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[ - ] I'm in the process of moving to Manhattan from the south. Any tips? (Also, do that many of you really have nannies) 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:49 PM Flag
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what part of the south? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:49 PM Flag
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Alabama. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Reposting for the afternoon crowd: I have 2 kids, dd is 4th grader in district G & T, ds is 8th grader in private K-12. The past few years have been really rough, and I'm thinking it might be time to go back to my homestate, be close to elderly mom, my siblings and dozens of cousins. Here in NYC, my dh's family consist of his elderly mother and aunt, whom he has been taking care of two years along with his older sibling and home health aids. They are 89 and 90 and in poor health. My own mother is 83 and in good health. I don't want to wait until she is old and frail to move back 'home', and my dh is determined to see his mother through to the end. He was never close to her - she was verbally abusive - so it seems like he needs to fix things before she dies. OUr marriage is kind of like a friendly, business arrangement and the sex went out the door when eldercare and other demands (financial difficulties, illness I had, issues with kids) left no time, energy or interest. It's hard for me to assess the marriage with so much other stuff going on, but I feel unhappy and anxious in NYC. This question is made more urgent b/c I cannot afford to send dd to the private school for ms, and see few good options for her. I am also worried about paying for ds through high school. WWYD? 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:39 PM Flag
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What does your DH think about you moving back to your homestate with your DCs? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:31 PM Flag
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He has encouraged me to look. He hasn't guaranteed he'll be ready to go with us. It's a delicate conversation because he won't be 'free' until his mother has passed. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:44 PM Flag
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Go! Now, while the going is good! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:34 PM Flag
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You need to seperate all the crap. Lets start with easiest. What district are you for MS? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:44 PM Flag
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Bk 13. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:46 PM Flag
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+1 this is a jumble. My guess is that the school situation is stressful, but not un-do-able. As for the pull of family, I think it would be good to be close to family if you become a single mom. So that is really the nut: is your marriage really finished? Do you really want to leave DH and put your kids through a divorce AND a move? My suggestion would be marital counseling, and let other stuff work out from there. Your mom can come visit. Get her an apartment on AirBnb. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:38 PM Flag
[ - ] Psychic mom: what should i study if I go back to graduate school? I need a new late-in-life career! 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:31 PM Flag
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I am not now nor have I ever been psychic. And I know that the answer to this is "no, you should not." You should not incur tens of thousands of dollars in debt to go back to school for a "new career" unless it's a guarantee that you'll be hired when you graduate, like petroleum engineer or actuary. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:44 PM Flag
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I think you would do well as an obese CNA [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:45 PM Flag
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Something in medical field? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:45 PM Flag
[ - ] Do you still have romantic feelings for your DH? Or, are you just waiting until your DCs to go to colleges? 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:28 PM Flag
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After 25 years, I know that I love him. Romantic, knee shaking feelings? Not so much. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:46 PM Flag
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What kind of love do you feel for him? Is it more like caring? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:49 PM Flag
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Very much so. I look at him sometimes and wonder how I married such a handsome guy. Is it the same as 10 years ago? No, but I do have them. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:47 PM Flag
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Not everyday but I definitely still have romantic feelings. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:47 PM Flag
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Waiting to do what? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:48 PM Flag
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Yes, he's the love of my life. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:37 PM Flag
[ - ] Do you have a uniform for your nanny? Ours wears clothes I think are too skimpy/inappropriate (she's great otherwise) and I don't really want that associated with our family. 17 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:26 PM Flag
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Yes. I find wearing a uniform helps keep our nanny in her place. Sometimes she acts like she's equal to us... so insufferable. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:18 PM Flag
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this has to be a joke? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:43 PM Flag
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of course. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:35 PM Flag
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Yes, it was a joke. I don't even have a nanny, but I'd never make her wear a uniform :) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:36 PM Flag
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I do not. All the nannies dress pretty skimpily where we live anyway [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:22 PM Flag
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What is skimpy to you? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:26 PM Flag
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So she's a family associate? At least she's not a family member. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:27 PM Flag
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nannies do not wear uniforms anymore. except the Honduran ones who work in Florida. Who for some reason, dress them selves in gray scrubs. No idea why they do it. Ask them. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:28 PM Flag
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I see the scrubs thing in CA sometimes. Weird. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:32 PM Flag
