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PNW adventure mama,  gentle parenting, natural homeschooling, and simple living mentor, and founder of Sage Family.


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Today I’m here with Rachelle Crawford talking about Messy Minimalism. Rachelle is the author of Messy Minimalism and the founder of Abundant Life with Less. We go over messy minimalism, starting with the who instead of the why, wrestling with assumptions, helping kids into minimalism, becoming more conscious consumers, reducing decision fatigue, why organization is not the answer, how perfectionism keeps you stuck, decluttering tips, and what we learn about ourselves when we slow down.

Today I’m here with Matt Matheson talking about giving. Matt is a husband, father, educator, and founder of Family Money School. We go over how giving fits into financial freedom, what strategies we use for the mechanics of giving, how to encourage children to be giving, and how to be generous outside of financial donations.

Listen in iTunes | Listen in Stitcher | Listen in Spotify This is episode 69 and today I’m here with Sarah Rosensweet talking about empathy. Sarah Rosensweet is a certified peaceful parenting coach, podcaster, and educator. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two big kids (ages 14 & 17- Her 20 year old […]

I have three kids in a youth sailing program and spent the first year profoundly confused as I stumbled my way through the gear issue. Now that we’ve got our sea legs I wanted to share what gear my kids need, use, and/or have found helpful to save you the steep learning curve I navigated with the help of my favorite child Bay (who definitely did not type that).

Today I’m here with Erika Brown talking about real estate. Erika turned a career as a real estate agent into a multi-million dollar real estate empire that provides jobs and empowers the community, while unschooling her three boys. We go over money, real estate, financing, BRRRR, Air BnBs, rentals, entrepreneurship, parenting, and unschooling.

Today I’m here with Shelly Robinson talking about relationships with our family of origin. Shelly is a certified holistic family wellness coach, cycle-breaker, conscious parenting educator, and founder of Raising Yourself. We go over expectations, boundaries, narratives, homeostasis, and approval.

This is episode 66 and today I’m here with Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson with a communication Q & A.

Surfing, hiking, tubing, off-roading, kayaking, snorkeling . . . Kauai proved a fabulous destination for some fun family adventure so I’m sharing our favorites here with you.

Today I’m here with Katy Bowman talking about the role of movement in growing wild. Katy is a biomechanist, author, speaker, and a leader in the movement movement. We go over stacking needs, culture, clothing, cooking, the home environment, learning, activities, and alloparents.

So I created the Minimalist Wardrobe course to walk you through each step of the process of creating your very own personal Minimalist Wardrobe. While that course is about you—your climate, lifestyle, comfort, fit, and style—I do use my wardrobe as an example and these are some of my favorite pieces from my Minimalist Wardrobe. This is not a comprehensive list (that is inside the course), but these are the links for some of my faves that are still available (Y’all asked for them!).

Today I’m here with Ashleigh Warner talking about having a second baby. Ashleigh is a psychologist and respectful parenting mum of 2. We go over grief, big feelings, attachment, inclusion, challenging behaviors, regression, and miscarriage.

Today I’m here with Tamara Soles talking about assessment. Tamara is a psychologist, parent coach, and mom of twins. We go over neurodiversity, what a psychological assessment is, when it’s helpful, how to find a practitioner that is a good fit, what to expect during the process, what a diagnosis means, and how to advocate for consent for our children.

Today I’m here with Eden Hyder talking about attachment. Eden Hyder is a licensed therapist, founder of The Inside Out Collaborative, and host of the Inside Out Podcast. We go over attachment theory and styles, parenting our inner child, forming secure attachments with our children, how attachments can be ruptured and repaired, and what centering attachment looks like beyond the early years into childhood and adolescence.

Today I’m here with Chelsea Brennan talking about giving kids an allowance. Chelsea is an ex-hedge fund manager turned financial educator and founder of Smart Money Mamas. We go over unpacking your baggage, when to start, cash or card, earned or not, how much, teaching the importance of saving, and letting them make mistakes.

Help your teen to look for the intersection of their strengths and their community’s needs to identify a potential career and then work backwards to map out a path. Then look at community college as a stepping stone to get there.

As a homeschooling parent, part of my role is to provide my children with the resources they need to dive into their interests. Money, I came to realize, is no different.

This is episode 60 and today I’m here with Sue Patterson answering more of your unschooling questions.

This is episode 59 and today I’m here with Dr. Cassidy Freitas talking about social media.

Each night our children pile into our tiny master bedroom and settle into a spot for our nightly ritual of cuddly travel to an imaginary world.

This is episode 58 and today I’m here with Sue Patterson answering some of your unschooling questions.

I’m weird and it serves me so well. I have some core values, like freedom and simplicity, that inform my approach to personal finance (which you can learn all about in the Sage Money course). They also provided the foundation upon which I built and run my business.