On this week’s episode of The SavvyCast, Jamie is joined by Suzanne Bailey to discuss living with two chronic autoimmune conditions, fibromyalgia and lupus. Suzanne is living a full and productive life despite having both lupus and fibromyalgia. She shares her journey to diagnosis, treatment, and ultimately management of both these conditions.
Suzanne primarily manages her Lupus mainly with diet and exercise and vitamins. Since she also has Fibromyalgia, exercise and vitamins are VITAL to managing both chronic diseases. Her Lupus attacks my nerves, lungs, and joints. Pain in her feet can be an issue, so she mainly does body strengthening three days a week, mostly low impact.
This consists of everything from TRX to weight training to HITT classes. Consistency helps maintain flexibility and strength.
Regular massages and stretching sessions are very helpful, as well as Epsom salt baths after work outs. Suzanne also adds walking, rowing, recumbent biking, and elliptical training in for extra cardio.
Suzanne takes several vitamins to help manage her condition. She does not take many perscription medications and instead opts to take vitamins.
Most of the vitamins Suzanne takes can be found on Amazon, although she does take prescription Vitamin D2, which can be requested from your general practitioner. The vitamins Suzanne takes daily are Rheumate, which is a B vitamin. Vitamin D2, 50,000 once a week, and Vitamin D3, 2,000 daily. She also takes zinc and Turmeric to help with inflammation.
Suzanne has taken one prescription to help manage her neuropathy. She takes 2mg of Naltrexone at night which helps the neuropathy that is widespread, over 80% or my body. After ten years of managing with only diet and exercise, Suzanne also recently added 100 mg of Hydroxychloroquine to combat an ongoing flare. If she experiences a severe flare, she will also take a steroid pack.
Lupus manifests differently in everyone, so it is important to work closely with your doctor for the best protocol to manage your illness. Communication and honesty is key to finding the best treatment. However, Suzanne wants everyone to know that these two conditions don't define or really limit her from living a full and active life.
This week I said goodbye to my best buddy of 6 years, Cam, my beloved Goldendoodle.AN UNEXPECTED AND SUDDEN TURN OF EVENTS.
Life as I knew it was business as usual last week. Menu planning, grocery shopping, creating blog content, and doing my day-to-day routine. Zane was out of town with our daughter and some friends on a Spring vacation in Miami. I was home with my constant companion, Cam, doing life per usual. Little did I know that I was about to face the worst week of my life in recent memory.
To make things all the more surreal, two days before my difficult journey began, I recorded this podcast on grief with my friend Dimy Mixon, a licensed marriage & family therapist specializing in grief counseling. The timing seems so surreal.HOW IT STARTED.
On Wednesday, April 14th, I noticed a spot of blood on the white hide rug in my office. Thinking Cam had cut his paw on a piece of glass (I had broken a vase that morning), I took him to the vet just before they closed for the day. The vet quickly saw that the blood was from a nosebleed and that Cam had swollen lymph nodes~two symptoms that indicated a serious problem.SIX DAYS OF A ROLLER COASTER RIDE.
The next six days were like a roller coaster. Blood draws and exams daily at the vet. One emergency room vet visit in the middle of the night. Multiple tests. Different doctors at every visit. On day 3, I decided to take Cam to Auburn University Vet School to the teaching hospital. This is one of the most advanced clinics in the United States for difficult cases in animals large and small.
Twice daily calls from Cam’s assigned physician at Auburn were basically the same. Cam’s disposition was always “bright,” “friendly,” and “loud.” The doctor told us Cam barked~a lot~from his cage. This of course was him looking for me, his mama. On the medical side, the news was never positive. Platelets kept dropping despite every attempt to boost them. From vincristine to several other chemo drugs to a blood transfusion, my buddy was not getting better.OUR LAST DAY WITH CAM.
Zane and Emma arrived home on Sunday, so I thankfully had my family nearby for what happened next. On Monday the 19th at midnight, the phone rang. Dr. Sender’s voice was grave, and I knew we were not going to get good news. Cam’s platelets were still low, and he had some internal bleeding. He needed a blood transfusion to make it through the night.
The next day, my daughters and I drove to Auburn. We called for them to bring Cam outside to us (COVID rules), as we were there to say goodbye. He walked out on a leash, with a sweet demeanor but obviously weak and no energy. My heart fell when I saw my normally spunky boy look so tired.
With two of my daughters, we spent the day with Cam outside the vet hospital. We spread blankets under a huge tree, and we had water and food for Cam. Zane was a few hours behind, so the girls and I loved on Cam all day by ourselves. We hugged him, laid beside him, and told him how wonderful he was. We face-timed special friends who loved him and showed him videos of him with his half-brother Winston barking and playing. Cam watched them all. He was so happy to be with us after being alone in a cage. He pressed up against us and soaked in every bit of the love.
