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53: Where Homeschool Doesn't Break the Bank with Jessica Sarchett

We are so happy to have Jessica Sarchett on the podcast today. Jessica, her husband and two kids are currently living in and homeschooling from their RV in California. Jessica shares with us all about how she does it and about her passion for homeschooling on a budget. You don't have to spend a lot of money to homeschool and Jessica is proof! She shares tips and many of the free resources she uses in her homeschool. We hope you enjoy this conversation! You can find Jessica on Instagram as...

Duration: 00:56:45

Throwback: Favorite Christmas Books

We're popping in your feed mid-week to throwback to an episode we recorded last year at this time all about our favorite Christmas books. This is a quick listen we wanted you to have in time for the season. We will put links here in the show notes to all of these books but they're all also in one place in our Amazon Page at We'd love to hear from you. What are your favorite Christmas books? Come find us on social media and let us know. An...

Duration: 00:17:20

52: Where We De-stress

We all know that stress can have negative effects on our lives, bodies and consequently our homeschools. We want to create a culture where it's normal to take measures to prevent stress and also to take care of ourselves during those inevitable stressful times. In this episode, we talk a lot about what's going on in our lives personally and how we manage stressful seasons. Homeschool Unrefined Bonus Ep #2: Favorite Christmas Books Homeschool Unrefined Ep 50: What We Don't Do: Holiday...

Duration: 00:49:15

51: What Every Homeschool Parent Deserves {Gift Guide}

If we got to register for gifts upon becoming homeschool parents, these are the things we'd register for. These things have made our lives easier as parents whose days are full parenting, teaching and living life. You don't need to be a homeschool parent to benefit from listening - this is for all parents, grandparents and regular people looking for hacks to help ease stress. All of these items would be great gifts for any parent or child in your life (or yourself, of course!). Today's...

Duration: 01:01:21

50: What We Don't Do: Holiday Edition

The holidays are coming! And we're here to give you all the permission you need to skip out on the things that drain you. The holiday season should be enjoyed and not tolerated. For that to happen, you literally cannot do all the things. Listen in as we tell you what makes our Don't Do lists and be encouraged to create a Don't Do list of your own. Cee Lo's Magic Moment Michael Buble's Christmas Harry Connick Jr's What a Night! Third Day's Miracle Taylor Swift Holiday...

Duration: 00:45:04

49: Where Autopilot Saves the Day

Do you need to simplify your days? Or do you need something easy to get you through a stressful day, week or season? Today Maren and Angela talk about the idea of Autopilot and how they use it to lower stress and simplify their days. When you use Autopilot, much learning happens and it's easy on the homeschooling parent and child. There are so many benefits, we wonder why we're not using it more often. Today's podcast is brought to you by audible - get a FREE audiobook download and 30...

Duration: 00:40:57

48: Where We Take On Tweens With Vanessa Wright

In today's episode, we bring back Vanessa Wright to chat all about raising tweens! Vanessa is a homeschool mom of 3 (yes, 3) tweens living in North Carolina. Today we chat about tweens, what makes them special and how to try and make your homeschool fit to their needs and abilities. You may remember Vanessa from Episode 31 where she talked about homeschooling through hard times. We're so glad she's back! @wrightathomeschool on Instagram Wright at Homeschool Facebook Page Daily...

Duration: 00:47:44

47: Where We Throw Ourselves a Surprise Party {With Anniversary Giveaways}

On today's episode, we are celebrating our first podcast anniversary and it's full of surprises! Join us as we reminisce about taking a leap and starting a podcast and chat about what has surprised us this past year in our homeschools. Then, we review our past Loving This Weeks and tell you both what we're still loving and what we've given up on. We end the show with some fun giveaways for you, our listeners! We've loved making this show for you and feel honored that you listen every...

Duration: 00:43:10

46: Where We Dive Into the Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin

In today's episode we chat all about the Four Tendencies framework by Gretchen Rubin. We talk about each of the Four Tendencies - Upholders, Obligers, Questioners and Rebels - and how they tend to show up in people's lives and in our lives specifically. We would love to hear from you! What is your tendency and how does it play a part in your life? The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin Gretchen Rubin's Website Happier Podcast with Gretchen Rubin - Upholders, Questioners, Obligers,...

Duration: 00:59:22

45: Where We Fumble Through Conversations About World Events

In a world where something big and scary happens almost daily, talking to your kids about world events can be unsettling, nuanced and a challenge. We invite you in to this conversation where we talk all about what we do, what we don't do and our own questions and fears. Today's podcast is brought to you by audible - get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at Over 180,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3...

