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This is the Home-Ec class you wish you'd taken in school. Co-hosts Graham Smith and Kirsten Dunlap are two moms on a mission to help others create elegant, livable, welcoming homes. Join them as they interview experts, tackle specific challenges, and share their homemaking fails and successes. Real families, real budgets, real homes. Welcome Home!

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This is the Home-Ec class you wish you'd taken in school. Co-hosts Graham Smith and Kirsten Dunlap are two moms on a mission to help others create elegant, livable, welcoming homes. Join them as they interview experts, tackle specific challenges, and share their homemaking fails and successes. Real families, real budgets, real homes. Welcome Home!

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I love this podcast! It is great for long drives in which I want to tune out the backseat! Even my 10 year olds listens with me sometimes and his comments are GOLD! Sometimes I just want to pick up the phone and ask K and G’s opinion!

Love it!

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So happy to be a subscriber! KJM

iTunes Ratings

257 Ratings
Average Ratings
197
26
14
8
12

One of the best

By Mhmaddox - Jan 14 2020
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I love this podcast! It is great for long drives in which I want to tune out the backseat! Even my 10 year olds listens with me sometimes and his comments are GOLD! Sometimes I just want to pick up the phone and ask K and G’s opinion!

Love it!

By jacoblukas - Sep 28 2019
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So happy to be a subscriber! KJM
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Welcome Home

Latest release on Jan 16, 2020

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This is the Home-Ec class you wish you'd taken in school. Co-hosts Graham Smith and Kirsten Dunlap are two moms on a mission to help others create elegant, livable, welcoming homes. Join them as they interview experts, tackle specific challenges, and share their homemaking fails and successes. Real families, real budgets, real homes. Welcome Home!

Rank #1: Kitchen Organization & The Neat Method: The Home Hour, Episode 73

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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 InstagramPinterest, and Houzz.com.

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Jun 08 2017

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Rank #2: Brutal Career Advice From Someone Unafraid to Share Her Opinions: The Home Hour, Episode 112

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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.




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Mar 15 2018

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Rank #3: Mindblowing Sex 101! Episode 141

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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.




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Feb 28 2019

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Rank #4: Cleaning House with The Clean Mama: The Home Hour, Episode 79

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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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Jul 20 2017

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Rank #5: More Cozy and Less Stuff! The Home Hour, Episode 131

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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!

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Oct 11 2018

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Rank #6: Time Management for Moms, Everyday Household Hacks, & What to Do When You’re Out of Toothpicks! Episode 154

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On today’episode, we’re feeling all back-to-school-ish and talking about the small and big things we do --and the things we want to do!-- to make our weeks run more smoothly. 


We'll chat about what we've learned about guarding our time, preplanning our mornings, scheduling our weeks, clearing up head space, and communicating with our spouses.


Plus, Lisa Frank vs. JoJo Siwa, why Kirsten's household loves "Sunday no-Funday", how the Graham is the MacGaver of toothpicks, and why laundromats aren’t just for people without washing machines!


All that and more on today’s episode of Welcome Home.



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In each themed box, they send you everything you need to create a beautiful potted arrangement – four fully-grown plants ranging from flowers and foliage to herbs and fruits, a pot, the right amount of soil, nutrients, and if you want – a cool accessory. You just assemble with confidence! With Plant Package, the prep work of gardening is done for you! 

Plant Package is perfect for parents looking for a quick, easy, relatively mess-free activity to do with the kids, people interested in gardening who get overwhelmed by all the plant options at garden centers, or anyone short on time (hint: Plant Package only takes about 20 minutes to assemble!)






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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!)


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Aug 15 2019

56mins

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Rank #7: New Year New You Part 1, Household Budgeting with America’s Cheapest Family: The Home Hour, Episode 102

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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, Dr. Phil, CNN, Fox News, 20/20, Nightline, Yahoo Finance, People Magazine and many more.


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Jan 03 2018

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Rank #8: Win the Morning, Win the Day! The Home Hour, Episode 124

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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:

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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 illustrated step-by-step instructions, and the materials needed to create a finished project kids will feel proud of!




We’ve got a great deal for our podcast listeners! Head to www.youngwoodworkers.com/thehomehour and you will save 50% off your first shipment!  You’ll pay only $9.99 plus postage and processing for the first kit! Your kids will also receive a child-sized hammer with their first shipment!


There’s no promo code, but to save that 50% off your first shipment, you’ll need to head over to our special website: www.youngwoodworkers.com/thehomehour


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Jul 19 2018

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Rank #9: Reclaiming Your Life, Building Connections, and Conquering Mommy Burnout: The Home Hour, Episode 123

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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 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 illustrated step-by-step instructions, and the materials needed to create a finished project kids will feel proud of!




We’ve got a great deal for our podcast listeners! Head to www.youngwoodworkers.com/thehomehour and you will save 50% off your first shipment!  You’ll pay only $9.99 plus postage and processing for the first kit! Your kids will also receive a child-sized hammer with their first shipment!


There’s no promo code, but to save that 50% off your first shipment, you’ll need to head over to our special website: www.youngwoodworkers.com/thehomehour

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Jul 05 2018

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Rank #10: Feng Shui…Beyond the Rooster: The Home Hour Episode 67

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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 born! She started experimenting in her own home and in her friends’ homes and began to see results.


As Katie sees it, the bottom line is that your home reflects your life. The space that you spend time in is actually having a really profound effect on you.




