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I've had the honor of being a guest on so many great podcasts I know you'll love. I've listed them down below and will continue to update this list as I have the opportunity to be a part of more shows! Check them out - you may find a new podcast or two that you...

The Happy Hour #224: Amy Wolff

My guest for The Happy Hour # 224 is Amy Wolff. Amy is a TEDx Speaker Coach and Executive Coach for a consulting company she co-owns with her father in Portland, OR. She accidentally started a global movement in 2017 through simple yard signs. But what currently...

The Happy Hour #223: Julianna Zobrist

My guest for The Happy Hour # 223 is Julianna Zobrist. Julianna is an author, speaker, music artist, fashion muse, social media influencer, and wife of Chicago Cubs World Series MVP Ben Zobrist. Zobrist has performed at numerous charity and professional events...

The Happy Hour #222: Mary Beth Chapman

My guest for The Happy Hour # 222 is Mary Beth Chapman. Mary Beth is President and Co-Founder of Show Hope, wife to Steven Curtis Chapman, a New York Times Best Selling author, speaker, advocate, and momma. Steven and Mary Beth reside in Tennessee and have six...

The Happy Hour #221: Melissa Radke

My guest for The Happy Hour # 221 is Melissa Radke. Melissa is a singer, speaker, author, and momma. Melissa and her family will soon be featured on a reality show that, in her words, "will probably horrify her mother". Melissa and her husband David live in Lufkin,...

2018 Holiday Gift Guide

The Holiday Gift Guide is always one of my favorite shows, and this year did not disappoint! Amy and I had so much fun chatting about these fabulous companies and products and I'm pretty sure we'll help you knock out some of your Christmas shopping. All the company...

The Happy Hour #220: Tara-Leigh Cobble

My guest for The Happy Hour # 220 is Tara-Leigh Cobble. Tara-Leigh is the founder of D-Group, an international network of weekly Bible studies that meet in homes and churches around the world. Today she is launching a short, daily podcast called The Bible Recap to...

The Happy Hour #219: Blythe Hill

My guest for The Happy Hour #219 is Blythe Hill. Blythe is the CEO/Founder of the Dressember Foundation and is passionate about ending human trafficking. What started as a personal style challenge in 2009 to wear a dress each day for a month, Dressember grew beyond...

The Happy Hour #218: Myquillyn Smith

My guest for The Happy Hour #218 is Myquillyn Smith. Myquillyn, also known as the “The Nester,” has been encouraging women to embrace their home—imperfections and all. Her home has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Cottages & Bungalows and Ladies’ Home...

The Happy Hour #217: JJ Heller

My guest for The Happy Hour #217 is JJ Heller. JJ is a singer/songwriter committed to spreading a message of hope and peace to women in an increasingly complex, competitive and confusing world. JJ has developed an iconic and unmistakable style of her own, and her...

The Happy Hour #216: Landyn Hutchinson

My guest for The Happy Hour #216 is Landyn Hutchinson. Landyn is a lifestyle influencer/blogger and creator of Living With Landyn. Landyn is an expert on home aesthetic, beauty, and fashion and provides her followers with genuine, authentic recommendations. Landyn has...

The Happy Hour #215: Dorena Williamson

My guest for The Happy Hour #215 is Dorena Williamson. Dorena is a bridge builder and author of ColorFull, ThoughtFull and GraceFull, children's books that celebrate God's diverse kingdom. This series is inspired from twenty-three years as first lady of Nashville's...

The Happy Hour #214: Alex Seeley

My guest for The Happy Hour #214 is Alex Seeley. Alex is a passionate communicator who speaks the truth in love. Alex is the Lead Pastor of The Belonging Co Church, and author of Tailor Made.  Alex and her husband Henry have two children, Holly and Taylor, and reside...

The Happy Hour #213: Jessica Turner

My guest for The Happy Hour #213 is Jessica Turner. Jessica is the author of the newly released Stretched Too Thin: How Working Moms Can Lose the Guilt, Work Smarter, and Thrive and The Wall Street Journal bestselling book The Fringe Hours. She is also an...

The Happy Hour #212: Nicole Zasowski

My guest for The Happy Hour #212 is Nicole Zasowski. Nicole is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Connecticut where she lives with her husband, Jimmy and her son, James. As an old soul who wears her heart proudly on her sleeve, Nicole also enjoys writing...

The Happy Hour #211: Sanya Richards-Ross

My guest for The Happy Hour #211 is Sanya Richards-Ross. Sanya is a 4-Time Olympic Gold medalist in track and field, NBC Sports Analyst, Nike brand ambassador, entrepreneur, speaker, and author. Sanya still holds the fastest American record in the 400! If you've...

The Happy Hour #210: Taylor Nichols

My guest for The Happy Hour #210 is Taylor Nichols. Taylor is one of the kindest friends I know, and I'm so honored to have her on the show today. Taylor is momma to two boys and a girl, with another sweet baby girl on the way! Taylor will soon be launching a podcast...

The Happy Hour #208: Katie Davis Majors

My guest for The Happy Hour # 208 is Katie Davis Majors. Katie is an author, speaker, blogger, and founder of Amazima Ministries, an organization that cares for vulnerable children and families in Uganda. Katie moved to Uganda over a decade ago with no idea that this...

The Happy Hour #207: Liz Vice

My guest for The Happy Hour # 207 is Liz Vice. Liz began her career in film and video, only to accidentally find herself behind the mic. Liz' signature soulful sound is deeply rooted in spirituality and she released her sophomore album Save Me in June. A Portland...

The Happy Hour #206: Jessica Honegger

My guest for The Happy Hour # 206 is Jessica Honegger. Jessica is an award-winning social entrepreneur with a passion for catalyzing others to step outside their comfort zones and live lives of purpose. Jessica is the founder and co-CEO of Noonday Collection, a social...

The Happy Hour #205: Suzanne Stabile

My guest for The Happy Hour # 205 is Suzanne Stabile. Suzanne is an internationally recognized Enneagram Master, author, and speaker. As an Enneagram Master, she has conducted over 500 Enneagram workshops over the last 25 years to many audiences including churches,...

The Happy Hour # 204: Elyse Fitzpatrick

My guest for The Happy Hour # 204 is Elyse Fitzpatrick. Elyse is an author of nearly 2 dozen books on the gospel and Christian living, renowned speaker, and hosts a podcast with her family. Elyse is passionate about delivering the gospel to women and helping women see...

The Happy Hour #203: Jamie Grace

My guest for The Happy Hour # 203 is Jamie Grace. Jamie is a 2-time GRAMMY nominated  singer-songwriter who started out sharing a mixture of improv comedy, cover songs and sharing her life story on YouTube at just 14 years old. At the time, Jamie was newly diagnosed...

The Happy Hour #202: Brittany Price Brooker

My guest for The Happy Hour # 202 is Brittany Price Brooker. Brittany is mom, widow and remarried, singer, and speaker passionate about making Jesus known! Together with her husband Daniel, they are raising five children and they've come to be known as the Brooker...

The Happy Hour #201: Priscilla Shirer

My guest for The Happy Hour # 201 is Priscilla Shirer. Priscilla is a wife, mom, and Bible teacher. She and her husband, Jerry, lead Going Beyond Ministries through which they provide spiritual support and resources to the body of Christ. They count it as their...

The Happy Hour #200: Jamie + Aaron Ivey

My guest for The Happy Hour # 200 is my all-time favorite guest on The Happy Hour, my husband Aaron Ivey. Friends, I cannot believe that The Happy Hour is celebrating its 200th episode!!! I want to thank each and every one of you for listening, sharing the show,...

The Happy Hour #199: Liz Curtis Higgs

My guest for The Happy Hour # 199 is Liz Curtis Higgs. Liz is an author, speaker, and has three abiding passions: encouraging her sisters in Christ, exploring the stories of women in the Bible, and writing novels set in Scotland of old. Liz has written 37 books and...

The Happy Hour #198: Michelle McKinney

My guest for The Happy Hour # 198 is Michelle McKinney. Michelle defines herself as a Dream Architect and she brings her 20-years experience working alongside senior executives at companies such as Starbucks, American Express, Fannie Mae and Zion, to help women...

The Happy Hour #197: Amena Brown

My guest for The Happy Hour # 197 is Amena Brown. Amena is a poet, speaker, author, and event host. Named one of Rejuvenate Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 Changemakers, Amena is the author of five spoken word CDs and two non-fiction books. She has performed and spoken at...

The Happy Hour #196: Rachel Henry

My guest for The Happy Hour # 196 is Rachel Henry. Rachel is wife to her high school sweetheart, Simon, and they have six beautiful children whom she's home-schooled for the last two years. Rachel and her family reside in Florida where they like to live like they're...

The Happy Hour # 195: Amy Hannon

My guest for The Happy Hour # 195 is Amy Hannon. Amy is the owner of Euna Mae's, a kitchen boutique that is not only is a special place to locals, but has also become a destination shop for many around the country. You can also find Amy on her cooking show on...

The Happy Hour #194: Ruth Chou Simons

My guest for The Happy Hour # 194 is Ruth Chou Simons. Ruth is an artist, writer, entrepreneur, and speaker. As author of the bestselling book GraceLaced and creator of the GraceLaced online shoppe, blog, and Instagram community, she shares scriptural truths daily...

The Happy Hour # 193: Lynsey Kramer

My guest for The Happy Hour # 193 is Lynsey Kramer. Lynsey is a photographer turned farmer and lives in Fayetteville, TX a tiny town of 200 people. Lynsey and her husband Jason work together on their farm, Yonder Way Farm, with their four daughters. You guys, I'm...

The Happy Hour # 192: Mo Isom

My guest for The Happy Hour # 192 is Mo Isom. Mo is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, blogger, and former All-American goalkeeper for the Louisiana State University soccer team. Mo has been featured in Sports Illustrated, appeared on ESPN SportsCenter...

The Happy Hour #191: Christine Caine

My guest for The Happy Hour # 191 is Christine Caine. Christine is an Australian-born, Greek-blooded activist, author and international speaker. Christine has a passion for justice, and together with her husband, Nick, founded the anti-human trafficking...

