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    October 5, 2018 by Brandy Vencel


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    :: 1 ::

    I don’t know about you, but I’ve begun collecting stocking stuffers for Christmas. (I know some of you started back in January, but if I start that early, I forget what I’ve bought and end up with Problems.) Anyhow, this year I’m giving deodorant. (Teenagers, remember.) I had been eyeing the deodorants from Primal Life Organics, but I didn’t like that they contained baking soda. Lo and behold, I was checking on my tooth powder order and found that they’d completely reformulated the deodorant without baking soda! I’m game, so I bought a collection of little Black Lavenders and Black Rogues and everyone gets one in their stocking this year.

    What interesting stocking stuffers are you giving?


    :: 2 ::

    If you are in California and homeschooling independently, it’s time to file your Private School Affidavit! I did mine on Tuesday and it took me about five minutes. It’s super simple, especially if you use the instructions from HSLDA.

    Don’t forget! October 15th is the deadline.


    :: 3 ::

    RIP my tea kettle. It was a disappointing demise. I had about half a kettle full of water left from making coffee, and was about to boil some pasta. It seemed like a good idea to pour that leftover water into my pasta pot. When I did, there were all these specks in the bottom of the pot. That’s strange, I thought to myself. So I opened my kettle and looked into its dark recesses and discovered … a rust spot! Oh horrors!! It was about the size of a dime and I don’t know why I hadn’t noticed it except that it was in the place I was least likely to see.

    Naturally, I spent a quarter hour googling whether I could die from drinking rust in my coffee. When I discovered it was toxic, but not that toxic, I turned my attention to finding a new kettle. I decided on a glass one — no rust or mold or other deadly enemy will be able to kill me with this perfect view. Plus, I can run it through my dishwasher.

    It’s possible I’ve over-corrected, but then again it also felt like a good deal for something that wasn’t planned in the budget, so I’m happy.


    :: 4 ::

    This month in 2017:

    Still one of our all-time most popular posts, Dawn introduces you to the Best Christmas Book Tradition EVER.


    :: 5 ::

    This week’s links collection:

    • Empathy, Accuracy, and Credibility from National Review
      • THIS is my concern about the whole Ford/Kavanaugh thing:

        The “process” of memorializing Ford’s testimony involved a strange inversion of constitutional norms: The idea of a statute of limitations is ossified; hearsay is legitimate testimony; inexact and contradictory recall is proof of trauma, and therefore of validity; the burden of proof is on the accused, not the accuser; detail and evidence are subordinated to assumed sincerity; proof that one later relates an allegation to another is considered proof that the assault actually occurred in the manner alleged; motive is largely irrelevant; the accuser establishes the guidelines of the state’s investigation of the allegations; and the individual allegation gains credence by cosmic resonance with all other such similar allegations.

    • You Yell at Your Kids Because It Works from Homeschooling Without Training Wheels
      • Did I share this because the title made me laugh? I won’t say it wasn’t an influence!
      • Good points here about replacing a bad habit with a good one.
    • America Is Living James Madison’s Nightmare from The Atlantic
      • Revisiting arguments against democracy can’t be done often enough these days, I don’t think.
    • 1922 Time Table from Charlotte Mason Educational Retreat
      • Worth reading — made me consider giving my younger two more writing than I’ve been giving them lately.


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  • Reply Jessie October 7, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    If you’ve used he deodorant before, do you know approximately how long it lasts? And how strong is the lavender scent (not my favorite eo)? Thanks!

    • Reply Jessica Wester October 7, 2018 at 12:19 pm

      Sorry… comments didn’t load earlier, so now I see you haven’t tried it yet!

      • Reply Brandy Vencel October 8, 2018 at 4:03 pm

        Yes — lots of times for Christmas I buy new things. I sort of think it makes it more fun than just more of the same.

        With that said, Sarah used it. Maybe she’ll come back and tell us how strong the scent is. 🙂

  • Reply Mary October 6, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    The Christmas books post is timely, because I discovered the used prices drop dramatically outside of the Christmas season. We checked out a few gems from the library last year, and I wanted to buy them so badly. But they were $30 used. I checked again over the summer and got each for around $5. So buy your books now, friends! 🙂

  • Reply Phyllis October 5, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    Can one of your kids test the deodorant before Christmas, or do we all have to write? The only natural one we have tried didn’t do anything at all for a certain teen. I would love to find a good option for our kids, but it would have to work.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel October 6, 2018 at 9:44 pm

      Ha! Yeah … I probably won’t have a review until January. 🙁 With that said, I can say that while Milk of Magnesia hasn’t been perfect, it has definitely done more than *nothing*! I think that might be worth a shot — just make sure they clean up spills because it hardens like rock. 🙁 If you decide to go that route, choose original formula with no additives — just magnesium and purified water; no other ingredients.

  • Reply Tanya Stone October 5, 2018 at 7:31 am

    Couple things. First, why no baking soda? Is it a personal thing or is there something bad about it? It’s always been a draw for me, it’s why I prefer Arm & Hammer deodorant over Secret or other brands.
    Second, so this one really REALLY works? I’ve had a friend who has tried one natural deodorant after another. They either don’t do the job or she breaks out in a rash of some sort.
    Third, so that kettle can go on a stove? Gas stove? We’ve had our typical kettle for a long time. There’s no rust but there does seem to be build up. And we’re super lazy and forgetful about cleaning it. :/ I looked up things about kettles and never saw anything that said I could die from it so I haven’t worried TOO much. But rust is another issue for sure! I’m very curious about glass.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel October 5, 2018 at 10:12 am

      I think maybe the baking soda is just too alkaline for their skin? They turn red and get a bit itchy, so it’s just a personal thing — I know people who LOVE baking soda in their deodorant. I just bought it, so I can’t say whether it works but Sarah above loves it, so that’s something. 🙂

      And YES! The kettle CAN go on the stove — I was shocked. I use gas, too. It’s called borosilicate glass and apparently it’s a thing? (A thing I hadn’t heard of until now.) I’m very happy about it — I am terrible about cleaning my kettle, so being able to run it through the top rack of the dishwasher is dreamy. ♥

      • Reply Tanya Stone October 5, 2018 at 12:01 pm

        Oh cool, sounds great. Glad I’m not the only one bad at cleaning kettles lol! And I’ll mention the baking soda thing to my friend, maybe that’s been her issue? Thanks! By the way, I’m freaking out over that 1922 time table link. Can’t wait to have time to read it over!!! (Not sure when that’ll be….)

  • Reply Sarah Jonnalagadda October 5, 2018 at 5:43 am

    I bought the tooth powder after seeing your blog post about it, and ended up buying the deodorant at the same time. It is the first natural deodorant that has ever worked for me (and I’ve tried so many). I don’t stink by mid afternoon anymore! I don’t smell non-existent either…I just smell like me, I guess. It’s great stuff. The jury is still out on the toothpowder. My kids like it, but I’m noticing a lot of tartar on the younger ones. My husband likes it a lot. And the sweet spearmint one is really nice tasting. Thanks for the recommendation!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel October 5, 2018 at 7:10 am

      Oh, this makes me so glad I ordered the deodorant! Thank you for the review. I have used original formula Milk of Magnesia for a long time, and it works for me, but it is NOT working well for a couple of my kids, hence this new venture. I hope it works for them like it works for you!

      I would love to hear what you finally decide on the toothpowder, by the way! The tartar thing is interesting. I *thought* I was ending up with more on my teeth, too, but then that changed after a month of use. But I know that not all natural toothpastes work for all people, so I’d love to hear what you decide. 🙂

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