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    Seven Quick Takes on New Podcast Episode, Bathroom Organization, French Winners, and MORE!

    February 5, 2016 by Brandy Vencel

    Seven Quick Takes

    :: 1 ::

    Today, we published Episode 1 of The Scholé Sisters Podcast! It’s called Preventing Burnout Through Levity, a concept Mystie first gleaned from Chesterton. At least, I think it was Chesterton that started it all. Last week’s episode was merely introductory — this one is the Real Thing.


    :: 2 ::

    If you missed it, I released the first complete volume of Newbie Tuesday on Wednesday. On Tuesday, there was also supposed to be a new issue out — the first issue of 2016, actually, since I don’t publish in January — but I’ve been sick and decided to take the easier route of delaying it a week.

    Newbie Tuesday announcement


    :: 3 ::

    This Week’s Links Collection:


    :: 4 ::

    This month in 2012:


    I was learning to teach a child that was very different from my first child.


    :: 5 ::

    In January, I did some long-overdue bathroom organizing. The problem has always been that our cabinets are tall, so I had these huge upper areas of unused space. After spending some time on Pinterest, I came up with some ways we could make much better use of the space. I took photos in case I later needed documentary evidence:

    Bathroom Organization

    1: before shot of 2  • 2: after shot of 1 • 3: before shot of 4 • 4: after shot of 3 • 5: this is from my bathroom and I forgot to take a before shot but let’s just say that after I broke a huge bottle of peppermint oil all over the bathroom floor, I was rethinking how I store my blow dryer and diffuser, and that plastic drawer is my solution • 6: after shot of 7 • 7: before shot of 6 and yes I also cleaned up whatever that is that my children had spilled in the cabinet.

    My girls aren’t quite old enough to need it, but I made sure that their cabinet contained a drawer within reach of the toilet for in the future … when they will need to be able to reach supplies. My little guy doesn’t have a whole lot to keep in his drawer, but I think we’ve decided that makes it a great place to keep some of his things that he misplaces in his room {like his shark tooth necklace}. Anyhow, I cannot tell you how nice it is to have all the space issues worked out.


    :: 6 ::

    Congratulations to Laura L. and Sharron C.!! You are the winners of the French for Children giveaway! So happy for you. ♥


    :: 7 ::

    Answering Your Questions:

    • Question: Our CM fellowship group is having a Day of Leisure in February as a time to refresh and renew that we might finish the year strong. While the goal is time and space for journaling, reading, painting, handicrafts, etc…we also want to offer some CM encouragement by way of podcasts. Do you have any specific suggestions or recommendations for podcasts that would be both practical and inspirational for mostly new CM educators? My desire is to have them linked and available for download prior to our event.


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  • Reply Maria February 8, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    I really love listening to the podcast over at a delectable education, they do a wonderful job!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel February 9, 2016 at 8:37 am

      I forgot about that one, Maria! I’ve listened to it a couple times and I agree that they do a good job. 🙂

  • Reply Dovey February 5, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    My son has a shark tooth necklace too!!!! Haha!!!!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel February 6, 2016 at 9:43 am

      Does he get in trouble for trying to stab people with it? Because mine does. 😉

  • Reply Virginia Lee February 5, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    I love the Mason Jar as well!! But I have very limited time to listen to them. Now I need to add Schole Sisters’ podcasts. I’ve got to chose between reading or podcast listening during the blocks of time I do have. Oh the dilemma! But an exciting dilemma to have. =)

  • Reply Catie February 5, 2016 at 6:21 am

    I, too, loved the interview with Dr. Beckman! I’ve been meaning to listen to it again–so much good stuff there! He was also interviewed by Allison Burr on her podcast, but you probs knew that. 😉

    • Reply Brandy Vencel February 8, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      That’s true Catie — that interview Allison did with Dr. Beckman was also wonderful. I’ve gotten to where I really like Dr. Beckman. 🙂

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