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The Home Hour with Kirsten Dunlap & Graham Smith

Design, DIY, and gracious living
The Home Hour with Kirsten Dunlap & Graham Smith

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Design, DIY, and gracious living. This is the Home-Ec class you wish you’d taken in school. Join hosts Graham Smith and Kirsten Dunlap, two moms on a mission to help others create elegant, livable, welcoming homes. Real moms, real families, real budgets, real homes.

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Foolproof Meal Planning to Save Time & Money! Episode 149

Jun 20, 2019 52:56

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Today on Welcome Home, we’re revisiting one of our most talked about episodes, meal planning! By the end of this episode, you’ll be well on your way to creating a system that will not only save countless hours, and dollars, but have you entertaining like a pro at the drop of a hat. We’ll dig into the specifics of Graham’s magical meal binder that has worked for her for almost a decade and we’ll chat about what go-to-dinners we’re loving now. Plus why Walmart has become the new Neiman Marcus, Kirsten’s true feelings about Salmon, and-- right in time for the 4th of July- -our shared moral dilemma over mini-American Flags. Recipe for OUR FAVORITE Grilled Chicken Marinade: 6 T Mayonnaise 3 T Apple Cider Vinegar 3 T Lemon Juice 1 T Salt 1/2 T Pepper 2 T Sugar Mix all together and pour over 8-10 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, sliced lengthwise to make thinner. Marinate 1-12 hours, then grill Thanks to Anita Barnes for the Wonderful Recipe!   SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: ANA LUISA Ana Luisa brings exceptional jewelry into the life of every woman - one collection at a time.  The creators of Ana Luisa come from the world of high-fashion jewelry, where they’ve spent years designing for the most coveted brands. Their mission is to offer the same high quality directly to you – without the high mark-up. It takes 20 tons of earth mining to produce a single ring of gold. That’s why brands refuse to tell where their gold comes from. That’s why we use 100% recycled gold in our products. Cheap breakable jewelry is rarely recycled, it’s a huge waste for the environment. Big brands charge you 10 times the cost of production - We eliminate the retail mark-up, keeping the prices as fair and accessible as possible. Ana Luisa  products come from the same jewelers as Tiffany’s and Louis Vuitton, we are so confident in our quality that we offer a complimentary one-year warranty on every product Check their designs out at www.analuisa.com/WelcomeHome and use promo code WelcomeHome10 for $10 off of your purchase. We know you will love them!   SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: CARBONA Carbona is a household brand that’s been helping people live a life unstained for more than a century (how’s that for experience!?).  They are whole-heartedly obsessed with all things clean, so they developed a wide range of solutions, from laundry to carpet care, that deliver impressively tidy results. In addition to being passionate about cleanliness, they are also science-savvy! Each of their products is scientifically-formulated to effectively take on the task at hand. Try any of these great products from Carbona! Color Grabber:  (Laundry) Keeps clothes looking new longer!  This allows you to wash mixed-colored laundry loads with confidence and prevents color runs and bleeds. Stain Devils:  (Laundry) #1 specialty stain remover! So much better than a multipurpose remover. No two stains are alike, so you need to treat the stain with a specific formula.  2 in 1 Carpet Cleaner : Oxy-powered formula with Active Foam TechnologyTM for effective stain and odor removal (takes out everything from mud to wine!) Built-in 2 in 1 brush top tackles stain at the surface AND deep in the carpet fiber.  2 in 1 Pet Stain & Odor Remover : Oxy-powered formula with Active Foam TechnologyTM is engineered to permanently remove pet stain AND odor. It  also discourages re-soiling Steam Carpet Cleaner : For a full- room deep clean! Remove set-in-soil from carpets and is perfect for high traffic areas. This is safe for all steam cleaning machines Washing Machine Cleaner  Eliminates washing machine odors and maintains machine parts. Complete with activated charcoal to attract odor-causing residue (first of its kind to utilize activated charcoal!) Use code WELCOMEHOME at Carbona.com to save 20%. Happy cleaning!            

Why House Arrest is Better than Moving Houses; Episode 148

Jun 6, 2019 56:37

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On today’s episode we’re helping you pack up, say goodbye, and start life afresh--it’s our HOW TO MOVE WELL EPISODE!   We’ll offer tips and tricks on hitting the ground running, and a few what not to do’s as well! Plus... luxurious 90’s bedrooms, why house arrest may be the ultimate form of self care, and what may just be the best new potluck party theme idea we’ve ever heard of. This episode was inspired by a question from a listener:  “We are a military family who moves every 2-3 years. We are preparing for a move. In order to celebrate our time in this current location as well as to honor the friendships we've made, we plan to throw ourselves a "Goodbye Party." This will also be an efficient way to say goodbye to many people at one time. We've found when we move, it is such a busy time, we do not always have time for one-on-ones with individuals. My question is: how do I word all this on an invitation? It feels awkward to call this a GoodBye party since we are hosting it ourselves! But that is what it is. Links mentioned in this episode: https://makespace.com/blog/posts/moving-packing-tips/ https://www.updater.com/moving-tips/top-50-moving-hacks-of-all-time https://www.shutterfly.com/ideas/going-away-party-ideas/ https://www.extraspace.com/blog/life-transitions/welcome-new-neighbors/ https://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/clean-and-organize/9-ideas-for-welcoming-new-neighbors   SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: ANA LUISA Ana Luisa brings exceptional jewelry into the life of every woman - one collection at a time.  The creators of Ana Luisa come from the world of high-fashion jewelry, where they’ve spent years designing for the most coveted brands. Their mission is to offer the same high quality directly to you – without the high mark-up. It takes 20 tons of earth mining to produce a single ring of gold. That’s why brands refuse to tell where their gold comes from. That’s why we use 100% recycled gold in our products. Cheap breakable jewelry is rarely recycled, it’s a huge waste for the environment. Big brands charge you 10 times the cost of production - We eliminate the retail mark-up, keeping the prices as fair and accessible as possible. Ana Luisa  products come from the same jewelers as Tiffany’s and Louis Vuitton, we are so confident in our quality that we offer a complimentary one-year warranty on every product Check their designs out at www.analuisa.com/WelcomeHome and use promo code WelcomeHome10 for $10 off of your purchase. We know you will love them! SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: GREEN CHEF Green Chef  is a USDA certified organic company that makes eating well easy and affordable with plans to fit every kind of lifestyle Meals plans include: Paleo, Plant Powered - Vegan & Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Keto, Gluten-Free, and Omnivore. Recipes are quick and easy with step-by-step instructions, chef tips, and photos to guide you along Green Chef makes cooking easy and affordable with with dinner options that work around your lifestyle – not the other way around With Green Chef’s wide variety of high quality, clean ingredients, you can feel great about what you’re eating and how it got to your table We have a great deal for our listeners! For a total of $75 off, that’s $25 off each of your first 3 boxes, go to www.GreenChef.us/whpodcast75     SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: CARBONA Carbona is a household brand that’s been helping people live a life unstained for more than a century (how’s that for experience!?).  They are whole-heartedly obsessed with all things clean, so they developed a wide range of solutions, from laundry to carpet care, that deliver impressively tidy results. In addition to being passionate about cleanliness, they are also science-savvy! Each of their products is scientifically-formulated to effectively take on the task at hand. Try any of these great products from Carbona! Color Grabber:  (Laundry) Keeps clothes looking new longer!...

TRAVEL!

May 21, 2019 1:00:40

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On today’s episode, we’re stamping our passports, letting our imaginations run wild, and talking all about travel! Crystal clear Caribbean waters you never knew were so close, Balineasian rice patties, and Embassy Suites for three day weekends! From last minute travel to trips planned years in advance we're talking about everything from real life concerns when traveling with kids to which fantasy vacations we've been dreaming of!  We're asking a travel expert  Beth Flowers of Brownell Travel to share her thoughts on where to take our families for our next trip. Plus how Game of Thrones is inspiring vacationers all over the world, why a British toy store tops both our kids’ lists of favorite travel memories, and why Kirsten wears the training bra of travel. All that and more on this week’s episode of Welcome Home   SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: CARBONA Carbona is a household brand that’s been helping people live a life unstained for more than a century (how’s that for experience!?).  They are whole-heartedly obsessed with all things clean, so they developed a wide range of solutions, from laundry to carpet care, that deliver impressively tidy results. In addition to being passionate about cleanliness, they are also science-savvy! Each of their products is scientifically-formulated to effectively take on the task at hand. Try any of these great products from Carbona! Color Grabber:  (Laundry) Keeps clothes looking new longer!  This allows you to wash mixed-colored laundry loads with confidence and prevents color runs and bleeds. Stain Devils:  (Laundry) #1 specialty stain remover! So much better than a multipurpose remover. No two stains are alike, so you need to treat the stain with a specific formula.  2 in 1 Carpet Cleaner : Oxy-powered formula with Active Foam TechnologyTM for effective stain and odor removal (takes out everything from mud to wine!) Built-in 2 in 1 brush top tackles stain at the surface AND deep in the carpet fiber.  2 in 1 Pet Stain & Odor Remover : Oxy-powered formula with Active Foam TechnologyTM is engineered to permanently remove pet stain AND odor. It  also discourages re-soiling Steam Carpet Cleaner : For a full- room deep clean! Remove set-in-soil from carpets and is perfect for high traffic areas. This is safe for all steam cleaning machines Washing Machine Cleaner  Eliminates washing machine odors and maintains machine parts. Complete with activated charcoal to attract odor-causing residue (first of its kind to utilize activated charcoal!) Use code WELCOMEHOME at Carbona.com to save 20%. Happy cleaning!      

Spring Clean Your Life, NO Cleaning Involved! Episode 146

May 9, 2019 52:22

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On today’s episode, we’re talking spring cleaning! But don’t worry, there is not a broom or mop in sight! Instead, we’re chatting about a few things that we think have passed their prime and need to be kicked to the curb.   Will you agree with us?  Do you have a list of your own?  What are you just so OVER? Plus...Why Cracker Barrel is the Neiman Marcus of country cooking,  the truth about whether Graham is really over her obsession with Suze Orman, and a serious look at all things bacon. All that and more on this week’s episode of Welcome Home.   This episode is based on the Washington Post's Annual Spring Cleaning Article.   SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: AURA FRAMES Aura makes gorgeous, living room-worthy frames and was picked as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things of 2018, which is 2nd time on the list (2016)! The frames feature ultra high definition display; it's the best screen resolution on the market! You'll also receive unlimited free photo storage, so you never run out of space. The frame utilizes a free, easy-to-use app. Simply choose your photos and they'll appear on your frame like magic, wherever it is in the world. No memory cards required. We've got a great deal for "Welcome Home" listeners:  Visit www.Auraframes.com and use code “welcomehome” for $50 off any frame!    SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: CARBONA Carbona is a household brand that’s been helping people live a life unstained for more than a century (how’s that for experience!?).  They are whole-heartedly obsessed with all things clean, so they developed a wide range of solutions, from laundry to carpet care, that deliver impressively tidy results. In addition to being passionate about cleanliness, they are also science-savvy! Each of their products is scientifically-formulated to effectively take on the task at hand. Try any of these great products from Carbona! Color Grabber:  (Laundry) Keeps clothes looking new longer!  This allows you to wash mixed-colored laundry loads with confidence and prevents color runs and bleeds. Stain Devils:  (Laundry) #1 specialty stain remover! So much better than a multipurpose remover. No two stains are alike, so you need to treat the stain with a specific formula.  2 in 1 Carpet Cleaner : Oxy-powered formula with Active Foam TechnologyTM for effective stain and odor removal (takes out everything from mud to wine!) Built-in 2 in 1 brush top tackles stain at the surface AND deep in the carpet fiber.  2 in 1 Pet Stain & Odor Remover : Oxy-powered formula with Active Foam TechnologyTM is engineered to permanently remove pet stain AND odor. It  also discourages re-soiling Steam Carpet Cleaner : For a full- room deep clean! Remove set-in-soil from carpets and is perfect for high traffic areas. This is safe for all steam cleaning machines Washing Machine Cleaner  Eliminates washing machine odors and maintains machine parts. Complete with activated charcoal to attract odor-causing residue (first of its kind to utilize activated charcoal!) Use code WELCOMEHOME at Carbona.com to save 20%. Happy cleaning!      

Life to the Extreme with Ty Pennington; Episode 145

Apr 25, 2019 41:52

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On today’s episode, we’re talking with the one and only Ty Pennington about his new show, new book, and why America is so enamored with DIY and home renovation. We’ll take you behind the scenes of Extreme Makeover Home Edition and talk about why getting to help real life families in need might just be the greatest job in the whole world! Plus, what it takes to be the Christopher Columbus of the Television DIY Movement, why building someone a coffin may just land you your dream job and the truth about what really happens in 48 hours on Trading Spaces. Sponsor Spotlight: Green Chef Green Chef is a USDA certified organic company that includes everything you need to easily cook delicious meals that you can feel good about. Meals plans include: Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Mediterranean, Heart Smart, Lean & Clean, Keto, Gluten-Free, and Omnivore so there is certain to be a plan that works perfectly for your family. Let Green Chef do the meal planning, grocery shopping, and most of the prep for you week after week with a diverse array of recipes that range from global cuisines to classic comfort foods all with a signature touch.  Recipes are quick and easy with step-by-step instructions, chef tips, and photos to guide you along! For $50 off your first box of Green Chef, go to GreenChef.us/whpodcast   SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: AURA FRAMES Aura makes gorgeous, living room-worthy frames and was picked as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things of 2018, which is 2nd time on the list (2016)! The frames feature ultra high definition display; it's the best screen resolution on the market! You'll also receive unlimited free photo storage, so you never run out of space. The frame utilizes a free, easy-to-use app. Simply choose your photos and they'll appear on your frame like magic, wherever it is in the world. No memory cards required. We've got a great deal for "Welcome Home" listeners:  Visit www.Auraframes.com and use code “welcomehome” for $50 off any frame! 

How We’re Alike & How We’re Sooo Different!

Apr 11, 2019 55:15

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On today’s episode, we’re digging into our 20 year friendship and talking about how we’re so alike and all the ways we’re different. From daily routines, to our favorite foods, to our most likely fashion and style choices, we’re chatting today about  how best friends can be so similar… yet shockingly different. Plus, how this podcast made a difference in a local town council, why Graham doesn’t bother to fight with Kirsten, and the number one quality we’re looking for when hunting for friends. All that and more on this week's episode. SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: AURA FRAMES Aura makes gorgeous, living room-worthy frames and was picked as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things of 2018, which is 2nd time on the list (2016)! The frames feature ultra high definition display; it's the best screen resolution on the market! You'll also receive unlimited free photo storage, so you never run out of space. The frame utilizes a free, easy-to-use app. Simply choose your photos and they'll appear on your frame like magic, wherever it is in the world. No memory cards required. We've got a great deal for "Welcome Home" listeners:  Visit www.Auraframes.com and use code “welcomehome” for $50 off any frame!  SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: BUFFY COMFORTER Buffy makes comforters that are better for you and the earth, using skin-friendly eucalyptus fabric and fluffy fill made from 100% recycled water bottles. The Buffy comforter has over 11,000 reviews — customers agree it is the softest, fluffiest comforter they’ve ever tried. Buffy is made from naturally-soothing eucalyptus fabric,  a unique material that’s softer than cotton and naturally soothes skin. This comforter is hypoallergenic. Buffy’s thoughtful materials and construction shuts out dust, mold and mites - preventing nighttime breathing of harmful allergens. Buffy believes bedding is personal, so they offer a complimentary trial. Try a comforter in your own home for 30-days. If you don’t love it, return it free. For $20 off your Buffy comforter, visit Buffy.co and enter the promo code "WELCOMEHOME"

Small Steps to Big Changes; Episode 143

Mar 28, 2019 40:23

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On today’s episode we’re asking the big questions about what gives us purpose and how we can start  taking small steps towards turning our passions into realities! Join hosts Kirsten & Graham as we chat with fellow mom, life coach, and all around smart lady, Alexandra Terhalle about how we can discover what we really want to do with our lives and how to go after it. Alexandra coaches clients online virtually around the globe via Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, etc. and offers complimentary sessions so that people may  learn a bit more and experience coaching for themselves!  She is also offering a free 45 minute session for our listeners with the code WELCOMEHOME when you book an appointment online! If you would like to reach Alexandra, shoot her an email coach@AlexandraTerhalle.com.   SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: Buffy makes comforters that are better for you and the earth, using skin-friendly eucalyptus fabric and fluffy fill made from 100% recycled water bottles. The Buffy comforter has over 11,000 reviews — customers agree it is the softest, fluffiest comforter they’ve ever tried. Buffy is made from naturally-soothing eucalyptus fabric,  a unique material that’s softer than cotton and naturally soothes skin. This comforter is hypoallergenic. Buffy’s thoughtful materials and construction shuts out dust, mold and mites - preventing nighttime breathing of harmful allergens. Buffy believes bedding is personal, so they offer a complimentary trial. Try a comforter in your own home for 30-days. If you don’t love it, return it free. For $20 off your Buffy comforter, visit Buffy.co and enter the promo code "WELCOMEHOME"

Hack and Tips for Parties and Entertaining! Episode 141

Mar 14, 2019 54:25

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Today on Welcome Home .. It’s time to PARTY! It’s our quasi-annual look at all things entertaining. We’ll talk all about the parties we’re planning, the best events we’ve attended, our very strong opinions on RSVPs, and why the neighborhood hardware store should be your first stop when shopping for party supplies.  Plus, back-room deals with the Whole Foods Fish Monger, buying wine on the honor system, Graham’s inside track with Yeti Coolers. and why Burlington Coat Factory is so much more than great coats… or is it?!?!   SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: Blood Score: Bloodscore delivers medical grade, physician-authorized lab tests right to your door.  You get the wellness labs you need from just a few drops of blood collected at home. Bloodscore makes HEALTHY easy because it lets us check in on our health from home. No appointments, lab visits, or hassle!  Instead of getting the confusing black-and-white lab results that you and your doctor are used to seeing… you get color-coded, easy-to-understand charts and graphs on an interactive dashboard. Plus… Bloodscore gives you a PERSONALIZED list of supplements, diet changes, and exercise programs to improve your health— all based on your Bloodscore results and wellness goals. Check it out at Bloodscore.com and use the coupon code welcomehome to get 20% off an at home test kit!     ZOLA: Zola, the wedding company that will do anything for love, is reinventing the wedding planning and registry experience to make the happiest moment in couples' lives even happier. Create a FREE wedding website at Zola in minutes. You can add photos, stories about how you two met, travel and accommodations info, and even recommend things to do for your guests while they’re in town for your wedding If you register at Zola, your Zola registry automatically integrates into your Zola wedding website, so guests can get all the details they need and buy you a wedding gift in one convenient place! Zola now has matching save-the-dates and invitations! Plus a FREE guest list manager: add your guests to Zola’s tool and they’ll help you collect missing addresses, format your addresses, and track RSVPs To start your free wedding website or registry on Zola, go to www.ZOLA.com/welcomehome Warby Parker   Warby Parker was founded with a rebellious spirit and a lofty goal: to create boutique-quality eyewear at a revolutionary price point. A collaboration between four close friends, Warby Parker was conceived as an alternative to the overpriced and bland eyewear available today. By circumventing traditional channels and engaging with customers directly through their website and retail stores, Warby Parker is able to provide high-quality, good-looking prescription eyewear at a fraction of the price. Warby Parker is also eyewear with a purpose Almost one billion people worldwide lack access to glasses.  Warby Parker partners with non-profits like VisionSpring to ensure that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need. We believe that everyone has the right to see. Glasses start at $95, including prescription lenses. Lenses include anti-glare and anti-scratchcoatings. Blue light filtering lenses are also now available! "Have an iPhone X? Make sure to download Warby Parker's app, where you can use their brand-new Virtual Try-On, allowing you to try on eyeglasses – seeing the realistic color, texture, and size of each style, using just your phone!Free Want to see for yourself? Enjoy the FREE Home Try-On program. Order 5 pairs of glasses, and try them on for 5 days -- there is no obligation to buy! Ships free and includes a pre-paid return shipping label. Head to warbyparker.com/welcomehome to order your free Home Try-On’s today.

