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The Wannabe Minimalist Show is for people who are tired of the chaos in their life, but not sure this whole “minimalism thing” will work for them and their busy family. Through personal stories and guest appearances, this podcast will help you discover how to live with a minimalist mindset without having to throw EVERYTHING away. It’s practical, doable, and simple for those of us that wannabe minimalist.

Wannabe Minimalist Show Deanna Yates of LittleGreenBow.com

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    • 4.3 • 61 Ratings

The Wannabe Minimalist Show is for people who are tired of the chaos in their life, but not sure this whole “minimalism thing” will work for them and their busy family. Through personal stories and guest appearances, this podcast will help you discover how to live with a minimalist mindset without having to throw EVERYTHING away. It’s practical, doable, and simple for those of us that wannabe minimalist.

    Ep 79: Eating with Intention to Stay Healthy with Laura Marzen

    Ep 79: Eating with Intention to Stay Healthy with Laura Marzen

    The weeks between the end of October through December are some of the hardest on our waistlines. There are so many goodies and treats on display at every turn beckoning us to indulge. So, how can we be more intentional about what we eat without missing out on the good stuff, watching the scale climb, or feeling guilty?

    My guest this week on the Wannabe Minimalist Podcast has been helping women eat healthier and feel better for years so naturally I reached out to have her on the show to help us during this difficult time.

    Laura Marzen, RD, LD, started her career as a nutrition specialist in the Better Homes and Gardens® test kitchen, where she developed and tested recipes for a variety of magazines and cookbooks and appeared in cooking videos for both TV and online media.

    Now she’s focusing her attention on her website, Fresh Food Bites, where she features healthy, approachable, family-friendly recipes that are gluten and dairy free.

    In addition, she currently coaches women to help them improve their gut health and overcome IBS in a way that is practical and sustainable.

    Our discussions starts with looking at how Laura became interested in digestive health and what it has to do with living an intentional life. There are so many similarities between cutting the crap out of your home and cutting out the junk that you eat so I was thrilled to have a chance to connect with her on the show.

    This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will also help you discover:

    - Why your calendar is one of your biggest assets when meal planning
    - Simple healthy snack ideas your kids will actually eat
    - Tips for eating healthy at the holidays (it’s not what you expect!)
    - How your diet relates to minimalism and intentional living
    - The #1 way to cut down on time in the kitchen and still eat healthy

    • 41 min
    Ep 78: Simple Ways to be Thankful for Your Home This Year

    Ep 78: Simple Ways to be Thankful for Your Home This Year

    With the holidays on the horizon, it's the perfect time of year to remind yourself all you have to be thankful for. Of course we are all thankful for the wonderful people in our lives and our health (if we are lucky to have it), but this year, I want to encourage you to find ways to be thankful for your home.

    It's so easy to get bogged down and overwhelmed by the everyday maintenance and upkeep of a home - there are bills to pay, meals to cook, tubs and toilets to scrub, laundry to fold, and a never ending pile of dishes to wash - ugh...the dishes. Then, there might be all of the changes in your home that you wish to make - tidy up your living room, declutter your bedroom, toss the mounds of toys! Am I right?

    So, instead of focusing on what we don't like or the things we want to change, take some time this year and hone in on what you love about your home. It's okay to enjoy and relish in the physical things you love about it or how it makes you feel. Building up a bank of gratitude will not only help you to be happier and see all of the blessings in your life, but it will help you work through any challenges that come up - like when you tackle that decluttering project in the new year.

    This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will also help you discover:

    - 7 questions to help you uncover what you love about your home
    - A simple project to increase gratitude all year long
    - Why gratitude is so important
    - How gratitude can help you declutter and share
    - A peek into 7 things I love about my home

    • 17 min
    Ep 77: Making Your House, Your Unique Home with Marian Parsons

    Ep 77: Making Your House, Your Unique Home with Marian Parsons

    Have you ever wanted to up level or personalize the way your home feels, but didn't know where to start? Well, my friend, you are in luck.

    The secrets for how to turn a cookie cutter house - or one that no longer fits your design aesthetic - into one that feels like a home that fits you and your family are simply a 5 step process away. And don't worry if you have no idea what your design aesthetic even is...that's part of the process too.

