Legacy File

Legacy File

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As a daughter who recently lost her mother, it’s hard to describe how deeply the condition of my mother’s estate impacted me. This is the grand, final gesture of love and care that you extend to your loved ones. It is a loud echo that can leave them comforted by your lullaby in the depth of their grief and on through the years. Or abandoned – overwhelmed, lost, and resentful. Abandoned is a strong word that may seem odd in the case of a death but it really fits. This legacy work can leave your children feeling mothered by you […]

Creating Community

SFP 34: Creating Community with Lucy Aitkenread

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Listen in iTunes This is episode 35 and today I’m here with Lucy Aitkenread talking about creating community. Lucy Aitkenread is founder of Parent Allies, a place that resources parents to be allies to their children. She lives off the grid in New Zealand with her family, where she creates videos and writes, facilitates retreats and workshops about how we can live compassionately – with our families, communities, ourselves and the earth. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week I share our adventure at the Playing with FIRE documentary screening. Follow along on Instagram Highlights We talk about […]

Anxiety

SFP 33: Anxiety with Rachelle McCloud

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Listen in iTunes This is episode 33 and today I’m here with Rachelle McCloud talking about anxiety. Rachelle McCloud, LCSW is a mental health therapist and emotional wellness coach. She has a private practice located in Salem, Oregon where she specializes in moving anxiety, depression and trauma disorders into remission. She integrates traditional mental health therapy with emotional acupressure interventions, EMDR, and Energy Medicine strategies to provide the transformations required for her clients to achieve optimal and holistic emotional wellness. She also facilitates 3 transformation focused coaching programs including: Inner World Overhaul which is a program that helps people restore […]

Debt Freedom

SFP 32: Debt Freedom with Sami Womack

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Listen in iTunes This is episode 32 and today I’m here with Sami Womack talking about debt freedom. Sami Womack is the podcaster behind A Sunny Side Up Life Podcast. Sami is the wife to her high school sweetheart, Daniel, and a homeschooling momma to their three daughters. Her family began their intentional living journey with a debt price tag of $490,000. They took control of their family’s finances by downsizing, budgeting, and changing habits. From this experience, A Sunny Side Up Life was born.Today, Sami owns this business helping women get through dark times and experience the life-altering magic […]

Contentment

SFP 31: Contentment with Desirae Endres

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Listen in iTunes This is episode 31 and today I’m here with Desirae Endres talking about contentment. Desirae is a mom, wife, host of the minimal-ish podcast, and a former classroom teacher turned online educator. Her goal is to give moms the tools they need to dive into the version of realistic minimalism that fits their family best and live an intentional life, focused on what matters to them. She spends her days in her old little home in Pittsburgh, PA with her toddler, husband, and golden doodle pup enjoying the people she loves and the work she feels called […]

Intentional Spending

SFP 30: Intentional Spending with Elizabeth Willard Thames

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 30 and today I’m here with Elizabeth Willard Thames talking about intentional spending. Elizabeth Willard Thames, better known as Mrs. Frugalwoods, is the creator of the award-winning personal finance blog, Frugalwoods.com. In 2016, at age 32, she reached financial independence and left a successful career in Boston to create a more meaningful, purpose-driven life on a 66-acre homestead in the woods of Vermont with her husband and their two young daughters. Thames is the author of Meet The Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living (HarperCollins; March 2018). Thames has been featured on The […]

Legal Transition

Legal TRANSition

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Part of my role as a mother to a transkid is to help her navigate the transition: social (presenting as the gender of her identity) , medical (aligning her physical body with her gender identity), and/or legal (amending her legal documents to accurately identify her gender identity). The legal transition was something I assumed we had years to figure out but as trans adults began sharing stories of their amended passport applications being denied under Trump’s regime,  we turned our attention to conquering this mountain of bureaucratic minutia. “But she’s so young. What if she changes her mind?!” While I’ve already spoken […]

Money Book List

Personal Finance Book List

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contains affiliate links I finished school after 22 years of formal education (I’m counting preschool and grad school) knowing absolutely nothing about personal finance (reason #9726 why we homeschool). I always considered myself to be pretty smart and good with money, but as I peeled back the layers of mainstream assumptions (parenting, schooling, working, consumerism, etc.), I began to see money in a whole new light. So, of course (you know how I do), I took a deep dive into all things personal finance to learn everything I could about how to have an intentional relationship with money that aligned […]

Family Travel Packing

Family Travel Packing in 3 Easy Steps

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contains affiliate links As a very detailed planner who is responsible for ensuring 5 people have everything they need while traveling, packing used to be incredibly stressful. It felt like mental gymnastics trying to anticipate every possible scenario in an unknown setting with 5 different personalities. I can neither confirm nor deny that my husband has come home from work to find me in tears surrounded by luggage on the eve of a trip. But I have learned a lot over the years of adventures and now have a system that makes packing for travel easy. And because I’m not […]

