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[ - ] What percentage of kids were flagged do you think? I wonder how this effects my non-prepped kid's chances? We got first weekend by the way and score was well-above cut-off. Not diverse but DC speaks a foreign language at home... 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:51 PM Flag
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Your dc has better chances than the "average" 50/300. First weekend, high score and foreign language are all good things. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:53 PM Flag
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OP: I am not sure - do they even ask about foreign language in the first application ? I can't remember. Anyway we are white but DH was born/raised in another country. This board is really starting to stress me out!!! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:55 PM Flag
[ - ] Am I being overly paranoid? I just discovered our cleaning lady has been using Windex to wipe down our microwave. Does anyone else do this? It concerns me from a food safety perspective. 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:50 PM Flag
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Why? Look at the ingredients for windex. Most of this is the same stuff anyway. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:52 PM Flag
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Because I normally just use dish soap to clean the inside. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:53 PM Flag
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You're cooking your food with radiation and you're worried about Windex? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:54 PM Flag
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Yes. You're being paranoid. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:53 PM Flag
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+1 you're putting your food on a plate in the microwave. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:55 PM Flag
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i use vinegar [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:54 PM Flag
[ - ] I want to give a gift card to my personal trainer at the gym. She's paid through the gym and the gym charges me about $60 a session. How much should the gift card amount be? 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:48 PM Flag
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that's so cheap! what gym is this? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:49 PM Flag
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It's a chain, but she is a brand new trainer and they charge different amounts for different levels of experience. Also, Pilates instructors bill out at higher rates. Not sure why. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:53 PM Flag
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$60 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:50 PM Flag
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OP: thanks! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:53 PM Flag
[ - ] How much do you think my "help" weekly cost should be? 3 kids, a dog, in the city, 4500 sq ft apt to clean. All help (babbysitters, cleaners,etc) 8 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:43 PM Flag
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and also, how much a is a reasonable grocery bill to feed a family of 5 plus anyone who is in the house? Go out usually on weekends but ot counting that [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:45 PM Flag
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vba. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:45 PM Flag
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Since we have no clue about your schedule, lifestyle, marital status, etc., we can't possibly say. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:46 PM Flag
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married, 3 kids 10 and under. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:46 PM Flag
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I don't think you need help. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:47 PM Flag
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you would clean the house yourself? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:48 PM Flag
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Sure. Most people do. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:52 PM Flag
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How old are kids? Do you work outside home? Also 4500? How many bedrooms? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:53 PM Flag
[ - ] What your thoughts be if another mom in DCs preschool class initiated a group activity for over the holiday break? I'm thinking of seeing if the other girls in DDs class (4 others) want to join us for ice skating one morning. 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:43 PM Flag
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You can ask - but I enjoy not hanging out with classmates over the holidays [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:44 PM Flag
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I would love that. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:44 PM Flag
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great! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:45 PM Flag
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If they are free they will probably be interested. This is the question of a very insecure person, by the way. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:46 PM Flag
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right? I thoiught the same. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:48 PM Flag
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I don't think so. If one of the 4 girls will be out of town, she might feel left out. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:50 PM Flag
[ - ] Holiday poll: Have you gotten your cards out yet (if doing)? Have you handed out tips yet? 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:36 PM Flag
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No & no. I'm so behind. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:38 PM Flag
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Yes and no [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:39 PM Flag
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I have done all tips other than mailman, will do him tmorrow. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:42 PM Flag
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No and no. Just ordered cards last night and paid ridiclous shipping to get them here in time. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:44 PM Flag
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yes and yes because we leave for Christmas through new years tomorrow. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:45 PM Flag
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Cards out yesterday! Tips are all in envelopes, just have to start handing out. Have to package and hand out wine at work too. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:47 PM Flag
[ - ] Does anyone else tip beyond the "allowed" amount for mailman? 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:33 PM Flag
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What's the allowed amount? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:38 PM Flag
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OP- pretty skimpy, $25 I think [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:39 PM Flag
