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Welcome Home
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The Home-Ec class you wish you’d been offered. Join hosts Graham Smith and Kirsten Dunlap, two best friends on a mission to help others create elegant, livable, welcoming homes. Real moms, real families, real budgets, real homes.

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

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 U...

54 MIN4 days ago
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“Coffee to Go; Add Extra Pumpkin!” Plus Other Uniquely American Headscratchers! Episode 156

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

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 than18,000 titles by best-selling and beloved romance ...

59 MIN2 weeks ago
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I’ll Bring You Dinner! How to turn cooking for others into an act of love and service; Episode 155

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....

56 MINAUG 16
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Time Management for Moms, Everyday Household Hacks, & What to Do When You’re Out of Toothpicks! Episode 154

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

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 crafts...

44 MINAUG 2
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Wait, What? That’s not true? Debunking myths we’ve all been believing! Episode 153

What the Heck is the Enneagram Anyway? Episode 152

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 usdig 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/ SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: CARE/OF Care/of is a subscription service that de...

63 MINJUL 26
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What the Heck is the Enneagram Anyway? Episode 152

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

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.c...

50 MINJUL 19
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OMG!? Do you seriously not know how to do that? Episode 151

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

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...

43 MINJUL 5
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Key Cards, Chicken Nuggets, and Luxury Travel; A Welcome Home Chat with the founder of Ritz-Carlton! Episode 150

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! SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: ANA LUISA Ana Lui...

52 MINJUN 21
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Foolproof Meal Planning to Save Time & Money! Episode 149

Why House Arrest is Better than Moving Houses; Episode 148

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 our...

56 MINJUN 7
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Why House Arrest is Better than Moving Houses; Episode 148

Let’s Talk about Travel; Episode 147

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 ...

60 MINMAY 22
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Let’s Talk about Travel; Episode 147

Latest Episodes

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

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 U...

54 MIN4 days ago
Comments
“Coffee to Go; Add Extra Pumpkin!” Plus Other Uniquely American Headscratchers! Episode 156

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

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 than18,000 titles by best-selling and beloved romance ...

59 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
I’ll Bring You Dinner! How to turn cooking for others into an act of love and service; Episode 155

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....

56 MINAUG 16
Comments
Time Management for Moms, Everyday Household Hacks, & What to Do When You’re Out of Toothpicks! Episode 154

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

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 crafts...

44 MINAUG 2
Comments
Wait, What? That’s not true? Debunking myths we’ve all been believing! Episode 153

What the Heck is the Enneagram Anyway? Episode 152

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 usdig 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/ SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: CARE/OF Care/of is a subscription service that de...

63 MINJUL 26
Comments
What the Heck is the Enneagram Anyway? Episode 152

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

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.c...

50 MINJUL 19
Comments
OMG!? Do you seriously not know how to do that? Episode 151

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

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...

43 MINJUL 5
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Key Cards, Chicken Nuggets, and Luxury Travel; A Welcome Home Chat with the founder of Ritz-Carlton! Episode 150

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! SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: ANA LUISA Ana Lui...

52 MINJUN 21
Comments
Foolproof Meal Planning to Save Time & Money! Episode 149

Why House Arrest is Better than Moving Houses; Episode 148

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 our...

56 MINJUN 7
Comments
Why House Arrest is Better than Moving Houses; Episode 148

Let’s Talk about Travel; Episode 147

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 ...

60 MINMAY 22
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Let’s Talk about Travel; Episode 147

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