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This is episode 49 and today I’m here with Kim John Payne talking about Simplicity Parenting.

I hear from so many of you that you want to participate in things like Hackschool and the Sage Family Tribe, but logging into your Facebook account triggers a cascade of negative overwhelm. I get it. At one point I was there too. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can simplify your […]

The home environment is a powerful influencer in a homeschooling lifestyle. The home reinforces your values, supports your habits, and sets the tone for everyone’s state of mind. The question of technology often comes up in the homeschooling community as parents are wondering how to integrate technology into the home environment in a healthy way […]

I sincerely believe that if every parent read through the gentle parenting books here, we could heal the world. So let’s do just that. 

So that’s my recipe for menstrual success: menstrual cup + period underwear + tracking app = Witchy Wonder Woman. My body feels healthier, my bank account is fuller, my life is simpler, and Mother Earth is singing me a song of gratitude. What is one shift that you will make toward a healthier, more economical, and more environmentally friendly period?

The way the 49 billion dollar a year beauty industry has convinced millions of women that they need to mask up to be deemed worthy of public consumption blows my freaking mind. So I gave them the middle finger by committing to walk through the world as my whole, natural, authentic self. I decided to […]

Teens and toddlers both get a bad rap because they are seasons of development when control-based parenting fails (The nerve of those dastardly developing brains for having thoughts and feelings of their own!). But on the gentle parenting path, I have loved both! Teens are awesome! Your relationship will thrive through this season if you […]

Tweens are moving away from the toy sets and floor play of early childhood and into longer-term projects and table work, but they still thrive in a soft, simplified sanctuary. They are taking greater ownership of and spending more time in their space, while still relishing and resting in the love you infuse into the […]

Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher | Listen in Spotify This is episode 48 and today I’m here with Blake Boles talking about teens. Blake Boles is a writer, speaker, and adventurer. He’s the founder of Unschool Adventures and the author of Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids to School?, The Art of Self-Directed Learning, Better […]

Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher | Listen in Spotify This is episode 47 and today I’m here with Kerry McDonald talking about unschooling. Kerry McDonald is a Senior Education Fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education, Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute, and author of Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom (Chicago […]

Setting up a calm and restful sanctuary that supports your child’s needs is one of the most powerfully effective points of minimalism in a family. I cannot emphasize enough what a profound difference it makes for a child when they have a space where they feel soothed (protected from any powerlessness or chaos in the […]

contains Amazon affiliate links Are you ready to make some zero-waste changes in your kitchen or do you like killing polar bears? (And that is definitely not a false dichotomy.) I jest, but the planet really does need our help. While I might not be able to write and pass environmental regulatory law or invent […]

Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher | Listen in Spotify This is episode 46 and today I’m here with Claire Bidwell Smith talking about grief. Claire Bidwell Smith is a therapist specializing in grief and the author of three books about grief and loss: The Rules of Inheritance (Penguin, 2012), After This: When Life Is Over […]

Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher | Listen in Spotify This is episode 45 and today I’m here with Diane Boden talking about sentimentality. Diane Boden is the voice behind the top-rated podcast, the Minimalist Moms, where she spreads her ideas and interviews others in regards to living a life in the pursuit of […]

It’s bittersweet when our babies get bigger. But I have to admit, part of the “sweet” for me is in updating their wardrobes. As a minimalist family, it can be a fun opportunity to connect and collaborate together as we curate a simple closet that serves their personality and needs so well. Purge The first […]

Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher | Listen in Spotify This is episode 44 and today I’m here with Desirae Endres talking about habits. Desirae is a mom, wife, host of the minimal-ish podcast, and a former classroom teacher turned work at home mom. Her goal is to give women the tools they need […]

My morning routine is the single most impactful act of self-care that allows me to be the woman (and mama) I strive to be—it sets the tone for my entire day. (If you want the template to curate your own morning routine, join the Sage Family Patreon community and get the 8 Secrets to a […]

Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher | Listen in Spotify This is episode 43 and today I’m here with Shira Gill talking about organization. Shira is the founder of Shira Gill Home, a lifestyle brand focused on clutter-free living, that merges minimalism, organization, and style. She is passionate about helping busy women reclaim their style and learn how […]

I am deep into a season of trauma and grief that has brought me to my knees. A season when my soul has been stripped bare, my heart has been cracked open, and my body has been broken down. A season when self-care is survival. A season when sometimes taking my next breath is all […]

Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher | Listen in Spotify This is episode 42 and today I’m here with Teacher Tom talking about playschool. Tom “Teacher Tom” Hobson is a preschool teacher, writer, speaker, artist, and author. After nearly 20 years as a teacher at the Woodland Park Cooperative School teaching children from 2-5, […]

  Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher | Listen in Spotify Support the show on Patreon   This is episode 41 and today I’m here with Deena Barselah talking about food. Deena is a Holistic and Integrative Health Coach, a wife, and a mom to 4-year-old Zeke.  Deena’s mission is to support mothers to […]

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