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For moms who want to be more minimal and more mindful, but don't want to get rid of all their stuff. Hosted by aspiring minimalist: Diane Boden. Our Goal = Think More + Do with Less

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EP90: [An Approach to] Slow Living with Emma Schieb
34:02

This week, I speak with Emma Scheib of Simple Slow and Lovely. Emma is a self-proclaimed introvert who craves all things simple and slow in life. She lives in Motueka, New Zealand with her husband and two children. Her writing has been featured on Introvert DearA Life in ProgressThe Life on Purpose Movement, Becoming Unbusy, and No Sidebar. Today, we speak about slow living and how we all could all benefit from a slower approach to our daily lives.

We Discuss:

  • Emma's personal story into minimalism
  • How do you live slowly and mindfully while being the mother of little ones?
  • When compared with other cultures, it seems as though Americans really value productivity and a fast-paced lifestyle. Why do you think we vary so much?
  • What are your top three tips to incorporate ‘slow’ into your day-to-day?

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Show Notes for EP90: [An Approach to] Slow Living

Oct 08, 2019
EP89: Taking a Detour with Jen Babakhan
25:56

This week, I bring you my conversation with author, Jen Babakhan. Jen is a former marketing executive turned stay-at-home mom. In her new book, Detoured: The Messy, Grace-Filled Journey from Working Professional to Stay-at-Home Mom, she writes of the tension between wanting to maintain a career while feeling the pull to remain at home with her newborn son. Throughout our conversation, Jen openly and honestly acknowledges the pressure between the inclination to financially contribute while also desiring to be the primary caregiver at home.

We Discuss:

  • The initial moment she decided to transition from working mom to stay-at-home mom
  • Combating judgement from other working mothers
  • Difficult aspects of the transition
  • The biggest lesson/takeaway she learned in her season of transition
  • Encouragement from her new book, Detoured: The Messy, Grace-Filled Journey from Working Professional to Stay-at-Home Mom

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Show Notes for EP89: Taking a Detour

Sep 25, 2019
EP88: Simplifying Mealtimes with Littles with Joanna Parker
23:28

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This week, I talk to founder of Yumble Meal Delivery Service, Joanna Parker. After a venting session with friends, Joanna had the realization that she and her friends had one thing in common: they all desired to put real food on the table but couldn’t always find the time. After a busy day, parents desire to connect with their families, not spend time rushing around shopping for groceries and all of the mess that comes with cooking and cleanup. Joanna’s goal has always been to ‘lighten the load for parents so they have more quality time with their families. Today, Joanna will be speaking to the simplification of mealtimes with littles. She'll encourage us to see that healthy doesn’t have to equate to a struggle (even for the pickiest of eaters!)  

We Discuss:

  • The creation of her company, Yumble Kids!
  • Best tips to conquer ‘mom guilt’ when we aren’t regularly providing that Instagram-perfect meal.
  • Dealing with picky eaters.
  • Striking a balance between nutrition while not becoming overwhelmed with ‘organic’/’clean’/non-processed food for every meal.
  • Quick tips you have for making mealtimes stress-free!

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Show Notes for EP88: Simplifying Mealtimes

Sep 17, 2019
EP87: Back to School Tips and Tricks with Rachel Rosenthal
24:09

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This week, I speak with the owner and founder of Rachel and Company (a full-service professional organizing firm specializing in home organization, closet design, and home moves!) As the back to school season is here, Rachel provides us with her tried and true tricks for back to school organization!

We discuss:

  • Seven tips and tricks for the back-to-school season
  • What Rachel Can't Stop Talking About: Cropped Pants

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Show Notes for EP87: Back to School Tips and Tricks

Sep 03, 2019
EP86: The Joy of Missing Out with Tonya Dalton
35:18

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This week, I speak with author, Tonya Dalton. Tonya Dalton is a productivity expert, writer, speaker and founder of inkWELL Press Productivity Co, a company centered around productivity tools and training. Her first book, The Joy of Missing Out, will release October 1st. In her highly anticipated first book, Dalton inspires women to reject the pressure to do more, be more, and achieve more. She shows them how to focus on what's important to them and then helps them develop their own unique productivity systems. Today, we will speak to the themes in her book and discuss why it's so important for each of us to discover JOMO for ourselves!

