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  • Episode At A Glance:

    For anyone looking to make a lifestyle change or just incorporate some more healthy habits, this episode is for you! This week on The Savvy Cast, my daughter Ellie Hiller shares her experience and wisdom as a certified nutritionist. She explains her three-part criteria for healthy meal prep and dispels food and weight loss myths. Additionally, Ellie shares how she helps her clients make sustainable, effective lifestyle changes. Finally, Ellie's client Anna Rogers joins us to share her journey with Ellie over the last few months and the “non-scale” changes she has seen.

    Who Is Ellie Hiller?

    Besides being my daughter, Ellie Hiller is also a certified nutrition coach at Vulcan Nutrition in Birmingham, Alabama. Before becoming a nutrition coach, Ellie received her RN/BSN from Samford’s Ida B Moffet School of Nursing. Ellie describes her ideal client as anyone without a preexisting medical condition who wants to improve their health. She takes each client on a highly personalized journey to a lifestyle change that is effective and sustainable.

    Questions We Answered In This Episode: What is your background in nutrition? Who is your ideal client? What is the secret to successful meal prep? Does heavy lifting cause women to "bulk up"? How can I participate in Vulcan Nutrition's challenge? Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Contact Form for Individualized Coaching: https://www.thevulcannutrition.com/contactus Connect with Vulcan Nutrition on Instagram: @the_vulcan_nutrition Connect with Ellie Hiller on Instagram: @elliehiller Register for Vulcan Nutrition's four-week "plan B" Nutrition KickOff: https://www.thevulcannutrition.com/2022planbcheckout Vulcan Nutrition's Website
  • This week, Melanie Robinson shares how to make a fabulous mocktail for those of us looking to enjoy social outings while adhering to our January goals. From her favorite "spirits" to her favorite ice molds, Melanie has so many tips for making healthy and refreshing mocktails.

    Episode At A Glance:

    This week on The SavvyCast, I am joined my by friend Melanie Robinson to discuss fabulous mocktail recipes. Melanie shares everything from how to make the perfect mocktail to how to navigate social settings where alcohol is present. Additionally, she explains why committing to "Dry January" can be rewarding for anyone.

    Who Is Melanie Robinson?

    Melanie Roberson lives in Hattiesburg, MS, with her husband John, a maxillofacial surgeon. She has two college children and is currently making the most of an empty nest. Additionally, she has an inspiring love for healthy eating and living, which she shares on her Instagram and website. Melanie is one of my favorite "follows" because her delicious meals, strong faith, and positive outlook are so inspiring!

    Questions We Answered In This Episode: What is Dry January? How can I make a fabulous mocktail? What are the best alcohol-free spirits? What soft seltzers do you recommend? How can I maintain my social life while sticking to my goals? Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Melanie's Instagram: @melshealthymeals Melanie's website Ritual Proof Alcohol-Free whiskey, gin, rum, and tequila H20 Soft Seltzers: Use code "NOALCOHOL" to get 10% off your order. Swoon Zero Sugar Simple Syrup TINANA Ice Ball Maker ROMWOD Stretching App
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  • This week, I'm answering all of my most-asked questions from 2021. From my skincare routine to my favorite home decor to my all-time favorite mattress, no question goes unanswered. Additionally, there is even a bonus recipe if you listen to the end!

    Episode At A Glance:

    Throughout the year, I get asked so many questions ranging from my favorite kitchen appliances to my exercise regimen. While I always answer these questions as they come, some questions get asked time and time again. Therefore, I decided to share my most-asked questions from 2021 this week on The SavvyCast!

    Some Of The Questions Answered In This Episode: What are your hair, skincare, and nail routines? How do you maintain your figure while eating so much rich food? What is your exercise routine? How do you marinate your salmon? What kind of chutney do you use? Where do you buy parmesan cheese? What kind of dog is Tucker? What is your mattress setup? Where are your living room rug and antler head from? What color are your bedroom walls? Where did your kitchen countertops come from?
  • By now, many of my readers and followers know that Trader Joe's is one of my very favorite places to shop! In this episode, I share some of my recent favorites that you can purchase now.