The Happy Hour #190: Jackie Hill Perry

My guest for The Happy Hour # 190 is Jackie Hill Perry. Jackie is a writer and artist whose work has been featured on such publications as the Washington Times and The 700 Club. Since being saved from a lifestyle of homosexuality, she has been compelled to use her...

The Happy Hour #189: Tova Sido

My guest for The Happy Hour # 189 is Tova Sido. Tova is a Jesus lover, author, speaker, and mom who lives in Dallas. Tova is passionate about helping others see God's incredible healing power for their lives and encourage them to become the people God created them to...

The Happy Hour #188: Layla Palmer

My guest for The Happy Hour # 188 is Layla Palmer. Layla is a storyteller/photographer whose passion is sharing home and lifestyle inspiration. She is a contributor for HGTV.com, and her home and work have been featured in numerous publications including HGTV...

The Happy Hour #187: Courtney Wetzel

My guest for The Happy Hour # 187 is Courtney Wetzel. Courtney is a senior at Texas A&M University and believes in empowering, equipping and encouraging individuals even in the mundane. Through her gift of storytelling, she is able to empathize and rally behind...

The Happy Hour #186: Carrie Rozema

My guest for The Happy Hour # 186 is Carrie Rozema. Carrie is co-author of 'The Least of These', a personal testimony of the redemptive power of Christ in the face of her husband's heroin addiction.  Carrie and her husband Neal share their personal testimonies in...

The Happy Hour #185: Holly Christine Hayes

My guest for The Happy Hour # 185 is Holly Christine Hayes. Holly is an author, world-renowned recovery ministry expert, and founder/CEO of Sanctuary Project, a social enterprise bringing hope and healing to survivors of trafficking, violence and addiction. Holly was...

If You Only Knew: A Mini Series

I believe that stories can change the world. Everyone has a story, and some parts of those stories may feel too hard to tell.  In this special mini series, nine women share their If You Only Knew. My hope is that when your hear these stories, you will be encouraged...

The Happy Hour #184: Marshawn Evans Daniels

My guest for The Happy Hour # 184 is Marshawn Evans Daniels. A former sports attorney, Miss America finalist, and competitor on The Apprentice, she left a high-powered law firm and turned her passion for people into a multimillion-dollar enterprise. Marshawn is a...

The Happy Hour # 183: Andi Andrew

My guest for The Happy Hour # 183 is Andi Andrew. Andi is the author of She Is Free, and cofounder and copastor with her husband, Paul, of Liberty Church. In 2015 she launched the She Is Free Conference in order to equip and activate women to walk in freedom, spirit,...

The Happy Hour #182: Emily Thomas

My guest for The Happy Hour # 182 is Emily Thomas. Emily is the host of the Mom Struggling Well podcast where she employs humor and candor to share the encouragement from God’s word and her personal motherhood misadventures in an effort to build up worn-down moms...

The Happy Hour #181: Jennifer Allwood

My guest for The Happy Hour # 181 is Jennifer Allwood. Jennifer is a wife, a mother and a creative turned business coach. She is “Facebook famous” according to her teenage boys with over 300K followers on that platform and she teaches women how to create a beautiful...

The Happy Hour #180: Sonja Overhiser

My guest for The Happy Hour # 180 is Sonja Overhiser. Sonja is an author, recipe developer, podcast host, and healthy and sustainable food advocate. She and her husband Alex have created the A Couple Cooks website and the A Couple Cooks podcast that together provide...

The Happy Hour # 179: Candace Payne

My guest for The Happy Hour # 179 is Candace Payne. On the show today, you'll get to know the woman behind the Chewbacca Mask whose video became a viral sensation and the most-viewed Facebook Live video to date. Candace is a speaker and author of Laugh It Up: Embrace...

The Happy Hour #178: If You Only Knew

  We're switching things up a little bit today on The Happy Hour. My husband and best friend, Aaron, is guest hosting and interviewing ME. My very first book, If You Only Knew, released yesterday and I am feeling every possible emotion about the whole thing. On...

The Happy Hour #177: Kat Harris

Kat Harris joins me today for The Happy Hour #177. Kat is a Brooklyn-based photographer, educator, and Co-Founder of the online magazine The Refined Woman.  Her mission is to empower women to embrace their beauty, identity, and value through the art of story telling....

The Happy Hour #176: Candace Cameron Bure

My guest for The Happy Hour #176 is Candace Cameron Bure. Candace is an actress, producer, New York Times bestselling author, and loved by millions worldwide from her role as D.J. Tanner on the iconic family sitcoms Full House and Fuller House, Hallmark Channel...

The Happy Hour #175: Alisa Keeton

My guest for The Happy Hour #175 is Alisa Keeton. Alisa is a leading certified wellness professional with more than 20 years of experience.  She is passionately dedicated to serving the Lord and is the founder of Revelation Wellness, a nonprofit ministry dedicated to...

The Happy Hour #174: Mica May

My guest for The Happy Hour #174 is Mica May. Mica is the Founder and CEO of lifestyle brand, May Designs. She believes every day life should be lovely, and is on a mission to make all of life’s normal activities just a little bit more magical - from paper goods to...

The Happy Hour #173: The Happy Hour Team

My girl Amanda Brown joins me today for The Happy Hour #173 - our last show of the year. Together, we cover the highlights of 2017 in our personal lives and the show. You'll hear about our favorite shows from the year - the ones that made us laugh, the ones that...

The Happy Hour #172: Polly Conner & Rachel Tiemeyer

My guests for The Happy Hour #172 are Polly Conner and Rachel Tiemeyer from Thriving Home blog, where they write about parenting, recipes, and most importantly freezer cooking. They've just released their first cookbook, From Freezer to Table. After listening to our...

The Happy Hour #171: Jena Holliday

  Jena Holliday is my guest for The Happy Hour #171. Jena is a full-time artist, wife and work-at-home mother who loves Jesus and storytelling. She has a heart for encouraging women and mothers to go after their God-given dreams in whatever season they are in. On...

The Happy Hour #170: Tricia Goyer

My guest for The Happy Hour #170 is Tricia Goyer. Tricia is a USA Today best-selling author of 70 books, a wife, mom of 10, and host of her podcast Walk It Out. Tricia lives near Little Rock, Arkansas where she leads a teen mom support group. Tricia and I cover just...

The Happy Hour #169: Kat Lee

My guest for The Happy Hour #169 is my friend, Kat Lee. Kat is passionate about teaching others how to jump-start each day with a grace-filled, life-giving morning routine. She and her husband, Jimmy, live in Waco, Texas, with their three children. She is a writer,...

The Happy Hour #168: Abbie Kampman

My guest for The Happy Hour #168 is Abbie Kampman. Abbie is a Midwestern "city" girl and mother of four boys just outside Des Moines, Iowa. She's a bookworm, a coffee snob, a mountain-lover, and a passionate pursuer of deep relationships built over shared stories....

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Sage Harvest Gourmet Jerky Sage Harvest Gourmet Jerky started as the dream of one military family who, after four adoptions of their own, wanted to support other adoptive families and provide resources for the precious 132 million orphans left behind. Their priority...

The Happy Hour #166: Kathie Lee Gifford & Aaron Ivey

Today's show is a special edition of The Happy Hour with two very special guests - Kathie Lee Gifford and my main man, Aaron Ivey. If you've been listening to the show for any length of time, you know Kathie Lee has been one of my bucket lists guests for a while now....

The Happy Hour #165: Bri McKoy

My guest for The Happy Hour #165 is my friend, Bri McKoy. Bri serves as the visionary and leader for Compassion International’s blogger program. She writes regularly at OurSavoryLife.com, a food blog with recipes and stories from around her table, and is a regular...

The Happy Hour #164: Lisa Lloyd

My guest for The Happy Hour #164 is Lisa Lloyd. Lisa is a charismatic actress, speaker and writer, dedicated to helping women break free of the lies that convince us we don’t have a purpose, when in fact God has created us to herald His fame. She is the author of the...

The Happy Hour #163: Sharon Hodde Miller

Sharon Hodde Miller joins me today for The Happy Hour #163. Sharon is the author of Free of Me and speaks regularly on topics ranging from leadership to motherhood to Scripture. She’s a pastor's wife and mother to two small boys. In addition to earning her PhD, Sharon...

The Happy Hour #162: Ellie Holcomb

My guest for The Happy Hour #162 is singer-songwriter Ellie Holcomb. Ellie is a Nashville native, and began her musical career by touring the country with her husband in Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors. After 8 years, and with the birth of their daughter, Emmylou, she...

The Happy Hour #161: Lisa Whittle

Lisa Whittle is my guest for The Happy Hour #161. Lisa is a leader, author and speaker with a heart and passion to communicate one thing: Jesus is everything. Her love runs deep to see people pursue Jesus for life, grow deep roots of faith, and walk strong in the...

The Happy Hour #160: Osheta Moore

Osheta Moore joins me today for The Happy Hour #160. Osheta is an pastor’s wife, a mom of three kiddos, and the author of Shalom Sistas: Living Wholeheartedly in a Brokenhearted World. She believes everything is better after a nap, brunch with her girlfriends is a...

The Happy Hour #159: Amanda Jones

Amanda Jones joins me for The Happy Hour #159. Amanda is a Jesus-loving gal from Texas, married to a preacher boy from Missouri. She's the daughter of Beth Moore, and mom to three kids. Amanda first joined me for episode #66. If you missed that, you can catch up here....

The Happy Hour #158: Raechel Myers

Raechel Myers is my guest for The Happy Hour #158. Raechel is the co-founder and CEO of She Reads Truth, and leads the She Reads Truth community and staff out of her deep love of God’s Word and the firm conviction that all of Scripture is good news. She is the...

The Happy Hour #157: Catherine Lowe

My guest for The Happy Hour #157 is Catherine Lowe. You may recognize her from a little show called The Bachelor. Catherine met and fell in love with her now husband, Sean Lowe, on season 17. Millions (self included) tuned in to watch them tie the knot on national...

The Happy Hour #156: Andrea Lucado

My guest for The Happy Hour #156 is Andrea Lucado. Andrea is a freelance writer based in Austin, Texas. As the daughter of bestselling author and pastor Max Lucado, Andrea inherited an obsession with words and their arrangement. She has a master’s degree in English...