We discuss:

  • The creation of Inkwell Press
  • Defining JOMO
  • How Tonya discovered the 'joy of missing out' in her own life
  • Discovering our 'North Star'
  • How to gracefully say 'no' (and use 'no' as a full sentence)
  • Quick tips to establish more JOMO in our day-to-day

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Show Notes for EP86: The Joy of Missing Out

Aug 22, 2019
EP85: Helping Our Kids Get Organized with Laurie Palau
29:48

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This week, I bring you my interview with Laurie Palau from Simply B Organized. Laurie Palau is also the author of the book Hot Mess: A Practical Guide To Getting Organized, speaker, and host of the weekly podcast, This Organized Life. Laurie will give us some insight as to how she has created this community but we’ll specifically be discussing organization with children. We may have the highest hopes for getting our homes organized but then we must deal with the clutter that derives from our kiddos. How do we encourage our kids without coming across as a nag? How do we set boundaries as our kids age? How do we implement new rules with our older, high school aged children? Laurie will answer all of these questions and more in our interview today!

We Discuss:

  • When to begin to implement organizational strategies for our children.
  • How to remain motivating rather than nagging our children.
  • Best strategies for encouraging:
    • Adolescent children
    • Middle school children
    • High school children
  • Implementing new 'rules' for teenagers that are already established in 'their ways'
  • Setting appropriate boundaries that encourage independence but still allow adult control.

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Show Notes for EP85: Helping Our Kids Get Organized

Aug 08, 2019
EP84: How Our Words Shape Our Days with Stefanie Gass
37:27

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This week, I bring you my conversation with the voice behind the Mompreneur Mastermind Show, Stefanie Gass. Her mission is to encourage female entrepreneurs, guiding them in their understanding of worthiness, success AND balance! Stefanie and I had a wonderful discussion on the power of our words and the 'ripple' effects they have on various facets of our lives. Our internal thoughts permeate our lives in so many ways and I think we had some great dialogue on how to challenge the habits we've constructed that rarely (if ever) serve us.

We discuss:

  • The creation of the. Mompreneur Mastermind Show.
  • At a very basic level, do women/moms tend to spend more in negative self talk than our spouses?
  • Why do the words we say to ourselves matter?
  • Some might think, "I'm only saying these words to myself...it won't affect anyone else?" Thoughts regarding this perspective...
  • Practical ways to move out of a negative mindset.

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Show Notes for EP84: How Our Words Shape Our Days 

Jul 24, 2019
EP83: Releasing Guilt in Motherhood with Renae Fieck
38:57

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This week, I talk to fellow podcaster, Renae Fieck. Renae is the host of the The Charis Project. The show was designed to help women bring more space, grace and intention to their lives. She provides a platform for honest conversations with practical strategies that can be implemented to create a life of intention. We discuss her creation of the Charis Project along with the topic of ‘releasing guilt in motherhood’. I personally believe guilt in motherhood comes from a variety of areas (outside pressure vs. internal pressure.) Our conversation dives a bit deeper into how exactly to confront and conquer some of that noise.

We discuss:

  • The Charis Project Podcast
  • Transitioning to our conversation on releasing guilt in motherhood, I’m curious as to your own history in this area.
  • As mothers, we’re concerned about our children becoming bullies, bullying others and yet, we bully ourselves and think nothing of it, can you speak to this?
  • How do you self-motivate when you’re feeling mom guilt?
  • How do you tune out the voices/pressure of others that could prompt you to feel guilty?

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Show Notes for EP84: Releasing Guilt in Motherhood with Renae Fieck

Jul 09, 2019
EP82: The 'Yes' Trap with Jennifer Burnham
36:06

This week, I interview organizational coach, Jennifer Burnham. Today, she will be speaking to the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ behind saying ‘yes’! As a culture we’ve become so accustomed to ‘busy’. We believe that the more we say yes, the more we will become. Better mothers. Better wives. Better friends. Better volunteers. Everything will be better. It’s impossible to keep up the charade. Very few of us (if anyone) can balance all of the invitations to busy that come our way. Busy ends up leaving us feeling bankrupt of ourselves.

We discuss:

  • How do you know discern what should be a top priority if all the options sound ‘good’?
  • How do we narrow our focus/calendar? 
  • How do 'people pleasers' establish confidence while saying 'no'?
  • When does it become selfish to balance ‘my needs’ vs. ‘other’s needs’?
  • Would you say that our current ‘pace’ is just a matter of using our time poorly? Or is it really a lack of assessment with ‘where our train is going?’

