Episode 173 | Chatting Motherhood, Homeschool, Minimalism, Pregnancy, Business (and More!) with Sarah Therése

Sarah Therése and I are a decade apart in our motherhood journeys, and our different perspectives and experiences made this conversation so interesting.  We tackled a variety of topics based on questions we received from you on Instagram, everything from minimalism to pregnancy to homeschooling to business.  

Throughout our many topics of conversation, one overarching theme kept resurfacing: as women and mothers, we have the power to make changes in our homes and families when something is not going well.  While we cannot control everything, we have the ability to improve things way more than we think!  May this conversation be an encouragement to you as you assess your own challenges and endeavor to move forward in boldness!

172. Homeschooling with the Seasons, Finding Your People, and More FAQs with Lyndsey Mimnagh of Treehouse Schoolhouse

I have begun talking more about homeschooling on the podcast lately, and it is a topic that you all seem to really enjoy and ask a lot of questions about.  In this podcast, I am chatting with Lyndsey of Treehouse Schoolhouse about homeschool methods and philosophy, and we are also answering your questions!  If you’ve ever wondered about schooling with the seasons, socializing your kids, and managing it all with multiple children, this discussion is for you!

Episode 171 | Finding Contentment in Your Home Decor & Homemaking | Kali Ramey Martin

There is no such thing as a perfect home.  Even when we finally get all the projects checked off of our list, new things are constantly popping up!  In my conversation with Kali, we chat about fighting for contentment in our homes no matter what they look like.  Kali also shares some practical tips for making small changes in your home decor even when you don’t have the time or money for a big renovation.  And we also touch finding a style you truly love even amidst the noise of decor trends.  This episode was such a fun one for me, and I hope it encourages you in your homemaking!

Episode 170 | The Meaning of Homemaking: A Beautiful & Creative Pursuit | Rebekah Merkle

Our current culture has come to think of homemaking as boring or unimportant.  The role of women in the home is largely undervalued.  Bekah Merkle is on a mission to change that by helping women to own the beauty, creativity, and innovation within their role as homemakers.

In our conversation, Bekah takes us through the history of how feminism has impacted the woman’s role and how we can begin to reclaim the importance of this high calling.  Whether you are a new homemaker or have been making a home for decades, may this conversation remind you of your significance in your family and in the world.

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!