Cultivating the Lovely
A podcast for real moms and women who are trying to add more lovely into their chaotic lives.
info_outline Bonus Episode: MORE Flour/Flower Therapy with MacKenzie and Friends 04/02/2020
Bonus Episode: MORE Flour/Flower Therapy with MacKenzie and Friends 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.
info_outline CTLP Episode 161 - Flour and Flower Therapy with MacKenzie and Friends 04/01/2020
CTLP Episode 161 - Flour and Flower Therapy with MacKenzie and Friends 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!
info_outline CTLP Episode 160 - Experiencing God in the Middle of It All with Sara Hagerty 03/25/2020
CTLP Episode 160 - Experiencing God in the Middle of It All with Sara Hagerty 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.
info_outline CTLP Episode 159 - Joy and Survival Amidst the Corona Crisis 03/18/2020
CTLP Episode 159 - Joy and Survival Amidst the Corona Crisis 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!
info_outline CTLP Episode 158 - Spring Favorites and Chat with MacKenzie and Rebekah 03/11/2020
CTLP Episode 158 - Spring Favorites and Chat with MacKenzie and Rebekah 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!
info_outline CTLP Episode 157 - Don't Overthink It with Anne Bogel 03/04/2020
CTLP Episode 157 - Don't Overthink It with Anne Bogel 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!
info_outline CTLP Episode 156 - Looking On the Bright Side with Melanie Shankle 02/26/2020
CTLP Episode 156 - Looking On the Bright Side with Melanie Shankle 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!
info_outline CTLP Episode 155 - All the Enneagram Things with MacKenzie and Chelle, Part 2 02/19/2020
CTLP Episode 155 - All the Enneagram Things with MacKenzie and Chelle, Part 2 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!
info_outline CTLP Episode 154 - All the Enneagram Things with MacKenzie and Chelle, Pt. 1 02/12/2020
CTLP Episode 154 - All the Enneagram Things with MacKenzie and Chelle, Pt. 1 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!
info_outline CTLP Episode 153 - Between Grit and Grace with Sasha Shillcut, M. D. 02/05/2020
CTLP Episode 153 - Between Grit and Grace with Sasha Shillcut, M. D. On the Cultivating the Lovely podcast this week, MacKenzie Koppa talks with Sasha K. Shillcut, M. D. about her new book Between Grit and Grace: The Art of Being Feminine and Formidable. Sasha is a cardiac anesthesiologist, a wife, a mother of 4 and founder of Brave Enough, a community for female professionals. This conversation is for ALL women, not just those who work in or out of the home, so regardless of your season of life, we hope you will get something out of this episode!
info_outline Introducing FAM: For All Moms 01/29/2020
Introducing FAM: For All Moms Hey, ladies! MacKenzie is popping into your earbuds with a short bonus episode featuring a sneak peek at a new Audioboom original podcast, FAM: For All Moms. This podcast is literally for all moms living through the madness that is parenthood. Join hosts Susan Yara and Sharzad Kiadeh every Wednesday as they share their sometimes embarrassing experiences, while also providing advice from experts and friends. FAM: For All Moms premieres 1/29.
info_outline CTLP Episode 152 - The Purpose of Pain with Seth Haines 01/29/2020
CTLP Episode 152 - The Purpose of Pain with Seth Haines Today on Cultivating the Lovely podcast, host MacKenzie Koppa talks with Seth Haines. Seth is a lawyer, a photographer and the author of The Book of Waking Up: Experiencing the Divine Love That Reorders a Life. He and his wife, along with their four boys live in the Ozarks. MacKenzie and Seth chat about addiction, recovery, pain, and waking up to the life God wants you to have.
info_outline CTLP Episode 151 - In Pursuit of Love with Rebecca Bender 01/22/2020
CTLP Episode 151 - In Pursuit of Love with Rebecca Bender On the Cultivating the Lovely podcast this week, MacKenzie Koppa interviews Rebecca Bender, author of In Pursuit of Love: One Woman’s Journey from Trafficked to Triumphant. Rebecca is a survivor of human trafficking and is now a wife and mother with a busy speaking and advocacy schedule. She is passionate about teaching and about helping others realize that their stories matter. MacKenzie and Rebecca cover a variety of topics surrounding trauma, abuse and recovery.
