Morning Routine

My Morning Routine

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My morning routine is essential in setting the tone for my day. It’s something that I design with the greatest of intention and refresh seasonally while collaborating with the kids around their bucket system (it’s essentially the morning clothespins on my bucket, though I don’t use a physical bucket). If you have done Sage Coaching, you know we start by identifying our values, creating our priorities, determining our needs, and then hold space for those in our daily rhythm. This is a powerful dose of self-care to help you be your best all day long (and your needs can co-exist […]

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Sage Family Podcast 9: Transkid with Rachel Gonzales

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher Today I’m here with my friend Rachel Gonzales talking about raising a transgender child. Equality Texas Education and Resource Coordinator Rachel Gonzales has testified several times at the Texas Capitol, spoken at rallies and protests, and has maintained a local to national media presence in the fight for equality for transgender Texans. As the mother of a transgender child, equality for LGBTQ youth is her passion. She is delighted to be able to combine her passion with her background in cultural applied anthropology to advocate for the equal treatment of LGBTQ youth, providing […]

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Sage Family Podcast 8: Reading with Leah McDermott

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher Today I’m here with my friend Leah McDermott talking about Reading on the natural learning path. Leah is a former Master Educator and now unschooling mama of two who has made it her mission to help bring more natural elements to children’s everyday learning experiences through her business Your Natural Learner. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week This week I had my first solo adventure when I drove down to Portland for a homeschool conference and stayed 1 night in a hotel all by myself. You guys, I peed, and […]

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The Lighthouse: Master Bedroom and Closet

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contains affiliate links My husband and I have lived together in 10 places before this, our first home that has been ours. Even factoring in the dorm room, I think this is the smallest bedroom we’ve lived in. I mean, cozy . . . real cozy. This information is not presened as a complaint; we love our home, but as context. When living in a small space, it’s even more essential to lean into simple living: inviting things into the space with great intention and releasing the clutter. It also feels even more essential to design the space with great […]


Sage Family Podcast 7: Discipline with Tamara Soles

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher Today I’m here with my friend Dr. Tamara Soles talking about Discipline on the gentle parenting path. Tamara is a mom of 4-year-old twins, Evangeline and Sawyer. She is a psychologist and parent coach in Montreal at the Centre she founded called the Secure Child Centre for Families and Children. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week This week we met friends at the roller rink. I was rocking my pig tails and tube socks and it was so much playful fun. We danced like no one was watching, sang like […]

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Sage Family Podcast 6: Breastfeeding with Joy MacTavish

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher Today I’m here with my friend Joy MacTavish talking about Breastfeeding on the natural path: on cue, at night, in public, and full term. Joy MacTavish, MA, IBCLC, RLC supports families with lactation, babywearing, and gentle parenting practices through her business, Sound Beginnings. She lives with her family in a multi-generational home in Shoreline, Washington where they enjoy reading, LEGO, exploring, and impromptu science experiments. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week This week we played in an indoor playground, which is as a general rule I’m not a huge fan of, but it […]

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Book Review: Braving the Wilderness

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contains affiliate links I mean, you can’t really go wrong with Brené Brown, whose work is a refreshing blend of sociological research and honest storytelling. I’ve been a fan of hers for years but somehow hadn’t actually yet read any of her books. After watching her interview below, I was sufficiently motivated to remedy that with Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone. This book is all about being brave enough to have a sense of true belonging to your authentic yourself. As someone who speaks her truth publicly and struggled with feeling […]


Sage Family Podcast 5: Adventure with Robyn Robertson

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher Today I’m here with my friend Robyn Robertson talking about adventure. “I call myself an unschooling mom, but I’m really a curious student of life. I’ve learned so much about myself and the world through my travels that I wanted to share that with my kids. 5 ½ years ago we decided to make a change and follow our dream of travelling with our kids (or at least try). It was the experiences of life and travel that changed our idea of learning. I started to let go and allowed their natural curiosity […]

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Puberty Blocker

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While the transition for a preadolescent transgender child is social, often entailing a pronoun, wardrobe, and/or name change, and sometimes legal, entailing a gender marker and/or name change on government documents, adolescence can include a medical transition. The outwardly gender-neutral body of childhood may begin to betray who a transgender teen knows themselves to be in heart and mind. For these kids – for my kid – there is help. When a child enters the Tanner 2 stage of puberty, diagnosed with a hand x-ray and blood test, they can receive a puberty blocker, which can be delivered in a […]


I Stumble

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I live my life frolicking through the light of the forest with my family. Recently, I tripped over a root that has always been there, beautifully unique and essentially strong, but grew higher above ground this season, calling us to shift and reorient the way we experience the forest. This happens from time to time when you live a life that is brave and raw, perhaps even more so than running on the crowded asphalt, blindly following the footsteps before you and ignorant to the wildness hidden below your feet. But I’ve been struggling to regain my balance. All my […]