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Show Notes for EP82: The 'Yes' Trap with Jennifer Burnham

Jun 18, 2019
EP81: Outer Order, Inner Calm with Gretchen Rubin
34:49

This week, I am thrilled to bring you bestselling author, Gretchen Rubin. In her latest book,Outer Order, Inner Calm,Gretchen explores the relationship between our physical and mental space: outside order creating an inner calmness. Throughout her career, Gretchen has written on the pursuit of happiness and how one can get there based upon personality traits or just practical tips suited towards their environment. Gretchen’s new book is a wonderful resource for those who aren’t quite sure where to begin but it’s also full of helpful tips I hadn’t ever thought of when decluttering my home.

We discuss:

  • How Gretchen discovered outer order contributing to her own inner calm
  • Is the recent interest in decluttering/minimalism just a trend or are people truly catching on to this ‘better way to live’?
  • How personality contributes to our decluttering approach
  • Actionable steps for mothers to keep up with the clutter
  • How to make choices when organizing sentimental items

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Show Notes for EP81: Outer Order, Inner Calm with Gretchen Rubin

Jun 04, 2019
EP80: Less-Is-More Parenting with Denaye Barahona
48:40

This week, I am bringing you my interview with Denaye Barahona. Denaye is host of the Simple Families Podcast and is author of the new book Simple Happy Parenting. Her refreshing approach to minimalism and parenting is professional yet warm. She believes in a holistic approach to helping the whole family; living well through cultivating a healthy relationship with yourself, family and home. I’ve enjoyed listening to her podcast over the last several years and can’t wait to talk with her today about the idea of ‘less-is-more’ when parenting.

We discuss:

  • A definition of simple, happy parenting
  • How do we step away from a skittish mindset and move towards a more free, relaxed relationship with our children?
  • Some would argue: “Isn’t our job to protect our children from any difficulties that are in our control?” How would you respond?
  • Is the 'less-is-more' parenting approach only a trend?
  • How we can parent with a ‘less-is-more’ mentality when it comes to:
    • Food/Mealtimes
    • Free play at home
    • Manners
    • Sleep
    • Playground
    • School
    • The Outdoors

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Show Notes for EP80: Less-Is-More Parenting with Denaye Barahona

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May 23, 2019
EP79: Minimal-ish with Desirae Endres
40:21

This week, I’m bringing you my interview with Desirae Endres of the Minimal-ish Podcast. Similar to the goal of Minimalist Moms, Desirae is passionate about helping others live with less to create space for the things in life that truly matter. I really enjoyed my time with Desirae. She is down-to-earth and genuinely believes in practicing what she preaches. I appreciated hearing about her approach to motherhood and slowing down has made life all the better.

We discuss:

  • Quick tips for the following areas of life:
    Motherhood | Health | Frugality | Cleaning | Faith
  • How the 'slow down' mentality has affected her motherhood and as a wife.
  • Ways we can all become more intentional, slower in our lives right now.

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Show Notes for EP79: Minimal-ish with Desirae Endres

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May 09, 2019
EP78: An Organized Life with Lauren Tucker
23:19

This week, I’ll be speaking with Lauren Tucker of An Organized Life. It’s Lauren’s hope to provide women with tools (and encouragement) for whatever stage of the organizational process they find themselves in! Our conversation is full of tips to get your home feeling lighter and organized (even for those of you who struggle to take that first step!)

We discuss:

  • Her recommendation for the initial steps of home organization
  • The importance of decreasing clutter as it contributes to an overall ‘lightness’
  • Maintaining an organized space with children
  • First steps of a frugal lifestyle...

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Show Notes for EP78: An Organized Life 

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Apr 24, 2019
EP77: Redefining Perfect Parenting with Rachel Bailey
21:16

This week, I’ll be speaking with Rachel Bailey. Rachel has completed a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and has worked as an academic coach as well as an intensive in-home therapist. She assists parents in creating a strong parental foundation where they develop the confidence in their own abilities to raise children – without allowing the outside voices of culture to shape those views.

We discuss:

  • How to say ‘no’ to even the seemingly ‘good’ opportunities that come our way
  • Reducing guilt from the various opinions/voices in our society
  • The value of our ‘presence’ vs. ‘presents’
  • Decluttering our calendars so that we can find balance for all family members

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Show Notes for EP77: Redefining Perfect Parenting

Apr 09, 2019
EP76: Conquering Our Closets with Daniella Siebert
25:55

This week I’ll be interviewing style coach, Daniella Siebert. Daniella is passionate about aiding women in conquering their closets so they can dress and shop with confidence. Her passion for this work shines in this interview. It is my hope that you will take away a handful of practical tips from the wisdom that she shares with us today.