11 days until HAPPY HOUR LIVE!

Eleven days and the next Happy Hour Live will be here! Every single time we do these events I start to go through every single emotion possible for one human being as the date gets closer and closer. One minute I'm giddy with excitement and the next I'm wrecked with...

The Happy Hour #155: Sara Hagerty

Today, Sara Hagerty joins me for The Happy Hour #155. Sara is wife to her best friend Nate, and a mother of six, including four children adopted from Africa and two through natural childbirth. Her first published book, Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet, found her a...

The Happy Hour #154: LaToria Wilson

My friend, LaToria Wilson, joins me today for episode #154 for of The Happy Hour. Let me tell you - her amazing hair and big personality aren't all she has to offer. LaToria has an energy that's all her own and brings an eclectic feel to the hip hop music she makes....

The Happy Hour #153: Shauna Shanks

Shauna Shanks joins me for a special live edition of The Happy Hour - recorded in my backyard in the sweltering July heat for our Summer Book Club. Shauna is the author of our second book, A Fierce Love. She's also a wife, mother, and entrepreneur. Shauna and her...

The Happy Hour #152: Chrystal Hurst

My friend Chrystal Hurst joins me today for episode #152 of The Happy Hour. Chrystal is a writer, speaker, and worship leader in addition to serving as the chief executive operating officer in her home as a wife, mother of five and grandmother to one. Chrystal is...

The Happy Hour #151: Angela Lanter

Angela Lanter is my guest for The Happy Hour #151. As one of the hot new trendsetters in the beauty and fashion blogging community, Angela has established a credible reputation and sizable social media following in a short period of time. The founder of Hello Gorgeous...

The Happy Hour #150: Christy Wright

My guest for The Happy Hour #150 is Christy Wright. Christy is both entertaining and inspiring, and presents messages that educate and give hope to audiences all over the country. As the creator of Business Boutique and through her podcast and sellout live events,...

The Happy Hour #149: Virginia Cumberbatch

Virginia Cumberbatch joins me today for The Happy Hour #149. Virginia serves as the Director of the Community Engagement Center and Social Justice Institute at The University of Texas at Austin and is a co-founder of HUX STORYHOUSE, a creative strategies collective...

Happy Hour #148: Lisa Harper

My guest for The Happy Hour #148 is Lisa Harper. Lisa is a master storyteller with a masters of Theological Studies from Covenant Seminary. She’s lauded as an engaging, hilarious communicator as well as an authentic and substantive Bible teacher. She’s been in...

Happy Hour #147: Kristin Schell

My guest for The Happy Hour #147 is Kristin Schell. Kristin is an established speaker and blogger on the subjects of food, faith, and hospitality. As founder of the Turquoise Table and Front Yard People movement, Kristin travels the country speaking at conferences and...

Happy Hour #146: Sophie Hudson

The very hilarious Sophie Hudson is back today for episode #146 of The Happy Hour. Sophie joined me for episode #54 and for The Happy Half Hour #8. She's one of my favorite guests and she's back today to chat about our recent travels to Kenya with Compassion...

Happy Hour #145: Maria Goff

Maria Goff is my guest for The Happy Hour #145. Maria has made a career out of loving her family and neighbors, raising her children, and turning houses into homes. She is married to national bestselling author of “Love Does” Bob Goff. Together, they operate Love...

Happy Hour #144: Sarah Harmeyer

Sarah Harmeyer is my guest for episode #144 of The Happy Hour. Sarah is the founder of Neighbor’s Table, a concept born from her personal passion for gathering people, and her desire to get to know her own neighbors. She has personally witnessed how lives are...

Happy Half Hour #32: Bianca Juárez Olthoff

One of my all-time favorite guests, Bianca Juárez Olthoff, is back today for episode #32 of The Happy Half Hour. If you missed Bianca's first appearance, you must catch up here.  Bianca is back to fill us in on the latest happenings in her life - including a pretty...

Happy Hour #142: Cheryl Scruggs

My guest for The Happy Hour #142 is Cheryl Scruggs. Cheryl is a Biblical counselor with her husband, Jeff. She is the mom to adult twin daughters - Brittany Morgan and Lauren Scruggs Kennedy (who joined me for episode #132). She's also the co-author of I Do Again and...

Happy Hour #141: Amber Newberry

Amber Newberry is my guest for The Happy Hour #141. Amber embraces her calling as wounded healer and seeks to show all people that they are beautiful and beloved. Through sharing her story, Amber hopes to begin to free people that have been living in the bondage of...

Happy Half Hour #31: Alli Worthington

My guest for The Happy Half Hour #31 is my friend, Alli Worthington. Alli is the author of Breaking Busy and Fierce Faith, business coach, advisor and Executive Director of Propel Women. Alli’s no-nonsense, guilt-free take on business, family, and balance has lead to...

Happy Hour #140: My Friends & Me!

The Happy Hour is THREE! To celebrate, I invited some of my closest friends and biggest encouragers to join me for a real life happy hour. We met at Chicon, one of my favorite restaurants in Austin and celebrated all that The Happy Hour has become over the last three...

Happy Hour #139: Megan Tietz

It's May y'all! I don't know what it's like where you are, but May is starting off beautifully in Austin, TX. The weather is perfect, everything is green and baseball season is in full gear. To kick the month off, Megan Tietz is joining me for episode #139 of The...

Happy Hour #138: Lauren Casper

My guest for The Happy Hour #138 is Lauren Casper. Lauren is the author of It's Okay About It: Lessons from a Remarkable Five-Year-Old about Living Life Wide Open, and founder of the internationally read blog laurencasper.com. Lauren is a top contributor to the TODAY...

Happy Hour #137: Lauren Scruggs Kennedy

Lauren Scruggs Kennedy is my guest for The Happy Hour #137. Lauren is a Texas girl who was swept away to California by the love her life. She has a love for fashion that has been tightly sewn through interning in wardrobe for the CW’s Gossip Girl, the Michael Kors...

Happy Half Hour #29: Latasha Morrison

My guest for The Happy Half Hour #28 is Latasha Morrison. Tasha is a bridge-builder, reconciler and a compelling voice in the fight for racial justice. A native of North Carolina, Tasha attended East Carolina University, earned a Masters in Business from Liberty...

The Happy Hour #136: Lisa-Jo Baker

My guest for The Happy Hour #136 is Lisa-Jo Baker. Lisa-Jo has been the community manager for (in)courage, an online home for women all over the world, for nearly a decade. She is also the author of Surprised by Motherhood, and her most recent book, Never...

The Happy Hour #135: Jenny Randle

My guest for The Happy Hour #135 is Jenny Randle. Jenny is a Creative Ninja, a speaker, art director and Emmy-winning video editor. She’s collaborated on billion dollar franchises in the heart of Hollywood and currently specializes in design and advertising. Jenny has...

Happy Half Hour #28: Shay Shull

My guest for The Happy Half Hour #28 is Shay Shull. Shay is a cookbook author, blogger, world traveler, baseball lover and mom to four. With her husband, Andrew, they live in McKinney, TX, where they each own their own businesses, drink way too much coffee and argue...

Happy Hour #134: Tsh Oxenreider

My guest for The Happy Hour #134 is Tsh Oxenreider. Tsh is the author of Notes from a Blue Bike and Organized Simplicity, and is the founder of the community blog The Art of Simple. She’s the top-ranked podcaster of The Simple Show, and her writing has been featured...

The Happy Half Hour #27: Logan Wolfram

My guest for The Happy Half Hour #27 is Logan Wolfram. Logan would give you full access to her pantry if you lived next door. She is a plate-juggling mom and interior decorator turned author, speaker, and host of the Allume Conference. She is a passionate leader who...

The Happy Hour #133: Kate Merrick

My guest for The Happy Hour #133 is Kate Merrick. Kate is a writer, speaker, pastor’s wife, mama of a teen and a toddler, surfer, part-time cowgirl, and self-proclaimed chicken whisperer. She has been married to Britt for 19 years, and they live in Carpinteria,...

Happy Hour #132: Heather Avis

My guest for The Happy Hour #132 is Heather Avis. Heather is wife to her man Josh, and mother to the adorable Macyn, Truly and August. After working as an Education Specialist she found herself as a full-time stay-at-home mom when she and her husband adopted their...

Happy Hour #131: Haley Robison

My guest for The Happy Hour #131 is Haley Robison. Haley Robison is the CEO at Kammok, a outdoor gear company that designs technical, performance gear for the everyday adventurer. Haley believes in the power of well-designed product to enable life changing...

Happy Half Hour #26: Aaron Ivey

My guest for The Happy Half Hour #26 is my husband, the one and only, Aaron Ivey. Aaron is the only man allowed on the show, unless one of you can connect me with George W. Bush. Aaron is making his fourth appearance on The Happy Hour. You can listen to his previous...

Happy Hour #130: Joy Eggerichs Reed

My guest for The Happy Hour #130 is Joy Eggerichs Reed. Joy is the Founder of Punchline Speakers, a new agency connecting communicators to opportunities, and vice versa. Joy has also been a speaker herself over the last decade. Between 2005 and 2015 Joy worked as...

Happy Hour #129: Rebekah Lyons

My guest for The Happy Hour #129 is Rebekah Lyons. Rebekah is the author of Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning and now You are Free: Be Who You Already Are. She is a mother of three, wife of one, and dog-walker of two living in Franklin,...

Happy Half Hour #25: Jennie Allen

My guest for The Happy Half Hour #25 is my friend, Jennie Allen. Jennie is a speaker, author, teacher and the founder and visionary of IF:Gathering. IF: Gathering has since become one of the fastest growing conferences and movements in the world, empowering...

Happy Hour #128: Julie Manning

My guest for The Happy Hour #128 is my friend, Julie Manning. Julie is a wife to her husband, John, mother of three fun-loving boys, and pediatric nurse practitioner. At the age of 25, Julie left her career in corporate America to pursue a bachelor’s degree in...

Happy Hour #127: Sally Clarkson

My guest for The Happy Hour #127 is Sally Clarkson. Sally is the mother of four wholehearted children, a popular conference speaker, and champion of women everywhere. She is the best-selling author of numerous books and articles on Christian motherhood and parenting,...

