Coming soon…
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Things have been slower around here because something new is coming: The Simply Convivial AudioBlog! This will be a weekly podcast where I read some of my best and favorite homeschooling posts, and also include a short and practical “simple sanity saver” segment. Every episode will be about 10-15 minutes long – the perfect length for folding a load of laundry, washing some dishes, or getting some steps. Sign up here to get each episode’s links and show notes delivered … Read More

Teaching Reading Winner
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I didn’t get to a full 7 quick takes post this week, but I do want to announce a winner for Brandy’s Teaching Reading with Bob Books: Nicki! Brandy will send you a free copy of both Teaching Reading with Bob Books: Set 1 Printable Phonics Lessons and Teaching Reading with Bob Books: Set 2 Printable Phonics Lessons. Because TATRAS, my favorite phonics program, is currently inexplicably unavailable, I’m glad to have another inexpensive, comprehensive, simple program to recommend. Brandy … Read More

Free Homemaking Mini-Course
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The Ultimate Bundle people have put together a free mini-course on working through 4 essential home systems. For each of the four steps, there is a short video done by Erin Odom and a special guest as well as a worksheet to help you figure out the best way to apply the ideas to your own situation. The first video is about laundry, and I thought they had some good thoughts. It’s always interesting to me to see how other … Read More

Top 5 Books of 2014
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Once again, I read fewer books than I had hoped in a year: 32. I read some really excellent ones, though, and that’s what counts. However, I don’t think I’ve ever had a year with as many two-star ratings – I suppose that’s what comes when I try to broaden my reading horizons. I decided to narrow my favorites down to my top 5 – the top 5 I would truly recommend be moved to the top of your list … Read More

Third Day Naturals Winner!
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And we have a winner for the Cleanse – Smooth – Nourish – PLUS gift set from Third Day Naturals! Kristi, with comment #5, will get to select the scents she’d prefer for each item in the package and it will be sent on it’s way. Congratulations! And thank you to Sarah and Robert for offering the giveaway. Remember they have gift packages and sample packs and lovely lip balms which all make great Christmas gifts, especially in areas (like … Read More

31 Days of Practical Help
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October is almost here, and that means it’s almost time for another 31 Days series! I’m really excited about the series that’ll be happening next month. A number of the posts that will come next month are ones I’ve been wanting to add so I have a single link to answer specific, practical questions I often get. Here at Simply Convivial, I’ll be doing 31 Days of Homeschool Lists. Broad, fun, and right up my alley. I am, after all, … Read More

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