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 […]

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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, […]

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Minimalist Kid’s Closet

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Want to improve your child’s emotional regulation and independence while reducing the amount of daily energy required of you? Simplify your kid’s closet! Emotional Regulation Your child’s bedroom should be their peaceful sanctuary. Think about it, children are often staring right into their closets as they try to fall asleep at night (which is why simplifying their closet can also improve their sleep) and it’s often the first thing they see when they wake (setting the tone for the day). Being in a cluttered and chaotic space is incredibly overwhelming, even and especially for children, who absorb their environment and […]

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SFP 14: Minimalism with Denaye Barahona

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 14 and today I’m here with Denaye Barahona Ph.D. talking about minimalism. Denaye is the voice behind Simple Families–a blog, podcast, and community that helps mothers thrive through simple living. She lives in New York with her husband and two children. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week I share the magical forest theater where we hiked and saw Peter Pan with our friends. Highlights Minimalism: We share what minimalism really is and what it looks like for us. Parenting: I talk about how minimalism is a strong strand that is woven throughout […]

Simplifying the Sentimental

Simplifying the Sentimental

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I finally met my match on this minimalism journey: sentimental keepsakes. There’s a reason Marie Kondo saves this category for last. The hard part wasn’t letting go of things (which was easy) or even making the decisions of what to keep and what to release (which came quickly). The process of reliving the memories attached to every single object was psychologically exhausting. But here I stand (er, sit wrapped in a pastel rainbow afghan my mom made) on the other side victorious: 15 boxes pared down to 5, lighter and freer of the physical and emotional baggage. It all started with 1 storage closet […]

Nature

SFP 11: Nature with Nicolette Sowder

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher Today I’m here with my friend Nicolette Sowder talking about nature. Nicolette is a nature-connected educator and founder of Wilder Child and Wildschooling. Her passion is to serve as companion and guide for those families, educators and care givers interested in nurturing and growing their relationship with nature. She is also the creator of The Kids Moon Club, a year-long lunar journey designed to guide and encourage families to sync up with moon time. Most days you can find her being led through her farm and forest by her two wildlings. Support the show on […]

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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 […]

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, […]

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The Lighthouse: Bathrooms

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Not to get stereotypical, but as the only girl in a house with 5 boys, the master bathroom is my sanctuary. I take a hot bath every single night – it’s my self care. Our sweet house also happens to have the smallest master bathroom I’ve ever seen. And it was a hot mess, in keeping with the rest of the house. Notice that hole in the wall above the toilet? Apparently someone put a hole in the wall up here and down in the laundry room below as a makeshift laundry chute, except it was too small for clothing […]

Paperwork

Purge the Paperwork

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contains affiliate links If you’ve been following along here then you know minimalism is something I have come to embrace (Have you jumped on board the Minimalist Wardrobe train?) and life feels so free and light. Moving through this process for my own family was rewarding enough for me to want to share this with you all as inspiration, but my mother recently passed away, and the weight of her paperwork nearly crushed me. I had to comb through thousands upon thousands of pieces of paper searching for precious memories and essential documents among tidal waves of the obsolete and insignificant. The loving […]

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The Lighthouse: Great Room

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The great room in this house really lives up to its name. It’s the reason we fell in love with this place and I am so excited to share it with you. Last time, we had the big kitchen reveal and now you get to see the rest of her space siblings that make up the great room: dining, living, (homeschool,) and foyer. Let’s begin underfoot. The floors of this house were a hot mess. There were giant holes straight down to the lower level (from a massive fireplace that was removed) and a mix of nasty old carpet, scrap […]

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The Lighthouse: Kitchen

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If you’ve been following along with our journey from San Diego to Seattle here on the blog or on Instagram, you know we’ve been having quite an adventure and have purchased our first home that West affectionately dubbed The Lighthouse. We passed on okay house after okay house and then were introduced to and purchased the ugliest and most dilapidated house we saw – part visionary, part crazy. We bid farewell to our gypsy existence and moved our 3 children and puppy in with some sleeping bags and a suitcase on the concrete basement floor. We knew the place needed a massive facelift. “It’s […]

The Clutter Catcher

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“You have eyes,” I have pleaded, “Simply open them, gaze down, and you can see!” “You have hands,” I have implored, “Open them, reach down, and embrace that which does not belong. Return the bits to their home! They long to go home to their friends!” Alas, it was all in vain. My desperate efforts were to no avail. No amount of beseeching or cajoling instilled in any of my children an ability to walk into a space, identify mess, and relocate misplaced clutter. Clean up a spill – they’re on it. Put away an activity they have completed – you got this. The house […]

Cage-Free Baby

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Let’s raise our children with at least as much respect as we want for the chickens we eat: cage-free. A crib-less nightlife is safe and yields more sleep and independence. Join me for a sleep arrangement tour that is Montessori and Attachment Parenting based. Why should we banish baby jail? Respect: You shouldn’t do anything to your baby you wouldn’t want done to you. Would you want to be jailed all alone in an empty cage? Mama Sleep: If you have to get up to meet your baby’s needs you will have less restful nights. Child Sleep: Infants sleep best […]

The Playscape Purge

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Pick up your phone, go to the most cluttered, stressful corner of your home, and take a picture. Now take a deep, cleansing breath – the kind of breath you take when you are about to embark on an adventure, make a change, or otherwise step toward the person you want to be and the life you want to live. Commit to following through with The Playscape Purge and this cluttered, stressful corner will be the before picture that will only continue to exist as a memory. Are you ready?   Step 1: Trash everything broken or worn out. Move […]

Stuffed Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

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Stuffed animals always top the “worst gifts” lists yet they still remain the most common gifts given to children (usually by people with no children of their own who are unfamiliar with the nature of the stuffed animal kingdom to invade a home). Don’t get me wrong; stuffed friends are a necessity of childhood. They are treasured while providing comfort and spurring imagination. But how do you herd all these beloved beasts? I have devised a system that actually works quite well for taming your stuffed wildlife. Enter the Boon Bag. It is basically an empty beanbag seat. You fill […]

Tame the Toy Monster

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Ch. 6: Gear for Walking the Trail Sage Homeschooling: A Lifestyle of Connection The physical environment of your child’s playscape is a metaphor for your child’s internal state. Are you setting your child up for success with optimal playscape design? Is your home environment conducive to learning? Organization fosters calmness, while disorganization fosters chaos. Appropriate toy storage paired with an easily maintained system of organization is key.
 An environment full of play opportunities from all the developmental areas, across the zone of proximal development, spurs self-directed learning through play. It goes even beyond that in that you can tailor your […]