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Mom Struggling Well

Motherhood is hard. And amazing. And can make you burst with joy and frustration all at once. Join me each week as I dig deep with various guests to ask how they moved from just struggling to struggling WELL.
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Oct 16, 2017

Elizabeth Quintal spent over a decade working with homeless children before making the decision to stay at home full time with her "cheeky" son, to keep writing and styling on her blog Cheeky Days, and to start a subscription box business called Outside The Box.  Outside The Box is a subscription box by a family for families inspiring connection, creativity and community. Elizabeth's goal is to provide families a simple and meaningful way to give back to the community by delivering a curated box every month with a new theme always focused on sharing the value of dreaming big and giving back.

Get 20% off any Outside the Box purchase using the coupon code: Mom Struggling Well

What we chat about:

  • Elizabeth's (then) upcoming move to Madrid and the motivation behind her life-altering decision
  • How working with homeless families taught her to love, show compassion, and stop judging others
  • The life-changing power of treating all people with love and understanding,regardless of status
  • Balancing truth and grace
  • Avoiding being overwhelmed through hope and faith
  • How Elizabeth's passion for teaching kids kindness, empathy, diversity and building community inspired her business
  • The importance of having hard, honest conversations with our children
  • Putting an emphasis on teaching empathy and community rather than allowing society to fill in the blanks

Links mentioned:

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Where to find Elizabeth:

website // facebook // instagram // pinterest // twitter

Episode Sponsor: Rebecca Renfrow & Anchored Press

You can thrive as a business owner and as a mom, merging the two God given roles with grace and ease.

Struggling with self doubt and fear?  And guilt? Rebecca's job is to help you get out of the rut you are in and move forward in your business, while thriving as a mom. You can do this. I can't wait to help you reach your goals, grow a business you are proud of, make more money, and LIVE YOUR LIFE ON PURPOSE as a mom and an entrepreneur! Because you CAN do both...well! Head to rebeccarenfrow.com to sign up for your coaching package!

Anchored Press is a Christian planner that keeps you focused on God as you organize your day.

 It's got everything you need for your time with God, keeping track of which meals your kids actually will eat and what's happening in your schedule this week.  Try them out if you haven't already.  You'll love your planner! 

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Oct 9, 2017

Nichole Nordeman is a recording artist and songwriter with numerous #1 and top 10 singles to her credit and cumulative album sales of over one million. A two-time Gospel Music Association winner for Female Vocalist Of The Year, she has won a total of nine Dove Awards. Nichole is also a single mother who recently publish the book Slow Down that encourages moms to celebrate the every day moments of motherhood. 

What we chat about:

  • How Nichole tackles being an extreme introvert who lives in the spotlight
  • The story behind her song "Slow Down" and its very personal music video
  • Coping with life when you find yourself somewhere you never planned on being
  • The perception of working moms vs. stay at home moms
  • The shame of divorce, especially within the church
  • The importance of connecting with women in different phases of their journey
  • Struggling to let go of people pleasing
  • How restoration often doesn't look the way we think it should
  • Becoming comfortable with not having all the answers
  • Tips on how to make awkward conversations with your teens less intimidating
  • Equating exhaustion with being a good parent and self care

Links mentioned:

Slow Down (book)
Slow Down (song)
What the Health?

Where to find Nichole:

website // facebook // twitter // instagram

Episode Sponsor: Anchored PressDaily Harvest

Anchored Press is a Christian planner that keeps you focused on God as you organize your day.

It's got everything you need for your time with God, keeping track of which meals your kids actually will eat and what's happening in your schedule this week.  Try them out if you haven't already.  You'll love your planner! 

Daily Harvest is on a mission to make fresh, organic ingredients in innovative forms accessible and convenient to everyone in America.

By tapping into a new kind of frozen technology, they're able to offer customers what they like to think is an invaluable ‘life hack’ ready in 30 seconds, saving you time, stress and money - and it’s all without having to feel like you are trading anything out. 
Get 3 items FREE  when you use the promo code MSW!

