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#60

The American Moms and Politics: how to stay informed, teach your kids and be a good citizen in highly political times

This episode was recorded several weeks before COVID-19 became the hot-topic global issue that we’re now living in, but in some ways it makes the content even more applicable to what we’re facing currently. In today’s episode, I interview twin sisters, moms, political junkies, former White House and Capitol Hill staffers Andrea Reeve and Brittany Richman who are both incredibly passionate about American politics. Andrea and Brittany answer some of my toughest questions about how to get the very most well-rounded and credible news sources to form your own opinions, how to talk to your kids about politics, how to be good citizens and neighbors, how to talk about things that matter with people you love without becoming contentious, and why it matters SO MUCH to be informed with our country. I really believe you’ll find so many takeaways that will help all of us navigate these current uncharted waters with the rapid changes we’re seeing in our country, now and leading up to an election year.

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#59

Perspective: positivity and introspection during the chaos of Coronavirus

This week we felt compelled to chat all about what we’re doing to deal with Coronavirus, and how positivity can change your perspective. We talk about actions you can take to see this time as a gift, being spiritually prepared for whatever may come, and keeping an attitude of faith and optimism instead of fear.

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#58

Emily Belle Freeman on collaborative faith: how to come together as Christians and why it matters

Emily Belle Freeman is a well-known author, teacher and now youtuber and podcaster whose YouTube channel “Don’t Miss This” with Dave Butler has exploded over the past two years. But one of her greatest passions in life is working with and building communities of Christian women of different denominations who can learn from each other’s differing perspectives and grow in their faith in Christ. Today Emily shares with me how her love for creating these bible study groups began, what her tips are for women who want to study with other women of different Christian faiths, and why it matters SO MUCH that we build on common ground. 

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#57

How do you hear the voice of the Lord?

On February 26, Neil and I both received an email from the President of our church inviting us to think deeply about how we hear the voice of the Lord, and to share our experiences and feelings about Jesus Christ. Today Neil and I dig into the topic of God speaking to us, and how we hear the voice of the Lord. We share some personal experiences and tips on what helps us hear His voice, describe exactly what that feels like, looks like and sounds like, and how and when we have experienced it most in our lives.

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#56

Shan Tripp’s tips for babies and kids: Pediatric nurse and homeschooling mom shares tips on keeping your kiddos safe and enjoying motherhood

Shan Tripp spent several years as a pediatric emergency room nurse and has now moved her family across the big pacific ocean to live full time in Hawaii and homeschool her four kids. Today she shares with all of us her top tips for keeping your kiddos safe at home, after years of taking care of kids who wound up in the ER at Salt Lake’s Primary Children’s Hospital, along with some really beautiful advice about trusting a mother’s intuition and truly enjoying the moments that pass so quickly between mother and child.

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#55

Corrine and Neil on Working together as a couple: how we ended up as business partners and advice for working together

When Neil and I first got married, working together as business partners was far from our envisioned happily ever after, but yet here we are working together full time on our small business from home every day. Today we’re sharing what led up to all of this, and what advice we would give anyone else trying to run a business or even just run a life together as a couple.

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#54

Rock-bottom to ringing the bell with CEO Shawn Nelson: Chapter 11 bankruptcy to going public with Lovesac and all the leadership and life lessons he’s learned

As a teenage kid fresh out of high school, Shawn Nelson came up with the idea of making his own bean bag with foam that caught on like wildfire across the US within a few years. As his business LoveSac took off, he also won a million dollar investment from Richard Branson on the hit TV show Rebel Billionare. Like many businesses that grow super quickly, LoveSac hit a rock bottom in those early years as they filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Shawn explains to me what it was like to stick with his business and rebuild, the lessons he learned in leadership and overcoming adversity, and what they had to do to build all the way back up to the point of going public in June of 2018. He explains why LoveSac is now totally focused on sustainability and helping families grow with sactionals that will literally last them a lifetime. Shawn shares with me some of his personal values that he’s established over the years too, why being a family man is the most important thing to him and how he manages to make the entire LoveSac organization feel like family too. 

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#53

Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife: let’s talk about sex! Why the struggle is so real in marriages and what to do about it

Today’s episode is very different from our normal lineup. We’re talking about intimacy in marriage and so if you have littles in the room, now would be a good time to push pause and either find some headphones or wait until later to listen. We go in-depth on this topic as Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife answers all of my burning questions (and yours from a question box on Instagram stories) about sex and marriage and how you can improve your marital intimacy. This episode is intended for married couples and is definitely not intended for a young audience or single people trying to abstain from sex.

