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    July 17, 2015 by Brandy Vencel

    Seven Quick Takes

    :: 1 ::

    We finally found a wart remedy that worked for our two older children. We’ve tried various things over the years. Raw apple cider vinegar overnight worked well, but they would always eventually grow back. When I was reading through some of my many books on homeopathy, I noticed that Thuja 30 was one of those universally recommended remedies. Homeopaths vary on a lot of details here and there, but Thuja is recognized as a wart remedy — it’s kind of like how everyone knows Arnica is a good first place to start for head and sports injuries.

    So anyhow, because of taking a class with Joette Calabrese, I’m very influenced by Banerji-style homeopathy rather than classical. It’s not to the exclusion of classical, of course, but it is a different way of thinking about it. Since “mad scientist” is an actual job description for INTP’s like me, it probably won’t surprise you that I decided to experiment. I put A-Age-10 on Thuja 30 twice per day. Four weeks later, I started E-Age-13 on the same. Now, Daughter A’s case was much more severe than Son E’s, which is why I went ahead and started him on it even when Daughter A’s didn’t look like anything was improving.

    Two weeks later, we were running out of stock and so I asked them to show me their warts so that I could decide whether or not to reorder, and how much. To their surprise, neither of them could find any warts on their hands! So they are officially wart-free, and I didn’t need to reorder, after all.

    Now this is the part where I tell you I’m not a doctor and this is no substitute for medical advice. But I think you already knew this was just a mom sharing something that worked on her children.


    :: 2 ::

    Today is my husband’s birthday. He is two months younger than me. When we were in our twenties, he would pretend my birthday was his birthday. What I mean is, even though his birthday was two months from mine, he always gave the same answer I did. He didn’t want me to be older, I guess. {Either that, or, being a twin, he was just used to being the same age as the person he lives with. Ahem.} Now that we are in our late thirties, this no longer happens, and instead I have to listen to him talk about how “old” I am for two straight months. I think that, for my fortieth birthday, I shall go live at my favorite beach for the duration so I don’t have to hear about it.

    Anyhow, the kids bought all of the ingredients to make him his favorite ice cream, which is Mystie’s Intense Coffee Ice Cream. They are going to make it this afternoon, and then I’ll put it into a chocolate graham pie crust and we’ll have ice cream pie for dessert. This is my husband’s favorite dessert, and I usually save it for his birthday.


    :: 3 ::

    This week’s links collection:

    • Me and Leonardo from Suburban Saga
      • I loved this post from Ellen!
    • The Race to Nowhere in Youth Sports by John O’Sullivan
      • This seemed particularly pertinent to our conversations this past week about sports and gymnastic education.
    • Baby boys and girls receive different nutrients in breast milk from The Guardian
      • While all around we see people throwing off the authority of the body and trying to convince themselves that sex is some sort of cultural construction, mothers’ bodies are quietly making different milk, depending on the unique needs of the baby, as determined by, among other things, its sex.
    • The Truth About the Homosexual Rights Movement from Orthodoxy Today
      • Some of you might find this disturbing, so read at your own risk. Also, it is very long. If you read it, though, you might learn something you didn’t know before.


    :: 4 ::

    This month in 2013:


    I finished up a three-part series on making children apologize when they’ve done wrong. The graphic goes to the last post. Click here if you want to start at the first post.


    :: 5 ::

    My favorite memory from this past week was super simple. We left the house early {8:30 am}, to beat the heat, and spent an hour walking one of our local bike paths, which is adjacent to a painfully dry riverbed. Nonetheless, A-Age-Ten managed to find some local wildlife — as she always does. After that, we made a quick drive to the Starbucks near where my husband works. He hopped over during his morning break, and we all had a treat together. I found myself thinking we should do this more often!


    :: 6 ::

    I’ve got a few projects in the mix right now. I think this means I’ll be taking a week or so off sometime before the summer is over. Not sure quite yet. First and foremost, I have three talks to write for the Northwest Charlotte Mason Educators Conference. I’ve been doing the research and the thinking for a long time now, but it’s time to start putting pen to paper. Raise your hand if you’re going to be there!


    :: 7 ::

    Answering your questions:

    • Question: I am eternally grateful for your planning videos! However, I am just beginning my journey with Excel {ugh!} … and would love to know if you offer the Year 8 templates anywhere on your site? I am particularly interested in the weekly template and weekly schedule.
      • Answer: Okay, I was really, really hesitant to do this, and I’ll tell you why. All of the templates I made this year are very specific to my own family. What I was trying to do was share my planning process in hopes that it would help others. I feel like giving out the template means a step might be missed — there are things that aren’t on it because we do them other times {for example, Shakespeare and Plutarch are both not on the template because we do them on Fridays}. Anyhow, with that said, my heart goes out to anyone who is trying to learn Excel. 🙂 So here’s the deal. I am sharing the Year 8 template that I made — because I know this means you can move elements around rather than building it from scratch — but with the caveat that you have to make sure you check it against the actual Year 8 and make the necessary adjustments! Click here to download the Year 8 template. And keep in mind that AO has downloadable PDFs. Some people find that these are sufficient for their needs, and they just print them off and use them.


