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Brett Pike- Founder of ClassicalLearner.com Launches New YouTube Channel

Homeschools Connected covers classical education and the classical trivium, Montessori, Charlotte Mason, and Unschooling.

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Homeschools Connected covers everything homeschool, homeschooling, alternative education, and parenting. Brett Pike is the founder of the Classical Learner Homeschooling company, the creator of the Classical Learner homeschool curriculum, and the author of the Cubs to Bears children’s book series. Homeschools Connected covers classical education and the classical trivium, Montessori, Charlotte Mason, and Unschooling.

In the first video, he covers Homeschooling, unschooling, and following the interest of your children to get them entrepreneurial experience. A talk on how to unschool, homeschool tips, and alternative education. How to follow the interest of your child, develop skills, and get them real-world experience. Children should have experience being an entrepreneur long before they have to decide if college is the path they want to take in life.

Find the new channel here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG3g-dVwW6_sO9JQl_17lJw/featured

Find Brett’s website here:

https://classicallearner.com

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Smell Like a Bear? There’s a Bear for That…

‘Who makes soap? Body wash? Toothpaste? Mouthwash? Shampoo? Conditioner? Deodorant? Beard products?’

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By: Purple Bear

Ever since joining the Bear community, when I meet a high-morality person with a skill or small business, I like to support it. Even when they tell me, ‘Nah, man, I’ll just give you some!’ But that’s part of why they deserve to be supported. I’ll accept the generosity of a gift, but eventually, I want to send my energy to my in-group. Not some stranger. Not some foreign entity. Not some commercial product using ingredients you’ve never seen in nature. I want someone real with something real to support. And there’s no one more real than the Bears! No exaggeration. 

So with that mindset, look around your home. What are you buying from the store that, in all honesty, you don’t need to be this commercial-constant staple in your day-to-day? Is it made in your nation? Can you identify the ingredients? Would your ‘continuing to buy it’ not only feed a problem outside of you but feed a problem inside you? Wouldn’t it be great if you could just ‘have a Bear’ for all these things you keep getting by habit? And not only is it healthier or of higher quality, you just helped a good family. 

For me, the simplest thing was hygiene products. Of course, we guys will just buy whatever so we can go back to work without people nagging about how work makes us smell. But the ‘just buy whatever’ can easily be switched to ‘just buy Bear stuff.’ Easy, right? 

So I got on the app and said, ‘Who makes soap? Body wash? Toothpaste? Mouthwash? Shampoo? Conditioner? Deodorant? Beard products?’ And in minutes, someone commented with an answer. So one great confidence you can have is there’s a Bear for everything good and valuable! And every connection is a bridge worth trying to build. 

Maggie’s Home Essentials was the most frequent answer to my question. Maggie is @MaggiesHomEssentials on the Beartaria app and has her website here with all her products that Bears and non-Bears can shop. All her stuff is homemade and natural. You can look at each item on her site and see the small number of simple ingredients, all readily recognizable in nature. Now, sure, her designs have pretty flowers on them. But guys, they get the job done! The people nagging about your post-work smell will stop their whining and leave you alone! And look what you’d be supporting: The in-group. 

I made a post on the app reviewing some of the things I bought from Maggie over the course of a year, and the Beartaria Times Editorial staff were nice enough to reach out and suggest I turn it into an article. And here we are. As for my review post, here it is: 

“I wanted to review some @MaggiesHomEssentials products I bought this year. Most of these come in different fragrances for men and women. I’m a man, so the scents I went with are mostly sandalwood, I think. Except for the toothpaste, that one is peppermint.  

Shampoo: It does the job just fine. It’s watery, but it lathers (Castile base with coconut milk), so you’ll get plenty of use out of it despite how small the current bottle size is. 

Conditioner: Also does the job. Maggie went out of her way to make this liquid version of her ‘conditioner bar’ when I suggested it. It’s much better than the bar, in my opinion. 

Deodorant Stick: The paste is excellent, though it’s a bit softer than expected, so you might notice the stick squish faster than a commercial stick. This brings me to the… 

Deodorant Paste: This is just the paste in a little container, which is better for how soft it is, in my opinion. The stick kind of makes you accidentally use too much if you’re rough with it 

Deodorant Spray: Another way to get the job done, albeit not as manly. Just do it quickly! 

Mouth Wash: Our own natural mouthwash! This was another one Maggie went out of her way to make. This first one has a kind of salty taste to it, but it works fine. No burn. 

Body Wash: This one crushes as a general body wash, but it also works as a shampoo if you want something that has multiple uses. This one also lathers, if I remember correctly. 

Mustache Wax: I mainly got this out of curiosity because I’ve never messed around with beard products. If you like beard wax, I’m sure you’ll like it. I guess I just don’t need it. 

Beard Balm: I still don’t quite get the point of balm, but I’m glad I tried it. It’s firmer than I expected, but I guess this helps with split ends and stuff. I’m not sure. Sorry, haha. 

