Ali Wren

whole-hearted living, healthy-minded eating

Esther Be

A couple weekends ago, I had the opportunity to be a part of the Esther Be Gathering at The Madame Walker Theater in downtown Indianapolis. Esther Be was created by my friend Stacy to gather women to lead their generations out of exile through the release of shame, guilt and fear! I shared my story […]

Open Society

Inventive and fresh, Open Society Public House is a new-ish coffee and wine bar, serving South American inspired cuisine in the Meridian Kessler neighborhood. I’ve been there for brunch, afternoon coffee, and dinner. The handcrafted cashew-date milk is a tasty dairy-free option for lattes. They offer delectable homemade gluten-free and vegan treats, as well as gluten-free, vegan, and […]

Friendship for High Schoolers

A couple weeks ago I spoke about friendship to a youth group of high school girls. I shared about how friendship, at its best, is a gift from God. Here is an outline of what I shared: The story of Ruth and Naomi, and how God used Ruth to rescue Naomi. They were both different […]

Festiva

My husband and I love Tinker Street, and owners Peter George and Thomas Main recently opened up Festiva–a casual 21+ atmosphere with an authentic Mexican style menu created by head chef Rachel Hoover. We tried out Festiva on New Year’s Eve and loved it! We recently returned and they exceeded our expectations. Just like Tinker […]

Dear 19 Year Old Self

Dear 19-year-old self, I remember your thin, bony frame. Trying to cover it up with baggy clothes. The way you watched other women, longing to attain their carefree joy. The ache in your soul, wishing you could let down your guard, too afraid to let people in. Slipping away when it was time to eat. […]

Egg Muffins

These egg muffins have been a hit in our home. I’m on my second round of Whole30 (follow along on Instagram!), and Adam is eating as much of what I make as he can. I baked up 2 dozen, and froze half so I was ready for the following week! Ingredients:  16-18 eggs (I started […]

Chia Pudding

I’m on my second round of Whole30* (follow @whole30ali on Instagram for daily meals), and I’ve been eating the same thing for early-morning breakfasts: a whole30-compliant Larabar and hard-boiled egg, egg muffin, or RX bar. I wanted to add something else to the rotation, so I experimented with chia pudding. And it was a nice […]

2016 Reflection

My word for 2016 was SEEK. I tried to seek patience, faithfulness, gratitude, hope, joy, and beauty instead of seeking worry, doubt, fear, and negativity. There were also a lot of prayers I was seeking–for myself, my family, and my friends. I’ve been reflecting on the year in my prayer journal, and even though 2016 […]

Simple Style

If you asked me to sum up what I love and how I hope to inspire others with my life, I would tell you that I want to live a life of authenticity, beauty, and simplicity. I want to encourage others to live as they are–to be confident in who they were made to be, […]

Happy Anniversary to A Couple Cooks!

I am so excited to be a guest on the one-year anniversary episode of A Couple Cooks Podcast! Alex and Sonja Overhiser are the creative brains behind A Couple Cooks, and I’ve been a huge fan of their blog for years. They believe that “real, whole food not only tastes good, but can do good for our […]