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Forum: Stay at Home Parents   12-29-2010, 09:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 823
Posted By mamaluvspirates
I wouldn't feel guilty asking for the...

I wouldn't feel guilty asking for the money...food isn't cheap, and why should you take money our of your family's budget to feed a child that isn't even yours?? Definitely, ask for the money if you...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   10-03-2010, 01:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,776
Posted By mamaluvspirates
That's exactly what I did 1.5 years ago! I...

That's exactly what I did 1.5 years ago! I thought it would be good to get out of the house and do something that involved my brain a little bit lol. I work as a dr's receptionist on Saturdays and I...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   10-01-2010, 12:58 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 7,381
Posted By mamaluvspirates
I have no desire to have a career, but I have a...

I have no desire to have a career, but I have a Saturday job that I enjoy. I think a job and a career are two way-separate things: I enjoy having that little bit of extra money to spend on renos or...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   10-01-2010, 12:55 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,921
Posted By mamaluvspirates
My mom stayed home, but she was a different SAHM...

My mom stayed home, but she was a different SAHM than I wanted to be. She did all the cleaning/cooking and we just sort of puttered around...I don't remember her doing much with us at all. She was...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   09-03-2010, 12:33 PM
Replies: 22
  argh.
Views: 1,239
Posted By mamaluvspirates
To the OP...I know it's heartbreaking to think...

To the OP...I know it's heartbreaking to think that your father doesn't approve of your choices, but you need to stand up for yourself and your family's choices. Tell him in no uncertain terms that...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   05-12-2010, 10:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,507
Posted By mamaluvspirates
I just found out recently that some people don't...

I just found out recently that some people don't eat broccoli stems lol...I always thought that people just peeled it, sliced it and steamed it along with the florets. That's what my mom always did,...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   04-27-2010, 12:20 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,869
Posted By mamaluvspirates
We didn't really talk about it before we got...

We didn't really talk about it before we got married, and in hindsight, I can now say that I was darn lucky that we have the same ideals now.

I wasn't really a career girl, but we didn't make...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   03-01-2010, 06:38 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,030
Posted By mamaluvspirates
I had 2 kids, gave away all of my maternity...

I had 2 kids, gave away all of my maternity clothes, then decided to have one more baby. I sewed 2 pairs of black maternity pants and one blouse, then added a couple of t-shirts. I decided that...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   03-01-2010, 01:30 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,810
Posted By mamaluvspirates
We used our tax return one year to buy a...

We used our tax return one year to buy a treadmill. It's in the basement in front of the tv, so I can watch a show or a DVD or sometimes I just listen to music. It's my time and I guard it....
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   02-21-2010, 09:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,635
Posted By mamaluvspirates
I'm a SAHM, DH works out of the house. When he...

I'm a SAHM, DH works out of the house. When he is home, it is 50/50.

Your DH gets the whole weekend to himself?? That's only ok if you're ok with it.
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   02-09-2010, 03:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 608
Posted By mamaluvspirates
Babies, toddlers, even preschoolers do not need...

Babies, toddlers, even preschoolers do not need outside care for socialization. They need to get out and see the world, play with other kids, etc, but they do not need outside care for that. To me,...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   01-27-2010, 06:22 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,043
Posted By mamaluvspirates
I'm so sorry...

I'm so sorry http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif . It's been a long time since my husband was without a job but I remember those days clearly.

We live frugally, and...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   01-27-2010, 06:17 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,373
Posted By mamaluvspirates
Very rarely do people ask me what I do...

Very rarely do people ask me what I do anymore...I guess my reputation precedes me lol.

When I was asked previously, I would say "I hang out with my toddler" or "I've still got some little ones...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   01-15-2010, 01:28 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 7,911
Posted By mamaluvspirates
April Dawn, I get ya...

April Dawn, I get ya http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif . I's the people whose situations I'm familiar with, the 'spendies' that tell me how lucky I am...those are...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   01-07-2010, 05:09 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,947
Posted By mamaluvspirates
LOL...it took me so long to post (due to toddler...

LOL...it took me so long to post (due to toddler tugging at my leg) that I posted after BetsyS...so yeah, exactly what she said http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif . And I...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   01-07-2010, 05:06 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,947
Posted By mamaluvspirates
Completely normal!!! Absolutely, positively...

Completely normal!!! Absolutely, positively normal!!

Even if it seems like baby is spending a lot of time in his car seat, make sure to take a few seconds every few minutes to make goofy faces...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   01-06-2010, 02:25 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,245
Posted By mamaluvspirates
Going through this right now...DD is 29 months...

Going through this right now...DD is 29 months old and loves other kids. The thought of going to a playgroup makes my skin crawl though. I believe it has to be done, though, especially when you live...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   12-29-2009, 03:05 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,355
Posted By mamaluvspirates
Quote: Originally Posted by sstripp2020...

Quote:
Originally Posted by sstripp2020 http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/14851169)
My husband gets it too but his brothers...
Forum: The Mindful Home   12-28-2009, 08:36 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,798
Posted By mamaluvspirates
Pirates!!! No, actually...I wish. My...

Pirates!!!

No, actually...I wish. My husband won't let me lol. The bathroom is pirates, and he says one pirate themed room is enough. Drat.

My kitchen is french chefs, in lime green with black...
Forum: Reuse & Recycle   12-28-2009, 08:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,674
Posted By mamaluvspirates
I keep a spray bottle of vinegar and water in my...

I keep a spray bottle of vinegar and water in my bathroom for cleaning the mirrors, etc. I spray that in the toilet and brush it.
Forum: Working and Student Parents   12-12-2009, 01:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 651
Posted By mamaluvspirates
I think you just have to be very honest and tell...

I think you just have to be very honest and tell whomever is planning these events that you simply don't celebrate Christmas and won't be participating. Of course be polite, and thank them for...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   11-03-2009, 12:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,389
Posted By mamaluvspirates
So are you meaning a nanny will cost $15 an...

So are you meaning a nanny will cost $15 an hour? That's reasonable, I would say. She would be focussing on your children alone, and that wage is her bread and butter. I'm not sure that I could live...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   11-01-2009, 01:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 683
Posted By mamaluvspirates
Quote: Originally Posted by A&A...

Quote:
Originally Posted by A&A http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/14604106)
Call the PTA president of his school. (The office...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   10-23-2009, 12:36 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,802
Posted By mamaluvspirates
My husband would insist that, after supper, he...

My husband would insist that, after supper, he would take the baby for an hour or so...or more if I needed, so that I could go in our bedroom and watch tv or sew or whatever I needed to do. I guess...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   10-19-2009, 12:09 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,257
Posted By mamaluvspirates
I'm very good at time management and money...

I'm very good at time management and money management. I'm very organized. I'm very patient...that came with time, it wasn't like that when my oldest was little (11 years ago!) .

I can dress...
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