and cook, or all the prep is done for you. 2, 4, 6 person options, 2-6 recipes per week. Starting at $7/serving, goes up to $9, depends on how many meals ordered. $14 shipping. <— they say $7/serving on the website, but I can’t find an option when I play with the cart that goes under $8. Can find coupon codes for $ off 4 boxes. Reviews: Moonhawk (info post) Hungry Root hungryroot.com 🛒 🐟 🥕 📢 🌅 Groceries plus recipes box. You can choose L & D meals, then “other groceries” for B, S, and Sw servings. B, L, D, S, Sw options. Can max out at recipe 16 servings total/week. Meals seem to have Hungry Root branded ingredients and feature other brands also, such as Beyond Meat and Kite Hill. 4 recipes @ 4 servings each = $8.50/serving. “Other grocery” options vary as add-ons. 40% off + free gift in every delivery popup on website Reviews: Farrar (info post) Just Eat Clean justeatclean.com 💪 🌾 Focused on “freshest and best ingredients”, “grass-fed pasture-raised and wild caught whenever possible.” Gluten free, soy free, no refined sugars are how they tag their meals. Chef’s choice and a la carte meal types. 5, 10, 14 meal plans under Chef’s choice (you don’t choose the meals!). Chef’s Choice: 5 meals at $84.75, 10 meals=$165, 14=$223. A la carte options are a little bit more (14=$237). Free shipping. 25% discount on first order, offer on website Marley Spoon marleyspoon.com Martha Stewart affiliated. Plan page wouldn’t load on multiple computers, will come back later. Reviews: Farrar, sassenach, One Potato onepotato.com 🌿 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 🥕 🌾 “Organic, pre-prepped ingredients and family friendly recipes with special child pricing delivered weekly.” D, Sw, and smoothies offered. 2-6 servings per meal, can customize types of people into categories of adults/teens/kids. Omnivore & Vegetarian preferences, Gluten-free and Nut-free options, and vegan options. Average of $12.95/svg for adults, $4.50 for kids. I think teens are $9. I can’t see if this already applied a coupon code. $80 off 4 boxes website offer code Get80. Try BTS50, can't see if this worked or not. Pete's Paleo petespaleo.com 💪 🥡 🛒 🥩 🐄 🌾 Chef prepared meal, seasonal ingredients, pre-cooked, you reheat. Gluten, Dairy, Soy free. Paleo, Keto, AIP-friendly, and Low FODMAP meal plans. 5, 10, 14 meals, or 5@4 servings options. Can add extra sides and double protein on smaller meal plans. 5 meals = 89.02 (17.80 serving). 5meals @4 persons = $326 ($16.30 serving). Look online, best I saw was for 35% off. Plated Out of business Purple Carrot purplecarrot.com🥕🥕 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 🛒🥡 🍳 Vegetarian, has both cooking kits and reheat boxes. 2,4 serving options, 3-4 dinners a week. There are “Pantry Items” you can add to your box if you choose the cooking kit. You cook: $9.99-11.99/serving depending on number of servings in a box. Prepared meals: $12.99/serving regardless of number ordered. $20 off order Purple20 Sakara sakara.com🌿 🥕🥕 🥡 ⚖️ 100% plant-based, organic. 3 Different box options: Signature program, Detox, and Brides. Detox box is called “Level II” and is offered once a month. Brides box is neutron + fitness experience, a 20 day program. All meals are ready to eat. Can select B, L, D. 2-5 days a week. $329 for BLD @ 5 days. $119 for LD @ 2 days. $50 off your first order code GETTHEGLOW Splendid Spoon splendidspoon.com 🥕🥕 🥡 🌾 🌅 Plant-based smoothies, soups, grain bowls and noodles. “Delivered to your door and ready in 5 minutes.” B, L, D options. Gluten free. 4 box options with different B+L+D combos, prices range from $9-13 per serving. Largest box of BLD+soup for 5 days=$185 ($9/serving) Various coupons online, $20-60 off usually Sunbasket sunbasket.com 💪🌿.🥡 🍳 🛒 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 🐟 🌾 🥩 🥕 🌅 ⚖️ “Healthy, delicious meals made with farm-fresh ingredients, and ready in as little as 3 minutes.” Organic. Both Cooking Kit (15-40 minute estimated time) and Reheat only kits. Multiple menu options, including Paleo, Diabetes-Friendly, Chefs Choice, Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Gluten Free, Mediterranean, etc. B, L, S options available through their “Market” add-ons. Cooking Kits options of 2, 4 persons and 2-5 dinners a week. Ready-made at $9-$11/serving depending on amount ordered. Cooking Kits =$11-13/serving depending on number of meals ordered. Look online, lots of codes $100+ off Suvie suvie.com 🥩 Countertop oven + meal system. You buy the oven, order the meals, and the oven heats them up correctly. Oven can double as a fridge and then start to cook meals on a timer. There is also a “Starch Cooker” applicance you can get. Menus for Flex, Weekly, or Protein based. $399 for the mini oven (promotional offer). Meals start at $10/serving. Pricing plans on the appliances are available. the promo off the mini oven on their site Territory Foods https://www.territoryfoods.com/ 🥕💪 🥩 🥡 🐄 🌾 🌅 ⚖️ Ready made, just reheat, freshly made every week. B, L, D. Able to customize