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Forum: Preteens and Teens   02-27-2015, 05:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 145
Posted By mumm
I hear you, and I understand your frustration!! ...

I hear you, and I understand your frustration!!

Before I had children, I knew my kids were going to be wild and we'd have a fair share of emergency room trips. BUT..... I've rarely been to the...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   02-05-2015, 05:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 334
Posted By mumm
They aren't different. I wouldn't buy my child a...

They aren't different. I wouldn't buy my child a new pair of boots for school this year because she treated hers poorly last year. They still fit, and yes they look terrible. With a phone, if my...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   02-02-2015, 11:11 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 334
Posted By mumm
Things aren't scheduled now they way they were...

Things aren't scheduled now they way they were then. Even school events rely on the children having cell phones- "We aren't sure when the field trip will finish. They will text with an ETA when...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   02-02-2015, 11:04 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 334
Posted By mumm
I don't think many kids can purchase and pay the...

I don't think many kids can purchase and pay the monthly fee for their phones, so in fact, the phone is the parents, not the kids. If my child said I couldn't touch "their" phone, they wouldn't have...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   01-29-2015, 07:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 107
Posted By mumm
Carpool, carpool, carpool! I have 4 kids who...

Carpool, carpool, carpool!

I have 4 kids who are involved in a variety of things. The twins have totally different interests, so even their activities don't overlap. I've learned to be pushy...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   01-20-2015, 02:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 433
Posted By mumm
It is a fine line between "invading privacy" and...

It is a fine line between "invading privacy" and being an attentive parent. One I struggle with finding also.

One thing I do find helpful is reading texts/instagram/snapchat, etc. So many times...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   01-14-2015, 07:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 90
Posted By mumm
You are not the only one! We sometimes...

You are not the only one!

We sometimes travel for all of July and August so I'm trying to get summer plans in place so I can plan the garden based around neglect!

I grew over 450 lb of sweet...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   01-12-2015, 01:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 160
Posted By mumm
We finally had time to have a decent...

We finally had time to have a decent conversation. Work has been tough for her since late August and she is struggling. She had told me, back in the summer, that I wasn't allowed to ask for a...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   01-10-2015, 12:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 237
Posted By mumm
I love all the awful gifts!! My mother is a...

I love all the awful gifts!!

My mother is a notoriously bad gift giver. She wants to give a gift that the kids scream with excitement over, not caring if it will last the day or be something they...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   01-04-2015, 09:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 160
Posted By mumm
We can only watch on one device at a time. Too...

We can only watch on one device at a time. Too cheap to pay for more! We've only had netflix for 2 months (son bought the first month, I paid for the second so DP could have something for all the...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   01-04-2015, 05:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 160
Posted By mumm
Question unreasonable expectations?

I'm not sure this is the right place to post, but I need to find out if I am totally insane in my thinking!

I am a mostly sahp to 4 kids. DP is the primary bread winner and travels, a lot, for...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   12-17-2014, 08:08 AM
Replies: 1,326
Views: 85,360
Posted By mumm
I remember the first Christmas my partner had to...

I remember the first Christmas my partner had to work. I felt just awful about it. She has now been away for Christmas for 11 years straight, and I kinda like it! On Christmas day we get together...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   12-17-2014, 07:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 715
Posted By mumm
Yes. Our library loans out almost every type of...

Yes. Our library loans out almost every type of ipad/tablet there is so people can play with them before purchasing. It is a technology petting zoo. You could borrow just to use the camera.

I...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-25-2014, 09:21 AM
Replies: 1,326
Views: 85,360
Posted By mumm
That is what is probably the hardest part I...

That is what is probably the hardest part I imagine. I feel very fortunate that my spouse and I are on the same page when it comes to money. Is he happy to go into (or increase) your debt?

My...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-25-2014, 03:20 AM
Replies: 1,326
Views: 85,360
Posted By mumm
Can you just leave it like that? I know I've...

Can you just leave it like that? I know I've struggled the same way. Then I realized I was just trying to follow the standards society sets up for celebrating this holiday. Several years ago I...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   11-15-2014, 06:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 249
Posted By mumm
This was a great conversation for me to read. We...

This was a great conversation for me to read. We are in the thick of trying to balance out these same issues. As kids, we were often embarassed by our things- clothes, lack of bike, beat up binder,...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-29-2014, 08:24 AM
Replies: 1,326
Views: 85,360
Posted By mumm
Sorry. It is a federal program isn't it? I...

Sorry. It is a federal program isn't it? I assumed the rules would be the same across the board. I think we've been approved (system is difficult to navigate so it isn't really clear yet) and we...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-26-2014, 05:22 AM
Replies: 1,326
Views: 85,360
Posted By mumm
I just applied for SNAP and asked right up front...

I just applied for SNAP and asked right up front about savings rather than waste everyone's time. It is no longer considered. They just look at income. I tried to find something online to back...
Forum: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island   10-16-2014, 05:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 255
Posted By mumm
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http://www.eastleighfarm.com/store.html
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-08-2014, 05:08 PM
Replies: 1,326
Views: 85,360
Posted By mumm
I'm so sorry. :Hug I'm feeling a similar way for...

I'm so sorry. :Hug I'm feeling a similar way for my daughter. I know she is missing out on social things because people either don't invite her or because I have to say no. It stinks and there...
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   10-07-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 246
Posted By mumm
Cleaning baking mats- How??

About a year ago I got two baking mats. Not Silpat, but that sort of thing.

I use them for baking cookies/scones, roasting sweet potatoes, making oven roasted tomatoes, onions, etc. Sometimes...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   10-07-2014, 12:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 856
Posted By mumm
My SO was great to have with me during labor and...

My SO was great to have with me during labor and birth.

However, my first experiences with birth were as a support person for someone else. She had difficult births and it didn't work with her...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-19-2014, 06:20 AM
Replies: 1,326
Views: 85,360
Posted By mumm
Is anyone here comfortable answering food...

Is anyone here comfortable answering food stamp/SNAP benefit questions? I'm thinking of applying. In the on-line screening process they asked about income and savings. But the actual application...
Forum: Reuse & Recycle   09-10-2014, 07:43 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,862
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: 1,039
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...
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