There are general principles to Feng Shui, but it’s also really specific to the individual client. The process begins with trying to figure out what the client needs in their life. More peace? More order? More creativity?


Kirsten asks for advice with creating more peace and less chaos when the kids come home from school and Katie says we not only need to make sure there is a space for kids to put their stuff, but moms also have to make it really easy for our kids to put their things away (i.e. not on the other side of the house). There needs to be a natural flow, which is a core principle of Feng Shui.


Katie always looks at floor plans, whether the client is remodeling or not, to make sure there is good flow.


Kitchens represent health and prosperity. Decluttering a kitchen is crucial! Having a cluttered kitchen could be preventing you from cooking healthy.


Bedrooms are also very important in Feng Shui. You should have nothing underneath the bed! Your subconscious is never asleep so by having things under your bed, you are distracting yourself and preventing rest.


Katie talks about having visited houses of clients who were actual hoarders and how bad that amount of clutter is to a space. We learn that we need to be intentional about the things we have in our home. It doesn’t matter if something was expensive or given to you for a wedding gift, if you don’t like it,

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Apr 27 2017

45mins

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Rank #11: What We’re Reading, Watching, & Listening to Now! Episode 140

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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! 


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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


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Feb 14 2019

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Rank #12: A Top Realtor’s Tips For Selling Your House: The Home Hour, Episode 71

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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.




Links we mention on Episode 71:


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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 12, 2017.


Episode 71:


To begin with, Mary Stuart advises us that moving is a big challenge so if you don’t have to move, then you really shouldn’t. She tells clients to look at their location (Location, Location, Location!) and think about whether or not they love it, whether or not they have room to expand, and whether or not they have the margin in their life to handle a remodel! However, if there is something REALLY great on the other side, then moving may be the right choice.


Mary Stuart says your first call should be to your agent….not your handman. A good agent will give you the full list things to do and save your handyman the extra trips.


She says that while it may be frustrating to spend the money on a home you’re planning to sell, it really is money well spent. The first impression is important to buyers. Additionally, because the internet has made it possible for buyers to tour your home in pictures before ever stepping foot inside, that has only become more true! The goal is to get them to look online and be excited to see it in person. 





Graham and Kirsten both love the idea of a house that is a project, but the truth is, we are the exception! Mary Stuart tells us that most people want a house that is done and move-in ready!




Mary Stuart shares some great tips for selling a house:

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May 25 2017

34mins

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Rank #13: Foolproof Meal Planning to Save Time & Money! Episode 149

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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!



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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.

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Jun 20 2019

53mins

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Rank #14: The Great Grocery Store Showdown: The Home Hour, Episode 122

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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 little collection of some of our personal favorite items AND they are offering our listeners 10% OFF their first purchase when they use the code THEHOMEHOUR at check-out.


Visit www.PeacockAlley.com/thehomehour to see Kirsten & Graham’s specially curated collection and don’t forget to use the code THEHOMEHOUR to save 10%


We know you will love them as much as we do!




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Jun 21 2018

53mins

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Rank #15: A Bold Splash of Color to Create a Home You LOVE: The Home Hour, Episode 117

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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 meals! And these meals aren’t just yummy, they are good for you too— gluten-free, dairy-free & Paleo meals that are real-foods only!


But here’s THE BEST PART!


Prep Dish founder, Allison is offering our listeners a  FREE TWO WEEK TRIAL to check it out. Visit PrepDish.com/homehour for this amazing deal!


Your first 2 weeks, FREE!?! This is a no-brainer! Happy Cooking! 


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Apr 26 2018

52mins

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Rank #16: Do you have a Happy Sex Life? {Valentines Series Part 3}: The Home Hour: Episode 108

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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 KIND’s Snack Club, where you’ll receive monthly snacks at a discount and get members only bonuses.


To access this great deal visit KindSnacks.com/thehomehour.


Plus…as Graham wisely pointed out— who doesn’t want to be in a club?!




We are also SO EXCITED to introduce our partnership with LIzzie Post and Dan Senning Post, of Awesome Etiquette. Kirsten & Graham are thrilled to announce that the Home Hour will be featured on one of our favorite podcasts: Awesome Etiquette. As our listeners know, we love etiquette, kindness, and graciousness…but sometimes we need some extra help tackling these issues; that’s where Lizzie & Dan come in!




Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning, cousins and co-presidents of the Emily Post Institute answer your questions about etiquette in the 21st century in this weekly hour long podcast. With advice based on consideration, respect, and honesty, Awesome Etiquette guides listeners through everything from traditional etiquette quandaries to everyday and emerging issues in today’s world. If you haven’t yet listened to this wonderful podcast, we can’t recommend it enough!


Check out the episode featuring our question HERE!






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Feb 15 2018

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Rank #17: Listener Questions About Homes! The Home Hour, Episode 130

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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 100% handmade in oil, charcoal, pencil or watercolor and you can select your artist! Perfect for photos of your wedding, kids, pets, or favorite moments. This would be a unique gift for anniversaries, birthdays, and holidays.  


Order Now from PaintYourLife.com and save 20% using our exclusive code: HOMEHOUR20. All our listeners orders also qualify for free shipping.





Handy.com: The Most Reliable Name in House Cleaning!

Handy is the easy and convenient way to book home cleanings on a schedule that works for you, right from the app or website. You can compare profiles and read real customer reviews to find the perfect pro for your needs. All of Handy’s services are backed by the Handy Happiness Guarantee. With Handy’s clear, upfront pricing, what you see is what you pay and nd you can pay securely on the app so there’s no need to worry about cash or checks.


