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Hey girl! I am SO glad you are here! I pray that this is the place where you be encouraged by hearing God stories from my friends that I share! Every time you download an episode I want for you to feel seen by God, to feel encouraged in your daily life, and be spurred on to honor Him with the gifts and talents He has given you. If this is the first time you’ve tuned in or if you’ve been joining in for a while, you are welcome here, friend! XO, Wren We are all friends of a feather; let's stick together!!
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Hey! Welcome to the Friends of a Feather podcast! I'm your host, Wren! As women, we need to build each other up, to encourage each other in our walks with Jesus. Each week, I get to chat with a friend who has a story to tell, a passion to share, or a dream she is pursuing. Be encouraged! We are all friends of a feather; let's stick together!  

Apr 19, 2019

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Find the Show Notes for this episode at: www.wrenrobbins.com/podcast

Be encouraged!

Wren

Apr 12, 2019

 

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www.facebook.com/friendsofafeatherpodcast

FRIENDS OF A FEATHER INSTAGRAM:

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Be encouraged!

Wren

Apr 5, 2019

It’s episode 78 and my guest is Valerie Woerner. I remember ‘meeting’ Val through a Direct Message on Instagram a few years ago. Val has a heart for women to know God’s truth, and she is so relatable and real in her faith.  Today on the podcast, Val and I talk about her new book that is coming out April 9, which is next week! I am reading it and let me just tell you, I have underlined so much of it; I‘m like Val, you are writing about me! I have followed along with her since first meeting on instagram and have since been able to interview her along with her twin sister about their God stories. If you missed hearing the episode they were on, check out their episodes,  46 and 47. 

Check out the show notes at wrenrobbins.com/podcast to get the links mentioned. 

LIKE the podcast? Would love to hear about it on an iTunes review!

FRIENDS OF A FEATHER FB COMMUNITY: www.facebook.com/friendsofafeatherpodcast

FRIENDS OF A FEATHER INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/friendsofafeatherpodcast

XO,

Wren

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PHOTOGRAPHY by: Nicole V. Cole Photography 

Mar 29, 2019

It’s episode 77 and my guest is Jessica White. Jessica is a wife to Joshua, mom to two kids ages 5 and 2, nurse, and podcaster. We talk about how Jessica encouraged her husband during a time of career transition, how she searched for a podcast for her children to listen to, and that all started her podcast, start Kids Bible Stories. You will love our conversation! Ok, let’s get to it! This is episode 77 with my guest, Jessica White!

Find Show Notes at: 

wrenrobbins.com/podcast

FRIENDS OF A FEATHER FB COMMUNITY:

www.facebook.com/friendsofafeatherpodcast

FRIENDS OF A FEATHER INSTAGRAM:

www.instagram.com/friendsofafeatherpodcast

Be encouraged!

Wren

My favorite prayer journal: Val Marie Paper (affiliate link) 

Help support the Friends of a Feather Podcast by ordering through our Amazon affiliate link at no extra cost to you. Thanks!

My fav bag I use everyday: Live FashionABLE (affiliate link)

 

Mar 22, 2019

Hey friends and welcome to the friends of a Feather podcast! I’m your host, wren and I’m so glad you are here! I pray this is the place where you will be encouraged by hearing God stories from my friends that I share. Every time you download an episode of the Friends of a Feather Podcast, I want for you to feel seen by God, to feel encouraged in your daily life, and be spurred on to honor Him with the gifts and talents He has given you. If this is the first time you've tuned in or if you've been joining in for a while, you are welcome here, friend!

Ok, ya’ll Spring is here and I’m so thrilled about it. The birds singing, the sunshine, the warmer temps have me smiling when I walk outside!

So I told you in last weeks episode that I had some fun news to share with you! I’m having a giveaway! I rarely host them, but this one you don’t want to miss! My goal here on the podcast is to encourage you in the stories I share, to share helpful content such as books, and podcasts, and products that have helped me, and I want to be able to share that with as many women as I can. In order to do that, Apple podcast reviews help in such a big way! Here’s how you enter the giveaway. All you have to do is go to the podcast app on your phone, search for the Friends of a Feather podcast, scroll until you see the headings Ratings & Reviews and click Write a Review. I would love for you to tap 5 stars, type a sentence or two about what you love about listening to the podcast. Screen shot your review and email or direct message it to me! That’s it! But, what if you are saying, ‘wait, Wren I’ve already left a review on the podcast?' I would first say Thank you! And then I would say, no problem, just screen shot your past review and send it to me! Head to you the Apple Podcast app, Stitcher app or click HERE to write your review.  

Ok. So all who enter can have a chance to win a NEW Val Marie Paper 30 day prayer journal! It’s called A FRESH START FOR MOMS and it hasn’t even been released yet! EEK!! Thank you to Val at Val Marie Paper and Mariah at Tyndall Publishing for gifting the winner this awesome journal. Ok, so go leave those reviews and I can’t wait to see who wins!!

Let’s get to today’s episode! It’s episode 76 and my guest is Jessica Thompson. Jessica is a sunny California resident, a wife, mom, writer, author, podcaster, and frequent guest speaker. Jessica has written books about exploring and infusing your relationships with grace and the love of Jesus. She has also coauthored books with her mother Elyse Fitzpatrick including the book I recently read, Give Them Grace. Jessica and I chat about a conversation she overheard from her son and his friends that focused her attention to write the book, tips for how to integrate gospel conversations with your kids, and an acrostic that can help you in beginning these conversations. Jessica was so fun to interview, is an excellent speaker, and I know this will be a very helpful episode for all of us. 

FRIENDS OF A FEATHER SHOW NOTES:

www.wrenrobbins.com/podcast

FRIENDS OF A FEATHER FB COMMUNITY:

www.facebook.com/friendsofafeatherpodcast

FRIENDS OF A FEATHER INSTAGRAM:

www.instagram.com/friendsofafeatherpodcast

Be encouraged!

Wren

My favorite prayer journal: Val Marie Paper (affiliate link) 

Help support the Friends of a Feather Podcast by ordering through our Amazon affiliate link at no extra cost to you. Thanks!

