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@erynejones

So proud of this guy!! David’s song “I got you” was recently released by @jonakpriyam across all music apps! I linked to it on Spotify in my stories💕. He wrote it after we had a pretty big fight/freak out on my part ☺️. I love music and the power it has to bring people together! . Snazzy photo by @heather.conkin 😉 📸. . . . . #igotyou #singersongwriter #freedomwithless

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@erynejones

On Wednesday we did Fall Things. One of the things I was most excited about moving here for was the access to rich varieties of fresh, natural produce. We picked a full bushel and a peck (and gave hugs around necks😉🥰) and then came home and watched @thebiggestlittlefarm movie to round out our day. Have you seen it?! It was soooo good- like a message for more than just farming practices 💕💕. ⠀⠀ Also, as you can see by the apples taking over the whole left side of our refrigerator (swipe to see!) we may have over done it 🙈🤷‍♀️😆. Drop your favorite apple recipe ideas in the comments if you want to help us out!😊🙌🏻. . . . . . #wildandfree #wildandfreekids #simplewellfree #freedomwithless #828isgreat #justusorchard #foodielife #smartfoodchoices #wildfoodlove #fullbasket #healthyeating #plantbaseddiet #biggestlittlefarm #thebiggestlittlefarm

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@gigimalism

Have you ever caught yourself thinking like that? «Once I get a new job, I’ll be happier». You are postponing your own happiness, when you could actually find that state of mind within yourself. It’s ok to daydream of a better future, but also accept what’s here and now. Rock with what you got and do not feel sorry for your current self❤️ . . . . . . . . . . #minimalism #gigiguru #inspirationalfriday #minimalista #motherhoodunplugged #happiness #thepursuitofjoy #livetoday #messageboard #seekingsimplicity #simplicityiskey #simplelifestyle #simplelifehappylife #keeplifesimple #minimalistmom #minimalisthome #minimalistlifestyle #freedomwithless #simplelivingquotes #simplicityinspiration #simplelionheartlifequotes

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@erynejones

What is one Brave thing you’ve done lately? For me, “brave” lately is to just simply say the words I’m afraid to say....the things that seem so dang hard to admit! “I don’t like this role sometimes.” “I was wrong.” Or “I’m sorry.” ⠀⠀ I was talking to a mom friend today about how it feels lonely to admit that staying at home with several young ones is busy, yes, but not necessarily fulfilling. I get it. Some are completely fulfilled by that role- it’s their thing and I applaud them! But sometimes we keep silent about our feelings because we don’t want to be misunderstood. Also- I know my truth doesn’t negate someone else’s truth/feelings. But when we all keep silent it creates a lot of loneliness - not able to see those out there that might be feeling the same way and who can be a shoulder to lean on! ⠀⠀ David was gone the last few days and I forgot what it’s like to do most of the parenting tasks solo- especially since we’re both at home full time now, I usually have plenty of time to do what I want! And I got reaaaallly cranky😬. I realize that I’m head-over-heels mama bear in love with my kids but I HAVE TO have something else in my life. I’ve got to have something to put my energy in to that is *just* for me. I used to think this was not ok. But the more I admit it to my friends the more “Me too!”s I hear. ⠀⠀ What is your thing? Care to be brave and admit it in the comments?!😬🙈🤗🤗. . . . . . . . #freedomwithless #ipreview #momlife #freespiritedmomma #minimalistmom

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@erynejones

Our oldest is making Breakfast for dinner tonight all by herself 🙌🏻💕🥰 (moms of toddlers take heart, this could be your future😉👩🏻‍🍳). Some #gfvegan pancakes and hash browns are coming right up 😋. My mom used to make breakfast for dinner sometimes and it was one of my favorite traditions...sometimes I want to petition to have breakfast foods at every meal🥞...it’s really the best kind of food, right?! Tonight we’re going to eat our Brinner on a picnic blanket and watch a fun 🎥 movie! Something we love to do on Fri nights. What are your Friday night traditions? . . . . . #simplewellfree #brinner #gf #minimalistmom #thismomlife #howwedwell #teenagersareawesome #freedomwithless

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@erynejones

Had a wonderful weekend in Nashville and now I’m jumping back into that Family Flow...of chores and homeschool and breaking up arguments and listening and snuggling and late night chats with a super introspective 12 year old, an inquisitive 10 year old super into all things science and anatomy (she seriously knows more about the bones in the body than me! 🦴😆), and a 9 year old who wants to show me the 157 videos he made while I was gone. Couldn’t be happier today 🥰🙌🏻🤗. . 📸 by @heather.conkin . . . . . #homeschoolmom #unschoolmom #unschoollife #freedomwithless #mytribe #minimalistmom #motherhustler #mamapreneur #mompreneurlife #mumbosslife #mumentrepreneur #justmomlife #momlifeisthebestlife #choosejoy #littlestoriesofmylife #myquietbeauty #theartofslowliving #thatauthenthicfeeling

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@emilykayrichardson

Walked into my room to this cozy lighting and wanted to hop right into bed.✨We’ve had some especially long parenting days lately and it’s little moments like this that refresh me, even for just a minute. I love that God knows my attention to beauty in the small things and uses it to bring me back to him in the difficult or draining moments. 🌻 “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” -Matthew 11:28

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@erynejones

A Minimalist Love Story💕🥰. About a girl and a dress😉. I’m here in Nashville for a Young Living event and a few weeks ago I realized I was going to need a gala dress. Y’all, I’m not a very gala-y person. So I tried on the two dresses that could pass that I had in my closet. One didn’t fit (thank you yummy #ashevillenc food for that!) and the other the zipper was broken. I did not want to buy myself a new gown for this thing. Nothing against new gowns, but I’ve really been sticking with the second-hand/ thrifted genre for all the home things and in my mind I would rather have a new, vintage rug than a new ball gown. So what to do? I looked around at some consignment sales with no luck. I Facebook Marketplaced with a sweet older woman giving away an evening gown for free but Marge didn’t work well with FB messenger😉😆. And then I sort of gave up...in a way. Feeling like I could risk it and something might turn up🤷‍♀️. And if it didn’t I’d wear an Old Navy dress😄. Then a couple days ago, I was pulling into Trader Joe’s right as I saw a bunch of clothes in the lawn of a house across the street. A fellow #Minimalist was #mariekondo ing her house and had several never worn dresses for $3 each! I found one that I loved and that was it! This lovely dress serves as a good reminder for me that there are always good surprises lurking around the corner💕👗. #loves_minimalism #minimalism #minimalmood #showminimal #soulminimalist #mindtheminimal #abundancemindset #thriftedthis #secondhandfashion #secondhandstyle #recycledclothes #thriftshopping #thritedfinds #howwedwell #freedomwithless #simplewellfree

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@erynejones

Laughter is important. ⠀⠀ I’ve been a huge fan lately of lifting myself up instead of binging Handmaids Tale 🤣. (Which I would very much be doing in a different season!). This time in my life, though, calls for funny things. And speaking of funny things, Sunday Funnies are up in my stories! I do this every Sun because I want to help you guffaw. It’s life giving 🤣🙌🏻. Also Pumpkins are funny. Isn’t that why we sorta love those weirdos?! Fun fact: My husband has always called me Pumpkin 🎃- or some version of it....Punk, Funk, Funky Fresh 🤣. I love him. ⠀⠀ A good laugh heals a lot of hurts. -Madeline L’Engle (or at least it helps some💕🥰). . . . . . . #howwedwell #sundayfunnies #sundayfunday #freedomwithless #abundancemindset #goodthoughts #positivelifestyle #centred #innerwork #highvibelife #beherenow #aquietstyle #thatauthenthicfeeling #thehappynow #theartofslowliving

