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August 16, 2019
If you’ve got more than one kid at home, chances are you’re dealing with sibling tension of some kind in your homeschool. In this quick excerpt, we talk about how we ease some of that sibling tension and what we do to create a non-competitive culture at home.   Summer Bonus Episodes We're dropping bonus episodes like this all summer long, so make sure you're subscribed to our podcast so you don't miss a thing!    Call to Action We have a goal of getting to 10K followers on Instagram and we need your help! Spread the word about Homeschool Unrefined by following and sharing us on Instagram. Not on Instagram? Share us IRL. Word of mouth is the BEST way to help our podcast grow!   Summer Favorites Guide To kick off summer, we’ve curated a list of our Summer Favorites in our Amazon Shop! It's like a gift guide for your summer filled with childhood essentials, backyard gear, and "it's-too-hot-to-go-outside" activities. Using our affiliate link to purchase anything on Amazon supports our podcast!   Connect with us!  Visit our website | Sign up for our newsletter. | Support us on Patreon. | Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela | Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
August 12, 2019
It’s time to get real about our fall plans. 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—even good ones!—have to get cut. We’re talking about paring down curriculum, co-ops, and clubs as we head into the school year. Let’s approach homeschool planning with the mindset: “If it’s not a Heck Yes, it’s a Heck No!”   Share this episode with a friend and let’s keep the conversation going in our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers.⁣   Episode Mentions White Lies (NPR Podcast)   Call to Action We have a goal of getting to 10K followers on Instagram and we need your help! Spread the word about Homeschool Unrefined by following and sharing us on Instagram. Not on Instagram? Share us IRL. Word of mouth is the BEST way to help our podcast grow!   Maren's Year of Travel! Follow Maren’s travels @unrefinedmaren. Wanna do a meet up in one of the cities Maren is visiting? Let us know!   Summer Bonus Episodes We're dropping bonus mini-episodes all summer long, so make sure you're subscribed to our podcast so you don't miss a thing!   Summer Favorites Guide It's summer, and we’ve curated a list of our Summer Favorites in our Amazon Shop! It's like a gift guide for your summer filled with childhood essentials, backyard gear, and "it's-too-hot-to-go-outside" activities. Using our affiliate link to purchase anything on Amazon supports our podcast!   Loving this Week Angela: Jamie B. Golden’s website and 10-step skin care routine   Maren: Sounds About Bright Organic Cotton Dress (Modcloth)   Connect with us!  Visit our website | Sign up for our newsletter. | Support us on Patreon. | Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela | Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
August 2, 2019
Hi Friends! Does anyone else have bored kids this summer? We thought you might enjoy this mini excerpt from the archives about how we try to handle boredom. Enjoy!   Summer Bonus Episodes We're dropping bonus episodes all summer long, so make sure you're subscribed to our podcast so you don't miss a thing!    Call to Action We have a goal of getting to 10K followers on Instagram and we need your help! Spread the word about Homeschool Unrefined by following and sharing us on Instagram. Not on Instagram? Share us IRL. Word of mouth is the BEST way to help our podcast grow!   Summer Favorites Guide To kick off summer, we’ve curated a list of our Summer Favorites in our Amazon Shop! It's like a gift guide for your summer filled with childhood essentials, backyard gear, and "it's-too-hot-to-go-outside" activities. Using our affiliate link to purchase anything on Amazon supports our podcast!   Connect with us!  Visit our website | Sign up for our newsletter. | Support us on Patreon. | Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela | Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
July 29, 2019
A lot of homeschooling and parenting is about helping our kids develop skills for their toolboxes. In this episode, we’re talking about one of our favorite tools: self-evaluation. We get into why this skill is so important and how we build self-evaluation into our homeschool—from the planning stages to our daily routines to (gasp!) homeschooling without grades and report cards. Empowering our kids to self-evaluate bolsters their self-awareness and self-confidence, and it helps us exercise trust in them and ourselves—it’s the ultimate win-win! This episode is a must-listen as you plan your school year. (You might even want to jot down some of the “What We Don’t Do” ideas we share.)   Share this episode with a friend and let’s keep the conversation going in our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers.⁣   Episode Mentions When They See Us (Netflix) Ken Burns: The Central Park Five (Amazon Prime Video) Oprah Winfrey Presents: When They See Us Now (Netflix)   Call to Action We have a goal of getting to 10K followers on Instagram and we need your help! Spread the word about Homeschool Unrefined by following and sharing us on Instagram. Not on Instagram? Share us IRL. Word of mouth is the BEST way to help our podcast grow!   Maren's Year of Travel! Follow Maren’s travels @unrefinedmaren. Wanna do a meet up in one of the cities Maren is visiting? Let us know!   Summer Bonus Episodes We're dropping bonus mini-episodes all summer long, so make sure you're subscribed to our podcast so you don't miss a thing!   Summer Favorites Guide It's summer, and we’ve curated a list of our Summer Favorites in our Amazon Shop! It's like a gift guide for your summer filled with childhood essentials, backyard gear, and "it's-too-hot-to-go-outside" activities. Using our affiliate link to purchase anything on Amazon supports our podcast!   Loving this Week Angela: Hey You. Shoo. Natural Insect Repellant from LüSa Organics   Maren: Wallet Slayer Wallet Case   Connect with us!  Visit our website | Sign up for our newsletter. | Support us on Patreon. | Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela | Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
