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Display Name: PoppyPetalled
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100% agree with dearmisha. Since this is a repro, I'd make it work for you. (And let's face it; repros in this style are a dime a dozen. I see so many of these flooding my Craigslist that it's pretty easy to identify if something is vintage/antique or a replica.) If you like the style, I'd recommend painting, but if you feel that this piece isn't doing much for you in your room, sell it. I personally would love this in a seafoam color.

19th Century Style Cabinet: Should We Paint It Green? Good Questions
7/23/14 07:36 PM

The first thing I noticed were the shoes in the picture. I understand taking a photograph of a place setting at standing level might not give you the best picture, but at least crop or exclude the shoes?

Talking about a place setting and then seeing shoes so close to the cutlery and china is just incredibly unappetizing and detracts from the message in this post.

How To Set The Table Properly
7/23/14 10:46 AM

This is different from paying for a reservation, though. I would be 100% with a credit card "hold" - similar to what other industries practice - and a subsequent charge if someone is a no-show and doesn't have the courtesy to pick up the phone and cancel (minus dire emergencies).

It blows my mind when people don't show up for reservations because if I have one, it's the only thing I look forward to all day. ;)

Also, I would not pay for the privilege of making a reservation and eating expensive food somewhere. My city has soooo many wonderful restaurants that if I can't eat at THE ONE, there are many, many others that can do an equally amazing job.

Would You Pay Money for a Restaurant Reservation? Good Food Reads
7/23/14 10:42 AM

Does anyone know who benefits from squatters' rights other than the squatter? Every scenario I've heard from this inevitably screws over the person who is leasing the property or the property owner.

That being said, I'm cynical. When it comes to my home and my property, I want to make sure that I have my rights and am protected. I think Airbnb really needs to emphasize and stress the importance of their hosts being aware of local laws (perhaps post resources to local laws to help hosts know what they're getting themselves into?). Pleading ignorance isn't a good defense.

For people who are gone long term, I don't see why contracts or an addendum (to an existing contract) aren't drawn up. Spending the extra money or getting a property management company involved seems like money that would be well-spent vs. damages, facing eviction, and/or being without a home.

Airbnb Renter Refuses to Leave Design News
7/22/14 11:41 AM

I stopped chewing gum because I lack coordination and always end up inevitably biting myself. :p

Americans Are Chewing a Lot Less Gum — Know Why? Good Food Reads
7/21/14 04:00 PM

I have a dishwasher, but do not use it (came with the house). Wash as you go is crucial. If the sink has a lot of dishes, I will soap up half of the dishes, rinse, and then do the remainder. Washing by hand doesn't take that long but agreed that it can feel long. I usually have Netflix on while washing, and it makes it go by much more quickly.

Wash as you go, and don't let dishes pile up. I've let dishes pile up, and it's not fun, but it still goes by pretty quickly. My house came with a Bosch, but I find that the dishwasher uses so much water (water is only running when I'm rinsing) and takes *forever* to wash/dry. Another huge motivator for me is guilt, especially since my state has been in a pretty awful drought for the past few years.

How Can I Make Hand-Washing Dishes Faster & More Fun? Good Questions
7/21/14 03:58 PM

I was vegan and vegetarian for many years, and substituting gelatin and agar agar on a 1:1 ratio is not easy (especially if you are also subbing out high fat with low/zero fat ingredients in the presence of heat). Why don't you do some test runs with agar agar and see what you come up with? I'd be interested to hear how it works out for you!

Recipe: No-Bake Berry Cheesecake Verrines Dessert Recipes from The Kitchn
7/17/14 06:31 PM

Thank you so much for this recipe! I always look for new ways to incorporate (grassfed) gelatin into my diet. These desserts look positively tasty, and I can't wait to make it! (Will have to look up the packet equivalents, though.)

Recipe: No-Bake Berry Cheesecake Verrines Dessert Recipes from The Kitchn
7/16/14 03:53 PM

Oh, I totally missed that. Thanks for clarifying!

This is just totally weird to me. Who actually decides where they're going to go based on how much a hotel costs during the year? I'd think people would book trips around the cost of airfare and then look for an affordable hotel or Airbnb it.

The Ultimate Money Saving Travel Guide Trivago
7/10/14 06:54 PM

I am Chinese and have lived overseas for many years. In my experience, what you say isn't far from the truth - but I also am not speaking on behalf of all Chinese people. My grandpa would usually go out to the park and hang out with his friends, and if we tagged along before picking up the subway, it would not be surprising to see folks nap on a bench, in a shaded area, on the subway, bus, etc.

I don't know; it doesn't bother me. If I were to see it in the US, I wouldn't really bat an eye either...

Swede Dreams: Snoozing at IKEA
7/10/14 02:08 PM

Disagree with July and August being the cheapest in London; I've tried to book airfare earlier this year, but I am not willing to pay $1,600+ for a rountrip coach ticket - which is the cheapest that I could find. I've spoken with friends who reside in the UK asking if this was normal, and they told me that the summertime is very expensive due to schools being out and families taking holiday.

I've found that tickets to London are the cheapest when it's miserable (and not ideal for outdoor activity), and people there tell me not to visit.

As for places like Hawaii, airfares are cheaper during the off-season, but keep in mind the weather/environmental patterns. There are places/sites you simply cannot access during the traditional "winter" months due to the dramatic changes in water level. (We went to Kauai, ftr.) Additionally, the rip currents were absolutely brutal, and people should be very, very careful especially when it's blowing 30+ knots.

The Ultimate Money Saving Travel Guide Trivago
7/10/14 12:32 PM

100% agree on not buying a pots and pans set. I've found that many set include a bunch of pots/pans that no one actually uses regularly, so you're stuck trying to figure out how you're going to store them. I have the basics, but I also have a large soup pot for when I make soups, braise larger pieces of meat, etc. Somehow, every time I'm trying to reach for something, said soup pan and lid is always in the way.