SelfCare

SFP 29: Self-Care with Amethyst Joy

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 29 and today I’m here with Amethyst Joy talking about self-care. Amethyst has 3 littles that she co-creates with and writes about her healing journey, parenting, and generally being a person in a body under the handle Healed Mother. She also helps people reparent themselves while parenting the souls who chose them as a trained intuitive energy reader and healer. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week I share our adventure at a Bat Biology and Box Building seminar at a local nature preserve. Follow along on Instagram […]

Respectful Parenting

SFP 28: Respectful Parenting with Teresa Graham Brett

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 28 and today I’m here with Teresa Graham Brett talking about respectful parenting. Teresa lives her passion for creating social change by combining work in social justice education with parenting. After graduating from law school, she opted to serve the cause of social change as an advocate, educator, and leader at three large public universities across the United States. Her life was transformed after the births of two children. In spite of her espoused professional values, she realized that she had accepted, without question, the dominant cultural beliefs that adults […]

Homeschooling Books

Homeschooling Book List

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contains affiliate links Living a natural learning lifestyle with your kids is all about role modeling: reading, learning, and growing yourself! You can consider these 6 books your unschooling uncurriuclum or homeschooling home study. When I was diving deep into learning all I could about homeschooling for our own sake and then for writing the Sage Homeschooling book, I read all the books and these are the 6 that I believe to be most impactful for you. 1. Sage Homeschooling Sage Homeschooling: Wild and Free offers a natural learning path, for gentle parents who dream of living fully in joy and connection […]

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SFP 27: Play with Peter Gray

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 27 and today I’m here with Peter Gray talking about play. Peter is a research professor of psychology at Boston College and founding board member and president of the alliance for self-directed education. You know him from his Psychology Today blog Freedom to Learn and his incredible book Free to Learn. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week I share our adventure at the Pacific Science Center, Great Wolf Lodge, and the Museum of Flight. Follow along on Instagram Highlights Unpacking: We explains what we’ve gotten wrong. Definition: […]

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SFP 26: Brave Learner with Julie Bogart

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 26 and today I’m here with Julie Bogart talking about being a brave learner. Julie is the force behind the online writing program and podcast Brave Writer, the weekly habit Poetry Teatime, The Homeschool Alliance online coaching community, and the upcoming book Brave Learner. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and can be found sipping a cup of tea, planning her next visit to one of her lifelong-learning kids. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week I share our adventures at Winterfest, Winter Solstice, and the Leavenworth Reindeer Farm. […]

Collaboration

SFP 25: Collaboration with Dr. Ross Greene

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 25 and today I’m here with Dr. Ross Greene talking about collaboration. Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., is the originator of the innovative, evidence-based approach called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions(CPS), as described in his influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Human Beings. He is also the developer and executive producer of the award-winning documentary film The Kids We Lose, released in 2018. Dr. Greene was on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, and is now Founding Director of the non-profit […]

Creativity

SFP 24: Creativity with Meg McElwee

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 24 and today I’m here with Meg McElwee talking about creativity. Meg is an aspiring gentle parent of three, former Montessori teacher, homeschooler, work-at-home fiber artist and lover of beauty and creativity in all forms. For the past twelve years, she has run her indie sewing pattern company, Sew Liberated, from her home . . . almost always surrounded by her beloved little ones. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week I share our adventure at our local pioneer fort for a Christmas Regale festival. Follow along on […]

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SFP 23: Wardrobe with Zoë Kim

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 23 and today I’m here with Zoë Kim talking about wardrobes. Zoë is the author of Minimalism for Families and a simplicity coach at Raising Simple where she partners with women to tackle the challenges of a cluttered home and life. She loves to try new food, travel, and talk psychology. With her pragmatic and thoughtful approach, Zoë helps mothers find the best solutions to simplify their homes and lives. She lives outside of Atlanta with her 4 children. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week I share […]

Liberation

SFP 22: Liberation with Akilah Richards

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 22 and today I’m here with Akilah Richards talking about liberation. Akilah is an unschooling podcaster, consultant, and founding board member of The Alliance for Self-Directed Education. Her work explores privilege and power in our relationships with children, and centers the voices of BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) raising free people at raisingfreepeople.com. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week I share our big adventure to Northern California and in particular our experience touring Alcatraz. Follow along on Instagram Highlights History: We share some historical context […]

Winter Refresh

Minimalist Wardrobe: Yearly Refresh

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“How often do you refresh your minimalist wardrobe and what does that look like for you?” It’s one of the most common questions I receive from people on the other side of the minimalist wardrobe transition, so I’m bringing you along as I move through my yearly refresh. When It feels most natural to us to flow in sync with the rhythms of nature. If you’ve taken the Bucket System class, you know I hold collaboration sessions with each child as we transition into each new season around responsibilities, learning, experiences, and challenges. If you’ve read Lighten the Mental Load, […]

Shoes

Minimalist Wardrobe: Shoes

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How many pairs of shoes do you own? The actual number is less important than your experience of this piece of your home and life. Do you stand in front of rows upon rows of shoes feeling overwhelmed every day? Do you have pairs that aren’t comfortable? That no longer meet your needs? That don’t reflect your preferences? Do you suffer from decision fatigue before you even step out to meet the world? The average woman owns 27 pairs. I own 6. And that is the exact right number for me. They serve me so well based on the 5 pillars […]