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@erynejones

Participating in @10ThingsToTellYou “What is a recent Revelation?” Prompt. Something that I’m recently figuring out... ⠀⠀ I don’t really know as much as I think I do about anyone! In fact, maybe, most people don’t know what they think they know about others?🤷‍♀️. I don’t even think I will ever have myself fully figured out! ⠀⠀ We’ve been taught to not make assumptions (you know how the saying goes...something out of u and me 😉) by the same people who taught us how to judge others not like us. We think we have someone else figured out only to have that image confronted by new information. I want so badly for people I meet to fit in a manageable box, but when I think I have someone pegged, they lose their humanity in my eyes. Do we all do this? It’s a sneaky habit I’ve been recently uncovering. As an individualist I would love to have everyone “figured out”, but also wouldn’t that world would be so boring and lacking!? ⠀⠀ I’ve been noticing this the most in my parenting, but I feel as though it translates across multiple relationships. I can think I understand my daughter’s motives for a certain behavior...I react....then I find out I’m wrong. I don’t know every single thing about her, even though I know her very well! It’s humbling. It’s also a freeing revelation when I lean into it💕. #10thingstotellyou

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@erynejones

#mycozyfallhome 🧡 Days 2-5 🧡 (In reverse order!) ⠀⠀ Day 5: #onmytable Our dining room table is in the living room-technically- but doesn’t this space feel more like a dining area?! Also because these shelves are designated space for many items, I like to keep a clear table. It does often have kid cups, sewing projects of my 12-year old, and #homeschool happenings on it usually, but the table is #minimal to keep some free-space for things just like that! ⠀⠀ Day 4: #entryway My fall entry way is one of my favorite spots this year since we have the perfect space for a little Fall-scape. We feel very European with our get up😉🌲🧡 and if IG had smellovision it would smell like cinnamon, orange, and spruce. (Pics 2 & 3). Day 3: #texture Finding different textures while #thrifting is my favorite! One of the reasons I think rattan and macrame made such a come-Back is because I think we were all craving a little more grounding textures in our living spaces! (Pics 4 & 5). Day 2: #mantle I’m a big fan of keeping the mantle simple. Ours is horses, a piece of driftwood we found after hurricane Michael in FL, and a couple trusty TJs gords/ mini pumpkins 🎃 🧡. (Last pic). Driftwood is also great for #texture (and anything from outside that can go inside really!) and all of ours was salvaged from the wild, not bought. The next time you head to the beach, you can find some to bring back- we just sprayed ours with #thieves cleaner and let it dry in a sunny spot where it can’t re-get-wet for several days. Fall is a good time to find some! If you want to turn this pic into a Highlights Mag I’ve placed 3 different driftwood pieces in this first pic of our dining room- see if you can find them😆💕. . . . . . #howwedwell #goldendropsociety #freedomwithless #mindtgeminimal #theartofslowliving #cozyminimalist #cozyminimalisthome #secondhandseptember #secondhandonly #thriftstorefinds

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@erynejones

Some days are hard. Some days feel really overwhelming. Some entire seasons are hard and overwhelming. For me, nature always helps. Grabbed my people today and we went exploring a mountain with a Balsam Fir🌲 trail. We grounded, and we experienced beauty beyond us. Reminded us that there is so much more out there connecting us, giving us wisdom, rooting for us💕🌲🏔. ⠀⠀ At one point today we hiked to a small mountain spring that eventually flows into the Mississippi, and @david.tom.jones led us in a time of meditation (yep, we are that family😆). He called the trees our older brothers and sisters. I feel that. Like we’re all a big family, me, you, the trees, the earth, and all its creatures! Let’s live more like a family! On this #globalclimatestrike day let’s remember that we are all more connected than we think. Let’s get out in nature more and remember why we want to help our earth 🌎💕🌱🌲🏔. . . . . . #climatechange #climatestrike #freedomwithless #unschoolinglife #homeschoolmom #minimalistmom #828isgreat

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@erynejones

Being Cozy is pretty much my top design value. Back in the day when I thought Minimalists were cold, cozy-loathing types, and before I got into Minimalism myself!, I thought it was an antonym for Cozy. Apparently I also thought being a pack-rat was the good kind of “cozy” 😆. But then I fell in love with Minimalism and all the freedom it could bring. Also, I did my own thing with it- I made Minimalism work for me. Which, I believe, is the main point of it in the first place! Less of what weighs you down and more of what you love. And since I love Cozy, I was beyond pumped when Myquillyn Smith aka @thenester wrote her book Cozy Minimalist Home. It’s a great resource if you love my style and/ or want to have clear, practical steps to a clean, open, cozy home! ⠀⠀ Also head over to www.thecozycommunity.com to check out her classes for each season. I’m usually not a “class person” but I LOVED these classes! ⠀⠀ For the next few days follow #mycozyfallhome for ideas from all around the gram too! Today is #collection (swipe for some of my fav Fall Collections around our sweet old AVL home 🏡💕🍏🍂🍁). . . . . . #howwedwell #cozyminimalist #freedomwithless #thepracticalminimalists #828isgreat #aquietstyle #embracingaslowerlife #thatauthenthicfeeling #thesimpleeveryday #theartofslowliving #falldecor #minimalist #minimalistmom

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@erynejones

This is me. Make-up-free, puffy-eyed, and with my weird 🐈 coffee cup from @biscuitheadavl on my way out of town yesterday. ⠀⠀ I went away for the weekend because I needed to pull back from the noise...of lots of things. I feel like I have a pretty large high-giving-capacity-bucket that takes a while to fill. But when it gets too full, look out 😳😬. One more drop in it and I’m no longer Me. I’m easily irritated, highly sensitive, easily overwhelmed and much too harsh with the kids. This happens every now and then. If you’ve followed along here for a while, you know that I used to do this more often when the kids were younger. I honestly thought I had “outgrown” that stage and didn’t “need as much” and could “handle myself better” these days. (Using quotes because I think these are some false beliefs I had prior to this weekend- part of all the noise!). I told David that I felt Shame for the first time in a while about needing to get away. ⠀⠀ And Im sure it’s also a side effect of being a completely stay-at-home, work-from-home, school-at-home fam. This is new- we’ve just been at this for 2 months now-the five of us. This is my Dream life, but I’m still learning self-care routines and how to be the best kind of human for my people. It’s ok to give myself a permission slip to have me-time. It doesn’t mean I’m “regressing”. Just over here being human💕🥰. ⠀⠀ In case you needed some permission or a “me too!” here are several Truths we both need to hear: + When an old feeling or behavior comes up from your past that you thought you were past, give yourself Grace. + It doesn’t mean anything about who you are now. + You are ok/ good/ awesome! + Do what you need to do. + You’re a great mom.💕 . . . . #momlife #minimalistmom #freedomwithless #tbri #selfcare #happythankyoumoreplease #slowliving #stayathomefamily #momtrepreneur

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@erynejones

A Day in the life of an Unschooling Family may or may not include a trip to the library to max out your 50-book/fam-check out limit, a hike around your neighborhood to learn a tough lesson about elevation gains (turns out we live on a 2600’⛰ - our house is at 2190’ and Siri told us all about that which led to a tangential lesson on topography and what classified as a “mountain”😉), a lengthy conversation about whether or not there are truly any “non-corrupted” governments (as in countries built by not taking over the home of another people group/ built on an underprivileged people groups’ labor- that one was a doozy 😬), a trip to the grocery store where one child has to maintain and shop with a $100 budget (turns out she found room in the budget for cute 69-cent pumpkins🙌🏻), a whole bunch of art projects, lots of journaling, some multiplication practice, a deep chat about feelings 🖤💜, several (voluntary!) hours of reading time 📖, a viewing of the Harry Potter movie you just finished the book of, a few other deep thoughts about feelings 💕, and many self-guided lessons about dinosaurs, fossils, and Greek mythology! ⠀⠀ These were all activities weaving throughout our week. Happy Friday friends💕🙌🏻. . . . . . . #simplewellfree #unschoolinglife #homeschoolmom #freedomwithless #unschooling #homeschoolinglife #happythankyoumoreplease #theartofslowliving #unschoolmom #ipreview #homeschoolroom #homeschool #unschoolers

