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Display Name: honeyhaze
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We have two boys that will turn 2 and 4 this winter. We've had the Kura for awhile now and love it, but haven't yet flipped it into bunk mode for them to share. The age recommendation for top-bunk sleeping is 6+, I believe. We likely won't wait that long, but we will wait until they're past the "pushing and screaming" stage to avoid accidents. I'm thinking when they're 3 and 5 next year we'll be able to flip it.

We painted the panels apple green on the outside and left them white on the inside, but I wish now I'd either painted both sides or painted the white a complimentary color. Both the white and blue original colors of the panels aren't too great, as everyone knows. I'll probably end up hot gluing some cool fabric on the inside of the panels, which hopefully won't wreck the panels. We have the canopy up and blue led lights strung around the top, it's really cool.

10 Ways to Customize the Kura Loft Bed
11/15/12 09:26 AM

I like the door and the blanket. Casual, cozy, but not too affected. Nice.

10 Unconventional Ways to Hang Art
8/16/12 07:14 PM

We briefly put my son's crib mattress on the floor and let him sleep on that, when he was about 12 months old. He hadn't slept much in his actual crib prior to that because we were bed-sharing and using a co-sleeper for the first year. He walked at 9 months, so by 12 months he was stable on his feet and able to get on and off the mattress easily. Shortly after that we picked up a futon mattress and eventually an IKEA bunk bed to go along with it. He's three now and still sleeps with us half the time anyway, but we don't mind. The futon mattress has been helpful, because we can lay next to him when we try to put him to bed in his own room... it's really nice for reading books together at night. I personally wouldn't bother with a toddler bed unless someone gave me one for free. The "falling out of bed" stage doesn't last long and can be addressed by either putting a regular mattress on the floor for awhile or by using a bed railing from Craigslist.

The Great Toddler Bed Debate Reader Intelligence Report
5/10/12 10:00 PM

I eat a ton of eggs and my good cholesterol is way higher than my bad cholesterol (which is very low). It's partially genetic, but I try to usually eat local pastured eggs and those have lower levels of cholesterol.

All things considered, $3.50 for a dozen eggs isn't exactly a crime. That's probably what most eggs would be worth if they were all properly pastured instead of produced in factory farms. When we buy local we spend about 20 bucks a month on eggs, delicious nutritious saffron-yolked eggs, and it is so worth it. I spend way more than that each month on beer and the beer ain't doing me any favors :)

Healthy & Hearty Breakfast Idea: Egg Baked In an Avocado

3/11/12 11:46 PM

Oh yeah, and we usually have fresh garlic and ginger on hand. Husband also keeps lots of canned tomatoes in stock (no idea what he does with them, but he's always restocking those), and we have a basil plant on the window sill.

My Pantry Essentials: 5 Staples When Cooking for Two
2/16/12 11:03 PM

We almost always have whole wheat pasta (various shapes), eggs, onions, rice, dried beans (husband cooks them in pressure cooker instead of soaking them, awesomeness!), feta or mozz.

My Pantry Essentials: 5 Staples When Cooking for Two
2/16/12 11:01 PM

Painting that ceiling was a travesty. I'm all for painting wood white when needed (we did so in our kitchen), but that ceiling... god, it was so beautiful. Was.

Before & After: Family Room from Dark to Light
2/16/12 10:59 PM

What's with the 50's housewife look for the poster? A string of pearls, really?

What To Expect When You're Expecting: The Movie
2/16/12 10:56 PM

Okay, apologies for posting so many times about this, but we tried it and loved it! I had a feeling it'd be a nifty quick activity when I saw this post and it was. After I filled the bag with paint and taped it closed, I had my son (almost 3) trace shapes in the paint, blend the colors in various ways, shake the bag, squish the bag... this is a really cool sensory activity! Try it before deciding that it's a too-clean alternative to finger painting, it was fun :)

Not sure if this photo will come through, but here's what ours looked like... we hung it up in the kitchen window: https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s720x720/401201_10150610185526928_743576927_11213171_657227881_n.jpg

Mess-Free Finger Painting with a Plastic Bag

1/31/12 03:28 PM

Also, I would certainly consider this a "sensory" activity! A child's hands don't have to be coated to be wholly appreciating and utilizing the senses. There is a lot happening here with the squishiness of the paint inside the bag, the sensation of swirling the paint. This type of activity to me is more like rice table vs. water table... both are cool and fun, both sensory. Protesting this type of thing is sort of like suggesting taking away a child's etch-a-sketch because it isn't "real drawing" :P

Mess-Free Finger Painting with a Plastic Bag

1/31/12 11:43 AM

Yes, I don't think anyone was suggesting banning finger painting! A lot of nifty things can be done using this type of plastic bag trick. It's really cool! I'm going to try it today.