My fav bag I use everyday: Live FashionABLE (affiliate link) 

 

Mar 15, 2019

Hey friends!  I'm so excited that Spring weather has been coming and that means Summer is around the bend!

So glad you are here!  I pray this is the place where you will be encouraged by hearing God stories from my friends that I share.  Every time you download an episode of the Friends of a Feather Podcast, I want for you to feel seen by God, to feel encouraged in your daily life, and be spurred on to honor Him with the gifts and talents He has given you.  If this is the first time you've tuned in or if you've been joining in for a while, you are certainly welcome here, friend!

We will have a brand new episode for you next week. But, today, it's a Top Ten with Wren episode! I love these episodes because I love sharing ideas that are easy, practical and intentional! After the next few minutes, you will have 10 great Easter ideas to make this Easter a very meaningful time for you and your family.  Check out all 10 at the link below. 

FRIENDS OF A FEATHER SHOW NOTES:

www.wrenrobbins.com/podcast

FRIENDS OF A FEATHER FB COMMUNITY:

www.facebook.com/friendsofafeatherpodcast

FRIENDS OF A FEATHER INSTAGRAM:

www.instagram.com/friendsofafeatherpodcast

Be encouraged!

Wren

My favorite prayer journal: Val Marie Paper (affiliate link) 

Help support the Friends of a Feather Podcast by ordering through our Amazon affiliate link at no extra cost to you. Thanks!

My fav bag I use everyday: Live FashionABLE (affiliate link)

 

 

 

Mar 1, 2019

This episode, ya'll.  My friend, Holly sent me a message me one day and said, "Wren. You have got to hear Jess’s story." After Jess had spoken at a Veterans Day event, Holly immediately went up to encourage her.  Holly connected Jess and myself and I’m so grateful for Holly knowing what an impact Jess will make, and that she has been an encouragement for Jess to share. Jess has only spoken in public a few other times and I’m so grateful she entrusted me in sharing her story with you today.

Jess takes me back to her life of searching for her identity as a young preteen girl, and how she kept coming up feeling empty throughout her life. One morning, after putting her five month old baby girl in her swing for a nap, Jess was devastated with a knock on the door with the news that her first husband, Tell had been killed in action while he was stationed in Iraq. God used a sympathy card filled with verses from a friend she hardly knew that drew Jess to God’s word. In her desperation, Jess found a Bible in her home and dove in head first into reading the scriptures. In this episode you will hear how Jess came to faith in Christ after visiting with a friend at his church. This friend eventually became her husband, a man who passionately loved God and those around him. 

This is what Jess said about her story. “Today, I am a mess. But, oh the treasure of Christ. I am seen…a life of feeling unseen and bitter about it. So bitter. Now, God reminds me daily to Whom I belong and there is redemption. There is a breaking of the chain of misaffection and misplaced identity. And, I hope to share that with other women.”

Ya’ll Jess is using all of her story to glorify Him. And, I’m so grateful. I pray you will walk away encouraged, feeling seen and loved by God, and praising God who redeems us. 

All of the links and things Jess and I talked about will be in the show notes below. Ok, One more thing! If you were encouraged by what you heard today, I would love for you to forward this episode on to a friend! I think that we are all better together and today is the perfect time to give that friend in mind some encouragement.

FRIENDS OF A FEATHER SHOW NOTES: www.wrenrobbins.com/podcast

FRIENDS OF A FEATHER FB COMMUNITY: www.facebook.com/friendsofafeatherpodcast

FRIENDS OF A FEATHER INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/friendsofafeatherpodcast

XO,

Wren 

My favorite prayer journal: Val Marie Paper (affiliate link)

Help support the podcast by ordering through our Amazon affiliate link at no extra cost to you! Thank you! 

 

 

Feb 22, 2019

 

Hey friends!

Let’s get to today’s episode! I recently heard about Annie Pajcic.   She’s a wife, a mom of 4, and an amazing artist. She uses her creativity to teach women, teens and tweens about Jesus. We found each other through a friends’ recent podcast episode and we had the best time talking. We chat about so many things, but one surprising event changed her life forever. She lost her best friend in a boating accident on her 17th birthday. God used this tragic accident to move in Annie’ life from a worldly perspective to a life of passion to know the Lord and encourage others to do the same.

Embracing her background in youth ministry and the arts, she founded ThouArtExalted. it combines the study of God’s Word with Annie’s passion for the arts. With 1 Chronicles 29:11 as a guide, ThouArtExalted provides art-based Bible studies, free devotions, speaking events, art camps, conferences, and online resources to help women, teens, and tweens deepen a relationship with Jesus. You will be encouraged how walking through hard and joy filled times will increase your faith and get you excited about your walk with Jesus.

 

Find the SHOW NOTES on my web site at: wrenrobbins.com/podcast 

I would love to connect with you over on Instagram or Facebook

Remember, we are all friends of a feather, so let's stick together!

XO,

Wren  

 

Feb 15, 2019

Hey friends I am Wren and I want to welcome you to the Friends of a Feather Podcast!  A podcast in which you will walk away encouraged by hearing God stories from my friends that I share! Every time you download an episode, I want you to feel seen by God, to feel encouraged in your daily life, and be spurred on to honor Him with the gifts and talents He has given you.  If this is the first time you’ve tuned in or if you’ve been joining in for a while, you are welcome here, friend!

So many new things happening here at the podcast that I’m so thrilled about! One of which is that We launched my new web site, wrenrobbins.com!  I really wanted to have a landing spot where I could share more content with you guys:

I would love for you to go check the web site out, go ahead and sign up for the Friends of a Feather mailing list so you can start getting emails that encourage, and give you resources I have used and love, and perhaps a discount code here and there from my favorite companies! As a thank you for you for signing up to receive the newsletter, you will get a free download of one of my favorite verses directly in your inbox after subscribing! 

Ok!  Let’s get to today’s episode! 

