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038: What’s for Dinner? - The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast: Eco-Friendly Families | Simple Living + Parenting

9/18/2018
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“So, what’s for dinner?” I *hate* this question; maybe you do, too.Another thing I hate? Food waste. I find myself composting past-its-prime produce more often than I’d like to admit. While these dueling conundrums may seem mutually exclusive, they actually have an easy, common solution. That easy solution is meal planning. This week’s guest – Staci Ducharme – started meal planning + failed. Miserably. But she tried again + got it right: * Meal planning got her family out of... Read More...

Duration:00:25:32

037: When Sustainability + Imagination Collide - The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast: Eco-Friendly Families | Simple Living + Parenting

9/11/2018
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Design shimmering mosaics from old CDs. Create rag rugs from used clothes. Got yourself an abundance of plastic bags? Get weaving. *Creative Reuse a THING!* If you’ve been to a contemporary art museum lately, chances are good you’ve viewed at least one exhibit that boasts garbage as its sole medium. While critics argue that trash creations look … well, … trashy, today’s guest swiftly debunks this assumption by offering truly beautiful reuse ideas for our trash + recyclables. Carla...

Duration:00:30:15

036: Minimalism for Home, Head + Heart - The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast: Eco-Friendly Families | Simple Living + Parenting

9/4/2018
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Like clean countertops? Me too. While many associate minimalism with clean homes, it’s a little-known secret that the practice is easily applicable to our heads + hearts, too. That’s because minimalism grants breathing room in *all areas* of our lives. My guest this week is Ashley Logsdon. She’s a blogger + fellow podcaster who’s here to help us clear the clutter so that we may have the mental + emotional “space” for whatever comes our ways. Enjoy! * Access this... Read More Read More The...

Duration:00:27:36

035: How To Preserve Food Like a Pro - The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast: Eco-Friendly Families | Simple Living + Parenting

8/29/2018
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If you’re serious about sustainability, I’m willing to bet you’re also serious about reducing food waste. Preserving food at home is the epitome of sustainability. That’s because canning eliminates the need for pesky supermarket packaging or plastic + relies instead on (reusable + awesome) mason jars. A little-known secret? Preserving food at home also saves serious cash. That’s where today’s guest comes in. She’s a homesteader + canning expert who has gotten quite creative in the kitchen as...

Duration:00:26:35

034: 9 Things You’re Recycling Wrong - The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast: Eco-Friendly Families | Simple Living + Parenting

8/21/2018
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Are you an Aspirational Recycler? You know you’re an Aspirational Recycler if: – You wish EVERYTHING was recyclable. – You place nearly every item in the recycling bin, cross your fingers + hope for the best. But there are *big* problems with Aspirational Recycling. Nonrecyclable items contaminate the recycling stream + cause clog the facility’s equipment. Aspirational Recycling raises the overall cost of recycling + demands additional manpower, too. On today’s episode I take you from...

Duration:00:17:33

033: Thrifting 101 - The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast: Eco-Friendly Families | Simple Living + Parenting

8/14/2018
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Modern thrift stores AREN’T overflowing with Grandma’s mothball-y hand-me-downs. That’s because 21st Century thrifting has become *quite* sophisticated. Consumerism tells us need the newest + the shiniest. Today’s episode invites you to challenge that assumption by shopping secondhand, instead. My guest this week is Amanda Lindner. She furnished her ENTIRE Brooklyn apartment with items purchased secondhand (+ for under $500 total!). She asserts that thrifting isn’t just frugal +...

Duration:00:32:13

032: How to Recreate the ‘Vacation Sensation’ - The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast: Eco-Friendly Families | Simple Living + Parenting

8/7/2018
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On vacation, time slows + senses heighten. Slowly but surely, we find ourselves utterly relaxed. I call this the Vacation Sensation. But there’s a major glitch, + it’s this: Upon returning home, the stresses we ran from inevitably catch us yet again. Is it possible to keep vacation mode alive well after returning home? If so, how? I’ve done the research for you. This week, I’m thrilled to offer 13 empirically-based strategies to bring the Vacation Sensation into our daily... Read More Read...