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Oct 2, 2017

Melanie Shankle is a public speaker and the author of three New York Times bestselling books - Sparkly Green EarringsThe Antelope in the Living Room, and Nobody’s Cuter Than You. Her new book, Church of the Small Things, released on October 3, 2017. Formerly a pharmaceutical sales rep, Melanie started The Big Mama Blog in July 2006 and is the co-host of The Big Boo Cast with fellow author/speaker Sophie Hudson.

What we chat about:

  • Dealing with the perception of having one child
  • Finding contentment in small moments
  • Being consistent with who we are in front of our kids and with our outside lives
  • How spreading ourselves too thin affects our family
  •  Navigating the emotions of a teenage daughter
  • Trusting your teen
  • Thoughts on when to give your child a cell phone
  • The basics of football - clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose

Where to find Melanie:

website // facebook // twitter // instagram // podcast

Episode Sponsor: Preluvi // Code: MSW

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Sep 26, 2017

We may have accidentally solved real friendship problems this month! We also cover the history of friendship, Rebecca talked about a public naked experience she had yesterday and we even talked about conflict we have had. AND we sang several times.

Sep 25, 2017

Dr. Kelly Flanagan is a licensed clinical psychologist and prolific writer. He began writing in 2012 via his blog, UnTangled and recently published his first full-length book, Loveable. Kelly is often known for a blog posts he wrote as letters to his daughters about their true worth. He currently works at Artisan Clinical Associates with a wide range of individuals in various treatment contexts.

What we chat about:

  • The definition of loveable
  • The shame cycle
  • Two necessary steps to finding your purpose
  • Seeking worth through relationships and accomplishments
  • How to respond to our children's bad choices that will help them grow
  • The beauty of being ordinary
  • Preparing for your inciting incident
  • The importance of setting boundries

Links mentioned:

Loveable: Embracing What Is Truest About You, So You Can Truly Embrace Your Life

Where to find Kelly:

website // twitter // facebook // pinterest

Episode Sponsors: Anchored Press & Hello Fresh

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Sep 18, 2017

Dana Jones is a wife and mother of two who is living her dream by using her talent as an artist to create encouraging hand-painted signs. Over the past fourteen years, Dana's signs have evolved, using different kinds of materials and color palettes, as well as layouts and design concepts. She paints what's going on inside her heart, which she says is often inspired by music, encouragement, and God's grace story in her own life. 

What we chat about:

  • How she's encouraging women to embrace their "okayness"
  • Two things that can heal your marriage - trust in God and willingness to grow
  • The realization that God can make a redemption story for you, regardless of your spouse
  • Creating a space that allows failure and forgiveness
  • The power of helping your child find their passion and the importance of finding your own passion outside of your family
  • Advice about encouraging a positive self-image to our daughters

Where to find Dana:

website // instagram // facebook // pinterest

Episode Sponsor: Opinion Outpost

A successful company’s most important consultant is you, the consumer! Companies rely on your feedback to produce new and improved products and services. Opinion Outpost bridges the gap between your opinions and the companies who need them. You can earn cash and rewards for the time you spend taking online surveys with points you can redeem for cash or gift vouchers to popular brands. Not only is it easy to sign up, but it’s also free.

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Sep 11, 2017

Sara Hagerty is a wife, mother and writer - in that order. Like many of us, she grew up dreaming of being a mom. But after having her heart broken again and again by negative pregnancy tests, she accepted that God's path for her life didn't look much like what she had envisioned. Sara and her husband are now the adoptive parents of four African children, as well as two biological children. Her journey has lead her not only to the family God has designed for her, but into a closer relationship with Him and a search to see herself through His eyes.

