• 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?

    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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    A Licensed Therapist Talks about How to Deal with Grief

    An Inside Look At The Life-Changing Camp JH Ranch

  • 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

    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 Mental Health Can Be Managed for a Full and Productive Life

    Let's Talk: Living a Full Life with Fibromyalgia and Lupus

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  • This week on the SavvyCast I discussed JH Ranch, a Christian outdoors camp in California. My guests (including my daughter Emma) shared with me the impact JH has had on their own faith and personal growth. Whether you have never heard of JH Ranch or are a seasoned camper, this episode is sure to inspire you!

    JH Ranch is a breathtaking camp tucked in the mountains of California. It is spread over nearly 1000 remote acres and is fourteen miles outside of the town of Etna, CA. With all the different tracks JH offers, there is a session for everyone. Whether you want to send your child by themselves or with a parent, JH has tailor-made programs designed to strengthen your child's relationship with God through adventure and connection.

    What Adventures Does JH Ranch Offer? Parent & Son/Daughter - This track is designed to strengthen the bond between parents and teens through experiencing new challenges and adventures together. These adventures include whitewater rafting, wilderness hiking, and ropes course climbing! Cloud 9 - Cloud 9 is designed specifically for engaged couples. This experience will lay an unbreakable spiritual and relational foundation for your marriage. Challenge - Rising 9th and 10th graders experience two weeks of jet boating, camping in the Redwoods, surfing the Pacific Coast, and more! Second Wind - After completing 10th grade, campers are eligible for Second Wind. This track features slightly more intense activities than the Challenge session. These activities include a ropes course, white water rafting, and hiking. Trac II Bikes - Campers who have completed Second Wind are eligible for Trac II Bikes, where they will bike 109 miles from JH Ranch to the Pacific Coast. Trac II Mountain - Campers who have completed Second Wind also have the option of Trac II Mountain. Instead of biking 109 miles, campers climb all 14,180 feet of Mount Shasta. The Impact of JH Ranch:

    In addition to discussing the adventures JH Ranch has to offer, the guests discussed how JH Ranch impacted their faith. They explained that JH Ranch has had a lasting impact on their walk with the Lord and that it has sparked so much personal growth. Additionally, the guests noted how encouraging it has been to have such a rich Christian community with their peers.

  • 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

    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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    Let's Talk: Home Cooking Tips, Tricks, and Advice

  • Chris Bailey, editor and producer of The SavvyCast, shared about the importance of mental health on this week’s episode. He shared his own journey as well as which resources have been helpful for him.

    Who is Chris Bailey?

    Chris Bailey grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and is an alumnus of Samford University. He has over 10 years of professional videography experience and helped create the SavvyCast. He is now a producer and editor for The SavvyCast, as well as the Founder and CEO of CSB Productions. Chris has worked on countless television and online productions including Chace Strickland and Sean Hobbs of Backyard Production, Emmy Award-Winning Documentary Director Michael Uys, The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and many other directors, videographers, organizations, and online personalities. Chris is drawn to stories and strives to use videography as a way to reveal the deeper story behind every project.

    The Episode at a Glance:

    This week I discussed the importance of mental health with Chris Bailey. Chris shared about his own mental health journey, as well as what resources have been helpful for him. We discussed depression, anxiety, medication, and how to find the right therapist.

    Questions We Answered: What does depression feel like? What is the purpose of medication? How do you find a good therapist? What are the first treatment steps for someone who has or thinks they have depression? How do you speak life into yourself? How do you unravel the habit of speaking negatively to yourself? Resources We Discussed: Don’t Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table: It’s Time to Win the Battle of Your Mind by Louie Giglio Out of the Cave: Stepping into the Light When Depression Darkens What You See by Chris Hodges Trey Hill at Covenant Counseling CSB Productions Suicide Hotline:

    The National Suicide Hotline number is 800-273-8255. If you or a loved one are struggling with depression, do not hesitate to reach out and find help.

    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!!!

    If you like this podcast, check these out:

    A Licensed Therapist Talks about How to Deal with Grief

    Let's Talk: Living a Full Life with Fibromyalgia and Lupus

  • My dear friend and incredibly talented artist Debra Hewitt shares why art is the perfect gift for any occasion. Debra’s pieces make a beautiful, personal gift for anyone and any occasion.