Get your first 3-hour cleaning for $39 when you sign up for a plan!  To get this deal and see learn all the details, visit HANDY.com/TheHomeHour and enter the code THEHOMEHOUR


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Sep 27 2018

51mins

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Rank #18: New Year New You Part 2: Time Management, Calendars & Schedules: The Home Hour, Episode 103

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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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Jan 11 2018

32mins

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Rank #19: Goal Setting for Families; The Home Hour, Episode 78

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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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Jul 13 2017

48mins

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Rank #20: Do others enjoy your company? How to be gracious, joyful, and show unsinkable strength in any circumstance. The Home Hour, Episode 98

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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 our KIND Snacks!


Kirsten and Graham are both busy moms! We’re always on the go and we’re always in need of quick treats that are healthy and taste awesome. That’s why KIND Snacks have become a staple in both our homes and to make life easier, we’ve both joined the KIND Snack Club. If you’re ready to try some tasty AND healthy snacks, we’ve got a special deal for you!


You 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 a discount and get members only bonuses.


You shouldn’t 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!


To pick up your free sample box, go to KindSnacks.com/thehomehour


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Nov 30 2017

54mins

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How to Reinvent Yourself (Without Blowing up your Whole Life!) Episode 165

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Today on Welcome Home, we’re chatting with Mary Laura Philpot, bestselling author of I Miss You When I Blink , the hilarious memoir about motherhood, incremental life change, and finding the antidote to the monotony of the daily grind.

Plus, why separate bathrooms are the key to a healthy marriage, how to just say no to endless conversations about chicken salad, and why any volunteer positions that involve an entire year of apprenticeship training should probably be vetoed!

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Jan 16 2020

1hr 2mins

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Milestone Birthdays and Middle Crisis, Making the Next Decade our Best Decade; Episode 164

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Kirsten and Graham are celebrating their 40th birthdays and...well... we’re a bit nervous! So we started noodling on what makes these life milestones feel so important. 

Join us as we chat with licensed therapist and all around fabulous lady, Kelly McGuirk about the big questions of life facing us in the coming decade and how to embrace and enjoy the next chapter.

Plus, why the midlife crisis isn’t just sports cars and plastic surgery, what empty nesters know that the rest of us don’t, and the 50th birthday party to end all birthday parties. 

To learn more about Kelly visit her website https://girlgetwoke.com/ or search for "Girl Get Woke" wherever you listen to podcasts.


Sponsor Spotlight:

BETTER HELP

BetterHelp online counseling is there for you. With BetterHelp you can get help on your own time and at your own pace through secure, confidential video or phone sessions.

BetterHelp has 3000 US Licensed therapists across all 50 states and if you are not happy with your counselor for any reason you can request a new one at any time at no additional charge

Best of all, it’s a truly affordable option and Welcome Home listeners get 10% off your first month with discount code WELCOMEHOME To get started today visit: www.BetterHelp.com/welcomehome


SIZZLE FISH

Sizzlefish.com delivers pure, natural seafood to your door.

If you are interested in great-tasting, healthy fish and seafood, check out Sizzlefish.com today. Plus, as an exclusive deal for being a listener, you can use discount code HOME for 10% off your first order! That’s discount code HOME for 10% off your first order.


STITCH FIX KIDS

Stitch Fix Kids is an online personal styling service for your kids that delivers childrens clothes, shoes, and accessories directly to your door.

Visit www.StitchFix.com/KIDS/welcomehome  to try Stitch Fix and get an extra 25% off when you keep everything in your box! And as a bonus, Stitch Fix will waive the $20 styling fee when you use this show’s special URL.




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Jan 02 2020

58mins

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What's Hot & What's Not, Our 3rd Annual New Year's Trends Episode! Episode 163

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It’s the third year in a row that we're coming to tell you what's out and what’s in for the upcoming year! Join hosts Kirsten & Graham for our annual review of the trends that have died and all the things to be up on in the months ahead.

Plus, we'll chat about why all the new trends seem to remind us of 80’s movies and whatever happened to all those mini cheeseburgers we were promised?

LINKS WE MENTIONED ON THE SHOW:


SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: STITCH FIX KIDS

Stitch Fix Kids is an online personal styling service for your kids that delivers childrens clothes, shoes, and accessories directly to your door. Stitch Fix has every style you want: from sporty to preppy to boho, to help boys and girls everywhere find their style. After completing the style profile quiz, your expert personal stylist will send you a handpicked box of items based on your style and preferences

THE GREAT DEAL: Visit www.StitchFix.com/KIDS/welcomehome to try Stitch Fix and get an extra 25% off when you keep everything in your box! And as a bonus, Stitch Fix will waive the $20 styling fee when you use this show’s special URL.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: SIZZLE FISH

Sizzlefish.com delivers pure, natural seafood to your door. Everything is of top quality and responsibly sourced, and shipping is fast and free and the pricing is reasonable.

THE GREAT DEAL: If you are interested in great-tasting, healthy fish and seafood, check out Sizzlefish.com today. Plus, as an exclusive deal for being a listener, you can use discount code HOME for 10% off your first order! That’s discount code HOME for 10% off your first order. 


SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: AURA FRAMES

Aura Digital 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.

THE GREAT DEAL: Aura Frames is offering 15% off for Welcome Home podcast listeners! Visit AuraFrames.com and use the promo code WelcomeHome.

