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Melissa and Kate, two laid-back moms, explore the topics you most want to hear about it--family minimalism, adventuring with your kids, balancing family and work, and more--all in the time it takes you to brew your morning coffee. Sometimes ridiculous, always on point, these two best friends put the fun back in parenting and creating your happier, simpler home.
 
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Interested in the zero or low-waste lifestyle? Need some fresh inspiration to jumpstart your journey? In episode 58 of the Cohesive Home Podcast, Melissa chats with Lindsey McCoy, co-founder of Plaine Products, a sustainable, vegan, and non-toxic hair and body line. Lindsey shares her drive to start the company and practical ideas for living sustai…
 
Interested in a more peaceful way of parenting and a simpler home experience for your children? In episode 57 of the Cohesive Home Podcast, Kate interviews Simone Davies, the Montessori teacher and blogger behind the popular website The Montessori Notebook, which helps families bring the Montessori Method into their daily life. She's also about to …
 
In episode 56 of the Cohesive Home Podcast, Kate and Melissa tackle a listener question about living intentionally. A listener said “How do you all figure out how to live intentionally every day instead of reactively? I know what my values are, but I’m not sure how to be purposeful on a daily basis and actually living them. Listen on as we share ou…
 
Planners, goal setting, and habit shifts with Whitney English in episode 55 of the Cohesive Home Podcast. Whitney English, founder of Day Designer, a business strategist and creator of H.E.A.R.T. Goals, shares her story and wisdom with Kate. In this episode: Whitney's story and how her business has changed over the years Comparisons on social media…
 
Has your family ever been in a total funk where life seems out of sync? In Episode 54 of the Cohesive Home Podcast, Kate and Melissa chat about a concept called soul fever, which happens when life gets overwhelming or something stressful happens. They share how to overcome it with kiddos, as adults, and also as a family. This episode is encouraging…
 
Ever wish you could sit down with a financial expert and get practical advice? Well, we here you! In Episode 53 of the Cohesive Home Podcast, we invited Jessi Fearon, financial expert from Real Life on a Budget, to share her advice for being intentional with finances in 2019. Read on for more. In this episode: Jessi's personal story with debt and h…
 
How do you goal set for the New Year? In Episode 52 of the Cohesive Home Podcast, Kate and Melissa give you full access to their goal setting process by talking through 2019 LIVE. The two share their personal, family, and business goals as well as what worked and didn’t work in 2018. This episode is like sitting down with your girlfriends for a fun…
 
Already feeling stressed by the holidays? Need permission to simplify and celebrate in the way that is best for YOUR family? In this episode, Kate and Melissa share the ways they've uncomplicated their holiday celebrations and how to find traditions that feel right for yours. They also share about how to deal with family that doesn't agree with the…
 
For Episode 50 of the Cohesive Home Podcast, we're welcoming Jennifer Pepito: homeschooling mom of 7 and owner of Peaceful Press, a homeschooling curriculum and resource shop to the show. Melissa and Jennifer chat about seasons of life and knowing when it's time to make a change, along with the steps they took to make those changes with a large fam…
 
Do you know all the ways you can lead a simple life at home? In this episode of the Cohesive Home Podcast, Kate and Melissa share the 4 main ways you can live an intentional and minimal life. The two share about their experiences with capsule wardrobes, zero waste living, clearing their family schedules, and decluttering with plenty of wisdom and t…
 
The Nester is in the (Cohesive) House! Join Kate and Melissa for a chat with Myquillin Smith, better known as the Nester, about how you can create your own Cozy Minimalist Home. You are going to love all of the tips and suggestions she offers. In this episode: Kate and Melissa share about one of their favorite podcasts: the Friendlier Podcast with …
 
Have you ever faced a really difficult decision about your kids? In episode 47 of the Cohesive Home Podcast, Melissa and Kate are bringing it with vulnerability and honesty, sharing how they handle difficult situations and decisions. Melissa opens up about her decision to stop homeschooling her kids and what's next for them. Kate shares how the lau…
 
Homeschooling, planners, and fall routines for the win! Kate and Melissa are back fun and informative episode about how they are working the homeschooling in a small space life. Melissa shares about their transition to apartment living and Kate gives the lowdown on homeschooling in her home on wheels. The two also share their planner systems and ho…
 
