The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

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My guest for Happy Hour #121 is Erin Loechner. Erin is the founder of Design for Mankind, and has been speaking and blogging for more than a decade. Her heartfelt writing and design work has been showcased in The New York Times, Lucky, Parenting, Dwell, Marie Claire, Elle Decor, Huffington Post, and a two-season HGTV.com web special, garnering more than one million fans worldwide. She has spoken for and appeared in renowned international events for clients such as Walt Disney World, IKEA, Martha Stewart and Home Depot. Now nestled in a Midwestern town, Erin, her husband, and their children strive for less in most areas except three: joy, grace, and goat cheese.

If our conversation sounds like a personal counseling session, that's probably because it was. God has been doing a lot in my heart about where I find my approval, and my conversation with Erin was so timely and therapeutic. We talk about social media - the benefits, but also the pitfalls and dangers. We also chat about her upcoming book, Chasing Slow, and her thoughts and pursuits of a slower lifestyle. I read her book earlier this fall and highly recommend it. You can pre-order today for it's January 10 release.

Y'all, let me just take a quick minute to say thank you so much for an incredible year. 2016 was a great year for The Happy Hour with more than 3 million downloads! I'm so thankful for you listening to the show, loving it and sharing it with your girlfriends. You make this show possible and I am so grateful. We have some exciting things planned for 2017, so make sure to stay tuned. Enjoy your New Year's, have a happy hour with a friend, and we'll see you on the other side!

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Links from the Show

Erin's Book: Chasing Slow

Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger + Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver + Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion + Blue Nights by Joan Didion + A Mile Wide by Brandon Hatmaker + She Reads Truth by Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams + Falling Free by Shannan Martin+ Wild in the Hollow by Amber C. Haines + Wild and Free by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan + Rare Bird by Anna Whiston-Donaldson+ Eight Twenty Eight by Ian & Larissa Murphy

What Erin is loving: Mrs. Meyer's Iowa Pine Candle, candied pecans, and her slippers

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Erin

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Connect with Jamie

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Sponsors:

Out of the Spin Cycle

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Out of the Spin Cycle: Devotions to Lighten Your Mother Load by Jen Hatmaker helps moms step out of the ‘spin cycle’ of everyday life to sit down with Jesus every day. Following Jesus shouldn’t be just one more thing on our to-do list. Jen helps us understand, through 40 devotions, that creating space and time for focusing on our relationship with God is as important as making sure our kids eat breakfast or we get them to school on time. You can find this book online at amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com.

Africa New Life

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Africa New Life Ministries exists to help children escape the cycle of poverty in Rwanda. Key to this intervention is making sure children receive the food they need to succeed. Consistent, nutritious food is vital for children to not only have healthy bodies, but to also learn, grow, and thrive. Food is the first essential in establishing stability. For $.83 a meal, you can provide the gift of food this Christmas. Help release a child from poverty today at www.foodisrwanda.org

Direct download: 121.HappyHour.Loechner_FINAL.mp3
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My guest for the Happy Half Hour #21 is Danielle Walker from Against All Grain. Danielle first joined me for episode #74, earlier this year. She's back today after the recent release of her newest cookbook, Celebrations

 

On today's show, we catch up about Danielle's latest Netflix binges, the qualities she values in her best friends, how she recharges with naps, massages and quality time with her kids and the dream of being a never-realized dream of being a ballerina.

I loved catching back up with Danielle, and I know you'll love hearing from her again. And from The Happy Hour team, very Merry Christmas to you and your family! We're praying the Lord would be near to your family this season and that you would experience the glory and grace of Jesus.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Downton Abbey

This is Us

Instagram

Beddit App

Connect with Danielle

Facebook // Instagram // Twitter //  YouTube

Connect with Jamie

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Sponsor

Noonday Collection

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Noonday Collection is a business that uses fashion to create meaningful opportunities around the world. When you purchase Noonday accessories, you create a marketplace for artisan businesses, enabling them to provide dignified jobs in vulnerable communities. They develop artisan businesses through fair trade, collaborative design, responsible financing, capacity building and long-term partnership. Together Noonday is building a flourishing world— come join!

Direct download: 21.HappyHalfHour.Walker.mp3
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My guest for Happy Hour #120 is Kennesha Buycks. Kennesha is a Southern transplant from Alabama to the Pacific Northwest. She and her family now live in the Seattle area. Kennesha has a heart and passion for connecting others, gathering, and seeing those around her flourish in ways they could never imagine. She often expresses this passion through various creative mediums, including inspirational styling and design. When Kennesha is not busy being a wife or a mama to her four kids, she spends her time writing, blogging, and encouraging others.

Kennesha and I have been trying to connect for nearly a year, and the time has finally come! In today's episode, we chat and commiserate about being old enough for a 20 year high school reunion and our anxieties about actually attending. Kennesha shares about her life before Jesus, and her journey to following Him even at the potential cost of sacrificing a relationship.  And you'll hear about her work with Restoration House and the balance and challenges of running a ministry and business. Finally, you'll love learning about Kennesha's children and how she and her husband are working hard to break generational cycles in their family.

I hope you enjoy the show today. Make sure to tune in for the last two shows of the year - this week's Happy Half Hour and next week is episode #121 with Erin Loechner.

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Links from the Show

Restoration House

Expression Church

How's Your Soul? by Judah Smith + Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst + Living with Pattern by Rebecca Atwood

What Kennesha is loving: Shopping, Winter in the Pacific Northwest, and watching her children build memories together

Music from Austin Stone Worship

Connect with Kennesha

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Out of the Spin Cycle

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Out of the Spin Cycle: Devotions to Lighten Your Mother Load by Jen Hatmaker helps moms step out of the ‘spin cycle’ of everyday life to sit down with Jesus every day. Following Jesus shouldn’t be just one more thing on our to-do list. Jen helps us understand, through 40 devotions, that creating space and time for focusing on our relationship with God is as important as making sure our kids eat breakfast or we get them to school on time. You can find this book online at amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com.

Africa New Life

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Africa New Life Ministries exists to help children escape the cycle of poverty in Rwanda. Key to this intervention is making sure children receive the food they need to succeed. Consistent, nutritious food is vital for children to not only have healthy bodies, but to also learn, grow, and thrive. Food is the first essential in establishing stability. For $.83 a meal, you can provide the gift of food this Christmas. Help release a child from poverty today at www.foodisrwanda.org

Direct download: 120.HappyHour.Buycks.mp3
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My guest for Happy Hour #119 is Ginger Gilbert Ravella. Ginger is a military wife, mother of five, stepmother of two, widow, writer and national speaker.  At 36 years old, she faced the sudden tragic loss of her husband in Operation Iraqi Freedom and the horrors that followed. He left behind five beautiful children, all under the age of 9 years old.  Her late husband, Major Troy Gilbert, an Air Force F-16 pilot, gave his life while saving twenty Special Operation soldiers, defining a true American war hero. Ginger now shares her heart-wrenching story of loss and hope and is the Director of the Speakers Bureau for The Folds of Honor, a non-profit charity who raises educational funds for fallen and wounded soldiers’ families.  She travels internationally and speaks on behalf of the foundation.  She is remarried to another widower, Colonel Jim Ravella, who lost his wife to breast cancer.  Together, they share their testimonies at churches and have recently written an upcoming book, “Hope Found”, to encourage anyone who seeks peace in life’s times of suffering. Ginger and Jim currently live in San Antonio with their children.

In our conversation, Ginger shares about learning the devastating news that her husband had been killed and his body taken. She tells about the days and months following his death and the depression that gripped her, but how God rescued her and taught her to not waste her story. In an unexpected twist, Ginger tells about meeting her now husband, their short dating relationship and quick marriage and how they've learned to mesh two different families with similar stories of grief and loss.

Grab your tissues because this episode had me in tears. Ginger's honest testimony of wrestling with God in her despair and depression resonated with me so much. If you have faced tragedy or extreme suffering, I think you'll feel like you have a friend in Ginger, and feel encouraged by her vulnerable transparency.

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Links from the Show

Folds of Honor

Jim and Ginger's Blog: Our Journey to Healing

Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist + American Wife by Taya Kyle

What Ginger is loving: This Is Us, The Mom Agenda, and Brett Young's EP

Music from Austin Stone Worship

Connect with Ginger

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

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Sponsors:

Out of the Spin Cycle

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Out of the Spin Cycle: Devotions to Lighten Your Mother Load by Jen Hatmaker helps moms step out of the ‘spin cycle’ of everyday life to sit down with Jesus every day. Following Jesus shouldn’t be just one more thing on our to-do list. Jen helps us understand, through 40 devotions, that creating space and time for focusing on our relationship with God is as important as making sure our kids eat breakfast or we get them to school on time. You can find this book online at amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com.

Lily Jade

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Lily Jade makes incredible bags at incredible prices. Normally, full grain leather premium totes would retail for hundreds more, but thanks to their unique e-commerce model, they able to get their gorgeous pieces into even more women’s hands. Every bag comes with a removable, washable 14-pocket organizer to protect your investment, and to organize your gear. Not only that, the heart of Lily Jade is to give back, supporting all women, and especially moms. Make sure to check out Lily Jade here.

Direct download: 119.HappyHour.Ravella.mp3
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My guest for the Happy Half Hour #20 is my friend Jessica Honegger, founder and CEO of Noonday Collection. Jessica is old fave around here at The Happy Hour. She's been on episode #5, #55, and one of the guests for the very first live event

Jessica and I were able to get together and record in the actual flesh at her office here in Austin. We make our rounds through our normal half hour show questions, but I think you'll love hearing her dream of a communal life that she's having to let die, the quality of vulnerability that she values in her best friends and the best advice she's every received.

