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You could also replace the range hood and then take the new one with you when you move out. Craigslist for a snazzier one, or Broan has nicer looking inexpensive ones (try lowes).


Ideas for Refreshing a Rental Kitchen on a Budget? Good Questions
2/14/14 08:56 AM

And if you leave some cabinets open without doors...which could be great...do it away from the stove. Open shelving near the stove is a dusty sticky greasy nightmare, in my experience! :)


Ideas for Refreshing a Rental Kitchen on a Budget? Good Questions
2/14/14 08:54 AM

I would also leave the cabinets unpainted, clean them well and add hardware you like. Get rid of everything on the counters and the fridge, paint the walls a light color, add a pretty rug, and replace the overhead lighting (it looks like maybe fluorescent or maybe the fixture is too small...). All of that would be a huge improvement and much much much less work than painting cabinets! If you're dying for a project though, really look into it and make sure you paint them properly (cleaning, sanding, re cleaning, priming, sanding, cleaning, painting, sanding, cleaning, re painting). Good luck!! :)


Ideas for Refreshing a Rental Kitchen on a Budget? Good Questions
2/14/14 08:52 AM

Ahhhh...I haven't laughed so hard at internet comments in a long time.


How To Make Your Bed Once and
Sleep in it Twice As Long Comment of the Day

1/30/14 10:37 PM

Clementine boxes are my fave for organizing. Stackable...they fit in most drawers...& you get to eat tons of delicious clementines.


How To Organize Your Home
(On a Budget!)

1/21/14 01:44 PM

Just wanted to clarify that I'm really not trying to rag on anything at all about the makeover. It's lovely, including the rug. Maybe because my bathroom has no windows, fiberglass instead of tile in the shower, and is all a horrible taupe color, I'm digging the bright natural light and white tile and porcelain. :) enjoy!


Before & After: A Stylish Bathroom Transformation
11/22/13 04:45 PM

Very cute. And helpful that the bathroom already had great bones. Am I the only one who thought it looked fine in the first place? That's why $49 goes so far (and I really do think the paint job is very cute!). People are saying it's drab, but to me it seems simple and classic, as long as you can clean the mold and rust. I'd love it if my bathroom looked like that instead of the horrible '80s vibe I have going on in mine...


Before & After: A Stylish Bathroom Transformation
11/22/13 04:43 PM

I love this, and I love the book "Home Comforts" by Cheryl Mendelson for this very reason. I've read it through a few times, browse through it sometimes, and use it as a reference occasionally. I ignore the parts that I don't have time for (sometimes I'm better at deep cleaning/airing things out than other times), but have learned a lot about what makes my home "work," including the regular home ec stuff like cleaning and cooking but also best placement of furniture and being efficient with space. Loving my home and caring about it and looking at it as a place that I want my family and all our visitors to feel comfortable in--it takes work but it's totally worth it.


Can't Buy Happiness: 5 Simple Ways to Turn Any House Into a Home You Love
7/3/13 05:32 PM

Also--maybe it's just my personality, but I love to spend January evaluating my house, getting rid of stuff I don't love, re-purposing stuff that could be useful but isn't, and making (once again) vows not to accumulate any more. It's very satisfying and holds me over until February. Then February is a short month so it's practically March and practically spring!


How Do You Deal with the Post-Holiday Blues?
1/8/13 10:05 AM

Definitely in the clean slate camp. I do love the holidays, but it's so nice to put everything away and enjoy the clean open space again. And I don't even have that much holiday stuff out--but the tree takes up a lot of space, and the garlands and lights take up a lot of visual space.


How Do You Deal with the Post-Holiday Blues?
1/8/13 10:03 AM

I definitely recommend having some sort of diapers.

Otherwise...I like our Pack'n'Play (set up in my room for occasional naps and a place to play when I'm in the shower) and for my 2nd and 3rd babies they slept in a mini-crib on casters. Takes up less space and can be wheeled between rooms! I had a changing pad on a dresser for my first 2 kids, and #3 gets changed on the floor or on a bed.

And I love Nuk silicone binkies. Not really a nursery thing but all of my kids have used and loved them.


What Are Your Nursery Must-Haves? Nesting a Nursery
3/1/12 02:02 PM

ellaaron, the rug is from World Market. The quilt is by my friend Dianne - her shop is called Boga Babe. It's technically a play mat but it's multipurpose. I use mine every day! http://www.etsy.com/shop/bogababe

Thanks for the kind comments!


L & I's Little Corner
Small Kids, Big Color Entry #59

12/10/11 02:13 PM

hahahaha I totally cringed at shoes on the bed too. I'm such a nut. LOVE the room.


Emory's Super Sharp Big Girl Room
Room Tour

9/27/11 08:57 PM

Also I think you are on target with 3 minutes, I'd say maximum 5 minutes but 3 is great! You can cram a lot into that time and it won't drag on.


Tips and Inspiration for a Baby Compilation Video
Good Questions

8/8/11 03:22 PM

I suggest: If you are doing a soundtrack, pick an upbeat song. Lullaby type songs on slideshows are so boring to me, even if I love the baby in them!