Jennifer Finlayson-Fife is a relationship and sexuality educator and coach, as well as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois with a Ph.D in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. She wrote her dissertation on LDS women and sexuality, has taught college-level courses on human sexuality, and currently teaches online relationship and sexuality courses and live workshops to LDS individuals and couples.

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#52

Grief with Neil and Corrine: one year after Dave’s death and what we’ve learned about grief.

This past year, Neil and I have learned a lot about grief as we’ve processed the death of his brother Dave Stokoe, whose story you can hear in episode 1 of Mint Arrow Messages. Today we share some of the feelings we experienced individually, as a couple and as a family, what’s helped us most, and hopefully what can help anyone else who loses a loved one or knows someone going through grief.

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#51

Brooke White – Letting God Lead: her American Idol story and God’s hand in all of it

You may remember Brooke White as the indie-pop singer and songwriter from season 7 of American Idol. But what you might not know is her crazy back-story of how she even ended up as a contestant on American idol, how she felt God led her to that decision and opened doors all along the way. Brooke shares how she learned to get out of her own way, and that God has a plan for you that He will make happen if you’ll only allow Him to.

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#50

Senior Missionaries before Retirement: the story of my parents Grant and Si Foster deciding to serve an 18 month mission before they retire.

My parents have always talked about going on a service mission for our church together someday for as long as I can remember, but the plan was always for them to leave after retirement age. They shocked my siblings and me about a year ago at Christmas time when they announced to our family they’d be leaving on an 18-month mission to Barcelona Spain in 2020, NOT because my dad was retiring early, but because they felt extremely impressed that this was the will of the Lord. Today we walk through both of their a-typical journeys in faith and growing up in less-than-ideal circumstances as young church members, where my dad gained his burning love for missionary work and how my mom became truly converted to the gospel and the crazy back-story of deciding to put my dad’s career on hold for 18 months to serve as missionaries for a year and a half in Spain. You’ll also hear more about what Senior Missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints typically do, and what their advice is to anyone else considering serving a mission.

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#49

Digital parenting with Mindy McKnight: how to raise cyber-smart kids with Viral Parenting author Mindy McKnight of Cute Girls Hairstyles

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#48

Finance and marriage with Jordan Page: tactical tips on how to budget to live the life of your dreams

Jordan Page is a blogger, youtuber and financing/budgeting guru who’s been featured on the Today Show, Rachel Ray and Good Morning America as a frugality expert. Her budgeting bootcamps have helped countless people get out of debt and live the life of their dreams and today she shares some of her BEST advice on how to keep finances in your marriage healthy and how to work together toward your goals individually and as a couple. Jordan and I really get into some of her nitty gritty tips and if you’re looking to jump start 2020 into better budgeting and finances, this is the episode for you.

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#47

Gestational Surrogacy with Kelsey Nixon: a deep dive into gestational surrogacy and Kelsey’s message to “just keep going” when life gets hard

My dear college friend and fellow broadcast journalism classmate from BYU, Kelsey Nixon is today’s podcast guest. Kelsey is one of THE MOST successful students to come out of our graduating broadcast journalism class, as a contestant on Food Network Star season 4 to landing her own cooking shows with The Cooking Channel, regular appearances on The Today Show and Rachel Ray, publishing cookbooks and even creating an exclusive product line with the home shopping network, and now hosting her own show with BYUTV called Dinner Takes All. But today Kelsey and I talk about her journey with bringing babies into the world, her physical and emotional struggles that she went through with her first son’s premature birth and second son who was also born prematurely and ended up passing away in the hospital. She opens up about her grief process and how she and her husband Robby decided to have their third child and now their fourth through gestational surrogacy. Today’s episode is educational, inspirational and spiritual. I learned SO MUCH from Kelsey during this episode and I’m excited to share her story, wisdom and life experiences with you guys today too.

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#46

Testimonies of Jesus Christ: wrapping up this year’s #LightTheWorld campaign by sharing testimonies of The Savior as we celebrate His birth

This week we wrap up the #LightTheWorld campaign by reviewing a few of our favorite experiences so far serving others One by One to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. We also invited several bloggers, youtubers and influencers to share their testimonies of the Savior Jesus Christ with you. It’s my hope that as you hear these testimonies you’ll feel the love that our Savior has for YOU and that you’ll be inspired to share your light with others as well. Special thanks to @femalefoodie, @colettekati, @iheartnaptime, @lillieeatsandtells, @classyclutter, @melskitchencafe, @setemagali, and @abountifulkitchen for taking the time to record and share their testimonies of Jesus Christ with us this week.