What we chat about:

  • How social media feeds into our innate need to be seen and validated
  • Finding value in the mundane moments of your life
  • The importance of being vulnerable with God
  • What God truly thinks about us and why we have such a hard time believing it
  • Using brokenness as an antidote to shame
  • Practical ways to create margin time with your family

Links mentioned:

Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed
Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things
Baron Fig - Confidant
Book Darts

Where to find Sara:

website // twitter // facebook // instagram // pinterest

Episode Sponsor: New Eve Jewelry

New Eve Jewelry got its name from Eve in the Bible – God’s first woman. She gets a bad rap, but the truth is that God redeemed her, sending Jesus to bear the punishment for her rebellion. From the moment Eve ran back to God, He made her new. Each piece of New Eve Jewelry, handcrafted with repurposed materials and semiprecious gemstones, serves as a reminder of this. No matter what we’ve done or what our circumstances look like, rich new life can always be found in Jesus.

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Sep 4, 2017

Meet Erin:

You may know Erin Odom as The Humbled Homemaker; an author, wife and mother of four who runs a blog sharing the moniker. And while it may look like she has it all together, she openly admits that she too struggles to find time to effectively care for her family, spend time with the Lord and run a full-time business. In the episode, she shares her story of how God used her writing talents to help pull her family out of a very challenging time and what she learned about herself in the process.

What we chat about:

  • Keeping faith in your calling, even if you're told it's impossible
  • How being bombarded with trials lead Erin to a closer relationship with and deeper trust in Christ
  • The importance of identifying an income problem verses a spending problem
  • Three ways to help you identify your passion and better understand yourself
  • How living with less can provide you with better contentment
  • Steps on maintaining a thankful mindset, regardless of your status

Links mentioned:

More Than Just Making It: Hope for the Heart of the Financially Frustrated
16Personalities.com
StrenghtsFinder.com
Your Retreat: A Guide to Giving Yourself a Personal Planning Day
Better Life Bag

Where to find Erin:

website // facebook // instagram // pinterest

Episode Sponsor: Preluvi

Preluvi is a family owned, holistic skin care company. Their mission is to provide the whole family with safe, toxic-free skin care products that actually nourish your skin. Co-created by a nutritionist, they believe if it's not pure enough to eat, it shouldn't be going on your skin. With that in mind, they have crafted an incredible line of body butters, face butters, lip balms, and soaps. Use coupon code MSW for free shipping on all orders of $15 or more!

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Aug 28, 2017

Lee Blum is an author and Mental Health Practitioner whose story has become a testimony of how God can use the ugliest parts of your life and turn them into something beautiful. For much of her youth, Lee lived with deep depression and a life-threatening eating disorder. After being hospitalized, and by God’s grace, she made the decision to begin the brave journey to choose a different life - not a perfect life, but one defined by bravery, strength and brokenness. 

What we chat about:

  • Accepting that God's plan for our lives is likely different than our own
  • Understanding the factors that can lead to eating disorders
  • A healthier way of speaking about food to our children
  • Building community through transparency
  • The struggle to see ourselves through God's eyes 

Links mentioned:

Table in the Darkness: A Healing Journey Through an Eating Disorder
Brave Is the New Beautiful: Finding the Courage to Be the Real You
Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World
Compared to Who?: A Proven Path to Improve Your Body Image

Where to find Lee:

website // facebook // twitter

Episode Sponsor: Cultivate What Matters Shop by Lara Casey

The Write the Word Bible journal is unique. With my small business, and three littles running under the same roof, my "quiet time" each day is pretty loud! I prayed one morning for God to give me a simple way to connect with Him, right in the thick of it, and the Write the Word journal was born.

On each page, you'll get a selection of specially-selected key verses to write out, along with space to write your thoughts, prayers, or whatever God places on your heart. Use your Write the Word Bible journal in whatever ways you wish! These journals are all about grace and digging into God's life-giving truth. Buy yours today!

Save 15% off Write the Word journals through October 24 with code MOMSTRUGGLINGWELL

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Aug 25, 2017

Once upon a time, there was a guy named Nehemiah. He had a really cushy life and no major problems that we know about.  He had a heart for others which is the reason we know about him today.  Lots to learn from this guy and I outlined my favorites in this mini-episode today. 

Honestly, posting just ME talking is scary. It's scary because I feel like my words alone don't matter. That you only listen to hear my guests. I feel like I need to apologize for it or tell you it's short so you'll consider tuning in.