    This week I sat down with Debra Hewitt to discuss why art makes the perfect gift for any occasion. If you listened to “Let’s Talk With Debra Hewitt: My Favorite Artist,” you are already familiar with Debra and her work! Debra is one of my dearest friends and an extremely talented artist, and we discussed so many of her gorgeous pieces this week. Whether you are looking for a condolence gift, a wedding gift, or a graduation gift, Debra has a collection to suit any occasion!


    A native of Oxford, Mississippi, Debra Hewitt’s foundation is deeply rooted in faith and family. She grew up surrounded by lovely homes filled with antiques and art, which instilled in her an appreciation for beautiful things and the sentiment attached to them. As a young girl, she watched her mother, a self-taught artist, find deep enjoyment in expressing her style on canvas. Self-taught like her mother, Debra began painting over 15 years ago and has never looked back. Painting faith-based art is her passion, and she truly gives God all the glory for allowing her to live out her dream. Debra resides in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband, Bobby. The Hewitts are blessed with two beautiful children, Peyton and Maggie, and a wonderful son-in-law, William, as well as two beloved Dachshunds.


    The gift of art makes a wonderful gift for a bridesmaid’s gift, a wedding gift, a teacher gift for back-to-school, a birthday gift, a graduation gift, an anniversary gift, a Christmas gift, and more! I LOVE to give art as gifts, because who doesn’t enjoy a beautiful piece of handmade art? Not only does Debra’s art make a FABULOUS gift for any occasion, but she also offers personalization for her pieces. She can make any piece whatever size you want, and customize it however you’d like. Debra offers virtual consultations to dream up the perfect piece for her clients. Additionally, she is happy to write any Bible verse you want on the back of a piece.

    PERKS TO BUYING GIFT ART: There will not be a duplicate of that gift! You can guarantee that someone does not already have it and that nobody else will give the exact same thing! Anyone and everyone no matter their age will love it. There is something for any and every occasion. If you have several gifts to purchase for different occasions, purchasing art can be your one-stop shop instead of going to several different places. Art is such a personal gift, and will be cherished and adored for ages to come! PIECES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Angel Collection: Perfect for a baby shower gift, a condolence gift, holiday gift · Red Bird Collection: This is Debra’s most popular condolence gift. 3 Angels of Protection on Acrylic Panel with Easel Condolence gift or holiday gift · 4x 12 (my favorite size) All White Cross Collection Perfect for a vignette; I use this piece primarily for my vignette by my kitchen window. 4×12 Single white tulip collection Landscape Piece painted on silk placed in an acrylic frame Gold Cross Shadowbox with Quartz– so unique and beautiful! Large White Tulip collection I love to use this piece to hide my coffee pot! This one is also a very popular wedding gift. Limited Edition Cross with Selenite This piece is a wonderful hostess gift, as well as a thoughtful bridesmaids gift! 2021 Joy to the World Christmas Collection is a perfect gift for the holidays! CONNECT WITH DEBRA HEWITT:

    Debra Hewitt Art Website: www.debrahewittart.com

    Debra on Instagram: @debrahewittart

    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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    Let’s Talk With Debra Hewitt: My Favorite Artist

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  • In this episode, Licensed Physical Therapist Sean Hiller shares how fitness can “bullet-proof” the body. Sean shares how the Master’s Performance program can help prevent future surgeries, heart disease, and so much more.


    This week, Sean Hiller comes back on the podcast to discuss Master’s Performance, which is a personalized fitness program at Vulcan Movement. He describes this plan as fitness training from a healthcare perspective. Sean shares how this plan has been transformative for many of his clients.


    Some of you may remember Sean Hiller from the Savvy cast episode, “When and Why PT is the Better Option Over Surgery.” Sean is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach, and CrossFit Level 1 Coach, and former Collegiate Athlete. He currently works as a Licensed Physical Therapist at Vulcan Physical Therapy. Sean is passionate about the benefits of personalized physical therapy and fitness and has seen firsthand how they have improved the health of his clients. Sean’s mission is to make the ground floor of healthcare fitness-oriented. Instead of walking into a doctor’s office when you are experiencing health issues, Sean’s goal is to use fitness as a preventative method before the health issues set in. For more conversations on proactive healthcare, be sure to check out Sean’s podcast, Impetus Health!


