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Happy Playces podcast

Happy Playces podcast is hosted by Katy Patton. Katy and her guests have conversations about life events, that influence their day to day happiness. Chatting about parenting, traveling, faith, and what fills our time. We hope that as you listen, you will reflect on life's journey and finding your happy playces!
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Mar 15, 2018

Welcome to Episode 53!!! Jess lives with her husband and family in Tennessee where she “teaches a little, writes a little, and raises 8 human beings.” She shares with us her life story; one of inspiration and encouragement. Jess’ life encompasses love, faith, widowhood, remarriage, adoption, handicapped parenting, eight kids, and simple living!! In the midst of storm after storm Jess stubbornly clung to God. Through our conversation you will hear the words of Strength and Warrior. And you may need to grab a tissue!

I loved this conversation so much and am excited for you to hear her story and read her book!!! She is graciously giving away a copy of her book Sunlight Burning at Midnight. Stay tuned on Instagram for details!!

Check her book Sunlight Burning at Midnight, find her on Instagram @jessplusthemess. Visit www.jessplusthemess.com and follow her ongoing saga!  

Today’s show is sponsored by HONI Apparel. I absolutely love the story behind this company and their awesome outdoor apparel. T-shirts, Hats, beanies, Nalgene water bottles. When you buy HONI you’re not just buying a product you’re changing a life!  Honi apparel is “changing the world” by giving 10% of their profits to Children’s Ministries around the world.

Thanks so much for listening and if you ever have any ideas or comments send them to me at happyplayces@gmail.com  

Hope you enjoy this episode!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mar 1, 2018

Welcome to Episode 52!!! Amy Elaine is a mom, wife, author, speaker, coffee lover and all-around encourager. Amy Elaine Martinez is an inspirational speaker and gifted teacher. She’s devoted to helping women with heart-shattered lives become whole again in Christ.

Recently, Amy Elaine released her first book, Becoming a Victory Girl: Staking Your Claim in the Kingdom. She’s a storyteller at heart, who often shares how she became a broken girl made whole through the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.

She shares with us about being a mom and mother-in law! You will love her story about the book she wrote for her daughter in law! “A tangible I love you!” Kind of the beginning of her writing journey! We talk about her love for writing and her gift for writing devotionals, bible studies, and now this book!

Amy Elaine’s heart’s desire is to see women walk in wholeness and live in victory. She humbly bears the scars of a broken life and loves sharing her journey of becoming whole again with the broken, bruised, and bound every chance she gets.

Some of my favorite parts of our conversation is talking about turning everyday moments into extraordinary life moments! Looking at life as a journey of becoming whole again!

Check her book here at Becoming a Victory Girl: Staking your Claim in the Kingdom. Find her on Instagram @amyelainewrites, visit her website at www.amyelaine.com and Go on check out her facebook at Amy Elaine Writes where she hosts some great Facebook Live chats.                      

Today’s show is sponsored by HONI Apparel. I absolutely love the story behind this company and their awesome outdoor apparel. T-shirts, Hats, beanies, Nalgene water bottles. When you buy HONI you’re not just buying a product you’re changing a life!  Honi apparel is “changing the world” by giving 10% of their profits to Children’s Ministries around the world.

Thanks so much for listening and enjoy the episode!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feb 15, 2018

Welcome to Episode 51!!!This is such an exciting episode with not only my first male guest, but the founder of HONI apparel!! Yes, the one I talk about every episode with the awesome apparel and amazing mission, sponsoring our podcast! Mike is a dad, husband and fellow Coloradian! We have such a great conversation about the beginning of HONI and you will love this story so much as it ties to one of my last guests Dawn Episode #47. Mike shares with us the story behind the name HONI and I know you will love their motto “Circle Your Adventures and Change the World!” and it will inspire you to change the lives of the people around you!

We talk about not having “self-esteem,” but “savior-esteem!” Remembering Philippians 4:13!!! Mike talks about GIVING and being greedy for the Kingdom of God! You’ll love to hear him talk about the difference between what the world is telling you and what is God telling you, and how we measure ourselves by others!!

What has God designed you to do in this world, what Is our purpose? This is an amazing brand that will inspire those around the world, but it’s not just a brand it’s a mission! It’s a product with a PURPOSE!! “BE awesome, be adventurous be YOU!!” Circle your adventure!

Check on Instagram @honiapparel and @the.honi.life Visit https://www.honiapparel.com Go on and order a t-shirt, hat, water bottle and not only are getting amazing apparel but you’re also giving back!!!

