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Display Name: MamaKate
Member Since: 2/22/11

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I'm in the same boat! No flowers in this cat-friendly house. I've been thinking of trying a cactus or succulent as an alternate, or perhaps a terrarium. Not sure I'll find budget-friendly options in January in Chicago for those though...


Day 3: Weekend Chores - Flowers, Floors, Green Cleaners & Outbox Apartment Therapy January Cure - Day 3
1/4/13 02:04 PM

Lots of great Christmas movies. I'd add Beautiful Girls to this list - not exactly a Christmas movie but another one I enjoy watching this time of year!


'Tis the Season: Christmas on Film
12/17/11 10:19 AM

The rug is from overstock. It's so cushy, we love it!
http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Hand-woven-Majesta-New-Zealand-Wool-Rug-79-Round/4600691/product.html


Betsy's Lovely Loft Bedroom
Small Kids, Big Color Entry #43

12/8/11 11:59 AM

I think it depends on the baby and the job. I've had a nanny, worked from home (with and without a nanny present) and have brought my baby to work. My conclusion - each scenario has challenges as well as advantages!

I'd suggest you go ahead and give it a try but be prepared to be flexible. In my experience, employers who are flexible enough to let you consider these types of options are also flexible enough to work with you when you need to try something else, as long as you're open with them about it.


Does Bringing Your Baby to Work, Work?
Good Questions

12/7/11 05:35 PM

Hmmm, I want to hate it but I kind of love it. I think it'd be a good way to use all the afghans people have gifted us over the years. I think in a collage wall it could add some interesting texture.


Look! Thrifty Winter Wall Art Idea from Urban Outfitters
12/6/11 08:23 PM

Love the colors but find the room just doesn't look quite right to me... too short curtains, too small rug... Beautiful start but needs some polishing.


Stella's Soiree Suite
Small Kids, Big Color Entry #34

12/5/11 01:57 PM

Pretty sure the crib set is Serena and Lily - if not, they have very similar styles.


Palm Springs-Inspired Nursery
D Magazine

11/20/11 07:46 PM

Love Klimt - I have some prints in my bedroom... this one is perfect for a nursery


My Room: Boaz
Stafford, VA

7/12/11 09:22 PM

Would you mind sharing the source for the personalized pillow? It's fabulous!


My Room: Blake
Austin, TX

7/7/11 02:52 PM

uh oh... what's wrong with the hose water? BPA? Guess I accidentally created another generation of hose drinkers.


Do Kids Need Special Tools In The Kitchen?
Reader Survey

7/6/11 04:26 PM

As a preschool teacher, I found these sets held up quite well in a classroom setting so I'd imagine they'd last a long time in a home. In a classroom, where they're used by 40+ kids per day (am & pm classes) I found that the M & D food lasts about 2 school years... plastic lasts longer, but is also less popular and used less by the kids in general...


Play Food Sets
Melissa & Doug

5/24/11 01:30 PM

I love the idea of "office hours" as well as a white board for students to leave messages. I think students would understand both.


Ideas for a Friendly "Do Not Disturb" Sign for New Parents
Good Questions

5/7/11 03:17 PM

I love how this looks. But, I have to say, I'd appreciate it more if the sources were local thrift stores or garage sales. Although the sources noted include stores that sell 2nd hand / antique / vintage items, they're all really pricey! Although I love to look, I can rarely afford to actually purchase at Scout, Jayson H&G, Architectural Artifacts, etc!


Paul's Artistically Scavenged Apartment
House Tour

4/22/11 04:49 PM

This is a GREAT writing center! Many of these items are things I had in my classroom as a preschool teacher and I would have loved this gorgeous chicken coop to store them all.
The wooden blocks are from "Handwriting without Tears" a commercial handwriting curriculum used in many schools. The rolodex is also a pretty standard preschool writing center item. It can be used to store letters, words starting with those letters, or simply as "environmental print" depending on student ages!


Look! Young Writer's Workshop
4/7/11 10:13 AM

This is a GREAT writing center! Many of these items are things I had in my classroom as a preschool teacher and I would have loved this gorgeous chicken coop to store them all.
The wooden blocks are from "Handwriting without Tears" a commercial handwriting curriculum used in many schools. The rolodex is also a pretty standard preschool writing center item. It can be used to store letters, words starting with those letters, or simply as "environmental print" depending on student ages!


Look! Young Writer's Workshop
4/7/11 10:11 AM

Am I the only one who thinks it looks ugly, wide and unwieldy in the "single" configuration!?


Hello Bugaboo Donkey
3/4/11 03:29 PM

mdoell we have a similar motivation! My cat loves to chew shoelaces - leave your shoes out and you may not be able to tie them next time! Somehow everyone in my family manages to put their shoes into the storage containers in our front hall!


Before & After: A Crowded To Calm Landing Strip
3/3/11 12:53 PM

I'm a former classroom teacher and did this each year with our unit blocks using contact paper.
We started the year by adding each students' family picture to the blocks. When we studied our homes and learned addresses, a photo of each child's home was added to the set. Later in the year, when studying community we took photos of local landmarks, businesses, etc (including parks, playgrounds, the local fire station, etc) and added those. By the end of the school year our unit block set was personalized - students loved incorporating familiar people and places into their play.
In a classroom, using contact paper allowed me to start fresh each school year but I love the idea of using modpodge for a similar, but more permanent, project at home.


Family Photo Blocks
Lemon Tree Creations

2/22/11 05:08 PM