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@erynejones

Home tour up in stories today if that’s your thing 🏠🥰🤗. If you want to see how I utilize about 2 1/2 square feet of kitchen counter space, where you can get super cute and cheap pumpkins, or where I hide all our homeschool things when people come over 😆 then you’ll enjoy the tour I think😉. . . . . . . . . #minimalism #freedomwithless #clutterfree #sparkjoy #happythankyoumoreplease #homeschoolmom #unschoolmom #lifechangingmagicoftidyingup #clutterfreekids #minimaliststyle #minimalisthome #minimalistmom #youbeyou #homedecor #homeinspiration #housetour #interior4you #interiorforinspo #myhomevibe #creativeminimalism #theartofslowliving #howwedwell

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@intentionalshell

Day 8 - she’s been in the darn dvd cabinet again! #declutter

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@intentionalshell

Day 7 - random set of cds and a weeny broken dinosaur 🦖 #decluttering

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@erynejones

We’re doing a September Clean-Out! Meaning we’re going to try and use as much as we have at home and spend very little $ attempting to pair down the pantry/ fridge/freezer. Anyone else ever do this? 🙋‍♀️🌽🥒🥬 . We do it about 2-3 times a year and sometimes when we’re trying to budget for bigger trips/ things higher on our value list than eating out. (Which- to be fair- eating at the local restaurants here in #Asheville is high on the priority list sometimes!). ⠀⠀ Here’s what we will be doing: + Only buying produce from the farmers markets + Only spending a small (for us) budget at the grocery store for supplementals (rice, gf noodles, 🧻, etc!) + Only eating out ONE day in Sept at any type of restaurant- the 23rd is our Family-aversary 😉💕🎉. + Whole family will be eating #vegan- first time we’ve ever done this 100% with the kids- they sometimes have meat or fish for lunch. Gonna load up on 🥑 and good fats! . Adoption-related note: changing eating habits/ amount of food available in the home is not something I ever messed around with in the early years. It has taken my kids several years to feel secure about food and it’s still something we have to circle back to helping them with from time to time! As an adoptive parent I usually wouldn’t recommend this to other adoptive parents unless you’re willing to be flexible/ give it up if needed! Food can equal safety and lack of it/ drastic change with it can easily trigger fight/flight/freeze in our kids💕. ⠀⠀ Would love to hear tips/ tricks from you that do this from time to time below!! . . . #sensorymom #adoptivemom #pantrycleanout #gfvegan #vegan #veganmeals #minimalistmeals #minimalist #minimalistmom #freedomwithless #happythankyoumoreplease #septembercleanout #tbri #allergyfreekids

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@erynejones

I’m feeling a field-trip-heavy week of #homeschool coming on! Sometimes we do school first thing, and follow certain curriculum (usually adapted mind online mixed with @wokehomeschool history and Dad lessons for science 🧪 🤓 from @david.tom.jones ). But some weeks we are more out-and-about. Going to museums, on hikes, 5 library trips, and journaling about the woods and waterfall trips like any normal crunchy Asheville fam would 😉. The beauty of the way we do school is Freedom- free to enjoy the remaining days of summer, free to go at the pace each person needs. This is also the beauty of how anyone can do school- #homeschool, #unschool, #private, #public, etc- we are all free to do what works for our own fam. Freedom friends, always #freedom. . . . . . #unschoolinglife #homeschoolmom #freedomwithless #howwedwell #embracingaslowerlife #thehappynow #theartofslowliving #youbeyou #happythankyoumoreplease #828isgreat #unschoolfamily

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@janna.parker

Word.⁠ .⁠ This was so true for us. We rightsized our home about a year ago and reduced our possessions by 90%. ⁠ .⁠ We have never felt more freedom.⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #minimalism #livingwithless #minimalist #achievementclub #networthspreadsheet #budget #selfcare #truth #intentionalliving #jannabanana #debtfree #wealth #timefreedom #minimalist #livingwithless #wealthwarrior #timemanagement #growth #simpleliving #joshuabecker #courtneycarver #simplify #freedomwithless #lessismore

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@thepracticalminimalists

Who is going to Nest Fest?! Half of The Practical Minimalists (me 👋🏻 Eryn) will be there too!! Nest Fest is a fun-filled Day, October 19, in Midland, NC hosted by our friend Myquillyn. Head over to @thenester to grab tickets and for details. I’m super pumped about all the vintage vendors and makers that will be there🤗. . . . . . #freedomwithless #nestfest2019 #secondhandonly #buylocal #howwedwell #cozyminimalisthome #cozyfallhome

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@intentionalshell

I give you tree of protein scoops 🤷🏼‍♀️

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@intentionalshell

Day 5 - wonky suitcase, school bag from when I was in school many many many moons ago. And photo frames, because I just don’t do photos.

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@intentionalshell

I don’t throw pens unless they leak all over me or run dry. Farewell old friend, you I loved the most 🥺 plus hair clips that haven’t been worn in years and a running band that doesn’t fit my phone 🤦🏼‍♀️

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@erynejones

Ok Insta-friends, lets chat?! Why are you here? What drew you to my little corner of the Gram? I would love to know why those of you who see me in your feeds stick around! ⠀⠀ My main things in life are to add value, and not waste yo time! We all have things to do and our people to spend time with, but sometimes we just want to connect across the globe too! And that’s why I love it here🙌🏻💕. But what about you? If you don’t mind sharing in the comments what you like to get on IG for- what is your fav type of thing on The Gram?! And if you feel like sharing, what you want more of from little ole me 💕🤗. Homeschool? Minimalism? Wellness? My 12 year olds amazing baking talents? Unschooling? I’m all 👂s☺️!

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@erynejones

Design Tip: when picking your curtains, they look best when dusting the floor, not exactly like this where they are 10” off the ground. Also, 90”+ curtains would cover your elaborate system of extension cords because old houses have approximately 1 plug per room 🤪😆🏡. ⠀⠀ But sometimes you work with what you’ve got, you learn to love exactly what you have, and you appreciate where you are with your home. This is one of the big lessons I learned through #minimalism . I’m much more tolerant and happy with quirky imperfections, unfinished rooms, unmet expectations...or not long-enough but perfectly adorable curtains😉💕. . . . . . . #oldhouselove #theartofslowliving #freedomwithless #minimalistmom #secondhandstyle #thrifted #soulminimalist #interiorstyling #howwedwell

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@intentionalshell

More random things on day 3. Not sure why I have microphones or how they made it through the first sort out 🧐

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@erynejones

We’re out of town this week, visiting family in TN. One thing I love about #unschooling is how it has trained us as parents to see that “school” can be anywhere! Yesterday, a 7 hour car trip turned into a 12-hour car ride due to Crocodile (what the kids have always called our van😆🐊) having some engine issues. So we stoped at maybe every single rest stop on I-40 to give Crock plenty breaks! ⠀⠀ And guess what? Even Rest stops have much to learn about them and at them! Did you know most in TN are named after famous TN singers? Also, did you know that you can learn all about solar panels at a rest stop that looks like you’ve landed on Mars 42 miles outside Memphis?! And did you know that a nine year old can ask you approximately 784 questions about a map and distance and time at each stop🤪😉?! I kid- but once we embraced the journey we actually had a pretty full “school day” on a Sunday road trip😉💕🥰. School can be anywhere if your mind is set to see it #unschoolinglife 🙌🏻📚.