Also I suggest timing the transitions between pictures to the beat of the song. That helps add interest and makes it feel coherent. I've made slideshows for my kids' birthdays every year (except this last year...ran out of steam and got too busy but I plan to remedy that)...some songs I have used in the past: "In a Little While" (U2), "The Way I Am" (Ingrid Michaelson), "I Will" (The Beatles), "Every Day" (Buddy Holly), "Birthday" (The Bird and the Bee), "Forevermore" (Katie Herzig), "Hallelujah I Love Her So" (Ray Charles), "Loves Me Like a Rock" (Paul Simon).

Also--I don't have a fancy computer with cool software so I used onetruemedia.com. It was super easy and free.

Finally, you don't need to include all the pics and videos. If you have a lot to choose from, I would choose only the ones that have the most artistic merit or visual interest on their own (like a person who didn't know the kid would still like the picture). That also makes it feel like a work of art. Have fun!! Your kid will LOVE watching it for years!! my kids still love theirs!


Tips and Inspiration for a Baby Compilation Video
Good Questions

8/8/11 03:21 PM

I suggest: If you are doing a soundtrack, pick an upbeat song. Lullaby type songs on slideshows are so boring to me, even if I love the baby in them!

Also I suggest timing the transitions between pictures to the beat of the song. That helps add interest and makes it feel coherent. I've made slideshows for my kids' birthdays every year (except this last year...ran out of steam and got too busy but I plan to remedy that)...some songs I have used in the past: "In a Little While" (U2), "The Way I Am" (Ingrid Michaelson), "I Will" (The Beatles), "Every Day" (Buddy Holly), "Birthday" (The Bird and the Bee), "Forevermore" (Katie Herzig), "Hallelujah I Love Her So" (Ray Charles), "Loves Me Like a Rock" (Paul Simon).

Also--I don't have a fancy computer with cool software so I used onetruemedia.com. It was super easy and free.

Finally, you don't need to include all the pics and videos. If you have a lot to choose from, I would choose only the ones that have the most artistic merit or visual interest on their own (like a person who didn't know the kid would still like the picture). That also makes it feel like a work of art. Have fun!! Your kid will LOVE watching it for years!! my kids still love theirs!


Tips and Inspiration for a Baby Compilation Video
Good Questions

8/8/11 03:20 PM

I randomly ordered from Sweet William once after looking online for the hard-to-find fisherman-style Saltwaters ("Sharks") for my son. I was very pleased with them! (the shoes and the store.)


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8/6/11 01:14 PM

I liked the Potty Wise book (same authors of Baby Wise). Didn't agree with all of it (as with Baby Wise) but what I did take away from it was that the aspect of toilet training to celebrate is: clean, dry undies. I gave my kids rewards for checking their undies randomly throughout the day and finding them clean and dry. They also got rewards for using the toilet but we focused on the end goal, which is staying clean and dry.

Also, there are probably some kids for whom this wouldn't work, but as a rule I don't clean poopy underwear, I just flush the poop and toss the undies. (I trained my kids in cheapo Target undies.) That way we were able to go cold turkey, one day diapers, the next undies.

My daughter caught on way faster than my son. He, at 3, had to have the whole bodily function thing explained to him. She, at 2 1/2, had been begging to use the toilet for months before I caved. Fun times. This is such a huge accomplishment, remember to celebrate the kids as often as possible when they are learning this important skill! So fun to see them when they finally "get it" and feel so independent.


Let's Get This Potty Started Right: Potty Training Woes & Wisdom
7/19/11 03:59 PM

Last thing, keeping my cool (or trying to) is always what helps the situation the most. I actually think it even helps my kids behave better (maybe since they are so shocked to see me not frazzled?) Before getting on a plane, I say to myself--"It's 5 hours of our life. This will end eventually."


Traveling with Baby: Airplane Favors
7/12/11 09:32 PM

The favors might be a little much (I'd never make them although I'd want to make friends with the person who made them) but the idea is spot on. I think it's important to break the ice a little.

Living across the country from family, I travel often with my kids (4.5 and 2.5...and a 1 month old now too) and have since my first was tiny. At least half the trips have been without my husband and often involve bulky, awkward things like carseats or bags of toys/extra clothes/what have you. I have almost always had good traveling experiences. I find that while a lot of people really don't like kids/don't think kids should travel (at least if you believe comments on blogs and online news articles on the topic), a whole lot of people are sympathetic, and they often either have young kids themselves, or remember having young kids, or plan to have young kids someday.

Generally I introduce myself (and if appropriate, my kids) to the people just in front of and behind us--sometimes including my name, sometimes just saying hello--and say something lighthearted about how I hope we won't bother them and that we have been trying to prepare for the flight. I don't think that's selling kids short or not allowing them to be themselves. Kids are kids, but it's important to remember that adults are adults and some of them are not around kids at all. Worse, some of them think that a crying child means the parent isn't doing their job. That's wrong, but it still happens.

Breaking the ice at first I think helps. Even more than that it helps to be involved with the kids, actively anticipating what could go wrong, doling out what consequences are necessary but also letting some rules slide if it keeps the peace. Not only does this mitigate problems, it also shows fellow passengers that--hey, at least I'm trying!


Traveling with Baby: Airplane Favors
7/12/11 09:29 PM