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The SavvyCast is a podcast of the Family Savvy blog, where Jamie Tarence will host savvy guests to discuss real life topics that affect us all. Food and family. Marriage and divorce. Fitness and health. The Enneagram and relationships. Each episode is designed to entertain, educate and inspire all who listen. Everyone is welcome at the table! So grab a cup of coffee, and let’s talk.

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The SavvyCast is a podcast of the Family Savvy blog, where Jamie Tarence will host savvy guests to discuss real life topics that affect us all. Food and family. Marriage and divorce. Fitness and health. The Enneagram and relationships. Each episode is designed to entertain, educate and inspire all who listen. Everyone is welcome at the table! So grab a cup of coffee, and let’s talk.

    Marlee Martin's Near Death Experience: A Wake Up Call to All Women

    Marlee Martin's Near Death Experience: A Wake Up Call to All Women

    Episode At A Glance:  This week, I am joined by my dear friend Mary Catherine Tomlinson and her newly married daughter, Marlee Martin. Marlee shares how they believe a prescription for birth control ultimately led to massive blood clots in her leg, lungs, and heart in the fall of 2021. In this episode, Marlee and Mary Catherine share their journey with Marlee's health, the details of her life-saving surgery, and how their faith in Christ carried them through it all. After Marlee's horrendous experience with birth control, she and her mother strive to educate young women on its dangers.
    Who Is Marlee Martin?  Marlee Martin grew up in Birmingham and graduated from Briarwood Christian School in 2017. She then went on to college at Alabama University. After graduating from Alabama in 2021, Marlee started law school at The University of Alabama School of Law. Marlee married her husband, Jacob Martin on June 18, 2022. 
    Marlee's Story: When she was sixteen, Marlee had a cyst removed from her ovaries. Since then, she has been on and off of birth control in order to balance her hormones and prevent future cysts. Her doctor put her on Yaz, one of the strongest and most dangerous forms of birth control on the market. Fast forward to September of 2021, and Marlee started experiencing pain and swelling in her right calf. She eventually went to get an Ultra Sound done on her leg, but the ER doctors told her they could not find anything. Marlee continued to experience pain in her leg, and after the pain spread up her leg she massaged it out with a foam roller. After that, she experienced being severely out of breath and a dramatic increase in her heart rate. When her heart rate reached 190, Marlee called 911 and went to the hospital. Finally, the doctors performed tests and realized that she had clots in her lungs, heart, and leg. Marlee was eventually transferred to UAB, where Dr. Ahmed performed life-saving surgery on her. 
    A True Miracle: After Marlee was transferred to UAB, it was quickly determined that she needed surgery immediately. The doctors removed 36 inches of blood clots (pictured above) just from Marlee's knee to hip, along with many others. During the surgery, Marlee's heart stopped. Her doctor called for the life-saving machines to be prepped. However, something prompted her doctor to continue removing the clots from her heart as quickly as possible. This decision turned out to save Marlee's life, and her heart started beating right after. Marlee and her family know that this was God, directing the surgeon's hands and sparing her life. After the surgery, countless doctors called Marlee the "miracle girl" because they had only performed autopsies on people with her severity of clots. 
    The Faith That Carried Them: Throughout this entire journey, Marlee and her family depended completely on the Lord to sustain them and comfort them. Days before Marlee's surgery, she journaled out a prayer proclaiming her trust in and submission to the Lord's sovereignty and goodness. Mary Catherine shared that Marlee's surgery showed them how truly trustworthy God is. She shared that as a parent there is always so much she can do for her children. However, during Marlee's surgery, she could do nothing but depend on God to perform a miracle. 
    The Risks of Birth Control:  After Marlee's experience, she and her family believe that these clots were caused by her birth control, Yaz. A study that Marlee found said that women who are on that particular birth control are three times more likely to encounter blood clots. When Marlee was first prescribed birth control, the doctor did not share the risks or possible side effects of the medication. Now, both Marlee and Mary Catherine strive to educate young women on these forms of dangerous birth control. 
    Questions Answered In This Episode:  What caused these massive blood clots? How did you first realize that something was "off" with your health?  Why did these massive clots go unnotic

    • 50 min
    Veterinarian Leigh Stevens shares the impact of physical therapy on animals