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Honestly I would fire especially if I had a dd. Her values and yours seem to be too far apart. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:29 PM Flag
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In other words, you have never had a nanny? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:43 PM Flag
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My housekeeper for a few years was brazilian. She had a ridiculous body and wore yoga clothes all the time. She only lasted as long as she did because she had a face that was melting off. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:29 PM Flag
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I'm a nanny and I wear yoga pants/leggings with long shirts sometimes. No big deal. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:44 PM Flag
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Yes but the one we had bordered on distracting. Men would completely stare at her. Then she'd turn around. I don't want to be mean but seriously it's the only reason she was employable. Besides being great with the kids. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:47 PM Flag
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troll? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:44 PM Flag
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My nanny wears dresses from lands end. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:45 PM Flag
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This is why you hire legal nannies. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:36 PM Flag
[ - ] did you have a moonbounce/outdoor entertainment at your announcement party? worried because it's supposed to rain and what will we do with the kids? 19 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:24 PM Flag
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flyover? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:26 PM Flag
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burbs [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:29 PM Flag
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Announcement party? Like before you had kids? Who was bouncing? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:22 PM Flag
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no, we're announcing my job transition! we have 2 dcs and most of our guests are bringing dcs [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:38 PM Flag
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No one cares that much about your job transition, hon. If you want to have a barbecue with a moonbounce and invite a bunch of families, that sounds like a lot of fun. Sometime during the party, pull a couple of your close gfs into the kitchen and tell them your news over sangria. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:40 PM Flag
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this. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:33 PM Flag
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i'm transitioning from being a SAHM to becoming a pampered chef consultant. i want to 'announce' to get some publicity for my business. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:38 PM Flag
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Unless your Hilary and you're announcing that you're running for the presidency next year, this doesn't warrant a party. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:43 PM Flag
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Seriously [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:44 PM Flag
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To announce what? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:23 PM Flag
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No, but Ringling Bros. brought their tent in the event of rain. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:25 PM Flag
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Dear God, are you talking about a gender reveal party? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:37 PM Flag
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no, just a regular announcement party! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:38 PM Flag
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Wtf are you announcing? Are you taking a trip to outer space? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:37 PM Flag
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Listen, here's how the professional burb people do it - you BUY your own bouncehouse. Of course it's not as large as the professional ones, but for $350 you can buy a decently sized bouncehouse that inflates in 90 seconds and the kids really don't know the difference. I know four people who own their own. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:40 PM Flag
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Dear god. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:33 PM Flag
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Hey, I have an inflatable waterslide! You laugh, but it was a great investment. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:37 PM Flag
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+1 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:37 PM Flag
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C'mon people, so obviously a troll. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:36 PM Flag
[ - ] Whoever looks at this map http://news-beacon-ireland.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/slomogenocide-2011.jpg and keeps on arguing that Israel is defending itself is BLIND. 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:23 PM Flag
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blind? maybe just brain washed. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:24 PM Flag
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what would the treatment be? take and pass "Human Rights 101" courses? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:24 PM Flag
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what about a "Lessons on how to understand when you are pissing off a neighbor"? This course will include lessons on why land grabbing, occupation, sieges and killing of a huge number of civilians pisses off people. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:45 PM Flag
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Revealing! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:29 PM Flag
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is it possible that it's more cruelty/revenge than blindness? they think they can release their anger of the holocaust by doing the same thing to a weaker party? of course, it only creates more violence. but it might be a short-sighted knee jerk reaction. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:47 PM Flag
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the sad part is that Palestinians aren't to blame for the holocaust though. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:48 PM Flag
[ - ] I am 26 yo and finally moving out of my parents' house. I've arranged to rent a moving van etc. My parents are not speaking to me because they thought that THEY would be the ones to help me move out (I am doing it all myself). Am I right to be annoyed? WTF? Why do they have to be up my ass every 5 minutes? 16 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:18 PM Flag
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^^My father actually cried when I said I rented the moving van and didn't need his help. Is this some kind of mental illness? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:18 PM Flag
