Cultivating the Lovely

By MacKenzie Koppa

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A podcast for real moms and women who are trying to add more lovely into their chaotic lives.

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CTLP Episode 172 - Investing in Your Space with Chelle and MacKenzie
55:47

On today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie talks with her good friend Chelle Bruzas about making a house a home and creating spaces that minister to your family and friends. Chelle and her family have moved houses several times, and she has some great ideas to share with us about how to invest in your house and make it truly your own. (Affiliate slinks are used in this content.)

  • Asking questions on how to make your house a place of ministry to others
  • Chelle talks about accepting the gift that is their new home
  • MacKenzie asks Chelle to explain her process of embracing a space
    • Thinking about what styles she likes
    • Learning how different details change a space’s appearance
    • Pinning room photos that strike her as appealing and curating those boards
    • Chelle mentions the paint color “Agreeable Gray” by Sherwin Williams
    • Thinking about how to best use the space functionally for doing what they love

How do I make those people who come through the doors of our home feel welcome and love, seen and known?

Chelle Bruzas
  • What MacKenzie has discovered by creating a special space on her back patio
  • Choosing to live your life now and not always being in a state of waiting
  • Balancing trends and classic styles in decor
  • Chelle explains the 80/20 rule for white and color
  • Knorpp and South’s RV renovation videos on Youtube
  • Chelle’s story about hearing the bells and having her special roses at their new house
  • Chelle’s Pinterest Board for “Birdsong”

Resources Mentioned-

Books:

Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillyn Smith

Find Chelle-

You can find Chelle Bruzas on Instagram @chelle_bruzas.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

This episode of Cultivating the Lovely is brought to you by Plan to Eat meal planning service. Visit PlanToEat.com/LOVELY to start your free 60-day trial instead of the normal 30-day trial.

Jul 01, 2020
CTLP Episode 171 - Sitting with God in the Hard Places
32:08

We have something a little different for you on Cultivating the Lovely the Podcast this week. Today MacKenzie is doing a solo show and sharing with us how she is handling the hard things in life right now. She also wants to personally invite you to join in with “Take Back Your Life July” and the accountability groups coming up in Patreon next month. (Affiliate slinks are used in this content.)

  • Why MacKenzie decided to do this particular episode at this time
  • What working through the attributes of God in Sara Hagerty’s Adore study has done in MacKenzie’s heart
  • If you haven’t listened to it yet, you can go back and listen to Sara’s interview on CTL Episode 160

When we can allow our doubts and fears to be exposed to Him, God is gentle with us.

MacKenzie Koppa
  • MacKenzie reads Psalm 37 and Psalm 73
  • Keeping a long-range perspective and remembering God's truth
  • Ways that MacKenzie has been dealing practically with hard times:
    • Journalling thoughts and prayers
    • Leaning into counsel from trusted friends
    • Tapping into her emotions through music
  • MacKenzie sings "It Is Well" to close out the episode

Thanks to Our Sponsor-

This episode of Cultivating the Lovely is brought to you by Little Passports. As a CTL listener, you can get 15% OFF the price of any subscription when you use coupon code LOVELY at checkout.

Resources Mentioned-

Books:

Adore by Sara Hagerty

Music:

Bethel Music

Hillsong Worship

Rend Collective

Lauren Daigle

Nicole Nordeman

Jennifer Knapp's Kansas album

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Jun 24, 2020
CTLP Episode 170 - The Little Things with Katie Duckett
01:13:38

On today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie talks with her good friend Katie Duckett all about the little things they are doing to recapture that sense of who they are as individuals. This episode is all about recovering from challenging times, and even thriving in the midst of them. We hope this conversation will leave you encouraged!

  • MacKenzie shares about writing a list of the things that make her feel like herself
  • The value of this time to re-evaluate what aspects of our lives are really important to us
  • Katie and MacKenzie share the little “vanities” that they had to grapple with when they were taken away
  • The importance of regular anchor points to fill our souls
  • What makes us each feel alive is unique and different
  • MacKenzie tells how she recognized how important it is to her to have outside activities
  • How a sort of home church has developed among MacKenzie’s group of friends

We have a God who loves to give us good gifts, and He knows our hearts and what we need.

Katie Duckett
  • The little things that MacKenzie and Katie like to do to feel like the best versions of themselves
  • Taking the time to ask the questions about what is important to your family
  • Setting up a new tone or structure for the summer to help rest and regroup
  • The ways that appreciating and noticing beauty transforms us
  • Finding ways to intentionally create spaces that give you room to breathe
  • “Have you heard about pasta salad?”
  • Katie’s self-tanning regimen

Resources Mentioned-

Affiliate slinks are used in this content.

Books:

The Royal We

The Heir Affair

Music:

Hamilton

Thanks to Our Sponsor-

This episode of Cultivating the Lovely is brought to you by True Botanicals. CTL Listeners can get 15% OFF their first order from truebotanicals.com/lovely.

Find Katie-

You can find Katie Duckett on Instagram @may_these_arrows_fly.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Jun 17, 2020
CTLP Episode 169 - Joy in the Waiting and Uncertainty
01:09:49

On today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie talks with her good friend Chelle Bruzas about joy, hope and creating fun in the middle of really hard stuff in our current world. This is not meant to trivialize the huge issues going on right now, but to encourage you to find the light in the darkness and give your mind a break from the stress. So listen in, stop scrolling, maybe take a walk, and listen in to this uplifting conversation. (Affiliate slinks are used in this content.)

  • Chelle talks about checking in on others and loving on new neighbors
  • Looking back and seeing how God has given us grace for the hard days
  • Holding our vision of the future loosely and surrendering to the Lord
  • Doing something out of the ordinary to shake up the monotony
  • Make it a priority to build community and be the friend you need
  • Taking in beauty in the out of doors
  • Find ways to have a gentler routine and a reward at the end of the day

Joy will make us stronger and more capable of dealing with all the heavy things around us.

MacKenzie Koppa

Resources Mentioned-

Books:

Try Softer by Aundi Kobler

Podcasts:

The Popcast

Find Chelle-

You can find Chelle Bruzas on @chelle_bruzas.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

This episode of Cultivating the Lovely is brought to you by Plan to Eat meal planning service. Visit PlanToEat.com/LOVELY to start your free 60-day trial instead of the normal 30-day trial.

CTL is also brought to you by Little Passports. As a CTL listener, you can get 15% OFF the price of any subscription when you use coupon code LOVELY at checkout.

Jun 03, 2020
CTLP Episode 168 - Cherishing Your Life Now with Rebecca Smith
01:04:32

This week on Cultivating the Lovely, host MacKenzie Koppa chats with Rebecca Smith, founder of Better Life Bags and the author of the brand new book A Better Life: Slowing Down to Get Ahead. Rebecca and her husband live in Michigan with their four children and their dog Mojo. Together MacKenzie and Rebecca talk about building a business, podcasting and writing a book, plus so much more. (Affiliate links are used in this content.)

  • Rebecca shares a little bit about her “Problem Solved” podcast episodes with Emily Thomas
  • Rebecca talks about how she came to write this book, from starting a blog in her college days to getting asked by Zondervan to publish the story of her business
  • What Rebecca hopes readers will glean from A Better Life
  • How Rebecca and her husband met and had to let God lead their relationship
  • Learning the cherish the life you are living right now, instead of always looking ahead to the next thing

I think I have an idea of where my life is going, but God is the One who is making the decisions, and it’s kind of an adventure for us.

Rebecca Smith
  • How Rebecca’s vision and mission for Better Life Bags grew out of a desire to have certain boundaries in place
  • Recognizing our limitations and bringing other people on board to balance out our weaknesses with their strengths
  • Giving our children more responsibility for things around the house
  • Being willing to turn around and get back on track when we have stepped out of God’s plan
  • How Rebecca’s business has been affected by the pandemic
  • A typical day in Rebecca’s life now in contrast to before the pandemic

Current Lovelies-

Rebecca: relaxing in a hammock in the backyard

MacKenzie: dressing up for her birthday at home

Resources Mentioned-

Podcasts:

Mom Struggling Well – Problem Solved

That Sounds Fun

10 Things to Tell You

Young House Love

Crime Junkie

Find Rebecca-

You can find Rebecca on her website Better Life Bags. You can also follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

Today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely is sponsored by True Botanicals. CTL Listeners can get 15% OFF their first order from true botanicals.com/lovely and use code LOVELY at checkout.

Want a little extra loveliness in your life? Join our Patreon community this month and enjoy the camaraderie with other ladies who are trying to do more than just survive in these crazy days. We can’t wait to see you there!

May 27, 2020
CTLP Episode 167 - Life and Laughter in Paris with Joy Eggerichs Reed
01:07:23

Today on Cultivating the Lovely, host MacKenzie Koppa talks with Joy Eggerichs Reed, founder of Punchline Speakers. Joy and her husband Matthew live and work in Paris, France with their daughter Millie. MacKenzie and Joy just have a fun chat covering a wide range of topics including Joy’s fun Instagram stories, home birth and living in France during the pandemic. So sit back, relax and enjoy this lively conversation! 

Want a little extra loveliness in your life? Join our Patreon community this month and enjoy the camaraderie with other ladies who are trying to do more than just survive in these crazy days. We can’t wait to see you there!

  • Joy talks about how she and her husband ended up in Paris and what life is like there
  • MacKenzie talks about her experience being a single working mom while doing school at home as well
  • Joy shares how the quarantine has affected her family in Paris
  • How Joy has navigated not speaking French and having her babies in France following a more natural approach
  • MacKenzie shares a little about her own birth experiences and how she decided to have home births

If you don’t move to a place and have a posture of trying to laugh at things or try to understand them, then you will go crazy.

Joy Eggerichs Reed
  • Joy talks about making up an alter ego and voice for her daughter
  • How and why the Reeds chose to announce pregnancies later than most
  • The way the pandemic has changed Joy’s working life
  • How the Reeds ended up in their fantastic location

Current Lovelies-

Joy: spending time with Millie and making funny videos with her

MacKenzie: enjoying the flowers dropped off by her friends on May Day

Resources Mentioned-

Affiliate links are used in this content.

Movies:

Hook

Little Women

Podcasts:

The New York Times The Daily

Find Joy-

You can find Joy on her website PunchlineSpeakers.com. You can also follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

Today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely is sponsored by Little Passports. As a CTL listener, you can get 15% OFF the price of any subscription when you use coupon code LOVELY at checkout.

This episode of Cultivating the Lovely is also brought to you by Literati. For a limited time, go to Literati.com/lovely for 25% OFF your first two orders.

May 13, 2020
CTLP Episode 166 - A Realistic Mother's Day with MacKenzie and Chelle
58:56

This week on Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie Koppa and Chelle Bruzas sit down and have a little real talk about how to have a better Mother’s Day in this season of lockdown by setting realistic expectations. We want to encourage you during this challenging time in your parenting journey to be gracious with each other, look outside of yourself and find the bright side.

  • Talking to your family about what you would like for them to do
  • Making your own backup plans for food and treating yourself
  • Prepare yourself with realistic expectations of behavior
  • Celebrate your children’s efforts to do things for you
  • Chelle shares her heart for women for whom Mother’s Day is painful

The most perfectly worded Hallmark card will never hold a candle to personal words from someone.

MacKenzie Koppa
  • Some idea for gifting yourself and the other mothers in your life:
    • Flowers, of course!
    • Gift cards
    • Printed photos
    • Candles from a small business
    • Locally roasted coffee
    • Support small business
    • Books
  • Making time to say and write about your love for your mom
  • Plan for lighthearted fun and not take yourself so seriously
  • Be encouraged!
  • Giving and receiving forgiveness

The special deal to get in on all the online Patreon goodness for only $5/month is still going! Join now and enjoy being part of our rich, supportive online community!

Find Chelle-

You can find Chelle Bruzas on @chelle_bruzas.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

This episode of Cultivating the Lovely is brought to you by Embr. Save $70 off your own Embr Wave when you go to EmbrWave.com/lovely.

CTL is also brought to you by Plan to Eat meal planning service.Visit PlanToEat.com/LOVELY to start your free 60-day trial instead of the normal 30-day trial.

May 06, 2020
CTLP Episode 165 - Celebrating in Tough Times with Katie and Chelle
01:18:29

On today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie talks with her good friends Katie Duckett and Chelle Bruzas about clinging to celebrations and loveliness amidst the coronavirus crisis. This is a grace-filled, honest conversation that we hope will help you see the lighter side of life in a challenging season.

  • Katie shares honestly how she is doing amidst coronavirus struggles
  • Chelle talks about what it is like to parent with transparency during this season
  • MacKenzie shares the challenge of being forced into schooling at home again
  • Katie shares the analogy of a pot boiling over to talk about stressors and emotions
  • MacKenzie talks about dealing with “parenting whiplash”
  • Making the intentional effort to pull out of your own emotion and love on your family
  • The kindness of communicating your needs with each other as a family

We have to be creative, but those small efforts pay big dividends in the hearts of our kids.

Katie Duckett
  • Setting healthy boundaries for ourselves and our kids
  • Celebrating birthdays amidst social distancing
  • Join in celebrating with us #lovelypandemicbirthday
  • Katie's new family tradition and how it came to be
  • The simple luxury of taking a flower bath or pedicure
  • Other simple ways to bring some loveliness into your day
  • Share how you are doing to celebrate the little things with us #cultivatingthelovely

Resources Mentioned-

Books:

Affiliate links are used in this content.

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Find Katie-

You can find Katie Duckett on Instagram @may_these_arrows_fly.

Find Chelle-

You can find Chelle Bruzas on @chelle_bruzas.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

This episode of Cultivating the Lovely is brought to you by Embr. Save $70 off your own Embr Wave when you go to EmbrWave.com/lovely.