I don't tell you all that so you'll encourage me. I tell you so it will encourage YOU. You might not think you have enough of an influence where you are to make even the tiniest difference and because of that, you never try. Listen sisters, I have a nationally ranked podcast and I STILL don't think my voice matters. The same liar talks to both of us. And if we give him the time of day, he can be pretty convincing!

I read some things in Nehemiah this morning and felt prompted to share them with you. So I stepped out and did a weird thing. I hope it encourages you in your own weirdness!

Aug 21, 2017

Megan is a wife, mother of two young boys, and a self-taught metalsmith and jewelry designer of 15 years. Her passion for creating lead her to become the owner and maker behind New Eve Jewelry in 2012. But there's more behind this company than beautiful hand-made pieces - Megan is using her talents to benefit the needy and send a message of hope to her clients. Each piece of New Eve Jewelry, handcrafted with repurposed materials and semiprecious gemstones, serves as a reminder of God's ability and desire to restore us. 

What we chat about:

  • How God can be good and bad things can still happen
  • God's power to restore us and make us into something beautiful
  • The importance of not minimizing our own experiences
  • Recognizing and addressing childhood depression
  • Practical ways to battle the lies in our own minds
  • Goat yoga (Yes, that's a real thing.)

Links mentioned:

Elegantees

The Girl on the Train

LeVar Burton Reads

Beautiful & Beloved

Where to find Megan:

website // instagram // facebook

Episode Sponsor: Queen Bee Market

Queen Bee Market, San Diego’s original urban-style, artisan market features over 100 local and national vendors specializing in handmade and vintage accessories, clothing, home décor, furniture, paper arts and more. Walking into each booth at the Queen Bee Market is like walking into a small handmade shop. Through each show, Queen Bee Market has made charitable donations to Operation Smile, Children of the Nations, Ronald McDonald House of Southern California and the North Coast Auxiliary Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital.

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Aug 13, 2017

Stacey is a wife and proud girl mom who began blogging after choosing to be open-handed with her story - one that includes a child with a chronic illness and a husband who is still recovering from a life-threatening cardiac event. Self-described as "a believer and writer who loves God’s Word and connecting with women," Stacey has written several books and hundreds of blog posts to encourage other weary moms with the message that God never wastes our pain; He is always working for our good.

What we chat about:

  • What lead Stacey to stop hiding behind the "veil of fine" and start being transparent
  • Finding hope by letting go of control
  • How living in the moment helps prepare us for a marathon of struggles
  • The importance of allowing ourselves the time and space to heal
  • Speaking honestly with our children about life-altering events
  • Changing the "why me?" perspective
  • Blessing others by sharing your story while still in progress

Links mentioned:

Fresh Out of Amazing: Opening Your Heart to God's Unexpected Invitation
Hope for the Weary Mom: Let God Meet You in the Mess
Lark Rise to Candleford
Struck: One Christian's Reflections on Encountering Death

Where to find Stacey:

website // instagram // facebook // twitter // pinterest

Episode Sponsor: Love Justly

Love Justly makes buying ethical fashion affordable. When you purchase anything from Love Justly (e.g. handmade jewelry, a clutch purse, a handcrafted shirt, or a dress), you're not only buying something you'll love, but you're also helping to provide hope, dignified employment, and a better life for artisans around the world.

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Aug 12, 2017

So this week Problem Solved got a song written about it!  It is based on some of the shenanigans that have happened on this segment of the show.  Songfinch (see below) incorporated parts of tons of details I gave them about the things Rebecca and I have discussed on the show and a very talented musician crafted an original song!  I spring it on Rebecca and record what happened so enjoy that!

Also- we recorded this while live streaming on Instagram so we periodically stop and read questions from people who are watching.  Just incase you're wondering why we keep interrupting ourselves with random questions.

Most of us are heading back into the daily grind of the new school year. I personally am thrilled.I messed up the time zones (again) and almost didn't get this recorded.  But we persevered and made it through that hurdle.  Rebecca's kids are going to do a hybrid homeschool situation (because she wants to be like me) but she didn't know you couldn't put nut products in school lunches and she doesn't know if they school requires a uniform.  Rebecca has some things to sort out before school starts.

