Major purge (the latest on The Simple Mom Podcast!)

by Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

The latest podcast is up! In this episode, I’m talking with my friend and Philippines teammate Stephanie Langford of Keeper of the Home. She’s become a kindred spirit this past year, since our lives are so similar—living in the Pacific Northwest, running businesses at home alongside our hubbies, and homeschooling smartypants girls.

In this episode, Stephanie and I chat about homeschooling, getting ready for a baby when you’ve already got ’em (she’s pregnant with number four!), and balancing the life of an entrepreneurial family. Plus, she and her family recently went on a major purge throughout their house, using ideas from my book. I ask her how that went (hint: she got the flu). (Hint: that’s not typical.)

So get out your unwrapped presents and get cracking, or just brew your joe and take a break—head here to find the latest episode and all the show notes, or you can head directly to iTunes. (And if you’re so inclined, would you mind leaving a review there if you like the show? It’ll help more people find it.)


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  1. Great interview! I feel I got to know you both better.
    I think I need to get a copy of your book.

  2. This podcast comes at a great time for me as we are planning to purge a lot of stuff in our home to prepare for our first child due in May 2012. :) I am excited to listen and learn. Thanks!

  3. I love listening to your podcast, Tsh. :-)

  4. 1. I love your podcast.
    2. I love it more when it coincides with a day when I’m driving 3 hours. 😀

  5. Very nice interview.
    And, yes, blog friends are getting closer to IRL friends, for me, too.

  6. that was a very encouraging interview. It listened to it while cleaning up from lunch and folding laundry. It made me want to start scrubbing the house!:)

  7. I don’t get why none of my Canadian friends wanted us to find out what our 5th child would be – we found out all of the others when we were living in FL, but then when we moved up, it was like we had to conform to the culture. We were happy with our little girl when she surprised us, but I still don’t get it… 😉 haha (and I felt the same about the baby name for our girl, a bit, as the husband/dad – it’s neat to name them according to meaning). Hope you all enjoy the babies!!

    • Thats really funny, since I live in Canada too and I am pregnant and I constantly get people asking me if I found out what I am having, and why not, etc. (I don’t want to find out if I have an ultrasound). So maybe its more geographical to certain parts of Canada who likes to find out and who doesn’t.

  8. Love the podcasts! Would love a podcast on just homeschooling.
    I wanted to ask if you are using a geography curriculum?
    (We also use FLL and love it!)
    Happy Holidays!

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