Apr 29, 2020
CTLP Episode 164 - Bringing the Comic Relief with Leeann and Michelle
01:04:34

This week on CTL, host MacKenzie Koppa has a fun chat with Leeann Dearing and Michelle Fortin, the dynamic comedy duo known simply as Leeann & Michelle. Both wives and mothers having backgrounds in acting and television, Leeann and Michelle are passionate about using comedy to bring a smile to the faces of those in their audience. We think their conversation with MacKenzie will do that for you, as well!

  • How Michelle and Leeann met and immediately formed a deep friendship
  • How they started turning their parodies and sketches into a business
  • The way their backgrounds helped them have success
  • What got Leeann and Michelle into doing Enneagram type comedy
  • What it is like playing their own types as well as the others
  • How they each handle filming in public locations
  • Michelle talks about how they divide up the work
  • MacKenzie talks about the fun she remembers from her time in a theatre troupe
  • Michelle and Leeann try to narrow down their videos to one favorite
  • Leeann talks about what it is like doing live shows
  • What it has been like creating content during the corona crisis
  • The value of getting feedback in creating content
  • A typical day for Leeann and Michelle in their own families and work

Current Lovelies-

Leeann: having an impromptu “distance picnic” with Michelle and their kids

Michelle: painting rocks with her kids and placing them around the neighborhood for others to find

Resources Mentioned-

Books:

(Amazon affiliate links are used in this content.)

The Road Back to You by Ian Crohn

The Honest Enneagram by Sarajane Case

Movies:

Gone with the Wind

The Sound of Music

The King and I

Dumb and Dumber

Podcasts:

Typology

Jen Hatmaker

The Popcast

The Dearing Studio

Find Leeann and Michelle-

You can find Leeann and Michelle on their YouTube Channel Leeann & Michelle and their website LeeannandMichelle.com. You can also follow them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

Today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely is sponsored by Theragun. Try Theragun risk-free for 30 days with this special offer for CTL listeners. Go to Theragun.com/lovely to get up to $150 off your device.

This episode of Cultivating the Lovely is brought to you by Literati. For a limited time, go to Literati.com/lovely for 25% OFF your first two orders.

Apr 22, 2020
CTLP Episode 163 - Embracing Your Blue Flame with Jennifer Fulwiler
58:58

On the Cultivating the Lovely podcast this week, MacKenzie Koppa talks with Jennifer Fulwiler about her new book Your Blue Flame. Jennifer is a wife, a mother of six, and also stays busy hosting a radio talk show, doing stand-up comedy and writing! Together MacKenzie and Jennifer talk about embracing your amazing gifts to bless those around you. This is an encouraging and fun conversation, so sit back, relax and enjoy! (Amazon affiliate links are used in this content.)

  • Jennifer talks about what a “blue flame” even is and why she wrote this book
  • How the concept of finding your blue flame is a blessing to others
  • Each of us has a gift that we can use to brighten someone else’s day
  • How using your blue flame can free your ego
  • Be willing to take risks and embrace your failures
  • Jennifer talks about what it is like doing stand-up comedy

You have this God-given gift, and you have a duty to give it back to the world.

Jennifer Fulwiler
  • Your blue flame is not about you, and you have a duty to share it with the world
  • How the Enemy tries to attack when you are using your gifts
  • You weren’t meant to do this alone
  • What Jennifer’s current typical day versus what is a normal day

Current Lovelies-

Jennifer: watching YouTube makeup tutorials and playing with new looks

Resources Mentioned-

Books:

Your Blue Flame

One Beautiful Dream

Movies:

Office Space

Galaxy Quest

Podcasts:

Starting Greatness

Find Jennifer-

You can find Jennifer on her website JenniferFulwiler.com. You can also follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

Today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely is sponsored by YogaSleep. Go to YogaSleep.com/LOVELY to get 20% OFF your next order of a sound machine for your family.

This episode of Cultivating the Lovely is brought to you by Laurel Springs School. Cultivating the Lovely listeners, register your child today at laurelsprings.com/lovely to have the registration fee waived.

Apr 15, 2020
CTLP Episode 162 - Holy Habits with Katie Duckett and Jenny Wilcox
01:04:11

On today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie talks with her good friends Katie Duckett and Jenny Wilcox about holy habits. Together they explain what that means and why they are so important, especially in challenging or uncertain seasons of life. We think this will be an uplifting conversation, so sit back, relax and be encouraged! (Amazon affiliate links are used in this content.)

  • Katie introduces the topic of holy habits
  • MacKenzie talks about the difference between legalistic habits and making lifestyle changes out of real desire
  • How the habits Jenny and Katie cultivated grounded them in their faith
  • Jenny talks about the joy of self-sacrifice and the goodness of having a God who is the caring Creator
  • The great value in being faithful and consistent with a discipline

One of the things that creating healthy habits requires of you is that every day you die to self. You start to say “yes” and do something you don’t want to do.

Jenny Wilcox
  • Jenny talks about habits as tools that help us re-center our souls
  • Sourdough as an illustration of a practical holy habit
  • Katie talks about the value of doing something slow
  • MacKenzie is tapping into her homemaking skills again
  • Jenny and Katie tell about how they got their special sourdough starter
  • The value of making something beautiful with your hands
  • How beholding beauty points us to God
  • Being present in the small things is so crucial in these times

Resources Mentioned-

Books:

Mudhouse Sabbath by Laura F. Winner

Let Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot

Mother Culture by Karen Andreola

Find Katie-

You can find Katie Duckett on Instagram @may_these_arrows_fly.

Find Jenny-

You can find Jenny Wilcox on @philovesjen.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

This episode of Cultivating the Lovely is brought to you by Grove. As a CTL listener, you can get a FREE 5-piece Sustainable Home starter set at Grove.co/LOVELY, plus free shipping and FREE 60-Day VIP trial with your first order.

This episode of Cultivating the Lovely is brought to you by Embr. Save $50 off your own Embr Wave when you go to EmbrWave.com/lovely and use code PODCAST at checkout.

Apr 08, 2020
Bonus Episode: MORE Flour/Flower Therapy with MacKenzie and Friends
45:01

In this special bonus episode of Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie Koppa continues the conversation with her friends all about flower/flour therapy. Katie Duckett, Chelle Bruzas, and Becca Lux chat more about the health benefits of sourdough and gardening and why they feel so passionate about both. If you missed yesterday's chat, you can visit boldturquoise.com/161/ to see and hear what you missed. 

  • Re-thinking the idea of flowers and beauty as not having any real purpose
  • Becca’s reading recommendations:
  • Katie talks about the health properties of sourdough
  • The need to slow down and do these intentional things to reconnect with each other and with God
  • MacKenzie talks about reading the first Harry Potter book with Roman
  • Becca, Chelle and Katie talk about making flower crowns
  • Floret Flower Farm seeds
  • The ladies talk about their gardening hopes and plans for this year
Apr 02, 2020
CTLP Episode 161 - Flour and Flower Therapy with MacKenzie and Friends
01:01:31

On today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely, host MacKenzie Koppa sits down for a fun chat with three of her real life friends: Becca Lux, Katie Duckett and Chelle Bruzas. They tell us all about two different kinds of therapy that we can all be taking part in during these challenging times using flour and flowers! And they had so much fun doing it, that we have a bonus episode with even more goodness coming out tomorrow, so be sure and check back to get in on the fun! (Amazon affiliate links are used in this content.)

  • A little about what “flour therapy” is and why you should join the Patreon group and get in on all the doughy goodness
  • The ladies share how they got the idea for “flower therapy” in the first place
  • Katie talks about her intense love for flowers and how she always stays prepared to gather flowers wherever she goes
  • Becca shares some information about why gardening is actually physically, mentally and emotionally so healthy
  • Check out the Flower Therapy playlist on Spotify

I do think that adding beauty to your life, in whatever form, gives your soul hope.

Katie Duckett
  • Chelle shares a little about what to expect from the seed “club” if you are part of the $15 Patreon level
  • Katie and Becca talk about starting seeds and taking chances with what will work and what won’t
  • MacKenzie highlights the value of accountability in keeping up with these habits of loveliness
  • How being out in nature and noticing the change of the seasons helps us cope with these trying times
  • Becca and Katie point out the spiritual significance of these practices
  • Jenna Fischer’s bread-making journey on Instagram
  • Check out the Flour/Flower Therapy wishlist on Amazon

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

CTL is brought to you by YogaSleep. Go to YogaSleep.com/LOVELY to get 20% OFF your next order of a sound machine for your family.

CTL is also sponsored by Plan to Eat meal planning service. Visit PlanToEat.com/LOVELY to start your free 60-day trial instead of the normal 30-day trial.

Find Becca-

You can find Becca Lux on Instagram @wanderluxstudio.

Find Katie-

You can find Katie Duckett on Instagram @may_these_arrows_fly.

Find Chelle-

You can find Chelle Bruzas on Instagram @chelle_bruzas.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Apr 01, 2020
CTLP Episode 160 - Experiencing God in the Middle of It All with Sara Hagerty
57:47

On the Cultivating the Lovely podcast this week, MacKenzie Koppa talks with author Sara Hagerty about her newest book, Adore: A Simple Practice for Experiencing God in the Middle Minutes of Your Day. Sara is a wife and a mother to 7 children, 4 adopted and 3 biological. MacKenzie and Sara talk about what it means to adore God in the middle of our busy lives, plus so much more. We hope this conversation encourages you in the midst of this chaotic time in all our lives.

  • Sara talks about the importance of slowing down and reconnecting with the Lord
  • Seeing this time as a gift because we have been given a new perspective on our lives
  • Coming to God with your real, raw emotion, asking Him to speak back to you
  • We have to go to God and be vulnerable with Him in order to allow Him to work in us
  • Adore is really about finding God when you are weak

Adoration is the nexus of my raw emotions and the truth of Who God is.

Sara Hagerty
  • Learning to feel our emotions and still go to God for what you are supposed to do with them
  • Join the Patreon group to get in on the upcoming book club walking through Adoretogether
  • Our misconceptions about adoration and looking at God’s character and how we can adore Him
  • The power of worshipping God in the midst of hard times
  • Sara’s typical daily routine now, and what it was like before the world turned sideways

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Current Lovelies-

Sara: getting outside and noticing the world around us

MacKenzie: grounding outside whenever possible

Resources Mentioned-

Books:

Adore by Sara Hagerty

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Movies:

The Trouble with Angels

Pride and Prejudice

Clueless

Podcasts:

At Home with Sally

And Sons

Ransomed Heart

The Emotionally Healthy Leader with Pete Scazzero

Find Sara-

You can find Sara on her website SaraHagerty.net. You can also follow her on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

Today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely is sponsored by Literati. For a limited time, go to Literati.com/lovely for 25% OFF your first two orders.

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Mar 25, 2020
CTLP Episode 159 - Joy and Survival Amidst the Corona Crisis
01:10:50

On this week’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie Koppa and her dear friend Chelle Bruzas sit down for a casual chat about how they are dealing with the current situation due to the corona virus. They share some encouragement, ideas and resources for you and your family to weather these uncertain times. We hope it will be a helpful and uplifting conversation! (Affiliate links are used in this content.)

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
    will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalm 91:1 (NLT)
  • MacKenzie’s plan for working around having her kids at home
  • Some books and audio resources for joy and survival
  • Playlists for lifting your mood
  • Chelle talks about beauty and flowers and how they uplift us
  • Being an extrovert and being stuck at home due to social distancing
    • Using Voxer and Marco Polo
    • Using social media for good
    • Writing letters and cards to friends and family
    • Just reaching out and checking on others

Sign up for our brand new interactive “Random but Lovely” e-newsletter on Substack! Just visit Mackenziekoppa.substack.com to subscribe today!

Find Chelle-

You can find Chelle Bruzas on Instagram.

Find MacKenzie- 

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

This episode of Cultivating the Lovely is brought to you by Grove. As a CTL listener, you can get a FREE 5-piece Sustainable Home starter set at Grove.co/LOVELY, plus free shipping and FREE 60-Day VIP trial with your first order.

Today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely is sponsored by  Laurel Springs School. Cultivating the Lovely listeners, register your child today at laurelsprings.com/lovely to have the registration fee waived.

CTL is also brought to you by YogaSleep. Go to YogaSleep.com/LOVELY to get 20% OFF your next order of a sound machine for your family.

Mar 18, 2020
CTLP Episode 158 - Spring Favorites and Chat with MacKenzie and Rebekah
01:13:50

Today on Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie sits down for a chat with her good friend Rebekah Sacran. They spend some time just catching up with each other, sharing some things they are loving here at the beginning of spring, and more. So sit back, relax and listen in on this fun, random conversation! (Affiliate links are used in this content.)

  • What’s new in Rebekah’s life and why her life feels like everything is in transition
  • How MacKenzie is dealing with the new parenting plan and other changes post-divorce
  • MacKenzie’s ideas for automating her healthy eating plan

If I can get the planning in place, then I think I can follow through.

MacKenzie Koppa
  • MacKenzie talks about cold plunging and her current showering method
  • Rebekah talks about trying oil pulling sachets
  • Learning when to give yourself grace about what to add into your routine
  • Books MacKenzie and Rebekah are reading:
  • MacKenzie’s recommendation for watching The Office, Season 2, Ep. 12
  • Why MacKenzie is loving her ClearlyFiltered water bottle
  • Rebekah and MacKenzie chat about their hopes to see the new Emma film

Resources Mentioned-

Podcasts:

The Big Boo Cast

Office Ladies

Find Rebekah-

You can find Rebekah Sacran on Instagram.

Find MacKenzie- 

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

This episode of Cultivating the Lovely is brought to you by BetterHelp private online counseling. Visit BetterHelp.com/LOVELY for 10% OFF your first month of counseling.