    This may sound strange coming from someone who classifies themselves as a wannabe minimalist, but I believe minimalism is about giving yourself the freedom and ability to say no to the things that you don't like or that don't matter to you, so that you can fully embrace the things that do work for you (and the people you share your life with). That is true in all of the areas in your life from what you wear to the hobbies you choose, and of course in how you style your home.

    My guest on this episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show knows a thing or two about creating a unique space. She did this for herself and her family when she found herself living in suburbia after a cross-country move, instead of in the 100-year-old farmhouse she had been dreaming of. Her experience and lessons for how to create a unique home for yourself are what inspired her new book, ***Feels Like Home: Transforming Your Space from Uninspiring to Uniquely Yours.***

    Marian Parson is a wife, mother of two boys, paint enthusiast, lover of all things home and author of *Feels Like Home*. She started Mustard Seed Interiors in 2008, as a way to earn extra money for groceries. What started out as a one-woman decorative painting and mural business evolved into an antiques business that tripped into a blog and blossomed into a successful international brand. While the focus has been on the home, the heart of her blog and business has always been providing encouragement and inspiration to women in the areas of decorating, homemaking, and creative endeavors.

    Our discussions starts with looking at how Marian's journey started and why our relationships with our homes are so important. Then we dive into an area I was selfishly looking forward to and that's how to style your home to make people say, wow, you did this?

    This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will also help you discover:

    - Why it's important to create a space that is a reflection of who lives there
    - 5 steps to take your space from nice to wow!
    - A simple exercise to get to know your unique style
    - What you can do to get your family interested in redecorating your space
    - The #1 thing you can start today that will help you be able to create the home you love

    • 46 min
    Ep 76: Help! My Family Buys Too Many Gifts

    Ep 76: Help! My Family Buys Too Many Gifts

    Each year, the holidays are filled with cheer, coziness, and love. But, for new minimalists - or anyone looking to declutter the abundance of stuff in their homes - the holidays also come with the dread of telling well-meaning family that they do not want many presents.

    This can be a tough conversation to have because for some people, giving gifts is the way they communicate love. And because they love you so much, they want to shower you with more gifts, trinkets, toys, and goodies to last you a lifetime.

    Unfortunately this can be a major source of frustration for not only the gift receiver as they stress about the perhaps unwanted gifts coming into their home, but also for the gift giver who may feel unappreciated.

    Instead of being ungrateful and telling the people in your life that any gifts they give you will be promptly donated (seriously, please do not do that), there are some great ways we can be open an honest with the overly-generous people in our lives without hurting their feelings.

    This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will also help you discover:

    - The importance of sharing why you want fewer physical presents
    - 3 strategies for talking to a well-meaning gift giver
    - A subtle but important mind shift that will help you at the holidays
    - The 5 love languages - not all have to do with giving things
    - One thing you can do to cut back on clutter at the holidays

    • 28 min
    Ep 75: Simplifying Your Money Habits with Chelsea Brennan

    Ep 75: Simplifying Your Money Habits with Chelsea Brennan

    Money and stuff...stuff and money. We need one to buy the other and we can sell one to get the other. But the mindsets we have around each of these things can be very closely aligned.

    If you have been on a journey to simplify, declutter and organize - or you want to just create more intention in your life, it's important to take a look at your money habits.

    Not only will cultivating better mindsets around money help you move past money blocks, but when you have a better handle on your own money habits you can help your children learn about money and understand how to create better money values as a family.

    This is one of my goals for this year. My daughter is eight and I felt it was time to help her understand money, how it's earned, how it can grow, and what it can and cannot do. As it turns out, I'm a bit late to the game, but my guest on the Wannabe Minimalist Show was able to show me that while I am late, it's still fixable.

    Chelsea is the founder of Smart Money Mamas and its monthly membership community, the Motivated Mama Society. An ex-hedge fund manager turned financial educator, she is dedicated to changing the way we talk about money, helping moms connect with all aspects of their money in a way that lets them overcome emotional blocks, identify what they most want, and create the healthy money habits that help them achieve their biggest goals. All while modeling positive money relationships for the next generation.

    Chelsea lives in Connecticut with her husband (a rockstar stay-at-home dad) and two young and energetic boys.

