As a mother of seven, I get so many questions about all the baby things: feeding, sleeping, babywearing, bonding, navigating transitions, and more. I am so excited to bring fellow mother of seven, Ariel Tyson, on the podcast to chat about the baby days. We both share a love for the early newborn days, and we dive into how we approach the newborn stage in a way that allows us to enjoy it. We also talk beyond the newborn stage and address some of the transitions that come as babies get older. May this discussion encourage you in your motherhood and give you some practical ideas to implement in your own home.
While there are many things that make us different as mothers, there is one thing we all have in common: we want to see our children thrive. Homeschooling mother of five, Jodi Mockabee, joins me today for a conversation about her new book, The Whole and Healthy Family, where she walks through how we can support our kids’ well-being in mind, body, and spirit. We covered so much ground in this conversation—from parenting babies all the way up to older teens—that moms in all stages will benefit from listening in. I feel like Jodi and I could have continued talking forever, and I hope you feel like you are sitting down with us having a chat about all the things that make motherhood so beautiful and challenging and worth it.
It’s back to school season, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share with you what our family’s strategy is for homeschooling this year. I get asked a lot of questions about homeschooling, but it’s not a topic I have really addressed thoroughly on my podcast. Each family and child has such unique needs and circumstances, so each family’s setup will look different, but I’m hoping that by sharing what is working for our family right now, it may inspire some of you as you plan your own homeschool year.
What began as a conversation about options for sourcing quality meat turned into a fascinating discussion on all that you can accomplish on a small homestead. Amy homesteads less than five acres, and she is full of creative ideas for making the most of a small space. For those who are interested in raising their own meat, we dive into what that looks like on a small scale. For those who want to source high-quality meat without raising it themselves, we also share our best tips for that. And if you stick around until the end of our discussion, you might just find yourself adding dairy sheep to your homestead! May this episode inspire you to think creatively about producing and sourcing animal foods no matter the size of your homestead.
One of my favorite parts of homemaking is curating beautiful decor in my home. It’s no secret that I love coming across a great vintage find at an antique shop or on Facebook Marketplace. I’m so glad to have Deb of Seeking Lavender Lane joining me on the podcast again to talk all about how you can curate an elegant, vintage look in your own home without making it feel cluttered or junky. For those who aren’t sure if decorating with vintage pieces is right for them, we chat about defining your style and honing in on what you truly love. This is such a fun and practical discussion for anyone hoping to take their home decor to the next level!
With the growing popularity of homesteading on Instagram, it’s easy to look at this lifestyle through a romanticized filter. No one would say that the homesteading life is 100% glamorous, but it’s hard to fully grasp the weight of the difficult moments until you are in them. Ash of Turner Farm wrote a beautiful article for Homestead Mamas on this very topic, so I’m excited to bring her on the podcast to dive deeper into this conversation. Ash shares about the ups and downs of starting and growing her homestead from scratch— everything from losing newborn livestock to milking her cow in a field under a beautiful sunset. Whether you are dreaming of starting a homestead or you are already in the trenches, may this episode inform and encourage you about the challenges and blessings of this lifestyle.
Because of the pervasiveness of harmful ingredients in food and household products, living a toxin-free lifestyle requires swimming upstream! We have to be intentional about sourcing our food well, reading labels carefully, and monitoring what we allow into our homes. However, there may be certain compromises we must make along the way, and those compromises will look different for everyone. Amy Fewell has been living this homesteading lifestyle for years, and she started on this path in search of healing for her son. I knew Amy would be perfect to discuss this topic with because she brings balance to the conversation. While we can’t do it all when it comes to taking care of our families’ health, we can prioritize the things that make the biggest impact for us. We also chat about herbalism and the importance of learning our bodies and how to support them!
I asked who you all wanted to hear on the podcast, and you answered! My sister Laura of Our Oily House is joining me today to talk all about where to start when you are swapping out toxic products in your home. We cover cleaning your home, caring for your hair and skin, and how to fit these projects into a full schedule. Then we answer some of the questions that you all submitted through Instagram. We dive into motherhood, pregnancy, online business, our childhoods, living a natural lifestyle, our differences. We laughed a lot in the episode, and I hope you will enjoy listening in on this chat with my sister!
Fear is one of the main things that holds people back from going after a goal or dream. Anyone who has taken the leap to start something new has felt this intimidation at first and has found a way to push through it. I loved having this chat with Megan all about what it was like to start her successful YouTube channel, Megan Fox Unlocked. She shares all about why she started her channel, how she moves past the fear of what people think of her, her perspective on the negative comments, and the unique gifts of this job! Whether you are thinking of starting your own YouTube channel, online business, Etsy shop, or even a new hobby, Megan’s story is sure to help you move past your doubts and take the risk!
It’s easy to look at someone like Kate and wonder how she does it all. Between homemaking, homeschooling her five children, maintaining her Canada homestead, and running her successful online business, Kate’s plate is certainly full. In our conversation, we discuss the realities of what it looks like to manage all of these responsibilities well without burning yourself out. A little spoiler alert: Kate doesn’t do it all alone and neither do I! If you have a goal of pursuing a new opportunity—a business or homestead or some other dream—but you wonder how you will manage it all, may you be inspired by this honest look behind the scenes of the lives of two fellow homemakers and business owners.