I know you'll enjoy today's show and hope you feel inspired by my conversation with one of the very best business women I know.

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Links from the Show

Telemachus

Playing God by Andy Crouch + Strong and Weak by Andy Crouch + The Soul of Shame by Curt Thompson + The Anatomy of the Soul by Curt Thompson + Sacred Rhythms by Ruth Haley Barton

Ian Cron's Enneagram

The Center of Being Known

Connect with Jessica

Instagram // Twitter

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Sponsor

Noonday Collection

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Noonday Collection is a business that uses fashion to create meaningful opportunities around the world. When you purchase Noonday accessories, you create a marketplace for artisan businesses, enabling them to provide dignified jobs in vulnerable communities. They develop artisan businesses through fair trade, collaborative design, responsible financing, capacity building and long-term partnership. Together Noonday is building a flourishing world— come join!

Direct download: 20.HappyHalfHour.Honegger.mp3
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My guest for Happy Hour #118 is Emily Ley. Emily is the Founder and Creative Director of Emily Ley Paper & Gifts. She is also the creator of the bestselling Simplified Planner—a daily agenda for what matters most— and author of Grace Not Perfection. Raised in Pensacola, Florida, Emily graduated from the University of West Florida with degrees in English, creative writing, and public administration. She later became the executive director of the city ballet. From there, she worked in nonprofit management and public relations before launching her brand in 2008. Following the success found at its online home, the Emily Ley brand quickly grew to be carried in retail outlets across the United States and around the world. Emily has been recognized with numerous awards, including Best New Product at the National Stationery Show as well as being named a Top 10 Designer to Watch in 2015 by Stationery Trends Magazine. Emily lives with her husband and three children in Tampa, Florida.

Emily shares about growing her business from the ground up, all while remaining a debt-free company. She talks about difficult learning curves and decisions that she has had to make to maintain the company values - including a recent decision to cut down on wholesale to be able to better connect with the customer.

Because of the recent release of Emily's first book, we chatted about the book writing process, how her book was born and the painstaking decisions of a cover design. And Emily also shares some of her family's easy and totally doable holiday traditions.

I loved getting the chance to get to know Emily. I know you're going to love her, and feel inspired by the way that she has grown her business, while staying true to her initial goals and values.

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Links from the Show

Emily's Book: Grace Not Perfection

Ballet Pensacola

University of South Florida: Women in Leadership & Philanthropy Program

The Lifegiving Home by Sally & Sarah Clarkson + Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist+ For the Love by Jen Hatmaker + Wild and Free by Hayley Morgan and Jess Connolly

Walk in Love

What Emily is loving: The Profit, Scarlet and Gold and naps

Music from Austin Stone Worship

Connect with Emily

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Out of the Spin Cycle

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Out of the Spin Cycle: Devotions to Lighten Your Mother Load by Jen Hatmaker helps moms step out of the ‘spin cycle’ of everyday life to sit down with Jesus every day. Following Jesus shouldn’t be just one more thing on our to-do list. Jen helps us understand, through 40 devotions, that creating space and time for focusing on our relationship with God is as important as making sure our kids eat breakfast or we get them to school on time. You can find this book online at amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com.

Lily Jade

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Lily Jade makes incredible bags at incredible prices. Normally, full grain leather premium totes would retail for hundreds more, but thanks to their unique e-commerce model, they able to get their gorgeous pieces into even more women’s hands. Every bag comes with a removable, washable 14-pocket organizer to protect your investment, and to organize your gear. Not only that, the heart of Lily Jade is to give back, supporting all women, and especially moms. Make sure to check out Lily Jade here.

Direct download: 118.HappyHour.Ley.mp3
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My guest for Happy Hour #117 is Becky Kiser, founder of Sacred Holidays, a small business connecting the heart of women to the heart of God during the holidays they celebrate. She is also a MBTI Certified Personal & Executive Coach with orbitingnormal.org and loves working with women, small business owners, non-profits, and teams. Becky, her husband and three beautiful girls live in The Woodlands, TX and are a part of Church Project. She’s addicted to ice tea, loves Texas summers, and is usually reading three books at once (although it’s a lot of picture books these days). 

 

In our conversation, we chat about how Becky created Sacred Holidays, including the vision behind it and her dreams for the future. She shares about her experience as a life coach – which is obviously now going on my Christmas list. We walk through the rough start to her marriage, leading her and her husband to discovering their unique personalities and learning to give grace to one another along the way. Becky also shares about her recent health issues, how she’s responding and what’s next in the unknown. And finally, if you have extra time on your hands, you’ll get a good dose of Netflix recommendations.

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LINKS FROM THE SHOW

Camp Well

Myers Briggs

StrengthsFinder

LifeWay

LIT: A Beth Moore Event

Treasuring God in Our Traditions by Noel Piper + Love Does by Bob Goff + Love Lives Here by Maria Goff + The Lipstick Gospel by Stephanie May Wilson + I Said Yes by Emily Maynard Johnson

Gilmore Girls + Reign + The Crown + This Is Us

Tickled

What Becky is loving: Building a Story Brand Podcast, Sacred Holidays in the hands of women in prison, Netflix binging

Music from Jason Poe

CONNECT WITH BECKY

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CONNECT WITH JAMIE

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SPONSORS:

SACRED HOLIDAYS

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Who wants a 10% OFF code? This year, Sacred Holiday’s Advent study, He Is: The Attributes, will focus your heart on Christ and less on the chaos this Christmas! They have options for women, families, men, and teen girls too! Each day we study a different attribute of God. The attribute is the same across all four studies to create a common point of focus for communities, families, and churches, but content is unique for each study. Go to sacredholidays.com/shop/ to check out the shop.

PINE COVE

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If you’ve been thinking about sending your child to overnight camp, but aren’t sure if they’re ready for a full week away, Pine Cove has the perfect option for you! Winterfest is an awesome weekend of camp at Pine Cove in Tyler or Columbus, Texas. They’ll get to experience all of the fun activities, Bible studies and excellent college staff that Pine Cove has to offer, at a fraction of the cost of summer camp. It’s just like summer camp… only cooler! Winterfest is December 16-18, for kids in 1st-12th grade. Register online here!

Direct download: 117.HappyHour.Kiser.mp3
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My guest for the Happy Half Hour #19 is Jo Saxton. Jo is a pastor, missional leader, speaker and leadership coach. She is the co-host of Lead Stories podcast and is the board chair of 3DMovements. Jo is the author of More Than Enchanting and High Heels and Holiness. She loves Starbucks, the gym, her people, and the everyday stuff, like good music, good food, and good books. And Target. She really, really loves Target. She spends her days dreaming big dreams, and making big plans. Jo lives in the  Minneapolis area with her husband Chris and their two daughters.

Y'all loved Jo on her first appearance on the Happy Hour for episode #83, so it was a no-brainer to have her back today. We chat about our favorite apps, how Jo recharges, the best advice she's ever received and her pet peeve.

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and enjoy this episode with a full belly and a happy heart.

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Links from the Show

This Is Us

Starbucks App

Voxer

Connect with Jo

Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

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Sponsor

Mercy Candle Co.

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Mercy Candle Co. is a small business with a heart for savoring the beauty in life’s everyday moments. On each candle you’ll find scripture or an inspiring message to serve as a reminder to take time out for what matters most. At Mercy Candle Co, they believe that details matter, and you will see our dedication to detail all the way from our quality, non-toxic ingredients to our thoughtful packaging. Your purchase makes a difference: Fifty cents from the purchase of every mason jar candle is donated to help fight the battle against human trafficking.

Direct download: 19.HappyHalfHour.Saxton_fixed.mp3
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My guest for today’s episode is Ann Voskamp. Ann is the wife of a down-to-earth farmer; a book-reading mama to a posse of seven; and the author of the New York Times bestseller One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Arewhich has sold more than one million copies. Her latest book, The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life released in October 2016.  Millions do life with her at her daily photographic online journal, one of the top 10 most widely read Christian websites:  www.annvoskamp.com

Admittedly, I was a little nervous about chatting with Ann. She has a sophisticated and incredibly intelligent aura about her that intimidated me from afar. But, gracious, I loved talking with her and getting to know her a little bit. In our conversation, Ann shares about the heart behind her newest book, The Broken Way. We chat about the temptation to present a polished life, but how God uses our brokenness to bring healing to our own hearts and perseveres the hearts around us. 

We chat about everything from their adoption journey to the refugee crisis to living modern day Esther lives. If you need a hug and a good kick in the pants, this is your episode. I think you'll feel so encouraged by Ann and also a push to use your influence to be a minister the oppressed around you. 

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Ann's Newest Book: The Broken Way

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson + Upstream by Mary Oliver

What Ann is loving: Hot Soup, Rend Collective, Eugene Peterson books, Jason Gray

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Ann

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Sacred Holidays

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Who wants a 10% OFF code? This year, Sacred Holiday's Advent study, He Is: The Attributes, will focus your heart on Christ and less on the chaos this Christmas! They have options for women, families, men, and teen girls too! Each day we study a different attribute of God. The attribute is the same across all four studies to create a common point of focus for communities, families, and churches, but content is unique for each study. Go to sacredholidays.com/shop/ to check out the shop.