We discuss:

  • Capsule wardrobes and anchor pieces
  • Shopping local/secondhand
  • Top tips to condense your closet

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Show Notes for EP76: Conquering Our Closets

Mar 26, 2019
EP75: A Minimalist Approach to Health with Lindsey Moeller
25:34

This week I’ll be discussing some helpful approaches to health. Can you believe we’re already a couple of weeks into March? As many of us are beginning to lose motivation of those initial days of the year, I wanted to encourage you that not all is lost. It is my belief that health is a lifelong pursuit. It’s every meal. Every morning. Every afternoon. Every moment. If you’ve fallen off the wagon, get back on! As it’s been said before, your future say will thank you!

I discuss:

  • A brief background of my passion for health/wellness
  • Ways to simplify your approach to health

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Show Notes for EP75: A Minimalist Approach to Health

Mar 12, 2019
EP74: Zero Waste Home with Bea Johnson
26:19

Today I welcome a special guest to the show: Bea Johnson! Author of Zero Waste Home, Bea will be sharing a bit of her story into zero waste living along with some helpful tips for all of us as we may consider living the same way.

We discuss:

  • How Bea initality transtioned into a zero waste lifestyle
  • Quick hints/tips on how to incorporate zero waste throughout the household
  • Creating less waste with children

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Show Notes for EP74: Zero Waste Home with Bea Johnson

 

Feb 19, 2019
EP73: Receive Rest
04:25
Jan 29, 2019
EP72: Start Today
03:48
Jan 08, 2019
EP71: The Minimalist Home with Joshua Becker
46:15

We welcome a special guest to the show: Joshua Becker! His new book, The Minimalist Home, releases next Tuesday, December 18th! The book is a room-by-room guide to help readers declutter and refocus their lives.

We discuss:

  • Tips/pitfalls of various rooms
  • How to avoid toy-clutter
  • How to address overzealous gift givers
  • Bringing our spouses on board with minimalism

 

ANNOUNCEMENT: Megan will be taking a hiatus from the show for a little while so our episodes may not post as frequently as you're used to. In the meantime, you can connect with Megan on Instagram or her website: meganericson.com.

 

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Show Notes for EP71: The Minimalist Home with Joshua Becker

 

Dec 11, 2018
EP70: Minimalist Holiday Decor
31:25

In this week’s episode, we’ll discuss how to be purposeful in our seasonal decorating without being a grinch.

You know how it goes. The school year has barely begun and retailers are already pushing holiday decor. Mid-October I walked into Costco only to be caught off guard by Christmas trees and twinkle lights. While there’s nothing wrong with crafting a cozy space to enjoy during the holiday, there is also something to be said about intentionality with what we bring into our homes.

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Show Notes for EP70: Minimalist Holiday Decor

Dec 04, 2018
EP69: Attitude of Gratitude
06:03
Nov 27, 2018
EP68: The Minimalist Master Bedroom
37:32

We walk through the master bedroom as a part of our series - A Minimalist Home. The master bedroom is used in so many different ways depending on the needs of each family. We'll talk you through how to make it more minimal and functional for you and/or your spouse.

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Show Notes for EP68: The Minimalist Master Bedroom

Nov 20, 2018
EP67: Say, "Heck Yes!"
04:25
Nov 13, 2018
EP66: The Minimalist Living Room
28:15

Continuing in our series, A Minimalist Home, this week we’ll be discussing the living room - a space where one typically gathers with family and friends.

While it’s tricky to exercise restraint when decorating a living room, we have some tips that may help you create a less-is-more space without leaving it feeling empty and cold.

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Show Notes for EP66: The Minimalist Living Room

Nov 06, 2018
EP65: Need, Then Buy
05:38
Oct 30, 2018
EP64: Cozy Minimalist Home with Myquillyn Smith
31:35

We welcome a special guest - Myquillyn Smith - but you may know her as “The Nester.” She encourages women to embrace their homes, imperfections and all. Her new book, Cozy Minimalist Home, releases today! In it she breaks down how women can transform their homes, one room at a time, starting with what they already have.

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Show Notes for EP64: Cozy Minimalist Home with Myquillyn Smith

 

Oct 23, 2018
EP63: The Minimalist Entryway
32:16

We are continuing on in our series, A Minimalist Home, where we walk through each room of the home and talk about ways to stay minimal so you can make the best use of the space for your family. Today we’re talking about entryways, mudrooms and laundry spaces.