We waited anxiously for Zane, as I needed him for strength to make the decision and carry it out. Cam was beginning to lose energy and cough (blood). When Zane finally arrived, Dr. Sender and his resident Brian Cali sat outside with us and talked about our options.
In a nutshell, we could keep going medically with little hope, meaning Cam would be back in a cage alone away from his family and being poked and stuck daily. We chose the other option, to love Cam one last day and release him peacefully while holding him in our arms.
We walked to a lovely courtyard at the vet school. Dr. Sender and Brian were beside us, not rushing us at all, and simply allowing us to grieve, cry, and give them the ok when we were ready. Cam was cradled in our arms at the end, and he had a smile on his face. I chose to step away before the last goodbye, but thankfully my family stayed until the end. My grief was so intense that I could not bear to watch his last breath.PAIN MIXED WITH BLESSINGS.
Despite the excruciating pain, I’ve experienced myriad blessings from this ordeal. Below are just a few, as I am sure there will be more as time passes.6 beautiful years with my boy. My 6 years with Cam were endless joy, laughter, companionship, and absolute unconditional love. Support from close friends. The outpouring of love, support, and prayers from friends has been astounding. From my closest circle who’ve brought meals, visited, called, sent care packages and more….they’ve kept me going. Love from virtual friends. I’ve been blessed by an outpouring of love from friends who follow Family Savvy and know and love Cam from seeing him beside me for the last 6 years. The messages have been so kind and heartfelt, and each one has helped make my heart heal a bit more. Perspective on grief. Grief had been a distant memory for me, as I had not experienced it for several decades until now. Losing Cam has reminded me to appreciate every day with my people, as we never know what tomorrow holds. Sweet blessings from God. The last day spent with Cam was bitter, but God gave us some sweetness. The beautiful weather allowed us to enjoy our last day outside. Four of my family members were able to be present. My best friend literally stayed by my side the entire time Zane was gone and things were getting worse with Cam. The blessing to be able to release Cam peacefully and not watch him suffer.
I know many of you have experienced the pain of losing a beloved pet. It is a pain in a class of its own, as a pet relationship is a unique one. Our pet gives unconditional love, constant companionship, and endless joy. Pets truly are a gift from God that I personally believe He will allow us to enjoy in Heaven. He created animals in the Garden, and I believe they will be present in the new Heaven and new Earth. Either way, pets are a special gift.
Thanks to you all who have reached out. Next week, I will share the journey of Cam’s last week on a podcast. I feel this is therapeutic for me and for those followers who have grown to know and love Cam through Family Savvy.
As always, blessings to all of you and yours.
We all know someone in our lives who is grieving, whether it’s from the loss of a loved one, divorce, job loss, health complications, etc. Maybe you are currently grieving, too. Dimy Mixon, a marriage and family therapist specializing in grief counseling for women, offers practical advice for navigating grief (our own or that of a loved one). In this episode of The SavvyCast, Dimy Mixon, founder and owner of Fountain Counseling in Atlanta, Georgia, joins me to discuss how to navigate personal grief and how to respond to loved ones' grief. This episode has been such a learning experience for me, and I hope it is for you as well.
Here is what you’ll find in this episode:
What are the 6 Stages of Grief?Denial Anger Bargaining Depression Acceptance Meaning
What are the best things to do if you are grieving?Be kind and gentle to yourself. Surround yourself with loved ones. Do not isolate yourself. Have healthy alone time, but do not isolate. Stick to a daily routine. Exercise Journaling Cling to your faith.
How can we help those who are grieving?Assist them through practical tasks such as making a meal, cutting their grass, running an errand, etc. Use your talents and abilities to serve them. Be physically present. Keep your words simple. Let them know that you’re sorry and that you’re there for them, but sometimes the less we say, the better. If you’re unsure about whether or not the person grieving wants company or not, ask their close friends and family if they want company at this time. Whether it is a card or a text, any sign of care is a gift.
What NOT to tell someone who is grievingWhile our intentions are good, some common phrases people say can come across as invalidating one’s grief.
How do people arrive to the Meaning stage of grief?There are so many ways someone can reach the Meaning stage of grief, and Dimy and I discuss several examples.
Dimy Mixon is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Georgia. You can get in contact with her through the Fountain Counseling Website or email her at email@example.com.
