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    The 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, 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 jamie@familysavvy.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

    Thank you so much for listening to my podcast!!!! If you haven't already, please rate, review, and subscribe to The SavvyCast on iTunes! I would be SO very grateful!!!

  • 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!!!
  • For an elegant holiday meal, consider one of these three beef tenderloin recipes + sides and desserts, and make a meal fit for royalty!

    In the podcast, I give details about the beef tenderloin recipes shared in the post. I also talk about the beef tenderloin that I picked out this week to serve for Christmas Eve dinner. Then I share some of the inside scoop in the best recipes and sides to go with beef tenderloin.

    What is beef tenderloin?

    Beef tenderloin is one of the most tender muscles of a cow. It runs from the last ribs of the cow back to the rear hip. The muscle is responsible for moving the leg forward, but not for lifting it. That lack of resistance work translates to amazing tenderness when cut for steak or a roast. It is also one of the most sought-after and priciest cuts of beef. Filet mignon steaks are cut from beef tenderloin.

    What is the difference between prime and choice beef tenderloin?

    Prime is the top grade of beef. Prime beef tenderloin and filet mignon steaks are excellent for dry-heat cooking such as broiling, roasting, or grilling. Choice beef is high quality but has less marbling (fat) which adds flavor. Choice beef tenderloin and filet mignons are also suited for dry-heat cooking. Some people are connoisseurs of beef and are willing to pay more for higher quality. I have had great results with both prime and choice. This year, I bought prime beef tenderloin from Costco that was labeled "prime peeled extreme" meaning it was completely trimmed and oven or grill ready. I found a smaller one and paid $27.99 per pound. This is a definite splurge, but it will be served for our Christmas Eve meal with guests, so I justified the expense.

    Do you sear beef tenderloin before cooking it?

    This is a personal preference. I prefer searing it, as I think it makes a prettier more flavorful crust. You can get a wonderful result either way. Julie's Montreal Steak beef tenderloin actually sears itself in the oven with high heat. The oven might be a bit messy after making this one, but foil could be used to shield the upper oven. I use these oven liners in both my ovens and would not go a day without them. They make any sticky or burned mess a non-issue.

    Three fabulous beef tenderloin recipes.

    You can link to Company's Coming Beef Tenderloin" in this blog post. This recipe was shared with me almost 2 decades ago by my dear friend Ashley Polk. It is as elegant a beef tenderloin as you'll ever make or eat. The ingredients do call for a very fine dry sherry that isn't inexpensive. If you can't find the specific sherry, just buy a good one. As for cooking wine or sherry, I never recommend it. If you wouldn't drink it, don't cook with it.

    My favorite beef tenderloin: Company's Coming Roast Beef Tenderloin

    My favorite side to go with beef tenderloin are these Gourmet Gruyere Cheese Grits.

    My favorite salad to go with beef tenderloin is this Easy Peasy Baby Bleu Salad.

    My favorite dessert to go with beef tenderloin is this Bellini's White Chocolate Bread Pudding.

    My friend Mikayla Delessandro served this beef tenderloin at a party she and her husband hosted. It was FABULOUS!!!! If you are a lover of Dale's marinade (as am I), this is one you will want to consider making.

    My dear friend Julie Collier shared this recipe with many of our "mom circle" over a decade ago. This recipe is NOWHERE to be found online (I searched and searched). The butcher at Julie's favorite Sprouts shared it with her "verbally" and she wrote it down for future reference. I've made this, and it is delicious!!!

    For a perfect and impressive accompaniment to beef tenderloin, you can serve the fabulous Burgandy Mushrooms in the recipe box below. In the recipe notes, you'll find instructions for making these mushrooms ahead of time. You can refrigerate or freeze them, which is GREAT for party planning!!!

    I hope one or more of these recipes will be helpful to you this holiday season or ANY time you want to serve a fabulous meal to the ones you love. As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you and yours joy and blessings for this year and the years to come.

  • I share my favorite athleisure wear and how to style it for women 50+ who want to be cute, comfy and age-appropriate.

    Let's talk about athleisure.

    I decided to do a blog post + podcast on athleisure since I have gotten many DM's lately asking where I get certain items that I'll be sharing in the post. So if you were hoping for recipes, stay tuned. Lots of them are coming as we head into Christmas!!

    2020 is the year of athleisure.

    I doubt there has been any year better for athleisure sales than 2020. Comfy and casual just makes more sense now more than ever as we all navigate limited gatherings and mask-wearing. As I watched many stores close during the pandemic, one of my favorites~Athleta~never missed a beat. On my many trips to shop there, it was almost always busy and regularly getting in new styles. Now that many of us have returned to exercise studios and gyms, the studio to street style of athleisure just makes sense.

