The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey (general)

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My guest for The Happy Half Hour #24 is Debra Parker. Debra is all about freedom and wild pursuits. She follows Jesus and manages the her party of six. She's a self-described beach dweller and anywhere adventurer. She is also the Founder of Wildfire Collective: Podcast + Happenings + Justice Initiative.  

Debra first joined me on The Happy Hour for episode #10, when we talked about sex trafficking, her adoption story and celebrity crushes. She's back today to catch up and fill us in on the latest going ons in her life. We chat about what success looks like for her, what she would like her legacy to be, and what she would tell her 20-year-old self. Sage advice there, y'all. I hope you love catching back up with Debra. 

{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

For Her Prayer Initiative

Wildfire Collective Podcast

Wildfire Collective Happenings

This Is Us

Half the Church by Carolyn Custis James

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Debra

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

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. On February 16, Noonday releases their newest line! If you host a Noonday Trunk show between February 16-28, you could earn gifts from some of their partners over at Lindsay Letters and The Object Enthusiast. Plus, with a qualifying show you'll be entered to win a trip for 2 to Austin! Contact your local Ambassador to book a show today. If you don't have an Ambassador, go to the here and you'll find a match with someone in your area!  

 

Direct download: 24.HappyHalfHour.Parker.mp3
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My guest for The Happy Hour #126 is the incredibly gorgeous Sazan Hendrix. Digital media influencer and fashion/beauty/lifestyle icon, Sazan was born to inspire others. As one of the most recognizable and leading young beauty entrepreneurs, she is transforming the professional business of social and digital media all around the world with nearly one million loyal followers across her platforms in addition to the millions of views on her blog and YouTube channel. She has also become an exclusive digital media ambassador for Maybelline, and most recently has launched her very own monthly box subscription called Bless Box

On today's show, Sazan and I chat about what her days look like as a fashion and beauty blogger. If you have ever wondered what a day in the life of someone who lives in the digital world looks like, Sazan does a great job of describing it. She shares about how she and her husband work together and how they make it work. She also tells about her Kurdish background, and the costs and challenges with her decision to follow Jesus and marry an American man. She recently travelled to Israel, and shares about her experience and the digital backlash she received.

If you don't already know Sazan, trust me, you'll probably find yourself binging on her YouTube videos for the next few hours. That's how we met, anyway. Sazan is the kind of beautiful that's an itsy bit intimidating to me. But, I was so impressed by her, and how relatable and personable she is. I think you will love getting to know her...and now I suspect I have lost you to perusing her YouTube channel. If you can break away, come back on Friday for another episode of The Happy Half Hour!

{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

Together for Israel

Sazan's Be Wild

Bless Box

What Sazan is loving: Downton Abbey, brown matte lipsticks and indoor cycling

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Sazan

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

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. On February 16, Noonday releases their newest line! If you host a Noonday Trunk show between February 16-28, you could earn gifts from some of their partners over at Lindsay Letters and The Object Enthusiast. Plus, with a qualifying show you'll be entered to win a trip for 2 to Austin! Contact your local Ambassador to book a show today. If you don't have an Ambassador, go to the here and you'll find a match with someone in your area!  

PrepDish

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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. Allison is offering listeners one month for just $4! You can't beat it. Check out PrepDish for this amazing deal! Use code: happyhour

The Heart of Marriage

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With beautiful photographs and poignant prose, Dawn Camp invites you to reflect on the heart of marriage. This collection is perfect for the good days, the hard days, and all the days in between. With stories from Crystal Paine, Lisa-Jo Baker, Alexandra Kuykendall, Holley Gerth, Shaunti Feldhahn, Renee Swope, Richard Paul Evans, Kristen Welch, Mo Isom, and many more. Pick up your copy here.

