Holidays with About the Girls: Izea & Sarah Lovejoy, About a Happy Home

  • Sarah Lovejoy is a wife to her firefighter hubby, Izea, mother to three sweet girls, and will forever be a California Girl. 
  • Sarah and Izea are joining us on the show today because there is something they do so well, and that is hosting. Sarah and Izea are talking about what it looks like to have a “happy home” and to host people in a way that makes them feel loved. 
  • This is a season where many of us will open our homes to loved ones for celebrations and fun holiday gatherings! This episode is such a fun reminder that opening our homes is about presence and “being Jesus” and not about having the perfect decor or best house on the block. Join us for this episode with a couple who truly lives their last name, and prepare your heart to open your home with love and to be present with your people this season! 

Available on the Podcast App, iTunes, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. Also available on our website at www.aboutthegirls.com

Mentioned:

  • North Church

Thanks to Sarah and Izea for joining About the Girls today. 

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

Graphics and social media: Lauren Frampton 

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire

Holidays with About the Girls: April Haddock, About The Traditions

  • April Haddock is back on the show, with her bestie Whitney, for part II of their holiday episode. 
  • On this episode, the second of a two-part show, April and Whitney are back to share some more Holiday goodness. We are talking fun ideas for traditions with kids, comparison, expectations versus reality, seeing our friends who don’t have kids during the Holidays, and settling our hearts on Jesus during this season. It’s another fun one and this duo is sure to brighten your Tuesday! 

Available on the Podcast App, iTunes, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. Also available on our website at www.aboutthegirls.com

Mentioned:

Thanks to Whitney and April for joining About the Girls today. 

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

Graphics and social media: Lauren Frampton 

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire

The Holiday Gift Guide: Gift Links

The Giving Tree: https://www.amazon.com/Giving-Tree-Shel-Silverstein/dp/0060256656/ref=asc_df_0060256656_nodl/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312674805003&hvpos=1o3&hvnetw=g&hvrand=3634828467264381528&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9026282&hvtargid=pla-421604505790&psc=1&tag=&ref=&adgrpid=65038952147&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvadid=312674805003&hvpos=1o3&hvnetw=g&hvrand=3634828467264381528&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9026282&hvtargid=pla-421604505790

Men:

Fitness Tracking Watches: https://www.fitbit.com/home

Dopp Kits – https://www.etsy.com/listing/175898939/xl-personalized-leather-dopp-kit-third?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=dopp+kit&ref=sr_gallery-1-2&pro=1&frs=1&col=1

Old Navy Faux Leather Sneakers: https://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=481077012&rrec=true&mlink=5050,12413545,onproduct2_rr_2&clink=12413545#pdp-page-content

Nike Kill Shot 2 Sneakers: https://www.nike.com/t/killshot-2-leather-mens-shoe-zrq1wk

All Birds Sneakers: https://www.allbirds.com

The Shop Forward Born Year Hats: https://www.theshopforward.com/products/bornyear-hat-black

Bombas Socks: https://bombas.com/collections/mens-socks-by-height

Jack Black Brand Shaving Set: https://www.getjackblack.com/shave-all.aspx

Kiddos:

Moon bounce: https://www.amazon.com/Little-Tikes-Inflatable-Bounce-blower/dp/B003NSBMUI/ref=zg_bs_1258890011_2?

Magna Tiles: https://www.magnatiles.com/products/

Local Book Stores: Plenty Mercantile, Commonplace Books
Leapfrog Tablet: https://store.leapfrog.com/en-us/store/p/leappad-ultimate/_/A-prod80-602000

Balance Bike: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Hauck-Aluminum-Rider-Balance-Bike-Green/744626384?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&adid=22222222228289803810&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=m&wl3=349156704918&wl4=aud-834279575926:pla-744572470741&wl5=9026282&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=8175035&wl11=online&wl12=744626384&veh=sem&gclid=CjwKCAiAlO7uBRANEiwA_vXQ-8zta8jRWFqE0xjn9Asqec5EiCzfL-Hlrwq-XikrZMs_TdkGks8dYBoCDsMQAvD_BwE

Plenty Mercantile Nature Cards Set: https://www.plentymercantile.com/card-set-52-activities-in-nature.html

Kinetic Sand: Kinetic Sand 3 Pounds Beach Sand (Packaging May Vary) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019K8KIUY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_ulk3DbKN39XXT
Party City Superhero costumes: https://www.partycity.com/group-costumes-superhero

Gifts for All
Mark and Graham Appetizer Serving Platter: https://www.markandgraham.com/m/products/wood-and-marble-appetizer-serving-platter/?pkey=s%7Cappetizer%7C5

Luxome Weighted Blanket: https://luxome.com

Lynch Creek Farms Wreaths: https://lynchcreekwreaths.com/collections/fresh-wreaths

Simple Modern: https://www.simplemodern.com

Ugg Slippers: https://www.ugg.com/search?q=Slippers

Women:Jon Hart canvas Backpack: https://www.jonhartdesign.com/backpacks-s/108.htm

Matt & Nat ERIKA Crossbody: https://mattandnat.com/en_ca/erika-crossbody-bag-black

Amour Vert Sneakers: https://amourvert.com/collections/veja

The Shop Forward Star Necklace: https://www.theshopforward.com/products/espwa-star-necklace

