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Toss Plastic Cutting Boards

Wooden cutting boards have always been my favorite and in fact, are much safer to use than plastic cutting boards. Are ya shocked?

It may seem like plastic is non-porous and can’t absorb liquids, but the surface becomes knife-scarred and holds on to bacteria. This rough surface is exceptionally difficult to clean, even with bleach or running through the dishwasher. Wood, by contrast, shows the ability to halt the growth of and kill bacteria applied to its surface. Both new and used wooden cutting boards maintain this ability equally well.

In a study conducted at the University of Wisconsin by Dr. Dean O. Cliver, Ph.D. of UC Davis, they tested bacteria known to produce food poisoning – Salmonella, Listeria, and enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli. These bacteria were placed on cutting boards made from seven different species of trees and four types of plastic. All the wooden boards consistently outperformed the plastic.

Here are recipes for cleaning and conditioning wood cutting boards.

Cutting board cleaning spray recipe:

•8 oz glass spray bottle-must be glass, orange will break down plastic releasing toxins

•1/3 cup of distilled white vinegar

•3 capfuls of Thieves Household Cleaner

•10 drops Orange Essential Oil

•Fill the rest with water

•Spray liberally & wash with a warm wet cloth and air dry

Cutting board oil conditioning recipe:

  • 2 oz glass pump bottle
  • fill 3/4 full with quality board oil or mineral oil
  • 15 drops Thieves essential oil blend
  • 5 drops Orange or Lemon essential oil 
  • Apply enough to thinly cover the cutting board and rub in with a clean and dry sponge in a circular motion all the wood grain. Allow to air dry for an hour before storing it away.

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Free Christmas Carols Songbook

Rad Roadtrips is offering a terrific and free Christmas Carols Song Book.

Have fun caroling this year, or enjoy singing around the fireplace.


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Free Jan Brett Printables

Homeschool Creations is offering free printable for Jan Brett’s book, The Mitten.

The site says the pack includes fun activities to tie in with the story ~ vocabulary words, word tracer cards, a tracer page, sequencing cards, a fun song, beginning sound cards, counting activities and more!

Just under the download link there are links for more great activities including Jan Brett activities and a link to read The Mitten online.


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Free Christmas Printable Pack

Confessions of a Homeschooler is offering a download for free Christmas preschool printables

This pack is loaded with super cute games, crafts, printables, and more. I think you kiddos will have such fun!


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Free Winter Activity Book

Rad Roadtrips is offering a free Winter Holiday Activity Book just in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is a general winter based holiday book, so it can last longer than just the holidays.

The book features over 30 pages of activities, games, and discussion items for your kids to dive into on your upcoming road trip.




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Solar System Download

1+1+1 is offering a Solar System pack for use with preschool and lower elementary kids.

Here is what the site says:

These Solar System printables will give your child hours of fun and exposure to early learning skills like sight words, letter sounds, counting, early reading, outer space vocabulary and more!  You can use each different printable in various ways as you choose the skills to expose your child to.

Toward the bottom of the page, on the right hand side, you will see links to more “Outer Space Fun”.


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Thanksgiving Gratitude Book

This Reading Mama is offering the following:

My ABC’s of Thanksgiving: 21 Days of Contagious Gratitude

She has a link to a download of her ABC book. She also has a preschool version you can download as well. She includes blank templates you can adapt for your own use.


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