Today’s episode is with my guest Michele Dyer.  Michele is a wife, mom to 2 boys, a Christian Leadership Coach and a Certified Behavior Specialist. Michele loves discovering new ways to help others identify their life’s calling and mission. 

Michele also cherishes her role as wife and mom. She and her husband John have been married since 1997, they have two boys, Alec and Caedon. Though she’s about to be an empty-nester, she’s about to figure this "parenting thing" out, and to help other mom’s “crack the code” of parenting each child according to their natural bent.  After our conversation, I told Michele she needed to write a book on parenting!  Such wisdom she gives in this episode! 

I am thrilled to have Michele join me as my guest today because we dive into two things I’m passionate about: encouraging women to discover the talents God has gifted them with, to put them into practice and how we can use personality tests as a tool in doing so. 

 You may be an Enneagram enthusiast or you may be just shaking your head, but I promise, there is something for everyone in this episode! You will learn so much about parenting, how the Enneagram personality point system can help you identifty your strengths and how God can walk with you through your weaknesses, how we can use personality tests in marriage, so much more!   I enjoyed our conversation so much and I know you will too! 

Show Notes:

Connect with Michele on Facebook 

Her fav snack: Bell Vita bar

Books Michele Recommends:

Different Children, Different Needs by Charles Boyd

The Road Back to You by Ian Cron

Self to Lose, Self to Find by Marilyn Voncil

More by Todd Wilson 

FREE Enneagram test Michele suggests

Ok, One more thing!  Are you encouraged after listening to these incredible stories on the podcast?  I know I am! If you would like to leave the Friends of a Feather podcast a review, I would love if you could do that today! Hop on over to itunes and give a 5 star one line rating and review! Reviews and ratings are important because it helps other women find the Friends of a Feather community so that they can be encouraged just like you!  I read each and every review.

I would love to connect with you over on Instagram and Facebook

And, check out my web site, wrenrobbins.com

We are all friends of a feather, so let's stick together!  

XO,

Wren

Feb 8, 2019

 

Hey friends I am Wren and I want to welcome you to the friends of a feather podcast!  A podcast in which you will walk away encouraged by hearing God stories from my friends that I share! Each week, I chat with a friend who has a story to tell, a dream she is pursuing, or a passion to share with you.  If this is the first time you’ve tuned in or if you’ve been joining in for a while, I am so glad you are here! 

Today is episode 71 and it's a little different.  I've invited back a guest, my friend, Holly Mackle to chat about tangible ways we can make our friends feel special this Valentines Day.  

SHOW NOTES:
Connect with Holly on Instagram

Check out Holly's blog at Engaging Motherhood

Listen as I chat with Holly about her story on Episode 38 of the podcast.

Get Holly's enormously funny book Same Here, Sisterfriend from Amazon.

Hot chocolate balls

Tetrazzini Freezer Recipe

Also, If you are enjoying listening to the podcast, there is something that I would love if you could do to help me out! Right after the podcast is over, could you scroll up on your screen and when you see the show notes, could you click the itunes link and go leave a review for the podcast?  It really helps others to find the friends of a feather community.  Thanks, friends. 

I would love to connect with you over on Instagram!

Email me at: friendsofafeatherpodcast@gmail.com

Feb 1, 2019

 

Hey friends! I am Wren and I want to welcome you to the friends of a feather podcast!  A podcast in which you will walk away encouraged by hearing God stories from my friends that I share! Each week, I chat with a friend who has a story to tell, a dream she is pursuing, or a passion to share with you.  If this is the first time you’ve tuned in or if you’ve been joining in for a while, I am so glad you are here! 

Today’s episode is with my guest Nicole Cole.  Nicole is a wife, mom, lifestyle blogger, photographer, and co-shop owner. Nicole has creativity oozing out of her and she’s just the cutest thing, too.

I met Nicole through a mutual friend (thanks, Courtney!) at the Story & Soul Weekend. We were signed up to go to one of the same break out sessions and as we walked up the stairs and into the room, I asked Nicole about her story.  She began to share with me with such ease and grace about how the Lord brought her through a season of waiting while they desired to grow their family.  Nicole and her husband, Tyler walked through a failed adoption that was so devastating to them but they believe that each and every day was completely ordained by Him.  By grace alone, they are now the parents of not one... but TWO children.  Their sweet Campbell came home to them via adoption in late October 2016 and their Crawford girl was born in January of 2017. Yes, you did the math right.  She has 2 two year olds!!  She is able to stay home with them and she also does some photography work on the side.  Her desire is to continually point to the faithfulness and goodness of Jesus.   As you read her words, it is her desire that you would see Jesus and that you would boldly choose to follow Him in joyful obedience. Ya’ll, she’s the real deal.  Nicole is also passionate about Biblical Literacy.  Toward the end of our conversation, she gives us some ideas and practical resources for that and you will want to stay tuned in for those!  Especially the FREE resource she mentions!  Ok, so here’s my conversation with Nicole!  

SHOW NOTES:  

Nicole on Instagram

Nicole's web site

Nicole's Mock & Stock Etsy Shop

Nicole's Boutique: Holly & Co.

Nicole's blog post about Bible Study Resources that she loves

Nicole's blog post about the Prayer Notebook she uses 

Favs: Coffee-Voxer-Harvest Crisp pea chips

Books Nicole loves: 

Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin

Leaving Ordinary by Donna Gaines

ESV Study Bible

Keyword Study Bible 

Val Marie Paper Prayer Journal

Podcast Interview that Nicole mentions:

Friends of a Feather Podcast Ep. 35: Caroline Saunders: Stay Weird 

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I would love to connect with you over on Instagram or on Facebook 

And, I’m doing something new! If you are on instagram, be looking for the Instagram LIVE on Monday that I’ll be doing with Nicole!  I have one more quick question to ask her!  Like 5 minutes literally! 

Got a question?  Email me at: friendsofafeatherpodcast@gmail.com

Would love for you to leave a review over on iTunes to help others find our community.  Thank you.

Ok, one more thing!  If you were encouraged by what you heard today, I would love for you to forward this episode on to a friend!  I think that we are all better together and today is the perfect time to give that friend in mind some encouragement. 

