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My Soul Is Crying For Change (Episode 188)

 Change is inevitable in our lives…yet it can be scary and overwhelming. How are you navigating change? In your home, your work…your life? Sometimes we’re navigating change that is unwanted or unexpected, like the weather or, let’s say, 2020 as a whole.  But then again, sometimes the changes are those aches and pains of unrest, resentment,

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My Marriage is Slipping Away From Me (Episode 187)

What do you do when you think your marriage is falling apart? What do you do when you’re starting to see the cracks, and you don’t know what can be repaired? It can be really scary when you’re facing a mountain between you two, so let’s break it down a bit. This is a touchy

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Shift Your Perspective Before Your Bank Account (Episode 186)

Before you move forward with finding that perfect job or getting that perfect amount in the bank account, we have to first and foremost look at what money really means to us.What word can replace “money” in your mindset? Listen to the Mama Says Namaste Podcast Episode on this topic:Listen to this episode on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play, TuneIn, YouTube, iHeartRadio or

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Is Schooling Like Religion? (Episode 185)

How do you navigate the muddy post-covid waters of the educational world? How has homeschooling become like religion, nuanced and personal while also trying to be labeled and identified?In this post and episode, we hash out three big questions about unschooling and share a bit more about why de-schooling is so, so important. With kids in

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Creating Sexual Legacy – How to talk to your kids about the Birds and the Bees: Part 3 (Episode 184)

When do you have “the talk” with your kids? For many families, discussing the “birds and the bees” is something that sparks dread and discomfort for parents as they try to navigate how to cover it all when it’s so complex and…adult. The daunting thing? Intentional or not, we are creating a sexual legacy our

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Moon-Cycle Wisdom – How to talk to your kids about the Birds and the Bees: Part 2 (Episode 183)

When do you have “the talk” with your kids? For many families, discussing the “birds and the bees” is something that sparks dread and discomfort for parents as they try to navigate how to cover it all when it’s so complex and…adult.  This week, I sat down with Jessica Connelly of Moon Daughters and we talked

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How to talk to your kids about the Birds and the Bees: Part 1 (Episode 182)

When do you have “the talk” with your kids? For many families, discussing the “birds and the bees” is something that sparks dread and discomfort for parents as they try to navigate how to cover it all when it’s so complex and…adult.  *This is the first in a 3-part podcast series on “The Birds and the

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Dust Off Your Goals (Guest Post)

This is a guest post by Melissa Nicholson. Melissa is a single mama, working full-time as a professional writer, raising four children still at home, missing two who have flown the nest, and spoiling one perfect grandchild. You can follow her on her own blog at www.apronsheelsandyogapants.com It’s Time To Dust Off Your GoalsI like

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Shaking Off The Dirt with Michael Arterberry (Episode 181)

This week is another podcast interview complete with video! The summarized transcript is below, along with being able to listen and/or watch. No matter what is best for you, I have you covered, and you can be inspired along with me as I interview my guest, Michael Arterberry.Listen to this episode on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play, TuneIn, YouTube, iHeartRadio or your RSS Feed  *Now

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What’s Your Word? (Episode 180)

Do you do a word of the year? Maybe it’s a phrase or mantra. Or maybe, you’re feeling all the pressure to have that perfect word of the year and you have no clue! Is it even important to have? I”ll say this – your mantra, phrase or word of the year is not the

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Have Life Seasons Got You Stuck In A Funk? (Episode 179)

Feeling in a bit of a funk lately? Are you questioning if there is any end in sight? Well there are life seasons just as much as there are seasons in nature. Years ago I wrote a blog post on this topic, and we addressed how we can have seasons even within a single day!

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Picture of Santa Claus drawn by 13-year-old Clara Logsdon

The Wonderful Truth About Santa (Episode 178)

It’s the week of Christmas, I know Santa is on the minds of many children all over the world! How do you navigate the truth about Santa in your home? When do you actually tell your children the truth about Santa?  Not only do I share about a great little children’s book I read with my children,

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Minimalist Gifts For Maximum Impact (Episode 177)

Are you dreaming of only the most minimalist gifts…but have a clutter-loving family you know goes overboard for the holidays? Or you’re just flat stumped on something creative and different for gift-giving? Look no further. Below are some highlights of types of gifts we’ve done over the years that are beyond another random knick-knack. Minimalist Gifts

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Navigating toxic behavior (Episode 176)

There are some people in our lives that are a huge energy suck, a negative Nancy, or some other verbal landmine of toxicity. You may have toxic behavior around you, and unfortunately we can’t just live in a hole and hide out. So how do you navigate the toxic people – or, more specifically –

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Emotional Labor – Who Takes Care of What? (Episode 175)

