The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

United States

The Happy Hour Podcast is hosted by Jamie Ivey, and each week she brings a guest to the show. During the happy hour they will discuss the little things, the big things, and everything in between, just as if you were around the table with your own girlfriends. Jamie loves to connect with women and encourage them as they journey through life. These conversations will make you laugh and cry all in one. The Happy Hour will be something you look forward to each week. You will be encouraged as you listen to other women talk about the simplest things in life to the grandest. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the conversation!

Episodes

Happy Half Hour #29 : Latasha Morrison  

My guest for The Happy Half Hour #28 is Latasha MorrisonTasha is a bridge-builder, reconciler and a compelling voice in the fight for racial justice. A native of North Carolina, Tasha attended East Carolina University, earned a Masters in Business from Liberty University. She has served as Children’s and Next Gen Director and recently joined staff at Gateway Church Central in Austin, Texas as the Director of Operations. In Addition to her church positions, she has simultaneously cultivated Be the Bridge; a ministry to equip and provide tools for those who are actively involved in taking the next steps toward racial solidarity.

Tasha first joined us for The Happy Hour for episode #44. It was one of the very best shows from the early days. So, if you haven't listened to it, make sure to catch up here.

Today, Tasha is back to catch up on what's new in her world, an update on Be the Bridge and to share what she hopes her legacy will be, the advice she loves to give out and what her definition of success.

I am such a huge fan of all the things that Tasha has her hands in, and am so thrilled to have her back today. I hope you enjoy the show and have an incredible Easter celebrating the resurrection of our King.

{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

Good Friday Service with Kirk Franklin

Sparrow Conference

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah + Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

My Blog Post: Raising Black Boys

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Tasha

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsor: PrepDish

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

 
Happy Hour #136 : Lisa-Jo Baker  

My guest for The Happy Hour #136 is Lisa-Jo BakerLisa-Jo has been the community manager for (in)courage, an online home for women all over the world, for nearly a decade. She is also the author of Surprised by Motherhood, and her most recent book, Never Unfriended. She lives just outside Washington, DC, with her husband and their three very loud kids, where she connects, encourages, and champions women in person and through her blog, lisajobaker.com.

Lisa-Jo is a dear friend of mine, and I have been so anxious to have her on the show for a while now. I am so thrilled to have her today, after her recent release of her newest book, Never Unfriended.

Before we get to the book talk, we chat about Aaron Sorkin, movies, Ryan Gosling and his Girl Scout Cookies escapade. We also discuss my family's media fast, and her family's media feast.

Finally, we talk about Lisa-Jo's new book and the lengths to which God went to be a friend to his enemies. Lisa-Jo discusses the impact of championing the people around us.

I know you're going to love this interview and if you'd like to join me and a handful of others for an online book club for Never Unfriended, it's going to be a real party. You can find more information 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

Lisa-Jo's Book: Never Unfriended

Never Unfriended Book Club

IJM Prayer Gathering

Aaron Sorkin's Masterclass

Wayward Pines

Off Camera with Sam Jones: Elijah Wood

Ryan Gosling Interview about Girl Scout Cookies

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling + The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien + Courtney Walsh books + Dear Mr. Knightly by Katherine Reay + Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

What Lisa-Jo is loving: Snickers Bar from the freezer, Aaron Sorkin's Masterclass and kittens

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Lisa-Jo

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors: Taking My Life Back

On April 15, 2013, Rebekah Gregory and her five-year- old son waited at the finish line of the Boston Marathon to support a friend who was running. When the blast of a homemade bomb packed with nails and screws went off three feet behind her, Rebekah’s legs took the brunt of the explosion. Seventeen surgeries and sixty-five procedures later, she made the decision to have her left leg amputated. This stirring memoir tells of Rebekah’s remarkable recovery—including her triumphant return to Boston two years later to run part of the race and her participation in the trial of one of the terrorists.

Africa New Life

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

Messy Beautiful Friendship

With engaging true stories and guidance drawn from Scripture, Christine Hoover offers a fresh, biblical vision forfriendship that allows for the messiness of our lives and the realities of our schedules. She shows you how to deepen relationships, overcome insecurity, and revel in the beauty and joy of everyday friendship. This book makes a perfect companion for every season of life. Pick up your copy here.

Happy Half Hour #28 : Shay Shull  

My guest for The Happy Half Hour #28 is Shay Shull. Shay is a cookbook author, blogger, world traveler, baseball lover and mom to four. With her husband, Andrew, they live in McKinney, TX, where they each own their own businesses, drink way too much coffee and argue over whose baseball team is superior (she loves the Sox, he's a Yankee fan). Shay's passionate about food, family, faith, travel and adoption.

Shay was on The Happy Hour exactly one year ago for episode #82. If you missed that show, make sure to catch up here. Since then, she and her husband have adopted another baby and she's written a second cookbook: Mix-and-Match Mama Kids in the Kitchen.

