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Friends of a Feather

The Friends of a Feather Podcast is encouragement for women on the go. This weekly podcast inspires women wherever they are: listening on their commute to work, folding the laundry, or providing a boost of encouragement after a full day. Wren Robbins, the host invites her friends on the podcast each week to share their unique God stories with listeners.
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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!  

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. 

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