    Episode At A Glance:

    Anyone who has a Trader Joe's within driving distance to them knows how FAB their selection always is. Not only does Trader Joe's offer some of my favorite "holy grail" products year-round, but they are also always introducing new and seasonal products. While I've been shopping at Trader Joe's for years, I am always finding new "favorites" to try and enjoy! This week, I am sharing some of my latest "finds and favorites" so you purchase them on your next "TJ" run!

    Frozen: Fire-roasted corn - This is good for any soups, especially tortilla soup. Mexican-Style Roasted Corn with Cotija Cheese 5 Cheese Greek Spiral Bread Organic Brown Rice - The package says to microwave for three minutes, and it truly does reach the perfect consistency in that time! Cheeses Asiago Cheese with Rosemary and Olive Oil- I absolutely will not make a charcuterie board without this! It pairs perfectly with Stonewall Kitchens Rosemary Water crackers. Blueberry Vanilla Goat Cheese - This is the best sweet cheese! I love it paired with the Trader Joe's Meyer Lemon Cookie Thins. I would also recommend serving it with the Trader Joe's Triple Ginger Cookie Thins. For the holidays, Trader Joe's sometimes offers a Cranberry Vanilla Goat Cheese. This is also FAB with the Ginger Cookie Thins! 8oz block of Feta Cheese Dutch Smoked Gouda Cheese -I always like to include at least one smoked cheese on my cheese boards, and this is my current go-to. Crackers TJ’s Some Enchanted Multigrain Crackers Bite-Size Everything Crackers- These pair well with just a simple cheese. Organic Cracker Assortment- These are A MUST for any charcuterie board TJ’s Shredded Cheese Blend- While I'm usually not a fan of pre-shredded cheese, I do like this because it is thickly shredded AND doesn’t have a powdery coating like most pre-shredded cheeses. Produce Baby Broccoli- I love to simply steam this or make it into a salad. Meat Maple Chicken Breakfast Sausage- Since it is fully cooked, all you have to do is heat it through. It is great with any biscuit, waffle, or pancake Snacks Rolled Corn Chili & Lime Tortilla Chips - If you are a Taki's fan, you will love these! TJ’s Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips- These are similar to Dorito's. TJ’s Quinoa and Black Bean tortilla chips Sauces Jarred Bruschetta- This is so FAB brushed onto a toasted baguette. I also love it as a pizza sauce for my Cauliflower Pizza Crust.

    I hope you enjoyed this episode! As always, if you have time to rate, review and subscribe to The SavvyCast on iTunes, it would be SO appreciated!!! Blessings to you!!!

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  • Worrying about gifts can make the most wonderful time of the year feel like the most stressful! This week I share some of my favorite tried-and-true gift ideas to make shopping savvy a breeze this holiday season.

    Episode At A Glance:

    This week on The SavvyCast, I share a variety of gift ideas both under and over $100. Buying the perfect gift for everyone in your life can seem so intimidating, and it can make the holiday season SO stressful. Furthermore, if you're like me you want to gift something the person will actually use. In this episode, I share some of my favorite practical gifts that my loved ones have enjoyed over the years. Additionally, I share my thoughts on what gifts can easily be "gift faux pas" so you can shop savvy this Christmas season!

    Gifts Under $100 Instant Pot- An Instant Pot makes cooking much faster. I love using my Instant Pot for my Southern-Style Collard Greens and my Spicy Hamburger Vegetable Soup. Casserole Crockpot- A Casserole Crockpot is easily transportable and a great gift for the savvy cook in your life! I use mine to make Mississippi Green Beans, White Chicken Chili, Homemade Spaghetti Sauce, and more! Costco Memberships- These are especially great for newlyweds! Gifts Over $100 Breville Smart Oven with an AirFryer function- I love that the Smart Oven has an Air Fryer Function because it saves me from buying another machine to clutter my countertops. Nespresso by Breville Creatista Plus- If you have any coffee drinkers in your life, this is a FAB gift. I absolutely love my Nespresso, especially the milk frother! Cookware Recteq Pellet Grill Gym memberships Tecovas Handmade Boots for Men Massages Money toward facials or cosmetic treatments/procedure Questions Answered In This Episode: What are your tried-and-true gift ideas? What gifts have your loved ones enjoyed? How can I give a practical gift this Christmas season? What gifts should I stay away from? Why?

    I hope you enjoyed this episode! As always, if you have time to rate, review, and subscribe to The SavvyCast on iTunes, it would be SO appreciated!!! Blessings to you!!!

