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Display Name: laura in la
Member Since: 4/5/07

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My son is now eight, and he would be crawling all over that super-long bench with his LEGO Clone Troopers. Furniture like this is a great staging area for feats of creativity and imagination ;).

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5/27/12 04:54 AM

I loved this idea and bought one for my son the artist. Unfortunately, standard letter-size paper doesn't fit in the frame. ;(

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7/17/11 04:00 AM

Ugh, so many harsh and even personal comments about an individual design decision. I love your shelving, your lamp, and your solution. Kudos!

You've Got to Hide Your Cord Away
6/11/11 05:11 AM

Hmmmm.... Disco is buggy (surprise; it's new). Beluga requires you to connect with Facebook, as far as I can tell. Sorry, but I don't want to do that.

Disco looks like it might be nice, once it's working properly.

Three Free Group Texting Apps for Your Smartphone
3/29/11 12:20 AM

Check out As a teacher and a mom, I love love love it!

5 Things To Buy Right Now To DIY With Later
1/5/11 12:39 PM

This is an interesting addition to these services. I particularly like, which already provides all this information and more, about movies, tv, and books.

Helpful Kids' Movie Ratings: Kids In Mind
9/22/10 01:39 PM

You know, I grew up with a basically equivalent swing that veered out over a small gully. And the roughness on your hands was part of the experience. If you're not clinging to the rope with terror, it won't hurt as much as prickle/tickle.

I wonder if this is another example of us depriving our kids of real experience.

Swing into Summer | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh
6/23/10 12:22 AM

Okay, color me silly and happy -- NM is green chiles. Spot on!

Crab Cakes to Mud Pie: State-by-Food Tote Bag | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/3/10 03:04 AM

Where is New Mexico???? I'm dying because I can't find it. Please tell me it's chiles! Texas ribeye? I second the vote for chili. Also liked avocado for California, though grapes (RAISINS!) work pretty well.

Crab Cakes to Mud Pie: State-by-Food Tote Bag | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/3/10 02:49 AM

Nice post! You all might also check out Lois Ehlers, who has written lots of garden- and nature-themed picture books, including _Growing Soup_.

Books in the Mood of Spring | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh
5/19/10 04:06 PM

I have no idea if this really is cruel to the fish, but it seems like it might be. Wouldn't they like to be able to move in three dimensions?

Panoramic Wall Mounted Aquariums from AquaVista | Apartment Therapy Unplggd
5/13/10 02:18 PM

I don't understand -- are these along the same lines as Woolypockets? They seem similar but perhaps a bit cheaper.

Bacsac: Gardens to Go | Apartment Therapy Boston
4/24/10 10:59 PM

Seriously, I grew up eating artichokes, so I've had many, many, many and prepped them in lots of different ways. ;) We grew up boiling them, then we began steaming them. But when my mom got Barbara Kafka's microwave cookbook, we began cooking them that way and have never looked back.

Just cut of top and stem to make flat; trim the sharp point off each leaf with a scissors; wash thoroughly (we sometimes set an artichoke in the sink and let water run into the top for a minute). There's enough water left inside to steam them in the micro -- you don't need extra water. We used to put them in plastic baggies, left slightly open, but I'm sure a dish with the top ajar would work, too (and be "greener"). Cook them until you can stick your fingernail into the bottom easily -- but be CAREFUL, as they're hot!!!! I guess that's why individual baggies are useful.

How To Cook Artichokes in the Slow Cooker | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
4/23/10 03:33 AM

Does anyone have any idea where we can buy these lights, or any of Idea's other products, in the U.S.?

LED Light by Idea International | Apartment Therapy Unplggd
4/20/10 06:38 PM

Roald Dahl -- yes! And Peter Pan (despite the gender stereotypes). Where the Wild Things Are, and other Maurice Sendak. And Madeleine L'Engle.

Sorry, but I hate and despise The Giving Tree and won't read it to my son! The relationship in it has always struck me as very one-sided and abusive. YMMV, obviously. ;)

Seven Children's Books Worth Reading as an AdultReal Simple | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh
4/13/10 06:04 PM

I cannot tell you how much I LOVE this room, especially the idea for the bunkbed/play space. My mind is racing with ideas for my 6-year-old son -- he has the lower IKEA bunkbed. Thanks so much for posting this, and kudos to the family!

One question: how/where did you all design the posters?

Creating a Hidden Play Space | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh
4/13/10 03:41 PM

Well, I think the "after" is more attractive; the "before" looked awfully 70s kitschy. And the wood might not have made sense with the poster's decor.

In any case, why respond to a post with something negative?

Before After: Spice Rack Mondo Cherry | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
4/2/10 01:12 AM

My son loves his OLPC, and we feel good about supporting their mission to donate laptops to kids in developing nations. It doesn't have a stylus, but it does have all the ruggedness, light weight, and other cool features of the Roundbox. And it runs on Linux, which means our son can learn with lots of open source tools and mess around with programming as he gets older (and my geeky husband can develop programs on it now). We highly recommend it over Leapfrogs or other "kid" computers.

Roundbox: A New Type of Computer For Kids | Apartment Therapy Unplggd
3/31/10 03:54 AM

Can't you buy dried lemon peel or zest? If you could find a local producer, that could work.

Are There Local Alternatives to Lemon and Lemon Zest? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
3/25/10 07:33 PM

In our old house, we had a large kitchen with a marble (!) floor. I hated the floor, but it was great for cleaning up messy art projects. And my sister "Hollywood loaned" us a steel work table (from a kitchen supply store) which had been cut down to coffee table height with wheels. The table/floor combo made for a super craft station for my son -- easy to clean up, the right size for him, and wide enough for several friends. And we can use magnets on it, as well! Now I'm trying to find a spot for it in our new house, which is all carpeted ;(.

Craft Table | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh
3/16/10 04:40 PM