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Noreen Claire

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  1. I started easing into IF in April, and I've since lost about 25lbs. I started by not eating after dinner, then started delaying breakfast, then skipping breakfast entirely. After a while, I picked two days a week to also skip lunch. I now fast two or three days a week from after dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 3 (so, 36-42 hours or so), having only water or tea with a splash of whole milk. (I'm in it for the weight loss, I'm not so hung up on autophagy. I've tried to drink bone broth, but I don't like it.) It took about 6 months before I could go 24hours. Some weeks, if I'm not feeling well I may skip fasting days completely, or maybe just eat small lunch or dinner. I make sure to take my vitamins on non-fasting days, as I can't take them with an empty stomach. I used to have a serious problem with sugar, and intermittent fasting has helped tremendously. I would highly recommend reading any of Jason Fung's books. My regular diet still needs work (too many treats, not enough veggies, etc) and I don't exercise enough, but IF has helped me feel better.

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  2. My go-to dinner roll recipe - 24 glorious balls of yummy gluten, done in under 2 hours! We had these yesterday with beef stew.

    I sub 1 cup of the AP flour for whole wheat, and add 2 tbsp of honey. You could brush with melted butter/garlic powder/parmesan when they come out of the oven?

    ETA: They give multiple pan options at the end of the recipe!

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  3. 3 hours ago, Elizabeth86 said:

    How is FLL/WWE scheduled.  Is it 2 days for FLL and 4 days for WWE? 

    We are using FLL2 & WWE2 right now. FLL2 is completely oral, with supplemental copywork/written activities that we do not do, because we are doing WWE2. FFL2 has 100 lessons, and I schedule it 3 days/week and don't stress if we miss a day. WWE2 is 4 days/week, with each week's lessons being based on the same story, so week1/day1, week1/day2, week1/day3, week1/day4, followed by week2/day1, and so on...

    I'm not familiar with ELTL, so can't help you there.

  4. 1 minute ago, mmasc said:

    I’ve bought book 2 of the Vanderbeekers series to read aloud to the kids after Christmas break. We all really enjoyed book 1

    Oh! Book one had me WEEPING, towards the end, every time I picked it up to read aloud. I cried a bit at the end of book 3, as well. I had borrowed the first two from the library, but bought all 3 to keep when the last came out. I look forward to reading them out loud again!

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  5. On 11/26/2019 at 10:03 PM, smileyme said:

    He is a 10 year old, past the age to do Singapore math or Beast Academy books, as his curriculum is above those.

    10 years old is most definitely NOT past the age to do Beast Academy, especially if he is having trouble with 'math sense'. You could take a look at some of the sample workbook pages of the 5th grade workbooks here (scroll to the bottom for 5A) and see how he does with them.

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  6. Oh, (((hugs))).

    I can completely understand your feelings. I would be ANGRY. It isn't that he finally respects your feelings, it's that *he's* finally been inconvenienced. He isn't even doing all the work you are/were doing! I'm not sure how to navigate the discussion going forward, and I have no advice to give, as I am terrible at discussing my feelings and having hard conversations (I always end up crying in my frustration), but I see your pain and frustration and you have every right to have all the feels. 

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  7. To DH:

    • Symbol or Substance?: A Dialogue on the Eucharist with C.S. Lewis, Peter Kreeft
    • The Complete Stories, Flannery O'Connor

    to DS24:

    • Supermarket, Bobby Hall
    • Rick & Morty vs Dungeons & Dragons, Rothfuss

    to DS10:

    • Kane Chronicles (box set), Rick Riordan
    • Mission Python: Code a Space Adventure Game!, Sean McManus

    to DS7:

    • Python for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming,  Jason Briggs
    • 5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything), National Geographic

    to DS5:

    • National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Science, National Geographic
    • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (illustrated ed), JK Rowling
    • The Goblet of Fire (illustrated ed), JK Rowling

    to DS3:

    • ABCs of Engineering, Chris Ferrie
    • ABCs of Science, Chris Ferrie
    • ABCs of Mathematics, Chris Ferrie


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  8. 1 hour ago, 8FillTheHeart said:

    My kids are trained from birth for self-entertainment.  I dont say that lightly or flippantly. It is an active goal pursued with diligence. Unstructured time during which they must self-regulate.

    My kids have been taught to handle 2-3 hours of unstructured time *alone*, as we've been doing a midday quiet-time since forever, and they like it. However, at least during the winter when we are all inside together, they get on each other's nerves quickly and it devolves from there. Hopefully, as they get older, they might grow out of it? *prays harder*

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  9. 1 hour ago, 8FillTheHeart said:

    For the next 3 weeks we will do nothing but exactly what we want to do...

    This sounds absolutely lovely but, unfortunately, in practice in this house with these kids would lead to screaming, fighting, unhappy children and a completely wrung out mother. I'm trying to find a balance of structure and freedom for the next two weeks. We're 'off' from this Saturday until the 6th, though I'm planning museum trips the 2nd & 3rd.

  10. 5 minutes ago, wintermom said:

    We had to wait a while before we could make this happen. My dd 19 needs her own room, my ds 17 got the basement room. 

    Every family dynamic and house is different. My uncle with 3 boys and 3 girls seemed to be able to keep the 3 boys in one room (at least part of the time) while the girls all had their own rooms. 

    While your dc are little and enjoy having a bedroom buddy, life is good!

    We bought this house from a family that I had known since 1st grade, and they raised 4 boys and 1 girl here. There are days that I just don't understand how that was possible, as there is NOWHERE to put all the food that a family of 7 requires! Also, they were all fairly short, where DH is 6'2" and several of my boys are expected to be taller than that. I love this house, though, and I don't plan on ever moving again!

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  11. 4 hours ago, wintermom said:

    It's not helpful for you now, but maybe down the road. We just gave our 2 boys (now 13 and 15) the best gift ever - their own bedrooms. They were exploding - they had outgrown their bunkbed and were exploding in tempers. We had to build a new bedroom in the basement (including cutting concrete to put in a bigger window). So it was expensive, but so worth it!

    I would love separate rooms, but that's not going to happen here. We have 10 & 7 in one room and 5 & 3 in another, equally small room, with DH and I in the largest bedroom. DS24 is in the basement, but I hate having him down there and reuse to put anyone else down there once he leaves. The entire finished portion (2/3 the basement) needs to be gutted and redone, as there is water damage from a broken water main on the street that took 18 months to get the city to even admit existed after we noticed it. We would need egress windows, too. If money was no object, I would install real stairs up to our attic, add a full-length dormer to the rear side of the house, and put in a 3/4 bath as well. That could add 2 or 3 bedrooms, and everyone could have their own space! But, that won't happen with me as a stay-at-home mom, and I hope to be able to stay home for 3-8 more years.

  12. 4 hours ago, Chris in VA said:

    I would get rid of the bunk beds and use the money to build 2 lofts instead. Dh used the plans on to build dd's loft. Each boy would have room under their loft. We put a comfy chair and a stack of shelves plus a rug under our dd's. You could put a couch under one and a lego table under the other. Or just arrange some other way. The lift is super sturdy and we made it just tall enough for her to stand under. 

    I love this idea, and have mentioned it to my husband before. The problem is that the room wont fit two beds/lofts, unless they were along-side each other facing away, and then there would only be a tiny amount of space to walk around them. It's 10x13, with two windows, a closet, a radiator, and a weird corner that has the heating vent pipes running from the boiler in the basement to the roof. I keep trying to figure out how to do this, but i can't seem to make it work. These two are expected to both be well over 6ft when they are grown, so this is going to be an issue!

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