Rebecca has broken up with her grocery delivery company and gives us the dirt on that situation. I reveal that I am working with a detective to uncover the criminal child who draw a Harry Potter lighting scar on my new kitchen eating area.  I also reported my favorite crayon color.  I know.  Exciting.

Episode Sponsor: Songfinch

Songfinch is a personalized gifting company that makes one-of-a-kind songs from scratch. Everything from the lyrics, melodies and instrumentals are hand-crafted and influenced by your feelings, memories and stories.

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Aug 5, 2017

About 5 years ago I moved into my neighborhood. We liked that the house was near family and that it had a courtyard.  What we did NOT know was that I was about to meet some of my closest friends- my new neighbors! Throughout the years we have had countless events ranging from very meaningful to remarkably silly;we have laughed, cried and everything in between.

Whenever I share about them I get so many questions from you. How did we meet? How do we plan all the parties? What makes our friendships work? There's clearly some interest around how 5 random ladies became such good friends so I wanted to bring them on and answer all your questions.  We put our hearts into this and we hope it helps you build your own neighborhood friendships!

What we chat about:

  • How first impressions aren't always accurate; sometimes it's worth taking a risk to get to know someone
  • Embracing the beauty in our differences and seeking out people who are different than you
  • Being the one to initiate communication with a potential group or supportive community
  • Tips on how to build drama-free relationships
  • Saying yes to creative get togethers, like a crepes and Zumba party. Why not?
  • How to be a blessing to your friends while still maintaining loose expectations

Links mentioned:

Episode #93: Hospitality Made Ridiculously Simple with Kristin Schell
The Turquoise Table: Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard 

Episode Sponsor: Rebecca Renfrow

Do you feel overwhelmed with trying to "do it all" in your business while striving to be the best mom you can be? Are you unhappy with the results you are getting and are frustrated because you aren't reaching your goals? Do you wake up stressed and go to bed stressed? Are you considering throwing in the towel because you wonder if you have what it takes to be successful as both a business owner and a mom? Struggling with self doubt and fear?  And guilt? 

Rebecca's job is to help you get out of the rut you are in and move forward in your business, while thriving as a mom. You can do this. I can't wait to help you reach your goals, grow a business you are proud of, make more money, and LIVE YOUR LIFE ON PURPOSE as a mom and an entrepreneur! Because you CAN do both...well! You can thrive as a business owner and as a mom, merging the two God given roles with grace and ease. Head to rebeccarenfrow.com to sign up for your coaching package!

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Jul 30, 2017

Leslie Barry is my friend in real life.  She is high-energy and very passionate about people.  She is also refreshingly authentic and has such a tender heart.  I have learned a lot from her example and I wanted you to hear from her as well! 

What we chat about:

  • Adjusting to married life and striking a balance in the home
  • How communicating with her spouse lead to a fantastic 40th birthday surprise
  • Why Leslie says turning 40 gave her a new lease on life
  • The exploration of finding out who you are and importance of knowing yourself
  • The struggle and reward of being obedient to God
  • How to cultivate contentment in your life
  • The steps Leslie has taken to get past her people pleasing tendencies
  • The healthy side of comparing yourself to others

Links mentioned:

So Long Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us by Beth Moore
StrengthsFinder.com
Pure Pleasure: Why Do Christians Feel So Bad about Feeling Good? by Gary Thomas
Noosa Yoghurt
I'm Happy for You (Sort of... Not Really): Finding Contentment in a Culture of Comparison by Kay Wyma
The Nightingale: A Novel by Kristin Hannah

 

Episode Sponsor: JellyTelly

Did you know today our kids are consuming more media than ever before? On average more than 5 hours a day!  For most kids, this means watching shows where God doesn’t even show up in them at all! As a mom, I want my kids to enjoy shows and movies, but I also want those things to point them to Jesus!  Which is why I’m excited to tell you about JellyTelly. Head over to jellytelly.com and use coupon code MSW for a free week and a coloring book download!

