Living with a minimal wardrobe (and loving it)

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I have two pairs of pants. One black, one dark blue. When one gets dirty, I throw it in the wash and wear the other. If they both get dirty, I can pull out one of my two skirts, or wear a pair of pajama pants around the house until the load of laundry is finished. A few years ago, that would have been incomprehensible. Who has only two pairs of pants? And why would you even want to? When I was younger, and especially […]

How we took our family of six around the world for a year

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In 2013, our family of six embarked on an epic journey. For one year, we lived nomadically, wandering from continent to continent, country to country, exploring, adventuring, learning, seeking, bonding, delighting and relishing in the daily discoveries that travel can bring. It was a phenomenal year, one that we dreamed of and prepared for long in advance. When we speak with people about our travels now that we’ve we returned home, they usually ask three things: How many countries did you go to? (Answer – […]

Two podcasts for your listening pleasure (and a glimpse into this blog’s future)

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Get out your laundry baskets and let the folding begin… This week I have not one, but TWO fun podcasts to share with you! Listen to me gab about blogging The first is on a topic I don’t usually get to share about as much as I would like to, and that is on business and blogging. I had a great time talking with my brilliant friend Kat from How They Blog (whom I first met when I traveled to the Philippines with Compassion International), […]

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 […]