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Are you an only/last child? Why so mean. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:30 PM Flag
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No I am the oldest of three. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:31 PM Flag
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You are proving you don't need them = they have no more reason to exist. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:20 PM Flag
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I have 2 younger siblings. One of my siblings already moved out and there was none of this drama. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:32 PM Flag
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ignore, move out. you will all be happier [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:33 PM Flag
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This. I have parents like this and it's annoying. You have to learn to be your own inner guide or you will still be living there at 45, fat and depressed, and they will be happy and see nothing wrong. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:24 PM Flag
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op. I just don't even understand why they are upset. First of all I'm moving like 30 blocks away, I'm not moving to Mars lol. They are furious they will not be involved in the physical act of moving. I don't get it. It's so NOT a big deal at all. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:38 PM Flag
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^^Also they are both in bad health, my mother needs a hip replacement, and they really can't help anyway. I don't get it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:29 PM Flag
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Why are you posting this on UB? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:40 PM Flag
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because where else would i post it but an anonymous website [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:31 PM Flag
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^^also you are all parents and maybe you can help me understand [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:31 PM Flag
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Sound of siren. Clown comes out with cane, and nabs the poster. The irrelevant poster police has struck again. Zing. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:43 PM Flag
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You're starting a fight that doesn't need to be started, I think. I also lived at home until very late, but when I moved out I realized that it was traumatic (really!) for my mother. I didn't rub her face in it or say "fuck you, ma, I'll move myself!" They want to help, let them help. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:42 PM Flag
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op. They can't help. My mother needs a hip replacement, my father is also in bad health. Physically, they are unable to help, which is the main reason I took it all on myself. I don't understand them at all. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:43 PM Flag
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It's hard for them to let you go. So, they are just throwing a tantrum. It's not reasonable and they will get used to it eventually. You just do what you have to do. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:46 PM Flag
[ - ] I need some paint color ideas for a room shared by a 7 yo dd and a 9yo ds. They want red and purple. That isn't happening. I was thinking light blue. 31 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:07 PM Flag
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Why not red and purple for a couple of years and change it later? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:57 PM Flag
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Maybe, but that seems a little dark for a room. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:10 PM Flag
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Fugly. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:11 PM Flag
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Yes, but who cares? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:05 PM Flag
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This [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:05 PM Flag
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Why not let them do red and purple? It would make them happy and in the end, who cares? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:57 PM Flag
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This. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:00 PM Flag
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np: Not OP but I told my 6 yo dd she couldn't have a bright red room because we're in a rental and it would be too difficult to cover up when we move out...got some bright red accessories instead. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:11 PM Flag
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Nooo, seriously, it would be crazy, don't do this OP. [ Reply | More ]
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pr: Pick your battles. What's the problem? You sound like a control freak. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:04 PM Flag
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Purple and red are a paint to re paint [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:16 PM Flag
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Bright red and purple would look hideous. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:06 PM Flag
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Again, they're kids. Are you waiting for AD to call? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:07 PM Flag
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Well op is the parent, and she will be the one paying to get those walls back to their original color when they move, she said it is a rental. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:20 PM Flag
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Any light color, blue, lime, yellowish, those are pretty relaxing colors and would keep the room looking bigger than if you use dark colors. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:02 PM Flag
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^ maybe a lighter version of purple and red? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:02 PM Flag
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^ you can do a light red and accessorize your dd's bed with purple accents. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:04 PM Flag
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^ or, do a light creamy color and accessorize dd's bed with purple and ds' bed with red. (Pillows/covers) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:15 PM Flag
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OP: This might be the way to go. Let them pick the accessories, bedding etc. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:18 PM Flag
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Children are not really interested in making a room look bigger. They are entitled to have their taste, if it doesn't impact the rest of the apt. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:05 PM Flag
