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    December 7, 2018 by Brandy Vencel


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    :: 1 ::

    First, a book. (Of course.) 1493 for Young People is truly unique. We’ve been using it as our lunch time read aloud. It’s a history book written in a way I’ve never experienced before. The major players aren’t persons; they’re events. But they feel real — almost as if they had wills of their own. The focus is on what Mann calls “The Columbian Exchange.” I’m sure this is a thing, but I’d never heard of it before. We’re looking at pathogens like malaria, trees like the rubber tree, metals like silver, and more. It is intriguing and my children are totally engaged.

    This book was recently added to AmblesideOnline Year 8 and I just can’t recommend it enough!


    :: 2 ::

    Yes, next comes coffee. A few years back, I started having allergic reactions to my morning coffee, and that made me sad. I thought I was going to have to give it up and it was a morning ritual I didn’t want to part with — especially in the winter when I’m cold! A friend mentioned to me that possibly I’d developed an allergy to something in coffee, rather than coffee itself. I started experimenting with brands, and found one that worked perfectly for me. That went fine … until the store that made it went out of business! I bought up every last package in the shop, but eventually I ran out.

    And then I met Bulletproof Coffee. I don’t react to this coffee at all, plus it’s some of the best tasting coffee I’ve had. I pretty much love it!


    :: 3 ::

    My binder rack is perfectly amazing. It sounds dumb, but I dreaded Circle Time because of the disarray in my cabinet. I would get organized each year and also midyear, but nothing kept it that way very well because my binders — and we have loads — were always falling over. I tried book ends, but the more binders we collected, the less those helped.

    Enter my binder rack. This rack holds my binders upright! It is a tiny miracle that makes me happy and keeps me organized.


    :: 4 ::

    Lindsey Stirling’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy rendition is mind blowing. I love it. Here. You listen, too:

    (I forgive her for looking like Jadis.)

    I really want her whole album, but for now Pandora will have to do.


    :: 5 ::

    And here you have it … the final Scholé Sisters episode of 2018!! It’s been a great season, and we have SO much planned for 2019 so make sure you are SUBSCRIBED.



    :: 6 ::

    This week’s links collection:


    :: 7 ::

    Ps. Almost forgot: one last favorite thing is Mystie’s Brain Dump GuideThis has done me a thousand favors over the years, and now she’s updated and redesigned it! Even if you already have one, you might want another! Click here to go get yours for free!


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  • Reply Shanna December 7, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Brandy, I may have to put binder rack as the number one recommendation ever from you! A bit ridiculous? No. I have had my husband build me shelves in a previous schoolroom just to fit binders because they are so irritating (but I must buy all the pretties). How did I not know about these? Like any HS mom I am an office supply junkie! I feel a need to remodel my MT binders now that they will have a sturdy home.

    Now if only spiral bound sketchbooks could be magically stored also… (I just had to switch to hard cover because I couldn’t handle it anymore, spines, I must have spines!).

    • Reply Brandy Vencel December 7, 2018 at 9:24 pm

      It’s actually very satisfying to have someone feel as passionately about binder racks as I do. 😉

      Unfortunately, I have no solutions for sketchbooks at this time … but I’m on the lookout, too! I’ll definitely share if I discover anything. 🙂

  • Reply Tanya Stone December 7, 2018 at 9:50 am

    We love Lindsey Sterling around here. 😉
    Question: is it the particular roast of coffee maybe? I noticed the link is for medium so I searched and found dark roast for my husband (he’s partial to dark, and then when he brews it he makes it even darker so I always add water to mine lol). I’m just curious if you’ve tried the dark and light version of this, to see if that’s what bothers you maybe? Maybe medium is the only thing that works? Just curious. 🙂
    Have a Merry Christmas!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel December 7, 2018 at 10:00 am

      Interesting! In the past, I’ve reacted to *most* coffees (and I’ve never found a safe one for me that wasn’t organic) so I assumed that it was because the company focuses on their coffee being so clean. I have bought dark roasts in the past to try, but not from this brand — not yet. But I think I should try it as an experiment sometime to see what happens!

      I love that you love Lindsey Stirling, too! ♥

      • Reply Tanya Stone December 7, 2018 at 10:03 am

        HAHA Just noticed I spelled her name wrong. Oh well. But yes, we do. 😀 I don’t know if you’ve ever found it, but there’s a Irish instrumental tribute to Metallica out there. I bought it for my husband last year. It’s not Christmas but it’s awesome. Add it to your wish list. 😀

        • Reply Brandy Vencel December 7, 2018 at 10:18 am

          An Irish tribute to Metallica? I had no idea! I NEED this! Thank you for telling me. ♥

  • Reply Julie Zilkie December 7, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Another book bought because of your recommendation. I would love to find all of these one day and put them all in one place on my bookshelf. Pretty sure they would take up more than one shelf by now! Looking forward to reading this one!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel December 7, 2018 at 9:48 am

      I think you will love it! ♥ It really was an unexpected delight.

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