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    May 5, 2017 by Brandy Vencel


    :: 1 ::

    It’s been FAR too long since I’ve done one of these. I’ve been working on a lot of things … just things you can’t really see on the blog. 🙂 I’ve got two big “secret” projects in the works! But you’ll get to know about them really, really soon.

    What I can share today, I’m sharing below.

    :: 2 ::

    In the coming weeks, I’ll be posting about mother’s diaries and singing lessons. These are two things I’ve been working on that are starting to come together.

    :: 3 ::

    I recently switched from dryer sheets to reusable wool dryer balls. It’s been a so far, so good situation! I’m excited about it. When my children were little, I had to switch to all chemical-free washing supplies because two of them had such sensitive skin.

    I’ve read some complaints by people who switch saying it doesn’t get all the static out of their clothes. The recommended solution (apparently) is to use white vinegar in the washing — which is something we have done for years. It doesn’t leave clothes smelling like vinegar at all and I love the softening effect it gives — without chemicals, of course.

    :: 4 ::

    I spent a number of hours this week editing Scholé Sisters Episode 23 featuring the one and only CINDY ROLLINS. It’s not coming out until next Friday, but you’ll want to listen because we’re discussing homeschooling high school boys.

    Until then, you can listen to Episode 22, which I have been told multiple times is laugh-out-loud funny:

    :: 5 ::

    This month in 2013:

    In this post, I mostly matched up quotes from Charlotte Mason and Jane Healy (along with a bit of commentary from yours truly) — it was totally fun to write — my own little science of relations!

    :: 6 ::

    This week’s links collection:

    • The Truth About Polio Vaccines from The Chicago Tribune (March 5, 1961)
      • I find that most people don’t know their vaccine history and aren’t familiar with any of the debates that have gone on over the past, say, 100 years. This one is interesting and a good place to start when it comes to some of the controversy surrounding polio statistics. This was, of course, back when people were allowed to discuss vaccines intelligently without anyone getting offended. I think I find the polio vaccine interesting because my aunt and her brother both contracted polio after being vaccinated for it.
    • Email Attack Hits Google: What to Do if You Clicked from The New York Times
      • Did you get one of these phishing emails? I did, but I deleted it. Here’s what to do if you clicked.
    • Study: Putting kids to bed early means better mental health… for mom from Today
      • They didn’t need to do a study — they could have just asked me! The most stressful thing about my children getting older is that there is always someone awake. I feel like I can’t escape they way I did when they were older. At 9:45 one night this week, I was trying to convince my two oldest children that, regardless of how riled up they were from youth group, they really needed to go to bed. Because tomorrow.
      • I put my children to bed at 7:30 pm for years and I highly recommend it. Save your sanity for when they are older; you are going to need it.
    • Being bored is a luxury – and for kids it can be magical from The Guardian
      • I still remember that magical boredom of childhood, don’t you? I can still conjure it now and then, but it’s usually crowded out by the running to-do list.

    :: 7 ::

    What’s in my podcast app these days? It was packed to overflowing, so I deleted a bunch that I wasn’t getting to.

    I haven’t had as much time (relatively speaking) to listen lately — this is the downside of TMP … too many projects. So here’s what’s making the cut while I attempt to reach my daily step goals:

    And yes all of these can be found and subscribed to in iTunes … which means they are probably in most other podcast players as well.

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  • Reply Lesli May 15, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    I am SO looking forward to the SS podcast on High School boys, that is EXACTLY what I need some wisdom on right now! 😉
    I checked last Friday and didn’t see it out yet, praying that it’s soon and there wasn’t any “technical difficulties”….
    Thanks Brandy!!!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel May 15, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      There have been some personal difficulties. 🙁 But I’m trying to get it out by Friday. Sorry for the delay!

  • Reply Jill May 6, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Oh, I can’t wait for the episode with Cindy! Especially since my first boy (of 5!) is just reaching the high school years 😉

  • Reply Laurie Hawley May 5, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    How much vinegar do you put in your wash? Do you just add it with the detergent?

    • Reply Brandy Vencel May 5, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      I think it’s about half a cup. I have read recommendations for using a whole cup, but I have always just filled up the softener hole in my washer, and I think that’s more like half a cup. 🙂

      • Reply Rachel May 6, 2017 at 5:36 pm

        I believe that getting static with dryer balls is a result of over-drying. Which means, decrease your drying time little by little till the static is gone but the clothes are dry. Before dryer balls, my dryer took 60 minutes to dry a very large load, with dryer balls it takes 40, sometimes 35 if it’s sportswear or light cotton! Saves so much energy!

        • Reply Brandy Vencel May 6, 2017 at 6:35 pm

          Don’t you love that they shorten the drying time? That was such an unexpected bonus…and I didn’t think about the static being from over drying, but that makes total sense. 🙂

  • Reply Ann-Marie May 5, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    YAY! I cannot wait until the next SS episode with Cindy Rollins!
    I am homeschooling a high school boy, so this will be great to listen to. Loving all of the SS episodes. I put on my ipod, take a walk and listen and it is such fun and relaxing too 😉 I must say that my interest in the singing lessons is piqued after hearing episode 20 of SS. I will be interested in hearing if it is you that is taking singing lessons. I totally agree about the earlier bedtimes too. My kids start making their way to bed around 9ish and then there is a constant parade every night of kids giving a last kiss or getting a glass of water, lol! I miss those earlier bedtimes too! I know they want to stay up late, but, I do not 😉 Have a great weekend, Brandy!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel May 5, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      I am so glad we can help you relax. 😉 And the singing lessons … let’s just say I finally figured out how to teach my children. 🙂

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