The Shop Forward “We Care” shirt: https://www.theshopforward.com/collections/we-care-to-support-foster-care

Mark & Graham Pom Pom Hat: https://www.markandgraham.com/m/products/monogrammed-faux-fur-hat/

Noonday Collection Dappled Stone Earrings: https://www.noondaycollection.com/shop/dappled-stone-studs/

Jenna Bush Hager Book Club Books: https://m.barnesandnoble.com/b/books/book-club-selections/jenna-bush-hagers-today-show-book-club/_/N-29Z8q8Z2sxu

Whitney Grimes; About Presence & Presents

  • Whitney Grimes is a NICU nurse, wife to Patrick, and momma to their fur baby, Daphne. Her best friend, April Haddock, is also a NICU nurse, wife to Curtis and momma to sweet Jonah. 
  • On this episode, the first of a two-part show, Whitney and April are making us laugh and getting us in the holiday spirit! Whitney is helping us with some great ideas on what to get the people we love for Christmas, in hopes that your shopping will be a little easier this year. April is sharing fun holiday traditions. We also talk about staying focused on the true meaning of Christmas. 
  •  *all items mentioned linked on our website. 
  • We know there are Holiday Gift Guides everywhere you look, and while we want to be helpful with your shopping and have a little fun, we hope you remember the presents are not what Christmas is about. Join us for a fun episode and don’t miss Whitney and April hanging out in our stories live later today on Instagram to show you some of the awesome items mentioned on the show! 

Available on the Podcast App, iTunes, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. Also available on our website at www.aboutthegirls.com

Mentioned:

Thanks to Whitney and April for joining About the Girls today. 

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

Graphics and social media: Lauren Frampton 

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire

When the Holidays are Hard

  • Ryan and Lauren Frampton have been married for ten years and share two kiddos together. They love time at the lake, spending time with friends, and cheering on the Thunder!
  • On this episode, we talk about navigating grief and hard things during the holidays, and how we can choose Jesus and show up for the joy, even while navigating the grief. 
  • We do not by any means have grief figured out and we are not therapists or licensed professionals at dealing with hard stuff. But when you’ve walked through hard, sometimes your experience is the best way to encourage others going through it. Whether it’s a pregnancy that hasn’t happened, a pregnancy that didn’t end with a baby in your arms, a death , broken relationships, anything that is hard we just want to remind you that you’re not alone, encourage you to lean into your people who love you and let them support you and let them point you to Jesus. He is the reason we celebrate, and no matter what we walk through, he is still good and God still sent his son and that is something we can all celebrate.

Available on the Podcast App, iTunes, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. Also available on our website at www.aboutthegirls.com

Mentioned:

  • North Church

Thanks to Ryan and Lauren for joining About the Girls today. 

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

Graphics and social media: Lauren Frampton 

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire

Shirley Mears: About Seeing God in the Hard

Shirley Mears has been married to her high school sweetheart for 47 years, she has five grandchildren, has been a radio host, tv personality, and is a savvy businesswoman. 
On this episode, Shirley talks about being diagnosed with breast cancer, and the anger she felt with God. She talks about changing her diet and her thinking, as she walked the hard road of battling cancer. 

Shirley encourages us to battle against negative thinking and self pity, by digging into God’s word and using his scripture to change our thinking. She talks about choosing to serve and love others during her hard season, rather than focusing on her own pain. This episode is a POWERFUL testimony of what it looks like when we choose to focus on Jesus and use His Word rather than the pain of our circumstances. Shirley reminds us that in this world we will have sorrow and pain, but we can choose to look for Jesus in the hard places. He is the hope in the hard. Don’t miss this encouraging episode! 

Available on the Podcast App, iTunes, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. Also available on our website at http://www.aboutthegirls.com. 

Mentioned:
North Church: north.church
Facebook: Shirley Mears
Website: shirleyemmears@wearelegalshield.com 
Healing Secrets from the Bible: https://www.amazon.com/Healing-Secrets-Bible-Patrick-Quillin/dp/0963837214

Thanks to Shirley for joining About the Girls today. 
Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson
Graphics and social media: Lauren Frampton 
Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire

Simi John: About Purpose

  • Simi John is wife to her husband Jayson, pastor of New Life Bible Church, she is mom to two sweet kids, Physical Therapist and a woman walking in her purpose to share the gospel. 
  • On this episode, Simi shares about her family immigrating to the U.S. from India, how she came to know Jesus, and the story of her father’s radical transformation and healing from alcohol addiction. We also talk about social media, boundaries, and societal pressures to “hustle.”
  • Simi addresses the misconception that when we choose Jesus all the hard goes away. She encourages us that even though the situation may be the same, with Jesus there is HOPE. Simi reminds us that Jesus changes everything. She also reminds us that there is no past mistake or history that disqualifies us from grace and sharing the gospel, and she challenges us to be bold in sharing our faith. Simi is encouraging and her story will challenge us all to tell others about Jesus and to walk in our purpose. 

Mentioned:

Thanks to Simi for joining About the Girls today. 

Production and Editing by: Zack Anderson

Graphics and social media: Lauren Frampton 

Intro and outro music provided by: Scott Holmes_Aspire