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#45

Faith over fear with Desiree Hartsock: season 9 Bachelorette’s back-story of following God’s calling

If you consider yourself part of Bachelor Nation you’re going to LOVE today’s episode! And even if you aren’t, but you’re a person of faith or just love good-hearted people, I think you’ll really enjoy today’s discussion with Desiree Hartstock Siegfried. Like many of you, I watched Desiree on Season 17 of The Bachelor and my friends and I would say “she seems like she would be friends with us!” and we were all thrilled when she was chosen as The Bachelorette. Today we talk about way more than just her experiences on the Bachelor and Bachelorette though. We get into her back story of how this all unfolded in her life, how following God’s plan for her led her to find her way on these shows and eventually find her husband Chris too. Desiree candidly shares with me what it was like to be on these shows, how her faith journey evolved over time, and now how she choses faith over everything, as a mom and entrepreneur.

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#44

Ruby Franke’s story of living with less: How 8passengers vlogger sacrificed to save her family from financial ruin and find peace

Today’s story is an inspiring one! My friend Ruby Franke, mom of 6 and vlogger at the youtube channel 8passengers, shares her story with me of how she and her husband as newlyweds found themselves buried in debt and barely able to pay for milk at the grocery store without putting it on a credit card or line of credit. She tells me about how they sold their home and went back to apartment living and stayed committed to living within their means instead of keeping up with the Joneses, and how they still continue to live this lifestyle as they’ve paid off their home and resolved to stay debt-free. Ruby shares some wise counsel with me about not comparing or being compelled to do what everyone around you is doing, but to have the courage to get honest and be true to what you know in your heart is best for you.

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#43

Light the World: 25 ways in 25 days to invite Christ back into your Christmas

Today Neil and I talk all about what the #LightTheWorld campaign has meant to our family over the past several Christmas seasons, some of the good we’ve been able to be part of and how easy it is to get involved, no matter WHAT faith you belong to. We share some personal experiences and my strong personal philosophy of WHY social media exists, and the power of doing a little good on the internet and how far that can go to change lives. We talk about some favorite memories of #LightTheWorld service days and some of the things we’re excited to do this year. If you want to join us you can go to lightTheWorld.org to find a calendar of 25 very simple ways you can serve in the 25 days of the Christmas season, and even sign up to get simple text alerts each day reminding you what that day’s theme is. We hope you will join us in making this year the best Christmas ever by bringing Christ back into the true reason for the season.

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#42

Childhood cancer: How 7 year old Lynden turned lemons into lemonade by raising over $40k for pediatric cancer research selling lotus bracelets

Imagine what it would be like to go from everything being totally normal one day, to finding out through a voicemail the next day that your child has cancer and needs to seen by an oncologist immediately. That’s just the beginning of my friend Amanda Smith’s story and today she has graciously agreed to share her family’s story of her 7 year old daughter Lynden’s diagnosis and 6 rounds of chemo that started only a few months ago. The MOST remarkable part of this story is that Lynden and her family have raised over $40,000 for the pediatric cancer research foundation, all because Lynden asked her mom if she’d donate to the Ronald McDonald box every time she went through the drive-thru after Lynden was diagnosed. Lynden also has a remarkable story of chopping off and donating her hair to crowns for courage a YEAR before she ever knew she would need that same donation herself. Their story is incredibly inspiring, heartwarming and so perfect to lead us into the holiday season where everyone’s hearts tend to be a little more open to giving. If this episode touches your heart like it did mine, I would love for you to share a screenshot of it to your IG stories and make sure you tag me @mintarrow so I can see it! You can also go to our shownotes and find links to donate to the pediatric cancer research foundation and buy one of Lynden’s lotus bracelets to help her raise even more money for childhood cancer research.

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#41

Changing lives with Days for Girls: Celeste Mergens (founder of Days for Girls) shares how we can help empower young girls globally to stay in school and find better futures

The season of giving and doing a little more good around the world is upon us, and this week I’m bringing a guest on to tell you about one of my FAVORITE non-profit organizations, Days for Girls. Celeste Mergens, the founder and CEO of Days for Girls, shares with me her incredibly powerful story of being led by the Lord to start an organization to help women and young girls in developing countries with reusable supplies for menstruation. Days for girls also teaches and educates people globally about their bodies, how to stay safe and avoid human trafficking and become more empowered to stay in school, be leaders in their careers, and wait till their bodies are ready to bear children. The life-changing impact that Days for Girls is having around the world is absolutely astounding to me, with 1.5 million women now empowered to take their days back monthly when many of them used to have to stay home with no other solution during those 5 days of their cycle. They have a long way to go with 50 million women suffering from a lack of solution and education around this issue. We’re going to talk about how you can get involved and help and even come to a service project with me next week if you’re in the Salt Lake Area, and if not you can go to the show notes to find out how you can help from anywhere.