Mess-Free Finger Painting with a Plastic Bag

1/31/12 11:38 AM

I'll add that with the smaller heads, they look less like mounted animal parts to me and more like animals coming out of the walls.. which I could see also being creepy to some people, but I think it's kind of magical in a weird way.

On Trend: Animal Heads in Kids Rooms
1/17/12 02:14 PM

Kahlua Especial needs to be on this list, really. No proper bar doesn't serve a White Russian.

Bar Basics: 12 Bottles Any Bar Should Have
1/8/12 02:24 PM

Adorable! Photo and name display with clothespins is really cool.

Best Kids Parties: A Picnic Party
My Party: Sage (Toronto, Canada)

1/8/12 02:00 PM

@kerrimorgan, the book reading experience on a tablet is remarkably similar to reading a paper book. Tablets are highly tactile devices, which is why they're so popular. There are also a lot of excellent children's books for tablets, classics like Horton Hears a Who. I'm an avid reader and have switched almost entirely to using the Kindle app on my iPad; I find it easier to read on the iPad because I no longer need to keep track of my bookmark, put batteries in my booklight, or deal with the wrist strain that heavy books cause when I read in bed.

I used to be very turned off to electronic devices for children. I remember once scoffing when one of my little cousins took out her Nintendo DS at the dinner table. Since having children of my own I've come to appreciate how nifty and engaging things like the iPad can be. I sometimes read books to my son on his iPad and there are some cool advantages: built-in book light for bedtime reading (very handy), narration if I'm too exhausted to read but still want to enjoy a book with my son, images when touched usually show/say the word. And it's still a book. It has pictures and words and a story. A book doesn't have to be made out of paper to be a book..

I'm all for highly tactile, naturalistic play. But let's not disregard electronic engagement simply because it's electronic. Some people used to think the radio was the work of the devil and would turn children away from enjoying making music with their families. They were right, families making music together became less common, but perhaps sitting around while grandpa plays the banjo night after night isn't quite as quaint when you have no alternatives.

These days there is a legitimate place for "apps" on the list of classic toys. A good app expands a child's imagination in a similar way as a good book, an easel, or a bunch of rubber bands.

I understand the resistance to these devices. Digging in the dirt with a stick seems like the best thing in the world after staring at a computer screen for hours. But the key is balance, not diminishing the benefits of toys like the iPad. My two year old creates really cool artwork on his iPad that he wouldn't yet be able to do even if let him use every last thing in our craft closet.

Toy Math: A Formula for Buying Toys with 'Play Power'
1/1/12 01:29 AM

Happy Birthday, Olive!!!

Happy Birthday Olive
1/1/12 12:36 AM

We have the first three, but hadn't heard of the others. THANK YOU! Sometimes it's hard to dig through all the apps to find the gems, so this list helps :)

What's On My iPhone? 10 Apps My 3-Year-Old Loves
12/25/11 07:37 PM

Yep, the images should be click-throughs to the actual links. This has been a major problem with all of the AT sites for many years. Listing the links underneath instead of making the images clickable makes NO SENSE. Please fix!

15 of the Internet's Best Barks, Bars, and Bonbons
12/18/11 09:20 PM

Happy 1st Birthday, McKenna!

Happy Birthday McKenna
12/16/11 05:42 PM

I think it really is that couch canopy that's turning everyone off. Any nursery that includes one of those canopies usually gets a big thumbs down on this site. And I hate them, too, so I understand that...lol

If the canopy and couch area were removed and the two little end tables were replaced with a round table, I think almost everyone would be loving this room.

Show House Nurseries as Inspiration
Lucas Studios

12/14/11 06:14 PM