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Show Notes for EP63: The Minimalist Entryway

Oct 16, 2018
EP62: Quality Over Quantity
04:20
Oct 09, 2018
EP61: The Minimalist Kitchen
45:45

We are continuing on in our series, A Minimalist Home, where we walk through each room of the home and talk about ways to stay minimal so you can make the best use of the space for your family. Today we’re talking about kitchens.

Journey with us as we discuss the biggest clutter culprits in our cabinets, what a cluttered refrigerator panel may mean for the rest of your home - and much more!

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Show Notes for EP61: The Minimalist Kitchen

Oct 02, 2018
EP60: Quit To Win
06:48
Sep 25, 2018
EP59: The Minimalist Bathroom
30:57

We are continuing our series: A Minimalist Home. Today we’ll be discussing the space where most of us begin and end our day: the bathroom. We’ll discuss what’s in our bathrooms (nothing too TMI here) and how to give them a minimalist makeover.

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Show Notes for EP59: The Minimalist Bathroom

Sep 18, 2018
EP58: Slow Down
04:08
Sep 11, 2018
EP57: The Minimalist Children's Room
29:26

We're kicking off a new series: A Minimalist Home. We're walking through each room of the house and discussing how to keep each space minimal and working hard for your family. First up: kid's bedrooms. 

Topics We Discuss:

  • Deciding the feeling and function of the room
  • Rooms changing as children mature
  • How to save space
  • How to organize toys, books, and Legos

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Show Notes for EP57: A Minimalist Children's Room

 

Sep 04, 2018
EP56: Collect Memories, Not Things
04:58
Aug 28, 2018
EP55: What We Learned This Summer
26:41

We are back! We are delighted to be back in your earbuds after taking the summer off. Today we’ll be talking about all the minimalist lessons we learned from taking this intentional break.

In this episode we cover:

  • How to structure your kids' time on summer break
  • Traveling to the beach with kids
  • When to completely unplug from technology (for your sanity)
  • Working full-time when your kids are on summer break

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Show Notes for EP54: Top 20 Minimalist Mom Resources

Aug 21, 2018
EP54: Top 20 Minimalist Mom Resources
38:27

We have a special resource roundup episode where we give our top 20 favorite resources for minimalist moms! If it were up to us avid readers, we would just recommend books. However, we know not every momma has time to read so we’ve included podcasts, e-newsletters, and even a Netflix documentary to watch. They are in no particular order and we are not getting paid to endorse any of these people or brands, we just love them!

ANNOUNCEMENT: We will be taking a break from releasing new podcasts over the summer. So, if you want to stay in touch with us, please sign up to receive the "secret mantras" we'll be sending via email throughout the summer. Click here to sign up.

And, as always, we can connect on Facebook page or Instagram!

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Show Notes for EP54: Top 20 Minimalist Mom Resources

May 22, 2018
EP53: Need Less
05:26
May 15, 2018
EP52: When Minimalism is Debilitating
27:23

Setting a value in your life to live more minimally is a good thing; however, indecision can leave you in a debilitating state that doesn't feel like a positive step forward.

 

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Show Notes for EP52: Debilitating Minimalism.

May 08, 2018
EP51: Don't Organize, Minimize
05:26
May 01, 2018
EP50: Zero Waste for Beginners
45:30

We talk with a fellow minimalist mom, Stephanie, who is eagerly pursuing the zero waste movement. Having a zero waste home means you strive to use or reuse everything that comes into your home so there is no waste going to a landfill. Yes, zero trash is the goal! We don’t think our conversation today will get your household to that goal, but we’d like to introduce the concept and talk about easy ways your family can start to incorporate zero waste principles into your homes.

Find all the resources mentioned in this show and a list of beginner zero waste steps: Show Notes for EP50: Zero Waste for Beginners.

Apr 24, 2018
EP49: Single Task More
05:55
Apr 17, 2018
EP48: Top 5 Family Clutter Zones
49:01

We reveal the top 5 anxiety-inducing clutter zones in a family’s home. Researchers from UCLA did a study of how families live, what they keep in their homes and how they use the different spaces. They found a link between high cortisol (stress hormone) levels in female homeowners and a high density of household objects. We’ll share the findings and talk about how to deal with the biggest clutter culprits in our homes.

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Apr 10, 2018
EP47: Borrow, Don't Buy
03:26
Apr 03, 2018
EP46: Mom Style, Simplified
42:38

Today we talk about Megan's favorite minimalist topic: Capsule wardrobes! We interview Jennifer Mackey-Mary of appleandpearwardrobe.com.