Looking for a more traditional Frame? Introducing Aura Analog! Aura Analog is a photo printing service that allows subscribers to select photos via the Aura app, and each month they'll receive 5 high-quality photo prints with a personalized note. 

Each 5x7 print includes the photographer, date, and location on the back - helping bring those memories back to life.Every subscription signup will come with a free gift: a hand-finished frame with a slot to easily display photos and a storage compartment for past prints.

THE GREAT DEAL: Subscriptions to Aura Analog are only $7.99 each month, and they're offering 15% off for Welcome Home listeners, plus they'll include an elegantly crafted white stone frame for displaying your photos.

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Dec 19 2019

1hr 12mins

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Ambitious Holiday Plans and Crazy Holiday Memories! Episode 161

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and we’re talking about what that feels like in our houses. We’ll go through our holiday to-do lists and our kids' gift lists to Santa. Join hosts Kirsten and Graham as they attempt figure out how to streamline all the holiday madness… or how to make it harder. 

Plus, why bunt pan ice rings with cherries are the ultimate symbol of love, a very philosophical examination of the rise and fall of the hair scrunchie, and why nothing says Merry Christmas like Vegas showgirls.

All that and more, on Today’s episode of Welcome Home!

Links we mentioned on the show:

AURA FRAMES

Aura makes gorgeous, living room-worthy frames featuring ultra high definition display, unlimited free photo storage and a free, easy-to-use app. 

Looking for a more traditional Frame? Introducing Aura Analog! Aura Analog is a photo printing service that allows subscribers to select photos via the Aura app, and each month they’ll receive 5 high-quality photo prints with a personalized note.  

Aura Frames is offering 15% off for Welcome Home podcast listeners! Visit AuraFrames.com and use the promo code WelcomeHome.


SIZZLE FISH

Sizzlefish.com delivers pure, natural seafood to your door.

If you are interested in great-tasting, healthy fish and seafood, check out Sizzlefish.com today. Plus, as an exclusive deal for being a listener, you can use discount code HOME for 10% off your first order! That’s discount code HOME for 10% off your first order.


STITCH FIX KIDS

Stitch Fix Kids is an online personal styling service for your kids that delivers childrens clothes, shoes, and accessories directly to your door.

Visit www.StitchFix.com/KIDS/welcomehome  to try Stitch Fix and get an extra 25% off when you keep everything in your box! And as a bonus, Stitch Fix will waive the $20 styling fee when you use this show’s special URL.

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Dec 05 2019

54mins

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The Best Thanksgiving Ever! Episode 161

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It’s a big day on Welcome Home! Not only are we hosting a Podcast Hop with two of our favorite podcasts, but we’re talking about the most gracious holiday of the year, Thanksgiving! It’s the season for hosting, family, great food, gratitude, and creating family traditions that will last a lifetime.  

Plus the great faceoff of the holiday: It's Seafood Buffets vs.Turkey and Stuffing, why the Westminster Dog Show is on Graham’s must see TV list, the most confusing I-Tunes review we’ve had to date, and a lot of unexpected talk about chicken fat. 

Welcome to The Best Thanksgiving EVER!

Show's we HOPPED with:

Desiare Endres from Minimalism

Minimalish Podcast

Desiare Endres from Minimalism

Minimalish Podcast


Karen Lock Kolp from We Turned Out Okay

We Turned out Okay Podcast 

Links We Mentioned:

Good Housekeeping's Article

Graham's Favorite Casserole Recipe:

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: STITCH FIX KIDS

Stitch Fix Kids is an online personal styling service for your kids that delivers childrens clothes, shoes, and accessories directly to your door. Stitch Fix has every style you want: from sporty to preppy to boho, to help boys and girls everywhere find their style. After completing the style profile quiz, your expert personal stylist will send you a handpicked box of items based on your style and preferences

THE GREAT DEAL: Visit www.StitchFix.com/KIDS/welcomehome to try Stitch Fix and get an extra 25% off when you keep everything in your box! And as a bonus, Stitch Fix will waive the $20 styling fee when you use this show’s special URL.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: SIZZLE FISH

Sizzlefish.com delivers pure, natural seafood to your door. Everything is of top quality and responsibly sourced, and shipping is fast and free and the pricing is reasonable.

THE GREAT DEAL: If you are interested in great-tasting, healthy fish and seafood, check out Sizzlefish.com today. Plus, as an exclusive deal for being a listener, you can use discount code HOME for 10% off your first order! That’s discount code HOME for 10% off your first order. SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: AURA FRAMESAura 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)!

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: AURA FRAMES

Aura Digital 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.


THE GREAT DEAL: Aura Frames is offering 15% off for Welcome Home podcast listeners! Visit AuraFrames.com and use the promo code WelcomeHome.

Looking for a more traditional Frame? Introducing Aura Analog! Aura Analog is a photo printing service that allows subscribers to select photos via the Aura app, and each month they'll receive 5 high-quality photo prints with a personalized note. 

Each 5x7 print includes the photographer, date, and location on the back - helping bring those memories back to life.

Every subscription signup will come with a free gift: a hand-finished frame with a slot to easily display photos and a storage compartment for past prints.

THE GREAT DEAL: Subscriptions to Aura Analog are only $7.99 each month, and they're offering 15% off for Welcome Home listeners, plus they'll include an elegantly crafted white stone frame for displaying your photos.