Mindblowing Sex 101! Episode 141

Feb 28, 2019 47:53

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DISCLAIMER:  Today's episode is intended for adult audiences only. Please listen on headphones or wait till the kiddos aren't around.  On today’s episode, we’re stepping out of our comfort zone and talking about sex!  How to love it and why it’s so important to date your husband again! We can't wait to introduce you to Brooke Christian, from Flirty Girl Guide, the website where sex and motherhood collide! Brooke shares her thoughts on why it's so important to make good sex a priority and how exactly we can turn our boring mom sex lives into ecstasy.   Plus, why silicone isn’t just for baking sheets, art gallery level sex toys, and why that necklace and bracelet you’re wearing for date night might not be what it appears to be All that and more on this week’s episode of Welcome Home.   SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: Buffy makes comforters that are better for you and the earth, using skin-friendly eucalyptus fabric and fluffy fill made from 100% recycled water bottles. The Buffy comforter has over 11,000 reviews — customers agree it is the softest, fluffiest comforter they’ve ever tried. Buffy is made from naturally-soothing eucalyptus fabric,  a unique material that’s softer than cotton and naturally soothes skin. This comforter is hypoallergenic. Buffy’s thoughtful materials and construction shuts out dust, mold and mites - preventing nighttime breathing of harmful allergens. Buffy believes bedding is personal, so they offer a complimentary trial. Try a comforter in your own home for 30-days. If you don’t love it, return it free. For $20 off your Buffy comforter, visit Buffy.co and enter the promo code "WELCOMEHOME"

What We’re Reading, Watching, & Listening to Now! Episode 140

Feb 14, 2019 59:58

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Today's episode is all about content! we’re talking about what we’re reading, watching, listening too, and currently enjoying.   Join hosts Kirsten and Graham as we dig into our favorite books, podcasts, magazines, and  television shows. We'll also be discussing  why the way in which we consume content seems to be just as important as what content we’re actually consuming. PLUS, Why a 2011 suburban is considered an “old fashion car”, how to study Spanish in the shower to maximize every moment, and why Kirsten is listening to audio books, EVEN when she’s podcasting… All that and more on this week’s episode of Welcome Home!   Sponsor Spotlight: Zola, the wedding company that will do anything for love, is reinventing the wedding planning and registry experience to make the happiest moment in couples' lives even happier. Create a FREE wedding website at Zola in minutes. You can add photos, stories about how you two met, travel and accommodations info, and even recommend things to do for your guests while they’re in town for your wedding If you register at Zola, your Zola registry automatically integrates into your Zola wedding website, so guests can get all the details they need and buy you a wedding gift in one convenient place! Zola now has matching save-the-dates and invitations! Plus a FREE guest list manager: add your guests to Zola’s tool and they’ll help you collect missing addresses, format your addresses, and track RSVPs To start your free wedding website or registry on Zola, go to www.ZOLA.com/welcomehome

How not to have your home kill you; Episode 139

Jan 31, 2019 38:36

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On today’s episode we’re talking about health and wellness as it relates to our houses.  We’re getting all science-y, and not trying to get too freaked out about all the gross stuff lurking in our homes.  Dive in with us, to learn some easy cleaning hacks to make our homes safer. We're talking with Courtney Lebedzinski from Wholesome Houses Wholesome Houses  is where Courtney distills the best research, strategies, and technologies from the experts in the building biology, indoor air quality, environmental medicine, functional medicine, building science, and holistic health professions. She'll give us some simple strategies and solution to create our own wholesome houses!   Plus... LINT: the silent killer, the resurgence of the famous horsehair mattress, and enough vodka to kill… well, pretty much everything!  All that and more on this week’s episode of Welcome Home!   Sponsor Spotlight: Green Chef Green Chef is a USDA certified organic company that includes everything you need to easily cook delicious meals that you can feel good about. Meals plans include: Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, Keto, Gluten-Free, Omnivore, and Carnivore so there is certain to be a plan that works perfectly for your family. Let Green Chef do the meal planning, grocery shopping, and most of the prep for you week after week with a diverse array of recipes that range from global cuisines to classic comfort foods all with a signature touch.  Recipes are quick and easy with step-by-step instructions, chef tips, and photos to guide you along! For $50 off your first box of Green Chef, go to GreenChef.us/whpodcast

Beyond Bunco; A fresh look at Mom Clubs! Episode 138

Jan 17, 2019 48:16

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On today’s episode, we’re now accepting membership applications!  Kidding! But we are talking all about clubs. Whether it's moms' clubs, dads' clubs or just any way for like minded people to come together to create community around shared interests, we're ready to chat! Join hosts Kirsten and Graham as we talk about what clubs we’ve enjoyed being part of and what actually makes a good club work well. Plus, how Kirsten was really the brain child behind Blockbuster Video, a club where hamburger consumption is  not required--- but STRONGLY ENCOURAGED, and guess which host once had an entire organization created just to bring her down? All that and more, on today’s episode of Welcome Home.

No More Mom Jeans! How to clean out your closet and find your own sense of style! Episode 137

Jan 4, 2019 39:02

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On today’s episode, we’re talking about style... and our admitted lack thereof! Join hosts Kirsten and Graham on our first episode about fashion. We’re bringing in style expert, Jennifer Mackey-Mary, the creator of Apple & Pear Wardrobe Design.  Can getting ourselves dressed in the morning really ever be fun and easy? Jennifer says YES! We'll learn about the four main body types (and how to dress them!) what items we should stop spending money on, where we should actually splurge, and what the heck a capsule wardrobe is anyway. Plus, we chat about Kirsten’s favorite Old Navy Running Shorts, Graham’s one woman’s quest to bring back pedal pushers, and what on Earth to wear on days that include neighborhood parks, yard work, and a ladies luncheon!

Health & Weight Loss Goals; Special Bonus Episode

Dec 21, 2018 40:37

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On today’s special bonus episode of Welcome Home, Kirsten is taking over the show! Join Kirsten as she chats with her dear friend and Health Coach Stacy Barrett about how she lost 45lbs and has kept it off.. and all she gained when she lost the weight. Today's episode is all about being honest about where we are, where we've been, where we've struggled and thankfully, where we've seen success in terms of our health and our weight. Whether you are listening to this episode as it airs and thinking all about your goals for the new year, or if you're hearing this far into the future.... if now is the time you feel ready to make a change please reach out. You can email us directly at healthcoach@thewelcomehomepodcast.com and we can set up a time for a 15-30 minute phone call. We'd love to chat and are so excited to begin this journey to Optimal Health with you!  

Predictions for 2019! Episode 136

Dec 20, 2018 47:11

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On today’s episode of Welcome Home, we’re saying goodbye to 2018 and making our predictions about 2019.  Join hosts Kirsten & Graham as we talk about all the trends we see coming in food, fashion, and home decor.  We think this is  pretty funny because we are the last to ever embrace a trend!  We'll also discuss refrigerators made with too much technology, which colors Graham looks amazing wearing, and what to do when you suspect someone has poisoned your Fettuccine Alfredo! SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: AURA FRAMES Aura makes gorgeous, living room-worthy frames and was picked as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things of 2018, which is 2nd time on the list (2016)! The frames feature ultra high definition display; it's the best screen resolution on the market! You'll also receive unlimited free photo storage, so you never run out of space. The frame utilizes a free, easy-to-use app. Simply choose your photos and they'll appear on your frame like magic, wherever it is in the world. No memory cards required. We've got a great deal for "Welcome Home" listeners:  Visit www.Auraframes.com and use code “welcomehome” for $60 off any frame!  SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: AUDIBLE It’s the time of year when everyone is thinking about thoughtful gifts! AND... now is the best time to think about giving yourself the gift of an Audible membership. Access an unbeatable selection of audiobooks including best sellers, motivation, mysteries, thrillers, memoirs, and more. You can choose 3 titles every month: 1 audiobook and 2 Audible Originals you can’t hear anywhere else. Listen on any device, anytime, anywhere: at home, at the gym, on your commute, or just on the go. You’ll also enjoy easy audiobook exchanges, rollover credits, and an audiobook library you keep forever – even if you cancel. Right now, for a limited time, you can get 3 months of Audible for just $6.95 a month. That’s more than half off the regular price!  Visit www.audible.com/welcomehome or text "Welcome Home" to 500 500 to receive this amazing offer! Give yourself the gift of listening. And while you’re at it, think about giving the gift of Audible to someone on your list!    

Holiday Manners to Make Magical Memories; Episode 135

Dec 6, 2018 55:58

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On today’s episode, we’re elevating our etiquette game... and just in time for the holidays! We’re breaking out the linens, the china, and our warmest smiles and chatting with the Grande Dame of Interior design, Holly Holden!  From presenting the little league team snacks on a silver platter, to turning dinner place cards into a party game, we're talking about how to elevate our everyday happenings into magical moments. Plus, we once again discover that the TRUE secret to entertaining involves always making your guests feel at home. All that and more  on this week’s episode of  Welcome Home! More about our Guest: Holly Holden is an interior designer based in Farmington, Connecticut. She loves to teach others about the touches that make an interior elegant, comfortable, and timeless. She is thrilled to introduce you to her new channel, Holly Holden on YouTube! Look for a new episode EVERY THURSDAY! She is delighted to be sharing her experience and timeless advice on interior design, elegant entertaining, and gracious living each week. You can subscribe to this channel at:www.youtube.com/c/hollyholdendesign  Holly has also created a new weekly e.mail newsletter, Mummy's Monday Manners, featuring etiquette tips and even some forbidden faux pas to avoid. She will forever be grateful to her mummy for sharing this unwritten code of etiquette with her! Click here to sign up for a sparkling tip each Monday morning:   www.hollyholden.com/mummys-monday-manners/. Mummy would be proud! For more information on all things Holly, please visit www.hollyholden.com. Sponsor Spotlight: Green Chef Green Chef is a USDA certified organic company that includes everything you need to easily cook delicious meals that you can feel good about. Meals plans include: Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, Keto, Gluten-Free, Omnivore, and Carnivore so there is certain to be a plan that works perfectly for your family. Let Green Chef do the meal planning, grocery shopping, and most of the prep for you week after week with a diverse array of recipes that range from global cuisines to classic comfort foods all with a signature touch.  Recipes are quick and easy with step-by-step instructions, chef tips, and photos to guide you along! For $50 off your first box of Green Chef, go to GreenChef.us/thehomehour Sponsor Spotlight: Sudio Sweeden Sudio is revolutionizing the way people see headphones, as not just a tech device but also an accessory. Vasa Blå is the perfect harmony of studio-quality sound and Scandinavian minimalist design. Sudio’s Vasa Blå wireless earphones feature carefully tuned internal drivers and amplifiers to separate distinct sounds within the music - giving you an authentic, almost-like-being-there listening experience. These earphones boast up to 8 hours of unlimited play-time with a unique standby mode for up to 10 days of battery life, giving you ultimate wireless freedom. Its unparalleled design, coupled with being the lightest on the market to-date, makes the Vasa Blå the perfect companion for any Bluetooth enabled device. Don't miss the special promotion going on until the end of December that offers a free gift box that includes a pair of the Tio with every purchase! (This hybrid model is so lightweight you might forget that you’re wearing them.) Visit sudio.com and use the code WELCOMEHOME to earn 15% off any purchase and free worldwide shipping.  

The ULTIMATE Holiday Gift Guide 2018! Episode 134

Nov 22, 2018 1:04:16

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On today’s episode of Welcome Home, we’re solving all your gift giving problems with "The Ultimate Santa Wish List!"  From what to buy for your nearest and dearest to what to get those hard to shop for people in your life, this episode is a long one, but worth every minute.  Join hosts Kirsten & Graham as they chat with Welcome Home Favorite, Rachel Gerli about how to fill that space under the Christmas tree with gifts everyone will adore! This episode will make your holiday shopping list a breeze! Keep Reading.... SHOPPING GUIDE BELOW: SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: AURA FRAMES Aura makes gorgeous, living room-worthy frames and was picked as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things of 2018, which is 2nd time on the list (2016)! The frames feature ultra high definition display; it's the best screen resolution on the market! You'll also receive unlimited free photo storage, so you never run out of space. The frame utilizes a free, easy-to-use app. Simply choose your photos and they'll appear on your frame like magic, wherever it is in the world. No memory cards required. We've got a great deal for "Welcome Home" listeners:  Visit www.Auraframes.com and use code “welcomehome” for $60 off any frame!  SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: HOLLY & TANAGER Holly & Tanager: Stylish Leather Bags & Wallet Holly & Tanager  handbags were born to keep up with your busy schedule while taking organization to the next level. Without ever sacrificing fashion for function, their timeless designs display a bold desire to accommodate a woman’s lifestyle effortlessly, day after day. Check out one of our favorite products: “The Professional Backpack Tote”, which effortlessly converts from a Backpack to a tote to a crossbody bag! "Welcome Home" listeners get 15% off your first order!  Visit: https://hollyandtanager.com/thehomehour and use the promo code THEHOMEHOUR at checkout.   HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2018: Getting in the spirit!      Meri Meri Advent Calendars ($18+)  they also make the best Christmas crackers!      Costco German Beer Advent Calendar ($65)       Trader Joes for Gingerbread Kits      Snow Man Kit ($10) Hostess gifts for the holidays       Olive oil (Whole Foods)       Diptique Hand Soap ($35)       Match Striker ($15-30)      Wine Coasters from Williams Sonoma ($15-25)      If you’re staying overnight, get her something for the home,  like one of these Monogrammed Herringbone Throws by Matouk ($75 including monogram) Your friend who is constantly renovating, decorating, and then redecorating:      Marble Tray from H&M ($30), they also have boxes, candlesticks, etc < $30      Lidded Box ($59) just the perfect size for hiding remote controls on the coffee table!      Ginger Jar Ornaments ($75 now 20% off) Foodies      Food Ornaments – turkey, ramen, chocolate croissants, butter, bacon – just google it!      Laguoile Oyster Set from French Farm ($65 – 30% off on Cyber Monday)      Misto Olive Oil Sprayer ($10)      Microwavable Egg on a Bagel Maker ($25)       Gadgets in an Oven Mitt – like this cool avocado slicer ($10)       Fancy Hot Chocolate and a Milk Frother ($16)       Cookbooks! Your friend who is kind of a hippie    Bloomscape Plant Delivery (starts at $35)    Solitary Bee Hive ($40)    Aromatherapy Set ($25 for set of 3)    Spitfire Girl (Gift Sets starting at $35)    Yeti Yoga or Magic Carpet Yoga Mat ($40-98) Globetrotters    Travel Bags to Organize your suitcase (affordable option on Amazon for $20, Monogrammed Seersucker on Tuckernuck for $60 for a pair)    Brics Duffel Spinner ($199) or an Away Suitcase ($245) for hardside (monogrammable!) Kids! Baby/Toddler:    Crocheted Fruits + Veggies from Freja Toys on Etsy ($8-50)    Bla Bla Dolls ($62)    Rockers from Crate + Kids ($129)    Colonial Playhouse ($119 - $159) Kids:

Tips for a Smooth Holiday Season; Episode 133

Nov 8, 2018 44:07

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On today’s episode, we’re thinking about how to create a smooth and simplified holiday season by getting a jump start on the planning now. We promise that a thoughtful November will lead to a peaceful December! Join hosts Kirsten & Graham as we share our ideas and strategies for the best holiday season ever. We'll talk about everything from grocery store turkey dinners, simple Costco hams, the Christmas decorations we secretly hate, and why the heck is everyone so scared to throw a holiday party on a Saturday.   AND.... we've got a BIG SURPRISE! The Home Hour has a brand new name and we can’t wait to Welcome YOU Home to our brand new show!  All that and more, on this week’s inaugural episode of Welcome Home! Sponsor Spotlight: Holly & Tanager: Stylish Leather Bags & Wallets Holly & Tanager  handbags were born to keep up with your busy schedule while taking organization to the next level. Without ever sacrificing fashion for function, their timeless designs display a bold desire to accommodate a woman’s lifestyle effortlessly, day after day. Check out one of our favorite products: “The Professional Backpack Tote”, which effortlessly converts from a Backpack to a tote to a crossbody bag! As a listener of The Home Hour, get 15% off your first order!  Visit: https://hollyandtanager.com/thehomehour and use the promo code THEHOMEHOUR at checkout.

The Chill Up Your Spine Could be Real! The Home Hour, Episode 132

Oct 25, 2018 44:24

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On today’s spooky scary episode of the Home Hour, we’re talking about what you need to know if you think your house is haunted!  No, for reals, this is important! Or maybe not? This episode is all about the serious, the scary, and the silly of spirit life.  Join hosts Kirsten & Graham as they chat with fellow mom and real life ghostbuster, Kim Johnston to learn the  ins and outs of graciously welcoming a ghost to your home. (Yes, even ghosts need a little “Welcome Home” every now and then!) Plus, toilet seat ground rules when sharing your bathroom with a ghost, why you should never buy a house painted blue, and what to do when the baby sleeps through the night, but the ghosts still need sleep training! Links We Mentioned on the Show: SCARE of Alabama Large California White Sage Frankincense and Myrrh Essential Oil Combo Pack  Copaiba (Copal) 100% Pure, Best Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil  Sponsor Spotlight: Bark Box: Monthly Dog Joy just a click away! Established in 2011, BarkBox is the dog-crazy, dog-obsessed company that celebrates the special connection you share with your dog. They create a monthly gift that both you and your dog [...]

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More Cozy and Less Stuff! The Home Hour, Episode 131

Oct 11, 2018 37:38

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On today’s episode we’re asking the question: Can a home be minimalistic and yet cozy? Hosts Kirsten and Graham welcome their wonderful guest, Myquillyn Smith to get some very practical advice about how to create houses that are warm and welcoming, yet functional and uncluttered. We’ll learn how to have “More Style AND Less Stuff! Myquillyn is the creator of the popular blog, “Nesting Place” and the author of the new book Cozy, Minimalist Home. Plus, we’ll chat about the trifecta of decorating, why everyone is hanging art all wrong, the prettiest pool in North Carolina, and how we finally found a festival we’re excited to attend! SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: Holly & Tanager  handbags were born to keep up with your busy schedule while taking organization to the next level. Without ever sacrificing fashion for function, their timeless designs display a bold desire to accommodate a woman’s lifestyle effortlessly, day after day. Check out one of our favorite products: “The Professional Backpack Tote”, which effortlessly converts from a Backpack to a tote to a crossbody bag! As a listener of The Home Hour, get 15% off your first order!  Visit: https://hollyandtanager.com/thehomehour and use the promo code THEHOMEHOUR at checkout.   SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: We [...]

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Listener Questions About Homes! The Home Hour, Episode 130

Sep 27, 2018 51:07

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On today’s episode we’re answering your questions… and we’re asking a few ourselves! Join hosts Kirsten and Graham as we share all the best, worst, and most stressful things about our own homes! We’re also crowd-sourcing our listeners to hear their answers to the same questions. We’ll talk about everything from the brick-a- brack that fills our homes to our favorite go-to-hostess gifts. Plus, we’ll chat about Kirsten’s houseplant graveyard, Graham’s DIY trendy pink pants, flaming British deserts, and the heated debate over Google vs. a set of encyclopedias. SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: Green Chef:  Let Green Chef do the meal planning, grocery shopping, and most of the prep for you week after week! With Green Chef’s wide variety of organic ingredients, you can feel great about what you’re eating and how it got to your table. Green Chef is a USDA certified organic company that includes everything you need to easily cook delicious meals that you can feel good about. Meals plans include: Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, Keto, Gluten-Free, Omnivore, and Carnivore. For $50 off your first box of Green Chef, go to GreenChef.us/thehomehour Paint Your Life: Custom Handmade Portraits Painted from Your Photos!  Have your favorite moments memorialized so they can be cherished forever!  Artwork is [...]