Jennifer has been a wardrobe stylist for 17 years and focuses on helping moms simplify their style while still keeping it fun and functional. Jennifer will share her expert tips on how to create a fun and stylish capsule wardrobe that still suits our momma season of life.

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Show Notes for EP46: Mom Style, Simplified

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Mar 27, 2018
EP45: Enough Is Enough
05:50
Mar 20, 2018
EP44: Minimalist Beauty with Lindsey Moeller
46:17

Let's talk about natural and minimalist beauty routines! Listen in as we interview Lindsey Moeller of Balm Skincare. As founder of the natural beauty line, Lindsey will share with us what prompted her to create this line that prioritizes natural ingredients and how you can take steps to reduce the beauty products in your home.

We also talk about our beauty routines. While we haven’t disposed of all of the “carcinogenic” products, we still believe in making small steps in the right direction. Progress over perfection, friends.

 

Mar 13, 2018
EP43: Keep It Simple
04:40

The Minimalist Mantra of the Week is a quick, 5-minute episode with a phrase you can think on throughout the week.

This week’s mantra is: Keep It Simple

Read a full transcript of this show on the Minimalist Moms website.

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Mar 06, 2018
EP42: Shopping Bans with Cait Flanders
42:48

Today we’ll be talking with Cait Flanders who is the author of the new book, The Year of Less. Cait took on a year-long shopping ban and discovered life is worth more than anything you can buy in a store.

Feb 27, 2018
EP41: People Over Things
05:16

The Minimalist Mantra of the Week is a quick, 5-minute episode with a phrase you can think on throughout the week.

This week’s mantra is: People Over Things

Read a full transcript of this show on the Minimalist Moms website.

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Feb 20, 2018
EP40: Stuck on Sentiment
42:14

Sentimental items are one of the toughest things to minimize. This week, we discuss those items that are saturated in memories: the coffee cup from college, the cabbage patch doll from our childhood, your wedding dress, your grandmother’s costume jewelry, your daughter’s artwork from preschool, or a clipping from your son’s first haircut.

Do we purge them? Do we store them? What do we do with them? We hope this conversation will inspire you to look at what you’re holding tight to and what you may (may) be able to part with.

Feb 13, 2018
EP39: Use It Up
05:24

The Minimalist Mantra of the Week is a quick, 5-minute episode with a phrase you can think on throughout the week.

This week’s mantra is: Use It Up

Read a full transcript of this show on the Minimalist Moms website.

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Feb 06, 2018
EP38: Minimalist Decision Making
24:20

What does minimalist decision making look like? Today we are talking with Danielle Gohr of CatchThisMama.com. She will share her own formula – the ABCs of decision making  – to live a more intentional and minimalist life.

Jan 30, 2018
EP37: You Do You
03:51

The Minimalist Mantra of the Week is a quick, 5-minute episode with a phrase you can think on throughout the week.

This week’s mantra is: You Do You

Read a full transcript of this show on the Minimalist Moms website.

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Jan 23, 2018
EP36: Minimalist Goal Setting for 2018
56:13

New Year’s Resolutions rarely result in achieving anything but a ton of guilt. Today we’re proposing ways moms can set realistic goals for leading purposeful lives for themselves and their families.

Jan 16, 2018
EP35: Know Yourself
03:48

The Minimalist Mantra of the Week is a quick, 5-minute episode with a phrase you can think on throughout the week.

This week’s mantra is: Know Yourself

Read a full transcript of this show on the Minimalist Moms website.

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Jan 09, 2018
EP34: Soulful Simplicity with Courtney Carver
51:17

Today we are talking with Courtney Carver. She’s the founder of bemorewithless.com, minimalist fashion challenge Project 333 and a new book Soulful Simplicity We’ll be talking with Courtney about the power of simplicity in our mama lives, decluttering our closets and homes, and how to boycott busy.

Dec 04, 2017
EP33: Choose JOMO
04:36

The Minimalist Mantra of the Week is a quick, 5-minute episode with a phrase you can think on throughout the week.

This week’s mantra is: Choose JOMO

Read a full transcript of this show on the Minimalist Moms website.

Let’s keep the conversation going on our Facebook page or Instagram!

And, click here to get the show notes emailed to your inbox each week.