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Nov 21 2019

51mins

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Permission Granted! Allowing Yourself To Be Who You Want To Be! Episode 160

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Today on Welcome Home we’re waiving the magic wand and giving everyone “Permission” 


We're having a fun talk about a serious topic: Being Who You Were Made to Be and Letting Go of the Rest! Join hosts Kirsten and Graham as we chat with out new friend Melissa Camara Wilkins about ditching the pressure to fit in, measure up, and have it all together. 


We’ll discuss wearing jeans to a yoga class, why “I have other gifts!” should replace “I'm the Worst!” as your inner mantra and exactly how are do Graham and Kirsten make a vegetarian talk about bacon? Hint: It’s much longer than we should have! All that and more on today’s episode of Welcome Home! 


“You don’t need a special pass to be yourself--you can just choose”


Click to take the Permission Personality Quiz!

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: NATIVE DEODORANT



Native creates safe, simple, effective products with trusted ingredients and trusted performance. Not convinced? Check out the 7,000 5-star reviews from their customers.


Their products are formulated without aluminum, parabens and talc. Instead, they're filled with ingredients found in nature, such as coconut oil (antimicrobial), shea butter (moisturizer & emollient), tapioca starch (absorbs wetness).


Native is made in the USA with ingredients thoughtfully sourced from around the world and they never test on animals.


Classic Deodorant scents include Coconut & Vanilla, Lavender & Rose, Cucumber & Mint and Eucalyptus & Mint. They offer free returns and exchanges in the USA so there's no risk to try. 





THE GREAT DEAL: For 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code WELCOMEHOME during checkout!

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Nov 07 2019

51mins

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A Dangerous Episode for Boy Moms: Why Stinkbombs are the new Yoga! Episode 159

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LOOK OUT!


Today on Welcome Home ... there's danger ahead! Want to be a cool boy mom? Want to learn how to make the world’s best paper airplanes? Make something explode? Pick a lock?


Life skills, baby. We’re all about the life skills!


We’re talking with International Man of Mystery and Danger, Conn Iggulden about the book that every boy needs on their nightstand now: The Double Dangerous Book for Boys. Plus, how many syllables does Graham’s name really have? Why Kirsten is not signing up for the Tour De France, and why a lasagna waiting in your fridge may just be the secret to happiness! 



SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: STITCH FIX KIDS



Kids are individuals, so why would we put them all in the same clothes? Help your child look their best, express their style, and stand taller with Stitch Fix Kids.


When your kid looks good, they feel good. Stitch Fix gives you quality you can feel, and style your child will love.


Stitch Fix Kids is an online personal styling service for your kids that delivers childrens clothes, shoes, and accessories directly to your door. Stitch Fix has every style you want: from sporty to preppy to boho, to help boys and girls everywhere find their style. After completing the style profile quiz, your expert personal stylist will send you a handpicked box of items based on your style and preferences With Stitch Fix, everyone can look their best: they have solutions for women and men as well as kids, available all over the US, and now the UK!


There's no subscription required, you can pick between automatic shipments or only getting new pieces on demand. Shipping, exchanges, and returns are always free.

THE GREAT DEAL:

Visit www.StitchFix.com/KIDS/welcomehome to try Stitch Fix and get an extra 25% off when you keep everything in your box! And as a bonus, Stitch Fix will waive the $20 styling fee when you use this show’s special URL.








SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: NATIVE DEODORANT



Native creates safe, simple, effective products with trusted ingredients and trusted performance. Not convinced? Check out the 7,000 5-star reviews from their customers.


Their products are formulated without aluminum, parabens and talc. Instead, they're filled with ingredients found in nature, such as coconut oil (antimicrobial), shea butter (moisturizer & emollient), tapioca starch (absorbs wetness).


Native is made in the USA with ingredients thoughtfully sourced from around the world and they never test on animals.


Classic Deodorant scents include Coconut & Vanilla, Lavender & Rose, Cucumber & Mint and Eucalyptus & Mint. They offer free returns and exchanges in the USA so there's no risk to try. 





THE GREAT DEAL: For 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code WELCOMEHOME during checkout!

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Oct 24 2019

50mins

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This is Creepy! Our Annual Chat about Halloween! Episode 158

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Today’s episode can be summed up in one word: CREEPY! We’re chatting about October, otherwise known as our favorite month of the year, with the best halloween expert we could find: Graham. We’ll also talk about why this year was extra special because it included Kirsten’s amazing trip to Birmingham to visit Graham!


Join Graham and Kirsten as we dig into which costumes are hot this year and which Halloween movies make our all time favorites list.


Plus, how the “hands free” movement is not just for cell phones, a surprise school night soiree for a stranger, and why we believe that if you plan to attend an Alabama Bigfoot seminar, it’s polite to at minimum, order a coca-cola.


All that and more on today’s creepy episode of Welcome Home!


Links we mentioned on the show:


https://www.glamour.com/story/most-searched-halloween-costumes-2019


https://www.countryliving.com/life/entertainment/g3624/best-halloween-movies/


https://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/fashion/a28121259/pop-culture-halloween-costumes-2019/


http://www.alabamabigfootsociety.com/

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!

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Oct 10 2019

42mins

Play

On Man Buns and Monograms! It’s all about Grand Millennials ! Episode 157

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We're putting on our granny panties and pulling out our stitching needles... it's a GRANDMillennial celebration.


We have been validated! On today's episode we're chatting all about the amazing article in this month's House Beautiful that introduced us to our new favorite term! All hail the age of the Grand- Millennial. Haven’t heard of a Grand Millennial? We'll explain why all things old lady are suddenly new again. 