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np- I do a 15 or 20 dollar gift card for ours usually. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:49 PM Flag
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You cannot give cash to a federal employee. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:45 PM Flag
[ - ] Do I have to tip my cleaning lady for Christmas even though I don't really like her that much? She comes every two weeks and she's just OK - like most cleaning people she does just the basics unless you walk around and point out everything you want done specifically. I always feel like she's trying to essentially get over on me. But I haven't fired her yet. Does that mean I have to tip her? 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:30 PM Flag
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Tips are always optional. They are a gratuity, given to show appreciation for good service. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:32 PM Flag
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Yes, you should. That said, take the time to find someone you like so tipping around Xmas will make you feel happy. We had a bunch of mediocre cleaning women (late/no shows etc). Now we have someone who is reliable. Makes me happy to give to her. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:33 PM Flag
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I give mine $300, but she comes weekly and I love her. As in, I couldn't survive without her. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:48 PM Flag
[ - ] My DD (1st grade) is in G&T school in D2, but try to apply out to private school. My dear friend's daughter (2nd grade) is attending Mandell school in UWW, it seems very nice school. Any opinion or experiences about this school? TIA. 8 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
NY Schools 12.18.14, 08:26 PM Flag
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It's nice school, but it goes up to only 8th grade. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:30 PM Flag
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not worth the tuition... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:32 PM Flag
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I thought everyone hated Mandell. Weren't there major administrative problems there just a little while back? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:36 PM Flag
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It is a for-profit school. I have serious problems with that. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:42 PM Flag
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Why do you want to leave D2 public for private? And for Mandell?? Makes no sense. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:42 PM Flag
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NP: I would if money were no object, and am in a great school. CLASS SIZE [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:48 PM Flag
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+1 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:51 PM Flag
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this. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:49 PM Flag
[ - ] We have a fake Xmas tree this year (yeah, it's gross) and I'm missing the tree's natural scent. I went to a candle store today and the staff told me that evergreen/pine incense is so much better and more natural smelling than any candle. Bought a ton of different pine scents and they weren't kidding!! I am so happy right now, my house smells like there is a real tree in here! 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:23 PM Flag
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Thank you! I will do this today. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:26 PM Flag
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Illume's "Balsam & Cedar" in candles, diffusers, etc. is a really good christmas tree scent. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:26 PM Flag
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Yankee's Balsam and Cedar is awesome. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:30 PM Flag
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Next year I'm getting a fake tree. My tree is spoiling. I smelled something weird on tuesday, turns out my tree is literally spoiling. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:32 PM Flag
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NP- I am Jewish, so clueless on this stuff. How long do trees last? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:40 PM Flag
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I dint know. This is my first year with a tree. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:53 PM Flag
[ - ] I think its terrible that all these trainers and gyms are out there telling people that if they pay them you'll get in shape and be fit. No, you won't get fit by paying a trainer or going to the gym. You'll just waste a lot of money and still be fat. The only people who get fit are the trainers who do nothing but work out all day or the people without jobs who spend two hours a day at the gym because they have nothing better to do. 35 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:20 PM Flag
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Go to the gym 4-6 times per week and do what the trainer tells you to do. And stop stuffing your fat face. You will lose plenty of weight. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:22 PM Flag
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Right. File this under "people without jobs." [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:23 PM Flag
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Pre-kid, I did go to the gym a lot (sometimes 7 times a week). I've always had a job but I find that with my schedule I have more results if I run. Working people with kids do make it work, though. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:26 PM Flag
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By ignoring their kids. I get it - you have the babysitter come at 7am, or you don't get home until 8 at night because you have to get your run in. I choose to not do that. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:27 PM Flag
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Actually I run at 5:30 in the morning. What's your excuse? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:30 PM Flag
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My excuse is that if I ran at 5:30am I wouldn't be home until at least 6:30, and by then I'm already behind the eight ball with getting the kids ready. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:34 PM Flag
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So the moral of all this, is that people do what works best for them. My parents, who are in their 70s, took time to keep fit and healthy. They are still healthy now as a result. I hope to be the same for my grandkids. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:37 PM Flag
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No, the moral is "stop telling people that they too can be fit by just joining a gym and getting a trainer." It's like telling someone they can be a professional musician if they take one guitar lesson a week. These fitness people and companies should be honest - "if you want these results, you have to be here for hours a day, every day." [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:41 PM Flag