XO,

Wren 

 

Jan 25, 2019

Hey friends and welcome to the Friends of a Feather Podcast!  A podcast in which you will walk away encouraged by hearing my friends stories that I share!  I am Wren and if this is the first time you’ve tuned in or if you’ve been joining in for a while, I am so glad you are here!

Let’s get to todays episode with my guest Bailey T. Hurley. Bailey is a  wife to Tim, mom to Hunter and a little girl on the way. She’s an avid reader, a community-builder, blogger, writer, and speaker in the Denver area.  Bailey invites women to creatively build rooted community in their corner of the world.  In this episode we talk about being a community builder, tips on being a great friend, how she does that practically.  I also ask her about this quote she wrote about in an article in the Dearly magazine,  Bailey said, “Truly, every woman is a community-builder, but she just needs to be empowered to make some friendship moves with the resources and talents she already has.”  Goodness I love that. 

Bailey has the sweetest soul and motivates me to be more intentional with those around me.  She uses her gifts by being an encouraging bright light andher smile is contagious. We just had the best time together! I'm sure if I lived in Denver we would be the best of friends:)

Show Notes:

Find Bailey online at Bailey T. Hurley 

Find Bailey on Instagram

Bailey's Favs!

What Bailey is eating:

Popcorn

What Bailey is loving: 

Seraphine Maternity Coat

What Bailey is Reading:

Even Better Than Eden by Nancy Guthrie

A Well Behaved Woman by Terese Anne Fowler

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I would love to connect with you over on Instagram and FB

Here is the iTunes link for you to go leave a review for the podcast!  It really makes a difference. Thank you.

Any ideas for the podcast? Email me! friendsofafeatherpodcast@gmail.com

XO,

Wren

Jan 18, 2019

Today's episode is with my guest Maggie Combs.  Maggie is a wife, mom to three boys, author, writer, speaker, and mentor, and living the small farm life in Minnesota,.  Maggie’s first book is entitled, Unsupermommy and I loved it.  One of the best books I have ever read!  Over on Maggie’s instagram @unsupermommy, I love how she shares practical gospel truth in the midst of her real life.   And, that is what this episode is about!  I wanted to know about her farm life, her life with her hubby and three boys, and what led her to write Unsupermommy.  I asked her a lot of questions about different aspects of mommyhood that I had read in her book. 

I cannot say enough about how much I loved this episode and of course, Maggie. What you don’t know is that the power went out at the beginning of our conversation and I had to wait until my router rebooted!  Maggie was so kind about it and told me about another time something like that happened to her and it made me feel so much better!  

SHOW NOTES:


Connect with Maggie on Instagram her website, or over on FB

Maggie's favorites: Kombucha, Mint Tea w/ Almond Milk

Books she's reading: 

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Parenting by Paul David Tripp

Order Maggie's book HERE 

 

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I would LOVE to connect with you over on Instagram!

Find out more about the Friends of a Feather Podcast

Are you encouraged after listening to these incredible stories on the podcast?  I know I am! If you have never left the Friends of a Feather podcast a review, I would love if you could do that today! Hop on over to ITunes and give a 5 star one line rating and review! Reviews and ratings are important because it helps other women find the Friends of a Feather community so that they can be encouraged just like you!  I read each and every review. 

And, while you are there, make sure you go ahead and subscribe so that each weekly episode will drop right into your phone! So easy, right?  Thank you for taking 2 minutes out of your day to do that!  It means so much! 

 XO,

Wren 

Jan 11, 2019

 

Let’s get to todays episode with my guest Elizabeth Sirven. Elizabeth is a supportive wife to Chris, encouraging mom to four, she loves Jesus with all her heart, and she desires to empower others to use their gifts!  I love Elizabeth and I know you will, too! 

She is like a magnet to those around her.  I love her kindness, the love for her family, and her passion about health and wellness!  All of these come through on Elizabeth’s instagram page and I just felt so special after chatting with her. 

Its episode 67 and we talk about how Elizabeth struggled after having her second baby.  She did not feel healthy and felt like she was in a fog.  Post partum emotions got the best of her and she was ready for a change! Hear from Elizabeth about her journey and how searching out tools to enhance her wellness has made all of the difference!  And, what she found has rocked her world in the best way: a family she could lead in their wellness journey, a business that came to her that she was not expecting, a husband whom recently she brought home from his job to go full time alongside her. I know for sure that Elizabeth is living out her gifts well and she is such an encouragement!

SHOW NOTES: 

Connect with Elizabeth online on Instagram and HERE

Book Elizabeth is reading: Imperfect Courage by Jessica Honegger

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I would love to connect with you over on Instagram!

Are you encouraged after listening to these incredible stories on the podcast?  I know I am! If you have never left the Friends of a Feather podcast a review, I would love if you could do that today! Hop on over to ITUNES and give the podcast a 5 star, one line rating and review! And, while you are there, make sure you go ahead and subscribe so that each weekly episode will drop right into your phone! So easy, right?  Reviews and ratings are important because it helps other women find the Friends of a Feather community so that they can be encouraged just like you! 

We are ALL friends of a feather!  Let's Stick Together!

Wren 

Jan 4, 2019

 

 Joy, pure Joy! That is what I heard in Presley's voice when I talked with her on this episode!  Even through the tears.  

Presley is a wife, blogger, dog mom to her cute puppy dog, Duke!  Presley is passionate about Jesus, lettering, fitness, and style and she blogs about all of those things!  

She opens up about the hardest part of her childhood, losing her mom to a drunk driving accident when Presley was a young girl.  We talk about what that loss felt like and how she worked through it as an adult.  Presley makes events memorable and you will hear how she remembered her mother on her wedding day in the most precious way.  

I loved this conversation so much!  It was so sweet and yet so moving as well.  

Thank you for sharing this episode with your friends!  

Find Presley at: 

Letters & Lifestyle on Instagram

Letters & Lifestyle online 

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I would love to connect with you over on Instagram! @friendsofafeatherpodcast 

 Thanks for listening. Be encouraged!