    My favorite Athleisure for women 50+

    It can be frustrating at times to find athleisure leggings, tights, and tops that fit well and look flattering on a 50+ frame. If I had to pick one store that I love the most, it would be Athleta. I can always find something there that is cute, comfy, and perfect for my age and stage of life. I just love that Athleta has so many CYA options (cover your assets). These are tops that come down long enough to cover some or all of the "bum" that many of us want to cover lol!

    My athleisure "basics" and must-haves.

    My athleisure basics include a few styles that I buy in different colors and patterns. I also have a few styles of footwear that I almost always choose to wear with my athleisure. Here are the essentials that I keep in my closet.

    Turtlenecks. These are my go-to almost year round. I have them in wool, cotton, and blends in various colors and pattersn. I wear them with everything and dress them up and down. Tanks. A tank that fits well is basic. When you find one that you love, buy it in several colors. You can wear a great tank with running shorts, leggings, skirts and more. Throw a cardigan over a tank and add some fun jewelry, and you'll look great for lunch with the girls. I love tanks that can be pulled down to CYA or pulled up when I am wearing shorts. Athleta has several styles that fit the bill. Leggings. I think that I live in leggings lol! Find the style that fits and feels best on your body type, and keep a variety of colors and patterns on hand to rotate with all the tops~tanks, sweatshirts, turtlenecks, and more. Sweatshirts. There are so many soft, stylish sweatshirts today that go perfectly over a pair of tights or leggings. The blue camo sweatshirt that I am wearing with the navy shine tights is one of my favorite pieces. Tips for sizing Athleta clothing.

    I find that tanks and tops at Athleta are pretty consistently true to size (TTS). I almost always wear a small in tanks and sweatshirts UNLESS I want to go roomier. The navy camo sweatshirt I am wearing in the photo is a medium, as I wanted it to be a smidge longer and looser to pair with the tights. If the label says "relaxed fit" on anything, I usually size down.

    Shoes that look great with athleisure.

    Who doesn't love wearing cute & comfy sneakers? I do, and thankfully, they look great with most athleisure. Leggings, tights, and front zip skirts or skorts all look great with athletic sneakers and fashion sneakers. I see women styling athleisure with everything from running shoes (On Cloud are hugely popular) to Golden Goose to everything in between. Booties and platform wedges also tend to look great with the leggings and tights.

    Turtlenecks are an athleisure staple.

    I can't have too many turtlenecks. They are my go-to to throw on with a pair of tights or leggings. Even in spring and warmer months, I have a supply of lightweight turtlenecks that I pull out. My lightweight ones come in handy when nights get cool or when the pilates studio is cold when I go to early morning class. A black and white turtleneck are esssentials, but if you find one that you love, stock up in all colors.

    Here are some of my current top picks and how I am styling them.

    Below are my athleisure staples, most of which I am wearing in the photos or that are in my closet. They are my favorite leggings, tights, turtlenecks, tops and sneakers. For those of you looking for some new pieces and ways to style them, I hope this is helpful!

    Do you love athleisure? If so, please share your favorite brands/styles in the comments below! As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!

  • South Louisiana native Duane Donner gives us an inside look into all things Cajun, from the culture to the celebrations, to foods, recipes, and more.

    Who is Duane Donner?

    Duane Donner is the Founder and CEO of Founders Partners. His family has Cajun roots, and Duane holds fast to his Cajun heritage and traditions today. He is famous for throwing some of the best crawfish boils ever, and his Cajun cooking is second to none.

    A few topics we discuss. What does it mean to be Cajun? Turducken. What it is and how it is made. Crawfish boil 101. Roux~it's a process. Creole and Cajun~how they differ. Cajun dialect and accent. Duane shares some favorite recipes.

    Duane shares several of his favorite recipes which can be found on Family Savvy.

  • In this episode of The SavvyCast podcast, I share my recipe and tips + tricks for this Spicy Hamburger Vegetable Soup. It is a crowd-pleasing soup that your family will love!!!

    Some recipes are better "talked through" over the fence, on the phone, or in person. This spicy hamburger vegetable soup is one of those recipes, so I decided to talk through it on this episode of The SavvyCast. If you don't want to listen, you can jump straight to the recipe on this blogpost with the recipe.

    Soup weather is here, so I decided to "talk through" one of my favorite soups and most popular recipes~Spicy Hamburger Vegetable Soup. It is a hearty, savory, meat & potatoes soup that gets a spicy kick with some of my secret ingredients.

    Link to the Spicy Hamburger Vegetable Soup

    The Best Spicy Hamburger Vegetable Soup Ever!

