Episode 17: Helping Blending Families One Blog Post at a Time with Danyale Word Antley

A long-time friend of Kari who met sitting in the waiting room during their daughters’ dance lessons, Danyale is a super-mom of a blending family and owner of BlendStrong. Her husband, Donald, was in Kari’s youth group back in the day! Together they raise four daughters as a blending family: their oldest lives with them on a personalized standard visitation, their next two live with them full-time, and their baby lives everyday with them and their fur baby. A former teacher, Danyale feels her work with BlendStrong is exactly where she is supposed to be. The blog isn’t just for blending families, it is a grace-filled space for everyone! She talks friendship, parenting, family, and self-work. Danyale is currently working on a novel, the BlendStrong blog, and a children’s series.


Folgers Classic Roast  
International Delight Vanilla Cream  
International Delight Sweet Cream  
Gardenia Body Spray  
Oil Diffuser  
Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee on Demand 12-Cup Coffee Maker

Five Second Rule by Mel Robbins
Tom Bilyeu’s Impact Theory 
The Happy Stepmother: Stay Sane, Empower Yourself, Thrive in Your New Family by Rachelle Katz
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Stepmonster: A Real Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do by Wednesday Martin, Ph.D. 
How to Solve Your People Problems: Dealing with Your Difficult Relationships by Alan Godwin
Switch on Your Brain: The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking and Health by Dr. Caroline Leaf
10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story by Dan Harris
The Elimination Diet: Discover the Foods That Are Making You Sick and Tired-and Feel Better Fast by Tom Malterre
The Elimination Diet Workbook: A Personal Approach to Determining Your Food Allergies by Maggie Moon MS RDN 

Episode 16: Working Toward an Awesomesauce Day with Athea Davis Ruben

Kari sat down in the home of Athea Davis Ruben over a Egyptian Licorice Tea. Athea became a health and wellness educator for kiddos and writer, after spending a decade in the corporate legal world. Her first book, Today's Gonna Be Awesomesauce: Daily Meditations for Youth, Parents, and Families, was released in September 2017. She also meets with Soul Sense Yoga where she meets with private clients, especially families and children. She also works with schools in the Houston Independent School District. On top of all of that, she’s a mom of two boys. Upcoming projects are a children’s book called The Vegan Chicken and a card deck for special needs children.

High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way by Brendon Burchard Today's Gonna Be Awesomesauce: Daily Meditations for Youth, Parents, and Families by Athea Davis
Thinking Fast Thinking Slow by Daniel Kahnman
Pre-suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade by Robert Cialdin
Principals: Life and Work by Ray Dalio
Unselfie: Why Empathic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Michele Borba, Ed. D. 
Kwik Brain Podcast
On Being Podcast
Uplift Podcast
Tiger Puerh Tea 
Herbal Tea 
Green Tea 

Episode 15: Don't Second Guess - Get Moving! with Jennifer Herrington

Kari got to meet Jennifer in real life for the first time for our episode this week, even though they have known each other for a while! Parson is Jennifer’s second child, younger sister to Darby. When she was born, she needed to be put on oxygen because her levels were low, and ended up getting put into the NICU. Within a couple of months, she was showing signs of health difficulties, especially with breathing. Time at Texas Children’s Hospital revealed that Parson has periventricular nodular heterotopia. That is when her lung transplant story began, and Jennifer feels responsible for telling her story until she’s able. At the time of this episode, Parson was just about to celebrate her 6th birthday. Before knowing each other personally, a friend of a friend, Kari, sent a prayer for Parson during her transplant surgery. It now hangs on the wall of Parson’s room. They discuss how to register to be an organ donor - one person can save up to eight lives. Darby is an amazing big sister, and knows even at a young age, how to love her sister well.

The Age of Worry by John Mayer  
Fix My Eyes by King and Country 
Reckless Love by Cory Asbury 
Register to be an Organ Donor  
Jennifer on Facebook  
Topo Chico  
Simply Lemonade 
Palomino Pencils  
Paper Mate Flair Pen  
Jen Johnson Music  
Goliath Must Fall by Louie Giglio 

Episode 14: Sharing Stories of Sacrifice

This week, Kari speaks with two of her cousins, Katie and Kenzie. Josh Youman, Katie’s husband and Kenzie’s father, lost his life due to injuries he sustained serving our country in Iraq. Josh was a caring and compassionate man, especially for his family. He loved video games, coffee, and outdoor sports. He entered the military in 2003, deploying in 2005. While he was deployed, their daughter was born. They were able to meet President George W. Bush and work to commemorate his life, especially on his birthday each year. Katie has remarried, and they are loving being a blended family.

