This is it, folks! Could Be Better is winding to a close after three years. In this bonus episode, Rob and J. say farewell, reminisce about some favorite moments, and share their final advice on home decor. Who will deride all-white interiors and Magnolia now? Who knows but we are sure someone will. Thanks to the thousands who have tuned in over the years, special thanks to the designers and magazine editors who supported us, and to hands-on help from Tim, Michael and Bob. Theme music was by Bensound.com. May your home and your garden be a little bit better than your neighbors’ and your best friend’s!
It’s a summer surprise: not one but TWO episodes of Could Be Better! In Part Two of our July 2020 episode, we talk with award-winning interior designer, real estate expert and podcast host Paul Trudel-Payne. He hosts the awesome In Your Mind podcast, which we’ll be on in a few weeks. We review a section of the July 2020 issue of Better Homes and Gardens with him, talking paint can lids, the color green, Southwestern style, and some budget-friendly home updates. Whether we are into these things or not…well, listen and find out. We also talk about a nonbinary backyard–because gender is over! Make sure to listen to Part One for our full opinion-packed tour through the magazine. Theme music by Bensound.com. Thanks again to Paul for joining us for a fun conversation!
It’s July, it’s summertime, and after months of quarantine/shelter in place/safer at home you deserve a little treat–so we’re bringing you TWO episodes for July. In Part One, we do our usual shtick and go through the magazine offering up our unsolicited opinions (spoiler alert: there are tags for hate and tags for love). In Part Two, hear our conversation with our very first guest, Paul Trudel-Payne, an actual award-winning designer who hosts his own podcast! (We’ll be on a future episode of his show, In Your Mind.) Part One brings us some Independence Day crafts (not doing those, sorry), yet another all-white house, a gorgeous garden that stresses us out, and some Upstate and Chill. (It’s a thing: Google it). Signature cocktail: Cherry Ginger Coolers a la Moscow Mules. Theme and interstitial music by Bensound.com. And make sure to listen to Part Two with our special guest for more shenanigans!
On this month’s episode of Could Be Better, we indulge in some speech therapy practice as J. heads towards recovery from a brain hemorrhage. Can you say “editor’s letter” without blending the sounds together? We warm up with a ginger-liqueur cider but say “tag for hate” on another outdoor entertaining suggestion. We’re in for the chocolate spice cake skewers, though. There’s a lot of food in the February issue but we do have paint can lids in mint green. A less polarizing pastel? We decide. Also: indoor gardening, another white room, and a retro 1950s room straight out of the ’70s. Get your magazine, follow along and practice your speech therapy! Signature cocktail: ginger-pear cider warmer. Music by Bensound.com. Credits by Tim Lawton.
In this episode, we field a few pressing (not really) questions from readers (not really, the editors did that) instead of the usual “New Year, New Me” features. This month we have lots of dark paint colors instead of the usual white, including a purple/blue that Rob tags for love and J. tags for hate. Yet paint can lids are in scarce supply. We range from tips on cleaning (when should I clean?) to tips on landscaping (native plants all the way) but end with a throwback feature that is too retro red for us. Signature cocktail: a Sacred Sipping Chocolate Martini. End credits: Tim Lawton. Music by Bensound.com. What’s your problem?
It’s December once again and we’re in the holiday spirit…and into the holiday spirits with Rob’s family recipe for egg nog. We have a few glasses and dish up our opinions on the latest issue of BH&G. There’s a lot of Christmas and not many of our usual features, like I Did It or paint can lids. Instead we get lots of snow-white rooms warmed by holiday colors, even some non-traditional hues which is nice. Tag for love! Tag for hate on the oversized 5th grade play decorations. Sorry we weren’t into what you wrapped in a bow. Signature cocktail: egg nog. End credits by Tm Lawton. Music by Bensound.com.
This month, we try out the savory stuffed waffle recipe from the August 2019 issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine, and Chef Tim goes for a sweet option too. This month’s signature cocktail is a “Stoned Rita Moreno” – a peach and plum (stone fruit, get it?) frozen margarita. Bonus: we do it shirtless! Listen to the full August 2019 episode on your podcast feed or here for more shirtless silliness! Recipe prep by Tim Lawton. Music by Bensound.com.
Cohost J. here–we were recently approached to be part of a super cool discussion about podcasting and marketing, organized by Overit Media, (LOVE that name) which is based in Albany. Why they thought we were podcast experts, I don’t know (maybe because of the name of our show? As you loyal listeners know, we are anything but expert and loudly proclaim it all the time)! Unfortunately Rob will be out of town during the event, but I will carry on as a guest panelist.
“Using Podcasting in Marketing: Why, How & What Works” takes place on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Overit Media, 435 New Scotland Avenue, Albany NY. Here’s the official info:
“One-third of the population reports having listened to a podcast in the last month, representing 90 million monthly listeners. With podcast growth surging in the United States, businesses are turning to the medium to attract new audiences, to engage current ones, and to be the signal that breaks through their daily noise.
With so much attention being given to podcast as a hot new marketing channel – you might have questions.
- Should your business have a podcast?
- How do you get started?
- How do you measure results?
- How do podcasts fit into a larger marketing strategy?
Attend this free, informative panel with seasoned podcasters to hear about the highs and lows of podcast marketing with actionable tips on how to get started, what works, and why podcasting deserves a spot in your marketing mix.
- Jeff Ayers, Death Wish Coffee
- Scott Jarzombek, Albany Public Library
- Steve King, A Podcast for Creatives
- J Dewey, Could Be Better
I am very pleased to be a part of this distinguished group. Hopefully I can live up to their expectations.
Free tickets are available via Eventbrite and I’m told it will be livestreamed and available as video afterward. See you there!
Because everyone needs more coasters in their life…we made our own! If you’re a longtime listener, you know that our favorite mag often includes coaster sets in their trending items/patterns/colors merchandise–and that we often rag on them for it. C’mon, again with the coasters? But because we like being meta, and since no one, apparently, has enough of them, we had official CBB coasters printed up!
How do you get them, you ask? We’ll have them at our booth at the Hudson Valley Creator Festival on Sunday, May 5, 2019 on Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie. Stop by, say hi, and if you’re a subscriber (show us on your phone!) you get a pair! Not in the area? Contact us and we’ll work something out.
PS: we also have stickers! We’ll be revealing those soon.
Shocker: She’s Got A Preference For Pink!
Kids these days… In our April 2019 episode, we become art critics, in that it’s the Art of Color issue and we’re highly critical. How many Tags For Hate can one episode handle? Apparently pink is here to stay (baloney is so on trend right now), beige is back (thank you Gen X), anything can be a neutral, and the most exciting thing about spring is cleaning your toilet. Oh, and the Could Be Better Department of Outdoor Living really needs you to turn in the paperwork attesting that you’ve decorated your deck or patio with an outdoor rug. We also share a few secrets: the recurring nightmare Rob had as a child, J’s middle name, and which featured room is really a sex den. Our takeaway lesson? Take time to smell the irises in the neighbor’s yard. Signature cocktail: Ginger-Rhubarb Raspberry Punch. Chef Tim’s Recipe Tastings: Spiral Ham With Orange and Garlic, Buttered Sweet Pea Rice, and Rhubarb Tart. Music by Bensound.com.