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    November 20, 2020 by Brandy Vencel

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    My children seem more interested in cooking and baking if we receive cooking magazines. We did Cook’s Illustrated for a while. They enjoy flipping through, looking at the photos, and eventually feel inspired to try something. Any recommendations? I’m looking for magazines that don’t try to push a political agenda or immorality while they talk food.

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    In case you missed my review on Instagram, I ended up giving Brillia five stars.

    I want to recommend this to you so much, but I need to do it in a way that doesn’t violate the privacy of some of my children. So let me just say that I can say with zero reservations that this really does help with:

    • Extreme social anxiety
    • Hyperactivity
    • Excitability

    What I love is that it does it in a way in which my children seem more of who they are, not less. It’s not suppressing symptoms. Instead, it seems to be slowly and gently healing them so they can blossom.

    We saw, as many of you know, amazing progress for one of our children on the Nemechek Protocol. We are still using this — it’s been wonderful! But there were some residual issues Nemechek didn’t seem to be touching (even after 2 years), so I added Brillia on top of it.

    It sort of felt like magic, it worked so well.

    When we tried it, there was a three-month money-back guarantee, so zero risk and everything to gain (especially since it’s homeopathic). I think they’re still doing that. If you use my referral link, it should give you an additional discount.

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    I rediscovered Mill Hill beaded Christmas ornament kits this year. I remember a friend introducing me to these when we were in junior high. My parents still have the little beaded angel I made way back then. I’ve kept and eye out for them ever since, but never could remember the brand. This year, I found the Mill Hill kits when searching for something else. They are more difficult than what I remember (detailed counted cross stitch to do before the beading), but still so pretty and fun to do. I ordered a number of kits so I could pass on to my children what that friend passed on to me all those years ago. ♥

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    This month in 2017:

    This is one of the early posts in my very slow series on Charlotte Mason and Gifted Kids series. It all boils down to this, I think: genius comes by nature; character is an achievement.

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    Podcast episode of the week:

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    This week’s links collection:

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    Do you want free and fair elections?

    Every time voter fraud is committed, real voters are disenfranchised. When we discovered that Dominion Voting was counting our local votes, we contacted our local authorities even though we were happy with the outcome of the election. It’s not about winning. It’s about getting accurate counts so that our republic continues being a republic … instead of a joke. I highly recommend you find out how your local votes were counted and make inquiries if you are concerned. All of this starts with corruption at the local level. Don’t just leave this to the feds to clean up; get involved.

    In fact, every state that bought Dominion for sure should have a criminal investigation or at least a serious investigation of the officers in the states who bought the software. We’ve even got evidence of some kickbacks, essentially.

    Sidney Powell (in her interview with Maria Bartiromo)

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  • Reply Susie Everett December 7, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    I appreciated your review of Brillia and just placed an order (yes, received the discount – thanks!) Looking forward to the possibility of getting our daughter off her ADHD medicine.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel December 7, 2020 at 8:44 pm

      I hope it works as well for you as it did for us. The money back guarantee is nice, though — doesn’t feel so risky to try it that way! ♥

  • Reply Adele Chlebeck November 23, 2020 at 5:29 am

    I know you read alot of studies but I wanted to make sure you saw the Danish study on masks. My husband was also interested in a study about marines in supervised quarantine. If you need links I think I can get them. If they’re behind a pay wall I can probably get them to you somehow.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel November 23, 2020 at 11:31 am

      I did read the Danish study but have NOT seen anything at all on supervised quaratines. I’d love to read it if you want to send it my way! ♥

  • Reply Mallory November 21, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Not a magazine, but “The Forest Feast” is a stunningly visual cookbook with many simple and delicious recipes. We’ve made Erin Gleeson’s persimmon salad a tradition at our Thanksgiving meals. I believe she has a kid’s version too which I assume cuts out the adult beverage recipes at the beginning of the book.

  • Reply Laura November 21, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    It’s been a few years since I’ve seen one, but I enjoyed Taste of Home magazines back in the day. They did make me feel a little like I was eavesdropping on a bunch of old ladies exchanging recipes after at a church potluck, but I’m highly in favor of listening to old ladies. I plan to be one myself one of these days. 🙂

    • Reply Brandy Vencel November 23, 2020 at 11:32 am

      I, too, am in favor of listening to old ladies! I think I’ve seen that one in a chiropractic waiting room. I will have to look it up. Thank you! ♥

    • Reply JR November 24, 2020 at 7:56 am

      Taste of Home is fantastic. I always enjoyed searching for the hidden toothpick in each issue as a child, and the recipes are all home cooking.

  • Reply Erin York November 20, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    I get Milk Street Magazine and really enjoy it. The podcast, Milk Street Radio is excellent too and I think they have a show version on Amazon Prime. Christopher Kimball interviews a wide variety of chefs and cooks from all walks of life. I learn a lot and am inspired by their stories, pro tips for improving basic recipes and answers to caller’s questions.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel November 20, 2020 at 1:40 pm

      Ha! You are the second person to recommend Milk Street. I looked them up and the print version is also reasonably priced, which is nice. I think we’ll try it. Thank you for the recommendation!

  • Reply Julie Zilkie November 20, 2020 at 11:07 am

    Okay, that article by Challies is heartbreaking. What happened to his son?

  • Reply Lucy Barr-Hamilton November 20, 2020 at 5:14 am

    I’m so sorry to read about Tim Challies’ son. It makes me realise we all need to accept the reality that our children belong to the Lord and trust Him with them.

    On magazines, my 10yo loves Delicious but it’s British. Over here it’s only the vegan magazines which are political, but as dairy farmer’s daughter /sister, we definitely don’t read those!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel November 20, 2020 at 9:05 am

      I’ll have to see if we can get Delicious here…that would be fun!

      And yes on the Challies issue. It is so hard to even think about the ramifications of accepting that our children are in His hands when these things happen … I keep trying to remind myself that this is the reality and that He is way more trustworthy than I am.

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