Thanks so much for listening and if you ever have any ideas or comments send them to me at happyplayces@gmail.com   

If you’re not already, follow us on Instagram for fun pictures of our daily doings and various happy playces! And you can find us at our website happyplayces.com

Hope you enjoy this episode!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feb 1, 2018

Welcome to Episode 50! Yeah!!! I’m so excited, 50 episodes is so fun!! Guest #50 is Nicole a mom with purpose and passion! You might know her as @momtrends or @skimomsfun;  a city mom by week and a mountain girl by weekend!” Nicole is a successful author, blogger, New Yorker, runner, skier; and we had such a fun chat!!

Nicole shares with us her background in fashion and how she got to where she is now. You’ll love her story and I know it will bring you encouragement to follow your dreams. Nicole talks about analyzing our time, and when to cut things loose; at business and home! I love hearing her talk about analyzing your readers and followers and serve them well.

I love our chat on motherhood and she has some great advice, stories, and the reoccurring theme of its okay to say NO, working towards finding what we’re passionate about and what fills us up! I know you will LOVE her 4 burner story!!! I keep thinking about this and using it during my week! I love when she says, "Start where you are and do what you can!"

The Author of the book Mom Boss, which is a roadmap for startup success for women, how to balance entrepreneurship, kids, and success.

Check her out on Instagram @momtrends and @skimomsfun . Visit momtrends.com and also check out their awesome Best Family Ski Guide.

Today’s show is sponsored by HONI Apparel. I absolutely love the story behind this company and their awesome outdoor apparel. T-shirts, Hats, beanies, Nalgene water bottles. When you buy HONI you’re not just buying a product you’re changing a life!  Honi apparel is “changing the world” by giving 10% of their profits to Children’s Ministries around the world. With every purchase they want to inspire you to Circle Your Adventures and Change the World” for the better! Check out their website at honiapparel.com and follow their Instagram for great pictures and inspirational quotes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 18, 2018

Welcome to Episode 49! On this episode I had so much fun chatting with Rachel Joy; a wife, mom, and founder of the Sparrow Conference! This conversation is such an encouragement on so many levels. I loved her honesty about motherhood and finding joy in the craziness of being a mom to four darling kids!. She shares with us her journey of life; from adolescence, college, newly marrieds, to where she is now a story of faith intertwined with love! Truly an inspirational story!

Rachel talks about the beginning of what is now the Sparrow Conference, “being faithful with the small!” This part of the conversation is so wonderful, hearing how Sparrow evolved and how it is what she calls” not a conference, but a movement!”

I know you will receive such life and encouragement from this conversation! Such good conversation about living a life with Christ through motherhood, serving, and community! Definitely check out Sparrow’s website at sparrowconference.com where you can learn more about the conference April 13 & 14th and sign up so you can buy tickets at the end of January! Check their Instagram@sparrowconference and her on Instagram @rachelrjoy for pictures of her precious family.     

Thanks so much for listening and I hope you enjoy this episode!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 11, 2018

Hi welcome to the Happy Playces Podcast Episode 48! On this episode I had so much fun chatting with Bailey @bailey.t.hurley.com. Bailey is a wife, mom, blogger, writer, speaker, and all around creative person who encourages all of us with her work! Bailey shares with us her love for communicating about her faith, building community with intention, love for lasting relationships aligned with scripture.

“Equipping women to root themselves in Christ so they can fully root themselves in relationship”

Bailey shares her personal story and you will love to hear her passion for friendships and relationships. We talk about how to be a good friend who is centered and focused on holiness. I know you’ll love hearing about her gift of hospitality and she has such encouragement for us at the beginning of a new year; for friendship and serving!! Bailey gives us advice on choosing friends and you will love her simple tips. You’ll also want to read her Friendship Resolutions and set your own!

Check out her website at www.baileythurley.com where you can link to all she is doing and buy yourself some darling stationary and follow her on Instagram @bailey.t.hurley

Today’s show is sponsored by HONI Apparel. I absolutely love the story behind this company and their awesome outdoor apparel. T-shirts, Hats, beanies, Nalgene water bottles. When you buy HONI you’re not just buying a product you’re changing a life!  Honi apparel is “changing the world” by giving 10% of their profits to Children’s Ministries around the world. With every purchase they want to inspire you to Circle Your Adventures and Change the World” for the better! Check out their website at honiapparel.com and follow their Instagram for great pictures and inspirational quotes.   