    Our discussions starts with looking at how to establish money values if you didn't come from a family that talked about money and we take a deep look at how to help children save and foster a giving spirit. Not only will today's lesson help you with your money mindsets, it will also help you look at your stuff in a new light as well.

    This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will also help you discover:

    - Why money mindsets are so important
    - What age your core money ideas are formed (and it's earlier than you think)
    - How you can create better money habits with 3 words
    - Simple tips for instilling generosity in your children
    - If allowances are a good idea

    • 50 min
    Ep 74: Staying Organized at Christmas Q&A

    Ep 74: Staying Organized at Christmas Q&A

    It's the most wonderful time of the year. At least that's what the songs and marketers tell us anyway. We're constantly told that the holiday season is supposed to feel special and magical. Christmas is a time filled with love, laughter, coziness, and connection. But, can I be honest with you? The holidays are stressful. Or at least they can be if you try to do all the things, be at all the places, and close your eyes as you repeatedly swipe your credit card and buy more stuff than you need.

    That's why as a family we said enough was enough and gradually over the past few years have honed in on what we really want to focus on for the holiday season. And I am not alone. Throughout the years I have continued to get questions about how to simplify decorations and gift giving, how to find more meaning and connection, and how to keep a home organized in spite of the hustle and bustle.

    So, I thought it was time to do a Q & A session to tackle your big questions for the season. I chat a bit about what we do for the holidays to keep it meaningful yet simple and stress-free as well as what you can do to prepare for the season in your own home.

    This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will also help you:

    - Determine what the holidays mean for you
    - How to recreate the magic you felt as a child
    - Why more stuff is not the answer
    - Ways to cut back on toys and gifts but not feel like Scrooge
    - Simple decoration ideas to cut down on clutter but not the festive feel

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

mmpeach ,

Thought-provoking content. Needs to use a de-esser on the audio

I really like the content of the podcast and I frequently find myself applying the idea to my daily life. I would listen to more episodes, however I listen on headphones while walking outdoors. The recording would be vastly improved by using a de-esser. The S sounds in the recording hurt my ears when listening on headphones, in order to avoid discomfort from every third word , I need to put the volume down low, but then I can’t hear every time a car drives by. The podcast is probably losing a large percentage of listeners who primarily listen on headphones.
I hope this is rectified in the future because I would really like to include this podcast in my weekly lineup.

HappinessRider ,

Overall Good Tips But Contradictory As All Get Out

Was listening to some of the podcast and completely turned off by the host posting g a question to a guest about how to achieve a home where people who visit are impressed. Minimalism is also about not pushing consumerism or encouraging the desire to feed insecurity over working on why one has them. A home should not be designed or decorated to impress anyone- that’s half the problem we have with all the decorating addiction in the USA. For many parents , scouring the latest decor magazines takes priority over being truly present with the children. Implementing changes for the purpose of impressing others also takes precedence over family and friends and volunteering time or just time for self care. Would like to see this host delve a little deeper and be more consistent in her message. How many women use cosmetics to alter their appearance in order to make ululate how others feel about them or even theirselves? Why? Can we stop all this need to manipulate each other into accepting each other using physical symbols as the yardstick? Can we just say enough is enough and we are good enough and use our extra resources to support our communities achieving mental health, financial, food, education, jobs and shelter security? This can only begin as a trickle down message because unfortunately the poor among us feel the most rejected and in need of mimicking those with more resources in order to feel they are worthy of being lived and cared about. During the Victorian era, multitudes of self serving people indulged themselves at great cost to societies mental health. Then when the masses could buy some of their favorite items they rejected those as well turning to new things. The need to be better than someone else to validate self worth is destroying our souls and our planet and our humanity and compassion. Our homes are shelter from elements and adversity. Decorations are optional and neither what is stylish or trendy need be part of any discussion. Comfort is not always stylish. Even having a chair that takes up floor space but can’t be used to sit on shows a level of insecurity that one could well work on uncovering the roots of. Anyway- there is a lot of hidden marketing going on here as well as some useful tips.

happy brit in the usa ,

Saliva mouth

Want to listen but all I hear is the up close microphone and the saliva sound in her mouth.

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