July 19, 2019
We thought you'd enjoy this excerpt of our July Check-In. We do a check-in episode every month for our patrons, and we wanted to share a clip with you! To get the full episode dropped right into your podcast app, join us on Patreon at any reward level.   Summer Bonus Episodes We're dropping bonus episodes like this all summer long, so make sure you're subscribed to our podcast so you don't miss a thing!    Call to Action We have a goal of getting to 10K followers on Instagram and we need your help! Spread the word about Homeschool Unrefined by following and sharing us on Instagram. Not on Instagram? Share us IRL. Word of mouth is the BEST way to help our podcast grow!   Summer Favorites Guide To kick off summer, we’ve curated a list of our Summer Favorites in our Amazon Shop! It's like a gift guide for your summer filled with childhood essentials, backyard gear, and "it's-too-hot-to-go-outside" activities. Using our affiliate link to purchase anything on Amazon supports our podcast!   Connect with us!  Visit our website | Sign up for our newsletter. | Support us on Patreon. | Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela | Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
July 15, 2019
We’ve never met a lazy homeschool child or parent. Because (spoiler) they don’t exist! We’re all juggling academics, extracurriculars, personal and professional projects, social and emotional development, family life and sibling dynamics, household responsibilities, time management, research, decision-making, … Whew, a lot! Join us as we make the case for giving yourself credit for all the work (and real-life learning!) you and your kids are already doing.   Share this episode with a friend and let’s keep the conversation going in our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers.⁣   Call to Action We have a goal of getting to 10K followers on Instagram and we need your help! Spread the word about Homeschool Unrefined by following and sharing us on Instagram. Not on Instagram? Share us IRL. Word of mouth is the BEST way to help our podcast grow!   It's Amazon Prime Day! Shop our curated lists for books, gift ideas, homeschool resources, and more! Using our link for all your Prime Day shopping helps support the podcast!   Meet Up with Maren & Angela at the Brave Learner Conference! We'll be at Julie Bogart's Brave Learner Conference and we're hosting a meet up on Friday night, July 19! Meet in the lobby at 6:30pm and we'll walk to Bru Burger for dinner. Check out our invite in the Brave Learner Conference FB group for more details, and let us know if you'll be there!    Maren's Big Adventure! Follow Maren’s travels @unrefinedmaren. Wanna do a meet up in one of the cities Maren is visiting? Let us know!   Summer Bonus Episodes We're dropping bonus mini-episodes all summer long, so make sure you're subscribed to our podcast so you don't miss a thing!   Summer Favorites Guide To kick off summer, we’ve curated a list of our Summer Favorites in our Amazon Shop! It's like a gift guide for your summer filled with childhood essentials, backyard gear, and "it's-too-hot-to-go-outside" activities. Using our affiliate link to purchase anything on Amazon supports our podcast!   Loving this Week Angela: Hummingbird Feeder   Maren: Hulu Live   Connect with us!  Visit our website | Sign up for our newsletter. | Support us on Patreon. | Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela | Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
July 5, 2019
Hi friends! World news can be tough and hard to talk about sometimes. We thought you might enjoy this mini Bonus Episode where we process through having those hard conversations with our kids. Enjoy!   Summer Bonus Episodes We're dropping bonus episodes all summer long, so make sure you're subscribed to our podcast so you don't miss a thing!    Call to Action We have a goal of getting to 10K followers on Instagram and we need your help! Spread the word about Homeschool Unrefined by following and sharing us on Instagram. Not on Instagram? Share us IRL. Word of mouth is the BEST way to help our podcast grow!   Summer Favorites Guide To kick off summer, we’ve curated a list of our Summer Favorites in our Amazon Shop! It's like a gift guide for your summer filled with childhood essentials, backyard gear, and "it's-too-hot-to-go-outside" activities. Using our affiliate link to purchase anything on Amazon supports our podcast!   Connect with us!  Visit our website | Sign up for our newsletter. | Support us on Patreon. | Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela | Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
July 1, 2019
This is the podcast where we keep homeschool simple, real, and fun... and this episode is all about the FUN! Why focus on fun? Because as the Finnish proverb says, "Those things you learn without joy, you will forget easily." Research shows that learning happens best when everyone (including you!) is in a good mood and feels loved. We share some of the ways we're making homeschool fun and how we're prioritizing connection over lessons and to-do lists.   Share this episode with a friend and let’s keep the conversation going in our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers.⁣   Call to Action We have a goal of getting to 10K followers on Instagram and we need your help! Spread the word about Homeschool Unrefined by following and sharing us on Instagram. Not on Instagram? Share us IRL. Word of mouth is the BEST way to help our podcast grow!   Summer Bonus Episodes We're dropping bonus mini-episodes all summer long, so make sure you're subscribed to our podcast so you don't miss a thing!   Summer Favorites Guide To kick off summer, we’ve curated a list of our Summer Favorites in our Amazon Shop! It's like a gift guide for your summer filled with childhood essentials, backyard gear, and "it's-too-hot-to-go-outside" activities. Using our affiliate link to purchase anything on Amazon supports our podcast!   Loving this Week Angela: White Lies podcast from NPR   Maren: Dead to Me on Netflix and Killing Eve on Hulu   Connect with us!  Visit our website | Sign up for our newsletter. | Support us on Patreon. | Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela | Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
