Episode 18: Shopping Fair Trade & Ethical Products

Are you a concerned consumer who is unsure about where to shop?  Do you worry that you are supporting slave labor?  We talk a combination of minimalism and how to seek an end to labor trafficking in this latest episode.  We also talk a little bit about gift giving in consideration to this season.

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Episode 17: Cold Weather Albums & Growing Up in the NJ Scene

It’s that time of the year; There’s a chill in the air, you start wearing some warmer gear and cuddling up close with loved ones, watching a couple of kids accidentally kick each other in the head while they do some pitting to some fun hardcore! Okay, well maybe you need to have a taste for the last part, but it’s what we think of! Join us for a slightly different episode as we discuss our favorite cold weather music suggestions!

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Episode 16: A Birthday Adventure and Sentimental Items

Getting rid of items that were gifted or have special memories associated with them can be some of the hardest items to sort through while you’re minimizing your possessions. In this week’s episode we’ll answer a question from a new listener and try to help sort out some of the issues relating to sentimental and gifted items. Also, wish a happy belated birthday to Victoria as we discuss some birthday excitement we had this year!

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Episode 15: Declutter Maintenance and Media Organization

We finally got another question! Our friend Emilee sent us in a question asking what we do to maintain our decluttered home. We give some insight in how we deal with things coming in to the home and how to prevent a mess from rearing its ugly head. Also, we give a rundown of what we’ve done to handle our media (books, CDs, DVDs/BluRays).

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Episode 14: Inspirational People From Our Road to Minimalism

As we’ve been on our road to minimalism there have been a few people we know personally that have inspired us along the way, some of which may not have considered themselves minimalists but taught us lessons about simplicity anyway. We decided to take time to reminisce about some of these people!

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Episode 13: Co-ops and Homeschooler Socialization

Ever wonder how homeschoolers get any social time with other kids? How our kids get their socialization is one of the most common questions for us and almost every other homeschooling family so in this second half (more like last third) of our homeschooling discussion we’ll get in to some detail about co-ops and how we keep our kids from being kept under the proverbial rock.

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Episode 12: Homeschooling, Unschooling, Our Schooling, and Schedules

Do teachers still ring school bells today? I guess not. Even so, a new school year is upon us, and we’re going to talk all about school. From the experiences we had to what we’re doing today for our kids, we’ll go over the trials of public, private, and home schooling.

This episode will be released as two parts, so watch out for the second half in two weeks.

The “Back to School” song clip from “Billy Madison” is NOT owned by us in any way. We just think it’s funny and would fit with this episode.

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Episode 11: Vacations

Did you ever think minimalists should take vacations? Do you have some favorite childhood vacation memories? Join us in our discussion about a recent vacation we took and how we went about it with our simple lifestyle!

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Episode 10: Vegetable Gardening

In this episode we talk with Victoria about the process of going from a “brown thumb” gardener to wanting to eat more healthy, self-grown food and starting her own vegetable garden.

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Episode 9: Our Camping Trip, Camping Experiences, and Two Special Guests

Last week we took a short family vacation where the boys got to experience their first night camping at an age where they’ll remember it! In this episode we’ll talk a bit about our trip and some other camping experiences we have had growing up. Also, since this was a family vacation, we figured this would be a great time to get a couple of very special guests on the show! (They have been asking to be on it for a while now.)

Also, we now have a couple of videos up from Knoebels on our YouTube channel! You can check these out and the back-catalog of some older videos we have done about simple living and minimalism. You can find us on YouTube at YouTube.com/c/SimplyUs.

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