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Display Name: Xtina_
Member Since: 6/23/10

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Absolutely gorgeous. Don't listen to the haters, furniture is meant to be used, and the world is not a museum where all things must stay exactly in the condition they came out it.


Before & After: Nightstand Nightmare No More
7/22/14 10:32 AM

Bon Ami-
http://www.amazon.com/Bon-Ami-Polishing-Cleanser-Powder/dp/B000RPXJ8S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1405976875&sr=8-1&keywords=Bon+ami

I use it to clean my stainless pots, my sink, and my stove. It was the only thing that worked on the cast bathtub at my old apartment.


How To Clean Enameled Cast Iron Stove Grates Cleaning Lessons from The Kitchn
7/21/14 05:11 PM

I've been suprised at how much cheaper is is to own a home than to rent. When
I did the math I expected it to come out comprable with what I was spending, but even adding in the things I didn't pay for when renting like water and garbage, its still a couple of hundred bucks cheaper a month.


All The Single Ladies... Are Investing In Home Equity
7/21/14 02:01 PM

They can mess up your wall if you don't remove them exactly right. But I've used them since college, and hardly ever had a problem with them.


10 Temporary & Removable Adhesive Products All Renters Should Know About
7/21/14 01:57 PM

My kitchen has one of those curved valances too, and I hate it. It has nothing to do with the age of the thing as that there is just this random board up there with no purpose. Some day we will be able to replace the junky 1970s cabinets with real wood ones, and take down both the valance and the sofits that are totally a waste of good space, but the plan is to repaint while we save up the money. When we get to the repainting stage (lots of other noncosmetic work we have to do to our house first) I'm totally taking a vibrosaw to that thing and making it a straight line.


Before & After: A Dated Kitchen's Fresh Facelift on a Budget
7/21/14 01:50 PM

This would have worked great when the polar vortex was bring us nice cool air last week. This week when the temperature is back to regular July mid to upper 90s with air so thick with humidity you can cut it with a knife, not so much.


No AC? No Problem! Try This Quick Trick to Keep Your Cool
7/21/14 12:09 PM

My twin and I own a house together. Its pretty awesome. The only downside is that we definately reinforce each others bad housekeeping habits.


Living with Roommates (Just for the Fun of It)
7/11/14 04:02 PM

People who gave up the microwave- how do you defrost meat?

Also, you'll pry my rice pot (cooker, whatever) out of my cold dead hands. They are almost as multipurpose as crockpots.


Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/11/14 03:56 PM

Two words- dust mites.


Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/11/14 03:53 PM

Decent bedspreads are impossible to find. I've been searching for months for something non-quilted and light weight but ended up going with a quilt because I couldnt' find anything that wasn't either college student or grandma.


Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/11/14 03:51 PM

I love love love this house.


Abigail Ahern's Dark and Dramatic East London Home House Tour
7/11/14 12:19 PM

I bowed to the trend and bought a duvet cover for my perfect weight but ugly old comforter that I was planning on replacing. I hate it. What was previously perfect year round with a sheet in the summer and a sheet and blanket in the winter is now too hot for both. It shifts around inside and the buttons either bang against my metal bed or me depending on what direction it goes. The fabric is no where near as soft as my sheets. I finally gave up on the thing this week and bought a lightweight quilt for summer use.


Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/11/14 12:13 PM

British friends have told me that tea doesnt taste as good when it is made from microwaved water. I can't taste the difference, but apparently some people can.


Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/11/14 11:50 AM

Last thing- you will pry my second pillow out of my cold dead hands.


Personal Challenges: 18 Fasts to Improve Your Health, Wealth & Outlook
7/1/14 05:25 PM

If you follow the advice on eating at home, the advice on going no salt is really unecessary. Your body needs some salt to function properly and a little (this is key) salt is a great way to being out the flavor of your food. Its the hidden salt in precooked stuff that really starts to add up.

Also, I've gone to using my credit card for absolutely everything and paying it off in full every month. Its made a huge difference in knowing how much I am spending eating out and on little purchases through out the month, plus I'm going to be able to buy most of my christmas presents this year with the amazon points Ive racked up just paying my usual bills.


Personal Challenges: 18 Fasts to Improve Your Health, Wealth & Outlook
7/1/14 05:24 PM

OTC type pain killers you should be fine a few years after the expiry. Anything else though I would chuck (meaning recycle properly to prevent from infiltrating the water supply) if it was more than a few months overdue.


It's Probably Time for a Replacement: 8 Easy-To-Forget-About Household Items
7/1/14 04:16 PM

Online books in college were the best. You could highlight, taken notes on the highlight, outline, everything, all in the book. If you wanted a paper copy you could print out the notes and the higlighted section of the book. It was awesome and so easy to organize for papers rather than a bunch of actualy books filled with sticky notes you had to hope didnt fall off.


6 Small, Random Efforts That Pay Off Big at Home
6/27/14 10:46 AM

You only say that because you don't have one to mow. We've only had one to mow for 2 months and are already seriously looking into hardscaping. :D


Home Design Decisions Only Grown-Ups Will Make
6/27/14 10:21 AM

I have to say that I'm glad it turned out the way she wanted and that she loves it, but I find it way way too much. (And I'm a maximalist who loves color)


Before & After: A Bright, Budget-Friendly DIY Kitchen Makeover Under $1500
6/23/14 10:21 AM

And Hokum.


Design Tips for Introverts & Extroverts (and How to Tell Which One You Are)
6/20/14 02:33 PM