• 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.
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  • 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.

  • We all know someone in our lives who is grieving, whether it’s from the loss of a loved one, divorce, job loss, health complications, etc. Maybe you are currently grieving, too. Dimy Mixon, a marriage and family therapist specializing in grief counseling for women, offers practical advice for navigating grief (our own or that of a loved one). In this episode of The SavvyCast, Dimy Mixon, founder and owner of Fountain Counseling in Atlanta, Georgia, joins me to discuss how to navigate personal grief and how to respond to loved ones' grief. This episode has been such a learning experience for me, and I hope it is for you as well.

    Here is what you’ll find in this episode:

    What are the 6 Stages of Grief?

    Denial Anger Bargaining Depression Acceptance Meaning

    What are the best things to do if you are grieving?

    Be kind and gentle to yourself. Surround yourself with loved ones. Do not isolate yourself. Have healthy alone time, but do not isolate. Stick to a daily routine. Exercise Journaling Cling to your faith.

    How can we help those who are grieving?

    Assist them through practical tasks such as making a meal, cutting their grass, running an errand, etc. Use your talents and abilities to serve them. Be physically present. Keep your words simple. Let them know that you’re sorry and that you’re there for them, but sometimes the less we say, the better. If you’re unsure about whether or not the person grieving wants company or not, ask their close friends and family if they want company at this time. Whether it is a card or a text, any sign of care is a gift.

    What NOT to tell someone who is grieving

    While our intentions are good, some common phrases people say can come across as invalidating one’s grief.

    How do people arrive to the Meaning stage of grief?

    There are so many ways someone can reach the Meaning stage of grief, and Dimy and I discuss several examples.

    Dimy Mixon is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Georgia. You can get in contact with her through the Fountain Counseling Website or email her at dimy@fountaincounseling.com.

    Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

    David Kessler's Website

    Best Books to Read about Grief

    The Gift of Presence (A Guide to Helping Those Who Suffer) by Joe Pennel Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg Where Is God When It Hurts? by Philip Yancey Journeying Through Grief (4-Book Set) by Kenneth Haugk Roses in December by Marilyn Willett Heavilin Mending the Heart by John Claypool A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl The Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying by Maggie Callahan The Needs of the Dying: A Guide to Bringing Hope, Comfort, and Love to Life's Final Chapter by David Kessler You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After a Breakup, Divorce, or Death by Louise Hay and David Kessler Visions, Trips, and Crowded Rooms: Who and What You See Before You Die by David Kessler Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief by David Kessler
  • Who doesn’t love a good pizza? This episode is for those of you who want to cook delicious pizzas in your own kitchen that your entire family is sure to love! In this episode, I talk-through step-by-step on how to make these yummy pizzas, savvy tools to use, my favorite ingredients, the best toppings, and more.

    Here is what you’ll find in this episode:

    Best Pizza Crusts

    Against the Grain Gourmet Three Cheese Pizza Shell (Gluten-Free) DIY Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe (Gluten-Free)

    Savvy Tools to Use When Making Pizza

    Disposable gloves- I wear these to mix the crust by hand (and a multitude of other tasks). Stainless steel pizza flipper. The cake spatula is large enough to flip cakes and pizzas with ease. Emile Henry Pizza Stone- I link to my square one below; I have two of them. Nut Milk Bag- These are perfect to remove water from riced cauliflower.

    Delicious Toppings to Take Your Pizza Over-the-Top

    Pesto Pizza Toppings: Buitoni Pesto with Basil sauce or Costco’s Basil Pesto sauce San Marzano Cherry Tomatoes Shredded Whole Milk Mozzarella Burrata Cheese Greek Pizza Toppings: Orange, Yellow, and Red Bell Peppers Chopped Red Onion Sliced Black Olives and Kalamata Olives Chopped English Cucumber Crumbled Feta Shredded Mozzarella and Sliced Mozzarella Balls Greek Seasoning

    To see all these products, you can check out this episode on my YouTube Channel. If you haven’t already, be sure to follow me on Instagram (@family_savvy) for more recipes, tips, and tricks! As always, stay savvy.

  • In this episode of The SavvyCast, I share my favorite store-bought frozen food items and how I use them to prepare delicious meals, appetizers, snacks, and more.