Today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely is sponsored by Care/Of. Get 50% off your first order when you visit takecareof.com and use code LOVELY50 at checkout.

CTL is also brought to you by BioClarity. Right now you can save 15% off everything at BioClarity.com when you use coupon code LOVELY at checkout.

Mar 11, 2020
CTLP Episode 157 - Don't Overthink It with Anne Bogel
01:01:25

On the Cultivating the Lovely podcast this week, MacKenzie Koppa sits down for a chat with Anne Bogel. You probably know Anne from her blog Modern Mrs. Darcy or her podcast What Should I Read Next. Today's conversation centers around Anne's newest book Don't Overthink It. This is book about more than just decision-making, so sit back, relax, and enjoy this chat that has a little something for everyone!

  • How and why Anne came to write a book about overthinking things
  • Why MacKenzie loves Anne’s tips about how to stop overthinking everything
  • How overthinking derails us when we have to deal with small problems
  • The crucial connection between our physical bodies and surroundings and our ability to think clearly

Sometimes if we don’t know what we really need, we can actively sabotage ourselves.

Anne Bogel
  • The concept of tending the garden of our thought lives
  • Talking about overthinking in terms of trauma
  • Every day decision fatigue and the little things that drain our mental energy
  • Thinking of outsourcing as more than the obvious tasks that you can hire out
  • Being willing to ask for and receive help from others

Current Lovelies-

Anne: getting ready for the daffodils in the spring while keeping the cozy lighting going indoors as much as possible

MacKenzie: enjoying listening to Les Mis music with her daughter

Resources Mentioned-

Books:

Affiliate links are used in this content.

Don’t Overthink It

The Body Keeps the Score

Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life

Find Anne-

You can find Anne on her website ModernMrsDarcy.com and listen to her podcast, What Should I Read Next. You can also follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

This episode of Cultivating the Lovely is brought to you by the new FAM: For All Momspodcast. This Audioboom original is available wherever you find your favorite podcasts, so go subscribe now!

Today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely is sponsored by Clearly Filtered. You can enjoy a 20% OFF discount on a filtered water system by visiting ClearlyFiltered.com/LOVELY and using code LOVELY.

CTL is also brought to you by Plan to Eat meal planning service. Visit PlanToEat.com/LOVELY to start your free 60-day trial instead of the normal 30-day trial.

Mar 04, 2020
CTLP Episode 156 - Looking On the Bright Side with Melanie Shankle
01:09:03

On the Cultivating the Lovely podcast this week, MacKenzie Koppa interviews Melanie Shankle, co-host of The Big Boo Cast and author of several books, including her newest title On the Bright Side. Together MacKenzie and Melanie talk the new book, podcasting, skin care and more! (Amazon affiliate links are used in this content.)

  • MacKenzie shares how she first heard about Melanie and what she loves so much about her podcast
  • Melanie and MacKenzie do a little breakdown of their Outlander addiction and the new season
  • Melanie talks a little about her book On the Bright Side and why it needed to be written
  • Returning to a culture of civility and being kind to others with opposing views

We’ve lost sight of what matters most. We’ve forgotten how to be decent human beings. We’ve lost the art of looking on the bright side.

Melanie Shankle
  • The importance of finding a few friends who can be your tribe
  • Watching out for comparison and insecurity in friendship
  • Trusting God with our own lives and with our children, as well
  • Guiding our children through disappointment and helping them learning from failure
  • Melanie and MacKenzie talk all about skincare
  • Melanie’s current typical daily routine

Current Lovelies-

Melanie: knowing when to say “no” to things and making the most of her daughter’s time at home

MacKenzie: cutting her own hair after a bad haircut and rocking it

Resources Mentioned-

Books:

On the Bright Side

Movies:

Gone With the Wind

Find Melanie-

You can find Melanie on her website thebigmamablog.com and listen to her podcast, The Big Boo Cast. You can also follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

Today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely is sponsored by Clearly Filtered. You can enjoy a 20% OFF discount on a filtered water system by visiting ClearlyFiltered.com/LOVELY and using code LOVELY.

Thanks to Yoga Sleep for sponsoring this episode of CTL. Go to YogaSleep.com/LOVELY to get 20% OFF your next order of a sound machine for your family.

This week’s episode of CTL is brought to you by Grove. As a CTL listener, you can get a FREE 5-piece Sustainable Home starter set at Grove.co/LOVELY, plus free shipping with your first order.

Feb 26, 2020
CTLP Episode 155 - All the Enneagram Things with MacKenzie and Chelle, Part 2
01:10:44

On this week’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie and Chelle continue their conversation about the enneagram. Today they are going to do a deep dive into the first three types on the enneagram, and they hope it will help you get a little more clarity. If you haven’t listened to last week’s episode on the resources Chelle and MacKenzie love and will refer back to today, you should definitely go do that first!

  • Chelle and MacKenzie share a little more background info on the enneagram
  • An overview of Type 1s, including core fears, core desires and more
    • Why MacKenzie and Chelle admire Type 1s
    • The common mistyping of Type 1s as 3s
    • Some famous people who may be Type 1s
  • An overview of Type 2s, which is Chelle’s type
    • What MacKenzie loves about her Type 2 friends
    • Why being a Type 2 is uncomfortable for Chelle
    • Ways to love on the Type 2s in your life
    • Some famous characters who could be 2s

I think it is helpful to be able to look at the different types and see the similarities so that you can relate to one another.

MacKenzie Koppa
  • An overview of Type 3s, which is MacKenzie’s type
    • How MacKenzie feels about being a Type 3
    • What Chelle loves about Type 3s
    • The special difficulty of being a Type 3 recovering from emotional abuse
    • Some famous characters who could be 3s

Resources Mentioned-

YourEnneagramCoach.com

Books:

(Affiliate links are used in this content.)

Mirror of the Soul by Alice Fryling

Becoming Us by Beth and Jeff McCord

The Sacred Enneagram by Chris Huertz

Find Chelle-

You can find Chelle Bruzas on Instagram.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

CTL is brought to you by BetterHelp private online counseling. Visit BetterHelp.com/LOVELY for 10% OFF your first month of counseling.

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Feb 19, 2020
CTLP Episode 154 - All the Enneagram Things with MacKenzie and Chelle, Pt. 1
01:12:33

Today on the CTL podcast, MacKenzie Koppa and Chelle Bruzas sit down and chat all about the enneagram. In this episode, MacKenzie and Chelle start covering the basics of the enneagram and how to find more resources to learn more yourself. Be sure to check back next week for more specific discussion about each of the enneagram types!

We have all kinds of exciting things going on in the Patreon group this month. Head over to Patreon.com/cultivatingthelovely to check it out and join in the goodness!

  • How Chelle and MacKenzie first figured out their own numbers
  • Tips for finding your own enneagram number
  • The benefit of having a close friend who balances our your strengths and weaknesses
  • The power of the type songs from Ryan O’Neal from Sleeping At Last
  • Using the memes from instagram to see what characteristics resonate with you

If you don’t have a strategy or a plan for how to love people well, then it doesn’t happen.

MacKenzie and Chelle
  • Listening to podcasts to learn about all the different types
  • Identify celebrities who are the same type as you are
  • Looking at the triads to help narrow down your number
  • Taking a test is a good place to go after you have learned some basics, and MacKenzie recommends Your Enneagram Coach
  • Getting to know about the latent types that can affect how you react in certain circumstances
  • How it can help to work with your teens to type themselves
  • Find MacKenzie and Chelle’s favorite enneagram resources below

Resources Mentioned-

Affiliate links are used in this content.

Books:

The Road Back to You

Becoming Us

The Sacred Enneagram

Enneagram Type Journals

Self to Lose and Self to Find

Podcasts:

Sleeping at Last

CTLP Episode 131 – Enneagram Deep Dive with Beth McCord

Typology

That Sounds Fun

The Popcast

Sandals Church Enneagram Series

Websites:

Your Enneagram Coach

CrystalKnows.com

The Enneagram Institute

Instagram Accounts:

@EnneagramandCoffee

@EnneagramReposts

@GinaGomez.co

@YourEnneagramCoach

@LeannandMichelle

@LetteredbyHan_

Find Chelle-

You can find Chelle Bruzas on Instagram.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Visit Our Sponsors-

CTL is brought to you by Imperfect Foods. Go to ImperfectFoods.com/LOVELY through February 16, 2020 and enter code LOVELY to get $10 OFF your next 4 orders!

This week’s episode of CTL is brought to you by BioClarity. Right now you can save 15% off everything at BioClarity.com when you use coupon code LOVELY at checkout.

This week’s episode of CTL is brought to you by Grove. As a CTL listener, you can get a FREE 5-piece Sustainable Home starter set at Grove.co/LOVELY, plus free shipping with your first order.

Feb 12, 2020
CTLP Episode 153 - Between Grit and Grace with Sasha Shillcut, M. D.
01:03:00

On the Cultivating the Lovely podcast this week, MacKenzie Koppa talks with Sasha K. Shillcut, M. D. about her new book Between Grit and Grace: The Art of Being Feminine and Formidable. Sasha is a cardiac anesthesiologist, a wife, a mother of 4 and founder of Brave Enough, a community for female professionals. This conversation is for ALL women, not just those who work in or out of the home, so regardless of your season of life, we hope you will get something out of this episode!

  • Why Sasha started Brave Enough and her goals for helping women be their true selves
  • MacKenzie’s perspective as a work at home and stay at home mom
  • Why “leadership backlash” happens when women speak up and assert themselves
  • Sasha pushes back on the idea that women are hardest on each other
  • Our struggles as women in different arenas are actually remarkably similar
  • Recognizing our deep need for friendship no matter what season we are in
  • God has made us unique, so we don’t need to fall into the comparison trap

When you become brave enough to step into your own identity, the women around you oftentimes start to compare.

Sasha K. Shillcut, M. D.
  • How the Brave Enough community grew out of Sasha’s own need to recover her femininity and find a tribe
  • Learning to be both bold and gracious
  • How Sasha made time to write a book while being a doctor and a wife and mother
  • The importance of knowing yourself and your uniqueness
  • Sasha’s advice for unplugging and being in solitude
  • Cautions against having a martyr mentality
  • Being a good model for your kids of taking care of yourself
  • A typical day in Sasha’s life

Current Lovelies-

Sasha: enjoying using her brand new massage chair for some relaxation

MacKenzie: taking her kids and some friends bowling at the start of the weekend

Resources Mentioned-

Books:

Between Grit and Grace

Podcasts:

Alli Worthington

Jen Hatmaker

How I Built This

Movies:

Legally Blonde

Find Sasha-

You can find Dr. Shillcut on her website becomebraveenough.com and listen to her podcast, The Brave Enough Show. You can also follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

CTL is brought to you by Plan to Eat meal planning service. Visit PlanToEat.com/LOVELY to start your free 60-day trial instead of the normal 30-day trial.

This week’s episode of CTL is brought to you by Wickbox. Get $10 off your first box, go to Wickbox.co and use coupon code LOVELY at checkout.

This week’s episode of CTL is brought to you by BetterHelp private online counseling. Visit BetterHelp.com/LOVELY for 10% OFF your first month of counseling.

We have all kinds of exciting things going on in the Patreon group. Head over to Patreon.com/cultivatingthelovely to check it out and join in the goodness!

Feb 05, 2020
Introducing FAM: For All Moms
10:30

Hey, ladies! MacKenzie is popping into your earbuds with a short bonus episode featuring a sneak peek at a new Audioboom original podcast, FAM: For All Moms. This podcast is literally for all moms living through the madness that is parenthood. Join hosts Susan Yara and Sharzad Kiadeh every Wednesday as they share their sometimes embarrassing experiences, while also providing advice from experts and friends. FAM: For All Moms premieres 1/29. Subscribe to FAM: For All Moms on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fam-for-all-moms/id1494037915

Jan 29, 2020
CTLP Episode 152 - The Purpose of Pain with Seth Haines
59:18

Today on Cultivating the Lovely podcast, host MacKenzie Koppa talks with Seth Haines. Seth is a lawyer, a photographer and the author of The Book of Waking Up: Experiencing the Divine Love That Reorders a Life. He and his wife, along with their four boys live in the Ozarks. MacKenzie and Seth chat about addiction, recovery, pain, and waking up to the life God wants you to have.

  • Why this book is for everyone, not just someone struggling with addiction
  • Misusing God’s good gifts to numb ourselves to pain
  • The power of meditating on God and finding His divine love

Every created thing is a gift from God given to us to use and to enjoy Him.

Seth Haines
  • Learning to recognize God’s quiet voice amidst painful circumstances
  • Allowing ourselves to sit in the pain and wait on God to show up
  • Seeing emotional pain as a signal that we need to tend to something
  • Making the most of community and the tools God has provided for us to address our pain
  • Seeing relationships differently once you wake up
  • Being willing to see a different identity for yourself to move forward
  • Waking up and recovering is a day-by-day process, not a one-time thing
  • Why Seth internalized a message of scarcity and lack and how he is dealing with that today
  • Seth’s routines for building in habits that will refresh and renew him
  • A typical day in Seth’s life

Current Lovelies-

Seth: practicing his photography skills and working on a new book idea

MacKenzie: journalling on a daily basis and getting back in the habit of writing

Resources Mentioned-

Affiliate links used in this content.

Books:

The Book of Waking Up

Coming Clean

Movies:

O Brother, Where Art Thou

Almost Famous

Find Seth-

You can find Seth on his website sethhaines.com. You can also follow him on YouTube,Instagram, and Twitter.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

This week’s episode of CTL is brought to you by Wickbox. Get $10 off your first box, go to Wickbox.co and use coupon code LOVELY at checkout.

