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Display Name: gpark
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Very cute.

Please note, however, that there should not be an apostrophe in a plural noun: ideas, not idea's. I wish AT would hire a (another?) full-time proofreader.

My Room: MiloSalt Lake City, UT | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh
7/9/10 10:31 PM

Have to agree. Way over the top. 500 pencils? You could provide a year's supply to several kindergarten classes.

500 Colored Pencils | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh
12/15/09 09:08 PM

I love that 3 can live so happily in a small space. We have 4 people in about 1400 sq feet, and that's a challenge to us sometimes, mostly because of clutter. We're planning to stay for the long haul and determined to surmount the clutter.

My fave thing, though, is the dad's left foot in the 2nd photo, which looks like it's ensconced in a beige high heeled shoe. Cool photo effect!

Mom, Dad and Baby Live Happily in 380 Square FeetLA Times | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh
11/18/09 07:12 PM

One of our last remaining independent bookstores has a terrific book-a-month program. You can sign up online, so there is no need to ever visit the store. You complete a profile form for the recipient, and then a longtime staffer and book expert chooses a book-a-month to send to him/her. Details here (I am not affiliated with the store except for being a frequent browser and buyer, and I'm sure that other independent stores have similarly wonderful programs):

On the magazines: I agree that Cricket is terrific, as are the magazines in the same line for younger kids (Ladybug, Spider, and Baby Bug, I think).

My kids also love the puzzle magazines from Highlights: Puzzlemania for older kids and Puzzlebuzz for younger kids. The ordering format is a total pain, though: you subscribe to a "club," whereby they bombard you with a bunch of magazines coming in every few weeks, billing you separately each time until you request by mail that they stop. We did this for each child for long enough to accumulate 8-10 magazines, and then just squirreled them away to be given out periodically. Perhaps too labor-intensive for a grandparent to take on.

Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh | Good Monthly Package Subscriptions for Kids? Good Questions
10/16/09 11:13 AM

Lovely as this is, I don't see a whole lot of relevance for the readers of this site, who all (or mostly?) presumably have small houses and tiny kitchens. The entire main floor of my house would fit comfortably into her kitchen, with room to spare! If they stop focusing on small spaces, how will Apartment Therapy's subsites be different from the scads of other home design sites?

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Kitchen Tour: Emily's Wide-Open Inspiration Newton, MA
4/25/09 11:48 PM

We have the same booster seat (in blue/green) on the same chairs (Bellini, but ours are dark gray).

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Good Questions: Identify this Booster Chair?
4/20/09 07:46 PM

Love the pink and red propeller rug in the LR. Where did you get it?

Beautiful space overall. Thanks.

Apartment Therapy Boston | House Tour: Two Friends Create a Blended Home Boston
2/25/09 10:52 AM

These are extraordinarily cute, but could I possibly be reading correctly: 1 cotton duvet cover and 1 pillowcase for $290?!? Uh, that surely costs more than the bed itself. Are there really Apartment Therapy readers who can afford those prices? If so, can you buy an extra set for my kid?

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Pixel Modern Pieces
11/24/08 05:29 PM

Beautiful! But are there really people who have $300-400 for one set of children's bedding?

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Lions Organic Bedding from Pixel
10/8/08 03:43 PM

Funny! The McCain doll looks a good 30 years younger than it should, though.

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Obama and McCain Paper Dolls by Dover Publications
9/10/08 09:48 AM

Sunshine here in DC!

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Thursday Giveaway: Kideko Bedding
6/26/08 03:48 PM

Have to agree with CJL. The owner's belief that their bedrooms are small is...well, laughable. Room for a ping pong table? Walking space in the bedrooms? And a kitchen the size of the average first floor in our city neighborhood? Sheesh. Although I appreciate their ideas and share their ambition to integrate family life and cool design, I don't think this piece belongs on AT.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | CHI House Tour: Ronnie Viktoria's Roscoe Remodel
6/20/08 07:38 AM

My daughter's school (an international school) teaches cursive in kindergarten. The children quickly develop lovely handwriting, which they use in all school projects outside of IT/computer class. Cursive is much, much faster than printing, after all, and since the children have to complete their work using *some* kind of writing---unless the elementary school miraculously has a computer for every child in every classroom---it makes sense to equip them with a method of writing that can actually keep pace with their thoughts.

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Blogging The Baltimore Sun: Days of Cursive Might Be History
5/20/08 09:24 AM

And who makes the table and chairs? Very nice for a small space.

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Food Smocks from Petite Violette
5/1/08 10:41 AM

We live in Washington, DC, and love it. We moved here for work but now find it a great place to be raising kids. We have a small (1200 sq foot) rowhouse in a very safe and green neighborhood 5 minutes from downtown. One of us works from a home office, one of us bikes to work, and our kids walk to school. We walk to the park, the woods, restaurants, and the grocery store. We love all of the free kids' activities the city has to offer: the museums, the zoo, and free performances daily at the Kennedy Center. We regret living several hours from the kids' grandparents but would not easily be able to transfer our jobs elsewhere, and besides, we would miss living in the city too much. I love that all of the neighborhood kids play together on the front sidewalks (we don't have yards) and that my neighbors are all culturally and politically literate (you can talk books, music, or politics with just about anyone). Now if we could just get a vote in Congress.

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Survey: Why Do You Live Where You Live?
4/16/08 09:05 AM

Our younger child is about to turn 2. From age 1 to 2, his fave toys were a baby doll stroller (to push stuffed animals and dolls around on outside and indoor strolls), small wooden trucks and larger plastic construction equipment (e.g., a backhoe), his toy kitchen and pretend food, and megablocks (bright plastic lego-like building toy for smaller hands). All of these toys will evolve to be used in more sophisticated ways this year. The toy kitchen is morphing into playing "store," now that he has a toy cash register.

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Good Questions: Essential Toddler Gear
4/12/08 10:43 AM

Sorry for typo in last post: Porcher Elfe.

Apartment Therapy New York | Look!: A Small Sink at Ino more...
3/8/08 12:55 PM

We have the featured sink (Porcher Elf) in our small apple green basement bathroom. Love it.

Apartment Therapy New York | Look!: A Small Sink at Ino more...
3/8/08 12:53 PM

We microwave in small glass or ceramic bowls and then transfer to melamine or other non-breakable bowls. 2 dishes to clean but much safer.

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Good Questions: Non-plastic divided dishes for children
2/13/08 07:56 AM

We pay $12 to $15 per hour in DC (in the city) for 2 kids. There really aren't any teenagers who babysit where we live; they're too busy with their highly academic high schools and numerous activities and internships, I guess. For nighttime/weekend sitting, we use college students and young professionals who want to supplement their incomes. The M-F 8-6 nannies/sitters often have their own families and aren't available to work on weekends/evenings.

Here's a free solution: trade nights out with other parents. We have done this and it works out well but is seldom an even exchange (some kids take longer than your own to get to bed; some are fussier).

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Good Question: Babysitting Rates
1/22/08 08:19 AM