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@intentionalshell

Not strictly cheating as there are 2 discs! Unless it’s Lego, I don’t do games. eBay will be funding the holiday agin this year 👍🏻

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@intentionalshell

1 year ago I did the Minimalist challenge for everyday in September. It’s time to go again! Making every effort to dispose of the items responsibly whether it’s recycling, selling or donating - ideas welcome! Day 1 is a very dirty old bag about ten years old that was in a no storing stuff that I never use 🤦🏼‍♀️

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@the.conscious.coach

It's easy to over-complicate life these days. . We are inundated with information or ways to ”simplify” life. . When you don't narrow down your focus and decide ahead of time what you want, it becomes very easy to fill your time with unimportant things. . Then you lose what it is you are actually desiring. Money, freedom, time. . If you were to pick one big thing that would move you forward in the best possible way, what would it be? Why would you want that? How would your life change if you were to achieve it? . Pick 1 big goal and a few small ones and that's it. . When other things come up that aren't apart of the overall plan, say no. We want to over complicate it or overthink it, just stop yourself from doing that. It doesn't have to be hard. . Decide what you want and expect the resistance to show up once you have made up your mind. This is human nature. Your brain will tell you all the reasons why you should change your mind. Your ”why” has to have strength. . Become friends with resistance. When we do that and follow-through, this is where simplicity lives and freedom exists. . Who is in for simplifying and being intentional to finish off the year? . . . . #simplified #simplicity #freedomwithless #goalsetter #lifecoachingtips #theconsciouscoach #becomefriendswithchange #livesimply #livewithless #goalcrushing #crushinggoals #moneyfreedomtime #betterwithless #thehomeedit #lessstuffmoreliving #simplifiedlife #lifecoachingworks

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@emilykayrichardson

Back patio date night ✌🏻💛🔥

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@erynejones

The last 2 weeks we’ve been learning about tea. The origins of it, the difference between high tea and afternoon tea. That holding your pinky up really isn’t “proper”....it’s been fun😉. And of course after learning all this we had to go out and find a #secondhand tea pot (or 2😉) and set up our own tea service. This tea pot is almost as old as our house- circa 1930-ish! We found this out because we were looking for the “dishwasher safe/ not safe” instructions and the only thing we found said “do not put directly on the flame” 😆 🔥. So we looked it up to find that it was most likely made between 1930-1940- definitely pre-dishwashers, pre-microwaves! Which got us talking about when kitchen appliances were each invented. And this whole journey was sparked by a tea poster at a museum we visited. ⠀⠀ Sometimes #unschoollife is pretty much one big rabbit trail that starts in a museum or with a random question....and leads you to an antique store and buying sugar cubes while learning the history of a microwave! But I absolutely love it and wouldn’t do it any other way💕📚. . . . . . #freedomwithless #unschoolmom #howwedwell #slowliving #unschool #thrifted #secondhandonly #teatime #homeschool #homeschoolroom #minimalism #embracingaslowerlife #aslowmoment #thehappynow #theartofslowliving #liveinspired #happythankyoumoreplease #ipreview

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@simplewellfree

Did you know we got a new website?! Just click on the “website & blog” link in profile to see so much more of how to have a more Simple Well Free lifestyle! #glutenfree and #vegan recipes, essential oils and kids, helpful back to school routines, and more are already up🙌🏻🥰. Also can be found at www.mdrnhouse/Eryn . . . . . #yleo #simplewellfree #freedomwithless #goldendropsociety #howwedwell #homeschoolmom #unschoolmom

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@erynejones

Chatting in stories today about how The Enneagram has helped me as a #homeschool #unschool mama! It’s helped me understand myself better and how I work best as a facilitator and helper to my kids, and as I see their behaviors, it sparks good conversation about how they best learn, what motivates them most, what are their biggest fears. They aren’t settled into their Enneagram Number yet, but knowing all these things about them helps me curate our school experience in the best way! ⠀⠀ As an Enneagram Four I love getting into the “whys” behind the emotional difficulties of learning and constantly changing the school “scene”- lots of field trips! It also means that our homeschool space is going to be very aesthetically pleasing 🥰🏫📚✏️💕. How about you? Fellow homeschool/ unschool friends- do you know your Enneagram Type??! . . . And special thanks to @handpaintedbylauryn for making my hair aesthetically pleasing yesterday🥰💕🙌🏻. . . . #enneagram #enneagramfour #unschoolinglife #unschoolingmom #secularhomeschool #homeschoolroom #homeschoollifestyle #minimalistmom #freedomwithless #slowliving #intentionallife #simplewellfree

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@erynejones

The entry way was the last thing on my list to finish...now we are officially moved in! 😉. It just sat bare for over a month or cluttered with the last of the boxes. Swipe to see before pics. ⠀⠀ This is connected to our #homeschool room/ dining room so it also houses paper and art supplies incognito 🤗📚🏫✏️. ⠀⠀ One of my favorite things about Asheville is the access to #thrifted and #secondhand finds. This entryway piece contains some favorites from @theartofsimple and some thrifted finds too- so far in my quest to buy only second-hand decor for the house I’ve just gone big-box-store for curtains, 1 rug, and some plate display holders 😉...feeling pretty good about that🙌🏻. . . . . . #howwedwell #unschoolinglife #unschoolingmom #ipreview #828isgreat #ashevillemoms #simpleliving #slowliving #oldhouselovers #oldhouselove #minimalistmom #freedomwithless

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@emilykayrichardson

Sunflowers and tomatoes from the garden! 🌻🍅 It feels a little like an end of summer harvest..colors are getting a little warmer and schedules are slowing down. Not really ready for summer to end, even though fall is my favorite season. But thankful for these little gifts for my table after starting them both from seed so many months ago! 🌻🌻

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@erynejones

A story of cake and teens... Yesterday my oldest asked me what kind of cake she could make me and I told her I was craving chocolate. She wanted to bake me a cake since my birthday is coming up and normally, i would hesitantly let her do something small and manageable while sorta micromanaging the process. But this was coming off of a recent read about having high expectations for your teen and what that means to them. Not anything earth-shattering, but a good reminder: When you have really high expectations for your teen- ie , not wanting them to fail so you micromanage 😬- they don’t get “inspired” or “uplifted” by that- they just feel “not enough” and “lousy”. The message they internalize is “I’m lacking.” I wanted her to feel *enough* and not lousy so I sat back and only offered her instructions or advice if she asked me (which was vv hard for this mama!) and said, “Bake whatever you want. I have faith in you. You are very capable.” Honestly guys, I was 100% not expecting this!! This was the end result- I mean 😱😱...how in the world?! I would have never known she was capable of something like this if I hadn’t let go of trying to over-manage and over-“help” her. It’s amazing what kind of #glutenfree #vegan genius-ness that can come from a parent letting go...maybe I’ll try it more often💕. I love getting to see her blossom into who she is becoming, developing her strengths, growing and learning 💕🥰. . . . And for those wondering- the recipe she used was adapted from the chocolate cake recipe in Leon Fast Vegan p. 254😉. . . . #gfchocolatecake #gfvegan #unschoolinglife #wholelifeunschooling #simplewellfree #freedomwithless #slowliving #simplelife #gfdessert #vegandessert #leonfastvegan #leoncookbook #minimalistmom #simplehomeschool

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@erynejones

They wanted to do school today🤷‍♀️. I cannot tell you how many times I have thought it was a school day when it was the weekend- #homeschoolproblems 😆. But today I did know it was Saturday because we went to our favorite Saturday Tailgate Market (what the cool NC kids call a farmers market!). I was happy they wanted to get into school today because it gave me a chance to work on a video for homeschooling/ unschooling tips and helpers! Working on that today and it will be up soon💕🔔🤓✏️📚! . . . . . #homeschoolroom #unschooling #unschoolinglife #wholelifeunschooling #simplewellfree #freedomwithless #homeschoolmom #unschoolingfamily #unschoolers #secularhomeschool #828isgreat #ashevillemoms #goldendropsociety

