How Embracing Minimalism Makes Parenthood Easier – with Nicole Hill

This is one of my favorite times of the year. Every 50 episodes, I have the extreme pleasure of interviewing the most important people in my world … my family. With it being episode 150 (woo hoo!), I didn’t want to pass up the chance.

We’ll start things off with my daughter Zoey. We’ll be chatting about summer, sports and how she likes to use her chore money.

My son Calvin Hill will be next and we’re going to briefly discuss Spider-man, learning to ride his bike and why we give our money to charities. 

Last but not least, my final interview will be with my wife of almost 10 years, Nicole Hill. By popular demand from the MKM Community, we’ll be chatting about how embracing minimalism allows us to have a happier and less stressed home life. 

Here’s an abbreviated transcript of our conversation below. Enjoy!

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Creating a 5-Hour School Week Through Real Estate Investing – with Kaleena and Aaron Amuchastegui

Homeschooling is the practice of educating kids at home or out in the world instead of traditional schooling. While the concept might be different or even radical for some, it’s on the rise. Since 2012, homeschooling has grown consistently by 3-8% per year.

So what’s the appeal for parents and for kids?

Well, that’s what we’re going to find out today!

Aaron and Kaleena Amuchastegui are parents of 4 and the authors of the Amazon Best Seller, “The 5 Hour School Week: An Inspirational Guide to Leaving the Classroom to Embrace Learning in a Way You Never Imagined”.

They crafted this book in the midst of their family’s journey into homeschooling and today we’re going to learn more about how and why they went this route for their family.

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Have I Committed to Too Many Kids’ Activities?

Our second question of the month comes in from Allison from Missouri:


Hi, Andy!

You’ve said that Nicole keeps you balanced with actually living life while still trying to reach your financial goals. How do you balance kids’ activities and optional expenses?

My kids are 4 and 1, and we have just started to branch out into formal activities like swimming lessons and gymnastics classes. I know that parents can go nuts with fun and enriching activities and kid events, easily spending hundreds of dollars a month. I’m not interested in being a tightly scheduled family or spending tons of money on activities, but I also don’t want to lean too far into “living in a cardboard box” territory. I’d love to hear your perspective on how your family balances kids’ activities and expenses.

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5 Ways I’m Promoting Gender Equality for My Daughter

Audi of America took a bold stance this weekend with a Super Bowl commercial focused on the importance of gender equality.

The :60 spot entitled “Daughter” shows a father watching his daughter in a boxcar race where she’s competing mostly against other young boys. The father contemplates how he’ll teach his daughter that she is worthy and equal in this world despite all of the obstacles, biases and prejudices that exist. In the end, she wins the aggressive boxcar race (of life) and she and her father confidently walk off into the sunset.

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How to Make a Stay-at-Home Mom Feel Appreciated in 1 Week

Being a Stay-at-Home Mom can be incredibly difficult. Long days, no contact with adults and repetitive tasks that feel like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic can make you lose your marbles. Yes, it is incredibly rewarding and you develop an unbreakable bond with your children, but raising small kids can be physically, mentally and emotionally draining.

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The Joy and Annoyance of Kids – with Clint Edwards

Children … They provide us with a sense of pride that is unmatched.

Raising kids truly feels like the reason we’re placed on this earth.  We learn from them, we grow with them and the bond that is formed is a blessing from God.

Children are also QUITE annoying, sticky and interrupt you constantly.
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