Happy Half Hour #24: Debra Parker

My guest for The Happy Half Hour #24 is Debra Parker. Debra is all about freedom and wild pursuits. She follows Jesus and manages the her party of six. She's a self-described beach dweller and anywhere adventurer. She is also the Founder of Wildfire Collective:...

Happy Hour #126: Sazan Hendrix

My guest for The Happy Hour #126 is the incredibly gorgeous Sazan Hendrix. Digital media influencer and fashion/beauty/lifestyle icon, Sazan was born to inspire others. As one of the most recognizable and leading young beauty entrepreneurs, she is transforming the...

Happy Hour #125: Renee Swope

My guest for The Happy Hour #125 is Renee Swope. Renee is a Word-lover, heart-encourager, story-teller and grace-needer. She’s the best-selling author of A Confident Heart and A Confident Heart Devotional. Renee served as Executive Director and as radio co-host at...

Happy Half Hour #23: Kat Armstrong

Kat Armstrong is back as my guest for The Happy Half Hour #23. Kat is the creator of Baby Bow Tie, which she recently announced she is selling (you can find out more from the link below!) and the founder of Polished, a ministry sharing the gospel with women in the...

Wanna come over in March?

You guys, we are so excited to announce that the next The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey LIVE! event will be happening in March and I hope that you can find a way to make it! We hosted this event three times last year and might I just say that I have no doubt that the...

Happy Hour #124: Anne Bogel

Anne Bogel is my guest for The Happy Hour #124. You might know Anne from her blog (affectionally called "a lifestyle blog for nerds"), Modern Mrs. Darcy, or her podcast, What Should I Read Next?  In our conversation today, we chat about the podcasting world and...

Happy Hour #123: Lisa Bevere

My guest for episode #123 is Lisa Bevere. Lisa believes in women and empowers them by weaving the practical with the profound truth of God's Word in award-winning curriculums and her best-selling books. Her heart breaks over social injustice. As an advocate for...

Happy Half Hour #22: Amanda Brown

My guest for the Happy Half Hour #22 is my friend, Amanda Brown. Not only is Amanda one of my favorite friends, she's also my assistant. Which is kinda weird, but also 190% awesome because I get to work with one of my best friends. Amanda made her first appearance on...

Happy Hour #122: Rachel Cruze

Happy 2017!! I am so excited to start off the year with Rachel Cruze as my guest for Happy Hour #122. As a #1 New York Times best-selling author and seasoned communicator, Rachel helps Americans learn the proper ways to handle money and stay out of debt. She’s...

Happy Hour #121: Erin Loechner

My guest for Happy Hour #121 is Erin Loechner. Erin is the founder of Design for Mankind, and has been speaking and blogging for more than a decade. Her heartfelt writing and design work has been showcased in The New York Times, Lucky, Parenting, Dwell, Marie Claire,...

Happy Half Hour #21: Danielle Walker

My guest for the Happy Half Hour #21 is Danielle Walker from Against All Grain. Danielle first joined me for episode #74, earlier this year. She's back today after the recent release of her newest cookbook, Celebrations.    On today's show, we catch up about...

Happy Hour #120: Kennesha Buycks

My guest for Happy Hour #120 is Kennesha Buycks. Kennesha is a Southern transplant from Alabama to the Pacific Northwest. She and her family now live in the Seattle area. Kennesha has a heart and passion for connecting others, gathering, and seeing those around her...

Happy Hour #119: Ginger Ravella

My guest for Happy Hour #119 is Ginger Gilbert Ravella. Ginger is a military wife, mother of five, stepmother of two, widow, writer and national speaker.  At 36 years old, she faced the sudden tragic loss of her husband in Operation Iraqi Freedom and the horrors that...

Happy Half Hour #20: Jessica Honegger

My guest for the Happy Half Hour #20 is my friend Jessica Honegger, founder and CEO of Noonday Collection. Jessica is old fave around here at The Happy Hour. She's been on episode #5, #55, and one of the guests for the very first live event.  Jessica and I were able...

Happy Hour #118: Emily Ley

My guest for Happy Hour #118 is Emily Ley. Emily is the Founder and Creative Director of Emily Ley Paper & Gifts. She is also the creator of the bestselling Simplified Planner—a daily agenda for what matters most— and author of Grace Not Perfection. Raised in...

Happy Hour #117: Becky Kiser

My guest for Happy Hour #117 is Becky Kiser, founder of Sacred Holidays, a small business connecting the heart of women to the heart of God during the holidays they celebrate. She is also a MBTI Certified Personal & Executive Coach with orbitingnormal.org and...

Happy Half Hour #19: Jo Saxton

My guest for the Happy Half Hour #19 is Jo Saxton. Jo is a pastor, missional leader, speaker and leadership coach. She is the co-host of Lead Stories podcast and is the board chair of 3DMovements. Jo is the author of More Than Enchanting and High Heels and Holiness....

Happy Hour #116: Ann Voskamp

My guest for today’s episode is Ann Voskamp. Ann is the wife of a down-to-earth farmer; a book-reading mama to a posse of seven; and the author of the New York Times bestseller One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, which has sold more...

2016 Holiday Gift Guide

May We Fly The artist and designer behind May We Fly, Leana Fischer, creates artwork to bring delight into the homes of each customer. She loves to share those things that resonate with us all; glimpses of beauty, natural rhythms, and every day wonders. All May We Fly...

Happy Hour #115: Holiday Gift Guide with Rachel Hollis

Rachel Hollis is back! Today, she's joining me for episode #115. It's a very special episode and one of my favorites every year, where we get to tell you about a few companies that are doing some fantastic work, making great products and running their businesses in a...

Happy Hour #114: Alli Worthington

Alli Worthington is my guest for Happy Hour #114. Alli is the author of Breaking Busy: Finding Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy, speaker, and the Executive Director of Propel Women. Her goal is to help women live the life they were created to live. Alli...

Happy Hour #113: Sarah Rodriguez

My guest for Happy Hour #113 is Sarah Rodriguez. Sarah is an author, speaker, blogger at www.journeyofsarah.com and also the Huffington Post. She is the creator of the Choose Joy Project, a random-acts of kindness initiative to honor the life of her late husband Joel....

Happy Half Hour #17: Kari Sowers

My guest for Happy Half Hour #17 is Kari Sowers, a consultant to creatives and companies. She is an Intellectual Property attorney who helps her clients protect and license what they create. Kari is the host of Manifest Collab, a podcast and community for builders,...

Happy Hour #112: Tara-Leigh Cobble

My guest for Happy Hour #112 is Tara-Leigh Cobble. She's an author and musician that possesses a unique trio of gifts: as a conference keynote speaker, worship leader, and singer-songwriter. She has spent the past decade touring internationally and has contributed to...

Happy Hour #111: Jen Bricker

My guest for Happy Hour #111 is Jen Bricker. Born without legs and placed for adoption at birth, Jen is an aerialist, acrobat and a state champion in power tumbling. She has appeared as a headliner at the prestigious Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas, New York’s Lincoln...

Happy Half Hour #16: Elyse Fitzpatrick

My guest for Happy Half Hour #15 is Elyse Fitzpatrick. Elyse is a retreat and conference speaker, bestselling author and Director of Women Helping Women Ministries.  She has been married for more than 40 years and has three adult children and six grandchildren. Elyse...

Happy Hour #110: Amanda Bible Williams

My guest for Happy Hour #110 is Amanda Bible Williams. Amanda likes words and books more than just about anything. She holds bachelor’s degrees in English and psychology, nearly a master’s in religion, and a deep love for a farmhouse east of Nashville, Tennessee,...

Happy Hour #109: Jana Magruder

My guest for Happy Hour #109 is Jana Magruder. Jana serves as the Director of LifeWay Kids and offers a wealth of experience and passion for kids ministry, education, and publishing.  She has written award-winning curricula, both interactive and traditional in nature,...

Happy Half Hour #15: Kirsten Dickerson

Kirsten Dickerson is my guest for Happy Half Hour #15. Kirsten is the CEO and founder of Raven + Lily, and a thought leader in the social business and ethical fashion industry. She and her filmmaker husband live in a “tiny house” in the country outside of Austin,...

Happy Hour #108: Beth Moore

My guest for Happy Hour #108 is the amazing Beth Moore. Beth is a dynamic teacher and a prolific Bible–study author whose public speaking engagements take her around the world to challenge tens of thousands. A wife and mother of two adult daughters, Beth lives in...

Happy Hour #107: Deidra Riggs

My guest for Happy Hour #107 is Deidra Riggs, author and speaker, and the visionary behind life-changing events for writers, artists, entrepreneurs, and other fabulous people who have an amazing dream. Through her engaging and relatable talks, practical and inspiring...

Happy Half Hour #14: Shannan Martin

My guest for Happy Half Hour #14 is Shannan Martin. Shannan is a blogger, speaker, and writer who found her voice in the country and her story in the city. She and her jail-chaplain husband have four funny children who came to them across oceans and rivers. Having...

Happy Hour #106: Christa Black Gifford

Christa Black Gifford joined me as my guest for Happy Hour #106. Christa is a dynamic worldwide speaker, worship leader and bestselling songwriter. She is a popular blogger, writes for The Huffington Post, and was the keynote for Women of Faith’s Revolve Tour. Her...

What a weekend! Happy Hour Live recap.

Oh my gracious what a weekend. What a weekend. I am so tired and so full all in one. Isn't it funny how something so filling can also make you so tired? We hosted our second Happy Hour Live event this weekend. Our first one was in March, and this time we did two in...

Happy Hour #105: Christina Smallwood

My guest for Happy Hour #105 is the beautiful Christina Smallwood. Christina is the mother to Finley, an adorable 3-year-old with mild cerebral palsy. She is pursuing her passion as an advocate for open adoption and cerebral palsy, while using fashion to spread...

Happy Half Hour #13: Bailey Heard

My guest for Happy Half Hour #13 is Bailey Heard. Bailey is a national speaker, co-author of The Ellie Project, author of her weekly inspirational blog, and a certified life-coach. She lives in Highland Village, TX with her young daughter, Ellie. Over the past few...

