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You know, instead of this, workplaces could institute policies that encouraged movement instead of pushing 'productivity at all costs'. This could also involve ensuring that the workplace itself had dedicated easily accessible outdoor facilities and open spaces in which people could, if they wanted do things other than sit in their cubicle. My office building (on a university campus) has absolutely no social space. There are no departmental lounges. There is no green space. This actively discourages anything that might move people away from their desks. Change things up a bit and actively promote alternatives to the daily grind and you'd get happier employees and more productivity.

Like Xarcady, I'm also concerned by the ableism that underpins this 'vision for the future'. Many people would never be able to navigate this kind of space.


Is a Giant Rock the Office Furniture of the Future? Design News
7/25/14 12:19 PM

Most home insurers want you to turn your water off completely if you leave for more than 72 hours.


7 Smart, Safe & Money-Saving Things To Do Before Leaving on Vacation
7/21/14 06:48 PM

We had those exact same cabinets. We replaced them because the shelf heights were completely useless for our stuff and fixed ao we couldn't change them. But we posted them as free on kijiji and a couple came to take them for their garage. She was going to sand them down and paint them blue! Not bad for 25 year old kitchen cabinets.

This looks great. Well done.


Before & After: A Dated Kitchen's Fresh Face-lift on a Budget
7/21/14 06:56 AM

What's with all the top sheet love? I was so happy when my parents finally switched over to duvet covers and duvets (instead of blankets and sheets). I ALWAYS get tangled in a top sheet and if I don't get tangled, it slides off the bed at night.

And sure, a sheet set comes with a top sheet. But... if you take two top sheets, you can easily sew them into another duvet cover!

And for those who find it hard to replace duvet covers, a trick: turn duvet cover inside. Fine the far corners and grab them. Holding the corners, grab the corners of the duvet. Shake the cover down over the duvet. Presto. Duvet cover changed in less time than it takes to tuck in your flat sheet.


Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/11/14 08:20 PM

French lick, Indiana.


The World's Rudely Named Locations, Mapped Design News
7/11/14 07:16 PM

More curtain = more dust = more allergies. No thanks. Curtains may look sophisticate, but they can also suck all the playfulness out of a space. All that weight in a room? Not for me. It may be a "rule" but rules are meant to be broken


Quick & Affordable Home Makeover Task: Adjust Your Curtain Rods
7/6/14 05:26 PM

I spray painted ikea's varmluft yellow for my son and it worked brilliantly.


How To Make Dip-Dyed & Painted Paper Lanterns Apartment Therapy Tutorials
7/2/14 06:29 PM

I hate the term play date, and the connotations that come along with, ie yet another scheduled thing in children's already over scheduled lives. I appreciate the need to coordinate, esp. when friends don't love in the same neighbourhood, but I have never ipunderstood the need to hang out with other moms. I just don't "get" mom culture, even though I have been one for thirteen years now.

Let kids play. Won't organise a pizza party for them, or videos or whatever. They'll figure it out. And boredom is the best engine for creativity.

I'm a huge fan of unscheduling children as much as possible, do your kids need swimming lessons at six months? Dance class at two? Music from birth? Violin from three? No. They just need to taste, feel, touch, experience the world of their own terms.

Play, play and play some more. And who cares if your house is messy. Is it a contest? Will you win a prize? Or will you suffer the condescension of other mothers? As long as it's hygienic, who cares about the dust bunnies or the unmade bed or the dishes that haven't yet made it into the drying rack.


To Playdate or Not To Playdate When Your House is a Mess?
6/30/14 06:02 PM

Bought my dress at a thrift shop for $20 and returned it to another thrift shop. Had the party in a friends backyard and made out own fruitcake. Married 18 years this summer!


Two Seriously Surprising Resources to Save on Your Wedding
6/30/14 11:07 AM

Colors and patterns. Happy making.


10 Signs You Might Be a Maximalist
6/27/14 08:08 PM

I'm guessing they don't make curries or other richly spiced, oniony and garlicky things, or they'd have built in a fan. But it looks stunning, so much lighter and brighter than before.