June 21, 2019
Hi friends! We hope you enjoy this excerpt of "LTW Extra"--a monthly episode we create for our $8 Patreon supporters. We share more of what we're "Loving This Week" (LTW), including books, podcasts, movies, and shows.   Come join the fun on Patreon! Supporters get bonus content like this dropped right into their podcast app regularly.   Summer Bonus Episodes We're dropping bonus episodes all summer long, so make sure you're subscribed to our podcast so you don't miss a thing!    Call to Action We have a goal of getting to 10K followers on Instagram and we need your help! Spread the word about Homeschool Unrefined by following and sharing us on Instagram. Not on Instagram? Share us IRL. Word of mouth is the BEST way to help our podcast grow!   Summer Favorites Guide To kick off summer, we’ve curated a list of our Summer Favorites in our Amazon Shop! It's like a gift guide for your summer filled with childhood essentials, backyard gear, and "it's-too-hot-to-go-outside" activities. Using our affiliate link to purchase anything on Amazon supports our podcast!   Connect with us!  Visit our website | Sign up for our newsletter. | Support us on Patreon. | Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela | Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
June 17, 2019
We’re getting real about interest-led learning IN REAL LIFE. What is it? How does it work? Do you have to commit to a whole new homeschooling method? (Hint: You don't.) What's our role? What if our kids' interests are less-than academic or difficult to support? We process through all these questions, talk through how interest-led learning benefits our kids, and work through the challenges we have with it every single day.   Share this episode with a friend and let’s keep the conversation going in our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers.   Call to Action We have a goal of getting to 10K followers on Instagram and we need your help! Spread the word about Homeschool Unrefined by following and sharing us on Instagram. Not on Instagram? Share us IRL. Word of mouth is the BEST way to help our podcast grow!   Patreon Props Welcome to our newest patrons—Lauren, Melissa, Jenny! And shoutout to Lisa and Amanda who increased their support! You can join the fun at patreon.com/homeschoolunrefined.   Summer Favorites Guide To kick off summer, we’ve curated a list of our Summer Favorites in our Amazon Shop! It's like a gift guide for your summer filled with childhood essentials, backyard gear, and "it's-too-hot-to-go-outside" activities. Using our affiliate link to purchase anything on Amazon supports our podcast!   Loving this Week Angela: Taylor Jenkins Reid (author) Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel    Maren: When They See Us on Netflix (mentioned The Breakdown with Shaun King)   Connect with us!  Visit our website | Sign up for our newsletter. | Support us on Patreon. | Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela | Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
June 3, 2019
It’s summer! And homeschool parents are totally ready for a break, but we’re also asking ourselves “Did we do enough?!” We want the freedom of unscheduled days, but we also need some structure and plans. We’re talking about our summer tentpoles, the things we’re using to anchor our days and find that summer sweet spot.   To kick off summer, we’ve curated a list of our Summer Favorites in our Amazon Shop! It's like a gift guide for your summer!   Share this episode with a friend and let’s talk about YOUR summer tentpoles in our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers.     Mentions Q&A A Day CTC Math Prodigy Daily Grams Blast Off to Reading! Explode the Code   Loving this Week Angela: Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chicken Curry Maren: Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle   Connect with us!  Visit our website | Sign up for our newsletter. | Support us on Patreon. | Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela | Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
May 20, 2019
With recent and upcoming trips fresh on our minds, we’re taking this show on the road and talking all about homeschool + travel! How do our kids learn through travel? Do our travel activities have to be “academic” to be educational? What are the non-academic lessons that travel can teach us? We discuss ways to enhance travel’s inherent learning (and relational) experiences—from the planning stages through the return trip and beyond. This is a great episode if you’re thinking about big summer vacation travel plans, roadschooling, or even a simple weekend trip out of town.   Share this episode with a friend and let’s talk about it more in our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers.   Episode Mentions 108: Personalities Deep Dive—An Introduction 49: Where Autopilot Saves the Day 18: Where We Travel   Loving this Week Angela: Aegend Swim Goggles Maren: Yogalicious High Waist Ultra Soft Lightweight Capris - High Rise Yoga Pants   Connect with us!  Visit our website | Sign up for our newsletter. | Support us on Patreon. | Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela | Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.  
