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  1. Æthelthryth the Texan

    Spices without politics?

    He sends them via email once you sign up for emails or buy something from him. I don’t know about social media. Spice House is non-political and respects their customers’ automony as far as unsolicited political diatribes.
  2. Æthelthryth the Texan

    TX residents..some help on vacationing and retirement

    This. For what you’re describing I’d suggest Rockport or further south. Maybe Harlingen. South Padre! I just don’t see you getting what you want further north than that.
  3. Æthelthryth the Texan

    Question for blog readers

    Yes to honest reviews and clean photographs! However. I will admit I miss blogs from before there was such a thing as Instagram. I feel like so much is so contrived and filtered now. That’s just not what I’m interested in in a homeschool blog. I don’t mind messy tables and kids with mussed hair and mismatched clothes and little dirty hands digging outside in the dirt and not looking like a clothes advertisement in pristine, matching outfits. I prefer that to the contrived shots with perfect country tables and a steaming white cup of latte with a heart drawn in the foam atop a perfectly stacked set of planners or something while the perfectly dressed and coiffed children sit side by side doing their workbooks. I’ll pass on that because it just screams fake. On the other hand- there’s a fine line between being honest and losing all sense of mystique as well. It’s a balance for sure. I love what worked/what didn’t type of blogs, and how they organized it. I al very organizationally challenged so those really help me out- how and where to put all the stuff that comes with schooling young children. I also wish instead of just telling me what they’re using, at the end of the year people would come back and say how it actually worked in practice. I really enjoy even here at the boards after someone goes through a while choosing a curriculum thread for something, when they come back 10 months later and update. I am also turned off by too many of certain phrases, #1 being “You’ve got this Mamma!” That has to be the most overused homeschool blog phrase ever. Gag.
  4. Æthelthryth the Texan

    Opposite result from Marie Kondo's show

    You can rest assured there will be a Season 2 as soon as Netflix can churn that sucker out. And probably several copycats soon to follow. I’m guessing the momentum will keep going a bit!
  5. Æthelthryth the Texan

    Do you rinse dishes before they go into the dishwasher?

    We have septic and I use Cascade Platinum pod thingies. Best. Detergent. Ever. As for rinsing. We mostly rinse. And sometimes the dogs rinse for us. Especially the cat food bowls. They love prerinsing the cat food bowls. Dogs love dishes. 🙂
  6. Æthelthryth the Texan

    Spices without politics?

    From what I’ve read Bill Penzey was a jerk long before he started emailing customers his political screeds. Well and he was writing political stuff over a decade ago. I think he had a newsletter back when GWB was president. So his antics aren’t new. They’re just expanded by today’s climate. The Spice House was originally owned by the parents and then the oldest- their dd took over. Bill split from them in the 80’s to start Penzey’s as a mail order to go into direct competition with his family’s business- The Spice House.
  7. Æthelthryth the Texan

    Spices without politics?

    I agree with above- I like the Spice House for spices and extracts I’m picky about quality on. They have awesome customer service and great products. I also by custom spice blends at my butcher shop but that won’t help you any unless you move here. 🙂
  8. Æthelthryth the Texan

    Dr. Hive - Allergy Management

    Also, the way most allergy meds work most efficiently is that they need to be in your system for several days or weeks to provide full coverage relief. So popping a random Zyrtec when your dd is around a triggering dog probably isn’t going to cut it. It takes a while for the dosage to be sufficient in your system to have adequate control over symptoms, so I’m really surprised that’s the pedi’s response. I would completely disagree with this person’s approach and would look elsewhere.
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    Dr. Hive - Allergy Management

