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  1. Thank you. I am eating sugar this month and had been off since June(and lost 35 lbs!!!). I mean stress is normal December stress for a mom of 9 kids, with 6 still at home who are musicians 😜. I am ahead with Christmas arrangements though and only have cooking Christmas Eve dinner left though so feeling pretty good about that.
  2. She has other options. Right there in the bathroom. It conveniently always forgotten that I have issues. I took my own car and sat down the pew from her on purpose but the lady right behind me had it on too and it carried. Now I'm just laying down miserable. Luckily not my lungs this time but a headache.
  3. Specifically to scents, like bath and body lotions etc. I get headaches and sometimes wheezing(I have asthma). Sundays are the worst days and since my daughter is home from college and can't seem to remember to NOT put stuff on, it started even before church. Is there anything I can do to manage being in groups better? Would a mask help?
  4. I have hair that is wavy and have considered a perm also. I'm happier with wavy hair but if it gets below my shoulders it doesn't hold the wave well. I dislike straightening it but it is really my only choice with the current length or curling it with a wand. Gel and air drying or diffusing it is my favorite way but I'm in the mood to grow it longer and it's not working super well to leave it more natural. I was pondering if a perm would make my life easier. I live in a very dry climate but traveling to humid climates is very challenging.
  5. By stocking stuffer area, do you mean the dollar spot? Or is it somewhere else?
  6. Raw apple cider vinegar with the mother like Bragg's has completely stopped the spread of the stomach bug in my family for going on 3 years. One person might pick it up since they don't drink it everyday but once I start everyone else, no one else gets it. 1 T per quart with a drink packet also (like true lime/lemon) as a drink. It works best as a preventative. Start today. We have even been sharing beds with cousins who get it and we haven't. I have 9 and tarps on the floor, everyone puking used to be our life. This has been nothing short of miraculous for us.
  7. Yes. He has done some. Him and his friend built a forge for metal work 😁. I'm not sure exactly what he would need.
  8. He does have an Arduino. He can't take a laptop with him so that will wait until he gets home. I was thinking more along the lines of non digital tools (like the dremmel) that would be helpful for personal projects in the future (and now). I would rather do one expensive item than several small things but I might do smaller tools/clamps. His interests are wide but not particularly wood work based. It's hard to explain really. The dremmel was perfect and something like that is what I'm looking for.
  9. I have a 17 year old son who wants to study mechanical engineering but will be going on a two year lds mission first. He loves to tinker and create projects and things. He has a dremmel tool and quite a bit for electronic stuff. His best friend has a 3 D printer and Lazer cutter that they use together a lot and I don't want anything that might be out of date like that when he gets home. Im just thinking some good quality tools of some kind that he can keep for years. He's worried about not being able to "project" while in college or starting out due to funds so I like the idea of building up a stock for him of things that are his own. But I don't really know what exactly would be those things. I would rather invest is a more expensive tool up front then a bunch of smaller things. I know this is vague but does anyone have any ideas? Thanks!
  10. Ha! Thanks. It's really just about tradition and not the gift. It is fun to see everyone get the same thing but different and the kids are always wondering what it's going to be this year. I LOVE the idea of the nativity set with each person getting a figure for a family one(each family). I could then do a small one for the grandparents and everyone would get something nativity. I am super excited about this. Oh! The married couple would get their own too. And the exchange students could get a small one of their own too that they could take home. One is Catholic and practicing, the other isnt religious so I would need to see what my SIL thinks of that. I can't believe I didn't think of this sooner. Great idea!!!
  11. And here I am for the third year 😊 Last year my sister in law made her family pajamas as their gift and I gave team shirts to mine that coordinated with their pj bottoms that we sewed. They help with those so they can't be the gift but my sister in law was able to make hers while her kids were in school. I gave up trying to keep pajamas a secret with 9 homeschooling kids and just put them to work helping make them 😉 So this is easier now as my sister in law is participating. This means she is not only helping figure it out but she is paying for her family's gifts. This year we will have my family ranging in age from 5-22, oldest is married so his wife, and then of course dh and I. Her family has parents, two kids 6 and 9 and teen exchange students(boys). Grandparents from both sides may also be here. I am leaning towards santa hats with names on them but have to ask her what she thinks. Or travel cosmetic type bags with names on but I don't think that is the best idea for the adults. We have lots of cheap santa hats but personalized nicer ones could be nice and it's not clutter as it gets packed away. I loved the year I did Christmas pillowcases. They use them only for the month of December so they are excited when we pull them out. Another idea I had is nerf guns and bullets just for fun and playfulness that night. I shy away from anything for that night as after our big dinner we act out the nativity and sing songs etc, have a special book to read and the other family has to head back across town so there really isn't time for another activity. Socks with personalized interests is also on the short list this year. I have done Christmas socks before but it's been a long time so I could do socks again. Another personalized item is also a possibility. Maybe nicer pens or mechanical pencils for older ones and a set of like 25-50 regular pencils with their name for the younger set. I'm actually leaning towards this but if she doesn't want to I will use it for stockings. I don't have much longer with kids young enough to think that is fun. If anyone has any ideas I would love to hear them.
  12. I have had some difficult scenarios but have made it each time. One thing I did stood out to me when reading your OP. I haven't read replies. I supplemented first and then switched to the breast. I know that sound counterintuitive but it did work really well. The LC who suggested it said that idea is to get them to be satisfied and full at the breast instead of struggle, stuggle, struggle ok finally a bottle and i can get full and content. It changes the physcology of it and they associate the breast with being fed well and full. I would reduce the amount you know he will take from the bottle after trying at the breast by about an oz, feed it first with paced bottle feeding and then switch to the breast. If he doesn't go to it and seems full then reduce it by a little more the next time. Basically you want them to not be starving but still be a little hungry. You will still need to pump after the feeding. Good luck to you. I've done these struggles several times and in each case I thought I couldn't make it but I ended up being so glad we kept trying and succeeded. In one case that meant one bottle a day from 8 months to 18 months ( and taking domperidone) and that was still a success in my book.
  13. My teens have worked but it has been an extremely difficult thing to accomplish. The state eliminated the work permits after my oldest but the issue has been that places won't hire them. The online apps are the only option and it won't let you fill it out if you aren't 18. I am talking places like teens used to work, fast food, Payless shoes, target, Walmart, grocery stores etc. The only way my teens have worked is to work at smaller mom and pop type place which was a unique situation and one of my daughters did get a fast food job but only because she knew someone. She also nannied which worked out great. So, we do encourage and help our kids to get a job but understand it is not the norm anymore.
  14. I have never heard of cloud library. Our library system uses overdrive and Libby. The nook is just a reader and doesn't use apps. Neither does my Kindle but getting the books is simple.
  15. I find it very simple to check out library books in Kindle format and they magically appear on my Kindle e reader. I have the flip question which is how to get them to show up on an older nook(I know I need the epub format). I've even tried plugging nook into the computer and transfering the files. I am also not techy enough to figure this out and am so annoyed that it isnt as simple as kindle. So I guess if you can already read library books on your nook, kindle would be a piece of cake IME 😉
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