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The Art of Homemaking

Nessa Black & Shannon Vantrease

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Join us as we revive the art of homemaking in the modern age. Exploring what it means to be homemakers in today's society and breathing new life into the role. From gardening to homesteading, cooking wholesome meals to creating a cozy home environment- we discuss it all, and everything in between. Hosted by Nessa Black and Shannon Vantrease- two best friends, turned sisters, sharing our journeys an ocean apart.
 
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At any given time, I have a lengthy list of projects I want to complete, from business to personal to home and more. It's never ending, because when I check one off, another one pops up in its place. As a mom living a full life, finish micro projects has been my savior. It keeps me on task and helps me finish more projects without becoming overwhel…
 
For 8 years, my husband and I (with 2 kids eventually) lived in a tiny 900 square foot apartment. Having very limited space and only one closet made staying organized challenging. Through that experience, I learned a lot about how to organize and manage small spaces by utilizing what I did have and editing out what we didn't need. In today's episod…
 
Put an end to the idea of perfect routines (because, psst...they don't exist) and getting started with what I call "Good Enough Routines." Good Enough Routines allow you to be successful, save time and be productive in the season you're in NOW, without worrying about what you "should" be doing. In this episode, I'll walk you through what they are a…
 
We all know mom advice is everywhere, but it’s usually unsolicited and comes with a heaping side of judgment. Today, we’re changing that narrative. I asked my Homemakerish U™ students to provide the best mom advice they’ve ever received and the answers were incredible. I’m sharing them with you today. This is an episode you’ll want to listen to mor…
 
When the habits you’re trying to build seem difficult and unattainable, I have a phrase that will change everything. Just. For. Today. In this mini episode, I’m going to let you know why this phrase has completely shifted my mindset and helped me create better routines and habits that are easier than ever to stick with.…
 
Recently, we had a listener ask for practical tips on contentment and we decided that this topic deserved a dedicated episode, so here we are! In today’s episode, we discuss maintaining contentment as a homemaker which, as most of us know, is NOT “easy”. We get deep- sharing vulnerable stories from our own lives and revealing how those moments shap…
 
They say teamwork makes the dream work, but what creates teamwork? Creating a culture of teamwork is a top priority for many families, but the question is “Where do I start? How do I promote this in my own home?” Today’s episode is a deep dive into how to define teamwork in your family and how to get started with getting your family on board no mat…
 
In today’s episode, we discuss the importance of rest and overcoming homemaker guilt on the days when your to-do list is more ambitious than your energy levels. Thank you for tuning in! MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Red Leaf Coffee DAILY DELIGHTS Shannon- Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo Vanessa- Magnesium Baths using Ancient Minerals Magnesium Flakes Shannon'…
 
If I could turn back time, I’d tell myself a lot. I’d teach my younger self all the things I learned the hard way so she didn’t have to. Most of all, I’d show her grace and compassion so she could enter adulthood feeling prepared without worrying about being perfect. Today’s episode is dedicated to the everything I’d teach my younger self about adu…
 
In today’s episode, we sat down with our VERY FIRST guest to discuss finding community and dealing with loneliness. Who better to have this conversation with than our friend Ashley, the creator of the online Homemaker's Club Instagram account, @wearethehomemakers. It was such a pleasure hearing her heart for gathering homemakers together in communi…
 
On air coaching is back and I'm so excited to share this episode with you. Robin Prudhoe is a busy lady with older kids in a different season of her life that demands more of her than she anticipated. In this episode, we talk through simple ways for her to get started with prioritizing her schedule and getting tasks done without becoming overwhelme…
 
Today marks the Season 4 Premiere of the Art of Homemaking Podcast! In today’s episode, we offer up a bit of Spring Cleaning Motivation, sharing the areas we have been tackling in and around our homes, getting into all the nooks and crannies, and the ways in which we organically weave these tasks into our daily lives. Our homes will not stay clean …
 
You ever spend the entire weekend organizing your bedroom closet only to have it back to the way it was in a month? We talk a lot of lip service in the organizing niche about "getting organized" but what about staying that way? Really, it's all about systems. So let's talk about how to create simple, sustainable systems in your life that you can ke…
 
As a time travel enthusiast (read: nerd) I love talking about the ways we view time in our society. We see it as linear and as something we have no control over. The truth is, time (as we know it) is a made up concept that we have far more control over than we think. It all starts with changing our relationship with time and today we're going to ta…
 