Resources Mentioned in this Episode:David Kessler's Website
Best Books to Read about GriefThe Gift of Presence (A Guide to Helping Those Who Suffer) by Joe Pennel Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg Where Is God When It Hurts? by Philip Yancey Journeying Through Grief (4-Book Set) by Kenneth Haugk Roses in December by Marilyn Willett Heavilin Mending the Heart by John Claypool A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl The Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying by Maggie Callahan The Needs of the Dying: A Guide to Bringing Hope, Comfort, and Love to Life's Final Chapter by David Kessler You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After a Breakup, Divorce, or Death by Louise Hay and David Kessler Visions, Trips, and Crowded Rooms: Who and What You See Before You Die by David Kessler Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief by David Kessler
Who doesn’t love a good pizza? This episode is for those of you who want to cook delicious pizzas in your own kitchen that your entire family is sure to love! In this episode, I talk-through step-by-step on how to make these yummy pizzas, savvy tools to use, my favorite ingredients, the best toppings, and more.
Here is what you’ll find in this episode:
Best Pizza CrustsAgainst the Grain Gourmet Three Cheese Pizza Shell (Gluten-Free) DIY Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe (Gluten-Free)
Savvy Tools to Use When Making PizzaDisposable gloves- I wear these to mix the crust by hand (and a multitude of other tasks). Stainless steel pizza flipper. The cake spatula is large enough to flip cakes and pizzas with ease. Emile Henry Pizza Stone- I link to my square one below; I have two of them. Nut Milk Bag- These are perfect to remove water from riced cauliflower.
Delicious Toppings to Take Your Pizza Over-the-TopPesto Pizza Toppings: Buitoni Pesto with Basil sauce or Costco’s Basil Pesto sauce San Marzano Cherry Tomatoes Shredded Whole Milk Mozzarella Burrata Cheese Greek Pizza Toppings: Orange, Yellow, and Red Bell Peppers Chopped Red Onion Sliced Black Olives and Kalamata Olives Chopped English Cucumber Crumbled Feta Shredded Mozzarella and Sliced Mozzarella Balls Greek Seasoning
To see all these products, you can check out this episode on my YouTube Channel. If you haven’t already, be sure to follow me on Instagram (@family_savvy) for more recipes, tips, and tricks! As always, stay savvy.
In this episode of The SavvyCast, I share my favorite store-bought frozen food items and how I use them to prepare delicious meals, appetizers, snacks, and more.
Here is what you’ll find in this episode:The Flying Meatballs (My favorite kind is their Three Meat Beef, Veal, and Pork meatballs!) When preparing these meatballs, I love to combine them with Rao’s sauce, especially if I’m adding these meatballs to spaghetti. If I really want to take it over-the-top, then I’ll occasionally add burrata cheese. Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit (The Cheese and Chive are my favorite). Against the Grain Gourmet Three Cheese Gluten-Free Pizza Shell To prepare this pizza crust, I spray it with EVOO and add meat. Then, I add different kinds of cheeses: shredded or pre-grated parmesan, shredded and balled mozzarella, and burrata cheese. When it comes to pizza sauce, I love to use either Buitoni Pesto, Classico Pesto, or Costco’s Basil Pesto. Against the Grain Gourmet Baguettes Drizzling these baguettes with an infused oil or spraying them with EVOO makes them taste delicious! Then, I loosely wrap them in foil and place them in a 400°F oven. Dr. Praeger's Black Bean Quinoa Veggie Burgers (Gluten-Free AND Vegan) To prepare these, I spray them with EVOO, place them in a Breville Smart Oven on the Air Fry function. (If they don’t start getting crisp, turn it up to a Broil.) Let it sit for 5-10 minutes. I love adding avocado on top of these burgers, and when I season my avocado, I use Lawry’s Garlic Salt or Everything but the Bagel Seasoning. Trader Joe’s Authentic Italian Penne Arrabbiata Trader Joe’s Butter Chicken Alexia Foods Sweet Potato Fries & Puffs and Onion Rings Realgood Foods Stuffed Chicken Diced Frozen Onions (I ALWAYS have a bag of this on hand.)
Resources related to this podcast:@theflyingmeatballs on Instagram
If you enjoyed this podcast episode, then I highly encourage you to check out this previous episode where my friend, Marie, and I discuss our favorite things to buy at Trader Joe’s. We include a list of 40+ items! Also, if you don’t already, be sure to follow me on Instagram (@family_savvy) to see my latest kitchen creations, recipes, beauty finds, and more.
We all want to feel comfortable in our own skin, and taking care of our skin is one way we can do that! We all want to prevent our skin from aging, and we long for beautiful, healthy, glowing skin. So, how do we achieve that? On this episode of The SavvyCast, Dr. Pearce from Reveal Beauty joins me on the podcast for the 3rd time to discuss all things skincare. We discuss how to take care of your skin on a daily basis, what products to use, how to remove sun and age spots, and the best skincare treatments and procedures.
