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Forum: Organize & Declutter   01-10-2011, 04:48 PM
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Views: 692
Posted By 2GR8KIDS
We're trying to eat at home more often too. I...

We're trying to eat at home more often too. I think some of the answers depend on what types of food your family eats and how often you want to shop. I have come to realize that my family (1)...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   01-06-2011, 09:21 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 6,035
Posted By 2GR8KIDS
I have been fascinated by this since I read the...

I have been fascinated by this since I read the Sunset article a week or two ago. The woman profiled in the article has a blog that answers some of the same questions/criticisms raised in thus...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   03-25-2009, 04:03 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,655
Posted By 2GR8KIDS
My parents are both gone. My mom was more of a...

My parents are both gone. My mom was more of a collector than a hoarder (she had lots of really nice, carefully chosen things), but it is really paralyzing to deal with. I must have 6 boxes crammed...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   12-31-2008, 12:22 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,731
Posted By 2GR8KIDS
Decluttered to me means: * like items...

Decluttered to me means:

* like items grouped together and fitting into their designated space (for example, all the books fit on the bookshelves).

* items arranged so that you don't have to...
Forum: The Childhood Years   11-26-2008, 02:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 694
Posted By 2GR8KIDS
DD is 5 and she spends hours each day drawing...

DD is 5 and she spends hours each day drawing and making things out of paper. She also loves her stuffed animals.

Occasionally she plays with:
puzzles
dress up clothes
legos
Polly Pockets...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-15-2008, 04:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 145
Posted By 2GR8KIDS
In our case getting an individual plan was much...

In our case getting an individual plan was much much cheaper than COBRA (in large part because we chose a higher deductible plan). It was difficult to get the policy because of the application...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-14-2008, 12:16 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 720
Posted By 2GR8KIDS
I don't use eBay nearly as much as I used to...

I don't use eBay nearly as much as I used to because it seems like it is now just retailers selling new items, rather than people selling used items they no longer need. I have plenty of retailers...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-30-2008, 07:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 460
Posted By 2GR8KIDS
DS is about to turn 9. My DS likes to read, draw...

DS is about to turn 9. My DS likes to read, draw (sometimes), play with his sister (usually Legos or stuffed animals), throw a baseball or football with dad, and play computer games or Nintendo DS....
Forum: Learning at School   10-24-2008, 05:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,889
Posted By 2GR8KIDS
Is it a public school? They lose Average Daily...

Is it a public school? They lose Average Daily Attendance money from the state when kids miss school, so they typically encourage parents to avoid scheduling trips, etc. on school days. If that was...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-23-2008, 07:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 828
Posted By 2GR8KIDS
My DD sounds like she has a very similar...

My DD sounds like she has a very similar personality, and we had similar issues around preschool. First the good news ... she is in kindergarten this year and after a couple weeks of adjusting to it...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   10-20-2008, 09:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,756
Posted By 2GR8KIDS
Here's another blog devoted to recreating the PB...

Here's another blog devoted to recreating the PB look:

http://pblookalikes.blogspot.com/
Forum: Organize & Declutter   10-20-2008, 05:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,756
Posted By 2GR8KIDS
I don't know if this blogger does this often but...

I don't know if this blogger does this often but I like this article on "frugal hacks" for how to recreate various things in a Pottery Barn catalog ....
...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-20-2008, 05:19 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 978
Posted By 2GR8KIDS
Quote: Originally Posted by jennlyn...

Quote:
Originally Posted by jennlyn http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/12413799)
Just be careful that the status-gift giving...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-20-2008, 05:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 963
Posted By 2GR8KIDS
Same here ... our Costco is carrying more and...

Same here ... our Costco is carrying more and more organics. Organics I purchase there include ground beef (3 lbs. for around $12), milk (2 gallons for $10-11), whole wheat sandwich bread (2 loaves...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   10-20-2008, 04:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 605
Posted By 2GR8KIDS
KIDS' ACTIVITIES: Instead of seeking the "best"...

KIDS' ACTIVITIES: Instead of seeking the "best" activities or trying out every opportunity out there, we pick only those activities that fit the schedule we want to have. So DS plays club soccer...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-06-2008, 05:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 318
Posted By 2GR8KIDS
My son turns 9 in a couple weeks, and we are...

My son turns 9 in a couple weeks, and we are seeing similar things here. He isn't interested in TV but likes his DS and the computer a lot right now. We are trying to balance that with physical...
Forum: The Mindful Home   10-03-2008, 05:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 296
Posted By 2GR8KIDS
We used to have them- they burrowed under a...

We used to have them- they burrowed under a concrete walk in our backyard. We filled in the hole with dirt while the skunks were gone one day. I haven't seen them in years (although we have also...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-29-2008, 06:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 849
Posted By 2GR8KIDS
I hope I'm wrong but as you describe your...

I hope I'm wrong but as you describe your husband's business it seems like it could be quite vulnerable in a downturn. With credit virtually frozen he may begin to see people postponing high-end...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   09-08-2008, 03:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,075
Posted By 2GR8KIDS
Do you have some extra room in a hallway or...

Do you have some extra room in a hallway or other area near the bedrooms? At one place we lived we just had a large basket in the hall outside the bedrooms and used it as a communal hamper. It had a...
Forum: The Mindful Home   09-08-2008, 03:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 812
Posted By 2GR8KIDS
From your signature line it looks like your...

From your signature line it looks like your children are quite young. Some of the things you want to do will get easier when your kids get a bit older and can participate more. My kids are 8 and 5...
Forum: The Mindful Home   09-06-2008, 09:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 423
Posted By 2GR8KIDS
Check out the Decluttering forum on this site-...

Check out the Decluttering forum on this site- there are many good suggestions there. You sound really overwhelmed by your living situation. When there is so much to deal with, maybe you can focus...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-05-2008, 01:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 336
Posted By 2GR8KIDS
Similar situation here. My almost 9 y.o. DS has...

Similar situation here. My almost 9 y.o. DS has pretty much moved away from toys. I think this is a good age for kids to pick up a hobby - something like woodworking, music, a sport, magic, building...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-02-2008, 03:07 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,059
Posted By 2GR8KIDS
In the accelerated math program at DS's school...

In the accelerated math program at DS's school (starts in 4th grade; includes 6 4th graders this year- about 10% of the 4th grade) ALL of the 4th graders in the program this year are boys! I'm...
Forum: The Mindful Home   08-31-2008, 05:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,689
Posted By 2GR8KIDS
I looked it up on the internet earlier today...

I looked it up on the internet earlier today because I am making strawberry freezer jam today and only had the regular glass jars. The consensus seemed to be that it's OK to use the regular jars and...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   08-26-2008, 12:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 644
Posted By 2GR8KIDS
Open House is a difficult time to get the...

Open House is a difficult time to get the teacher's attention to an issue like this- she would probably prefer that you schedule a time to talk about it. Also, if your school is like ours, the first...
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