Nov 27, 2017
EP32: Minimalism and Spirituality
40:01

Today we’re talking with Spiritual Director Melissa Reed about how minimalism and spirituality are connected, what mindfulness means, and how to you can ban busyness and benefit from some mindfulness practices.

Nov 20, 2017
EP31: Reduce Your Choices
05:10

The Minimalist Mantra of the Week is a quick, 5-minute episode with a phrase you can think on throughout the week.

This week’s mantra is: Reduce Your Choices

Read a full transcript of this show on the Minimalist Moms website.

Let’s keep the conversation going on our Facebook page or Instagram!

And, click here to get the show notes emailed to your inbox each week.

Nov 13, 2017
EP30: Minimizing Holiday Decor
38:11

How to be purposeful with our holiday decor without being a Grinch!

Nov 06, 2017
EP29: One Is Enough
05:08

The Minimalist Mantra of the Week is a quick, 5-minute episode with a phrase you can think on throughout the week.

This week’s mantra is: One Is Enough

Read a full transcript of this show on the Minimalist Moms website.

Let’s keep the conversation going on our Facebook page or Instagram!

And, click here to get the show notes emailed to your inbox each week.

Oct 30, 2017
EP28: Minimalist Meal Planning
39:31

Today we’re talking with Angie Trueblood of MealPlanningMama.com. She’s going to teach us how to simplify the tasks of grocery shopping and meal planning so we can finally answer with confidence the inevitable question: Mom, what’s for dinner!?

Oct 23, 2017
EP27: Say “Yes” Less
06:15

The Minimalist Mantra of the Week is a quick, 5-minute episode with a phrase you can think on throughout the week.

This week’s mantra is: Say "Yes" Less

Read a full transcript of this show on the Minimalist Moms website.

Let’s keep the conversation going on our Facebook page or Instagram!

And, click here to get the show notes emailed to your inbox each week.

Oct 16, 2017
EP26: Let’s Get Rid of Some Toys!
31:01

No matter how intentional we are with what toys we choose to bring into the home, we can’t escape the reality of our kiddos desire for more.

We discuss how to minimize incoming toys and how to organize the toys you already own. While it may seem impossible to fully execute, we hope some of our tips will help you feel a little more organized and more prepared for the future.

Oct 09, 2017
EP25: Minimalist Moms One-Year Anniversary!
15:25

The Minimalist Moms Podcast is One-Year-Old! Join us in celebrating our one year anniversary of twice-monthly episodes. We reminisce about where we started and highlight our favorite episodes. Plus, a special announcement at the end!

Oct 02, 2017
EP24: How To Be a Minimalist In Your Community (Without Being a Jerk)
30:54

A special episode where we join with these awesome podcasts in talking about community:

Diane and I have often had concerns as we live our lives that we’ll offend others with our minimal ways. This takes many forms: saying no to joining the PTA because we have too much else on our plate, donating items people gave us or getting rid of kid toys with wild abandon. We hope to get you thinking about how you can be minimal (without being a jerk)!

Sep 25, 2017
EP23: Minimalism with a Newborn
35:27

On this week’s episode, we’ll be discussing minimalism with a newborn. We talk about what you need and don’t need when bringing your little one home.

Sep 11, 2017
EP22: Minimalist Confessions
43:26

It’s Minimalist Confessions time! Today Diane and I are going to be confessing the areas of minimalism we struggle with most. Motherhood is hard! We know the road to a cluttered home, schedule and mind is paved with good intentions. So, we’ll be talking about our biggest areas of struggle and how we might be able to get out of our ruts.

Aug 28, 2017
EP21: Tiny Home Living
53:45

We interview Emily Gerde who lives in a 325 square-foot tiny house with her family. Their tiny house build was featured on the HGTV show Tiny House Big Living. We’ll ask her all about what led Emily to tiny house living and what everyday living looks like for them.

Aug 14, 2017
EP20: Back to School Minimalism
24:53

We bring you a How Not to Get Carried Away Back to School Shopping Guide! 😉

Megan talks all things back to school including backpacks, clothing, shoes, lunch boxes, water bottles, and school supplies. Plus, she brings you four helpful tips to not get carried away while shopping.

Jul 31, 2017
EP19: How to Sell Unused Items
33:21

We discuss some helpful approaches to selling unused household items. As we continue to pursue a more minimalist lifestyle, the clutter needs to go somewhere – out! It’s difficult to navigate the best options for the most profit (and time) but we hope to spark some ideas as you move forward in decluttering your own homes.

