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Display Name: trishwah42
Member Since: 2/18/14

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I agree with Tracyandrook and others who think you should respect the traditional architecture of the home you chose.

To Paint or Not To Paint Our Abundance of Wood Trim? Good Questions
4/22/14 08:29 AM

Agree with DavidAlex.

Before & After: A Vintage Victorian Entry Update
4/17/14 11:18 AM

We're going to have to get a copy for our "Godzilla baby." He's made a career out of leveling my older child's lego creations. (Older child has been reminded to put said Legos on a table or behind closed doors.)

Here Comes Destructosaurus! by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Jeremy Tankard Children's Book Review
4/14/14 12:48 PM

A suggestion of the window/privacy issue - window film. We did it in the bathroom of our 1910 house and it's perfect.

Before & After: A Vintage Bathroom Gets a Charming New Look
4/14/14 12:34 PM

I'd add to the list:
* Trips to Costco - It's perfect for loading up with cereal, pasta, paper products and other dry goods.
* Family roadtrips

In Praise of IKEA's FRAKTA Bag
4/8/14 09:50 AM

I like #1.

What's Your Favorite Layout for House We're Building? Good Questions
3/26/14 08:54 AM

We have a storage bin that sits on a built-in shelf on the way down to the basement that we use as a kitchen laundry basket. The basement door off the main hallway, right outside the kitchen. The basement doorway is also allows easy access from the front door. At this time of the year, I'm often stripping my two pre-schoolers down as soon as the walk in the door.

Kitchen Laundry: The Chute Solution
3/24/14 02:34 PM

Nuts, Cliff bars, instant oatmeal.

In Case of Emergency: 5 Foods to Keep in Your Desk for Last-Minute Lunches Tips from The Kitchn
3/10/14 08:39 AM

Our cats (male and female siblings) only have two litterboxes and it works out well. Weirdly, one is for pee and the other poo. I think this is GirlCat's idea and I have no idea how she enforces it.

Big List of Tips for a Less-Stinky Home: How to Manage Pet Odors
3/7/14 01:00 PM

I use vinegar. I have a spray bottle of diluted (50/50) vinegar for washing veggies. When I start the dishes, I spray down the cooktop with vinegar and let it sit until the dishes are done. Then wipe the cooktop with a slightly soapy (Dawn) sponge. Honestly, if you give the vinegar a few minutes to soak into the splatters, everything just wipes off. I don't do it every day, but at least 2-3 times a week.

How To Clean a Greasy Stovetop With Just Soap and Water Cleaning Lessons from The Kitchn
3/6/14 01:45 PM

I picked up one of these: years ago and it's never disappointed me. Tip: Its most accurate if it starts out the same temp as your eggs, so store it in the refrigerator. I've also baked eggs and that was pretty foolproof. Honestly, a probe sounds like too much work.

Tip: Use a Probe Thermometer for Foolproof Hard-Boiled Eggs
3/5/14 08:05 AM

I use binder clips in the kitchen instead of the plastic chip clips sold in grocery stores. Because they will never break, even if cold.

Why Didn't We Think Of That? 18 Genius Kitchen Organizing Tips From Our Readers Reader Intelligence Report
2/26/14 01:57 PM

"granite countertop edges that were falling off"

This makes me never want to own a granite countertop. Isn't the point paying for timeless that it lasts? A few years ago, I vacationed at an old cabin that had had the same soapstone countertops since the early 1900s. Now that's timeless.

Before & After: An 80's Contemporary Kitchen Gets an Update
2/26/14 11:49 AM

Can't you return them to the supplier? Sure you could upcycle a few of them, but they are just going to keep coming, right?

How To Reuse Large Water Containers? Good Questions
2/21/14 08:11 AM

My boys have reached an age where they wear out shoes and its very hard to find even consignment shoes it their size because every other kid their age is wearing out shoes too.

I don't think spending nothing on your kids is a noble goal. Much better ones are less consumerism, less environmental impact, doing more at home as a family. But nothing? Sorry. They still need to eat. They still need clothes (we at least buy for the oldest). We still enjoy small purchases.

Like I bought them small snow shovels in November (2 for <$10), and we've gotten great milage out of them with all the snow we've gotten. I wouldn't be a better person, we wouldn't be a better family, if I had resisted that purchase.

Could You Go A Year Without Spending Money On Your Kids?
2/18/14 11:46 AM