 
Direct download: 126.HappyHour.Barzani.mp3
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My guest for The Happy Hour #125 is Renee Swope. Renee is a Word-lover, heart-encourager, story-teller and grace-needer. She’s the best-selling author of A Confident Heart and A Confident Heart Devotional. Renee served as Executive Director and as radio co-host at Proverbs 31 Ministries for 20 years. She is a writer for (in)courage and contributor to (in)courage’s first book Craving Connection: 30 Challenges for Real-Life Engagement. Married to her favorite person on earth, Renee and J.J. live in North Carolina making memories with their three kiddos: Joshua, Andrew and Aster (their adopted daughter from Ethiopia). Renee loves pouring into, praying for and loving on women, in real life and online at www.ReneeSwope.com .

I first met Renee by interviewing her for The Influence Network Podcast and fell in love and immediately invited her to join us on The Happy Hour. If I could describe Renee and this conversation with one word, it would be wisdom. This is the kind of interview that you'll want to grab a pen and piece of paper and take some notes. She shares some really valuable wisdom on using her gifts and skill sets in her home and with her family, when she was so used to using them in the workforce. Renee recently stepped away from her job to focus on her family, specifically her daughter with special needs. She shares about that decision and what she has learned along the way. 

Most of our conversation focused on Renee sharing about a difficult season with their middle son, as he shocked his parents by claiming atheism. Renee's wisdom and her patient self-control completely blew me away. I know some of you are right in the middle of these seasons, or for some of you, they are coming. The Spirit of God in Renee is so illuminating and inspiring. But, what I realized as I have thought more about this conversation is that it's easy to listen to people like Renee who are good with words, good with people, and think "I could never do that with my kid." And I want to encourage you that if you are in Christ, the same Spirit lives in you. My heart feels heavy today for those of you that are hurting because of difficult seasons with your kids. I hope Renee's experience and her wisdom is like water to your soul 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

The Influence Network Podcast #49: Jamie Ivey & Renee Swope

Proverbs 31 Ministries

Fly A Little Higher by Laura Sobiech + Love Does by Bob Goff + The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp + Ridiculous Faith by Shelene Bryan

What Renee is loving: Tazo Tea Zen Green Tea with Lemongrass & Spearmint, her new dog, Writing Down to the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Renee

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Stephanie May Wilson

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Having just moved to a new city, and busy with work and family, author Stephanie May Wilson knew there had to be an easier way of creating deep friendships as a busy adult. So she wrote out some questions, invited over a few girls she barely knew, and as they answered the questions, they began to share their stories. That first night they laughed, cried, and spoke God’s truth into tender areas of each other’s lives and before they knew it, strangers became friends, and friends became best friends. Those questions became a 6-week small group guide that has achieved the same friendships in communities all over the country. Whether you're looking to start a cooking club with old friends, to go deeper with new friends, or to help a group of girls you lead connect in a deeper way — our lives are so much richer when we have best friends to share them with, and this guide is the perfect way to get there! Click here to download a free copy of the first week.

PrepDish

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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. This month only, Allison is offering listeners a 50% off flash sale! You can't beat it. Check out PrepDish for this amazing deal! Use code: HH50

There(4) Gathering

jamie-ivey-happy-hour-banner THERE{4} Teen Gathering is a weekend conference designed to inspire high school girls to boldly live out their identity in Jesus Christ. Teen girls have fears, insecurities, and passions. THERE{4} addresses these in a real, honest way through amazing speakers (such as Annie Downs and Amena Brown Owen), interactive experiences, and powerful worship. Join us for the 2017 conference February 17-18 in Fort Worth, Texas. Use promo code: jamieivey to get $10 off the regular price of $59. To learn more visit www.there4gathering.com.

Direct download: 125.HappyHour.Swope.mp3
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Kat Armstrong is back as my guest for The Happy Half Hour #23. Kat is the creator of Baby Bow Tie, which she recently announced she is selling (you can find out more from the link below!) and the founder of Polished, a ministry sharing the gospel with women in the workforce.

