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Forum: Reuse & Recycle   09-10-2014, 07:43 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,601
Posted By mumm
I've read that air dryers are not as good as...

I've read that air dryers are not as good as regular drying (with paper or cloth) because even thought you've just washed the friction helps remove residual germs and dirt/grime. Also the air flow...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-07-2014, 03:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 892
Posted By mumm
My youngest two (twins, 7 years) each have their...

My youngest two (twins, 7 years) each have their own bed in the same room but sleep together about half the time. During the summer it is every night, but during the school year they tend to split...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   09-07-2014, 04:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 824
Posted By mumm
I think it seems fine. I didn't...

I think it seems fine.




I didn't see she said what state she is in. My state doesn't have any laws regarding what age is appropriate to leave kids home alone.


CPS is hovering over...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-06-2014, 04:29 PM
Replies: 1,012
Views: 66,236
Posted By mumm
Huge!! I've never been a smoker but I do...

Huge!!

I've never been a smoker but I do know that quitting is a big deal. And 6 weeks is phenomenal. Keep it up!!
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-04-2014, 04:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,229
Posted By mumm
For the past few years we've spent about 30-35%. ...

For the past few years we've spent about 30-35%. (I think- did the math quickly. About $8K in taxes annually, $2,200/mortgage, not sure what insurance is. I don't think you count utilities and...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-01-2014, 04:56 AM
Replies: 1,012
Views: 66,236
Posted By mumm
I do, to the point the school requires a note...

I do, to the point the school requires a note from an md saying one of my kids can attend public school. If you see she is eating well and is healthy and active, then continue on. If you think her...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-27-2014, 05:13 AM
Replies: 1,012
Views: 66,236
Posted By mumm
I'm new here. Been reading many of the previous...

I'm new here. Been reading many of the previous posts- lots of people to keep track of! I'm not in a dire situation but after years of living comfortably on one income, that one income has dropped...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-27-2014, 05:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,810
Posted By mumm
Yup! Wrapping paper always seems silly and...

Yup! Wrapping paper always seems silly and wasteful to me (albeit a beautiful waste). We mostly wrap in newspaper or if it is within our family we use pretty fabrics that are leftover from sewing...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-20-2014, 02:53 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,651
Posted By mumm
Interesting. Also remember this is brought to us...

Interesting. Also remember this is brought to us by the people who made the food pyramid.



You're probably right! We don't eat much sandwich bread, but when we do I buy the day old stuff for...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-19-2014, 04:48 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,651
Posted By mumm
This is interesting. I too wonder how much I...

This is interesting. I too wonder how much I "should" be spending. We spend less than that for 2 adults and 4 kids ages 7-14 but I also grow much of our food during this time of the year and try to...
Forum: Arts & Crafts   08-19-2014, 04:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 295
Posted By mumm
I think I am seconding the bunting! Triangular...

I think I am seconding the bunting! Triangular pieces of pretty cloth that hang from a line? I can sew a straight-ish line and that is about it, but I've made many many of these over the years for...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-13-2014, 07:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 489
Posted By mumm
My 13 year old gets $10/hr to watch one kid while...

My 13 year old gets $10/hr to watch one kid while the mother is home. He was getting $8 for the past two years but it went up in the spring. I haven't had a sitter in about 2 years but when I did...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-08-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 911
Posted By mumm
I'm in the minority here, but I leave my kids...

I'm in the minority here, but I leave my kids home all the time! Probably starting around age 2 or 3 I'll leave them when I walk to the mailbox. Then I'll leave them when I walk with other kids to...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   07-07-2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 845
Posted By mumm
I have a 13 year old who still sleeps in my room....

I have a 13 year old who still sleeps in my room. Not my bed, but my room. We've inconsistently tried to wean him to his own room through out those 13 years. His 3 younger siblings all moved to...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   05-21-2014, 05:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 790
Posted By mumm
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by Kathymomof3 http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1401828/chores-and-teens#post_17628703)
  I'm a single mom so...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   05-21-2014, 05:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 790
Posted By mumm
The amount of chores my kids have changes based...

The amount of chores my kids have changes based on what is going on in their lives.  This winter my 10 year old was playing 3 sports and didn't do any chores for about 3 months!  When the seasons...
Forum: The Mindful Home   05-21-2014, 05:17 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,402
Posted By mumm
necessary?  no.   nice to have?  yes.   ...

necessary?  no.
 
nice to have?  yes.
 
We line dry about 90% of our items, but those other 10% feel important. 
 
Allergy season is also soccer/lacrosse/softball season and I need uniforms to...
Forum: Parenting   05-17-2014, 05:05 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,240
Posted By mumm
The first usually sleeps 12 hours a night...

The first usually sleeps 12 hours a night (7p-7a).  She is 6 years old.  The next to bed is 13 years old and he usually heads to bed about 9, lights out about 9:30.  Up at 6:20am, so about 9 hours....
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   05-15-2014, 06:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 557
Posted By mumm
Yes.  After two children and then a 2nd...

Yes.  After two children and then a 2nd trimester miscarriage I decided we were done.  DP agreed and life went on.  Until it didn't go so smoothly and DP thought we should try once again just to...
Forum: Reuse & Recycle   04-26-2014, 04:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 401
Posted By mumm
Our glass ones didn't last very long.  My advice...

Our glass ones didn't last very long.  My advice would be to avoid the bent glass straws.  Very hard to clean the bendy part!
 
We have a solid supply of straws (albeit plastic) that come with...
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   04-09-2014, 04:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 805
Posted By mumm
Yes.  DP travels during the week so it is just...

Yes.  DP travels during the week so it is just me and the kids.  Depending on the season (and the various sports) I often have a sit down meal at 4pm before everyone runs off to their different...
Forum: Reuse & Recycle   03-09-2014, 07:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 920
Posted By mumm
Ours get used for multiple things   ...

Ours get used for multiple things
 
-cleaning bikes and engines and then get tossed
-torn into strips for tomato plants and such in the garden.  They then get tossed or simply rot out.
-clean...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   02-22-2014, 06:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 344
Posted By mumm
Speech therapy can help.  We had our (then) 8...

Speech therapy can help.  We had our (then) 8 year old in speech therapy for a lisp.  I couldn't hear the lisp, but my partner and  her teachers could.  Insurance covered all but the copay.  Within...
Forum: Parenting   02-16-2014, 06:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,198
Posted By mumm
I wouldn't put any baby in a dress.  They ride...

I wouldn't put any baby in a dress.  They ride up to their armpits and are generally a pain.  I get the easy access to diaper areas, but that doesn't make up for the riding up part.
 
Once they...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-14-2014, 06:11 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 2,566
Posted By mumm
Week 1-  Groceries -$352 random items- $27...

Week 1- 
Groceries -$352
random items- $27 birthday party gift, $5 toothpaste/brush, $88 birthday party gifts, $65 chicken feed, $5 postage, $95 school lunches for 2 kids  (Total-$285)
 
Week 2-...
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