May 6, 2019
Real-life homeschool mom Vanessa Wright is here to guest co-host and get us in the F.L.O.W. She’s developed the F.L.O.W. acronym for helping find homeschool flow, and we’re breaking it down, one letter at a time. This conversation is like a homeschool brainstorming session with a friend—grab a kombucha and listen in!   Enjoy an extended chat with Vanessa available exclusively on Patreon. We chat 90s music, our favorite things to buy at Costco, and balancing work and homeschool. Maren also tells a never-before-shared 90s concert story you're gonna want to hear.   Share this episode with a friend and let’s talk about it more in our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers.   Episode Mentions 48: Where We Take on Tweens with Vanessa Wright 31: Where We Homeschool Through Hard Times with Vanessa Wright  104: Where We Marie Kondo Our Homeschool   Where to Find Vanessa Connect with Vanessa on Instagram and Facebook.   Loving This Week Vanessa: Pacifica Beauty Hairvana Leave On Detangling Conditioner and Emily P. Freeman's book "The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions" Maren: Captain Marvel   Connect with us!  Visit our website | Sign up for our newsletter. | Support us on Patreon. | Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela | Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. ⁣
April 22, 2019
Jamie C. Martin, author of “Give Your Child the World” and editor of SimpleHomeschool.net, joins us to talk about the power of knowing, accepting, and celebrating yourself as an introverted parent. But this message isn’t just for introverts—we’re talking about you, too, extroverts! This is the conversation we wish someone had with us in our early days of parenting and homeschooling, and one we can learn from even now.   Get our extended interview available exclusively to patrons at patreon.com/HomeschoolUnrefined. Jamie shares compelling insight about the difference between self-improvement and self-care. We also get her take on the Homeschool Unrefined signatures “What We Don’t Do” and “Giving Ourselves Credit”—join now to listen!   Jamie’s new book “Introverted Mom: Your Guide to More Calm, Less Guilt, and Quiet Joy” is available now for preorder—with TONS of preorder bonuses to last you all through the year. Order your copy at amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined.   Episode Mentions 108: Personalities Deep Dive--An Introduction 72: Where Simple Homeschool Is Our Jam with Jamie Martin   Where to Find Jamie Connect with Jamie at her website. You can also find her in all these places: Simple Homeschool, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.   Loving This Week Angela: Wake Up Call with Katie Couric (newsletter) and The Breakdown with Shaun King (podcast) Maren: Xpand No Tie Shoelaces System with Elastic Laces - One Size Fits All Adult and Kids Shoes     Visit our website | Sign up for our newsletter. | Support us on Patreon. | Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela | Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
April 8, 2019
Can knowing more about personalities transform your homeschool? We think so! We discuss the simple yet powerful framework of introvert/extrovert, and we break down the common myths and misunderstandings about both. Respecting this basic dynamic in our homeschool can have big results! We also introduce four personality systems we love and use for self-awareness, personal growth and development, and healthy relationships. Join us as we start this new series about one of our FAVORITE topics.   Maren is speaking at the MHA Convention on April 15! Email us at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com if you’re interested coming to the Meet Up with Maren at 8am that morning!   Past Personality Episodes & Show Notes/Resources 06: Where We Talk Personalities 22: Where We Enneagram 46: Where We Dive Into the Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin 27: Where We Appreciate the Highly Sensitive Person   Loving This Week Angela: Hydro Flask, Standard Mouth Flex Cap Lemon, 24 Ounce and The Coldest Water Insulated Standard Mouth Size 2.0 - Hydro Sports Straw Cap Flip Top Lid - Multi-Compatible with Standard Flask Mouth Size Stainless Steel Water Bottles Maren: Album "Heard It In A Past Life" by Maggie Rogers   Visit our website | Sign up for our newsletter. | Support us on Patreon. | Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela | Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
March 25, 2019
