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Family Health and Wellness – Medicine Cabinet

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Family Health and Wellness – Life Hacks - Medicine Cabinet | Health Hacks with Felice Gerwitz and Sue Gross. Family Health and Wellness – Life Hacks: Medicine Cabinet  - Episode 516 | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #Blessingsfromheaven #FamilyHealthandWellness #LifeHacks #MedicineCabinet #Episode516 #HealthHacks #FeliceGerwitzandSueGross #FeliceGerwitz #SueGrossFamily Health and Wellness – Life Hacks – Medicine Cabinet ~ Episode 516

Are you ready for some family health and wellness hacks? In this upcoming series, your host, Felice Gerwitz, is joined by her long-time friend and wellness coach, Sue Gross. It was Sue who introduced Felice to another Sue, many of you know, Sue Meyer. Sue hosts Homeopathy for Mommies on this podcast network.

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Sue has been a longtime friend, and we met approximately twenty-five years ago, both as young homeschool moms with little kids. Sue has seven children, 27 grandchildren, and two grandchildren on the way! Her husband died two years ago, and she currently lives near her children in Minnesota. She has made it her lifelong mission to lose weight and get healthy after she moved back to Minnesota from Florida. She surprised us all after a visit at Christmas after her first year away, having lost over forty+ pounds and keeping it off. Of course, we all wanted to learn how she did this. (More information on the show.)

Today, we focus on some things you may already know, but others that will be news you are unaware of come out of our conversations. We talk about many random things, and what comes out of them is a wealth of knowledge, but just like you, I like to have resources to back what someone says because how can you believe what people say these days? This is very sad!

Sue has studied homeopathy, has discovered the available nutritional value in healthy eating, growing much of her own food, and is an avid gardener. She cans, preserves foods (her latest toy is a hydrator), and introduces us to an entirely new way to do laundry in the next podcast in the series.

I’m so excited to do this series here for those of you interested in a healtier lifestyle as well as bringing in some small changes to your life that won’t break the bank!

Health and Wellness Information Presented Today:

Some alternatives that will presented today include:

  1. Homeopathic remedies
      1. –three different sources, plant, animal, or minerals. We briefly discuss the definition of sarcodes and nosodes. 
  2. Essential Oils – we each prefer different distributors. Felice prefers DoTerra information here. 
  3. Herbal Tinctures–Hawthorne berries are excellent sources for heart issues. Comfry –bone knit. Oil/glycerin/alcohol… 6 weeks – strain. Creams/lotions —Colangelar psychosis, skin issues  
  4. Teas–raspberry leaf tea – pregnancy / stinging nettle–(antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties – aides in treatment of acne (amino acids), (Uritica Urens–homeopathic remedy) 
  5. Felice takes supplements from this wonderful company, 4-Life, and has seen an improvement in her health. After a year, her lab results came out great! Everything from diabetes, cholesterol and low blood pressure came back well within the normal ranges. Felice attributes it to taking great supplements (here is her store page for discounts) and healthy eating (mostly organics — but I do not cut out carbs or sugars entirely! And I love dairy.)
  6. Take the health assessment here.

We discussed stinging nettle – here is some information about the health benefits:

Stinging nettle is for skin and bone health. It acts as an antihistamine and is said to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It has been used to treat skin problems and is high in amino acids, among other properties. 

Natural remedies fo illness:

  1. Honey-garlic infusion. For sickness such as the onset of colds or sore throats. Prepare this: for four to six weeks. Place garlic cloves to fill a half pint. Cover the garlic with honey and allow it to sit on the counter for four weeks minimum. Seal it with a canning lid. Use one teaspoon for illness.  
  2. For earache: 
    1. Mince one medium onion, place it in a saucepan, and cover it with water, just enough to cover the onions. Allow it to simmer for about 15 minutes – watch it as the juice can dry up quickly if the heat is too high. Allow the onions to become translucent. Give it more time if it has not cooked down enough. Strain this into a small clean glass jar, lightly pushing on the pulp to get the onion juice out. Use warm (NOT HOT) drops in the ears for ear aches. It works! My daughter had chronic ear infections as a child, and a fellow homeschool mom shared this remedy. It worked for all of my children, especially during the summer and earaches after swimming – it is good for swimmers’ ears.  
  3. Supplements4-Life – no heavy metals. Do your vitamins have heavy metals? I learned that my supplements check for this and often won’t accept or put supplements out to sell if they test high in metals! 
    1. Starter Pack for family wellness
    2. Supplements I have taken in the past for health issues.
    3. Family Fitness- To lose weight.

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Best Kept Secrets ~ Happy Marriage

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Best Kept Secrets For A Happy Marriage | Today, we will tackle the topic of the keys to a happy marriage. I know that each of us has our own ideas of what makes us happy, but when you put two people into one home, all bets are off | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #Blessingsfromheaven #BestKeptSecretsForAHappyMarriage #BestKeptSecrets #HappyMarriageBest Kept Secrets For A Happy Marriage ~ Episode 515

Today, we will tackle the topic of the keys to a happy marriage. I know that each of us has our own ideas of what makes us happy, but when you put two people into one home, all bets are off. In this episode of Vintage Homeschool Moms, Felice Gerwitz shares some insights and mistakes couples make in the quest for happily ever after! Felice has been married since 1979 and has “some” insight into the topic.

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Here are some past episodes that deal with the topic of marriage and family.

45-Date Night Ideas here.

