Interview Series | Katrina Onstad: "The Weekend Effect"

Katrina Onstad, Canadian journalist and author of "The Weekend Effect" joins Kate on the podcast to chat about how to create a happier and more relaxed weekend. She shares the latest research as well as her own personal experiences, and you'll love this laid-back chat about the importance of a relaxed childhood for your kids, how to cut back on work AND be more productive, the value of getting out in nature, why being social (in person) matters, and more.

 

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31: Change + Decluttering

Big changes equals big purging: In this episode Melissa welcomes Kate back to the podcast after her maternity leave. The friends chat about Kate and her new baby as well as Melissa's new home and how these big life changes are prompting some much needed decluttering sessions. But how do they tackle it all? Listen and find out

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Interview Series | Sew the Land

From California Dreaming to East Coast Homesteading: in this episode, Melissa chats with the family behind the homesteading blog and YouTube channel Sew the Land. In 2016, Lorraine, Jason, and their daughter, Penelope, moved cross-country from California to North Carolina in search of fertile land and a new dream. From working in the fashion industry and computer drafting to becoming new homesteaders, the couple has embraced a life of gratitude, minimalism, and connection to the land.

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Interview Series | Cait Flanders

Cait Flanders is a finance blogger, a minimalist, and the co-host of the Budget and Cents podcast. In 2011, she decided to get serious about paying off her 30,000 in debt and began blogging her progress. When she paid off the last of it in 2013, she further experimented with hacking her life by successfully completing a two year shopping ban, got rid of 75% of her belongings to live more simply, and started the podcast Budget and Cents with Carrie Smith.

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29: Wisdom from the Little House Books

Johnny cakes, locusts, and creating homes: in episode 29, Kate and Melissa share the lessons they've learned about living simply from reading the "Little House" book series with their children. The two chat about everything from free-range play and responsibility for kids, keeping foods simple, and the risk with buying things on credit. Melissa also shares some exciting news, and Kate gives an update on her pregnancy. 

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28: Less But Better | Bathrooms

Simplifying our homes by choosing quality over quantity: in this episode, Melissa and Kate start a new series in which they chat about applying the philosophy of "less but better" to the family bathroom. The two share how they have simplified their bathrooms over the years and ways in which they are consciously choosing better products and avoiding consumerism. Kate and Melissa also share their love of Turkish towels and chat about a minimalist company worth checking into: the Bali Market.

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27: Living Simply by Your Values

Toss the 10 step decluttering guides and tailor your simplicity approach to YOUR Values: In this episode, Melissa and Kate explore the idea of family-sized minimalism inspired by individual values. They walk you through the steps of figuring out your own values and how to purposefully apply them to your home and life. The two also chat about the impact of living simply with children and practical tips for implementing minimalism in a family home. 

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26: Minimalist Technology

Would you ever give up social media? In this episode, Melissa shares how she recently deleted her Instagram account and what life has been like post-social media. Kate shares her own struggles to cut back on tech use and the two mamas refer back to a previous podcast episode on technology, Episode 3. Kate and Melissa share some of the reasons why going tech-light is in alignment with living minimally and why you should evaluate your own use. Practicing minimalism is about more than getting rid of physical clutter, but also shedding any time commitments or habits that lessen life quality.

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