Hope you enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 4, 2018

Welcome to Episode 47! On this episode I had so much fun chatting with Dawn and her amazing heart for mission. She lives in Colorado with her husband, where she works as a Free Lance Apparel Designer and volunteers with her whole heart for YES (Youth Empowered by the Spirit)! You will absolutely love her story of listening to God and following His direction for her life. She shares with us the beginning of serving on the mission field and the beginning of the organization YES. She educates us about the need to break the cycle of helping orphans transition into adulthood! I think this is such a great conversation for you to listen to as we begin a New Year! I love hearing her heart for mission and to listening to how we should serve is so encouraging!

I love it when she says, I prayed for God to change my heart to love the things He wanted me to do! And Hold on loosely and Let God lead!!!

Check out their website at https://www.yeshaititeens.com/ to learn more about their story and also Sponsorship opportunities!

Today’s show is sponsored by HONI Apparel. I absolutely love the story behind this company and their awesome outdoor apparel. T-shirts, Hats, beanies, Nalgene water bottles. When you buy HONI you’re not just buying a product you’re changing a life!  Honi apparel is “changing the world” by giving 10% of their profits to Children’s Ministries around the world. With every purchase they want to inspire you to Circle Your Adventures and Change the World” for the better! Check out their website at honiapparel.com and follow their Instagram for great pictures and inspirational quotes.

Thanks so much for listening, enjoy the show!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dec 21, 2017

Welcome to Episode 46! On this episode I had so much fun chatting with Brooke; about motherhood, marriage, and happiness! Brooke is a wife, mom to three darling boys. She says, “she’s just a gal that loves the calm of all things simple. Lover of life, friends, laughter, grace, books, and fun earrings!"

Brooke is a writer at http://texturedsoul.com/, where she shares her God given gift of authentic writing. She encourages us to use whatever creative outlet that sets your soul free and the risk of unused creativity! What I love most about Brooke’s writing is that I laugh, cry, and connect to the deepness of scripture in our daily lives as moms and wives. Definitely check out her blog at http://texturedsoul.com/

We chat about parenting teenagers and preparing her heart for her oldest to go to college. I loved talking about the differences of our children and I know you can all relate to this part of our conversation, as we are all trying to be present and keep that connection with our kids. Brooke has a huge heart for her family and I loved it when she says, “I am happiest watching her kids do something they love!”

I hope you treat yourself during this holiday season and listening to podcasts is one way I love to treat myself. I’m wishing you all a very special month of December and a Very Merry Christmas!

Check out their website at http://texturedsoul.com/ and follow her on Instagram@autumnbrookehanson

Today’s show is sponsored by HONI Apparel. I absolutely love the story behind this company and their awesome outdoor apparel. T-shirts, Hats, beanies, Nalgene water bottles. When you buy HONI you’re not just buying a product you’re changing a life!  Honi apparel is “changing the world” by giving 10% of their profits to Children’s Ministries around the world. With every purchase they want to inspire you to Circle Your Adventures and Change the World” for the better! Check out their website at honiapparel.com and follow their Instagram for great pictures and inspirational quotes.

Dec 14, 2017

Welcome to episode #45! On this episode I had so much fun chatting with Melissa Ice. Melissa and I have a great conversation about motherhood, marriage, serving, faith, adoption, and what makes her happy! You will love this conversation and I promise she will encourage all of us to step out of our comfort level and SERVE!

Melissa shares her story of the beginning of her non-profit The NET! You will fall in love with her gift of ministry and how God has called her and she has listened! I think Melissa is so BRAVE; and has a passion for coming along others and serving; as you listen to this conversation you will feel the same way. I love it when she says, “we need to recognize our own poverty!”  She also talks about “Beauty in the ashes!” and "how God is doing amazing things in the dark corners of our cities!"

She talks about about their restaurant/coffee house Brewed in Ft. Worth, where they have created a space for people to belong! I cannot wait to try it out one day!

Melissa and I chat about Motherhood and adoption and how being present is so important. Motherhood has brought Melissa the gift of a new set of eyes for life and serving! I'm excited to watch her family grow through adoption.

Check out Melissa's blog at www.theices.net

and follow her on Instagram @melissaice

Today’s show is sponsored by HONI Apparel. I absolutely love the story behind this company and their awesome outdoor apparel. T-shirts, Hats, beanies, Nalgene water bottles. When you buy HONI you’re not just buying a product you’re changing a life!  Honi apparel is “changing the world” by giving 10% of their profits to Children’s Ministries around the world. With every purchase they want to inspire you to Circle Your Adventures and Change the World” for the better! Check out their website at honiapparel.com and follow their Instagram for great pictures and inspirational quotes and scripture! Great idea for a Christmas gift!!

