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 […]

Beauty

SFP 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

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Simple Family Holiday

10 Steps to a Simple, Wonderful Family Holiday

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Does how you spend your time and money reflect your values? This is an important question year-round but especially around the holidays when there’s such a slippery slope into the mainstream culture of “more.” We may not have been raised in a way that we have inherited seasonal traditions that align with our values but we get to write our own story as a family, weaving the fabric of our unique family culture. I can help you with that process, shifting your holidays with these 10 steps. 1 Experience Experiences enrich your life in ways that things never could. Point […]

Master Bathroom After

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 […]

Do It All

How this Attachment Parenting, Homeschooling, Mompreneur Does It All

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  I don’t. Priorities Let’s start right there. I don’t do it all. No one does it all and I wouldn’t want to. Remember my post about Finding the Quality YES? I talked about how saying yes to one thing is actually saying no to a million other things. I’m sitting on my deck writing this for you while I watch my kids run around and play in the grass. I’m not an archeologist on a dig in Tanzania right now. I don’t want it all. I want to invest myself in the few consciously chosen intentions that we have designed […]

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 […]

Closet

5 Reasons You Need to Simplify Your Wardrobe

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  1. Identity Who do you choose to be? As mothers we are reborn with the birth of each child and coming out of those early years of motherhood our identities are often like puzzle pieces on the floor. Consciously cultivating your wardrobe can be a means to paint the new picture of who you are and what life you want to live. 2. Body Image Do you have love and reverence for your body? The path to motherhood includes expanding beyond what we ever thought possible, in every sense. For most of us, that includes pregnancy and breastfeeding, and we […]

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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 […]

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 […]