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    Seven Quick Takes on Laundry Bags, Advent Selections, Another PRIZE, and More!

    November 13, 2015 by Brandy Vencel

    Seven Quick Takes

    :: 1 ::

    Have I ever mentioned how important it is to own laundry zipper bagsI was reminded of this last weekend when I forgot to put my daughter’s jacket, which has velcro on it, into a bag, and it destroyed one of my son’s socks. I love velcro for toddler shoes, but I hate it on clothing. Invariably, it gets stuck to something else, which is then ruined when I try to separate the two.

    I use laundry bags two ways. The first is to put the delicate items in the bag — that is the obvious way. But it also works in reverse. What if there is a single item you want to protect everything else from {such as a pair of boy’s shorts with velcro on the pockets}? Put it in a bag. Same difference.

    Just one note on laundry bags: make sure you buy zipper and not drawstring bags. I once bought the drawstring type on accident — didn’t work well at all.


    :: 2 ::

    If you’ve not been following the Afterthoughts facebook page, head on over and follow it! Better yet, hover over that “like” button and adjust your settings to make sure you see the posts in your news feed. Besides making sarcastic comments about my children, I’m also sharing Christmas gift ideas, Advent and Christmas books suggestions, and articles and other resources that don’t always make it onto the blog. Come join us!


    :: 3 ::

    This week’s links collection:


    :: 4 ::

    One Year Ago:

    Santa's Ultimate Guide Gifts for the Classical, Charlotte Mason Mom

    It took me to put this post together. And you know what? It was so much fun! I could totally get into catalog creation, if this is any indication. If you’re looking for a gift list you can send to your husband, this post is for you!


    :: 5 ::

    Today, I’m announcing prize number THREE of my 10th anniversary celebration {for which I’m giving away ten prizes to ten separate readers}. This one is courtesy of Jennifer Dow over at Expanding Wisdom, and I’m pretty darn excited about it. I’ve just started her classical teacher training program, called The Five Elements of Classical Homeschooling, and it’s giving me a lot to chew on.

    Jennifer’s course is what I’d call 401 level — it’s for those of you who are ready to dig deeply into the classical tradition. It’s amazing. ♥


    :: 6 ::

    The price has since gone back up, but for a very quick time, it was low and I was able to snag this book, which I’ve had my eye on for years and years. Needless to say, this will be our Circle Time Advent/composer study all wrapped into one. The book even came with the CD, which was still in fantastic condition. Too bad it is out of print.

    If you’re wanting to do a Messiah study, but on the cheaper side, you can still use just this CD set, along with Cindy’s free Advent reading guide. That’s what I did last year and it worked really well.


    :: 7 ::

    Answering Your Questions:

    This one requires group effort. Because my children have Kindle readers, rather than Fires, they don’t use apps — which means I don’t know an answer to this question. {I will say that I’ve used the Duolingo app on my Fire to brush up on my Spanish, and I definitely recommend it if you’re into that sort of thing.} So, I’ll put the question here, and I’m asking you all to please give us some answers in the comments, okay? 🙂

    • Question: Do most or all of the free apps have ads? Can you share your favorite apps {both free and not free}?

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  • Reply Erika November 16, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Ooooh, you’re killing me with that advent selection! It’s on my wish list for a few years down the road when we’re stateside and kiddos are a little older…

  • Reply Melissa November 14, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Oooh, prize number three looks awesome!

  • Reply Amber Vanderpol November 14, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    You know, I think there should be a rule against posting about great books that were snagged at a much lower price than they are usually found at. Aren’t you just taunting your sister book lovers? 😀

    Seriously though, that book looks wonderful, and I’m sure your family will really enjoy it!

    • Reply Adrienne W November 20, 2015 at 9:48 am

      And that are out of print, to boot!! Because of the offense, I think Brandy owes all of us copies…isn’t that what the college students would say??? 😉

    • Reply Brandy Vencel November 22, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      I am only sorry I didn’t share about the book sooner. 🙂 But now you know to watch for it, so that’s something. 🙂

      Adrienne just made me glad I do not run a university. 🙂

  • Reply Karen @ The Simply Blog November 14, 2015 at 5:38 am

    I never thought about using laundry bags for clothing with velcro. That’s a genius idea!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel November 22, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      Why thank you. That is the only original thought you will ever find on this blog. 😉

  • Reply Jennifer Dow November 13, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    So excited to give this away to one of your readers and celebrate 10 years of Afterthoughts! Thank you for including me!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel November 22, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      My pleasure! I am really enjoying your course. I only wish my children would stop needing meals so I could go through it quicker. 😉

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