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#241 of 264 Old 06-29-2009, 11:05 AM
 
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MrsSurplus, I've finally resorted to wearing makeup. For years, I didn't, and now I just find it makes a big difference in how I feel. Shallow? Perhaps.
LOL. I love being in a forum where people resort to makeup! I actually put on makeup yesterday for church (although I couldn't find anything to put on my lips but chapstick) and I felt SO much better. This sounds kooky, but I also had some sandals with heels that I hadn't wore in ages (as opposed to my wear-everywhere-and-they-look-like-it Sandals or my gardening clogs) and I felt so...grown up. I think you're on to something!

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1) Get a haircut.
2) Facial scrub- this will make more difference than anything else.
3) Always, always, always, no matter how many children you have or how much other stuff you should be doing, cleanse, tone and moisturise and use sunscreen. We'll never be glamorous grannies if we don't keep the bare minimum in place now.
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LOL. Thank you for the great suggestions...and the reminder that I want to be a glam granny someday!

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fairymom: That is hard...but I agree with PPs that your hubby will likely begin to tire of this also.

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I was being entirely serious about the facial scrub, btw. I used to work for Lush, and exfoliation makes an almost unbelievable difference to your skin.

Dumb question. How long is too long to store clothes between kids? I have 7 years between DS2 and DS3, and if the new one is a girl then there'll be 4 years between DD1 and DD2. Do I keep everything? Just the major brand names? None of it?

Oh, and my mission for today was shopping for pretty hairclips on etsy and folksy. I don't think I'm turning into a yummy mummy after all, I think I'm turning into a 3yo girl :

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Dumb question. How long is too long to store clothes between kids? I have 7 years between DS2 and DS3, and if the new one is a girl then there'll be 4 years between DD1 and DD2. Do I keep everything? Just the major brand names? None of it?
I don't think it's a dumb question! I was just having this argument in my head last night as I cleaned out DSS 14's drawers! There are six years between DSS 14 and DSS 8. Here are the things that I keep:

-khaki pants and shorts

-polos

-PJs

Everything else like jeans and other types of shorts and t-shirts get sold on Ebay. One reason is because we just do not have enough storage to handle holding on to things that long. The other thing is stuff goes out of style, you know? Khakis and polos do not so if they are still in good shape, I move them to the back of the closet and hope I remember that they are there before I buy more! PJs fit differently and DSS 8 has taken to wearing old t-shirts and boxers to bed so those can stick around for a long time!

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I don't think it's a dumb question! I was just having this argument in my head last night as I cleaned out DSS 14's drawers! There are six years between DSS 14 and DSS 8. Here are the things that I keep:

-khaki pants and shorts

-polos

-PJs

Everything else like jeans and other types of shorts and t-shirts get sold on Ebay. One reason is because we just do not have enough storage to handle holding on to things that long. The other thing is stuff goes out of style, you know? Khakis and polos do not so if they are still in good shape, I move them to the back of the closet and hope I remember that they are there before I buy more! PJs fit differently and DSS 8 has taken to wearing old t-shirts and boxers to bed so those can stick around for a long time!
I hold on to anything that is not stained, or has holes. My girls are 5 years apart. I don't care of it is out of style and neither do they until they are about 9 or 10. My 5 year old was wearing clothes my 15 year old wore at well at 6 or 7. (older one was small and youngest is really tall.) No one cares.. the kids don't care.. and why buy nice new stylish clothes to play in the mud?

Now I find after the kid are about 9 or 10.. not only do they care about style.. but the jeans just don't hold up. They all have holes in the knees. My 10 year old is wearing a few my mother cut off and hemmed of my oldest for shorts (cause of holes.) And she is wearing a few pairs of my oldests jeans as well.. (except the buttcrack jeans.. I am getting rid of those and glad they are out of style!) Oh and I do buy a few new clothes for each of them so all their clothes aren't hand me downs.

But yea.. in my opinion.. its OK to hold on to them as long as you feel you need to.
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Back to the yummy mummy/ glam gram topic.

I have a couple of facial masques that make a lot of difference. One is an exfoliating pumpkin, and the other is a Dr. Hauschka revitalizing one. Both are pricey (for me!) - 40 to 50 each, but they last a long time.

I didn't used to think that facials and masques made any difference besides making me feel like I was taking care of my skin, but now that I'm approaching 40, I can see the difference.

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Helen I have to ask what is your favorite facial scrub, Lush or otherwise?
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I was being entirely serious about the facial scrub, btw. I used to work for Lush, and exfoliation makes an almost unbelievable difference to your skin.