    Masters Performance is a program specifically designed for aging adults. As we get older, our body starts to become less resilient and we are more prone to health problems. This science-backed program addresses the specific needs and weaknesses of each client. Clients undergo a physical assessment before they begin. In this assessment, Sean evaluated the client’s movement, morbidity, morbidity scales, cardiovascular system, and more. This program can help prevent everything from small nagging injuries to more serious health concerns. Sean has helped clients in their 50’s all the way to their 90’s live a more independent lifestyle!

    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!!!

    If you like this podcast, check these out:

    When and Why PT is the Better Option Over Surgery

    Let’s Talk: Ellie Hiller With Vulcan Nutrition

  • As many of you know, Trader Joe’s is one of my FAVORITE places to shop! In this episode, I share my top 20 tried-and-true favorite items.


    If you are familiar with the blog or my Instagram, you know how much I LOVE Trader Joe’s. From fresh produce to a great frozen section to snacks, meat, and even flowers, there is so much to try -and love- there! However, it can be a little overwhelming if you do not know where to begin. In this episode, I share my all-time favorite Trader Joe’s finds. Whether you have never darkened the door of a Trader Joe’s or are there several times a week, I hope this episode inspires you to try something new!

    Below are 20 of my favorite items from Trader Joe’s, organized by category. From

    FROM THE PRODUCE AISLE: Mirepoix Steamed Lentils Organic Tomato and Roasted Red pepper soup – I use this and the steamed lentils in my Healthy & Yummy Tomato Lentil Soup. By using these items, you will have a delicious lentil soup in just 20 minutes! Shelled Edamame Southwestern Chopped Salad Cruciferous Crunch La Petite Carrots of Many Colors – These are perfect for my Fork Tender London Broil Mississippi Roast! Basil Cilantro DAIRY: Burrata Cheese FROM THE FROZEN SECTION: Extra Fine French Green Beans Mexican Style Roasted Corn Cauliflower Gnocchi JARS: Hot and Sweet Jalapenos – There are so many uses for this delicious condiment! These are FAB on my Alabama Style Redneck Charcuterie Board, and would make a great addition to my Zesty Tuna Salad or Curried Chicken salad! Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki Sauce SNACKS: Quinoa Black Bean Infused Tortilla Chips Chipotle Black Bean Dip Trader Joe’s Organic Dark Chocolate MEAT: Butcher’s Shop Trader Joes Boneless Pork Tenderloin- Jeff Macaravech shared his delicious Coffee Rubbed Pork Tenderloin recipe on the podcast this summer. It is perfect for anyone looking for a delicious new way to serve a classic tenderloin! Spicy Jalapeno Chicken Sausage
  • Sharon Gilbert shares how she transformed our family's "pole barn" into a gorgeous, cozy cottage. She truly has a gift for transforming spaces, a gift that comes from her keen sense of design. Sharon discussed her design business, described her personal design style, and gave all the details of her beautiful farm home. She even shares a secret and a fabulous recipe at the end of the episode!

    Who Is Sharon Gilbert?

    Sharon Gilbert lives in Birmingham, Alabama where she runs her design business. Sharon and her husband have three children and four grandchildren. She is a graduate of Samford University and has always had an eye for design and interiors. You can almost always find her outdoors, whether she is gardening, bow hunting, or simply soaking in the fresh air. If she is not outdoors or enjoying time with family or friends, you can find her antiquing for "treasures".

    Things We Discussed in This Episode:

    In this episode, Sharon shares the design details that went into creating this beautiful space. She shared what she would do differently, advice on how to save money in the process, and her favorite part of the project. Some of the items and design choices she discussed were:

    Blown ceiling professionally sprayed with spray foam. Her favorite paint color, Ben Moore's "Simply White." White stock shaker cabinets (Amazon pulls). Track lighting and pendants. Shiplap, which she used on two walls.
  • This week Dr. David Sender, a resident at The Auburn University Veterinary School of Medicine, answered some commonly asked questions pet owners have when it comes to caring for dogs. He shared his expertise on things like which foods to buy, what supplements are useful, and we even discussed kissing our dogs!

    THINGS WE DISCUSSED IN THIS PODCAST: What is the healthiest food to buy for dogs? Dr. Sender recommended several brands, such as Royal Canine, Hills Science Diet, Iams, and Purina. Should you put your dogs on a grain-free diet? What are the most dangerous foods for dogs to eat? What should you do if your dog ingests something poisonous? Can dogs eat people’s food? Is it ok to kiss your dogs?
  • On this episode of The SavvyCast, my friend Dr. David Sender shares his insight as a resident at The Auburn University Veterinary School of Medicine into navigating the painful choice of euthanasia for pets.