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Homes & Money with Suze Orman: The Home Hour, Episode 129

Sep 13, 2018 49:30

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On today’s episode we’re digging into home life in a whole new way! We’re talking about houses and lifestyles in terms of our finances and we’re doing with the Queen of Money herself: Suze Orman.  Join hosts Kirsten and Graham as we chat with Suze about what we’re doing right and what we’re doing wrong when it comes to how we handle money and the financial choices we should be making.  Plus, find out why Graham gets APPROVED for travel, why Kirsten’s dream of a second home gets DENIED. And you won’t believe the Home Hour exclusive scoop on those famous gold earrings! Sponsor Spotlight: Epic Screen time that’s not really screen time? Yes PLEASE!  Back to School Season is in full swing and Kirsten and Graham (and our kids!) are loving their subscriptions to Epic! Epic! has a huge library of more than 25,000 high-quality, popular children’s books, videos, quizzes and more — for kids in grades preschool to 6th grade.   Epic! is personalized for each child based on reading level and interests. If you have multiple children, they’ll each get their own “profile” that tracks their reading and recommends books appropriate to their level –and that’s all for the same monthly [...]

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How We Do Disney! The Home Hour, Episode 128

Aug 30, 2018 47:16

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It’s the happiest place on Earth… and at Sea!  Join hosts Graham and Kirsten as we discuss life with everyone’s favorite mouse! It’s the Disney Episode of the Home Hour! From Kirsten’s love of the Disney Cruise, to Graham’s Magic Kingdom Birthday tradition, we’re sharing our Disney experiences and our favorite ways to “Do Disney”   We also chat about finding Main Street USA in the heart of France, a steamer trunk full of glittery Halloween princess costumes, why you may want to think twice about Space Mountain with a 5 year old, and the extreme controversy of adults visiting Disney sans kiddos! Sponsor Spotlight: Aura Frames Aura’s WiFi smart frame is the easiest way to display photos in your home. It’s phone to frame instantly…and all in a gorgeous frame! FROM APP TO FRAME, INSTANTLY: An iPhone/Android app allows anyone in your family to share photos via WiFi.  UNLIMITED PHOTO SHARING : You and your family can share unlimited photos to the frame without subscription fees. STUNNING CLEAR DISPLAY:  Jaw-dropping clear 2048×1536 resolution display ensures photos display in vibrant clarity, presenting family photos beautifully. Rotate for vertical or horizontal display. GESTURE CONTROL: Simply swipe left or right to see more [...]

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19 Kids, 2 Podcast Hosts, & Counting: A Chat with the Duggars! The Home Hour, Episode 127

Aug 21, 2018 48:24

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On today’s special bonus episode of The Home Hour, we’re talking to Michelle & Jim Bob Duggar from TLC’s hit show, “19 Kids and Counting”  Join hosts Kirsten & Graham as we visit with the patriarch and matriarch of the large family we’ve all watched for years!  We talk about how they stick to a schedule while still remaining flexible, live on a budget and avoid taking on debt, keep a positive attitude while focusing on character, and of course, their strong Christian faith that rests at the center of  it all. Resources the Duggars Mentioned: Intended for Pleasure by Ed Wheat Financial Freedom Course Managers of the Home by Teri Maxwell Cozi Calendar  Family Conferences 49 Character Traits Sponsor Spotlight: Epic Screen time that’s not really screen time?  Sign me up! It’s the height of the Back to School Season and Kirsten and Graham (and our kids!) are loving their subscriptions to Epic! Epic! has a huge library of more than 25,000 high-quality, popular children’s books, videos, quizzes and more — for kids in grades K-6.   Epic! is personalized for each child based on reading level and interests. If you have multiple children, they’ll each get their own “profile” [...]

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Are We Too Old for That? The Home Hour, Episode 126

Aug 16, 2018 52:38

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Today’s episode will appeal to the young at heart and the old lady in all of us! Join hosts Graham and Kirsten as we talk frankly about some of the things we’ve “aged out of”, other things that we definitely haven’t, what we probably should age out of, and what we haven’t quite aged into. We may have been best friends since college, but we’re not the same women we were when we met in our teens. Today we’re chatting about how we’ve grown out of some of our old ways, what we’re still clinging to, and the old lady things we see (often excitedly!) coming on the horizon! Plus, Graham’s love of arthritis creams, Kirstens fear of frozen yogurt toppings, and what constitutes a classy scarf vs. a trashy scarf! Also… this episode had TONS of great deals for our listeners so be sure to check the sponsor spotlight for coupon codes! SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: O’verlays®: Transform Your Furniture and Your Home! O’verlays® are decorative fretwork panels that come in several patterns and sizes. They are lightweight, paint-able and easily attach to furniture, doors, walls and glass. Customize your furniture and accessories with O’verlays® or use O’verlays® Kits sized to [...]

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How To Be Homemaker-ish: The Home Hour, Episode 125

Aug 2, 2018 43:59

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On today’s episode of The Home Hour we’re learning how to mother… LIKE A BOSS! Join hosts Graham & Kirsten as we push aside the old notions of Martha Stewart-perfection and talk to Kendra Hennessy of Mother Like a Boss! about real life homemaking. We’re walking that fine line between running an organized home but realizing that freedom is found in embracing imperfection! We’ll learn why it’s important that your family to do their part around the house and why homemaking is less about scrubbing and folding and more about creating the home life you envision. Plus, Graham’s little boy handwriting, the one word that made Kirsten’s heart skip a beat, and how we stumbled into the new slogan for motherhood… “Mom: Wiper of all the things!”   

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Win the Morning, Win the Day! The Home Hour, Episode 124

Jul 19, 2018 38:39

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Lazy summer living is in full swing, but we’re talking about why summer may just be the perfect time to get a jump on designing some morning routines so we’re ready to go when Fall rolls around. From morning exercise to what we make for breakfast to what major CEO’s do for their morning routines, join hosts Kirsten & Graham as we chat all about our morning rituals and why we think having a solid plan to attack the morning will make it a great day.  Plus, a historical look at why mornings may really starts at night, celebrating “Chicken & Biscuit Friday”, and the special moment when Graham realized Kirsten wasn’t actually a terrible mother. Sponsor Spotlight: Young Woodworkers As busy parents we’re always looking for ways kids can create with their own two hands — without needing our direct supervision or help. Young Woodworkers subscription kits are a great solution for stuck-inside rainy days, too-hot-to-play-outside days, or when it’s time to shut off the screens.  Young Woodworkers makes it easy for your kids to become makers and builders with their woodworking subscription kits for kids ages 7-12.  Every month your child will receive a high-quality, all-in-one project kit with [...]

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Reclaiming Your Life, Building Connections, and Conquering Mommy Burnout: The Home Hour, Episode 123

Jul 5, 2018 1:01:50

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Do you feel stressed? Lonely? Tired of the seemingly endless loads of laundry & dishes? Or perhaps you’re even sick of this same old conversation!  On today’s episode we’re not just talking about “mommy burnout” but we’re figuring out how to conquer it and make our lives richer and happier!  Join hosts Kirsten & Graham as we speak with Dr. Sheryl Ziegler, author, parenting guru, and psychotherapist about how to circumnavigate the guilt and stress that comes from trying to do it all. From diagnosis, to real life remedies we’ll dig into why more moms than ever are feeling so sad, alone, and anxious. We’ll also chat about what happens when kickball goes corporate, why a can of rusty nails and an old mattress are better than an i-pad, and why putting yourself first may be the best thing you can do for your family! Sponsor Spotlight: Young Woodworkers As busy parents we’re always looking for ways kids can create with their own two hands — without needing our direct supervision or help. Young Woodworkers subscription kits are a great solution for stuck-inside rainy days, too-hot-to-play-outside days, or when it’s time to shut off the screens.  Young Woodworkers makes it easy for [...]

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The Great Grocery Store Showdown: The Home Hour, Episode 122

Jun 21, 2018 53:03

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On today’s episode we’re tackling one of the most challenging and complex issues we all have to face (are we overstating it just a tad?) It’s the Grocery Store Showdown! Things get pretty intense as we chat about about where we grocery shop, what we buy at each store, why we feel the need to go to 6 different stores to get the supplies our families need… and of course which grocery store takes the CROWN in each of our books!  We’ll also chat about frozen food aisle thieves, Walmart nostalgia, and what the heck is ALDI anyway? SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: PEACOCK ALLEY   Hey Home Hour Listeners! If you are in the market for a little upgrade to your linen closet, then you must visit  Peacock Alley! Peacock Alley is our go-to site for gorgeous luxury bedding, bath basics, and fine linens. We love the that you can layer different styles to create your own unique bedroom oasis and that the sheets get softer with every wash!  We also love that many of their products can be personalized with beautiful, simple-to-order monogramming! (Like Kirsten’s gorgeous new shower curtain!!!) We are so excited that  Peacock Alley  has allowed us to put together a [...]

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My Friend Is Sick…What Do I Do?: The Home Hour, Episode 121

Jun 7, 2018 46:23

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On today’s episode we’re talking about the gracious art of caring for those we know and love…and specifically, how to do it when they’re sick. Join hosts Kirsten and Graham as we chat about how to be the perfect source of support, caregiving, and encouragement with guest Lee Cordon from the fantastic etiquette blog: Do-Say-Give. This episode is packed with useful ideas and guidelines to help navigate what can be challenging situations.  We’ll discuss what to say and what not to say, gifts for children in the hospital, how to truly make life easier for our friends and family, and ways to perk up those hard working hospital employees! SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: PEACOCK ALLEY   Hey Home Hour Listeners! If this episode has inspired you to purchase something lovely for a sick friend, or perhaps you are in the market for a little upgrade to your linen closet, then you must visit  Peacock Alley! Peacock Alley is our go-to site for gorgeous luxury bedding, bath basics, and fine linens. We love the that you can layer different styles to create your own unique bedroom oasis and that the sheets get softer with every wash!  We also love that many of their products [...]

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor: The Home Hour, Episode 120

May 24, 2018 48:28

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On today’s episode, we’re chatting all about neighborhoods! Join hosts Kirsten & Graham as we discuss what each of our neighborhoods are really like, how much we actually interact with our neighbors, and what does it mean to be a good neighbor anyway? Plus, we dive into the truth about neighbor shaming, caring for elderly neighbors, neighbors who put their beliefs and resumes on the front lawn, stealing the neighbors’ trash from their alleys, and how one legendary Molotov Cocktail forever changed our opinions about “Drinks with the Neighbors.” SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: PEACOCK ALLEY   Hey Home Hour Listeners! If you are in the market for a little upgrade to your linen closet, then you have to check out Peacock Alley! Peacock Alley is our go-to site for gorgeous luxury bedding, bath basics, and fine linens. We love the that you can layer different styles to create your own unique bedroom oasis and that the sheets get softer with every wash!  We also love that many of their products can be personalized with beautiful, simple-to-order monogramming! We are so excited about Peacock Alley that we have put together a little collection of some of our personal favorite items AND they are [...]

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How to Eat Healthy(ish) When Traveling: The Home Hour, Episode 119

May 10, 2018 51:05

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On today’s episode we’re packing the suitcases, while trying not to pack on the pounds! Join hosts Kirsten and Graham as we chat about upcoming summer travel and how we can best prepare to hit the road and keep ourselves healthy. From convention strategies to kids’ meal makeovers, we’re talking to registered dietician, author, blogger, and podcaster, Liz Weiss, of Liz’s Healthy Table to learn how to plan for healthy eating while traveling! We’ll also give you a peek into Birmingham’s award-winning restaurant scene and the fun weekend we just spent together at Mom 2.0. Sponsor Spotlight: Epic   We at the Home Hour are loving Epic! Epic! has a huge library of more than 25,000 high-quality, popular children’s books, videos, quizzes and more — for kids in grades K-6.  It’s basically screen time that’s not really screen time!  Epic! is personalized for each child based on reading level and interests. If you have multiple children, they’ll each get their own “profile” that tracks their reading, recommends books appropriate to their level, etc.–and that’s all for the same monthly price, even if you have multiple kids. The read-to-me books are also so fun for preschoolers and emerging readers.  Epic! is normally $7.99/month, which [...]

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I Didn’t Marry My Best Friend: The Home Hour, Episode 118

May 3, 2018 32:18

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I didn’t marry my best friend. But my best friend was there. She was a bridesmaid standing right next to me!  It seems like you can’t scroll through Instagram these days without seeing a cute throwback wedding photo and a caption celebrating the anniversary of “The day I married my best friend!” Is this just something women say? Or are their husbands really their best friends? And should they be? On today’s episode of The Home Hour, join hosts Graham and Kirsten as we talk about how we’re best friends, how the men we’re very happily married to our not our best friends, and why we think that is just fine!  Sponsor Spotlight: Care.com Care.com is the easy and reliable way to find care for everyone in the family—when and where you need it. With access to 8.6 million caregivers across 16 countries, Care.com is the world’s largest digital marketplace for care. So you’re sure to find the local caregivers you need, including nannies, sitters, housekeepers, senior care, dog walkers and more—full-time, part-time, anytime. And, we have a great deal for our Home Hour Listeners! Save 30% off a premium membership by visiting care.com/thehomehour.  

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A Bold Splash of Color to Create a Home You LOVE: The Home Hour, Episode 117

Apr 26, 2018 51:58

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Today on the Home Hour, we’re going back to our design roots and talking about turning our houses into homes we LOVE to live in.  Join hosts Kirsten & Graham as we chat all about making big, bold design choices with interior designer and Bossy Color Founder: Annie Elliot. From decorating kids’ spaces, to understanding lighting, to finding perfect paint colors; this episode is full of laughs, practical advice, and honest answers about how we really live. “Your house has to feel like you and make you happy- not bum you out! So let’s talk about how to make it yours!” ~Annie Elliott Sponsor Spotlight: The “What’s for dinner?” question is not going away anytime soon, which means dinner time can be stressful in our homes! But things may be looking up! We would LOVE to introduce you to our favorite solution: Prep Dish! Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you’ll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After only 1-3 hours of prepping on the weekend, you’ll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. Bottom Line: You’ll save time and have amazingly delicious [...]

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One Year Anniversary! (Plus our thoughts on Penelope Trunk): The Home Hour, Episode 116

Apr 12, 2018 48:12

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Today on the Home Hour, we’re celebrating one year of podcasting! WooHoo! Join hosts Kirsten and Graham as we take a look back at all we’ve learned in a year and all the ways The Home Hour has inspired us to live better! From the guests that surprised us, to the products we’ve tried, to the changes we’ve made in our own homes, we talk about all the good, all the bad, and even the hate mail that can come out of one year. Plus, after many requests from listeners, we share our thoughts on our most talked about interview to date: Penelope Trunk! Sponsor Spotlight: We all know dinner time can be absolutely crazy. And as we’ve discussed all year, the question of “What’s for dinner?” is not going away anytime soon: Enter our new favorite solution: Prep Dish! Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you’ll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After only 1-3 hours of prepping on the weekend, you’ll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You’ll save time and have amazingly delicious meals! And these meals [...]

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Backyard Chickens: What a Fuster Cluck!: The Home Hour, Episode 115

Apr 5, 2018 43:50

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On today’s episode, we’re scratching into the world of backyard chickens! Join hosts Kirsten & Graham as they chat with Debbie Williamson Smith, owner of Fuster Cluck Farms and expert on all things chicken raising!  Debbie discusses where to start, where you’ll likely go overboard, and all the reasons why the joys raising backyard chickens may outnumber the eggs they produce. Plus, we learn all about chicken owners who secretly eat KFC, footwear for chickens (it’s a thing?) and whether or not it’s okay to eat an egg salad sandwich on a plane. To learn more about Fuster Cluck Farms, follow Debbie on Instagram & Facebook.  

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We Ain’t Spring Chickens But We’ve Got A Spring in Our Step! The Home Hour, Episode 114

Mar 29, 2018 32:41

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Spring is HERE and we’re celebrating with our first ever Podcast Hop! Join hosts Kirsten & Graham as we chat about what we cook, where we travel, and what we’re doing in our houses to celebrate the arrival of our favorite season.  We’ll discuss spring holidays, spring meals, & spring cleaning. We’ll also touch upon spring chickens, slinkies, scurvy, and Kirsten’s first language!  But… most importantly, we’ve gotten together with a few other fabulous podcasters and we’ve all agreed to take on the same topic, interpret it however we like, and release all of our episodes this week. We’ll be hearing from  North South Makers, Shailey & Katie, & Style Matters to see how they finish the sentence:  “Spring is… ” Follow the below links to all of these shows. We think you’re going to be very happy that we’ve introduced you to more podcasts for your binge listening pleasure!   North South Makers: “We’re design bloggers, friends, and moms. We talk about all things DIY and making… and a little bit of momming. We believe if we can do it, then so can you!”   Shailey & Katie: “We’re two work-from-home moms/designers laughing their way through life, parenthood, and owning creative businesses.” Style [...]

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The Tarnished Wedding Registry and What It Looks like Years Later: The Home Hour, Episode 113

Mar 22, 2018 43:04

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Here comes the bride! Fifteen years later…with a broken can opener! Today on The Home Hour, we’re taking a look back at the wedding registries we created years ago! Join hosts Kirsten and Graham as we chat about what happened to all that loot we acquired, what we regret asking for, what we still love and use today, and how everything looks after over a decade of wear and tear! We also fantasize over the exciting imaginary question: what would we ask for if we could register today?  Sponsor Spotlight: KIND Snack Club Hey Home Hour listeners, don’t you just wish you could have added KIND Bars to your registry? We know you see them everywhere– your local grocery store, coffee shop or gym.  KIND Snacks are a favorite of Graham and Kirsten because they make delicious, healthy snacks using whole ingredients you can recognize and pronounce. We love them! Our kids love them! What’s not to LOVE!  Well, if you’re ready to try some tasty AND healthy snacks, we’ve got a special deal for you! Home Hour listeners, can try 10 KIND Bars for free, all you have to pay is shipping!  When you order the sample box, you’ll [...]

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Brutal Career Advice From Someone Unafraid to Share Her Opinions: The Home Hour, Episode 112

Mar 15, 2018 54:23

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Buckle up everybody because today’s episode is fast and furious!  We’re checking niceties and political correctness at the door and talking with one of the world’s most outspoken career coaches, the one and only Penelope Trunk. Join hosts Kirsten & Graham as we talk with Penelope about women and work, why video games may be better than books, and why Penelope told us we should spend more time playing tennis. Sponsor Spotlight: Princeton Review! In our house, evenings can be crazy and homework can be a big source of stress for our family!  While we both want to be “that mom” who is always available for homework help, the reality is that we’re often not available to help or we’re just not the ones who our kids are willing to learn from.  Enter Homework Help from The Princeton Review on-demand tutoring that matches kids with a tutor in under a minute. This is a lifesaver for busy parents! AND… Princeton Review has an amazing deal going. Home Hour listeners are able to try their tutoring service AT ZERO COST!!! Just click here to learn more: http://princetonreview.com/thehomehour.   

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Perspective! Looking ‘High’ to ‘Low’ and Learning To Be Happy in the Middle: The Home Hour, Episode 111

Mar 8, 2018 54:31

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What’s going on with you? No really, what’s up? Today on The Home Hour we’re talking about what’s happening RIGHT NOW in our world, our country, our states, our cities and towns, our neighborhoods,…and of course, in our own homes. Join hosts Kirsten and Graham as we chat about everything from world events like the drought in Cape Town to what’s being served up at our neighborhood restaurants. We start big then go small, and really dive in to what’s going on in our world. Plus, why Kirsten’s town in littered with lime colored bicycles, why Graham’s city is litter free thanks to the mysterious CLAW, and why Graham thinks Bridge may be making a comeback. (Yes – the card game!)    Sponsor Spotlight: Princeton Review! In our house, evenings can be crazy and homework can be a big source of stress for our family!  While we both want to be “that mom” who is always available for homework help, the reality is that we’re often not available to help or we’re just not the ones who our kids are willing to learn from.  Enter Homework Help from The Princeton Review on-demand tutoring that matches kids with a tutor in under [...]