Parenting Secrets

Spiritually Strong Kids

 So, what are the best-kept secrets to a happy marriage? I wish I knew! Just kidding. I’ve been married to my husband, Jeff, since 1979. We’ve had our share of ups and downs, surgeries, childbirths, and finances, and at times, our faith was severely tested. 

We’ve struggled with homeschooling at times and focusing on the basics, let alone our faith and what was important in keeping our relationship alive. Sometimes, our marriage took a back seat, like the way in the back of a 15-passenger van. But we kept at it; we knew our marriage was for keeps, and there was no alternative but to make it work for us. I’m not talking about abusive relationships here. I am talking about a marriage that you want to make stronger.

My husband and I work with engaged couples at our church. The program is called Pre-Cana in reference to the feast of Cana from the Bible. That was a wedding celebration where they ran out of wine. Basically, Pre-Cana is before the wedding. We are blessed to meet with engaged couples a series of times. We go through the course material, but the main thing we share is what we wish we had known going into marriage. There is a difference between knowing something and living it, right?  

Happy Marriage Key #1 – Marriage is dying to self.

Love, by its very nature, is self-giving. Marriage is a chance to die to self, to learn self-control, to avoid saying things we can’t take back, and more. Marriage is loving until it hurts and praying daily. Marriage is under attack today, and the statistics of divorce are horrible, no matter what your faith. Pew Research on Marriage 2014

Dying to self is not easy; it means putting aside our wants and needs to serve others. This is only by the grace of God, not something we can do on our own.

Some may feel your spouse isn’t worth it; I get it. Then I think of Mother Teresa, who, by God’s grace, picked up a dying man from the gutter and gave him a dignified death. Not life, but death. She didn’t ask what he had done to get into the gutter. She served him, not because she knew him, but because she did it for God. Honor your husband or your wife; this is a commandment from God.

Happy Marriage Key #2 – Marriage is not 50/50

People talk about marriage being 50-50, but that is a myth. Very rarely do a couple work in synch and together in all things. In my experience, I’ve met only two couples who I can say were pretty much 50-50. For many of us, possibly you, listening in marriage is more like 60-40 or 70-30, and at times, it feels like we are pulling 100 percent of the load. In marriage, things change and we do what we can for each other.

Happy Marriage Key #3 – The Key to Proper Communication

Another main point we make is that communication is key. Communication is important. You know, and I know, and I’m sure our spouse’s communication is key. But do you know one of the best-kept secrets? Communicating without getting angry and no character assassination is key. Character assassination is when we call the other person dumb or stupid or degrade them using other words.

No one wants to be called stupid!

It is all in how you phrase it. Saying, “I’m upset with you right now and can’t talk about it,” or “I’m really hurt, and what you did made me feel…” is perfectly acceptable. Talking out your feelings is key, but realize it is not all about us. (That doesn’t mean you say, “It’s not all about you!” Because that is hurtful.) I need to create another podcast topic, Communicating with Your Spouse!

Communicating Love and Kindness To Your Kids 

Save Our Families – Communication

Happy Marriage Key #4 – Someone That Loves You for You

We all need to be loved, and when we find that person who loves us and understands us, that is worth cherishing. And, if you are struggling in a relationship, that is something you can work on. You got married for a reason. Even if that reason is weak, you can still have a good marriage by loving the other person the way you want to be loved.

Will it be a one-sided love? Maybe. Do it anyway.

You chose each other. Remember that. You said yes, he asked, or you asked, whatever the case may be. The person you married is worth loving by virtue of being created by God. If you are around friends who are not like-minded, find new friends. My two closest friends have good marriages. Perfect? No. And yet they have shown me through example everything on this list I am sharing with you today in their relationships. One has been married one year longer than me, and one about three years less.

We pray for each other, and in doing so, the Lord will give you the grace to love more deeply. Sometimes, it seems that one person loves the other more, but love can grow and flourish and become deeper with the right care!

Happy Marriage Key #5 – Time Together

Do you even remember what time together looks like, or date night? We must spend time with our spouse, talking, listening, and enjoying their company—cell phones down or, better yet, in the other room. At a homeschool conference, I heard a friend of mine shared during her seminar (on frugal living) how she created date nights in their home. Complete with candles, kids in bed (or another room), and they worked hard to spend time in each other’s company in a relaxed environment, even if it was in their own home. My husband and I love to talk, and we enjoy sitting outside on our lanai, drinking a cup of coffee and chatting. Dinners out are nice, but I’d rather sit home and talk or go for a walk together.

Check out the show links for other podcasts I did on this topic above.

Happy Marriage Key #6 ~ Let GO of the Past

Another secret to a good marriage is to let go of the past. This may take outside help; one of my friends is a Trauma specialist and has worked with people in troubled marriages where one spouse thought everything was great, and it was the other spouse who was unhappy. This helped one of my friends tremendously. The key was forgiving and letting go of the past.

We can’t keep score of every infraction each of us does, or it will drive you nuts! Sure, mistakes happen, and things are said that are later regretted. But keeping track doesn’t help anyone. Quit talking about past mistakes, forgive, and go on. Is this easy? No, of course not. (Share story of recent disagreement on air.)

The enemy gets into our thoughts, and he sways us, and truthfully, we make it easy for him. Who doesn’t want to think they are the wounded party and not right? Taking authority of this is the key, and getting right with God helps.