I hope you love this conversation as much as I did and I’m wishing you a very special month of December and a Very Merry Christmas!

To learn more about Happy Playces you can visit us at www.happyplayces.com

Thanks for listening!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 30, 2017

Welcome to episode #44! I had so much fun talking with Erin @perfectlyportfamily If you haven’t already make sure to go back and listen to Episode #36 with Erin. On today’s special Holiday episode she and I chat about finding our Happy Playce in the Holidays!! This episode is to get to us to organize and prioritize, so we can ENJOY the Holiday! We chat about everything from Christmas Gift Lists, Budgets and by subscribing to her website you can have access to all of her free printables!

Erin tells us about prioritizing your time, saying yes and no and I think this is especially helpful during this month, with so many invitations on the table. We talk about Christmas cards, decorating, family traditions and much more.

You’ll definitely want to make a Christmas bucket list with 25 simple activities for the month. Erin says, “My favorite part of Christmas is the 24 days leading up to it!”

I hope you love this conversation as much as I did! I pray we all remember the Reason for the Season, with all the WHY’s; helping our kids enjoy every minute of this special month. Don’t be that crazy mom running around and miss this time with our family and friends!!

I’m wishing you all a very special month of December and a Very Merry Christmas!

Definitely subscribe to Erin’s website at www.perfectlyportfamily.com and follow her on Instagram @perfectlyportfamily

Today’s show is sponsored by HONI Apparel. I absolutely love the story behind this company and their awesome outdoor apparel. T-shirts, Hats, beanies, Nalgene water bottles. When you buy HONI you’re not just buying a product you’re changing a life!  Honi apparel is “changing the world” by giving 10% of their profits to Children’s Ministries around the world. With every purchase they want to inspire you to Circle Your Adventures and Change the World” for the better! Check out their website at honiapparel.com and follow their Instagram for great pictures and inspirational quotes and scripture!

Hope you enjoy this episode!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 16, 2017

Welcome to episode #43! This is a special episode for me!! I have the privilege of chatting with Jamie Ivey. Jamie is a pastor’s wife, mom to four kids, host to the podcast The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey (which inspired me to start my podcast!), speaker, writer, and much more! If I had to sum up Jamie into one word it would be “ENCOURAGER!!” She has an amazing gift for encouraging women to chase their dreams and dig dipper into God's word and what HE is calling us to do!  

I had so much fun talking with Jamie about her life of Ministry; from speaking, writing, podcasting, and jail ministry. There is such encouragement in our conversation as she nudges us to pray about our daily lives and how we are living and serving others! In our conversation, we chat about her book!!  If You Only Knew, My Unlikely Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free, which is coming out in January!  I’ve absolutely loved reading her book, as part of her launch team, and I am telling you, you must get this book!!! It is such a great testimony about being forgiven and set free! Believing what God says about us to be true. The book urges us to “quit running from our mess and start trusting in Jesus to make something beautiful out of our lives!”

I hope you love this conversation as much as I did! Here’s what I know you’ll want to do!

Definitely follow her on Instagram @jamieivey. Listen to her podcast The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey  AND Pre-order her book If You Only Knew; for you and for a gift. When you pre-order the book you will receive 20% off from Waterloo Style and a chance to win a two-day getaway for two to Green Acres!!

Today’s show is sponsored by HONI Apparel. I absolutely love the story behind this company and their awesome outdoor apparel. T-shirts, Hats, beanies, Nalgene water bottles. When you buy HONI you’re not just buying a product you’re changing a life!  HONI apparel is “changing the world” by giving 10% of their profits to Children’s Ministries around the world. With every purchase they want to inspire you to Circle Your Adventures and Change the World” for the better! Check out their website at hwww.honiapparel.com/ and follow their Instagram for great pictures and inspirational quotes and scripture!

To learn more about Happy Playces please visit us at www.happyplayces.com

Thanks for listening!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 9, 2017

Welcome to episode #42, I had so much fun chatting with Brittany! Wife, mom to twin girls and an 18 month old boy! She is a fan of loud laughs, good books, and great food! Her sweet family is full of love and laughter! I had so much fun talking with Brittany about motherhood, marriage, our life in Christ, and what’s making her happy!