How do you navigate role conflict in your home? Has one partner become the “emotional manager” for the family, while the other one stays out of all those intricacies while they “bring home the bacon”?  It’s not just about assigning specific roles, and it surely isn’t about boxing it into a certain gender. But boy, knowing

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Family Culture, Boundaries and More with Jodi Chaffee (Episode 174)

Every family has a culture…whether by design, or by default. I have a special guest with me this week who is an expert in talking about family culture, creating healthy boundaries, and navigating our families with love, grace, and intention. Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and sit down for a minute – this

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Behind the Scenes – Hurricanes, Houses and Hair (Episode 173)

Boy has this been a jam-packed last week of ups and downs! We closed on a new house in Florida, I chopped off all my hair, and we thankfully missed a hurricane. This episode is a bit more “behind the scenes” of just hearing about a week of our adventures…and how we process through it. Lots of

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Feeling Good…or Fulfilled? (Episode 172)

What is the distinction between feeling good and feeling fulfilled? Oftentimes our pursuit of feeling good can miss that very big element of fulfillment that we’re all ultimately seeking in life. True fulfillment isn’t external; it’s an inward-looking process.Listen to this episode on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play, TuneIn, YouTube, iHeartRadio or your RSS Feed  *Now also on the Pandora app and Radio.com!Being an EagleIn my

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Feeling Anxious? (Episode 171)

On this day, November 4, 2020, there are many people feeling a wee bit anxious over what news we will be receiving this week as election results in a very volatile and divisive year roll in. It all is a bit magnified right now, and yet I also recognize that it’s not just an election

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Food Battle Part 2: Sugar and Restaurants! (Episode 170)

Last week the Mama Says Namaste podcast covered the family food battle at home…but what about going out to eat at restaurants, or the sugar overload that comes, especially around the holidays?What is the purpose of food for the family? Is it beyond sustenance?It’s an important question to ask yourself in this process.Listen to this

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The Family Food Battle (Episode 169)

I was talking to my brother this week and he was asking for some new ideas for meals to make in their home. And, it sent Nathan and me on a tangent of ideas that could help not only him, but others as well. If food for the family is a challenge in your home,

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3 Steps For A Family Team (Episode 168)

Are you trying to keep afloat in a child-centered home? When you think of your family, do you consider them a team, all working together, or everyone beating to the rhythm of their own drum? Can you actually support individualism while establishing yourself as a family team?can you move from a child-centered home to a

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How Do I Bond With My Child? (Episode 167)

It is here – our first of the “Ask Me Anything” podcasts! This week we address the question, “How do I bond with my child?” as well as share some quick advice for people dealing with quarantine and/or small spaces at this time.How do I bond with my Child? First, I meet them where they

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Why a Family Road Trip? (Episode 166)

Have you ever considered an epic family road trip? Nathan and I reflect on our why behind taking a family road trip…one that has now lasted almost 4 years!  In this podcast episode, we talk about some of the questions we’ve been asked about being on the road full time, and share about our course,

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Juliet Talks Feelings: Wisdom from an 8-year-old (Episode 165)

This week our youngest daughter, Juliet, turns 8 years old. I asked her what we should talk about on the podcast this week, and she wanted to share how she personally has learned to navigate the ups and downs of her emotions. We’ve talked about how to communicate effectively, both in how to talk to others,

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How To Recharge Beyond Vacation (Episode 164)

 How do you recharge on a regular basis…or, do you just cram it all in to that 2-week vacation and hope that’ll cover it?  We’ve talked about how to communicate effectively, both in how to talk to others, and how to listen well. Do you make space to recharge in your life, or just hope you will

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The Secret To Active Listening (Episode 163)

 We’ve been focusing in on having a connected conversation with our children – and beyond – and this episode is all about active listening. We don’t always naturally listen well, and the art of active listening is a practice and habit you can create. Active Listening requires setting down the agenda and truly wanting to hear.Listen

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It’s Not About The Strawberry Ice Cream (Episode 162)

You want a connected conversation with your children; they just like strawberry ice cream, end of story. So where do you go from there? Building on last weeks’ theme of having a connected conversation with our children, we elaborate a bit more this week on how to do this…especially when you’re dealing with short attention spans

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How Do I Talk To My Kids? (And Beyond) Episode 161

How do you talk to your children? Do you talk with them…to them, or at them? Yes, having a connected conversation has some specific protocols – three, to be exact. How to have a connected conversation…in your home, and beyond. Special thanks to Jodey Smith for helping me with my new podcast intro! Listen to this

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5 Tips To Focus For Frazzled Families (Episode 160)

The school year is looming and, more than anything else, what I’m seeing are some seriously frazzled families! My heart goes out to the teachers trying to navigate their own homes, their classrooms, and now an online version as well. So how can you find any focus for frazzled families? As we move forward with whatever

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