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93: Where We Relax Into High School With Renee Tougas, Part 2

10/15/2018
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In this part 2 of our amazing interview with Renee Tougas, we dive into what is great about having high schoolers and touch on a challenge or two that might go along with them. We ask Renee how she handles our ever-changing world of technology with her teenagers. Finally, we dip our toes into a conversation about Renee’s sense of adventure and how it drew their family closer together. This conversation fired us up, not only about having high schoolers, but about loving this adventure called...

Duration:01:07:02

92: Where We Relax Into High School With Renee Tougas, Part 1

10/8/2018
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Need a Pick-Me-Up no matter what the age of your kids? Renee Tougas is the answer. Renee is a homeschool mom to 3 teenaged and young adult children. She is a talented blogger and adventurer. Her words are profound, inspiring and beyond encouraging. You could not ask for a better person to turn your homeschool from frustrating to flourishing! We walked away from this conversation feeling great about what we’re doing now to prepare for life with teenagers. Listen now! How to connect with...

Duration:00:51:46

91: Where We Werk!

10/1/2018
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In this episode, we navigate the ups and downs of being a working parent, especially when it comes to homeschooling. This gig isn’t easy, but for so many of us, working is an important part of our lives. If you think this episode isn’t for you, think again! We are all working and parenting. We could make a list a mile long of the many tasks we all do that hold our house together. Let’s give ourselves credit for the many hats we wear. How do you balance working and parenting? Loving This...

Duration:00:55:07

90: Where We September Check-In

9/24/2018
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We loved our summer check-in series so much, we decided to make it a monthly reoccurring episode. We’ll check in with what’s going well, what needs tweaking, and how our self-care is going. If you have a friend who can do this type of check-in with you, go for it now! If not, we’re here for you. What’s going well, what needs tweaking, and how is YOUR self-care going? Loving This Week Angela: Slow Burn Season 2 Maren: Fatboy Spray Putty Visit our website Support us on Patreon...

Duration:00:53:15

89: Top 10 Things We've Learned in 21 Years of Homeschooling With Pam Barnhill

9/17/2018
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This week we reflect on 21 years of homeschooling with THE homeschool guru and veteran, Pam Barnhill! Pam brings insight and encouragement to our discussion. Ready for some serious truth bombs? Get out a Sharpie and notecard. You’ll want to tape these on your cupboard and be reminded of them everyday. Connect with Pam on her website, here. Loving This Week Maren: Hello Activated Charcoal Toothpaste Angela: Beloved Cami Visit our website Support us on Patreon here. Join our closed...

Duration:00:43:09

88: Where We Empower Kids To Self-Evaluate

9/10/2018
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This week, we dive into the vital skill of self-evaluating. We hone in on why it’s so good and how we do it (or how we WANT to do it more). We also think of some good examples of what it looks like when there is successful self-evaluation happening. As always, we have a fun chat to start out the episode, and we end with our LTWs (Loving This Weeks). Loving This Week Angela: Doterra Past Tense Maren: GT's Unity Kombucha Visit our website Support us on Patreon here. Join our closed...

Duration:00:49:43

87: Where We Make It Fun

9/3/2018
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We are reminding ourselves to take joy in the beginning of the school year! We’re going to prioritize connection first, not our to-do list. Learning happens best when everyone’s in a good mood and feels loved. In this episode we talk all about how important it is to have fun as a family, and we share what we’re doing to make that happen this year. Loving This Week Angela: Puracy Dish Soap Maren: Kirkland Signature Chocolate Almond Dipped Vanilla Ice Cream Bars Visit our...

Duration:00:43:52

86: Where Nature Inspires Us With Greta Eskridge

8/27/2018
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We are ecstatic to welcome Greta Eskridge (@maandpamodern) to the show! She is the ultimate nature enthusiast, and you will not want to stay inside another minute when you hear her wonder at all things outdoors. Greta gets real, simple, AND fun which is exactly why we knew she was a must-have guest on Homeschool Unrefined. Today's podcast is brought to you by audible - get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at www.audibletrial.com/homeschoolunrefined. Over 180,000 titles to...

Duration:01:05:50

85: Where We Pare Down: Curriculum, Co-ops & Clubs

8/20/2018
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In this episode, we get real about our fall plans. The rubber meets the road with some tough decisions. We can’t do it all, and we have to be honest about what is really going to give us life this school year. Which means some plans that seemed great must get cut. Our favorite (okay, maybe hardest) thing to say for this school year is, “If it’s not a Heck Yes, it’s a No!” Loving This Week Angela: Eighth Grade Maren: You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero Visit our website Support us on...

Duration:00:46:44

84: Nature Series: How To Raise a Wild Child, Ch 9-10

8/13/2018
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We finish up How to Raise a Wild Child by Scott D. Sampson with an invigorating discussion about getting that technology/nature balance. It can be tricky! Have you found a good balance? If so, please share your wisdom with us! We'd love your support on Patreon here. How To Raise a Wild Child by Scott Sampson Apps Mentioned: Merlin Bird ID, Geocaching, Garden Answers, All Trails, iNaturalist, Mynature animal tracks Loving This Week Angela: Keyboard Cover, Laptop Case Maren: Alamo...

