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Feel Better 4 Life

feel better 4 lifeFeel Better 4 Life with Felice Gerwitz and special guest, Nate Kievman

Podcast #217

Are you tired of feeling tired and sick? Do supplements work? It is time to feel better and I want to introduce you to 4 Life. It is hard to believe that about four years ago I was often so sick I had to stay in bed all day. Whether it was a migraine or stomach cramps, either one ruined whatever plans I had for the day. As a busy homeschool mom, there were no built in sick days in my schedule. Life had to go on with or without me. Fast forward and now with addition of natural supplements and essential oils I’m feeling great! In this episode I want to introduce you to a long time friend of mine, Nate Kievman. Nate and his wife homeschooled for a season and have been interested in wellness and fitness forever! Nate introduced me to this wonderful product and it has ramped up my health to new limits. I’m so excited to share this information with my Vintage Homeschool Moms Family.

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Show Notes: Feel Better 4 Life

This show is a little different for me. In this episode I interview the first every man – gasp! – on Vintage Homeschool Moms. Nate is like a son to me and has helped me, unselfishly with my business through the years. When he introduced me to 4Life I was … I will admit, concerned to hear yet another get-well-info-product. Yet the research and scientific information caught my eye. No surprise, you know how science is important to me. So, I decided to try it and I feel SO great that I had to share it with you. Because he (Nate) is better at explaining the products, he’s used them so long with his family, I felt it was a better option to have him on the show to explain. I hope to do another show with Nate – “Wellness for Life” on Vintage Homeschool Moms.

Here is a synopsis of this podcast:

  1. Meeting Nate almost ten years ago in a business venture.
  2. Nate’s helpful advice through the years
  3. 4 Life and wellness – and 4 Life transfer factor
  4. Personal stories of the benefits of 4 Life for Nate, his family and his sister
  5. Personal benefits of 4 Life for myself, my husband and kids
  6. 4 Life benefits for the immune system (587%) and how they work

Begin Your Homeschool With A Bang

begin your homeschool year with a bangBegin Your Homeschool Year with A Bang! with Felice Gerwitz

Episode #216

It appears that as parents we have competition with the back to school crowd, you know your kids may have friends who are shopping for new clothes, back packs, lunch boxes and school supplies that their schools require. I know I’ve been asked to donate to the back to school funds for needy kids – teachers association and the like.

So what is a homeschool parent to do?! Let me share my back to school routine with my kids and how exciting it was each and every year! Even in the high school years!

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Show Notes – Episode

  • Create a party atmosphere – why not? Lead up to the day with some hints and some hidden surprises. I’ll share some of these surprises later on…
  • Create a banner –super easy to do on the computer AND as a bonus – I’ve added one to this post –podcast – look under VHM or PODCAST # and I’ve added several. One you can have the children color and one if you want to splurge with a colored printer. I always added the children’s pictures to the banner –and their grade.
  • Hand out the new books – each child gets their books (or you may have a family book pile) … go through them, introduce the topic and make it sound exciting! “This year we will learn about the stars and the oceans! How fun!”
  • Hand out new supplies. Crayons, markers, art books, pencils, pencil sharpeners, etc.
  • Have a fun project ready to go – either a craft… like decorating a box where they will keep their school supplies, even if it is a plastic see-through case, you can purchase fun stickers for the kids to use to make it their own…or a fun science activity. Something spectacular is fun… see my podcast on fun science activities –Summer activities for Kids.
  • Remember to get some work done the first day. It might be an open ended story the kids need to finish (younger kids can dictate it or you can write it on a marker board or large sheet of paper to use as copy work.)
  • Be careful of the reproducible monsters. Too many worksheets – it is a disaster to grade or to keep track of…
  • Use photos to keep track of the year – make Friday night pizza or (whatever night) and
  • Give a year end notebook. This is the place where you will put work samples to keep track of progress in the year. The children can label the dividers, decorate the notebook or label it in some way.

Essential Oils For Fitness

essential oils for fitnessEssential Oils for Fitness with Felice Gerwitz

Episode #215

Essential oils are important for fitness results. I am a perfect example, because of the increased benefits I’ve received. While exercise is a new addition on my to-do list, essential oils have enhanced my life and well-being for several years. It is amazing to think of a life without the benefits, now that I use them daily. Wellness and exercise include a healthy lifestyle. Eating right and exercising go hand in hand, and now with the benefits of essential oils you will see a vast improvement.