Before & After: A Bright, Budget-Friendly DIY Kitchen Makeover Under $1500
6/23/14 07:51 AM

Vinyl. 2500 sq. ft split level. Also removed chimney and replaced the living room picture window. Ca $14K for all of it. Took three weeks with one guy doing most of the work (two other did chimney break down and two others did window). Totally worth it. Looks fab. No leaking chimney and better insulated window.


How Much Did it Cost to Replace Your House Siding? Reader Intelligence Request
6/19/14 01:16 PM

Rubbermaid bin, because our mini figs are to play with, not to display.


5 DIY Ideas for Lego Minifigure Storage
6/19/14 09:10 AM

Oh, and I never found the boppy pillow at all useful, even though everyone said it was essential. Or slings, which I could never figure out how to work. Baby Bjorne was the only carrier that was remotely comfortable.


Carrie's List: Baby Items I'm Glad I Bought and Ones I Wish I Hadn't
6/17/14 04:51 PM

When our kids were very small, we didn't have a car and walked huts about everywhere. Our all terrain stroller, purchased second hand for $250 (new$700) was essential. We easily clocked 25-3o km per week on that thing and the basket could carry 25 pounds of stuff. Even after three years of extensive use, we wear able to give it away to a friend who used it for another year.

Stroller considerations: if you're tall, many of the umbrella strollers won't be comfortable at all.

Other essentials....
1. Board books and fabric books.
2. Blender and ice cube tray for making baby food
3. Garbage pail with lid for dirty diapers before they go in the wash.
4. Baby gates. Not just for stairs, but also for other dangerous areas that you might want to close off.
5. Lots of terry cloth wipes. We bought three packs of 10 from ikea and they are great for everything.
6. Bibs. If you've got a spitter upper, like we did.
7 fold up or travel high chair for visiting with friends/dinners etc
8. Easy wash sleepers etc. You can get lots of these for cheap in thrift stores.


Carrie's List: Baby Items I'm Glad I Bought and Ones I Wish I Hadn't
6/17/14 04:49 PM

Don't make it all,about the kids and involve them in trip planning. We took a 6000km road trip with a 10 yr old and a 6 yr old a few years ago. They were involved right from the get go and we talked right away about how it was a family holiday, not just a kid holiday, and that meant that we would do thing everyone in the family wanted to do. There would be some things less interesting for kids and some things more. Setting it up that way made it work for everyone and it didn't breed entitled kids. Also, hotels or motels with breakfast included wee a surprising highlight esp when we discovered that some had make your own waffle set ups. Bonus. Wor budget reasons, we alternated between hotels with more room and those with less. Hotel with pool also fab after a day of exploring. We picked up lots of books for the thrift shop(they could be discarded along the way) as well as board games for evening relaxation. Podcasts for longer drives and strategic visits to dines for extra special treats. Remember that kids can find almost anything an adventure. Even taking public transit Ina new city is a treat. Build that in. We had a blast on our trip. Three weeks of bliss and everyone disappointed once we got home again.


10 Tips for Planning a Road Trip with Small Children
6/14/14 07:12 AM

The us doesn't use chip and pin? How weird. We do in canada. It's so easy to any for hotels and such.


10 Smart Money Tips for International Travel
6/12/14 06:54 PM

The only things I buy new are t shirts, shoes and raincoats. The rest is thrifted. I don't have a budget of several hundred dollars per year for clothes and I can go to value villages half price day and get a season's worth of work wear for less than $20.


Savvy Style: How To Save Money on Clothes (and Look Great Doing It!)
6/11/14 06:37 PM

$850 for the crib and required mattress purchase, minimum. Yeah, no. Sometimes the lack of interrogation of privilege on this site frightens me.


Small Space Ally: Stokke Sleepi Crib in 10 Real Rooms
6/5/14 02:55 PM

Kid #2 slept with us until the age of three, but still joined us between 3 and 5 am until he was 8. Kid #1 and 2 shared a room for two years, and shared the (single) bottom bunk for a year. That gave them a whole separate room to play in. Now that kid #1 is a teenager, he wants more space to himself


A Genius Parenting Move for Small Space Living Comment of the Day
6/4/14 06:45 PM