Creativity

Sage Family Podcast 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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Sage Family Podcast 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 […]

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 […]

Simple Kid Closet

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 […]

Mental Load

Lighten the Mental Load

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You know that thing, where a phone is running hot and the battery is draining quickly, and they tell you to close the hundred programs you didn’t realize were always running in the background? That’s my brain. Except I can’t close the programs or my children die homeless, naked, and hungry. That phenomenon is known as the mental load. It’s the invisible work that makes up the position of Family CEO, because it entails all the management of being a CEO, without any of the pay or recognition. This is also the only CEO position filled almost exclusively by women. […]

Socialization

Sage Family Podcast 17: Socialization with Israel Butson

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 17 and today I’m here with my friend Israel Butson talking about socialization – the most common question we all get as homeschoolers. Israel is an unschooling dad on a mission to disrupt education and help build a fresh paradigm for a new generation of young learners. Writing and dabbling with his camera daily, you can catch him on his blog Stark Raving Dad, and follow him on Facebookand Instagram. Originally from New Zealand, he now lives with his wife and three children on the Mornington Peninsula near Melbourne. Support […]

Screens

Sage Family Podcast 15: Screens with Leah McDermott

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 15 and today I’m here with my friend Leah McDermott talking about screens. Leahis 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 We took a birthday trip to a farm on Orca’s Island it was breathtakingly beautiful. Highlights Misconceptions: What’s up with all the fear and shame? We break a lot of misconceptions down. Valuable Tool: […]

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Sage Family Podcast 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 […]

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Sage Family Podcast 13: Values with Becca Shern

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher This is episode 13 and today I’m here with my friend Becca Shern talking about values. Bex is a mom, partner, Registered Dietitian, and creator of Minimal Wellness. Through minimalist principles she helps her family and clients find, navigate, and enjoy the simple path to optimal health. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week I share the breathtakingly beautiful lake we jumped into when we veered off course and embraced nature’s playground and history. Highlights Inherited Values: We talk about the work of unpacking the values you unconsciously inherited values from […]

Nature

Sage Family Podcast 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 […]

Beauty

Sage Family Podcast 10: Beauty with Deena Barselah

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Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher Today I’m here with my friend Deena Barselah talking about beauty. Deena is an Integrative Health Coach and Educator, a wife, a mom to three-year-old Zeke, and lives in Encinitas, CA.  Deena has overcome several chronic health struggles of her own and leans on simple, natural, and time-tested methods to care for herself and her family. Support the show on Patreon Adventure of the Week This week I talk about a few adventures including indoor skydiving, the living computer museum, and a weekend trip that included a tulip farm, friendship, and a surprise […]

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 […]

Master Bedroom

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 […]

Adventure

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 […]

Pouches

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 […]

Priorities

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 […]

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 […]

Minimalist Bathroom

Minimalism in Mama’s Bathroom

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There is one corner of a woman’s home that tends to be a nightmare of high maintenance overspending and clutter: the bathroom. The beauty industry spends billions of dollars to convince you that your natural self is unacceptable and you need to buy X, Y, and Z to hide and fix your way to social presentability and desirability. Don’t buy into it (both figuratively and literally). Your natural self is perfect and beautiful – a canvas that tells the honest story of your journey. You are enough, exactly as you are today – every wrinkle, freckle, curve, and scar of […]