Kat is back today with a little update on what's going on with Polished and their goals for the new year. They are hoping to launch Polished North Austin and Polished Southeast Dallas and a second Polished Houston chapter, but to do so they need to find sponsors and volunteers. If you are interested, you can email Kat directly with the subject line: Polished Houston 2, or Polished North Austin, or Polished SE Dallas.

She also shares about what God has been teaching her through her word search of bread in the Bible. You'll love it and can check out more from the link below. We also chat about what she would tell her 20-year-old self, what she wants her legacy to be and how she recharges.

I am a huge fan of Kat and everything she has going on. I know you'll love catching up with her again. And make sure to check out the event that we are partnering up for February 2. Tickets are on sale now 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

Baby Bow Tie: For Sale

Polished Austin // The Happy Hour Event

Polished Podcast

Kat's I.Love.Carbs Bible Study Blog Series

Hidden Figures

The Power of the Other by Dr. Henry Cloud

Connect with Kat

YouTube // Instagram // Twitter

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Sponsor

Stephanie May Wilson

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Having just moved to a new city, and busy with work and family, author Stephanie May Wilson knew there had to be an easier way of creating deep friendships as a busy adult. So she wrote out some questions, invited over a few girls she barely knew, and as they answered the questions, they began to share their stories. That first night they laughed, cried, and spoke God’s truth into tender areas of each other’s lives and before they knew it, strangers became friends, and friends became best friends. Those questions became a 6-week small group guide that has achieved the same friendships in communities all over the country. Whether you're looking to start a cooking club with old friends, to go deeper with new friends, or to help a group of girls you lead connect in a deeper way — our lives are so much richer when we have best friends to share them with, and this guide is the perfect way to get there! Click here to download a free copy of the first week.

Direct download: 23.HappyHalfHour.Armstrong.mp3
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Anne Bogel is my guest for The Happy Hour #124. You might know Anne from her blog (affectionally called "a lifestyle blog for nerds"), Modern Mrs. Darcy, or her podcast, What Should I Read Next? 

In our conversation today, we chat about the podcasting world and starting new ideas. But, I gotta tell you, most of our conversation is surrounding our latest and most favorite books. So, if you're looking for your next good read, you've come to the right place. Anne and I have some different tastes, so you'll get a lot of recommendations for all kinds of preferences. We also chat about our favorite podcasts and episodes. You'll find a lot of links below to help you find what you're looking for. Hope y'all enjoy the show and make sure to leave a comment if you read any of the books, and tell us 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

Anne's Podcast: What Should I Read Next?

Anne's Post: Gift Guide for Readers

The Martian by Andy Weir + The One-In-A-Million Boy by Monica Wood + When We Were The Kennedys by Monica Wood + Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave + The Course of Love by Alain de Botton + The Outsiders by SE Hinton + Space at the Table by Brad & Drew Harper + Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple + Wild and Free by Jess Connolly & Hayley Morgan + She Reads Truth by Raechel Myers & Amanda Bible Williams + Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante + This is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick + News of the World by Paulette Jiles + Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides + The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell + Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis + Coming Clean by Seth Haines

Off Camera with Sam Jones + Pantsuit Politics + The West Wing Weekly + RadioLab's More Perfect + Smartest Person in the Room + In the Dark + Reply All + StartUp

What Anne is loving: fountain pens, Blackwing Pencils, Trader Joe's Hot and Sweet Jalapeños and Louisville, KY

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Anne

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Stephanie May Wilson

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Having just moved to a new city, and busy with work and family, author Stephanie May Wilson knew there had to be an easier way of creating deep friendships as a busy adult. So she wrote out some questions, invited over a few girls she barely knew, and as they answered the questions, they began to share their stories. That first night they laughed, cried, and spoke God’s truth into tender areas of each other’s lives and before they knew it, strangers became friends, and friends became best friends. Those questions became a 6-week small group guide that has achieved the same friendships in communities all over the country. Whether you're looking to start a cooking club with old friends, to go deeper with new friends, or to help a group of girls you lead connect in a deeper way — our lives are so much richer when we have best friends to share them with, and this guide is the perfect way to get there! Click here to download a free copy of the first week.

