FAMILY

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 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 154 | Nurturing Our Children’s Hearts Through Lifegiving Words | Sally Clarkson

In our increasingly digital age, it is more important than ever to make sure we are using our words to affirm and guide our children. In a world that tries to tell them who they are and what is important, it is our job as parents to encourage them toward virtue and faith. I am so pleased to bring you this conversation with Sally Clarkson. Through book writing, podcasting, and speaking, Sally uses her words to mentor a generation of young moms who want to give their children a life full of beauty, creativity, faith, and family. May you come away from this conversation with a renewed vigor for creating a verbal home that breathes life into the hearts of your children.

Episode 151 | Answering Baby Questions: Babywearing, Baby Sleep, Baby Food | Ariel Tyson

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.

Episode 150 | The Whole and Healthy Family: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Mind, Body, and Spirit | Jodi Mockabee

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.

Episode 149 | Back to School for Our Homeschooling Family of Nine: Curriculum, Scheduling, Meal Planning

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.

Episode 145 | Health Priorities and Compromises + Herbalism for Beginners | Amy of The Fewell Homestead

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!

Easy Swaps for a Natural Home + Q&A with My Sister! | Laura of Our Oily House

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!