XO,

Wren 

 

 

Nov 16, 2018

Sponsor of today's episode: Meredith Design Co.  

Cover design: Stacey Meredith

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SHOW NOTES: 

# 10: Elora Inspired 

Elora Inspired is a Christian children's brand offering apparel and their newest product... silicone scripture placemats! Everything they offer has scripture incorporated into it with hopes of pointing everyone to Christ. The business started out of Megan's desire to fill everyday tasks such as getting ready for the day and feeding littles with scripture an opportunity to encourage Christ centered conversations.

Elora, which means “God is light,” is Megan’s daughter’s middle name and the inspiration behind Elora Inspired. I had Megan on episode 57 of the podcast if you would like to hear more about Megan’s incredible story.  

Use Code WREN for free shipping!

Follow Megan on Instagram

# 9: Five and one designs

Five & One Designs is owned and operated by two moms- Amanda and Jodie-who are not only neighbors, but friends. Between the two of them they have six children, 5 girls and 1 boy (hence the name!) and their families love doing life together. They specialize in shirts featuring modern and unique artwork designed in-house by the two of them. Collaborating with Megan at June Bug Designs, they have a new 2018 Christmas hoodie that you will fall in love with! 

And, many more other designs you will love!  I found them recently at a Christmas show and saw the verse that our family has chosen to focus on which is Joshua 1:9 which is Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged. For the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go “  It was hand scripted on a shirt with plum sleeves and I had to have it immediately.  So much to choose from Kids sizes XS-XL to Adult XS-XXL Love the size ranges!

All of the Five and One shirts are handcrafted in Arlington, TN, and can be found at Classic Trends in Arlington, or online via Instagram or Facebook.

Mention the Friends of a Feather Podcast and they will offer a discount of 15% off!

# 8: Live FashionABLE

The goal of the company of Live Fashionable is to provide alternatives that gives women in other countries an opportunity to earn a living, empowering them to end the cycle of poverty that keeps them trapped. Armed with multiple studies illustrating how the employment of women benefits and strengthens the entire community, the ABLE team set out on a mission to end generational poverty, one job at a time.

Because of your support, ABLE has grown from producing a single collection of hand-woven scarves to a one-stop shop for ethical fashion, offering leather goods, handmade jewelry, denim, clothing and footwear. Whether your purchase is produced in Ethiopia, Mexico, Peru, or at our headquarters in Nashville, TN, each item has one thing in common: because it is made by women, it is leading all of us a step closer to the end of generational poverty.

With your help, we are working each day to give opportunity to women in a safe and healthy environment and encouraging our peers to do the same.  

I love my Selam tote and wallet and its exactly what I had been wanting! 

ABLE’s Black Friday deal starts Monday, November 19th through Cyber Monday. Save 30% while empowering and protecting women with your purchase, plus free shipping on orders over $49. Use code ABLE30.

If you’re shopping after the sale, Friends of a Feather listeners can use code FEATHER20 for 20% off their first ABLE purchase at check-out. Valid through the end of the year.  You can use this link and the discount will automatically be applied to your cart: Live Fashionable Friends of a Feather Coupon Code Link

# 7:  Limelife

Incredible makeup and skin care for everyone…

At LimeLife, they empower people to achieve their goals and dreams and to inspire others to do the same. Their family-owned company was founded in 1952 to provide professional makeup to the stage and film industry. Now they are expanding our reach to help women everywhere look their best every day with our all natural skincare line and personalized makeup palettes. 

My friend Dondra came over one day last year to show me some of the products she loves from Limelife.  And, I in turn fell in LOVE with them, too.  I will tell you I don’t like to spend money on makeup and I wasn’t used to wearing makeup that much.  But, in the last year I’ve noticed some sweet little dark circles who showed up in their darling little way and I knew I needed to up my makeup game.  I like to be health conscious when I can and what I like about Limelife is that it is toxic free, and they have an all natural skincare line.  I ordered the foundation, concealer, and priming spray to start out and have since ordered the powder as well. Let me tell you I have enjoyed this makeup so very much!  I have received compliment after compliment on how good my makeup looks. I’m sure my momma Candy is so proud! She loves makeup! 

Also, if you want to hear Dondra’s story listen to Ep. 43 and 44 on the podcast! 

Here is the link to order from Dondra to start looking your best in a natural way!  Purchase LimeLife Makeup 

 # 6: Poppy Parks Boutique

Poppy Parks is an online fashion forward boutique that was created on the platform that all women deserve to feel beautiful and confident in their own skin. Betsy carries beautiful, figure flattering clothing in sizes Small through 3XL along with super cute accessories including jewelry, scarves, hats, leggings, and more.

I first met Betsy last year when she was in town hosting a show.  I found so many clothing pieces that day and have since continued shopping with Betsy at her shows and online.  Betsy is cute as a button and you will love the pieces she offers to her clients. 

Betsy is offering the Friends of a Feather Podcast listeners a 25% off of one regular priced item. 

Check out Betsy's shop Poppy Parks Boutique on FB 

# 5: Same Here Sisterfriend book      

Join Engaging Motherhood's contributing author Holly Mackle and her sisterfriends as they laugh their way through the misadventures of authentic motherhood. Full of wit and charm, Mackle guides readers through a collection of hilarious and vulnerable tales written by moms who have seen it all.

Laugh alongside a group of real mamas as they tell of the neverending joys and unpredictable perils of motherhood. Between diaper fiascos and singing potties, and whether mowing to escape reality or being mistaken as a pile of laundry--hilarity ensues. The extraordinary vulnerability found in Same Here, Sisterfriend will not only remind every mom that she's not alone, but also encourage her to look for grace in even the messiest moments.

Sisterfriends keep each other sane, strong, and lighthearted, which is exactly what Holly Mackle's mom-community does: bring a little levity to the rough trenches of mamahood. So long as sisterfriends are only a text away, they can be sure of one thing--they will never have to face the mom life alone.

