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  1. Do you think you will be able to exercise more than twice a week - meaning outside of the twice a week you could get to a gym? If so, what will you do on your own (bike, run, walk?) and what do you *need* from the gym either from an equipment or accountability perspective? If I could get to the gym just twice a week but could do some stuff on my own, I would look at something like Orange Theory Fitness because it’s a great overall workout and will advance strength and cardio fitness and their membership prices are built on visits per month. Or I would out that money towards personal training
  2. We received a letter one day that a retail conglomerate needed more information from us to open our recently requested credit account and I knew DH and I didn’t try to open anything. I put the letter aside since it sounded like nothing was opened and it could be a marketing attempt to get us to apply. Well, it turns out DH’s identity had been stolen and the person had gotten a state drivers license with their picture on it and DH’s information - our address, everything. We pulled our credit report but it didn’t show anything new. A few days later, we received the statement from a big box s
  3. For an internship, I would recommend putting together a capsule wardrobe of easy care pieces that are true to her style while giving a polished look. When we hear blazers in the dress code, Ann Taylor and Talbots make beautiful jackets but she probably doesn’t need this level of investment pieces at this stage. If she was starting a 9-5 and graduated, I would lean towards the investment pieces. But, styles do evolve and these investment pieces now may look a little dated for when she goes 9-5. I would check Nordstrom Rack or some Nordstrom lines aren’t too expensive. Ann Taylor Loft, H&am
  4. My NPD mom would post things on FB directed at me, so I adjusted my settings so I wouldn’t see her posts and I cut my time spent on there because she commented on anything I was tagged in. I agree that if she wants a relationship with them, she needs to be willing to honor their feelings (and change hurtful behaviors) and they need to be in a place that they can have the door cracked just enough to give her a chance. You’re a good friend for wanting to help her with some bumpers. I agree, though, the best thing you can do is just voice support that it sounds hard, etc.
  5. We got that jacket for oldest son last year (non hooded version) and he loved it. Packing it away in the self store pocket was super quick and easy - a home run for the high schooler who refused to wear and lug around a heavy coat and his mom who refused to let him stand around freezing at the bus stop 🙂 25% off is about as good as it gets for LL Bean. Glad you got it and hope you love it!
  6. I tip $20 on a $32 pedicure (so about $50 total). That might sound crazy, but I’m there for 40/45 minutes with someone totally focused on my feet :) I run 3-5 days a week and go for a pedicure every 8 weeks. The technician deserves a decent tip :)
  7. When DH and I got married, my dad offered a set amount of $ and my mom paid for my dress (under $500) and the photographer. My dad's gift didn't cover all of the other expenses but we were both working decent jobs and decided we could afford the difference. We went with simple flowers and I remember trying all different avenues to try and get the cost of flowers down - I thought the $1k quote was outrageous. I think in the end it was $500 and MIL paid 20% of it in secret and had the shop manager tell me he was giving us a discount because she knew I was working the budget and she wanted me
  8. If I were someone resigning from a job where I received health benefits, I would ask HR once I resigned when my current insurance would terminate. Some employers pay for a month ahead, or a pay period ahead or real time. So you could have up to the remainder of the month, two weeks, or nothing. Once that insurance terminates is when the COBRA coverage would begin. You will get a letter in the mail but that can take several days to arrive. You have up to 60 days to enroll and it goes retroactively back to the day you didn't have the employer plan. As PPs mentioned, it is expensive. Howev
  9. Guitar pick punch (got one for DS a couple of years ago on Amazon), SmartWool socks, check out the Man Crates website for something woodworking related.
  10. My oldest has had a tutor for Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and Spanish. The Algebra 1 tutor always came to our house. I loved that I didn't have to do anything - it was like a magical math fairy showed up to our home and made our house peaceful. Algebra 2 and Spanish tutors met with DC 1-2 days a week in our home, but no set schedule. I paid an hourly fee. One tutor offered to discount if we went with a "pack" of sessions, but I didn't know what our long term needs would be, so we went week to week. A couple of times DC had an SOS moment and needed the tutor to work through something via FaceTim
  11. I'm so sorry for the news, Quill. Praying for you.
  12. It's his second year in B&M school. He's going to a school different than what we're zoned for, so it's a further drive. Ironically, he forgot maybe 1 thing last year when he was less than 3 miles away and this year it's happened 3 times when it's a 25 minute drive each way. Part of it is adjusting to block scheduling and he has two backpacks for the different days. One day he just flat out brought the wrong backpack. He doesn't have a PE locker and one day the time of his sport changed to right after school and he didn't have his workout clothes with him. Arcadia, like you said, I'v
  13. Thanks for the advice so far. I know my post sounds a bit extreme but there have been multiple conversations and it just isn't sinking in for him. I went back to work FT recently and I'm stretched thin. Then, I try to remember I only have a couple of years left before he's driving and he won't need rides, so I'm trying to soak in that time with him and I go back to driving all over, lol. I guess the thing I'm upset about is how he isn't kind / reasonable in how he interacts with me or others in the family a good bit of the time. I don't want him to feel like he has to show appreciation or
  14. My high school freshman has become...the stereotypical teenager. Let's say hypothetically you realize you are meeting all of their needs and almost all of their wants / whims and they in return are not showing / expressing any awareness or appreciation for the things that are done for them (constant shuttling for activities and friend meet ups with very little notice, school clothing and supply purchases way beyond the basics, etc). When this teenager does address his main support person, he's very teenagery lol. Would it be reasonable to strike for a period of time? i.e. not being availab
  15. I would say the #1 reason is because no one has a crystal ball. Even if your family has money, there are health issues, divorces, etc that can change "the plan". The only thing they can control is themselves and their spending - they may not have a lot of control on their income - job losses, employment gaps, etc.
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