PrepDish

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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. This month only, Allison is offering listeners a 50% off flash sale! You can't beat it. Check out PrepDish for this amazing deal! Use code: HH50

There(4) Gathering

jamie-ivey-happy-hour-banner THERE{4} Teen Gathering is a weekend conference designed to inspire high school girls to boldly live out their identity in Jesus Christ. Teen girls have fears, insecurities, and passions. THERE{4} addresses these in a real, honest way through amazing speakers (such as Annie Downs and Amena Brown Owen), interactive experiences, and powerful worship. Join us for the 2017 conference February 17-18 in Fort Worth, Texas. Use promo code: jamieivey to get $10 off the regular price of $59. To learn more visit www.there4gathering.com.

Direct download: 124.HappyHour.Bogel.mp3
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My guest for episode #123 is Lisa Bevere. Lisa believes in women and empowers them by weaving the practical with the profound truth of God's Word in award-winning curriculums and her best-selling books. Her heart breaks over social injustice. As an advocate for change, she rallies others to be an answer to desperate problems near and far. She and her husband John co-founded Messenger International, an organization established to teach, reach, and rescue. Lisa is the mother of four sons and grandmother of four.

In our conversation, you'll love hearing Lisa share about how she started walking with Jesus, her first discipleship relationship and how the church first reacted to her. Lisa travels a lot, and she shares her wisdom in how she stays connected with her husband with intentionality during those seasons. She also talks about her four boys, and how she and her husband relate to their adult children and grandchildren. Finally, Lisa shares about her newest book, Without Rival, and what God is teaching her about how He loves his children.

{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

Lisa's Newest Book: Without Rival

Campus Crusade

Preemptive Love Coalition

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

What Lisa is loving: Winter, all things flannel and her current season of life

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Lisa

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Stephanie May Wilson

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Having just moved to a new city, and busy with work and family, author Stephanie May Wilson knew there had to be an easier way of creating deep friendships as a busy adult. So she wrote out some questions, invited over a few girls she barely knew, and as they answered the questions, they began to share their stories. That first night they laughed, cried, and spoke God’s truth into tender areas of each other’s lives and before they knew it, strangers became friends, and friends became best friends. Those questions became a 6-week small group guide that has achieved the same friendships in communities all over the country. Whether you're looking to start a cooking club with old friends, to go deeper with new friends, or to help a group of girls you lead connect in a deeper way — our lives are so much richer when we have best friends to share them with, and this guide is the perfect way to get there! Click here to download a free copy of the first week.

PrepDish

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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. This month only, Allison is offering listeners a 50% off flash sale! You can't beat it. Check out PrepDish for this amazing deal! Use code: HH50

There(4) Gathering

jamie-ivey-happy-hour-banner THERE{4} Teen Gathering is a weekend conference designed to inspire high school girls to boldly live out their identity in Jesus Christ. Teen girls have fears, insecurities, and passions. THERE{4} addresses these in a real, honest way through amazing speakers (such as Annie Downs and Amena Brown Owen), interactive experiences, and powerful worship. Join us for the 2017 conference February 17-18 in Fort Worth, Texas. Use promo code: jamieivey to get $10 off the regular price of $59. To learn more visit www.there4gathering.com.

Direct download: 123.HappyHour.Bevere.mp3
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My guest for the Happy Half Hour #22 is my friend, Amanda BrownNot only is Amanda one of my favorite friends, she's also my assistant. Which is kinda weird, but also 190% awesome because I get to work with one of my best friends.

Amanda made her first appearance on The Happy Hour on episode #3. She's back today with a review of her favorite episode from 2016, and some new happy half hour questions for 2017. You'll hear her favorite music, meal, and advice. She also shares what she would tell her 20-year-old self and where she'd love to live for a year.

