Episode 34: Third Coast Charm with Tori McClure

When today’s guest comes to mind, a thousand memories flood Kari’s senses - the sounds of worship and laughter, the smells of Dolce & Gabbana and sunscreen, the taste of salty tears from a good cry with a sister-friend and amazing food at the Los Lessner table (thank you Ron!), the sights of her daughters snuggled up close to her side and the feel of hands held together during prayer. Tori McClure is a real live Rock Star in our opinion, and not just because she writes, plays AND sings music that you can actually listen to on iTunes. But because she is authentic and genuine and sold out for Jesus. We love her on You Brew You - and chance are you already do too! I mean - she DID write our music. Y’all, scoot over and make room at the table for our favorite musician, Tori. (Incidentally, she is tiny but she likes to sit criss-cross applesauce which makes us love her even more!)

Tori’s Website: http://torimcclure.com
Tori’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deartorimcclure/
Apple Cider Drink 
Shampoo: Marc Anthony  
Ben Rector Music
If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey  
Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin  
Inspired by Marty Cagan 
Remember God by Annie F Downs 

Episode 33: Run with the big girls!

When Kari first met this week's guest they were both trying to find ways to link up with a whole slew of new "sister-friends" - and sweet Julie Shreve had a camera in her hands. That camera was her connector. Julie is an AMAZING aunt, a worship leader, a realtor, a two time half marathon runner and a connector of friends. Julie's blog is one of the things God is workin' on in her - but there is PLENTY on the horizion. Kari calls her the girl from the mid-west with a heart as big as Texas. Y'all scooch over and make room at the table for Julie Shreve.

Julie's blog: http://www.runwiththebiggirls.com

Episode 32: Veteran's Day

In honor of Veteran's Day we are pleased to share a new opening (a blog post that Kari wrote after the death of her cousin James Bradsher, III - who served several tours with the Army in Afghanistan) and a the re-airing of the You Brew You Episode 14 of her cousins Katie Draheim-Youmans Eichler and Kenzie (that first aired in July) about the life and service of Sgt Joshua Youmans (Kari's cousin.) We at You Brew You want to thank the men and women who serve in our armed forces both here and abroad. Thank you for your service.

Episode 28: Sacred Ground and Sticky Floors with Jami Amerine

Jami Amerine is the author of the popular book and blog Sacred Ground, Sticky Floors, where she posts about Jesus, parenting, marriage, and the general chaos of life. She holds a master’s degree in Education, Counseling, and Human Development. Jami and her husband, Justin, have six kids and are active in foster care.

Kari and Jami visit in the car (because coffee shops are loud, yo!) about how she unintentionally became a Christian writer/blogger. Her writing went viral with An Open Letter To My Children, You’re Not That Great and then shot forward with the release of her book Stolen Jesus.

Connect with Jamie on Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sacredgrounds.stickyfloors/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jamiamerine/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/sacredsticky/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamiamerine

Buy the Book and Visit The Blog

Episode 27: Makeshift Farms & Editing with Rachel Jones

Rachel Jones is Kari and Kim’s nutty-sweet friend Rachel is the Associate Editor for Forward Movement, a publishing ministry in the Episcopal Church, the parent company of Forward Day By Day. She works in Cincinnati and lives in rural northern Kentucky on a 90 acre farm (Makeshift Farms) that she and her husband, D.W., found on Craigslist. They have a dog, some cats, chickens, rabbits and a prolific jalapeno garden. Some of the harsh realities of farming lend themselves to food for thought as well as food for the belly. The way Rachel shares the duality of farming and editing has had Kari journaling since their chat.

Some things referenced in this episode:
Holderness “Our Biggest Fight: The Battle of the Bra” 
Irish Acres Gallery
The Glitz

Follow Rachel:
Facebook: Rachel Jones

Amazon Prime is her fav!
Kari is featured in one of Rachel’s projects this year:
O Wisdom, Advent Devotions on the Names of Jesus

Episode 24: No Coconuts Were Cracked in the Making of this Podcast with Jillian Morales

No coconuts were cracked in the making of this podcast today - you’ll have to listen to understand those shenanigans. But there was a copious amount of laughter (and a few snorts) from both Kari our guest Jillian Morales, the Queen of Positive Self-Talk. This includes (but is certainly not limited to) Fish Whispering, Master Juggler of all the Things, Professional Freelance Makeup Artist Encourager, Dietary Nutritionist and Motivational Mommy Mentor. Kari had a blast spending time with Jillian outside a coffee shop/juice bar, in her car in the middle of a thunderstorm. Jillian talks candidly about her daily choice to make time for the things that are important to her — family, friends, beauty and health.

Follow Jilliam on Instagram:
@jillian_mor (for beauty & lifestyle) and @fitsperation_withjillian (for healthy eating tips)

Quotes by Jillian Morales:
Her personal mantra: I am awesome, the universe is awesome and we are one.
When you take on too much you end up losing yourself.
We are all beautifully different.

Products discussed:
Urban Decay 
Maybelline Clear Mascara 
2 Faced Melted Matt Liquid Lipstick 
Sheet Masks 
Terri Savelle Foy (podcast) 
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

Episode 23: You Have Our Votes for "Public Servants of the Year" with Gabe and Kim Duran

Gabe and Kim Duran (our first couple - and the first guy on You Brew You!) are two of the world’s most fabulous people, and our pick for “Public Servants of the Year!” Kim is the assistant EMS Manager at Texas A&M EMS while Gabe works as a police officer, the city of Bryan. They share a calling as first responders, though in totally different capacities, and give us a glimpse into the life of those who serve and protect. They make ONE INCREDIBLE announcement - this is one episode of You Brew You, you don’t want to miss. Thank you, Kim & Gabe for all you and your co-workers do. We honor you today!