In our chat today, we talk about the latest goings on of the Shull family, resolving that we should catch up more than once a year.

Shay shares her newest obsession - her Sleep Number bed. And she answers what she'd like her legacy to be, the advice she loves to give out and where she'd love to live for a year.

I know you'll love catching back up with Shay. Make sure to keep an eye out for her on the next Sleep Number Bed campaign.

{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

Shay's Cookbooks: Mix-and-Match Mama Eats + Mix-and-Match Mama Kids in the Kitchen

Sleep Number Bed

Gossip Girl

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Shay

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsor: PrepDish

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

 
Happy Half Hour #27 : Logan Wolfram  

My guest for The Happy Half Hour #27 is Logan Wolfram. Logan would give you full access to her pantry if you lived next door. She is a plate-juggling mom and interior decorator turned author, speaker, and host of the Allume Conference. She is a passionate leader who desires to see women live fully in Christ. Logan is the author of Curious Faith; Rediscovering Hope in the God of Possibility. She is currently working on her second book which is set to release in Fall 2018. Along with her husband, Jeremy, she divides most of her time between wrangling two inquisitive boys and a 175-pound dog named Titan. 

Logan was first on The Happy Hour for episode #57. If you missed her then, make sure to catch up here.

In our conversation today, Logan shares about traveling to China with her young kids and consequently, a truancy report. We also talk about our Voxer mastermind group, which we both use to bounce ideas off each other, ask questions and encourage one another in our work. 

And Logan gets the usual Happy Half Hour routine, with questions like what advice she likes to give out, what success means to her and where she'd like to live for a year.

Y'all enjoy catching back up with Logan, and have a great weekend!

{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

I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron

Logan's Post: A Life Hack That Saves My Sanity (and my leftovers!)

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Logan

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsor: PrepDish

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

 
Happy Hour #132 : Heather Avis  

My guest for The Happy Hour #132 is Heather Avis. Heather is wife to her man Josh, and mother to the adorable Macyn, Truly and August. After working as an Education Specialist she found herself as a full-time stay-at-home mom when she and her husband adopted their first daughter, Macyn, in 2008. Shortly thereafter, in 2011, they adopted their second daughter, Truly. And in 2013, their son August was born and came home to be theirs. Heather currently resides in Southern California where between oatmeal making, diaper changing and dance parties, she just finished writing her first book and uses her hit Instagram account @macymakesmyday, to share the awesomeness of all things Down syndrome and adoption. 

In my conversation with Heather, I learn all about the journey that God took Heather and her husband on to bring home their three gorgeous children. Heather shares about how God changed her heart to pursue adopting a child with Down Syndrome. She talks about some of the misconceptions and the language people use when talking about children with special needs. And she also shares the staggering statistics on doctors recommending aborting babies with Down Syndrome. It took my breath away, and I imagine it will for some of you too.

This was my first time meeting Heather, and I absolutely loved getting to know her.  She cares fiercely for and advocates for the underdog, and she believes God's goodness and beauty are found in the seemingly uncomfortable places.

Coming up next week, on World Down Syndrome Day, Heather will release her very first book. I can't wait to read it, and I know you'll love hearing more of her story as well. Make sure to pre-order your copy 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

Heather's Book: The Lucky Few

World Down Syndrome Day

Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon + I See Red by Amy Piers

What Heather is loving: Amazon Echo and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Heather

 Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors: Noonday Collection

Noonday Collection is a fair trade jewelry and accessories company that provides meaningful opportunities around the world. To create a marketplace for the Artisan Partners they work with, they invite women in the United States to launch their own businesses through the Ambassador Opportunity.  For the month of March only, Noonday is offering you exclusively some of my personal favorite products when you join.  Just click here to see exactly what those products are and how you can join the Ambassador Community today!

PrepDish

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

Happy Hour #131 : Haley Robison  

My guest for The Happy Hour #131 is Haley Robison. Haley Robison is the CEO at Kammok, a outdoor gear company that designs technical, performance gear for the everyday adventurer. Haley believes in the power of well-designed product to enable life changing experiences, and she aspires to increase outdoor engagement by building a brand that encourages a city-to-trail lifestyle and makes the outdoor experience accessible for everyone.

In today's conversation, Haley and I talk about what it's like to be a 31-year-old CEO of a very popular and successful company.  Haley shares a bit about the pressures of being a young female executive. We share about our very similar (insert eye roll) experiences camping and brushes with death. She explains the differences between Type 1, Type 2 and the dreaded Type 3 fun.

Haley also opens up about singleness and her contentment in this life stage. Finally, you'll hear about the newest Kammok gear that you're going to want to get your hands on! Kammok is offering 20% off using the code HAPPYHOUR for listeners. So, make sure to hurry over and grab some gear! Offer is good until March 31.