Pine Cove

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If you've been thinking about sending your child to overnight camp, but aren't sure if they're ready for a full week away, Pine Cove has the perfect option for you! Winterfest is an awesome weekend of camp at Pine Cove in Tyler or Columbus, Texas. They'll get to experience all of the fun activities, Bible studies and excellent college staff that Pine Cove has to offer, at a fraction of the cost of summer camp. It's just like summer camp... only cooler! Winterfest is December 16-18, for kids in 1st-12th grade. Register online here!

Direct download: 116.HappyHour.Voskamp.mp3
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May We Fly

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The artist and designer behind May We Fly, Leana Fischer, creates artwork to bring delight into the homes of each customer. She loves to share those things that resonate with us all; glimpses of beauty, natural rhythms, and every day wonders. All May We Fly products, from greeting cards to calendars, are crafted with care, using high quality materials and made in small batches. Leana believes that giving a piece of artwork is an investment that can bring moments of delight for years to come as it becomes a fond, familiar part of its home. Use code HAPPYHOUR for 15% off all items.

May We Fly on Instagram

Mama Owl Shop

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Mama Owl Shop is a high quality handmade shop for comfortable and classic headwear. It was established when a mama didn’t want to leave her baby to work anymore, so she came up with the original Knot Turban Headband, for gals of all ages. This is Knot Your Average Headband. Made in Texas, built to last, and worn all over the world.  Use code HAPPYHOUR for 15% off all items.

Mama Owl Shop on Instagram

Dear Mushka,

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Dear Mushka seeks to create quality + affordable jewelry... on a mission. Every piece is crafted with a specific verse in mind and comes paired with a corresponding verse card meant to keep by your bathroom mirror, store in your heart, and then think on throughout your day. Each piece is designed to "tell the story with beauty" and can act as a gospel conversation starter to share God's truths with those you interact with daily.  Art prints, apparel, scripture packs, and jewelry available-- all meant to comfort hearts & share truth in a way that feels authentic, doable, and beautiful.  All jewelry comes packaged in an individual box ready for gift giving! Use code HAPPYHOUR for 15% off all items until December 1.

Dear Mushka on Instagram

Free Day Popcorn

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Free Day Popcorn invites you to share in their harvest and reinvent movie night. Before the movie, watch the excitement and anticipation on your children’s faces as the popcorn pops off the cob! Grown on their small family farm, Free Day Popcorn sells the freshest popcorn you can buy without growing it yourself! Free Day Popcorn takes you back to a simpler time where you can buy fresh popcorn directly from the farmer.  Get to know-your-grower and learn about the growing process on their website and social media. Free Day Popcorn is non-GMO, naturally gluten-free, and a 100% whole grain snack with no trans-fat.   Use code HAPPYHOUR for 20% off online orders until December 15.

Free Day Popcorn on Instagram

Africa New Life

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All fine art prints from the Beauty of Rwanda collection were originally taken in Rwanda by the renowned Austin Mann. (Professional photographer for Apple.) 100% of the proceeds from the Beauty of Rwanda collection benefit Africa New Life’s hospital in Kigali, Rwanda. The self-sustaining hospital will serve the capital city of Kigali and extend its reach to patients in all of East Africa and will additionally serve the 8,000 sponsored children in our programs. The Landscape Fine Art Prints will come in all shapes & sizes that will leave you in awe of the Beauty of Rwanda. These gorgeous prints are the perfect holiday gift that give back to the people of Rwanda in a deep & lasting way.

Africa New Life on Instagram

Anchored Press

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The Anchored Press Devotional Planner is a Christian planner filled with tools to keep you organized AND daily Bible verses and devotions making it easy to meet with God everyday. It was created for women with full schedules who want a daily quiet time with God, but just struggle to make it happen. Anchored Press believes a full plate does not mean you have to sacrifice the things that have an eternal impact in your life. Their heart's mission is to bring more women into God's Word on a daily basis. Give the gift this Christmas season that brings peace to the endless demands of life and transforms hearts in 2017. Use code HAPPYHOUR to get (1) free "Be still" Quiet Time Journal with the purchase of an Anchored Press Devotional Planner (make sure you add the Quiet Time Journal to your cart for the code to work). Offer good through December 15th.

Anchored Press on Instagram

Mercy Candle Co.

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Mercy Candle Co. is a small business with a heart for savoring the beauty in life’s everyday moments. On each candle you’ll find scripture or an inspiring message to serve as a reminder to take time out for what matters most. At Mercy Candle Co, we believe that details matter, and you will see our dedication to detail all the way from our quality, non-toxic ingredients to our thoughtful packaging. Your purchase makes a difference: Fifty cents from the purchase of every mason jar candle is donated to help fight the battle against human trafficking. Use code HAPPYHOUR to receive 20% off until December 31.

Mercy Candle Co. on Instagram

Penguino Travel

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Penguino Travel sells curated Travel Boxes for kids ages 3-12. Each handpicked box contains toys, activities, art supplies, snacks and essentials designed to make family travel fun, relaxing and purposeful. Travel Boxes make life easier for busy families and are a great gift for kids who will be traveling over the holidays! Penguino Travel is partnering with World Relief Fort Worth to welcome refugee families to Texas. For every 10 Travel Boxes they sell, Penguino will give one Welcome Box to a refugee child who is new to our community. Use promotion code HAPPYHOUR to get $5 off every Travel Box in your order at penguinotravel.com.

Penguino Travel on Instagram

Readerly

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Readerly is an online shop devoted to the words and stories that change us. Whether it’s a quote from a classic book or an excerpt from a beloved hymn, our products celebrate the impact books and reading have on your life with t-shirts, prints, and more. Readerly was created by Alison, an extroverted reader, mother, and pastor’s wife, who wanted beautiful products that connected people with each other and the words and books they love. A portion of all our profits go to Alfalit, an international ministry that works to eradicate human suffering caused by illiteracy. Use code HAPPYHOUR to receive 10% off your order.

Readerly on Instagram

Sock Club

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This holiday season, Sock Club is delivering the perfect gift experience. Quality American-made socks are sent straight to your loved-one’s door, featuring different designs and a personal note every month. This is the gift that keeps giving all year long. These socks are premium quality, American-made socks, and use cotton sourced from the Southeastern United States. They’re designed in Austin, Texas and knit in North Carolina. (You can tell the difference when you put ‘em on). Sock Club offers gift subscriptions for men, women, and children, so all feet can partake. You can give Sock Club to your best friend, your kid’s teacher, the barista at your favorite coffee shop, your 70-year old dad, your daughter, or even your crazy uncle. Go to sockclub.com and get 15% off subscriptions using discount code HAPPYHOUR at checkout. Give Sock Club this holiday season.

Sock Club on Instagram

The Adventure Project

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The Adventure Project is a female-founded, non-profit movement dedicated to lifting people in developing countries out of extreme poverty by creating transformative jobs. In nearly six years, they've created almost one thousand jobs in India, Haiti, Uganda, and Kenya. These entrepreneurs are now impacting over one million people every day with life-saving services. This holiday season, they are supporting fuel-efficient stove entrepreneurs in Kenya through the sale of organic charcoal soap gift boxes. Each $20 bar of soap purchased will provide a woman in Kenya with a charcoal efficient stove, allowing her to save money on fire wood, send her kids to school, and breathe easier.

The Adventure Project on Facebook

Ziyada

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In the language of their artisans, Ziyada means more. Ziyada exists to provide more help, more jobs, more training, more child care, more safety, more health care, and more nutrition for beloved artisans in North India. At Ziyada, ancient Indian art forms are mixed with modern, creative designs allowing Ziyada artisans to take pride in their rich cultural heritage, while enabling them to offer unique and beautiful products to customers. They focus on producing high quality, small batch products, like hand-spun silk yarn, hand-embroidered pillows, hand quilted patch work blankets, and colorful aprons. So, if you see something you like on the website, buy it today while supplies last! Use code HAPPYHOUR to receive 15% off your order through December 1st.

Ziyada on Instagram

Waterloo Style

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Waterloo Style was established in 2015, but Tiffany Wade and Jana Cofield have been dear friends for more than 12 years. After many years of friendship, raising babies, fostering, adopting and an overseas move, they decided to go for it. They love to design jewelry that make a statement for any outfit. Whether you are wearing a baseball cap with yoga pants or getting ready for a night out on the town Waterloo Style helps complete the look. They are creating timeless, comfortable and versatile pieces. Waterloo Style wants to remind you of your beauty. Use code HAPPYHOUR for 15% off your order through December 16.

Waterloo Style on Instagram

 

 

Direct download: 115.HappyHour.Christmas_Show.mp3
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My guest for Happy Half Hour #18 is Laura Kelley. She and her husband, Josh, currently lead a tribe of 5 little ones...soon to be 6...in Nashville, TN.  Laura loves Jesus, color, creativity, being a momma and foster mom and believes baked goods might possibly change the world.  Laura spends her free time flexing her artistic muscle, creating and sewing.  She teaches a Bible journaling class anywhere, everywhere and online.  

Laura was first on the Happy Hour for episode #16! If you haven't listened, you can do so here. But, Laura is back today to catch up on the latest with Kelley clan, including their fostering and adoption journeys. And of course, she shares her childhood dream of being an ice skater, what she values in her closest friends and her pet peeve.

 

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Falling Free by Shannan Martin

This Is Us

The Good Place

The Branded Collective

Revlon Bubble Curling Wand

The Beachwaver Co. Curling Wand

Kristy Yamaguchi's Books

Connect with Laura

Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Sponsor

Mercy Candle Co.