    Do you have an ENT within your network? Honestly if at all possible that is where I would go and ditch the pedi. An ENT would be best suited in this case I think and could refer you to a pulmonologist if needed for severe asthma, but hopefully the ENT can get a handle on it I am allergic to pretty much everything with four legs along with most pollens and grasses that exist where I live as per allergy testing at my ENTs. Yet I live with many four legged friends- dogs, cats, rabbits and of course our horses. My ENT has helped me manage my allergies over many years now. I have Rx allergy medication that blows away anything you’re going to get OTC. I also have an inhaler in my cabinet if I get a weezy day. I can’t imagine someone being so difficult to Rx this type of thing for your dd. It’s pososbly to manage, even with pets in many cases. You can layer many allergy meds as they are different active ingredients. For instance, under the advice of my ENT, I have taken Nasacort, Astapro, and Zyrtec simultaneously at times when seasonal pollen levels are through the roof. You can do things like that and they can bump dosage of certain meds when needed. Also a word of caution against long term use of Zyrtec. Although they denied it for many, many years, it’s now becoming abundantly clear that Zyrtec can be extremely difficult for some people to come off of after long term use. There are definite withdrawals for some people- not all but many many reports which are making it seem not uncommon- , although it is only now beginning to be taken more seriously and looked into with studies. I still take Zyrtec when desperate along with my Rx allergy meds, but I try not to stay on more than three weeks at a time.
  10. Æthelthryth the Texan

    Video based Great Books, what are my options?

    Oh- reading Jojosmom' s reply-- yes I am also just realizing you are talking about possibly a junior high student as well? In that case I would leave it to wait. Even if he is exceptionally mature, I'd be hesitant to push this type of subject matter early. I mean, as a 40+ something adult I am having life changing revelations reading these works. (And admittedly I still have not read them all!) And perhaps that's just me, but I cannot imagine reading these pre-high school. My biggest concern to be honest, is that my dd never picks these works up again under the thought of "but I've already read it". But hopefully, she comes to a conclusion that she's only just begun. In any case. I don't think I would rush to start them before 9th at the soonest.
  11. Æthelthryth the Texan

    Online Universities- can we make a list?

    CLEP does count there! I'll clarify my original.
  12. Æthelthryth the Texan

    Help me with 3rd grade curriculum choices

    Since he's good on phonics and a strong speller, how would you feel about just using narration and copywork, and maybe some dictation using material from your other studies? Would it freak you out to not have a formal LA curriculum and workbooks? That would help you trim down what you need time wise, but it would still be an age appropriate Language Arts experience, assuming you don't have to have something more formal for state requirements? If it's something you are interested in I would recommend Karen Glass's book Know and Tell.
  13. Æthelthryth the Texan

    Just labs at WTMA

    You might make another thread and ask if anyone knows. That's how I found HISScience, as internet searches weren't helping me out. . I learned about it from another boardie on a thread here who knew what part of town I was in and it worked out perfectly! This was right after Landry had gone out, which had been my eventual plan for outsourcing labs. When that disintegrated, other options came up in a thread, so you never know! Might be worth posting to see.
  14. Æthelthryth the Texan

    Online Universities- can we make a list?

    Adding West Texas A&M to the list. http://www.wtamu.edu/academics/distance-education-online-degree-programs.aspx ETA- Degrees vary however and some may have an on site component, however there are 100% online degrees available.
  15. Æthelthryth the Texan

    Video based Great Books, what are my options?

    I cannot think of any reason why you couldn't take the Roman Roads courses out of order, assuming the student was capable of the content level. That's going to be the defining factor imo. But you wouldn't be missing something over a linear progression that would be determinate that I can recall. I think you could still end up making the same connections in a different order, say you jumped to 2 because he didn't want to do ancients. But these are works a ton of people don't read until college IF even then, so I think your point on the bolded is the most important consideration of any of the OWC courses with RR or with Schola Tutorials. Consider your child and look at the books and reading schedule. My important disclaimer is that I have no idea how Mr. Callihan would feel about the order being switched, so I am only speaking to the recorded videos as far as Roman Roads product- not if a student are attending Schola Tutorials. In that case you would want to ask him directly. I will say that the additional live lectures with Schola have been very beneficial in giving my dd a deeper understanding, but the RR videos on their own are a great product. She is just a kid that I know has been able to get more out of it through the live/available discussion component whereas not all kids need/want that. She just happens to. Hopefully @JoJosMom can chime in too on the RR order question.
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