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@simplewellfree

Sensory Smart Class- chatting Oils, but going way deeper into the Whys behind our kids behavior and how to empower us as parents! . Do you want to better understand your kiddo? Do you want them to have tools that will help them feel empowered heading back to school- either home or a away? . We used to feel like any sensory talk was overwhelming and hard to grasp- but we’ve spent several years breaking it down for parents in a way that’s helpful and easy to understand. This is my favorite freebie class I do all year 🙌🏻. Join us Sunday evening live in Facebook! Link in profile📚✏️💕. . . . . #sensorysmart #sensorymom #goldendropsociety #simplewellfree #freedomwithless #minimalistmom

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@erynejones

{{closed}} 🙌🏻.✏️📚G I V E A W A Y📚✏️. ⠀⠀ One of my favorite things as a #homeschooling mama is Reading Time! We do this nightly with our kids, sometimes it’s read aloud, but usually it’s all of us lounging around our room or the living room with a good book. (The one who is not a fan of reading usually grabs a workbook or magazine 😉). Our kids know that they can stay up a little while longer as long as they are reading so it’s a win-win😉. Makes reading for fun feel like a special privilege 🤗. ⠀⠀ Here’s what I’ve been reading lately- 2 books I bought + 2 books are Library check-outs: + Dare to Lead by @brenebrown (excellent resource on authentic leadership!) + Boss Up by @lindsayteague (one of the couple business-y books I would actually recommend to other work-from-homers like me!) + The Last Romantics (only 100 pages in and liking it so far) by @taraconklinauthor + Recursion by @blakecrouch1 - seriously the BEST fiction book I’ve read in a long while! ⠀⠀ 💕📚GIVEAWAY📚💕 Since reading is one of my favorite things, I’m giving away a $30 gift card to the local bookstore of your choosing, Barnes & Nobles OR Amazon (will be chosen by the winner!). To be entered to win: 1. Be sure you are following me here @erynejones 2. Like this photo 3. Tag a friend who likes books (separate comments please)! 4. Extra entries for telling us what your favorite local bookstore is AND for telling us your favorite thing you’ve read lately! (separate comments for these two as well💕). ⠀⠀ Good Luck!!! Winner will be chosen Friday, AUG 16th at midnight EST💕. . . . . #unschoolinglife #homeschoolfamilylife #readingmom #bookstagram #bookgiveaway #828isgreat #ashevillemoms #freedomwithless #slowliving #homeschoolmom

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@erynejones

#homeschooltip : Make mealtime eeaaasssyyy!! . During the school year I love just having some veggies and rice, easy veg curry, or even just good old Mac n cheese #vegan version! Even if you’re not vegan though, you can also #simplify mealtimes catered to your fam. Here are my top tips and what works really well for us: 1. Keep your dinners as simple as possible- I try to only make meals with 10 or less ingredients- that’s the magic number for my sanity! I love @minimalistbaker for making sure all her meals meet this requirement🙌🏻😋. 2. Have older elementary kids learn math and science through baking and/or cooking! This is a win-win and our 12 year old cooks at least one dinner a week in our house. She enjoys it, it reinforces her multiplication of fractions (doubling/ tripling recipes because everyone over here has an appetite!!), and it’s low stress for me! We set ground rules that if she cleans before she cooks, her dad and I will clean up after. You can set this up how it will best work for your family. 3. When all else fails, know when and where the “kids eat free” nights are around your town/city! Most places have a list of them somewhere that can be found after some googling 😉. Some days we have activities out and about (yes, #unschooled kids do extra curricular stuff too- if they want 😉) and I just don’t want to deal with dinner at home. . . . . . . #unschoolinglife #slowliving #howwedwell #dairyfree #bestofvegan #healthyeating #plantpowered #plantbased #vegancommunity #plantbaseddiet #secularhomeschooler #unschooler #ipreview #freedomwithless #minimalistmom #minimalistmealplanning

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@erynejones

This is my European front porch sanctuary. I’m sharing over the next week as we prepare for another #homeschooling year some tips and tricks and just real conversations about what it is we do, why we do it, and how the journey into homeschooling can be hard at first, but so amazing and worthwhile! ⠀⠀ This front porch represents a huge piece of what helps me stay sane! I’ve got to take time for me first, before the day begins, or even at different points when everyone needs a break! Sometimes my own expectations for my kids get the better of me and I need to separate myself to get clarity. Sometimes my kids are not in a learning mood and we take times to all have quiet calming down time in different places! Being around each other all day most everyday can get a bit...overwhelming😉. But creating rhythms of solitude and togetherness helps us all out so much! This also seems natural to their learning cycle- boredom > curiosity > questions > learning > excitement > over-excitement > calming down > boredom > curiosity....just keeps repeating. This may not be the same for everyone, but it’s a pattern I see a lot with my kids! Also important: I don’t present solo time or calming down time as a “punishment”, but instead as a needs-meeting strategy. This is what we all need right now, I’m going to do it too and I’m also here to help give you options for calming/ solitude as well💕🥰. . . . . . #unschooling #unschoolinglife #deschooling #minimalistmom #freedomwithless #simplewellfree #cornersofmyworld #dailyparenting #joyfulmamas #slowmotherhood #aquietstyle #choosejoy #seekthepositive #seekthesimplicity #happythankyoumoreplease #slowliving # #ipreview #howwedwell

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@garageexperts_official

If you’re not using it now, you probably won’t start using it later. Especially if it’s hidden in the back of a closet somewhere! Follow @simplelionheartlife ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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@erynejones

Here’s our kids new school!!! 😏 jk...it’s home. In case you didn’t know I heart homeschooling! But I didn’t always feel that way! Coming out of traditional schooling/ thinking about learning took a lot out of me. I had a lot of fear. Are they going to be “on track”? Am I doing enough? What if they need special services/ have a learning disability? Also, I hate mornings- do I have to love the am to properly homeschool?🤷‍♀️🤣 . Here’s the thing. My kids are advanced in some areas and behind in others. Sometimes I don’t do enough and other times I do too much- push them beyond where they are ready to go. And one of them even DOES need special reading services/ help. Also, I still don’t like mornings 😆. Allllllll the things I feared have been a reality at some point, and guess what? It wasn’t that bad. The miracle of it all? They have learned so much and are so incredibly secure with David and I that the places they are behind in quickly catch up. It’s like freedom and having Mom and Dad as constant resources have been so good for them that all the things I feared and came true didn’t even matter! . So if you are a #homeschooling mama too, whether it’s your 1st year or your 15th, we got this! This space, hopefully, will be a helpful resource and place of encouragement💕🥰. I’m going to be posting more on #homeschooling #unschooling in the next few days leading up to our next school year💕. . . . . . #unschoolinglife #howwedwell #minimalistmom #simplewellfree #freedomwithless #wokehomeschool #secularhomeschool #ipreview #secularhomeschooler #homeschoolroom #homeschoollifestyle

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@erynejones

Unless you’re new here you know I love me some #thrifting...and I love #homeschooling. And today’s posts is all about the marriage of the two #thriftingtuesday 🤗. . I love mixing and matching curriculum, and having an eclectic mix of resources on hand is a necessity for #unschooling around here. Did you know that many of our homeschool tools and resources are second-hand?! . Thank you to the person who bought this 8-volume picture dictionary set from a door-to-door salesman over 100 years ago! And thank you to allll the people who took good care of this set and to the last person who decided to sell it at their antique booth in Lexington Park Antiques! . If you’re a homeschooling/ unschooling Mama you may find your next great find at your local thrift or antique shop. And bonus- you might find a full 8-volume-set of dictionaries for only $20 like I did🤗💕🥰 📖....and you also just might decorate your shelves with them too- #tripplethreat 🥰😆. . . . . . #thrifting #thriftingfinds #secondhandonly #unschool #homeschoolmom #unschoolinglife #happythankyoumoreplease #bestofmom #momlifestyle #makeitblissful #aquietstyle #beautyyouseek #myquietbeauty #thatauthenthicfeeling #thehappynow #thesimpleeveryday #theartofslowliving #seekthesimplicity #freedomwithless #howwedwell #ipreview #oldbooks #secondhandbooks #usedbooks

