Cohesive Home Podcast : Minimalism | Families | Adventure | Intentional Living podcast

Cohesive Home Podcast : Minimalism | Families | Adventure | Intentional Living

Kate Saffle and Melissa Risenhoover

Melissa and Kate, two laid-back moms, explore the topics you most want to hear about it--family minimalism, adventuring with your kids, balancing family and work, and more--all in the time it takes you to brew your morning coffee. Sometimes ridiculous, always on point, these two best friends put the fun back in parenting and creating your happier, simpler home.

72 Episodes

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    58: Plaine Products and the Zero Waste Movement with Lindsey McCoy


    To connect with Kate or Melissa head to : Kate: @thestreamlinedlife Melissa: Interested in the zero or low-waste lifestyle? Need some fresh inspiration to jumpstart your journey? In episode 58 of the Cohesive Home Podcast, Melissa chats with Lindsey McCoy, co-founder of Plaine Products, a sustainable, vegan, and non-toxic hair and body line. Lindsey shares her drive to start the company and practical ideas for living sustainably. In this episode: Companies to check-out for your zero-waste lifestyle: Try Plaine Products and get 20% off your order with code “cohesivehome”. Head to to shop!   Follow Plain Products on Instagram @Plaineproducts
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    57: Parenting Peacefully + the Montessori Method with Simone Davies


    Interested in a more peaceful way of parenting and a simpler home experience for your children? In episode 57 of the Cohesive Home Podcast, Kate interviews Simone Davies, the Montessori teacher and blogger behind the popular website The Montessori Notebook, which helps families bring the Montessori Method into their daily life. She's also about to release her new book The Montessori Toddler, a positive parenting guide to raising little people. If you're scratching your head and asking, what's Montessori? You will learn so much from this episode. Even if you're familiar with the method, Simone shares so much wisdom and practical advice for implementing it in your home.     In this episode: What is the Montessori method? Simone's story and how she got started with it What inspired Simone to write The Montessori Toddler How parents can incorporate Montessori into their home and parenting The benefits of the Montessori method, and how you can get them at home, even if you don't send your kids to one of the schools Simone's own take on living simply and her new interest in wabi-sabi   Where to find Simone: Instagram: @themontessorinotebook Web:
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    56: 5 Tips to Being More Intentional and Less Reactive


    In episode 56 of the Cohesive Home Podcast, Kate and Melissa tackle a listener question about living intentionally.   A listener said “How do you all figure out how to live intentionally every day instead of reactively? I know what my values are, but I’m not sure how to be purposeful on a daily basis and actually living them. Listen on as we share our top 5 ways to be intentional in your days:    Know your values  Set your non-negotiables  Organize your days  Be willing to say no  Watch your mindset Thank you for listening to episode 56! If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on iTunes or share it with a friend. Thank you so much to our sponsor, Care/of! Take advantage of this month’s special New Year offer! For 50% off your first month of personalized Care/of vitamins, go to and enter "cohesivehome50".
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    55: Organizing Your Life and Reaching Your H.E.A.R.T. Goals with Whitney English


    Planners, goal setting, and habit shifts with Whitney English in episode 55 of the Cohesive Home Podcast. Whitney English, founder of Day Designer, a business strategist and creator of H.E.A.R.T. Goals, shares her story and wisdom with Kate.   In this episode: Whitney's story and how her business has changed over the years Comparisons on social media and how to not let it affect you How to keep your New Years Resolutions as well as think differently about them Innovative ways to shift habits and create new ones Why it's important to focus on the journey instead of just the end  To connect with Whitney, you can find her:   @whitneyenglish
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    54: When Your Family is Overwhelmed and Out of Sync


    Has your family ever been in a total funk where life seems out of sync? In Episode 54 of the Cohesive Home Podcast, Kate and Melissa chat about a concept called soul fever, which happens when life gets overwhelming or something stressful happens. They share how to overcome it with kiddos, as adults, and also as a family. This episode is encouraging and practical and will inspire you to simplify and tighten your family bonds.   Talked about in this episode: * What's soul fever? * Kate's background as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach. Work with Kate 1 on 1. * How to recognize soul fever in your kiddos and a solution to help them "heal" from it * What does soul fever look like in adults? * How Kate and Melissa deal with their own periodic soul fevers * Can a family unit experience soul fever at the same time? Yes! * Best tips for overcoming overwhelm to connect more as a family. * More about the book "Simplicity Parenting"     Thank you to our sponsor Audible! We recommend listening to "Simplicity Parenting" on Audible and let us know what you think! Audible, the most inspiring minds, the most compelling stories. The best place to listen. Get started with a 30-day trial when you go to or text [cohesivehome] to 500500 and listen for a change.
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    53: Financial Freedom with Jessi Fearon


