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 […]

23 Wardrobe

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 […]


SFP 12: Sleep with Melissa Lang Lytle

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher Today I’m here with my friend Melissa Lang Lytle talking about sleep. I would consider myself to be a bit of a late bloomer and care deeply about finding ways to be more connected to both the physical and spiritual world. I’m a mama of three children and married to my best friend for almost 18 years! I gravitate towards people and ideas that cultivate authenticity, vulnerability, and groundedness. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week I share the fun we had on my mom’s visit when we went to an […]


SFP 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 […]

Gift Giving

Gift Giving for a Connection and Experience Rich Family Life of Minimalism

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  Gift giving as a minimalist may at first feel tricky but extending your family values of connection, experience, and simple living into holidays and birthdays can be done with ease and joy. Tap into these 3 favorite techniques of mine and you will be a gift giving master in no time. 1 Gift List Sometimes minimalism and marriage looks like clearly communicating what you really want. Throughout the year, if there is some fun yet nonessential thing, service, or experience that I believe would add joy to my life, I email my husband with a link and details with […]


Micro-Adventures: A Life of Adventure Is Within Your Reach

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What is a Micro-Adventure To adventure means to “engage in hazardous and exciting activity, especially the exploration of unknown territory.” Let’s break that down in the context of our unschooling lifestyle. “engage in hazardous”: We are actively reaching beyond our comfort zones. “and exciting activity”: We are following our passions, interests, and curiosities with hands-on fun. “especially the exploration of unknown territory”: We are boldly soaring into new experiences to learn more. We live a lifestyle of adventure but that doesn’t necessarily mean we are a full time traveling family living abroad or millionaire frequent flyers (though if anyone would like […]

One Year Off

Book Review: One Year Off

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contains affiliate links   I’m wrestling with some wanderlust as we have shifted into this new season of adventure for our family. We’re having a blast and learning so much frolicking all around the Pacific Northwest and yet, the rest of the world is calling to me – family travel. As part of our life of adventures we often find ourselves on long car rides. I don’t mind it at all because it’s all about the journey, not the destination, right? The beautiful scenery, the impromptu stops, and the podcasting. Listening to podcasts while I drive without my copilot/husband is […]

An Icy Waterfall, Snowy Mountain, Island Lighthouse & Freakin’ Rainforest

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We have made it our family mission to explore the hell out of this gorgeous state and Washington is not disappointing us. If you are feeling some wanderlust and craving adventure, start by exploring your own state! What adventures does it hold for your family that you haven’t yet tapped? Snoqualmie Falls This waterfall, covered in ice, was breathtaking. Watching the kayakers down at the bottom gave me such a perma-grin. We read through the signage and learned about hydropower while huddling together in the cold wind. And can we please talk about the town that houses this waterfall? North […]

House Buying, Demo Day, and a Wasp Attack

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House Buying If you’ve been following our journey thus far, you’ll know that we took off from our home of San Diego and leaped into a whole new adventure in the Pacific Northwest. This adventure included having no place to live but a keen and hopeful plan to stumble around in temporary housing arrangements while living out of a suitcase with an adventurous spirit until we landed in a place we loved. We stumbled. We had amazing adventures. We’ve landed, sort of. Days after arriving we were able to find a home that was a good fit for us with […]

Free Range Parenting on a Farm, an Island, and a Fjord

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When last we spoke I was grasping the profound lack of control we as parents have over the outcome in terms of keeping our children safe (The ninja warrior busted open his face getting socks, remember?). These last couple weeks we have been able to expand our comfort zone in the range our children get to enjoy in nature. Farm It begins with a Harvest Moon Festival on the biodynamic Jubilee Farm. It is by far the most Stars Hollow event I have ever been a part of and I loved every minute of it. I told the boys about the Harvest […]

Tree of Life

Temporary Housing, Risky Play, and an Emergency Room

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Going from the 2000 square foot house with almost an acre of private fenced backyard on a creek that’s been home for 6 years to a tiny sterile apartment with none of your personal belongings is a challenge with 3 wild and free homeschooling boys in tow. We’re halfway through our month in corporate housing and this evening has hammered home some lessons for me. Nature Nature is fucking awesome. And breathtakingly beautiful. And fun. Exploring new nature is beyond what I had hoped. History A whole new history we get to discover from this new vantage point! I’m soaking […]

Change is on the Horizon

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There wasn’t any singular moment when I decided to give the traditional American dream the middle finger. I think it was more of a gradual evolution. I suppose that evolution was sparked when I was reborn as a mother. Natural birth, full term breastfeeding in public, babywearing, co-sleeping, and gentle parenting were gateway drugs. Once you take the red pill, you gain a new, outside perspective that you can’t unknow and unsee. When you shift your mind to making well-researched, conscious life choices contrary to the herd of sheeple, there’s no going back. This led to entrepreneurship. Once I had stepped off the well […]

Creature Discovery

6 Ways to Unbusy your Family Vacation

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I’m allergic to busy. Busy is the antithesis to presence. If your goal is to have enjoyable learning and adventurous experience for your family, then busy is the poison that will ruin it all. The pressure and control that busy brings prevents the peace that is required to foster joy. Busy equals stress and children and families do not thrive under stress. So how do you have a rad unschool family adventure brimming with opportunity for engagement without the busy? List: Together as a family, make a list of all the places and activities that spark interest. For our recent […]

Puget Sound

Unschool Family Adventure: Seattle

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After flying into Portland and adventuring for 3 days, we drove up to Seattle. On the way, we stopped at a park to play with dear friends. There is something so indescribably special about having friends all over the world. Your world of emotional connection expands with every meaningful friendship. Home for the next 3 days. Airbnb is a game changer of amazingness (especially for the budget conscious). Fatherhood on Father’s Day in downtown Seattle for the Underground Tour. This was my favorite touristy thing we did. We all learned so much! “History class was boring because they weren’t teaching […]

Unschool Family Adventure: Portland

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Packing is always the hardest part for me. It’s really the only anxiety I feel around adventuring as a big family. For me, it’s a challenge of releasing some perfectionism. Once it’s complete, it’s all excitement. It all began with an airplane. We got a fantastic rate by shopping through the “flexible dates” calendar (visible only on desktop) with Southwest. Love me some Tula Toddler for a busy airport. Then this happened. At the end of the flight we were patient and approached the pilot standing outside the open cockpit and asked him a couple questions about the training involved […]