Happy Marriage Key #7 ~ Words of Affirmation

Do you praise your spouse, thank them for fixing the bed, doing the laundry, and creating meals? Perhaps you both work. Many homeschool moms, myself included, work from home. This should not be diminished in that “you stay home all day,” or “all you do is homeschool,” or the worse, “don’t you feel guilty using you husband’s money?” (Told to me by a hairdresser when she learned I was a stay-at-home mom)

We should praise each other because it is a wonderful way to affirm each other’s worth (not only in our eyes but in the eyes of God) and their abilities no matter how big or how small. We often ask our spouse to do something for us or for the family. This should be a request and not a demand.

We do demand in our families, don’t we? We do it to our kids. We order them (at times, especially if asking nicely did not work) to do a chore, their homework, or some other task. When we demand things from our spouse, it won’t go over well, and we are treating them like our children.

Love and a good marriage take work. The best-kept marriage secrets continue to be secrets because they are not popular. Who wants to hear, “die to self,” or “marriage takes work,” or “marriage is not equitable.” But it is worth it; through the hardships, your love will become stronger, and through the pain, you can unite. It takes time, work, and sacrifice at times.


Cup of Joy

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Cup of Joy | Do you need more JOY in your life? What is the Cup of Joy Women's Ministry? In this podcast, Felice Gerwitz and Karen Dwyer discuss a simple method to bring peace and happiness into your home as well as help evangelize in your own home | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #Blessingsfromheaven #CupofJoyCup of Joy ~ Episode 516 with Karen Dwyer

Do you need more JOY in your life? What is the Cup of Joy Women’s Ministry? In this podcast, Felice Gerwitz and Karen Dwyer discuss a simple method to bring peace and happiness into your home as well as help evangelize in your own home. 

Visit Karen’s website

Could you use help to stand firm against fear, anxiety, and worry? Join the podcast today and discover how you are made for JOY, the source of true JOY, what the armor of God is, and how to put on the armor of God to protect yourself from lies and deception. You will be drenched in JOY & clothed in the Armor of God.

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onsider starting a Cup of JOY small group study accompanying this podcast. You would meet with friends for one hour weekly over coffee for eight weeks, and Karen will send you the free commentary and discussion materials each week. For more information and to sign up to start a Cup of JOY Women small group, go to


Freedom and Economics

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Freedom and economics podcast with the Tuttle Twins and Vintage Homeschool Moms, Felice GerwitzHow can you teach children the ideals of freedom and economics in a way they will remember? Join your host, Felice Gerwitz, and Daniel Harmon, the Creator and Showrunner of the Tuttle Twins TV Show.

Freedom and Economics ~ Episode 513

How often do you get a chance to talk to the creator of a television show? Well, today, I sat down with Daniel Harmon, a homeschooled dad of seven. Daniel is the creator and executive producer of the Tuttle Twins TV show. He is the co-founder of Harmon Brothers and Angel Studios. I’m sure many of you recognize that name. It is the studio that produces a favorite among many, The Chosen. Daniel is the father of seven and says the show for them and what he would have wanted as a kid. He claims his kids are his in-house focus group!

As a fan of the Tuttle Twins novels, I purchased several sets for family and friends; it was my pleasure to bring you this interview.

Freedom and Economics Points discussed:

Many believe economics is reserved for someone else to teach. Or it is up to the kids to learn it in higher level learning like college. Yet with the Tuttle Twins, both the book series and the TV show it is something that kids can actually understand. It is put in the context of the principles of freedom of your rights, and it’s not as complicated as it’s made out to be. They overcomplicate it in a way that does a lot of destruction to our economy, but it is not nearly as complicated as some like to make it out to be.


You start from a basis. We all have rights, rights to life, to liberty, to property. The things that are enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and in the Constitution. Those rights are defined by economist Frederick Bastia, who wrote the book The Law. These rights are inherent, God-given rights. Kids instinctively know this is true. If they have something that they’ve worked for, you can’t go and take that away from them. That’s unfair, right? That’s their property. 

Freedom of Life:

If someone tries to hurt or kill a person, that is not fair. That’s my right to my life. You can’t take away someone’s life; this does not allow a person to have liberty, the ability to make their own decisions and to pursue their own dreams and passions and things like that. And people can’t also get in the way of that. Then, when you understand that, add economics.


A high-level principle is putting policies into place that are beneficial. The policy needs to benefit more than one group. Not only in the short term but needs to benefit all groups in the long term. And kids get that as well. The policy needs to be something that’s not just favoring a given industry or corporation or something similar; it needs to be something that really creates a fair playing field for everyone. 

Freedom, Economics, and Business:

More points discussed:

  • The TV series is based on the books that have sold over 5 million copies
  • It teaches about timeless principles of freedom and economics that are not being taught in schools or in culture
  • It’s about a Grandma who takes her twin grandkids on adventures with her time-traveling wheelchair
  • The show is free, has over 20 episodes released, and is available for FREE on the Angel Studios app (the same distributor that brought you The Chosen). Season 2 is available.
  • We have an episode on socialism that features Kevin Sorbo
  • Our mission is to reach 100 million kids with the idea of freedom
  • The show is a co-viewing experience. Kids AND parents enjoy it and learn and discuss the concepts together. It has many jokes that go right over the heads of 8-year-olds but are intended to keep parents engaged.
  • The website is

Homeschool Curriculum Shopping Tips | Replay

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Homeschool Curriculum Shopping Tips | Things you must know before you buy the first book. Questions to know and ask yourself and your kids. #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #homeschool Homeschool Curriculum Shopping Tips ~ Episode 333 | Special Replay

Shopping for homeschool curriculum is never easy.  In this episode, we discuss must-know-tips for homeschool curriculum shopping and an insider’s available to homeschool podcast network subscribers. 