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@simplewellfree

Talking alllllll about ditching and switching on my stories today! Why do it? What am I talking about? I’m getting all into it today💕🥰. Full Class on stories and will be saved to Highlight soon! . . . . . #goldendropsociety #simplewellfree #ditchandswitch #lessstress #reducetoxins #freedomwithless #thieves

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@erynejones

It’s been a while since I posted about adoption anything! Obviously, I’m aware that I did not birth my sweet kids from my body😉, but as more and more time passes we feel like we have a pretty “normal”/ routine life (well, for us 🥰😉). This wasn’t always the case. I remember so many heavy, challenging times. And we really didn’t learn/ listen to great advice in the very beginning!! About a year in, though, we were introduced to a life-change and a heart-change and got all the tools we needed to move forward. Now, almost 8 (eight!) years into parenting things are worlds better that I ever imagined during those dark, early days. So I put together a little Adoption Resources blog post- all the things I wish I knew in the beginning or even before becoming a parent. It’s up in my link in my IG profile or you can go to https://mdrnhouse.com/eryn/blog/adoption-resources/ . “The quicker we can get away from the ideals and paradigms we have in our heads, the faster we can bring hope and healing to ourselves and our kiddos!” ~Me 😉...read more in the post 💕. . . . . . #adoption #adoptionjourney #tbri #fostertoadopt #minimalism #slowliving #happythankyoumoreplease #freedomwithless #simplewellfree #goldendropsociety

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@emilykayrichardson

Picnic at the park was exactly what we all needed for a slow Saturday family day. ✨🍑🥒🍞🌳

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@simplelionheartlife

I love this quote. It’s so true. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Simplifying and embracing minimalism won’t fix all your problems and mean your life will be all smooth sailing. Not even close! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But what simplifying can do is remove a huge burden and source of stress from your life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And when you’re not already bogged down and overwhelmed by the “stuff” taking your time and your space, it’s a lot easier to handle any challenges life throws at you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Minimalism becomes an awesome tool and strategy you can use to make life (and the challenges that go with it) a lot more manageable. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here’s to creating space in our lives by clearing the clutter! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #minimalistmindset #minimalisthome #minimalistmom #minimalistlifestyle #minimalism #intentionallife #intentionalliving #lessstuffmorelife #lessstufflessstress #lifewithless #cleartheclutter #declutteryourmind #declutteryourhome #declutteryourlife #simplify #simplifyyourhome #simplifyyourlife #simplicityquotes #simplicityinspiration #inspiringsimplicity #seekingsimplicity #simpleliving #simplelifestyle #livingsimply #simplelifehappylife #removethedistractions #freedomwithless #ilovesimplicity #clutterfreelife #clutterfree

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@erynejones

Favorite thing lately: these blue light blocking glasses! If you’re in front of a screen a lot for work/ #unschooling #homeschooling/ or you just love Netflix, these are for you😉. And they are affordable and super cute! #notanad but I truly have loved wearing these all week I just had to share as part of my #birthdaymonth favorite things I will be sharing all month long! (And if you missed it, one square back is a Giveaway of some other favorite things!). . 👓 are “Poise” in white from @klassynetwork . . . . . #workfromhomelife #bluelightblockers #minimalism #freedomwithless #828isgreat #ladyboss #unschoolinglife

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@emilykayrichardson

Tried another out of the box idea today! This one’s a little more subtle....I flipped the rug upside down! It toned down the colors a bit, and gives it more of an aged look. If you’re feeling in a design rut and don’t want to spend money, try something you’ve never tried before! Move a furniture piece where you *feel* it would never work, add a splash of paint, turn your formal dining room into a cozy sitting room...it might just be the perfect thing and if it’s not you can always put it/paint it back! ✨

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@erynejones

Newsletter going out tomorrow 🤗. Every month I share tips on living more Simply and Intentionally, something about staying above the Wellness line, and thoughts on living more Freely. Simple | Well | Free. This is my way to still add value to those of us who seek a more #simple or #minimalist lifestyle since I’m no longer podcasting. The link in my profile has a way to sign up! And once you do, you will also have access to previous months’ newsletters too🤗. . Meanwhile I’m over here working on my #shelfie game- I think I e rearranged these shelves about 7 times now 🙃😆. . . . . . #freedomwithless #shelfdecor #howwedwell #minimalistmom #intentionalliving #livingintentionally #lessstuffmorelife

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@erynejones

Happy Monday! I love Monday’s and generally feel like this- approaching an ocean of possibility full of happiness and hope! New beginnings are my favorite🤗. How about you? Are you a Monday person? Also I love starting most things with humor, so I’m posting some Monday funnies in stories today too😆💕. . . 📸 by the talented @heather.conkin . . . . #happymonday #simplymonday #simplewellfree #freedomwithless #minimalistmom #minimalism #30a #30abeachlife #beyourownboss #dontquityourdaydream #entrepreneurlife #dreamersandoers #createyourhappy #creativeentrepreneur #creativehappylife #abundancemindset #findingyourfearless #higherself #spiritualentrepreneur #worklifebalance #howwedwell

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@erynejones

A thought I’ve been pondering today is this....There are experts out there on everything, like Ev-er-y-thing! And you can get caught in a rabbit hole of who is right, and who knows more, and who is more successful so listen to that one. Guys- I get sucked into this too! Even as a strong Individualist (👋🏻, my name is Eryn, and I’m an #Enneagram Four😉😆). My heart behind what I do, what I share, why I’m here 🌎 maybe 🤷‍♀️ is this: There are experts, and pressures, and “rules” and unspokens that will always come and go, but absolutely No. One. is an expert on YOU! . You are the only one who can be in charge of you and who knows what you like and where your heart is longing to go/be/do! So decorate how you want, run your business and work jobs in a way that make you feel like you are thriving, live where you want, listen to the other voices, sometimes-yes, but ultimately listen to the voice in you that- for you, friend- is the smartest voice of all 💕. . I’ve never been a horse 🐴 fan, but for some reason this art above the mantle spoke to me- I think it’s because they seem so free to be wholly themselves💕🥰. May we all be more like the horses, wild and free❤️🐴. . . . . . #enneagramfour #wildandfree #unschoolingmom #secondhandonly #selflove #selfcare #beyourownboss #entrepreneurgoals #entrepreneurmindset #solopreneur #dreamersandoers #createyourhappy #empowerwomen #higherself #inspiredwomen #mindfullboss #spiritualladyboss #worklifebalance #minimalismstyle #freedomwithless #creativeminimalism #intentionalliving #mindtheminimal #soulminimalist #howwedwell #brightwhitewednesday

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@erynejones

Sometimes we feel in over our heads with parenting. If you watched my rant on parenting anxiety in stories today, you can still catch them if you want to see all my feels🙃😆. Sometimes we just don’t know what we’re doing over here, am I right? Anyone else🤷‍♀️. . But sometimes our sweet baby tweenager just wants to watch BBC Pride and Prejudice with her Dad and listen to him explain all the complexities of olden times. 🥰😆. . Listen, I’m not one for the old “lets go back to the good ole days...” adages. I love growth and progress and change. But we are also living in weird times where there’s the internet and access to about a million potential crazy things and sometimes I just want to go back to an age of minimal tech because then it would be easier in some ways. It’s just our reality as parents, and some days I embrace it feeling equipped and some days I want to go back to 🛌bed! . So what do I do? Honestly, I’m not sure I have catch-all answers. But I do know that #Gratitude helps. And I’m thankful for an awesome husband who is open to figuring all this out together, on the same team, and I’m thankful for sweet 12 year olds who still love old Jane Austen films and still loves hanging out with her parents💕🥰. . . . . #parenting #millenialparents #freedomwithless #slowliving #mytinytribe #lovemyfam #justmomlife #motherhoodthroughinstagram #slowmotherhood #aquietstyle #littlestoriesofmylife #momentsofmine #thatauthenthicfeeling #thesimpleeveryday #minimalistmom #minimalism #intentionalliving