This episode marks the Season 3 Finale of the Art of Homemaking Podcast! Today we discuss what might be the GREATEST enemy to homemakers which is TIME… or rather the mismanagement of time. How can we Take Back our Time? We are going to dive into boundaries, boredom, and breaking cell phone addiction. You won’t want to miss this episode. We will be …
 
Productivity has nothing to do with our innate worth, but that doesn't stop us from making that leap and letting it hold us back. In mom culture, there is an overwhelming attachment from how much we get done to how worthy we feel and frankly, it has to stop. Today we're going to talk about where this comes from and how to end it.…
 
Modern homemaking isn't just for one "type" of mom. It isn't even just for moms. Every person living in a home is by definition a homemaker. There are so many ways to run your home, schedule your routines and get things done, but where to start? Today's episode is dedicated to helping you find your own personal homemaking style so you can cultivate…
 
New to homemaking? Don’t know where or how to start? Feeling overwhelmed or inadequate? This episode is for you! Thank you for tuning in! MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE BOOKS Home Management Plain & Simple by Kim Brenneman How to Make a House a Home by Ariel Kaye For the Love of Christian Homemaking & Introduction to Homemaking by Mrs. Sharon White SHOW…
 
Do you have projects you are planning for the upcoming Spring & Summer? Or maybe you are in the midst of projects now! Either way, this episode is for you. Today we share the projects we are undertaking at the moment as well as the takeaways that have helped us the MOST in our years of homeownership. We hope this episode will give you some ideas as…
 
Let's face it: one sized fits all routines don't work and they haven't for a long time. One of the reasons so many moms believe routines don't work for them is because they've been sold the belief that routines have to be rigid, have to look a certain way absolutely have to be done the same way every day until eternity. Wrong. Whether you stay at h…
 
A lot of things in life are highly subjective. Messes are one of those things. A mess to one person is perfectly acceptable and tidy to another. Clean to one person is dirty to another. As someone that ran a cleaning business for over a decade and served hundreds of clients, I can tell you that everyone has a very different threshold for messes. Kn…
 
Sit down with us for a cup of tea as we discuss what is to come for each of our gardens, what we are learning as we dig deeper (ha, see what I did there?), and garden journals! Spring is fast approaching and we can’t help but dream! Thank you for tuning in! MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE “Spring” poem by Patience Strong The Spring Home Playlist on Spoti…
 
The Mother Like a Boss™ podcast has reached a big milestone: 300 episodes! To celebrate this incredible occasion (and celebrate every single one of you that has listened over the years) I'm bringing my best friend Erika Tebbens to the podcast to interview me. I'm answering questions submitted by our audience and students, and a few Erika is throwin…
 
If you feel like you spend your life putting out fires, this episode is for you. One of the greatest shifts I've made in my life, in my home and as a mother is becoming more proactive than I am reactive. Whether it's in my day to day routines or my mindset, I'm going to show you have to set yourself up for success so that you spend less time reacti…
 
Opinions: everyone has them, about everything, all the time. When it comes to the inner workings of how you run your home, from bedtime rituals to how you plan your meals to the amount of screen time you allow your children, opinions are everywhere. The come from those we know and love, and those we've never met. Today, let's talk about how to deal…
 
Stuck in the humdrum? Feel like you are constantly struggling in the same areas? Us too! It is time to level up our homemaking—together. In today’s episode, we share 10 ways to level up your homemaking. Join us in our pursuit to hone our skills and add tools to our toolbox in the art of homemaking. 1. Wake up early 2. Don’t let dissatisfaction cree…
 
I've been putting this episode off for a while, but it was finally time to take it off the "maybe someday" list and record my feelings and thoughts. Just like most other women, my journey to self love and acceptance hasn't been easy. In fact, some days it's been downright grueling and heartbreaking. But as my years pass, I've been able to embrace m…
 
I love food and I love helping moms simplify their home management, so the idea of "bite-sized homemaking" is right up my alley. In a world that continues to push the "go big or go home" narrative, we're turning the tables and doing things completely differently. The Mother Like a Boss™ way of doing homemaking is modern, simple and sustainable. I'm…
 
How am I preparing for our first baby? What are my birth plans? How is my pregnancy going & what am I doing? You asked, I answered! Today’s episode is allll about the expectant mom things. Thank you for tuning in! MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Womanly Made Co Movement Guide @innatefunctionalnutrition Freely Rooted Course Freely Rooted The Podcast Toups…
 
