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Creating eco-minimalist, non-toxic homes (without the extra work).



Although minimalism has experienced a rebirth in recent years, the "less is more" movement has been around for centuries. Yet today's minimalist influencers have resurrected minimalism with a decidedly consumerist spin, as modern minimalism is nearly synonymous with decluttering. While there's a lot of chatter about tidying, it's radio silence and crickets when it comes to sustainability. 



The result? Aspiring minimalists find themselves on an endless hamster wheel of buying, decluttering, buying more, and purging again. Overemphasizing decluttering and underemphasizing the reasons why we overbuy in the first place is thoroughly inconsistent with slow living as a movement; consumption without intention is terrible for the planet, too. 



Your host, Stephanie Seferian, is a stay-at-home/podcast-from-home mom and author who believes that minimalism, eco-friendliness, and non-toxic living are intrinsically intertwined. She's here to explore the topics of conscious consumerism, sustainability, and environmentally-friendly parenting practices with like-minded women; she's here, too, to show you how to curate eco-friendly, decluttered homes (without the extra work). 

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Creating eco-minimalist, non-toxic homes (without the extra work).



Although minimalism has experienced a rebirth in recent years, the "less is more" movement has been around for centuries. Yet today's minimalist influencers have resurrected minimalism with a decidedly consumerist spin, as modern minimalism is nearly synonymous with decluttering. While there's a lot of chatter about tidying, it's radio silence and crickets when it comes to sustainability. 



The result? Aspiring minimalists find themselves on an endless hamster wheel of buying, decluttering, buying more, and purging again. Overemphasizing decluttering and underemphasizing the reasons why we overbuy in the first place is thoroughly inconsistent with slow living as a movement; consumption without intention is terrible for the planet, too. 



Your host, Stephanie Seferian, is a stay-at-home/podcast-from-home mom and author who believes that minimalism, eco-friendliness, and non-toxic living are intrinsically intertwined. She's here to explore the topics of conscious consumerism, sustainability, and environmentally-friendly parenting practices with like-minded women; she's here, too, to show you how to curate eco-friendly, decluttered homes (without the extra work). 

    5 Questions That Determine An Item’s Potential

    5 Questions That Determine An Item’s Potential

    “I really like fixing and building, and my wife and I like to go around on garbage day and pick up useful odds and ends. This of course also turns into a lot of stuff from a minimalist perspective. How do you deal with useful things that have no specific purpose yet?”

     

    I believe that determining an item’s potential starts first by knowing thyself. On today’s show, I’m explaining my concept of the eco-minimalist spectrum; I’m also offering 3 tips for managing that space where—when we contemplate purpose—fantasy and reality diverge.

     

    Here’s a preview:

    [1:45]  The eco-minimalist spectrum: What it is and where you fall

    [7:00] 5 questions to ask that will help you determine an item’s *actual* value

    [14:00] Kid-specific advice about “stuff” that works well for adults, too

     

    Resources mentioned:



    * Episode #107: Cluttered Vs. Hoarding: What’s the Difference?



     

     

    * Thank you to Elderberry Boost for sponsoring this episode! Get 15% off with code SMP at checkout.

    * Leave a voicemail with your question and I’ll answer it on-air! Here’s how: State your name then leave the show a message at (508) 960-9046. (This new feature only works with audience participation, so don’t be shy!)

    * Prefer to send an email? Reach out at MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.



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    * Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Pinterest.



     

    • 17 min
    Realistic Work-Life Balancing

    Realistic Work-Life Balancing

    Amidst 2021’s frenetic pace, curating a life that satisfies your professional, financial, and familial obligations and also leaves space for fun may seem unattainable. What’s work-life balance, and is achieving such balance even possible?

    Today I speak with author, chef, and farm CEO Shannon Hayes. Despite her many professional endeavors, Shannon makes sure to find time for coffee dates with her husband, afternoon naps, and martini dance parties in the kitchen. Shannon believes that even though we’re busy we can *make* space in our schedules to prioritize our own happiness. Indeed, Shannon’s on the show to argue that finding—and maintaining!—a work-life balance starts by first dreaming about what you want your life to look like and then putting your finances on autopilot.

     

    Here’s a preview of this episode:

    [3:30] True wealth versus salaries: Why everyone needs a Quality of Life Statement

    [11:00] How to incorporate 4 unconventional income streams to achieve a work-life balance

    [21:30] Using chef-specific wisdom in your daily life

    [26:30] The Yes-No-Yes formula for setting—and maintaining—essential boundaries

     

    Resources mentioned:



    * Getting to Yes by William Uri

    * Redefining Rich: Achieving True Wealth with Small Business, Side Hustles, and Smart Living by Shannon Hayes



     

    * Thank you to KiwiCo for sponsoring this week’s episode! Get 50% off your first month plus free shipping with code SUSTAINABLE at kiwico.com. 



    * Join our (free!) community here.

    * Want more episodes like this one? Check out #108: 6 Minimalist Lifestyle Tips For Overarching Simplicity.

    * Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Pinterest.

    * Watch the extended version of this interview on Youtube.



     



     

    • 32 min
    How To Make Soap At Home

    How To Make Soap At Home

    "I have to ask about your handmade soap recipe. How do you make soap at home? I've been thinking about making my own for a while (maybe also add some oat pulp that remains from making oat milk?). It would be interesting to see if there's a minimalist and safe way to  make homemade soaps."



    Ever wondered how to make soap at home? Here's a secret: soap making is ridiculously easy; it's also fun! In this short-and-sweet episode I'm answering a listener's question about how to make cold process soap in your own kitchen.