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#40

Honoring Veteran’s Day with Amy Lou Hawthorne: Army wife and former helicopter pilot herself educates us on what it’s like to be a military family

As an 8-year helicopter pilot for the US Army and now wife to a man in active duty, toting two darling kids all over the United States and sharing her journey every step of the way, Amy Lou Hawthorne is an American sweetheart who has stolen the hearts of many of my current listeners and followers. I recently asked on my instagram stories for suggestions of people to interview for Veteran’s Day who either were in the armed forces themselves or married to someone in active duty, and Amy Lou Hawthorne was the overwhelming favorite and most suggested out of anyone. I was delighted to find out that not only is she an army wife who understands the struggle of having a spouse away on active duty, but she herself also served in the military for 8 years as a helicopter pilot. Amy shares candidly her ups and downs of being in the military, the leadership lessons she learned, how its affected her marriage and her children as she’s raised them through several deployments and most importantly, she educates me on how to better serve and understand and appreciate those who sacrifice so much to make our country safe. I’m so thankful so many of you pointed me to her and I really think you’re going to love this interview.

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#39

Modest fashion with Leena Snoubar: wearing a hijab, dressing modestly and inner confidence

Have you ever wondered why some women wear a headscarf, where that tradition comes from, and why it’s important to them? Today I have the honor of interviewing a fellow modest fashion blogger Leena from the blog With Love Leena all about her journey in wearing hijab, dressing modestly and finding the confidence to be herself in a world where modesty isn’t always easy. She shares with me why modest fashion is so important to her, how she found her confidence in wearing a headscarf even though she’s the only woman in her family who does this, and what she wishes other people would understand about women who choose to dress like she does. I was amazed by all the parallels between her belief and mine in the importance of modesty, and I hope you’ll listen and be inspired by her beautiful perspective too.

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#38

Friendship advice with Neil and Corrine: how to create and maintain the best types of friendships rooted in trust and love

This was a hot topic that I polled my audience about several months ago and I’m happy to bring on my best friend who’s an expert at creating and maintaining deep friendships, my husband Neil. Together we talk about the importance of having good friends, where to find those friends, what to do (and NOT to do) to make sure your friendships are rooted in trust, and even some advice for parents whose kids are struggling with friendships. We hope that you’ll find some ideas that are helpful and uplifting in this episode and if you do we’d love to hear about it at the end if you’ll take just a second to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts.

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#37

Job loss to online boss with Pat Flynn: how the economic crash of 2008 and a layoff propelled Pat into the online world of helping people and gaining millions of superfans.

If you’re into business podcasts or online business websites you’ve proooobably heard of Pat Flynn, the host of Smart Passive Income and blogger at smartpassiveincome.com. But have you heard his story of losing his job in 2008 like so many other Americans, and what he did to catapult his entrepreneurial career after that job loss? Today Pat shares his candid experience of job loss, how he picked himself up after that blow and decided to take action, and where that action has led him over the past 11 years. He shares some incredible wisdom and inspiring advice for anyone who feels a little timid about what they might have to offer the online world, how you DON’T have to be the most credentialed expert in your field, and even how that may be to your advantage to be just a step or two ahead of someone else wanting to do what you’ve done. I came away totally inspired from this interview and I know you guys are going to walk away uplifted and inspired by this interview too.

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#36

Traveling for a year with Brooke Eliason: what Female Foodie has learned from living in a different city every month this year

This week we’re taking one of my most frequently asked questions and answering it in an entire episode. Because I share my love for scripture study frequently on social media, I also get a lot of questions about HOW I study the scriptures. And when I asked recently what you guys wanted to see or hear from me, one of the top requests that came in over and over was for me to explain how I do my daily scripture study, what it looks like, where I fit it in, and how to get more out of a daily scripture study. During this episode, you’ll hear Neil and me reference the Book of Mormon frequently, which is another Testament of Jesus Christ written by people in the American Continent during the same time as the bible, by people who were followers of Jesus Christ. Although we talk about the Book of Mormon frequently, we also strongly believe in the Bible to also be the word of God and have specifically studied the New Testament all year long. I hope that no matter what faith you belong to, whether you’re Jewish or Christian or Islamic or a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints like me or not, that you’ll hear what Neil and I share in this episode and apply it to your own scripture study and your own version of strengthening your personal spirituality.