    Tips I Share on making Spicy Hamburger Vegetable Soup Exactly how to brown the "hamburger meat" for the best flavor & color. How and why it is best to saute onion separately (not with the ground beef). How to make your beef broth richer with beef bouillon or beef base. My favorite potato hack for this recipe and how it keeps your from peeling & cutting potatoes. Why potatoes and carrots should always be "steamed to tender" before adding to any soup. My favorite ways to steam potatoes and carrots. My favorite way to eat this soup. Canned green beans vs frozen (I have a clear opinion). Frozen onion vs fresh? (Again, I have a clear opinion). Why long, low and slow is always best when making soup(s). Links to other soups discussed in the podcast. If you want a meatless soup that is hearty and delicious, try Grandma Grace’s Vegetable Soup. My family’s favorite soup of all time is this Brunswick stew made in a slow cooker. It is fabulous!! Zane’s mom makes this Italian Sausage & Cheese Tortellini Soup for Christmas weekend, and it is AMAZING!!!! Please rate, review, and subscribe!

    I would be SO grateful if you would take a few minutes to rate, review, and subscribe to The SavvyCast on iTunes!!!! It makes such a huge difference:-) As always, I am so grateful to all of you who listen.

  • The Family Savvy holiday gift guide for 2020 has a wide selection of gifts for any girl or guy on your list. Listen on the podcast or shop in the blog post!

    I share some of the best gifts for 2020 in the podcast below. You can find all the gifts mentioned linked in the blog post. You are sure to find something for the person in your life.

    Family Savvy Gifts for Him

    My top picks for gifts for him include a few things to keep your guy well-groomed, warm & cozy, business savvy, and more. You are sure to find something on this list that is perfect for the man in your life.

    Men & Nails Grooming Kit. Keep him well-groomed with this executive nail kit. Choose from 3 colors of leather (Zane's is camel). Use the code SAVVY30 to receive 30% off. To order and watch nail grooming tutorials go here to menandnails.com. 17 Reasons Book. For any business-minded guy, my husband's book 17 Reasons Your Company is Not Investment Grade (and what to do about it) is a fabulous gift.

    The rest of my picks for men are highlighted below. Link directly to the gifts by clicking on the square. Happy shopping!!!

    Family Savvy Gifts for Her (Comfy & Cozy)

    Most of the gifts for her are things that I have and recommend. They are perfect for anyone who puts a high value on being "comfy and cozy."

    Family Savvy Gifts for Her (Favorite Rainwear)

    I model some of my favorite rainwear looks in a recent blog post, Stay dry (and look cute) when it rains with these wardrobe-essentials. For some similar pieces to gift to the woman on your list, link below.

    Family Savvy Gifts (Miscellaneous Faves)

    Finally, I share some of my all-time favorite things that I couldn't live without.

    I hope that you find something for your loved ones that is just perfect for them. As always, thanks so much for following Family Savvy blog and @family_instagram and for listening to The SavvyCast podcast. I am grateful for each and every one of you!!! Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!

  • Here are my favorite sides for Thanksgiving and how to make them ahead of time so that you can spend your time with family (not in the kitchen).

    Hello friends!!! This post is for those of you who have asked for easy, make-ahead sides for Thanksgiving. So, here are our family favorites. You can listen to the podcast for a "talk through" of the recipes. You can also link directly to the recipes below. With less than two weeks until Thanksgiving, you can buy groceries now and start making ahead now!!!

    My grandmother's cornbread dressing is the BEST. Make it to the point of baking (but don't bake). Freeze for up to a month or refrigerate up to 3 days ahead of time. Bake in the oven an hour or two before guests arrive. Keep warm until serving. If you want to see a video of me making this dressing, see below.

    Ruth's Chris famous sweet potato casserole is a hit. Make it a day ahead up to the point of baking (do not bake). Bake an hour or two before guests arrive. Keep warm until serving.

    The best cranberry sauce in the world really is, in my opinion, the best cranberry sauce for turkey (also pork tenderloin). You can make this several week before placing it on your Thanksgiving table. Store in a bell jar or airtight container in the fridge.

    Gourmet Gruyere Cheese Grits can be made up to 3 days ahead. Make to the point of baking (but don't bake). Place in the refrigerator, covered, until the day of cooking. Cook in the oven (45 minutes) an hour before guests arrive. Keep warm before serving.

    Mississippi green beans are a must-have on our Thanksgiving table. Drain all cans of green beans except for 2-3. Place the beans in a Ziploc bag with the marinade up to 3 days ahead. On the morning of the meal, heat them through (oven or slow cooker). Keep warm until serving.