      Ever wish you could sit down with a financial expert and get practical advice? Well, we here you! In Episode 53 of the Cohesive Home Podcast, we invited Jessi Fearon, financial expert from Real Life on a Budget, to share her advice for being intentional with finances in 2019. Read on for more.   In this episode: Jessi's personal story with debt and how she conquered $55,000 of it and nearly has her house paid off How to live on a budget AND live by your values The first step you should take to start your debt pay-off journey How to communicate with a partner about money and her number one tip for approaching it in a positive way   Where you can find Jessi: Her Blog and Website Instagram Pinterest Facebook     A big thanks to Warby Parker for sponsoring the Cohesive Home Podcast. Get your stylish and affordable glasses for only $95 delivered straight to your door by heading to HERE to order your try on program today!!
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    52: Goal Setting for the New Year


    How do you goal set for the New Year? In Episode 52 of the Cohesive Home Podcast, Kate and Melissa give you full access to their goal setting process by talking through 2019 LIVE. The two share their personal, family, and business goals as well as what worked and didn’t work in 2018. This episode is like sitting down with your girlfriends for a fun 2019 planning session; grab your paper and write down your goals too! In this episode: The major goal that Melissa knows she has to accomplish so she can meet her other goals Why 2018 was Kate’s best year yet MUTU - 12 week post-partum recovery program- How Kate plans to prioritize wellness in 2019 and the major mistake she’s made in the past Melissa shares her family’s plans for 2019 and their next big move Why Kate and her family are choosing to live tiny for 2019 Kate and Melissa’s business goals and how they hope to grow their side hustle You can find her candles at What will Cohesive Home be upto in 2019? Listen to find out and subscribe to our newsletter to catch our survey going out at the end of the month. We need your help! Thank you to Cohesive Home sponsor Care/of. Care/of offers daily personalized vitamin packs with high-quality and researched backed ingredients. We love Care/of because their simple, 5 minute quiz makes choosing the right supplements for your individual needs so easy! Prioritize your health in 2019 by trying Care/of and save 25% using code “COHESIVE HOME.”    
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    51: Simple Holidays


    Already feeling stressed by the holidays? Need permission to simplify and celebrate in the way that is best for YOUR family? In this episode, Kate and Melissa share the ways they've uncomplicated their holiday celebrations and how to find traditions that feel right for yours. They also share about how to deal with family that doesn't agree with the way you celebrate and how to keep your values in mind when creating new traditions.   In this episode: > Why Kate and Melissa quit trying so hard > Simple traditions that won't wear you out > Let go of the social and family guilt to do more and be more > Do what's best for your family and forget what the world communicates to you about "perfect" holidays   For new episodes and resources, head to for more!  
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    50: Jennifer Pepito


    For Episode 50 of the Cohesive Home Podcast, we're welcoming Jennifer Pepito: homeschooling mom of 7 and owner of Peaceful Press, a homeschooling curriculum and resource shop to the show. Melissa and Jennifer chat about seasons of life and knowing when it's time to make a change, along with the steps they took to make those changes with a large family. Why she chooses essentialism over minimalism and living intentionally as a family while still creating memories together during the holidays.   Even if you're not a homeschooling family, we think you'll be inspired by this conversation and walk away with a few ideas to shape your cohesive home! Stay tuned till the end when she shares a discount code for one of her amazing products.    Connect with Jennifer: Peaceful Press website and Instagram Jennifer on Instagram
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    49: Living Simply at Home


    Do you know all the ways you can lead a simple life at home? In this episode of the Cohesive Home Podcast, Kate and Melissa share the 4 main ways you can live an intentional and minimal life. The two share about their experiences with capsule wardrobes, zero waste living, clearing their family schedules, and decluttering with plenty of wisdom and tips for your own simple living path! Read on for more:   What's your favorite way to live simply? Capsule wardrobes--for more listen to Episode 13: Minimalist Wardrobes Zero wasters--head to Episode 21 to hear our experiences with zero waste living. Interested in trying a zero-waste shampoo/conditioner/body wash option that Melissa LOVES? Check out Plaine Products and use code: PLAINELOVE for 10% off! Clearing out the family schedule-- head to Episode 06 for more! Decluttering--you know Kate and Melissa have so much to share on this topic! Get your fill by listening to: Episode 31: Change and Decluttering, Episode 34: Minimalism 5 Years Later, Episode 12: Newbie Decluttering Tips, and Episode 2: Generational Clutter.   Challenge: choose one of the above that you're a bit intimidated by and give it a try for 1 week. See if you can make some real, impactful change in your family's lives and email us with the results: [email protected].com   Please leave a review on iTunes to let us know what you think of the show and share it with a friend; sharing is caring! Until next time.....  

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