In our conversation, we chat about Mother’s Day out and preschool and how special that time is for moms! I loved talking about motherhood and how we are growing and changing with our kids.   You’ll love her story of going towards a path and God saying no, this way. She shares her journey of going to Seminary, falling in love, marriage, and growing her family. I love to hear her talk about how God has changed her gauge multiple times. Brittany opens up about trying to write her story and finally realizing it is not us writing our story!

You’ll love listening to her talk about planning less and praying more!  As moms, “Do not caught up in your tomorrows for you will miss the mission of today!” She reminds us to be faithful with our todays! I absolutely love when she says, “Happy Playces are available for you in Christ!  You’ll will love her honesty and outlook on life!! I know you’ll enjoy this conversation as much as I did.  

Definitely follow her on Instagram @brittanynsalmon and you will fall in love with her family and her passion for Life!

Thanks so much for listening and if you ever have any ideas or comments send them to me at happyplayces@gmail.com   

Today’s show is sponsored by Lila and Hayes. Are you looking for Holiday clothes for your little ones or need a super soft cozy pajama set for yourself? Go check out Lila and Hayes! Visit Lila and Hayes   or on Instagram @lilahayes to see their darling selection of pima cotton clothing. Sizes NB to 10, sweet and soft class clothing that is great for you and your families holiday needs and wants, as well as perfect gifts!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 26, 2017

Welcome to episode #41, I had so much fun chatting with Leah; a wife to a youth pastor, mom to two, and an Adoption Consultant. She takes us on her journey of adoption being in her heart as a young girl and how it grew with her marriage, and her beautiful family. I loved learning more about God building families through adoption. She has such a gift and a blessing to these families during this time of their lives.

You’ll love her story of encouragement for all the pieces of the puzzle, of God working with families during the adoption process. She opened my eyes to how the enemy hates adoption and gives us her own personal stories of God’s grace during her story, as well as the families she works with. She has such a sweet spirit and it is apparent that she is using a God given gift to walk along with these families during such a pivotal time of their lives.  I always love the financial stories that go along with adoption stories and you definitely don’t want to miss her sharing her story! “God funds what he favors!”

She and I talk about the joys and challenges of motherhood and she shares with us what’s making her happy!

I know you’ll enjoy this conversation as much as I did.  If you’ve been considering adoption? She’d  love to chat with you more about working with CAC! Email her at Leah@christianadoptionconsultants.com

Definitely follow her at  http://www.leahbraly.com/   and on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/leahbraly/

Thanks so much for listening and if you ever have any ideas or comments send them to me at happyplayces@gmail.com  

Thanks for listening!

Oct 13, 2017

I am so excited this is my 40th episode and such a special one for you! On this episode, I had so much fun chatting with Heather, a wife, mom, and creator of the online ministry called Rescued Letters.

She and I talk about different types of courage and how she is writing to help women create courageous living! Heather opens up about her medical diagnosis and her crash course in courageous living. She takes us on this journey from her diagnosis to where she is now! This is an amazing conversation that will make you cry, laugh, think, and challenge you to look at how you are choosing to live your life!

You’ll love her story of her spiritual journey and her marriage during this time. After you hear this story you will want to dance in the kitchen a little bit more! She has adopted Bucket List Living and is clear to say it is a mindset more than just an action, "make a memory and make a difference."

We chat about the book of Joshua and how God used this book to prepare her for this time! You’ll definitely want to hear this story and join her online bible study!

I'm so excited for your to hear this chat and I know you’ll enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

Heather’s  blog: www.therescuedletters.com

Info on her Bible study: www.therescuedletters.com/ready

Invitation to join the online study for this fall: http://therescuedletters.com/ready-study-online/

Where to purchase the study on amazon: http://a.co/6RBIPJj

 

Connect with Heather on social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rescuedletters/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rescuedletters

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rescuedletters/

If you would like to learn more about Happy Playces you can visit us at www.happyplayces.com or on Instragram @happyplayces

 

Thanks for listening!

Oct 5, 2017

On this episode, I had so much fun chatting with Emily; a wife, mom, speaker, and host of the awesome podcast Mom’s Struggling Well! You’ll love her stories not only about the beginning of her family and how God shifted her black and white world., but also the start of her blog, podcast, and speaking!

Our chat on was so refreshing! You’ll love her honest, open energy, and sense of humor, about motherhood, parenting, and how we struggle well! She has an amazing gift of humor and spirit of passion that deeply encourages moms. “Viewing trails through a lens of solid promise makes it easier to struggle well.”

