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    May 4, 2018 by Brandy Vencel


    :: 1 ::

    I don’t know about where you are, but it’s warming up around here. I can’t complain; the weather has been perfectly to my liking.

    Where I live gets seriously hot. I love it here, truly I do. I remember telling someone when I was a child that my favorite temperature was 103°F. Apparently, it feels good when your internal organs start to bake.


    Heat takes preparation. I’m specifically thinking about dehydration, my mortal enemy. My kids play outside in the hot sun for hours, and if I’m not careful, they can pay for that in the later afternoons and evenings. One of my children in particular isn’t sure drinking is something he wants to do.

    I’ve taken to using two types of drops in our water to make sure it’s the best, most hydrating that I can make available to them:


    The EM Drops contain calcium, magnesium, potassium, and chloride, while the JarroSil contains silica (I’m a huge silica fan) and a bit of zinc, boron, and MSM (a form of sulfur).

    I choose to do it this way because I’ve read enough to think there is something to the idea that structured water is more hydrating than unsctructured, and one of the easiest ways to structure water yourself is to add minerals to purified water. I don’t know that I’m right; it’s just something I read and think about sometimes. So I add the EM Drops to replace minerals that tend to be lost through sweat, and I add the JarroSil because, more than anything, silica seems to be a great way to easily structure water.

    Plus, silica is amazing. But we’ll talk about some other time.


    :: 2 ::

    It’s MAY!!!!!!! Isn’t that hard to believe? May is an amazing month around here, and Si and I are kicking it off with our 17th anniversary this Saturday. Yes, we got married on Cinco de Mayo. No matter what, we can always at least find some tacos!


    :: 3 ::

    I designed new shirts for Scholé Sisters! There is a chance I got a bit carried away, but also it was FUN and isn’t that a good reason for a shirt? Here’s what we’ve got:


    I also made Mystie an iPhone/iPod cover, but you can have one, too:

    See? I said they were fun.


    :: 4 ::

    This month in 2016:

    For some of us, life is a sonnet, and that’s okay.


    :: 5 ::

    This week’s links collection:

    • Why America Has a Generation of ‘Little Men’ from Intellectual Takeout
      • Another reason to let your kids get bored this summer: “[T]oo many modern parents (and by extension one could argue teachers and other adults influential in children’s lives) whip their children around from one activity to the next. In doing this, they teach children to love pleasure and become addicted to excitement.”
    • ‘We’re teaching university students lies’ – An interview with Dr Jordan Peterson from C2C Journal
      • So true: “If your speech is compelled, it isn’t YOU who is talking, it’s some other entity that’s compelling your speech.”
      • This reminds me of The Graves of Academe: “I looked at the policies on the Ontario Human Rights website because I think those are the people that are behind all this. The writing on that website is appalling from a technical perspective – it’s incoherent. They’re the semi-literate, philosophically ignorant, malevolent little coterie who are behind it.”
    • Jeff Bezos Banned PowerPoint in Meetings. His Replacement Is Brilliant from Inc.
      • This pinpoints some of the science that is backing up the long-held assertions of philosophers like Charlotte Mason, who declared that all school books ought to be literary in nature: “Neuroscientists have found emotion is the fastest path to the brain. In other words, if you want your ideas to spread, story is the single best vehicle we have to transfer that idea to another person.”
      • And no shock here…this is why I am opposed to memorizing lists out of context: “[T]he brain is not built to retain information that’s structured as bullet points on a slide.”


    :: 6 ::

    Answering your questions:

    • Question: Thanks for your blog and the SS podcast. I don’t think I would have ended up discovering CM without them! I am looking at starting a CM reading group, and am curious about the discounted bulk price for Start Here. I don’t know how many will join me… I’d love to get ten together, but would like more info on how bulk purchasing works. Thanks again!
      • Answer: Click here to find the group discount application. It really is that easy! Fill it out, and my assistant Hayley will get back to you with a coupon code. Each person in your group can purchase their own copy using the coupon code. The codes have an expiration date, but if something happens and you have a new member come later after the code has expired, just let her know and she’ll reactivate it for you.


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  • Reply Lacey May 5, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Brandy, thank you for linking the “Little Men” article. I hadn’t read it until just now and it truly speaks to me. The disrespecting of boys and men with this swift cultural change has bothered me deeply. I can’t tell you how much I wanted to shout “Yes, exactly!” after I finished reading.

  • Reply Brittany L May 4, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    Thanks for sharing about the drops. Timothy has had issues with heatstroke that seem to be even worse this year (I’ve been trying to find a remedy to help, it’s like it sets off a migraine) so I bet it would be helpful for him. I also want to hear more about this silica! And the hoarding shirt… oh my goodness I want that one! 😀

  • Reply Melissa May 4, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    I was just talking to a friend about our plans for the summer. I told her that I like to let my boys get bored. 🙂

    Also, I grew up in the Midwest, then we moved to Phoenix last summer. Crazy. I had so many water bottles in my car yesterday to go to the park that my van was telling me that I needed to put a seat belt on my “passenger”.

  • Reply Mama Rachael May 4, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Must. Get. That. Tank. Esp since we are planning on doing FET this summer for the last of our adopted embryos. And, serious, this woman wants to adorn her pregger belly with #scholesisters attire. Might have to wait a month for more play money to get the book hoarding shirt. 😀

    We have super hot summers here, too. I might have to get some drops, but Mr Hubby Professor might mock me for it. Might be worth it.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel May 4, 2018 at 4:57 pm

      Rachael!! You make me laugh so much about the tank! ♥ That’s funny about the mockery, too. My husband has a master’s degree in nutrition AND I STILL GET MOCKED!! I say: it’s because he didn’t think of it first. He’s just jealous. 😉

      Seriously, though, I thought structured water was crazy people’s territory until I read Gerald Pollack’s work on the social behavior of water — that was my entry point, anyhow, to think about water this way. You husband might like The Fourth Phase of Water? Someone told me ages ago that there is another work on this subject that is more … scholarly, I guess. I this is written more for amateurs, I think. Anyhow, it was interesting. I need to read more because my knowledge in this area is probably just enough to be dangerous! 😉

      • Reply Mama Rachael May 4, 2018 at 5:30 pm

        I’ll have to see if the library has that book! Thanks. If I mention “phases of water”, Hubby might bring up types of ice. I think they are up to 12 or so now? All different forms that result from differing pressures and how fast it freezes.

        And now, I have one more topic to study… beyond the 4 I’ve got on my list of ‘things to study’. Total nerd here.

        • Reply Brandy Vencel May 5, 2018 at 7:33 am

          I love ice. It’s truly amazing! ♥

          And I also love that you are a total nerd. I think you’re in good company around here. 🙂

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