Happy Hour #104: Melissa Ice

My guest for Happy Hour #104 is Melissa Ice. Melissa is the founder and Executive Director of The Net, a non-profit in Fort Worth that restores dignity to people in poverty through community and relationships. As a graduate from Dallas Baptist University, Melissa has...

Happy Hour #103: Bianca Juárez Olthoff

Bianca Juárez Olthoff is my guest for episode #103 of the Happy Hour. Bianca fires up audiences around the world with hilarious stories and profound Bible teaching as she inspires women to live with unquenchable passion. She loves God and is committed to speaking...

Happy Half Hour #12: Melanie Dale

The hilarious Melanie Dale is back this week for the Happy Half Hour #12. If you missed her first appearance, you can catch up here. Melanie is a minivan mama and total weirdo who stinks at small talk. Her laugh is a combination honk-snort, and it’s so bad that people...

Happy Hour #102: Alaina Mayes

My guest for Happy Hour #102 is Alaina Mayes. Alaina is a single mother of twin girls who writes, teaches, and serves as a Plexus ambassador. Even though she’s busy teaching and mothering her babes, she also shares her heart on her blog and writes for ThriveMoms,...

Happy Hour #101: Hayley Morgan

Hayley Morgan joined me today for episode #101. Hayley is a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur who inspires women to create lives of more passion and less fuss. She and her husband started Wildly Co., an ethical children’s clothing line, and she is also the cofounder...

Happy Half Hour #11: Shauna Niequist

One of my favorite guests and authors, Shauna Niequist, is back today for our 11th episode of the Happy Half Hour. She was on the Happy Hour back in the old days on episode #11. If you missed that one, make sure to listen here. Shauna is the author of Cold...

Happy Hour #100: Aaron Ivey (and friends!)

100th episode!!!!! I seriously cannot believe it. Two years ago, starting this show, I had no idea if anyone would ever listen to this thing. I had no idea what I was doing, but I had a dream and a passion to share stories. I have had 99 amazing guests with some...

Happy Hour #99: Kate Braun

My guest for Happy Hour #99 is Kate Braun. Kate is the author of kateandbraun.com. She's out to love others passionately and educate them gracefully about living with dwarfism. She and her husband are newlyweds living in Lincoln, Nebraska with their new puppy Louie....

Happy Half Hour #10: Emily P. Freeman

  My friend, Emily P. Freeman is back today for her second appearance on the Happy Hour. If you missed her the first time, make sure to catch up here. Emily  is a writer, speaker, and thoughtful listener. She is the author of several books, including two Wall Street...

Happy Hour #98: Katherine Wolf

My guest for episode #98 is the amazing Katherine Wolf. At the age of 26, Katherine suffered a massive brainstem stroke while her 6-month old baby James slept in the other room. Against all odds, she survived the 16-hour brain surgery and perhaps even more...

Happy Hour #97: Melissa Russell

My guest for episode #97 is Melissa Russell, Senior Vice President of Global Advancement at IJM, a global organization that protects the poor from violence in the developing world. She drives the core strategies and engagements that fuel IJM’s growth around the globe....

Happy Half Hour #9: Jamie B. Golden

  She's bacccccccckkk! Y'all loved Jamie B. Golden the first time, and I am so excited to have her back for the ninth episode of the Happy Half Hour. If you missed her in March, you can catch up here. Jamie is a fellow podcaster and co-host of The Popcast. If you...

Happy Hour #96: Jen Hatmaker & Rachel Hollis

Today my dear friends, Jen Hatmaker and Rachel Hollis joined me for a very special episode of the Happy Hour. Tomorrow, we are getting on a plane together to head to Ethiopia with Help One Now. This organization is doing amazing work all over the world, and we are...

Happy Hour #95: Amber Haines

My guest for episode #95 is Amber Haines, author of Wild in the Hollow. She is the mother to four sons and wife to guitar-playing author and attorney Seth Haines, who curated The Mother Letters for and with her. On today's show, Amber and I chat about how she's...

Happy Half Hour #8: Sophie Hudson

My friend Sophie Hudson is the guest for The Happy Half Hour #8. She joined me first on episode #54. Make sure to catch that here. If you're not familiar with Sophie, scoot on over to her blog immediately. She loves to laugh more than just about anything and began her...

Happy Hour #94: Alexandra Kuykendall

My guest for episode #94 is Alexandra Kuykendall. Like many of us, she spends her days washing dishes, driving to and from different schools and trying to find a better solution to the laundry dilemma. Unlike most of us, though, she does all that while trying to sneak...

Happy Half Hour #7: Melanie Shankle

My guest for The Happy Half Hour #7 is my friend, Melanie Shankle. Melanie is a Happy Hour favorite. You can listen to her first appearance on episode #35 here. Melanie is working on writing a new book. So, she shares how she recharges in the middle of stress and...

Happy Hour #93: Jessica Robertson

My guest for episode #93 is my the very lovely and beautiful, Jessica Robertson. Reality television star and busy mother-of-five, you probably know Jessica as the wife of Jules Jeptha “Jep” Robertson, the youngest son of Phil and Kay Robertson of A&E’s Duck...

Happy Hour #92: Ashley Noelle

My guest for episode #92 is my friend, Ashley Noelle. Ashley is the girl you want to be around. She has a Saturday night kinda personality with a Sunday morning kinda heart. She is the mom to three little girls, the wife to a former undercover narcotics detective...

Happy Hour #91: Meg Duerksen

My guest for Happy Hour #90 is the Meg Duerksen. Meg is the mom of five big kids and wife to Craig of 21 years. She has found great joy in the role of preparing a space for women to enjoy time away for rest, refreshment and inspiration at The Craft House.  She offers...

Happy Half Hour #6: Gloria Furman

My guest for The Happy Half Hour #6 is my friend, Gloria Furman. Gloria and her family live in Dubai, where they started a church. She was a fan favorite back in the early days when she joined me for episode #19. You can listen to that show here. She's back today to...

Happy Hour #90: Lauren Chandler

My guest for Happy Hour #90 is the very beautiful Lauren Chandler. Lauren is a momma of three kids and wife to Matt Chandler, the lead pastor at The Village Church and President of Acts 29 Network. She recently released her first book: Steadfast Love. I am nearly half...

Happy Hour #89: Elyse Fitzpatrick

  Who is in for a little free counseling? Elyse Fitzpatrick is my guest for Happy Hour #89 and she does not disappoint. Elyse is the mother of my friend, and previous guest, Jessica Thompson (you can listen those shows here & here). Elyse holds a certificate in...

Happy Half Hour #5: Jessica Turner

My guest for The Happy Half Hour #5 is Jessica Turner. She was on The Happy Hour back in the stone ages on episode #30. On today's show, we catch up and talk about everything from her favorite TV series, books and app. She shares that she recharges by reading and has...

Happy Hour #88: Amy from The Bobby Bones Show

  My guest for Happy Hour #88 is Amy from The Bobby Bones Show. Amy and I met several years ago during my short-lived career in radio. Since then, she and her team have gained a ton of popularity and have millions of listeners today. Most of you, I imagine, are among...

Happy Hour #87: Celebrating Motherhood

To celebrate Mother's Day, today's Happy Hour is a little different. I invited four of my girlfriends that are not the kind of mom's you see on billboards and greeting cards. These are real life women with unique but relatable stories and struggles. In our...

Happy Half Hour #4: Jennie Allen

My good friend, Jennie Allen, joined me for my fourth episode of The Happy Half Hour. Jennie is a good friend of mine and has been a huge source of encouragement to me. She was one of my earliest guests (you can listen to that episode here) and is back today to catch...

Happy Hour #86: Molly Huggins

  My guest for Happy Hour #86 is Molly Huggins. Molly is a Christ follower, 14-year veteran of the Army National Guard, ex-helicopter pilot, and stay at home mom to four babes. She has lived the Army life in some form since the age of 18, deploying in support of the...

Happy Hour #85: Shelley Giglio

  My guest for Happy Hour #85 is the Shelley Giglio. You probably know Shelley and her husband, Louie, from the ministry they helped to create: Passion Conferences. Passion started 20 years ago and has been tremendously impactful in the lives of thousands and...

Happy Hour Live recap

Guys it's been a mere forty days since the very first Happy Hour Live event and I still get giddy when I think about it. I'm not being overly dramatic when I tell you that it was one of the most fun nights I've had in a very long time. Just last night at dinner...

Happy Half Hour #1: Jess Connolly

You asked for it! You got it! More Happy Hours! Every other Friday, I will be releasing a short episode with some of your favorite guests. We'll cover a few things that we didn't have a chance to cover the first time we chatted, and go a little deeper and wider all...

Happy Hour #84: Emily Lex

  My guest for Happy Hour #84 is Emily Lex. This is Emily's fourth time to join me on the Happy Hour! Y'all love her, I love her, everyone loves her. Today, she joined me for a very special edition of the Happy Hour, where we highlighted a few companies that we think...

Gifts for the Women in Your Life

  MAD Marketplace   The mission of MAD Marketplace is to tell stories, sell products, and help people through a global consumer marketplace. The MAD Marketplace is made up of companies and products that do a greater good. From employing the “un-employable” in Detroit,...

Happy Hour #83: Jo Saxton

  My guest for Happy Hour #83 is the lovely Jo Saxton. Jo is on the leadership team of Mission Point Church, and chairs the board of 3DMovements, an organization that equips churches in discipleship and mission. She's a speaker, author and co-host of the podcast Lead...

Happy Half Hour #3: Annie Downs

Annie Downs joined me for Happy Half Hour #3. If you haven't listened to our first conversation, you can and should do that here. But on this episode, you'll hear us catch up and cover everything from her favorite gadget, how she recharges and values Sabbath, and her...

Happy Hour #82: Shay Shull

  Shay Shull is my guest for Happy Hour #82. You may know Shay from her very popular food and family blogs, Mix and Match Mama, or you may recognize her from her TV appearances when her brother was The Bachelor! Shay and I talked about her journey through infertility....

Happy Hour #81: Kat Armstrong

My guest for episode #81 is Kat Armstrong. Kat is the creator of Baby Bow Tie and the founder of Polish, a ministry sharing the gospel with women in the workforce. Kat shares her story of creating a company because she couldn't find a green bowtie for her son and how...