With a little commiseration and a lot of laughter, the ladies behind the creation of Same Here, Sisterfriend encourage moms everywhere to let go of the image of perfection and rest in knowing that their sisterfriends have their back. So it's time to link arms in sisterfriend solidarity, because we might as well laugh, mama.

I literally read this book the fastest I’ve ever read a book!  Tears running down my face as I was reading.  You will love it! 

Also, want to know more of the curator of this book, Holly Mackle’s story?  Check out Episode 38 to hear her story!

Go get Same Here Sisterfriend HERE and type in FEATHER20 for 20% off!

# 4: Anne Smith Art

A brilliant artist, an Art teacher whom I adore, Anne has always had a talent of using different mediums, colors, and artistic strokes to bring art to life.  I have worked with Anne and she is delightful, talented, and I love every piece she creates. 

You can contact her at Anne Smith Art on FB to order.  Anne is having an Art Open House called, Oh What Fun! If you are in the local Memphis area, and mention this episode, you can get 20% off your order.

3: Crew + Co

Crew + Co was opened at the beginning of 2015 while Courtney was pregnant with her second son, Grey. She already had another shop focused mainly on calligraphy and lettering that was opened in 2014 after her first son was born. This shop is allowing her to work every day doing what I'm passionate about and she is so grateful for your support and business! Her family loves the Lord and desires to spread His Word in all that we do!

Courtney and I started out as internet friends until Courtney broke the ice and we are now IRL friends!  She is super sweet, super talented and I love her companys mission. 

Find Courtney’s scripture cards, Advent cards, Easter cards, and Give Thanks cards and now Men's scripture cards over at Crew + Co.

Courtney is offering a 15% discount to my listeners so go find some goodies in time for Christmas!  Use the code: FRIENDSOFAFEATHER for this discount! 

2: Unsupermommy book

Imperfections are opportunities to receive God's unending strength.

 No mother can live up to supermommy expectations. Thankfully, God isn't looking for perfection. He's calling on imperfect moms to be faithfully plugged into his superpowers.

 In Unsupermommy, Maggie delves into expectations every new mom faces--for her baby, personal appearance, housekeeping, marriage, parenting, and more. She shares that by having three babies in three years God used the trenches of motherhood to transform her life, releasing her from the pressure of perfection. Her desire is to see discouraged moms freed from expectations prevalent in society, social media, blogs, and even our own hearts.

Maggie's candid motherhood story will inspire you to embrace your own imperfection as a means to receiving God's grace. You don't need to be a supermommy when you rely on a superpowered God. This book has meant the world to me.  I recently read it and it has made such a difference in how I view my role as a mom to my son, relating to my husband, and so encouraging to not have to rely on my own strength!     

You can find Maggie over at on Instagram

Go order her book over on Amazon, and it will change your perspective on everything!

And, ya’ll stay tuned bc Maggie coming on the podcast to chat with me to share her story in December!  Can’t wait! 

1: ValMarie Paper

Val Marie Paper all started when Valarie Woerner’s fears during pregnancy had her searching for a prayer journal where she could organize her thoughts and every symptom she could possibly worry about. (She’s a self-diagnosed hypochondriac) When she couldn’t find what she was looking for, she used that old journalism degree and skills designing wedding invitations to create her own.

In the fall of 2013, about 2 weeks before her first daughter was born, she started selling our 6-month prayer journal. It exploded. It turns out she wasn’t the only one whose prayer time many days consisted of staring at a blank wall running through her to-do list instead of actually praying.

They've had them used by famous bachelorettes, Canadian style mavens, and authors with books you’ve probably got on your shelf. Why? Because none of us are immune to distractions in our prayer life and we all need a little help to focus on what matters most to us!

Our mission is to create practical tools and content that equip women to cut through the noise of everyday life and find fullness of life in the presence of the Lord.

So excited and grateful to tell you about this company Valarie began 5 years ago. Valmarie Paper has graciously given my Friends of a Feather listeners the code FRIENDS3 for 20% off when they purchase 3 or more products (only excluding their Yearly Prayer Journal).

This is great for multiple gifts because it brings our $15 journals down to $12!

I have used the Fresh Start prayer journal and devotional, I am currently using the 6 month prayer journal, and I’ve already sent the link to my husband for the yearly prayer journal for Christmas!  

Here is the link to order: Shop Val Marie Paper 

Bonus: The Friends of a Feather HOPE bird

At the friends of a Feather Podcast, stories are shared, some of who you may know, some you may know only on the internet!

I am grateful that I get to chat with women who have a story to tell, a dream that they are pursuing or a passion to share.

Years ago as I was walking through the pain of infertility, a friend gave me a handcrafted ceramic bird.  The simple word, Hope was hand stamped on the side of it.  The bird now hangs on a lamp in my office.  It has been a very meaningful gift to me, a sign of hope, a  sign that like my friends fingerprints on the clay, God’s fingerprints were on my life. I had hope.  Rom. 15:13 says, “ May the God of HOPE fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” When walking through my difficult heart-yearning time, I needed to trust and hope and I found that.  Encouragement from friends like my friend, Stacey and this little bird she handcrafted for me was a constant visual reminder of the HOPE that Jesus gives, that He was with me in the midst of the trial.   I am pleased to announce that we have partnered with Stacey who is Meredith Design Co to create a one of a kind HOPE bird inspired by the original one she made me seven years ago.  This is an exclusive for Friends of a Feather.  Each one is hand made and hand stamped with the word HOPE by Stacey and only available through our podcast. 

We could not be any more happy with this product and that it will be provided to you, the Friends of a Feather listeners. 

Consider giving a friend going through a hard time this gift of HOPE.  The release date for the limited edition Friends of a Feather HOPE bird is today.  I would love for you to go check it out at HOPE bird. They are available for a limited time only and will be shipped the week of December 3rd. 

Hope Bird

Our prayer is that the Hope Bird will become a visual reminder that there is hope in the Lord and that His fingerprints are on your story. Each bird is lovingly handmade and unique... just like you. 

Handmade polymer clay. Dimensions approx 3.25 x 2.25 x 1.25
Shipping: USPS First Class

Preorders ended Nov. 24th.  Thank you!