Duration:00:15:55

031: The Art of Saying ‘No’ - The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast: Eco-Friendly Families | Simple Living + Parenting

7/30/2018
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“Live less out of habit + more out of intent.” If you follow me on social media, you already know this is my personal mantra. I recite it over + over when choices are hard; it’s this mantra we’re discussing today. My guest today is Jen Panaro. She’s the founder of Honestly Modern, an online brand that focuses on sustainable living for modern families. She’s a mom with a full-time 9 to 5 who has gotten quite skilled at rethinking... Read More Read More The post 031: The Art of Saying ‘No’...

Duration:00:27:14

030: Pet Parenting Done Right - The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast: Eco-Friendly Families | Simple Living + Parenting

7/24/2018
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Is your home overrun with hardly-used dog + cat toys, like mine? Do you find yourself wondering whether there’s an eco-friendly alternative to those plastic poo bags? When it comes to pet parenting, it’s easy to buy All. The. Toys. It’s easy to forget about sustainability, too. That’s where today’s episode comes in. My guest is Kim Almon. She’s a blogger, animal-lover + expert on sustainability + minimalism as they apply to our furry friends. On today’s episode, we: –... Read More Read...

Duration:00:33:05

029: Is Sustainability Unmanly? - The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast: Eco-Friendly Families | Simple Living + Parenting

7/16/2018
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Men are less likely to buy eco-friendly products. They’re hesitant to carry reusable bags + drive hybrid cars, too. That’s because environmentalism is for women + crossing gender boundaries makes men uncomfortable. Sustainability has long been associated with femininity. On today’s episode we examine why this stereotype exists; we offer research-based methods to engage reluctant men in the eco-friendly movement, too. My guest today is Dr. James Wilkie. He’s a consumer psychologist, professor...

Duration:00:31:45

028: The Low-Waste Parenting Rulebook - The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast: Eco-Friendly Families | Simple Living + Parenting

7/9/2018
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Cloth diaper. Breastfeed. Minimize plastic. …… Duh. It’s sad but true: Most low-waste parenting strategies read like obvious platitudes. Worse, such practices are recycled ad nauseam on the eco-friendly inter web. Did you know? There are HEAPS of zero-waste parenting tips that aren’t QUITE so apparent: It’s THESE 10 strategies we’re discussing today. On this week’s episode, I’m thrilled to divulge the not-so-obvious, often overlooked sustainable parenting rules. They’re Kid-Tested,...

Duration:00:14:02

027: 5 Super Easy Clothing Repairs (No sewing machine required!) - The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast: Eco-Friendly Families | Simple Living + Parenting

7/3/2018
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Ever scrutinize old photos + pick apart your outfits of decades past? I do. My first thought: “Ugh what was I thinking wearing THAT?” My second thought: “Where’s that outfit now?” *Spoiler Alert* : ALL your outfits of decades-past are SOMEwhere. (The landfill, probably.) These days, we’re in the habit of tossing clothes at the first sign of wear + tear. That’s because timeless skills like mending + darning are thrown to the wayside in favor of convenience. This episode changes... Read More...

Duration:00:15:13

026: The (Inconvenient) Relationship between Clutter + Anxiety - The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast: Eco-Friendly Families | Simple Living + Parenting

6/25/2018
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You’ve purged, donated, decluttered + organized your heart out, but – STILL! – you find yourself stressed + anxious? You’re not alone. Minimalism is good for kids; it’s good for parents, too. But minimalism is a Band-Aid for a much larger problem, and that problem is stress + anxiety. My guest this week is Anna Seewald. She’s a parent educator, speaker, author + podcaster with backgrounds in psychology + education. She’s here to legitimize the connection between clutter +... Read More Read...