Personal Facebook
Mexican Coke
Cherry Pepsi
Bloody Mary Mix
Young Living Cool Azul
Who Is Alexander Hamilton 
Hamilton Soundtrack  
Greatest Showman Soundtrack 
Lilac Girls: A Novel by Martha Hall Kelly  
Building 429  
King and Country  
Toby Mac 

Episode 13: Truth, Sisterhood, and Pink Wine with The Rev. Sarah Condon

Our guest this week is Sarah Condon, Episcopal priest and author of Churchy: The Real Life Adventures of a Wife, Mom, and Priest. She lives and dies by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She loves pink wine, and supporting her sisters in leadership. She’s loud, and has great taste in music. Kim and Kari talk to her about all of this and more in this week’s episode.

Sarah is a frequent contributor to Mockingbird, a ministry that seeks to connect the Christian faith with realities of everyday life in fresh and down-to-earth ways.

Pull up a chair for an episode full of laughter, encouragement, and joy!

Sarah Condon Author Page 
Sarah’s Writing for Mockingbird  
Sutter Home Pink Moscato: Local Stores
Unmapped: The (Mostly) True Story of How Two Women Lost At Sea Found Their Way Home by Charlotte Getz and Stephanie Phillips
 Benefit Lip Tint Trio

**Purchased made using these links support this podcast at no cost to you. Thanks!!

Episode 12: Woman, Mom & Leader in Tech with Mandy Hubbard

Mandy is from a small town in Mississippi, moved to Austin on her own as a teenager, and put herself through college. She is a woman in tech, an engineer, speaker, a mom of girls, a wife, friend, and community leader. Kari and Mandy discuss what it is like to be a woman in tech, the importance of empathy and leadership in your work, raising families, and working on yourself and your family.

Brene Brown
Mandy’s Twitter
Bulletproof Coffee
Coconut Oil
Grass fed Butter
Laneige Sleeping Mask for Lips
Whole 30 Book
The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile
Typology Podcast
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Episode 11: A Daughter's Mission After Losing her Mother to Dementia

Lauren Flake wrote a book to help your children process losing a family member to dementia, and helping them remember who their family member was. Mom to two young girls, a wife, and puppy-mom of two, Lauren is a blogger, author, and a project called Daughters of Dementia which supports caregivers. Her mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s in 2006 about the time when Lauren graduated from college at Texas A&M. By the end of 2008 her mother was in a home with full time care and passed away a couple of years later. Where Did My Sweet Grandma Go? and Where Did My Sweet Grandpa Go? started as a poem Lauren wrote for her daughters, and is illustrated by her own watercolors and her late mother’s art. She works to keep the memory and story of her mother, Dixie, going. When she has free time, she loves art, gardening, books, and country-western dancing.

Website: www.laurenflake.com or www.loveofdixie.com and http://www.daughtersofdementia.org 
Lauren's Instagram
Lauren's Facebook
Daughters of Dementia Instagram 
Daughters of Dementia Facebook
Where Did My Sweet Grandma Go? 
Where Did My Sweet Grandpa Go?

100 Days to Brave by Annie F. Downs 
Maren Morris Music
John Mayer Music
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
The Lake House by Kate Morton
Rachel’s Plan Bee

Episode 10: Camp Pro Tips with Kim and Kari

Kim and Kari sit down to talk all things Summer Camp. Your YBY hosts love camp and are giving out some tips as you prep for sleep-away camp, especially for younger kiddos. Everything from packing to the importance of rest time to how to talk to your kids about their experience after camp. Kari shares her recipe for perfect sun tea and how to make bandana necklaces. Settle in for some some tips from the pros!