Mr. Yuk (a.k.a. Poison Control) 1.800.222.1222
Travel Coffee Grinder: https://amzn.to/2PycZHi 
AeroPress Coffee Maker: https://amzn.to/2Q4N1fR 
Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs : https://amzn.to/2Q4RM8S 
Rosalums: A Camp Allen Alumni Community on facebook

Episode 22: Harvey Moms Spreading Kindness One Idea at a Time with Stephanie Mooring

Coming up on a year since Hurricane Harvey, Kim and Kari traveled out to Clear Lake, Texas to meet with Stephanie Mooring. She and her husband have two kiddos, a six year old girl and a two year old boy, and we caught her the day after they returned from a family road trip. Stephanie and group of her stay-at-home-mom friends were immediately moved to help those affected by the Hurricane Harvey and haven’t stepped spreading kindness since. Each using their unique gifts, these women continue to respond to the direct needs of those in their community, from providing Halloween costumes to thirty kids to partnering with Learning Resources to give 500 toys during the holiday season to filling the role of contractor for a family’s home repair project in Pearland - just to name a few. Be inspired by these women of heart and action. They are helping their community with their kids in tow.

Dunkin Donuts Hazelnut Blend  
Italian Sweet Cream Creamer  
Hattie Now Designs Jewelry 
Justin Timberlake Music  
Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life by Jen Hatmaker  
Eat Pray Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert  
Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor  
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell and David Catrow 

Episode 21: Finding Joy In Plan Bee! with Rachel Najera

Hands down Rachel is our guest with the most infectious laugh - to date! Her joy radiates through the conversation with Kari as she shares how life took a different turn than the one she originally set out on.

Former physical therapist, Rachel Najera’s found herself choosing a different set of intentions after the birth of her son, Little Ric. With her DIY sensibility and a homemade lotion bar, what started as a family bonding time, slowly grew to a family business that became her very own Rachel’s Plan Bee.

In August of 2018 this natural skincare company celebrated it’s 6th birthday - with cupcakes and so much JOY!

Rachel reminds us that even though things may not go as planned, you can create something beautiful with a Plan Bee!

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/RachelsPlanBee/

Rachel’s Peach Margarita recipe. 2 ripe peaches 1/2 oz lime juice 2 oz tequila 1/2 oz orange liqueur 1/2 oz elderflower liqueur 1/2 oz simple syrup (or to taste) 1 oz sparkling water crushed ice (2) rocks glasses

Natural Deoderant - Smarty Pits https://www.grove.co/catalog/product/prebiotic-deodorant/?v=2490&attrsrc=18&attrpg=catalog

Our personal favorite Beach Body https://www.rachelsplanbee.com/collections/body/products/shimmering-body-oil

Rachel Hollis “Girl Wash Your Face” https://amzn.to/2PqHGPx

Episode 20: I'm Glad You Asked; The Game to Get Us Talking with Tracie Jae

Kari sits down with Tracie Jae, lover of Converse All Stars, a woman who speaks her mind whenever possible, and wants people to ask good questions of themselves and of the world. She’s a mom of three with her youngest at home, about to graduate from college. Tracie Jae has created a game called aim Glad You Asked. It encourages people to get to know each other in a deep, meaning, and fun way! She woke up from a deep sleep and had all the instructions on her heart and in her head. The response to the game has been amazing, noting that it have given them an opportunity to get to know the people around them in a real way, not just know about them. I’m Glad You Asked is non-competitive, and the only aim is to put down your phone and have great conversation. Questions like these invite conversations like no other! Examples of prompts include: I’m impressed by... Have you visited the Hamptons? Can you quote Jay Z? What’s your favorite website? Can you quote Indiana Jones? Light seasoning or heavy seasoning?

Tracie Jae has events coming up, as well as expansion packs and a redesign, so be on the lookout!

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/traciejae/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=519794367 
Website: http://traciejae.com 
Glad You Asked Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gladyouaskedgame/ 
Glad You Asked Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/sogladyouasked 
Glad You Asked Website: https://www.gladyouaskedgame.com 
Sweet Tea: https://amzn.to/2AUuFKT
Converse All Star Canvas Shoes:https://amzn.to/2M2l6i0 
The Art of Now by Eckhart Tolle: https://amzn.to/2nlNehh

Episode 18: Healing and Empowering through Community at the Magdalene House, Austin with The Rev. Beth Magill

Friends, move over and make room for the wonderful Beth Magill! She is an Episcopal priest and currently serves as the Rector of St. Michael’s in Arlington, Virginia. Kari and Beth discuss Magdalene House, which is a two year residential program focused on wholistic healing for women who have experienced trafficking or prostitution. She started a location in Austin, Texas, and modeled it after the original location in Nashville, Tennessee. Women choose to participate in this self-directed program. Each location works to create a social enterprise that moves the Magdalene House to be self sufficient. Beth encourages listeners to be curious conversation partners about the needs of your own community.

Thistle Farms  
Lipsyl Lipbalm 
Organic Manuka Honey Drops 
Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History Podcast 
Small Great Things: A Novel by Jodi Picoult 

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 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 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.