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If it is a rental is a pain to -re paint the walls... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:08 PM Flag
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How about teal? not as dark as purple and red but more lively than light blue [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:02 PM Flag
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How about red and a blue-ish lavender. The lavender won't be too girly if it's more blue than red. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:16 PM Flag
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OP: Thanks everyone for a lot of good ideas. I appreciate it! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:19 PM Flag
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White or cream walls and a couple of cans of spray paint (for dressers, bookshelves, lampshades). VoilĂ ! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:12 PM Flag
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We did light blue. DD's side has pink accents, DS's has grey ones, rug is blues and some gray. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:08 PM Flag
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OP: That sounds really nice. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:26 PM Flag
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OR: Check on Dwell's light blue comforter with butterflies. 6yo DD loves it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:29 PM Flag
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Go to PBK and look at their gingham duvet covers. They come in lavender for her and red for him. I would start there and add cream colored walls and go for a sort of country quilt look. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:25 PM Flag
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np: this is brilliant [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:31 PM Flag
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Do light colored walls and then use wall decals (cute ones, not tacky ones) and bedding to add their colors. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:23 PM Flag
[ - ] Is DD still contagious with roseola rash but no fever? Seems fine but want to be responsible and not take her to the park if there's a risk to others.. 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:59 PM Flag
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No. Once the rash appears, she is no longer contagious. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:21 PM Flag
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Well, your kid will definitely have the sandbox to herself [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:12 PM Flag
[ - ] I have 3 little kids (none in school yet) and def feel like i need more help - currently have about 20 hrs/week. However, I don't love having someone in my apt all the time. How do people with FT help handle this? Just deal for the extra help? And how many hours do people have help with little kids? 14 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:55 PM Flag
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I have 3 and I WOH but if I was SAHM and could afford it I would get ft help. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:47 PM Flag
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Get your act together! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:59 PM Flag
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You're at home with 3 children not in school yourself? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:58 PM Flag
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Wow, I feel for you! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:00 PM Flag
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When I had 3 under 3, I had 24 hrs/week. Honestly, outsourcing the laundry was the most helpful. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:05 PM Flag
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I always wonder about women like this who complain. Unless you have triplets, what did you think was going to happen when you got pregnant one after another after another? It seems like there are these moms who have this idea that "I'll have all my kids within 18 months of each other, so they'll be best friends!" and then want sympathy when they're going batshit crazy with three little kids in the house. Isn't that what you signed up for? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:07 PM Flag
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She feels like she needs more help. What's the big whoop? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:59 PM Flag
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+1. Don't most of us choose to have our kids and then complain about them? I have three and not much to complain about, but when I do, I certainly don't want to hear "you chose this!" [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:07 PM Flag
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This. Why judge her. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:15 PM Flag
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she can afford to get help and not go batshit crazy. Whats the issue? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:18 PM Flag
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Split up the time you're in the apartment. Alternate taking one of the children somewhere. One of the benefits of an extra pair of hands is getting to spend some one on one time with the children. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:00 PM Flag
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It's summer, aren't you out a lot? Take turns taking kids out, go grocery shopping alone or with just one kid, etc. Don't have both of you home with three kids at once, it's silly. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:02 PM Flag
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how old? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:10 PM Flag
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Hire someone to take them out to the playground. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:37 PM Flag
[ - ] Moms with Nannies: how many weeks in advance do you expect you nanny to ask you for a week vacation? TIA 10 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:54 PM Flag
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At least a couple of months, honestly. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:46 PM Flag
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Two weeks. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:01 PM Flag
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Op- isn't that too close to the date? I was thinking a month was reasonable, but maybe I am being too flexible? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:52 PM Flag
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My nanny just gave me dates for mid-August and I've already found coverage. I don't have to tell my employer months in advance when I take time off. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:54 PM Flag
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Op- Do you think a month is fair enough? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:59 PM Flag
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Comes down to what you will do for alternate coverage. If grandparents, less is probably fine. If you need to hire someone who would be a stranger to DCs, I'd want more to figure out an alternative. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:20 PM Flag
