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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!ON TEMPORARY HIATUS DUE TO COVID 19 WILL RETURN WITH NEW EPISODES THIS FALL!

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

What’s for dinner? Kirsten has no idea what she’s making tonight, but her co-host Graham never has to ask this question! For almost a decade Graham has been using the same special menu-planning system to get dinner on the table. On this episode of The Home Hour we take a deep dive into Graham’s tried and true method for how she feeds her family. She swears this system has helped her to not only save time thinking about what meals to cook and what groceries to buy, but has also helped her to avoid waste and save money. By using a special binder of her own design, Graham has been collecting recipes and assigning them to designated weeks. In a separate section of the binder, she lists every ingredient of each recipe needed for the week. These pre-printed sheets serve as a guide for checking her kitchen inventory and as the basis for her weekly shopping list. To learn more about the details of this system, how to stay flexible when plans change, and how she adds new recipes to the mix, be sure to listen to this episode on the player below or on your favorite podcast listening app. SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: Since this episode is all about delicious food AND finding systems to streamline our lives, let us introduce you to the KIND Bar Snack Club! If you love KIND bars as much as we do (or if you’ve never tried these delicious bars) then you are going to want to take advantage of this fantastic offer for our Home Hour listeners. Thanks to the new KIND Bar Snack Club, you can try 10 KIND Bars for free, all you have to pay is shipping! KIND Bars make delicious, healthy snacks using whole ingredients you can recognize and pronounce. 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. Woot! Woot! To access this great deal visit KindSnacks.com/thehomehour.

47mins

24 Aug 2017

Rank #1

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

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!

35mins

20 Jul 2017

Rank #2

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

On today’s episode, we’re getting back to the heart of our show and focusing on creating beautiful spaces. Join hosts Kirsten and Graham as we chat with One King Lane senior buyer, Rachel Gerli, about online shopping for all things home!  We’re talking about how to create your own signature look in your home, which trends to be on the lookout for, and how to get the most bang for your buck when shopping for your house! Plus a spirited conversation about houseplants, an unedited look at Graham’s favorite coffee table accessories, and Kirsten’s continued devotion to all things brass.  Links we mentioned on the show:One Kings LaneAquazzura for De Gournay Sponsor Spotlight: As busy parents, Kirsten & Graham are always looking for ways kids can use their creativity and their own two hands — without needing our direct supervision or help!Annie’s Kit Clubs are a great solution for sick days, snow days, or when it’s time to shut down the devices!   These high quality kits arrive every 4-6 weeks with the materials kids need to make a beautiful craft or woodworking project completely on their own. Choose from the Creative Girls Club craft projects or the Young Woodworkers kits. Both come with complete materials, illustrated step-by-step instructions, and the materials needed to create a finished project! Our kids were so proud of all their hard work! Graham got to try the Young Woodworkers kit and her little boys had a great experience. Meanwhile, Kirsten’s daughter had a lovely afternoon painting thanks to the Creative Girls Club kit she got to try! AND… Annie’s Kits is offering a GREAT DEAL for our listeners: For 50% off the Young Woodworkers Club or 80% off the Creative Girls Club, visit annieskitclubs.com/life.

38mins

1 Mar 2018

Rank #3

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

On today’s episode of The Home Hour we’re learning how to mother… LIKE A BOSS! Join hosts Graham & Kirsten as we push aside the old notions of Martha Stewart-perfection and talk to Kendra Hennessy of Mother Like a Boss! about real life homemaking. We’re walking that fine line between running an organized home but realizing that freedom is found in embracing imperfection! We’ll learn why it’s important that your family to do their part around the house and why homemaking is less about scrubbing and folding and more about creating the home life you envision. Plus, Graham’s little boy handwriting, the one word that made Kirsten’s heart skip a beat, and how we stumbled into the new slogan for motherhood… “Mom: Wiper of all the things!”   The post How To Be Homemaker-ish: The Home Hour, Episode 125 appeared first on Life, Listened..

44mins

2 Aug 2018

Rank #4

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

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

54mins

15 Mar 2018

Rank #5

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

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 ElrodMake Your Bed Book  by Admiral William McRavenTrello 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!

32mins

11 Jan 2018

Rank #6

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

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

38mins

8 Jun 2017

Rank #7

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

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 Care/of: Care/of is a monthly subscription vitamin service made from effective, quality ingredients personally tailored to your exact needs. Care/of’s short, fun online quiz asks you about your diet, health goals, and lifestyle choices and uses these answers to create personalized vitamin packs just for you! Recommendations are based on clinical research and traditional medicine with input from doctors and nutritionists. With Care/Of, there will be no more worrying about replacing multiple bottles when you run out or missing a few days until you can make it to the store. You can modify your subscription at any time and these vitamins costs about 20% less when compared to similar brands at local drug and health food stores For 25% off your first month of personalized care/of vitamins, just visit takecareof.com and enter the promo code thehomehour The post Reclaiming Your Life, Building Connections, and Conquering Mommy Burnout: The Home Hour, Episode 123 appeared first on Life, Listened..

1hr 2mins

5 Jul 2018

Rank #8

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Mindblowing Sex 101! Episode 141

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

48mins

28 Feb 2019

Rank #9

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

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!