Most of us want a homeschool experience that's more than just school at home. But it can be overwhelming, even scary, to change our entire mindset about learning and schooling. So we're talking about what it means, why it's important, and how empowering it can be to think differently about homeschool. Plus, we share what we DO do in a typical homeschool day with our own kids, ages 8-14. Listen in and get ready to think differently about homeschool!   Other episodes in this series 104: Where We Marie Kondo Our Homeschool 105: Where We Honor Authenticity   NEW Patreon episodes March Check-In March LTW Extra More with Debbie Reber   Maren is speaking at the MHA Convention Email us at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com if you’re interested coming to the Meet Up with Maren!   Episodes Mentioned 103: Where We Get an Enchanted Education With Julie Bogart 55: Where We Give Ourselves Credit   Resources MentionedCTC MathProdigyBravewriterLogic of EnglishBlast Off To ReadingExplode The CodeDaily GramsEverything You Need to Know About MathQ&A a Day300 Writing Prompts   Loving This Week Angela: Amazon Essentials Women's 2-Pack Short-Sleeve V-Neck T-Shirt Maren: ComfiLife Orthopedic Knee Pillow for Sciatica Relief, Back Pain, Leg Pain, Pregnancy, Hip and Joint Pain - Memory Foam Wedge Contour   Visit our website Sign up for our newsletter here.Support us on Patreon here.Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangelaMaren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
March 11, 2019
Chances are we all have a kid who is differently wired, regardless of a diagnosis. Debbie Reber is here to normalize these differences and ease our minds. Debbie answers all our questions we didn’t know who to ask (until we met her). Just hearing Debbie’s experience and wisdom gave us confidence to normalize and own all the learning differences in our own families. We hope this episode has the same effect on you!     Dr. Ross Greene’s Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) Model Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen  Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World by Deborah Reber Debbie's TEDx Talk: Why the Future Will Be Differently Wired Find Debbie at her website, instagram, and her podcast.     Loving This Week  Angela: Plum Paper Company Personalized Planner (7x9 Vertical Priorities) Maren: Her Starbucks order of Dark Roast with Steamed Coconut Milk (and this OATLY! milk for coffee at home)   Visit our website Sign up for our newsletter here. Support us on Patreon here. Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
February 25, 2019
Today, we honor our authentic selves and yours!  Do you love to plan?  Or are you more fly by the seat of your pants?  Do you love to knit? Play games? Read aloud? Adventure?  Whatever you do, embrace it!  Here we give you ALL the reasons to own your authentic self. We’ll give you a glimpse into what our authentic homeschool looks like for each of us—and we bet it won’t look the same as yours! Ep 104: Where We Marie Kondo Our Homeschool Ep 56: Where We Adventure with Emily Carlson Ep 86: Where Nature Inspires Us With Greta Eskridge Ep 27: Where We Appreciate the Highly Sensitive Person   Loving This Week  Angela: Mpow H5 Noise Cancelling Headphones Maren: Hidrate Spark 2.0 Smart Waterbottle   Visit our website Sign up for our newsletter here. Support us on Patreon here. Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
February 11, 2019
Sure, you’re Marie Kondo-ing your sock drawer, but what about your homeschool?  In this episode, we talk about why we all might want to consider using Marie Kondo’s simplifying technique on our homeschool plans.  We also identify what really Sparks Joy for us, and of course, we had to include a few What We Don’t Dos.  Because, Marie.   Loving This Week  Angela: Believed Maren: Quip Toothbrush   Visit our website Support us on Patreon here. Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
January 28, 2019
We had another inspiring conversation with Julie Bogart you won’t want to miss!  We talk about everything from making the most of your personality to getting older kids excited about learning to keeping the magic going even when we don’t feel like it.  Julie even shares her own version of some Homeschool Unrefined signatures: What We Don’t Do and LTW (Loving This Week). Pre-order Julie’s new book, The Brave Learner, now for some bonus content!  It’s a must-read for any homeschool parent, regardless of style, personality, or number of years you’ve been at it.  You will be better for reading this gem! Find Julie on Instagram @juliebravewriter Ep 70: Where We Are Brave Writers With Julie Bogart Julie's LTW: The Good Place Ep 67: Where We Have All the Feels About Screens   Loving This Week  Angela: Blackish Maren: RxBar Nut Butters   Visit our website Support us on Patreon here. Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.  