    Here's a preview:



    [2:30] Essential materials and safety precautions



    [7:30] How to make soap at home, step by step



    [9:30] Additional ideas for making soap that's uniquely yours





    * Thank you to ForDays for sponsoring this week’s episode! Get 15% off with code MINIMAL15 at checkout.



    * Leave a voicemail with your question and I'll answer it on-air! Here's how: State your name then leave the show a message at (508) 960-9046. (This new feature only works with audience participation, so don't be shy!)



    * Prefer to send an email? Reach out at MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.



    * Want more episodes like this one? Check out #010: Your Complete Homemade Beaty Products Template.



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    * Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Pinterest.

    • 13 min
    The Global Food Supply Chain Under Strain

    The Global Food Supply Chain Under Strain

    Supermarkets rose to prominence in the 1960’s and these days, the grocery store is the Number One place where Americans buy food.

    But supermarkets have disconnected us from our food; worse, the global food chain is responsible for up to one third of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.

    Making smart food decisions starts by first understanding the intricacies of global food supply chain. This week I speak with Airly co-founder Jennifer McKnight. Jennifer believes it’s important for companies to list the environmental impacts of their food products right on their packaging but, until then, Jen’s here to offer 5 ways we can each shop mindfully at the supermarket.

     

    Here’s a preview of this weeks episode:

    [3:30] Today’s global food chain: the good, bad, and ugly

    [7:30] The interdependence between climate change and the food chain

    [9:30] Reforming the food chain: why the solution isn’t about regressing; it’s about tweaking, instead

    [13:00] 5 ways to shop more mindfully at the supermarket

    [18:30] How new technology, cutting edge science, and lifecycle assessments make calculating a food’s emissions possible

     

     

    * Thank you to MamaZen for sponsoring this week’s episode! Get free access to the entire app for 30 days with promo code STEPHANIE. (You can read more about why, exactly, I love this app here.)



    * Join our (free!) community here.

    * Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Pinterest.

    * Watch the unedited version of this interview on Youtube here.



     





     

    • 25 min
    Pragmatic EMF Protection For Better Health

    Pragmatic EMF Protection For Better Health

    Electromagnetic fields (or EMFs, for short) are all around us. While anything that uses electricity deploys EMFs, the rise of wireless technology has exponentially increased our exposure to EMFs in recent years. But what’s particularly concerning is that such products that boast convenience—the wireless ones, the “smart” ones—aren’t necessarily safe for ourselves or for our families. In fact, the research is quite conclusive: EMF and 5G exposure impacts almost all systems in our bodies; it’s linked to cancer and lowered immune system function, too.

    This week I speak with R Blank, CEO of Shield Your Body and host of The Healthier Tech Podcast. R believes that EMF protection starts with intentional technology use and he’s on the show to empower you to take control of your family’s exposure to EMFs and 5G by offering practical solutions you can enact right now.

     

    Here’s a preview of this week’s episode:

    [3:00] Defining terms: EMF and 5G

    [9:45] What research says: The health effects of EMFs on human health, with a particular nod to EMF exposure and children at 13:30

    [17:30] Wireless worst practices: What we shouldn’t ever do with our tech

    [18:45] Got a Smartwatch? Here’s what to do

    [20:00] The two key rules of EMF protection

    [21:30] How to protect yourself from EMFs in 5 practical steps

    [24:15] Are shielding products bogus, or do they actually work?

     

    Resources mentioned in the episode:



    * Overpowered book by Dr. Martin Blank

    * Cell phone case

    * Smartwatch wristband

    * Lambs apparel



     

    * Thank you to Aether Diamonds for sponsoring this week’s episode! Give the world’s first positive impact diamond a follow here.



    * Want more episodes like this one? Check out #190: Curating A Healthy House.

    * Join our (free!) community here.

    * Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Pinterest.

    * Watch the unedited (and amazing) version of this interview on Youtube here.



     





     

     



     

    • 31 min
    Less Waste Moving

    Less Waste Moving

    “My question is about moving. I have four weeks to pack up my house and the amount of plastic we will probably be needing is giving me nightmares already. Any eco-friendly moving tips for me?”

     

    Carbon emissions from diesel-burning trucks. Excess trash (a.k.a. all the stuff not moving with us) we’re sending to landfills. Bubble wrap, cardboard boxes, tape, plastic liners, and countless other single-use disposables: moving a household’s-worth of stuff is stress-inducing, sure. But if we’re not careful, moving can also create an awful lot of waste.

    This week, I’m mixing things up a bit and answering a listener’s question about whether its possible to have an eco-conscious move and, if so, how.

    (Stay tuned for the week’s regularly scheduled interview to be released on Thursday!)

     

    Resources mentioned in the episode:



    * Rabbit Movers

    * Gentle Giant

    * Greenwrap (the biodegradable alternative to bubble wrap)

    * Eco-friendly-ish bubble wrap made of 40% recycled content

    * Paper craft tape

    * Reduce & Reuse Refillery



     

    * Thank you to Aether Diamonds for sponsoring this week’s episode! Give the world’s first positive impact diamond a follow here.

    * Leave a voicemail with your question and I’ll answer it on-air! Here’s how: State your name then leave the show a message at (508) 960-9046. (This new feature only works with audience participation, so don’t be shy!)

    * Prefer to send an email? Reach out at MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.

    * Want more episodes like this one? Check out #054: The Beauty In The Eco-Friendly Journey.



    * Join our (free!) community here.

    * Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Pinterest.

     

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