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    "Why Brows Should be a Beauty Routine Priority + Options for Making Them Beautiful"

  • We've all heard that our eyebrows frame our entire face, but so many of us neglect to invest in them. This week, Jackie Robinson and Deanna Irwin of RawwBeauty join me to discuss all things brows.

    Episode At A Glance:

    This week, Jackie Robinson and Deanna Irwin join me to share the importance of well-kept brows. Jackie is the owner of Rawwbeauty, a beauty studio located in downtown Homewood. Rawwbeauty offers permanent makeup, a variety of brow and lash treatments, dermaplaning, and special occasion hair and makeup. Jackie and Deanna shared how transformative a brow treatment can be, what treatments they recommend, as well as their favorite brow products.

    Who Is Jackie Robinson?

    After working for MAC Cosmetics, NARS, and Too Faced for almost a decade, Jackie launched Rawwbeauty in 2010 with the dream of providing high-quality one-of-a-kind makeup artistry to Alabama. After years of making her clients feel like their best selves with makeup, she wanted to expand Rawwbeauty to make her clients feel beautiful in their everyday lives. Therefore, in 2016 she added skincare, lash extensions, and permanent makeup to the list of services Rawwbeauty offers. Jackie loves being able to work with women all over the Southeast and making each client feel beautiful!

    Who Is Deanna Irwin?

    Deanna graduated from Auburn University with a degree in nutrition and food science in 2007. After graduating, she worked in a salon in Montgomery, Alabama doing mineral body wraps, facials, and EB pro foot baths. During these seven years, Deanna had her three children. After becoming a mom, she wanted to document her children's lives so she became an avid photographer. After moving to Birmingham to continue her photography career in the wedding industry, she crossed paths with Jackie. The two have become close friends over the years, and Deanna knew working with Jackie at Rawwbeauty was the best place to be.

    Questions We Answered In This Episode: Why is it important to take care of our brows? What should everyone be doing for their brows? How can shaping transform someone's look? What is brow lamination? How is lamination different from micro-needling? What brow products do you recommend? Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Rawwbeauty's website Connect with Rawwbeauty on Facebook: @Rawwbeauty Connect with Rawwbeauty on Instagram: @rawwbeautystudio

    I hope you enjoyed this episode! As always, if you have time to rate, review, and subscribe to The SavvyCast on iTunes, it would be SO appreciated!!! Blessings to you!!!

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  • Keith Richards is the founder of Taziki's and Grk Street, two popular Mediterranean restaurants in Birmingham. This week he shared about his journey in the food industry, what led him to open his restaurants, and more!

    Episode At A Glance:

    This week on The SavvyCast, Keith Richards joined me to discuss Taziki's, his Greek restaurant. Besides being one of my favorite places to eat, Taziki's is wildly successful and has 92 locations across the country. Keith shared how he got his start in the food industry, and what led him to open his own restaurant. Additionally, we discussed his new restaurant Grk Street and his favorite menu items!

    Who Is Keith Richards?

    Before venturing out on his own, Keith Richards worked under the direction of Frank Stitt at Highlands Bar and Grill. After several trips to Greece with his wife Amy, Keith wanted to bring Mediterranean flair to the Birmingham area. The first Taziki's opened in 1998, and it has been a success ever since. Keith served as President from May 1998 until December 2012 and then served as the Chief Franchise Officer from June 2012 till 2017. Keith has returned to manage the flagship market in Birmingham, AL, and continues to lead our culinary R+D and the HOPE project, Taziki's signature charity. Today, Keith and Amy and their two sets of twins live in Birmingham, AL, where Keith serves on the Shelby County Chamber Board and advances the cause of employing special needs students in Birmingham and across the country.

    Questions We Answered In This Episode: How did you get started in the food industry? Does anything separate Taziki's from its local competition? What are your favorite menu items? Jamie, what are your favorite menu items? Since Tazikis is so popular, what led you to start Grk Street? How has Tazikis had to adapt during the pandemic and labor shortage? What is the HOPE Project? Do you have any business advice? Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Connect with Taziki's website Taziki's on Instagram: @tazikis Taziki's on Facebook: @TazikisMedCafe Grk Street on Instagram: @grk_street Grk Street on Facebook: @grkstreet The HOPE Project Taziki's Basmati Rice Recipe Whipped Feta Dip Zayne's book, Seventeen Reasons Your Company Is Not Investment Grade & What To Do About It

    I hope you enjoyed this episode! As always, if you have time to rate, review, and subscribe to The SavvyCast on iTunes, it would be SO appreciated!!! Blessings to you!!!

