The Chris Loves Julia Podcast Ep 3: Renovating with Kids

May 16, 2016  —  Written by Julia Marcum 

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Renovating when you have kids is a real-life thing we have attempted to work through, sometimes failing and sometimes coming out feeling like proud parents. We’ve had a few reader and listener emails come in regarding how we manage to update our home when we have two kids: Do you try to squeeze everything into nap time? Or after they go to bed? Include them? Switch off with your partner?


Over the 6 years we’ve been tackling our spaces with our girl(s) by our side, we’ve come up with a few tips and tricks we talk about in this week’s podcast episode! We’re also sharing a lot of funny fail stories and even interviewing other people in the same boat, including Mandi Gubler from Vintage Revivals who has managed to DIY even with a newborn in the house. I also share insight from Gwen Hefner, The Makerista and John and Sherry Petersik from Young House Love–all people who we look up to when we’re in the depths of renovating while raising kids. It can be a frustrating balance to strike, and their answers–and ours–might just surprise you.

You can listen to this week’s episode right here

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What do you think?

  1. I listened to the first few on GooglePlay, but it doesn’t seem to be updating with the new ones? Do I need itunes? Android/Windows user and I really try to avoid it. Thanks!

    • Preston says:

      Thank you so much for listening to the podcast! Bottom line is no you do not need iTunes. For android devices and non-iTunes stuff, I say downloading the free Stitcher Radio app on your phone is the best way to go. If you’d like to listen on your computer, you can do so through this link to the google play podcast section:

      or this link to the Stitcher website:

      To answer your question specifically, Im not entirely sure why the google play podcast section hadnt updated when you checked. It has all the episodes now, but their podcast section of google play is a lot newer than stitcher or itunes so maybe it had a hiccup? I wish i knew the Google Play platform better to assist you.

      If you dont want to use Stitcher’s free app, there are a few android apps that people have rated really high. They cost 3 or 4 dollars (one time only) and i know a few people who use them if youre interested. Pocket Casts and Doggcatcher are the top rated ones.

      Thanks, hope this assisted

      • Preston – Thank you! It’s so much easier to listen on the computer for me and I love podcasts in the background while I work. The google play link worked great, but for some reason it’s still not updating on my phone, but this is great. Thanks!

  2. Kala M. says:

    I’m loving your podcast! I’ve never listened to podcast and now am looking for more. Do you know of any other podcasts that talk about home decor/DIY?

  3. Veronica says:

    I woul love if you could cover window treatments, specifically how to hang them and when to go single vs double pane.

  4. Reva says:

    Good morning! Is iTunes the only option for listening to the podcast?

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