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Show Notes: Essential Oils For Fitness

  1. For centuries many cultures used essential oils for wellness and fitness
  2. Athletes use essential oils in their training regiment
  3. Essential oil benefits are backed by research
  4. Peppermint oils help with cardiovascular performance in athletes
  5. Lemongrass oils help with energy and weight
  6. Lemongrass helps to burn more calories
  7. Lemongrass with basil, clary sage and coconut oil
  8. Eucalyptus helps mood and energy (this can be added to a spray bottle with other oils)
  9. Add geranium, peppermint, bergamont (my favorite) to spray bottle 4oz water with Eucalyptus
  10. Lemon oil – my favorite in bottled water. Promotes immune system support, lymphatic drainage and fat loss
  11. Lemon drops in water, help with hydration, encourages you to drink more
  12. Deep Blue – is great for sore or stiff muscles – brings immediate relief.
  13. Fennel – a great benefit, add to lavender and use for calmness
  14. Fennel – sweet flavor, helps fight sweet tooth

Additional and suggested resources: Essential Oils For Fitness

Felice Gerwitz (disclosure) my DoTerra Account. Order at a discount by signing up! Here is more information.

Pinterest – Lists of essential oils and their benefits here

Essential oils: Pinterest list here


Best Homeschool Planning Tips

best homeschool planning tipsBest Homeschool Planning Tips Episode #214

The best homeschool planning tips are the ones we often forget. With this simple outline your year will begin with a great start! Often, what we do is we get laser focused on school and forget we have a life. We are so excited we have our books – our schedule laid out and then when the afternoon rolls around we are FREAKED OUT we don’t have anything planned for dinner. In this episode I cover three simple guidelines.

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Show Notes: The Best Homeschool Planning Tips

  1. The best advice I can give you about planning your school year is don’t forget about the REST of your life.
  • God
  • Spouse
  • School
  • Meals
  • Laundry
  • Meals
  • Doctors
  • Field Trips
  1. Do take time to plan your entire year – yes, your year
  • Do you seasonal themes especially if you school younger children – older children love this too.
  • Do plan breaks and save days for field trips as they come up
  • Do plan time for family chores
  • Do plan time for meal prep – mega cooking and FREEZE or can
  • Utilize cooking in your schedule –


3. Think through things once and forget it!

Just like the crock pot recipe commercials would say the set it and forget it – the same thing with your planning.

  1. School Schedule. Times!
    1. Break fail – after lunch very hard to get back to work
      1. Finish math – or writing projects
      2. Science experiments
      3. Read
    2. Year End Notebook
      1. Keep work samples for each subject ALL YEAR LONG
      2. Put in pocket sheets and clear vinyl slip sheets to keep things like pictures, samples of math, writing, history, and science papers. Art projects etc.
  • Tests and progress
  1. Go out bag. Put in all the things you will need. Pick it up and go. If you have older kids put a laminated card on the outside and someone can double check the bag to be sure nothing wandered out or was not replaced. (Tell forgetting diaper bag – had the baby!)
    1. One for field trips
    2. One for the park
    3. One for church
  2. Chore chart –
  3. Meals
  4. Laundry Day




Best Last Minute Summer DIY Tips

Best Last Minute Summer DIY TipsThe Absolute BEST Last Minute Summer DIY Tips with Felice Gerwitz

What are the best last minute summer DIY Tips? In this episode of Vintage Homeschool Moms, Felice Gerwitz shares her passion for all things DIY and some quick gift ideas to make for the holidays that are just around the corner. Use recyclables you have on hand or with a minimum of cost, create beautiful items you will treasure. The best thing? The kids can help!

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Show Notes: The Best Last Minute Summer DIY Tips

  1. Get Organized.
    • Now is the time to just relax – for me that means doing something creative. If you or your children love to create crafts for gifts make a list of some people on your list.
    • Look around the house. From the podcast I created on getting organized fast here,  you may have things you were going to throw away that you can recycle. What about an old frame, some mason jars or a plastic bin that can be recovered or painted?
    • Trash day. My kids use to ride bikes up and down the road to see what neighbors were throwing away and sometimes came home with treasures. The awesome wrought iron and wood bench (my son refinished with new wood) that sits in front of my pond is one of those treasures. Look around on trash day.
  2. Gift Making
    • Useful items. Picture frames with a treasured memory, hand painted to match any decor specifically for a family member.
    • Tool holders: kitchen utensils, pencils, crayons, etc.
    • Shelves. Floating shelves are all the rage. Ask dad, mom, grandpa or even grandma (not me–but some of my friends are really handy!) to help. Here are some directions on how to make floating shelves.
    • Mixes. A great help for when you begin homeschooling again. Make muffin mixes, sour dough, cookie mix, biscuit mix from healthy alternatives. Use organic ingredients, make them vegan or gluten free. There are many great recipes.
    • Painted pots. Hanging pots with an inexpensive fern or recycled wood look great.
  3. The Best DIY Ideas For Families
    • Gift Cards. My favorite ideas revolve around hand rubs, neck rubs, car washes, etc. When kids were younger it was “watch the baby” for 30 minutes, etc. Give in a homemade envelope or box.
    • Create Job Calendar: These involve paper and clothes pin. Listen to the podcast for specific directions.
    • Meal Schedule
    • Vacation planning
    • Pizza night
    • Last minute getaways or field trip ideas


Exercise and Joy

exercise joyExercise and Joy with Felice Gerwitz

Podcast #212

What does exercise have to do with joy? Being joyful is a result of exercise and can help our mood and stamina. In this episode, Felice explains her findings – what has worked for her and what she still struggles with in her exercise routine. Many of you are now motivated to exercise. And, for that I am grateful. Now I need motivation from all of you. Post your exercise stories in the comment section below.