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    The Story and Purpose Behind Legacy School of Discipleship with Francois & Wendy Fineberg
  • Francois and Wendy Fineberg are the founders of Legacy School of Discipleship, a "spiritual boot camp" located on Lake Martin. The Fineberg's shared their own stories, what led them to found the school, as well as the programs Legacy offers.

    Episode At A Glance:

    This week on The SavvyCast, Francois and Wendy Fineberg joined me to discuss Legacy, their Christian discipleship school. To begin with, Francois and Wendy shared the story of how they met each other and how they came to know the Lord. Francois is originally from Namibia and later moved to South Africa, while Wendy is from Georgia. Their story is incredible, and they share how it led them to found the Legacy School of Discipleship. Additionally, the Finebergs shared what programs Legacy offers for students and adults alike.

    Who Are Francois and Wendy Fineberg?

    Francois Fineberg is the founder and leading teacher at Legacy School of Discipleship. Hailing from South Africa, Francois found himself a Georgia peach, Wendy. Together they have been working in ministry for over twenty years. In addition to caring for their two daughters, Frances and Chapel, their mission is to shepherd and teach everyone “in all wisdom, that we may present everyone full-grown in Christ” according to the instruction of Colossians 1:28. Besides serving at the school, Francois has a podcast called “Spiritual Living with Francois Fineberg” and is currently authoring two books.

    Questions We Answered In This Episode: How did you two meet each other? What is your personal testimony? How did Legacy come to be? What is disciple-making? Is the Israel trip open to anyone? What does this trip entail? What do students experience during the 9-week program? Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Follow Legacy on Facebook: @LegacySchoolofDiscipleship Follow Legacy on Instagram: @legacy_discipleship Francois' podcast "Spiritual Living With Francois Fineberg" Legacy's website

    I hope you enjoyed this episode! As always, if you have time to rate, review, and subscribe to The SavvyCast on iTunes, it would be SO appreciated!!! Blessings to you!!!

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  • Ashley McMakin is the owner of Ashley Mac's, a fabulous cafe with five locations in the Birmingham area. This week, Ashley joined The SavvyCast to delve into the story behind one of my favorite restaurants!

    Episode At A Glance:

    In this episode, Ashley McMakin shared how her love for food led her to create Ashley Mac's. Ashley described how what started off as a home-run catering company led to her incredibly successful restaurants. Additionally, we discussed the ways they had to adapt during the pandemic, their most popular menu items, and their holiday food bundles.

    Who Is Ashley McMakin?

    Ashley McMakin has a degree in marketing and advertising from the University of Alabama. Today, she and her husband live in Birmingham, Alabama. Ashley is a mom to three, "but usually four, often five". Additionally, Ashley is passionate about bringing people together over food, a passion she learned from her mother and grandmother. As a result of this passion, Ashley started a catering company out of her condo as a newlywed. Eventually, the catering company outgrew Ashley's small kitchen, and it became what is now known as Ashley Mac's. Ashley Mac's now has locations in Cahaba Heights, downtown Birmingham, Inverness, Riverchase, and Homewood.

    Questions We Answered In This Episode: What inspired you to start Ashley Mac's? Where was the first location of Ashley Mac's? How was your company affected by the pandemic? What are the most popular menu items? What is the Thanksgiving holiday bundle? Do you have any advice for female entrepreneurs? Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Ashley Mac's website Connect with Ashley Mac's on Facebook and Instagram: @ashleymacs Connect with Ashley McMakin on Instagram @ashley_mcmakin Ashley Mac's Nourish Thanksgiving bundle Ashley Mac's Nourish

    I hope you enjoyed this episode! As always, if you have time to rate, review, and subscribe to The SavvyCast on iTunes, it would be SO appreciated!!! Blessings to you!!!

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  • Episode At A Glance:

    This week on the SavvyCast, Jacki Despot joined me to discuss all things skincare. While Jacki sees many patients undergo surgical procedures, she also witnesses the effects of nonsurgical procedures such as micro-needling, IPL, and CO2 laser treatments. IPL treatments have been hugely beneficial for me, as they have tightened the skin around my neck. In addition to these non-surgical treatments, Jacki shares what vitamin supplement all aging women should be using!

