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Simple Families by Denaye Barahona, Denaye Barahona : .. - 5d ago

Zoë Kim has lived in 24 homes in 13 different states. She’s an expert at moving and has a healthy dose of wanderlust, but she also manages to connect to the communities in which she lives.

In today’s episode, Zoë and I are discussing moving, finding minimalism, and how to build a happy home (make that plural, in her case).

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Zoë’s Blog: Raising Simple

Zoë’s Book: Minimalism for Families (Affiliate)

The post SFP 108: Moving, Minimalism, and Building a Happy Home appeared first on Simple Families.

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Simple Families by Denaye Barahona, Denaye Barahona : .. - 2w ago

I haven’t always lived in places that I love. But I have found gratitude and contentment in some surprising places. Today on the podcast, I am sharing how I created a home that I love along with how I engage in my community to increase a sense of attachment and rootedness.

Want to talk more about this topic? Join us this month in the “Love Where You Live Experiment”.

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The post SFP 107: How I Created a Home I Love appeared first on Simple Families.

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In today’s episode we are exploring the idea of “putting down roots” and becoming attached to the places that we live. Melody Warnick shares her own personal experience and the research on this concept called place psychology. If you ever spend time linger on Zillow or perusing the “Best Cities to Live” lists, then you will love to hear what Melody has to say.

For the month of May, we will be falling in love with our less-than-perfect homes and connecting to our communities. Join Denaye from Simple Families, Zoe from Raising Simple, and Melody, Author of This is Where You Belong” as we explore this exciting (and much needed) topic.

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The post SFP 106: Love Where You Live [with Melody Warnick, author of “This is Where You Belong”] appeared first on Simple Families.

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Have you ever dreamt of starting an organic garden? Today on the podcast I am chatting with my friend and homesteader Beth Brettell from High Sierra Permaculture. She’s a former designer turned homesteader, and along with her partner Bret they have created a beautiful and productive garden in Northern California. Beth answers all of my beginner questions + gives us all a quick lesson in Organic Gardening 101.

Be sure to follow Beth and Bret on Instagram to see what life looks like on a homestead and learn more about organic gardening. Want to learn more? Get their free crash course to get started.

In this episode, Beth and I chat about:

  • When to plant.
  • What to plant.
  • Is it better to start with seeds?
  • How to prepare soil.
  • An introduction to composting.
  • How to attract pollinators.
  • +much more
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The post SFP 105: The Basics of Organic Gardening [with Beth from High Sierra Permaculture] appeared first on Simple Families.

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Simple Families by Denaye Barahona - 1M ago

In my pre-blogger life, I worked as a child and family therapist. I can’t help but notice at every turn in the parenting community, I see stress and anxiety.

The overwhelm that a parent experiences has a trickle down effect on children.

That’s what brought me to my decluttering journey: a desire to give my children more calm by doing less and buying less. I call it a journey, because it is in fact a journey not a destination.

As I got started on my journey, I made very common beginner mistakes. I was throwing stuff away left and right–but the goods were still flowing in as a steady stream.

Marie Kondo promised that I only had to “declutter once”–and that couldn’t have been further from the truth.

It took me a great deal of time, energy, and money spent on useless stuff to really get a hold on this idea of “minimalism”. Trust me on this one. Sometimes we need a helping hand.

Because a lifetime of habits isn’t always easily reversed just by reading a book. Sometimes we need an engaged, interactive, and community driven process.

Fast forward to 2018. Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist asked if I would be interested in sharing his program, Uncluttered, with you all. You probably know Joshua, he’s pretty much The Godfather of Minimalism.

Joshua has been an huge source of inspiration and hope for me throughout my journey–so of course I said yes. My only regret? That I didn’t find this outstanding program sooner.

I am happy to introduce you to a solution for stress and overwhelm that is far cheaper than therapy: a step-by-step approach to declutter your home and family. What are you waiting for?