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How to Shop for Your Home: The Home Hour, Episode 110

Mar 2, 2018 38:02

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On today’s episode, we’re getting back to the heart of our show and focusing on creating beautiful spaces.  Join hosts Kirsten and Graham as we chat with One King Lane senior buyer, Rachel Gerli, about online shopping for all things home!  We’re talking about how to create your own signature look in your home, which trends to be on the lookout for, and how to get the most bang for your buck when shopping for your house! Plus a spirited conversation about houseplants, an unedited look at Graham’s favorite coffee table accessories, and Kirsten’s continued devotion to all things brass.    Links we mentioned on the show: One Kings Lane Aquazzura for De Gournay   Sponsor Spotlight: As busy parents, Kirsten & Graham are always looking for ways kids can use their creativity and their own two hands — without needing our direct supervision or help!  Annie’s Kit Clubs are a great solution for sick days, snow days, or when it’s time to shut down the devices!   These high quality kits arrive every 4-6 weeks with the materials kids need to make a beautiful craft or woodworking project completely on their own. Choose from the Creative Girls Club craft projects [...]

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A Headline Making Trial and a Head of Lettuce: The Home Hour, Episode 109

Feb 23, 2018 48:37

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Today we’re talking birth trauma and gardening… we know it sounds crazy, but stick with us, it will all become clear. On this episode, we’re introducing you to a very special friend of the Home Hour, Caroline Malatesta, whose lawsuit made national headlines and is changing the way we look at childbirth. Join hosts Kirsten & Graham as we dig into Caroline’s incredible story of pain, fighting for justice, and how her decision to start a garden not only changed her yard,  but her entire outlook on life! We hope that this episode inspires our listeners and reminds us all that healing can be found in all different places. Read more about Caroline’s Story on Birth Monopoly.    Sponsor Spotlight: Annie’s Kit Clubs!     As busy parents, Kirsten & Graham are always looking for ways kids can use their creativity and their own two hands — without needing our direct supervision or help. Annie’s Kit Clubs are a great solution for stuck-inside winter days, sick days, or when it’s time to shut off the screens.  Kits arrive every 4-6 weeks with the materials kids need to make a beautiful craft or woodworking project completely on their own. Choose from [...]

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Do you have a Happy Sex Life? {Valentines Series Part 3}: The Home Hour: Episode 108

Feb 16, 2018 50:18

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It may be the day after Valentine’s Day but love is still in the air on The Home Hour! We’re wrapping up our Valentines month series with a frank conversation about why one of the least discussed elements of a happy home is also one of the most important. On today’s episode, hosts Kirsten and Graham are joined by licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Megan Fleming to discuss what it takes to have a happy sex life and why it’s so important. Dr. Megan Fleming has  been practicing sex therapy and marriage counseling in New York City for 15 years. To learn more about Dr. Megan Flemming and the many wonderful resources she offers,  please visit her website Great Life; Great Sex. Sponsor Spotlight: KIND Bars! Hey Home Hour listeners, have you ever tried a KIND Bar? (or are you already HUGE FANS like we are?) They make delicious, healthy snacks using whole ingredients you can recognize and pronounce. Well, if you’re ready to try some tasty AND healthy snacks, we’ve got a special deal for you! Home Hour listeners, can try 10 KIND Bars for free, all you have to pay is shipping! When you order the sample box, you’ll also get to try [...]

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What Men Want in their Houses {Valentines Series Part 2} The Home Hour: Episode 107

Feb 9, 2018 37:54

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It’s February! Love is in the air and we’re continuing our Valentine’s series by asking “What do MEN really want when it comes to their homes?” We’ve enlisted the help of friends all over the country to do some research for the Home Hour by taking our questions home to their husbands. Now, we’re here to report what the other sex is thinking when it comes to real estate, home decor, chores around the house, and entertaining at home!  From garages to man caves, grills to walking trails, superbowl parties to piano-side karaoke,  we give you the scoop on all things domestic from a male perspective!  …And in case you wanted to ask your own husband what he’s thinking, here are the questions we asked: What do you envision coming home to when you walk in the door at the end of the day? What is your expectation/picture of the “perfect” home? What kind of parties do guys like to throw at their houses?  What does your ideal party/event look like? What are the things you most wish you had in your home? What is your favorite/least favorite household chore? If you could change one thing about your house, what would it [...]

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Aphrodisiac Cooking {Valentines Series Part 1} The Home Hour: Episode 106

Feb 1, 2018 32:14

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It’s February and we’re celebrating Valentines Day all month long with a special three-part Valentine’s series all about, love, sex, relationships and trying to understand what men want anyway? On today’s episode we’re taking the bedroom into the kitchen with a chat about Aphrodisiac Cooking. Kirsten and Graham are joined by author and aphrodisiac food expert, Amy Reiley to discuss how we can heat up our cooking and our love lives! This episode is full of practical ways to include libido-enhancing foods in your meal planning and a historical explanation of how certain foods came to be thought of as aphrodisiacs. Amy Reiley is the author of several books including Fork Me, Spoon Me, Romancing the Stove, and Eat Cake Naked. Recipes we mentioned on this show: Chocolate Smothered Brie from Fork Me, Spoon Me: the sensual cookbook by Amy Reiley 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced   1 1/2 t butter   1 1/2 c dark chocolate chips   1/2 c heavy cream   6 oz wedge of ripe brie   1 pint strawberries, washed with stems on   1/2 French baguette   Put garlic on a baking tray and sprinkle chunks of butter on top. Toast under the broiler until [...]

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What To Do with Other People’s Stuff! The Home Hour: Episode 105

Jan 25, 2018 49:22

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We talk a lot on the Home Hour about organizing and decluttering and we agree that purging our homes is HARD! What if we need it someday? What if we regret getting rid of it? It cost so much to purchase! What if? What if? What if? But if we think it’s hard to part with our own stuff, how much harder is it to discard other people’s stuff? This episode is all about what to do with the hand-me-downs currently in your home and through it all we’re going to be looking at our things knowing that one day “our stuff” may become someone else’s “other people’s stuff”. Do we care if people keep it? Do we have things we really want others to have? We also talk about what to do, in very practical ways, to deal with the “stuff” left behind when a loved one passes Plus, family drama over mattresses, Graham’s distrust of her future daughters- in-law, and how we plan to recreate the Golden Girls in our real life retirements! Here’s a great article from Houzz on cleaning vs reupholstering vs replacing old furniture:  Sponsor Spotlight: KIND Snack Club! The Home Hour runs on KIND snacks! [...]

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New Year New You Part 3: How To Be A BEAUTIFUL Busy Mom! The Home Hour, Episode 104

Jan 18, 2018 50:27

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“Hey Beautiful!” Yeah, we’re talking to you! We spend a lot of time discussing how to take care of our homes and make them look their best, but today we’re putting all that aside and focusing on the lady who actually lives there! On this episode of the Home Hour, we’re getting real about beauty and what it takes to keep looking good as aging, busy moms— and we get very honest! Join hosts Kirsten and Graham as we chat with beauty expert Kathleen Jennings about her favorite products and devices to get gorgeous! We’ll hear what products are worth the splurge and where she saves money; as well as what are the best med-spa treatments and what we can do ourselves at home for less. Plus, The Great Botox Confession, the fear of developing Real-Housewife-Plastic-Surgery-Face, life-changing sheet masks under $2, and why no one “just woke up like this!” Keep Reading for all her favorite product recommendations and be sure to follow her on Instagram for more great advice!   I DIDN’T just “Wake up like this!” Keeping it Real! Beauty isn’t easy… but she looks great! Links We Mentioned on the Show: Kathleen Jennings Beauty Kathleen Jenning Beauty on [...]

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New Year New You Part 2: Time Management, Calendars & Schedules: The Home Hour, Episode 103

Jan 12, 2018 32:15

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Do you ever look back at your week and wonder how it shaped up the way it did? Does your calendar schedule send you into a tailspin?  This week on the Home Hour, we’re continuing our quest to make 2018 our best year yet and we’re sharing our tips and tricks for maintaining order in the busy world of home management. We’ve found that a carefully planned day puts us on a path to sanity and a more cohesive week.  Join hosts Kirsten and Graham as we discuss what strategies are working for us, where we’re falling behind, and our time management goals for the new year!  Plus we debate over paper vs electronic calendar, how we coordinate our to-do lists and calendars with our husbands, and Kirsten’s love for systems and white boards! Links We Mentioned in The Show: The Miracle Morning Book by Hal Elrod Make Your Bed Book  by Admiral William McRaven Trello Boards for Moms – Great Article!  SURVEY SAYS….. Hey Home Hour listeners, we would LOVE your feedback to make the Home Hour even better! Please Click HERE to take our short survey! Thanks so much!

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New Year New You Part 1, Household Budgeting with America’s Cheapest Family: The Home Hour, Episode 102

Jan 3, 2018 49:18

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It’s a new year at the Life Listened Network and we’re trying to make 2018 the best year ever! Join hosts Kirsten and Graham as we devote the entire month to improving our lives, our homes, and ourselves… one week at a time. On this episode of the Home Hour, we dive right into a topic that touches every area of our lives and our families: BUDGETING!!! We sit down with America’s Cheapest Family, The Economides, to talk about why a budget is so important, how get ourselves in the right place mentally to plan a budget, practical ways to execute your budget, and how to keep life fun without breaking your budget.   Steve & Annette Economides are NY Times Best Selling Authors, parents of five grown children, and Family Finance Experts. They are passionate about living the frugal lifestyle and sharing the fun, laughter, and freedom they’ve experienced. This has led them to write three books: America’s Cheapest Family gets You Right on the Money; Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half; The MoneySmart Family System – Teaching Financial Independence to Children of Every Age. Steve & Annette’s enthusiasm about household finances has earned them appearances on Good Morning America, Today Show, [...]

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Merry Chrismukkah! The Home Hour, Episode 101

Dec 22, 2017 39:08

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[contact-form] Merry Chrismukkuh! Christmas is days away. Hanukkah just ended. But whatever you’re celebrating this time of year, if you like delicious food then this is the episode for you! Join hosts Kirsten & Graham as they chat with chef, author, blogger, and curator of all things Jewish and awesome; Amy Kritzer. Amy Kritzer is the creator of the witty and deliciously tempting Jewish food blog and Instagram account, “What Jew Wanna Eat?” and the author of Sweet Noshings Cookbook.  Amy also runs the online store “Modern Tribe” On this episode of The Home Hour, we chat with Amy about how her love of Jewish food began and how she turned it into a career. We also talk about the deeper meaning behind food, using cooking to share your personal traditions with others, and awesome 90’s Bat Mitzvah invitations!

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What Was Hot and What’s Coming Next! The New Year’s Episode: The Home Hour, Episode 100

Dec 14, 2017 50:10

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Woohoo! It’s the 100th Episode of The Home Hour!!!  Well, 100-ish…. On this episode of The Home Hour we’re celebrating a real “team effort” on reaching the triple digits! We’re also thinking this is the perfect milestone moment to take a look back at the hottest trends of 2017 and a look forward to what might be the next big things coming in 2018. Join hosts Kirsten and Graham as we revisit this time last year and remember what was predicted to be the hottest fads in food, fashions, and home decor. Was our 2017 was as trendy as we thought or did we miss the boat?  We also dig into what are expected to be the emerging crazes for 2018 and decide whether we are on board or staging a boycott! Articles we mentioned on the show: 2017 General Trends according to Popsugar: https://www.popsugar.com/home/Biggest-Trends-2017-43169937 Food Trends: https://www.bonappetit.com/story/whole-foods-2018-food-trends Design Trends:  http://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/trends/ Wabi Sabi http://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/trends/a12813969/wabi-sabi-etsy-trend-2018/ Sponsor Spotlight:  Hello Fresh Looking for a way to keep your diet healthy and homemade while enjoying little quiet time cooking in the kitchen? HelloFresh makes it easy to create delicious meals at home without the stress of grocery shopping or meal planning. We have had [...]

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Cheers! A Beginner’s Guide to Cocktails, Holiday Drinks and Hangover Cures: The Home Hour, Episode 99

Dec 7, 2017 39:47

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We’re really getting into the spirits of the season…it’s the Holiday Cocktail Episode of the Home Hour! This episode is a beginner’s guide to mixing drinks and a look into how festive seasonal cocktails can help make your holiday merry and bright!  Join hosts Kirsten and Graham we chat with the amazing Hannah Chamberlain of Spirited LA about all things cocktails. This episode is full of fantastic tips from Hannah on how handcrafting cocktails can be a fun and creative addition to your entertaining. She shares some great tips about what makes an amazing drink, how to jazz up some traditional holiday favorites, and where to begin if you’ve never stepped behind a bar before.  And,  just in case you enjoyed your cocktails a little too much, Hannah also reveals some tried and true hangover cures from LA’s best bartenders. We also tried a delicious holiday drink created by Hannah herself! “Blitzen Sour” (A Christmas-y version of a Whiskey Sour) 1.5 oz bourbon .75 oz rosemary syrup (I’ll give you instructions on this!) .75 oz strained lemon juice .5 oz ginger liqueur (Domaine de Canton or King’s Ginger are both good!) (Add all of the above to a shaker 3/4 full of [...]

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Do others enjoy your company? How to be gracious, joyful, and show unsinkable strength in any circumstance. The Home Hour, Episode 98

Dec 1, 2017 53:56

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What does “Graciousness” mean anyway? Would someone describe you as gracious? Maybe you already show graciousness when things are going well, but what does it look like to have “Grace under Fire”? Join us today as we take adulting to a whole new level and learn how to get gracious! On this episode of the Home Hour, we’re discovering what it takes not just to navigate the world as a grown-up, but to navigate with style! Join hosts Kirsten & Graham for an entertaining yet equally inspiring conversation as we chat with New York Times Best-Selling Author, and overall genuinely lovely person, Kelly Williams Brown. In her first book, Adulting: How to become a Grow-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps, Kelly taught us what it means to really be a grown-up in today’s world. In her latest book, Graciousness: A Practical Primer on Charm, Tact, and Unsinkable Strength, we learn how it’s not just important to live as an adult, but to live as an adult who makes life better for those around her! Links We Mentioned on this Episode: Nora’s Nest: Kelly’s Favorite Design Blog   Sponsor Spotlight! KIND Snack Club We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again… we LOVE [...]

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Our Favorite Christmas Traditions: The Home Hour, Episode 97

Nov 23, 2017 47:09

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This episode of the Home Hour is airing on Thanksgiving Day and we’re suddenly feeling all excited for Christmas! Join hosts Kirsten & Graham as they share some of their favorite Christmas traditions. And of course, given the date, it all starts with Black Friday! From real versus fake, to coordinated versus hodgepodge, to what on earth to put on top; we take at in depth look at all things having to do with Christmas trees! We also spend some time talking about how much we love receiving all those Christmas cards but what on earth can we do with them after the holiday season? We also chat about our go-to Christmas movies, our standard Christmas meals, why inviting random guests to Christmas dinner is our favorite act of hospitality, and what time our kids actually wake us up to start opening presents!  

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Holiday Cookies! The Home Hour, Episode 96

Nov 16, 2017 36:45

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Nothing says the holidays are here quite like the smells and sights of fresh-baked cookies! On today’s episode we’re diving into baking cookies and chatting with chef, food stylist, author, and mom Elisabet der Nederlanden about her new book Holiday Cookies: Showstopping Recipes to Sweeten the Season Whether it’s classic Christmas favorites, exotic sounding international recipes, or the best cookie recipes for kids, we cover it all on this edition of the Home Hour. We’ll also talk about how to host a cookie exchange, how to prepare and package cookies to give as gifts, and creative ways to turn cookies into edible holiday decorations! Happy Baking!

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Houseguests, Fish, and Other Things That Stink After 3 Days: The Home Hour, Episode 95

Nov 9, 2017 49:13

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Lay out the welcome mats! This week’s episode is all about how we tackle one of the trickiest areas of hospitality and gracious living: Houseguests! Joins hosts Kirsten and Graham as we explore the do’s and don’ts of hosting houseguests and we share some great tips we’ve used to make these guests feel at home. We discuss what it’s like to host friends in small homes with no guest rooms versus large homes with designated guest rooms, our favorite memories of staying with others, and what happens when you’re suddenly the guest in the home where you grew up? Plus, we chat about the worst hostess gift we’ve ever received, whether you should ditch your dining room table in favor of a pool table, and why Murphy Beds are our new guest room obsession! Real Life Remodel! We also get a chance to check in with our real life listener remodeler, Jen and hear how she’s doing. She’s got lots to say about how to salvage cheap kitchen cabinets and how removable wallpaper is her new favorite. She recommends Spoonflower as one of her favorite sites for this. Wallpaper in Jen’s daughter’s new room!

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Dinner AGAIN? Mom Meals with Katie Workman: The Home Hour, Episode 94

Nov 2, 2017 45:54

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Can you believe your family wants to eat dinner… again? Does this really have to happen every night? On today’s episode we’re talking about the reality of cooking for a family and offering simple ways to make that sometimes overwhelming process into an easier endeavor. Join hosts Kirsten and Graham as they talk to chef, author, and fellow mother, Katie Workman about how she get’s dinner on the table and why it’s completely okay to sometimes just call for a pizza. Katie Workman is the author of the Mom 100 Cookbook and Dinner Solved! She is also a mom who knows that the fantasy of a perfect family meal around the table every night truly is just a fantasy. We also discuss strategies for picky eaters, how to handle desert-demanders, and why some kids really do love salad! Plus, we show you how making some slight alterations to recipes can lead to a meal that will be liked by all -without turning you into a short-order cook!

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Spooky Scary! A Halloween Primer: The Home Hour, Episode 93

Oct 26, 2017 38:52

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Trick or Treat! Today on the Home Hour, we’re talking about all things Halloween!   Join hosts Kirsten & Graham as we take a look at one of our favorite holidays. We’ll talk about how much Halloween has changed since we were kids, how we decorate our own homes for the holiday, what costumes our children are wearing this year, and which moms we think are hitting it out of the park with Halloween!  We also share a few personal stories about Graham’s ability to turn Halloween into a 72 -hour endurance event and how Kirsten managed to put herself in the most unattractive costume possible.   And move over Monster Mash! We talk about why Werewolf Bar Mitzah is our favorite Halloween Song! Links we mentioned on the show: The Switch Witch! The Switch Witch and the Magic of Switchcraft! Switch Witch and her friends are here to bring their magic and fun to all good boys & girls! Switch Witches need your candy to heat their homes and make their Witchy World go round! Buy a Switch Witch book & toy and begin this new Fall & Halloween tradition in your home! On Halloween night your Switch Witch will use her spell [...]

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The Rules for Marriage: The Home Hour, Episode 92

Oct 19, 2017 48:51

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Dating and marriage. Divorce and remarriage. Online matchmaking and keeping your marriage exciting. This episode is all about relationships! Today on the Home Hour Kirsten and Graham are joined by Sherrie Schneider, co-author of the best-selling book series “The Rules” to talk about The Rules for Marriage. Since the publication of their first book in 1995, The Rules for Dating, Sherrie and her co-author Ellen Fein have sold millions of copies of their books to women all over the world. Today Sherrie chats with Kirsten and Graham about some how to create and maintain a happily married life. We also talk about how to divorce with class and approach a new future with optimism. Also on the episode, how much botox is too much botox, why Graham would help her husband bury a body, and dating advice for Lady Gaga….assuming she’s a fan of the show. Sponsor Spotlight: Modsy Design Thinking about a home makeover? Ready for a new look? Dying to redecorate a room but have no idea where to start? Design before you buy with Modsy—a home design solution that uses 3D visualization to help you redesign and redecorate different rooms in your house. The process is soooo easy [...]

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Children’s Birthday Parties & How NOT to Hate Them: The Home Hour, Episode 91

Oct 12, 2017 48:11

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We’re talking about one area of hospitality we just can’t get away from… no matter how hard we may try! You guessed it, today on The Home Hour it’s all about children’s birthday parties.  Whether it’s parties at home, parties at venues, parties with family or parties for itty-bitties, we’re tackling all your burning questions about how to celebrate your children’s special day. Join Graham and Kirsten as they re-live their favorite childhood birthday memories and share what’s worked and what’s failed when trying to recreate the joy for their kids!  We also talk about the pressure to create amazing birthday parties, whether goody-bags should be a thing, and why there are some children birthday parties that just shouldn’t include children. Plus, silly string woes, the world’s oldest birthday party magician, and why a table full of flames never disappoints. SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: Sudio Sweeden The Home Hour is excited to partner with these top-quality gorgeous earphones and to offer to a special discount to our listeners! Both Graham and Kirsten were lucky enough to receive a pair of these amazing earphones and we are both in LOVE!  These products boast a design that is suitable for all-occasions, whether you’re wearing them [...]