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Fast forward and many years of homeschooling gone by and I realized the best time to consider purchasing curriculum was in June. I could finish my school year, take a look back and see what worked and what did not. I was blessed to find homeschool math curriculum we loved (I share these brands on the podcast), and these helped us in many ways to accomplish what was often considered the hardest subject. My kids loved to do the hardest subject first so that the rest of the day seemed easy by comparison. In fact, they would get up early to complete Math before breakfast.

Here is a quick list of questions to ask yourself before you buy the first book!

  1. What are my kid’s ages/ grades?
  2. Do I have a budget per subject or an overall budget?
  3. Do I want to focus on hands-on curriculum or text/ workbooks?
  4. How will my kids relate to the books I purchase?
  5. Do I want to add outside sources? Co-ops or online classes?

Often the best ideas are those that come to you after prayer. One year I was so tired of what I felt was zipping through the curriculum. I had purchased several years of a popular science text and when I found the next “new year,” which we began in January started with birds again and we had finished an exhaustive unit on birds the previous year I knew we had to regroup, skip around the book and then I found myself added unit studies which my children immensely enjoyed.

Consider doing some unit studies with the middle grades. Your kids will thank you I promise. This allows you to delve into a subject and really study it from top to bottom. A unit study on birds can turn into a study of migration patterns, bird watching, identification, the study of habitats and so much more. Or, a study on geology can turn into rock collections (which we still have) and rocks from all over the world. (We had our relatives bring us back rocks from their trips to Europe).

Look at the following to help you further narrow down your curriculum choices:

  1. Look at your child’s learning style—if your child is an auditory learner, loves having books read, listens to audios, etc. it isn’t the best to have this child do textbooks.
  2. Look at expert reviews. The only one I highly recommend is – Cathy is a long time homeschooler. She graduated three boys from homeschooling and set out years ago to look at curriculum with a critical eye. Now a disclaimer here, many of my books are on her top 100 and 102 Curriculum Picks. The Creation science series, accompanying study guides, and Teaching Science and Having Fun. You can get all of these books for less than $30 when one of them costs $18.95 retail. These are digital but you can read them, print out the experiment sheets and planning guides and use them for K-12. Looking at reviews can also tell you if it is something that will work with your homeschool.
  3. Listen to podcasts. What are some recommendations made by those in the know!
    1. Three Homeschool Curriculum Essentials
    2. When Your Curriculum Is Wrong For Your Teens
    3. Best Curriculum For Your Family
    4. Movies For Homeschool Curriculum
  4. Visit a homeschool conventions
    1. Homeschool convention attendance has changed in recent years. With everything available online and the expense involved to attend it is often the last thing on a homeschool moms list. However, it is important to attend for many reasons. The most important is encouragement.
    2. It can be overwhelming which is why I have created a standalone curriculum buying guide that will be helpful. It will be available for free for my email subscribers. After the giveaway is over, it is always available on my website.
  5. Get on email lists from your favorite publisher – get to know them.
    1. Many publishers have samples on their website.
    2. If they don’t many will send you some via email.
    3. Join their Facebook or discussion groups to ask questions or ask questions of other users.

My favorite curriculum shopping happened when I decided to use an eclectic approach and I began with topics we wanted to study, and I created my own yearlong study. It was so much fun. I shopped for books that were topic related. We used these books for many, many years. For example, a Creation Science focus requires books to be purchased as you won’t find these in the library (although you can try for interlibrary loans).

When you use topics that interest your children guess what? They are so excited about school and they want to get started each day. Another thing to consider is to focus on your faith.

We did many Bible studies and one of the things we enjoyed was doing a family Bible study that I created, Homeschooling with Proverbs. This study consisted of audios that were focused on each book of Proverbs and we loved it! I had studied Proverbs quickly in the past but there were so many nuggets of truth that were so applicable to homeschooling! I created study sheets, journal pages and dig deeper sections. Each audio (there are three per lesson) is geared to different age levels. This is a standalone digital product on my website.

You can look at online learning. I am not a fan of putting kids in front of a computer for all their subjects, however when they struggle or if you are not interested in teaching a particular subject this can be valuable. We used a DVD for higher math – our favorite was Chalk Dust. Mr. D. Math one of my previous podcasters on this network has a higher math online program as well.

When it came to history I felt my American History was lacking so I partnered with my brother in law who was History Professor of the Year two times in West Virginia where he taught. His online courses were so wonderful that my daughter is now a history major in college.

These classes focused on teaching the US Constitution and the lives of the American Presidents. We also have an American Government Classes. These were taught in real time but recorded so they can be enjoyed by families throughout the years.

There are classes taught by:

  1. North Star Academy
  2. Bright Ideas Press
  3. Luma Learn (you can even teach a class if you feel qualified!)

Of course, there are many others, but these are the ones I personally know about that are high quality and geared to homeschool students.

Whatever curriculum you select keep your kids, your schedule and your sanity in mind. You will be glad you did! If you have a favorite curriculum share it with me!