Happy Hour #80: Jamie B. Golden

My guest for episode #80 is my friend, Jamie B. Golden. Jamie is the cohost of the very popular pop culture podcast, The Popcast. She's also a digital marketing consultant, helping people tell their story.  And if that's not enough, she's also running a home bakery...

Happy Hour Guest

  You know what I love about the Happy Hour listeners? You guys are always telling me who you want to hear on the show and I love it!! I get emails daily from you guys and I want to let you know how you can get your guest ideas to us. I've created this google doc...

Happy Hour #79: Rachel Garlinghouse

My guest for Happy Hour #79 is Rachel Garlinghouse, author and champion for all things adoption. God used a near-death experience and an unexpected diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes to lead Rachel and her husband to adoption. At the beginning of their journey, she...

Happy Hour #78: Jessie Artigue

My guest for Happy Hour #78 is Jessie Artigue. You're going to love a lot of things about our conversation, but what you will not love is the sound of my voice during my introduction and closing. As I have made it abundantly clear, I am suffering from influenza. You...

100k downloads

  Guys what a great day over at The Happy Hour today! January was our highest download month ever, and as of this morning we have passed that up and hit 100,000 downloads for the month. Yes, you read that right. One Hundred Thousand Downloads in one month. That...

Happy Hour #77: Retha Nichole

My guest for Happy Hour #77 is Retha Nichole. Oh, I had so many things I wanted to talk about with Retha, and our conversation could have literally gone on for hours. But, in this episode, you'll hear Retha's heart-wrenching story about being a newlywed when her...

Happy Hour #76: Sally Lloyd-Jones

Happy Hour #76 is with Sally Lloyd-Jones, the author of my most favorite children's book, The Jesus Storybook Bible. Seriously, before I go on, if you don't have a copy of this book in your home, stop what you are doing right now and order one here. I promise you, you...

Recent podcasts

As much as I love creating a show for you each week, I also really enjoy being guests on other shows. It's fun to be on the other side of the questions and honestly I think it helps me as an interviewer to understand what it feels like to be the guests! I have been a...

Happy Hour #75: Liz Bohannon

My guest for Happy Hour #75 is Liz Bohannon, the creator and  Co-CEO of Sseko Designs. In our conversation, we chat about her experience at the live taping of This American Life and how she realized she had malaria in the middle of it (what!?). If you don't know what...

Happy Hour #74: Danielle Walker

Happy Hour #74 is with Danielle Walker, the voice behind the very popular site Against All Grain. On the show, Danielle shares about her auto-immune disorder and how she was able to tackle it with diet changes, and ultimately a lifestyle change. Her grain-free recipes...

Happy Hour #73: Stephanie Holden

Happy Hour #73 is with Stephanie Holden. Aside from being the hottest grandmother you've ever seen, she has some really great stories that you're going to love. On the show, she shares her story of being a teenage mom, marrying in high school, being a military family...

Happy Hour #72: Rachel Hollis

Oh man, y'all. This is one of my favorite shows to date. If you don't already know about Rachel Hollis, you are going to love getting to know her so much. If you've been following Rachel for a while, this show is more of everything you love about her - honest and...

Most Listened to Podcasts of 2015

Finding new podcasts is so fun for me. Just this weekend a girlfriend shared with me her favorites and I immediately added them to my podcast player. I love hearing from you what shows you are listening to as well! I listen to podcasts when I run (actually I'm usually...

Happy Hour #71: Korie Robertson

My guest for Happy Hour #71 hardly needs an introduction. You know her from the crazy famous show, Duck Dynasty. Korie Robertson is married to Willie, the CEO of Duck Commander. Most of their lives are filmed and aired on national television. So, unless you're like me...

Top Posts of 2015

I know, I know, I'm a bit behind with my top posts of 2015 post, but let's be honest I'm a bit behind with everything right now. Packing up a house, moving to a new house, renovating a new house, plus Christmas has literally kicked my butt in the past month. I'm...

Happy Hour #69: Mandy Rose

Happy Hour #69 is with Mandy Rose. Mandy and her husband, Jeff, have three boys and are passionate about marriage and encouraging couples to make their marriage a priority. They have a podcast called MarriageMore, that you'll definitely want to check out. Before I...

Happy Hour #68: Jami Nato

Happy Hour #68 is with Jami Nato. Jami and her husband live in Kansas City where they are raising four kids, and still celebrating the Royals winning the World Series. Jami blogs, speaks and is in the process of writing a book that you're definitely going to want to...

Happy Hour #70: Aaron Ivey

2016! Can you believe it!? To kick off the new year, I invited my all-time favorite guest back to the show - my husband Aaron Ivey. On the show, we chat about buying a new house, including our must-haves and our wretched blue carpet. We're in the middle of renovating,...

Happy Hour #67: Sarah Bessey

Happy Hour #67 is with Sarah Bessey. Sarah is a writer, momma, wife, Canadian, and teacher. She's written two books: Jesus Feminist + Out of Sorts. On today's show we discuss  how beautiful Canada is, how we as women can do both motherhood and work well. Her words on...

Happy Hour #66: Amanda Jones

Happy Hour #66 is with Amanda Jones. Amanda is a Jesus-loving Texas girl married to a preacher boy from Missouri. They have 2 elementary-age kids, a new baby girl, and a four-year-old church they planted with their friends. Amanda loves laughing with her family,...

She Percolates + Living Out Loud

Last month I mentioned four podcasts that I have recently been a guest on, and today I have two more to share with you. Earlier this month I was invited to chat with Danielle and Jen from She Percolates and we had a great time. I always think it's super fun to be on...

Happy Hour #65: Debbie Eaton

Happy Hour #65 is with Debbie Eaton. Debbie is a Southern CA girl who is passionate about the impact of influential God moments with one another. She deeply values being a follower of Christ, a wife of 28 years, mother of a teenage son, the beauty of friendship,...

Happy Hour #64: Kari Sowers

Happy Hour #64 is with my friend Kari Sowers. Kari Sowers is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of PLACE: a Conversation on Mentoring, Relationships and Reconciliation, and serves as In-House Counsel for The Mentoring Project. Kari is an avid gardener, previously...

Happy Hour #63 CHRISTMAS SHOW

Happy Hour #63 is a super fun episode because it's all about Christmas! My friend, Jen Hatmaker, joined me and we chatted about several companies that we think would be great places for you to purchase gifts this holiday season! This episode was super fun to record...

Happy Hour #62: Janet Reeves

Happy Hour #62 is with my friend Janet Reeves. Janet lives in Austin with her husband and four kids where she volunteers at her church, her kids school events, and with Redeemed Ministries. On today's show we discuss parenting kids through their disappointments, Jesus...

Happy Hour #61: Monica Swanson

Happy Hour #61 is with Monica Swanson. Her and her husband live on the North Shore of Oahu, where they live on a farm and raise their four boys. Monica blogs regularly and just recently released her first book. Her blog is full of parenting encouragement, recipes, and...

Happy Hour #60: Jillian Lauren

Happy Hour #60 is with Jillian Lauren. Jillian is a writer, storyteller, mom, rock-wife, and Los Angeleno, by way of Jersey. Jillian is the New York Times bestselling author of the memoirs Everything You Ever Wanted, Some Girls: My Life in a Harem and the novel...

Message to my early podcast self …

Well would you look at this. I committed to writing every day for 31 days about podcasting, today is the 24th day, and I think I have written 4 times. Big fail. First of all, I am surprised I made it that far. Second, I feel bad for overcommitting. Seems like not a...

Happy Hour #59: Vivian Mabuni

Happy Hour #59 is with my friend Vivian Mabuni. Vivian and her husband have worked with CRU for the past 25 years and currently serve with the Epic Movment. Vivian and I met this past year when we were both at the If:Gathering and worked together on some If:Equip...

Happy Hour #58: Jalessa McCreary

Happy Hour #58 is with  my friend Jalessa McCreary. Jaleesa is a worship leader at The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, TX and serves as office manager for The Austin Stone Counseling Center. She has been leading worship since 2011 and focuses on the...

A little of this + a little of that.

Guys what the heck was I thinking when I thought I could possibly write on this blog for an entire month straight? Seriously I know some of you knew I wouldn't make it, but I sincerely thought I'd make it further than the first week. Nope. Fail. Oh well friends. I'm...

Happy Hour #57 Logan Wolfram

Happy Hour #57 is with my friend Logan Wolfram. Logan is the Executive Director and Host of Allume who most loves to write, connect, and encourage women.  Daughter of a most extravagant and hospitable King, wife to Jeremy, and mother to 2 wild and inquisitive little...

Why YOU should start a podcast.

If you are following along with my podcast 101 post for #write31days it's because you either already have a podcast, or you are thinking about starting one. I'm super excited for both options. If you already have a show I want to hear about. So I'm begging you to...

What is your “why” in podcasting?

When I started my podcast I don't think I knew what I was doing. Actually let me rephrase that. When I started my podcast I had no idea what I was doing. No clue at all. I knew I wanted to talk into a microphone. I wanted to make people laugh and smile. That's about...

Podcasts to listen to

In the past few months I’ve had the honor to be a guest on a few shows and host another one. As a podcaster it’s really fun to be on another show. I’m used to being the one that asks the questions and leads the conversation, and here I’m having to be led and not try...

The beginning of The Happy Hour

My #1 question that I get these days is what made you want to start a podcast. How did I know that I wanted to start a podcast. I always say that this goes back to my days in radio. You have to chuckle a bit when I say my days in radio, because I spent approximately...

#Write31Days challenge

Friends, in 2013 I did the #write31days challenge and it was super fun and also super hard. Writing for 31 days is hard enough, but then writing something that the world will also see is even harder. My "letters to myself" month was a favorite by so many of you, and...

Happy Hour #56: Whitney Runyon

Happy Hour #56 is with my friend Whitney Runyon. Whitney holds a Theatre Arts degree from The University of Texas and she believes that acting for more than half of her life has helped shape her into an avid storyteller. Whitney's life and heart beat is justice and...

Happy Hour #55: Jessica Honegger

Happy Hour #55 is with my friend Jessica Honegger. As Co-CEO of Noonday Collection, Jessica spends her days inspiring others to live lives of purpose. She travels across the United States and around the world, training Ambassadors to be stylists and storytellers and...