Duration:00:31:58

SM #025: NOT Keeping up with the Joneses - The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast: Eco-Friendly Families | Simple Living + Parenting

6/18/2018
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Ever feel like life is one gigantic competition? (I do, sometimes!) This week’s guest ISN’T keeping up with the Joneses. She’s happily living the life she WANTS to lead; today, she shows you how to do it, too. This week, we: – outline concrete strategies to remove financial obstacles standing in the way of living our best lives, – discuss the nitty-gritty behind consciously exiting the rat race, and – offer 3 questions to ask yourself BEFORE veering from life’s... Read More Read More The...

Duration:00:27:35

SM #024: Wedding Season Done Right - The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast: Eco-Friendly Families | Simple Living + Parenting

6/11/2018
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Paper invitations + lined envelopes? Meh. Table arrangements with beautiful but foreign booms? Eeek! Heaps of uneaten food, discarded food? Yuck! Here’s a secret: Weddings don’t have to be wasteful! Luxury + sustainability can coexist at ceremonies, receptions +beyond. This week, I offer my best tips for planning a wedding that’s both eco-friendly + elegant; I show how sustainable choices save SERIOUS CASH, too. Not getting married anytime soon? I’ve got you covered, because I’m also...

Duration:00:20:09

SM #023: Minimalism + The Mental Load - The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast: Eco-Friendly Families | Simple Living + Parenting

6/4/2018
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Everyone’s talking about the mental load these days. On today’s episode, we analyze the ways in which this endless To-Do List + minimalism collide. My guest this week is Leslie Forde. She divulges takeaways she’s gained from her data-driven approach to studying the mental load; she gets deeply personal, too. This week, we: – Describe EXACTLY HOW the mental load erodes well-being, – Prioritize the needs of busy women, and – Reveal the real reason why I started this podcast... Read More Read...

Duration:00:36:48

SM #022: Debunking KonMari Myths - The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast: Eco-Friendly Families | Simple Living + Parenting

5/28/2018
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“Tiidying [the KonMari way] … is meant to be an exercise of self-expression, self-discovery, self-care + self-love. It’s the hard work that creates the change.” MARIE. KONDO. Ever heard of her? On today’s episode, we’re diving deep into her groundbreaking decluttering method with two *certified* KonMari consultants. My guests have dedicated their lives to the KonMari way. On today’s episode, they: – Explain why Marie Kondo ISN’T a minimalist, – Address the Number One criticism of the KonMari...

Duration:00:39:16

SM #021: Low-Waste on a Low Budget - The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast: Eco-Friendly Families | Simple Living + Parenting

5/21/2018
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“There are people who are on the hustle; (they’re) worried about making rent. They’re not thinking about their trash.” It’s sad but true: Sustainable living is exponentially harder for low-income individuals. That’s because eco-consciousness can be expensive; it’s a drain on mental energy + time, too. My guest this week is Ghoncheh Azadeh: she’s a sustainability warrior who comes to our conversation armed with challenges specific to eco-minimalism on a budget. First, our conversation is...

Duration:00:24:59

SM #020: Zero-Waste Baby Steps - The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast: Eco-Friendly Families | Simple Living + Parenting

5/14/2018
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“The term ‘zero-waste’ sounds really daunting, especially for normal people (with) busy lives … but if you take it slow it’s really not that overwhelming.” To celebrate our 20th episode, I’m thrilled to offer Part One of a Two-Part series on the zero-waste lifestyle! This week, I present two mini-interviews with women on different stages of their shared journey toward sustainability: First there’s Julie: A mission trip to Nicaragua contrasted sharply with the throw-away culture of life back...

Duration:00:42:34

SM #019: Tiny Home, Gigantic Life with Emily Gerde - The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast: Eco-Friendly Families | Simple Living + Parenting

5/7/2018
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“Before knowing anything about tiny houses, I walked around my 2,200 square-foot home and was like, ‘Wow, this room is completely empty besides, like, a chair. I have this space that I’m heating and cooling and I’m not even using it.” Is it time to rethink the ‘bigger is better’ mentality? This week’s guest says yes. Emily Gerde is an author, tiny home dweller + advocate of the tiny home movement. HGTV featured her tiny home search; today; she and... Read More Read More The post SM #019:...

Duration:00:38:57