January 14, 2019
We’re back… and easing into homeschool (and podcasting) with lots of patience for ourselves.  Transitions can be tricky, and we’re here to go through the good, the bad and the ugly of it all with you.  We’ve got lots of podcast news for you, and we’ll share our usually check-in stats: what’s going well, what needs tweaking and how our self-care is going.  And don’t forget the LTWs! Episode 35: Where Maren Talks With Her Husband   Loving This Week  Angela: The Song Poet, Becoming Maren: Scrib'd, Becoming   Visit our website Support us on Patreon here. Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
January 7, 2019
It's time to confess! In this episode Angela and Maren divulge the one thing they wish they could do over.  As usual, they do this with lots of grace. Listen in to hear what they are working to change on their journey. 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 listens: Mary Poppins; Sing, Unburied, Sing; A Wrinkle In Time; James and the Giant Peach; Educated, a Memoir; Rethinking School Episode 65: Where We Do a Curriculum Check-In The Writer's Jungle by Julie Bogart Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne Free to Learn by Peter Gray   Loving This Week Angela: Lazy Sisters Podcast Maren: Soda Stream Visit our website Support us on Patreon here. Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
December 31, 2018
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 choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3 player. Our Audible listens: Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful by Stephanie Wittels Wachs, You're On an Airplane by Parker Posey, The Roald Dahl Audio Collection, The Collected Stories of Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne. How To Raise a Wild Child by Scott Sampson Greta on the Read Aloud Revival Podcast Episode 62 Find Greta at her website, instagram, and her podcast.    Loving This Week Maren: Her mug from Caribou and this mug from Jo's Coffee. Angela: Peace Like a River by Leif Enger   Visit our website Support us on Patreon here. Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
December 24, 2018
Does that fact that your kids fight feel helpless sometimes? Us too.  There is no shame in that. Join us as we process through the ups and downs of fighting.  The reasons fighting could happen, why it might not be the worst thing in the world, and how we deal with fighting in our own homes.  This episode calmed our own nerves about this inevitable topic, we hope it does the same for you! 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. Simplicity Parenting Siblings Without Rivalry Loving This Week Maren: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Angela: Dear Sugar Podcast Series on Consent    Visit our website Support us on Patreon here. Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
December 17, 2018
Join this inspiring conversation with Kristiina Craven (creator of the blog Getting Unschooled) as she tells how she went from an unlikely homeschooler to fully embracing the lifestyle.  Listen in on her story of how, as she learned more and more about her differently wired child, unschooling seemed like the perfect choice. Not unrelated, we talk self-care and how vital that is to sustaining ourselves as we homeschool. Kristiina's Blog: Getting Unschooled Kristiina on Instagram   Loving This Week  Angela: Shea Moisture Extra Moisture Detangler Maren: Bonavita 8-Cup One Touch Coffee Maker   Visit our website Support us on Patreon here. Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
December 10, 2018
You do not want to miss this packed hour where we celebrate 100 EPISODES(!!) of keeping homeschool simple, real & fun.  Celebrate with us because there is so much for YOU in this episode!  We’ll reflect on how we have changed and grown over the last 100 episodes (we asked our patrons to help us out with this, so listen for them, too!), we talk personalities and how much our homeschool has benefited from learning about them, and we tell you how you could win swag! THANK YOU for being part of this awesome community, whether you have listened to one episode or 100.  Thank you for supporting the message that WE are enough, and that doing more is not always the answer.  Thank you for thinking differently about homeschool right along with us.  WE are changing the conversation about homeschool one episode at a time.   Ep 23: What We Don't Do Ep 50: What We Don't Do: Holiday Edition Ep 49: Where Autopilot Saves the Day Ep 41: Where We Stage an Intervention Ep 27: Where We Appreciate the Highly Sensitive Person 16 Personalities Enneagram Institute We are giving away swag on Instagram and our Closed FB Group, Unrefined Homeschoolers.    Loving This Week Recaps Maren: Costco Socks, Ranch Dressing Mix, Last Man On Earth Angela: The Popcast with Knox and Jamie, AirPods, Better Homes and Gardens Dinnerware Set   Visit our website Support us on Patreon here. Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
December 7, 2018
We practically grew up with Candace Cameron Bure as DJ on Full House and now we get to see her even more (Hallmark movies, Netflix, and her Instagram Stories are 💯).  So it felt a little like a reunion of sorts when we sat down with Candace for a fun chat about her new children’s book, Candace Center Stage, which is an inspiring book about trying new things, being brave, and having perseverance.  Besides talking books, we brought up our favorite topics: personalities, what we don’t do, giving ourselves credit, homeschooling & parenting.  It felt like we were having coffee with a good friend.  Can’t wait to do it again, Candace!   To hear our extended interview with Candace, support us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/homeschoolunrefined Candace Center Stage Find Candace on Instagram here.   Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict I'll Love You Forever by Robert Munsch A Star Is Born Soundtrack   Visit our website Support us on Patreon here. Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
December 3, 2018
Have you ever thought of taking an extended break during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season?  Need someone to tell you it’s okay?  Here you go!  Your official permission to take whatever time you need or want to really thrive during this season (or any season that fits you best).  We’ll go through lots of reasons why it’s so beneficial, how it counts as real learning, and the invaluable things our kids learn during breaks.  How and when do YOU take breaks? 54: Where We Take a Break Favorite Holiday Books Episode   Loving This Week Angela: A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza Maren: Ingrid Michaelson's Songs For the Season   Visit our website Support us on Patreon here. Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