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@simplewellfree

Have all the Questions about CBD?! Well, I did too when I first heard about it a few years ago. Thankfully, i married a smart dude who can easily explain all the things. I’m more of a try-it-and-seeking of person. I’ve tried several and seen that some work and some don’t! So beyond excited that the company we work for now offers the best CBD oil I have ever tried 🙌🏻. If you’re curious about what it is, how it works, or how you even use it? then this video is for you! The video is live via my profile link under “CBD Video”, and since it was a couple min too long to put in IG TV enjoy these random screen grabs from the video😆. David Jones is also incredibly gifted at explaining the science behind all of it and why this kind of thing is getting researched for so many benefits to our wellness 💕🌱🙌🏻. . . . . #goldendropsociety #simplewellfree #freedomwithless #cbd #cbdoil #yleo

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@erynejones

Hey IG Friends- our house is pretty much done 🙌🏻. *However* in honor of a little authenticity on the Gram and because I love dispelling myths about #minimalism while exposing the truth behind the picture I want to start posting the other pictures- the stories surrounding the pics and the pics behind the scenes. So this week I’m showing my kitchy, which I love, love, love! But if you scroll to pics 3,4 & 5 in this series you will see the shoes that litter the floor (always 🙄...no matter how hard I try- even a lonely winter boot in July🤷‍♀️🤣), the butter that is left out more than it gets put back in the fridge, the pantry overflowing with moving-in trash bags, the bottles and rags that are always there- you will see the life and the overflow beyond our #simpleliving and #minimalist ways! Also- most kids aren’t very good minimalists, just sayin 😉. . I want to do this more! Anyone want to join me?! Should we start a hashtag?😆😉...I love this little spot on the Internet, AND I love pretty feeds! I also want to stay grounded and authentic too...just some thoughts for your Friday🤷‍♀️🥰. . . . . . #intentionalliving #forrealfriday #friyay #freedomwithless #oldhouselove #oldhouselover #howwedwell #brightwhitewednesday #homestyle #minimalistmom #unschooling #unschoolingmom

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@thebalimarket

How do you wear your Turkish towel?

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@erynejones

Just got even more excited about my job🙌🏻🙌🏻. This CBD oil has helped me soooo much. I’ve used cbd for over a year, regularly. A couple months ago I switched brands to this one and I can say it was surprising how much of a difference I noticed with this one. It is gentle and actually tastes good (most cbd tastes like grass 😉). It doesn’t leave me with heavy detox feels, and I can use much less than I used to with other brands. It’s above the rest I’ve tried for sure! . Curious about CBD? Hit me up with any questions you’ve got! I’ve spent the last couple years doing my research and would love to help you problem solve! Also @david.tom.jones is going to do a science-y run down of what it is and why it helps on IG Live soon too- be looking for that🙌🏻🥰. . . . . . #freedomwithless #naturalliving #slowliving #liveintentionally #cbd #minimalist #naturalpainrelief #plantsaremagic #plantsarefriends

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@simplelionheartlife

Having a fun summer with your kids doesn’t mean you have to do big, fancy holidays with them. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve realized the everyday moments can be just as fun and special (or even more sometimes!) ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Kids don’t need extravagant activities or piles of toys. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What really makes those everyday moments special is doing them together. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Having time to spend with our kids - playing a game, following their lead, just being present. That’s what makes ordinary, everyday moments into special memories. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Less stuff in our home means less stuff to manage and take care of which means more time and energy to make memories with the people we love. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Go to the playground. Ride bikes. Jump in puddles. Have a water fight. Catch lady bugs. Go for a hike. Explore nature. Play at the beach. Go for a walk. Have a camp fire. Pick wild flowers/weeds and make a bouquet. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It doesn’t have to be big or expensive. It’s just about doing things together. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And I’m so thankful decluttering and simplifying our home has given me more opportunities to have these everyday moments with my kids this summer. Follow along with my stories to see what I mean 💗 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #lessstuffmorelife #lessstufflessstress #lessstuffmoreadventure #lessstuffmorelove #simplify #simplehome #simplifying #simplifyyourhome #simplifyyourlife #simplifyyourspace #cleartheclutter #clutterfree #clutterfreelife #clutterfreeliving #clutterfreehome #clutterfreewithkids #minimalistmom #minimalisthome #minimalismwithkids #presencenotpresents #mindfulmotherhood #mindfulmama #declutteryourmind #declutteryourhome #declutteryourlife #lifewithless #freedomwithless #simplelifehappylife #motherhoodsimplified #childhoodsimplified

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@simplelionheartlife

The things we own aren’t passive. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Our “stuff” actively takes from us. All the time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It takes our time, our space, our energy, our attention, our money. It can even interfere with our relationships and our health (both mental and physical). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The things we own that we use or love make up for what they take from us because they add value to our lives. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But what about the stuff we don’t use, need, want or even like that fills our homes? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ That kind of stuff is what becomes clutter in our homes and our lives that takes from us, but doesn’t give us any value in return. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s the stuff that is stealing from us and can have a negative effect on our lives. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Clearing the clutter from our home has been so important for my well-being and happiness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For me, less stuff means more time, more energy and more opportunities to be present in my life instead of rushing from one thing on my to-do list to the next. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It means having time to sit and enjoy a chai latte in the sunroom in the afternoon. To play with my kids. To read a book just for fun. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It gives me the opportunity to fill my cup because I have stopped clutter from stealing so much from me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For more about the negative effects clutter can have on you and how clutter is stealing from you, check out my latest blog post (link in bio) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Have you noticed the ways your stuff takes from you? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #cleartheclutter #declutter #decluttering #declutteryourlife #declutteryourhome #declutteryourspace #simplify #simplehome #simplifying #simplifyyourhome #simplifyyourlife #simplifyyourspace #lessstuffmorelife #lessstufflessstress #lifewithless #freedomwithless #fewerbetterthings #simplelifehappylife #simplelifestyle #clutterfree #clutterfreelife #clutterfreeliving #clutterfreewithkids #clutterfreehome #seekingsimplicity #inspiringsimplicity #chailatte #mindfulmoments #mindfulmonday #mindfulmotherhood

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@simplelionheartlife

So often we hang onto clothes that represent who we used to be. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Maybe it’s clothes for a job you used to have. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Or a fancy dress for an occasion several years ago. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Or clothes from when your body was a different size or shape. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It can even be things like a favourite sweater you used to love and wear all the time, but rarely reach for anymore. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There is so much freedom to be found in letting go of the past you these clothes represent, and making space for who you are now. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And it just simplifies your life - no more digging through clothes that don’t work for your life right now to find your favourites! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you’re struggling to declutter your clothes, be sure to check out my latest blog post, I’m sharing 11 of my favourite tips and tricks that have helped me simplify and declutter my wardrobe. They are all the tricks I’ve used and love to make the most progress simplifying my wardrobe and my closet! Link in bio! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #declutteryourcloset #declutteringclothing #declutteringclothes #capsulewardrobe #capsulecloset #minimalistwardrobe #minimalistmom #minimalistmama #simplify #simplehome #simplifying #simplifyyourhome #simplifyyourlife #simplifyyourwardrobe #simplifyyourcloset #simplestyle #sparkjoy #konmari #lessstuffmorelife #lessstufflessstress #fewerbetterthings #lifewithless #inspiringsimplicity #simplicityiskey #keeplifesimple #freedomwithless #declutter #decluttering #declutteryourlife #declutteryourhome

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@sortyourmind

How well you sleep in your bedroom is heavily influenced by what you surround yourself with. As we say, ‘A cluttered space, a cluttered mind.’ Get a restful sleep by ridding your room of unnecessary objects that disrupt your peace. Let’s help you Sort Your Mind.