Beard Oil: I like this one best. I wore it to a Bear’s wedding! The lid has an eye dropper, so you can put as much or little in your beard as you like. I may use this more, allegedly. 

Charcoal Toothpaste: Finally, some stuff I know for sure doesn’t have any bad ingredients in it. If you know, you know! You might have a spoon or something near the sink to get it out. And rinse really well!

Bar Soap: Good bar soap. This was a free gift in one of my orders. She does that a lot! 

Exfoliating Pine Tar Soap: I’ll be honest I haven’t tried this yet, but it looks cool, and it has good stuff in it, like goat milk and charcoal. You know, the good stuff! But in soap! 

Conditioner Bar: I much prefer the liquid conditioner, mainly because you have to keep the bar in the fridge. But I also found this one very waxy and hard to fully get off the hair and hands after putting it on. I guess if you want your hair to be a little shapable or have that sort of wax sheen to it, this is fine. Me, I’m sticking with the liquid version. Which also has a LITTLE bit of that wax feel but not nearly as bad. Maggie is accommodating on the app, so just message her for feedback, and she’ll crush new methods! 

Overall Opinion: Maggie’s products are great if you’re looking for alternatives to stuff you buy at the store. She listens to feedback and suggestions from her customers and even throws in free gifts with your orders! Good stuff. I’ll buy from her again for sure.

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From Cows to Canoes, From Zion to the Ozarks

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I was there for everyone’s worst day. After 15 years of working as a first responder (3 years as an EMT, 12 years in law enforcement), I was well versed in working with the public. Unfortunately, for me to interact with this public, someone had to call 911 for police or an ambulance and that almost always constituted that someone’s worst day was about to occur; whether loss of life, property or freedom. Many times, men and women in those roles of our first responders can get caught up: caught up in feeling not appreciated by a society who is taught to hate them, caught up in feelings of being overwhelmed, tired and stressed. The saying goes “Try not to take your work home with you.” But sometimes the work follows you. Sometimes, the same people you have arrested for a crime, figure out where you live. Sometimes, the stress of almost losing your life that day, causes you to be checked out at home. Sometimes, you can’t find the words to explain the traumas you have seen, and you feel alienated from your family who can’t fathom what you have been through, even if they are trying really hard to provide support.

It was time for me and my family to heal. I left law enforcement and the city and moved to my family’s cattle ranch in Utah. Being surrounded by family, cows and Zion canyon desert helped me to find myself again. I was able to appreciate the daily interactions with people and learn to stop looking over my shoulder. I was able to learn so many skills that have been neglected working 12 hour shifts 4 days a week for 15 years. I was truly present in my kids’ life and was able to appreciate the importance of family and working with my hands.

Our family’s cattle ranch is being sold. There are multiple facets that lead to this decision: family dynamics at play, government regulation with the sale of meat, drought. We will miss our ranch immensely and look back on those years spent there fondly as it was equal parts harsh and unforgiving and beautiful and rewarding.

Our next adventure is something we have thought of doing for the past 10 years but didn’t even know where to begin. There are moments it has truly felt heaven sent and guided by God. We are now the proud owners of Beaver Creek Campgrounds, Cabins and Canoe Rentals in Ava, Missouri. We made the difficult trek from Utah to Missouri, spent our time simultaneously moving, selling property, learning and taking ownership of a brand-new business. It has tested our strength, patience and endurance, much like the ranch did for us.

We are a family-friendly campground, located right on Beaver Creek and next to Mark Twain National Forest. 

We offer:

  • Canoe, kayak and paddle board rentals.
  • Tent camping and 3 concrete pads with 30-amp electrical hook up for smaller RVs/ travel trailers.
  • 1 cabin that sleeps 12 with bathroom and outdoor kitchen
  • 2 rustic cabins that sleep 4 with electricity
  • 1 cabin that sleeps 2 with full amenities including a kitchenette and personal bathroom.
  • All of our cabins overlook the creek.
  • We have a small general store.
  • We even have 2 covered wagon rooms with air conditioning.

Since we have been here, there have been amazing neighbors that have offered their assistance in any way possible to transition our new lives here. Running a campground will be a learning experience for us and I am sure there will be lots of failures, I hope the successes can be enough to keep us pushing forward. I am ready to now be there for everyone’s best day.

We hope to see you at our campground and be a part of this journey with us.

www.beavercreekcampground.com

For reservations, please call or text: 417-796-2336

Use discount code Beartaria for 10% off on lodging accommodations

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Scale Or Fail

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When we start a business we do so with the intent of earning an income. I doubt anyone in their right mind doesn’t want that income to be as high as possible. We all have bills, dreams, and many have debt they’d like to get out from underneath of. We work harder than your typical 9-5 employee in order to earn that income. We put everything we have into doing a dozen people’s jobs by ourselves. And, if God wills it, we eventually start to see the fruit of our labor. And that is when you can potentially experience the complete opposite outcome you’d envisioned.