{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

Kammok

Kammok: The Roo

Kammok: The Sunda

Green Acres

Video: Sam Allberry on Jesus's message about marriage

We Shall Have Spring Again by Andrée Seu + Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

How I Built This

What Haley is loving: googly eye stickers, trail running and cast iron skillet

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Haley

Instagram // Twitter

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors: Easter Story Egg

The Easter Story Egg™ is a family activity that explores the story of Holy week from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. This new tradition includes a hardcover book and 7 wooden nesting Eggs. Each Egg in the set has a story within the book that relates to a particular day in Holy Week. As the children open each Egg they will discover the story of Easter. Finally, on Easter Sunday they will find the smallest Egg empty and they will be reminded of the true meaning of this special holiday!

Noonday Collection

Noonday Collection is a fair trade jewelry and accessories company that provides meaningful opportunities around the world. To create a marketplace for the Artisan Partners they work with, they invite women in the United States to launch their own businesses through the Ambassador Opportunity.  For the month of March only, Noonday is offering you exclusively some of my personal favorite products when you join.  Just click here to see exactly what those products are and how you can join the Ambassador Community today!

Happy Half Hour #26 : Aaron Ivey  

My guest for The Happy Half Hour #26 is my husband, the one and only, Aaron Ivey. Aaron is the only man allowed on the show, unless one of you can connect me with George W. Bush. Aaron is making his fourth appearance on The Happy Hour. You can listen to his previous interviews here: #39, #70 and #100

In today's show, we give you some sneak peaks into The Happy Hour LIVE! You're not going to want to miss. We have some really fun surprises and an unforgettable night planned for you. You have just a couple more hours to snag your ticket. So, go go go right now and grab one

We also hear Aaron's latest recommendations on TV and podcasts, the advice he loves to give and what he's aiming for in 2017. We also get an earful of his pet peeves - he's pretty peevey.

Peeves and all, he's my favorite guest of all time, and I am pretty sure he's gotta be yours too. Y'all enjoy the show and make sure to hurry over and grab one of the last few tickets for the live shows!

{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

Aaron's Upcoming Book: Steal Away Home

Chef's Table

How I Built This

Sleeping At Last

Silence by Shusaku Endo

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Aaron

Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsor: Noonday Collection

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!

 
Happy Hour #130 : Joy Eggerichs Reed  

My guest for The Happy Hour #130 is Joy Eggerichs Reed. Joy is the Founder of Punchline Speakers, a new agency connecting communicators to opportunities, and vice versa. Joy has also been a speaker herself over the last decade. Between 2005 and 2015 Joy worked as Conference Director for her parents Love and Respect marriage conferences. Then she created the Love and Respect Now website and The Illumination Project small group study as resources for her generation on the topic of singleness, dating and marriage. In 2014, Christianity Today named Joy one of 33 leaders under the age of 33 shaping the next generation.

In our conversation today, we chat about Joy's love for the art of improv, while she educates me on some of the theater lingo. We talk all about her latest venture, Punchline Speakers, and where they're heading and how you might be able to be a part. Joy and her husband are in the process of moving to Paris, France, so she shares what she has learned about French culture and American perceptions. We also chat about our possible diagnoses of Worst Case Scenario Disorder (WCSD) and our mutual experienced fear of sharks in swimming pools. Oh, this conversation has it all.

We end with one of my favorite dinner table questions - would you rather be rich or famous? Joy tried her best to wiggle herself out of that question, but she finally caved after some pressure.

I loved loved loved having Joy on the show. I think you will love hearing from her, her contagious laugh and what she's up to these days.

{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

Punchline Speakers

Off Camera with Sam Jones

Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman

What Joy is loving: being a plant mother, being married and home decorating

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Joy

Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // YouTube

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors: EM Jewelry+Design

EM Jewelry+Design is a woman owned and operated company that makes jewelry by hand from start to finish. By creating high quality jewelry we encourage women to invest in fewer pieces that will last longer. Our hope is to inspire confidence in women, by looking and feeling great in what they are wearing. Learn more at emjewelrydesign.com and use code 'HAPPYHOUR' to save 10% on your purchase! 

PrepDish

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

Happy Hour #129 : Rebekah Lyons  

My guest for The Happy Hour #129 is Rebekah Lyons. Rebekah is the author of Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning and now You are Free: Be Who You Already Are. She is a mother of three, wife of one, and dog-walker of two living in Franklin, TN. Alongside her husband, Gabe, she serves as co-founder of Q Ideas, a nonprofit organization that helps Christian leaders winsomely engage in culture. When she's not busy writing killer books, you can find her reading and sipping a discriminating cup of coffee.

