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5 Minimalist Parenting Tips (Episode 217)

I’ve been on a “simplify parenting” kick, really focusing in on those things we do that complicate our lives and add more stress that are completely unnecessary.  Last week, we addressed having social “quickies” to open the door to socializing without the stress of blocking off a whole day for a big event. A while back,

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5 Minimalist Parenting Tips (Episode 217)

Simplify Childhood: Quickies Aren’t Just In the Bedroom (Episode 216)

When you hear the word “quickie”, clearly our minds tend to go to one place. And yes, even there, it can be so, so valuable. So often, we’re dreaming of a way to simplify childhood, and we so often get stuck in the rut of not enough time.  This is where the idea of a “quickie”

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Simplify Childhood: Quickies Aren’t Just In the Bedroom (Episode 216)

Do You Force Your Children To Learn? (Episode 215)

In our world of unschooling, we believe in delight-led learning, and the functional education model of learning as we live life together. So what if our kids want to just watch TV and eat chips all day? Do we allow it? Do we force our kids to step it up, or just cross our fingers

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Do You Force Your Children To Learn? (Episode 215)

Know When To Hold ‘Em, Know When To Fold ‘Em… (Episode 214)

Remember that old Kenny Rogers song, “The Gambler”? The main chorus talks about knowing when to hold your deck and when to fold it…and wow, have we discussed this in our home.  Life is a gamble. There is risk, and we can’t always predict every outcome. We have to be willing to roll with it, and

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Know When To Hold ‘Em, Know When To Fold ‘Em… (Episode 214)
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Are You NOT Entertained??!! (Episode 212)

Could you handle a 6 hour car ride with zero “entertainment” for your children? Do you dread hearing “I’m bored” in your home, and you feel like you kids are in constant need of stimulation?  I’m reminded of a scene in the movie “The Gladiator” where Russell Crowe comes out to the gladiator arena and wipes

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Are You NOT Entertained??!! (Episode 212)

Raising Good Humans: Four Tenets (Episode 211)

How do we raise our children to lead and leave an impact in a positive way? In this episode, I want to take inspiration from a business email I got this week about leadership, and extend it to the powerful element of simply raising good humans who will be leaders due to the positive impact

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Raising Good Humans: Four Tenets (Episode 211)

Do You Flow…Or Fester? (Episode 210)

Last week we talked about toxic behavior we all navigate in our lives. This week we take it a step further – if everything around you stinks…maybe it’s time to check under your own nose first! There are often three ways we can approach life – fight, flight, or freeze. Yet I believe there are two

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Do You Flow…Or Fester? (Episode 210)

Dealing With “Prickly” People and Toxicity (Episode 209)

Are you drained from dealing with difficult people in your life? Sometimes toxicity is here to stay – you have people you love or are required to work with who simply aren’t in the same mindset as you. How do you keep up your happy when others are determined to bring you down?In this episode,

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Dealing With “Prickly” People and Toxicity (Episode 209)

Unschooling in the Florida Keys (Episode 208)

Curious what unschooling in the Florida Keys looks like? This week we brought on the whole family for the podcast episode, and we each share about something we’ve learned about down here in the Keys.  Sometimes our unschooling looks a bit more like homeschool, doing Kahn Academy, writing letters to friends and family, and watching documentaries.  Sometimes,

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Unschooling in the Florida Keys (Episode 208)

Rest and Reset…Daily (Episode 207)

How often do you make space to rest – and reset – in your daily life? As Nathan and I have looked back on our lives, we’ve essentially had at least one major life event every single year we’ve been married. Buying houses, having children, new jobs, big trip adventures…it seems we jump from one

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Rest and Reset…Daily (Episode 207)

Are Teenagers Like Brussels Sprouts? (Episode 206)

Are you a Brussels sprout lover? I know, for me, I was a super picky eater when I was younger and wouldn’t even think about trying one. And really…boiled Brussels sprouts of the 80s? Yuck!! Yet…the Brussels craze of our generation has made this veggie cool and amazing! So how, exactly, do teenagers come into

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Are Teenagers Like Brussels Sprouts? (Episode 206)

Parenting Decisions (Episode 204)

When I was younger, I knew all my years of babysitting, teaching, camp counselor-ing and loving on kids had fully prepared me to be a parent. Parenting decisions would come easy with all the variety of children and parenting styles I had seen.  Oh the irony. Before my first child was even born, I was

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Parenting Decisions (Episode 204)

The Secret Exercise Routine No One Is Talking About (Episode 203)

Think you’ve heard it all when it comes to exercise? Well, I want to talk about a specific type of “yoga”, actually, and it’s not what you may think. Relationship yoga – the balance, the stretch and the pause. How do you exercise your relationships so they stay healthy and thriving? Listen to this episode

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The Secret Exercise Routine No One Is Talking About (Episode 203)

Can I Afford It? Cashflow and Financial Savviness (Episode 202)

Have you experienced true cashflow in your life? Have you experienced abundance in your life, where you weren’t feeling a financial strain? What is that “one thing” that would make everything okay? For many, that “one thing” just must be money, right? “If only I had enough money in the bank, THEN I’d be happy and all my

