Carrie ~ I'd been meaning to suggest vinegar. I use vinegar probably about once a month. I just fill up the fabric softener cup in my machine, run a wash like normal and then an extra rinse. You can also try baking soda to neutralize odors. With my front loader, I just shake some into the washer because I use liguid detergent. If I used powder detergent, I could probably just add it to the detergent cup.
I got that fishy smell when I used All F&C. That's why I stopped using it. I know some people say they use it without problems and I think it is listed as ok on that safe detergents list I saw. Maybe it has something to do with the water, whether it's hard or soft. I could never tell what was what. Here I'm told we have really soft water because it feels like i can never rinse all the soap off my hands when I was them. I haven't used the All F&C here, though. That was in Hawaii. Don't know if the water there would be considered hard or normal. Definitely not soft like here.
Annie ~ Your kids are lucky. Maybe someone in your school district got the message about families not having any time together because the kids had so much homework. I don't recall having too much homework when I was in elementary school but that was in the mid-1970s to early 1980s, a lot more years ago than some of you. I spent a lot of time with Ryan doing homework by the time he was in 3rd grade. Of course, he fought doing it so it would have taken probably half the time if we didn't fight about for the first 30 minutes or so. Part of that time was in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and part of that time was in northern Virginia.
I can't remember exactly how long it took me but I lost the weight pretty quickly after having both Ryan and Ethan. I did exercise a lot after having Ryan. I remember doing Denise Austin and Gilad fitness shows on TV. After Ethan I just walked. I tried taking him to the gym but he cried so I quit doing that. I never did lose all the weight after having Kellen. I kept about 10 lbs. on. I don't know if that was age or lack of exercise. I can definitely tell it's harder for me to lose weight now than 10 or 20 years ago. My metabolism has slowed.
Carrie ~ I agree that EPO and RRL tea are more natural than other things. Actually, I wouldn't put the RRL tea in the same category as the EPO because, again, consuming tea is part of normal life while applying EPO internally to your cervix is not, at least not that I've ever heard of before. Is there anywhere that women normally apply EPO to their cervices throughout life? I can totally understand why one would try that if they went post-dates and their hcps were hounding them about it and/or there were some other concerns about going past the EDD. (Although, now that I'm typing that out I still don't really get that because I'd just tell the HCPs to kiss my butt since they couldn't force me to submit to any medical procedure against my will.) I'm of the mindset to trust my body and trust the process. Since my body was made to give birth there's no reason to mess with the process in any way. I just don't see the need and wonder why you would want to add to your plate, so to speak, by doing something that's unnecessary. Like you posted before, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
WW is supposed to be about learning to eat healthy rather than really being a deprivation diet. It's supposed to teach how to make healthier food choices and learn what normal portion sizes are. I don't need help with that. I know all of that. I just need someone to prepare the food for me. I just saw a commercial for a grocery store about 30 minutes away where you can order your groceries online, someone gets them for you and all you have to do is pick them up. I'm seriously considering trying that depending on the cost. I know the grocery store is more expensive than the ones I normally shop at because I went there once. May be worth saving the stress of shopping, though it probably won't really save me much time because I'll spend about an hour driving there and back. Anyway...
What did I miss? I always miss something even though I write a book.
Oh, kat, yeah, I forgot about adding a drawstring to the sleep sack. That would be very easy. The thing rising up wasn't an issue for me. I don't even use mine anymore because D grew out of them already and grew into the Wonderoos so I don't need a wool cover for night anymore.