info_outline CTLP Episode 150- Reading in Review and Books for 2020 01/15/2020
CTLP Episode 150- Reading in Review and Books for 2020 On today’s episode of CTL, we continue the conversation with MacKenzie and Chelle all about their reading lives. They recap more of their favorites from 2019, and they also look ahead to 2020 and talk about what kinds of books they are excited about in the coming year.
info_outline CTLP Episode 149- 2019 Reading in Review with MacKenzie and Chelle 01/08/2020
CTLP Episode 149- 2019 Reading in Review with MacKenzie and Chelle This week on Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie Koppa and Chelle Bruzas sit down and talk about the books they read in 2019 and what their favorites were, as well as why they love Goodreads so much. This is only the first part of the conversation, so be sure to check back next week for part two in which MacKenzie and Chelle look ahead to their reading goals for 2020! Now, get your Amazon cart and TBR list ready, and sit back and listen in to this fun conversation!
info_outline CTLP Episode 148 - New Year's Goals for 2020 with MacKenzie and Chelle 01/01/2020
CTLP Episode 148 - New Year's Goals for 2020 with MacKenzie and Chelle Welcome to 2020 and a brand new year! 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!
info_outline CTLP Episode 147 - A Simple Christmas with MacKenzie and Chelle 12/18/2019
CTLP Episode 147 - A Simple Christmas with MacKenzie and Chelle This week on Cultivating the Lovely the Podcast, MacKenzie Koppa has her dear friend Chelle back again to chat about all things Christmas. They share some of their favorite simple ways to celebrate the holiday even when there isn’t the time and energy to do All. The. Things. This is a fun, encouraging conversations, so grab your favorite hot beverage, prop up your feet, and enjoy!
info_outline CTLP Episode 146 - Celebrating in Hard Seasons with Trina McNeilly 12/11/2019
CTLP Episode 146 - Celebrating in Hard Seasons with Trina McNeilly On the Cultivating the Lovely podcast this week, MacKenzie interviews Tina McNeilly, author of the new book, La La Lovely: The Art of Finding Beauty in the Everyday. Trina is also a speaker and founder lifestyle blog, La La Lovely. She and her husband, Stephen, and their four children make their home outside Chicago, Illinois. In today’s conversation, MacKenzie and Trina talk about how to survive, and even thrive, during a hard holiday season.
info_outline CTLP Episode 145 - 2019 CTL Christmas Gift Guide 12/04/2019
CTLP Episode 145 - 2019 CTL Christmas Gift Guide This week on the Cultivating the Lovely podcast, MacKenzie Koppa and Chelle Bruzas sit down for a fun chat about their favorite Christmas gift ideas for this year. If you are needing some inspired, thoughtful gift suggestions, this is the conversation for you! All these links will take you straight to the lists on Amazon, for your shopping convenience!
info_outline CTLP Episode 144- A Tribute to Kaleb Koppa with MacKenzie and Chelle 11/27/2019
CTLP Episode 144- A Tribute to Kaleb Koppa with MacKenzie and Chelle On Cultivating the Lovely this week, we have a little different show that what we normally do. Our host MacKenzie Koppa's brother Kaleb unexpectedly passed away recently, and in light of that, she wanted to honor him and talk a little about how she and her family are coping. MacKenzie is joined by her good friend Chelle Bruzas for this conversation, in which they also share some ideas on how to support someone in the early stages of grief.
info_outline CTLP Episode 143- Relentless Faith in a Relentless God with Michele Cushatt 11/20/2019
CTLP Episode 143- Relentless Faith in a Relentless God with Michele Cushatt Today on the CTL podcast, we get to listen in on a conversation between MacKenzie and author and speaker Michele Cushatt. Michele is a wife and mother of 6 who has been through the difficulties of single parenting, cancer surgeries, and other kinds of loss. MacKenzie and Michele talk about her new book, Relentless: The Unshakeable Presence of a God Who Never Leave, focussing on keeping our faith amidst life's hardest trials.
info_outline CTLP Episode 142- From Complaining to Contentment with Tricia Goyer 11/13/2019
CTLP Episode 142- From Complaining to Contentment with Tricia Goyer 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.
info_outline CTLP Episode 141- Dealing with Toxic People with Gary Thomas 11/06/2019
CTLP Episode 141- Dealing with Toxic People with Gary Thomas 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.