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Can I Afford It? Cashflow and Financial Savviness (Episode 202)

How We Eased Into A Life We Don’t Escape From (Episode 201)

Wow, 201 episodes in, and this is a day to celebrate! 4 years ago today, the Mama Says Namaste podcast was created. 5 years ago today, Mama Says Namaste was officially launched as a business. And 40 years ago today, I was born! (For the record, 41 years ago tomorrow, Nathan was born!) In this episode we look

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How We Eased Into A Life We Don’t Escape From (Episode 201)

Lessons Learned After 200 Episodes (Episode 200)

I can’t believe it – we’re 200 episodes in with our podcast. That is 1, 400 days of getting a podcast every single week. It’s a pretty cool milestone! So in this blog post (and this rockstar episode below), we’re going to share with you our greatest lessons learned in the top six areas we

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Lessons Learned After 200 Episodes (Episode 200)

Decluttering with Tracy McCubbin (Episode 199)

How in the world do you really declutter and make it stay that way? Are you overwhelmed with the clutter buildup in your home? This isn’t just for minimalists – this is for every person feeling trapped, overwhelmed and/or frustrated by the clutter that has piled up in your life. I connected with Tracy McCubbin,

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Decluttering with Tracy McCubbin (Episode 199)

Real Talk with an 8-Year-Old Unschooler (Episode 198)

Are you ready for some real talk with an 8-year-old unschooler? This week for both the podcast and this blog post below, our daughter Juliet joins me for an honest conversation from her perspective on what unschooling is and how she’s been learning.   Listen to this episode on Apple Music, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play, TuneIn, YouTube, iHeartRadio or your RSS Feed  *Now also on

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Real Talk with an 8-Year-Old Unschooler (Episode 198)

Full-time RVing as a Family (Episode 197)

Have you ever considered full-time RVing for your family? It can seem like a pretty daunting thing, yet…it’s possible. Oh so possible. We’re living proof that not only can you do it, you can thrive and really have a blast! It’s not that everything is easy, though. Let’s dig in to some of the highs and

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Full-time RVing as a Family (Episode 197)

Connected…or Codependent? (Episode 196)

Are you connected… or codependent in your relationship? Codependency has definitely come more and more to the forefront as a hot topic. So how do you balance your connection in a way that isn’t codependent? Or, is it a really a bad thing to be codependent? Let’s break down what it means, what is healthy,

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Connected…or Codependent? (Episode 196)

Om and Namaste at Home (Episode 195)

This week’s episode is positioned a little differently – I am going back to one of my core messages in the podcast – check it out here! The rest of the goodness – the experiment we talk about, the movie reference, and the incredible breakdown of “om” can all be found by just hopping right

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Om and Namaste at Home (Episode 195)

The Unschooling Parent (Episode 194)

When it comes to our relationship with our children, there are many, many ways to parent. Throwing in alternative education magnifies the role as educator in your home and can make it even more overwhelming to figure out how to be both parent and teacher. That’s why an unschooling model isn’t just for kids – it’s

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The Unschooling Parent (Episode 194)

My Better Version – Mindfulness for Parents with Tatyana Souza (Episode 193)

Do you feel you are really representing the best version of who you are? Are you connecting to your family from a place of fulfillment, knowing you are taking care of yourself along the way? Are you setting the example for mindfulness and self-care that you want your children to emulate? Inspired by yoga training and

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My Better Version – Mindfulness for Parents with Tatyana Souza (Episode 193)

What’s Left Unsaid – Nonverbal Cues (Episode 192)

Have you considered how much is unsaid that speaks so loudly? There have been studies showing that over 55% of all messages come from nonverbal cues like posture and gestures.  As we seek to move from communication to connection, you have to go beyond simply the words and address the nonverbal cues that impact us so

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What’s Left Unsaid – Nonverbal Cues (Episode 192)

Do You Have a FULL Life…or Simply A Busy One? (Episode 191)

Do you have a full life…or a busy one? Sometimes we wear our “busy” as a badge of honor; yet is that really the life you want to live? Is that the excuse you want to give? There was a point in our lives where we were really busy. We had our hands in so many

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Do You Have a FULL Life…or Simply A Busy One? (Episode 191)

Drama Doesn’t Make An Appointment (Episode 190)

Do you adjust to the world or do you demand that the world adjust to you? Crazy enough, everyone isn’t just sitting around waiting to cater to your needs. And, unfortunately, drama doesn’t always make an appointment to show up in our lives. So how do you deal with it? When do you flow and

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Drama Doesn’t Make An Appointment (Episode 190)

3 Reasons You’re Feeling Stuck (Episode 189)

What do you do when you have a dream that is out of reach, or you feel like your life isn’t quite where you want it to be? What do you do when you see all this opportunity out there, but it seems way too insurmountable to tackle because of the life you’re already living

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3 Reasons You’re Feeling Stuck (Episode 189)

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 Soul Is Crying For Change (Episode 188)