Join us as we discuss Emma Bazilian's brilliant new term with one of the thought leaders of the movement, Rudy Saunders of Dorothy Draper and Co. (or as we like to call him Rudy the Prep!) 


Plus, never fear...blue and white is here to stay, why we think needlepointing may be the new adult coloring book, and the 1987 encyclopedia set that just won’t die.


To learn more, here's a link to our new favorite article in House Beautiful:


https://www.housebeautiful.com/lifestyle/a28594040/grandmillennial-design/


And you can follow Rudy on Instagram @RudythePrep






And our fave resource for needlepoint: LycetteDesigns They are fantastic! So check them out!

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: BETTER HELP


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BetterHelp online counseling is there for you. With BetterHelp you can get help on your own time and at your own pace through secure, confidential video or phone sessions.


BetterHelp has 3000 US Licensed therapists across all 50 states. And if you are not happy with your counselor for any reason you can request a new one at any time at no additional charge






Simply fill out a questionnaire to help them assess your needs and get matched with a counselor you’ll love.


Best of all, it’s a truly affordable option and Welcome Home listeners get 10% off your first month with discount code WELCOMEHOME


So why not get started today? www.BetterHelp.com/welcomehome



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!)

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Sep 26 2019

39mins

Play

“Coffee to Go; Add Extra Pumpkin!” Plus Other Uniquely American Headscratchers! Episode 156

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Today on Welcome Home we’ll talk a little bit about manners, a LOT about international protocol, and a whole bunch of what we do in America that is confusing to the rest of the world.


Is it cool to walk the streets with a latte? What about ordering your dinner with extra salt? And how about riding shotgun in a taxi? 


You’ll find out what’s hot and what’s NOT around the globe!  


Plus, why the World Series may have baseball fans living a lie, go-to karaoke song ideas, and why we’re serving dinner on our salad plates. 


All that and more on today’s episode of Welcome Home. 


Much of our source material came from this excellent article we enjoyed in Redbook Magazine.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: BetterHelp







Is there something that interferes with your happiness or is preventing you from achieving your goals?


BetterHelp online counseling is there for you. With BetterHelp you can get help on your own time and at your own pace through secure, confidential video or phone sessions.


BetterHelp has 3000 US Licensed therapists across all 50 states. And if you are not happy with your counselor for any reason you can request a new one at any time at no additional charge











Simply fill out a questionnaire to help them assess your needs and get matched with a counselor you’ll love.


Best of all, it’s a truly affordable option and Welcome Home listeners get 10% off your first month with discount code WELCOMEHOME


So why not get started today? www.BetterHelp.com/welcomehome



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!

Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Sep 12 2019

54mins

Play

I’ll Bring You Dinner! How to turn cooking for others into an act of love and service; Episode 155

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Today on Welcome Home, we’re stepping into the kitchen, dusting off our aprons, and getting to work--- all in the name of showing love and building community.


Whether it’s new babies, new homes, dealing with illness, or even grieving the death of a loved one, one of the most powerful and restorative ways to serve the people in our lives is to bring food made by our own hands.  


On today’s episode we’re chatting with Janet Reich Elsbach, home cook and author of “Extra Helping” Recipes for Caring, Connecting, and Building Community One Dish at a Time.






Plus, why sad people like to nibble, Kirsten’s gross love of cola bottle gummies, and the time a homemade lasagna was served with boxer shorts and a teacup. All that and more on this week’s episode of Welcome Home. 



SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: AUDIBLE ESCAPE



Audible Escape is a monthly subscription that provides unlimited listening to thousands of love stories. This package includes more than 18,000 titles by best-selling and beloved romance authors. Fan favorites range from the contemporary hit To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han to the popular classic Sense and Sensibility.


Audible Escape is separate and distinct from the standard monthly Audible subscription. A member does not have to be an existing Audible member to sign up for Audible Escape.


Subscriptions cost just $12.95 a month and if you’re already an Audible or Kindle Unlimited member, it is just $6.95 a month.


Download the app to explore all the love stories. To get started and to try for your first month absolutely free visit: www.Audible.com/lovewelcomehome

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. Ana Luisa use 100% recycled gold in their products. Cheap breakable jewelry is rarely recycled making it a huge waste for the environment.


Big brands charge you 10 times the cost of production - But they 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, they are so confident in their quality that they 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: BetterHelp







Is there something that interferes with your happiness or is preventing you from achieving your goals?


BetterHelp online counseling is there for you. With BetterHelp you can get help on your own time and at your own pace through secure, confidential video or phone sessions.


BetterHelp has 3000 US Licensed therapists across all 50 states. And if you are not happy with your counselor for any reason you can request a new one at any time at no additional charge











Simply fill out a questionnaire to help them assess your needs and get matched with a counselor you’ll love.


Best of all, it’s a truly affordable option and Welcome Home listeners get 10% off your first month with discount code WELCOMEHOME


So why not get started today? www.BetterHelp.com/welcomehome

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Aug 29 2019

1hr

Play

Time Management for Moms, Everyday Household Hacks, & What to Do When You’re Out of Toothpicks! Episode 154

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On today’episode, we’re feeling all back-to-school-ish and talking about the small and big things we do --and the things we want to do!-- to make our weeks run more smoothly. 


We'll chat about what we've learned about guarding our time, preplanning our mornings, scheduling our weeks, clearing up head space, and communicating with our spouses.


