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Cultivating the Lovely

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Rank #174 in Kids & Family category

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

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So wonderful!

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I listen to a lot of podcasts on homeschooling and homemaking, and this is by far my favorite.

Love it

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I still find this podcast encouraging and relevant as a single, professional woman.

iTunes Ratings

510 Ratings
Average Ratings
456
32
9
6
7

So wonderful!

By NatalieEGT - May 05 2020
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I listen to a lot of podcasts on homeschooling and homemaking, and this is by far my favorite.

Love it

By karaslyn - Oct 30 2019
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I still find this podcast encouraging and relevant as a single, professional woman.
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Cultivating the Lovely

Latest release on Jul 01, 2020

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

Rank #1: CTLP Episode 131- Enneagram Deep Dive with Beth McCord

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On this week’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely, host MacKenzie Koppa Talks with Beth McCord of YourEnneagramCoach.com. Beth and her husband Jeff live outside of Nashville, Tennessee and have two grown children. She has been teaching people about the enneagram personality type tool for 17 years. You can now pre-order Beth and Jeff’s book Becoming Us: Using the Enneagram to Create a Thriving, Gospel-Centered Marriage. Beth and MacKenzie are taking a deep dive into all things enneagram today, including:

  • Beth's journey toward learning about the enneagram and eventually teaching others
  • Patterns in certain types gravitating to each other
  • Alignment and misalignment with the Gospel

  • Understanding your true identity in Christ and finding our security in that truth
  • Using the Enneagram as a tool to identify when you go off course and realign with the truth

  • The differences in types preferred in various environments and cultures
  • Letting God in to work on us as we find out about our weaknesses
  • Embracing who we are and finding our value and purpose in Christ, not comparisons
  • Using the enneagram to develop compassion for others and live in the Gospel’s grace
  • How knowing others’ types can help us communicate better
  • A little about the 9 types, wings and tritypes and how they interact with each other
  • MacKenzie and Beth’s reactions to the Sleeping At Last podcast enneagram songs
  • Trusting the work of Christ as our foundation, no matter where we are on our journey
  • Sneak peak into upcoming books and courses from Your Enneagram Coach
  • A typical day in Beth’s life
Current Lovelies-

Beth: being intentional about creating margin, enjoying sitting by the fire outside in the evenings

MacKenzie: reading a fun novel just for fun and finding that really refreshing

Resources Mentioned-

Michael Hyatt

Your Enneagram Coach free type test

Katherine Fauvre on Tritypes

Kyra Hinton Type 4 Art Music Video

Books:

The Road Back to You

Becoming Us

The Sacred Enneagram

The Enneagram Collection

Podcasts:

Sleeping At Last

Movies:

Shawshank Redemption

Find Beth-

You can find Beth McCord on her website, yourenneagramcoach.com. You can also follow Beth across social media on Facebook, Instagram, and 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 podcast The Same Page!

Thanks to our Sponsors- This week’s show is brought to you by the Homer reading app. Visit learnwithhomer.com/lovely for a free 30-day trial. 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 and use code LOVELY at checkout. 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.

Aug 28 2019

1hr 39mins

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Rank #2: CTLP Episode 87- Creating Your Own Cozy Minimalist Home with Myquillyn Smith

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Oct 24 2018

54mins

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Rank #3: CTLP Episode 141- Dealing with Toxic People with Gary Thomas

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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

1hr 5mins

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Rank #4: CTLP Episode 162 - Holy Habits with Katie Duckett and Jenny Wilcox

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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.

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Apr 08 2020

1hr 4mins

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Rank #5: CTLP Episode 142- From Complaining to Contentment with Tricia Goyer

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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.

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Nov 13 2019

1hr 7mins

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Rank #6: CTL Episode 61- Self-care during Seasons of Struggle

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Apr 18 2018

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Rank #7: CTLP Episode 135- Thriving Amidst Ongoing Stress with Bekah Eaker

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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!

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 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

1hr 12mins

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Rank #8: CTLP Episode 122- Becoming Haven Makers with Robin Jones Gunn

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Jun 26 2019

1hr 20mins

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Rank #9: CTLP Episode 121- Morning Time and Mother Culture with Lara Molettiere

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Jun 19 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #10: CTLP Episode 148 - New Year's Goals for 2020 with MacKenzie and Chelle

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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!

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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

1hr 8mins

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Rank #11: CTLP Episode 98- Finding Calm in the Chaos of Motherhood with Paula Whidden

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Jan 09 2019

57mins

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Rank #12: CTLP Episode 104- Motherhood and Madame Chic with Jennifer L. Scott

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Feb 20 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #13: CTLP Episode 81- Mothering when You Feel Stretched Too Thin with Jessica Turner

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Sep 12 2018

39mins

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Rank #14: CTLP Episode 94- Where Creativity and Faith Collide with Kristy Cambron

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Dec 10 2018

1hr 15mins

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Rank #15: CTLP Episode 133- Showing Up for Your Life with Brian Dixon

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On this week’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie Koppa is joined by Brian Dixon, author of Start with Your People: The Daily Decision that Changes Everything. Brian has a passion for coaching people to find clarity and pursue their goals and lives with intention. He and his wife Julie live in North Carolina with their three children. Today MacKenzie and Brian talk about showing up and focussing on the people in your life, including:

  • MacKenzie shares an example of how the message of Start with Your People has impacted her own business and podcast community
  • Brian talks about how we can’t see ourselves the way others see us
  • How Brian’s own “360 assessment” led him to change and inspired him to write this book
  • The importance of engaging with the people and relationships in your life instead of just coasting through your days
  • Taking control of your habits, routines and philosophy for your home so that you can face challenges with intention instead of constantly putting out fires.

