Monthly Archives: February 2006

You all are such helpful people

Thanks for all of your tips about digital cameras.  It seems like I'm not the only one searching.  Once we finally get a chance to actually get out of the house and go shopping, I'll let you all know what we decide. 


I think our next shopping trip will be to a farm auction.  There's a big one in a nearby community this weekend.  It will be our first time to go.  From what we hear it's going to be really interesting.  They'll have everything from farm animals to farm equipment.  Maybe we'll find a tractor and bush hog there.  Maybe not.  But it's sure to be interesting.


Hey, have you filled out the homeschool shopping survey on the company blog yet? All you have to do is to answer the questions to be entered to win a 2 year subscription to The Old Schoolhouse! The contest will close tonight at midnight though, so go on over there and let us know about how you shop for your homeschool.


However, if you want to just go ahead and subscribe to TOS (like I'm always suggesting) and you want to get the 19 free gifts (which are especially awesome right now), you can just click on that picture of the girl reading the magazine in my sidebar.  That's my special affiliate link to the magazine and if you subscribe through there, I get credit.


Oh and one other thing, do any of you have resources that you recommend for teaching the Civil War with a Christian perspective?  My boys are doing the Civil War for our support group's history fair and we're always on the look out for things with a Christian perspective.


Hope you all are having a great week!



What kind of digital camera do you have?

Do you like it?  Where did you buy it? About how much did it cost?


We are looking for one and since I don't have a subscription to Consumer Reports, I just thought I'd see what all of you bloggers had to say. 


Mainly I'll use it for getting pictures of the kids, animals and scenery around the farm here.


We do want it to have pretty good clarity since we use our snapshots as our family pictures.  Just give me all of your best tips on what to look for in a good digital camera.


Natural health & bio-identical hormone replacement therapy

Well in my bio, I say that I'm going to talk about country living,homeschool, health, and the God who takes care of it all, but I haven't really touched that much on the health part.  If you don't know me well, you might not know that I am a bit of a naturalist.  My father was a chiropractor, I grew up without any vaccinations, prescriptions, over-the-counter meds, or even visits to a medical doctor.  It all worked well for me. 


As I've gotten older though, I've run into some problems- mainly fibromyalgia (pain & exhaustion).  I'm not crazy about that diagnosis because it just tells what your symptoms are, not what the root problem is NOR what would heal it.  However on the positive side, along the way I've read a lot of books about different issues as I've tried to makes sense of all of it myself.  One of my issues seems to be that my hormones are out of balance. One of the books that I read was by Suzanne Sommers,

.  In the book, she talks about some issues she had with breast cancer and other troubling problems and how Dr. Schwarzbein taught her about natural hormone balance and how it could affect your health.


Well it's hard to find a local doctor as helpful as Dr. Schwarzein, but I have read a lot and truly think many woman could benefit from the natural hormone replacement – like Arbonne's progesterone cream.  Dr. Schwarzbein reccommends having the bio-identical hormones mixed at a compounding pharmacy so they are specially tailored for your needs. And now the pharmaceutical companies are trying to put a stop to it.  Read the letter below, file your comments with the FDA, and pass along this information to others!



I am sending you an announcement regarding bio-identical hormones and the right to choose compounded prescriptions.  Please take a moment to visit the Women's International pharmacy website listed below and let your voices to be heard on this very important issue. 

As you probably know my 5 Step program advocates the use of these hormones to help balance out the system and restore metabolism.  If these are taken away, it will be impossible to help millions of women who are suffering.  Thank you in advance for working with me on this issue. 

I greatly appreciate your time and attention to this very urgent issue.

Dr. Schwarzbein

THE FACTS: Recently, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, makers of Premarin® and Prempro®, filed a Citizen's Petition with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asking the FDA to impose harmful restrictions on the compounding and dispensing of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). This petition would eliminate the availability of compounded bio-identical hormones, which are prescribed by healthcare providers and prepared by pharmacists, to meet the unique needs of each individual patient.

THE FUTURE: Wyeth's petition asks for strategic restrictions that, if granted, would put an end to all pharmacy compounding. These restrictions would severely restrict or limit the ability of healthcare providers to treat all of their patients, not just men and women on BHRT. With your help, Wyeth can and must be defeated in its attempt to restrict your right to choose “compounded” medications!

WHAT CAN YOU DO? Time is of the essence! We need 20,000 comments filed with the FDA by April 4, 2006! It is also extremely important that you file your comments with your U.S.Congressional elected officials. Please note that your comments should be in written form sharing your personal experience with bio-identical hormones stating the positive impact it has had on you and your quality of life.

HOW DO I SUBMIT MY COMMENTS? Please visit Women's International Pharmacy working in conjunction with the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP), will link you to the site that is dedicated to protecting BHRT.

We, at Women's International Pharmacy, thank you for working together with us to fight for freedom and your right, to continue taking bio-identical hormone therapies essential to your health, quality of life!

Please forward this information to any family or friends who would support this effort.

A Treasure in a Box!

Have you all gotten a chance to look at the science kits from Treasure Box Press?  They are absolutely wonderful!  Fun, education, and convenience all stuffed together in a box!  If you look for them at an upcoming homeschooling conference, they'll be easy to spot.  You'll see all of their handy dandy treasure boxes and people gathered all around ooohing and aaaahing. 


Well I obviously like the kits and I really like the story of how Treasure Box Press got started as well.  You can read all about it at PRMama today!


Be sure to go by Michelle's blog and tell her Hi. It's so great to have the homeschooling parents/companies blogging with us at HSB!


World’s Shortest Personality Quiz

OK, I went over to visit Dandelion Seeds' blog and saw this quiz.  It's the World's Shortest Personality Test – it's literally 2 questions.  I'm not diggin my results.  Makes me sound a little church lady-ish, huh?  Oh well, I guess I need to keep taking quizes until I found one with results I like!



Your Personality Profile
You are pure, moral, and adaptable.
You tend to blend into your surroundings.
Shy on the outside, you're outspoken to your friends.

You believe that you live a virtuous life…
And you tend to judge others with a harsh eye.
As a result, people tend to crave your approval.