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Forum: Single Parenting   05-06-2011, 07:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 724
Posted By amyamanda
What does that look like?  How did you get...

What does that look like?  How did you get there?  How long has it been since you split?  Were you always amicable, or did it grow after hard work? 
 
How did you get to that place of being in a...
Forum: Single Parenting   05-06-2011, 03:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,092
Posted By amyamanda
Thanks for the replies, and thanks for...

Thanks for the replies, and thanks for understanding my venting.  It helped a lot to read your perspectives on this.
Forum: Single Parenting   05-04-2011, 06:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,092
Posted By amyamanda
I am not sure if it's "safe" to say these things...

I am not sure if it's "safe" to say these things here, but I am going to.  Please do not flame me if your views on toys are different.  I have been trying to get access to the private forum with no...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   10-11-2010, 01:38 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 327
Posted By amyamanda
Declutter, of course. I love sorting through...

Declutter, of course. I love sorting through stuff alone in my empty house. Hardly ever has happened. I used to get that time after they were all asleep, but now they're bigger and going to bed...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-01-2010, 08:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 692
Posted By amyamanda
We always do low-key homespun parties. I am also...

We always do low-key homespun parties. I am also not crafty.

How old are your kids and what are their interests?

For DD we once did a princess tea party and invited friends, moms, and...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-29-2010, 09:22 AM
Replies: 43
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Views: 1,228
Posted By amyamanda
I think there are two factors: 1) It seems...

I think there are two factors:

1) It seems unseasonably warm right now (high 60s and 70s outside during the day?!)

2) We got our house weatherized this year, and I can feel the difference in...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   09-25-2010, 09:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 864
Posted By amyamanda
I bought a bunch of small, rectangular trash...

I bought a bunch of small, rectangular trash containers that are about the size of a paper grocery bag. Two fit side-by-size in a lower cabinet in our kitchen. One is for paper and the other is for...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   09-23-2010, 09:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 500
Posted By amyamanda
How do you organize and manage your photos? I...

How do you organize and manage your photos? I really would like to distill this pile down to a small enough number that it is not overwhelming and so it won't take hours just to wade through them....
Forum: Organize & Declutter   09-21-2010, 09:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,049
Posted By amyamanda
Maybe not exactly what you're asking, but I put...

Maybe not exactly what you're asking, but I put my foot down several years ago and made the boys sit while peeing. They still do it. No more pee on the floor.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-19-2010, 01:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 809
Posted By amyamanda
...once again trying to figure out a plan for...

...once again trying to figure out a plan for gifts that honors our budget (minimal) but doesn't FEEL "skimpy," makes our kids happy, honors our somewhat unconventional values about consumption.
...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-17-2010, 09:33 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,998
Posted By amyamanda
Music activities (lessons/classes/events),...

Music activities (lessons/classes/events), though we are frugal within that category and the whole family benefits when one person gets a class or a lesson.

Real maple syrup, though we are...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-16-2010, 03:03 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,476
Posted By amyamanda
Quote: Originally Posted by EdnaMarie...

Quote:
Originally Posted by EdnaMarie http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/15847004)
Don't worry, after inflation comes poverty...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-15-2010, 09:30 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,476
Posted By amyamanda
It is not fear-mongering; it is fact. The kind...

It is not fear-mongering; it is fact. The kind of money system that we have across the world is a "fiat" system which means that our money represents the good faith of the governments and the people...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   09-11-2010, 09:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 517
Posted By amyamanda
One more thing I got out of the book (loosely)...

One more thing I got out of the book (loosely) is that there are two kinds of clutter, "lazy clutter" (like papers that haven't made it into the recycling bin, dirty laundry, etc) and "stored...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   09-11-2010, 09:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 517
Posted By amyamanda
Fall just kicks me into gear. Yesterday I did a...

Fall just kicks me into gear. Yesterday I did a major push sorting out cold-weather clothes with the kids - hoping to finish up today, as our entire rec room is now covered with bags (to donate) and...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   09-04-2010, 10:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,577
Posted By amyamanda
Thanks, these are all good ideas to consider. ...

Thanks, these are all good ideas to consider.

We are not in a hurry to kick the girls out of our bedroom, but after twelve continuous years of sharing our room with kids who are becoming...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   09-03-2010, 09:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,577
Posted By amyamanda
We have a three-bedroom house, but one bedroom...

We have a three-bedroom house, but one bedroom is our home office. DH and I both work from home.

Currently the boys (10 and 12) have one bedroom, and the girls (6 and 8) share the other bedroom...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   07-28-2010, 09:18 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 906
Posted By amyamanda
Not today specifically, but the weatherization...

Not today specifically, but the weatherization guys are here this week so this weekend I had to declutter our laundry room (success!), organize the highly cluttered garageso they could get access to...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-08-2010, 11:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,154
Posted By amyamanda
Quote: Originally Posted by redvlagrl...

Quote:
Originally Posted by redvlagrl http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/15601142)
Weekly lessons on instruments are...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-08-2010, 11:04 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,154
Posted By amyamanda
Quote: Originally Posted by Usually Curious...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Usually Curious http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/15597972)
Kids are different. Some will be...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-08-2010, 10:58 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,154
Posted By amyamanda
re: homemade lemonade We do something very...

re: homemade lemonade

We do something very similar - 2/3 cup maple syrup plus 1 cup lemon juice plus 1 gallon water. It is definitely sweet and lemony enough. Sometimes I dilute it further.
...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-30-2010, 11:13 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,154
Posted By amyamanda
I hear you. I struggle to find a balance between...

I hear you. I struggle to find a balance between doing things with the kids (we homeschool) and pouring myself into work and meal-planning and things like that.

As far as activities go, the basic...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   06-29-2010, 11:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 453
Posted By amyamanda
Quote: Originally Posted by ChristyMarie...

Quote:
Originally Posted by ChristyMarie http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/15571805)
I currently have the 5 wooden shelves...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   06-21-2010, 12:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 844
Posted By amyamanda
Thanks for all of your kind words! It gets...

Thanks for all of your kind words! It gets better...the kids and I were gone for two nights, and DH took it upon himself to paint the bathroom! (pigs apparently do fly)

I wonder if it's a factor...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   06-17-2010, 07:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 844
Posted By amyamanda
I am one of those people who got "stuck" where I...

I am one of those people who got "stuck" where I live - I wanted to move, we can't afford to move anytime in the foreseeable future, and I decided (after seven years of planning to move!) that I had...
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