Flying + HUGE thank you

Friends I'm sitting in an airport and feeling the feelings that those of you that travel often when things aren't working how you want them to. I actually love flying because it means I'm going somewhere (obviously), and doing something that is usually fun. Today I'm...

Happy Hour #54: Sophie Hudson

Happy Hour #54 is with my friend Sophie Hudson. Sophie loves to laugh more than just about anything. She began writing her blog, BooMama.net, in November 2005, and much to her surprise, she's stuck with it. Sophie hopes that through her stories, women find...

Happy Hour #53: Bailey Heard

Happy Hour #53 is with Bailey Heard. In 2012, Bailey's life took an unexpected turn when her 29-year-old husband, Andrew, was diagnosed with terminal cancer.  She chronicled her experiences as a young wife, mother, and caregiver of her husband through her blog,...

Happy Hour #52: Kirsten Dickerson

Happy Hour #52 is with Kirsten Dickerson.  Before starting Raven + Lily, Kirsten’s career was divided by her passions for social justice and fashion. She spent 15 years doing both styling work in the film industry and working alongside global non-profits. Kirsten has...

Happy Hour #51: Emily Freeman

Happy Hour #51 is with Emily Freeman.  Emily P. Freeman is the author of Grace for the Good Girl, Graceful,  A Million Little Ways, and her newest project, Simply Tuesday. She also blogs at Chatting at the Sky and Hope*ologie, and contributes to DaySpring’s...

Happy Hour #50: Jen Hatmaker

FIFTY episodes friends. I can't even believe it. I feel like I could just scream and cry and give all of you a hug! Isn't this so fun! Today's episode is with my friend Jen Hatmaker and it's of course so much fun! Jen is a mom to five, wife to Brandon, speaker,...

Happy Hour #49: Jenn Sprinkle

Happy Hour #49 is with my friend Jenn Sprinkle. Jenn is a self proclaimed serial entrepreneur with a burden for dreamers and doers. After ten years in corporate america as a designer, traveling around the world with a dream job, she took a leap of faith and stepped...

Podcasting weekend + new shows

This weekend I attending a conference all about podcasting. It's the first conference that I've attended in a long time where I didn't have some sort of responsibility, and it's the first time I think I have ever been to a conference that wasn't centered around faith....

Happy Hour #48: Susie Davis

Happy Hour #48 is with my friend Susie Davis. Susie Davis is an author, blogger, speaker and church founder. Susie has been married to Will Davis Jr., the founding and senior pastor of Austin Christian Fellowship, for twenty-nine years. They have three children: Will...

Happy Hour #47: Jess Connolly

Happy Hour #47 is with my friend Jess Connolly who I just love and adore! I met her last year at the Influence Conference and she was actually on episode #18 of The Happy Hour! Jess is passionate about speaking to women and inspiring them to walk with the Lord in the...

How to subscribe & listen to a podcast

Recently someone asked me what I did for a living and I smiled (because I love what I do!) and told them that I have a podcast that I host each week called, The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey. They looked at me with all the sweetness they could muster and asked, "What's a...

Happy Hour #46: Wynter Pitts

Happy Hour #46 is with my friend Wynter Pitts. Wynter is the wife of Jonathan and mom of FOUR little Girls! She is also the editor and founder of For Girls Like You Magazine, a ministry to girls (age 6-11) and their parents, that includes a quarterly print magazine,...

Happy Hour #45: Shannan Martin

Happy Hour #45 is with my new friend Shannan Martin. Shannan Martin is a writer who found her voice in the country and her story in the city. She and her jail chaplain husband, Cory, have four funny children who came to them across oceans and rivers. Having sold their...

Friday Fun 6.19.15 {The Popcast, Wayward Pines, Cookies}

Happy Friday friends! What a week we just went through. I went to bed on Wed normal and woke up to the news of Charleston and felt as though I had just been hit in the gut. I struggle with being an anxious and fearful person and it never helps when someone does...

Happy Hour #44: Tasha Morrison

*UPDATE* Many of you might have downloaded this podcast yesterday and then realized it wasn't all there. I had some technical difficulties and the interview with Tasha wasn't there when I originally posted yesterday. I've fixed it and all should be working now. Also...

Happy Hour #43: Emily Lex {part two}

 Happy Hour #43 is part two to the Emily Lex interview. Last week I posted part one, and you guys loved it and I knew that you would! Emily also gave away one of her July Paper Works to @babyrabe on my Instagram account. Thanks for all of you that shared the show with...

Happy Hour #42 with Emily Lex {Part One}

Back in February I met Emily and from the second I sat down next to her at Guerro's I knew that I wanted to be friends with her forever. She is the kind of person that just oozes with love and joy. I seriously felt so loved by her for the entire evening we had dinner...

National Foster Care Month

When you hear the phrase foster care, what do you first thing of? The month of May is Foster Care Awareness month and I wanted to share a few things with you from my archives. I have never been a foster mom, but I have plenty of friends that have and are currently...

Happy Hour #41 with Melanie Dale

Melanie Dale is a geek on a God-ride, a minivan mama and total weirdo who stinks at small talk. Her laugh is a combination honk-snort, and it's so bad that people have moved away from her in the movie theater. She adores sci-fi and superheroes and is terrified of...

Happy Hour #40 with Shauna Niequist

Happy Hour #40 is with my friend Shauna Niequist. Shauna is the author of Savor, Bread & Wine, Cold Tangerines, and Bittersweet, and is an enthusiastic hostess, home cook and passionate gatherer of people. Shauna’s three great loves are her family, dinner parties,...

Happy Birthday to the HAPPY HOUR PODCAST!

Last week I turned 37, and then on Saturday The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey podcast turned ONE! Happy Birthday to the show! Last year I debuted the podcast, and I laughed when I listened to it again a few days ago. I didn't have a clue what I was doing, but I was...

Happy Hour #39: Aaron Ivey

Happy Hour #39 is with my favorite person in the world ... my husband! Since I started the show I've been wanting to have him on, and you guys submitted some great questions via Facebook, Twitter, & IG for us to chat about. We honestly had a great time, and so...

Happy Hour #38: Jessica Thompson

Happy Hour #38 is with my friend Jessica Thompson. This is now Jesssica's second time to be on the Happy Hour and I love it and love her. She's one of my most fun guests that I have had on this whole time. I feel like I could sit with her over chips and salsa and...

Happy Hour #37: Trisha Davis

Happy Hour #37 is with my friend Trisha Davis. Trisha and her husband, Justin, live in the Nashville area (for now) with their three boys. Her and her husband run REFINE US, which is a ministry they founded in 2007. RefineUs Ministries using their story of failure,...

Happy Hour #36 with Meredith Toering + Noonday Collection giveaway

Happy Hour #36 is with my new friend Meredith Toering. Meredith and I met at the If Gathering this past February and didn't get hardly any time to chat, and after our chat today I was wishing I had more time with her. You are going to love her! The night we met at...

Happy Hour #35 with Melanie Shankle

Happy Hour #35 is with my friend Melanie Shankle. You may know Melanie from her blog, The Big Mama Blog, where she's been cracking up all of us readers for years now.   Melanie lives in San Antonio with her husband and daughter. She is the author of three books,...

Happy Hour #34 with Trillia Newbell

 Happy Hour #34 is with my friend Trillia Newbell.  Trillia Newbell is the author of United: Captured by God's Vision for Diversity (2014) and Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves (2015). She is currently the Director of Community Outreach for the SBC;s...

Happy Hour #33 with Asher Collie

Happy Hour #33 is with my new friend Asher Collie, who founded the organization, SOLE HOPE, which I will be visiting this weekend! Asher and her husband, Dru, moved to Uganda 2 years ago. They have six children from ages 16 to 2 year's old. They started SOLE HOPE in...

Happy Hour #32 with Lindsey Wheeler

Happy Hour #32 is with Lindsey Wheeler. Lindsey, her husband Chris, and their daughter Eliana live in Nashville, TN. Lindsey started BOTTLE OF TEARS after she was diagnosed with lyme disease and wanted a way to spread love and hope to others that were suffering. In...

Happy Hour #31 with Erin MacPherson

 Happy Hour #31 is with my friend Erin MacPheson. Erin is a stay-at-home mom by day and a writer and amateur chef by night.  She is the author of more than nine books, including The Christian Mama's Guide series and the Hot Mama series. She lives in Austin with her...

Happy Hour #30 with Jessica Turner

 Happy Hour #30 is with my new friend Jessica Turner. Jessica and I have known each other online for a bit, and finally met in person recently at the If Gathering, and she's as lovely in person as she is online. {There's Jessica and I on the left there} Jessica N....

Happy Hour #29 with Sarah Martin

Happy Hour #29 is with a friend that I  met at the Influence Conference in 2014, and knew that I wanted to have her on the Happy Hour to chat with all of us! Sarah Martin is the author of Just Rise Up. Sarah is originally from Texas, but lives in North Carolina with...

FRIDAY FUN: 3 things I am loving

It's Friday people. That should bring a smile to you face. Tomorrow I get to sleep in and I'm so excited! Literally every day this week when my alarm has gone off I have grumbled that I just want to sleep in. I love sleeping in, and let me tell you that this is one...

Happy Hour #28 with Lindsey Paschal

How to listen to this podcast: Subscribe to THE HAPPY HOUR PODCAST in iTunes or Stitcher and you will automatically be notified when a new episode is available. Or you can listen right here on this page!  <--- Click that link right there if you are reading from...

Podcast Survey

Hey there friends! I need a bit of help from you. I'd love to get a little bit of information about who is exactly listening to the Happy Hour podcast each week! Would you fill out this short survey for me? I would greatly appreciate it. If there's anything else you...

Happy Hour Podcast #27 with Kat Lee

Friends you have been asking for a new podcast and I'm so excited that today my friend Kat Lee is joining me for the first show for 2015! Thanks for you patience. I decided I wasn't going to work over Christmas break, and I get to do that because I'm in charge, and...

Happy Hour Podcast #26 with Rebecca Smith

Today’s guest on the Happy Hour Podcast is Rebecca Smith. Rebecca is the owner of Better Life Bags and lives in Detroit with her husband and three kids. Her business has a remarkable impact on women in Detroit, who are earning a living by working for Better Life Bags....

