Lisa Bass

Episode 169 | You Can Grow Thriving Houseplants! | Maria Failla of Growing Joy Podcast

In the middle of winter when the Christmas greenery has been taken down but it’s not yet time for spring planting, I find myself craving the color and life found in houseplants.  This is a perfect time of year to dive into what it takes to create a home full of thriving houseplants, and there’s no one better to discuss this with than Maria of Growing Joy Podcast, a self-proclaimed Plant Lady.  If you consider yourself a plant killer, you are in good company because both Maria and I have had our fair share of plant fails.  May this episode inspire you to try a new plant variety or tending method as you grow your houseplant collection.

Episode 168 | Essential Tools for Building a Homestead | Christina of Thermaland Oaks | Debt-Free Homesteading

I frequently hear from listeners who want to start homesteading, but it can be overwhelming to know where to start.  Especially if you are building a homestead from scratch on raw land, and there are a variety of tools and skills you will need to acquire along the way.  Christina of Thermaland Oaks is very familiar with this whole process as she and her husband have built their entire home and homestead with their own hands.  Join us for this conversation as we dive into what tools are essential to build and maintain a homestead.  We also chat about the reality of sharing our lives on the internet as we pursue our homestead dreams.  For any hopeful homesteader, this episode is a must listen!

Episode 167 | Prepare for Garden Season: Select Seeds, Learn Your Climate, Cultivate Healthy Soil | Bailey Van Tassel

If you are a gardener (or hopeful gardener) who is eagerly browsing seed catalogs and mapping out garden plots in anticipation of the upcoming growing season, this episode is for you!  Bailey is a wealth of knowledge on backyard gardening, and our conversation was full of practical tips, especially for the suburban gardener.  Bailey tends ten raised beds on her California neighborhood lot, and she helps gardeners in every zone plan, start, and cultivate their gardens no matter their level of experience.  If you are looking for some garden inspiration as we look ahead to spring and summer, join us for this chat!

Episode 166 | A Heritage Sourdough Method + Answering Your Questions | Anja of Our Gabled Home

If you have been around this community for long, sourdough is not a new topic to you; however, I would be willing to bet that you will hear some ideas and methods in this episode that you have never heard before!

Anja grew up in Germany and learned everything she knows about sourdough from watching her mother bake as a constant part of their family’s routine.  In my chat with Anja, we walked through some of the most common questions we receive from sourdough bakers, everything from starter maintenance to baking timelines to discard.

Whether you are new to sourdough or have been baking for years, I am confident this discussion will give you new ideas to shake up your sourdough experimentation.

Episode 165 | Why We Love Homeschooling + Addressing Common Fears | Leigh Nguyen of Little By Little Homeschool

If you are currently homeschooling or have ever considered homeschooling, this episode will be such an encouragement to you!  As a homeschool mom who has graduated two children, Leigh lends her homeschool coaching voice to this fascinating conversation about homeschooling as a lifestyle.

Make sure you stick around until the end of the episode to hear us address some of the most common fears we hear about homeschooling.  While it’s not always the easiest choice, homeschooling offers so many beautiful benefits to the entire family.  Join us for this discussion!

Episode 164 | Entrepreneurship & Motherhood: Building a Successful Business and Involving Your Kids | Natasha McCrary of 1818 Farms

Do you have a dream of starting your own business?  Or are you currently running a business?  Are you looking for ways to involve your kids so they can learn valuable life skills and be part of the team?  This episode is for you!

Natasha has always been an entrepreneur at heart, but she has spent the last decade building a wildly successful farm business with her family.  1818 Farms provides handmade bath and body products, fresh flowers, events, workshops, and more. In our conversation, we dive into all things small business: marketing, starting small, scaling, outsourcing, beautiful packaging, involving your kids, and more.

If you have that entrepreneurial itch or you are in the thick of running your own home business, this episode is full of brilliant ideas and important mindset shifts.  Join us!

Episode 163 | Declutter + Organize: Identify Personalities, Shift Mindsets, and Build Habits | Shannon Acheson of Home Made Lovely

Many people begin thinking about decluttering and organization in January, but it’s such a good idea to begin simplifying your home leading up to Christmas.  Creating a more peaceful home environment can help you and your family enjoy this busy season more, and it helps prepare your home for an influx of new clutter after Christmas!  Shannon of Home Made Lovely joins me in this episode to talk about her new book, The Clutter Fix.  We all know that clutter doesn’t make us feel good, but so many of us get stuck on what to actually do about it.  Shannon not only teaches about how to declutter and organize, but she also dives into our mindsets and personalities around the topic of clutter.  This is such a practical episode with lots of bite-size, actionable steps you can take today!

Episode 162 | Cozy Christmas Episode: Handmade Gifts, Family Traditions, Savoring the Season | Nicole of Frontier Dreams

If you are craving that cozy, sacred feeling that comes along with the Christmas season, you will definitely want to join Nicole and me for this conversation about all things cozy Christmas.  On her Instagram, Nicole shares so beautifully about the creativity and joy of living a simple, homemade life.  In this conversation, we chat all about making the most out of these colder months and the winter holidays– what we do on long evenings at home, how we celebrate Christmas with our families, what we are excited about in the kitchen.  Nicole has a wealth of ideas for unique family traditions surrounding Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, and more.   I know this episode will get your wheels turning about new ways to celebrate the season in your own home, just like it did for me.

Episode 161 | Decluttering Before the Holidays + How to Have a Minimalist Christmas | Dawn of The Minimal Mom

The joy of giving and receiving gifts is such a beautiful part of Christmas, but this time of year can quickly leave our homes overflowing with clutter.  Dawn of The Minimal Mom joined me earlier this year on the podcast to chat about decluttering and minimalism, and you all loved our conversation, so I knew this topic would be a perfect opportunity for Dawn to join me on the podcast again!  We chat about making Christmas fun and exciting for our families without getting caught up in the accumulation of stuff.  But don’t let the word “minimal” fool you; this discussion is less about how minimally decorated our homes look and more about how truly peaceful our homes feel.  If you are ready to embrace the upcoming holiday season without the stress and overwhelm, this conversation is for you!

Episode 160 | Overcoming Fear in Motherhood | Jennifer Pepito of The Peaceful Press

Nearly every mother experiences fear throughout her parenting journey.  As Jennifer and I discuss in this episode, there are often new fears that emerge at every stage of parenthood.  We may fear failing our kids or fear for their safety, but the reality is that fear creates a suffocating environment in our homes.  As a long-time homeschooling mother of seven, Jennifer shares her journey of recognizing the impact of fear on her family and how she used the power of story to overcome it.  This is such a rich, grace-filled conversation meant to encourage you as you fight fear and embrace joy in your mothering.