In today's show, we cover it all. We start where all happy hours should start - a review on jumpsuits. If you don't know, Rebekah can rock a jumpsuit better than just about anyone out there. I later learn that one reason she can pull them off so effortlessly is because she's riding a bike with her son for about an hour every day. So, if you need a new goal, there you go. Riding a bike may just earn you a jumpsuit.

In less trivial conversation, Rebekah shares about her newest book, You Are Free, which was just released yesterday. Y'all have heard me (at nauseam) talk about book covers, and this one is one of my favorites. It even feels good. Rebekah talks about the process of writing the book and battling the lies of the enemy to walk in obedience and write her story. She also shares about her family and their move to New York City with three kids, and how her son very cleverly caused himself to be sick at school day after day to communicate to his parents that it was time to move on.

I am majorly inspired by Rebekah, and I hope that you are too. Make sure you hurry over and grab a copy of her latest book.

{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

Rebekah's Book: You Are Free

The Broken + Free Tour

Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta by Mother Theresa

What Rebekah is loving: Hourglass Makeup Palette, wearing hats and This Is Us

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Rebekah

Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors: EM Jewelry+Design

EM Jewelry+Design is a woman owned and operated company that makes jewelry by hand from start to finish. By creating high quality jewelry we encourage women to invest in fewer pieces that will last longer. Our hope is to inspire confidence in women, by looking and feeling great in what they are wearing. Learn more at emjewelrydesign.com and use code 'HAPPYHOUR' to save 10% on your purchase! 

PrepDish

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

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.

Happy Half Hour #25 : Jennie Allen  

My guest for The Happy Half Hour #25 is my friend, Jennie Allen. Jennie is a speaker, author, teacher and the founder and visionary of IF:Gathering. IF: Gathering has since become one of the fastest growing conferences and movements in the world, empowering women across continents and denominations to live honestly and deeply. Just a few weeks ago, Jennie published her highly anticipated third book, Nothing to Prove. Jennie lives with her husband Zac and their four children in Austin, Texas.

Jennie has made previous appearances on The Happy Hour #12 and The Happy Half Hour #4. She's back today to catch up, chat about her newest book and the latest IF: Gathering. She also answers our newest half hour questions, including her favorite meal, what she'd tell her 30-year-old self and the advice she usually gives.

Y'all enjoy catching back up with Jennie. Hope you have a great weekend, and have a happy hour with a friend!

{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

Jennie's Book: Nothing to Prove

IF: Gathering

Beth Moore's LIT

Grit by Angela Duckworth

The Crown

Lush's Bath Bombs

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Jennie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsor: PrepDish

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

 
Happy Hour #127 : Sally Clarkson  

My guest for The Happy Hour #127 is Sally Clarkson. Sally is the mother of four wholehearted children, a popular conference speaker, and champion of women everywhere. She is the best-selling author of numerous books and articles on Christian motherhood and parenting, including her most recent release, Different, written with her son. Sally lives in Monument, Colorado and loves Jesus, her family, reading, music, tea, traveling, long walks, and her golden retriever, Darcy.

On today's show, Sally and I chat about writing her newest book with her son, Nathan. Growing up as an out-of-the-box kid with OCD and ADHD, Nathan writes about his experiences and thought patterns, and Sally writes about her journey in parenting him (mistakes and all). In our conversation, Sally shares more about the book - how it came to be, what it was like to write with her son, and what she learned along the way. Her wisdom in parenting kiddos with different personalities, different strengths and weaknesses is so valuable.

Sally and I also chat about disciplining children based on their personalities. Finally, she talks about how she is passionate about making sure she is filled up, so that the people that draw from her, draw riches and not poverty.

Whether you have been following Sally for a long time, and getting to know her for the first time, I hope you find our conversation to be inspiring no matter what stage of like you are in. Today's conversation is parenting-heavy, but I hope you're able to glean a little nugget or two for your life.

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

Links from the Show

Prayer by Philip Yancey

Renew Your Heart Conferences

What Sally is loving: strong cappuccino, being with her children and New York City

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Sally

 Twitter // Instagram // YouTube

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Sponsors: EM Jewelry+Design

EM Jewelry+Design is a woman owned and operated company that makes jewelry by hand from start to finish. By creating high quality jewelry we encourage women to invest in fewer pieces that will last longer. Our hope is to inspire confidence in women, by looking and feeling great in what they are wearing. Learn more at emjewelrydesign.com and use code 'HAPPYHOUR' to save 10% on your purchase! 

Noonday Collection

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!  

 

The Heart of Marriage

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.

Happy Half Hour #24 : Debra Parker  

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

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Sponsor: Noonday Collection

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!  

 
Happy Hour #126 : Sazan Hendrix  

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

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Sponsors: Noonday Collection

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

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

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.

 
Happy Hour #125 : Renee Swope  

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

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Sponsors: Stephanie May Wilson

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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Happy Half Hour #23 : Kat Armstrong  

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

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Sponsor Stephanie May Wilson

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.

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