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Jul 22, 2017

Elizabeth considers herself "a poster child for children from divorced families." Experiencing divorce at three different ages and stages while growing up, she regularly witnessed marital strife that came from addiction, abuse, abandonment, and general dysfunction. Now a mother of five (three biological, one adopted, and one foster child), Elizabeth has made it her life mission to mend the broken branches of her own family tree through God's redemption, while equipping and encouraging other mothers in the areas of marriage, foster care, and faith.

What we chat about:

  • Some unique challenges of raising foster or adopted children
  • Creative ways to deal with tattling kids
  • The story of how Elizabeth's mother's three divorces at various stages in life affected her
  • Managing motherhood as a natural overachiever
  • Creating a mission statement to help evaluate the best places to focus your energy
  • Advice for those considering becoming a foster parent
  • How her new book, Mending Broken Branches (releasing October 24, 2017), equips and encourages women born into dysfunctional families who want something different for their own families 

Links mentioned:

Mending Broken Branches: When God Reclaims Your Dysfunctional Family Tree

The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery

L'Oreal Voluminous Original

Where to find Elizabeth:

website // Instagram // Twitter // Facebook // Pinterest

Episode Sponsor: JellyTelly

Did you know today our kids are consuming more media than ever before? - On average more than 5 hours a day!  For most kids, this means watching shows where God doesn’t even show up in them at all! As a mom, I want my kids to enjoy shows and movies, but I also want those things to point them to Jesus! Which is why I’m excited to tell you about JellyTelly. Head over to jellytelly.com and use coupon code MSW for a free week and a coloring book download!

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Find me on Instagram or Facebook because I want to hear YOUR thoughts on this episode!  If you've been encouraged by the show, please share it with another mom.  The struggle is real.  We might as well do this together!

Jul 15, 2017

The biggest fear for any parent is the death of a child. Tragically, Amy has experienced this twice, first with her son Simon in May of 2014, then again in November 2014 with her son Thomas. Now, Amy is using her experience to help other moms who are struggling with the loss of their babies during pregnancy or infancy through the You Made Me Mom support group. She is also the mother of three earthly children - Teddy, Peter, and her fifth child, due this fall.

What we chat about:

  • How to graciously respond to awkward questions from well-meaning strangers
  • Amy's emotional story about the passing of her second son, Simon Adam, who was diagnosed with full Trisomy 13; as well as her third son, Thomas Job, who passed after 13-weeks gestation
  • Ways to feel connected to your heavenly child
  • The You Made Me Mom support group that Amy created to help other bereaved mothers
  • How losing two children affected Amy's relationship with God and her husband, Adam
  • Options available to mom's who are facing the birth of a child with a life-limiting diagnosis

Links mentioned:

I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy

You Made Me Mom Facebook Group

Where to find Amy:

website // blog

Episode Sponsor: JellyTelly

Did you know today our kids are consuming more media than ever before? - On average more than 5 hours a day!  For most kids, this means watching shows where God doesn’t even show up in them at all! As a mom, I want my kids to enjoy shows and movies, but I also want those things to point them to Jesus!  Which is why I’m excited to tell you about JellyTelly. Head over to jellytelly.com and use coupon code MSW for a free week and a coloring book download!

Support the show:

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Jul 14, 2017

We are so glad you're tuning into this episode.  These will be moments well-spent as we cover armadillo safety, how Rebecca thinks she's scored more points with God than I have, and how woefully behind I am when it comes to pop-culture and social media.  We also delve into some ways to survive summer with your kids, the top 10 summer vacation destinations in the world and random other summer facts that you need to know to be a contributing member of society.

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Jul 8, 2017

Mandy never saw herself as a designer, but when a homemade t-shirt started getting attention from friends, it became clear that God had other plans for her. She now operates Milk and Honey Tees, a home-based business that creates stylish, comfortable tees with meaningful messages. A portion of every Milk and Honey Tees sale supports Africa New Life's Dream Beauty Academy - a program that offers job training, childcare, and discipleship to vulnerable women in Rwanda.