  • Changing the vision for your marriage, family and work to make more of the time you have
  • Embracing our “lovely limitations” and focussing on the legacy you are leaving for the future
  • Brian shares the how and why of life mapping
  • Being strategic about positioning yourself for the life that you want to live
  • Choosing to make one small change to get to where you want to be a year from now
  • What happened when Brian started a habit of gratitude
  • Asking for help and taking action on what you are learning
  • Being part of the solution by serving others in small ways
  • Visit StartwithYourPeople.com to see book bonuses and videos
  • A typical day for Brian
Current Lovelies-

Brian: watching his espresso machine work every morning and using that time to take some deep breaths and be grateful

MacKenzie: honing in her morning and evening routines to make the most of the time she has

Resources Mentioned- Books:

Start with Your People

Movies:

The Family Man

Find Brian-

You can find Brian on his website, BrianDixon.com, or listen to his podcast, The Clarity Podcast. You can also follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and 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!

Thanks to our Sponsors-

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Cultivating the Lovely is brought to you by Policy Genius for sponsoring this episode of CTL. Go to PolicyGenius.com to find the right coverage for you and your family. 

Hello Fresh meal kit delivery service also sponsored this episode of Cultivating the Lovely. Go to HelloFresh.com/CTL80 and enter code CTL80 for $80 off your first 3 boxes!

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Sep 11 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #16: CTL Episode 58- Practical Homemaking with Jodi McKenna

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Mar 28 2018

46mins

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Rank #17: CTLP Episode 65- Cultivating Hopes and Goals with Lara Casey

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May 16 2018

53mins

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Rank #18: CTLP Episode 123- Getting Unstuck with David Trotter

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Jul 03 2019

1hr 17mins

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Rank #19: CTLP Episode 75- Planning and Prepping for a New School Year with Kendra Hennessy

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Aug 01 2018

56mins

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Rank #20: CTLP Episode 101- Finding Yourself Again with Lisa Leonard

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Jan 30 2019

1hr 9mins

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

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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 links 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?

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  • 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

55mins

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CTLP Episode 171 - Sitting with God in the Hard Places

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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 links 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

32mins

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CTLP Episode 170 - The Little Things with Katie Duckett

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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 links 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

1hr 13mins

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CTLP Episode 169 - Joy in the Waiting and Uncertainty

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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 links 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

1hr 9mins

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CTLP Episode 168 - Cherishing Your Life Now with Rebecca Smith

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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

1hr 4mins

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CTLP Episode 167 - Life and Laughter in Paris with Joy Eggerichs Reed

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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

1hr 7mins

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CTLP Episode 166 - A Realistic Mother's Day with MacKenzie and Chelle

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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

58mins

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CTLP Episode 165 - Celebrating in Tough Times with Katie and Chelle

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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

1hr 18mins

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CTLP Episode 164 - Bringing the Comic Relief with Leeann and Michelle

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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

1hr 4mins

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CTLP Episode 163 - Embracing Your Blue Flame with Jennifer Fulwiler

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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

58mins

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CTLP Episode 162 - Holy Habits with Katie Duckett and Jenny Wilcox

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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

1hr 4mins

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Bonus Episode: MORE Flour/Flower Therapy with MacKenzie and Friends

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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

45mins

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CTLP Episode 161 - Flour and Flower Therapy with MacKenzie and Friends

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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

1hr 1min

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CTLP Episode 160 - Experiencing God in the Middle of It All with Sara Hagerty

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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

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

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.

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.

Mar 25 2020

57mins

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CTLP Episode 159 - Joy and Survival Amidst the Corona Crisis

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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

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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-

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

1hr 10mins

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CTLP Episode 158 - Spring Favorites and Chat with MacKenzie and Rebekah

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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

1hr 13mins

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CTLP Episode 157 - Don't Overthink It with Anne Bogel

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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:

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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

1hr 1min

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CTLP Episode 156 - Looking On the Bright Side with Melanie Shankle

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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

1hr 9mins

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CTLP Episode 155 - All the Enneagram Things with MacKenzie and Chelle, Part 2

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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.

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  • 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:

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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.

This week’s episode of CTL is brought to you by Aurate fine jewelry. For 15% off your first Aurate purchase, go to auratenewyork.com/lovely and use promo code lovely!

This week’s episode of CTL 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.

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 19 2020

1hr 10mins

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CTLP Episode 154 - All the Enneagram Things with MacKenzie and Chelle, Pt. 1

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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

1hr 12mins

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I listen to a lot of podcasts on homeschooling and homemaking, and this is by far my favorite.

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I still find this podcast encouraging and relevant as a single, professional woman.