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Etiquette Rules for Modern Life: The Home Hour, Episode 90

Oct 5, 2017 55:41

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Is etiquette an outdated idea? Or is it an important skill in our current climate? This episode is all about tackling the daily challenges of what to do, what to say, and how to act when situations aren’t always crystal clear. We’re talking to one of our new favorite friends, Lizzie Post from The Emily Post Institute, about why manners still matter. Lizzie is the great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post and the co-host of the fantastic podcast Awesome Etiquette. Join Kirsten, Graham, and Lizzie as we tackle everything from how to thoughtfully handle the dietary restrictions of others to one simple etiquette trick that may help you land that dream job. To hear more from Lizzie, be sure to check out her show, the Awesome Etiquette Podcast! Sponsor Spotlight: Kind Snack Club Kirsten & Graham (and all our kids!) can’t get enough of KIND Snacks! We don’t think you should have to choose between your health and taste when it comes to snacking. That’s why award winning chefs, nutritionists and fabulous podcast hosts love and recommend KIND Bars! As busy moms always on the go and always in need of quick treats that are healthy and taste awesome, we have come to really count [...]

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“Greenish:” A Moderate’s Guide to Being More Environmentally Minded: The Home Hour, Episode 89

Sep 29, 2017 1:06:29

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We’re going GREEN! Well, at least we’re trying! Join hosts Kirsten & Graham as we discuss what we do and don’t do in our own homes and what tricks and hacks we’ve learned to make going green easier.   While we readily acknowledge that we all share the earth and should be striving to keep it in the best shape possible, we also know that it can be easier said than done. One of our listeners recently wrote in asking about what we were doing to try to be green in our own homes and that really got us thinking. Here’s what she said: Hi! I am really enjoying The Home Hour and my favorite episodes are the ones where you both simply chat and share ideas with each other. My husband and I are in the process of trying to reduce waste, live less “consumable” lives, and improve our eco-friendly habits (such as moving toward no paper towels, no ziplocs, etc.). I would love to hear if you two have thought about this and whether you do anything in your homes to try to live more “green.” Thanks! Today is the moderate’s guide to going green. We’re not by [...]

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Stepping Up Our Homemaker Game with Clutterbug Cas Aarssen: The Home Hour, Episode 88

Sep 22, 2017 39:33

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On today’s episode we’re chatting with blogger, podcaster, YouTube star, author, and mother… the one and only Clutterbug herself: Cas Aarssen!  Join hosts Kirsten & Graham as they talk with Cas about about realistic ways to organize kids’ toys and how to create special, beautiful spaces for your children without having to spend a fortune. Cas gives us all a great wake-up call about how and why our kids need more chores. She also introduces us to what may be The Home Hour’s new favorite motto: “If you can build a castle in Minecraft, you can do your own laundry!” From her experiences in running a busy daycare out of her house, to her daily life of raising three children while running her successful website, Clutterbug, Cas shares some great strategies, stories, and tips for our listeners.  We also get to hear all about dollar store decorating, the “Lonely Sock Matching Game”, and her new bestselling book: Real Life Organizing!  Also, don’t miss this amazing video of her daughter’s inexpensive bedroom makeover that we discussed on this episode. Sponsor Spotlight: Kind Snack Club If you listen to The Home Hour, then you know that we are HUGE FANS of KIND Snacks! Kirsten [...]

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Tiny Houses: The Home Hour, Episode 87

Sep 19, 2017 42:16

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Today on the Home Hour, we’re celebrating the little things. And by little, we mean TINY! We’re learning about living the good life in small spaces with Joshua and Shelley Engberg from Tiny House Basics! Join Kirsten and Graham as we hear all about the Enberg’s journey to a tiny house and how trading square footage for acreage may have been one of the best decisions they’ve ever made. We discuss how they organize, entertain friends at home, and live daily life as a married couple with two pet dogs… all in under 400 square feet. We also get into the economics of drastically downsizing and learn how much they’re saving by making a tiny house into a home! SPONSOR HIGHLIGHT: Opinion Outpost Want to earn extra money just by sharing your opinion? Yeah- we thought so! Opinion Outpost connects companies with people like you through online surveys that give you the chance to tell companies how you think and feel about virtually everything–from new products and advertising to social issues and more. And here’s the best part: since they know your time is valuable, Opinion Outpost rewards you for taking surveys. You can earn cash, iTunes and Amazon gift cards, [...]

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Do you think it’s weird that I…….? The Home Hour, Episode 86

Sep 8, 2017 45:23

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Quirks. Habits. Things we know shouldn’t bother us but drive us crazy anyway. This is the episode where we bring all our strangest behaviors out in the open and ask if anyone else can relate! Join Kirsten and Graham as they share the things they think may be weird and *hopefully* ask if any listeners are doing the same things? Links we mentioned in this show: Articles about weird habits: 17 Weird Habits we all have but won’t admit it. Weird Habits How normal are your weird habits? Also, on this episode, Graham shared some weird elements of her dishwashing behaviors and it led us to ask: Should you put crystal in the dishwasher? It turns out the answer is … yes and no. In the end, it depends on the type of crystal. This helpful guide on the Waterford website explains the issue really well! Also, if your crystal is dishwasher safe, then here is another guide about which detergents to use.

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A Design Magazine Editor’s Tips For Creating A Beautiful Home: The Home Hour, Episode 85

Sep 1, 2017 57:40

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Today, we’re getting back to basics and talking about how to simply make a home pretty! On this episode, Graham and Kirsten chat with professional stylist, tastemaker, and busy mom of two, Steele Marcoux about simple and affordable ways to make a typical home feel photo shoot worthy. We also get a fun look behind the scenes at what goes into creating some of those beautiful shots we all see in magazines, how to spot which trends are worth emulating and which ones to skip, and how to balance a desire for a beautiful home with the realities of sticking to a budget and living with children. Photo Courtesy of Coastal Living Photo Courtesy of Coastal Living Steele is the current editor of Coastal Living Magazine, a former editor of Southern Living Magazine and Country Living Magazine, and a freelance contributor to such publications as HGTV Magazine and Better Homes and Gardens. She’s also one of Graham’s besties! Links we mentioned on the show: My O’verlays Coastal Living Natural Area Rugs  Photo courtesy of Coastal Living Photo Courtesy of Coastal Living Giveaway! $250 My O’verlays® Gift Card for one Home Hour Listener! O’verlays® are decorative fretwork panels that come in several patterns [...]

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Tried & True Menu Planning: The Home Hour: Episode 84

Aug 25, 2017 47:29

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What’s for dinner?  Kirsten has no idea what she’s making tonight, but her co-host Graham never has to ask this question! For almost a decade Graham has been using the same special menu-planning system to get dinner on the table. On this episode of The Home Hour we take a deep dive into Graham’s tried and true method for how she feeds her family. She swears this system has helped her to not only save time thinking about what meals to cook and what groceries to buy, but has also helped her to avoid waste and save money.  By using a special binder of her own design, Graham has been collecting recipes and assigning them to designated weeks. In a separate section of the binder, she lists every ingredient of each recipe needed for the week. These pre-printed sheets serve as a guide for checking her kitchen inventory and as the basis for her weekly shopping list. To learn more about the details of this system, how to stay flexible when plans change, and how she adds new recipes to the mix, be sure to listen to this episode on the player below or on your favorite podcast listening app. SPONSOR [...]

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Decluttering Our Lives & Our Closets: The Home Hour, Episode 83

Aug 18, 2017 41:50

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What if it turns out that all those old clothes you’ve been holding onto may actually be holding you back? You probably don’t even realize how much time and energy you spend in your closet… and you probably own way more clothing than you really need. Today on The Home Hour, Kirsten & Graham team up with professional organizer Rachel Rosenthal to tackle some of our greatest decluttering challenges: our closets!  Rachel Rosenthal is the founder of Rachel and Company, one of the most well regarded home organization firms in the country. Her work has been featured in Martha Stewart, Good Housekeeping, and House Beautiful, just to name a few. She has been helping overwhelmed moms like us cut through the excess and figure out how to spend less time looking for our stuff and more time doing what really matters.  On this episode we talk about what clothes we actually wear, which pieces are worth saving, and what items just need to go! We also discuss linen closet overhauls, the challenging task of giving up the baby-stuff, and how to get our kids organized for back to school! Sponsor Spotlight: KIND Bars! Hey Home Hour listeners, have you ever [...]

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Back to School Routines and Rituals: The Home Hour, Episode 82

Aug 11, 2017 41:04

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Summer is over and we’re feeling very much in that Back-to-School mode! On this episode of The Home Hour, we’re talking about everything that goes into getting our families out of the home! Join hosts Kirsten and Graham as we chat about our a.m. routines, night before to-do lists, and the first day of school traditions in our homes. We also share our lists of must-do’s to prep for a new school year, what we buy new and what we make work from the year before, and why nothing beats the intoxicating smell of fresh Subway bread baking in the oven! Sponsor Spotlight: KIND Bar Snack Club! Hey Home Hour listeners, have you ever tried a KIND Bar? You might have seen them in your local grocery store, coffee shop or gym.  They make delicious, healthy snacks using whole ingredients you can recognize and pronounce. Well, if you’re ready to try some tasty AND healthy snacks, we’ve got a special deal for you! Home Hour listeners, can try 10 KIND Bars for free, all you have to pay is shipping!  When you order the sample box, you’ll also get to try KIND’s Snack Club, where you’ll receive monthly snacks at [...]

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Ultimate Entertaining with Calder Clark: The Home Hour, Episode 81

Aug 4, 2017 46:47

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Planning an event that’s photo-shoot worthy! This episode is all about inspiration and aspiration as Graham and Kirsten chat with one of the country’s most recognized and celebrated event planners, Calder Clark! Calder shares her tips and tricks for creating swoon-worthy events, but also readily admits that for the everyday, nothing beats pizza and beer at home with a great group of friends! Links we mention on the show: Calder Clark: Gorgeous website of our gorgeous guest! Sferra: One of Calder’s go-to spots for beautiful table linens Roost:  Champagne Flutes Juliska: Calder’s everyday dishes Shag! The best movie ever made (*According to Calder, Kirsten, & Graham) Bite by Bite: Peter Callan’s cookbook that helped start the mini-food trend Among her dozens of accolades, Calder Clark has been named a “Best Planner” by Vogue and a “Top Planner” by Martha Stewart Weddings. In her incredible career Calder has planned events ranging from the 2001 Presidential Inaugural Luncheon, to the Bloomberg News/White House Correspondents’ Dinner After Party, to some of the most elegant and photographed weddings across the country. However today she’s catching up with The Home Hour about how she entertains at home as a wife and a mother. We learn that at [...]

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The Art & Science Of Gift-Giving: The Home Hour, Episode 80

Jul 28, 2017 49:51

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We all give them, we all receive them, but what makes a good gift? There are wedding gifts, hostess gifts, baby shower gifts, and the endless parade of children’s birthday gifts. On this episode of the home hour we’re tackling a huge topic and sharing our favorite go-to gift ideas. We learn that Kirsten pretty much sticks to registries whenever possible, but Graham has some standard gifts she always gives. Kirsten explains why her favorite way to package a gift is with a cute tote bag. And we offer one lucky listener the chance to win a $50 gift card to buy their own cute tote bag from one of our favorite online boutiques: Adornlee! See our Instagram account @thehomehour for details!  We talk about Kirlkland Wipes, the words most expensive spatula, and the amazing mailbox culture of Graham’s hometown. Links we mentioned on this episode: Marye-Kelly Frames – Precious Frames. They make great wedding gifts & baby gifts. Tiffany’s Atlas Bowl – Graham’s favorite standard wedding gift Adornlee tote bags!- Cute tote bags with fun sayings Sharbat Recipes– One of Graham’s favorite homemade gift ideas Giant Spatula (The original William Sonoma one we mentioned is no longer available, but this looks just like it [...]

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Cleaning House with The Clean Mama: The Home Hour, Episode 79

Jul 21, 2017 35:26

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Whether we like it or not, cleaning our house is a job that must be done. Today on The Home Hour, we’re strategizing to figure out how to make it easier! On this episode Kirsten and Graham chat with the Clean Mama herself, Becky Rapinchuck, about how schedules and routines can help make keeping a clean home more manageable! We discuss Becky’s approach to systematically laying out chores as well as her favorite time saving hacks, the best cleaning tools, and recipes to create your own all natural DIY cleansers. We also learn a great tip to help our kids to make their beds and get into a meaty debate with Graham’s cable guy over sharing favorite family recipes! Links we mention on this episode: Clean Mama Website!  DIY Disinfecting Spray Recipe DIY Marble & Granite Spray Recipe Visit the Clean Mama site for great resources and printables and be sure to check out her newest book SIMPLY CLEAN!

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Goal Setting for Families; The Home Hour, Episode 78

Jul 14, 2017 47:38

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No business could succeed without proper planning, strategizing, and goal setting. So what if  we if we applied those same basic principles to the way we run our homes and families? On this episode of the Home Hour, Graham is interviewing her co-host Kirsten about her tradition of taking an annual weekend away to focus solely on goal setting. We discuss how Kirsten and her spouse plan their yearly calendar, their one year goals for themselves and for their kids, their house goals, and their long term planning for the future. Think of this episode as a to-do list on steroids! To help you get started on setting your own goals, here’s a sample template! The Home Hour, Sample Goal Worksheet! Also on this episode, we check in with our real life remodeler Jen to find out how things are going back at her house, while she’s halfway across the country on summer vacation!

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Making Entertaining Silly; The Home Hour, Episode 77

Jul 7, 2017 38:33

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We’re putting on our party hats and getting a bit silly! Kirsten & Graham have always believed that sophistication is overrated and that laughter beats stuffy every time…and now we’ve found fabulous two ladies who agree! On this episode of the Home Hour, we chat with the Slageter Sisters! Susan (Slageter) Palma, a decorator from Dallas, and Babs (Slageter) Horner, a cook from Connecticut, are sisters, best friends and two moms on a mission to bring the giggles back to entertaining! Links we mentioned on the show: Sophistication is Overrated Book! Susan and Babs grew up in a home filled with laughter, joy, and parents who taught them that no matter what challenges life brings, the party should never stop!  They talk with Graham and Kirsten about how they were raised to smile at life and how they have tried to raise their children with the same sunny outlook. On this episode we learn about some of their favorite tips and tricks to make entertaining a fun-filled experience for their guests and hear about their new book “Sophistication is  Overrated” Whether it’s a poolside BBQ, a formal holiday dinner, or a post-plastic surgery luncheon, these ladies bring delicious food, beautiful [...]

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DIY Tips & Domestic Imperfection: The Home Hour Episode 76

Jun 30, 2017 38:35

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It’s DIY Day on the Home Hour! Time to whip out the paint brushes and hammers as Kirsten & Graham are joined by Ashley of the popular Home Improvement & DIY Blog Domestic Imperfection. On this episode, Ashley shares the behind-the-scenes stories of some of the most popular projects on her blog including how she made a countertop out of pennies, how she painted and raised her big-box-store cabinets to look custom, and the DIY butcher block countertop that looked so good online Kirsten copied it in her own kitchen! Links we mentioned or should have mentioned on this episode: Domestic Imperfection: Ashley’s amazing blog! Butcher-Block Countertops: Ashley recommended, Kirsten copied, both loved! Waterlox: What Ashley and Kirsten used to seal their countertops Penny Countertop Painted & Raised Countertops We also learn about Ashley’s most sought after project to date: the infamous “Paper Bag Floor!” The Paper Bag Floor! Ashley and her husband are currently in the process of building their dream home in Texas with their four little boys! This new house is so unique and gorgeous… and they are truly building it themselves! Also on this episode, we check in with Jen Brigham, our real life remodeler, to see the [...]

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Healthy Foods the Sneaky Way: The Home Hour, Episode 75

Jun 23, 2017 35:51

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Move over green smoothies, we’re taking the art of hiding veggies and vitamins to a whole new level! We may have just found the ultimate kitchen hack for those of us who deal with picky eaters! Oh, and did we mention it’s perfect for summer? Introducing “GLOW POPS!” On this episode of The Home Hour, we’re talking to wellness writer, creator of the popular blog Sprouted Routes and author of Glow Pops,  Liz Moody.  Liz chats with Kirsten & Graham all about why popsicles may be the ultimate “healthy freezer food” and shares tips and insights into some of the hottest new trends in healthy eating. Links we mentioned, or should have mentioned, on this episode: Our Instagram: (to enter to win a copy of Liz’s new book!) Sprouted Routes Glow Pops Book Adaptagens: Herbs that work with your body! They do things like balance your  hormones and they adapt to your individual needs. Ashwaganda: good for anxiety Maca  Maca a root from Peru which gets ground up. Ancient warriors used it to build up their stamina. *Note: this is not “matcha”,which is powdered green tea. Vitacost: One of Liz’s favorite online retailers for affordable health foods. Truffle Salt: Kirsten’s favorite way to trick [...]

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Summer Vacations: The Home Hour, Episode 74

Jun 16, 2017 39:50

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It’s “The Home Hour away from Home!” On this episode of The Home Hour, Graham and Kirsten and talking about summer travels with families. We discuss our summer plans and how we like to travel…or not travel, with kids. We also talk about staying in VBRO’s, finding hotels for a family of 5, cooking while on vacation, and finding a balance between “cultural experience trips” and “beach & pina colada trips”. Graham tries to put Kirsten’s Disney anxiety to rest and shares a crazy story about the bizarre lengths her parents went to when they needed a vacation-babysitter in a pinch! NEW SEGMENT! REAL LIFE REMODEL! We also are meeting Jen Brigham as we begin a new series on the podcast! For the next 6 months (or maybe more!) we’ll be following Jen, a real life working mom of 3, as she embarks on a substantial home remodel. This remodel has been six years in the making but she’s finally moved out of her house and torn it apart! Now, we get to watch the process of putting it back together! Jen’s Living Room! Jen’s Kitchen!

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Kitchen Organization & The Neat Method: The Home Hour, Episode 73

Jun 9, 2017 37:41

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Kitchens are the most utilized room in the house and as every mom knows, they can also quickly turn into one of the most disorganized! From a practical pantry, to a mom kitchen office, to the ultimate black hole of the ” the junk drawer” we’re addressing the biggest kitchen challenges! On episode 73, Kirsten and Graham talk with Ashley Murphy, professional organizer, working mother, and co-founder of the Neat Method, a nationwide organizing company Ashley and the Neat Method have been featured on Oprah, HGTV, Houzz.com, The New York Times, Vouge, and The Washington Post. Ashley give us some great tips for setting up our kitchens to maximize efficiency, shares some standard rules for keeping the junk drawer in check, and teaches us what is really the heart of the kitchen. We also have an honest talk about separating “Pinterest Perfect” kitchen organization from what works in real life! The Neat Method can be found in more than 20 cities around the country and has online services available. To learn more about The Neat Method visit their website and follow them on Instagram,  Pinterest, and Houzz.com.

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Getting That Vintage Look: The Home Hour, Episode 72

Jun 2, 2017 43:55

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Turn Trash into Treasure and create a unique home with vintage pieces! On this episode of The Home Hour, Kirsten & Graham learn how get that vintage look with Coley Arnold, the founder of Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market! Coley explains how she uses vintage in her home to make a space feel special! She shares some of her favorite projects using repurposed vintage finds and gives us some great tips for navigating vintage markets. She also explains why taking a little extra effort to re-paint, re-finish, or re-upholster a vintage item not only results in you having a unique piece for your home, but can also be a wise use of time and money since vintage pieces were usually created with high quality craftsmanship. DAVID TSAY PHOTOGRAPHY © 2015 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED DAVID TSAY PHOTOGRAPHY © 2015 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED DAVID TSAY PHOTOGRAPHY © 2015 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Junk in the Trunk markets are held several times a year in Arizona and California. Check their website for dates and be sure to follow them on Instagram for some great inspiration!   Featured Sponsor: Looking for a fun way to improve your photography skills?  If you own a DSLR camera [...]