Best Year Ever – Total Solar Eclipse

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Total Solar Eclipse | Every day is the best day, or it can be if you have the mindset that you are looking for miracles in your life. This year, a total solar eclipse is just one of the exciting things happening in your world | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #Blessingsfromheaven #TotalSolarEclipseTotal Solar Eclipse ~ And more. Episode 512 

Every day is the best day, or it can be if you have the mindset that you are looking for miracles in your life. This year, a total solar eclipse is just one of the exciting things happening in your world. How can we keep the momentum going? In this podcast, Felice shares the idea of finding the gems in your life and celebrating them with your family.

Visit for immediate downloads such as Character Planners,  Checklist Planners, and, coming soon, the entire set of Organize-IT planners.

So, is this going to be your best year ever? If you said, “Yes!” that is great, but if you said, “No.” then Why not? Take a moment to consider your answer.

I think we can make this the best year. Even if you’re listening to this in January in March, or maybe even in December, you can begin each day anew. The first thing is our mindset. And, it is catching. If we are enthusiastic, our kids will be enthusiastic. (Tell 1/2 sheet of paper and a pencil – pop quiz).

So, our attitude is important, but so is our ability to find those gems in our lives that are often overlooked. It doesn’t take money, but it does take research. This year, there are some awe-inspiring events. However, we will focus on one that is sure to catch the headlines, and that is the Solar Eclipse.

What is a Solar Eclipse:

A total solar eclipse is something that happens very rarely, and when it does happen, it is something many people will be excited about seeing, some traveling to the locations where they can get the best view. A total solar eclipse is when the moon passes over the sun in such a way and angle that it blocks the sunlight from our view.  First, let me warn as as you already know (and please let your children know) that it is always dangerous to look at the sun. Never look at the sun!

The solar eclipse will not happen again for another twenty years, so it’s really exciting to be aware of this one. The solar eclipse or the total solar eclipse is going to happen on April 8, 2024, and the next one won’t happen until August 23, 2044.

The shielding of the sun by the moon moving, what looks like over the top, will show the outer part of the sun, which is called the corona.

What is notable about this total solar eclipse?

  1. The moon will cover the sun.
  2. It will turn the sky into night in certain areas of the earth; there is a path from Mexico to northeast Canada. The shadow (or area of darkness) across America is about 124 miles wide. Again, this happens on April 8, 2024
  3. You must wear protective eyewear to view the eclipse, and please buy it from a reputable source. Your eyes are important.
  4. If you wear eye protection as the eclipse is happening, it won’t work when there is a total eclipse. What does this mean? Well, it will be dark, so if you have protective eyewear to keep out the harmful rays of the sun, it will be too dark to see the eclipse when it is totally over the sun.
  5. The moon over the sun will darken the sky, so it looks like it is night – well, early evening.
  6. You will be able to see the Sun’s corona (the outer part of the sun.) This is the only time (total solar eclipse) that you can see the corona.
  7. If you live in the direct path of the eclipse, it will last for around four minutes. *this is two times as long as the last total eclipse in 2017 over North America.

What is the difference between an annual solar eclipse and a total solar eclipse?

That is what I wanted to know, and I learned that during an annular eclipse, it is only safe to view it with protective glasses because you can still see a portion of the sun, and looking at the sun, as we’ve already established, is dangerous. So, you can see a ring of the sun around the moon. However, a total eclipse means that the moon completely covers the sun (totally) and hides the sun from view so just the corona or outer edges show.

You will want to:

  1. Check out a map to see where the track of the total eclipse will pass. (Here is the link to download a copy of the map from the NASA website).
  2. See if you are anywhere near the path; if so plan to watch it live.
  3. Get a pair of safety glasses (from a reputable source) to watch the eclipse.
  4. If you are nowhere near the eclipse, watch it streaming live on the NASA website – we did this some time ago with a solar eclipse here.

It is fun to study things that are happening in our world.

Resources for Solar Eclipse:

Eclipses in 2023-2024

Interactive Map for the eclipse of 2024 here.

This is a wonderful opportunity to study the stars and add it to your homeschool curriculum. And, as Psalm 19: summarizes so beautifully – “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Amen! enjoy.

New Year – Relax and Refresh (Replay)

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Relax and Refresh | The new year is a good time for a faith journey. It is time to take a deep breath and relax and refresh your life. With the new year around the corner now is the time to destress. In this episode, we will discuss how our plans sometimes derail us and how to make the most of the new year. | #podcast #refresh #newyearNew Year Relax and Refresh –  Episode 388

The new year is a good time for a faith journey. It is time to take a deep breath and relax and refresh your life. With the new year around the corner now is the time to destress. In this episode, we will discuss how our plans sometimes derail us and how to make the most of the new year.

I’m so excited about this episode because I am going to share some ways that won’t break the bank to truly relax and be refreshed as you charge into the new year. In fact, this has helped me so much that I am truly excited about the new year – thank-you Jesus!

Yes, I am a woman of faith and I am so blessed that I am not doing this alone. I recorded an episode over on our sister network – Ultimate Christian Podcast Network, on a New Year’s Faith Journey, and friends it was life-changing for me because I feel that I have a purpose and so do you!

Your purpose is your current walk in life. Are you a wife/mom, a husband/dad? Are you a student/kid? This is your current “job” and everything else will fit into place.

I have many things on my calendar for the new year and I will hit the calendar running! I have a 31-Day Challenge that I am hosting for work at home moms in January. I have several women ministry breakfasts to oversee, in January and February. I am hosting an in-person conference in Tampa, Florida in February. I have my yearly mastermind group in March and April we will visit our college kids and I am presenting at a ministry breakfast in April in Texas! Then, May is my daughter’s graduation. When I look at my calendar I want to skip right over the first six months and look toward a relaxing June, July, and August!

