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Goals and Word of the Year (Episode 233)

We’re about halfway through January, and of course the biggie on people’s minds are all those goals and resolutions…and the obligation, dread and pressure that often roll with that.  Goal-setting can be overwhelming, horrible, or…what fuels you forward. In the episode below, Nathan and I share about how we approach goals in a very different way

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Goals and Word of the Year (Episode 233)

Mama Says Namaste Podcast Highlights Part 2 (Episode 232)

Last week we started our Mama Says Namaste Podcast highlights with the bottom five of our top ten episodes of all time. Here we cover the top five, and our take now, looking back.  We’re brewing up some great ideas for the new year, and a biggie is that we want to hear from you! You’ll

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Mama Says Namaste Podcast Highlights Part 2 (Episode 232)

Mama Says Namaste Podcast Highlights Part 1 (Episode 231)

Over this week and the next, Nathan and I have pulled the top ten podcast episodes of all time, and we are diving in to discuss them and our perspectives now.  We’re brewing up some great ideas for the new year, and a biggie is that we want to hear from you! You’ll hear sweet Jules

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Mama Says Namaste Podcast Highlights Part 1 (Episode 231)

Christmas Talk with My Daughter Juliet (Episode 230)

It’s the week of Christmas, and my nine-year-old daughter, Juliet, has been anticipating this all year long. Additionally, she’s an aspiring podcaster herself who has big plans for next year. So it was only natural that I invite her on for a conversation this week.  I love the questions she comes up with and the wisdom

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Christmas Talk with My Daughter Juliet (Episode 230)

Have You Forgotten You’re A Parent? (What truly is “parenting done right?”) (Episode 229)

Have you forgotten you’re a parent? Yikes. That seems like an easy answer of no, right? I mean, how can you forget you’re a parent when there are children’s clothes and toys all over your house, you’re hearing the noise and the chaos, and the constant demand for a meal seems to be your main

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Have You Forgotten You’re A Parent? (What truly is “parenting done right?”) (Episode 229)
Picture of Santa Claus drawn by 13-year-old Clara Logsdon

Holiday Stress and Obligation, Yay! (Episode 228)

Let’s talk holidays. Specifically, the agenda of “should” and obligation vs. what a holiday is truly about. The actual definition says it is “a day of festivity or recreation when no work is done.” If you are simply seeing holiday stress and obligation…then are you truly experiencing a holiday? When you’re creating a life you don’t

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Holiday Stress and Obligation, Yay! (Episode 228)

Meaningful Conversations: Interview with Tara Miko of Bright Littles (Episode 227)

How to you have meaningful conversations in your home? In light of the past two years, especially, there has been plenty of opportunity for heavy topics that can be a bit overwhelming or intimidating to navigate with your children.  How do you bring up or discuss something deep with a child, or what if they ask

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Meaningful Conversations: Interview with Tara Miko of Bright Littles (Episode 227)

Thankful for The Life I Don’t Want To Escape From (Episode 226)

As I write this during the week of Thanksgiving, in our home, the focus is simply on gratitude. I have to say what tops my list on gratitude is appreciating this beautiful life we’ve created together. Yes, I’m thankful for creating a life I don’t want to escape from. So this week we want to

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Thankful for The Life I Don’t Want To Escape From (Episode 226)

High Processing Personalities (Episode 225)

In the previous post, we talked all about people that are high energy – those that seem to constantly be “on”, and tend to be the biggest attention-getters in the room. Now we address the majority. Yes, it is not that high-energy person; the majority of the population falls into this other category – high processing.  As we explore

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High Processing Personalities (Episode 225)

Can I Get A Chill Pill? High Energy Personalities (Episode 224)

Have you encountered people in your life that seem so full of energy they are just constantly “on”? I remember one acquaintance we met where it was so intense being around him I commented to Nathan that I felt like I’d run a marathon simply being in his presence! There are definitely high energy personalities out

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Can I Get A Chill Pill? High Energy Personalities (Episode 224)

Perspectives on Attraction (Episode 223)

What truly makes an attractive person? Well, in my opinion, covering these key characteristic ingredients is a solid first step. Yet beyond that – when we look at attraction and what draws people to one another, we have to take a good look at if there really is a perfect image, look, character trait or

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Perspectives on Attraction (Episode 223)

Recipe for a Light-Hearted Relationship: Part 4 – Instructions for Intention (Episode 222)

This is our final wrap-up in the creation of a beautiful dish – a light-hearted and intentional relationship! In episode 219, we talked about those things that trigger us into reactive behavior, oftentimes those moments when we struggle to see beyond our own fear. In episode 220, we went into the many languages of love

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Recipe for a Light-Hearted Relationship: Part 4 – Instructions for Intention (Episode 222)

Recipe for a Light-Hearted Relationship: Part 3 – Ingredients for Intimacy (Episode 221)

As we’ve been brewing on what the ingredients were for a light-hearted relationship, we started with some foundational elements. In episode 219, we talked about those things that trigger us into reactive behavior, oftentimes those moments when we struggle to see beyond our own fear. In episode 220, we went into the many languages of

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Recipe for a Light-Hearted Relationship: Part 3 – Ingredients for Intimacy (Episode 221)

Recipe for a Light-Hearted Relationship: Part 2 – Love Languages (Episode 220)

In this new series, my husband Nathan and I are digging into what really creates the recipe for a light-hearted and loving relationship, where we both feel mutually loved and supported.  Last week we explored what sets us off – those triggers that jar us out of our nice intentions and result in us spiraling into

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Recipe for a Light-Hearted Relationship: Part 2 – Love Languages (Episode 220)

Recipe for a Light-Hearted Relationship: Part 1 – Triggers (Episode 219)

What is the recipe for a truly light-hearted, healthy and loving relationship? As my husband and I discussed this on our walk today, it prompted this series where we’re going to dig into just this. As we started to create our “recipe” for a healthy relationship, we saw that there were just too many aspects

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Recipe for a Light-Hearted Relationship: Part 1 – Triggers (Episode 219)

Which is More Important – Skillset or Mindset? (Episode 218)

 Which is more important in life – your skillset, or your mindset? When we look at the world of academics, we spend a lot of time focusing on skills, and what you might improve on that would be applicable to a work opportunity. Yet there is no amount of skill that will replace the destruction

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Which is More Important – Skillset or Mindset? (Episode 218)

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)
boredom quote

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)