    Who Is Dr. David Sender?

    Dr. Sender is a Chicago, Illinois native who completed his veterinary training at the University of Illinois. After his time there, he went to Colorado State where he completed a small animal rotating internship. He then went on to be a Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Sender is now a resident at The Auburn University Veterinary School of Medicine.

    My Experience with Dr. Sender:

    As many of you all know, I lost my beloved buddy Cam in April of this year. His passing was unexpected and excruciatingly painful, though God in his kindness has blessed my family and me through support and love from our community. After a few days of frantic veterinary visits here in Birmingham, I made the decision to take Cam to the teaching hospital at Auburn University Vet School. This is one of the most advanced clinics in the United States for difficult cases in animals large and small. Here we met Dr. Sender, who gently and gracefully walked with us through our last few days with Cam. He cared for Cam in his last days, and eventually performed the euthanasia after we all came to the conclusion that this was the most loving thing to do.

  • Who is Melanie Roberson?

    Melanie Roberson lives in Hattiesburg, MS, with her husband John, a maxillofacial surgeon. She has two college children and is making the most of an empty nest. Melanie's Instagram @melshealthymeals is one of my favorites, as she inspires me with her meals, her love of exercise, and her strong faith and positive outlook on life.

    Why Melanie is so committed to a healthy lifestyle.

    When in college, Melanie gained the "Freshman 15," developed high cholesterol, and simply didn't feel good about herself. When her doctor told her he was putting her on statins, she asked for time to make lifestyle changes. She did, and she never looked back. Her cholesterol is perfect, and she is on no medication.

    Melanie's grocery routine.

    Melanie buys tons and tons of produce; she eats the rainbow! She lives in a small town with limited grocery outlets (no Whole Foods), so she has some favorite ways to get fresh, healthy food to her table.

    Melanie buys produce locally from Farmer's markets and grocery stores. Melanie purchases many favorite products from Thrive Market. She buys seafood online from Sizzlefish. What she doesn't cook that week she freezes. The middle aisle of the grocery store is a no to Melanie. She doesn't stock up on packaged foods or snacks. Things we discuss in this Podcast Melanies' favorite "sweet tooth" indulgence. Why Melanie is doing the "75Hard Challenge" and what she has learned. How Melanie became consistent in her exercise routine. How she spends quiet time consistently with God and her husband.
  • On this episode of the SavvyCast, Jamie sits down with Sean Hiller of Vulcan Performance Rehabilitation and Recovery to discuss when and why physical therapy may be a better option to reducing pain and increasing mobility over other methods like medications or surgery.

    Sean talks about how he got started in physical therapy and how he strives to live the life that he teaches to his clients. He also talks about the benefits of physical therapy, why it can create more improvements to your range of motion and overall wellbeing when compared to surgery, and how individualized PT can provide a significant difference when compared to larger PT clinics.

    Our listeners can learn more about Vulcan Performance Rehabilitation and Recovery by visiting www.vulcanmovement.com and also can check out Sean's Instagram @seanhiller

  • In this episode of The SavvyCast, my guest, Carrie Morey, shares the story behind her phenomenal business~Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit. Carrie is a wife, mom, and entrepreneur whose made-by-hand mail order biscuit company is one of the South’s top small business success stories.