I agree 100% with the suggestion on spending money for a good vacuum. I'm not a huge fan of Dyson, but I'm pretty stoked with my Shark Professional. I've had 2 other cheap-o blah vacuums. One is clogged where the pet hair cannot be removed through the suction (I even took it apart, but the parts I needed to maneuver were glued), and the other shoots out some dirt/stuff out of the back.

Upgrade-Worthy: 5 Cheap Household Items Worth Replacing (When You Can)
7/9/14 02:54 PM

I bought my home when I was 29. I am now 30. Single with my kitty. :) I bought right before the housing market went completely insane in Houston where houses were under contract within a couple hours of listing. I'm super glad that I bought when I did because I'm now completely priced out of any desirable neighborhoods in Houston that doesn't require a long, painful drive. (Even the modest, up and coming neighborhoods have quickly become unaffordable - like Lindale Park, Eastwood, Brooke Smith.)

I chose to buy because I was sick and tired of my neighbors who became super inconsiderate after 4 years. I also wanted my own space and to put down some roots since I saw myself staying here - and not hating or resenting it like I did before! That being said, I do not regret renting in Montrose where I had the best landlord and a cozy little apartment. It was perfect for me then, but now, I was looking for something else. I think people need to see what is possible or practical for them in their local housing market and what is right for them.

My mortgage/property taxes/insurance are actually more expensive than my rent in Montrose by 2x. (I had an awesome deal there, but it was really time to go.) But I love how this place is all mine! I still need to save up some more money to do more work on it, but baby steps. It took me about 1.5 years to buy furnishings for my home, but this pace works for me - and I really do cherish my little home!

Is Home Ownership Still Part of The American Dream?
7/8/14 03:44 PM

As other users have mentioned, spices don't last forever and can lose freshness pretty quickly. I definitely notice how much more fragrant many of my herbs are when I purchase refills. (I try to buy low quantities especially for things I rarely use.) I agree with the sentiment that it also depends on what you like to cook. I despise thyme and will not even stock it at home. I'm glad that I don't have any full sized jars of them because I would never cook with them.

I also noticed that when I bought a "set" of prepacked spices, I rarely used most of the herbs in the set - especially when fresh ones were available. It was a waste of money for me, and I wish I had just bought what I needed and actually used!

What's In the Ideal Spice Cabinet? Good Questions
7/3/14 03:49 PM

The key with tofu, even the firm/extra firm, is to press out as much water as you can from it. There's a tofu press available (albeit, pricey) to remove excess water, but you can also press it yourself with paper towels/clean kitchen towels and some weights (a plate with a can on it, etc.).

Once you've removed as much water from the tofu, it's easy to slice and work with. Just oil up a pan, and let 'er rip. The tofu should remain brown.

Also: when I do cook with tofu, I cook the tofu separately from the veggies, and incorporate them once the veggies are done.

What's the Best Way to Make Crispy Tofu? Good Questions
7/2/14 03:37 PM

Love. It.

House tour, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease.

Janine's Beautiful Baltimore Home House Call
7/2/14 03:13 PM

Yay, more Houston homes! The bedroom is so serene and peaceful - perfect for our scorching hot summers. The blue velvet chairs are wonderful. I like how you've worked so many different styles together, especially the Asian elements. Love your sweet pup, too!

Erin & Jeff's Texas Cool House Tour
6/25/14 12:55 PM

I'm with you! When my friend recommended this to me (upon hearing that a lot of Japanese cat owners had this system), I was sold. It's definitely been one of the best things I have ever bought for my cat. He was apprehensive of it at first (I had initially put the old litter box next to it, but he wouldn't touch the new one, so in a leap of faith, I threw out the old one); thankfully, it worked out nicely for us!

It's also sooo nice not having to mess around with tracked litter, and if the pellets find themselves loose, they're easy to sweep up.

I wish I could get away with 10-14 days. Sometimes I can squeeze out 10 days, but I start smelling it. :(

I also get mine from Amazon, and it's so convenient! With subscribe and save, you can also land a nice discount on refills.

The Scoop on the ScoopFree Litter Box by PetSafe Tech Test Lab Review
6/24/14 02:38 PM

lol, still making it in the morning. "Used cat poops." I meant just "cat poops." :)

The Scoop on the ScoopFree Litter Box by PetSafe Tech Test Lab Review
6/24/14 11:18 AM

I use the Tidy Cats Breeze litter system. I've tried everything to cut back on odors: clay, corn, wheat, chicken feed, pine, and litter that looks like baby rocks. Feline Pine scoopable used to be my preferred litter, but once they sold their company off, their new company started cutting significant corners on this product.

I can smell a litter box a mile away, despite how often and regularly I scoop. I wish I could have a dedicated separate spot for my cat's litter box, but I don't, so his box will remain right next to my toilet.

The Tidy Cats Breeze system pretty much eliminates all odors for me. It's not the greenest method, but this is one thing I'm willing to make a concession on (considering how my weekly garbage fills about 1 grocery bag). I change the "diaper" pad weekly and remove the poop daily. I change the pellets every 2-3 months or when the litter box starts smelling a bit funky.

There are greener methods for this box: some people have used glass marbles in lieu of the pellets and wash them. Others have foregone the diaper at the bottom and empty and wash the urine tray at the bottom.

I use a litter genie to store used cat poops, but I actually pick them up with dog waste baggies and knot off the top. I used to just leave dump the poop into the litter genie until I discovered larva festering in there. *shudder*

The Scoop on the ScoopFree Litter Box by PetSafe Tech Test Lab Review
6/24/14 11:18 AM