    Who Is Jacki Despot?

    Jacki Despot has been married to her husband Danny for 27 years, and they have three college-aged boys. Additionally, she has been working at Reveal Beauty for a little over five years, where she serves as the Patient Care Coordinator. As Patient Care Coordinator, she absolutely loves meeting with the patients who come to the clinic. Jacki believes everyone has a story, and she often has the privilege of hearing the touching stories that lead patients into the clinic.

    What Is Reveal Beauty?

    Reveal Beauty is a cosmetic surgery clinic in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Clinton and Dr. Pierce, along with the Reveal Beauty staff, offer a variety of surgical and non-surgical procedures. The goal of Reveal Beauty is always to reveal the patient's inner beauty, rather than create it. In addition to surgical treatments, some of the non-surgical treatments at Reveal Beauty include Botox, laser treatments, micro-needling, and PRP injections.

    Questions We Answered In This Episode: What are the best non-surgical skincare methods for women, especially as they age? How is micro-needling with RF different from micro-needling without it? Is micro-needling painful? What are the benefits of CO2 laser treatments? Are Core or Infinity laser treatments best for me? What are the benefits of IPL? What are the benefits of Vitamin C supplements?
  • Annye Grande is a French Canadian Dallas-based designer. This week she shared her experience in the fashion industry, how her handbag company etoile was born, as well as some of her favorite new launches!

    Episode At A Glance:

    This week on The SavvyCast, designer and entrepreneur Annye Grande joined me to discuss her luxury handbag and accessory company, etoile. Annye discussed what she has gleaned from over 20 years in the fashion industry, and how she found herself creating a brand. After struggling to find a luxury bag that was actually functional and aesthetically pleasing, Annye decided to make her own, and etoile was born! Annye shares her favorites from her collection, as well as how to personalize a bag to suit your preferences!

    Who Is Annye Grande? Born in Montréal, Annye studied business at Université de Montreal school of business and has over 25 years of experience in the fashion industry. She moved her family to Dallas, Texas in 2014 in pursuit of her American dream and launched etoile in 2017. Questions We Answered In This Episode: What inspired you to create etoile? How long have you been in the fashion industry? What are your favorite bags from the collection? How can I personalize a bag? Will there be any new launches coming soon? What advice would you give young females who aspire to be entrepreneurs? How do you recommend cleaning etoile bags? Resources Mentioned In This Episode: etoile website (Use code "Savvy" at checkout for FREE overnight shipping.) The Black Boa bag (I have this one and absolutely LOVE it!) The Tan Fringe Strap The Shearling Tote Become a Gold Star member

    I hope you enjoyed this episode! As always, if you have time to rate, review and subscribe to The SavvyCast on iTunes, it would be SO appreciated!!! Blessings to you!!!

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  • Sophie Hudson is an accomplished author, a phenomenal Southern cook, and a dear friend! She shares about her new book, Grace Upon Grace, as well as her must-have Southern food staples.

    Episode At A Glance:

    This week, Sophie Hudson joined The SavvyCast to discuss her new journaling devotional Grace Upon Grace. Sophie is an author and host of The Big Boo Cast. This book was written with older teenage girls in mind, due to Sophie's experience working with high school girls at Briarwood Christian High School. Sophie shares how to connect with young girls in a way that makes them feel safe and understood. She explains that she never goes into these relationships expecting to change the girls because that is the job of the Holy Spirit. Sophie is not only a talented writer and mentor, but is a fabulous cook! We discussed our Thanksgiving must-haves, as well as some recipes we come back to every year.