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Cure For Bragging Kids

CURE FOR BRAGGING Cure For BraggKids by Felice Gerwitz

Podcast #211

Bragging. It is one of those things parents often find alarming. There is a cure for bragging kids, but the solutions are not always easy. Kids can say the darndest things and when they are little we may laugh and think it is cute. Fast forward a few years and when we hear those “cute” things, our kids are no longer…well, cute! Bragging. Something we can help our kids overcome.

a time.

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Show Notes: Cure For Bragging Kids

Humility is the antidote to pride, which C. S. Lewis said was the “greatest sin,” the vice that leads to every other vice. “There is no fault which makes a man more unpopular, and no fault which we are more unconscious of in ourselves.”

Get Organized-Fast!

get organized fastGet Organized–Fast by Dejunking Your Home with Felice Gerwitz

I’m on a mission – to get organized fast and I did this by dejunking my home. Is your home neat, everything in its place? Well, congrats–but if you are like most of us, we can always use some helpful tips. Join me as I discuss how I tackled this job and won! We discuss the four-box method and even my favorite but little-known method.

I’m sure I’ve wasted years looking for things! My kids can’t find their math books or I am missing my favorite pair of scissors. Sound familiar. My mother’s voice rings in my ears, “A place and everything in it’s place.” While that makes sense it is difficult to do–and we homeschooling moms just don’t have time. Right? Well, this has changed and now with my tried-and-true method, I finally have an organized house, one drawer, and one closet at a time.

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Show Notes: Get Organized Fast!

  1. Give yourself a time limit
  2. Ten minutes a day
  3. Tackle a section of a room each day
  4. Tackle a bigger job over the weekend

The best idea is to take everything out of the room–if you can, this is the best way to get organized fast. Only put in the things you must have and categorize everything else to store or give away. See the four box method below.

Four Box Method to get organized fast:

  1. Keep the items you need or have space to store.
  2. Sell or donate the items that you do not need. Use sites such as eBay, Amazon or Craig’s List to sell.
  3. Trash: Papers–if they contain sensitive information it is best to shred them or throw them away.  Throw away broken items or things that are too worn to give away.
  4. Store the things you do not need immediately. Only if you know you will use these things again but not immediately.

Listen to the podcast for more tips and get organized fast ideas!

Missing Key To Weight Loss

key to weight lossMissing Key To Weight Loss with Felice Gerwitz

Podcast # 209

Do you exercise and struggle with weight loss? Are you looking for the missing key? Have you wondered how some marathon runners are still packing on the extra pounds? Maybe this is you – you work out and try really hard to watch the calorie intake and still you can’t shed those pounds. After doing much research I realize there is more to this than just exercise and diet. A whole lot more! Listen to find the missing key and start losing those pounds.

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Podcast Show Notes: The Missing Key To Weight Loss

  1. Extreme exercise mimics stress in the body
  2. High intensity workouts are not necessarily healthy
  3. Marathon runners and not necessarily the thinnest people if they have the wrong attitude toward food
  4. Exercise can wear our bodies down and increase insulin levels – this triggers inflammation
  5. Stress locks our body into survival mode – metabolism slows
  6. Food attitudes are very important
  7. Low to moderate intensity exercise for 20-30 minutes three or four times a week
  8. Best prescription for weight loss, health and fitness is moderation


Solutions to the missing key to weight loss:

  1. Avoid stress – if stressed find ways to handle it
  2. One thing
  3. Find exercise you enjoy
  4. Enjoy your food, sit and enjoy eating

Playtime Develops Young Minds


Does playtime develop young minds? with Felice Gerwitz

Podcast #208

Playtime allows children time to discover and explore. Sometimes we provide the latest and greatest toys or schedule every second of our kids lives with sports, camps, and lessons. Kids need time to think and to thrive on having time to figure things out on their own. Do your kids have a hard time playing on their own? In this podcast Felice shares tips on helping children to be independent, learn and explore. Sometimes just a little bit of structure helps as well as well as having ideas they can pursue on their own.

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Show Notes: Playtime

  1. How do you gear you kids up for “free time” playtime?
  2. What do you do when our kids can’t figure out things to do on their own?
  3. What is something they ask to do – that you say,”We don’t have time to do now?”
  4. Set up timers
  5. Paper – paper airplanes
  6. Books – reading, writing their own stories, creating plays and “shows”
  7. Brainstorm lists with your children of things to do

Children sometimes need direction to play alone. If your child is one of these “types,” the best advice is to work into it slowly. If your child has other siblings this may not be difficult. However, children tend to gravitate to the tried and true. They may not explore other avenues unless parent-led. If your child tends to be a realist (I had several children who were), encourage them in the arts, theater, puppet shows, etc. I explain more about this on the podcast about playtime.

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