Emily believes moms (and all women) crave real-life examples helping us move from just struggling to struggling WELL. She reminds us we’re not alone, she gives a fresh perspective, as well as a good laugh! “Women NEED to internalize the truth that this ridiculously difficult and thankless job (motherhood, wifehood, humanhood) is worth it.  I want to point them to the only One who is able to make our situations less of a disaster.” I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

Definitely follow her at www.https://www.momstrugglingwell.com/ and on Instagram @momstrugglingwell

Thanks so much for listening and if you ever have any ideas or comments send them to me at happyplayces@gmail.com   

If you’re not already, follow us on Instagram for fun pictures of our daily doings and various happy playces! And you can find us  at our website www.happyplayces.com

Thanks for listening!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 28, 2017

On this episode, I had so much fun chatting with Stefani; a wife, mom, health coach, author, and blogger, encouraging healthy families! Stefani chats with us about the beginning of her blog and how it has immerged into what it is currently. She opens up about being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and healthy nutrition. Our conversation has some very eye-opening facts about nutrition, chronic illnesses, neurotoxins, what we are eating, and how we are treating our body.

We chat about easy ways to cook healthy with very little ingredients. She offers a service where she can redesign any of your favorite recipes and make them healthy! Have you ever tried mushroom coffee, you’ll love to hear what she says about the health benefits! She has some great ideas for books she’s reading and you will love hearing about how she is adapting and changing her diet according. Look up this amazing story about the Terry Wahls diet http://terrywahls.com/ that she talks about, as well as Dave Asprey https://blog.bulletproof.com/

As a mom, this was such a great conversation, I truly believe our number one goal as parents is to provide our children with the proper nutrition and tools for creating their eating habits!!

Definitely follow Stefani at http://www.craftychristian.com/  and on Instagram @craftychristianblog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 22, 2017

On this episode, I had so much fun chatting with Shannon; a wife, mom, and writer! Shannon loves Jesus, coffee, and Colorado so I knew she and I would get along great! This conversation is so amazing and you don’t want to miss!! Shannon shares her story of grace, love, and endurance. She opens up about infidelity and how her marriage survived! My biggest takeaway from our chat was the word “restoration” and “fierce!”

Shannon opens up about how she left God out and let fear creep in! Saying, “What Satan meant for pure evil, God turned into something beautiful! Little did we realize that the bricks were slowly starting to break apart and crumbling down!” It makes you think about what walls we have built up and what walls are crumbling down!

As a mom, tears fell as I listened to her retell the story of opening up to her daughters! It will give you chills as you her daughter’s side of the story! Heart had to break in two before it could be made whole again! Shannon says, “We Live, We Laugh, We Love, and we are Fiercely His!! She has an amazing story and is currently working on her first book! I know you’ll love this conversation and following her journey!

Definitely follow her blog at http://shannongeurin.com and on Instagram @shannongeurin and @fiercelyhis

Thanks so much for listening and if you ever have any ideas or comments send them to me at happyplayces@gmail.com   

If you’re not already, follow us on Instagram for fun pictures of our daily doings and various happy playces! And you can find us at our website www.happyplayces.com

 

Sep 14, 2017

On this episode, I had so much fun chatting with Erin; a wife, mom, and blogger at www.perfectlyportfamily.com. Erin loves to laugh, smile, and adventure in life! She encourages a tribe of women called KOKO “Keep On Keeping On!” Erin is continuously encouraging women to run the race marked out for them, with a smile and a good dose of laughter!

We chat about motherhood and I think we can all relate to our conversation about clothes shopping for our kids! I love the story of the start of her blog and being encouraged to lean into our dreams in our hearts! Erin says, “I have hidden dreams in my heart and writing is cathartic for me!” As well as, french fries, coffee, connecting with other ladies, and finding a good deal!! It doesn’t get much better than that!

Erin shares with us about praying for what God has planned for her life on Earth and you will love what she says about when she meets Jesus face to face! She opens up about her passion for adoption and her story might surprise you! I know you’ll love when she says, “Don’t take yourself too seriously!” I hope our chat encourages and uplifts you to “keep on keeping on!!” Definitely check out her blog at Perfectlyportfamily.com and on Instagram @perfectlyportfamily

To learn more about Happy Playces please visit us at www.happyplayces.com or on Instagram @happyplayces

Aug 31, 2017

On this episode, I had so much fun chatting with Jennifer, a mom, army wife, and blogger at Heavennotharvard.com. She has a true gift of writing and online ministry, which is a blessing to all of us! Jennifer talks about how through parenting, God is showing her ways she needs to grow personally and you’ll love the story of her blog name!