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#35

Scripture study with Neil and Corrine: how to get more out of your scripture study and spiritual practice

This week we’re taking one of my most frequently asked questions and answering it in an entire episode. Because I share my love for scripture study frequently on social media, I also get a lot of questions about HOW I study the scriptures. And when I asked recently what you guys wanted to see or hear from me, one of the top requests that came in over and over was for me to explain how I do my daily scripture study, what it looks like, where I fit it in, and how to get more out of a daily scripture study. During this episode, you’ll hear Neil and me reference the Book of Mormon frequently, which is another Testament of Jesus Christ written by people in the American Continent during the same time as the bible, by people who were followers of Jesus Christ. Although we talk about the Book of Mormon frequently, we also strongly believe in the Bible to also be the word of God and have specifically studied the New Testament all year long. I hope that no matter what faith you belong to, whether you’re Jewish or Christian or Islamic or a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints like me or not, that you’ll hear what Neil and I share in this episode and apply it to your own scripture study and your own version of strengthening your personal spirituality.

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#34

Diversity and inclusion with Jennifer Borget: why racial inclusion matters and how to be better about it

Let’s talk about racial inclusion and how we can be better at it! We’ve come a long way as a nation, but we have a long way to go and today my friend Jennifer Borget of Cherish 365 answers all my hard and awkward questions about race and inclusivity. We talk about the right way to say things, what not to say, what it’s like to be in an inter-racial marriage and how to raise kids who have open hearts toward all people

We even talk about a black Ariel and what that means to Jennifer and her daughter in the new Disney remake of little mermaid. Jennifer’s insight is beautiful, positive, refreshing and honest and I cannot wait for you guys to learn from her too.

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#33

Physical and mental heath with JJ & Erika Peterson: the story of Clean Simple Eats and inspiration behind their transformations

If you follow me on Instagram you already know I’m obsessed with clean simple eats!! Today, Neil and I get to sit down with the Founders of CSE and ask them all about their incredible meal plans and challenges, what inspired them to get started, JJ’s story of gaining and then losing 40% of his original body weight for a TV show, erica overcoming postpartum depression, all with clean eating that somehow tastes amazing too.

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#32

Authenticity with Amanda Perna: 2-time project runway contestant & fashion designer’s insights on staying true to YOU

Amanda Perna is a creator of beautiful things, fashion designer, two-time project runway contestant and mompreneur who shares with me her story of evolving into her brand that’s all about making people feel happy. She talks to me about why she believes its so very vital to stay true to you no matter what the other voices or influences around you might tell you, or what you might be telling yourself that everyone else wants from you.

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#31

Book love with Janssen Bradshaw: teaching kids to love reading and how to pick the best books

Janssen Bradshaw, blogger of 13 years at everyday-reading.com and mom of 4 teaches me some of her best tips today on how to really engage kids in reading, how to teach them to LOVE to read, how to pick the best books, and she shares some of her top must-read recommendations

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#29

Parenting with Neil and Corrine: our favorite expert advice + q&a with our kids

Back to school everybody! This week we’re starting out with a fun little q&a with our two older girls Anabelle and Lyla, and then we dive into one of the most requested topics for our podcast: parenting. We’re sharing some of the most helpful books and resources and ideas we’ve picked up along the way from experts in the field of parenting, what REALLY works for us, and we end with our fail-proof source for parenting help and advice.

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#28

Baby Ruby’s life and legacy with Ani Taylor: Infant and Child Organ Donation and Peace in Grief

Eight years ago, Ani Taylor’s baby ruby was fighting for her life in UCLA hospital while she waited for a liver transplant. Today I sit down with Ani and talk all about the beautiful details of Ruby’s life and legacy, why organ donation is such a tricky subject with babies and small children, and what every parent should consider about organ donation before they’re ever in a position to have to decide. Ani also shares with me a little about her grief process, how and why she felt peace, and what friends and family did that helped her the most.

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#27

Finding direction with Spencer Taggart: getting God’s answers to your questions

Serial entrepreneur, family man and follower of God are a few ways I’d describe our friend and guest on the podcast today, Spencer Taggart. Spence is currently teaching as a professor of entrepreneurship at BYU Hawaii, but also owns several companies and has been a motivational speaker, a business strategist and ultimately shares with us today how he counsels with the Lord in all he does. He teaches us today exactly HOW he does this, and why it’s so very pivotal in making the best choices in life, even when they appear to not make much sense. He also shares his version of success versus what the world dictates as success, and how to find the most important answers to life’s questions.

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#26

Q&A with Corrine and Neil: Your Questions, Our Answers!

This week for Mint Arrow Messages we took the topics to YOU GUYS, and asked on our instagram @mintarrow about your burning questions and what you wanted us to discuss on the podcast. We cover everything from how we met, our proposal stories (yes there were more than one!), some business advice, marriage advice, how we like to vacation, and some other funny random questions and answers.