info_outline CTLP Episode 140- Cultivating Rest and Renewal with Rebekah Lyons 10/30/2019
CTLP Episode 140- Cultivating Rest and Renewal with Rebekah Lyons On today's episode of Cultivating the Lovely, host MacKenzie Koppa talks with author and speaker Rebekah Lyons about her new book Rhythms of Renewal: Trading Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose. Rebekah and her husband Gabe, along with their four children, live and work in Franklin, Tennessee. Together MacKenzie and Rebekah talk about both the why's and how's of creating your own rhythms of renewal.
info_outline CTLP Episode 139- All My Friends Have Issues with Amanda Anderson 10/23/2019
CTLP Episode 139- All My Friends Have Issues with Amanda Anderson This week on the CTL podcast, MacKenzie Koppa chats with author and speaker Amanda Anderson about her book All My Friends Have Issues: Building Remarkable Relationships with Imperfect People (Like Me). Together MacKenzie and Amanda cover a range of topics related to building healthy friendships and maintaining good boundaries.
info_outline CTLP Episode 138: Living the Ex-Pat Life with Brooke Rasmussen, Pt. 2 10/16/2019
CTLP Episode 138: Living the Ex-Pat Life with Brooke Rasmussen, Pt. 2 On this week's episode of Cultivating the Lovely, we get to hear the rest of MacKenzie's conversation with Brooke Rasmussen. Last time we left off on the cusp of Brooke's family moving to Israel, so we pick up at that point in their story. If you didn't listen to the first half of MacKenzie and Brooke's chat, go back and listen to Episode 137.
info_outline CTLP Episode 137- Living the Ex-Pat Life with Brooke Rasmussen, Pt. 1 10/09/2019
CTLP Episode 137- Living the Ex-Pat Life with Brooke Rasmussen, Pt. 1 On today's episode of CTL, we have the first of a special two-part series with MacKenzie Koppa and her high-school friend Brooke Rasmussen. Brooke and her husband, along with their seven children, have lived around the world. Today, MacKenzie and Brooke chat all about what it was like to move to so many unique places and adjust to many different cultures.
info_outline CTLP Episode 136- Boldly Approaching the Bible with Erin Moon 10/02/2019
CTLP Episode 136- Boldly Approaching the Bible with Erin Moon This week on the CTL podcast, MacKenzie Koppa chats with Erin Moon. Erin is the COO of the PopcastMedia Group and resident scholar of the Bible Binge podcast, plus being a Bible study author. Erin is also a busy wife and mother living in Birmingham, Alabama.
info_outline CTLP Episode 135- Thriving Amidst Ongoing Stress with Bekah Eaker 09/26/2019
CTLP Episode 135- Thriving Amidst Ongoing Stress with Bekah Eaker 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.
info_outline CTLP Episode 134- An Invitation to God’s Feast with Melissa d’Arabian 09/23/2019
CTLP Episode 134- An Invitation to God’s Feast with Melissa d’Arabian Affiliate links are used in this content. Thanks to for sponsoring this episode of CTL. Get 500 high quality professional business cards for only $9.99 when you order from . This week’s episode of CTL is also sponsored by . As a CTL listener, you can get a FREE 5-piece Mrs. Meyers fall cleaning set at , plus free shipping and a free 60-day VIP trial with your first order. This week’s episode of CTL is brought to you by . Use promo code LOVELY when you order from for $20 Offan Away Suitcase. Show Notes- This week on Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie Koppa interviews Melissa d'Arabian, author of . Melissa has been a Food Network host and has written numerous columns and articles on food, in addition to being a wife and mother. In today's episode MacKenzie and Melissa chat about all things food and faith, including: Melissa shares a little of her own journey of seeking God's heart in the area of food How Melissa came to realize God's use of food to draw her and others closer to Himself Learning to see the significance of food as a picture in God's kingdom story Getting in touch with the creative nature of God through exercising our own creativity How Melissa stayed sane during the Food Network Star filming and competition Cultivating an attitude of faith amidst the unexpected in our every day Learning the lesson of patience from food and taking it into our lives Melissa's experience in France and how that shifted her perspective on food Getting back in touch with the gift that food is by growing something yourself Melissa's mindset in using her own competitive advantage on Food Network The benefits of training in improvisation A typical day in Melissa's life Current Lovelies- Melissa: making her drive time more lovely by connecting with her daughter and listening to podcasts MacKenzie: decorating her car interior for fall to make her drive time a little more fun Resources Mentioned- Books: Podcasts: Movies: Find Melissa- You can find Melissa on her website, . You can also follow her on , , and . Find MacKenzie- You can find MacKenzie Koppa on , , and the , of course! You can also listen to her family-friendly podcast !