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So why are you making your posts about me? I'm not promoting fitness companies. I was simply responding to your generalization that people who work out don't have jobs or are ignoring their kids. Get your arguments in line first, please. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:42 PM Flag
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No. Sorry to budge in, but you made it about yourself when you told the op to sgut her mouth and get to the gym. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:44 PM Flag
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So you go to the gym during lunch which is what I do and skip the meal. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:54 PM Flag
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np: i workout after kids go to bed, so no, do not ignore my kids. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:40 PM Flag
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You work all day, make dinner, bathe the kids, put them to sleep, and then work out? Every day? Come on. I'm not talking about "I do a video twice a week" because in the scheme of things that level of exercise is useless. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:42 PM Flag
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I thought your post was about fitness companies. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:43 PM Flag
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You're right. I digressed. It's just about people in general who say you can be fit working out three days a week - you can't. So stop lying to people about it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:44 PM Flag
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I don't have children yet and I have a hard time getting to the gym more than twice a week. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:34 PM Flag
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And yet these people will tell you you too can have results! No, you can't. Only the people like this poster, who are obsessed with fitness and who feel like they're on some kind of fitness mission, will get those results. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:36 PM Flag
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That gave me a good chuckle, because I'm not the poster child for fitness by any stretch. I do care about my health, though, and one of things that helps me throughout my day and gives me a better mental attitude toward both my work and my family is my general state of health. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:39 PM Flag
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Honestly. I rather enjoy my weekends and sleep in. I dint want to wake up and fight the fitness obsessed women for equipment. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:40 PM Flag
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I've dropped over 50 lbs this year, doing less than 1 hr, 4x/week of exercise and mildly moderating my eating. dropped almost 4 clothing sizes. you do not need to exercise 2+ hours/day!!!! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:25 PM Flag
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I find this hard to believe. Were you naturally skinny growing up? Did you already eat next to nothing? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:26 PM Flag
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I am very average - was neither fat nor skinny and definitely struggle with my weight. i gained a tremendous amount of weight w last pgcy and in the aftermath due to many stressful life situations. this was the year to get my life in order. i gave up artifical sweetener and tried to eat more healthfully and it's been 11 months! but the main difference was the quality of exercise. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:36 PM Flag
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Wait - you were 50lbs overweight but weren't fat? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:38 PM Flag
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until i got pg with my last dc, no. but absolutely after that!!! you asked about growing up and i was neither fat nor skinny. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:39 PM Flag
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Why do you find it hard? Most Dr's will tell you that it useless to workout for two hours a day [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:37 PM Flag
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i hired a trainer and got in the best shape of my life.. i could have never done that on my own. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:27 PM Flag
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How often did you work out, and for how long? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:28 PM Flag
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You sound really bitter. There are plenty of ways to get exercise w/o going to a gym. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:42 PM Flag
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Please do share. I'd be happy to hear them. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:43 PM Flag
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at home workouts. lots of them. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:55 PM Flag
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She didn't sound bitter. I posted on Monday about a stupid trainer making an obesse woman run at full speed on a treadmill. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:47 PM Flag
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I dropped 25 pounds by working out at the gym for less than 45 minutes a day. I just eat less. It works. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:47 PM Flag
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How often did you work out? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:51 PM Flag
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What trainers tell people that? Weirdo. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:48 PM Flag
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Huh? That's the whole point of getting a trainer - to get fit. No trainer says "pay me thousands of dollars a year to keep you fat." But they also don't tell you "your thousands of dollars a year really aren't going to get you anyhwere." [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:51 PM Flag
[ - ] What act of generosity around the holidays do you prefer (what makes you happiest)--giving to toy drives for kids, tipping generously to those who help you over the year, donations to large charities? 10 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:18 PM Flag
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I donated to an angel tree type of program at DCs school (knew name/rough demographics of family) though I knew the kids were innocent in their situation I was a little bitter that it was family with 6 kids ranging from 12-1. ONTH, I ended up giving a larger holiday gift then might be standard to the woman I see for brow waxing 6-9x a year---she seemed blown away by the $40. In my head had planned to do 20-25 but ultimately realized what a kind, wonderful hard working person she is so I was glad to do a little extra. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:22 PM Flag