    Veterinarian Leigh Stevens shares the impact of physical therapy on animals

    Many people know the benefits of physical therapy for themselves, but have you ever wondered how it could impact your pet? This week, DVM Leigh Stevens shares the benefits of physical therapy for our favorite furry friends. 
    Episode At A Glance: This week, DVM Leigh Stevens joins The SavvyCast to discuss physical therapy for companion animals this week. Dr. Stevens is the Supervising Veterinarian at Scout's House, a rehab center for animals. In this episode, Dr. Stevens shares the details of her work, such as what animals she typically works with and the most common injuries she helps with. Additionally, she shares how pet owners can pursue physical therapy for their pets. 
    Who Is Dr. Leigh Stevens?  Dr. Stevens is a California native with a BA in Biology from the University of California, San Diego. Additionally, she received her DVM degree from UC Davis. Dr. Stevens has worked in several small animal clinics over the years, and her main professional interests are Internal Medicine. She is specifically interested in cases involving geriatric patients and Dermatology. She has twice held the position of President in the Santa Clara County Veterinary Medical Association. Additionally, Dr. Stevens created the Santa Clara County Disaster Preparedness Plan for Animals in 1996. She was awarded the Diamond Award in 1997 by the Emergency Services Association Coastal Chapter. Today, she works as the Supervising Veterinarian at Scout's House, a rehab center for animals. 
    What Is Scout's House?  Scout’s House is based in California and provides physical rehabilitation therapy and products for companion animals. They also sell a wide variety of assistive products for disabled dogs and cats through their online store.
    Questions Answered In This Episode:  Can physical therapists study to specifically work with animals? Will pet insurance companies pay for pets to have physical therapy? What kind of animals do you typically work with? How do you determine when to euthanize a pet? What are the most common injuries that you help with? How would people find a physical therapist for their pet in their state? Can dogs experience mental developmental disorders? How is treating service animals different than treating normal pets? What are common dermatological issues among dogs? How do you crate train your dog/cat? Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Scout's House  Scout's Store  I hope you enjoyed this episode! As always, if you have time to rate, review and subscribe to The SavvyCast on Apple Podcasts, it would be SO appreciated!!! Blessings to you!!!
    If you like this podcast, check these out:
    Let's Talk: Dog Owner Q&A With Dr. David Sender
    Let’s Talk: Navigating the Painful Choice of Pet Euthanasia

    • 49 min
    Francie Outlaw: How Her Story and Resources are Helping Young Moms Everywhere

    Francie Outlaw: How Her Story and Resources are Helping Young Moms Everywhere

    This week, Francie Outlaw joins The SavvyCast to share how the tragic loss of her son John Haven lead her to create learning resources for toddlers. Her strong faith and passion for teaching are sure to inspire! 
    Episode At A Glance:  In this episode, Francie Outlaw joins me to discuss the story of her baby boy John Haven who had trisomy 18, how her faith carried her through this tragic loss, and what the grieving process has looked like for her family. Additionally, she shares how this experience led her to create learning resources for toddlers. 
    Who Is Francie Outlaw? Francie Outlaw and her husband Matt live in Birmingham, Alabama with their three boys Mills, Saylor, and James. In addition to being a mother to her precious boys, Francie is an "unintentional influencer" when it comes to all things motherhood and family. She runs a successful blog and social media accounts and is the creator of Toddler Learning Resources. Francie hopes to aid parents and grandparents in teaching their children and grandchildren about numbers, the alphabet, and more. 
     

    Questions Answered In this Episode: What is trisomy 18? How did it affect your marriage? What has been helpful to you through this grief process? How do you continue remembering and celebrating your baby boy? What does your life look like today as a mom? Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Grieving the Child I Never Knew: A Devotional for Comfort in the Loss of Your
    Unborn or Newly Born Child Francie’s Learning Resources (this is where you can find the following
    resources): Toddler Learning Resource: Colors, Matching, Patterns, Shapes Toddler Number Resource: Numbers 0-10 Toddler Number Resource: Numbers 11-20 Biblical Truths for Children (FREE) Toddler Alphabet Resource Connect With Francie Outlaw: Francie Outlaw's website  Instagram: @francieoutlaw I hope you enjoyed this episode! As always, if you have time to rate, review and subscribe to The SavvyCast on iTunes, it would be SO appreciated!!! Blessings to you!!!
    If you like this podcast, check these out:
    The Story and Purpose Behind Legacy School of Discipleship with Francois & Wendy Fineberg
    A Licensed Therapist Talks about How to Deal with Grief

    • 36 min
    Laura Dockery Talks Home Design, Decor, and Trends for 2022

    Laura Dockery Talks Home Design, Decor, and Trends for 2022

    This week, interior designer Laura Dockery joins The SavvyCast to answer followers' questions about home design trends!  Episode At A Glance: This week on The SavvyCast, my friend Laura Dockery joins me to discuss home design trends for 2022. Laura is a dear friend of mine and a fabulously talented interior designer. Listeners may remember hearing from Laura last year on the podcast. This week she answers followers' questions about paint colors, backsplash trends, home remodeling, and more! 
    Who Is Laura Dockery? Laura Dockery Design is an interior designer based in Montgomery, Alabama. Laura attended The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and studied painting and printmaking. Laura's passion for color and how it relates to the environment led her to establish a full-service interior design firm. No matter where you live, Laura can help you with all your design needs. Whether it’s through a virtual, in-person, or traveling consultation, she can help you in your home decorating endeavors.
    Questions Answered In This Episode: What are the newest backsplash looks? Is the open concept trend fading away? Are moody colors becoming more popular? What are good exterior whites and off-whites for painting the exterior of
    your home? How do you recommend saving money when building a house? What are great white interior wall paint colors for 2022? What are great non-white interior paint colors for 2022? Is a dark brown island with a whitewash still in style? What is Laura’s best advice to those who are facing supply chain issues
    while remodeling their home? How do you design for 3 boys under the age of 4? Is the trend from all-white kitchens changing? How would you clean a natural-fiber sisal or seagrass rug? What are some good indoor-outdoor rug options? How do you fix scratches on your hardwood floors? What are the best household items to invest money in? Paint Colors Laura Recommends: Pratt & Lambert:
    Classic Grey Phantom Sherwin Williams:
    Neutral Ground Dover White Origami White Shoji White White Duck Natural Choice Wool Skein Grecian Ivory #7541 Connect With Laura Dockery: Laura Dockery Design Website Facebook Instagram  Pinterest I hope you enjoyed this episode! As always, if you have time to rate, review and subscribe to The SavvyCast on Apple Podcasts, it would be SO appreciated!!! Blessings to you!!!
    If you like this podcast, check these out:
    Let's Talk: Southern Traditional Interior Design Trends With Home With Hechart
    Let's Talk Interior Design Trends & Tips with Laura Dockery
     