You may not know you love Amanda, but trust me, you do. Without her The Happy Hour would be a little less happy. Y'all enjoy catching up with Amanda, and make sure to tune in next week for my conversation with Lisa Bevere.

{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 Tallest Man on Earth

Man in the High Castle

Founding Farmers Cookbook

Connect with Amanda

Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Sponsor

Stephanie May Wilson

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Having just moved to a new city, and busy with work and family, author Stephanie May Wilson knew there had to be an easier way of creating deep friendships as a busy adult. So she wrote out some questions, invited over a few girls she barely knew, and as they answered the questions, they began to share their stories. That first night they laughed, cried, and spoke God’s truth into tender areas of each other’s lives and before they knew it, strangers became friends, and friends became best friends. Those questions became a 6-week small group guide that has achieved the same friendships in communities all over the country. Whether you're looking to start a cooking club with old friends, to go deeper with new friends, or to help a group of girls you lead connect in a deeper way — our lives are so much richer when we have best friends to share them with, and this guide is the perfect way to get there! Click here to download a free copy of the first week.

Direct download: 22.HappyHalfHour.Brown.mp3
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Happy 2017!! I am so excited to start off the year with Rachel Cruze as my guest for Happy Hour #122 is Rachel Cruze. As a #1 New York Times best-selling author and seasoned communicator, Rachel helps Americans learn the proper ways to handle money and stay out of debt. She’s authored two best-selling books: Love Your Life, Not Theirs and Smart Money Smart Kids. The daughter of Dave Ramsey, she joined Ramsey Solutions in 2010 and uses the knowledge and experiences from growing up in the Ramsey household to educate others.

In today's conversation, we talk about what it was like growing up as a Ramsey, and the lessons she learned in a money conscious family. We chat about teaching our kids about the finiteness of money, and not letting our past mistakes with money keep us from making better choices in the future. Rachel also shares about her newest book about being content with your own life, and not coveting the lives around you. She shares how covetousness affects our finances and how she fights it with gratitude.

{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

Rachel's Books: Love Your Life, Not Theirs and Smart Money Smart Kids

Rachel's Wallet

The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni + The Residence by Kate Andersen Brower + The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom + Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom + Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner + The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Making Oprah Podcast

What Rachel is loving: Gel manicures, Crockpot with liners, and her daughter's age

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Rachel

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors:

Stephanie May Wilson

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Having just moved to a new city, and busy with work and family, author Stephanie May Wilson knew there had to be an easier way of creating deep friendships as a busy adult. So she wrote out some questions, invited over a few girls she barely knew, and as they answered the questions, they began to share their stories. That first night they laughed, cried, and spoke God’s truth into tender areas of each other’s lives and before they knew it, strangers became friends, and friends became best friends. Those questions became a 6-week small group guide that has achieved the same friendships in communities all over the country. Whether you're looking to start a cooking club with old friends, to go deeper with new friends, or to help a group of girls you lead connect in a deeper way — our lives are so much richer when we have best friends to share them with, and this guide is the perfect way to get there! Click here to download a free copy of the first week.

PrepDish

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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. This month only, Allison is offering listeners a 50% off flash sale! You can't beat it. Check out PrepDish for this amazing deal! Use code: HH50

There(4) Gathering

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THERE{4} Teen Gathering is a weekend conference designed to inspire high school girls to boldly live out their identity in Jesus Christ. Teen girls have fears, insecurities, and passions. THERE{4} addresses these in a real, honest way through amazing speakers (such as Annie Downs and Amena Brown Owen), interactive experiences, and powerful worship. Join us for the 2017 conference February 17-18 in Fort Worth, Texas. Use promo code: jamieivey to get $10 off the regular price of $59. To learn more visit www.there4gathering.com.

Direct download: 122.HappyHour.Cruze.mp3
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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!

{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

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

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: 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

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Connect with Danielle

Facebook // Instagram // Twitter //  YouTube

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

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