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  1. Mine too! We only had 1 or two board games when I was young (I *know*!!), but my best friend, who lived just across the street, has an entire closet full. I'd spend the night there and her parents would play games with us well into the night.
  2. I'm hosting Thanksgiving this year, so I have to get started on some of the extra cleaning. The pantry is a mess and the oven is awful.
  3. I love that the Whole30 folks focus on the quality of the food they recommend, but on a tight budget it's just not possible for some of us. I do my best to eat the *type* of food they recommend, but I disregard the instruction to buy grass-fed, wild-caught, cage-free, etc. I just can't afford it. I use a lot of frozen veggies, rather than fresh. Eggs are a staple for breakfast, and our protein choices at dinner are often chicken and ground beef. You might find some inspiration from these blogs: Paleo on a Budget Paleo Cents Also, Whole9 addresses the topic. Something here may be helpful: Paleo Poor
  4. It sure has been! How are K and H? How is your health? :grouphug:
  5. Hi Jean! Hope your Monday went well! It's a holiday from PS for Hunter, so I was able to finish a bathroom remodel (with tremendous help from my dad), get my Seahawks work under control and focus on the couple of essays and the gigantic history day project Hunter is working on. His social studies and language arts classes don't do as much writing as I wish they would, so we do some after-schooling. Great day!
  6. We were without our kitchen for several weeks during our remodel a few years ago. We made extensive use of the grill for dinner. Grilled meat, veggies heated on the side burner and a green salad. If you don't have a side burner, you could use veggies that roast well on the grill. Baked potatoes on a slow grill would also be good.
  7. We took similar but slightly different paths for both of our boys. The older started at the local PS in 10th grade, but the younger was ready in 8th. We continued to after-school the older son through HS, and are doing the same with the younger son. We focused on Latin and writing with the older son. Our younger boy prefers to take Spanish, so we're after-schooling some extra Spanish study (he takes a class at the local middle school) and we do plenty of extra writing.
  8. Spinach. I put it in my scrambled eggs at breakfast, and eat it as part of my salad at lunch and dinner. Once a week or so I also have it as a side dish (sauteed with olive oil and shallots) at dinner.
  9. In addition to keeping his own bedroom clean and his bed made, my son helps with the sorting and washing of laundry, vacuuming floors, setting and clearing the dinner table, rinsing dishes and loading the dishwasher, cleaning counters and the stove top, and feeding and cleaning up after the dog. We don't have assigned chores for our guys, but when something needs to be done, I often ask for help. My husband enjoys yard work so our boys don't often mow or pull weeds.
  10. We always finish the book, but it's starting to take longer than a year. My son is almost done with level 6, but it's going on two years that we've been working through it.
  11. Clockwise if it's a pot on the stove, counter clockwise if it's a bowl I'm holding. I'm right handed. (and a little weird, I think ;) )
  12. This is what I do. I usually wear a light sweater every day (we keep the house at 64 degrees) I put a rubber band about an inch from the end of the sleeve, then roll the sleeve so there is a small cuff. Push them up and they stay.
  13. My sister's kids don't have chores, so my boys have been aware from a very early age. We said, "tough noogies," so often when they were little that they got the message. Be strong, keep repeating it and DON'T feel guilty! You are doing the right thing.
  14. Thank you both! It will be great for my son to have all of this information when he's meeting people and making decisions about where he wants to be.
  15. Thank you!! We're visiting Hofstra University in April. I would LOVE it if my son could meet a few folks during our short time there so he can ask a few questions and maybe get acquainted with a student or two. If he decides he likes the organization, and that group in particular, it would be wonderful for him to know a couple of people when he starts school in the fall. He's also going to need some help finding a church. But... one thing at a time. ;)
  16. Thank you all for your thoughts. If anyone else cares to share, I 'd love to hear your experiences. I will share your notes with my son. Thank you for this suggestion. It's what I'd like him to do, so that if he decided to join them, he'll have some acquaintances when he arrives in the fall.
  17. Do any of you have experience with this group? My son is looking into the chapter at the university he is likely attending in the fall, so I am in search of feedback, both positive and negative. Thank you!
  18. We don't wear pajamas during the day, but we still don't shower in the morning. Everyone here showers just before getting into bed at night.
  19. I voted never. Getting dressed and making the beds are the first things done here each morning. The exception would be if someone is sick enough to stay in bed all day. In that case, there is no getting dressed or making the bed.
  20. That depends on how you define "healthy". Some of the Deen Brothers' recipes are here. While the fat and calories are certainly lower, the refined sugar, flour, corn, potatoes, etc. are all still present in significant quantities.
  21. I don't quite agree with this. The people I know who love Paula Deen, LOVE Paula Deen. It's about her personality. They buy what she is selling because they adore HER. I think she could absolutely take her 'friends' on the journey of cleaning up their diets together, controlling their health issues and still enjoy their time together in the kitchen.
  22. I don't think she *should*, but I wish she *would* be honest with her followers about the fact that the very product she has been selling them has likely contributed to her condition.
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