November 26, 2018
November has flown by, and it’s time for our favorite end-of-the-month ritual: check-in day!  Here we discuss what’s going well in our homeschool (and our lives), what needs tweaking, and we answer a listener question.  Topics we cover: holiday schooling, chores management, how to not lose your ever-loving mind when it’s not a normal homeschool day, and a whole lot more. Homeschool Unrefined swag is here! You can get t-shirts, mugs, totes and more at https://www.teepublic.com/user/homeschoolunrefined Today, Cyber Monday everything is up to 30% off!   Loving This Week Angela: Chrome Extension Facebook News Feed Eradicator Maren: The Nutcracker and the Four Realms   Visit our website Support us on Patreon here. Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
November 19, 2018
Throwback to this amazing interview with Julie Bogart, the original homeschool guru!  Whenever we feel tired, insecure, or downright unable to homeschool anymore, we call upon Julie.  A few words from her, and we feel like super heroes again.  Which is why we chose to re-issue this jam packed episode of inspiring truths.  Julie hands out all kinds of goodness in this episode, just what you need to get you through the final stretch of 2018.  What is your favorite piece of wisdom from Julie? You can pre-order a copy of Julie’s new book, The Brave Learner at https://thebravelearner.com/ Brave Writer 7 Day Writing Blitz The Writer's Jungle Poetry Tea Time Julie in Instagram Julie on Youtube Julie on Facebook The Homeschool Alliance   Loving This Week Maren: The Queen of Katwe Angela: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon   Visit our website Support us on Patreon here. Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
November 12, 2018
Do you tend to overthink Holiday shopping? Us too! This year, we've done all the hard work for you. We've asked our kids, looked around our houses and reviewed our Amazon histories to bring you a curated list of gifts our kids have LOVED over the years. So sit back and enjoy knowing your shopping experience can be a little bit less stressful this year. All of the items mentioned can be found in our Amazon shop at www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined Below you will find links to each individual item mentioned in our episode. To make it easier, you will find all of the items in our Amazon Shop at www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined In our Amazon Shop, you will also find our very favorite Holiday Books. Click here for those books. We recorded a special Holiday Gift Guide episode for our Patreon supporters where we talked about our favorite gift subscriptions, gifts for parents (and what we're asking for this year) and our favorite homeschool-specific books for kids. To hear that episode and many more we've recorded just for supporters, go here.   Play Legos - aircraft carrier, architecture buildings here, here and here. Magic Set Tumble Trax Magnetic Marble Run Citiblocs Rain Cloud Tub Toy Army Men Play Bucket Dress Up Clothes - Capes, Capes, Playsilks Indoor Gym Mini Trampoline Snap Circuits Fidget Spinner, Fidget Cube Microscope and Prepared Slides Bacteria Plates Kit Harrisville Designs 10" Potholder Loom Kit Magnetic Poetry Kit Manic Panic Hair Dye Art Fine Line Markers Sharpies Coloring Books - Gretchen Rubin, Harry Potter Washi Tape Hot Glue Gun All In One Art Kit Oil Pastels Paint Brush Kit Charcoal Pencils Sketch Books - 9x12, 5x8 Slime Ingredients - Gallon Glue, Shaving Cream, Contact Lens Solution, Baby Oil Spirograph Play Dough and Kit Spin Art Candle Making Kit Paint By Sticker - younger kids, older kids Sun Print Paper Kit Tech Walkie Talkies Karaoke Machine Compose Yourself Camera Stand Selfie Stick Osmo (*often goes on sale on black Friday) DSLR Camera Echo Dot Games Skiwampus Mancala No Stress Chess Wooden Tetris Puzzle One Person Puzzles - here, here and here. Blokus Outdoor Spider Swing Swiss Army Knife Bow and Arrow Sets - here and here Slackline Big Scooters Pogo Stick Butterfly Growing Kit Hammock Kitchen cutting boards soda stream cast iron pan apple slicer vegetable peeler food chopper food processor panini grill tea - here and here tea kettle water bottle Music ukulele, picks, case, holder and strap harmonica music stand egg shakers   Loving This Week Angela: This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps Maren: Billie Razor   Visit our website Support us on Patreon here. Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
November 5, 2018
Ever wonder how interest-led learning even works?  Ever wonder what it even is?!?  We’re here for you!  We define it (in our own Homeschool Unrefined words), we walk through how it benefits our kids and can be an ideal way to learn, and as usual, we work through the challenges we have with it every single day.  It’s a beautiful, wonderful, challenging, amazingly effective, and sometimes daunting way of homeschooling.  We’ll walk you through it.   Busy Tonight Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates   Loving This Week Angela: Athleta Salutation Stash Pocket Tights, Sperry Saltwater Rain Boot Maren: GoodPup App   Visit our website Support us on Patreon here. Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
October 29, 2018
It’s check-in day, which is quickly becoming our favorite!  This week we update each other on past all-important LTWs.  We also get real about what’s going well, what needs tweaking, and how we’re doing at self-care.  We do this, because so much growing happens in the processing.  We don’t have all the answers, and even if we did, they might not be the answers you need!  Processing helps us all feel good about what we’re doing today, gives us clarity, and reminds us we’re all in this together.  Check-in here, if you’d like!  We’d love to hear from you.😊 What we're listening to on Audible: This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps, The Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik Get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at www.audibletrial.com/homeschoolunrefined @juliebravewriter on Instagram Prodigy Math CTC Math Kiwi Crate A Star Is Born A Gracious Space Renee Tougas on Homeschool Unrefined Part 1 and Part 2   Do you have a question for us to possibly use on a future episode? Send us a dm on social media or email us at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com   Loving This Week Angela: OurStory App from We Need Diverse Books Maren: The Nineties on Netflix   Visit our website Support us on Patreon here. Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