We can’t do that can we parents? We can’t just say, “Yeah, today I don’t feel like cooking or cleaning or dealing with kids!”

So, what do we do? We pray – and we put things into perspective. And I for one as I shared earlier am excited because I am not doing this alone! First, I have you guys to encourage and motivate me – thanks so much for your star ratings on iTunes and other podcast apps – thanks for your kind words via email or social media and thanks for being you and a listener!


New Year Relax and Refresh Begins with Questions:

So, let’s do this. Are you ready? First, look at your events upcoming – just like I did.

  1. What are those unmoving dates? School days, lessons, appointments, etc.
  2. What are those non-negotiables? The things that we can’t take off our to-do list and put on another’s?

Once you have those out of the way you can look at the optional things! Can someone else do the grocery shopping or can you invest in ordering online and picking it up – or having things delivered? What a blessing delivery services can be! Yes, there is a cost involved but for me, it saves me money because I am not impulse shopping and only getting what I need!

One thing that will change in the new year and involves Vintage Homeschool Moms is the new shows. Instead of a new show each week, on some weeks I will be re-launching some of my past podcasts. So, for those of you long-time listeners of Vintage Homeschool Moms – and there are some that have been with me since the beginning, that means you will hear some replays of some favorite shows. I have been recording non-stop for six years and I still feel the Lord has some great things he wants me to share, but some of the previous shows are too good to be buried in the archives.

New Years Relax and Refresh Takes Simplification:

You can do this too!

  1. What are some things you can do to give you more time?
  2. What are the things you don’t want to let go of, but know that you must cut back for the sake of time or your own sanity?
  3. Look at this list and make a decision. One year during I decided that writing that Christmas letter, taking a family photo and sending out Christmas cards to my list of over one-hundred people, had to get cut way back. I announced on social media that I loved all of my friends but they would not be getting a card! I sent cards to our relatives and placed a focus on relationships and the poor.

We can live lives that are joyous by not overtaxing are already taxed systems! What are those things you enjoy but don’t have time for? For me, it was taking a walk and reading. I had not read in years, and currently, I enjoy reading something fun every once in a while. I had to give myself permission! So, friends, this is what I am doing. I am giving you permission to take some time for the things that will help you relax and refresh.

Here are some relax and refresh suggestions:

  1. An extra long shower or soak in a bath infused with essential oils and salts. Essential oils such as Bergmont (So love it-check it out here) are one of my favorite relaxing oils.
  2. A facial – there are some inexpensive scrubs you can make yourself or use something store-bought.
  3. A foot soak. This is so relaxing and you can do this while reading to the kids or even doing school! Be sure to have a towel nearby in case you need to jump out for the unexpected times!
  4. A foot rub or neck rub. Maybe invest in one of those gadgets or enlist a family member!
  5. Time to read, to bake or to do the thing that you consider relaxing!

Take the time to be in this present moment. I realized after reading an eye-opening book that was centered on faith that I was living in the past and the future. This can weigh us down! We can think of what could of should have happened, or regrets – or we think about the future and worry about things that may or may not happen. Today, people. Today … focus on the now. The kids in front of you that before you blink your eyes will be grown up and in college or adults like mine. My youngest is now nineteen but even that isn’t for long.

So, let’s recap.

  1. Look at those things you can’t change. Those unmovable tasks for dates.
  2. Look at ways to increase your time or delegate or take off your list or arrange it.
  3. Look at ways to relax – once a week? No each day.

This is going to – I promise to change your life. It is today, not tomorrow that we must deal with and today look brighter and brighter to me as I charge into it with the hope that it is going to be the best year. And, I pray this for you as well.

Next month I have two shows especially geared for kids. The first is Refresh and Relax for Kids – I learned recently that kids are so stressed out and many are on medication just for nerves! We will discuss how to encourage our children to recharge and focus and find those ways to destress. And a show on School and the importance of understanding the time and how it will translate into their futures. I will share something that changed my kid’s lives when they were pre-teens and I hope it will help your children as well! Look for these upcoming episodes in 2020.

Take care friends, and I pray you are blessed abundantly in 2020~ please check out my other two podcasts, One More Child Podcast and A Few Minutes With God Podcast. Truly, those are my faith-focused podcasts and they keep me grounded and I hope they help you as well!

Christmas Preparation

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Christmas Preparation | Last-minute Christmas preparation consists of more than hosting a gathering, buying presents, or decorating. It consists of getting your heart in the right place to enjoy the best Christmas ever | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #Blessingsfromheaven #LastMinutePlanningForTheHolidays #GiftsUnderTenDollarsForChristmas #ChristmasPreparationChristmas Preparation – Episode 511

Last-minute Christmas preparation consists of more than hosting a gathering, buying presents, or decorating. It consists of getting your heart in the right place to enjoy the best Christmas ever!

I have created many podcasts in the history of Vintage Homeschool Moms that deal with meal prep and party prep, and so I decided that I was going to include those links in the show notes so that if that is what you need, some last-minute, ideas on how to prepare for a meal or you know whatever that is, you can quickly take a peek at those show, notes or listen to the episode.

Christmas Preparation Podcasts:

Today, I’d like to discuss getting our minds and our hearts ready for Christmas, and as a bonus, we will gain peace, love, and joy! I realized as I was preparing for my thirty-one guests, I became anxious and worried that I was going to forget something. I also realized that I was super busy but not accomplishing much! I have hosted Christmas celebrations for over twenty years. You would think I’d have it down by this time.

