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Display Name: Tess09
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I just washed mine last weekend. Nothing to add to the article other than I used baking soda to give a boost to the detergent (I used powder, and had no residue problems), as my pillows were nasty and smelly. I live in the tropics and it's been really hot and humid lately, and I sweat a lot from my head, so... My hair is also dyed pinkish purple. So my pillows were stained and dirty. But the baking soda+detergent mix, and then drying in the dryer did the trick. They came out smelling wonderful, and looking blindingly white.

How To Wash Your Pillows
6/28/14 10:27 PM

Oh, everything in this house is adorable and I want it all! But *especially* that yellow cabinet! Seriously, how fabulous is it, and how come nobody has mentioned it yet? ;)

What a crazy combination of patterns, and you managed to pull it off so beautifully. I know if I tried it, I wouldn't be successful.

Tamasyn's Eclectic Mid-Century Flat House Tour
6/26/14 03:10 PM

Is there a reason you used a Nicaraguan rum instead of one of the numerous Cuban rums available that are considered far superior? Just curious. I'm not a connoisseur by any means, but around here (Panama) Flor de Caña is known colloquially as "Flor te daña" (roughly, "Flor will mess you up") due to the unfortunate consequences of drinking it...

This is a legitimate question, btw, not trying to be disrespectful, as you obviously know more about this than me.

Classic Cocktail Recipe: The Hemingway Daiquiri The 9-Bottle Bar
6/15/14 06:07 PM

He *is* cute, right? Reminds me of Douglas Adams in a way, physically (if only Douglas would've lived longer...), and also because of the living-close-to-nature theme...

Stephen Turner's Amazing Exbury Egg House Tour
4/17/14 12:54 PM

Same here. This is amazing. Science! And art! :)

Stephen Turner's Amazing Exbury Egg House Tour
4/17/14 12:53 PM

*clap clap clap* :)

(To both WrylyInformative and Cindy for an awesome job).

Before & After: St Patrick Himself Would Be Proud of This Sideboard
3/17/14 05:37 PM

Ah! So that's why my first gut instinct was one of impending doom. Hehe... But seriously, this décor, while super elegant and dramatic (and an impressive improvement over the boring "before" pic), makes me anxious and nauseous. Mos def not for me. Good job, though!

Before & After: From Boring Bathroom to Bold! Professional Project
3/9/14 03:56 PM

I thought the same thing! Hence the "jewelry box" idea, I guess...

This was beautifully done. Congratulations, Nicole!

Before & After: Nicole's Jewelry Box Inspired Dresser Makeover
3/8/14 10:51 AM

First of all, what a gorgeous cat the one in the picture! Second of all, I must be the luckiest cat owner alive because my cat *never* learned to climb up onto the counter tops. She's lived with me in two different apartments already, and while in this one the kitchen has almost no counter space whatsoever (a gripe for another day *sigh*), the previous one did have lots. I guess it's a question of heights? I don't know, I just know I've never seen her on the counter.

Now I'm worried she might be developmentally-challenged or something. :(

A friend of mine has two cats, and the female one loves to climb super, super high, the other day I saw her on top of the fridge! So, is that normal? My cat is abnormal! Argh!

But seriously, she does love lounging on the back of my two sofas and the coffee table, so she does know how to jump...

Tips for Keeping Cats Off Kitchen Counters Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/7/14 03:56 PM

It's comments like this that make me wish there was a "like" or "recommend" or star button on this website. Thanks a lot for the suggestions! :)

4 Tips for Rolling the Perfect Spring Roll Tips From The Kitchn
2/28/14 10:39 AM

BTW, I found this website for calculating ingredient costs, tailored for baked goods: http://www.pricingbakedgoods.com/

It's really useful, as it converts weights and measures (if you bought 5 pounds of sugar at $2 and used 1 cup, how much did that cup cost for that specific recipe? -- that sort of thing).

I doesn't allow you to save recipes, though, but at least lets you print them out/make a PDF.

Paprika: The Recipe Organizer App I've Been Looking For Product Review
1/31/14 11:31 AM

Well, what do you know... I installed PepperPlate on my Samsung Galaxy Tab and the screen froze the first time I tried to use it. It had never happened before (and the tablet is one year old), so I have to assume it was the app's fault. So much for being free... *sigh* It also does not have what I want, about calculating ingredient costs, so I might uninstall it after all.

Paprika: The Recipe Organizer App I've Been Looking For Product Review
12/28/13 08:34 AM

What I would like to know about any app is if it is capable of calculating recipe costs. Not only the grocery list per se generated from the recipe itself, but what if I entered in ingredient costs from a receipt, for instance? I'd like to then be able to see that info besides each ingredient in the recipe and know for sure its total costs.

Is there any app with this function? (Oh, also, preferably for Android AND also a PC version... *sigh*

Paprika: The Recipe Organizer App I've Been Looking For Product Review
12/27/13 01:08 PM

Whoa, people need to mellow out. I like the transformation, it does look more inviting, as before it was too dark and oppressive. Good job!

But also, as the daughter of an architect and a lover of all things antique and vintage, I have to agree that the original room partition was too lovely to just throw out. I would have kept it and painted it a brighter color, perhaps.

Before & After: Marie Clare & Peter's Park Slope Modern The Sweeten
7/26/13 11:29 AM

Oh, I could never give up olive oil. I have Italian and Spanish blood running through my veins... :) I do love sesame oil, though, but mostly use it for cooking, mostly Asian-inspired dishes. I like to cook plain white rice by toasting it lightly first on sesame oil and then boiling it with salt (that is, making rice the usual way). It tastes divine!

The other nut oils sound intriguing. I need to experiment! And what about avocado oil? It's currently all the rage here in Panama, but I haven't tried it yet.

Beyond Olive Oil: 5 More Oils for Salads
7/19/13 01:07 PM

THIS. Yes, please! It's not just the feminist in me who despises the term "man cave", but also the linguist in me.

Before & After: Messy Shed To Minimalist Man Cave
7/15/13 11:31 AM

Warning: this comment is completely unrelated to the topic.

That stock image above reminded me of Rory Cochrane and A Scanner Darkly. Of course, he doesn't look like that in the film, but the model in the picture does kind of resemble him... and then there's the image of looking through the blinds, as in the movie's poster.

Aaaaaaanyway, never mind me, just being superficial here...

Neighbor Loyalty: Sacred Bond Or Naiveté?
7/9/13 02:55 PM

While I like this style, I see this as too "matchy-matchy". Granted, the couple have a great sense of style, and their home is gorgeous, they did a really nice job, it's just not to my own personal taste. I do like the wide-angle shots, as others have commented. If only other tours had more of these...

Robert & Michael's Midcentury Pad House Tour
7/9/13 02:48 PM

Hmmm... However, if leaving for an extended period of time (say, a month or longer), I think I'd unplug the refrigerator. After emptying it out and cleaning it, of course.

I don't know how it is in other parts of the world, but where I live the electricity going out at random times is kind of a given. So...

The Nicest Thing You Can Do for Yourself Before Leaving on a Trip
6/3/13 10:42 AM

Ah, bless this post. Down here in the tropics (Panama, Central America), the rainy season has arrived (late this year) with a vengeance. If it isn't raining like crazy, it's super muggy. Bleh. I'm currently battling a head cold and feeling grumpy.

@overture: that sounds really good, I might have to try that.

Homemade Remedies for Children
5/30/13 11:27 PM