October 22, 2018
In this episode, we enjoy talking about all the ways our kids learn outside of traditional curriculum.  We want to give value to all this learning by talking bout how we support it.  We share a talent for supplying kids with the resources to learn in a very natural way, and we want to share them with you here!   Loving This Week Angela: Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides Maren: The Exile Podcast   Visit our website Support us on Patreon here. Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
October 15, 2018
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 homeschooling. 92: Where We Relax Into High School With Renee Tougas, Part 1   How to connect with Renee: Blog: http://renee.tougas.net/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/reneetougas Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/reneetougas/   My part-time work: content writer, community, marketing, and media manager for B-RAD Podcast & https://bradtoews.com/   Renee's Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Information on her blog and Youtube.    Loving This Week Angela: Venus to Mars Maren: A Star Is Born   Visit our website Support us on Patreon here. Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
October 8, 2018
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 Renee: Blog: http://renee.tougas.net/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/reneetougas Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/reneetougas/   My part-time work: content writer, community, marketing, and media manager for B-RAD Podcast & https://bradtoews.com/   Loving This Week Angela: Accuweather App Maren: Y Weave Rectangle Storage Bin - Room Essentials   Visit our website Support us on Patreon here. Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
October 1, 2018
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 Week Angela: Grain Free Pumpkin Bars (also mentioned this pumpkin bread) Maren: Forever   Visit our website Support us on Patreon here. Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
September 24, 2018
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 here. Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
September 17, 2018
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 Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Artwork
September 10, 2018
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 Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
September 3, 2018
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 website Support us on Patreon here. Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
August 27, 2018
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 choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3 player. Our Audible listens: Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful by Stephanie Wittels Wachs, You're On an Airplane by Parker Posey, The Roald Dahl Audio Collection, The Collected Stories of Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne. How To Raise a Wild Child by Scott Sampson Greta on the Read Aloud Revival Podcast Episode 62 Find Greta at her website, instagram, and her podcast.    Loving This Week Maren: Her mug from Caribou and this mug from Jo's Coffee. Angela: Peace Like a River by Leif Enger   Visit our website Support us on Patreon here. Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
August 20, 2018
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 Patreon here. Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
August 13, 2018
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 Drafthouse   Visit our website Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.  
August 6, 2018
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 Platoon Spider Web Tree Swing IRIS Terrarium 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.     Loving This Week Angela: Joshilyn Jackson Maren: American Street by Ibi Zoboi (also mentioned: The Late Homecomer, Little Cricket, Eleanor & Park)   Visit our website Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
July 30, 2018
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 Patreon here. How To Raise a Wild Child by Scott Sampson Ep 10: Where We Talk Science With Jenny Ep 56: Where We Adventure With Emily Carlson   Loving This Week Angela: THR Awards Chatter Maren: Busy Philipps on Instagram   Visit our website Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
July 23, 2018
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 Blabey The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton The Wild Robot by Peter Brown Dog Man by Dav Pilkey The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey   Loving This Week Angela: Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat by Patricia Williams Maren:  Steve Madden Odonna Slip Ons   Visit our website Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
July 16, 2018
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 listens: Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker, Self-Reg by Stuart Shanker, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood (and the entire series)   Loving This Week Angela - Humans of New York: The Series Maren - Whole Foods   Visit our website Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
July 9, 2018
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 by Anne Lamott Maren:  Instagram Follows - National Geographic (@natgeo) National Geographic Travel (@natgeotravel) Retta Einstein (@unforettable)   Visit our website Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
July 2, 2018
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 Stories   Loving This Week Angela: Trader Joe's Everything Bagel Seasoning Maren: The New Primal Beef Thins   Visit our website Join our closed Facebook group: Unrefined Homeschoolers Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube Angela on Instagram: @unrefinedangela Maren on Instagram: @unrefinedmaren Email us any questions or feedback at homeschoolunrefined@gmail.com Visit our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolunrefined We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
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