Happy Hour Podcast #25 with Jessica Thompson

Today’s guest on the Happy Hour Podcast is Jessica Thompson and gosh I just love her. I met her for the first time this summer and since then I have loved getting to know her more from afar. Jessica is an author and has some great books out about parenting. Please get...

Happy Hour Podcast #24 with Tara Livesay

Today’s guest on the Happy Hour Podcast is my friend Tara Livesay. Tara lives in Haiti with her husband, Troy, and five of their seven kids. They have been living in Haiti for many years now and she works with Heartline Ministries and is a midwife. They average about...

Happy Hour Podcast # 23 with Becca & Maris

Today’s guests on the Happy Hour Podcast are Becca Harris and Maris Bush. Both of these ladies are heroes to me and they exhibit Jesus in their lives so much. I have known Maris for over ten years, and Becca and I met shortly after I moved to Austin six years ago. All...

Happy Hour #22 with Jamie Wright

Today’s guest on the Happy Hour Podcast is Jamie Wright. Jamie writes at THE VERY WORST MISSIONARY. Her and her husband live in California and have three boys, one of which has already grown up and lives on his own. Jamie and I met each other a few years ago through...

Happy Hour #21 with Laura Ingram & Kimberly Stewart

This week's podcast is with  my friends Kimberly and Laura who both live on my street and all of our husbands work together. This was just like a normal conversation that we would have over coffee, except there were no kids running around everywhere. Today we chatted...

Happy Hour #20 with Kate Conner

Today’s guest on the Happy Hour Podcast is Kate Conner, who is the author of two books: Enough & 10 Things For Teen Girls. I first was introduced to Kate when I was given her book Enough to review. While reading her book I knew that I wanted to meet her and have...

Happy Hour Podcast #19 with Gloria Furman

Happy Hour #19 is with my friend Gloria Furman. Gloria and her husband have four kid and live in Dubai, where they started a church. I met Gloria a few months ago at the Gospel Coalition Conference, although we had been internet friends for a while. She's just as...

Happy Hour #18 with Jessi Connolly

Happy Hour #18 is with my friend Jessi Connolly. Jessi and I are online friends and so it's always super fun when I get to talk in person with friends that I only know from the internet. I will actually meet Jessi next week when I fly to Indiana for The Influence...

Happy Hour #17 with Courtney Lankford

Today's Happy Hour Guest is with my friend Courtney Lankford. Courtney and I met through our mutual friend Amy about 14 years ago.  Courtney and her husband, Joey, moved to South Africa four years ago. They currently serve there with Living Hope, where Joey helps them...

Happy Hour #16 with Laura Kelley + giveaway

This happy hour podcast is with my friend Laura Kelley. Laura and I have never met in person, but we've been friends on the internet for a while. Laura is so stinking sweet and one of those people that I love to see her family. She blogs about her family, her...

Happy Hour #15 with Amy Gayhart

This week is our first time to have a return guest on the Happy Hour. My BFF, Amy, was my very first guest when I had no clue what I was doing. Who am I kidding, I still have no clue what I'm doing! I have been wanting to chat with Amy again for a podcast because...

Happy Hour #14 with Jen Wilkin

Today’s guest on the Happy Hour is Jen Wilkin. Jen is a speaker, writer and teacher of women’s Bible studies in Dallas, Texas. She and her family have been members of the Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas for seven years, where she currently serves on staff. She...

Happy Hour #13 with Annie Downs

(If you are reading via an RSS feed or your email, you'll need to click over HERE to listen to podcast) Today's guest on the Happy Hour is Annie Downs. Annie and I met this past Spring at the If Gathering and I knew when I met her that I would love her and she would...

Happy Hour #12 with Jennie Allen + a giveaway

Today's guest on the Happy Hour is my friend Jennie Allen. Jennie is an author, bible study teacher, dreamer, founder of the If Gathering, wife, and mom. Jennie and her husband Zac have four kids and live in Austin. One of my favorite things about Jennie is how she's...

Happy Hour #11 with Amber Rose Zimel

Today's Happy Hour guest is my friend Amber Rose Zimel, and I just love everything about her! Amber Rose and her husband, Adam, have five kids - four boys and one girl. They are also adoptive parents and their youngest was born in Ethiopia. Today Amber Rose and I talk...

Happy Hour #10 with Debra Parker

Happy Hour Podcast #10 Debra Parker and I met for the first time in real life in 2008 on a trip to Haiti, but we had met via the internet the year before when her family made tamales and sold them to help us raise money for our adoptions. Did you see that?  We had...

Happy Hour Podcast #9 with Ashley Benson

Today’s guest on THE HAPPY HOUR is my friend Ashley Benson. Ashley and I actually grew up together in Brownwood, TX and then reconnected later in life. Ashley is married, mother of two, pilates instructor, health advocate, and much more that involves health and...

Around the Web: June 2014

This past month I had two articles over at the VERGE NETWORK and was on the Verge Women podcast twice. I love writing/podcasting for VERGE and I hope that you get to join in our discussions over there. This past month has also been a great month for our family! Here's...

Happy Hour Podcast #8 with Julie Hayes

  Today’s guest on THE HAPPY HOUR is  Julie Hayes. The interesting thing about this podcast is that Julie and I have never met, but yet she contacted me about being on the show. She left a comment on my blog that said she’d love to interview me and ask me all the...

Happy Hour Podcast #7 with Rachel McCoy

Today’s guest on THE HAPPY HOUR is Rachel McCoy. Rachel is a newer friend of mine within the past few years. She's not only one of the most genuine and nicest people I know, but she's also beautiful. She's a wife, a past college athlete (Baylor Bears), a track coach,...

Fun Friday: ER visit, music, parenting, kids journal & sex trafficking

Happy Friday friends! Let me just say that today did not start out the way I hoped it would. As we were getting ready for  the last day of VBS -- Oh and side note - this VBS had a man who looked like Jesus greeting the kids at the door yesterday - I nearly freaked -...

Happy Hour Podcast #6 with Meghan McCamant

Today’s guest on THE HAPPY HOUR is my friend Meghan McCamant. I can’t remember when Meghan and I met, but she is one of my most favorite people in the world. Meghan is first my friend, and second she is Story’s BFF.  Meghan is a fun loving, headstrong, homegrown...

Podcast on STITCHER

I'm interrupting my vacation to share this with you. You all know that I have screwed something up on iTunes and can't get it to update with my new podcasts, and so the only way to listen to them is right here on this site. Well, no good news there, it's still messed...

Happy Hour Podcast #5 with Jessica Honneger

Happy Hour episode #5  is with Jessica Honneger. Jessica is one of my friends here in Austin and we met not longer after I moved here six years ago. She is a wife to Joe and momma to Amelie, Holden & Jack. She is also the founder of Noonday Collection, which I'm a...

Around the Web: May 2014

Each month I give a little recap as to other places I wrote/spoke around the web. This month I'm also including what I read this month because it's just not fun to have a "what I read" post and only have two books. My reading is drastically different in the school...

Happy Hour #4: Wynne Elder

Happy Hour episode #4 with is with Wynne Elder. I'm not sure how Wynne and I met, but I think she's a great woman who follows dreams passionately and you will hear that in her voice as we talk today. We talk about her road to her two babies that were born in Ethiopia,...

Happy Hour Podcast #3 with Amanda Brown

Today's Happy Hour Podcast is with a great friend of mine Amanda Brown. Amanda and I met at church when we both started an intensive development program and we have been friends every since then. What I love about Amanda is that she's so honest and truthful to her...

Podcasting 101

As I have begun this journey towards podcasting over the past year I have had the same questions asked of me time and time again. I'm gonna answer these three questions for you here, and also let you know how you can listen to my new podcast that was released a few...

Happy Hour Podcast #2 with Jen Hatmaker

This podcast was super fun to record because I just love my friend Jen. She's an author, speaker, wife, mom, and most recently a reality tv star! We talked about: Supper Club vacations books and books and more books American Idol my social media fast talking to our...

Happy Hour podcast #1 with Amy Gayhart

I DID IT!  My very first podcast! I can't believe it. If you have been reading my blog at all, you know I've talked about wanting to do this  for a while now. What has been holding me back is the simple fact that I don't know how to create a podcast. To me that seems...

Around the web: April 2014

Where you can find me around the web. I hope that you click the links and read the articles and join the discussions for each of them! April 6 - ARTICLE: WHAT MEANS THE MOST over at OUTSIDE THE BOX SCORE - Chris & Tyson asked me to write an article for them about...

Outside the Box Score podcast

My friends Chris & Tyson have a podcast called OUTSIDE THE BOX SCORE and last week they asked me to be a guest with them.  Their podcast is mostly about sports, but a lot about current events as well, as you can see below we ventured away from Sports a lot.  They...

Around the web: March 2014

Here's where I was around the web last month: Questions on MomLife Today - "You see answering questions from my children that are adopted versus my biological son is not much different. It always goes back to God. Always. God’s love for them. God’s plan for them....

Friday Finds

Happy Friday friends!  I have been super busy this week with some super cool things that are happening in some ministries around me.  I'm honored to be able to use my gifts in different ways.  I'm getting to do some podcasts and videos for VERGE WOMEN, and getting to...

Podcast with Sarah Bessey & Angie Smith

This was one of my very favorite podcasts to record for a few reasons. #1 Sarah and I are online friends and so to meet her in person and hug her neck was priceless. She is one of the most genuine and sweetest gals I have ever met. I loved every thing about her, and...

Podcast with Jessica Honneger

This was one of my favorite podcasts to record for the IF GATHERING because I know and love Jessica in real life. It was like chatting with a favorite girl friend and that made the podcast super easy and laid back. I loved Jessica's thoughts on life and what she wants...

Podcast with Rebekah Lyons & Katelyn Beaty

A few months ago I had the wonderful privilege to help out the IF GATHERING with some interviews for their podcasts that they put out through their ministry.  I loved interviewing these ladies so much.  Most of them I had never met, and a few of them I was totally...

Each week I bring a guest to my Happy Hour show. During the happy hour we will discuss anything and everything just as if you were around the table with your own girlfriends.

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