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Jan 29, 2020
CTLP Episode 151 - In Pursuit of Love with Rebecca Bender
01:07:42

On the Cultivating the Lovely podcast this week, MacKenzie Koppa interviews Rebecca Bender, author of In Pursuit of Love: One Woman’s Journey from Trafficked to Triumphant. Rebecca is a survivor of human trafficking and is now a wife and mother with a busy speaking and advocacy schedule. She is passionate about teaching and about helping others realize that their stories matter. MacKenzie and Rebecca cover a variety of topics surrounding trauma, abuse and recovery, including:

  • How much MacKenzie identified with Rebecca’s story and why
  • Realizing that this kind of thing can happen to anyone and having grace for other people’s stories
  • How our brains are built to adapt to and cope with trauma
  • The gift of using different modalities in recovery from trauma
  • What it was like for Rebecca going back to Las Vegas and being in places she had been when she was trafficked
  • How trauma causes us to forget and block out memories

While we might not be able to 100% relate with each other’s stories, all of us have this root of desiring to love and be loved.

Rebecca Bender
  • Rebecca’s new life and passion for helping people know that their stories matter
  • Teaching our children to see the warning signs and take their time in relationships
  • Why Rebecca decided to start a podcast
  • The importance of training up our boys to be men of honor
  • A typical day in Rebecca’s life right now
  • Donate to Rebecca Bender’s Initiative campaign

Current Lovelies-

Rebecca: making time to be at with her daughters during a busy season

MacKenzie: taking time out to be extra present with her kids heading into a challenging season

Resources Mentioned-

(Affiliate links are used in this content.)

Books:

In Pursuit of Love

Podcasts:

T. D. Jakes

Bethel Sermon of the Week

Expression 58

Movies:

Gladiator

Find Rebecca-

You can find Rebecca on her website rebeccabender.org and listen to her new Hood to Holy podcast. You can also follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

This week’s episode of CTL is brought to you by BetterHelp private online counseling. Visit BetterHelp.com/LOVELY for 10% OFF your first month of counseling.

CTL is also brought to you by the Future 1-on-1 training app. Go to TryFuture.com/LOVELY for 50% OFF your first month!

Today’s episode of CTL is brought to you by Imperfect Foods. Go to ImperfectFoods.com/LOVELY through February 16, 2020 and enter code LOVELY to get $10 OFF your next 4 orders!

Jan 22, 2020
CTLP Episode 150- Reading in Review and Books for 2020
50:21

On today’s episode of CTL, we continue the conversation with MacKenzie and Chelle all about their reading lives. They recap more of their favorites from 2019, and they also look ahead to 2020 and talk about what kinds of books they are excited about in the coming year. (Affiliate links are used in this content.)

Resources Mentioned-

CTLP Episode 141- Dealing with Toxic People with Gary Thomas

Find Chelle-

You can find Chelle Bruzas on Instagram and Goodreads.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on GoodreadsInstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

This week’s episode of CTL is brought to you by  BioClarity. Right now you can save 15% off everything at BioClarity.com when you use coupon code LOVELY at checkout.

CTL is brought to you by Grove. As a CTL listener, you can get a FREE 5-piece Sustainable Home starter set at Grove.co/LOVELY, plus free shipping with your first order.

Jan 15, 2020
CTLP Episode 149- 2019 Reading in Review with MacKenzie and Chelle
50:15

This week on Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie Koppa and Chelle Bruzas sit down and talk about the books they read in 2019 and what their favorites were, as well as why they love Goodreads so much. This is only the first part of the conversation, so be sure to check back next week for part two in which MacKenzie and Chelle look ahead to their reading goals for 2020! Now, get your Amazon cart and TBR list ready, and sit back and listen in to this fun conversation! 

(Affiliate links are used in this content.)

Resources Mentioned-

CTLP Episode 141- Dealing with Toxic People with Gary Thomas

Find Chelle-

You can find Chelle Bruzas on Instagram.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to our Sponsors-

This week’s episode of CTL is brought to you by BetterHelp private online counseling. Visit BetterHelp.com/LOVELY for 10% OFF your first month of counseling.

CTL is brought to you by Away Travel. Visit AwayTravel.com/LOVELY20 to buy your own new favorite Away Suitcase.

Also, be sure to check out boldturquoise.com/thelovelymarket for our new Cultivating the Lovely merch! New products and designs will be added throughout the year, so come on over and do a little shopping!

Jan 08, 2020
CTLP Episode 148 - New Year's Goals for 2020 with MacKenzie and Chelle
01:08:20

Welcome to 2020 and a brand new decade! Today on Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie Koppa sits down with her good friend Chelle Bruzas to talk all things goal setting and New Year’s! They approach things from a different perspective, so this is a great conversation to listen in on as you start off your year! 

  • How Chelle and MacKenzie approach goal setting and planning differently
    • Chelle tends toward spontaneity and focussing on people over plans
    • How Chelle thinks of Jesus carrying her through her days amidst chronic illness and exhaustion
    • MacKenzie has to approach her days with more structure and planning to provide for her family
    • She feels more fulfilled and energetic when she is working toward her goals with purpose
  • Assessing where you are before you start setting new goals
  • Why Chelle uses notebooks instead of a specially designed planner
  • Looking at smaller time periods for planning instead of really long-range goals
  • Changing habits to aim more at the type of personal you want to become
  • MacKenzie gives some examples of her specific health goals and action steps to reach them
  • Removing the obstacles to starting and keeping up with habits
  • Keeping your habits and plans in front of you so that you don’t forget them
  • Having someone to keep you accountable and cheer you on
  • Replacing a habit you want to quit with a better alternative
  • Chelle’s outdoor walking habit and the difference it has made for her
  • Embracing our differences and helping each other through our strengths
  • Chelle and MacKenzie share their Word of the Year for 2020

Cultivating Groups are now open to register for this quarter! Become a Lovely Tribe Level supporter or higher on Patreon to sign up!

Affiliate links are used in this content.

Resources Mentioned-

Books:

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Podcasts:

Amy Porterfield podcast episode #295 with James Clear

Find Chelle-

You can find Chelle Bruzas on Instagram.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

Cultivating the Lovely is sponsored by Blume Hug Me deodorant. Get 25% off your first stick, plus free shipping, when you visit Blume.com/Cultivate.

CTL is brought to you by Plan to Eat meal planning service. Visit PlanToEat.com/LOVELY to start your free 60-day trial instead of the normal 30-day trial.

Also, be sure to check out boldturquoise.com/thelovelymarket for our new Cultivating the Lovely merch! New products and designs will be added throughout the year, so come on over and do a little shopping!

Jan 01, 2020
CTLP Episode 147 - A Simple Christmas with MacKenzie and Chelle
01:03:57

This week on Cultivating the Lovely the Podcast, MacKenzie Koppa has her dear friend Chelle Bruzas back again to chat about all things Christmas. They share some of their favorite simple ways to celebrate the holiday even when there isn’t the time and energy to do All. The. Things. This is a fun, encouraging conversations, so grab your favorite hot beverage, prop up your feet, and enjoy! (Affiliate links are used in this content.)

  • Being intentional about being present instead of making a huge list and setting expectations too high
  • Why MacKenzie is so thankful that she felt prompted to decorate and start celebrating early
  • MacKenzie talks about the unique Crescent window displays in downtown Spokane
  • Keeping a select few traditions that you always do with your family
  • MacKenzie’s family recipe for Popcorn Balls:
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 2/3 cup white corn syrup
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup uncooked plain popcorn (3 quarts popped)
  • food coloring, if so desired

Pop plain popcorn in a brown paper bag in the microwave 1/4 cup at a time. Pour popped popcorn into a bowl to separate out any unpopped kernels, then transfer to a large bowl or roasting pan. Keep popcorn warm in slow oven at 300 degrees.

Stir and cook corn syrup, water, butter, and salt until sugar is dissolved. Cook until 270 on candy thermometer for a hard candy shell, or 260ish for a chewier ball (what we prefer). Add vanilla and food coloring after removing from heat.

Pour candy over popcorn while stirring with a large spoon as you go to coat the popcorn evenly. You can place the roasting pan over low heat to unstick any syrup that might stick to the bottom and fully incorporate into popcorn.

Coat hands in butter to form into balls, or leave loose for easier eating. You can also coat candy molds with butter and make suckers out of the syrup.

  • Chelle’s family’s favorite homemade Christmas candy- Almond Roca:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup chopped almonds or pecans
  • 1 cup semi sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Line a 9 x 13 cookie sheet or glass pan with parchment paper and sprinkle with 1/2 cup of finely chopped nuts.
  2. Mix the butter and sugar, vanilla and salt in a sauce pan and cook over medium/high heat for around 5-13 minutes.
  3. Continue to cook, stirring constanly until the candy thermometer reads “Cracked Stage” or 300 degrees F on candy thermometer or when it's dark and caramel colored and starting to smoke. This is known as the hard crack stage (about 13 minutes in). I don’t actually own a candy thermometer so I test the candy for doneness, by dropping a small amount of candy into cup of very cold water, when it’s ready it should separate into hard brittle threads.  This step will take your full attention and is the trickiest and most crucial part of the recipe.
  4. Pour the caramel mixture into the cookie sheet with spatula.
  5. Let it cool a just a bit and sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top, it will melt and you can spread it until smooth with a spatula.
  6. Top with finely chopped almonds or pecans ( our personal favorite ).
  7. Let cool completely and once the chocolate has hardened on the top, ( Some times I put the pan in the fridge or freezer to speed up this part ) use a knife to cut into small pieces.
  8. Share with your family, friends, teachers, neighbors, mailman and well pretty much anyone else not already mentioned, liberally.

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Find Chelle-

You can find Chelle Bruzas on Instagram.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely.

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

Today’s episode of CTL is brought to you by BioClarity. Right now you can save 15% off everything at BioClarity.com when you use coupon code LOVELY at checkout.

CTL is brought to you by Plan to Eat meal planning service. Visit PlanToEat.com/LOVELY to start your free 60-day trial instead of the normal 30-day trial.

Cultivating the Lovely is also sponsored by Honey, the smart online shopping assistant. Get Honey for free when you go to joinhoney.com/lovely.

Dec 18, 2019
CTLP Episode 146 - Celebrating in Hard Seasons with Trina McNeilly
01:03:40

On the Cultivating the Lovely podcast this week, MacKenzie interviews Tina McNeilly, author of the new book, La La Lovely: The Art of Finding Beauty in the Everyday. Trina is also a speaker and founder lifestyle blog, La La Lovely. She and her husband, Stephen, and their four children make their home outside Chicago, Illinois. In today’s conversation, MacKenzie and Trina talk about how to survive, and even thrive, during a hard holiday season.

  • Trina shares a little of the behind the scenes of how this book was created and designed
  • Why beauty is important and something we should seek
  • What looking for loveliness during holidays has been like for Trina in different seasons
  • Helping our children walk through hard times and finding the good things with them
  • How Trina keeps the holiday season simple and keeps her faith central
  • The value of small beginnings
  • Giving yourself grace in how you choose to celebrate instead of sticking to some arbitrary rule
  • Trina’s new resource “When the Holidays are Hard”
  • You have permission to grieve and to have joy in the same season
  • A typical day in Trina’s life
  • Letting go of the things that are outside of our control and being flexible

Current Lovelies-

Trina: getting outside in nature and noticing the beauty around her

MacKenzie: listening to The Office Ladies podcast with her son and watching the episodes together

Resources Mentioned-

Books:

La La Lovely

Podcasts:

Deliciously Ella

Rhythms for Life with Rebekah Lyons

10 Things to Tell You with Laura Tremaine

Growing Big People with Paul Scanlon

Movies:

You’ve Got Mail

Find Trina-

You can find Trina on her website trinamcneilly.com. You can also follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Youtube and Twitter.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

CTL is brought to you by Plan to Eat meal planning service. Their big 50% OFF sale is coming November 29, 2019! Visit PlanToEat.com/LOVELY to start your free 60-day trial instead of the normal 30-day trial.

Today’s episode of CTL is brought to you by Grove. As a CTL listener, you can get a FREE 5-piece Mrs. Meyers cleaning set at Grove.co/LOVELY, plus free shipping with your first order.

Cultivating the Lovely is also sponsored by Away Travel. Use promo code LOVELY20 when you order from AwayTravel.com/LOVELY20 for $20 Off any Away Suitcase.

Dec 11, 2019
CTLP Episode 145 - 2019 CTL Christmas Gift Guide
01:11:00

This week on the Cultivating the Lovely podcast, MacKenzie Koppa and Chelle Bruzas sit down for a fun chat about their favorite Christmas gift ideas for this year. If you are needing some inspired, thoughtful gift suggestions, this is the conversation for you! All these links will take you straight to the lists on Amazon, for your shopping convenience! (Affiliate links are used in this content.)

You can also give the gift of Cultivating the Lovely to yourself or a friend by getting or gifting a subscription to our Patreon group! Cultivating Groups are going to be opening up again soon, so now is the time to join!

Resources Mentioned-

Roman’s Youtube Channel

Modern Mrs. Darcy Kindle Deals

Homer Reading App

Find Chelle-

You can find Chelle Bruzas on Instagram.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! You can also listen to her family-friendly podcast The Same Page!

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

Cultivating the Lovely is sponsored by Policy Genius. Go to PolicyGenius.com to find the right coverage for you and your family.

Today’s episode of CTL is also brought to you by StoryWorth. For $20 OFF, visit storyworth.com/lovely when you subscribe.

CTL is brought to you by Plan to Eat meal planning service. Visit PlanToEat.com/LOVELY to start your free 60-day trial instead of the normal 30-day trial.