Topics Discussed in this Episode:How to Take Care of Your Skin Daily Have a cleansing system that you do at least twice a day After cleansing in the morning, use a moisturizer that has some component of SPF in it What are the benefits to using Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid? Dr. Pearce recommends buying hyaluronic acid from reputable companies such as Obagi and SkinMedica. What are the perks to using retinol in your routine? What Products to Buy While medical-grade products can have a high price tag, but Dr. Pearce recommends it because they provide stronger, more effective results. Whereas you may be spending more money by purchasing less-effective over-the-counter products at a department store. How to Treat Sun and Age Spots Dr. Pearce recommends using hydroquinone to brighten up those spots. This can be found in Obagi Nu-Derm Clear, Obagi Nu-Derm Blender, and Obagi Nu-Derm Sunfader How to Treat Under-Eye Circles Dr. Pearce recommends using SkinMedica Instant Bright Eye Cream OR Obagi Elastiderm. Best Skin Treatment & Procedure Options If you’re not ready to commit to a procedure, then Dr. Pearce suggests the Obagi Nu-Derm system. Hollywood Peel is a quick treatment that is well tolerated by just about any skin types. It exfoliates the skin and gives it a nice glow. Broad Band Light treatment can help discoloration on the hands. Biggest bang for your buck? CO2 Laser Treatment. It helps remove lines and wrinkles in a one-and-done style.
Resources Mentioned in this Episode:Reveal Beauty Dr. Pearce joined me on the podcast for 2 previous episodes. If you’d like to tune into those as well, then check out these episodes: Let's Talk with Drs. Clinton & Pearce of Reveal Beauty A Doctor Shares Expert Advice About the Many Breast Surgery Options Available Today
Chronic foot pain can feel debilitating at times, but the good news is there are options out there to improve our foot health and rid ourselves of pesky foot pain. In this episode of The SavvyCast, my good friend (and cousin), Kristy McKinney, joins me to discuss how to fix foot pain.
Kristy dealt with foot pain for almost 25 years, and after being educated about foot health, she has zero pain in her feet! Kristy received her gait guru education from Gait Happens with Drs. Conley and Perez, and she has participated in many case studies alongside physical therapists and clinicians to assess people’s feet. Since most foot pain is caused by ill movement patterns, Kristy is trained to examine your movement patterns to find a healthy way to restore your feet to health!
Here is what we discussed in this podcast episode:How heels in shoes can cause foot cramps and why do certain shoes lead to cramps How shoes can lead us to be more unbalanced Why is foot health important? Turns out, 80-90% of elderly people fall due to a lack of big toe flexibility, so how can we help improve our foot health to prevent falling? How Kristy assesses people’s foot health and how she can help you
Kristy is available to do virtual and in-person consults, so no matter where you are in the world, she can assist you!
Resources Mentioned in this Episode:To schedule a virtual consultation with Kristy, you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 256-483-2469. To schedule an in-studio live appointment with Kristy, contact email@example.com or text/call 256-483-2469. Follow Kristy McKinney on Instagram: @imperfectpilates Gait Happens (You can find them on Instagram @gaithappens) Want great toe separators or shoe lists for reviews on barefoot, transition, and minimal shoes? Check out these resources: Correct Toes Toe Separators on Amazon Need more help? Kristy usually refers to Emily Splichal, who also does virtual consultations.
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Want to know tips and tricks from an experienced interior designer on how to decorate your home? Looking to revamp your house on a budget? Seeking out the newest design trends? In this episode of The SavvyCast, Laura Dockery of Laura Dockery Design joins the podcast to answer YOUR questions—both big and small—about Interior Design.
Here is what you’ll find in this episode:What are the best paint colors to use in your home? If you’re home is full of natural light, then Laura recommends you should consider these paint options: Sherwin Williams Natural Choice (One of Laura’s go-to paint colors) Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White (Another one of Laura’s go-to paint colors) Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee If you’re home doesn’t have a ton of natural light, then here are some paint recommendations that will look fabulous: Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace Benjamin Moore White Dove Sherwin Williams Origami White When painting exterior doors, Laura loves to use Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze. I took her recommendation and painted my own door this color, and I love it! Trim—paint it or don’t paint it? How to choose a grout color When it comes to countertops, which is better: Quartz or Marble? Laura’s recommendations include: Calacatta Laza from MSI Fossil Gray from MSI Calacatta Alto from MSI London Gray from Caesarstone Pure White from Caesarstone Vivid White from Caesarstone How to declutter a space while also maintaining its character What are the benefits to having an interior designer? How to give your home a “makeover” on a budget When designing your home, what are great things to “splurge” on? The best practical ways to design your fireplace Laura loves to use Rasmussen Fireballs in her fireplaces.