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Mercy Candle Co. is a small business with a heart for savoring the beauty in life’s everyday moments. On each candle you’ll find scripture or an inspiring message to serve as a reminder to take time out for what matters most. At Mercy Candle Co, they believe that details matter, and you will see our dedication to detail all the way from our quality, non-toxic ingredients to our thoughtful packaging. Your purchase makes a difference: Fifty cents from the purchase of every mason jar candle is donated to help fight the battle against human trafficking.

Direct download: 18.HappyHalfHour.Kelly.mp3
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Alli Worthington is my guest for Happy Hour #114. Alli is the author of Breaking Busy: Finding Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy, speaker, and the Executive Director of Propel WomenHer goal is to help women live the life they were created to live. Alli co-founded multiple companies and has helped individuals, small business owners and Fortune 500 companies be more successful. Her no-nonsense, guilt-free take on business, family and balance has lead to appearances on The Today Show and Good Morning America. She has written for Huffington Post, Fox News, Redbook and more. She, her husband, Mark, and their five sons live outside of Nashville, TN. 

In our conversation, Alli shares about her life as a working mom with a household of boys. She's a big advocate of personal freedoms - which goodness, I think we could all learn a thing or two from - like, taking the pressure off ourselves to do the things that don't fit within our natural giftings or capacity. Alli and I chat about our strengths and the sexy strength of woo that neither of us possess.

If you've ever questioned your giftings and if you should pursue them, make sure to stick around for the last few minutes of the show. I felt so encouraged by Alli's motto to show up, love people, be herself and not quit.

And just in case you're wondering, I made a promise in my conversation with Alli to read the Screwtape Letters before this episode aired and of course, I haven't done it. But you should. And maybe send me a summary.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Alli's Book: Breaking Busy

StrengthsFinder

Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis + A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller

Inside Out

What Alli is loving: Pete's Dragon, 1 Second Every Day App, Play with Fire

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Alli

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Sacred Holidays

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Who wants a 10% OFF code? This year, Sacred Holiday's Advent study, He Is: The Attributes, will focus your heart on Christ and less on the chaos this Christmas! They have options for women, families, men, and teen girls too! Each day we study a different attribute of God. The attribute is the same across all four studies to create a common point of focus for communities, families, and churches, but content is unique for each study. Go to sacredholidays.com/shop/ to check out the shop and use code HAPPYHOUR to get 10% OFF your total order. (Discount code expires Nov 15.)

Pine Cove

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If you've been thinking about sending your child to overnight camp, but aren't sure if they're ready for a full week away, Pine Cove has the perfect option for you! Winterfest is an awesome weekend of camp at Pine Cove in Tyler or Columbus, Texas. They'll get to experience all of the fun activities, Bible studies and excellent college staff that Pine Cove has to offer, at a fraction of the cost of summer camp. It's just like summer camp... only cooler! Winterfest is December 16-18, for kids in 1st-12th grade. Register online here!

Direct download: 114.HappyHour.Worthington.mp3
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My guest for Happy Hour #113 is Sarah Rodriguez. Sarah is an author, speaker, blogger at www.journeyofsarah.com and also the Huffington Post. She is the creator of the Choose Joy Project, a random-acts of kindness initiative to honor the life of her late husband Joel. Her life's greatest role is that of Mommy to Milo and Ellis. Sarah is a one time NYC transplant who now makes her home in Oklahoma, where the best sunsets on earth are found. 

On today's show, Sarah shares her personal story of struggling with infertility, only to be followed by her husband's cancer diagnosis. She shares the painstaking three year journey of his diagnosis, treatment, cancer return and finally his passing. The details of Sarah's story are heartbreaking, but I think it's her perspective and response that will leave you feeling speechless and inspired. She describes how her suffering afforded her a relationship with God that she wouldn't have had otherwise, quoting Job 42.5 "I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you."

You're going to need your tissues for this one. And to learn a lot more about Sarah's story, you can grab her book From Depths We Rise here.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Sarah's Book: From Depths We Rise

A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken + Wild Things by Stephen James & David Thomas

What Sarah is loving: Fall (sweaters, the State Fair and college football), Fitness Blender and Iced Chai Tea

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Sarah

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Sacred Holidays

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Who wants a 10% OFF code? This year, Sacred Holiday's Advent study, He Is: The Attributes, will focus your heart on Christ and less on the chaos this Christmas! They have options for women, families, men, and teen girls too! Each day we study a different attribute of God. The attribute is the same across all four studies to create a common point of focus for communities, families, and churches, but content is unique for each study. Go to sacredholidays.com/shop/ to check out the shop and use code HAPPYHOUR to get 10% OFF your total order. (Discount code expires Nov 15.)

Pine Cove

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If you've been thinking about sending your child to overnight camp, but aren't sure if they're ready for a full week away, Pine Cove has the perfect option for you! Winterfest is an awesome weekend of camp at Pine Cove in Tyler or Columbus, Texas. They'll get to experience all of the fun activities, Bible studies and excellent college staff that Pine Cove has to offer, at a fraction of the cost of summer camp. It's just like summer camp... only cooler! Winterfest is December 16-18, for kids in 1st-12th grade. Register online here!

Direct download: 113.HappyHour.Rodriguez.mp3
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My guest for Happy Half Hour #17 is Kari Sowers, a consultant to creatives and companies. She is an Intellectual Property attorney who helps her clients protect and license what they create. Kari is the host of Manifest Collab, a podcast and community for builders, makers, entrepreneurs and creatives. 

Kari first appeared on the Happy Hour for episode #64. It was one of those special episodes where I had this a-ha moment, realizing that maybe (just maybe) I was creative. It was never a word that I had assigned to myself, and Kari helped me to rethink that word and identity. You can listen to that show here.

But today, Kari is back to catch up after adding another member to the Sowers family. We chat about the advice of making the habit before you buy the gear. Which, hello, I would have a lot more money if I had not bought 4 pairs of running clothes trying to make myself a runner.

She shares about her dream to be a Rockette, her pet peeve involving clever spelling for businesses and what she values in her closest friends. I loved catching up with Kari, she's one of the most personally encouraging guests I've had and I know you'll love hearing from her again.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Kari's Podcast: Manifest Collab + Create

Break the Twitch: Are You Taking the False First Step?

TED Talk: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

The More of Less by Joshua Becker + The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Connect with Kari

Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Connect with Jamie

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Sponsor

Prep Dish

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Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you'll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you'll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You'll save time and have some amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. And, Allison is offering listeners a special rate of $4 for the first month - that's only $1/weekly meal plan! You can't beat that. Check out Prep-Dish for this amazing deal! Use code: HappyHour

Direct download: 17.HappyHalfHour.Sowers.mp3
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My guest for Happy Hour #112 is Tara-Leigh Cobble. She's an author and musician that possesses a unique trio of gifts: as a conference keynote speaker, worship leader, and singer-songwriter. She has spent the past decade touring internationally and has contributed to more than 2,000 events for singles, college students, women's groups, and youth groups. 

Although she has been standing on stages for more than a decade, her passion in recent years has been behind the scenes, planting and developing a network of discipleship groups. Nearly 200 men's and women's D-Groups (Discipleship Groups) meet in homes around the world to memorize scripture, study theology, and pray together. "We like to call it the CrossFit of Bible studies," she says, alluding to the intensity, accountability, community, and ultimately the joy of being in D-Group. 

In our conversation, Tara-Leigh shares how D-Group got started out of a deep desire to know God and His Word. It started as a small group of strangers studying the Bible together and has grown exponentially in the years since. She shares about praying for authority in her life (who prays for that!?) and how God answered by letting her live with Matt and Lauren Chandler. 

I was so convicted and encouraged by my conversation with Tara-Leigh. I think you'll walk away wanting to know the God of the Bible better. She does such a great job of describing the dangers of worshipping a god of our own making, and the treasure of knowing God's true character as it is revealed in His word. 

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Tara-Leigh's Music

Tara-Leigh's Books

D-Group

Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon + The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Serial Podcast

Squatty Potty Unicorn Commercial

What Tara-Leigh is loving: OJ Made in America, Squatty Potty and Soda Stream

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Tara-Leigh

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Lily Jade

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Lily Jade makes incredible bags at incredible prices. Normally, full grain leather premium totes would retail for hundreds more, but thanks to their unique e-commerce model, they able to get their gorgeous pieces into even more women’s hands. Every bag comes with a removable, washable 14-pocket organizer to protect your investment, and to organize your gear. Not only that, the heart of Lily Jade is to give back, supporting all women, and especially moms. Make sure to check out Lily Jade here.

Sacred Holidays

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Who wants a 10% OFF code? This year, Sacred Holiday's Advent study, He Is: The Attributes, will focus your heart on Christ and less on the chaos this Christmas! They have options for women, families, men, and teen girls too! Each day we study a different attribute of God. The attribute is the same across all four studies to create a common point of focus for communities, families, and churches, but content is unique for each study. Go to sacredholidays.com/shop/ to check out the shop and use code HAPPYHOUR to get 10% OFF your total order. (Discount code expires Nov 15.)

Direct download: 112.HappyHour.Cobble.mp3
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My guest for Happy Hour #111 is Jen Bricker. Born without legs and placed for adoption at birth, Jen is an aerialist, acrobat and a state champion in power tumbling. She has appeared as a headliner at the prestigious Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas, New York’s Lincoln Center, the Shangri-La Hotel in Dubai, and the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. In her new book, Everything is Possible, Jen writes about her faith, drive, and determination, and continues to prove to herself and others that nothing is impossible.