Christmas Preparation Includes An Attitude Check

But as I was preparing my home, I realized that my heart wasn’t in the right place. I wasn’t stopping to smell the pine of the fresh Christmas tree as I have in years past or enjoy the cinnamon-scented pine cones. I purchased a tree angel for the kids to find each morning (which my daughter is doing with the children), it catches them being good. Our family celebrates the days counting down to Christmas with an Advent wreath and candles, and we pray each special scripture verse each evening.

Yet, I still felt something was lacking. I needed a dose of joy and an attitude check!

I was missing the real reason for the season, which is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, who humbled himself to come into this world as a baby. I wasn’t making the Lord my focus, and I realized this after a recent occurrence. It made me seek more, a deeper connection and happiness that I was missing.

I know many of you have little ones or school-age children, and the thought of adding one more thing to your lives may be overwhelming, but I am going to break this down and make it very simple. Basically, our lives are prayer. If you’re not a Christian, this may be a weird idea, but it’s really not. It is simple.

Each day, you can prepare your heart for receiving the fullness of faith by just saying, Lord, I dedicate my day to you. That’s it! It’s that simple, and I love the Jesus prayer, and that is one word: Jesus. You can add, “Jesus, I trust in you.” or “Jesus, I love you.” Or anything else that comes to mind.

I know when I start my day in this way everything goes more smoothly. One thing I realized early on as a homeschool mom was that I couldn’t do it on my own strength. So I prayed daily and often. Things like Lord help me. Or Lord, you gave me these blessings so please help me to deal with them!

How can we get that joy back into our lives? It isn’t by having more time, although my prayer, “Lord, increase my time,” is something that I do pray. It is by focusing on the things that really matter. Sure, we still need to keep up the house, clean, and cook; if we are schooling, we teach! But having joy is a decision, a state of mind.

  1. Joy is a state of mind. It is a decision. I choose to be joyful.
  2. Prayer is the focal point of my day. I dedicate my day to the Lord.
  3. Preparation means making time for the things that are important.

Doing these things helps me to keep calmer, and if I have peace in my heart, I can have joy and then hope that everything is going to fall into place. Even if something burns, guests show up late, or we have to deal with some other type of mini-crisis, the goal is to have peace during the day. Preparing my heart and attitude for Christmas also means realizing my faith, the joy that Christmas brings, and the joy of being together with family is enough.

What makes you happiest? Probably the same thing that makes me happy, and that is having everyone home and celebrating together. Whether you host an event or visit others, the feeling is the same.

If your children are little and everyone is still home, please enjoy these days. I know everyone says it goes so fast, but truthfully they do. Your infant turns eighteen before you know it! I am blessed to have three of my five children live in the same town; one lives 2 1/2 hours away, and one lives a very long airplane ride away. But the joy in my heart of knowing that we are connected as a family is phenomenal. The two children who live out of town also celebrate Advent, and on the first Sunday, we did a face-time call so they could light their wreaths and follow along in their books as we prayed all together.

So I pray That you have a wonderful Christmas; remember Christmas joy can be felt every day. The Miracle of Christmas lasts more than one day, and preparing our hearts to celebrate is one of the best things we can do to be ready.

The Best Holiday Homeschooling Tips

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What are the best holiday and homeschooling tips? When things get crazy these ladies Felice Gerwitz and Lisa Nehring come to the rescue.The Best Holiday Homeschooling Tips ~ Episode 452

Join Felice Gerwitz and special guest, Lisa Nehring as they discuss the best holiday homeschooling tips. When things get crazy and you can not add one more thing to the schedule, Lisa comes to the rescue with great tips and planning.

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Visit Lisa Nehring at True North Homeschool Academy and her podcast at

So what are the best holiday homeschooling tips? One is not to stress yourself trying to do too much. We are busy with managing a home and family, then adding homeschooling, and then when the holidays come it is…one-more-thing! Take a look at what stresses you out and cut it out if at all possible.

Holidays are Holy Days – set apart because they have meaning and relevance and there is something special about this day. Holidays bring relevance to our lives. There are special foods we eat, perhaps an exchange of gifts and other things that happen that set the stage for the event itself.

Lisa calls the mom the “magic maker” that can bring that extra fun into the holidays even with simple meals. She celebrates using a liturgical year. She talks about planning and taking time off from schoolwork in your schedule. This can be done by planning ahead of time.

Lisa’s Best Holiday Homeschooling Tips:

  1. Scheduling a break from schoolwork, or reworking your schedule so you have time for celebrations.
  2. Morning basket: 1 hour spent with the things you want to go over, such as flashcards, faith, etc. Be sure to pause and give thanks to God.
  3. We celebrate all of our feasts with our senses, think about how we can use our senses to the best.
  4. Biblical feasts, holidays, and festivals are great ways to celebrate.

Lisa shares how she and her family celebrate Old Testament festivals, which is a remembrance of God “tabernacling” with us. It helps to bring faith and community among family and friends. Being together and enjoying where you are at the present time. She reminds us that God dwells in community with family and friends.

Holidays remind us that we are part of something bigger, and even if we have to postpone some of our academic work, this is a lasting tribute we will remember. We are making memories with our families using the senses, such as twinkling lights, cinnamon, and music.

Sometimes keeping to the schedule is important such as homeschooling special needs and consistency is important to keep things on an even keel. Perhaps cutting back a little and allowing your child to know what is coming up in the near future. Planning with your child helps.