Laura Dockery Design is based in Montgomery, Alabama, but no matter where you live, Laura can help you with all your design needs. She doesn’t have to be on-site in order to get the job done. Whether it’s through a virtual, in-person, or traveling consultation, she can do it!
Resources Related to this Podcast:Laura Dockery Design's Website You can reach Laura and her team at firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com. To view more of Laura’s beautiful projects, follow her on Instagram @lauradockery_design.
Searching for a new mattress can be a daunting task, because it’s full of researching and testing out what suits you and your needs. Everyone wants to get a great quality mattress without breaking the bank. As many of you know, I’ve been going through the process of purchasing a new mattress, and several of you have asked me about my shopping experience. In this episode, I tell all about the highest recommended mattresses, how I chose my mattress, which mattress I chose and why. This podcast is not sponsored, and these are all my opinions that I hope help you next time you’re in the market for a new mattress!
Here is what you’ll find in this episode:Four Most Highly Recommended Brands Beautyrest Sleep Number Tempur-Pedic Stearns & Foster Pros to a Sleep Number There are 100 different sleep settings. You can control your Sleep Number settings on your phone with the Sleep IQ app. The “Partner Snore” feature on the app allows you to raise your partner’s head slightly to help them stop snoring (without waking them up). Sleep Number has amazing customer service at the local and corporate level. Sleep Number has 3 adjustable base options, which include under bed lighting and foot Cons to a Sleep Number A Sleep Number Flextop mattress can limit the type of sheets you can purchase. If you’re partial to a certain brand or type of sheets, then this is a downside to the Sleep Number Flextop. However, I encourage you to look into their Full or Split mattresses.
If you’re interested in a Sleep Number mattress, then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send coupons and deals your way! Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram @family_savvy for more Sleep Number updates.
Resources Mentioned in this Podcast:Jonathan Calvano from Sleep Number Follow him on Instagram @jonathan_calvano Red Land Cotton Sheets
Many of you asked for a Family Savvy cooking course, and guess what? YOU GOT IT! On this episode, Iris O’Brien, a culinary expert who has worked for publications such as Southern Living, joins the podcast to talk about the upcoming Family Savvy virtual cooking course. Iris has been working alongside Family Savvy to create this cooking course for people who want to have confidence in the kitchen but don’t want to spend the time or money on going to culinary school. We are bringing the restaurant into your own home!
Here is a sneak peak of what this upcoming course will include:Knife Skills and Kitchen Safety- Learn the different types of knives and how to safely use them. I’ve had my fair share of kitchen injuries, and it’s almost always a knife who is the culprit. How to Make Stocks- It’s so important to know how to create delicious stocks and always have some on-hand. You will thank yourself later for this! How to Master Soups- Knowing how to make a flavorful soup is key, and you’ll leave this course knowing how to make a perfect soup. How to Make the Most Mouth-Watering Sauces- Iris is a saucier, and creating sauces is her specialty. You will have the opportunity to learn from the best of the best! Personally, this is the section of the course that I’m most looking forward to. We will learn all about the 5 “mother sauces” as well as the “daughter sauces.” For reference, here are the 5 Mother Sauces: Espagnole Velouté Bechamel Tomato Sauce Hollandaise Here are the 5 Daughter Sauces: Mornay Demi-glace Béarnaise Creole White Wine Sauce
If this doesn’t make sense now, then that is perfectly okay! You will learn all of this and more through the course. Stay tuned for more information to be announced about the cooking course. Make sure to follow me on Instagram (@family_savvy) for any updates on when the cooking course will be open!
Resources Mentioned in this Episode:Rodney Scott's Vinegar BBQ Sauce Copycat Recipe
Topics Discussed in this PodcastThe one procedure that is the “biggest bang for the buck." The one thing both doctors recommend for women to “add on” while they are having surgery. The truth about neck lifts. The best laser for the face if you are ok with down time. How the Infini works to tighten skin. How the CO2 laser and the Infini are different and how they can be combined for best results. How to determine if insurance will pay for a breast reduction. The breast surgery that has the highest rate of patient satisfaction. The truth about post breast surgery nipple sensation and breast feeding. The doctors’ opinion on “tubeless” tummy tucks. What is involved in a tummy tuck. How long compression garments are worn after a tummy tuck. What about women who don’t want to look like they’ve had a facelift? The type of patient that is the best fit for Dr. Clinton and Dr. Pearce.