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Op- oh that much in advance? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:02 PM Flag
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OR My husband and I both WOH and we don't have family nearby, so it's always a big challenge. Need lots of advance warning. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:12 PM Flag
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+1. Possibly 6 weeks. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:58 PM Flag
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Nanny. My boss have me three weeks notice for they week of their choice. IMO, that's rude. Not enough time. I could give them all of my dates for the next 18 months tomorrow. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:49 PM Flag
[ - ] [ removed by moderator ] Just checking on a prior post. 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Hey, moderator! Search function, please. Thank you. [ Reply | More ]
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OP: I'm not a moderator. I was just checking how my post would look like. [ Reply | More ]
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FAKE. There's no "reply" on a mods post. [ Reply | More ]
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Not fake. And I'm not a moderator. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:01 PM Flag
[ - ] I am currently in school doing a masters of middle eastern studies. Anyone have questions about Israel/Palestine? 35 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:47 PM Flag
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How would you solve the problems over there? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:48 PM Flag
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Do you speak Arabic? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:50 PM Flag
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I do, but not fluently [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:48 PM Flag
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np. How on earth can you be doing advanced work without fluency in the field? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:58 PM Flag
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np. I also speak Arabic and know current and former students at Georgetown's Middle Eastern studies program. They all speak and read and can pass out of their language requirement, but it's such a difficult language with so many dialects, that very few of them are arrogant enough to call themselves "fluent." Most of us tell people that we are "competent" in a specific dialect. I would never say that I am fluent in Arabic. [ Reply | More ]
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I assume you mean competently enough to read newspapers. I would think that's important? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:25 PM Flag
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Yes, I think the program has a required "media Arabic" class where they read newspapers. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:28 PM Flag
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That makes sense. ty [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:23 PM Flag
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np. Re-write the Koran and the Hadiths. (Wow! I just solved it, and I didn't even need a Masters in Middle Eastern Studies.) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:54 PM Flag
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Are you really a NP or the one who constantly posts spam? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:40 PM Flag
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I have been reading those posts, but I don't post on the topic very much [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:52 PM Flag
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Why are you taking this classes? And what is your degree? Sounds interesting, do you speak arabic? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:41 PM Flag
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YES. Can you give us a concise response to what is going on, meaning who you think is at fault? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:43 PM Flag
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It is difficult to give a concise response to what is going on - there is a lot of information and history. I am still trying to write it up but perhaps you can give me specific questions you have and I can answer them for you? I will continue to write my summary in the meantime... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:11 PM Flag
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+1 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:24 PM Flag
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What countries have you been to? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:55 PM Flag
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Croatia, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Kazakhstan, China, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, france, germany, ireland, GB, there are a lot of others as well but those are some. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:02 PM Flag
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Work travel or pleasure travel? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:04 PM Flag
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What kind of visa did you use for SA? I'm surprised there aren't more Middle Eastern countries on your list. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:54 PM Flag
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very true, just USA's allies: Israel (who knows for how long though) and Saudi Arabia. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:56 PM Flag
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Jordan is a US ally as well and an easy trip for a Westerner. I'm surprised you haven't been there. Egypt used to be a fairly easy trip. Is Turkey considered part of your program? Given your degree, I just would have thought you'd seen a broader spectrum of the region. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:14 PM Flag
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NICE! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:55 PM Flag
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Are you too busy posting all those links and craziness in the below post to answer any of the questions? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:49 PM Flag
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NO, I am writing a response to the poster above trying to give an overview of what is going on [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:05 PM Flag
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that is good to hear [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:57 PM Flag
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OP: it is very difficult to give all of the information because there is so much history and I want to include it all! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:14 PM Flag
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your thread will move off the first page. you are not writing a dissertation here. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:15 PM Flag
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lol [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:29 PM Flag