I loved talking with Jen so much. I think this episode may have more surprises in it than any before. I won't spoil them all, but I will tell you she casually mentions being on tour with a very famous popstar and she tells the story about discovering that an iconic American Olympian is her biological sister. How's that for a teaser?

I just know you're going to love this episode, love learning about Jen, and love hearing how God was so purposeful in Jen's circumstances to weave together such an amazing and powerful story. Jen has been so faithful in recognizing God's hand in her life and is using her story to make His name great.

To learn more about Jen and her journey, determination and perseverance, you'll want to grab a copy of her book: Everything is Possible.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Jen's Book: Everything is Possible

Home by Elyse Fitzpatrick

What Jen is loving: It Cosmetics, aloe vera plant, real cocoa and loose leaf green tea

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Jen

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Lily Jade

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Lily Jade makes incredible bags at incredible prices. Normally, full grain leather premium totes would retail for hundreds more, but thanks to their unique e-commerce model, they able to get their gorgeous pieces into even more women’s hands. Every bag comes with a removable, washable 14-pocket organizer to protect your investment, and to organize your gear. Not only that, the heart of Lily Jade is to give back, supporting all women, and especially moms. Make sure to check out Lily Jade here.

Sacred Holidays

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Who wants a 10% OFF code? This year, Sacred Holiday's Advent study, He Is: The Attributes, will focus your heart on Christ and less on the chaos this Christmas! They have options for women, families, men, and teen girls too! Each day we study a different attribute of God. The attribute is the same across all four studies to create a common point of focus for communities, families, and churches, but content is unique for each study. Go to sacredholidays.com/shop/ to check out the shop and use code HAPPYHOUR to get 10% OFF your total order. (Discount code expires Nov 15.)

Direct download: 105.HappyHour.Bricker.mp3
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My guest for Happy Half Hour #15 is Elyse Fitzpatrick. Elyse is a retreat and conference speaker, bestselling author and Director of Women Helping Women Ministries.  She has been married for more than 40 years and has three adult children and six grandchildren.

Elyse first appeared on the Happy Hour for episode #89 where she stole the show and became one of my all-time favorite guests. If you're in some need of some free counseling, scoot on over and give it a listen.

Today, Elyse is back after the recent release of her newest book, Home, where she writes about the idea of longing for heaven and how (praise God) things are not now how they will one day be. Elyse is one of my favorite authors, and I am so anxious to get a chance to read her latest work.

We also chat about how her childhood dream that had to die because she got pregnant, what she values in friendships and how much she hates cats on planes and dogs in restaurants. You know, the usual. I know you'll just love hearing from Elyse again.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Elyse's Newest Book: Home

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Suits

Better Late Than Never

Typorama

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Connect with Elyse

Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Connect with Jamie

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Sponsor

Prep Dish

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Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you'll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you'll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You'll save time and have some amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. And, Allison is offering listeners a special rate of $4 for the first month - that's only $1/weekly meal plan! You can't beat that. Check out Prep-Dish for this amazing deal! Use code: HappyHour

Direct download: 16.HappyHalfHour.Fitzpatrick.mp3
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My guest for Happy Hour #110 is Amanda Bible Williams. Amanda likes words and books more than just about anything. She holds bachelor’s degrees in English and psychology, nearly a master’s in religion, and a deep love for a farmhouse east of Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and their three children. Chief Content Officer of She Reads Truth, Amanda spends her days happily rearranging sentences and explaining that her maiden name really is Bible.

Amanda was such a delight to chat with on today's episode. She and Raechel Myers have something really special going on over at She Reads Truth, where they're making Bible study approachable and accessible for everyday women. Her love for the Bible is seriously contagious. If you're anything like me, after listening to our conversation, you'll want to make yourself a fresh cup of coffee, grab your Bible and a journal and spend some time in God's word.

She and Raechel have just published their first "book book". I cried all the way through Chapter 7, and was so encouraged at the same time. She Reads Truth is on shelves now, so make sure to grab a copy.

You know we try to keep things real around the Happy Hour, so pardon my weepiness in this episode. We'll be back with lots of giggles in the shows to come.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

She Reads Truth

She Reads Truth Book

She Reads Truth Shop

Kids Reads Truth: Advent 2016 Table Cards

GoodReads

The Writing Life by Annie Dillard + Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott + Humility by Andrew Murray + The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd + Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple + Love That Boy by Ron Fournier + Talk Like Ted by Carmine Gallo

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Amanda

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

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Sponsors:

JellyTelly

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JellyTelly is the only streaming video app designed just for kids - where God is real and his word is true! With more than 100 shows for Christian kids including VeggieTales, Friends and Heroes, What’s In The Bible, and more - JellyTelly gives you safe screen time for your littles to help them grow in their faith! If you want to do devotionals with your kids but you’re not sure where to start, JellyTelly has a fun and easy way for your family to experience devotionals together - the 5 Minute Family devotional - 16 video devotionals that make it easy to talk to your kids about Jesus. You don’t have to subscribe to JellyTelly to get the devotionals - you can sign up for free at jellytelly.com/devotionals.

WestRock Coffee

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Westrock Coffee is a brand that is changing lives by providing coffee that you'll be proud to choose for your home. Their focus is to be a catalyst for real change in the lives of farmers and their families by paying a fair price for the coffee in their delicious blends and offering farmers training to enhance the quality and quantity of their crops. Most of us will enjoy a cup (or two, or three) of coffee each day, some of us without even knowing which brand we chose. Choose Westrock Coffee's delicious coffees that are truly changing lives. Find Westrock Coffee at your local Kroger or go to Westrockcoffee.com to find out where you can add Westrock to your grocery list.

Direct download: 110.HappyHour.AWilliams.mp3
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My guest for Happy Hour #109 is Jana Magruder. Jana serves as the Director of LifeWay Kids and offers a wealth of experience and passion for kids ministry, education, and publishing.  She has written award-winning curricula, both interactive and traditional in nature, for the state of Texas, IMAX films and international authors, as well as churches and ministries.  She is also the author of Kids Ministry that Nourishes and co-author of Life Verse Creative Journal, which she wrote with her teen daughter.

Jana and her husband, Michael, along with their three kids made the journey from their home state of Texas to Tennessee where they serve in their local church and enjoy exploring the great city of Nashville! 

In today's conversation, Jana and I chat about her role at LifeWay, creating curriculum for children's ministries across the country. She does a great job defining and explaining gospel-centered parenting and what that looks like in her family. We talk about the Austin Stone's new children's album releasing this Friday (you can pre-order here!). And of course, we have to chat about Willie Nelson, Coldplay, Ke$ha and a quick review on some Nashville restaurants.

Make sure to check out Jana's books listed below and her podcast with LifeWay Kids. And don't forget to pre-order Only Jesus today!

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Austin Stone Community Church

LifeWay

Only Jesus

Jana's Podcast: LifeWay Kids Podcast

Happy Hour #76: Sally Lloyd Jones

Life Verse Creative Journal Set by Jana Magruder & Morgan Grace Magruder + Raising Grateful Kids in An Entitled World by Kristen Welch + Talk Like Ted by Carmine Gallo + Kids Ministry That Nourishes by Jana Magruder + Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones + The Story of God's Love for You by Sally Lloyd Jones

Nashveille Restaurants: Red Bicycle, Silo, Barista Parlor and Butchertown Hall

What Jana is loving: Being over 40 years old, La Croix Cucumber Blackberry, and teaching 4th grade girls

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Jana

Twitter

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

JellyTelly

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JellyTelly is the only streaming video app designed just for kids - where God is real and his word is true! With more than 100 shows for Christian kids including VeggieTales, Friends and Heroes, What’s In The Bible, and more - JellyTelly gives you safe screen time for your littles to help them grow in their faith! If you want to do devotionals with your kids but you’re not sure where to start, JellyTelly has a fun and easy way for your family to experience devotionals together - the 5 Minute Family devotional - 16 video devotionals that make it easy to talk to your kids about Jesus. You don’t have to subscribe to JellyTelly to get the devotionals - you can sign up for free at jellytelly.com/devotionals.

WestRock Coffee

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Westrock Coffee is a brand that is changing lives by providing coffee that you'll be proud to choose for your home. Their focus is to be a catalyst for real change in the lives of farmers and their families by paying a fair price for the coffee in their delicious blends and offering farmers training to enhance the quality and quantity of their crops. Most of us will enjoy a cup (or two, or three) of coffee each day, some of us without even knowing which brand we chose. Choose Westrock Coffee's delicious coffees that are truly changing lives. Find Westrock Coffee at your local Kroger or go to Westrockcoffee.com to find out where you can add Westrock to your grocery list.

 

Direct download: 109.HappyHour.McGruder.mp3
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Kirsten Dickerson is my guest for Happy Half Hour #15. Kirsten is the CEO and founder of Raven + Lily, and a thought leader in the social business and ethical fashion industry. She and her filmmaker husband live in a “tiny house” in the country outside of Austin, Texas on Green Acres, a boutique retreat for artists, families and sojourners. They have a minimalist lifestyle, and are enthusiasts of slow food and slow fashion, and the positive impact they have on people and the planet. Kirsten is a frequent speaker on the topic of ethical fashion, empowering women,  and social entrepreneurship.