What we chat about:

  • How an accidental business turned into a purposeful ministry
  • The struggles and joys of working for yourself
  • The difference between guilt and conviction
  • Ways to cut down on the noise in your household
  • Embracing life as a boy mom

Links mentioned:

Africa New Life's Dream Beauty Academy

Tan Towels 

New Morning Mercies Devotional

Where to find Mandy:

website // instagram

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Jul 2, 2017

Brandy is a girl who experienced the unthinkable as a 10 year old girl.  She has labored on behalf of the loved ones of the roughly 117 people who die by suicide each day in the United States.  She wrote the resource she wished she had when her mom died.  Her story is hard but God has proven himself to be a Healer in the midst of so many broken hearts.  

What we chat about:

  • The shame encountered by suicide survivors
  • The unique grief and trauma of loved ones who are left behind
  • Some of the typical questions asked by survivors and how she helps them know they are not alone

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Jun 26, 2017

Heather's goal is to equip parents in the pursuit of intentional parenting.  She knows learning is really fun and wants others to get that too!  Her wants to raise world changers who passionately love God, love others, and delight in the adventure of learning.  She recently created a resource you'll love for your boys on the topic of chivalry!

What we chat about:

  • Why we don't want to raise a "typical boy"
  • The importance of parenting with an eye to the future
  • Why it is imperative that you teach your children to follow you

Links mentioned:

Knights in Training (Heather's Book)

Bringing Up Boys

Bringing Up Girls

Playsilks

Touchable Bubbles 

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Jun 19, 2017

This girl is just so much fun! She led out and started something years ago the rest of us (and the rest of her neighborhood) "meant" to do and just never found the time for.  Well, once Kristin prioritized hospitality and getting to know her neighbors, lives started being impacted in a big way.  You're going to learn so many practical hospitality tips that prove, once again, that having people over doesn't have to freak you out.  Friendly warning: you're probably going to want a picnic table at the end of this episode.

What we chat about:

  • The dos and don'ts of parenting teens
  • How and why Kristin became a front yard person
  • Some amazing hospitality hacks you'll want to try 

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Jun 16, 2017

In this Episode we discover Rebecca is kind of a big deal in the decorating world. We also know she doesn't like mid-century decor but she doesn't mind if YOU do. I talk about a decorating fail I had where a sweet sentiment turned inappropriate in an instant.

I enjoy buying things off Craigslist and Rebecca sometimes takes things out of dumpsters.  Rebecca loves white couches and gets quite distraught at the thought of them ever going out of style.  Please consider sending her an encouraging message if you think of it.  She is bracing herself for a rough season.

Also, you'll be blessed to hear us try to sort out the meanings of multiple words (such as Cape and Cod) and reach deep into our brains to find the right words we are TRYING to say.  We have basically put our intellect on display for you.  

You are quite welcome. And happy decorating.

 

Jun 11, 2017

Meet Jim and Lynne: 

Jim and Lynne are hands down my favorite parenting resources.  They offer tried and true tips that are also logical and hope-filled.  I just love hearing their perspective and the research-based care they apply to all our parenting puzzlers.  You all absolutely raved about Jim and Lynne the first time they were on the show and you are going to love them this time as well!!

What we chat about:

  • The typical ways parents engage sibling conflicts
  • A new 4 step process that will change that way your family has conflict
  • How to get angry siblings to calm down
  • How to build understanding among siblings
  • Why celebrating progress is important 

Links mentioned:

Sibling Conflict Course 

Discipline That Connects Book

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May 26, 2017

Alisa Keeton has been involved in the fitness world her whole life.  Once God got a hold of her heart she answered the call to create a space and train others to connect faith and fitness- in a way that was not cheesy and gross.  This conversation is about way more than fitness though, so stick around even if you don't consider yourself an athlete.

What we chat about: 

  • How Alisa, once repulsed by the idea of "Christian Aerobics," ended up with a fitness ministry
  • What it is like to walk with God when your husband does not
  • How to spot misplaced worship 

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Sibling Conflict Class 

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