Jul 17, 2017
EP18: Purses for the Minimalist Mom
34:17

One of our favorite accessories: purses! We talk about purses, diaper bags, and totes – whatever fits your current phase of motherhood. One size definitely doesn’t fit all in this category. We give tips on how to select the right bag to fit all the mom gear you need to haul around.

Jul 03, 2017
EP17: Minimalist Friendship
32:50

Minimalist friendship. Is that really a thing? Can we really be minimalist when it comes to our friendships? Join us as we have a candid conversation regarding the benefits of intentional relationship building.

Jun 19, 2017
EP16: Digital Minimalism (Part Two) – Digital Photos
42:32

We continue our digital minimalism series by tackling the topic of digital photos. Thousands of photos occupy our iPhone camera rolls and take up hard drive space. We’ll talk about how we attempt to corral all our memories, and enjoy them rather than see them as a chore.

Jun 05, 2017
EP15: How to Handle School Clutter
32:01

Between precious pieces of artwork, worksheets, permission slips, dioramas and science fair experiments – the clutter kids bring home from school can be overwhelming. Megan talks about her process to manage it day-to-day, and preserve their school memories.

May 22, 2017
EP14: Prevent the Summer Overwhelm
30:14

Let's talk about how to prevent the summer overwhelm. For most families, summer means a completely new schedule and lots of fun activities. We’ll discuss how to plan ahead and enjoy those lazy days of summer.

May 08, 2017
EP13: Minimizing Your Schedule
30:09

This week we discuss how to pare down your schedule. Some minimalists would disagree with maintaining any type of schedule; however, this doesn’t typically work well for mamas. We can’t say yes to everything – so what do we prioritize?

Apr 24, 2017
EP12: Digital Minimalism – Parenting with an iPhone
34:33

How to stay focused when cell phones and parenting meet.

Digital minimalism is mostly distraction management. Minimalism, in general, is a path to focus. We are reducing the number of things we do so we can focus on what’s important. In this episode, we talk about how to avoid retreating into our iPhones when parenting, and how to stay focused when using the phone too.

Apr 10, 2017
EP11: How to Travel Minimally with Kids
34:13

Whether you’re going on spring break or looking ahead to summer travel, we talk about how to travel with kids – the minimalist way. Megan leads the discussion on packing for small children with lessons gleaned from her last summer traveling 12 states and 3,000+ miles in a minivan with her family.

Mar 27, 2017
EP10: A Minimalist Approach to Becoming Debt-Free
59:14

We discuss our approach towards becoming debt-free. We talk about what’s worked, what hasn’t and where we’re still struggling. We give practical tips to encourage you to pursue a debt-free lifestyle.

Mar 13, 2017
EP09: You watched the Minimalism Documentary. Now what?
56:14

In this episode, we discuss the recent documentary Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things. The Minimalists: Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus present us with a beautiful documentary but what steps do we take moving forward? How do I pursue minimalism that works for me?

Feb 27, 2017
EP08: The Capsule Wardrobe
28:23

Megan tells us about her adventures with keeping a capsule wardrobe and gives an easy, 3-step approach to paring down your mom wardrobe and finding what clothing works for you. 

Feb 14, 2017
EP07: A Minimalist Approach to Goal Setting
48:09

We discuss how to approach goal setting with minimalism in mind. We believe moms can find a healthy balance between accomplishing their goals and giving themselves grace. 

Jan 30, 2017
EP06: A Very Minimalist Christmas (Part Two)
25:12

Join us as we discuss schedule priorities and the real meaning of the Christmas season.

Dec 05, 2016
EP05: A Very Minimalist Christmas (Part One)
56:39

Join us as we discuss our traditions and minimalist gift-giving during the Christmas season.

Nov 23, 2016
EP04: A Minimalist Thanksgiving
30:51

We discuss four areas of Thanksgiving to apply a minimalist mentality: Menu, Decor, Black Friday and Gratefulness.

Nov 07, 2016
EP03: Decluttering Your Closet
40:12

Join us as we discuss strategies to slim down your wardrobe. What percentage of your clothing do you think you wear? We’ll tell you the startling stat and great paring down strategies in this episode. We’ll also cover the reasons why it’s hard for us to let go and ways to responsibly get rid of unwanted clothing.

Oct 26, 2016
EP02: Universal Benefits of Minimalism
32:35

In this episode, we discuss some universal benefits of minimalism. 

Oct 10, 2016
EP01: Meet the Minimalist Moms
11:48

We introduce ourselves and the origin story of this podcast!

Sep 30, 2016