    Baked mushroom rice (aka church lady rice) is delicious. Measure the rice in the baking dish the night before. Complete the recipe the next morning, baking rice in the oven for 45 minutes. Keep the rice warm before serving.

    Linda Evans corn pudding. If you want a fabulous corn pudding, this one if my favorite. Make it ahead to the point of baking (but don't bake). Refrigerate overnight, and bake the next morning. .If you want what tastes like old fashioned creamed corn, I share that in the podcast (there is no recipe on my website). I share how to use McKenzie's frozen white Silver Queen Corn (sold in tubes at most grocery stores, to make the best creamed corn ever.

    I do hope one or more of these fabulous sides makes its way to YOUR table this year. As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you a joyful, blessed, and savvy day!!!

  • In this podcast, I talk about how I make slow cooker Brunswick stew and the tips and tricks for making it easy and delicious.

    Brunswick stew is Southern comfort food that everyone needs to try. It is absolutely delicious, and I share my tips for making it easy and delicious in a slow cooker. In addition to listening, you can find the Brunswick stew recipe here along with more tips + a video.

    In this episode, I share some of the following.

    The "lunchroom stew" of my childhood and the fundraisers surrounding it. Making Brunswick stew for the lake, beach, or weekend getaway. The importance of salting and seasoning ingredients separately. How to pre-cook potatoes for Brunswick stew. Convenience items that make the recipe easier. How to get the "look" and consistency you want.

    Resources related to this podcast.

    The recipe: Fabulous Brunswick Stew in a Slow Cooker

  • In this episode of The SavvyCast, you'll learn why Babypalooza is the BEST resource for any new or expectant mom.

    A Family Savvy "Best Resource"

    Family Savvy is all about sharing fabulous resources related to home and family. Babypalooza is one of the best resources I have found for new and expectant moms. When I was pregnant, the options for moms were few, and mostly local. My community was basically my church and friend group. Today, moms have the ability to connect across the nation with each other, and with the best products, services, and resources for birth through preschool.

    Let' Talk Babypalooza on The SavvyCast.

    In this week’s episode ot The SavvyCast, my guest is Cecilia "CC" Pearson, founder of Babypalooza. She shares why and how she started Babypalooza and how it has grown over 15 years. She shares the myriad ways Babypalooza helps new and expectant moms.

    Who is Cecilia Pearson?

    Known by many as "Baby Lady," Cecila "CC" Pearson is the founder of Babypalooza. A Birmingham native and resident, she has spent 15 + years building one of the largest and most comprehensive resources available to new and expectant moms.

    What is Babypalooza?

    Babypalooza is a hub of information, resources, and connection for new and expectant moms. It offers a traditional magazine, an online magazine, and an app that connects moms anywhere and everywhere who desire community. There is no more comprehensive resource to help moms stay informed and connected from birth through preschool.

    What you'll learn in this podcast. What resources does Babypalooza offer to new and expectant moms? How do moms get the magazine by traditional and digital mail? How do you get the Babypalooza app and what does it offer? How do moms connect with each other across the nation? How is Babypalooza helping moms navigate motherhood during the pandemic?

    Resources related to this podcast.

    On Instagram @babypalooza On the website Babypalooza.com The Babypalooza app (on the app store or google app)

    I hope this is something you will share with any new or expectant mom. Feel free to reach out with any questions. As always, be blessed, and stay savvy!!!

  • This week on The SavvyCast, Dr. Ben Pearce talks about breast cancer awareness and the many surgical options women have today.

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    Who is Dr. Ben Pearce? Dr. Pearce received his undergraduate degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL, graduating manga cum laude from the honors college with a degree in Biology

    He attended medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, completing rotational years in Huntsville, AL.

    Following medical school - he completed a 5-year surgical residency at Louisiana. State University in Shreveport, a Level 1 trauma center, which culminated in board certification.

    Following general surgery training - he completed a 3-year fellowship in plastic surgery at Vanderbilt University.

    While in Nashville - he trained under leaders in the field of plastic surgery.

    He is currently practicing at Reveal Beauty. Find more information here. Breast cancer awareness, prevention, and early detection.

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so Dr. Pearce discusses various aspects of breast health~from the importance of early detection, self-exams, and mammograms. He delves into the factors of genetics and lifestyle, as well as the option many women choose for prevention~prophylactic mastectomies.

    Key points discussed in the podcast.

    -How to feel your breasts for any out-of-the-ordinary lumps.

    -When to begin getting mammograms if you are at an average risk

    -How to know if you are at a higher risk of getting breast cancer due to family history.

    -Habits that can increase breast cancer risk.