Dec 04, 2019
CTLP Episode 144- A Tribute to Kaleb Koppa with MacKenzie and Chelle
01:13:14

On Cultivating the Lovely this week, we have a little different show than what we normally do. Our host MacKenzie Koppa's brother, Kaleb, unexpectedly passed away recently, and in light of that, she wanted to honor him and talk a little about how she and her family are coping. MacKenzie is joined by her good friend Chelle Bruzas for this conversation, in which they also share some ideas on how to support someone in the early stages of grief.

  • MacKenzie shares what it was like to grow up with her brother having significant physical disabilities, primarily Spina Bifida
  • She talks about the strength and courage her parents have had throughout Kaleb’s whole life
  • Chelle shares a little of her own family’s story of advocating for her brother when he had leukemia
  • MacKenzie shares about Kaleb’s incredibly full life and his ability to find the joy and humor in situations
  • The gift that it was for MacKenzie and her children to have so much close time with her brother last year
  • How much it meant for their family’s pastor to meet with them and understand their feelings
  • Holding the heartbreak along with the mercy of healing and wholeness
  • Facing the truth of how hard and ugly grief is instead of throwing platitudes at people
  • The ways God has shown His love and provision in the midst of intense difficulty
  • MacKenzie talks about her family’s tendency to choose laughter over tears, even in tough times
  • She shares how important it is to give others the space to grieve in their own way
  • Some practical ways that people have reached out and been a blessing:
    • Just being there to listen
    • Providing meals for the family
    • Giving flowers for the funeral
    • Helping with technology and practical aspects of the service
    • Not being offended when an offer is turned down
  • Check back in next week for our more light-hearted episode featuring the Cultivating the Lovely Gift Guide! And here are the link to the gift guides if you would like to view them prior to the show-
  • CTL Christmas Gift Guide for Toddlers
  • CTL Christmas Gift Guide for Boys
  • CTL Christmas Gift Guide for Teen Girls
  • CTL Guys Christmas Gift Guide
  • CTL Ladies Christmas Gift Guide

Kaleb Koppa

January 29, 1986-November 13, 2019

Kaleb was 33 yrs old when God reached down and scooped him up to heaven. He slipped away in his sleep on Wednesday, November 13th, 2019. Kaleb was born on January 29, 1984, and at the time of his passing lived with his parents, Jeff and Lori Koppa, in Kendall Yards in Spokane, WA. Kaleb is survived by them as well as his older sister, MacKenzie; her four children, Roman, Judah, Emmerson and Elliana; his grandparents Ida Collins, Linda Collins, Jim and Jeannette Koppa; his aunt and uncle Michelle and Rick Pettina and their son, Jackson; as well as many other loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Kaleb had a life rich in experiences- his disability never held him back from trying new things. Though it was assumed by doctors that he may never walk, by the age of three he could walk confidently, unaided, and he did so until the age of 13 when complications from his Spina Bifida necessitated a wheelchair as his new mode of mobility. As a child he was known for his incredible memory and proficiency with electronics. He was always the guy who took care of all the technological details and foibles of his family. In his youth he acted in plays, water and snow skied, rode horses, and even tried indoor rock climbing. In high school he played on St. Luke’s wheelchair basketball team and participated twice in the Para Olympic Trials for a variety of sports including track, table tennis, weightlifting, and archery. He was even known to command the dance floor at high school dances with his amazing rhythm. After graduating from Mt. Spokane HS, Kaleb went on to receive an AA Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from SCC, and worked for a number of years with youth at the YMCA. 

Kaleb is best remembered, however, for his love and care for people and animals. He never realized how inspirational he was to so many and how he made us stop and embrace things we all take for granted. He left an indelible mark on everyone who met him. His infectious smile, contagious laughter, positive outlook, and penchant for doling out hugs to anyone and everyone, were hallmarks of who he was. Though Kaleb endured 24 surgical operations, his body was held together by a litany of rods, screws, bolts, and plates, and he daily faced the struggles inherent of life in a wheelchair, it’s hard to recall him ever complaining. While his body may have been broken, Kaleb was incredibly smart and possessed a sharp wit and sense of humor that, while often dry, always looked for the funny side of life. There were few things as fun as watching him have one of his uncontrollable episodes of laughter, when he would laugh until he cried, and were often brought on by even the smallest, silliest of things. People were drawn to his magnetic personality and his welcoming hugs could soften even the hardest disposition. You just couldn’t help but love his generous, kind spirit.

Special thanks go out to Don and Diane Weber, Donna Scheidt, Woody and Linda Sams, Luke Schwartz, Janice Abramson, Kathy Lipe, Mary Binder, Mary Tangi, Jackelyn Young, and Kendall Gibbs for their help with planning and preparing for the service. Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to the vast number of family and friends who have come so close in support during this difficult time. Thank you all so much.
We would also like to extend thanks to a few key people who had a monumental impact on Kaleb’s life- Theresa Skinner, Dr. Joann Hillary, Tom Johnson, and Tim Olson.

Acts 3:7-8 …Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God…
We cherish our memories of you and will hold you in our hearts forever. We can’t wait to see you again… it’s only a matter of time.
Jeff, Lori, and MacKenzie Koppa

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely. You can also listen to her family-friendly podcast The Same Page!

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

Cultivating the Lovely is also sponsored by Honey, the smart online shopping assistant. Get Honey for free when you go to joinhoney.com/lovely.

Today’s episode of CTL is brought to you by BioClarity. Right now you can save 40% off the Ultimate Skin Care Bundle, plus 15% off everything else at BioClarity.com when you use coupon code LOVELY at checkout.

CTL is brought to you by Plan to Eat meal planning service. Their big 50% OFF sale is happening from November 29 – December 2, 2019! Visit PlanToEat.com/LOVELY to start your free 60-day trial instead of the normal 30-day trial.

Nov 27, 2019
CTLP Episode 143- Relentless Faith in a Relentless God with Michele Cushatt
01:02:02

Today on the CTL podcast, we get to listen in on a conversation between MacKenzie and author and speaker Michelle Cushatt. Michelle is a wife and mother of 6 who has been through the difficulties of single parenting, cancer surgeries, and other kinds of loss. MacKenzie and Michelle talk about her new book, Relentless: The Unshakeable Presence of a God Who Never Leave, focussing on keeping our faith amidst life's hardest trials.

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  • Michelle talks a little about how she came to write this book through her own experience of prolonged trials
  • The difficulty of holding onto faith when things don't make any sense
  • Valuing the process of grappling with your doubts and taking them to God
  • The importance of keeping sight of the ways God has been faithful to you in the past to help you get through the hard things in the future
  • Michelle's strategy for setting up "altar stones" of remembrance
  • Why Michelle included so much about her father in her own story
  • Holding the faith amidst the realization that other believers are probably going to wound us at times
  • Having been through our own difficulties help us have grace for other people who are hurting
  • Recognizing that we are going to fail, but God will be faithful through it all
  • Our deep fear of being aloneness and what it means for our relationship with God
  • The importance of creating connections with people who will walk with us through the hard times
  • Creating space for others to struggle with their faith by sharing your own vulnerabilities
  • Michelle's typical daily routine

Current Lovelies-

Michelle: enjoying drawing and writing with her new markers in her own style of gratitude journal

MacKenzie: watching Hallmark movies and enjoying decorating her house for Christmas early

Resources Mentioned-

Relentless by Michelle Cushatt

Soul-Keeping by John Ortberg

Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Pride and Prejudice

Les Miserables

Find Michelle-

You can find Michelle at michellecushatt.com, and listen to her podcast, This Undone Life Together. You can also follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Twitter.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! Join us on Patreon at Patreon.com/CultivatingtheLovely. You can also listen to her family-friendly podcast The Same Page!

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

Today's episode of CTL is brought to you by Grove. As a CTL listener, you can get a FREE 5-piece Mrs. Meyers fall cleaning set at Grove.co/LOVELY, plus free shipping and a free 60-day VIP trial with your first order.

CTL is brought to you by Plan to Eat meal planning service. Their big 50% OFF sale is coming November 29, 2019! Visit PlanToEat.com/LOVELY to start your free 60-day trial instead of the normal 30-day trial.

Cultivating the Lovely is also sponsored by the Homer reading app. Visit learnwithhomer.com/lovely for a free 30-day trial.

Nov 20, 2019
CTLP Episode 142- From Complaining to Contentment with Tricia Goyer
01:07:05

This week on the Cultivating the Lovely podcast, MacKenzie Koppa sits down for a heart to heart chat with her real life friend, author Tricia Goyer. Tricia is a wife and mother of 10, as well as caretaker for her 90-year-old grandmother, aside from being a busy speaker and author. This conversation centers around Tricia's new book The Grumble-Free Year(Affiliate links are used in this content.)

  • How and why Tricia embarked on the big family social experiment that became this book
  • Learning to go to God for help with changing attitudes instead of relying on ourselves
  • The difference between grumbling about something and being able to share our struggles with people who care
  • Choosing to focus on the solutions instead of just the problems
  • Acknowledging the hard things instead of trying stuff them inside while still deliberately choosing gratitude
  • Pointing out the things our children are doing well instead of picking on the things they are doing wrong
  • The power of apologizing and humbling ourselves to admit to our kids when we've messed up
  • Being aware of times when grumbling is more likely to happen and getting to the heart of the issue
  • Tricia tells the story of the Build-a-Bear incident
  • The reward of successfully working as a family to have better attitudes
  • Join the Grumble-Free 30 Day Challenge with Tricia during the holidays
  • A typical day in Tricia's family right now

Current Lovelies-

Tricia: making time for family dinners on a regular basis

MacKenzie: enjoying doing the Morning Show in the CTL Patreon group again

Resources Mentioned-

Books:

The Grumble-Free Year

Twice-Rescued Child

Find Tricia-

You can find Tricia at triciagoyer.com, and listen to her Walk It Out podcast. You can also follow her on Facebook,Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! You can also listen to her family-friendly podcast The Same Page!

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

Cultivating the Lovely is sponsored by Blume Hug Me deodorant. Get 25% off your first stick, plus free shipping, when you visit Blume.com/Cultivate

Hello Fresh meal kit delivery service also sponsored this episode of Cultivating the Lovely. Get 9 FREE meals when you go to HelloFresh.com/CTL9 and use code CTL9 at checkout.

Thanks to VistaPrint for sponsoring this episode of CTL. Get up to 50% Off of holiday photo cards and calendars when you go to VistaPrint.com enter promo code LOVELY50.

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Nov 13, 2019
CTLP Episode 141- Dealing with Toxic People with Gary Thomas
01:05:44

This week on Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie has a chat with author and speaker Gary Thomas about his new book When to Walk Away: Finding Freedom from Toxic People. Gary and his wife of 35 years have three children and live outside of Houston, TX. He has a heart for marriage, family and the church, and that love for people shines through this conversation with MacKenzie.

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  • How Gary realized this book needed to be written through his own encounter with a toxic person
  • Gary shares his heart for marriage while being real about abuse
  • The danger of telling others to stay in relationship with toxic people
  • Biblical examples of how to deal with toxic relationships
  • Challenges from within the church to victims of abuse
  • Gary identifies some warning signs that you may be in relationship with a toxic person
    • If someone is stopping you from fulfilling God’s mission for you
    • If someone is destroying your spirit
    • If someone is controlling you
    • If someone is gaslighting you or making you feel crazy
  • The crucial importance of having strong Christian friends who can help you deal with toxic relationships
  • Gary describes what “gaslighting” is and how to tell if it is happening to you
  • The difference between a truly toxic person and someone who is acting in a toxic way but can change
  • Why it is crucial to get a counselor to help you with a potentially violent person
  • Some advice for singles
  • Gary’s typical daily routine

Current Lovelies-

Gary: diffusing essential oils in his office at work

Resources Mentioned-

Books:

When to Walk Away

Podcasts:

The Five

Brainfood/The Knowledge Project

Joe Rogan

Movies:

About Time

Find Gary-

You can find Gary at garythomas.com. You can also follow him on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! You can also listen to her family-friendly podcast The Same Page!

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

CTL is brought to you by Plan to Eat meal planning service. Their big 50% OFF sale is coming November 29, 2019! Visit PlanToEat.com/LOVELY to start your free 60-day trial instead of the normal 30-day trial.

This week’s episode is also sponsored by EverlyWell. For 15% OFF you own at home lab test kit, go to EverlyWell.com/LOVELY and enter code LOVELY at checkout.

Today’s episode of CTL is brought to you by Policy Genius. Go to PolicyGenius.com to find the right coverage for you and your family.

Nov 06, 2019
CTLP Episode 140- Cultivating Rest and Renewal with Rebekah Lyons
59:26

Using four forms of rest to combat stress and anxiety.

Show Notes-

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On today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely, host MacKenzie Koppa talks with author and speaker Rebekah Lyons about her new book Rhythms of Renewal: Trading Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose. Rebekah and her husband Gabe, along with their four children, live and work in Franklin, Tennessee. Together MacKenzie and Rebekah talk about both the why’s and how’s of creating your own rhythms of renewal, including:

  • How Rebekah came to write this book on the topic of rest and renewal
  • Some of the challenges we face in the digital age to establishing good habits of rest and health
  • How our bodies are wired to deal with stress and trap trauma
  • The problem with just medicating to cope instead of truly healing
  • Recognizing the need to get back in touch with our humanity
  • Addressing the real physical components of holistic healing
  • The power of true forgiveness in our own lives (MacKenzie mentions this episode of The Ultimate Health Podcast featuring an interview with Dave Asprey. The forgiveness and gratitude link portion begins around 57:13.)
  • Seeking God’s created natural rhythms for wellness
  • Seeing the way that faith and science actually work together
  • How much God cares about rest and Sabbath
  • The destructive affect of the digital and virtual reality age on relationships and intimacy
  • The problem of shame
  • How being creative helps us come alive
  • Borrowing hope from others
  • What Rebekah’s typical day looks like

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Current Lovelies-

Rebekah: bringing in fresh flowers and growing herbs

MacKenzie: adjusting to the darker evenings with lower light

Resources Mentioned-

Books:

Rhythms of Renewal

The Soul of Shame

Find Rebekah-

You can find Rebekah at rebekahlyons.com. She and her husband have a podcast called Rhythms for Life. You can also follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! You can also listen to her family-friendly podcast The Same Page!