Resources related to this podcast.
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In this episode of The SavvyCast, Jamie talks with Steve Cockram and Alexis Girvan about the 100 X Leader Cohort designed to equip people to become leaders worth following.
In this episode of The SavvyCast, I talk with Debra Hewitt, my favorite Southern artist who creates beautiful abstracts, watercolors, landscapes, acrylic shadowboxes, intaglios, and more.Who is Debra Hewitt?
A native of Oxford, Mississippi, Debra grew up surrounded by lovely homes filled with antiques and art. Debra developed a love for beautiful things at an early age. As a young girl, she watched her mother, a self-taught artist, find deep enjoyment expressing her style on canvas. Debra lives in Birmingham, Alabama, close in proximity to me. She is one of my closest friends, and I am thrilled to share her beautiful art on Family Savvy.How did Debra Hewitt become an artist?
Self-taught like her mother, Debra began painting over 15 years ago and has never looked back. A graduate of The University of Mississippi, Debra studied Fashion Merchandising and Marketing and began refining her eye for color and design. She began creating small pieces, and gradually the demand for her work grew. Today, her work is in stores across the United States and available online.What does Debra Hewitt's art look like?
Debra Hewitt's beautiful art combines beautiful colors and textures to create soothing landscapes and abstracts. Each piece is unique and signed by Debra with a special scripture written on the back. In addition to canvas paintings, Debra creates stunning acrylics, intaglios, holiday ornaments, and more.Debra Hewitt Art and J.H. Ranch Giving Tree
Debra Hewitt Designs is now a highly successful business, but Debra attributes her talent and success to the Lord's hand. In addition to tithing at her home church, Debra supports J.H. Ranch and sponsors campers through the Giving Tree ministry. Debra truly is making an impact on those around her, one brushstroke at a time!Related resources
Debra Hewitt Art Website: www.debrahewittart.com
Debra on instagram: @debrahewittart
Learn how to be a perfect party host with tips from an expert - Leslie Byars Register - who shares her entertaining advice on The SavvyCast podcast.WHO IS LESLIE BYARS REGISTER?
Leslie worked at Southern Living Magazine for almost a decade as a Senior Photo Stylist in the Foods Department. She has hosted thousands of guests in her own home and curated myriad themed parties and celebrations. She published her tried and true hostessing tips and crowd-pleasing recipes in Leslie’s Party Diaries, a must-have manual for the aspiring hostess.TIPS FOR THE PERFECT PARTY.
In her book and on the podcast, Leslie shares some savvy entertaining tips. Here are just a few.Set the table a day or two before the party. Plan in stages (shopping, cooking, decorating). Chill water bottles of water ahead of time. Always serve guests water at the table. Serve new butter (never a used stick). Have salt & pepper shakers readily available. THINGS LESLIE CAN’T PARTY WITHOUT A blowout. (From our mutual friend Chris Pressley, owner of Fringe SoHo Salon.) Good wine. Good is whatever you like; it doesn’t have to be expensive. Sterling silver. Leslie uses this for every occasion. Fresh flowers. Tena Payne pottery. Cloth napkins. Ironing them is part of it; they are crucial. Candles. Unscented candles are best if near the food. Music. The #1 way to prevent “awkward silence.” Friends. The cornerstone of any good party. Her husband (Jon). Her grillmaster and biggest helper. TWO FAMILY SAVVY FAVORITES
I love all of Leslie’s recipes, but two of my favorites are featured on the blog. Check them out below.Mimi’s Old Faithful Lasagna. (A favorite crowd-pleasing dish!) Leslie’s Cranberry Jalapeno Salsa. (A must at Thanksgiving). RESOURCES RELATED TO THIS PODCAST. Instagram: @lesliespartydiaries Blog: dearpartydiary.com Website: lesliespartydiaries.com (recipes, tips, signed book, and more). Books also available on Amazon. Birmingham Home and Garden: Leslie’s featured recipes and seasonal entertaining tips.
My friend Marie and I share this Trader Joe's shopping list of 40+ "favorite things" that we recommend and keep in our pantries and freezers.Podcast on Trader Joe's favorite things.
If you love hearing the details on all of the items on the Trader Joe's shopping list, Marie and I discuss it all on the podcast. You can listen by clicking on the podcast player above or on your favorite podcast platform (iTunes, Spotify, etc...). If you enjoy The SavvyCast, I'd be so grateful if you would rate, review and subscribe on iTunes. That would mean the world to me!!!Video on Trader Joe's favorite things.
