Lifestyle with Lauren Podcast: Episode 7 with Maddie Bowen

My guest for Lifestyle with Lauren Podcast Episode #7 is Maddie Bowen, a mom to five children (some through adoption and foster care), wife to Matt Bowen (who created the music for the show and is the music minister at a local church) and just does a beautiful job showing grace daily to those around her.

Maddie is such a sweet soul, full of God’s love and my conversation with her is one not to miss! I think you are going to love my chat with Maddie about all the things. If adoption or foster care is on your radar, I highly encourage you to listen and gain some wonderful insight from Maddie.

CONNECT WITH LAUREN:

Website | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | Pintrest

CONNECT WITH MADDIE:

Instagram | Facebook | Music

LINKS AND LOVES MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:

The Connected Parent: Real-Life Strategies for Building Trust and Attachment by Lisa Qualls

Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches by Russell Moore


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© 2021 Lauren Greci

Music was provided for the show by Matt Bowen.

*As an Amazon Affiliate, I earn from qualifying purchases.


Lifestyle with Lauren Podcast: Episode 6 with Lindsay Preston

My guest for Lifestyle with Lauren Podcast Episode #6 is Lindsay Preston, a mom, wife, mindset expert and life coach.

Lindsay and I went to highscchool together and we chatted ALL the things! Highschool then versus now, her divorce from a narcissistic husband who had a secret double life, raising her two beautiful children, finding the love of her life, to her leading and guiding incredible women through her lifestyle coaching.

You are going to LOVE my conversation with Lindsay! She has quite the story and I know you will find encouragement through my conversation with Lindsay!

CONNECT WITH LAUREN:

Website | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | Pintrest

CONNECT WITH LINDSAY:

Website | Instagram | Facebook | Podcast

LINKS AND LOVES MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:

Jamie Ivey’s You Be You

Period Power by Maisie Hill


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Here. We. Go!

I’m so excited for this new adventure!! And slightly terrified, to be completely transparent! 😉 I’m recording my very first podcast…

Keep reading

© 2021 Lauren Greci

Music was provided for the show by Matt Bowen.

*As an Amazon Affiliate, I earn from qualifying purchases.


Lifestyle with Lauren Podcast: Episode 5 with Sarah Bowlin

My guest for Lifestyle with Lauren Podcast Episode #5 is Sarah Bowlin, otherwise known as Mom with a Map. Sarah is a mom, wife, blogger and sea captain as they sold their “dirt” home, bought a boat and are currently traveling The Great Loop!

Sarah and I have a lot in common and I had such a great conversation with her! I am looking toward to the next time we can chat because we had so much fun!

You are going to love her story about trusting God, listening and obeying Him. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Sarah!

CONNECT WITH LAUREN:

Website | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | Pintrest

CONNECT WITH SARAH:

Website | Instagram | Facebook | YouTube

LINKS AND LOVES MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:

Open Book by Jessica Simpson

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins


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© 2021 Lauren Greci

Music was provided for the show by Matt Bowen.

*As an Amazon Affiliate, I earn from qualifying purchases.


Lifestyle with Lauren Podcast: Episode 4 with Janell Marsh

My guest for Lifestyle with Lauren Podcast Episode #4 is Janell Marsh. She and I go WAY back! We knew each other in high school and have stayed connected through good ol’ social media.

Janell recently posted about her journey with IVF and how God has worked in her life through the years. Her story is encouraging, life-giving and full of God’s provision and abundant love.

You are going to love her story about trusting God, leaning in to His hope and faithfulness. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Janell Marsh!

CONNECT WITH LAUREN:

Website | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | Pintrest

CONNECT WITH JANELL:

Instagram | Facebook


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© 2021 Lauren Greci

Music provided for the show by Matt Bowen. Show was edited, mixed and put together by Jennifer Miner.

*As an Amazon Affiliate, I earn from qualifying purchases.


Lifestyle with Lauren Podcast: Episode 3 with Dusti Farmer

My guest for Lifestyle with Lauren Podcast Episode #3 is Dusti Farmer. Dusti is a mom, wife, warrior and fighter. She has had a lot of trials and tribulations in her life but her faith and relationship with God has just gotten stronger through the years.

I am so thankful Dusti took time out of her day to chat with me! We discussed all the things – motherhood, loss, healing, her battle with cancer, how she leans on God during difficult times and how He has carried her through the challenges. Our conversation covers heavy topics but I pray that you will leave feeling encouraged and inspired through Dusti’s story.