Has homemaking gotten a bad rap? In Episode 45 of the Cohesive Home Podcast, Melissa and Kate tackle the meaning of the word "homemaker" and update it for today's home creators. They share their own personal experiences with homemaking and their top tips for creating a home of your own, whether you live in a physical home, an apartment, or even a h…
 
Melissa and Kate are back from their epic break and jumping back into the podcasting saddle with Episode 44 of the Cohesive Home Podcast. In this episode the two share what life was really like behind the scenes and why a break from the podcast was a necessity. They dig into the value of rest and share the major life lessons learned from taking a s…
 
In our first interview of 2018 Melissa chats with Grace Druecke of the Bali Market. She shares her inspiration behind her beautifully curated shop and minimalist living journey, as well as tips on how to bring calm and balance into your home. We hope you enjoy this episode! Visit The Bali Market Use discount code COHESIVEHOME for 20% off! Listen to…
 
No matter their age, all kids crave a space to call their own, whether it's a bunk in a shared room with siblings or their own bedroom. In EP 43, Kate and Melissa share their thoughts on creating kids spaces: from decluttering to design and function. If you have little people in your life, you'll enjoy this laidback chat about giving them a space o…
 
Overcoming fears and chasing dreams: in episode 42 of the Cohesive Home Podcast, Melissa and Kate share step-by-step how to face down your fears and make progress toward your family's dream. The two unpack some of the hurdles you might face going after a dream and strategies to make it happen. They also share their own personal experiences with fac…
 
DISCLAIMER!! We talk about SANTA in this episode. Please do not listen with your children if you don't want any childhood dreams crushed. =) SECOND DISCLAIMER!! Melissa's mic didn't work in this episode so please ignore the sound quality and just know the content of this episode is really good...we promise you'll love it. In episode 41 of the Cohes…
 
In Episode 40 of the Cohesive Home Podcast, Kate and Melissa revisit one of their favorite topics: food. In this follow-up to episode Episode 9 "Simple Family Food" the two talk about the latest in their personal food journeys, helpful resources, and thoughts for incorporating minimalism into your food philosophy. Listen on or read more below: Ment…
 
In another round of our Interview Series, Kate chats with Jeff and Andre Shinabarger-- social entrepreneurs, community builders, and parents with an inspiring view on life. Listen in as Kate talks with them about their views on the connection between minimalism and generosity, showing your kids the world, and overcoming fears. You will love this th…
 
Ever wonder if your life would make a good movie? Or is your life still stuck in the opening credits? In this episode, Kate and Melissa share a unique approach of visualizing your family's life as a story. They share specific steps to implement so that you can move from a mundane life to one full of passion and without regret. Three major points to…
 
What would it be like to live with no car? In today’s episode, Melissa interviews Sarah Kopper. She’s the co-host of both the Friendlier and Family Pedals Podcasts, she’s an advocate for car-free family transportation, a writer, and a mother of two. We hope you will be inspired and look at bicylcing as a family totally differently! Family Pedals Po…
 
Kate and Melissa are back with another short and sweet Q&YAY! In Q&YAY episode 5, they answer the listener question, "how do you do it all?" The two openly share how the last few months have gone for them individually as Cohesive Home has grown. They also talk about their plans for Cohesive Home over the next several months and how running a busine…
 
In episode 38, Melissa and Kate team up with 4 other lady podcasts to chat about community. The two share their thoughts on building online community, ways to find your people online, and the value of believing in abundance over scarcity. Let's jump in! People/topics mentioned in this episode: scarcity mindset vs. abundance mindset: read this artic…
 
The Cohesive Home Q&YAY is a quick and feisty chat with Melissa and Kate to kick your weekend off right. In this episode, the two answer the question: “As a mom I find it hard to meet other like minded mamas. Do you have any advice on how to make this easier?” Listen to the full episode to hear their answer as well as what they're reading and think…
 
Join Melissa as she speaks with Larisa Barth in the latest edition of our interview series. Larisa is a mother, entrepreneur, maker, and minimalist living simply, zero waste, and intentionally in Wyoming. She shares how tragedy in her family's story ultimately changed her direction and led her to start a non-profit serving her community. That's not…
 
We're back with a follow-up to our popular Episode 11: Planning. In this episode we share our favorite ways to plan and stay organized while raising kids and juggling all the things we do. We talk about how our ideas of organization and planning have changed since last year and what's new for each of us. Head to cohesivehome.com/cohesivehomepodcast…
 