Teaching your children that giving is important during the holidays is another lasting tradition. Either adopting a family or singling out a person such as a neighbor in need.

Be sure to visit Lisa Nehring at True North Homeschool Academy.

Here are some other Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network Podcasts to enjoy:

Best Kept Holiday Prep secrets

Planning the Holiday with Tech


Gifts Under Ten Dollars ~ For Christmas

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Gifts Under Ten Dollars For Christmas | Here are some great ideas for gifts under ten dollars. It helps those of us who are on a budget or buying for a crowd. Do you like finding a deal? In this episode, we will discuss purchasing gifts under ten dollars. It isn't as hard as you think | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #Blessingsfromheaven #LastMinutePlanningForTheHolidays #GiftsUnderTenDollarsForChristmas #GiftsUnderTenDollars #TenDollars #ForChristmasGifts Under Ten Dollars – For Christmas ~ Episode 510

Here are some great ideas for gifts under ten dollars. It helps those of us who are on a budget or buying for a crowd. Do you like finding a deal? In this episode, we will discuss purchasing gifts under ten dollars. It isn’t as hard as you think.

Some years past, I did a podcast on various topics dealing with gift-giving, and some of these qualify for gifts under ten dollars:

Gifts Under Ten Dollars or Less:

It isn’t easy shopping these days, in fact it is depressing! Everything is so expensive, and now multiply that by the number of people you are buying for and it gets downright expensive. I am hosting Christmas for my sister-in-law, her three children, and their families. And that adds up to an additional 13 people to buy for this year! That is on top of my five children and nine grandchildren, plus one son-in-law. It gets expensive, to say the least.

Here is what I do to get the gift-giving budget under control. The first is to pray about what type of gifts I want to give. There are many different ways to say “I love you” and Merry Christmas. Next is to browse some stores. There are discount stores in my area, and taking a turn up and down the aisles gives me ideas. I have to remember that my extended family (well, seven of them) are flying here, so I can’t send back gifts that are going to take up too much luggage room. My son will be flying home, and that gives me pause in purchasing gifts.

So here is what I do after praying. I set alerts for the items I’d like to purchase. One way is to use an app like Honey – you can go to Join Honey here

Here you can set alerts for when a price goes lower. It works on websites as you browse, as well as on sites such as Amazon. It suggests coupons; not all of them work, but some do. It can save you money in the long run. I’ve used it for years.

Gift Under Ten Dollars:

  1. Gift cards. If you visit restaurants frequently, you can look for gift card deals, especially around Christmas. Some offer a free ten-dollar gift card with the purchase of an additional amount. You can use that gift card as a gift.
  2. Gift cards as credit in your credit card offers. If you are like many of us, we use credit cards that we pay off monthly. They often rack up points and that can be used for gift cards. Sometimes it is better to use the money toward your bill, but other times you can cash in those points toward credit cards for meals. You can purchase gift cards to popular restaurants with your points – so, in essence, free.
  3. Prayer journals. I found beautiful leather journals I saw in gift catalogs for $35 and paid less than ten dollars. These are great for giving gifts under ten dollars. I did have to work at getting the gummy labels off, but it was worth the trouble. These, along with a beautiful pen, make a nice gift.
  4. Novelty gifts are often priced at under ten dollars. These can be t-shirts, mugs, pens, or similar types of items. My kids often exchange gifts such as these with extended family.
  5. Mugs with Christian sayings or Bible verses are often under ten dollars. I gift each of the ladies attending the meal with a mug and fresh flowers. I use them as part of the decorations on Christmas Day, and then they take the mug and flowers home. I’ve done this for Thanksgiving and Easter in the past as well.
  6. Mixes such as muffins and cookies in decorative containers. The containers can be purchased for well under five dollars at discount stores, and the mixes are ones we make often. This qualifies for giving gifts under ten dollars.
  7. Homemade food items such as chocolate or vanilla fudge. This is something my daughter makes for our extended family, and they love it over any store-bought gift.
  8.  I make pumpkin bread from fresh pumpkins and give these as gifts. They are well under ten dollars and two cups of pumpkin makes about six to with small loaves.
  9. Art supplies for the children are always fun to receive. These items are found very inexpensively at discount stores and often are of good quality.
  10. Deal Dash – although you need to be careful if you are using this app. I saw it advertised and thought I’d take a look and did win a bid for a high-quality item for under ten dollars. If you can limit your participation to winning bonuses that works, otherwise it can not only take a chunk of your time but also your money.
  11. If you are gifted in some way artistically, you can paint or draw a picture as a gift. I have promised my family paintings, and maybe this year, I will fulfill that promise! My skills are mediocre, but it is the thought that counts.
  12. Vouchers: I loved it when my children gave me vouchers for a task such as washing my car or doing a “bonus” job. That was a heartfelt gift, and I enjoyed it.
  13. Making placemats with old clothing, or hot pads.
  14. Purchasing vintage frames from a thrift store and printing out a Bible verse or saying from Mother Teresa and framing it.
  15. Bibles are often on sale for under ten dollars.
  16. Puzzles are under ten dollars and so much fun.
  17. Board games are great for giving gifts under ten dollars.

My daughter and her family draw names and buy for the person whose name they select. This helps to keep the cost down as well. You can also give the gift of time to each other which does not cost anything. Gift-giving does not have to be stressful, but it often is, and in this way, I hope that some of these ideas are helpful.