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A Top Realtor’s Tips For Selling Your House: The Home Hour, Episode 71

May 26, 2017 33:37

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When should you put your house on the market, how much prep work do you really need, how to find a good realtor, and when it’s really better just to skip that “For Sale” Sign and stay put! On this episode, Kirsten & Graham learn the tips, tricks, and must-do checklists of selling a home. We speak with one of the Top Producing Realtors in Atlanta, Mary Stuart Iverson. Mary Stuart Iverson   Links we mention on Episode 71: Mary Stuart Iverson, Atlanta Realtor Ballet Barre DIY Project: Handrail $12.40 Handrail Brackets $4.97 each Wall Mirror $52.98 Plus Fun “Extras” from the grandmothers: Portable “Dance Floor”$68.99  Ikea Gymnastics Mat $34.99 Featured Sponsor: Do you own a DSLR camera and are finally ready to really learn to use it? Shoot Along, an online photography community for parents, is here to help! Sign up now for their 8-week short course and get weekly photography lessons sent right to your email PLUS membership in a private Facebook group where you share your progress and connect with other participants. It’s the perfect mix of accountability and flexibility! Visit shootalong.com/thehomehour  or use promo code THEHOMEHOUR to save 10% ON SHOOT ALONG’s 8-WEEK COURSE! Registration is open now and the course begins June [...]

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Throw That Party! (And Don’t Let Pinterest-Pressure Stop You): The Home Hour, Episode 70

May 18, 2017 41:16

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Thinking of throwing a party? Just do it!  (And don’t let Pinterest-Pressure stop you!) On Episode 70 Graham and Kirsten chat with party planner, Traci Chandler, owner of Oh Sugar! Event Design & Paperie about all things party planning. Here are some beautiful party pics to get you in the mood for hosting! (And so many more on her facebook page)! Since all three of us are moms, we first had to ask Traci about Children’s Birthday Parties! Have things become too over the top when it comes to kid’s parties? (Spoiler Alert: Traci says we asked the wrong person and she never thinks anything is “too much”)  But in all seriousness, Traci tells us that if we do go to one of those outlandish parties, just enjoy it and be grateful for the experience! Don’t feel pressure to compete with that party. Just do what you feel comfortable doing! Traci tells us a great story about what happened when the local train-park party venue accidentally double-booked her date and she had to make her own train parade at home for her daughter. DIY Trains ready to be decorated: Neighborhood Train Parade!  Traci’s 4 steps to throwing a great party: Step 1: Pick a [...]

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Should you hire an Interior Designer? The Home Hour Episode 69

May 12, 2017 41:51

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Design your home yourself? Or hire a pro? And what’s the difference between a designer, a decorator, and a stylist anyway? On this episode, Kirsten and Graham chat with Interior Designer Terra Mimikakis about all what it’s like to work with a professional. We talk about trends in design and how Graham & Kirsten both have what they would call “traditional taste” but worry they may sometimes look outdated!  We discuss how things like wall coverings, crazy paints, or unique pillows are easy to change out after a few years and can freshen up a room, keeping it from looking stale. However, more expensive pieces like furniture should be timeless. We talk about what happens when a designer and a client don’t agree on what looks good! Terra explains how examining things on paper and in drawings to really see the ideas visually before committing  with real dollars can usually prevent mistakes and disagreements. But sometimes, in the end, it comes down to finding the designer who you mesh with style-wise before the project even begins! We also learn that Terra lives in a very cool part of town, very close to the airport. (Yes, we hear about five planes land and take off in our [...]

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Hosting a BIG Party: The Home Hour, Episode 68

May 5, 2017 37:16

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The More the Merrier? Or Too Much of a Good Thing? On this episode, Graham & Kirsten take entertaining to the next level as we discuss whether throwing a big blow-out party is really that much more work than hosting a small gathering? Kirsten just threw a backyard crawfish boil for 400 guests and we devote this episode to looking at what went right, what went wrong and whether or not she would to it again! Links we mention: Powder Cheese (to make mac & cheese for a crowd!) Louisiana Crawfish Company Catering from a grocery store deli  On Episode 68, we get down to the details about hosting large parties and Graham gets the scoop from Kirsten on how her party got so huge in the first place? Crawfish Delivery!  We discuss why Kirsten chose to throw a crawfish boil, who was there to help her, how she entertained and fed the kids, and what was the surprisingly messiest part of the cleanup. We talk about how we both think differently than our spouses when it comes to what think makes a party great. Graham and Kirsten also share some of their favorite hacks for feeding a crowd.   Kirsten’s not the only one entertaining this [...]

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Feng Shui…Beyond the Rooster: The Home Hour Episode 67

Apr 27, 2017 45:15

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Totally Crazy or Totally Genius? What is Feng Shui anyway? On this episode we dive deep into the simple truth at the heart of Feng Shui: Environment affects us! On Episode 67 co-hosts Kirsten and Graham talk to Feng Shui consultant Katie Rogers about this ancient practice. Here are a few links we discussed during the show — and keep reading for interview highlights, DIY success, and more! Links we mentioned in Episode 67 Katies’ website is fantastic and it contains a wonderful list of reading materials.  Be sure to check her blog for some great articles. Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC-172 is a go-to warm gray paint color(Katie likes it at 50%) The Western Guide to Feng Shui: Room by Room, by Terah Kathryn Collins My Overlays (Kirsten’s DIY obsession) Interview with Katie Rogers We learn how Katie accidentally discovered Feng Shui when she began her first job out of college and couldn’t stand working in a sea of gray cubicles and florescent lighting. She had the idea that perhaps she could go into companies and change the spaces to increase worker happiness and productivity. As Katie began researching interior design, she came across a book by Terah Kathryn Collins and her love for Feng Shui was [...]

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Welcome to our Kitchens: The Home Hour, Episode 66

Apr 19, 2017 40:45

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In this first episode of the newly relaunched Home Hour, Kirsten and Graham welcome listeners into the room that is truly the heart of every home: the kitchen!  Kitchens are a big topic! In this episode, we explain what OUR kitchens are like, and how they may be similar or different from yours, our listeners. Kirsten completely rebuilt her kitchen three years ago. Graham’s kitchen is still exactly the same as the day she moved in, but she is on the verge of a whole remodel.  On this episode, Kirsten shares all she did right and what she would do differently when it comes to kitchens. Meanwhile Graham looks for answers about countertops, appliances, and how to add unique touches and beauty to a room that serves such a utilitarian needs in the house!  Some quirky touches in Kirsten’s kitchen: Getting Gracious with Graham!  In this week’s monthly recurring segment, Graham shared some fun facts about the history of napkin rings. Products we talked about on this episode: Earthquake Handles from Signature Hardware on Kirsten’s Fridge Copper & Brass Pendant Lights  from Big Ship Salvage above Kirsten’s Island Thanks for listening, friends!

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We’re BACK! (Plus, Meet The New Hosts!) The Home Hour, Episode 65

Apr 11, 2017 55:01

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We’re BACK — and we’ve got big news! The Home Hour is relaunching with renewed focus on all things home: design, DIY, and gracious living. Co-hosts Kirsten Dunlap and Graham Smith have been busy behind the scenes preparing amazing shows, lining up interviews with experts in the home design/decor sphere, and freshening up this space with a brand new look and feel. In Episode 65 you’ll hear Meagan Francis, the podcast’s original host and founder of the Life, Listened Podcast Network, chat with her good friend Sarah Powers (of The Mom Hour) about the changes to The Home Hour and the growth of the network. Then Sarah interviews Kirsten and Graham to find out some of their favorite home projects, what they have planned for their first few episodes, and how they handle common organizational challenges around the house. Welcome, Kirsten and Graham. Welcome, new (and longtime!) listeners. Welcome back, The Home Hour! Look for The Home Hour wherever you hang out online! Subscribe to The Home Hour in iTunes or on Android devices Follow @TheHomeHour on Instagram or like our Facebook page Send an email to welcome Kirsten and Graham to hello@thehomehour.com (or leave a comment here on the show [...]

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Take Better Photos Today, with Karen Walrond: The Home Hour, Episode 64

Nov 8, 2015 56:58

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I've always wanted to learn to take better photos, but for years I've been stumped by settings and terms I didn't understand. ISO, shutter speed...it was just easier to stay in automatic mode and hope for the best (and usually, the results weren't even close to "the best.") I've read tons of photography tutorials, but they just left me more confused. If you're a similarly confused beginning photographer or even if you've got some experience but want to build on your skills, you're going to love this episode featuring Karen Walrond of Chookooloonks.

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The Homemade Kitchen with Alana Chernila: The Home Hour, Episode 63

Sep 25, 2015 49:24

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Whether you're a newbie in the kitchen or a "good-enough" cook who could use some inspiration, you're going to love my conversation with Alana Chernila, author of the soon-to-launch book The Homemade Kitchen. Alana's warm, encouraging spirit, sense of humor, and humility (she fully admits to being a mess-maker in the kitchen, a "slow chopper," and best yet, an imperfect cook) shine through in our discussion.

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Growing up Theatrical: The Home Hour, Episode 62

Aug 8, 2015 57:00

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Sometimes, things that start outside of your home can end up making a big impact on your family life. In this episode of The Home Hour, Meagan and her sister Kathreen discuss the way the musical soundtracks and movie musicals they ravenously consumed while growing up impacted their love of live theatre as teens and adults, as well as why and how the arts can create a richer home and family life and create memories siblings share, even decades later.   Meagan and Kathreen during a recent trip to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario. (Listen to the episode to find out why Shakespeare isn’t scary!) Plus, Meagan explains why she loves old-school musicals and seeks them out over the newer, trendier shows when she gets a chance to visit Broadway stages (like her recent opportunity to see Tony-award winning An American in Paris, below.)   Does music, art or theatre play a part in your home culture? Tell us how at hello@thehomehour or in the comments below.   Header Image: Bahman Farzad, via Flickr Creative Commons

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Turning Your Passion Into A Family Affair: The Home Hour, Episode 61

Jun 26, 2015 39:25

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If you could spend your time doing anything at all, what would it be? And…do your kids enjoy your favorite hobbies, too? In episode 61 of The Home Hour, Meagan and Jim Lin, A.K.A Busy Dad, discuss turning personal passions into opportunities for family time, even with adolescents who aren’t always eager to tag along. Jim’s favorite pastime is fishing, so we find out more about what that meant to him growing up and how he’s gotten his whole (large) family excited about it, too. From the show: Jim loves the Fish Brain app! Also, check out the photo below to see the fishing boat he and his family are fixing up together. Sponsor Spotlight: We’re thrilled to welcome the Museum of Science and Industry’s Summer Brain Games program as our sponsor for the next four episodes of The Home Hour! Summer Brain Games is a FREE 8-week program that will keep your kids thinking and engaged this summer break, and if you register now, you’ll also receive one Free Museum Entry voucher to the Museum of Science and Industry! Register FREE today!

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Visiting “The Warm Heart of Africa” – The Home Hour Episode 60

Jun 4, 2015 52:23

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Today on The Home Hour, we visit Malawi! Well, not literally, but vicariously through the stories of featured co-host Karen Walrond, who recently visited this gorgeous African country as part of a trip with One and Heifer International, two organizations that are doing great work in countries like Malawi. Find out more about the people of Malawi, the #ONEHeifer trip and how you can get involved with these great organizations in today’s episode. (Oh, and you’ll also hear about how Karen was almost eaten by a large toothy beast.) When you’re done listening, make sure to also check out these posts from Karen about her trip (including some seriously gorgeous photography!): The Warm Heart of Africa Hippos, Warthogs and Crocodiles

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What Kind of Grandma Will You Be? The Home Hour, Episode 59

May 28, 2015 43:59

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What kind of grandparents (and other extended family) did you have growing up, and what kind of grandma (or grandpa!) do you think you’ll be? In episode 59 of The Home Hour, Kyran and Meagan discuss our experiences with our own extended families, how we relate to aunts, uncles, in-laws and cousins now that we have kids of our own, and what kind of grandparents we hope we’ll be one day. We also briefly discussed gardening. Kyran swears by City Pickers for no-sweat container veggie gardening!

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Fabulous Food From Children’s Literature: The Home Hour Episode 58

May 14, 2015 48:15

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Butterbeer and candy frogs? Horehound candy and Johnny-cakes? Children’s lit is full of sumptuous descriptions of eatables, including some out-of-this-world food orgies. Today Meagan and her sister Kathreen (brand-new to the show!) recall some of the most memorable smorgasbords and dishes from their favorite childhood books and discuss why food plays such an important part in the way kids engage with literature…and remember it later. Some of the sites and books discussed in today’s episode: Beyond Little House, a resource for Laura Ingalls Wilder fans. Pioneer Girl, Wilder’s official autobiography The Little House Cookbook And, because we forgot to discuss Wilbur’s slop trough contents from Charlotte’s Web – one of the best food descriptions ever! – here’s a Garth Williams illustration of Templeton enjoying his share.

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Blending Families & Work-Life Balance for Dads: The Home Hour Episode 57

May 6, 2015 36:21

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We all remember the Brady Bunch, but what does the modern-day blended family look like? Today Meagan and Busy Dad‘s Jim Lin discuss what it’s like to mix five kids from two different sets of parents – ages preschooler to teenager – in the same blended household and still keep everyone happy. We also discuss juggling work and life, long commutes and other tradeoffs, the realities of multitasking, and how technology can help us keep all those balls in the air. Some of the things Jim and Meagan talk about in the episode: Jim’s appearance on The Today Show, talking about dads, work, and modern parenting.  How Men Fake an 80-Hour Workweek  Work-life balance and the myth of the 80-hour week featuring research from Laura Vanderkam

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Curating Your Life with Karen Walrond: The Home Hour Episode 56

Apr 29, 2015 59:52

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What does it mean to “curate your life?” In this episode Meagan and Karen Walrond of Chookooloonks discuss the Walrond family’s new doggy houseguest, which leads to a conversation about investing (time, energy, money) in what really matters to you and supports your values. Image: Karen Walrond

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Scouting Your Family History with Kyran Pittman: The Home Hour, Episode 55

Apr 21, 2015 50:24

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Learn about genealogy, DNA testing and finding out more about your heritage with Kyran Pittman of Planting Dandelions. Image: Don O’Brien, via Flickr Creative Commons

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Making a Style Statement with Shana Draugelis: The Home Hour Episode 54

Mar 17, 2015 48:44

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Want to update your look without buying a whole new wardrobe? In this episode Meagan and Shana of The Mom Edit discuss statement pieces, fun accessories, and how to give your makeup routine some oomph. They also discuss mock turtlenecks (yes, again!) and the big-white-chunky-sneaker trend (aren’t you curious what Shana thinks? Listen and find out!) Shana’s Pick of the Week: Tarte Park Avenue Princess Matte Bronzer Click the play button to listen now! As always, thank you for listening and supporting The Home Hour. If you’ve been listening for a while and haven’t left an honest review on iTunes (or wherever you prefer to listen) I would so appreciate you doing so. Just visit the podcast page here and click “View in iTunes,” then select the tab called “Ratings and Reviews” and choose “Write a Review.” Thanks so much!

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Making Time For You with Jessica Turner: The Home Hour Episode 53

Mar 6, 2015 46:49

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Do you have difficulty finding – or setting aside – time and space for yourself? Time to do what you love, dream, set goals, play? In today’s episode I talk with Jessica Turner, creator of TheMomCreative.com and author of the brand-new book The Fringe Hours: Making Time For You about how to break through the excuses, guilt and disorganization and make time for the things that matter to you. Click the play button to listen now! As always, thank you for listening and supporting The Home Hour. If you’ve been listening for a while and haven’t left an honest review on iTunes (or wherever you prefer to listen) I would so appreciate you doing so. Just visit the podcast page here and click “View in iTunes,” then select the tab called “Ratings and Reviews” and choose “Write a Review.” Thanks so much! Image: Oteo, via Flickr Creative Commons

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Working Mom, Traveling Mom With Carol Cain: The Home Hour Episode 51

Feb 4, 2015 52:31

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel for a living? What if it meant taking your kids on exotic trips – and sometimes, leaving them home so you could do your job? Building a career as a travel writer takes a lot of work and determination…and when you have a family, it also requires attention to the delicate balance between your career and what’s going on at home. Today I’m thrilled to talk to Carol Cain of GirlGoneTravel.com about what’s really involved in being a travel writer with kids, how she keeps her kids involved in her career (and keeps them on board when they need to stay behind,) how she and her spouse keep the home fires burning while she’s away, and how she evolved her line presence from “mom blogger” to “travel blogger.” We also talk about parenting teens, buying a new house, and more! Click the play button to listen now! PS: In the show’s intro I mentioned Live: Creating A Life You Love, a year-long e-course brought to you by Mandi Ehman from LifeYourWay.net. I’m thrilled to be this month’s guest host, writing and speaking about the topic of LOVE. If you could use a [...]

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State Of The Blog & Behind The Scenes In My Home! The Home Hour Episode 50

Jan 29, 2015 56:51

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This is Episode 50 of The Home Hour! Hard to believe, right? Fifty episodes! For this week’s podcast Sarah and I got together and chatted about a few things. First, I give a “state of the blog” address, with updates on where we’re headed in 2015, as well as a couple of announcements about the future of the podcast (hint: more of a good thing is, well, a good thing!). Then Sarah turned the tables and interviewed me, which was really fun. Since we’ve realized that a lot of our podcast listeners are coming to us from outside the realm of The Happiest Home blog, we wanted to give a little behind the scenes look into my home and my family (or, as we say in the show’s intro each week, my four walls). In addition to discovering that Sarah and I share a new favorite vegetable to serve roasted and a love of inappropriately funny television shows and our daughters’ phonetic spelling, we talked about my kids, my latest style obsession, and what’s on my meal plan this week. I hope you’ll listen and let us know what you think! Click the play button to listen now! PS: In the [...]

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The Parent-Teacher Relationship With Erica Ladd Of Candid Classroom: The Home Hour Episode 49

Jan 22, 2015 55:17

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Do you ever wonder what your kids’ teachers really wish you knew? This time of year, it can be easy to start feeling like a slacker in the “school mom” department. Re-entry after winter break is difficult, and sometimes things like reading logs and nutritious lunches start to slip for the best of us. (Note: I am not counting myself among the best of us.) If you can relate, you’re going to love my discussion with Erica Ladd, creator of The Candid Teacher blog, author of Candid Classroom: What Parents Want To Know And Teachers Want To Tell Them*, and co-host of The Girl Next Door podcast. Erica’s point of view about what REALLY helps kids do their best in school is refreshingly reassuring and so, so simple. We also talk about Erica’s ongoing journey in the foster-to-adopt system, how to look past test scores and other numbers when assessing how good a school is, and more! I know you’re going to love our conversation, so click the play button to listen now! (And then scroll down to find links to the resources we talked about during the show today.) Erica mentioned two of her favorite adoption-related resources: The Adoption Decision: 15 [...]

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Showing Love Through Every Day Care, with Leticia Barr & Jim Higley: The Home Hour Episode 48

Jan 15, 2015 34:39

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Is doing a load of laundry or washing the dishes really just a “chore”?  Or could the act of caring for our families in these little, everyday ways add up to much more over the course of a year, a childhood, a life? That’s what I’m talking about in today’s episode of The Home Hour, along with guests Jim Higley of Bobblehead Dad and Leticia Barr of Tech Savvy Mama. Last week the three of us attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on behalf of Whirlpool and their new campaign, Every day, care. We got to check out some of Whirlpool’s new innovations geared toward making the act of caring for our families – and teaching them to care for us and each other – simper and more satisfying. In today’s show Jim, Leticia and I talk a little about the products we’re most excited about, and a lot about chores, household labor, and how the small acts of washing, cooking, cleaning and drying can be a way to show love, every day. Listen now! As always, thank you for listening and supporting The Home Hour. If you’ve been listening for a while and haven’t left an honest review on iTunes (or wherever you prefer [...]