Harney & Sons Paris Tea 
Glow Sticks 
Healthy Snacks 
Dark Chocolate 
No Man’s Land Beef Jerky (Hot) 
Slap Bracelets 
Temporary Tattoos 
Hair Ties 
Battery Operated Fans (not mentioned in episode, but a good idea for comfort)

Be sure to check with your particular camp about how to get email, letters, and care packages to your child.

Contact Kim and Kari to find out how to send them a care package during the week of June 10-16! Email youbrewyou@gmail.com.

Episode 9: Molecular Biology To Forming Families

Kari checked in with Kristin Braun in Balcones Springs. Kristin has a background in molecular biology who is sharp and self aware, with a passion for ‘doing self work’ together with those you love. She developed Forming Families over a summer in the early morning hours. The class meets three weeknights a month from September to May. Topics for adults include default parenting, dealing with in-laws, and slow holidays and children learn to self-advocate, mediate, and boundaries; just to name a few. During the final month, participants write a family mission statement. This program serves families with young children and focus on building a strong community around faith & centeredness in our daily lives.

Episcopal Diocese of Texas
Forming Families Blog
Forming Families Facebook Group
English Breakfast Tea
Irish Breakfast Tea
Earl Grey Tea
Round Rock Honey
Good Flow Honey
10 oz. Yeti Highball
Avocado Saver and Holder

Episode 8: The Artist's spiritual practices at work! with Brooke Summers-Perry

Kari and Kim talk spiritual practices in general, and then Kari deep dives as she visits with Brooke Summers-Perry, an artist who is working to not only discover her own life through spiritual practices, but is working to make them available to others. She works with Writers in the Schools, both at MD Anderson with pediatric patients as well as with five classes of Houston third graders. Brooke speaks about centering prayer, reading spiritual texts, lectio divina, writing poetry, and painting - first with watercolor and now with acrylics. You can view and purchase her work on her website, as well as commission a unique piece. Brooke has an intense love of people, and is working toward living a life that is true to her.

Connect with Brooke:
Brooke Summers-Perry Community Facebook
Practice Houston Facebook

Richard Roar Books
Windle Berry Books
Mary Oliver Books
Karen Walrond, Leadership Coach
Caroline Graham, Art League Houston
Paula D'Arcy, a writer, retreat leader, conference and seminar speaker
Jerry’s Artarama of Houston
The Slant Reading Series, Houston
Cameron Dezen Hammon, Writer and Musician
Shellee Coley, Singer-Songwriter
Barking at the Choir  
Just This 
The Poet’s Companion

Episode 7: Vineyard Living: Homeward Bound with Julieanne Mani

Kari knows Julieanne Mani from a few years back in Houston, where Kari considered her to be an important mom-mentor for her. In 2012, Julieanne and her family moved back home to Tasmania and bought the Iron Pot Bay Vineyard. Set by the banks of the Tamar River, they now offer a fine dining experience in a renovated century old cottage. Their locally sourced dishes are matched up with Iron Pot Bay Vineyard wines. Learn about the beauty of growing grapes, pruning, grafting and more; both in wine making and in our own lives.

Iron Pot Bay Vineyard

Episode 6: Anna LeBaron

Anna LeBaron is an inspiring author, captivating speaker, and skilled social media strategist. Each of these components allows Anna to do what she loves most: connect with people from a diverse array of backgrounds. This amazing mother of five wrote the book, The Polygamist’s Daughter: A Memoir, which was released in 2017. For the last three years, she has been leading book launch teams, also known as ‘herding cats.’ She is a certified life coach and personal growth advocate who works with authors and others who have a story to tell.

For the Love by Jen Hatmaker
The Polygamist's Daughter: A Memoir by Anna LeBeron
Love Does by Bob Goff
Everybody Always by Bob Goff
Love Lives Here by Maria Goff
Joey: How a Blink Rescue Horse Helped Others Learn to See by Jennifer Bleakley
A Midwife in Amish Country: Celebrating God’s Gift of Life by Kim Woodard Osterholzer
Friend of Sinners: Why Jesus Cares More About Relationships Than Perfection by Rich Wilkerson Jr.
Life Without Lack: Living in the Fullness of Psalm 23 by Dallas Willard
The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God by Dallas Willard
Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God by Dallas Willard
Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ by Dallas Willard
The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives by Dallas Willard

Connect with Anna:

Episode 5: Brandy Lidbeck

This week we meet Brandy Lidbeck, a licensed therapist whose work focuses on healing from the impact of suicide. Her book, The Gift of Second; healing from the impact of Suicide, is endorsed by The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention as one of the top resources after a suicide. A video she made in encouraging all of us to be aware of our language around the subject got picked up by The Mighty in 2016. Kari was an admirer from afar, utilizing Brandy’s blog and book as resources to teach others about suicide loss and to show people that they’re not alone.