Kirsten joined me for Happy Hour #52 and is back to catch up on what she's been up to since we chatted last. She shares about Raven + Lily's newest storefront, a dream that unexpectedly came true, her pet peeve and the tyranny of the urgent. You'll love catching back up with Kirsten and hearing the latest goings on in her life.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Raven + Lily

Slow Fashion by Safia Minney

Happy Hour #101: Hayley Morgan

Sing Street

When Jack Went Glamping

Yellow Conference

Green Acres

Connect with Kirsten

Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Sponsor

Prep Dish

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Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you'll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you'll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You'll save time and have some amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. And, Allison is offering listeners a special rate of $4 for the first month - that's only $1/weekly meal plan! You can't beat that. Check out Prep-Dish for this amazing deal! Use code: HappyHour

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My guest for Happy Hour #108 is the amazing Beth Moore. Beth is a dynamic teacher and a prolific Bible–study author whose public speaking engagements take her around the world to challenge tens of thousands. A wife and mother of two adult daughters, Beth lives in Houston, where she leads Living Proof Ministries and teaches an adult Sunday school class. Her first book with Tyndale House, So Long, Insecurity, was a NYT bestseller. Her debut novel, The Undoing of Saint Silvanus, released on September 20th.

It was my joy and honor to interview Beth. The Lord used her ministry in 1999 to draw me to Himself, and I was able to share that with her and thank her for being faithful to the call God had given her. She was so encouraging to me, and I hope to you too, to remind me that the call that God had on my life far exceeded my dreams and expectations.

In our conversation, Beth also shares about the process of writing her first novel, keeping it a secret, and finally sharing the draft with her youngest daughter. We chat about what she's reading and how much she adores her daughters and husband.

This episode is a little shorter than the typical shows, but I promise you every minute is worth it. It was a dream come true to finally chat with Beth, and I hope you are as encouraged as I was.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

The Undoing of Saint Silvanus

Happy Hour #66: Amanda Jones

Living Proof Ministries

Passion Conferences

Strong and Weak by Andy Crouch

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Beth

Facebook // Twitter

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

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JellyTelly is the only streaming video app designed just for kids - where God is real and his word is true! With more than 100 shows for Christian kids including VeggieTales, Friends and Heroes, What’s In The Bible, and more - JellyTelly gives you safe screen time for your littles to help them grow in their faith! If you want to do devotionals with your kids but you’re not sure where to start, JellyTelly has a fun and easy way for your family to experience devotionals together - the 5 Minute Family devotional - 16 video devotionals that make it easy to talk to your kids about Jesus. You don’t have to subscribe to JellyTelly to get the devotionals - you can sign up for free at jellytelly.com/devotionals.

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Westrock Coffee is a brand that is changing lives by providing coffee that you'll be proud to choose for your home. Their focus is to be a catalyst for real change in the lives of farmers and their families by paying a fair price for the coffee in their delicious blends and offering farmers training to enhance the quality and quantity of their crops. Most of us will enjoy a cup (or two, or three) of coffee each day, some of us without even knowing which brand we chose. Choose Westrock Coffee's delicious coffees that are truly changing lives. Find Westrock Coffee at your local Kroger or go to Westrockcoffee.com to find out where you can add Westrock to your grocery list.

 

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My guest for Happy Hour #107 is Deidra Riggs, author and speaker, and the visionary behind life-changing events for writers, artists, entrepreneurs, and other fabulous people who have an amazing dream. Through her engaging and relatable talks, practical and inspiring books, and first-class events, she works to cross cultural boundaries, build bridges with those who are different, and create more peace in the world while making it all feel like a fabulous celebration of life. When she’s not inspiring women to live life to the fullest and push past invisible boundaries, you can find her frolicking in the ocean, dancing to loud disco tunes, or hosting a group of her closest friends around the dinner table.

In today's conversation, Deidra shares what it's been like for her and her husband to embrace empty nesting. She shares that somewhere along the way while raising children, they decided to start building an empty nest. I love her perspective, and Aaron and I really try to make our marriage the top priority in our family, so that when our kids leave the nest, we still know each other and love each other. Deidra shares practical tips on how they've been successful and are still madly in love after 30 years.

She shares about loving her children through difficult circumstances and choices, her love for disco, her cartwheel regimen and her online book club for open discussion on all things hush hush. I absolutley loved my conversation with Deidra and I really hope you will too.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Deidra's Book: One: Unity in a Divided World (available for pre-order now)

Deidra's Book Club

Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman + Healing the Heart of Democracy by Parker J. Palmer + Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson + The Yada Yada Prayer Group by Neta Jackson + Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates + The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Equal Justice Initiative

The Get Down

Primal Pit Paste

What Deidra is loving: Olympics, The Great British Baking Show and Crystal deoderant

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Deidra

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Lily Jade

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Lily Jade makes incredible bags at incredible prices. Normally, full grain leather premium totes would retail for hundreds more, but thanks to their unique e-commerce model, they able to get their gorgeous pieces into even more women’s hands. Every bag comes with a removable, washable 14-pocket organizer to protect your investment, and to organize your gear. Not only that, the heart of Lily Jade is to give back, supporting all women, and especially moms. Make sure to check out Lily Jade here.

WestRock Coffee

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Westrock Coffee is a brand that is changing lives by providing coffee that you'll be proud to choose for your home. Their focus is to be a catalyst for real change in the lives of farmers and their families by paying a fair price for the coffee in their delicious blends and offering farmers training to enhance the quality and quantity of their crops. Most of us will enjoy a cup (or two, or three) of coffee each day, some of us without even knowing which brand we chose. Choose Westrock Coffee's delicious coffees that are truly changing lives. Find Westrock Coffee at your local Kroger or go to Westrockcoffee.com to find out where you can add Westrock to your grocery list.

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My guest for Happy Half Hour #14 is Shannan Martin. Shannan is a blogger, speaker, and writer who found her voice in the country and her story in the city. She and her jail-chaplain husband have four funny children who came to them across oceans and rivers. Having sold their dream farmhouse, they now enjoy neighborhood life in Goshen, Indiana. Shannan's first book, Falling Free: Rescued From the Life I Always Wanted releases today!

Shannan was on the Happy Hour back in the stone ages on episode #45. If you missed that interview, make sure to catch up here. But on this episode, Shannan and I catch up on our latest reads, the best advice she has received and now gives to her children, the dreams she had for herself as she was growing up and her pet peeves.

You'll love hearing from Shannan again, and make sure to grab a copy of her book today!

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Falling Free

The Good Story

Assimilate or Go Home by D.L. Mayfield + Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle + Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson + Subversive Jesus by Craig Warren Greenfield + For the Love by Jen Hatmaker

Meet the Patels

Connect with Shannan

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsor

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Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you'll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you'll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You'll save time and have some amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. And, Allison is offering listeners a special rate of $4 for the first month - that's only $1/weekly meal plan! You can't beat that. Check out Prep-Dish for this amazing deal! Use code: HappyHour

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Christa Black Gifford joined me as my guest for Happy Hour #106. Christa is a dynamic worldwide speaker, worship leader and bestselling songwriter. She is a popular blogger, writes for The Huffington Post, and was the keynote for Women of Faith’s Revolve Tour. Her life goal is to provide resources for those broken by the pain of life, leading them into wholeness of heart and intimacy with Jesus.  She’s married to the love of her life, Lucas Gifford. They live in Nashville, with their son, Moses Grae Lionheart, a daughter in heaven, Luca Gold, and their newest addition, daughter, Birdie James. Christa and Lucas are expecting their fourth child in November.

In today's show, Christa and I chat about everything she has going on - from songwriting for a movie to growing another baby to moving houses. She shares how she and her husband endured a difficult season losing a child. I interviewed Christa last month for the Influence Network where she shares more about that experience. If you are interested in hearing more about their loss, you can check that out here. But in today's conversation, she shares about the powerful moment about how the final verse of one of my favorite worship songs, One Thing Remains, became even more true in the moments after her daughter's passing.

Christa also tells about a hilarious experience while touring with the Jonas Brothers, which she talks about like it's totally normal...like who doesn't tour with the Jonas Brothers? I'll let you hear it straight from her, but it involves a crazy fan and a 6th floor hotel room. That's all I am going to say.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Christa's Book: Heart Made Whole

Academy of G.O.D.

The Shack Movie

The Shack by William Paul Young + The Knowledge of the Heart by Phil Mason + The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel von der Kolk M.D.

What Christa is loving: Asos, Forgiveness and Acceptance essential oils

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Christa

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Restore Women's Conference

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Need a weekend away to be refreshed? Restored? If so, consider attending Restore Women’s Conference next March in Orange County, California. This weekend conference is designed for women to experience God's grace and rest in an authentic and uplifting environment. Conference admission includes: an unforgettable speaker line-up (Allison Allen, Alli Worthington and me!), worship, Bible journaling, Holy Yoga, three meals, a swag bag and access to our handmade market and mocktail social event. Grab your ticket today at www.restorewomensconference.com and use the promotional code HAPPYHOUR to receive $50 off your admission. The promotional code is good until the event sells out; however, early bird pricing ends September 1st . Invite your girlfriends, sisters, mothers, and aunts; this is an event you don’t want to miss! Restore Women’s Conference is part of R3 Women’s Ministry, Inc. R3 was created to provide fellowship for women through annual conferences, mentorship, outreach, and discipleship. R3’s mission is to encourage and equip women in all seasons - whether they are experiencing a RUT, RESTORATION, or REVIVING in their walk with Jesus Christ. For daily devotions and more information follow @RestoreWomensConference on Instagram and Facebook.

Pine Cove

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Pine Cove is an amazing Christian summer camp with youth camps and family camps in East Texas, Central Texas, and opening Summer 2017- a brand new family camp in South Carolina! If you’ve ever dropped your kids off at camp in the summer and wished you could stay- Pine Cove Family Camp is for you! This is the ultimate all-inclusive intentional trip together your family needs! Be refreshed with all the fun activities of summer camp, stay in not-your-typical-camp cabins, and spend a week next summer investing in your family’s spiritual growth. Spots for next summer will fill up fast, so check out pinecove.com/familycamp today to learn more!