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I hate posters who ask if we have any questions and then disappear. Yeesh. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:50 PM Flag
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I am here! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:06 PM Flag
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me too :-( [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:56 PM Flag
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Where are you studying? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:03 PM Flag
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Politically, what can we as USA voters do to make sure that our politicians work for USA instead of working for Israel and AIPAC? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:55 PM Flag
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You are free to vote for whomever you want. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:01 PM Flag
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What do you plan on doing after you complete your degree? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:07 PM Flag
[ - ] I saw a kid on the beach in long swim pants, long shirt and hat. Dear lord. 48 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:47 PM Flag
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Every time I see one of those crazy safari hats with the mud flaps on kids out at the park, I feel the same way. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:40 PM Flag
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Better than prepubertal girls in bikinis. My biggest pet peeve ever! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:50 PM Flag
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So after puberty, it's ok? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:42 PM Flag
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np Yes. Bikinis look fine on women who have the body for them. They look bizarre and garish on little girls. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:14 PM Flag
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np: i've never really understood this. if the issue is that the top doesn't cover anything, then let little girls go topless, but i don't see why a 2 pc suit needs "a body". i always preferred them when i was little bc you didn't have that wet bathing suit clinging to you and going to the bathroom was easier. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:22 PM Flag
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It looks like you are trying to create the illusion of breasts when they don't exist. Tankinis are fine. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:26 PM Flag
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This. Bottoms only until there's something to cover up. Otherwise it just looks odd. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:45 PM Flag
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Don't judge. There could be a really good reason for covering him up that way. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:50 PM Flag
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General Topics 07.29.14, 05:42 PM Flag
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Exactly, there are a number of conditions that require cover from the sun to reduce significant medical consequences. If that were the case here, I would actually applaud the family for trying to be outside and enjoy the beach despite such circumstances. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:42 PM Flag
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If my dc couldn't be in the sun, we'd be doing things other than the beach. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:44 PM Flag
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STFU MYOB np. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:46 PM Flag
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Perhaps they typically do, and this was one of the rare trips to the beach. Stop being such an ass. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:46 PM Flag
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+10000000 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:47 PM Flag
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This [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:48 PM Flag
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Why? Because covering up bothers little shits like you? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:59 PM Flag
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+3 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:57 PM Flag
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whats your problem? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:41 PM Flag
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So he won't get skin cancer in the future. What's your point? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:56 PM Flag
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nothing wrong with limiting sun exposure. American Cancer Society lists limiting sun exposure as one of the top things you can do to reduce cancer risk. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:47 PM Flag
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If it was my son it is because he is on medications which say you should avoid the sun. This was our compromise. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:02 PM Flag
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No need to explain. OP is an idiot. Everyone knows that covering up the beach is healthier than baking in the sun. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:54 PM Flag
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So he doesn't burn & do permanent damage that may lead to skin cancer as an adult??? You are such an ass. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:03 PM Flag
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myob, i have skin cancer and wish my mom protected me like that, i remember having such bad burns that i had blisters... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:06 PM Flag
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+1 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:26 PM Flag
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Surf pants and rash guards are in. Accept it and protect your kid from sunburn. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:56 PM Flag
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"In"? Goodness. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:02 PM Flag
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"goodness"? enjoy your crocodile skin OP [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:03 PM Flag
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+1 I hate people who think they are cool but are completely out of touch. Are you in the burbs or something? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:21 PM Flag
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Lol. It's the burbs where they're en vogue. Please. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:13 PM Flag
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WHich ones? I've heard sneers. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:15 PM Flag
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Fairfield County [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:45 PM Flag
