How Smoggy Skies in China Changed the Way Our Family Shops

How smoggy skies in China changed the way our family shops

Three seemingly inconsequential words. Made in China. They’ve meant different things to me over the years. At first, those silver stickers on the bottom of inexpensive products reminded us of that rapidly growing nation across the Pacific and its manufacturing boom. At some point, “Made in China” began to mean lower-quality, cheap items that were likely to break. More recently, I became wary of toxins, like mercury, in my little one’s toys, and I became a more vigilant, worried mother, doing my best to keep […]

Is Our Family Really “Wildly Unconventional”? Listen and Find Out!

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During the last two weeks of our year-long journey around the world, I had the opportunity to spend an hour talking with one of my dear friends, Tsh Oxendreider of The Art of Simple. We eagerly gabbed about our family’s journey, everything from the size and contents of our children’s backpacks, how we moved towards an unschooling/worldschooling philosophy and what “school” looked like on the road, how we booked a gazillion plane tickets, what type of housing we found around the globe, and why we’ve […]

The surprising things you learn when escaping the mundane (hint: it isn’t as mundane as you think).

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It happens every time we slow down. During this whirlwind, around-the-world trip of ours, usually staying in one place for anywhere from one to four weeks is when I feel it most keenly. But every so often, even three days in an apartment with a kitchenette can bring it out in me. Sometimes it finds me scrubbing laundry by hand in hotel room sinks as the hands on the clock reach up towards midnight. Other times it results in an over-stocked fridge with more fresh […]

12 Things My Children Learned While Worldschooling This Year

12 things my children learned while worldschooling

I’m probably my toughest critic. As we planned for and embarked on this one-year journey around the globe with our young family (kids ages 8, 5 ½, 3 ½ and 11 months at the time of departure), I had high hopes and even higher expectations for what their homeschooling would look like. After all, we were a hard working, determined, classical-education loving family. Certainly we could do this! Then reality set in. Traveling with four young children is awesome, exhilarating and absolutely worthwhile. Also, it […]

How to Make Real Indian Masala Chai Tea in 5 Minutes

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Written by Stephanie Langford My first taste of Indian chai was accidental. Making our way through the crowded, dusty, vibrantly colorful, animal-filled cacophony known as the Pushkar Camel Fair, we found what our children had been talking about for months on end… a brightly arrayed camel, lovingly decorated for the festivities. Just right for a camel-back ride across the fair grounds. As I followed along on foot, taking in the sensory overload of it all, I didn’t realize that the camel owner had led us […]

My Travel Medicine Kit (and How We Stay Healthy on the Road)

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Written by Stephanie Langford I’m continually grateful for this kit. Each time I pull it out to treat someone’s sickness or owie or to find something to give our systems a boost, I do so with a huge sense of relief at having something so thorough along for this ride-of-our-lives adventure we find ourselves on each day. Having the peace of mind that comes from carrying a wide array of natural remedies and medicines as we travel is worth its weight in gold. Naturally, the […]

Day in the Life of a Family of Six, Traveling Around the World

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Seeing as our family is currently traveling around the world for a year, one might think that our lives are never-ending adventure, a continual parade of exotic days, unimaginable experiences, and all around pretty darn romantic. Occasionally, that feels true and we pinch ourselves and wonder aloud how we are so blessed to be this happily nomadic family. Yet most of the time, our vagabond selves live lives that include many remarkable moments, while being simultaneously normal, down-to-earth, and full of the regular challenges that […]

Coping Strategies During Busy Seasons (Plus My Meal Planning eBook for $0.99!)

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Life on the road is more fast paced and full than I expected it to be. Keeping up with our two businesses, homeschooling, the daily cultural challenges of living in a foreign country (i.e. language barriers, grocery shopping, trying to accomplish errands, etc.), and planning our next steps as we journey around the world (accommodations, transportation, research & itineraries) keeps us on our toes, for sure. Add that to trying to make sure we we get out, see and do new things, and have the […]