FAMILY

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!

Episode 140 | How to Ease Into a Natural Lifestyle | Roxanne Ahern of Happy Holistic Homestead

If you desire to live a natural lifestyle—whole foods, less toxins, holistic health—it can be intimidating to know where to start.  Many people are also concerned about the cost of living this way.  In this episode with Roxanne of Happy Holistic Homestead, we tackle the question of where to start if you simply can’t afford to jump all in.  What changes make the biggest impact on your family’s health?  We also bust the myth that it takes a lot of money or a lot of land to begin prioritizing your health by sourcing high quality foods.  You might be surprised by some of our money saving tips!  No matter where you are starting from, may this episode encourage you to take the next step in your journey towards a more natural lifestyle.

Episode 139 | Building a Debt-Free Homestead from Scratch | Katie Metka: Mother of 9, Photographer, Homesteader

If you dream of starting your own homestead but worry that you don’t have the skills or time or money, you’ve got to hear Katie’s story.  Six weeks after giving birth to her ninth daughter, Katie and her husband moved their family from their established homestead in Texas to a piece of raw land in Missouri to start over.  They are building everything themselves and doing it debt-free!  Katie shares how she and her family of 11 found joy in the simple pace of living in a small shanty without electricity or running water.  Whether you have a homesteading dream or are pursuing another goal, may Katie’s story remind you of all that is possible with patience, sacrifice, and hard work.

Episode 134 | Teaching Kids About Farming | Brianna Widen of Widnor Farms

With the many conveniences of our modern food system, it’s easy to become detached from the knowledge of how our food is actually produced.  Brianna is on a mission to reconnect the community to its farmers.  At her family’s ranch in Washington, Brianna welcomes her neighbors—especially children—to come experience what farm life is truly like.  Children learn invaluable, lifelong skills as a result of participating in animal care and food production.  Brianna shares age-appropriate ideas for teaching your kids about farming and responsibility whether you live on a farm or in an apartment.

Episode 131 | Getting Kids Outside | Ginny Yurich of 1000 Hours Outside

to get outside more with your kids, you don’t want to miss this conversation with Ginny Yurich of 1000 Hours Outside.  Not only does Ginny share a whole host of reasons why outdoor time is beneficial to our children, she also shares practical strategies for making outdoor time an achievable and celebrated part of your family’s life.  I make it a priority in my own family to get plenty of time outside in nature, and the benefits are undeniable.