In business there is a term used from time to time, which is “the hug of death”. Picture being hugged by someone you love so tightly that you can’t take in a breath. That person may be so happy to see you that they squeeze you as hard as they can to show their love and excitement, but it ultimately can lead to your death if you’re unable to breathe. The same concept can be found in the business sense of this term. Sometimes businesses focus entirely too much on marketing, without first having built the proper infrastructure to be able to handle a massive influx of orders or business. This can, and often does, lead to the downfall of otherwise great business ventures. People can quite literally get so much business that they go out of business. I’ll explain how this works, with personal examples, even though it seems entirely counterintuitive.

About 1.5 years ago I wrote a letter to our favorite comedian and bard Owen Benjamin, and included some items I’d made as a thank you for all of the revelatory changes he had helped bring forth in my life. At the time I thought my business had failed before it had even gotten off the ground. I was en route to sell all season long at our local farmers market, and had been working for months to stock inventory. In March of 2020 I had that invitation revoked due to new state guidelines with everything that was unfolding. I sent my items to Owen, and said if he happened to open it on a stream and I got a couple orders that would be a blessing, but if I didn’t then God had other plans for me. 10 minutes after he opened my box/letter on stream I had over $2,000 in orders. Within 24 hours I had another $2,000 in orders. Needless to say I was elated. But, that feeling also came with a huge amount of stress. It took me nearly 3 weeks to get the orders made and shipped, and I was beginning to worry that the long shipping times would result in unhappy customers. Thankfully that wasn’t the case, so I used the profit I had earned to invest in new tools to speed up production.

Fast forward 8 months to December of 2020. Once again, the potential hug of death hit, but much larger this time. The Christmas season was upon us, and I got hit with a wave of orders like I never could have imagined. In total, over 240 orders were placed over the course of 3 weeks, with nearly 1,000 individual items ordered. Once again, I realized how unprepared I was for this rush, and I can’t put into words how hard I worked that month. 12 to 14 hour days, every single day, for a month straight. My days consisted of working in the shop all day, packaging orders, dropping orders at UPS and USPS, making 2-3 shops runs a week, not being able to breathe in my shop because there was so much sawdust in the air but I didn’t have time to deep clean, and not being able to breathe at night when the panic set in and I thought about the 30 products I had to make the next day. All of this while we had 2 teething children under the age of 2, getting no sleep, and exhausted. There were times at the end of the night when I’d finish in the shop, come inside, put my daughter to sleep, and nearly cry from exhaustion. And, as many business owners have done before me, that level of both physical and emotional exhaustion led to the one and only time I’ve ever thought about closing my business.

Those who know me might think that’s a crazy thing to think. I’m Woodshop Bear. All I do is crush. But in that moment, I crushed too hard. I was in over my head in a way I’d never experienced in my life. While it was wonderful to do $10k in business in 3 weeks, I had to make every single one of those products by hand, package and ship them, and try to be as present as possible to help my wife with the children. The thought of closing my business was not due to a lost desire to do what I love, but rather the sheer weight of doing it all by myself. Obviously I crushed those 240+ orders, got everything out in time, and continued crushing. But I also crashed afterwards, which caused a whole new set of challenges for a couple of months. After that rush, I temporarily got nervous every time I saw an order pop up on my phone. Again, this sounds ridiculous, but this is the nature of business sometimes. When you experience the hug of death, and make it through, it can take time to come back down from the constant adrenaline rush.

I don’t tell you this to deter you from starting a business whatsoever. This might sound scary, but the reason I experienced those times (especially December), is because I had not scaled accordingly. That was a mistake on my part. I got so wrapped up in the excitement of having steady business and being able to support my family that I lost track of scaling my business, my tools, my storage, my shop supplies I had on hand, etc. My lack of planning resulted in loads of unnecessary stress and worry. I was taking 4 times longer to sand things than I needed to because I had not yet invested in a proper bench top sander. I had no room to move because I had put off moving my inventory storage up into my office. This slowed down production heavily. I had not taken the steps I needed to in order to speed up production, and it came back to bite me hard.

If you’re starting a business, or have a small business, may you learn from my mistakes. Getting more business is always a blessing, but be sure that your business infrastructure is at a level which can handle the increase in orders before they arrive. Have extra shipping supplies on hand, so you’re not waiting on boxes to arrive with orders that needed to go out days ago like I was. Make sure you have extra supplies on hand before potential business rushes like holidays. Make up extra inventory and have it on hand (if possible), so you’re not caught with more orders than you can process in a day. And most importantly, grow your business at a pace which allows you to comfortably acclimate to the increased pressures that come along with more orders. That time of growth may seem like a burden, as you’d like to be making as much as possible at all times, but that time is when you learn and are able to make the necessary adjustments so you can succeed.

Until next time, Onward

-Woodshop Bear

https://www.littlebearwoodshop.com

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