Plus, Lisa Frank vs. JoJo Siwa, why Kirsten's household loves "Sunday no-Funday", how the Graham is the MacGaver of toothpicks, and why laundromats aren’t just for people without washing machines!


All that and more on today’s episode of Welcome Home.



SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: PLANT PACKAGE



Plant Package subscriptions make gardening easy by delivering plants, pots, and soil right to your doorstep. 




In each themed box, they send you everything you need to create a beautiful potted arrangement – four fully-grown plants ranging from flowers and foliage to herbs and fruits, a pot, the right amount of soil, nutrients, and if you want – a cool accessory. You just assemble with confidence! With Plant Package, the prep work of gardening is done for you! 

Plant Package is perfect for parents looking for a quick, easy, relatively mess-free activity to do with the kids, people interested in gardening who get overwhelmed by all the plant options at garden centers, or anyone short on time (hint: Plant Package only takes about 20 minutes to assemble!)






Right now, Plant Package is offering listeners of Welcome Home a FREE first box.



Just visit PlantPackage.com/welcomehome to choose a delivery option -- then use promo code WELCOMEHOME at checkout to receive your first box FREE!

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!

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Aug 15 2019

56mins

Play

Wait, What? That’s not true? Debunking myths we’ve all been believing! Episode 153

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On today’s episode, we’re getting all “science-y” and debunking some widely held medical and household beliefs.  


We’ll examine a long list of remedies, cures, and practices we're using that might have absolutely NO scientific bearing on our lives.What’s a time tested truth and what’s an old wives tale? ...And then we'll also just debate some other things we're not quite sure we believe.


Plus, what we’ve learned from British pen-pals, what Cinderella really thought about sensible footwear, Kirsten’s obsession with daily step counts, and Graham’s steadfast, lifelong commitment to lucky pennies. 


All that and more on this week’s episode of Welcome Home!

Links we mentioned on the show:

Separating Medical Fact from Fiction: 10 medical myths that have been debunked


Fact or Fiction: A dossier on Old Beliefs that Die Hard


25 Crazy old Wives Tales People Still Believe



SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: THE CITIZENRY


The Citizenry is a socially conscious home décor brand bringing time-tested craftsmanship to the modern home. They travel around the globe, partnering with master artisans to create designs with a soul, story, and a purpose.

Experience The Citizenry DIFFERENCE in your home

The Citizenry travels around the world partnering with master artisans to create exclusive collections sold direct to you online without the middleman markup. With pieces crafted in over 15 countries, their collections are designed to highlight the unique materials and craft traditions of each destination.

Get to know the iconic LUMBAR PILLOW that put The Citizenry on the map



No more searching for the perfect pillow combination! With this one pillow, you can instantly step up the game of your couch or bed. 


Each pillow is hand-dyed with all natural dyes such as native plant extracts – no chemicals here! Bold designs reimagined and inspired by the geometric patterns used by the Zapotec tribes of the Oaxaca region in Mexico. A single pillow takes a talented weaving cooperative three days to make, all made start-to-finish in a fair trade environment. 

Décor with a SOCIAL IMPACT

Every dollar you spend supports fair wages, safe working environments, and is a direct investment into artisan entrepreneurs. The Citizenry donates 10% of proceeds directly back into artisan communities around the globe to help these entrepreneurs take their businesses to new heights


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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: NATIVE DEODORANT



At Native, they create safe, simple, effective products with trusted ingredients and trusted performance. Not convinced? Check out the 7,000 5-star reviews from their customers.


Their products are formulated without aluminum, parabens and talc. Instead, they're filled with ingredients found in nature, such as coconut oil (antimicrobial), shea butter (moisturizer & emollient), tapioca starch (absorbs wetness).


Native is made in the USA with ingredients thoughtfully sourced from around the world and they never test on animals.


Classic Deodorant scents include Coconut & Vanilla, Lavender & Rose, Cucumber & Mint and Eucalyptus & Mint. They offer free returns and exchanges in the USA so there's no risk to try. 





THE GREAT DEAL: For 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code WELCOMEHOME during checkout!

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Aug 01 2019

44mins

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What the Heck is the Enneagram Anyway? Episode 152

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It seems like everyone is talking about their Enneagram number. But we really had no idea what the Enneagram was or why any of this mattered anyway?


But fear not friends! Because today on Welcome Home, we’re bringing in an expert and we’re taking a stab at the baffling world of the Enneagram.  Join us as we chat with Certified Enneagram Coach, Lindsey Bailey, who helps us dig into our personality types and help you figure out yours. 


Plus, driving and honking in New York City, why sitters always drive us crazy (no, we’re not talking about babysitters) and why we’ve now had an expert confirm that we’re perfect partners. 


Links we mentioned on the show...


https://www.enneagramspectrum.com/testing/

https://www.enneagraminstitute.com/

https://ianmorgancron.com/assessment

https://www.truity.com/view/personality-test-finder


To find out more about Lindsey, follow her on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/enneagram_joy/


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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: NATIVE DEODORANT



At Native, they create safe, simple, effective products with trusted ingredients and trusted performance. Not convinced? Check out the 7,000 5-star reviews from their customers.


Their products are formulated without aluminum, parabens and talc. Instead, they're filled with ingredients found in nature, such as coconut oil (antimicrobial), shea butter (moisturizer & emollient), tapioca starch (absorbs wetness).


Native is made in the USA with ingredients thoughtfully sourced from around the world and they never test on animals.