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Living With Intention In 2015 With Karen Walrond: The Home Hour Episode 47

Jan 9, 2015 48:57

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It’s a new year, and that means many of us are thinking about how to make big or small changes to improve our lives. If you’re looking for inspiration, you’re going to want to listen to my conversation with Karen Walrond: photographer, author, speaker, and the voice behind the well-known blog Chookooloonks. Today we’re talking about living with intention in 2015: what that really means, how to determine what you’re really meant to be doing, and how to know when you’re on the right path. Listen now, or scroll down for links to hear more from Karen! Want to get to know Karen better? Read her blogging mission statement Find Karen’s book, The Beauty of Different Follow Chookooloonks on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook Be sure to check back next week for a new episode, recorded from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas! We’ll be talking about using household technology to create simpler, more connected family lives. And just a note that I’ll be transitioning to publishing podcasts on Wednesdays, rather than Thursdays. As we kick off 2015, I just want to thank you for listening and supporting The Home Hour. This podcast continues to be one of my favorite ways to connect and share, and I’m [...]

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Christmas At Home With Meagan & Sarah: The Home Hour Episode 46

Dec 18, 2014 51:23

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With just a week left until Christmas, things are both ramping up and winding down – depending on whom you ask. School lets out this Friday for both Sarah’s and my kids, and since neither of us is traveling for the holidays this year we’re both looking forward to low-key days at home next week. On the other hand, I’m performing in a musical this weekend (I know! you can get the full scoop in the first few minutes of the episode), and Sarah has had visiting family on and off since before Thanksgiving, so there’s never a dull moment for either of us. For the last podcast of 2014 Sarah and I chatted about all of the above – performing at Christmas time, our plans for the holidays, our favorite things about Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and our best tips for traveling with kids during the holidays. It was a great conversation and I hope you’ll let us keep you company as you bake or wrap or drive around this week. Listen now, or read on for more about what you can expect from The Home Hour in 2015! Next Thursday is Christmas Day, so there won’t be [...]

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Holiday Style For Moms With Shana Draugelis: The Home Hour Episode 45

Dec 4, 2014 47:46

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Did you know plaid pants are back? Did you know turtlenecks are, too? If not (I didn’t!) you definitely need to tune in to this week’s episode of The Home Hour, where Shana Draugelis of The Mom Edit and I discuss holiday style – what to wear to parties, how to dress up a basic outfit, and, of course, how to stay warm doing it! (Fake fur is also, apparently, having a moment.) Listen now, or read on for links to some of the things I discussed with Shana. Some links that can help you make the most of your holiday wardrobe: For a perfect example of how you can dress more casual styles up for the holidays by adding a super-glam touch or two, read this post where Shana rocks plaid pants with a puffer coat…and glittery pumps! The Mom Edit’s Ultimate Holiday Style Guide for 2014 While you’re at it, check out The Mom Edit’s Holiday Central packed with sales, gift guides and more. Shana was nice enough to send a few links to some of her favorite specific pieces for this holiday season (links are affiliates – if you click through and make a purchase, you’ll be helping Shana [...]

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Create A Calmer Holiday With Doña Bumgarner: The Home Hour Episode 44

Nov 27, 2014 52:04

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To those of you who celebrate, Happy Thanksgiving! If you’re cooking, cleaning, or traveling this weekend, I hope you’ll take a little time to let this week’s episode of The Home Hour keep you company. In it, blogger Doña Bumgarner and I discuss how to create a more peaceful holiday by doing what really matters to YOU and letting go of the rest. Listen now, or read on for links to Doña’s 21 Days To A Peaceful Holiday course and other things we discussed! Here are some links and resources from my conversation with Doña: 21 Days to a Peaceful Holiday: Doña and Sarah Stewart Holland’s online course Holiday Music from Nurtured Mama: Doña’s holiday playlist on Spotify Meagan’s holiday playlist on Spotify Wintersongs, by Kitka Plan Ahead for Calmer Holidays Would you like to ask me a question and have it answered on the podcast? Just record it right in your browser below, and your question might become part of the show! (Don’t see the record button? Just click this link to record.)  P.S.: If you liked this show, I’d LOVE for you to subscribe or leave a rating or review on iTunes. Here’s how to do it:  Visit the podcast page here and click “View [...]

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Your Thanksgiving Questions, Answered: The Home Hour Episode 43

Nov 20, 2014 53:18

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After a break last week (I was traveling in Florida with the whole family), The Home Hour is back this week with a brand new episode I think you’re going to love. In this episode, Sarah and I answer – to the best of our ability – YOUR questions about hosting Thanksgiving in your home. We talked about timing the food, seating the guests, managing your own stress, and even discussed what kind of dishes you’ll need to serve all that yummy food on. (Scroll down for a glimpse at the vintage Pyrex I use for casual but special serving.) Start listening now, or read on for more on how to host Thanksgiving (and actually enjoy yourself at the same time). Here are some of the resources Sarah and I mentioned to help you through Thanksgiving (and any other holiday-hosting you’ll be doing): Episode 38 of The Home Hour featuring professional event stylist Kristen Forgione: If you missed this the first time, it’s a must-listen. We promise, you’ll feel calmer and more excited about hosting a gathering in your home. We talked a little about serving dishes, and I shared that I use mostly vintage Pyrex dishes (with a few [...]

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Healthy Eating & Habits With Liz Della Croce: The Home Hour Episode 42

Nov 7, 2014 46:02

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With all the special diets trending right now, do you ever wonder what it really means to eat healthy? According to today’s podcast guest, Liz Della Croce of The Lemon Bowl, it’s simple: eat foods packed with strong flavors, like citrus and herbs…and eat less of them. (Which is easier to do when food is packed with flavor!) In today’s show Liz shares her 50-pound weight loss success story, tells us what she’s learned about creating healthy habits in the kitchen and beyond, and gives us a glimpse into her life as a food blogger. We discuss real strategies for getting dinner on the table with little kids in the house and how to break the drive-thru habit once and for all (hint: it starts in your kitchen.) Listen now! (Or scroll down to find links to some of the resources we discussed in the show.) Some of the cool stuff Liz & I discussed: Search for recipes by over 50 specific ingredients on Liz’s blog Follow The Lemon Bowl on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest Some of Liz’s favorite food blogs: Climbing Grier Mountain Cooking Canuck Eat2toGather And, from my intro: take the Fall Deep Cleaning Challenge! Week 1, Zone 1: The High-Up Spaces Week 2, Zone [...]

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Read-Aloud Revival With Sarah Mackenzie: The Home Hour Episode 41

Oct 24, 2014 53:33

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We all know we’re supposed to read to our kids every day, right? But it can be easier said than done. Between tongue-twisting passages in picture books and toddlers crawling over you while you’re trying to read to older siblings, reading aloud is one of those things that can be kind of a drag for a busy mom…and it’s only too easy to let life get in the way and knock reading off the daily to-do list. Today’s guest, Sarah Mackenzie from The Read-Aloud Revival podcast, has the antidote: a laid-back, just-do-what-you-can approach to creating a read-aloud culture in your home. As a homeschooling mom of six (including twins!) she definitely understands the obstacles parents can face when it comes to reading aloud regularly, and she has some great tips and ideas for making it easier, less stressful, and more fun for everyone. Listen now! (Or scroll down to find links to some of the resources we discussed in the show.) Get to know Sarah Mackenzie: Sarah’s blog, Amongst Lovely Things Sarah’s podcast, The Read-Aloud Revival Sarah’s very favorite read-aloud books! Some posts I mentioned in the intro: Join my deep-cleaning challenge Video: My favorite gentle cleaning products + how to make [...]

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Discipline At Every Age: The Home Hour Episode 40

Oct 17, 2014 57:30

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  What’s your discipline style? Are you relaxed? Authoritative? Do you use punishments, rewards, natural consequences? When a reader asked Sarah and I for some advice on a common – but totally exasperating – toddler tendency, we realized that not only do we rarely write about discipline here on the blog, but that we had never actually discussed our own personal discipline philosophies. So we decided to answer the question together on The Home Hour without talking it over first. Going in blind on a discipline discussion? Sounds risky, but we thought it would be an interesting way to find out more about each other’s parenting styles. It turned out to be a great conversation, and we know you’re going to love it. Listen now! (Or scroll down to find links to some of the stories and resources we discussed in the show.) Here are some of the links we talked about in this episode: Zen Parenting Radio podcast (and here’s the episode of The Home Hour featuring Zen Parenting Radio hosts Todd and Cathy Adams) Aha! Parenting – online resources and blog written by Dr. Laura Markham Positive Discipline – book by Jane Nelson, Ed.D. Without Spanking or Spoiling – book by Elizabeth Crary *Amazon links [...]

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Can “Mean Moms” Raise Happy Kids? Denise Schipani On The Home Hour Episode 39

Oct 10, 2014 56:24

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Has anyone ever told you that you’re a “mean mom?” Today I’m happy to welcome my good friend, author and blogger Denise Schipani, who takes pride in her “mean mom” title. Even though on the surface Denise and I might seem different (she’s the meanie and I’m all about the happy), in reality, we have a lot in common: we both love our kids like crazy, treasure family time, and gladly assume a role of authority in our homes. So what does it really mean to be a “mean mom”, and how can it actually be good for kids? How can we learn to embrace the word “no”? And how can we move past the idea that we’re too busy and distracted to set limits and create family traditions? This is an interview from the very early days of this podcast, when it was still called “The Kitchen Hour” and most of you weren’t listening yet. Since that episode somehow managed to fall off of iTunes and I can’t seem to get it back, I thought now was a great time to bring it back with some new commentary from yours truly. Listen now! (Or scroll down to find links to some of the stories and [...]

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Party Planning The Easy Way With Kristen Forgione: The Home Hour Episode 38

Oct 2, 2014 50:59

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If you love the idea of throwing parties and entertaining but are intimidated by the thought of decorating, buying the supplies, creating a menu, making the invitations – not to mention getting your house in tip-top shape beforehand – you’re definitely going to want to listen to Episode 38 of The Home Hour. In the show, event stylist and mom Kristen Forgione offers simple, no-stress tips for focusing on what matters and forgetting the rest (guess what – nobody is likely to notice if you cleaned out your closets before the party!) We talk about everything from decorating to budgeting to buying and making the food. Kristen is so reassuring about the process of planning a party – after all, it should be FUN! Plus, I share some exciting things we’ve got planned for The Happiest Home this month. Listen now! (Or scroll down to find links to some of the stories and resources we discussed in the show!) Here’s how to find Kristen online: The Lifestyled Company website Kristen’s Etsy store Find Kristen on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. Happiest Home posts I mention in the show: Lunch gear giveaway from MightyNest Halloween costumes inspired by children’s literature My new video series, At [...]

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Comfy Cool: Leggings, Boots, Jackets & Other Fall Fashion Must-Haves on The Home Hour Episode 37

Sep 25, 2014 1:03:57

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Did you know you can totally pass off stretch pants as street clothes now? In today’s episode of The Home Hour, Shana Draugelis of The Mom Edit shows us how. (Hint: it’s all about the jacket, the boot, and the accessories.) We also discuss updating your wardrobe for fall by focusing on just a few key pieces, how to wear a hat without looking goofy, and whether or not short hair needs to be shampooed. And in the intro, I share a really big parenting mistake I made this week, how I was able to turn it around and make it right, and what I learned about reaching for “Pinterest perfection” in our home projects. Listen now! (Or scroll down to find links to some of the stories and resources we discussed in the show!) Some of my favorites of Shana’s style suggestions: Faux leather leggings from Nordstrom Over-the-knee boots  – these are a little more affordable than the ones we discussed on the show! Moto boots – I love these so much. Military boots – No wait…maybe I love these more. Do I have to choose? Leopard baseball hat – do I have the guts to try this? A great structured jacket by Loft – nice price on this [...]

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Children’s Book Author Sarah Maizes: The Home Hour Episode 36

Sep 18, 2014 56:26

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Have you ever thought about writing a children’s book? According to today’s guest, author Sarah Maizes, everyone has! (I might be the one exception to the rule, but hey, I’ve got a lot of life yet.) If you’re curious about the process of getting a children’s book published, want to find out more about where children’s book authors get their inspiration, or just want to hear a very funny, engaging guest, you’re definitely going to want to listen to today’s show. You’ll also find out more about Sarah’s fascinating journey from children’s book agent, to media executive, to stay-at-home mom, to stand-up comic, to children’s book author (whew!) Listen now! (Or scroll down to find links to some of the stories and resources we discussed in the show!) Some of the links Sarah and I discussed on The Home Hour today… all Amazon products are affiliate links. Check out Sarah’s books: On My Way To Bed On My Way To The Bath On My Way To School Find out more about Sarah’s classes for aspiring children’s book authors, or how to arrange for her to visit your child’s school! Find Sarah on Facebook or Twitter. And from my intro: The Huffington Post – Dinner Doesn’t [...]

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Lunch-Making Tips & Ideas with Laura Fuentes of Momables: The Home Hour Episode 35 (Plus Giveaway!)

Sep 12, 2014 53:08

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If you’re packing lunches for your kids this year, you might, like me, already be facing some logistical and creative hurdles. For example: How do I keep cold food safely cold? How do I keep warm foods appetizingly warm? How do I fit all these packed lunchboxes inside my already-stuffed fridge? And, how do I stay inspired while cranking out lunches day after day? Is there life beyond sandwiches? In today’s episode of The Home Hour, Laura Fuentes, author of The Very Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches On The Planet and founder of lunch-planning subscription service Momables, answers all those questions and then some! (Also make sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to find out how to win a FREE three-month subscription to Momables!) (Above links are affiliates – if you click and make a purchase, I will earn a commission.) In this episode Laura and I also talk about: Laura’s strategy for packing breakfasts, snacks, AND lunches for her entire family! Her career before having kids, and how she ended up creating Momables What inspired Laura to make healthy, homemade lunches the focus of her blog and career Laura’s favorite containers, carriers and lunch boxes What it was like to appear on [...]

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Back to School with Sarah and Meagan: The Home Hour Episode 34

Sep 5, 2014 44:29

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Today’s show is a little different from most. In it, Sarah – the Managing Editor at The Happiest Home – and I discuss our summers (including her big move and our awesome weather) and how our lives are changing now that the kids are heading back to school. We talked a little about the tyranny of the school pick-up line (and how it gives me mild road rage,) kids walking to and from school, sometimes in charge of younger siblings, and why we’ll be getting 10-year-old William a cell phone soon (see previous.) Listen now! or keep reading for the iTunes link and to find out how to become part of the show! We also took some time to marvel over how different our lives are right now, Sarah’s and mine, and how different that can make the whole back-to-school experience. Case in point: in this video I was at exactly where Sarah is right now, with six, four, and one-year-olds. It’s hard to believe how different – and how much quieter – things are now, just a handful of years later! If you liked this show, I’d LOVE for you to subscribe or leave a rating or review on iTunes. Here’s how to [...]

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Crafting, Kids, & Career with Nikki McGonigal: the Home Hour Episode 33

Jun 12, 2014 1:03:11

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Have you ever dreamed of turning your creative passion into a career? Or are you a crafter at heart who’s having a hard time staying organized and inspired around small children? You’ll love my interview today with crafter, blogger and educator (plus, TV personality!) Nikki McGonigal. Also, Shana of Ain’t No Mom Jeans is back with more style advice…this time on how to dress for your skin tone. Listen now! Or scroll down for the iTunes link, to some of the links discussed in today’s show, or to find out how to become part of the show. First up, I am excited to welcome Shana Draugelis of Ain’t No Mom Jeans back for another style segment! Shana and I talked about choosing the right colors for your skin tone, which quickly led to a hilarious discussion of our memories surrounding the color-analyzing service, Color Me Beautiful. Guess what – it’s still around! (Does anyone else have memories of this system?) Next up, our featured guest: Nikki McGonigal of Nikki, In Stitches. Nikki and I talked about her career trajectory from starting a small craft blog years ago to competing on TLC’s Craft Wars in 2012, to teaching online crafting classes at Nikki In Stitches Craft Academy. [...]

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How To Make Mom Friends : The Home Hour Episode 32

May 29, 2014 55:44

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Are you having trouble meeting other moms or building a strong real-life social circle? In today’s episode of The Home Hour Podcast, Sarah (who claims I hired her to be my friend – wait, that’s not quite right…) and I discuss strategies for meeting other moms and taking those acquaintances from rushed chats in the preschool pick-up line to real friendships, and the benefits of looking beyond the obvious (moms of kids your own kids’ ages) and finding friends from all backgrounds. I also share some of my strategies for getting over a dinner-making rut. Listen now! Or scroll down for the iTunes link, to some of the links discussed in today’s show, or to find out how to become part of the show! Here are links to the making-friends articles Sarah and I discussed, and the kitchen-amnesia post I mention during the intro: 5 tough-love principles for making friends with other moms. Why is it so hard to make mom friends? Solutions to 2 common obstacles How to Make Mom Friends (a roundup of all our posts on the topic) 5 Ways To Get Back In The Meal-Planning Groove If you liked this show, I’d LOVE for you to subscribe or leave a rating [...]

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Spring Clean Your Finances with Kelly Whalen: The Home Hour Episode 31

May 23, 2014 58:10

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We’re well into spring, and for many of us with school-aged kids, summer break is almost here. Is your budget ready for the onslaught of camp options and kids begging for snacks all day? That’s just one of the things Kelly Whalen of The Centsible Life and I discuss in today’s episode, where she gives us some great tips for “spring cleaning” your finances, from home to work to kids. First up, though, our regular style expert Shana Draugelis is here to answer a burning question: how do you find comfy summer shoes without succumbing to buying sports or “comfort” sandals? We also answer a listener’s question about what to wear with gladiator sandals (especially if you have shorter legs). Listen now! Or, scroll down for more resources and links. Show Resources: First, from the intro – here’s a link to the story about my husband’s and my trip through Big Sur, which is partly responsible for my missing getting a podcast up last week! (It was totally worth it.) Shana rocking a pair of patterned TOMS, one of her solutions for comfy summer shoes Stylish Summer Shoes: Shana gave lots of suggestions of comfortable summer shoes that don’t make you look like you’re going camping. [...]

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Two mothers. Two paths. Two real-life “Beyond Baby” stories. The Home Hour Episode 30

May 8, 2014 55:55

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Have you ever marveled at how many different paths are open to us over the course of our lives? And that can lead to a lot of pressure – pressure to make the “right” choice, or fear of moving in the wrong direction. Way back in my early days of motherhood, I joined an online parenting group that became my lifeline through the ins and outs of birth, breastfeeding, sleep deprivation, and discipline issues. Fifteen years later, I’m still friends with many of those women, though our lives have changed so much over the years. Some stopped after a baby or two and are now celebrating high school graduations or facing empty nests, while others grew their families through more births, adoption, or blending families. Some have started businesses, some have launched new careers, and others have embraced the role of homemaker even as their families aged and changed. It’s shown me that there are so many ways to transition out of the baby years and create a life you love. Today on The Home Hour Podcast, I’m interviewing two members of that original mom’s group: Sarah Wied Green and September Gerety. Both women have large families and fast-growing kids, and each has [...]

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Own Your Weekends with Laura Vanderkam: The Home Hour Episode 29

Apr 24, 2014 51:28

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Do you ever find yourself wondering, come Sunday evening, “What happened to the weekend?” (And did you know that if you live to be 80, you’ll only have 4000 weekends – total! – to fill in your lifetime?) Laura Vanderkam, author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think*, wants to help you reclaim those hours between Friday evening and Monday morning. In today’s episode we talk about her ebook What The Most Successful People Do On The Weekend, and Laura gives some great advice for making the most of your weekend with a little planning and striking the right balance between relaxation and adventure.   Also on today’s show: Managing Editor Sarah Powers takes over the “host” role and interviews me about my upcoming ebook, Beyond Baby: A Week-By-Week Guide To Creating A Life You Love When Your Kids Aren’t So Little, which launches on May 1! I share a sneak peek at what’s inside the book, as well as the background behind why I wrote it, and how to know if you’re “Beyond Baby.” If you liked this show, I’d LOVE for you to subscribe or leave a rating or review on iTunes. Here’s how to do it:  Visit the podcast page [...]