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  • Reply Dovey July 22, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Okay. A question about the scheduling plan. We too are doing Lost Tools. We did it last year in a co-op and are continuing it this year. How are you only doing it for 30 minutes? Are you going to have him apply it to written narrations or his commonplace? I’ve thought of his using it to write a current events report. I’m just curious.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel July 22, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      Well, to be honest, because we haven’t done it before, I’m going into it knowing that I might have to totally rethink what I’m doing here. For now, my plan is to learn what we can during that 30 minute session. He will probably spend a good amount of time writing on Friday (not on the schedule because that day is very Other for us). And then we’ll try and incorporate what we can into written narrations as well. I think we’ll be very slow at the program compared to some people, but I’m hoping it will work. I may, however, have to come back here and totally eat my words. 🙂

      • Reply Dovey July 23, 2015 at 12:29 pm

        Thanks so much for responding! I have really appreciated all of your posts, especially as we’re transitioning back into AO this year, and our boys are the same age. (Actually my oldest 4 are the same ages as all of your children and sound the exact same as them – we will also combine the next two, although they are in different forms – 5th and 3rd grade.) I’ll be curious to see your progress in this. I’ve just been struggling with how to incorporate Lost Tools since the way he did it last year was very different.

        • Reply Brandy Vencel July 23, 2015 at 9:24 pm

          I am curious, Dovey: how much time was he spending last year? How much instruction? And how much writing on his own? I’m very curious. I have always modified our writing programs to meet some of our other needs and goals, but of course I don’t want to modify so much that it becomes something else…

  • Reply SarahD July 20, 2015 at 5:19 am

    I love simple trips to meet mid-day Daddy near work. I should do that soon with my crew.

    Too funny that I, knowing you’re really into homeopathy, was going to email you and tell you how amazingly well Thuja has worked for our kids’ bouts with molluscum over the years. One of mine had a very bad case a few years ago. I used the homeopathic Thuja an also Vitamin C, Zinc, and Echinacea gummies to boost immunity. Molluscum was gone in the matter of 2-3 weeks. I tried it when another child had a bad case and again it got rid of the bumps. I see a third child is starting to get a few bumps and know exactly what to do.

    I probably could have just used the Thuja, but I felt like doing more was better at the time and since the combo worked, I will probably just go with it, in staggered doses. 🙂

    • Reply Brandy Vencel July 20, 2015 at 9:15 am

      I think that is so great! Thuja is such an interesting remedy and I feel like I keep learning new things about it every time I turn around! Love that it’s working for you. ♥

      I think you are smart to couple it with supplements. I know that one of my classes really emphasized coupling homeopathy with diet {and supplementation when necessary} for maximum effect. I have definitely found that to be true so far. 🙂

  • Reply Paola Collazo July 17, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Happy Birthday to Mr. Vencel. I am 6 months older than mine, I feel you. But lately, it is the kids that don’t give it a rest.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel July 18, 2015 at 9:07 am

      Six months is a long time, Paola! I commend you for your patience. 🙂

  • Reply Ariana July 17, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    *Raising hand* I’ll be at the NW conference and I’m so looking forward to meeting you and hearing your talks!

    My husband is almost THREE YEARS younger than me, and I NEVER hear the end of it. He has been saying I’m almost 40 since I was about 32. This year I finally realized it’s true.

    I read a study at finding garlic oil was very effective on warts. I couldn’t extract garlic oil the same way (it required chloroform), but I’m trying essential oil at 20%. That isn’t causing any burning, so I think I will increase the percentage. And maybe throw Thuja into the mix. My poor son has 6 warts on his hands.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel July 17, 2015 at 2:52 pm

      THREE YEARS?? Oh that must be torture! And to think I was complaining about two months. You have my sympathy. 🙂

      I don’t think I’d read about the garlic oil before, but since warts are usually caused by a virus, that makes sense.

  • Reply Sarah Doll July 17, 2015 at 8:45 am

    I will be there! It will be so nice to meet you and enjoy a CM conference!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel July 17, 2015 at 9:10 am

      Oh, good! ♥

      I have never been to a CM conference before, since they are always on the east side of the US, so this is exciting, isn’t it? 🙂

  • Reply Julie Z July 17, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Any idea what dose you would put an adult on with plantar’s warts? My husband has two that are really causing him discomfort. We have tried having them burned, but it has not yet been successful. I would love to try this.

    • Reply Julie Z July 17, 2015 at 7:34 am

      Never mind! I looked it up and ordered. It gives dosing on the review. For his sake, I really do hope this will cure them. No fun, hobbling around.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel July 17, 2015 at 8:36 am

      I hope it works! If not, it might be worth googling around. There are other remedies that are also use to treat warts; Thuja is just the first one my books suggested. 🙂

      You will have to let me know what happens! 🙂

      • Reply RobinP July 17, 2015 at 2:13 pm

        I’m going to try this! I have several painful ones on my feet and have to wear cushy shoes all the time. I’ve not heard of this and it’s inexpensive so I’m hoping for the best.

        • Reply Brandy Vencel July 17, 2015 at 2:51 pm

          I hope it works! We’ve only tried it on hand and finger warts, so you will have to let me know. 🙂

  • Reply Melissa July 17, 2015 at 6:14 am

    Happy Birthday to your husband! Yesterday was my birthday as well, only I’m slightly past that 40 mark…ahem 🙂

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