Ever wonder what a day in the life looks like for Melissa and Kate? In Q & YAY Episode 3 the girls chat candidly about what a normal day looks like for each of them. They share about homeschooling and juggling three kids each while keeping a podcast going, spoiler alert: it involves coffee. #momlife For show notes go to cohesivehome.com/cohesivehom…
 
Is it fall yet? In a land of pumpkin spice lattes and cozy throws, Kate and Melissa chat about a different way to create comfort in this week's episode. Calling it "homeyness," the two mamas talk about what really makes them feel at home and the art of creating that feeling yourself. Find show notes and subscribe for updates at cohesivehome.com/coh…
 
How do you deal with a partner who is a maximalist? In this Q & YAY episode, Melissa and Kate answer a listener's question on how to deal with a partner who will not declutter and share a surprising perspective. They also chat about their current favorite podcasts and music you should know. Listen now or read more below: It's not on our timing Deal…
 
What did you want to be when you grew up? In this episode, Kate and Melissa look back at their childhood dreams and compare them to where they are now. They also chat about their own kids' dreams, how to help your kids believe in the possibilities of dreaming big, and also why it matters to do it as a family. Head to cohesivehome.com/cohesivehomepo…
 
Join Kate and Melissa for the first ever Q & Yay, a short chat where the two answer a listener question, share what they're loving right now, and update you on Cohesive News. These super short episodes are the perfect kickstart to your weekend and will be posted every Friday! On this first episode, Melissa and Kate answer the question: “How can I e…
 
What does the practice of minimalism look like 5 years later? In Episode 34, Melissa and Kate kick-off the third season with a look back at their minimalism journeys. The two share what they got right, what they wish the had done differently, and the advice you need to know if you're just starting out simplifying. Head to cohesivehome.com/cohesiveh…
 
After a few weeks off from recording, Melissa and Kate are back chatting about the value of self-care in their daily routines. They share how they establish better self-care habits, the importance of postpartum self-care, and how to reset after major changes. Sign up for updates and the latest episodes at cohesivehome.com! Check out our Cohesive Ho…
 
Some dreams just take time and perseverance; on this episode of the Cohesive Home Podcast, Melissa and Kate share practical tips for staying the course. They chat about the benefits of community, communication, and flexibility. They also make a big announcement at the end of the episode! Talked about in this episode: The Cohesive Home Family Philos…
 
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 wor…
 
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! Things we chat about:…
 
From Canada to Argentina (and beyond) in an Earthroamer: Josh and Jenna are the inspiring couple behind the website Nomad Yoga Family. Although the couple had it all--you know, a thriving yoga studio, their dream home, beautiful children, and plenty of international travel--they decided in 2015 to sell-up and embrace a nomadic lifestyle. They now l…
 
From California Dreaming to East Coast Homesteading: in today’s 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 ind…
 
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 r…
 
What makes a cohesive home? In the 30th episode of the Cohesive Home Podcast, Melissa and Kate share tips for identifying your family’s values, creating a happier home, and living simply. They reflect back on the last year of podcasting and offer encouragement for your journey, wherever you may be on it. Subscribe to the podcast on cohesivehome.com…
 
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 als…
 
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…
 
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 im…
 
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 g…
 
The mamas chat about the must have items for your baby and why you should consider going minimalist with baby gear. Whether you don't have kids or have a house full of them, you'll enjoy this lighthearted and silly episode on the benefits to starting your family out with a minimalist mindset. Kate and Melissa also share about Basal Baby, a new subs…
 
In this episode, the two couples chat about what it takes to achieve dreams while also raising a family. They share their stories as well as chat about what it means to be in a supportive partnership, how it's not always possible to chase dreams and what to do in the meantime, and the role of individual dreams vs. family dreams. The husbands, Brand…
 
In Episode 23 of the Cohesive Home Podcast, Kate and Melissa share their thoughts on simplifying resolutions and instead encourage you to focus on internal change. They chat about the ups and downs of 2016, popular resolutions for 2017, and ways to make habit changes an intentional part of your everyday instead of once a year. The CH mamas also rev…
 
In Episode 22 of the Cohesive Home Podcast, Melissa and Kate share the ways each of their families handle spending and how they align finances with their individual values. They also share a few tips for budgeting and cutting back on expenses to create a more purposeful financial approach. Check back in January 2017 for the next episode of the Cohe…
 
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