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Want to connect with Wren? I would love to connect with you over on Instagram!  Come over and say hi!

Nov 16, 2018

 

Hope Bird

The Hope Bird was originally given as a gift to Wren in 2011. Wren’s friend, Stacey Meredith, handmade the gift hoping it would provide encouragement during a difficult season. This gift became a daily reminder of hope for Wren.

Our prayer is that the Hope Bird will become a visual reminder that there is hope in the Lord and that His fingerprints are on your story. Each bird is lovingly handmade and unique... just like you. 

Handmade polymer clay.

Dimensions approx 3.25 x 2.25 x 1.25

Shipping: USPS First Class

Preorders ended Nov. 24th.

 

Nov 9, 2018

 

Let’s get to todays episode with Lauren K. Denton.  I picked up one of Lauren’s novels in August and I loved reading it! Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Lauren now lives with her husband and two young daughters in Homewood, just outside Birmingham. In addition to her fiction, she writes a monthly newspaper column about life, faith, and how funny (and hard) it is to be a parent. On any given day, she’d rather be at the beach with her family and a stack of books. Her debut novel, The Hideaway, is USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Charts bestseller. Her second novel, Hurricane Season, released in April, 2018, and was listed on BookPage's 2018 list of Most Anticipated Fiction.  And, I want to give a little plug for Lauren’s two books and the one coming out in March.  The Hideaway Hurricane Season, and Glory road are her novels!  If you like Southern fiction, you will love how Lauren writes the setting, how the characters are relatable and how she creates an interesting story line and it will have you hooked

Its episode 64 and we talk about how Laurens love for reading and writing came at an early age, and how she realized her calling was to write. She is a thoroughly gifted writer and I was thrilled to be able to chat with her.  She’s a big deal and I’m thankful she was able to sit down with me and chat.

We talk about how she manages her writing and being a mother to her two young girls.  I love how Laurens stories always have hope and redemption that shines through and I love that.  We talk about what Lauren does when she gets stuck and cannot write any more.   I love how she brings everyday moments into the light when writing a column for Homewoods newspaper, The Homewood Star.  You will think you are chatting with a friend.  Lauren is warm, inviting, and shares her story with us today and Im so grateful.  You will love her and will want to read her books. 

 

SHOW NOTES:

Find Lauren on her web page Lauren K. Denton

Get Lauren's first novel: The Hideaway

Get Lauren's second novel: Hurricane Season

Preorder Lauren's highly anticipated third novel:  Glory Road

Connect with Lauren on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

Are you enjoying the podcast?  I would love if you could write a short one line review over on Itunes!  It would help out the podcast so much!  Would love to get to my goal by the first of the year.  Could you help with that?  Thank you for coming back each week and listening to the conversation with friends. See you over on Instagram.

Tune in next week when we feature our gift giving episode!  It’s counting down the Top 10 with Wren!  Many new things coming to you from the podcast and I’m so grateful for you, my listeners, my friends.

Remember, we are all friends of a Feather let’s stick together! Have a great week and I’ll see ya next time. 

Oct 31, 2018

Today’s episode is episode 63 with my friend, Karlye Sills.  Karlye and I recently met in person and she is super sweet!  I loved chatting with her today and know you will enjoy hearing her story!  Karlye shares how she went from a wife desiring children to a mother of four children!   During the years of infertility, miscarriage, a physical diagnosis of PCOS, dimished egg reserve, and diminished ovarian quality, Karlye explains how God showed her how to rely on Him and to follow His plan for her life.  Through all of it, Karlye’s faith was strengthened knowing God’s plan was at work and she has experienced such peace through that!

We talk about getting pregnant naturally, her two IVF cycles, and having the shock of getting pregnant with twins!  We also chat about the accidental way she started her business of sharing about essential oils with the Young Living brand. She even shares her favorite 6 oils! You will be encouraged through Karyle’s story!

I would love to encourage you to share the podcast with your friends!  There are many episodes of different stories of women who are sure to encourage you in your faith journey!  After I listen, I’m always encouraged and I desire to love Jesus more from hearing from my friends!  A few I would love to suggest would be Ep. 51 with my friend Tracey when she talks about walking through her husbands gambling addiction, forgiving him, and how God restored her marriage, Also, Ep. 52 was with Mary Flo Ridley when she talked about talking to your kids about the birds and the bees that you don’t want to miss! 

 I would love to connect with you on Instagram!

Oct 19, 2018

 

This is episode 62 and my guests are Katie Norrid and Amy Mobley.   In 2017, Katie & Amy decided to take a leap and start City Hill Design and turn their talent and passion into something more by working with builders, remodelers, and homeowners in the Memphis area. With a combined 8 years of experience, they have a fantastic eye for design, a love of working hard, and a desire to help people achieve a home they can enjoyand be proud of.

Amy finds joy in bringing a laid back touch into spaces with a little bit of modern aestheticwhile Katie loves crafting spaces with an old world charm while keeping things calm, neutral, and timeless. 

We talk about growing up together with a famous basketball brother, the memories they love about growing up,  how they ended up working at the same homebuilding company and something unplanned in March of 2017 that changed everything in the best way.  This feels like a conversation between friends, even if we just met the day of recording in my kitchen.  I could not stop smiling while I was editing this episode. You will be encouraged in your faith walk and will be refreshed through Katie and Amy’s story!

 

SHOW NOTES: 

You can find Katie and Amy on Instagram at CITY HILL DESIGN or on their web site.  They have a beautiful feed and I love how they interact with their followers. 

Books they have been reading:

The Magnolia Story

Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys

SPONSOR OF THIS EPISODE: 

The sponsor for todays episode is Crew and Co products provide a practical approach to scripture memory and family devotions through unique and beautiful cards. Each card was designed by Courtney with hand lettering and original art with the purpose of being a tool to teach your kids and family about Jesus. The Scripture card sets are sure to be visually appealing for every member of the family. This season be sure to pick up the newly restocked Advent cards! The advent cards correspond with the Jesus StoryBook Bible and are a fun way for kids to learn the beauty of the Christmas story. Be sure to follow Crew + Co on Instagram and check out their products at crewandco.com!