    SOME THINGS DISCUSSED IN THIS PODCAST. Carrie’s cookbook (one of my favorites) and a new one that is coming soon How Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits were featured as one of Oprah’s “favorite things” How the pandemic affected Carrie’s business How Carrie started Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit with her mom~whose famous biscuit started it all How Carrie balances home, family and her business (and how others can do this as well) What does the future hold for Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit? Carrie talks about the myriad ways biscuit dough can be used beyond “just biscuits” Carrie talks about her new PBS documentary, How She Rolls RESOURCES RELATED TO THIS EPISODE Carrie’s cookbook (one of my favorites) can be purchased here. Carrie is giving listeners 15% off an online shipment at calliesbiscuits.com with the discount code FAMILYSAVVY Follow Carrie and her business on Instagram @carriebaileymorey and @callieshotlittlebiscuit To check out more of my favorite frozen treats, be sure to tune in to this other episode of The SavvyCast.
  • In this episode of The SavvyCast, I interview Annie B. Jones, the powerhouse female entrepreneur who has turned The Bookshelf Thomasville into a book lover’s paradise. THINGS YOU’LL LEARN IN THIS PODCAST. How Annie acquired The Bookshelf Thomasville. How the pandemic affected The Bookshelf and what pivots Annie made to keep business alive. How being an enneagram 5 plays into her role as a female entrepreneur. How her enneagram 3 husband, Jordan Jones, helps The myriad ways that The Bookshelf meets the wants and needs of readers worldwide. Why readers would want to choose an independent bookstore over amazon. Annie’s favorite books of 2021 and 2021. How Family Savvy listeners can receive a discount for online orders at The Bookshelf. ANNIE’S FAVORITE BOOKS FOR 2020 AND 2021. Competitive Grieving by Nora Zelavansky Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion Gilead by Marilynne Robinson Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny BOOKSHELF DISCOUNT FOR FAMILY SAVVY LISTENERS. Use the code FAMILYSAVVY for 10% off any order through the end of July.

  • As a blogger who is very passionate about food, I've had the wonderful opportunity to connect with other cooking bloggers through social media. On this episode of The SavvyCast, I welcome one of my favorite social media influencers, Wine and Dine with Jeff, to discuss our favorite thing—FOOD! Jeff is a prominent YouTuber who creates and shares a new, unique recipe each week. He has traveled the world and has learned different countries' cuisines and wines through immersing himself in their culture.

    What You'll Find in this Episode: How did Jeff discover his passion for food and why did he decide to start Wine and Dine with Jeff? We get a glimpse of what Jeff's personal life is like: From living at the beach with his precious fur babies to traveling the world. How Jeff studies food and wine from across the globe We discuss the behind-the-scenes of his YouTube channel and how he creates his recipes. Jeff's best cooking tips, tricks, and recipes Resources Related to this Episode: Peruvian Roast Chicken with Green Sauce Recipe Filipino Chicken Adobo Recipe Fajita Stuffed Chicken Recipe Coffee Rubbed Pork Tenderloin Recipe Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe Subscribe to Wine and Dine with Jeff's YouTube Channel You can access Wine and Dine with Jeff's recipes on his blog Follow Jeff on Instagram @wineanddinewithjeff
  • On this episode of The SavvyCast, I welcome my friend and hairdresser of over 10 years, Kim Laslo, to talk about options for thicker and fuller hair for both men and women. From hair extensions to toppers to wigs and more, Kim walks us through each of these options to help those with thinning hair or baldness.

    What you’ll find in this episode: Options for women with thinning hair: Clip-In Hair Extensions: you put these in and remove them as you please. Tape-In Extensions: you have these put in and lifted regularly by a stylist. Toppers: you put this on and take it off yourself. Kim and I even discuss the differences between toppers and wigs. Options for men and women with no hair Hair Bonding

    Bonding is an innovative process where hair can be custom-designed and bonded directly onto the scalp. Kim gives all the details about bonding and how it works.

    Resources related to this podcast Kim on Instagram @kimlaslo_hairbykim Book a salon appointment with Kim: Visit Kim's Website or call (205) 767-3371.
  • In this episode of The SavvyCast, my guest Ruth McKeaney joins me to discuss her book, Hungry for Home: A Year Together at Hillside Farm. If you want inspiration and ideas for creating a welcoming home, this is a must-have book. Ruth also shares myriad recipes that are fabulous for family dinners to large-scale parties.

    SOME THINGS WE DISCUSS IN THIS EPISODE: Ruth and her husband’s years of experience in historic home “rehab” and flipping How Ruth and her family have renovated the historic Hillside Farm Beautiful and practical ways to decorate a home How to be intentional in decorating a space How to turn cooking mistakes into humorous memories Ruth’s go-to paint colors (including a fabulous navy that I am obsessed with) A few of Ruth’s favorite seasonal recipes How Ruth went from despising gardening to appreciating it Dove White (favorite neutral) Van Deusen Blue (HC 156) fabulous navy RESOURCES RELATED TO THIS PODCAST: Follow Ruth on Instagram @hungryforhome Find out more at www.hungry4home.com. Also available on amazon.
  • 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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.