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#25

Healing and Helping with Alison Faulkner: How to Cope and how to Help in Life’s Greatest Challenges

You might know her as the Alison show, because Alison has the ability to electrify a room in a matter of seconds, inspire change that shifts the whole course of someone’s life in just one workshop day, but today I sit down with my friend Alison Faulkner who I’ve known since college and we dive deep into her emotional and physical healing journey after being hit by a car a year and a half ago. Alison shares with me what she’s done to heal, how she copes with hard things in life, and what she’s learned about service and how to best help others in their greatest hour of need.

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#24

Motherhood with Si Foster: advice from (MY!) seasoned mom and blogger ABountifulKitchen

If you’ve ever wished you could fast forward your life and then be able to give your younger self advice, and especially if you’re a mom, you’re probably going to love today’s episode. Today I sat down with MY mom, Si Foster, the blogger behind the best recipe blog in the world A Bountiful Kitchen. But we didn’t talk much about recipes. Instead we talked through every phase of motherhood she’s experienced and what advice she would have given herself or what she wishes she would have known. We cover everything from milk coming in to volunteering in the classroom to how to deal with teenagers and even adult children, and how to know when it’s the right time or season to do different things in your motherhood journey.

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#23

Comeback Story of Setema Gali: SuperBowl Champion’s Failure and Success Story

Setema Gali, former SuperBowl champion shares with us today how he went from achieving his dream of playing in the NFL to losing everything overnight and being evicted during the recession of 2008. Setema shares how he got out of that rut by working harder than he’d ever worked, doing door to door sales for three summers and what he now coaches people to do to achieve their dreams and greatest desires in life.

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#22

Codependency with Mandi Gubler: How the 12-Steps can Free You from the Craziness of Codependency

This week we dive into a side of addiction recovery that I get asked a lot about, codependency, or in other words, what it’s like and how to deal with being the spouse or loved one of an addict. My guest, friend, mentor and sponsor in the 12-step program Mandi from vintage revivals is sharing her story or being married to a pain pill addict and how she set herself free from the shackles of addiction with the 12-steps.

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#21

Good Pictures Bad Pictures with Kristen Jenson: How to Protect Your Kids from Pornography

Kristen Jenson is the author of the best-selling book series, Good Pictures Bad Pictures, books that help parents teach their children what to do when they see pornography.

Neil and I get asked a lot about how to protect children from developing pornography addiction and while we have a lot of experience helping adults find recovery and in our own recovery journey, we’ve really never felt like experts in the field of how to help children stay safe from pornography.

Luckily Kristen Jenson has years and years of research based experience in understanding how young minds work and teaching parents to talk to their kids about pornography and what to do if and when they see pornography. I learned SO MUCH from this interview with Kristen and I think you guys will too.

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#20

Love One Another with Nicolette Mason: How We Can Be More Loving and Inclusive to members of the LGBTQ community

For international pride day, I’m honored to introduce you to my dear friend Nicolette mason, an advocate for inclusivity, designer and content creator at Nicolettemason.com

Today Nicolette and I talk about how we can be more loving and inclusive to those specifically in the LGBTQ community, how to use inclusive language, how to make people in this community feel safe, and how it all really boils down to loving your neighbor.

We’ll have all of the resources Nicolette mentions in our show notes at mintarrow.com/podcast where you can educate yourself more and find support groups for LGBTQ people and their family and friends.

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#19

The Gift of Time with Jason Dunnigan: How Giving Your Time and Support to Others Leads to a Happier Life

Jason from the modern dad – do you follow him? Because if you don’t yet, he’s about to become your new best friend. Jason’s insta stories make me laugh on the daily but what I REALLY love about Jason is how well he supports others. In my interview today with Jason, the modern dad, he teaches me about giving the gift of time to others and how supporting other people can lead us to a more abundant life.

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#18

Overcoming Opiate Addiction with Jay and Lexy: Using the 12-steps to get Sober and Save your Marriage

Jay and Lexy are super good friends of ours who’ve had a major impact on not just us but hundreds of people and couples in the south Orange County area. they’ve openly shared their story of Jay’s thousand pain pills a month opiate addiction and how they almost got divorced, to finding true recovery in the 12 steps. Jay and Lexy are sharing their story today with us as well as dropping wisdom about using the 12 steps to save their marriage and how they continue to use the 12 steps to have an incredibly happy marriage and life together.