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I donated to an angel tree type of program at DCs school (knew name/rough demographics of family) though I knew the kids were innocent in their situation I was a little bitter that it was family with 6 kids ranging from 12-1. ONTH, I ended up giving a larger holiday gift then might be standard to the woman I see for brow waxing 6-9x a year---she seemed blown away by the $40. In my head had planned to do 20-25 but ultimately realized what a kind, wonderful hard working person she is so I was glad to do a little extra. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:22 PM Flag
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Donate to the a local food bank that also collects coats, gloves, etc. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:22 PM Flag
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Charity begins at home. Everyone has a family member who could use some love and attention. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:23 PM Flag
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NP: My "worst off" family member is renting and doens't own her house. That is really the extent of her financial struggles. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:27 PM Flag
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That's not the case in our family. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:32 PM Flag
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It isn't always financial hardship. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:37 PM Flag
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We don't need a holiday to assist family members in need. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:47 PM Flag
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I think a big donation to a small local charity is best. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:27 PM Flag
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Toys and coats [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:46 PM Flag
[ - ] SO: Young Hollywood stars that actually have acting abilities? 15 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:16 PM Flag
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anna kendrick [ Reply | More ]
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np - I totally agree. She's my favorite young actress. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:54 PM Flag
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joseph gordon-levitt [ Reply | More ]
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jennifer lawrence [ Reply | More ]
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+1 [ Reply | More ]
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+2 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:34 PM Flag
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Anybody seen Winter Bones? She is good, really good. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:49 PM Flag
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Hailee Steinfeld; the little girl from Beasts of the Southern Wild (Quvenzhane Wallis). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:19 PM Flag
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She looks very Disney in this Annie movie. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:30 PM Flag
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I think she's supposed to. She's acting! It's very different from her previous role, which means she can act different parts. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:52 PM Flag
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funny how joseph gordon levitt is considered young at 33, but a female actress at 33 wouldn't be considered young [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:20 PM Flag
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i was thinking how james franco at 36 seems so young, like a fratboy, but a 36 year old actress like rachel mcadams does not [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:20 PM Flag
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Dana from Homeland [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:21 PM Flag
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That chick on Mad Men [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:29 PM Flag
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kiernan, +1 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:51 PM Flag
[ - ] Anyone have a Mazda5? Pros/cons? DH is 6-3. Will this be a problem? 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:12 PM Flag
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No but I've had those as rentals. Dh is tall and it wasn't a problem. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:13 PM Flag
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I've read that some tall guys have issues but it didn't say how tall. How tall is your DH? Did it feel like a minivan? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:16 PM Flag
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He's 6'1" and no, it drives better than a minivan IMO. Worth a test drive. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:17 PM Flag
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I have the CX-5. The Honda CRV is comparable and I think drives better and has better visibility. The CX5 lacks a little power and the engine isn't super responsive. The Acura RDX is fantastic! The Mazda is the best looking of the three though and I think gets the best mileage of the three. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:17 PM Flag
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I need something that seats at least 6 but has low gas mileage and isn't too minivan-y. I think only the Mazda5 qualifies. Right? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:20 PM Flag
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oh, i'm talking about CX-5, it does not seat six. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:22 PM Flag
[ - ] Is it ever acceptable to brag on Facebook? I generally hate when people do it, but my kid has a really great and special opportunity coming up and I'd love to post a photo of him to show him off a little bit. 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:11 PM Flag
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I don't mind unless it's constant. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:11 PM Flag
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Yes, that's the whole point! Especially if bragging is something that you don't do often. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:12 PM Flag
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Do it! If oyu don't do it often most people will probably smile, like it or make a nice comment. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:19 PM Flag
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My SIL is constantly posting pictures of her kids eating crappy food (donuts, cookies & ice cream)…daily if not more than one time a day…I am SICK of it…I wouldn't mind a post once a week of her bragging…like PP…it depends on how often you do it. Also, show it to your son. He'll feel an extra bit of pride that you are showing others…and I'm sure you care more about your son than you FB friends. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:28 PM Flag
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I think it is nice to congratulate your child for an accomplishment on facebook. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:35 PM Flag
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It's not congratulating your child, it's showing off. Which is totally fine once in a while as long as you recognize that it's showing off. Everyone has a right to brag a little once in a while. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.14, 08:54 PM Flag
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