your menu. Gluten free, non-dairy, no refined sugars. Starting menus of Paleo, Keto, Mixitarian?, plant-based, vegetarian, Vegan, Whole 30, Low Fat, Low Carb, and Mediterranean, also All. You can customize meal size: Standard (400-650 cal) or Boost (250-450 cal). Meal plans of 6, 12, or 18 meals per week. If you go with 18, they split the delivery into 2 days of the week (eg Sunday and Wednesday). $14.20/serving @ 18 meal plan ($257). $14.50 @ 6 meals ($87) , so no real savings based on order size. (Standard portions prices) $8.95 delivery (some areas may offer local pickup). Code 75FREESHIP21 for $75 off your first 3 orders + Free shipping Thistle https://www.thistle.co/menu/ 🥕 🥕 🐄 🌾 🛒 🌅 They don't *state* vegetarian but I don't see any meat products offered. Gluten and dairy free. B,L, D, S, juices and "wellness shots". Local zone people can pick and choose your meals; delivery plans are preset and you don't choose meals. Local delivery to much of CA and Las Vegas, shipping to CA, AZ, ID, NV, OR, UT, and WA. Starts at $11.50/serving $100 off popup on their website Tovala https://www.tovala.com/ 🥕 💪🌾 📢 Oven+ meal delivery service. The oven will auto-cook your foods based on scanned packaging code. Not a reheat package, actual cooking by oven involved, fresh ingredients. 3-16 meals per week. Can filter menu by Calorie, Carbs, Gluten free, vegetarian, or customizable. $99 oven offer (promotional). $12/serving regardless of number of meals ordered. $6 shipping, Free Shipping for 6+ meals. Impossible99 for the $99 oven offer. Reviews: Ailaena Vite Ramen https://www.viteramen.com/ 💪 It's ramen kits, but fancy. "All your protein, nutrients, and fiber. So easy it's almost like cheating." Ramen noodles made with healthy grains/options. Shipping based on location. 6, 9 pack options, diferent flavors available in different packs. They mention a subscription service but I don't see it anywhere. $5.80/serving unless the option you want is on sale. no change based on size of pack. 10% off code popup on website. Page of special one-time discounts for military, teachers, studets, first responders, medical, etc. Yumble Kids https://yumblekids.com/ 🥕 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 🥡 🌅 "Meals kids love, no cooking required." No cooking, either serve or reheat. B, L, D options, vegetarian options available. $5.99/serving at 16 meals, $9.99/meal for 4. Free Shipping. Look online for coupons Grocery Subscriptions, in Alphabetical Order Belcampo Meat Co Bulkeez Butcherbox Cooksventure Cooking Panda https://www.cookingpanda.com “Foodie box designed for food enthusiasts.” Not really meals, a bunch of snacks and one-serving samples of different items. 4 boxes released throughout the year. $45 per box, or $160 for annual subscription. Farmbox Direct Imperfect Foods Reviews: Corraleno, Ailaena Misfits Market Reviews: Lady Marmalade Omaha Steaks Rupert Organics Sizzlefish United Harvest Wild Alaskan Company Reviews: Lady Marmalade Wildgrain Worthy Flavors Bonus List: Meal Planners The Dinner Daily eMeals Base subscription B, L, D, Ocassions, Drinks. Can Add-on B, L. Many categories of menus, including 30minute meals, Keto, Vegetarian, Vegan, Paleo, etc. Generates the meal plan + grocery list after you choose the meal. Base subscription: $60/year. Add-on: $30/year. Free 14 day trial, check online for other coupons. Reviews: TheReader [Will finish adding company details over the next couple days.]
  24. I turn into the Mother from the Black Lagoon at 8pm. Anyone who talks, asks a question, or is seen around the house after bedtime has to deal with Her, not me. They have fair warning when the change is coming. For my 12.7 year old, we are still getting 10-11 hours of quiet, average of 9 of those are sleeping. I notice rustling from the kids room later at night, usually til around 9 but sometimes as late at 10, but because it's a shared room lights go out at 8:30. I can tell the difference between 9 and 10 hours of sleep, 10 is optimal but 9 is acceptable energy and mood. 8 hours of sleep give "yikes" days, and 3 of those in a row triggers emergency measures to reset the sleep cycle.
  25. So I have one that loves fiction, and one that loves non-fiction. Non-fiction kid is easy to get to read fiction: I hand him a list, and he treats it like a research project, but at night he chooses something facts-only. My fiction-lover will read non-fiction for her science class but won't willingly just choose a science book or even biography by herself for nighttime reading. The "bridge" books I have found are the Horrible Histories (and the math versions). Both kids will read those willingly and happily. It presents the information I think appealingly enough that the fiction-lover can use her imagination, and enough factual information that my nonfiction-lover can get the information he's looking for, just in a laughing way. It's a bit gory though. Well to me, they don't seem phased at al lol.
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