Rank #1: New Year New You Part 1, Household Budgeting with America’s Cheapest Family: The Home Hour, Episode 102
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, […]
Rank #2: The Homemade Kitchen with Alana Chernila: The Home Hour, Episode 63
Whether you're a newbie in the kitchen or a “good-enough” cook who could use some inspiration, you're going to love my conversation with Alana Chernila, author of the soon-to-launch book The Homemade Kitchen. Alana's warm, encouraging spirit, sense of humor, and humility (she fully admits to being a mess-maker in the kitchen, a “slow chopper,” and best yet, an imperfect cook) shine through in our discussion.
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Rank #3: 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.
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Rank #4: Take Better Photos Today, with Karen Walrond: The Home Hour, Episode 64
I've always wanted to learn to take better photos, but for years I've been stumped by settings and terms I didn't understand. ISO, shutter speed…it was just easier to stay in automatic mode and hope for the best (and usually, the results weren't even close to “the best.”) I've read tons of photography tutorials, but they just left me more confused. If you're a similarly confused beginning photographer or even if you've got some experience but want to build on your skills, you're going to love this episode featuring Karen Walrond of Chookooloonks.
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Rank #5: 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.
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Rank #6: 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!
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Rank #7: 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 […]
Rank #8: New Year New You Part 3: How To Be A BEAUTIFUL Busy Mom! The Home Hour, Episode 104
“Hey Beautiful!” Yeah, we’re talking to you! We spend a lot of time discussing how to take care of our homes and make them look their best, but today we’re putting all that aside and focusing on the lady who actually lives there! On this episode of the Home Hour, we’re getting real about beauty and what it takes to keep looking good as aging, busy moms— and we get very honest! Join hosts Kirsten and Graham as we chat with beauty expert Kathleen Jennings about her favorite products and devices to get gorgeous! We’ll hear what products are worth the splurge and where she saves money; as well as what are the best med-spa treatments and what we can do ourselves at home for less. Plus, The Great Botox Confession, the fear of developing Real-Housewife-Plastic-Surgery-Face, life-changing sheet masks under $2, and why no one “just woke up like this!” Keep Reading for all her favorite product recommendations and be sure to follow her on Instagram for more great advice! I DIDN’T just “Wake up like this!” Keeping it Real! Beauty isn’t easy… but she looks great! Links We Mentioned on the Show: Kathleen Jennings Beauty Kathleen Jenning Beauty on […]
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Rank #9: 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 Lane Aquazzura for De Gournay Sponsor Spotlight: As busy parents, Kirsten & Graham are always looking for ways kids can use their creativity and their own two hands — without needing our direct supervision or help! Annie’s Kit Clubs are a great solution for sick days, snow days, or when it’s time to shut down the devices! These high quality kits arrive every 4-6 weeks with the materials kids need to make a beautiful craft or woodworking project completely on their own. Choose from the Creative Girls Club craft projects […]
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Rank #10: 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!”
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Rank #11: 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 […]
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Rank #12: Foolproof Meal Planning to Save Time & Money! Episode 149
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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Rank #13: 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!
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Rank #14: 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 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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Rank #15: 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 […]
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Rank #16: 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.
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Rank #17: Meet The New Hosts! The Home Hour, Episode 65
We’re BACK — and we’ve got big news! The Home Hour is relaunching with renewed focus on all things home: design, DIY, and gracious living. Co-hosts Kirsten Dunlap and Graham Smith have been busy behind the scenes preparing amazing shows, lining up interviews with experts in the home design/decor sphere, and freshening up this space with a brand new look and feel. In Episode 65 you’ll hear Meagan Francis, the podcast’s original host and founder of the Life, Listened Podcast Network, chat with her good friend Sarah Powers (of The Mom Hour) about the changes to The Home Hour and the growth of the network. Then Sarah interviews Kirsten and Graham to find out some of their favorite home projects, what they have planned for their first few episodes, and how they handle common organizational challenges around the house. Welcome, Kirsten and Graham. Welcome, new (and longtime!) listeners. Welcome back, The Home Hour! Look for The Home Hour wherever you hang out online! Subscribe to The Home Hour in iTunes or on Android devices Follow @TheHomeHour on Instagram or like our Facebook page Send an email to welcome Kirsten and Graham to email@example.com (or leave a comment here on the show […]
Rank #18: 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!
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Rank #19: No More Mom Jeans! How to clean out your closet and find your own sense of style! Episode 137
On today’s episode, we’re talking about style… and our admitted lack thereof!
Join hosts Kirsten and Graham on our first episode about fashion. We’re bringing in style expert, Jennifer Mackey-Mary, the creator of Apple & Pear Wardrobe Design. Can getting ourselves dressed in the morning really ever be fun and easy? Jennifer says YES!
We’ll learn about the four main body types (and how to dress them!) what items we should stop spending money on, where we should actually splurge, and what the heck a capsule wardrobe is anyway.
Plus, we chat about Kirsten’s favorite Old Navy Running Shorts, Graham’s one woman’s quest to bring back pedal pushers, and what on Earth to wear on days that include neighborhood parks, yard work, and a ladies luncheon!
Rank #20: Decluttering Our Lives & Our Closets: The Home Hour, Episode 83
What if it turns out that all those old clothes you’ve been holding onto may actually be holding you back? You probably don’t even realize how much time and energy you spend in your closet… and you probably own way more clothing than you really need. Today on The Home Hour, Kirsten & Graham team up with professional organizer Rachel Rosenthal to tackle some of our greatest decluttering challenges: our closets! Rachel Rosenthal is the founder of Rachel and Company, one of the most well regarded home organization firms in the country. Her work has been featured in Martha Stewart, Good Housekeeping, and House Beautiful, just to name a few. She has been helping overwhelmed moms like us cut through the excess and figure out how to spend less time looking for our stuff and more time doing what really matters. On this episode we talk about what clothes we actually wear, which pieces are worth saving, and what items just need to go! We also discuss linen closet overhauls, the challenging task of giving up the baby-stuff, and how to get our kids organized for back to school! Sponsor Spotlight: KIND Bars! Hey Home Hour listeners, have you ever […]
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