53mins

21 Jun 2018

Rank #10

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

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!

56mins

15 Aug 2019

Rank #11

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

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

38mins

8 Feb 2018

Rank #12

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The Rules for Marriage: The Home Hour, Episode 92

Dating and marriage. Divorce and remarriage. Online matchmaking and keeping your marriage exciting. This episode is all about relationships! Today on the Home Hour Kirsten and Graham are joined by Sherrie Schneider, co-author of the best-selling book series “The Rules” to talk about The Rules for Marriage. Since the publication of their first book in 1995, The Rules for Dating, Sherrie and her co-author Ellen Fein have sold millions of copies of their books to women all over the world. Today Sherrie chats with Kirsten and Graham about some how to create and maintain a happily married life. We also talk about how to divorce with class and approach a new future with optimism. Also on the episode, how much botox is too much botox, why Graham would help her husband bury a body, and dating advice for Lady Gaga….assuming she’s a fan of the show. Sponsor Spotlight: Modsy Design Thinking about a home makeover? Ready for a new look? Dying to redecorate a room but have no idea where to start? Design before you buy with Modsy—a home design solution that uses 3D visualization to help you redesign and redecorate different rooms in your house. The process is soooo easy and the results are amazing! These images below are actual 3-D renderings from Graham’s Modsy makeover: To start a project with Modsy, upload your measurements and a few photos, and you’ll get a 360º rendering of the space, plus two custom design recommendations based on your personal style. From there, you can work with a Modsy designer or use the Modsy 3D Style Editor to change the layout, update decor, add new furniture from popular brands, or style the room with pieces you already own. It’s a ton of fun and an easy way to see your ideas come to life and to make your dream home a reality! We are so excited to offer a special 20% discount when you use the promo code THEHOMEHOUR at checkout! Thanks Modsy for this great opportunity to update our home’s look! Be sure to check our instgram for some amazing before and after shots of the renderings too!

49mins

19 Oct 2017

Rank #13

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

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!

51mins

7 Nov 2019

Rank #14

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

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

56mins

5 Oct 2017

Rank #15

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

On today’s episode we’re asking the question: Can a home be minimalistic and yet cozy? Hosts Kirsten and Graham welcome their wonderful guest, Myquillyn Smith to get some very practical advice about how to create houses that are warm and welcoming, yet functional and uncluttered. We’ll learn how to have “More Style AND Less Stuff! Myquillyn is the creator of the popular blog, “Nesting Place” and the author of the new book Cozy, Minimalist Home. Plus, we’ll chat about the trifecta of decorating, why everyone is hanging art all wrong, the prettiest pool in North Carolina, and how we finally found a festival we’re excited to attend! SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: Holly & Tanager handbags were born to keep up with your busy schedule while taking organization to the next level. Without ever sacrificing fashion for function, their timeless designs display a bold desire to accommodate a woman’s lifestyle effortlessly, day after day. Check out one of our favorite products: “The Professional Backpack Tote”, which effortlessly converts from a Backpack to a tote to a crossbody bag! As a listener of The Home Hour, get 15% off your first order!  Visit: https://hollyandtanager.com/thehomehour and use the promo code THEHOMEHOUR at checkout. SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: We love to hang art on our walls and we’re always looking for something unique! That’s why we’re so glad we found Bumblejax! Bumblejax transforms our digital photos into large, gallery-quality wall art with unique materials like acrylic, bamboo, raw aluminum, and birch. They turn our favorite pictures into statement pieces for our homes.You can use your own photos or choose from millions of images on the Bumblejax website to perfectly fit the mood and color scheme of any room We have a Special Offer for our listeners: Visit: www.bumblejax.com and enter our promo code, “thehomehour” to get 25% off your Bumblejax order   *But Hurry! This offer ends October 31, 2018! The post More Cozy and Less Stuff! The Home Hour, Episode 131 appeared first on Life, Listened..

38mins

11 Oct 2018

Rank #16

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

Today on the Home Hour, we’re celebrating one year of podcasting! WooHoo! Join hosts Kirsten and Graham as we take a look back at all we’ve learned in a year and all the ways The Home Hour has inspired us to live better! From the guests that surprised us, to the products we’ve tried, to the changes we’ve made in our own homes, we talk about all the good, all the bad, and even the hate mail that can come out of one year. Plus, after many requests from listeners, we share our thoughts on our most talked about interview to date: Penelope Trunk! Sponsor Spotlight: We all know dinner time can be absolutely crazy. And as we’ve discussed all year, the question of “What’s for dinner?” is not going away anytime soon: Enter our new favorite solution: Prep Dish! Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you’ll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After only 1-3 hours of prepping on the weekend, you’ll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You’ll save time and have amazingly delicious meals! And these meals 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 2-week trial to try it out. Check out PrepDish.com/homehour for this amazing deal! Your first 2 weeks, FREE!?! This is a no-brainer! Happy Cooking! 

48mins

12 Apr 2018

Rank #17

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

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

46mins

2 Nov 2017

Rank #18

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Goal Setting for Families; The Home Hour, Episode 78

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!

48mins

13 Jul 2017

Rank #19

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

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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30 Nov 2017

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