Dusti is a warrior and fighter and her love of God shines through. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Dusti Farmer!

CONNECT WITH LAUREN:

Website | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | Pintrest

CONNECT WITH DUSTI:

Website | Instagram | Facebook

LINKS AND LOVES MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:

Come Away My Beloved Daily Devotional by France Roberts

4 Minutes to Hear God’s Voice by Me Ra Koh

Women: God’s Secret Weapon: God’s Inspiring Message to Women of Power, Purpose and Destiny by Ed Silvoso


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© 2021 Lauren Greci

Music provided for the show by Matt Bowen. Show was edited, mixed and put together by Jennifer Miner.

*As an Amazon Affiliate, I earn from qualifying purchases.


Lifestyle with Lauren Podcast: Episode 2 with Kortnee VanCleave

My guest for Lifestyle with Lauren Podcast Episode #2 is Kortnee VanCleave. Kortnee VanCleave is a mom, entrepreneur and hairstylist featured in Voyage Dallas, RAW Artistry Showcase and Shoots Model Magazine, with a passion to help others and build relationships with everyone who sits in her chair. I am so thankful Kortnee took time out of her busy day to chat with me! We discussed all the things – motherhood, the crazy ice storm that recently hit Texas in February, why hair dryers are really worth the investment, how to manage post-partum hair loss and so much more!

Kortnee is a wealth of knowledge and I am so grateful to know her as a friend! I hope you enjoy my conversation with Kortnee!

CONNECT WITH LAUREN:

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Pintrest

CONNECT WITH KORTNEE:

Website | Instagram | Facebook

LINKS AND LOVES MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:

Amika Velveteen Dream Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner

Amika Vault Color-Lock Shampoo and Conditioner

Joico Defy Damage Protective Masque

BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Hair Dryer

Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 Repairing Treatment

Amika The Shield Style Anti-Humidity Spray

BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Ultra-Thin Straightening Iron

Didn’t See That Coming: Putting Life Back Together When Your World Falls Apart by Rachel Hollis

Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis

Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

American Dirt – Mothers in Minivans Reading Books January Book Pick

Factor Meal Delivery

Clean Coffee

Bulletproof Coffee

Lauren’s Coffee Routine


FIND THE SHOW ON THESE PLATFORMS:

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© 2021 Lauren Greci

Music provided for the show by Matt Bowen. Show was edited, mixed and put together by Jennifer Miner.

*As an Amazon Affiliate, I earn from qualifying purchases.


Lifestyle with Lauren Podcast: Episode 1 with Adriana Lewin

My guest for Lifestyle with Lauren Podcast Episode #1 is Adriana Lewin. Adriana is a mom, wife, licensed professional counselor, entrepreneur, blogger, podcaster and founder and director of Family ChemoTherapy, with a passion to help others and educate parents and caregivers who are fighting and surviving pediatric cancer. Family ChemoTherapy is dedicated to raising awareness of the topics regarding mental health that pediatric cancer families endure.

I am so thankful Adriana took time out of her busy day to chat with me! We discussed all the things – motherhood, loss, healing, cancer, how she leans on God during difficult times and how He has carried her through the obstacles she has overcome. Our conversation covers heavy topics but I pray that you will leave feeling encouraged and inspired through Adriana’s story.

Adriana is a wealth of knowledge and I am so grateful to know her as a friend! I hope you enjoy my conversation with Adriana Lewin!

CONNECT WITH LAUREN:

Website | YouTube | Facebook | Instagram | Pintrest

CONNECT WITH FAMILY CHEMOTHERAPY:

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Podcast

CONNECT WITH ADRIANA:

Facebook | Instagram

MENTIONED ON THE SHOW:

From a Mother to a Warrior by Terri White

I Draw Childhood Cancer

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van Der Kolk M.D.

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© 2021 Lauren Greci

Music provided for the show by Matt Bowen. Show was edited, mixed and put together by Jennifer Miner.

*As an Amazon Affiliate, I earn from qualifying purchases.


Here. We. Go!