     

    • 55 min
    A Talk with Meredith Mann About Her Balanced Eating Cookbook “Well Made"

    A Talk with Meredith Mann About Her Balanced Eating Cookbook “Well Made"

    Meridith Mann from The Peachie Spoon joins The SavvyCast to give listeners a sneak peek into her fabulous new cookbook, "Well Made." 
    Episode At A Glance:  Meredith is a friend of mine and is no stranger to The SavvyCast. Listeners may remember her from her previous episode on How to Establish a Healthy Relationship with Food. This week, Meredith joins me to discuss her new balanced eating cookbook, Well Made. Well Made is filled with over 100 recipes, tips, and tricks on how to regulate your blood sugar and how to eat healthier. 
    Who Is Meredith Mann?  In addition to being a wife and mother of three, Meredith is a CPT and holistic nutrition and wellness consultant. She specializes in metabolisms, blood sugar, and emotional eating. Her happy place is her yoga mat and her kitchen, creating simple recipes that help balance blood sugar. She believes that freedom starts to come when we learn to eat properly to shut off hunger, ditch the crave/crash cycle, and finally feel good every day.
    Questions Answered In This Episode:  If you were to have company, what recipes from the book would you make? What are your protein powder recommendations? Are pressed juices beneficial and what is their effect on blood sugar? What are your thoughts on Lumen? What is a typical meal you would send your kids to school with? Do you have any salty snack recommendations?  What are your meal prep suggestions? Resources Mentioned In This Episode:  Built Bars  Bad Athletics Protein products - use discount code "badmeredith" Ascent Protein product Nuzest plant-based protein powder  Connect With Meredith Mann: Instagram: @thepeachiespoon thepeachiespoon.com  Pinterest  I hope you enjoyed this episode! As always, if you have time to rate, review, and subscribe to The SavvyCast on iTunes, it would be SO appreciated!!! Blessings to you!!!
    If you like this podcast, be sure to check these out:
    How to Establish a Healthy Relationship with Food with Meredith Mann from The Peachie Spoon
    Women's Health Q&A with OBGYN Dr. Justin Aldred

    • 40 min
    Women's Health Q&A with OBGYN Dr. Justin Aldred

    Women's Health Q&A with OBGYN Dr. Justin Aldred

    Episode At A Glance: This week, OBGYN Dr. Justin Aldred joins The SavvyCast to discuss women's health. You may remember Dr. Aldred from an earlier SavvyCast episode where he shared his journey with pulmonary embolism. In this episode, Dr. Aldred answers women's health questions listeners submitted via Instagram. Dr. Aldred covers it all from menopause to sex drive to hormone health and more. 
    Episode At A Glance: This week, OBGYN Dr. Justin Aldred joins The SavvyCast to discuss women's health. You may remember Dr. Aldred from an earlier SavvyCast episode where he shared his journey with pulmonary embolism. In this episode, Dr. Aldred answers women's health questions listeners submitted via Instagram. Dr. Aldred covers it all from menopause to sex drive to hormone health and more.  
    Who Is Dr. Justin Aldred? After growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Justin Aldred went to Auburn University. He then completed his internship and residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. In 2018, he then moved back to Birmingham to start his OB/Gyn practice at OB/Gyn South at Brookwood Medical Center. Today, he is married to Chelsea Aldred. Together, they have three lovely children–Reese, Hampton, and Caroline.
    Questions Answered In This Episode:  What are the most common symptoms of menopause? How can vaginal atrophy be treated? What are your thoughts on compounded hormone medications?  How can you find a qualified sex therapist?  What are the causes of low sex drive? How can you improve your sex drive? What can help with hair loss for women in their 60s?  Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Dr. Aldred's previous podcast episode: Dr. Justin Aldred Shares His Near-Death Experience Connect with Dr. Aldred I hope you enjoyed this episode! In addition, if you have time to rate, review, and subscribe to The SavvyCast on Apple Podcasts, it would be SO appreciated!!! Blessings to you!!!

    • 43 min

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