The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

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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.

{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

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

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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: 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.

{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

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.

{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

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!

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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.

{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

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.

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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.

{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

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

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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!

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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

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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

 

 

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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

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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: 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

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