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@erynejones

Last Beach Day 🏖 😔! We had to hit several beach spots to find one with available parking but we are soaking it all in. Currently Reading this one and I’m about 20 pages in. Liking it so far 😉. Anyone read anything good lately? Looking for some new reads and would love to hear! . . . . . #bookstagram #sophiakinsella #freedomwithless #bookrecommendations #minimalist #30a #30abeachgirl #bluemountainbeach #happythankyoumoreplease #highvibes

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@erynejones

Oh hey, little house 👋🏻. We get to live in you soon and I cannot wait!! In the meantime, I’ve posted a Favorites of #30a series in my stories/ highlights! In case you’re ever down here and want to check out some family favorites💕💕. . . . . . . #30abeachlife #seasidefl #ashevillenc #santarosabeach #freedomwithless #gfvrgan #gf30a #beachlife

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@simplewellfree

If you’re curious about essential oils, what they do, how they work, or what the big deal is- David and I are sharing our story + some science tonight on Facebook! Link in profile to join us💕🥰. . . . . . #simplewellfree #freedomwithless #goldendropsociety #introtooils #essentialoils #yleo #whatareessentialoils

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@erynejones

We’ve been living like tourists here on #30a this week😎🤗. Going to all our favorite haunts one last time. There are several things I’m truly gonna miss about beach life...the crowds- not so much 🙈😄. We’ve all been a bit emotional this week. Seeing Toy Story 4 basically wrecked me because the ending (I won’t spoil it, and it wasn’t even super sad- just so timely for our move to make mom bawl in the theater!). Our kids have been spending every minute they can outside or at the pool with neighborhood friends. Basically soaking it all in until the last possible second! . . . . . #30abeachlife #seasidefl #gf #freedomwithless #simplewellfree #travelingfamily #beachlife #minimalism #minimalist #exploreeverywhere #freedomthinkers #neverstopexploring #liveauthentic #familyfirst #mytinytribe #bestofmom #motherhoodsimplified #beautyyouseek #embracingaslowerlife #thatauthenthicfeeling #theartofslowliving #thesimpleeveryday #thehappynow #ipreview #happythankyoumoreplease

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@erynejones

Almost eight years ago, we started out as parents. Today, I’m sharing a dream that we have had almost as long, finally coming to fruition. ⠀⠀ Honestly, this is a dream I’ve held very close to the vest. Afraid to share it before now because it’s kind of “out there”. So here goes😉. ⠀⠀ As of Friday, we are a fully Stay-At-Home Family. Why? It’s because of how our kids have changed us. It’s because of these two and their brother. It’s because our oldest is twelve and the first 6 years of her life, she didn’t have the kind of support, structure, and care she needed (yes a couple of those years were also with us while we figured out how to be parents amidst our own and our kids’ trauma). Now we can give her the gift of Time! Somehow she turned out to be the worlds most amazing kid in spite of all her hardships, experiencing more than most in her first 4 years, and we get to honor her by being more fully present, available and free with our time together. ⠀⠀ Now you might be asking, “How?!” ⠀⠀ We have been working for four 1/2 years with an amazing company, @younglivingeo, sharing how to have a more empowered, simpler lifestyle. Young Living aligns really well with our family values, individualized wellness, 🌍 conservation efforts and giving to efforts to end human trafficking to name a few, so we feel really good about jumping all-in and having this be our only “job”. We will get to work from home and have so much more freedom of time and our schedules. I never thought I’d be “one of those families”🤗😉, but here we are! ⠀⠀ If you are one of our team’s 2300 families who loves YL like we do, THANK YOU! We are incredibly grateful and love getting to serve y’all! If you’re not a Young Living person yet, David and I are sharing our story in a public FB event (link in bio) and would love to share with you too! . . . #goldendropsociety #simplewellfree #happythankyoumoreplease #adoption #fostertoadopt #emotionalfreedom #timefreedom #freedomwithless #tbri #empoweredtoconnect #stayathomefamily #adoptiveparents #seekthepositive #thatauthenthicfeeling #thehappynow #womenwhowork #femalepreneur #girlbosslife #abundancemindset #freedombusiness #momtrepeneur

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@erynejones

Today was a Happy/Sad Day. We sold a car named Precious. The kids named her that when we got her back in 2014 and the white bulldog from the “Nut Job” movie totally cracked them up🤣🤷‍♀️ 🐶. I was feeling pretty jazzed today because, no lie, I picked up the title, listed it, and sold it for cash in under 5 hours! It was a car-sale miracle. Then I got in the car with the fam to head home and was met with loud tears. And I realized that to my kids, this is another Loss. They were pretty upset. Honestly, it totally snuck up on me, but I get it. Losses of any kind are tough for our kids. Any kind of big change triggers scary feelings. So we laughed, cried, shared our favorite memories of this car, took pictures between tears, and then I cried because I wanted to show the kids how small they were when we first got Precious😭 (swipe to see our kids the weekend we got her), had a family dinner, oiled up our kids with some essential oils and had some good bonding time. Adoption and Loss go hand in hand and it makes some things harder- even happy things! I’m so thankful, though, and I cherish getting to process times like these with my three💕💕💕. It brings us closer together, builds trust, and I friggin love getting to do life with these humans. #ilovethem #tbri #adoption #freedomwithless

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@erynejones

#throwbackthursday Exactly 1 year ago we set up our first big purchase in our new home (table + chairs), a couple years after selling all of our stuff- swipe to see our humble abode one year ago and then what it is today. This time last year I remember feeling very unsettled and anxious to rebuild our home. I think I was nervous that we weren’t ever going to get there! Isn’t that how it always is? When you’re in the middle, in the thick of the Belief, but also the not yet Seeing, you waver between “It’s gonna work out,” and “What were we thinking?!”🙊😆. I’m so happy with where we ended up, though, and the process of rebuilding helped me come a long way with Belief in myself, in my family and our way of living, and the knowledge that things do come together! Maybe in ways I couldn’t have pictured- yet even better!💕 . . . . . #mycozyhome #cozyminimalist #freedomwithless #minimalistmom #minimalism #happythankyoumoreplease #highvibeliving #startingover #travelingfamily #travelingfamilies #howwedwell #nesting #minimalstyle #tbt

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@erynejones

Found my first two Gray/White hairs on Mon Night while I was working in Seaside. Told y’all the story about how this funny older woman told me that there’s gonna be a lot more comin🤣👵🏻👩‍🦳🙌🏻🤷‍♀️. And I’m 100% just fine with it, but I had no idea how many of us have already gone gray. I got at least 20 replies to my Stories from good friends saying they discovered theirs years ago! So it has me wondering....At what age were you when you discovered your first gray hair? Do tell in the comments 🤗! . . . . . . #embracingmiddleage #middleagedwoman #happythankyoumoreplease #freedomwithless

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@erynejones

I’m deep into moving-mode. Purging and evaluating, imagining where everything will go in the new house, if it’s worth moving. David and I re-watched Leap Year the other night and the Fire-test got me thinking....what would I even save out of all of this stuff if I had to grab it and run?! #minimalismthoughts 😉. I think it would be a box with keepsakes- things the kids made us over the years, their childhood silhouettes and pics, these denim shirts my mom embroidered, and my people. Nothing else...well maybe a couple pieces of vintage clothing of mine if there was still time- you know, standard #nonreplacable stuff for an #Enneagram4 🥰😆. ⠀⠀ What about you? What would you grab from your home that you would have to save...assuming all the pets and people were already out safe? . . . . . #minimalism #soulminimalist #loves_minimalism #minimalmood #choosejoy #embracingaslowerlife #thehappynow #thesimpleeveryday #theartofslowliving #abundancemindset #positivelifestyle #intuitiveliving #heartandsoul #healthyhappylife #freedomwithless #simplewellfree #ipreview

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