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Forum: Montessori   09-27-2013, 04:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 450
Posted By bigteamug
Yes, I do realize that not all Montessori...

Yes, I do realize that not all Montessori schools give homework, and that much of it is not traditional, but when your kid does have papers/books/math/research type of homework, where do they do it?...
Forum: Gardening   09-19-2013, 09:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 196
Posted By bigteamug
Thanks, SweetSilver.     There are Cornell...

Thanks, SweetSilver.  
 
There are Cornell Cherries in the parks here, and I like them for looks, but I've heard the named varieties selected for fruit taste much better.
 
I'll check again, but...
Forum: Gardening   09-18-2013, 02:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 196
Posted By bigteamug
Hiya,     So we've had the landscaper out to...

Hiya,  
 
So we've had the landscaper out to help us plan what to do with our disaster of a yard - it was a rental for some time before we got the house, and then we've been free ranging our hens...
Forum: Montessori   08-23-2011, 02:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 873
Posted By bigteamug
I was able to find out that this is probably...

I was able to find out that this is probably what MM called "the Age of Rudeness".  But I'm still looking for books on the subject.  I can try to ask DD's teacher, but it will be hard to see her...
Forum: Montessori   08-21-2011, 04:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 873
Posted By bigteamug
Yep, I know that I've got my school philosophies...

Yep, I know that I've got my school philosophies mixed up, that the "Nine Year Change" is a more Waldorf idea, but I'm needing to know what Montessori has to say about the year that kids are 9-ish....
Forum: Mental Health   07-07-2011, 05:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,538
Posted By bigteamug
So having gone a year and a half in depression...

So having gone a year and a half in depression treatment, I am starting to realize that summer is a huge trigger for me.  Messed up schedule, seeing less of mama friends, having very little time by...
Forum: Vegetarian and Vegan   03-31-2011, 04:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 200
Posted By bigteamug
Now I'm really lost.  I picked just a few out,...

Now I'm really lost.  I picked just a few out, but I'm sure there were others in there that were looking unsoaked.  
 
Cooked 'em up with a piece of kombu, first time using that, and a box of...
Forum: Vegetarian and Vegan   03-30-2011, 01:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 200
Posted By bigteamug
I've been running into an issue lately  - when I...

I've been running into an issue lately  - when I soak my beans overnight, they are not absorbing the water evenly.  ?!?!?
 
We start 'em at bedtime-ish, around 8pm or so, and we stir them as soon...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   03-21-2011, 10:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,649
Posted By bigteamug
Um, vinyl that old may have asbestos in it....

Um, vinyl that old may have asbestos in it.  Better check before you start on removal.
 
 
Forum: The Mindful Home   03-07-2011, 10:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,014
Posted By bigteamug
I think that AFM is preservative-free and...

I think that AFM is preservative-free and therefore can ONLY be used on surfaces that are free of mold.  Don't know that it is the best product for this use.  Replacement might be best.  
 
Maybe...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   02-11-2011, 03:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 346
Posted By bigteamug
We're getting chickens this spring sometime (DH...

We're getting chickens this spring sometime (DH has a coworker with hens that we've been buying eggs from who is getting out of chickens - bad for her asthma) and I have a bunch of questions that...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-13-2011, 02:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,753
Posted By bigteamug
Um, I love trees, but one of of first house...

Um, I love trees, but one of of first house projects this spring will be to get the large, tall pine tree and medium oak tree in our back yard cut down -also the med weed maple that is a given, as...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-10-2011, 01:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,753
Posted By bigteamug
I think there have been a lot of good ideas - I...

I think there have been a lot of good ideas - I do think that the protein thing is important.  Can you find sources of cheaper protein?  
 
We eat on a budget, organic - here is what helps us....
Forum: Montessori   01-10-2011, 10:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 975
Posted By bigteamug
My biggest complaints with our program are not...

My biggest complaints with our program are not having enough space in the classrooms (since they are in a regular classroom, which doesn't need as much space) and the lack of going-out, because it...
Forum: Montessori   01-09-2011, 09:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 975
Posted By bigteamug
We are in a public Montessori, and from what...

We are in a public Montessori, and from what I've seen, the public program is better than most of the private programs around.  They do a LOT of work, though, to stay as true as they can to the...
Forum: The Mindful Home   12-29-2010, 07:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 582
Posted By bigteamug
Dec 6th is the saint's day for St. Nicholas...

Dec 6th is the saint's day for St. Nicholas (much of Europe used this day for when Santa would come to leave stuff for kids, and still do), you could come up with some kind of tradition of getting...
Forum: The Mindful Home   12-02-2010, 05:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,407
Posted By bigteamug
On laminate, I don't know about the formadelhyde...

On laminate, I don't know about the formadelhyde free backings, but one option I had heard of was to install it on all sides of the backing - it would seal in most of the nasty.  But you obviously...
Forum: The Mindful Home   12-02-2010, 04:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 868
Posted By bigteamug
Shredded natural latex would be the least...

Shredded natural latex would be the least compressable, I think.  Kapok may be another option - feels more like down.
 
I really have no idea who would let you buy just filling - most of the...
Forum: The Mindful Home   12-02-2010, 04:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 214
Posted By bigteamug
Hey I just got a catalog in the mail and thought...

Hey I just got a catalog in the mail and thought of you:
 
http://www.cozypure.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=16&products_id=49
 
This sounds like just about what you're looking...
Forum: The Mindful Home   11-20-2010, 04:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 214
Posted By bigteamug
I would look at a couple of places and contact...

I would look at a couple of places and contact the companies and see if they can tweak their plans to work:
 
http://www.ramblinwood.net/
 
Has a nice sleigh bed w/ a day bed option.  Maybe they...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-10-2010, 10:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 917
Posted By bigteamug
Do you sew?  A lot of the money in those dolls...

Do you sew?  A lot of the money in those dolls is in the clothes and accessories - they used to have patterns for them, I would think that one of the pattern companies would have something that...
Forum: The Mindful Home   11-03-2010, 02:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 478
Posted By bigteamug
We want an area rug for the living room -we have...

We want an area rug for the living room -we have hardwoods, and I want to add a little color and have a softer surface for the kids to play on.

We were about to buy a wool rug that DH and I both...
Forum: The Mindful Home   08-20-2010, 05:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 665
Posted By bigteamug
Don't forget to change the vacuum bag (if you...

Don't forget to change the vacuum bag (if you have one) or empty and clean the canister when you're done. Important whenever you are dealing with wee beasties (lice, fleas, etc.)
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-19-2010, 12:39 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,293
Posted By bigteamug
Um, can you really only make changes in January?...

Um, can you really only make changes in January? It would make sense to me that you can only ADD people then, but it seems like you should be able to find something else and DROP some people?
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Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-16-2010, 12:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,031
Posted By bigteamug
I would say at least 6 months, but a year is...

I would say at least 6 months, but a year is better, BUT remember that these are basic living expenses - needful bills, not "3 activities per kid and dinners out" level of living expenses....so it...
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