Logo Design by: Meredith & Co

I would love to connect with you over on the Friends of a Feather Instagram ! 

Oct 12, 2018

Colby is an amazing worship leader, wife to John, mommy to Lola, and just recently had a double lung transplant after her lungs continued to decline due to having Cystic Fibrosis.  So many God moments in our conversation.  I loved hearing about how Colby was called only 9 days after being put on the transplant list that they had lungs for her!  How Colby's community was lifting her up in prayer during her surgery, many who did not even know her!  Such a raw part of the conversation when we talk about the thought of Colby not being around to raise her daughter, Lola.  But, hearing the faith of Colby and what a good father God is and how she KNEW He would take care of her.  

SHOW NOTES:
Connect with Colby on her web site, FB, and Instagram

Find Colby's album on iTunes.

Books Colby is reading: 

Everybody Always by Bob Goff

Driven by Eternity by John Bevere

Colby's song was featured on: The Frey Living 

Today's Show Sponsor:

Elora Inspired: Elora Inspired is a Christian children's brand offering apparel and their newest product... silicone scripture placemats! Everything they offer has scripture incorporated into it with hopes of pointing everyone to Christ. The business started out of Megan's desire to fill everyday tasks such as getting ready for the day and feeding littles with scripture and opportunity to encourage Christ centered conversations. You can find Elora Inspired at EloraInspired.com or on Instagram @elorainspired

 I would love to connect with you over on my Instagram page @friendsofafeatherpodcast

Oct 5, 2018

 

Welcome to the Friends of a Feather podcast where my friends share their story of how they have been changed by Jesus.  Receive encouragement from my friend Kathryn on episode 60 today!  

Kathryn is a wife, mom to two high schoolers, Bible teacher, encourager, and friend to those she meets.  A few years ago, Kathryn was called out of her comfort zone in order to fully use the gift of teaching that God had placed within her.  Her life has been changed because of learning and teaching God's word chronologically. 

We talk about how Kathryn used to plan her life (or so she thought), down to when she would have her children biologically.  Three IVF procedures later and God called her to drop what she thought as "perfect" and came to know him personally.  Kathryn and her husband Jay were called to adopt their daughter and then their son 11 months later.  

Throughout Kathryn's life, you will hear how God has moved and you will be encouraged to hear the wisdom she shares, how she points us all back to Jesus, and how she knows that prayer matters.  You will come away refreshed and desiring to know Him better. 

Be encouraged, friends!  

SHOW NOTES:

Interested in reading, studying, and teaching the Bible chronologically where you live? (Link below!) 

Chronological Bible Teaching


Book Kathryn recommends:

30 Days to Taming Your Tongue

Bible Kathryn studies and teaches out of:

Chronological Life Application Study Bible NLT 

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SHOW SPONSOR: 

Story & Soul Weekend: Dec. 7-9th

Once upon a time, there were three tired moms of toddlers sitting around and dreaming up the perfect weekend: time to chat with friends over coffee and delicious food, space for rest, and solid Bible teaching. Those friends decided to make that dream a reality. Story & Soul Weekend is a Memphis-area weekend retreat for and by women, designed to prioritize Scripture, Stillness, and Sisterhood.

This year's retreat is scheduled for December 7-9, and we'd love for you to join us! Individuals, small groups, mothers and daughters, and friends who attend Story & Soul will come away refreshed by the solid scriptural focus, the slow, restful itinerary, and the space to connect with God and one another.

We also love to partner with ministries by helping provide their women with a meaningful, quality, vision-rich retreat without overextending their leaders.

Want to know more? Visit us online at storyandsoulweekend.com or on Instagram @storyandsoulweekend.

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I would LOVE to connect with you over on Instagram and on Facebook!

Artwork by the talented Stacey Meredith of Meredith Design Co.

Sep 28, 2018

 Picture this: teenage girl dealing with a loss of a family member through suicide, alcohol, drugs, husband leaving for his contracting job in Afghanistan six days after her baby boy was born, moving cities many times, husband addicted to pain medication, filing for divorce, separating from her husband for ten months, life spiraling out of control as she looked for love, for acceptance, for care.

 

Through all of this Brandy realized her need for Jesus and Jesus transformed her life and she, her husband, her family, and her marriage have been forever changed. 

 

Hear my friend Brandy’s incredible story today and share with a friend! 

Link in profile.

Sep 21, 2018

 

Today's episode is with my friend, Ashleigh.  

Ashleigh is a sweet in real life friend, wife to Matt, mother to four children and a part time pharmacist!  Ashleigh's  story begins when her husband, Matt, went to China on a work trip, saw the poverty in the area, and was burdened for the children there.  He came home from that trip and talked with Ashleigh about adopting a child from China!

In this episode hear the details of how God's timing was 7 1/2 years later and they would see their baby girl for the first time and the joy that she has brought to their family.  Hear Ashleigh's advice for someone walking that road today! 

Feel free to share this episode with a friend who needs encouragement journeying through the adoption process.  

SHOW NOTES:

Connect with Wren over on Instagram and FB

 

 

Sep 14, 2018

 

Hey Friends!!

On today's episode, I enjoyed chatting with my new friend, Megan!  Megan is wife, mom to three sweet children, and shop owner of Elora Inspired!

What I love about Megan is her strong desire to pour the love of Jesus into everyone around her!  She pours into her husband, her children, those she meets in real life and those on her Instagram page! 

Megan and I talk about the family vacation she came back from when she knew her marriage was over.  However, her husband came home with a different set of feelings.  You will hear about the incredible change that Jesus made in their lives, their marriage, and in how they raise their children.

Such an encouraging episode to hear how God's power intervened in Megan's life and why God led her to start her company, Elora Inspired!!

SHOW NOTES:

Connect with Megan over on Instagram and on Facebook 

Check out Megan's adorable products in her shop, Elora Inspired 

 

I would love to connect with you over on Instagram and on Facebook

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