My guest for Happy Hour #121 is Erin Loechner. Erin is the founder of Design for Mankind, and has been speaking and blogging for more than a decade. Her heartfelt writing and design work has been showcased in The New York Times, Lucky, Parenting, Dwell, Marie Claire, Elle Decor, Huffington Post, and a two-season HGTV.com web special, garnering more than one million fans worldwide. She has spoken for and appeared in renowned international events for clients such as Walt Disney World, IKEA, Martha Stewart and Home Depot. Now nestled in a Midwestern town, Erin, her husband, and their children strive for less in most areas except three: joy, grace, and goat cheese.

If our conversation sounds like a personal counseling session, that's probably because it was. God has been doing a lot in my heart about where I find my approval, and my conversation with Erin was so timely and therapeutic. We talk about social media – the benefits, but also the pitfalls and dangers. We also chat about her upcoming book, Chasing Slow, and her thoughts and pursuits of a slower lifestyle. I read her book earlier this fall and highly recommend it. You can pre-order today for it's January 10 release.

Y'all, let me just take a quick minute to say thank you so much for an incredible year. 2016 was a great year for The Happy Hour with more than 3 million downloads! I'm so thankful for you listening to the show, loving it and sharing it with your girlfriends. You make this show possible and I am so grateful. We have some exciting things planned for 2017, so make sure to stay tuned. Enjoy your New Year's, have a happy hour with a friend, and we'll see you on the other side!

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Erin's Book: Chasing Slow

Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger + Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver + Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion + Blue Nights by Joan Didion + A Mile Wide by Brandon Hatmaker + She Reads Truth by Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams + Falling Free by Shannan Martin+ Wild in the Hollow by Amber C. Haines + Wild and Free by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan + Rare Bird by Anna Whiston-Donaldson+ Eight Twenty Eight by Ian & Larissa Murphy

What Erin is loving: Mrs. Meyer's Iowa Pine Candle, candied pecans, and her slippers

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Erin

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Connect with Jamie

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram


Out of the Spin Cycle


Out of the Spin Cycle: Devotions to Lighten Your Mother Load by Jen Hatmaker helps moms step out of the ‘spin cycle’ of everyday life to sit down with Jesus every day. Following Jesus shouldn’t be just one more thing on our to-do list. Jen helps us understand, through 40 devotions, that creating space and time for focusing on our relationship with God is as important as making sure our kids eat breakfast or we get them to school on time. You can find this book online at amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com.

Africa New Life


Africa New Life Ministries exists to help children escape the cycle of poverty in Rwanda. Key to this intervention is making sure children receive the food they need to succeed. Consistent, nutritious food is vital for children to not only have healthy bodies, but to also learn, grow, and thrive. Food is the first essential in establishing stability. For $.83 a meal, you can provide the gift of food this Christmas. Help release a child from poverty today at www.foodisrwanda.org