    Here is what you’ll find in this episode:

    The Flying Meatballs (My favorite kind is their Three Meat Beef, Veal, and Pork meatballs!) When preparing these meatballs, I love to combine them with Rao’s sauce, especially if I’m adding these meatballs to spaghetti. If I really want to take it over-the-top, then I’ll occasionally add burrata cheese. Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit (The Cheese and Chive are my favorite). Against the Grain Gourmet Three Cheese Gluten-Free Pizza Shell To prepare this pizza crust, I spray it with EVOO and add meat. Then, I add different kinds of cheeses: shredded or pre-grated parmesan, shredded and balled mozzarella, and burrata cheese. When it comes to pizza sauce, I love to use either Buitoni Pesto, Classico Pesto, or Costco’s Basil Pesto. Against the Grain Gourmet Baguettes Drizzling these baguettes with an infused oil or spraying them with EVOO makes them taste delicious! Then, I loosely wrap them in foil and place them in a 400°F oven. Dr. Praeger's Black Bean Quinoa Veggie Burgers (Gluten-Free AND Vegan) To prepare these, I spray them with EVOO, place them in a Breville Smart Oven on the Air Fry function. (If they don’t start getting crisp, turn it up to a Broil.) Let it sit for 5-10 minutes. I love adding avocado on top of these burgers, and when I season my avocado, I use Lawry’s Garlic Salt or Everything but the Bagel Seasoning. Trader Joe’s Authentic Italian Penne Arrabbiata Trader Joe’s Butter Chicken Alexia Foods Sweet Potato Fries & Puffs and Onion Rings Realgood Foods Stuffed Chicken Diced Frozen Onions (I ALWAYS have a bag of this on hand.)

    Resources related to this podcast:

    @theflyingmeatballs on Instagram

    If you enjoyed this podcast episode, then I highly encourage you to check out this previous episode where my friend, Marie, and I discuss our favorite things to buy at Trader Joe’s. We include a list of 40+ items! Also, if you don’t already, be sure to follow me on Instagram (@family_savvy) to see my latest kitchen creations, recipes, beauty finds, and more.

  • We all want to feel comfortable in our own skin, and taking care of our skin is one way we can do that! We all want to prevent our skin from aging, and we long for beautiful, healthy, glowing skin. So, how do we achieve that? On this episode of The SavvyCast, Dr. Pearce from Reveal Beauty joins me on the podcast for the 3rd time to discuss all things skincare. We discuss how to take care of your skin on a daily basis, what products to use, how to remove sun and age spots, and the best skincare treatments and procedures.

    Topics Discussed in this Episode:

    How to Take Care of Your Skin Daily Have a cleansing system that you do at least twice a day After cleansing in the morning, use a moisturizer that has some component of SPF in it What are the benefits to using Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid? Dr. Pearce recommends buying hyaluronic acid from reputable companies such as Obagi and SkinMedica. What are the perks to using retinol in your routine? What Products to Buy While medical-grade products can have a high price tag, but Dr. Pearce recommends it because they provide stronger, more effective results. Whereas you may be spending more money by purchasing less-effective over-the-counter products at a department store. How to Treat Sun and Age Spots Dr. Pearce recommends using hydroquinone to brighten up those spots. This can be found in Obagi Nu-Derm Clear, Obagi Nu-Derm Blender, and Obagi Nu-Derm Sunfader How to Treat Under-Eye Circles Dr. Pearce recommends using SkinMedica Instant Bright Eye Cream OR Obagi Elastiderm. Best Skin Treatment & Procedure Options If you’re not ready to commit to a procedure, then Dr. Pearce suggests the Obagi Nu-Derm system. Hollywood Peel is a quick treatment that is well tolerated by just about any skin types. It exfoliates the skin and gives it a nice glow. Broad Band Light treatment can help discoloration on the hands. Biggest bang for your buck? CO2 Laser Treatment. It helps remove lines and wrinkles in a one-and-done style.

    Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

    Reveal Beauty Dr. Pearce joined me on the podcast for 2 previous episodes. If you’d like to tune into those as well, then check out these episodes: Let's Talk with Drs. Clinton & Pearce of Reveal Beauty A Doctor Shares Expert Advice About the Many Breast Surgery Options Available Today
  • Chronic foot pain can feel debilitating at times, but the good news is there are options out there to improve our foot health and rid ourselves of pesky foot pain. In this episode of The SavvyCast, my good friend (and cousin), Kristy McKinney, joins me to discuss how to fix foot pain.

    Kristy dealt with foot pain for almost 25 years, and after being educated about foot health, she has zero pain in her feet! Kristy received her gait guru education from Gait Happens with Drs. Conley and Perez, and she has participated in many case studies alongside physical therapists and clinicians to assess people’s feet. Since most foot pain is caused by ill movement patterns, Kristy is trained to examine your movement patterns to find a healthy way to restore your feet to health!