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

Cultivating the Lovely is sponsored by Blume Hug Me deodorant. Get 25% off your first stick, plus free shipping, when you text CULTIVATE to 797979.

This week’s episode is also brought to you Yumi Organic Baby Food. For $60 off your first month, go to HelloYumi.com and enter promo code LOVELY at checkout.

Today’s episode of CTL is brought to you by Honey, the smart online shopping assistant. Get Honey for free when you go to joinhoney.com/lovely.

Today’s episode of CTL is brought to you by BioClarity. Right now you can save 40% offSkin Care Routines, plus 15% off everything else at BioClarity.com when you use coupon code LOVELY at checkout.

 

Oct 30, 2019
CTLP Episode 139- All My Friends Have Issues with Amanda Anderson
01:01:34

A chat with Amanda Anderson about healthy friendships.

Show Notes-

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This week on the CTL podcast, MacKenzie Koppa chats with author and speaker Amanda Anderson about her book All My Friends Have Issues: Building Remarkable Relationships with Imperfect People (Like Me). Together MacKenzie and Amanda cover a range of topics related to building healthy friendships and maintaining good boundaries, including:

  • Amanda talks about her book-writing journey
  • MacKenzie and Amanda discuss the faithfulness required to move toward your goals
  • Authenticity versus intimacy in building relationships
  • Not every friendship needs to be at the same depth
  • Amanda talks about how the idea of “finding your tribe” may not be all that helpful to us in building friendship today
  • Cautions against placing expectations on friends that are too high, unhealthy, or unrealistic
  • The value of having several different people to speak truth into your life
  • Toxic relationships and setting healthy boundaries
  • Rebuke versus restoration in the church
  • What it’s like to have friendships in which you can give and receive correction
  • The difference between hearing hard truths from friends instead of from your spouse
  • Amanda’s typical daily routine
  • Be sure to check out the audio version of All My Friends Have Issues to get the extra bonus chapter that didn’t make it into the print version!

Current Lovelies-

Amanda: finding time to do creative things like sewing projects

MacKenzie: listening to music on Pandora for a change

Resources Mentioned-

Books:

All My Friends Have Issues

Movies:

When Harry Met Sally

Talladega Nights

Find Amanda-

You can find Amanda at heartintraining.com. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! You can also listen to her family-friendly podcast The Same Page!

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

Today's episode of CTL is brought to you by Plan to Eat meal planning service. Visit PlanToEat.com/LOVELY to start your free 60-day trial instead of the normal 30-day trial.

Cultivating the Lovely is also sponsored by the Homer reading app. Visit learnwithhomer.com/lovely for a free 30-day trial.

This week's episode is also brought to you Yumi Organic Baby Food. For $60 off your first month, go to HelloYumi.comand enter promo code LOVELY at checkout.

Oct 23, 2019
CTLP Episode 138: Living the Ex-Pat Life with Brooke Rasmussen, Pt. 2
57:34

On this week's episode of Cultivating the Lovely, we get to hear the rest of MacKenzie's conversation with Brooke Rasmussen. Last time we left off on the cusp of Brooke's family moving to Israel, so we pick up at that point in their story. If you didn't listen to the first half of MacKenzie and Brooke's chat, go back and listen to Episode 137 here.

  • What it was like moving to Jerusalem and being in the place that Biblical history took place
  • How Brooke used journalling to find herself in the midst of overwhelm
  • The cultural differences between Israel, Poland and the U. S. and learning to change expectations for social interactions
  • Why it is often harder for the stay-at-home mom to forge community in a new country and culture than for the rest of the family
  • How Brooke felt when she found other people who understood her experience
  • Learning to let relationships last for certain seasons
  • The Rasmussens' decision to resign from diplomatic service and move to Brooke's hometown
  • Enjoying living close to grandparents and having a family different dynamic
  • Settling in and learning to live where you are, instead of always looking ahead to the next thing
  • A typical day in Brooke's family

Current Lovelies-

Brooke: enjoying running for fun for the first time

MacKenzie: reading fun fiction, listening to entertaining podcasts and trying to distract herself

Resources Mentioned-

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Podcasts:

Jordan B. Peterson

Movies:

Lars and the Real Girl

 

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Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! You can also listen to her family-friendly podcast The Same Page!

Oct 16, 2019
CTLP Episode 137- Living the Ex-Pat Life with Brooke Rasmussen, Pt. 1
01:00:28
Show Notes-

On today's episode of CTL, we have the first of a special two-part series with MacKenzie Koppa and her high-school friend Brooke Rasmussen. Brooke and her husband, along with their seven children, have lived around the world. Today, MacKenzie and Brooke chat all about what it was like to move to so many unique places and adjust to many different cultures.

  • Brooke talks about their first tour when her husband was a diplomat in Eritrea, Africa
    • Learning to live with less, especially where food is concerned
    • Changing her perspective on pity versus generosity
    • Equipping their family to handle future challenges
    • Learning that language is not always that big of a barrier
    • Shifting perspective on chasing beauty by cultural standards
  • The transition from Africa to Poland, in the States for training
  • Brooke talks about life in Warsaw, Poland
    • Ease of travel and abundance of food
    • Enjoying the history and cultures in and around Poland
    • Getting used to having babies amidst transition periods
    • The blessing of having friends nearby for the kids
  • The difference in other cultures' views on family size
  • Returning to the U.S. for a home assignment
  • The decision to take an assignment in Jerusalem

 

Tune in next week to hear the rest of MacKenzie and Brooke's discussion and find out about the Rasmussen's time in Jerusalem, plus so much more!

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! You can also listen to her family-friendly podcast The Same Page!

Thanks to Our Sponsors-

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Oct 09, 2019
CTLP Episode 136- Boldly Approaching the Bible with Erin Moon
01:10:58

This week on the CTL podcast, MacKenzie Koppa chats with Erin Moon. Erin is the COO of the PopcastMedia Group and resident scholar of the Bible Binge podcast, plus being a Bible study author. Erin is also a busy wife and mother living in Birmingham, Alabama.

  • Erin tells her story, starting with her experiences at Christian summer camp
  • How Erin got involved in creating content and writing Bible studies for ministries
  • Taking on the responsibility of studying the Bible instead of being intimidated
  • MacKenzie and Erin chat about the Bible Binge podcast
  • The benefit of having some pushback in discussing the Word of God
  • Differentiating between surface issues and creed-level issues of faith
  • How Erin came to work with The Popcast and the Bible Binge podcasts
  • MacKenzie and Erin chat about how they use their enneagram types in their work and relationships
  • Erin talks about her new devotional coming out this week, The Comfortable Words
  • MacKenzie asks Erin about how she and her husband keep their relationship healthy with totally unique personalities and interests
  • Erin's typical daily rhythm

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Current Lovelies-

Erin:doing yoga and morning and evening stretches

MacKenzie:reading fluffy fiction to wind down at the end of the day

Resources Mentioned-

Podcast:

The Bible for Normal People

The Big Boo Cast

The Cut

Every Little Thing

Heavyweight

Invisibilia

The Next Right Thing

Revisionist History

Stuff You Missed in History Class

With Friends Like These

Without Fail

Criminal

Movies:

Notting Hill

Mrs. Winterbourne

From Justin To Kelly

Find Erin-

You can find Erin at erinhmoon.com. You can also follow her on Instagram @erinhmoon.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! You can also listen to her family-friendly podcast The Same Page!

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Oct 02, 2019
CTLP Episode 135- Thriving Amidst Ongoing Stress with Bekah Eaker
01:12:59

Today on Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie chats with radio host Bekah Eaker of Way-FM’s popular The Wally Show. Bekah’s husband has had severe health complications for a few years, and she and MacKenzie go deep with how they deal with prolonged stress. This episode is full of insight and encouragement both for people in similar situations and anyone who knows someone who could use support.

  • How Bekah and MacKenzie handle having to keep showing up for a public platform while in ongoing stress
  • Learning to do what has to be done in order to move forward
  • The importance of therapy or counseling for help to cope and to have an outside person to talk to
  • Ways Bekah takes care of herself on a daily basis while also being her husband’s caretaker
  • Bekah’s challenges amidst a changing relationship with her husband due to his health issues
  • How the Enneagram has helped MacKenzie deal with stress in relationships better
  • Building community in order to give and get the support we all need
  • Bekah and MacKenzie’s love of the Marco Polo app for building friendships
  • Planning and looking to the future when life is full of uncertainty
  • Trusting God and wrestling with Him in the middle of really difficult circumstances
  • Supporting a friend who is going through a hard time by just agreeing that it is really tough
  • A typical day in Bekah’s life as a morning radio show host

Current Lovelies-

Bekah: doing whatever she can to build community

MacKenzie: getting involved with her daughter’s school functions

Resources Mentioned-

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Books:

Waiting for Tom Hanks

Music:

Jason Gray “Not Right Now”

Movies:

Morning Glory

Find Bekah-

You can find Bekah on Instagram and Twitter. You can also listen to her on The Wally Show.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on InstagramFacebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! You can also listen to her family-friendly podcast The Same Page!

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CTL is brought to you by Plan to Eat meal planning service. Visit PlanToEat.com/LOVELY to start your free 60-day trial instead of the normal 30-day trial.

This week's episode is also sponsored by the Preciousapp. Go to Preciousapp.com/LOVELYfor your free 3-Day trial of Baby Art Unlimited.

Cultivating the Lovely is also brought to you by Literati. For a limited time, go to LiteratiBooks.com and use code LOVELY for $20 OFF your first box. Kids 3 and up also get a free blacklight pen.

Sep 26, 2019
CTLP Episode 134- An Invitation to God’s Feast with Melissa d’Arabian
01:10:14

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Show Notes-

 This week on Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie Koppa interviews Melissa d'Arabian, author of Tasting Grace: Discovering the Power of Food to Connect Us to God, One Another, and Ourselves. Melissa has been a Food Network host and has written numerous columns and articles on food, in addition to being a wife and mother. In today's episode MacKenzie and Melissa chat about all things food and faith, including:
  • Melissa shares a little of her own journey of seeking God's heart in the area of food
  • How Melissa came to realize God's use of food to draw her and others closer to Himself
  • Learning to see the significance of food as a picture in God's kingdom story
  • Getting in touch with the creative nature of God through exercising our own creativity
  • How Melissa stayed sane during the Food Network Star filming and competition

 

  • Cultivating an attitude of faith amidst the unexpected in our every day
  • Learning the lesson of patience from food and taking it into our lives
  • Melissa's experience in France and how that shifted her perspective on food
  • Getting back in touch with the gift that food is by growing something yourself
  • Melissa's mindset in using her own competitive advantage on Food Network
  • The benefits of training in improvisation
  • A typical day in Melissa's life

Current Lovelies-

Melissa: making her drive time more lovely by connecting with her daughter and listening to podcasts

MacKenzie: decorating her car interior for fall to make her drive time a little more fun

Resources Mentioned-

Books:

Tasting Grace

Podcasts:

For the Love with Jen Hatmaker

Lewis Howes

Goal Digger with Jenna Kutcher

Rise Together with Rachel Hollis

The Tim Ferriss Show

Movies:

Greatest Showman

Hidden Figures

Find Melissa-

You can find Melissa on her website, melissadarabian.net. You can also follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterestand Twitter.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on Instagram, Facebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! You can also listen to her family-friendly podcast The Same Page!

