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I'm going to pipe up and say I'm glad companies like #ModCloth exist, but they still don't cater to all plus size women, and as one of those women who is above that 4X (and a lot of those 4X items mentioned they ran on the smaller side, so you needed to size up, so it's not really 4X, it's more like 3X), it's disappointing. I've struggled my whole life against a body with genetic disorders that have led me to the weight I'm at. I've hated myself. I've starved myself. I've done terrible, irreparable damage to my own body out of a desire to be what was 'beautiful'. I've learned I am beautiful as I am, and if I happen to lose 10lbs here or there, wonderful, but I no longer obsess about it.

What I would like is to see true 4X, 5X, and 6X clothing that is stylish and cute. Why can't I be cute at a 5X? :) I find it difficult to find clothing in my size that isn't unisex shorts or slacks and tunic tops that simply make me look pregnant and don't cover me to my comfort level. I'd like to see more companies embrace the higher end of the plus size spectrum, too. Because, dammit, I would like to go to my next business function looking snazzy and gorgeous in an outfit that I bought off a virtual rack. :)
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Don't lose hope cutiepie! It's harder to find larger sizes (4X+) because there isn't much of a market so it costs more money to manufacture something that doesn't have a super high demand. There are a couple sites I'd like to recommend to you that you may not have heard of that go up to high sizes and still have adorable choices:

http://www.chubbycartwheels.com (Not a huge selection, but the pieces are super unique and go up to 6X, and if I recall, the owner would be happy to take your measurements into consideration and make even larger sizes!)

http://www.dominodollhouse.com (I believe they go up to 6X? They're almost always sold out but I thought it'd be worth mentioning hahah)

http://www.eshakti.com (Big girl's dream!! you put in your measurements or you can choose a predetermined size for any garment on the site and they even have different customizations such as sleeve length and collar types. Never buy full price though, they always have sales running and they always have $25 off coupons!)

I hope I helped a little, sorry they're not super cheap but I still thought you might be interested. :D
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Here in Florida, I tend to buy 95% of my polymer clay from Dick Blick. The price is great, the customer service is awesome, and they have great turnaround between order and delivery. :D I can't recommend them enough. My closest Michael's is about half an hour away, and when there is a sale, it can sometimes be worth it, but with the cost of gas... :)
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While I appreciate the wisdom shared here, I do have to point out that the variety pack comes with multiple chip flavors, which kids enjoy. Most kids--and I remember as a kid--like having something a little different each day in their lunch box. I feel one should compare apples to apples: variety box of chips vs variety self-packaged chips. Yes, you would still 'save' money, but you'd have a lot of pre-bagged chips that (even in baggies) can and will go stale if not eaten quickly. Then you have food waste.

Also, it's more accurate to weigh the chips outside the baggies rather than in the baggies since the baggies themselves do contribute to the final weight. :)
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I would bag them as you need them. If they stay in their original baggy rolled up and pinned tightly they last plenty long. My kids like to have chips some times after school, too. It would be a waste to buy the prepackaged ones to eat after school at home. You would have to buy another regular bag of chips for after school snacks. If you add in the fact they shouldn't eat chips so often that they tire of the same flavor by the time the chip bag is empty, than cutting down on eating so many chips would save money, too.
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Finally going to try and use Google+. Does anyone really use it? XD
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I have one of Roger I'm supposed to paint at some point for him to use. XD
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I'm over on It's Raining Men, kicking off day one of the week long spotlight for Storm Moon Press. I talk about broken men and why I love them!
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I tried out the Souffle clay last week and actually really disliked it. It was way too soft for my tastes. It textures beautifully, but it was incredibly sticky (without much conditioning and in a house kept at 68F) and difficult to work with. And, after baking the jewelry pieces, I didn't see a noticeable difference in weight between the finished pieces made using the Souffle versus just using Premo. So, my partner and I decided that--while we're glad to have worked with it--once we use up the dozen bricks we bought, we won't be repurchasing the line.
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My story is similar to yours in the beginning. I got my first period when I was 10, packed on the weight, and just had no idea. When my husband and I tried to get pregnant and couldn't, we started seeing doctors. I was diagnosed when I was 23, but I'm infertile. I can't get pregnant. My IR became Type II Diabetes last January. I've been on Metformin the last ten years, the ER version, at 2000mg a day, and luckily, I don't have any issues with it. But, I began using Bydureon once a week for the diabetes last month (this week was my fifth week). We're looking to work with a friend to do surrogacy in a few years, and then we want to adopt.

However, I did want to say that even being sterilized won't stop the PCOS symptoms as they are a hormonal issue. Even women who have had hysterectomies still suffer with various PCOS symptoms because it's not just tied to the period. It's a systemic, hormonal issue. :( Right now, I need to make an appointment with my GYN on Monday because I haven't had a period in... three years? I think it's three. Might be four, and I know that's never a good thing. :)
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I keep forgetting all about Google+. Bah. I really need to remember to use it more often. :)
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I don't feel well today. <sighs> But, I did manage to ship everything out yesterday that had to go out in order to arrive before Christmas. :) Two boxes to the in-laws, a dozen boxes sent out to friends, two dozen packages sent out to SMP authors, plus all the cards I mailed.@_@ My living room is almost back to normal.

We're opening our gifts tomorrow (Solstice, which is what Roger and I celebrate), and then there will be Christmas Day with the family. :D I have so much to do over the next week, it's insane. I'm exhausted, nauseous, and run down, but I don't regret it. I've loved this holiday season like few before it. Can't wait to tackle 2012!
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Up late tonight. A single title release tonight at Storm Moon Press, plus the backlist price dropping of "Rachmaninoff" for its one year anniversary. :) Also, must finish the final core Advent short. That's dragging on way too damn long.
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