    Questions We Answered In This Episode: What is Sophie's new book, Grace Upon Grace, about? What inspired Sophie to write Grace Upon Grace? How do you form relationships with younger or high-school-aged girls? As a parent, how can you create a safe space for your child? What do you have to have on your Thanksgiving table? Ouida's Squash Casserole Recipe: 10-12 medium-large squash 1 yellow onion, peeled and chopped in large chunks 1 cup chicken stock (optional) 2 Tbs. Kosher salt 2 tsp. black pepper 1 Tbs. sugar 1 stick butter, divided 4 oz. cream cheese ¾ cup sour cream 2 eggs, beaten 1 ½ grated cheese (freshly grated is best) 1 ½ cups Cheez-its, crushed Chop squash and onion. Put in Dutch oven and cover with water and chicken stock. Add salt, pepper, sugar, and 2 Tbs. of butter. Bring to a boil and then simmer about 20 minutes - until squash is fork-tender. Preheat oven to 375. Drain cooked squash/onion in a colander and use a potato masher or spoon to mash out as much water as possible. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine squash/onion with cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and remaining butter. Mix well. Taste to adjust salt/pepper, then add beaten eggs. Pour mixture into a lightly greased 9x13 pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes (you want a tiny bit of brown around the edges), then top with crushed Cheez-its and bake for 5 more minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving. Resources Mentioned: Grace Upon Grace Microsoft "To-Do" app for groceries Connect With Sophie Hudson: Sophie's website Boomama.net The Big Boo Cast Sophie's Instagram @boomama205

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  • Oftentimes, recognizing abuse in relationships can be nearly impossible to do. This week, New York Times best-selling author and advocate Julie Cantrell shares the tell-tale signs of abuse.

    Episode At A Glance:

    In this week’s episode, Julie Cantrell joins The SavvyCast to discuss abuse in relationships. She shares how to identify the different shapes and forms of relational abuse. Additionally, she shares how friends and family can help women get out of abusive relationships.

    Who Is Julie Cantrell?

    Julie Cantrell is a multiple award-winning, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author, editor, story coach, TEDx speaker, and ghostwriter. Additionally, she has served as editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review. She has also received the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellowship, the Rivendell Writer’s Colony Mary Elizabeth Nelson Fellowship, and the Pat Conroy Writer’s Residency Fellowship. Her novels have earned starred reviews and multiple awards. She was named a short-list finalist twice for the Mississippi Arts & Letters Fiction Award as well as a two-time short-list finalist for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. Today, Julie works with survivors of abuse, as well as serving as a "literary advocate". She writes, coaches, and edits full-time from her home in Houston, Texas.

    Questions We Answered In This Episode: What do different forms of abuse look like? What you can do if you believe someone is in an abusive relationship? Why using the term “domestic abuse” can somewhat devalue abuse overall? What traits do all abusers exhibit when attempting to abuse others? Resources Mentioned In This Episode Blue Spark Editorial Julie Cantrell's website Domestic Violence Resources:

    If you or a loved one are suffering from domestic abuse, please seek support from The National Domestic Violence Hotline at https://www.thehotline.org/or 1.800.799.SAFE (7233). The Hotline offers free, confidential, 24/7 support to help anyone in need of resources.

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    How Unless U Helps Create a Brighter Future for Developmentally Disabled Adults

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  • Lindy Cleveland and Marye Grace Browning joined the SavvyCast to discuss Unless U, a nonprofit that Lindy started. We discussed how Unless U was founded, their different programs, and their new ice cream shop. We even got to hear a personal testimony from one of their students, John!

    Episode At A Glance:

    This week, Lindy Cleveland and Marye Grace Browning shared all about Unless U, a Birmingham-based nonprofit that serves developmentally disabled adults. Lindy, the founder and executive director of Unless U, shared why she started the nonprofit. Lindy and Marye Grace discussed their amazing new facility, how their classes work to serve students, and their new program Post Place.

    What Is Unless U?

    The inspiration for this amazing nonprofit is Lindy's brother Jordan. Lindy's brother Jordan has down syndrome, and her family found themselves at a crossroads once he finished his high school program. Frustrated by the lack of programs for adults with developmental disabilities, Lindy decided to start one herself. The Christian-based organization first opened in November of 2014 with 10 students enrolled. Today, Unless U creates a college-like environment for their students to continue their education, receive vocational training, and learn life and social skills. According to their website, Unless U "envisions a world where adults with developmental disabilities are not seen through the lens of their disability but rather through what they offer their community."

    Questions We Answered In This Episode: How was Unless U started? How has Unless U grown over the years? What are your roles at Unless U? How do the classes work for students? What is your new program Post Place? How did you go about fundraising for your new facility? Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Unless U website Cleveland Consulting Unless U Instagram: @unless_u Unless U Scoops Instagram: @unlessu_scoops

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  • Jim and Wendy Coupland shared Jim's battle with breast cancer in this week's episode. While many people may typically think of breast cancer as something women suffer from, Jim's story is proof that breast cancer can affect everyone.

