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Feb 27 2019

CTLP Episode 105- Memory Making Mom with Jessica Smartt


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Show Notes-

On Cultivating the Lovely this week, MacKenzie Koppa chats with Jessica Smartt, author of the new book Memory-Making Mom: Building Traditions That Breathe Life into Your HomeJessica and her husband live in North Carolina with their three children, whom Jessica homeschools. Today MacKenzie and Jessica chat about the themes in the book, as well as some related topics including:

  • How Jessica was inspired to start building traditions with her family
  • Jessica’s book writing process and how she worked at being intentional throughout
  • Recognizing that we don’t have to do it all or be overwhelmed by the idea of starting traditions


  • Doing the work of being intentional is worth it, in spite of the hard things we face
  • Traditions don’t have to be big things to be meaningful
  • The importance of adding beauty to daily routines while accepting who we are as individuals
  • Jessica’s favorite memory-making opportunities
  • Making a set time to remember what God has done for your family
  • Spending time one-on-one with each child
  • A typical day in the life of Jessica and her family

Current Lovelies

Jessica: meeting with her prayer partners on a regular basis for mutual uplifting

MacKenzie: drinking tons of water and taking vitamins and supplements to shake off the illness that took her voice away

Resources Mentioned


Memory-Making Mom

Loving the Little Years by Rachel Jankovic

Girls’ Club by Sally Clarkson


Andrew Peterson


It’s a Wonderful Life

Find Jessica-

You can find Jessica on her website, You can also follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Koppa on Instagram, Facebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course! You can also listen to her family-friendly podcast The Same Page!

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