    -The different stages of breast cancer.

    -Information on the 5-year remission process.

    -Information about mastectomies and reconstruction surgeries.

    -Information about cosmetic procedures for women who want to increase or reduce their breast size.

    -An overview of breast lifting and breast augmentation.

    Resources related to this podcast:

    For more information, you can schedule an in-person consultation with Reveal Beauty via phone (205) 408-9787 or online (link below). In light of COVID-19, you can also opt to schedule a virtual consultation.

    You can find Reveal Beauty at revealbeauty.net or on Instagram @reveal_beauty_plastic_surgery.

  • In this episode of The SavvyCast, we learn about pellet grills generally and RecTeq pellet grills specifically.

    I share why I am thrilled with my pellet grill and why you might want one too.

    NOTE: This post is not sponsored by RecTeq, nor am I receiving any compensation. I am just sharing this from personal experience:-)

    Why I am thrilled with my pellet grill.

    My pellet grill is the BEST purchase I've made in years. It has changed everything about how I cook, and I recommend a pellet grill to everyone that I know. Unless you are one who wants to stoke a fire and babysit a charcoal grill or Big Green Egg, a pellet grill is for you. It is the easiest, most user-friendly way for busy people to grill/smoke fabulous food.

    Why you might want to consider a pellet grill. You are busy and don't have time to nurse a charcoal grill or Big Green Egg. You want grilled and smoked flavor easily. A pellet grill is the easiest method to achieve this. You want to cook food outdoors to avoid heating up your kitchen. You rarely use your charcoal grill because you don't know how or it takes too much work. What is a pellet grill?

    A pellet grill is like an outdoor smoking oven. It can reach higher temperatures (up to 500 degrees for a RecTeq) without direct fire. The temperature is maintained consistently for the duration of cooking. Here are a few things to note about a pellet grill.

    It requires electricity. The heat source is a firepot. The fuel is wood pellets. The hopper holds wood pellets. An augur pushes pellets to the fire pot. A blower maintains the fire. An app operates the pellet grill from anywhere in the world. Turn on, off, adjust temp, etc.... What is a RecTeq?

    The original pellet grill was invented by Traeger in the 80's. Trager had a patent on the pellet grill until around 2008. In 2009, RecTeq and other companies began producing pellet grills. RecTeq is one of the leading producers of pellet grills with unparalleled customer service. I have a RecTeq 590, shown below, along with a short video showing the various parts of the grill.

    What food is great on a pellet grill? One pan meals are fabulous. You can cut up veggies, chicken or another protein.....toss in EVOO and smoke. Jody smokes vegetables for his 10-month-old and purees it for baby food. Pizzas on the pellet grill are amazing. I buy Papa Murphys take and bake. Five minutes at 500 F = stone-fired pizza. Salmon is FABULOUS on a pellet grill. Below is a photo of salmon that I made on my RecTeq. What are grill grates?

    A grill grate is an accessory that is helpful for those who want to get sear marks and caramelization on meat. Grill grates can heat to a higher temperature (up to 600). It has a flat side and a grate/grid side that you can use. You can blacken meat or fish on grill grates.

    Why buy a RecTeq Pellet Grill?

    Began in 2009. Wanted to bring quality grill at low price and old school service with follow-up customer service. Hand out cell phone numbers of the general manager. If you don't feel that you are getting good customer service, you go straight to the top. Thick metal, higher temperatures, more consistent temperature than most competitors. Unparalleled customer service.

    RecTeq grills are sold online only.

    There is no middle man. Factory direct allows RecTeq to offer the lowest price and to monitor customer service. There is a hub in Evans, Georgia, an 80-acre facility where RecTeq is produced. Folks from all over go to Evans to learn more about RecTeq and purchase if desired. Easy delivery & shipping. RecTeq offers a 30 day guarantee.

    What size RecTeq should I buy?

    If in doubt, go one size larger than you think you need. Most people have only one regret where size is concerned~not buying a larger RecTeq. Zane and I have the 590, and I do wish that we had purchased the RT 700. Why? One reason is that the difference of roughly $200 is minimal, and we would have more room for one of my favorite things to put on the pellet grill~pizzas.

    How to do the first burn on a pellet grill.

    When you buy a pellet grill, you will need to do a "first burn" to prepare it for cooking. This is similar to seasoning a cast-iron skillet. Do it once, and you are good to go. In the video below, I show how easy it is to do the first burn on a RecTeq pellet grill.

    Resources related to this podcast.

    For questions or purchases: Visit RecTeq.com or call (706) 922-0890.

    Email: support@recteq.com or jody@recteq.com

    Instagram: @recteq_official and @bbqdadjody