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#17

Positive Parenting with Ralphie Jacobs: Parenting Principles that work like magic

I’m so thrilled to share with you guys a concept that has literally changed my life as a mom: positive parenting. And I feel so grateful to have the woman who taught me the ways via Instagram stories, on the podcast today, to teach all of you too. Ralphie Jacobs from simply on purpose shares with us today her basic principles of positive parenting and how you can bring the JOY back into parenting your children as you implement these simple principles. I’ve been amazed time and time again how her teachings WORK and I cannot wait to share Ralphie’s positive parenting magic with all of you

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#16

Self-love with Sadie Sabin: learning to fill the void in life from within

Today I interviewed my long time blogging friend Sadie from Simply Sadie Jane about her story of finding self love through mindfulness, meditation, hypno-therapy and how she’s helping so many other women and even children to find the same. Sadie shares some really personal stuff about her journey to find this self love and overcoming some pretty rough times with addiction to food, relationships and prescription pills and how she’s learned to be present and be still.

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#15

Body Positivity with Ashley Reeves: Paradigm Shifts about the Body Positivity Movement

Body positivity is a HOT TOPIC these days and it seems like every time I turn around someone’s talking about their version of body positivity and celebrating bodies of all shapes and sizes, which is AWESOME. This week’s interview though is one that might give you a serious paradigm shift with what body positivity is REALLY all about, we’ll discuss how to talk to your kids about their bodies, and how to truly love yourself regardless of what your scale or pant size says. This week’s interview with Ashley Reeves of Ashley’s Fresh Fix is probably the most thought-provoking and eye-opening interview I’ve done so far and I cannot wait to share her wisdom and beautiful insight with all of you.

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#14

Pornography Addiction Recovery: Our Love Story Part 2 of 2

Welcome back to our 2 part real life love story! This week we get to the good stuff, the SOLUTION in looking for addiction recovery. We really dig into what worked for us, how it worked, why it worked, and how you (or someone you love) who struggles with addiction can find that too. Neil and I both really hope that if you’re feeling hopeless either because you struggle with addiction, or you’re in a relationship with someone who’s an addict, that what we share in this interview will help you find HOPE.

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#13

Pornography Addiction Recovery: Our Love Story Part 1 of 2

Today we’re sharing a story we’ve shared before, OUR real life love story, of finding hope and recovery from pornography addiction. Neil and I talk about our dating journey and how he shared with me three months into dating that he had an addiction to pornography, what that looked like through our courtship and early marriage, some of the struggles we went through trying to find solution and find recovery, and what finally worked for us. Today is part 1 of 2 and make sure you come back next week to hear the second half of our story of finding hope and healing through the twelve steps of recovery.

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#12

Macro counting with Lillie Biesinger: fueling your body in a positive way

A few weeks ago I sat down with Lillie Biesinger, someone I had only met online previously, to talk alllll about macros! But we don’t just talk mechanics or specifics about weight loss or dieting, we talk about why this movement in the health and dieting industry was such a good fit for her (and for me!), how it taught her to give her body the best kind of fuel and why she’s so passionate about putting good things inside our bodies. Lillie really does feel like just the kind of friend every girl would want when you watch her online and I think you’ll feel the same way too as you listen to her in this interview.

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#11

Faith in business with Nicole Walters: finding God in your work and every corner of your life

This was one of the very first interviews I recorded for Mint Arrow Messages, almost a year ago when I was still pregnant with Millie, and I recorded it with one of my ALL TIME favorites, Nicole Walters. Nicole is an incredible entrepreneur who quit her full time 6 figure corporate job in front of 10,000 people on a live stream to pursue her dream of teaching others how to be profitable in their online businesses. Since then she’s built a million dollar business, fostered and then adopted three beautiful girls who she calls her tinies, and now has a podcast of her own called The Nicole Walters Podcast. You can find her at NicoleWalters.com or join her community of rich friends as she calls them at Facebook.com/monetizethyself.

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#10

School Shooting Survivor Cindy: Lessons Learned 20 Years after Columbine

Today’s interview is with a blog reader Cindy who was a student and survivor of the school shooting at Columbine High School in 1999. 20 years ago this week, in Littleton Colorado, the deadliest school shooting to date occurred at Columbine where two students opened fire and killed 12 students and 1 teacher and wounded more than 20, before the two shooters killed themselves.

Cindy shared with me her story of what that day was like for her, how she was kept safe during the shooting, and the tender mercies she experienced on that day. She also talks about overcoming anger and resentment over the years, and how she learned to always look for the good in the world.

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#09

Adopt don’t shop with Hilary Sloan: changing the world one puppy rescue at a time

Today I interviewed my friend Hilary Sloan who’s an incredible advocate for animal rescuing and the human behind the ultra popular Instagram account ellabeanthedog. Hilary has fostered countless dogs and rescued three darling dogs starting with Ella bean, followed by coconut bean and most recently fifi Von bean.