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Traveling The World, Kids In Tow, with a Globetrotting Mama: The Home Hour Episode 28

Apr 17, 2014 51:01

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Have you ever dreamed of leaving everything behind and traveling the world with your children? If so, you’re sure to love listening to my conversation with Heather Greenwood Davis, mom of two boys, travel writer and the creator of the blog Globetrotting Mama.  Two years (ish) ago, Heather, her husband and two kids embarked on a year-long journey around the globe, spending time in 29 continents and six countries. Her story is so inspiring for anyone who’s ever wanted to take a risk or do something unusual with their families – and definitely encouraged me to move those “can’ts” out of the way and create the kind of family life I want to live. Listen now!  Because Heather and I chatted so long – and I didn’t want to stop asking her questions! – there’s no guest host segment this week, but I did take a few minutes at the beginning of the show to talk about my new ebook, Beyond Baby: Creating A Life You Love When Your Kids Aren’t So Little, which launches two weeks from today. (gulp!) I talk a little about the process of self-publishing and how it’s different from traditional publishing, what you can expect from [...]

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Musician Mama Heather Reid PLUS Dressing For Your High School Reunion: The Home Hour Episode 27

Apr 10, 2014 1:01:16

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I admit that whenever I find out that a professional actress, dancer, or musician is also a mom, I feel a little jolt of surprise. “How does she do it?” I wonder, for a half second imagining the life of a working performer to be so incredibly glamorous that it couldn’t possibly coincide with piles of laundry and Lego. But then I get a dose of reality and remember that many people also consider the writing life to be impossibly glamorous, all about scribbling notes on napkins in coffee shops and having “a room of one’s own” (Sounds nice, Virginia Woolf, but it’s not the reality for most of us.) It’s all about perspective, and the life of a working mother – especially those of who don’t have live-in nannies and household staff – is a tricky juggle regardless of what that work is. So I was so excited to talk with musician Heather Reid for today’s episode of The Home Hour Podcast. In the show, Heather and I discuss her early roots as a member of the 90s alt-rock band The Murmurs, her transitions along the way (she wrote a musical!) and her life now as a working musician [...]

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Rookie Motherhood with Whitney Moss & Heather Flett: The Home Hour Episode 26

Mar 27, 2014 54:29

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If you’re a new mom, you’ve probably found yourself facing some tricky questions, like: how the heck do I manage a trip to the grocery store with a new baby? And wait, once I’ve done my shopping, how do I get both the baby and the groceries back in the house at the same time? Whitney Moss and Heather Flett started RookieMoms.com to address obstacles just like this one and help moms get out and enjoy more time with (and without!) their babies. On the show today the three of us discuss how the “rookie mom” experience has evolved over the years, the decision to add more babies to the family and how technology is changing motherhood and infancy.  Also, Kate Hanley is back on the show to discuss simple, quick things you can introduce more serenity into your daily life. From “kitchen yoga” to easy meditation (promise!) you’ll love her tips and be able to put them into practice today. Listen now! Want to know more? Here are links to some of the things discussed on the show today: 52 Challenges for Rookie Moms Whitney’s reaction to the Fisher Price Apptivity Seat Heather and Whitney’s book: The Rookie Mom’s [...]

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Living with Spice with Monica Bhide: The Home Hour Episode 25

Mar 21, 2014 56:17

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  If you’ve ever wanted to add a little more spice to your cooking – or your life! – you’re going to love my conversation with Monica Bhide. In Episode 25 of The Home Hour Podcast, we discuss the influence of food on family culture, getting kids to try new and unfamiliar flavors, and the healing power of spices. We also talk about some exciting things Monica has coming up. Also in today’s episode – Sarah Powers is back on the show, and the two of us are discussing birthday parties! Specifically, how much preparation and planning needs to go into creating a special child’s party? As usual, we don’t have the exact same approach but Sarah and I both agree that it’s usually best to do what feels most fun and low-stress for you. Listen now! Here are links to some of the resources Monica and I talked about during the show:  Monica’s blog has tons of kid-friendly recipe ideas – check it out. Monica’s year-long, free digital storytelling project: Powered By Hope Modern Spice: Inspired Indian Flavors for the Contemporary Kitchen – celebrating its fifth year in print! FREE DOWNLOAD: Monica’s Indian Express: Simple & Sassy Weeknight Dishes. This [...]

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Zen Parenting PLUS Spring Fashion: The Home Hour Episode 24

Mar 12, 2014 1:09:06

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Have you ever wished you could be calmer in the face of tough parenting decisions – and feel more confident with your choices? If so,  you’ll love today’s interview with Todd and Cathy Adams, the husband-and-wife team behind Zen Parenting Radio. In the interview, we talk about: How to pay attention to your gut and parent in the moment Quieting the noise around you and becoming more self-aware so you can follow your instincts and sense of what’s right, rather than worrying about what “other people think.” You’ll definitely want to check out Cathy’s book, The Self-Aware Parent, and B.U. Inc, a workshop for kids taught by both Cathy and Todd which teaches kids to build their emotional intelligence and self-awareness and acceptance. Listen now! I’m also excited to have Shana Draugelis of Ain’t No Mom Jeans back on the show this week to talk about spring style! We discuss how to incorporate spring pieces into your look when there’s still snow on the ground (ugh) and how to dress for spring break – including trips to Disney World. Here are links to some of the pieces Shana and I talked about on the show: Shana loves hair accessories from [...]

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Doing what lights you up with Toni McLellan: The Home Hour Episode 23

Mar 6, 2014 1:02:02

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What lights you up? Is it drawing? Dancing? Coming up with business ideas? Working with kids? Cooking for your family? If you haven’t yet tapped into the thing you really want to be doing most in this world – or know what it is, but are afraid to claim it out loud, you’re going to love my conversation with my friend, fellow writer and coach Toni McLellan. You’ll really relate to my discussion with Toni if: You’re the person who has started twelve different blogs but hasn’t been able to commit to any of them…(Toni’s got a story about this!) if you’re always having good ideas…but you aren’t sure they’re the right good ideas for you. If you’re trying to build a life and/or career you love. if you’re curious about coaching (either working with one or working as one) and want the real scoop. Check out Toni’s regular events and workshops, and be sure to sign up for her free weekly newsletter – it’s awesome. And, I’m excited to announce that this week I’m introducing another expert co-host, Kate Hanley of MsMindBody.com! Kate will be coming on the show regularly to talk about wellness, stress relief, and other mind-body [...]

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Getting dinner on the table with Jenny Rosenstrach of Dinner: A Love Story – The Home Hour Episode 22

Feb 26, 2014 1:02:50

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Eating and sleeping. They’re both necessary to life, and for most of us grownups they seem to come naturally. So why does having kids seem to make both of these very simple human functions so much more complicated? Today’s episode of The Home Hour Podcast covers both these topics – and gives solutions for making them simpler for your family. My interview today is with Jenny Rosenstrach of Dinner, A Love Story. Jenny has recorded every dinner she’s made in a notebook since 1998 (!!) and the two of us discussed everything from the importance of planning (and how to do it), to keeping meals simple, to dealing with picky eaters. I am also excited to announce that this is the first week our own Sarah Powers will be coming on the show as my co-host in a regularly recurring segment about motherhood and our lives as moms.  Sarah and I hitting the stage together at Bloggy Boot Camp. It’ll be just like that, only we’ll live IN YOUR COMPUTER. This week Sarah and I talk about a topic that’s on almost every mom’s mind: SLEEP. Specifically, how to get more of it, and how to encourage our kids to sleep [...]

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Helping kids cope in a busy, distracted world & finding your mom style: The Home Hour Episode 21

Feb 20, 2014 1:06:13

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Our kids are living in a distraction-heavy, rushed world. And as parents, it’s not always easy to find the balance between creating a soft place to land and also helping them cope with the realities of life today. Today’s guest on The Home Hour Podcast is Kristen Race, Ph.D., a brain scientist, educator, and author of the new book Mindful Parenting. Race offers parents research-tested mindfulness strategies that can help kids and parents learn how to cope with distractions, reduce anxiety and stress, and create happier, more peaceful homes. If you worry about the effects today’s world has on your kids,  you’ll definitely want to listen to our conversation on the podcast today. If you love our discussion, you can find out more about Dr. Race’s work at her blog or find her on Facebook. I’m also excited to announce that Shana Draugelis of Ain’t No Mom Jeans makes her first appearance on The Home Hour Podcast this week. Shana will be coming on the show regularly to talk about fashion and style, particularly those topics that busy moms struggle with, like how to find clothes that look good on a post-baby body. In future episodes, we’ll be discussing everything from finding the right [...]

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Building Boys with Jennifer Fink: The Home Hour Episode 20

Feb 14, 2014 1:06:48

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Are boys and girls different? As a mom of four boys and one girl, I know I don’t exactly have a balanced sample to work with. But in my limited experience, yes – or at the very least, parenting boys and girls is very different indeed. We could argue about whether that’s due to biological or societal/cultural reasons, but the end result is the same. Jennifer Fink of BuildingBoys.net is also a mom of four and an award-winning journalist who is devoted to making schools, homes, and the world in general a friendlier place for boys to live, learn, play and grow. In our discussion we talked about everything from how current education trends can fail boys, to why and how boys and girls develop at different rates physically, mentally and emotionally, to how parents can create more boy-friendly homes. Click here to open the show in a new window. You can also find the show on iTunes, or you can scroll to the bottom to play the episode right here in your browser. Some things Jennifer and I discussed in this episode: Why school can be tough on boys. How important is early reading, anyway? The article about dads supervising [...]

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Supermarket Mastery & Steno Pad Recipes with Kyran Pittman – The Home Hour Episode 19

Feb 6, 2014

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Notice anything different up there? Yep. The Kitchen Hour Podcast has a new look. Well, and a new name. It’s now The Home Hour Podcast, which I think does a better job of reflecting the show: a diverse combination of interviews and other content all related to home and family, from food to parenting to motherhood. Plus, I realized that not everybody was listening to my podcast while making dinner! And if you want to listen to the show while you’re folding laundry or walking on the treadmill, who am I to say different? I talk more about the change in the show, but for now, let’s get to today’s guest! I was thrilled to talk with my friend, author and blogger Kyran Pittman about grocery shopping, parenting, blending motherhood with writing, vintage cookery and more. Click here to play the show in a new window, or you can find it on iTunes. (Note: It may take a few days for the new show title/cover art to show up in iTunes!) You can also scroll to the bottom to play the episode right here in your browser. Here are links to some things that came up during our talk: Steno [...]

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Big Moves and Small Towns with Stephanie Precourt: The Home Hour Episode 18

Jan 23, 2014

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This week’s episode of The Kitchen Hour Podcast felt just like talking to an old friend. That’s because, well, it consists mostly of me talking to an old friend. Stephanie Precourt has been blogging at Adventures in Babywearing since 2005, and is the Content Manager for Listen To Your Mother, a nationally-produced series of live staged readings which will be coming to 32 cities this year. Scroll down and hit “play” or listen in iTunes. Or, you can check out links to some of the things Steph and I talked about during the show: Listen To Your Mother audition season is happening now! If you have something to say about your experience of motherhood – or your experience being mothered by somebody else!  – check out this blog post for more information about what happens at auditions, what the show is all about, and how to find your local city’s audition dates and details. Speaking of LTYM, here’s a recording of the production I appeared in (that’s me on top!) Find Stephanie on Instagram and Twitter. I also shared some details about what’s going on in my kitchen this week: Here’s the super-simple bread recipe I mentioned. The resulting loaf is beautiful, [...]

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“Hands Free” Parenting with Rachel Macy Stafford: The Home Hour Episode 17

Jan 16, 2014

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  Have you ever thought about what it might be like to live “hands free” – setting aside some of the digital distractions and outwardly-imposed priorities to focus on what really matters? Today’s podcast guest, Rachel Macy Stafford, decided to do just that when she felt that her rushed life as a “go-to” volunteer mom with a packed social circle just didn’t match up with the kind of life she wanted to be experiencing with her two young daughters. I absolutely loved talking with Rachel – she’s warm, compassionate, and full of insights about how to let go of the endless pressure to achieve something “out there,” and turn some of that attention toward the people and experiences right in front of you – those that really matter. In our interview, Rachel and I talk about using technology without letting it take over your life, how to carefully choose opportunities that really support your values, and her brand-new book Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down The Phone, Burning The To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters! A few of the links Rachel and I discussed: The Important Thing about Yelling, one of Rachel’s [...]

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Blogging and Life with Rebecca Woolf of Girl’s Gone Child: The Home Hour Episode 16

Dec 18, 2013

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These days, it seems like everyone and her sister writes – or used to write – a blog. But in the early to mid-2000s, say the word “blog” to your grandma and you’d probably get a blank stare, and the idea of earning a living by writing about your family life online was still a fantasy. In this episode of The Kitchen Hour Podcast, blogger, author, and mom of four Rebecca Woolf – who’s been blogging since “the olden days” – and I discuss coming of age and angst in the pre-Facebook days, surprise motherhood, making up the holidays as you go along, professional blogging, and what it means to write and earn a living from your words in today’s very connected world. Some of the things Rebecca and I discussed: Her quirkily awesome sense of style, in particular this vintage 1980s pantsuit, which led me to accost her in the hall at a conference and ask where she got it. above: Rebecca speaking on a panel at the 2013 Mom 2.0 Summit (pictured with the lovely Jessica Ashley) and also, an action shot in her hotel room. We talked about Rebecca’s 2008 book Rockabye, the phase of life she was [...]

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Having it All with Danielle Smith: The Home Hour Episode 15

Dec 11, 2013

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  Since I can remember, the media has been battling it out over whether or not women can “have it all,” and recently, the consensus seems to lean toward “no.” But what if we just need a new definition of what “having it all” means? Today I talked with my friend, blogger and video personality Danielle Smith, about just that. We discussed everything from Danielle’s background in television, to how much the Internet has changed the landscape of work and life, to kids and snacking. And we also discussed our new venture: The New Having It All Show! Click over to see the show live on Wednesday, December 11 at 1 PM EST, or watch the recording later. You can also see last week’s episode on YouTube.  To hear the podcast, just click the “play” button at the bottom of the post, or you can subscribe in iTunes. Here’s how to find out more about Danielle: Extraordinary Mommy – Danielle’s blog Danielle’s YouTube Channel.  Danielle’s Twitter Danielle’s G+  Thanks for listening! If you liked this show, I’d LOVE for you to subscribe or leave a rating or review on iTunes. Here’s how to do it: If you’re an iTunes user, visit the podcast page here and [...]

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Creating Low-Stress Holiday Traditions With Sarah Powers: The Home Hour Episode 14

Dec 4, 2013

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In this episode of The Kitchen Hour Podcast, I kicked back with my good friend and Managing Editor of TheHappiestHome.com, Sarah Powers, to discuss holiday traditions. Are traditions something  you have to “create” or do they just happen? How can you give kids the chance to do traditional holiday activities like sitting on Santa’s lap without stressing yourself out (or scaring the lights out of them?) And just what is up with the Elf on the Shelf suddenly being the new parental obligation? I had so much fun talking with Sarah during this episode! I hope you’ll enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed chatting. To hear the podcast, just click the “play” button at the bottom of the post, or you can subscribe in iTunes.  Here’s how to do that! If you’re an iTunes user, visit the podcast page here and click “View in iTunes”. From there you’ll see an option to subscribe, and all new episodes will download to your computer automatically. (You’ll also see a tab in iTunes called Ratings and Reviews, and if you’re feeling inclined I’d be grateful for a positive rating while you’re there!) If you’d prefer to listen on your iPhone or iPod, download the Podcasts app and search for The [...]

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Eat Pie, Love Life with Linda Hundt: The Home Hour Episode 13

Nov 26, 2013

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If you love vintage aprons and swoon over flaky pies served up on jadeite dishes – or just like to hear inspiring stories of women who pursue a passion and make it both their lifeblood and their livelihood – you’ll love this episode of The Kitchen Hour Podcast! In it, I chat with Linda Hundt, owner of the Sweetie-Licious Bakery Cafe in Dewitt, Michigan and now Grand Rapids, Michigan; and author of the new cookbook Sweetie-Licious Pies: Eat Pie, Love Life. Chatting with Linda was such a treat. She’s an ambitious woman with big dreams, who still believes in the power of slowing down and enjoying the little pleasures of life – like spending time with family and friends, hanging out in the kitchen, and biting into a slice of warm, home-baked pie. In the podcast we talk about everything from vintage Easy-Bake Ovens to getting over the fear of making a pie crust, to pursuing big dreams and doing what really matters to you. To hear the podcast, just click the “play” button at the bottom of the post, or you can subscribe in iTunes.  Here are links to some of the things Linda and I discussed in the show: note: [...]

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Licking the Spoon with Candace Walsh: The Home Hour Episode 12

Nov 20, 2013

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Finally! After a hiatus, The Kitchen Hour Podcast is back. In the intro to today’s episode I gave a little explanation of my “break” – and a peep at the exciting things ahead. So glad to be back! Today’s guest is Candace Walsh, author of Licking the Spoon: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Identity. Candace and I chatted about everything from love and marriage to kids with finicky palates, and especially her book, which tells the tale of a young woman coming of age via the cookbooks she most identified with at different stages of her life. Please click the “play” button at the bottom of the post to listen in your browser, or you can download on iTunes. Here are some links to some books and authors Candace and I discussed during the podcast: (note: all Amazon links are affiliates. If you make a purchase, I will receive a commission.) Candace mentions Daniel Boulud having an influence on her cooking as a young married woman. His most recent book is Daniel: My French Cuisine. When we chatted, Candace was enjoying the friendship through diversity represented in Jerusalem: A Cookbook As promised, here is “that” picture of Candace that was, um, defaced at [...]

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Minimalist Parenting with Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest: The Home Hour Episode 11

May 17, 2013

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I am so excited about this week’s podcast, my first with two guests at the same time (ooh, dangerous!) spoke with Asha Dornfest and Christine Koh, authors of the fantastic new book (affiliate link): Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less.   I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Asha and Christine pretty well over the last few years, and I can report that they are just as genuine, funny, warm, and smart as they sound in this recording! We had so much fun discussing modern parenting, less-stressful dinners, defining your values and priorities, moving past feeling overwhelmed and how to carve out space for family time. Please click the “play” button at the bottom of the post to listen in your browser, or you can download on iTunes. Links related to the show: MinCamp, the free companion to Minimalist Parenting Christine’s blog, BostonMamas Asha’s blog, Parent Hacks The Stories That Bind Us: NYT story I referenced in the podcast. You can also read my related post, if you like: Happy Families Have Stories. The official site for Minimalist Parenting. Disclaimer: Amazon links within this post are affiliate, so I earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.

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Math for Grownups with Laura Laing: The Home Hour Episode 10

Mar 15, 2013

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I’m so excited about the latest episode of The Kitchen Hour Podcast, featuring author, blogger, and math instructor Laura Laing. In the podcast Laura and I discuss the “new math,” how to beef up your child’s (and your own!) “numeracy” (numerical literacy), how to find the fun in numbers, and why math really, really doesn’t have to be scary. Related Links: Laura’s blog: Math For Grownups Laura’s book: Math For Grownups Resources Laura recommends: The Khan Academy: videos, assessments and interactive math challenges to help your child (and yourself!) strengthen your math skills Bedtime Math: a fun, nightly math activity for parents and kids to do together at bedtime. Remember, you can either listen to the show by clicking the “play” button below, or download it from iTunes! Enjoy.

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Saving Money at the Holidays with Amy Clark of MomAdvice: The Home Hour Episode 09

Feb 7, 2013

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  This week I’m so excited to feature Amy Allen Clark, founder of the extremely helpful site MomAdvice.com and author of the fantastic new book The Good Life For Less. I’m lucky enough to have had the opportunity to hang out with Amy in person a few times, and we even danced together on a rooftop in Miami once (yes, for real!) She’s just as sweet and adorable in real life as she seems online, and I was thrilled to chat with her about her new book, entertaining on a budget, simplifying life, the best ways to use a slow cooker and more. This is a great interview, and a long-awaited one: we recorded it before Christmas (hence all the holiday-related chatter!) but there were some technical difficulties that took a long time to edit out (and you might notice, there are still a few glitches here and there). Also, I had a cold and sound a little like a frog during our chat. Yikes! But the interview was just too great not to air. Just click the player below to stream it right here in your browser, or download in iTunes. Looking forward to joining you in the kitchen this week! [...]

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