Minimalist Mama Purse

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contains affiliate links My purse might be my favorite point of minimalism. I feel so light and free and life feels so much simpler and easier when the gear I’m carrying on my journey is intentionally cultivated. When you think about it, it’s probably the most important step in simplifying your life because you are literally weighed down by it’s contents. So I’m going to share a snapshot of the gear I carry on my family life of adventure as an entrepreneur, including my purse, backpack, and first aid bag. Purse First, let’s start with the purse itself. I have […]

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Sage Family Podcast 4: Deschooling with Pam Laricchia

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher Today I’m here with my friend Pam Laricchia talking about Deschooling and how the transition into unschooling mirrors the hero’s journey. Pam is a long-time unschooling mom whose three children left school back in 2002. She loves exploring unschooling and sharing the fascinating things she’s discovered about learning and parenting along the way (through her books, podcast, and website at Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week This week I talk about our adventure at Pump It Up and the rambunctious fun that was had by all. Highlights Story: Pam is […]

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Sage Family Podcast 3: Therapy with Cassidy Freitas

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher I’m here with my friend Dr. Cassidy Freitas, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in San Diego, talking about Therapy and how to make it work for us as families outside the mainstream. Cassidy shares that when a helping professional asked them, “How do you describe the problem?,” regarding their daughter, her husband responded, “Why are we calling it a problem?” Exactly. You can find more about her work and approach to supporting families at Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week This week I talk about our adventure at […]

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Sage Family Podcast 2: Role with Jo Watt

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher “My responsibility, the only thing, is to be as kind as I can . . . and the other things will all come from that.” Today I’m here with my friend Jo Watt of the blog and Instagram Girls Unschooled, talking about our role as parents on a natural learning path. Jo is a former teacher turned unschooling mum of 2. Adventure of the Week This week I talk about our adventure day with friends, including Jo and her girls, at the fantastic Lynwood Community Pool, and how West managed to hold onto gratitude […]

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Sage Family Podcast 1: Introduction

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 1 and today I’ll be giving you an introduction to who I am and what this podcast is all about (natural homeschooling, gentle parenting, simple living, and family adventure). As an avid podcast listener myself, I really appreciate when I can scroll to an episode 1 and get a quick and easy introduction. Plus, my sweet, silly kids (and husband) stop by to introduce themselves. Dive Deeper Sage Parenting on Instagram About Rachel


Transgender: Son to Daughter

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After 12 years of living in joyful connection with our gender creative firstborn child, Sky has transitioned to female expression and pronouns (she/her). This means she is transgender. She is the same beautiful, kind, clever, fun, and happy kid who we continue to love, accept, and support. We will be honoring this diversity and affirming her gender identity as we move into this new season of adolescence. If you would like to better understand our story, you are welcome to follow along as I share my sometimes-messy journey walking this path in love. I invite you to learn more about […]

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Natural Homeschooling Book Giveaway

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GIVEAWAY: Living a natural learning lifestyle with your kids is all about role modeling: reading, learning, and growing yourself! These are my top 4 natural homeschooling book recommendations: Sage Homeschooling, Home Grown, Free to Learn, and Project-Based Homeschooling. WIN a SIGNED copy of Sage Homeschooling: Wild and Free for yourself AND a friend, along with a copy of Home Grown, Free to Learn, and Project-Based Homeschooling for yourself, by entering on Instagram: FOLLOW @sageparenting on IG. LIKE this picture. TAG a mama or papa friend in the comments (each tag is an entry!). SUBSCRIBE to Sage Parenting here 👇🏼 (winner must […]

The Lighthouse: Income Suite

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One of the reasons this house was perfect for us was because it had the potential for an in law or income suite and my father would be moving up to join us on this big PNW adventure. And by “potential,” I mean there was a separate entrance to the lower level and a bathroom. This part of the house was like a time capsule that hadn’t been touched since 1970, which I actually appreciated because it offered a sort of blank canvas that is easier to work with – you’re not fighting through layers of poorly done updates. We […]

The Lighthouse: Rec Room

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The lower half of our house is the rec room and suite. The rec room was a disgusting unfinished mess when we purchased the house, complete with stained industrial carpet, wood paneling, exposed wiring, an awkward passthrough to the stairs, a giant hole in the ceiling where a fireplace used to be along with its massive concrete stage (cleverly hidden by the sellers under that rug), and a furnace in the center of the room.   We started by putting down the new driftwood flooring we ran throughout the upper level, ripping down all the paneling, fixing the electrical mess, […]


The first step to your best year

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Show me your schedule and your bank statement and I’ll show you your priorities and values. A fresh start to a whole new year is the perfect time to do a little soul searching to set your values and sit down as a family to define your priorities. This is the first step in Sage Homeschool Coaching for a reason – this is our compass and you must set it with intention. In the mainstream, schedules are packed full and the pace of life is rushed until priorities and freedom are lost under the avalanche of busyness. But productivity does […]