We chat about Homeschooling and how she believed, “God would guide me if this is what He wanted for us!” I absolutely love her story she shares about Service and her husband’s dirty laundry!! She opens up of being an Army Wife and it is definitely one you can carry with you into your marriage and having a more intentional home. “Love is an action, not an emotion!” Jennifer opens our eyes to Love in our families and how it is built on REAL experiences!!

 Jennifer shares with us about her adoption process and how God’s hand was upon building their family!!! You have to watch her marriage proposal, it is soooo special, you’ll love it!! click her!!! Marriage Proposal

I know you’ll love this conversation and hopefully it encourages and uplifts you!

Definitely follow her blog at http://heavennotharvard.com/ and on Instagram @heavennotharvard

You can learn more about Happy Playces at www.happyplayces.com or on Instagram @happyplayces

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Aug 24, 2017

On this episode, I had so much fun chatting with Abigail; wife to her childhood sweetheart, mom to two and blogger at Acreageofgrace.com. She and her family live in Nebraska in a 117-year-old farmhouse, on an acreage of land! You’ll love the story of their journey to their “acreage of grace!” Her home is a true blessing in her life! We talk about letting go of fear and stepping out of in faith and the beginning of her blog!!

Abigail has such great encouragement for all of us! Some of my favorite points were reminding us to surround ourselves with people who believe in us more than we believe in ourselves! Don’t measure your success by what others are doing!” Comparison is the thief of Joy! And Always remind yourself WHY you are doing it!

She shares with us the story of her daughter’s febrile seizure. Her story is so moving and graciously detailed in seeing God’s hand upon each and every one of them at that time! Abigail opens up about her feelings during and after the seizure! Some of her feelings may be ones you can relate to during your journey of motherhood.I know you'll love this conversation and hopefully it will encourage you to follow your path in life and see God's grace around you!

Definitely follow her blog at http://www.acreageofgrace.com/ and on Instagram @acreageofgrace

To learn more about Happy Playces you can visit us at www.happyplayces.com or follow us Instagram @happyplayces

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Aug 17, 2017

On this episode, I had so much fun chatting with Jennifer Edewaard, a loving wife and mom to Mason! You will absolutely love her perspective on life and embracing where we are each day and God’s purpose for us! I loved talking with her about her mission to inspire and encourage others through faith. Reminding us to embrace the imperfect and to take joy in every circumstance of our lives!

Through writing and photography, she portrays the reality of motherhood, marriage, business, and life ~ the good, the bad, the mess, the joy, and the purpose! Writing began for her as an outlet to process everything that was going on, during a difficult time of her life! I love that Jennifer inspires us to live and cultivate an intentional life, believing we are all created for a purpose! And striving to enjoy the simple things in life!

Jennifer opens up about the birth of her son. He was born premature at 23 weeks, weighing 1 pound, with 0% chance to live. She talks about his amazing outcome in the NICU and you’ll love to hear how their marriage got even stronger during trying times. She shares with us the challenges as a mom and wife at that time and her continued pregnancy struggles to this day. We chat about healing spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

I know you'll love this conversation and hopefully it encourages you to be more intentional today and find your purpose in everyday life!! Definitely follow Jennifer on Instagram @jenniferedewaard and link to her social circles from there.

To learn more about Happy Playces you can visit us here www.happyplayces.com or on Instagram @happyplayces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 3, 2017

Episode #32 is with Ylodia Robinson, a dedicated wife, loving mom of two, and author of Polishing Treasures: Unveiling Your Worth and Purpose. She was born in Jamaica and has lived all over the world. During her time in Barbados, she wrote her book which is full of honesty and openness about own experiences and the importance of pursuing an active, real relationship with Jesus Christ!  We talk about being polished in this relationship with God and seeing ourselves through God’s eyes as a treasure!

She and I chat about how her personal life experiences encouraged her to write her book. The struggle of gratification verses fulfillment and feeling complete!  She opens up about wanting to write the book, but didn’t know How! Asking herself, “who am I to write a book?” and kept pushing it to the side? Ultimately praying about what direction and asked the Lord to guide her!! When He answered her prayer, He said, “Start with the TRUTH and I will guide you!”

You’ll love her story about Birthstones; in relation to how we are cut, molded, and shaped! The process is “hot” and takes time, just as we are cultivated and shaped in the eyes of Christ! While writing about the personal parts of her story, she was shifted from being more concerned with what others thought and how God is using parts of her story to help others!! Such an encouraging conversation for us to share and lift each other up! This book is such a blessing to everyone who reads it!