 

Sep 23, 2019
CTLP Episode 134- An Invitation to God’s Feast with Melissa d’Arabian
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Sep 18, 2019
CTLP Episode 133- Showing Up for Your Life with Brian Dixon
01:05:14
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Sep 11, 2019
CTLP Episode 132- Raising Connoisseur Kids with Jennifer L. Scott
53:17
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Sep 04, 2019
CTLP Episode 131- Enneagram Deep Dive with Beth McCord
01:39:50
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Aug 28, 2019
CTLP Episode 130- Your CTL Season 5 Kick-off with MacKenzie
01:04:33
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Aug 21, 2019
CTLP Episode 129- Summer Favorites with Chelle and MacKenzie
01:05:31
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Aug 14, 2019
CTLP Episode 128- Business That Blesses with Jen Traynor
55:15
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Aug 07, 2019
Join Me to Stay Sane for Back-to-School!
05:23
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Aug 05, 2019
CTLP Episode 127- Entrepreneurial Moms with Lindsay Teague Moreno
01:08:07
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Jul 31, 2019
CTLP Episode 126- Motherhood in the Messy Middle with Lisa-Jo Baker
01:21:54
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Jul 24, 2019
CTLP Episode 125- Outside the Box Motherhood with Heather Avis
01:06:22
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Jul 17, 2019
CTLP Episode 124- Curating a Capsule Wardrobe with Amanda Warfield
55:21
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Jul 10, 2019
CTLP Episode 123- Getting Unstuck with David Trotter
01:17:51
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Jul 03, 2019
CTLP Episode 122- Becoming Haven Makers with Robin Jones Gunn
01:20:42
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Jun 26, 2019
CTLP Episode 121- Morning Time and Mother Culture with Lara Molettiere
01:03:49
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Jun 19, 2019
CTLP Episode 120- Spring and Early Summer Favorites with MacKenzie and Rebekah
01:26:23
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Jun 12, 2019
CTLP Episode 119- Beauty and Skincare Deep Dive with MacKenzie and Rebekah
01:01:26
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Jun 05, 2019
CTLP Episode 118-Simplifying Nature Study with Joy Cherrick
01:12:42
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May 29, 2019
CTLP Episode 117- Cultivating Friendship in Hard Times with Chelle Bruzas
57:47
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May 22, 2019
CTLP Episode 116- Personalities of Fear with Ruth Soukup
01:11:22
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May 12, 2019
CTLP Episode 115- Nutrition to Thrive with Lahana Vigliano
01:06:33
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May 08, 2019
CTLP Episode 114- Moving House with MacKenzie and Andi
56:36
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May 01, 2019
CTLP Episode 113- Memory Keepers with Cynthia Duke Bennett and Missy Broadway
57:36
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Apr 24, 2019
CTLP Episode 112- Raising Brave Learners with Julie Bogart
01:01:05
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Apr 17, 2019
CTLP Episode 111- Have More Fun with Mandy Arioto
57:46
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Apr 10, 2019
CTLP Episode 110- A Creative Love Story with Audrey Roloff
55:02
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Apr 03, 2019
CTLP Episode 109- The Next Right Thing with Emily P. Freeman
01:07:08
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Mar 27, 2019
CTLP Episode 108- The Podcast Life with Carrie Robaina
52:13
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Mar 20, 2019
CTLP Episode 107- Becoming a Placemaker with Christie Purifoy
46:41
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Mar 13, 2019
CTLP Episode 106- The Voiceover Life with Carrie Olsen
01:03:11
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Mar 06, 2019
CTLP Episode 105- Memory Making Mom with Jessica Smartt
50:16
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Feb 27, 2019
CTLP Episode 104- Motherhood and Madame Chic with Jennifer L. Scott
01:01:01
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Feb 20, 2019
CTLP Episode 103- Lovely Little Things with MacKenzie and Rebekah
49:44
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Feb 13, 2019
CTLP Episode 102- Cultivating Lifelong Friendships with Sally Clarkson
54:04
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Feb 06, 2019
CTLP Episode 101- Finding Yourself Again with Lisa Leonard
01:09:54
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Jan 30, 2019
CTLP Episode 100- Living into Our Strengths with Jessica Honegger
54:28
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Jan 23, 2019
CTLP Episode 99- Choosing to Believe when Life is Hard with Jane Johnson
01:01:56
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Jan 16, 2019
CTLP Episode 98- Finding Calm in the Chaos of Motherhood with Paula Whidden
57:29
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Jan 09, 2019
CTLP Episode 97- Starting the New Year with Jenny Wilcox and MacKenzie
01:07:59
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Jan 02, 2019
CTLP Episode 96- Looking Toward 2019 with MacKenzie and Friends
01:10:48
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Dec 26, 2018
CTLP Episode 95- Christmas Lovelies with MacKenzie and Katie
57:49
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Dec 19, 2018
CTLP Episode 94- Where Creativity and Faith Collide with Kristy Cambron
01:15:48
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Dec 10, 2018
CTLP Episode 93- Cultivating an Intentional Advent with Jenn Giles Kemper
47:00
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Dec 05, 2018
CTLP Episode 92- Learning and Living the Liturgy with Jenn Giles Kemper
59:33
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Nov 28, 2018
CTLP Episode 91- Thanksgiving and Travel with Ingrid & Fiona
01:06:17
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Nov 21, 2018
CTLP Episode 90- Learning to Let Go of Control with Jennifer Dukes Lee
01:01:36
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Nov 14, 2018
CTLP Episode 89- Embracing Life’s Messes with Marisa Warwick
01:10:24
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Nov 07, 2018
CTLP Episode 88- The Importance of Kindness with Candace Cameron Bure
57:12
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Oct 31, 2018
CTLP Episode 87- Creating Your Own Cozy Minimalist Home with Myquillyn Smith
54:56
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Oct 24, 2018
CTLP Episode 86: Calming Angry Kids with Tricia Goyer
51:31
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Oct 17, 2018
CTLP Episode 85- Making Space for People’s Stories with Shannan Martin
01:14:51
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Oct 10, 2018
CTLP Episode 84- Connecting our Beliefs and our Behavior with Hayley Morgan
01:09:32
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Oct 03, 2018
CTLP Episode 83- Telling Your Story with Authenticity with Hannah Brencher
50:17
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Sep 26, 2018
CTLP Episode 82- Facing Fear in Radical Faith with Ebie Hepworth
56:44
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Sep 19, 2018
CTLP Episode 81- Mothering when You Feel Stretched Too Thin with Jessica Turner
39:35
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Sep 12, 2018
CTLP Episode 80- Lighthearted and Life-giving Fiction with Kimberly Stuart
01:09:01
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Sep 05, 2018
CTLP Episode 79- Adopting Older Children and Parenting Special Needs with Nicole Puckett
47:31
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Aug 29, 2018
CTLP Episode 78- When You Just Can’t Meal Plan with Tiffany King
42:55
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Aug 22, 2018
CTLP Episode 77- Deepening Relationships with Our Kids Through Story with Katie Duckett
49:30
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Aug 15, 2018
CTLP Episode 76- Paths to Education with Leah Boden
01:02:44
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Aug 08, 2018
CTLP Episode 75- Planning and Prepping for a New School Year with Kendra Hennessy
56:02
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Aug 01, 2018
CTLP Episode 74- Cultivating the Lovely in Difficult Times with Rebekah Sacran
35:56
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Jul 25, 2018
CTLP Episode 73- Finding Freedom in the Midst of our Mess with Jess Connolly
43:28
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Jul 18, 2018
CTLP Episode 72- Tips and Tricks for a Food Overhaul with Jodi McKenna
55:12
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Jul 11, 2018
CTLP Episode 71- Biblical Meditation with Kari Denker
54:22
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Jul 04, 2018
CTLP Episode 70- Life Giving Parenting with Sally Clarkson
54:56
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Jun 27, 2018
CTLP Episode 69- Mother Culture for Every Mom with Leah Boden
46:13
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Jun 20, 2018
CTLP Episode 68- The Importance of Rest with Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith
49:01
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Jun 13, 2018
CTL Episode 67- The Reading Life with Anne Bogel
01:04:43
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Jun 06, 2018
CTLP Episode 66- Creating Intentional Kids’ Spaces
50:03
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May 23, 2018
CTLP Episode 65- Cultivating Hopes and Goals with Lara Casey
53:06
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May 16, 2018
CTLP Episode 64- The Importance of Community with Leah Boden
49:01
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May 09, 2018
CTLP Episode 63- Birth Stories with MacKenzie and Erin
01:14:26
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May 02, 2018
CTLP Episode 62- The Read-Aloud Difference with Sarah MacKenzie
57:57
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Apr 25, 2018
CTL Special Episode with Katie Duckett
16:17
I am so excited to be announcing that we are re-opening The Lovely Homeschool Course this Wednesday, April 25, 2018! And in this episode Katie Duckett (who you might remember from last year’s episode on Relationally Driven Homechooling) and I discuss how the planning method and tools offered in The Lovely Homeschool Course truly revolutionized... Read more...
Apr 22, 2018
CTL Episode 61- Self-care during Seasons of Struggle
52:04
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Apr 18, 2018
CTLP Episode 60- Living in the Word with Leah Boden
57:05
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Apr 11, 2018
Announcing “What Ingrid & Fiona Like”- a brand new podcast!
06:45
It’s true, I started another podcast! And the first episode released TODAY! In this new show, called What Ingrid & Fiona Like, I’m Ingrid, my best friend Rebekah is Fiona, and we will talk about our favorite things in all sorts subjects. For instance, in April we’re talking about how this show even came to... Read more...
Apr 06, 2018
CTL Episode 59- Making and Saving Money While Mothering Well
48:20
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Apr 04, 2018
CTL Episode 58- Practical Homemaking with Jodi McKenna
46:50
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Mar 28, 2018
CTL Episode 57- Everyday Kindness with Julie Fisk and Kendra Roehl
56:27
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Mar 21, 2018
CTL Podcast Episode 56- Spring Nature Study with Andi Gould and Leah Boden
56:22
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Mar 14, 2018
CTL Episode 55- Intentional TV Time with Erin Odom
01:03:49
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Mar 07, 2018
CTLP Episode 54- Natural Skin Care and Makeup with Jodi McKenna
49:40
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Feb 27, 2018
CTL Episode 53–Fostering Creative Family Culture with Angie Elkins
01:03:20
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Feb 20, 2018
CTL Episode 52- Friendships with Extroverts
48:47
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Feb 13, 2018
CTL Episode 51- Decorating for Atmosphere and Family Culture
47:26
Affiliate links are used in this content. This episode is brought to you by RXBAR Kids. For 25% off a sample box and FREE shipping got to rxbar.com/lovely Show Notes- In this week’s podcast, MacKenzie and Leah chat about intentional home decor and ways to make your home inviting for everyone, even on a budget.... Read more...
Feb 06, 2018
CTL Episode 50- Reading in the New Year with Jodi McKenna
48:05
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Jan 30, 2018
CTL Episode 49- Being Authentic with Emily Thomas
58:28
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Jan 24, 2018
CTL Episode 48–Deep Dive into Self-care with Leah Boden
36:54
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Jan 16, 2018
CTL Episode 47- Mothering for the Long Haul with Cindy Rollins
43:52
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Jan 09, 2018
CTLP Episode 46- A Grace-filled Approach to the Crunch Life with Erin Odom
45:14
Affiliate links are used in this content. Cultivating the Lovely is helping you achieve your loveliest year yet with our brand new Patreon Account! Members receive exclusive bonus podcasts, community, homemaking and self-care challenges, live-streams and much more! Check it out today! This episode is brought to you by Phonics Museum from Veritas Press. Right now your child... Read more...
Jan 02, 2018
CTLP Episode 45–Christmas with the Co-hosts!
01:16:07
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Dec 19, 2017
CTLP Episode 44–More Than Just Mornings with Kat Lee
43:27
Affiliate links are used in this content. This episode is brought to you by StoneSoupforFive.com– Go Check out their brand new Bible Reading & Meditation Guide available on Amazon! Show Notes- This week on the podcast, MacKenzie chats with Kat Lee of HelloMornings.org. Kat is a popular podcaster, blogger and author (and fellow ENFP!) who lives... Read more...
Dec 05, 2017
CTL Podcast Ep 43- Keeping Home During the Holidays with Dana K. White
40:47
Affiliate links are used in this content. This episode is brought to you by Prepdish.com/Lovely– Visit them today for your FREE two week trial! Show Notes- This week, MacKenzie talks with Dana K. White, who blogs at A Slob Comes Clean. There Dana writes about learning to manage and maintain a tidy house when it doesn’t... Read more...
Nov 22, 2017
CTL Episode #42- God’s Blessings with Robin Jones Gunn
50:53
Affiliate links are used in this content This episode is brought to you by Prepdish.com/Lovely– Visit them today for your FREE two week trial! Show Notes- This week’s episode features a discussion between MacKenzie and popular author Robin Jones Gunn. Together they talked about: How Robin got started writing Christian fiction for teen girls and young... Read more...
Nov 08, 2017
CTL Episode 41- Living in Grace and Holiness with Jess Connolly
30:46
This episode is brought to you by Prepdish.com/Lovely– Visit them today for your FREE two week trial! Show Notes- On this episode, MacKenzie chats with Jess Connolly about her new book, Dance, Stand, Run. Jess is married to Nick, and they and their four children live in Charleston, SC, where they are church planters. Here are some of the... Read more...
Oct 27, 2017
CTLP Episode 40- A God Who Makes Up for Our Mothering Shortcomings with Mary DeMuth
45:51
This episode is brought to you by Prepdish.com/Lovely– Visit them today for your FREE two week trial! Show Notes- Mary is wife to Patrick and mother to 3 adult children. She and her husband are former church planters in France. Mary is the author of about 35 books, a popular speaker and mentor to budding authors.... Read more...
Oct 13, 2017
CTLP Episode 39 with Tricia Goyer-Living An Authentic Faith
56:48
  This episode is brought to you by Prepdish.com/Lovely– Visit them today for your FREE two week trial! Show Notes- On this week’s episode, MacKenzie talks with her friend and popular Christian author and speaker, Tricia Goyer. In addition to her busy writing schedule, Tricia is also wife to John and mother to 10 children, 8... Read more...