Duration: 00:43:39

44: Where We Positive Discipline with Casey O'Roarty

This is a good one everyone! We are so honored to have Casey O'Roarty of Joyful Courage on the podcast today talking all about Positive Discipline. Casey gives lots of encouragement and practical ideas for connecting with your kids and finding solutions to common problems. Jane Nelson, Positive Discipline Alfred Adler The Whole-Brain Child by Dan Diegel and Tina Payne Bryson Joyful Courage Podcast Episode 100 with Tina Bryson Sproutable with Julietta Skoog A Mother's Journey to...

Duration: 01:00:39

43: Where We Decide What's Next

What happens after you scale back and lower your expectations? What about when you come off of a period of deschooling? This episode is all about what comes next. How do we decide what to add and when? How do we know when we or our kids are ready for more?Where do we start? If you haven't listened to our Episode 41: Where We Stage an Intervention, you might want to start there. Today's podcast is brought to you by audible - get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at...

Duration: 00:54:41

42: Where We Change Things Up

Sometimes, the homeschool curriculum or philosophy you envisioned isn't working for you or your child. We give you permission to change it up! In this week's episode, we bring you an interview from our friend, Melissa Schoenberger, who has lots of experience making changes. She tells her story and also explains what she has gained from going through many different homeschool curricula and philosophies. Loving This Week Angela - Glacier Point Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water...

Duration: 00:39:55

40: Where We Let Go of Perfectionism

In this episode we talk all about the ways we can get perfectionistic in homeschooling and parenting. Striving for excellence is one thing but that can easily slide into perfectionism. We talk about our own perfectionistic tendencies and their consequences. We also talk about why it's actually a good thing to not complete the curriculum or have a messy house, for example. Warning: this episode has some serious borderline obnoxious laughter at the beginning when Maren and Angela reminisce...

Duration: 00:46:28

39: Where We Talk Curriculum Specifics

In this episode, we dive in to chatting about everything we're using for curriculum this year. You'll hear what exactly we're using, why, how and how often for all the subjects. This episode is a bit longer than normal and is jam-packed with lots of information. We would love to hear from you! What are you using for curriculum this year? Today's podcast is brought to you by audible - get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at Over...

Duration: 01:07:35

38: Where We Are Unruffled By Skeptics

This is the last episode in our summer chat series where we talk about what's going well, what needs tweaking and answer a listener question. Today's listener question is all about how to handle homeschool skeptics. We'll give you our best advice for how to think about and answer those curious questioners. As always, we end the show with what we're Loving This Week. Loving This Week Angela - Panasonic Facial Hair Trimmer for Women Maren - Ecovacs Deebot Robotic Vacuum Cleaner Visit...

Duration: 00:49:11

37: Where We Plan Loosely

In this episode, we challenge the notion that homeschool parents need to do loads of planning. We encourage you to know yourself and do what works best for YOU. Do you love to plan? Then go for it! Does the thought of planning overwhelm you? Do you like to plan differently than other homeschool parents you know? It's ok - embrace your style because everything will go more smoothly if you do. Today's podcast is brought to you by audible - get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial...

Duration: 00:55:46

36: Where We Transition

This episode is another in our Summer Chat Series where were are talking about what's going well, what needs tweaking and we answer one listener question. This week's listener question is all about how we handle transitions, large and small. We thought it was an appropriate week to tackle the topic since many of us are transitioning back into school. Of course, we also chat about what we are Loving This Week. Loving This Week Angela - Death Sex & Money Podcast Episodes: I Killed...

Duration: 00:44:10

35: Where Maren Talks With Her Husband

Today is a fun one! Maren's husband Sean joins our show to talk all about how he and Maren met, his background, his views on education and why he thinks the world needs homeschooled kids. This would be a perfect episode to share with a reluctant homeschooling partner because they talk all about how they came to the decision to homeschool together and the many reasons why it's a good fit for their family. LTW Sean - Delta Skymiles Medallion Program Maren - Airpods Connect with Sean...

Duration: 00:59:54

34: Summer Book Club: How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, Part 3

This is the last episode in our summer book club series where we'll be talking about chapters 5 & 6 of the book, How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. Today we talk all about praise and freeing children from playing roles. Join us! Today's podcast is brought to you by audible - get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at Over 180,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android,...

Duration: 00:52:38

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