Classic Deodorant Scents Include Coconut & Vanilla, Lavender & Rose, Cucumber & Mint and Eucalyptus & Mint. They offer free returns and exchanges in the USA so there's no risk to try. 





THE GREAT DEAL: For 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code WELCOMEHOME during checkout!

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Jul 25 2019

1hr 3mins

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OMG!? Do you seriously not know how to do that? Episode 151

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WHAT?? OMG! FOR REAL? HOW THE HECK DID WE MISS THAT?


Today on Welcome Home, we’re diving into all the things we think our kids should be able to do... and we’re going way beyond shoe tying, swimming and reading!


We’ve made a long list of skills we think all kids should know how to do. We’re just not sure who’s actually teaching these things?


Plus, we’ll discuss Kirsten’s revolutionary new egg cooking method, Graham’s dad's raw meat obsession, and how Kirsten’s kiddos are clearly closet pyromaniacs… (But they're not! And good luck to anyone hoping Graham's kids can start a campfire!)


All that and more, on this week’s episode of Welcome Home. 


Special Bonus: We've had lots of requests for a show or tips for gardeners so at the end of this episode, we have a special treat for our listeners. Ben Hale from the Easy Living Yards Podcast will have a quick 3 minute segment full of tips for great and easy yard care. You can learn more about Ben at his website: www.EasyLivingYards.com Thanks Ben!

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: BetterHelp







Is there something that interferes with your happiness or is preventing you from achieving your goals?


BetterHelp online counseling is there for you. With BetterHelp you can get help on your own time and at your own pace through secure, confidential video or phone sessions.


BetterHelp has 3000 US Licensed therapists across all 50 states. And if you are not happy with your counselor for any reason you can request a new one at any time at no additional charge











Simply fill out a questionnaire to help them assess your needs and get matched with a counselor you’ll love.


Best of all, it’s a truly affordable option and Welcome Home listeners get 10% off your first month with discount code WELCOMEHOME


So why not get started today? www.BetterHelp.com/welcomehome








SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: PLANT PACKAGE



Plant Package subscriptions make gardening easy by delivering plants, pots, and soil right to your doorstep. 




In each themed box, they send you everything you need to create a beautiful potted arrangement – four fully-grown plants ranging from flowers and foliage to herbs and fruits, a pot, the right amount of soil, nutrients, and if you want – a cool accessory. You just assemble with confidence! With Plant Package, the prep work of gardening is done for you! 

Plant Package is perfect for parents looking for a quick, easy, relatively mess-free activity to do with the kids, people interested in gardening who get overwhelmed by all the plant options at garden centers, or anyone short on time (hint: Plant Package only takes about 20 minutes to assemble!)






Right now, Plant Package is offering listeners of Welcome Home a FREE first box.



Just visit PlantPackage.com/welcomehome to choose a delivery option -- then use promo code WELCOMEHOME at checkout to receive your first box FREE!



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.

Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jul 18 2019

51mins

Play

Key Cards, Chicken Nuggets, and Luxury Travel; A Welcome Home Chat with the founder of Ritz-Carlton! Episode 150

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On today’s episode we’re talking to the grandfather of luxury and the man who set the gold standard for treating people like royalty, the founder of the famed Ritz Carlton Hotels, Horst Shulze.


We’ll discuss why a business book on hospitality might just be the greatest etiquette book ever written, and how it’s impossibly difficult to get thrown out of a Ritz Carlton.  


Plus the real story on hotel key cards, making the daily decision to love your spouse, and in depth look why a hotel tycoon is the unsung hero of everyone’s favorite chicken sandwich. 


For those who enjoyed this interview and would like to learn more, we highly recommend Horst Shulze's new book; Excellence Wins. 





SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: PLANT PACKAGE



Plant Package subscriptions make gardening easy by delivering plants, pots, and soil right to your doorstep. 




In each themed box, they send you everything you need to create a beautiful potted arrangement – four fully-grown plants ranging from flowers and foliage to herbs and fruits, a pot, the right amount of soil, nutrients, and if you want – a cool accessory. You just assemble with confidence! With Plant Package, the prep work of gardening is done for you! 

Plant Package is perfect for parents looking for a quick, easy, relatively mess-free activity to do with the kids, people interested in gardening who get overwhelmed by all the plant options at garden centers, or anyone short on time (hint: Plant Package only takes about 20 minutes to assemble!)






Right now, Plant Package is offering listeners of Welcome Home a FREE first box.



Just visit PlantPackage.com/welcomehome to choose a delivery option -- then use promo code WELCOMEHOME at checkout to receive your first box FREE!



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!











Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jul 04 2019

43mins

Play

Foolproof Meal Planning to Save Time & Money! Episode 149

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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.

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Jun 20 2019

53mins

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Why House Arrest is Better than Moving Houses; Episode 148

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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



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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.

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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



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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

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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.

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Jun 06 2019

57mins

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Let’s Talk about Travel; Episode 147

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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!





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May 21 2019

1hr 1min

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Spring Clean Your Life, NO Cleaning Involved! Episode 146

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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!





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May 09 2019

52mins

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By Mhmaddox - Jan 14 2020
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I love this podcast! It is great for long drives in which I want to tune out the backseat! Even my 10 year olds listens with me sometimes and his comments are GOLD! Sometimes I just want to pick up the phone and ask K and G’s opinion!

Love it!

By jacoblukas - Sep 28 2019
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So happy to be a subscriber! KJM