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My guest for Happy Hour #105 is the beautiful Christina Smallwood. Christina is the mother to Finley, an adorable 3-year-old with mild cerebral palsy. She is pursuing her passion as an advocate for open adoption and cerebral palsy, while using fashion to spread awareness through her mommy and me Instagram account and her blog.

In today's show, Christina shares about adopting Finley from the hospital with an early arrival of 31 weeks, and their journey to a cerebral palsy diagnosis. She talks about the challenges surrounding parenting a child with special needs - everything from birthday party invitations to making difficult medical decisions. You'll also hear how you can join Christina in Steptember as she works to raise vital funds for children and adults living with cerebral palsy.

Also, Christina shares about the sudden and tragic loss of her father, and how her loss has affected her daily life and impacted her faith. And it probably wouldn't be a true happy hour, if I didn't find a way to bring our conversation back around to our current TV indulgences.

Y'all enjoy our conversation, and make sure to check out how you can join Christina this Steptember!

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Honeycomb BabyGoods

Steptember

Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander + Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer

The Sopranos

Top Chef

Big Brother

Desperate Housewives

Stranger Things

The Night Of

Privé Beauty Group

Dare to Dance Challenge

What Christina is loving: probiotics, Katy Perry Mascara and LuLaRoe's Carly

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Christina

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Restore Women's Conference

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Need a weekend away to be refreshed? Restored? If so, consider attending Restore Women’s Conference next March in Orange County, California. This weekend conference is designed for women to experience God's grace and rest in an authentic and uplifting environment. Conference admission includes: an unforgettable speaker line-up (Allison Allen, Alli Worthington and me!), worship, Bible journaling, Holy Yoga, three meals, a swag bag and access to our handmade market and mocktail social event. Grab your ticket today at www.restorewomensconference.com and use the promotional code HAPPYHOUR to receive $50 off your admission. The promotional code is good until the event sells out; however, early bird pricing ends September 1st . Invite your girlfriends, sisters, mothers, and aunts; this is an event you don’t want to miss! Restore Women’s Conference is part of R3 Women’s Ministry, Inc. R3 was created to provide fellowship for women through annual conferences, mentorship, outreach, and discipleship. R3’s mission is to encourage and equip women in all seasons - whether they are experiencing a RUT, RESTORATION, or REVIVING in their walk with Jesus Christ. For daily devotions and more information follow @RestoreWomensConference on Instagram and Facebook.

Pine Cove

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Pine Cove is an amazing Christian summer camp with youth camps and family camps in East Texas, Central Texas, and opening Summer 2017- a brand new family camp in South Carolina! If you’ve ever dropped your kids off at camp in the summer and wished you could stay- Pine Cove Family Camp is for you! This is the ultimate all-inclusive intentional trip together your family needs! Be refreshed with all the fun activities of summer camp, stay in not-your-typical-camp cabins, and spend a week next summer investing in your family’s spiritual growth. Spots for next summer will fill up fast, so check out pinecove.com/familycamp today to learn more!

 

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My guest for Happy Half Hour #13 is Bailey Heard. Bailey is a national speaker, co-author of The Ellie Projectauthor of her weekly inspirational blog, and a certified life-coach. She lives in Highland Village, TX with her young daughter, Ellie. Over the past few years, Bailey has traveled the country, sharing her late husband, Andrew’s, books, Your Best Life Later,  A Gray Faith and now, The Ellie Projectand giving her inspirational keynote message that you can take your challenges and transform them into fuel to create a more meaningful life!

If you missed Bailey’s first appearance on the Happy Hour, you’ll definitely want to catch up here. You’ll hear more about her story and journey of losing her husband to cancer. But in today’s episode, we chat about the best advice she has ever been given, how she recharges with yoga and a good audiobook and her childhood dream of becoming an Olympic gymnast.

You’ll love hearing what Bailey has been up to since we chatted last and learning a little bit more about her. And again, make sure to scoot back to episode #53 to hear more from Bailey!

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

LINKS FROM THE SHOW

The Ellie Project

EllieProject.com

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin + Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Super Soul Sunday

Yen Yoga

Olympic Refugee Team

Lara Casey Powersheets

CONNECT WITH BAILEY

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

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Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you’ll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you’ll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You’ll save time and have some amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. And, Allison is offering listeners a special rate of $4 for the first month – that’s only $1/weekly meal plan! You can’t beat that. Check out Prep-Dish for this amazing deal! Use code: HappyHour

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Jamie spends a Happy Half Hour with author Melanie Dale...

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Jamie talks with Alaina Mayes about trying to find balance and how God always shows up in the valleys of life...

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Hayley Morgan joined me today for episode #101. Hayley is a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur who inspires women to create lives of more passion and less fuss. She and her husband started Wildly Co., an ethical children’s clothing line, and she is also the cofounder of the Influence Conference and Network. Hayley lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with her husband and their four sons. You've heard me mention Hayley before as the co-author of Wild and Free, one of the best books I have read this year.

On today's show, Hayley and I chat about how she and her husband happened upon business ventures they never dreamed of. She shares how Wildly Co. was born and where they are today. I know you mommas will love Wildly Co. and the idea of less laundry and less painful mornings picking out clothes. So, make sure you go check them out, as Hayley is super generously offering all of you a discount of 25% with the code HappyHour!

We also chat about her summer of rest from all things work-related and her mission to get back to Hayley of 2010. I didn't know Hayley in 2010, but I really like Hayley in 2016, and I know you will too.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

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Wild and Free by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan + Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross + Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzaro + The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah + The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown + Shrill by Lindy West

Influence Network

No Brainer Wardrobe

Wildly Co. - use code HappyHour for 25% off!

What Hayley is loving: her backyard and neighborhood, painting and reading beauty blogs on tinting and perming eyelashes

Connect with Hayley

Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Hooray Mail

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Hooray Mail is subscription snail mail delivered twice per month for kids ages 2-6. In each brightly colored envelope find a personalized card and a fun activity! The activities are super simple and can be done in five minutes using supplies you already have around your home. Hooray Mail is perfect for working moms, proud grandmothers or aunts and uncles who want to give the kids that mean most to them a meaningful and lasting gift that delivers joy and love... one mailbox at a time! Use coupon code HAPPYHOUR to get 50% off your first month of Hooray Mail – that’s 2 snail mail cards per month!!

Prep Dish

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Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you'll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you'll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You'll save time and have some amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. And, Allison is offering listeners a special rate of $4 for the first month - that's only $1/weekly meal plan! You can't beat that. Check out Prep-Dish for this amazing deal! Use code: HappyHour

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Jamie talks with Shauna Niequist about her new book, how passion inspires her and the scourge of abbreviations...

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Jamie is joined by her significant other, Aaron, as they reminisce, talk with friends and eat fried pickles all in celebration of the 100th episode of the Happy Hour!

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Jamie talks with Kate Braun about handling insensitivity and how to educate people on the things they may not understand.

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Jamie talks with Emily Freeman about working at your own pace and why you should never eat cake with a spoon.

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Jamie talks with Katherine Wolf about what it means to survive and thrive in the aftermath of a life-altering event...

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Jamie talks with Melissa Russell, the senior Vice President for Global Advancement with International Justice Mission about what we can do to help defeat modern day slavery.

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Jamie talks with Podcaster / Cake Pop-Maker / Pop Culture Expert Jamie Golden about unrealized dreams and the wisdom of "What can you do?"...

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Jamie is joined by Friends of The Show, Jen Hatmaker and Rachel Hollis, to talk about their upcoming trip to Ethiopia, courtesy of Help One Now

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Jamie talks with author Amber Haines about being a mom, writing, supporting your spouse and the ancient art of Karate...

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Jamie talks with author Sophie Hudson about her new book, parenting and how to recharge...

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Jamie talks with author Alexadra Kuykendall about parenting, forgiveness, marriage Guatemala and loving the life you have.

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Jamie is joined by Jessica Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame and they talk adoption, gardening, beehives, the book she wrote with her husband and so much more...

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Jamie talks with author Melanie Shankle about what is getting her through the summer...

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Jamie talks with Ashley Noelle about parenting, loving women right where they are and what it means to live an authentic life.

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Jamie talks with Meg Duerksen about creativity and the grace that comes with parenting both for yourself and for those you parent.

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My guest for The Happy Half Hour #6 is my friend, Gloria Furman. Gloria and her family live in Dubai, where they started a church. She was a fan favorite back in the early days when she joined me for episode #19. You can listen to that show here. She's back today to catch up and share with me about her latest book, Missional Motherhood. Guys, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Please pick up a copy today, and send one to a friend if you're feeling virtuous.

And of course, true to Happy Half Hour form, we go through our usual questions about her favorite app, her key to success, how she recharges and her pet peeve. I love a good pet peeve, but I think Gloria needs a new one, because hers is easily solvable. Give it a listen and let me know what you think!

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Tim Keesee's Dispatches from the Front

Apple Music

Connect with Gloria

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with JAMIE

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Sponsors

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Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you'll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you'll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You'll save time and have some amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. And, Allison is offering listeners a special rate of $4 for the first month - that's only $1/weekly meal plan! You can't beat that. Check out Prep-Dish for this amazing deal! Use code: HappyHour

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My guest for Happy Hour #90 is the very beautiful Lauren Chandler. Lauren is a momma of three kids and wife to Matt Chandler, the lead pastor at The Village Church and President of Acts 29 Network. She recently released her first book: Steadfast Love. I am nearly half way through reading it and loving it so much.