Duration:00:47:04

83: Summer Mode: Slow Planning, Library Fees & Book Recs

8/6/2018
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We continue in glorious Summer Mode with what’s going well, what needs tweaking, and a self-care check-in. Get an update on Maren’s pilates efforts and Angela’s reading habits. We go on too long (if that’s even possible) about some favorite books, and we have a good laugh about Parks and Rec (the actual thing, not the tv show). We also dive into a listener question about curriculum and what we REALLY do. 37: Where We Plan Loosely 70: Where We Are Brave Writers With Julie Bogart Play...

Duration:01:06:33

82: Nature Series: How To Raise a Wild Child, Ch 6-8

7/30/2018
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In this installment of our Summer Nature Series, we talk through these three very important chapters of How to Raise a Wild Child in which Scott Sampson addresses the phases of childhood and how we can best support kids in each stage of their nature journey. There are so many ways we can learn from this book as homeschool parents and in life! Hummingbird Parenting, Family Nature Clubs, and the Power of Dirt are all topics we hit. Listen now and get inspired! We'd love your support on...

Duration:00:58:09

81: Summer Mode: Competitive Kids, Shoe Update & Amazon Weakness

7/23/2018
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This Summer Mode schedule is giving us life. We discuss what’s going well, what needs tweaking, and we have a much needed self-care check-in. We also dive into a listener question on how we deal with competitive kids. Do YOU have a question you’d like us to answer this summer? Post here or send us a DM! We'd love your support on Patreon here. We'd love to have you follow along for our Nature Series where we're reading How To Raise a Wild Child by Scott Sampson. The Bad Guys by Aaron...

Duration:00:48:07

Throwback: Where We Stage an Intervention

7/16/2018
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We are looking back to when we needed to stop ourselves from getting super stressed out about every single thing, and refocus on what’s really important. This is reoccurring issue, so we needed to hear this from ourselves again. Hope this helps you, too! Today's podcast is brought to you by audible - get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at www.audibletrial.com/homeschoolunrefined. Over 180,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3 player. Our audible...

Duration:01:01:37

Thowback: What We Don't Do

7/9/2018
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In this favorite listener episode we hand out all the permission slips to do less, relax more, so that we can enjoy this time we have so carefully carved out for our families and for ourselves. We dig into what the purpose is for homeschooling in the first place, so we can make some tough decisions about what NOT to do. Everlane: The Cotton V T-shirt Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist Hello Fresh Loving This Week Angela: Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott also mentioned: Traveling Mercies...

Duration:00:56:05

80: Nature Series: How To Raise a Wild Child, Ch 3-5

7/2/2018
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Join us for our Summer Book Club: How to Raise a Wild Child. In this episode, we address how schools are helping/hindering the love of nature, very easy ways to incorporate nature into our everyday lives, and how our frame of mind is a huge factor in helping our kids get on board. Read along with us this summer, or just listen in for the highlights! Either way, you’ll get so much out of this book. We'd love your support on Patreon here. How To Raise a Wild Child by Scott Sampson Sparkle...

Duration:00:58:17

79: Summer Mode: The State of Our Cars

6/25/2018
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We’re in Summer Mode, and you know what that means. We dive into our series topics: what’s going well and what needs tweaking. We want you to be part of our Summer Mode series, too, so we’re answering listener questions! This week’s question addresses the universal homeschool worry about how much is too much seat work. We created a Patreon Page and we'd love to have your support! In return, we're recording new podcast episodes we're calling Homeschool Unrefined: Off the Record. We just...

Duration:00:44:51

78: Nature Series: How To Raise a Wild Child, Ch 1-2

6/18/2018
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We all know getting into nature is good for us. But do we really know why? And how do we overcome all the hurdles of actually making it happen? We are kicking off our summer book club with an inspiring discussion of chapters 1 & 2 of How to Raise a Wild Child by Scott D. Sampson. Read along throughout the summer, or just listen in to grab the highlights. We created a Patreon Page and we'd love to have your support! In return, we're recording new podcast episodes we're calling Homeschool...

Duration:00:48:21

77: Summer Mode: Boredom, Rhythm & Reading

6/11/2018
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Are you in Summer Mode? Join us as we kick off this new series with real talk about boredom, rhythm & reading and what that looks like in this season. In Summer Mode, we’ll discuss what’s going well, what needs tweaking, and we’ll answer a listener question. As always, we’ll share our LTWs throughout the summer. Let’s do this summer together! Next week, we will be chatting about nature and the first few chapters of the book How To Raise a Wild Child by Scott Sampson. We will use this...

Duration:00:41:30

76: Where We Play! With Christy Thomas

6/4/2018
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Christy Thomas is the guru for play, and we are so happy to have her on the podcast. Christy shares with us the power of play and why it is vital to our families. She helps us process through our angst of needing to do all the “important” things first and how we can make play a priority. If you need a little nudge in the right direction, a pass to play, this is it! We created a Patreon Page and we'd love to have your support! In return, we're recording new podcast episodes we're calling...

Duration:00:55:01