Definitely check out her on Facebook; Ylodia Robinson. If you haven’t read her book, treat yourself to a copy, Polishing Treasures:Unveiling Your Worth and Purpose and the Reflection Journal!

If you would like to learn more about Happy Playces you can visit us at www.happyplayces.com or on Instagram @happyplayces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jul 27, 2017

Episode #31 is with Tabitha Panariso. She is a wife, mom of two, and writer of uplifting words for women on social media! She and I chat about learning to embrace this season of life and finding God here!  Tabitha opens up about motherhood, marriage, and miscarriage. Talking about how God has planted wisdom in her writing and finding Hope is where He stands! We have fun talking about this time of our lives as mom and finding time for ourselves as well!

“Take back Monday!” You can join Tabitha every Monday for a Live Instagram story where she encourages us to Take Back Monday, setting a tone for the week, spiritually. Taking everyday moments and pulling ourselves back up, not only Monday, but every day!  

I love her honesty, wisdom, and encouragement for all of us to remember the people that are put into our lives are by God and the impact we have on them is so empowering! She says, “God doesn’t just want more of us, He wants ALL of us!”

Definitely check out her blog www.tabithapanariso.com where she is writing unfiltered words on faith and follow her on Instagram @tabithapanariso for fun pictures, uplifting, and glimpse of her daily life!!

If you would like to learn more about Happy Playces you can visit us at www.happyplayces.com or on Instagram @happyplayces

Thanks for listening!

 

Jul 20, 2017

Episode #30 is with Lori Schumaker, a mom, wife, and blogger.  Lori is a “basketball mom” to two boys and mom to a precious daughter adopted from Bulgaria. At the beginning of our conversation, we talk about watching our kids find their passion and gifts as we guide them along this journey. She shares about grabbing those every day moments to minister God’s word to our children and how she treasured their time in the car doing devotionals to and from sporting activities.

She takes us back to the beginning of adoption being laid upon her heart, and you might tear up when she talks about praying, patience, and learning about the power of the cross! The story of her nine year old boy and why he wanted to travel to Bulgaria with them to pick up his sister is heartwarming!!

“Love looks different! Love isn’t always perfect, I am being the mom that she needs me to be!” Lori opens up about parenting her adopted daughter with special needs. She is very honest about the hard times, emotions, and striving to be the mom that her daughter needs her to be! You will love her words and connecting to our lives as mothers and how Love looks different in every relationship in our lives.

Definitely check out her blog www.lorischumaker.com where she encourages and equips women to live a hope-filled life and follow her on Instagram @searchingformoments for some great pictures and insight into her daily happiness!

If you would like learn more about Happy Playces you can visit us here at www.happyplayces.com or on Instagram @happyplayces

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Jul 13, 2017

On this episode, I had so much fun chatting with Ashlee Gadd, a mom, wife, blogger, photographer, and author. She is the founder of Coffee and Crumbs a collaborative blog about motherhood! She and I talked about the beginning of Coffee and Crumbs and feeling called by God to create a storytelling blog of motherhood; building a sense of community among mothers to help encourage others! If you’re not already following, go check out their fabulous website at www.coffeeandcrumbs.com. Wonderful posts written by a collaborative group of moms, with newsletters, a year of creativity, and much more!

I love the story behind the beginning of their book Magic of Motherhood! She shares the honesty of challenges and insecurities, while writing the book and how God pulled her through the experience. And now she is happily celebrating the book and Coffee and Crumbs! Definitely grab a copy for yourself, as well as it makes a great gift, for a new mom or a mom that is already in the throws of motherhood!

Ashlee and I talk about being moms and how we’ve changed and grown in the different ways of nurturing our children! She talks about her oldest son starting Kindergarten in Fall and I give her a little advice on enjoying every minute of summer and how Friday nights have a whole new meaning!

We talk about her personal blog, being the place where she fell in love with storytelling and “fell into herself.” She encourages us to stay true to what makes us happy! Check out her personal blog at www.ashleegadd.com

You’ll absolutely love our easy going, down to earth conversation about motherhood, marriage, media life, and being happy! Definitely check out her website, blog, and follow her on Instagram @ashleegadd for some great pictures and insight into her daily happiness!

If you would like to learn more about Happy Playces you can visit us at www.happyplayces.com or on Instagram @happyplayces

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