LEARN MORE HERE

Note — The links to the Uncluttered program are affiliate links, which means Simple Families makes a small commission if you choose to register. All money generated will support the ongoing costs of maintaining this community.

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Simple Families by Denaye Barahona, Denaye Barahona : .. - 1M ago

As mothers, we often carry the heavy responsibility of feeding our families. Despite what Pinterest leads us to believe, cooking for a family doesn’t have to be fancy. In today’s podcast episode I am chatting with Erin Odom of The Humbled Homemaker.

Erin and I are discussing our favorite methods for simplifying meal planning and cooking for family. We both know firsthand that this season of life with young children can be difficult to prep and cook healthy meals–so we are scaling it back to the simplest ways that we know and sharing them with you.

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The post SFP 104: Food Made Simple [with Erin from The Humbled Homemaker] appeared first on Simple Families.

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We know that the kitchen is the most used room in the house–yet simplifying the kitchen is anything but easy. On the podcast today I am chatting with Melissa Coleman of The Faux Martha. Melissa is a food blogger and she is sharing her story about how the kitchen “broke” for her. She decided she either needed to make big changes or call it quits. Fortunately, she stuck with it and now she’s sharing the art of creating a minimal kitchen.

Inspired by Melissa’s ways, I will be sharing a tour of my kitchen and pantry in the Simplify Food + Family group this week. Join us there!

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The Minimalist Kitchen (Melissa’s book)

The Faux Martha (Melissa’s blog)

The post SFP 103: The Minimalist Kitchen [with Melissa from The Faux Martha] appeared first on Simple Families.

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Simple Families by Denaye Barahona, Denaye Barahona : .. - 1M ago

Every parent wants to feed their children nutritious food. That probably means a heaping dose of vegetables, ample proteins, and a well-rounded source of vitamin-rich foods. Even if we know what we should be feeding our children, we don’t always know the magic tricks to actually get our kids to eat those super foods. In today’s episode, sociologist and author Dina Rose Ph.D. explains to us why feeding children really isn’t all about nutrition. Dina is changing the conversation from nutrition to establishing positive habits–her wisdom will have you thinking bigger than just broccoli.

Want to join in this discussion for the month of April as we talk all things food + family? 

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The post SFP 102: It’s Not About Nutrition [with Dina Rose Ph.D.] appeared first on Simple Families.

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Simple Families by Denaye Barahona, Denaye Barahona : .. - 1M ago

In our house, mealtimes are pleasant. My kids eat well and we enjoy each others company. I don’t have it all figured out, but I do have a Ph.D. in Child Development with a research background in child wellness. That means I use a combination of both research-based ideas and intuitive planning to help develop my kids into good-eaters. Not all these things are going to resonate with you and work for your family–but they have surely worked for mine.

Want to join in this discussion for the month of April as we talk all things food + family? SIGN UP HERE. 

SHOW NOTES
  • We started out this way from Day 1
  • The Cardinal Rule of Feeding Children
  • The dinner table is enjoyable
  • We keep “meal windows”
  • Snacks are used carefully
  • We don’t talk about “likes and dislikes”
  • Food preferences are considered dynamic rather than static
  • There are no assumptions, other than that our children will eat well
  • I use backwards meal planning
  • We keep the food-prep and recipes simple
  • There’s no sugar
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The post SFP 101: How I Feed My Family appeared first on Simple Families.

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I don’t have a regular yoga or meditation practice, although I wish I did. Yet each day I find moments of mindfulness and presence in regular activities. In today’s podcast episode I am speaking with Shawn Fink from The Abundant Mama Project. We are chatting all about how to meditate without meditating–and by that I mean how to find moments of calm within the chaos that can overwhelm motherhood.

What unconventional, yet very ordinary ways do you catch moments of mindfulness in motherhood?

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The post SFP 100: How to Meditate Without Meditating [with Shawn from the Abundant Mama Project] appeared first on Simple Families.

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