Brandy’s Video on The Mighty
Jen Hatmaker’s For the Love 
Brandy’s Website
Brandy’s The Gift of Second
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Connect with Brandy on Facebook 
Bob Goff's Everybody Always

Episode 4: Karen Walrond

Join us today as we have our conversation with Karen Walrond. Karen is follow podcaster, blogger, photographer, leadership coach, author, and speaker. She calls for everyone to look for the light in all things. She has appeared on both local and national television and other news media, including PBS, Huffington Post, CNN.com and The Oprah Winfrey Show. She has won several awards, including the YWCA Houston Outstanding Woman Award. Whether through one-on-one coaching, retreats and workshops or online courses, Karen helps encourage others on their path to their own self-discovery using tools rooted in the field of positive psychology and focused introspection, guiding one toward a more fulfilling life.

Connect with Karen:

The Beauty of Different 

Episode 3: Melissa Peter

This episode we learn about how Diet Coke tastes better from a soda fountain machine---especially if that drink is coming from McDonalds with a lime wedge. Melissa Peter is the founder and program director for Bayou City Blessings in a Backpack. On this episode she tells us what a food desert is and how God is using her and a cast of THOUSANDS to help the underserved in Houston. Bayou City Blessings started feeding 50 children in 2012 and serves close to 1200 students on a weekly basis in three different area schools. She is a testament to what God can do with tenacity, a HUGE heart and sprinkling of creativity.

Episode 2: Molly Carr

Join us today as we meet with #OffensivelyGenerous Molly Carr while we gain more understanding about what she is doing with the Harvest Food Truck in the Montgomery County area.  Molly shares what her ministry is doing and how their first year goal of sharing 3,000 meals was blown past to serve 17,000 meals through this ministry. She has 32 years of ministry experience and is doing some challenging and rewarding work to connect people and share in each others lives through a meal or serving others with this ministry. The church that the Harvest Food Truck works with is St. Isidore Episcopal Church.

You can follow Molly and the Harvest Food truck on the following Social Media outlets:

Harney & Sons Cinnamon Sunset Black Tea
Hamilton Original Broadway Cast Recording
The West Wing Weekly Podcast
The West Wing Completes Series

Episode 1: Christy Orman

This episode we have Christy Orman sit next to us and discuss her ministry and her experiences as the director of CUSE Houston, or Cathedral Urban Service Experience. Christy will discuss what CUSE is and who can serve through the program.  She was the lead coordinator for the Christ Church Cathedral and Episcopal Diocese of Texas during Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.  In this episode she shares about Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and stories of how people were loved through the outreach of so many.

CUSE Houston
Christy Orman Email
The Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer
Jen Hatmaker, For The Love Podcast
Two Priests in a Pod

Episode Zero

Hear the story of how this podcast idea was born and brewed. Get to know how we take our favorite drink, a few of our favorite things and listen while Kari tries out her British accent (it’s a smasher!) Come snuggle up in a chair (or carpool line), fill up your cup and settle in for a visit.

Celestial Seasonings Tea
Harney & Sons Cinnamon Spice Tea
International Italian Creamer
Merit Coffee
Shea Moisture w/frankincense & myrrh
Manready Mercantile Bergamot & Teak Soy Candle
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Ordinary People, Ordinary Things
Royal Bingo


We really love sharing a cup of something wonderful with our friends and neighbors. We don't all vote the same way or go to the same church. We don't share the same favorite colors or drink orders at the local coffee shop. We don't always get along. But we've found that it's easier to understand someone when you sit heart to heart, cups in hand. There's room to share what God is brewing in me and what God is brewing in you - and then watch how that understanding infuses our lives. Welcome to You Brew You, the podcast.