    Episode At A Glance:

    This week on The SavvyCast, Jim and Wendy Coupland joined me to share Jim's breast cancer story. Their daughter, Finlay Coupland, is the social media manager & podcast editor for Family Savvy. After I heard about their experience through Finlay, I knew the Couplands' story needed to be shared!

    Jim's Battle With Breast Cancer:

    After noticing a spot on the right side of his chest, Jim mentioned it to his doctor. Since it was not bothering him, Jim's doctor said it was probably just a cyst and was not concerning unless it began to bother him or get bigger. However, over the course of three years, Jim's doctor noticed the spot changing and decided to have it surgically removed, still thinking it was just a cyst. That being said, no one expected the pathologist to call back saying that Jim had breast cancer. After hearing this, Jim and Wendy went to UAB where they found out that Jim had Stage 2 breast cancer. Jim had a lumpectomy and then began his 20 rounds of radiation treatment. Thankfully, Jim's treatments worked and he is now cancer-free. Today he lives a full, vibrant life and is on medication to help prevent the cancer from returning.

    Questions We Answered In This Podcast: How did Jim discover he had breast cancer? What are the different stages of cancer? Is there a difference between a mastectomy for men and for women? Did Jim experience any side effects during his radiation treatment? What was it like for Wendy to walk through this process as a wife and mom? How did Jim get breast cancer?

    I hope you enjoyed this episode! As always, if you have time to rate, review and subscribe to The SavvyCast on iTunes, it would be SO appreciated!!! Blessings to you!!!

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    How Type 1 Diabetes and a Service Dog Changed Katelyn House's Life

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  • Katelyn House has been living with type one diabetes since she was diagnosed at age seven. This week she shared what it has been like to grow up with type one diabetes, what her life is like now, and how her life has changed for the better because of her service dog, Mayer.

    Episode At A Glance:

    This week on The SavvyCast, Katelyn House shared the ins and outs of her journey with type 1 diabetes. Katelyn discussed the struggles of growing up with diabetes, as well as her desire to help others with diabetes feel seen and understood. Additionally, she shared how her service dog Mayer has changed her day-to-day life. Mayer even makes a special appearance in this episode!

    Who Is Katelyn House?

    At age seven, Katelyn House was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes due to a virus she experienced. Katelyn's brother was also diagnosed just ten months later. Since then she has experienced the ups and downs of this health journey. Katelyn graduated from Alabama with a degree in Human Development and is living an incredibly full and vibrant life. In addition to advocating for others with diabetes, Katelyn recently launched her own blog!

    Questions We Answered In This Episode: When were you diagnosed with type 1 diabetes? How did you become diabetic? What is the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes? Why did you decide to get a service dog? If someone wants a service dog but cannot afford one, what do you recommend? What benefits do you experience by having your service dog, Mayer? Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Katelyn's blog Off-Leash Dog Training The Complete K-9 Dog Training Camp Kudzu, a camp in Georgia for children with type 1 diabetes. Camp Needles In The Pines, a summer camp in North Caroline for children with type 1 diabetes. Dr. Maria Hella

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  • For many people, interior design can feel intimidating and overwhelming. This week the women behind Home with Hechart shared their passion for helping their clients create a beautiful space.

    Episode At A Glance:

    This week Alex Hechart, Donna Woodfin, and Mary Clay Holtcam came onto the show to discuss their interior design business, Home with Hechart. We discussed everything from how their business got started to their favorite design trends and more!

    What Is Home With Hechart?

    Home with Hechart is a home decor and interior design company founded by Alex Hechart and her mother, Donna Woodfin. After graduating college with a Marketing degree, Alex dreamed of being in the interior design business. With the support of her mom and her husband, she finally decided to start the business in 2020. The company started out of Alex’s mom, Donna’s, house, and eventually grew into a physical location in English Village in Birmingham. Based in Birmingham, Alabama, HWH knows the value of Southern style and is here to help you find the perfect blend of traditional style with a modern flair.