If you are visual, I share the video version of my conversation with Marie where we discuss our 40+ shopping list of Trader Joe's faves.Two Experienced Food Shoppers
My friend Marie and I both love FOOD and shopping for food!!! We love sharing our favorite finds at all of our local grocery stores and markets, and Trader Joe's is one of our faves. Between the two of us, we came up with a list of 40+ Trader Joe's faves that we will share in this post. Since Trader Joe's rolls out new products frequently, we will be sure to do future posts sharing all the details of what's hot and what's not.Resources Related to this Podcast: My yummy Tomato Lentil Soup Recipe (using T.J.'s faves). Podcast with Marie~Everything You Need to Make a Perfect Charcuterie Board. Podcast with Marei~ How an Enneagram 7 Handles Life During a Pandemic.
I hope this shopping list and our conversation about ways we use our Trader Joe's faves is helpful!!! If YOU have some T.J.'s faves that we didn't mention, PLEASE share them in the comments below. As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!
I share my best tips and techniques for roasting any vegetable to perfection so that you will ENJOY cooking at home and eating the best vegetables of your life.
These tips, tricks, and techniques will give you everything you need to know about roasting any (and all) vegetables to perfection!!
In this episode of The SavvyCast, I share everything you need to know about roasting any vegetables into a perfectly delicious side dish for your family!
In this recent blog post, I shared the best ways to prepare and roast vegetables. This post received such a positive response, and many readers emailed or messaged me with more questions on the subject. I decided to share most of what was asked in podcast form. It is often easier to "talk through something" when discussing food!
In this podcast episode, I discuss must-have ingredients, helpful kitchen tools, and cooking techniques to make your roasted veggies crispy and flavorful!
Questions that I answer in this podcast.What temperature is best for roasting vegetables? How do you roast vegetables without drying them out? Which oil is best for roasting vegetables? How long do you roast vegetables at 425 F? What vegetables can be roasted together? Essential pantry items for roasting vegetables. Oil (Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Avocado Oil) Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil California Olive Ranch EVOO Trader Joe’s Sicilian EVOO Trader Joe’s Avocado Oil or EVOO spray (supplements the above but does not substitute for full oil) Good quality kosher salt. Morton Kosher Salt Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt Coarse Ground Pepper Kitchen Tool Essentials: Extra Large Baking Sheet USA Extra Large Sheet Baking Pan Nordic Ware Jumbo Baking Sheet Good Quality Knives 7” Cutco Chef’s Knife Santoku 7" Chef’s Knife Large flexible turner. OXO Fish Turner (fish spatula) Best Cooking Techniques for the Best Results The ideal temperature for roasting just about any vegetable is 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Oil/Season your veggies by putting them in a bowl and drizzle, toss, and massage. Toss and Flip Veggies when cooking. Once they are pulled out of the oven, drizzle a tad bit of fresh lemon juice or balsamic vinegar to add flavor. Use Ghee (Clarified Butter) or Pure Butter Spray to add even more flavor. Toss a handful of parmesan on top of roasted veggies.
I hope this podcast episode helps you achieve some deliciously crispy roasted veggies that you’ll want to make over and over again. If these suggestions have helped you, feel free to let me know! I would love to hear how your veggies turned out.Resources related to this podcast.
Blog post~How to Make Oven Roasted Vegetables That are Absolutely Delicious~with recipes.
In this episode of The SavvyCast, Emma Tarence shares how life coaching helped her navigate a difficult first semester of college. Her life coach, Alexis Girvan, joins us to share insight into Emma's journey and the difficulty many college students are facing in today's culture.
This is a follow-up episode to the May 2020 podcast~Life Coaching, Personal Growth, and Change.
In this episode of The SavvyCast, Emma Tarence and Alexis Girvan, Emma’s life coach, join Jamie to follow up on Emma’s life coaching experience. After being coached for a year and a half by Alexis, Emma says that 2020 was a big year of growth for her due to the guidance of life coaching. Life coaching helped Emma tremendously throughout quarantine, and it supported her through her difficult first semester of college.
In this episode you’ll hear:The differences between therapy and life coaching. How life coaching is beneficial for ANY age, especially college students. The tangible steps involved in Alexis's life coaching methodology. How life coaching impacted Emma’s first semester of college at Auburn University. How life coaching has benefitted the entire Tarence family.
” Also, Alexis Girvan appeared on another episode of The SavvyCast that was released in April 2020 called “Let’s Talk: What is RAG and why is it important.” If you haven’t already, feel free to give both of these episodes a listen!\Resources related to this podcast: Part 1 of Emma's journey can be found in Life Coaching, personal growth and change Emma on instagram @emmatarence Alexis Girvan at alexisgirvan.com Alexis on instagram @alexisgirvan Another podcast with Alexis: What is RAG and why is it important?
