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    Seven Quick Takes: Metal Allergies and Earrings, Blog Announcement, and More!

    April 11, 2014 by Brandy Vencel
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    Please Note: This blog will be CLOSED for Holy Week next week. This is something I toyed with doing last year, but didn’t do…and then I regretted it. So this year, I’m doing it, and I’ll probably make it a tradition. I take time off for Christmas, but Paul tells us that without the Resurrection, our faith is nothing.

    So next week? Nothing. The SSS autopost will still go through, but I’m not actively posting.

    Maybe that will help encourage you to take time off, too?

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    Have any of you tried any of the herbal coffee substitutes out there? I’m afraid to try any of them, but I do think I’d do better with herbs than real coffee. I love the taste of real coffee, which is why I never fully give it up, even when I think that, constitutionally, coffee and I do not mix well. If you have a substitute you like, I would love to hear about it!

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    We are in the midst of planning the 2014 Bakersfield Home Education Conference. This is a project that is not Top Secret {cough Dawn! cough}. One of the things we do each year is give away drawing prizes to our pre-registrants. If you have a product that you would like us to give away, just let me know using the conference’s contact form. All prizes are featured on our website and mentioned on our Facebook page in addition to being given away on the day of the conference.

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    Might I suggest the Totally Natural Goats group on Facebook to you fellow milkmaids out there? I’ve been a member for a short while now and I’m learning so much from them. If you have ever wanted to know how to use herbs to treat all sorts of livestock ailments, this is a great place to learn. I subscribed to the notifications and read through all the case studies and advice whenever I can. It has been such a great learning experience. You might like it, too.

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    A-Age-Nine had her ears pierced for her birthday in February. This was followed shortly thereafter with all the fun and games involved in getting an infected piercing, likely due to a metal allergy or sensitivity. We sure know how to have a good time around here. Thankfully, Aunt R. was available to help us work it all out, including lending us her own gold stud earrings.

    I’ve been researching earrings ever since, and trying to find some that I can actually afford. I simply can’t have my daughter running around in $50+ earrings, you know? I discovered this company called Sensitively Yours that sells studs with a guarantee against reactions. That is something I was willing to try, especially since their prices were so incredibly reasonable. So I just ordered her these 5mm crystals. I’m sure Auntie R. will be glad to have her earrings returned.

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    Some of you asked for a photo of the new set of triplets. I am, of course, happy to oblige. We are not keeping any of these, though the doeling Butterscotch is my favorite kids this year.


    The guest house is almost done! That is hard to believe, really. The only guy out there working right now is the finisher. There is still a lot of work to do — floors, staining cabinets, and countertops, to name a few, but all of the big structural work is complete.

    And that is all for this Friday. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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