Sep 26, 2017
CTLP Episode 38 with Erin Odom- The Rice and Beans Life
54:49
  This Episode is brought to You by Prepdish.com/Lovely– Visit them today for your FREE two week trial! Show Notes: First of all, we currently have a big giveaway happening on Instagram. It includes everything you see below and we couldn’t be more excited to be sharing it with you! There are lots of ways to... Read more...
Sep 19, 2017
CTLP Episode #37 with Jodi McKenna- Quiet Times for Kids & Young Adults
55:17
This Episode is brought to You by Prepdish.com/Lovely– Visit them today for your FREE two week trial! Show Notes: Before we get to the show, let’s talk about the Season 3 Launch Giveaway happening on Instagram. It includes everything you see below and we couldn’t be more excited to be sharing it with you! There are lots... Read more...
Sep 19, 2017
CTLP Episode #36- Back to the Roots
27:41
  This episode is brought to you by Prepdish.com/Lovely– Visit them today for your FREE two week trial! Welcome back to Season 3 of Cultivating the Lovely!  I am so excited to be back with a new line-up of wonderful guests and lots of fun things packed into the coming year. This first episode back is... Read more...
Sep 19, 2017
CTLP Episode 35- Savoring Summer with Jamie Balmet
39:59
This episode is sponsored by PlateJoy- The Meal Planner That Makes Healthy Eating Easy.  Go to PlateJoy.com to get 10 days FREE and enter the code LOVELY to get $10 off a membership.  Thank you, PlateJoy! *********** This season’s final episode is with the lovely Jami Balmet. She and her husband have 5 kids under... Read more...
Jul 11, 2017
CTL Ep 34- Raising Boys with Good Character with Heather Haupt
40:29
  This episode is sponsored by PlateJoy- The Meal Planner That Makes Healthy Eating Easy.  Go to PlateJoy.com to get 10 days FREE and enter the code LOVELY to get $10 off a membership.  Thank you, PlateJoy! ******* On this episode of Cultivating the Lovely, Heather Haupt pulls up a chair to chat about how a stellar... Read more...
Jun 27, 2017
CTL Special Episode- Let’s Plan for Lovely Homeschools This Year!
06:52
I am so excited to finally announce the release of The Lovely Homeschool Course! After months of planning and filming and editing, it’s ready, at last, to share with all of you! You can find the course at TheLovelyHomeschoolCourse.com! In honor of the launch, I am kicking off a 6-day sale, from June 22-28, 2017... Read more...
Jun 22, 2017
CTL Ep 33- The Spiritual Disciplines of Motherhood with Catherine McNiel
44:03
This episode is sponsored by PlateJoy- The Meal Planner That Makes Healthy Eating Easy.  Go to PlateJoy.com to get 10 days FREE and enter the code LOVELY to get $10 off a membership.  Thank you, PlateJoy! ******* MacKenzie welcomes Catherine McNiel to the podcast today.  Living in Chicago, she is a mom of three and author... Read more...
Jun 01, 2017
CTL Ep 32 – Relationally Driven Homeschooling with Katie Duckett
54:57
This episode is sponsored by PlateJoy- The Meal Planner That Makes Healthy Eating Easy.  Go to PlateJoy.com to get 10 days FREE and enter the code LOVELY to get $10 off a membership.  Thank you, PlateJoy! Today’s guest is the lovely Katie Duckett sharing how she took her homeschooling from frustration and check boxes to... Read more...
May 18, 2017
CTL Ep 31- Real Bible Study for Busy Moms with Katie Orr
01:00:07
This episode is sponsored by Jelly Telly. Use code CULTIVATELOVELY to get your first week free and a free downloadable coloring book! A Fun New Course from Bold Turquoise I am so excited to announce that The Lovely Homeschool Course- Plan and Prep for a Bold & Gracious Year, is well on its way to being completed!  You... Read more...
May 04, 2017
CTL Ep 30- The Hard Parts of Homeschooling with Rebekah Sacran
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This episode is sponsored by Jelly Telly. Use code CULTIVATELOVELY to get your first week free and a free downloadable coloring book! This Week on the Show- This week Rebekah and I talked all about the hard parts of homeschooling.  In doing so we wanted to encourage fellow and potential homeschool mamas with the fact that they aren’t alone... Read more...
Apr 20, 2017
CTL Ep 29 – Choosing Joy with Trisha Goyer
47:35
This episode is sponsored by Jelly Telly. Use code CULTIVATELOVELY to get your first week free and a free downloadable coloring book! Today MacKenzie welcomes back Trisha Goyer (check out her first interview) to talk about everything from good books, to dating, to finding joy with a houseful of kids. Tricia is a mom to 10, a homeschooler, writer, speaker... Read more...
Apr 06, 2017
CLT Ep 28- Myers-Briggs for Moms with Mystie Winkler
51:27
This episode is sponsored by Jelly Telly. Use code CULTIVATELOVELY to get your first week free and a free downloadable coloring book! Today we’re welcoming back Mystie Winckler, who was the first official guest of Cultivating the Lovely Podcast when she shared with us her passion for organization and how attitude is everything. If you haven’t already,... Read more...
Mar 23, 2017
CTL Ep 27- Art and Faith with Ali Brown
33:43
This Episode is brought to You by Prepdish.com/Lovely– Visit them today for your FREE two week trial! Ali Brown has an amazing way of intersecting her faith with her art. She has a fabulous YouTube channel all about her artsy planning systems and faith art journaling. Ali is passionate about the fact that we were created to created.... Read more...
Mar 09, 2017
CTL Ep 26 w/ Erika Hull- Do Yourself a Favor
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This Episode is brought to You by Prepdish.com/Lovely– Visit them today for your FREE two week trial! This episode is full of tips for moms, wives and woman alike, who need ideas on things they can do for themselves during a dark season, the dreary winter months, or when they just need a little pick me... Read more...
Feb 23, 2017
CTL Ep 25- The Importance of Being in the Word with Heidi St. John
52:50
This Episode is brought to You by Prepdish.com/Lovely– Visit them today for your FREE two week trial! You’re in for a real treat – this episode is just PACKED with so much amazing truth and encouragement – you’ll need to listen twice! Heidi St. John is a homeschooling mama of seven who has a passion to teach... Read more...
Feb 09, 2017
CTLP Ep 24- Talking Books, Reading & the Value of Fiction with Rebekah Sacran
50:38
This Episode is brought to You by Prepdish.com/Lovely– Visit them today for your FREE two week trial!   This episode was so much fun to record!  Rebekah is a very dear friend of mine and she actually co-hosted this episode with me, rather than just having me interview her.  I loved getting to just chit... Read more...
Jan 27, 2017
CTLP Ep 23- Cultivating Your Mama Culture with Brandy Vencel
41:05
Today MacKenzie is chatting about Mother Culture with the lovely Brandy Vencel of the Afterthoughts Blog. While the term “Mother Culture” was coined by Charlotte Mason, the concept applies to ALL moms – not just homeschool moms! The first mention of Mother Culture was in The Parent’s Review (a Charolette Mason magazine) in the Late 1800’s. So, what... Read more...
Jan 12, 2017
CTLP Ep 22 – Living the Charlotte Mason Lifestyle with Leah Boden
52:49
Leah Boden is known for speaking on the Charlotte Mason Method, motherhood, and leadership but in addition to all that in this podcast we go a little bit more behind the scenes into what life is really like for the Bodens and what Leah reads for herself, among other things.  Meal plans, housekeeping, beautiful walks... Read more...
Nov 10, 2016
CTLP Ep 21- #HeartinHandChallenge
07:28
Join the Challenge! First- Download and Print the bookmark right here! Next- Choose your style. There are lots of ideas in the Periscope shows below, but please, don’t go buy fancy stuff unless it excites you – the goal of this challenge is just to WRITE the WORD and cement it in our hearts and minds by... Read more...
Oct 28, 2016
CTLP Ep 20- Leaving a Legacy Through the Written Word with Karen Ball & Erin Taylor Young
44:09
Karen and Erin are the humorous and inspirational duo from the Write from the Deep Podcast. Karen is an author and editor with more than 30 years of experience in the publishing field. Erin is a writer who connects her readers to the deeper truths of life through humor. Together, they offer laughter and inspiration as they encourage us... Read more...
Oct 13, 2016
CTLP Ep 19- Family Devotion Tips & Resources
21:53
I get this question so, so often, and I am finally taking the time to sit down and give you a well though out answer on family devotions time! This is something that’s so important for us to be doing – we can’t just leave our kids’ faith shaping to the Bible stories and crafts in... Read more...
Sep 22, 2016
CTLP Episode 18- Modeling the Life We Want Our Children to Lead with Tricia Goyer
36:46
Today’s episode is with the lovely Tricia Goyer who shares her story about her family of ten growing through foster adoption, her writing career, and what she has learned through the years of being a mom, homeschooler, writer, and lover of Jesus. She shares her heart for the mom who is tempted to do all the things... Read more...
Sep 08, 2016
CTLP Ep17 – 5 Things I Plan & Prep for a New School Year
28:31
Well, here she is, my first solo show of Season 2!  If you didn’t already hear, the plan for this year is to do a new interview and a new solo show each month this year and in the solo shows I will be focusing on just one topic to help with cultivating loveliness in... Read more...
Aug 25, 2016
CTLP Episode 16 – Building Good Character Habits with Sean and Caroline Allen
31:13
On the show today are Sean and Caroline Allen, homeschooling parents of six and the creators of the character training system, Character Badges. The Allens share a little bit about the reasons they created Character Badges, how it works for their family, and how they manage to focus on their marriage in the midst of life with... Read more...
Aug 11, 2016
CTLP Episode 15 – Fitness in Real Life with Olivia Cagle
47:07
  CTL Community Updates – The CTL Facebook Community is thriving and FUN! CTL on Instagram – hosting challenges like this month’s #ctlwakeupchallenge and our room challenges. Follow BoldTurquoise or check out #cultivatingthelovely on IG to find out more. Morning Show on Periscope Our signature Cultivate the Lovely 18oz MUGS are BACK! We also have “Be Bold and Gracious” summer drink... Read more...
Jun 16, 2016
CTLP Episode 14 – March Q & A with MacKenzie and Erika
50:35
(affiliate links used- see full disclosure here) –– Introducing: the Cultivating the Lovely Planner Line! It’s here (tomorrow)! Erika and I worked hard to collaborate and co-design some LOVELY add-ons for your Happy Planner or A5 size planner. In this episode we talk about what’s coming out TOMORROW (March 11th) and what we have planned for the future... Read more...
Mar 10, 2016
CTLP Episode 13 – The Blessing of Big Families with Amy Roberts
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(affiliate links used- see full disclosure here) Today I’m chatting with Amy Roberts of RaisingArrows.net, wife of 20 years and mom to nine – ages 18 all the way down to age one! Amy shares her heart with me about the blessings and trials of raising and homeschooling a large family. Amy shares her story and answer to... Read more...
Mar 03, 2016
CTLP Episode 12 – Lovely Planning with Amy Wyler
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(affiliate links used- see full disclosure here) Amy Wyler and I have so much chatting in this episode about everything from how we hardly ever blog any more to how much we adore pretty planners!  We also do a little talking about traditions and how they impact and build family culture.  Oh, and don’t forget... Read more...
Feb 11, 2016
CTLP Episode 11- Creating a Lifegiving Home with Sally & Sarah Clarkson
59:39
(Scroll to bottom for the giveaway!) I am just so, so excited to be bringing to you today an interview with Sally and Sarah Clarkson! Now, If any of you know me at all, you know I love me some Sally! I have been reading her books for years and was absolutely delighted to get to have her and her... Read more...
Feb 04, 2016
CTLP Episode 10 – January Q&A with MacKenzie Monroe & Erika Oeding
41:51
Questions from listeners and Facebook Community members abound! We’re taking time to answer some of your questions in this episode of Cultivating the Lovely the Podcast. You’ll also get to know the amazing Erika Oeding, who is such a crucial part of the Cultivating the Lovely Team. Ever wonder how MacKenzie and Erika met? How does... Read more...
Jan 28, 2016
CTLP Episode 9- Decluttering Your Life with Stacy Myers
37:36
  In this episode of Cultivating the Lovely I’m chatting with my BFF Stacy Myers of HumorousHomeaking.com. Stacy is sharing her thoughts on clutter of all kinds and how the KonMari Method and book The life changing Magic of Tidying Up changed her life.  Stacy talks about how decluttering is more than just throwing out our... Read more...
Jan 21, 2016
CTLP Episode 8- Life Strategies for the New Year with Kristi Clover
50:41
To kick off the new year and the new season of Cultivating the Lovely the Podcast I’m chatting with Kristi Clover about her best tips for living a more organized, focused life. Kristi shares with me her four best tips for organization: Getting your knees dirty, eliminating morning mayhem, meal planning, and simplifying. I can’t... Read more...
Jan 14, 2016
CTLP Episode 7- The Christmas Show
29:07
We’re doing something a little different to close out the first season of Cultivating the Lovely The Podcast. This episode is all about answering YOUR questions about how my family and I celebrate Christmas and New Years. Everything from the importance of family traditions, to how I’ve been working to tone down the crazy this year and focus on... Read more...
Dec 17, 2015
CTLP Episode 6- Cultivating Family Culture with Allison Burr
01:05:36
You guys, this is an episode that digs deep, so put on your thinking caps and prepare to get inspired!  Allison and I chat about all kinds of ways that family culture and theology are not only relevant but important and personal. Once you’re done listening I would love to hear what you think and... Read more...
Dec 09, 2015
CTLP Episode 5- A Generous Heart with Crystal Paine
52:09
I am truly so excited to be sharing with all of you the little chat I had with Crystal! She is someone many of you have been asking me to have on the show for quiet a while and she has become a good friend of mine over the last few months.  I think you all... Read more...
Dec 03, 2015
CTLP Episode 4- Journal & Doodle Bible Studies with Kari Denker
37:57
This Episode of Cultivating the Lovely was a blast to record because Kari is one of my few blogging friends who I have actually met in real life!  Here are a few of the high points from the show- How we met How Kari got started in business and how it changed to land her... Read more...
Nov 28, 2015
CTLP Episode 003: Morning Time & Family Culture with Pam Barnhill
36:18
  Episode 003 is comin’ at ya’!  This podcast was such a delight to record with the lovely Pam Barnhill.  She shares so much wisdom with that southern accent of hers, you just can’t help but eat it up!  Pam and I got to talk all about how her family does morning time and how it... Read more...
Nov 12, 2015
CTLP Episode 002: Attitude & Organization with Mystie Winckler
49:21
  Episode 002 of Cultivating the Lovely- The Podcast has been one of my favorites to record so far because not only does Mystie have oodles of wisdom to share but she has also become a good friend.  Here is what we cover in this episode: How we met How Mystie got started on her... Read more...
Nov 10, 2015
CTLP Episode 001: Introduction with MacKenzie Monroe!
13:01
What!?  That’s right!  It’s HERE!!  Cultivating the Lovely- The Podcast is finally out there for all to hear.  It takes a couple of days to upload to the big players (such as iTunes and Stitcher) so you’re hearing it here first! In this short inaugural episode, I sat down and just explained where the idea... Read more...
Nov 10, 2015