In this episode of The SavvyCasst, Jamie answers questions about her exercise routine, healthy meal prep, and more.New Q & A Episodes with Jamie
Once a month, Jamie will be answering reader/listener questions on ANY topic. This is the first episode of this Q & A format, and it will be hosted alongside Finlay Coupland, Jamie's Instagram and social media manager. Questions for Jamie can be submitted on her Instagram (@family_savvy), on the blog, or by emailing her at email@example.com.Questions answered in this podcast. What made you want to start your blog/podcast? Do you experience sadness after Christmas and if so, how do you handle it? What are some exercise routines that work for you and how do you stick to them? How do you stay so thin over 50 with your yummy recipes? Need tips!!! How do you organize your meals and/or meal prep? Resources related to this podcast. Some of My Favorite Easy & Healthy Weeknight Meals. (Podcast with recipes + favorite products). How Pilates Helps a Body. (Podcast about the benefits of Pilates with certified Pilates instructor Ellen Italliander). Submit questions to Jamie on Instagram: @family_savvy
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In this episode of The Savvycast, Ellie Hiller of Vulcan Nutrition shares how she helps her clients achieve their weight and wellness goals without guilt, frustration, or deprivation.
Ellie Hiller shares why she transitioned from being a full-time RN to becoming a personal nutrition coach with Vulcan Performance. She discusses her passion for keeping clients "out of the hospital" through prevention. Her aim is to help clients become their healthiest and best so that they will live their best lives.
In this podcast, we discuss the following:Why one-on-one coaching works best for most clients. What is involved in the coaching process? How Ellie helps clients achieve wellness without deprivation.
Ellie offers a free "vision call" to all potential clients who want to know more about her personalized nutrition coaching. She and her husband, Sean Hiller, work to help clients in the areas of prevention, rehabilitation, and overall wellness.
How to reach Ellie Hiller:For a free phone consultation with Ellie visit www.thevulcannutrition.com @elliehiller on Instagram
Here's how to grocery shop + meal prep for Christmas day when grocery stores are closed and you want the family to "feed themselves" while you enjoy your day.
In the podcast, I "walk you through" the grocery aisles to choose food for Christmas Day. I also share how to make my famous "peach tea" and simple syrup. I hope this is helpful to you on a day that you want to spend relaxing (not cooking).Food for Christmas Day
When grocery stores close for 24 hours on Christmas day, it is great to be fully prepared with food in the pantry and the fridge. Here is my grocery list for pre-Christmas Day shopping. I also share how I instruct everyone that "DIY" dining is the name of the game after everyone enjoys Christmas morning. After all, Mama (or dad in some cases) has cooked, wrapped, and cleaned non-stop and needs to enjoy the day like everyone else.
The following foods are on my Christmas day grocery list. I buy these things so that we will have plenty of food and snacks on hand for the 12-24 hours that grocery stores are closed. We have several "meals" that we have enjoyed on Christmas day over the years. Taco bar, DIY sandwiches, DIY salads, etc...Below is a list that encompasses most of what you need to make any of these meals available to your family on Christmas day.Sliced deli meat + cheese Sabra or Boar's Head hummus My Three Sons Pimento Cheese White Queso (La Banderita?) Fresh Gourmet Salsa Pita Bread or flatbread Cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, washed Romaine, carrots, cauliflower & broccoli (bagged), avocadoes milk, yogurt, sour cream, Dean's French onion dip, eggs, sharp cheddar 3 lbs package ground turkey + taco seasoning Good Seasons Italian Dressing Crystal Light Peach Tea Sandwich bread + small soft rolls or yeast rolls + Carb Balance soft tortillas chips, Tostitos, Wheat Thins or Simple Mills crackers paper plates + bowls Meal prep for Christmas Day Make simple syrup equal parts sugar + water; put in the fridge. Make salad dressing from a Good Seasons packet. Boil some eggs for salad. Make tuna salad & chicken salad (or buy locally). Brown ground turkey; make taco meat with it. Put in a container in the fridge. Cut fruit and bag/refrigerate. Chop lettuce, tomatoes & all veggies for tacos. Grate cheese. Put in containers in the fridge. Place white queso near all of this. Make peach tea with simple syrup. Give everyone instructions for "serve yourself" dining. Tell everyone where all the food is located and what the options are. What foods are where. Specify paper plates, bowls & utensils. Remind them that mom (or the cook) is off-duty:-) Enjoy your Christmas day!!!