On air coaching is back and I'm so excited to share this episode with you. Jennifer Akins is a busy musician and a grandmother of a 7 month old that she takes care of often. In this episode, we talk through simple ways for her to get started decluttering and organizing her home and sticking to routines, even when she's completely overwhelmed.…
 
"I feel like all I do is clean my house!" is one of the most comment complaints and struggles I hear from my followers, so if this is you mama, you are not alone. The thing is, after cleaning hundreds of homes over an 11 year period, I know the real reasons that it takes you so long to clean and why you feel like it's all you do. The good news is I…
 
I've always been a solution-oriented person, so nothing sticks in my craw quite like the fact that we discuss mom burn out constantly and yet have no real solutions to work through it. What if we worked to stop burn out before it happened? Is that even possible? I'm going to share my thoughts and the simple solutions I've found to move me away from…
 
This Season’s theme is Take Back Your Home and we felt that the kitchen, being the heart of the home, should be high on the list of priorities. In today’s episode we are taking back our kitchens- specifically, we are discussing meal prepping and stocking the freezer! Thank you for tuning in! MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE How to Make Bone Broth (simple)…
 
Today we introduce to you our VERY FIRST mini-episode! Since Season 3 got off to a later start than originally planned due to big life changes for BOTH of us, we decided we wanted to try something new! We will be surprising you guys with a few mini-episodes on Thursdays this season to make sure we can get you guys all the episodes we had planned fo…
 
You are deserving of all the self care in the world. You deserve to care for your needs, physical and otherwise. Something I discovered about myself recently was how often I use self care as a form of avoidance and ultimately self sabotage. How does that work? Because I wasn't focused on truly loving myself, but with using stereotypical self care a…
 
Hi, two Summer people learning to embrace Winter here! If we can go from hating this season to loving it, so can you! In today’s episode, we discuss tools we have discovered that have helped us in growing a fondness for this season such as hygge, and our best tips for creating a COZY home! Thank you for tuning in! MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Vanessa’…
 
It's 2022 already. Happy New Year, mamas! This is my favorite time of year to decluttering, purge and start fresh, but to start? In honor of the new year, I'm giving you 22 things you get toss in right now in your home, in your schedule and in your life to make more room for what you want.By Kendra Hennessy
 
Whether you're home full-time or work out of the home, it can be easy to fall into idleness at home- bad habits, lack of routine, spending too much time online, gossiping, too much television, laziness, etc. Today we are exploring ways in which we can work to be more productive at home- whatever “productive” looks like in your current season of lif…
 
Sticking with the theme of Season 3 of taking back our homes, we are getting our priorities straight! Today’s episode is all about planning for the new year. We discuss the methods that are helping us plan more effectively and be wise with our time, failing forward, letting go of goals that have no true importance to us, and planning for the coming…
 
We're at that famous time of the year when we start thinking about all the new habits we're going to create in the next week or so, making the next year "bigger and better than ever" only to have those new habits get lost in a pile of past intentions by January 25. There is an easier way and it's what I call the tether method. It's not a new concep…
 
Quote “The sky takes on shades of orange during sunrise and sunset, the colour that gives you hope that the sun will set only to rise again.” Ram Charan Welcome to the Sensory Strides podcast. Observations of the world through activity, reading, listening, and everything else. Episode 75! Wow! What a great trip it has been. I’ve been reflecting on …
 
Merry Christmas & welcome to Season 3, Art of Homemaking community! In today’s episode we introduce you to the Season 3 theme for the podcast, catch you up to speed on our lives- Shannon’s husband’s new job in Alaska, Vanessa’s move to Washington, & second trimester updates! Today is also our holiday special episode where we discuss traditions we h…
 
It's an absolute honor and privilege to introduce our podcast guest today, because not only is she a rockstar in the world of helping women live life with intention, she's also a supportive friend. Shunta Grant is the creator of the Best Today® Guide and founder of Best Today® , a company that creates resources to help women take control of her mos…
 
Raise your hand if mom life has had you feeling like you're stuck in a rut, like a car spinning its wheels and kicking up nothing but mud. You are not alone. You are in good company. You are not a bad mom. The very real monotony of life as a mom can have us feeling like we can't move forward, then guilty for feeling that way, then frustrated that w…
 
It's the most wonderful time of the year...until it's not because you've over-scheduled yourself, said yes to things you swore you wouldn't and now feel like it's going to be the most stressful time of year, again. What we need more of, ladies: boundaries! Let's talk about how to stick to holiday boundaries, whether they are with your family, your …
 
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