On the show, Lauren shares how she and Matt met while she was a camper at a camp at which Matt was speaking. She insists that it's a little less interesting than it sounds, but I will let you decide. Either way, it's fun to imagine how cute those two were back then.

Lauren shares her journey with Celebrate Recovery, a biblical program that aims to help people overcome their hurts, hang-ups and habits. She tells about how difficult it was to get over the fear of losing people's approval and admitting that she was a sinner in need of a savior to redeem every part of her story. Lauren is now a huge advocate and supporter of recovery ministries.

Lastly, Lauren and I talk about what it was like to learn that her husband was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Many of you, like me, may have heard bits and pieces of their story or have read their story, but I think you will love hearing Lauren's perspective and how the Lord used the events to confirm God as sustainer in their lives. They have a powerful story and I am so thankful that Lauren is being faithful to share.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Celebrate Recovery

The Village Church: Recovering Redemption

Brewed

The Net

Green River Ordinance

Lauren's Album: The Narrow Place

Lauren's Book: Steadfast Love

Believing God by Beth Moore +  You Are What You Love by James K.A. Smith + Sensing Jesus by Zack Eswine + Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls + Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls

What Lauren is loving: Zum Products: Frankincense and Myrrh, Djinni Magic Bath Cream and YouWood Watches

Connect with Lauren

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

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JellyTelly is the only streaming video app designed specifically for kids where God is real and His Word is true. JellyTelly was co-developed by the creator of VeggieTales, Phil Visher. With the app, you can instantly stream hundred of hours of safe, affirming videos and movies for kids about God, the Bible and faith. It's a great way for parents and kids to spend time together watching and learning, and then talking together about Jesus and their faith. The app is currently available on iOS, Android and Kindle, and includes shows like VeggieTales, Hillsong Kids, the Jesus Storybook Bible and many more! It's entertainment you can trust, and shows that your kids will love! Make sure to check visit jellytelly.com today and use the special coupon code HAPPYHOUR to get $5 off - or your first month of JellyTelly free!

 

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Category:faith, hope, sickness -- posted at: 7:30am CDT

Jamie talks with, prolific author, Elyse Fitzpatrick about parenting, listening and God's faithful grace...

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Category:parenting -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Connect with Jamie Ivey

Blog // Twitter // Instagram

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The guest for The Happy Half Hour #5 is Jessica Turner. She was on The Happy Hour back in the stone ages on episode #30. On today's show, we catch up and talk about everything from her favorite TV series, books and app. She shares that she recharges by reading and has learned how to do that in her normal days during times of waiting (did you know that on average, we are waiting on something or someone for 45-60 minutes every day!?). And finally, I learned that her pet peeve of incorrect grammar is probably going to keep her from reading this post, so I am pretty sure I can say anything I want. It was so fun catching up with Jessica. I think you'll love hearing from her again.

If you have tuned in for these first few episodes of The Happy Half Hour, you know that I am asking the same few questions of my guests. If you have any questions you'd like for me to consider asking, please feel free to leave a comment! I love hearing from you, and hearing what you think about the show. Thanks so much for listening!

Links from the Show

Jessica's Book: The Fringe Hours

Outlander

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom + Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom

Voxer App

Wordpress Editorial Calendar Plugin

Connect with Jessica

Facebook // Twitter // YouTube // Instagram

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Category:bonus -- posted at: 7:35am CDT

My guest for Happy Hour #88 is Amy from The Bobby Bones Show. Amy and I met several years ago during my short-lived career in radio. Since then, she and her team have gained a ton of popularity and have millions of listeners today. Most of you, I imagine, are among those millions and are familiar with Amy and The Bobby Bones Show. If not, make sure to check them out and tune in for some hilarious morning show listening.

One of the best parts of my conversation with Amy was getting the chance to hear a story from her with so much detail, honesty and vulnerability...without her co-hosts adding their commentary. Don't get me wrong. I love me some Bobby and Lunchbox, but sometimes we girls need our time without the jokers. Am I right?

Amy shares her experience of being a military wife and how protecting the health of their marriage led them to make some difficult decisions. She and her husband have struggled with infertility and are now pursuing adoption. She shares what the journey has been like for them, how God led her husband to adoption through a book and now how they are in the final steps of adopting two children from Haiti. Lastly, Amy shares the story of her mom's brave fight against cancer. If you've listened to her show, no doubt, you've heard how close Amy and her mom were. As she shares her story, how her father was in and out of the picture for so long, how she and her sister took care of her in her final days, I am confident that you will be moved by the themes of strength, grace to forgive and selflessness - both from Amy and her mother.

I already knew I loved Amy, but this conversation...gracious. I've only cried a few times on my show and turns out, this is one of them. Amy has been so faithful to use her platform to share her stories and to point her listeners to her rock and her salvation. I know you will love hearing from her.

 

Links from the Show

Hospice Austin's Christopher House

Austin Ridge Bible Church

MD Anderson Cancer Center

Bare Bones by Bobby Bones + Adopted for Life by Russell Moore + Everybody's Got Something by Robin Roberts

Kimberly Snyder and her Hot Water and Lemon

What Amy is loving: Clue App, Glowing Green Smoothie and Shauna Niequist's Savor

Connect with Amy

Blog // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie Ivey

Blog // Twitter // Instagram

Subscribe to The Happy Hour Podcast

iTunes // Stitcher

 

 

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Category:Adoption -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

In this episode, Jamie talks to four different kinds of moms and gets their perspectives as well as what it means to be a mom on Mother's Day...

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Category:mother's day -- posted at: 7:30am CDT

Jennie Allen stops by the Happy Half Hour to talk about some of her favorite things as well as deep dives into some of her biggest insights...

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Category:bonus -- posted at: 7:30am CDT

Jamie talks with Molly Huggins about marriage and motherhood while also deployed.

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Category:marriage, relationships, partnership, moving, goals -- posted at: 6:30am CDT

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:30am CDT

In lieu of a Happy Half Hour Episode, Jamie introduces a clip from her live show which can be preordered now at jamieivey.com/march.

 

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Category:teaser -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

In this very special episode of the Happy Hour, Jamie is joined by Emily Lex to talk through 11 of the best gifts you could get your mom for Mother's Day.

Direct download: HH_Mothers_day_FINAL.mp3
Category:mother's day -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Jamie talks with Jo Saxton about true discipleship, losing accents, road trips and battling bikini season.

Direct download: HH_Jo_Saxton_FINAL.mp3
Category:parenting -- posted at: 7:30am CDT

In this edition of the Happy Half-Hour, Jamie talks with Annie Downs about how she recharges and what the Sabbath means to her...

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Category:bonus -- posted at: 8:35am CDT

Jamie talks with Shay Shull about infertility, adoption, Disney cruises, Netflix passions, that time her brother was on The Bachelor and so much more!

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Category:infertility -- posted at: 7:30am CDT

Jamie talks with entrepreneur, mom, pastor's wife and Pantone Color expert, Kat Armstrong...

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Category:entrepreneur -- posted at: 7:30am CDT

In this bonus episode, Jamie is joined by Emily Lex to talk about finding your why, strategic planning for dinner and the value of not breaking your feet.

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Category:bonus -- posted at: 6:30am CDT

Jamie talks with pop culture and stepping out on faith with fellow podcaster and pop culture expert, Jamie Golden.

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Category:pop culture -- posted at: 7:30am CDT

Jamie talks with author, speaker and adoptive mom, Rachel Garlinghouse about health, adoption and Honest Toddlers.

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Category:Adoption -- posted at: 7:30am CDT

Jamie is joined by Jess Connolly for the first ever Happy Hour bonus episode.

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Category:bonus -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Jamie talks with blogger and podcaster, Jessie Artigue, about Vespas and making time to take care of yourself...

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Category:life -- posted at: 7:30am CDT

Jamie talks with Retha Nichole about dealing with loss.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:30am CDT

Jamie talks with author Sally Lloyd Jones about the art of writing, aspiring to excellence in all things and what "the loo" really means...

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Category:writing -- posted at: 7:30am CDT

Jamie talks with Liz Bohannon of Sseko Designs about malaria, entrepreneurship and her appearance on Shark Tank...

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Category:entrepreneur -- posted at: 7:50am CDT

Jamie talks with, New York Times Bestseller, Danielle Walker about making your weakness a strength and dealing with the loss of a child...

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Category:cooking, grief -- posted at: 7:30am CDT

Jamie has two very quick and special announcements about an upcoming event as well as what is next for the Happy Hour in the very near future...

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Category:announcement -- posted at: 7:25am CDT

Jamie talks with Stephanie Holden about being a young mom, her crazy family tree and God's redemption.

Direct download: HH_Stephanie_Holden.mp3
Category:family, faith, rescue -- posted at: 7:38am CDT

Jamie talks with writer/entrepreneur Rachel Hollis about work, the illusion of having it all together and fostering.

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Category:Adoption -- posted at: 6:30am CDT

Jamie talks with Korie Robertson from Duck Dynasty about fame, family and adoption.

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Category:Adoption -- posted at: 6:30am CDT

Jamie is joined by her husband, Aaron, for a conversation about moving, goals for 2016 and questions from listeners for Aaron.

Direct download: HH_70_-_Aaron_Ivey_FINAL.mp3
Category:marriage, relationships, partnership, moving, goals -- posted at: 6:30am CDT

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