    Questions Answered In This Episode: What are some great seasonal, holiday items for your home or as gifts? Can you work with any budget? What are some of the easiest ways to change the look of a space? Are you following any design trends? What paint colors do you recommend? Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Sela Vie Web Design Speckled Glass from Home with Hechart Lafco Candles Pura Air fresheners Connect with Home with Hechart: Instagram:@homewithhechart homewithhechart.com Email: info@homewithhechart.com

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  • Julie Howard's battle with chronic myeloid leukemia is a story of intense struggle, unmovable faith, and miraculous healing. I hope that listening to Julie's story encourages you as much as it did me!

    Episode At A Glance:

    This week on the SavvyCast Julie Howard shares the ins and outs of her battle with bone marrow cancer. Her story is truly incredible, and this month marks five years of remission for Julie. From her near-death experience to her treatment journey to how she survived the mental and emotional toll of it all, Julie so graciously shares every part of her story.

    An Amazing Miracle:

    Throughout the episode, Julie emphasized how her faith and hope in God carried her through this dark season. Her trust in Him grew stronger as her circumstances became bleaker and bleaker. In addition to her relationship with God, her relationships with her friends and family were huge support systems to Julie. From being given two months to live to now celebrating five years of remission, her story truly is a miracle.

    Questions Answered In This Episode: What was your diagnosis? What was your treatment plan like? How did you go about finding a stem cell transplant? How did you cope? What did you do to help your mental and emotional health during this time? How does a stem cell transplant work? What advice would you give to others facing depression?

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  • This week my husband Zane shared about a passion of his: mentoring young men. Zane breaks down what mentoring is and why it is so important, especially in our culture today!

    Episode At A Glance:

    There is so much value in finding and being a mentor, especially for young men in today's culture. Mentorship can be life-transforming, and it is something Zane is so passionate about! He was able to shed light on how to find a mentor, what aspects of life he focuses on in mentorship, and what resources he has found valuable!

    Who Is Zane Tarence?

    My incredible husband Zane is originally from Montgomery, Alabama. In addition to being an incredible husband and father, Zane works as the managing partner with Founders Advisors. Zane has been mentoring and advising for over 20 years and has seen first-hand how fruitful mentorship is! As a result, he is so passionate about mentorship and eager to share about it any chance he gets!

    Questions Answered In This Episode: How do I find a mentor? What does it mean to be a Godly man? How does this look in real life? Is mentorship just a counseling session? How can a wife encourage her husband to become a mentor? What is spiritual success? Important Life Aspect to Focus on When Mentoring: Spiritual Health Financial Family Service Social Resources and Recipes Mentioned in This Episode: My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers Proverbs Fabulous Brunswick Stew In a Slow Cooker Cornbread In a Cast Iron Skillet The Best Beef Brisket Mississippi Green Beans

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  • Along with being one of my favorite foodie friends, Katrina Adams is an extremely talented entertainer and cook. She is the creator of "In the Kitchen with K Marie," where she aspires to bring out the "domestic diva" in everyone!

    The Episode At A Glance:

    This week Katrina Adams and I discussed her love for cooking and entertaining, as well as our favorite kitchen items and recipes! Katrina shared her cooking inspirations, which include her large family as well as other cooking influencers. If you love food, cooking, or entertaining, you are sure to find inspiration from this episode!

    What Is "In The Kitchen With K Marie"?

    "In the Kitchen with K Marie" is a blog started by Katrina Adams for her passion for cooking and entertaining. Katrina's passion for event planning, cooking, baking, and entertaining started early. As a little girl, Katrina watched her grandmother, mother and aunts prepare meals with love and passion. These passions help birth Cooking with K Marie. The mission of her blog, "In the Kitchen with K Marie" is to bring out the domestic diva in all ladies and help everyone know the kitchen is the heart of the home.

    Questions We Answered: How did she discover her love and talent for cooking? How coming from a large family inspired her love for cooking? What are her specialty things to make? What do people normally ask her to make the most? Who are her favorite social media influencers for cooking? Where are her favorite places to dine out? What are some of her must-have kitchen appliances? K Marie's Most Popular Recipes: Award-winning Lemon Pound Cake No-Bake Oreo Dessert Key Lime Cake Banana Pudding Resources We Discussed: Southern-Style Instant Pot Collard Greens The Best Cornbread Dressing Katrina's cookbook, Knocking Out Cancer in the Kitchen: Cooking for a Cure Connect With Katrina Adams: Instagram: @kmariekitchen kmariekitchen.com

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