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Veal [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:07 PM Flag
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better than charred veal [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:09 PM Flag
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Surf pants or shorts. Surf pants are not "in" by any means, but they are functional. If you need them, wear them. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:20 PM Flag
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In? No. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:25 PM Flag
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Almost everyone wears rash guard and sun hat. OP get a life [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:13 PM Flag
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No, not everyone. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:06 PM Flag
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Don't complain when your kids grow and end up with skin cancer. I see too many middle aged people being sliced off piece by piece [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:47 PM Flag
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No way. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:37 PM Flag
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You do know the ozone layer has thinned and more UV radiation is hitting the earth, don't you? Which appears to be correlating with a higher incidence of various skin cancers. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:17 PM Flag
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They want to prepare their child for the life as an paste eating outcast he we will surely lead. They probably send him to school in gray socks. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:35 PM Flag
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LOL [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:32 PM Flag
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But the poor kid is "gluten intolerant" too. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:36 PM Flag
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*Bet [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:36 PM Flag
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And has "sensory something disorder" [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:32 PM Flag
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The last kids i nannied for had to wear, a hat, shoes, rash guard, bathing suits, and sun block. Just to play in the sprinklers. They weren't allowed to go to the beach because of the intense sun rays. I kid you not. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:43 PM Flag
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So? I look at these women in their early 40's with sun damage, spots, freckles and wrinkles head to toe. It's so disgusting. My kids will be protected from the sun [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:48 PM Flag
[ - ] Can anyone recommend some very easy readers for a boy entering 1st grade. We have done some of the dr Seuss books together (alternating pages) aany other suggestions? Preferably phonics-based and very easy. 12 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:46 PM Flag
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Bob Books? [ Reply | More ]
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We did them and he liked them. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:49 PM Flag
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There's a Bob Book app for iPhone. Really good for line-ups or waiting time. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:41 PM Flag
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Thanks - I will definitely check it out [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:53 PM Flag
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elephant and piggy books, Biscuit series, Clifford the big red dog, P.D. Eastman books. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:52 PM Flag
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You should look at that Anderson link, you know. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:53 PM Flag
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What Anderson link? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:21 PM Flag
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Henry and Mudge [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:06 PM Flag
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frog and toad, Amelia bedilia [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:08 PM Flag
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don't look at the anderson link. it will drive you crazy. I liked Usborne Phonics readers. (My dd did too). The Now I'm reading series too. also, all the bright and early beginner books - not just dr. suess. good luck. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:27 PM Flag
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OP- thanks for the suggestions. I will check them all out- any others? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:27 PM Flag
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Posts removed by the moderator are in gray not black [ Reply | More ]
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not when they are posts [ Reply | More ]
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Why would the moderator post "removed by moderator"? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:55 PM Flag
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???? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:55 PM Flag
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And there is no "reply" function. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:58 PM Flag
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So about the UB search function... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:08 PM Flag
[ - ] Anyone eat paleo? 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:40 PM Flag
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Snore [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:43 PM Flag
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I find them more flavorful than vegans. I only eat vegans if I'm feeling particularly bloated. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:54 PM Flag
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Yes. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:44 PM Flag
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My SIL does, her facebook is all about Paleo, ask me any question, lol. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 05:46 PM Flag
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How can someone be Christian and eat a "Paleo diet"? Wasn't the world created 6.000 years ago according to Christians? The Paleolithic era was 2.6 million years ago. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:01 PM Flag
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Sil and DF do. It's pretty tough on their social lives and kind of annoying for everyone else. SiL has to bring her own food to family gatherings now because we just can't deal with all of her requirements. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:13 PM Flag
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it really is not difficult to eat paleo...not sure why people make such a big deal over it [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.14, 06:38 PM Flag
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