    Here is what we discussed in this podcast episode:

    How heels in shoes can cause foot cramps and why do certain shoes lead to cramps How shoes can lead us to be more unbalanced Why is foot health important? Turns out, 80-90% of elderly people fall due to a lack of big toe flexibility, so how can we help improve our foot health to prevent falling? How Kristy assesses people’s foot health and how she can help you

    Kristy is available to do virtual and in-person consults, so no matter where you are in the world, she can assist you!

    Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

    To schedule a virtual consultation with Kristy, you can contact her at mckinneykristy@gmail.com or call/text 256-483-2469. To schedule an in-studio live appointment with Kristy, contact hello@provisionstudio.com or text/call 256-483-2469. Follow Kristy McKinney on Instagram: @imperfectpilates Gait Happens (You can find them on Instagram @gaithappens) Want great toe separators or shoe lists for reviews on barefoot, transition, and minimal shoes? Check out these resources: Correct Toes Toe Separators on Amazon Need more help? Kristy usually refers to Emily Splichal, who also does virtual consultations.

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    Not only can you listen to The SavvyCast podcast, you can watch it, too! Head on over to the Family Savvy YouTube Channel to watch our discussions.

  • Want to know tips and tricks from an experienced interior designer on how to decorate your home? Looking to revamp your house on a budget? Seeking out the newest design trends? In this episode of The SavvyCast, Laura Dockery of Laura Dockery Design joins the podcast to answer YOUR questions—both big and small—about Interior Design.

    Here is what you’ll find in this episode:

    What are the best paint colors to use in your home? If you’re home is full of natural light, then Laura recommends you should consider these paint options: Sherwin Williams Natural Choice (One of Laura’s go-to paint colors) Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White (Another one of Laura’s go-to paint colors) Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee If you’re home doesn’t have a ton of natural light, then here are some paint recommendations that will look fabulous: Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace Benjamin Moore White Dove Sherwin Williams Origami White When painting exterior doors, Laura loves to use Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze. I took her recommendation and painted my own door this color, and I love it! Trim—paint it or don’t paint it? How to choose a grout color When it comes to countertops, which is better: Quartz or Marble? Laura’s recommendations include: Calacatta Laza from MSI Fossil Gray from MSI Calacatta Alto from MSI London Gray from Caesarstone Pure White from Caesarstone Vivid White from Caesarstone How to declutter a space while also maintaining its character What are the benefits to having an interior designer? How to give your home a “makeover” on a budget When designing your home, what are great things to “splurge” on? The best practical ways to design your fireplace Laura loves to use Rasmussen Fireballs in her fireplaces.

    Laura Dockery Design is based in Montgomery, Alabama, but no matter where you live, Laura can help you with all your design needs. She doesn’t have to be on-site in order to get the job done. Whether it’s through a virtual, in-person, or traveling consultation, she can do it!

    Resources Related to this Podcast:

    Laura Dockery Design's Website You can reach Laura and her team at laura@lauradockerydesign.com OR alexw@lauradockerydesign.com. To view more of Laura’s beautiful projects, follow her on Instagram @lauradockery_design.
  • Searching for a new mattress can be a daunting task, because it’s full of researching and testing out what suits you and your needs. Everyone wants to get a great quality mattress without breaking the bank. As many of you know, I’ve been going through the process of purchasing a new mattress, and several of you have asked me about my shopping experience. In this episode, I tell all about the highest recommended mattresses, how I chose my mattress, which mattress I chose and why. This podcast is not sponsored, and these are all my opinions that I hope help you next time you’re in the market for a new mattress!

    Here is what you’ll find in this episode:

    Four Most Highly Recommended Brands Beautyrest Sleep Number Tempur-Pedic Stearns & Foster Pros to a Sleep Number There are 100 different sleep settings. You can control your Sleep Number settings on your phone with the Sleep IQ app. The “Partner Snore” feature on the app allows you to raise your partner’s head slightly to help them stop snoring (without waking them up). Sleep Number has amazing customer service at the local and corporate level. Sleep Number has 3 adjustable base options, which include under bed lighting and foot Cons to a Sleep Number A Sleep Number Flextop mattress can limit the type of sheets you can purchase. If you’re partial to a certain brand or type of sheets, then this is a downside to the Sleep Number Flextop. However, I encourage you to look into their Full or Split mattresses.

    If you’re interested in a Sleep Number mattress, then email me at jamie@familysavvy.com and I’ll send coupons and deals your way! Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram @family_savvy for more Sleep Number updates.

    Resources Mentioned in this Podcast:

    Jonathan Calvano from Sleep Number Follow him on Instagram @jonathan_calvano Red Land Cotton Sheets