Dumb question. How long is too long to store clothes between kids? I have 7 years between DS2 and DS3, and if the new one is a girl then there'll be 4 years between DD1 and DD2. Do I keep everything? Just the major brand names? None of it?
I've heard great things about Lush but never tried it. I have no doubt I could use a good exfoliation!

For me it depends on where I get the clothes. I get ours nearly entirely from yard sales...so I have no desire to save them if there's a large gap in kids. However, if I were buying name brands at retail prices, I know I'd feel differently.

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hand-me-downs- I save the cute stuff from dd 15 for dd 10 and then for dd 7.but we also get a lot from a friend for dd 7 because her youngest is 8 and one size bigger than dd7.so sometimes she ends up w/a lot of clothes! I've just started saving the good (not worn out) from ds4 for babe.But he's really hard on his clothes so mostly its just pjs. There is too big (and not enough room) an age difference to save from ds14 for ds4. But we've just started to hand down clothes from dh to ds14! Its probably a good thing dd7 is the youngest girl saving them wouldn't be an option- she blows the knees out on all her pants and likes to paint so lots of stains on her shirts!
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Keeping clothes? If you truly honestly have space to keep things without them getting manky then I'd keep the things which are connected to good memories and let the rest go.

Stuff for little kids comes from the universe when you need it and can evein be over-plentiful ime. Just recently I have let go some things that were really cool but I didn't have room for and I hope that the person who finds them in the charity shop gets as much of a buzz from that discovery as I did when I first found them. Pass the love on :

I've had girlie hair clips in my hair for a week now instead of getting the clippers out and cutting the whole lot off!
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Yeah, storage can be an issue- otoh, vacuum sacks are in poundland at the moment.

I think I'm going to save the things I get emotional about- like the black dungies that have done all four kids so far, and the handknits, and everything else can go.

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We have so muchfo rthe younger girls as dd1's friends' mothers are more than excitied to pas it on. I sort through it, keep what I like that is in good condition, and use what we can. It seems to grow each season so I have to purge more aggressively whenwe pull things out but not having to pay maney for play clothes is totally worth it.

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Helen I have to ask what is your favorite facial scrub, Lush or otherwise?
Sorry, I missed this. I love ocean salt, though I'm very cautious about putting cocoa butter on my face- it's comedogenic. I love herbalism, but I'm using angels on bare skin at the moment and it's yummy.

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Ooh I love angels on bare skin!
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Kat and who else has felt "tugging" sensations in early pregnancy...can I have a descriptive detail? I don't think what I'm feeling is cramps. I'm going to take a test soon but don't want to too early as I've been down that road before and it's very frustrating...as in me: "I know it says negative, honey, but it's still really early."...him: "Then why did you take it???"
I might be a little late, I haven't read through the rest of the thread, I've been happily away from the computer for a few days. Maybe you've already tested.....

anyhoo, I get a sudden pull when I stand up, right inside my hip bones. It literally makes me double over. I feel it in a milder way at other times too. Just sitting & walking sometimes. Just inside my hip bones at a diagnal. Like a triangle with my pubic bone at the point. Same place I feel labor pains & afterpains. HTH.

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You know, the dizziness I am experiencing this pregnancy totally makes up for not being able to drink. It's like getting a buzz on, but randomly and I have no clue when it will hit or how long it will last. Good times.

So, I have a question-- have any of you ever come across a pregnancy book for moms of many or at least of more than two? I have this idea for a book. No energy to write it, but an idea.

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I've never come across a book like that, annettemarie, but I would certainly like to read one.

I've notices that there is often a little section in pregnancy books about welcoming a sibling, but the writer always seems to assume this is a second baby, not a fourth or seventh.

I think a book about third or later pregnancies and the early baby period would be great!

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So, I have a question-- have any of you ever come across a pregnancy book for moms of many or at least of more than two? I have this idea for a book. No energy to write it, but an idea.
I never have. I think your idea sounds great!

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Oh, and clothes storage. Anything good, I save. As things are making their way through my boys, I'm finding I have less and less to reuse. I have pretty much all my daughter's clothes. Oh, how I'm hoping and praying this is a girl! But I have an attic, basement, and garage for storing stuff.

RE: the book idea. I thought about not only the physical being pregnant stuff, but also the practicalities of managing things when you have a boatload of kids and you're exhausted and sick.

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Never seen such a book, but I reckon if you start with a blog- and advertising, and run the blog as a business- often the book deal follows. At least, that's how it works with knitting.

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Is it time for a July thread?
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see you there!

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it's July...

http://www.mothering.com/discussions....php?t=1106094

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