Hilary and I talk through her story of finding and falling in love with Ella, coconut and fifi, the challenges they’ve overcome together, and what it’s like to adopt a dog.

But most importantly, Hilary educates me on why adoptdontshop is such an important movement and not just a cute hashtag, what we need to do better as a society to put an end to puppy mills and even what the best practices are if you’re buying from a respectable Breeder.
I can’t wait for you guys to learn from and be inspired by my friend Hilary and her furry little family.

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#08

NICU mom Jen Hawkins: how to love and support your friends who have preemie babies

Today’s interview was with my dear friend Jen, blogger, model and mom of two beautiful little twin girls. Jen helps me understand what it’s like to be a NICU mom, after her twins were born at 30 weeks and spent three months in the NICU. She walks me through what those days were like, the many highs and lows, and teaches me some really helpful things like NICU etiquette, and what helped them the most during that challenging time. We relive all of it and I can’t wait to share her intense and beautiful journey of bringing her two babies home with you guys today.

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#07

Remembering Steve: an interview with Neil about his brother who took his life in 1995

Many of you have listened to the podcast episode where I interviewed Neil about his brother Dave’s death in January 2019, just a couple of months ago.

But eight days before Dave passed away, we recorded this interview where I asked Neil all about his brother Steve who died after taking his own life in 1995.

Neil and I discuss what it was like for him to lose a brother to suicide, how that affected his family, what he learned from this loss, and how to support and help others going through grief. We wanted to note a couple of things, that first of all if anyone has said “I’m sorry for your loss” to Neil or me recently in reference to Dave’s death that we feel your love and that this interview was more of a reflection of what Neil’s grief was like as a 13 year old.

We also wanted to mention that if you found this podcast because you are seeking help because of suicidal thoughts or you are struggling at all with thoughts of taking your life, you can make an anonymous call to the national suicide prevention lifeline 24/7 at 1 (800) 273-8255

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#06

Becoming an Ironman with Brooke Eliason: From Half Marathon to Ironman in One Year

This week I sit down with my sister Brooke from the blog Female Foodie, but we don’t talk much about food, we actually talk about how she completed an iron man, which is a 2.4 mile swim, 114 miles on a bicycle, and then a 26.2 mile full marathon at the end.

She went from being that girl in grade school who was one of the last to finish and absolutely hated the mile run in PE, to hearing the words “Brooke Eliason, you are an Ironman!”

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#05

Millennial Faith with Kenzie Elizabeth: Leaving Church and Coming Back

This week I sat down with vlogger and youtuber Kenzie Elizabeth Piper and talked a little about what we had planned to discuss – her experience with depression and anxiety – but mostly about something we totally didn’t plan. The conversation really turned into a deep discussion about why SO many millennials are leaving organized religion, and what to do about it. We talked about how to love people as they leave and what not to say or do, what that was like for her, and what eventually brought her back to church. I learned a ton from this conversation and I think you will too!

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#4

Fostering & Adoption with Cara Brook: Making Room for One More

In today’s episode we talk to my dear friend Cara Brook, from the booming beauty brand Maskcara Beauty, all about her experience and passion for foster parenting and her experience with fostering and adopting two of her own children. She gets real about the surprises that came with this process, how they decided that adding a third child (and pretty quickly after, a fourth) to their family was the right thing at a time when she was struggling to feel like she was enough as a mom and business owner. Come listen to her episode to be uplifted and edified and educated in the world of fostering, adoption and how this process has changed her life and her family.

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#3

Postpartum Depression: shedding light on an overshadowed topic that so many women face

In this episode Neil interviews me about my journey with postpartum depression. We talk about what that was like for me, how I identified it, how I dealt with and eventually overcame it, some of the advice I have for other mothers struggling with it or who fear having it when they have babies, and how it eventually led me to starting my blog.

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#2

Triumph over tragedy: the story of Dave’s death and choosing light over darkness

Today we discuss in detail the death of Neil’s brother Dave, what that was like for us, and the impact Dave had and continues to have for good. The circumstances surrounding Dave’s death were beyond tragic, but we have chosen to focus on all the immeasurable good that has come from something so difficult, and honor his legacy by telling his story and sharing his message to be your best self, love life, love each other and fight whatever personal battle you are facing.

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#1

Mint Arrow Messages trailer

In our podcast Mint Arrow Messages, we’re interviewing people who have risen above adversity or learned through the hard knocks of life about something that the world could use more awareness, kindness and compassion toward. We’re finding light in darkness, uncovering messages out of messes and bringing people’s stories to life that will help ALL of us be better, kinder, more compassionate humans.

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The American Moms and Politics: how to stay informed, teach your kids and be a good citizen in highly political times