Sleep

Sage Family Podcast 12: Sleep

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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 […]

Adventure

Sage Family Podcast 5: Adventure

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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 […]

Winter Gear

Winter Family Gear for Nature Adventurers

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Just over a year ago we were living in San Diego with a wardrobe consisting of swim suits, sundresses (shorts and tanks for the kids), and flip flops. Then we took off on a new adventure in the Pacific Northwest and while we were so excited to experience 4 seasons, I was confused and intimidated trying to research and navigate what gear the kids needed for a lifestyle of nature adventures as homeschoolers (wildschooling, if you will). I can confidently say that we’ve now got this thing figured out and I’m sharing it here to save you the months of […]

MicroAdventures

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 […]

Luggage

Cheap, Carry On Luggage for Travel with Kids

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  We began our traveling journey with the strategy of 1 or 2 large bags for everyone. Less to manage, we thought. This sucked. And I’ll tell you why. It meant that I had to be an anxious, perfectionist packer and do all of the packing myself. I was the only one who could take things out or put things in as it had to be meticulously organized. The 8 year old’s muddy jeans couldn’t be shoved on the 4 year old’s clean pajamas. The bag often exceeded the weight limit at the airport check in counter. Picture me grabbing handfuls […]

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 […]

Book Review: unWorking

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The concept of busting out of expectations and making intentional choices with our eyes wide open often means we are living outside the box. We have busted our children out of the traditional education assembly line. I have forged my own professional path around a parenting priority and my passions. We are now ready for the next chapter in our family’s lifestyle design. For inspiration and practical research I first read the 4 Hour Work Week. Most of the details didn’t resonate with me (It’s simple (sarcasm) – just invent a million dollar product, live off the endless profits, and spend your […]