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I’m so excited for this new adventure!! And slightly terrified, to be completely transparent! 😉

I’m recording my very first podcast this weekend!! I can’t believe it. I’ve thought about doing this for a while but the thing holding me back was fear of the unknown. I don’t know what I am doing! I don’t know how to create a podcast. To me, this seems like a rather big obstacle…but sometimes you just have do it! Why wait?! So here I am! Not waiting, just jumping in! Thankfully I have some amazingly talented people around me who know a whole lot more about this stuff than I do!

Of course all the thoughts invade my brain, wondering if anyone would even want to listen to this! Wondering what the heck I am even thinking. Then I remembered my “why.” I know some incredible people with testimonies that should be shared, that NEED to be shared. Hopefully some of you will enjoy our conversations. Some of you will be encouraged, find yourself laughing along with us and find joy in each episode. 

My podcast with be not only audio, but also visual!

It’ll be a friend and I chatting about all the things…life, motherhood, health & beauty, Jesus and so much more! I would love it if you wanted to join us. Watch and listen while you run or do the dishes, listen while you drive around town or peruse Target! And I would love if you subscribed! Click HERE and subscribe now so you don’t miss my first episode!

My podcasts will also be posted on my blog under the ‘podcast’ tab, as well as shared on social media. I will likely have it on iTunes as well but I’ve got to play around first and see how to do that! 😉 Haha! I’m learning as I go!

I will take you along with me the entire way! I’ll share here on the blog what I am learning, what programs I am using and all the details!

I’m so excited and I hope you will join me on this new adventure!! And again, please subscribe to show your love and support!

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What’s Up Wednesday: September 2020

I totally meant to have this finished and scheduled to post before we left for Tennessee…but then life 😉 I had so much to do to get ready for our trip so I didnt get to finish up this post. So here we are! Already in October but going to take a quick look back at September and what’s going on this week…

WHAT WE’RE EATING THIS WEEK:

I made this chart and laminated it so my boys would know exactly what they are having for breakfast and snacks throughout the week. It has really helped to stop the arguments about what is for snack (as my youngest always wants bars!). I use a dry erase maker and write everything out for the week and then can just wipe clean at the end of the week!

I am making Mixed Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna from Thug Kitchen, Pumpkin Chili from Thug Kitchen and Butternut Squash Enchiladas (again!) from ____. In addition, I am making homemade marina gar, nut cheese, pumpkin bread and pumpkin muffins from Danielle Walker’s cookbooks.

Usually Saturday morning are for pancakes! I shared these delicious pancake recipe a couple weeks ago and this is what I make on the weekends. If you missed it, here they are again:

Purple Power Pancakes

A dear friend of mine created a version of this nutritious recipe for her family after needing to use a bunch of fresh berries that she and her family picked at a local farm. These pancakes are delicious and full of wonderful, healthy ingredients that your family is sure to LOVE! I have adapted this … Read More

WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT:

I wish we could’ve really celebrated my grandmothers birthday in September, but we did a little porch celebration instead and brought her a homemade carrot cake. We had another lake day with friends which was so much fun! I will definitely miss our lake days and looking forward to next summer!

Locally every year, the Heard Museum has a special animatronic dinosaur trail and we love going! We spent a couple hours one afternoon in September walking the trails and enjoyed the day outside in nature! We also took the boys to a local skate park and they tried their bikes on the BMX trail there, too. My oldest said he likes the “concrete” better than the BMX trail..but this momma likes the soft dirt more than the concrete! Haha!

WHAT I’M LOVING:

I haven’t worn perfume in YEARS (hello stay-at-home-mom!) and so after I dashed into Sephora for more foundation, I asked the gentlemen to help me find a perfume…and he did not disappoint!! I am LOVING my new perfume: Juliette Has a Gun. I got the travel size to start and see if I really do like it! The scent is kind of woodsy and not overwhelming. Its different in a good way and I love it!!

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

Unpacking and washing clothes! Haha! The joys of coming home from vacation! 😉

Other than that, I am editing articles for the November issue of Frisco STYLE Magazine and setting up photography appointments, working on all the miscellaneous writings for the issue and homeschooling the boys. Getting back into the groove of things pre-vacation!

WHAT I’M WORKING ON:

November issue of FSM! October is out and it is gorgeous and I am so proud of all of our hard work! Now we enter the holiday season and it is going to be so much fun!! We have holiday gift guides, a highlight of Frisco Purple Heart recipients, amazing recipes and so much more!! I can’t wait to share it all with you!

WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT:

October is my favorite month for a lot of reasons: 1) It starts cooling down and leaves start changing and ALL the pumpkins! 2) Its our wedding anniversary month! 3) Its my birthday month!!

So much fun in one month and I always love October 🙂

WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING:

We are a bit late jumping on the Alone bandwagon but I am hooked!! We have watched 5 episodes in two nights and we are here for it!! It is so interesting and I would NEVER survive in the wilderness! Haha!

Anyone have any favorites?? We haven’t watched any past seasons but this current season Donny has been a favorite, Ray, and Brady.

And my absolute favorite is BACk!!

Anyone else LOVE this show?!? It is so perfect to have on while doing other things, but I am also so glued to the TV to see what they are creating! LOVE my Brits!

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO:

While we were road tripping’ to Tennessee, I listed to the podcast Mom Struggling Well and absolutely LOVED these two podcasts and highly recommend you go take a listen:

WHAT I’M WEARING:

Every fall I look forward to busting out this adorable booties (but I desperately need a pedicure!!). I missed getting dressed up on vacation so my first day back into the office, I took the opportunity to put on my lashes and actually get ready!

I am loving this easy tee from Old Navy and this cute belt. And my Vince Camuto open toe booties I snagged on Nordstrom Rack a few years back.

My lipgloss/lipstick is a mix of colors – the LimeLife Enduring Lip Color in S’Mores and gloss is Too Faced Show Me Your Coconuts. And my lashes are KISS: Charm.

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND:

It is our wedding anniversary so we are going to celebrate!! Not sure what the plans are yet, but we will do something to celebrate! It is also going to be quite warm so we are going to take the boat out one day this weekend. Who knows…it may be our last time out so we are taking advantage of every warm weekend we have left 🙂

WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:

I am looking forward to Thanksgiving with the family , more football games (come on ‘Boys! Don’t disappoint me this season!) and taking the boys to different “fall” activities, like the Arboretum and pumpkin patch.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW:

Not much else! My hubby is looking to take our oldest on a camping weekend soon so trying to find a place that has availability (everything is booked!) and today going to get some pumpkins and mums to decorate our home. We are going to move a few things around in thehouse and convert rooms to better suit us, but all in due time. Just working on house projects here and there.

That’s it for September!! Check back in Friday for another Tennessee recap (no Friday Favorites, sorry!) and I hope you all have a blessed Wednesday!


Friday Favorites…Podcast Edition!

I LOVE listening to podcasts! I listen when I am driving, working out, and sometimes when I am cooking. I have a few that I listen to but these are just some of my favorite podcasts.

Happy Friday!

RISEN MOTHERHOOD

Risen Motherhood is by far one of my favorites! The episodes are shorter than other products, which is perfect when you have little ones running around. Emily and Laura give useful, encouraging hope for every mom in every stage of motherhood. They occasionally interview other Christian women who give such wonderful advice that is so uplifting.

You can read more about Emily and Laura and find recent podcasts here.

WELLNESS MAMA

I love the Wellness Mama and when I heard she had a podcast, I was instantly hooked! As someone who is dealing with health issues, I love listening to Katie Wells and her interviews with other health professionals and practitioners. She discusses topics from autoimmune issues, beauty, natural remedies, recipes, and more!

You can listen here!

DON’T MOM ALONE

The Don’t Mom Alone Podcast with Heather MacFadyen is so refreshing! Her website states it best:

“Moms comment that the podcast is helping change their motherhood, that they are refined instead of broken. One mom wrote, “You helped me feel like I can do better, but all my efforts matter.” Listen along. Instead of drowning, allow us to remind you that you don’t mom alone!”

Some of her recent podcasts include interview with Paul David Tripp, Ian Cron, Troy Simons, Jenny Allen, Beth Moore, and the list goes on!

Go take a listen here.

THE RON BURGUNDY PODCAST

One of these things is not like the other! Haha!

The Ron Burgundy Podcast is just funny. Light, hilarious, and 30 mins of straight humor. If you loved Anchorman (and who doesn’t!), you’ll love this podcast! Will Ferrell reprises his role as Ron Burgundy in these hilarious podcasts. Thankfully there are bleeps for those inappropriate words that Ron typically uses. So sit back, get your scotch and dumbbells, and laugh away!

Listen to the podcast here.

What are your favorite podcasts? Share below!

Till next time, friends!