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I had to reply to Ophelia Ginger and say kinderarchy is my new favorite word. She hit the nail on the head. No monitors here and our babies were just fine. No helicopter parenting either.
Also...this is a strange topic on a decorating/design blog but that is ok once in a while.

Baby Monitoring: How Much Is Too Much?
7/24/14 10:42 AM

Another example of the media misreporting in order to get us riled up over nothing. This is not two separate entrances to one building. This is two separate living communities sharing one block. If you had a garage apartment that you rented out would you expect your tenant to traipse through your home every time they entered their apartment? Different living spaces, different entrances. Everyone can relax.

NYC Approves \"Poor Door\" Developer Request Design News
7/22/14 05:45 PM

The portable car mat is adorable. Good job.

Best DIY Travel Games for Kids on The Today Show Today Show Video
7/19/14 12:32 PM

Beautiful job on your first solo place. You have great taste. I only wish my first place would have looked half that good. (or my second/third place....)

Mandi's Stylish SoCal Studio House Call
7/19/14 12:26 PM

I have to say Dulcibella is my new hero. Your cautionary tale is so true. As much as I love old cast iron, vintage jewelry, and dishes (oh, the dishes!) I have to caution others....it piles up and then you have to make the hard decision to get rid of it. So much easier to admire it at the store and then go home to a clutter free house (or so I have heard, still working on this). I no longer think there is anything I must buy when I see it. It took a while to get here.

Found It? Buy It: ALWAYS Snap Up These 8 No-Regret Items At Garage Sales, Flea Markets and Thrift Stores
7/19/14 12:23 PM

Wow, that is a huge win. I love the color and the new legs are so beautiful.

Before & After: A Vintage Dresser Goes From White to Wow!
7/19/14 10:58 AM

In the twenty something years that I have been on my own I have only had a dishwasher for one of those years. I used it for storage because I was single and did not make very many dirty dishes. Now I have a family and cook daily. I was taught to clean as I go when cooking. When I cook pasta, both the pot and colander get washed right away, cutting boards, knives, mixing bowls, every single thing that I use to prepare food has been washed by the time we sit down to dinner. After dinner the plates, forks and glasses get rinsed and stacked in the sink. I may or may not wash them that evening. If not, then they get washed in the morning. I use a sponge for dishes and a rag for counters/cabinets. The sponge gets boiled about every three days, though I should probably do that more often.
It helps that I have a window over my sink and a large backyard full of trees, flowers, birds, etc...I don't really want a dishwasher.

Our Best Tips for Life Without a Dishwasher
7/17/14 02:01 PM

Oh, almost forgot...I desperately love that vintage stove.

Combat Summertime Stuffiness: Try a Smelly Simmer! Comment of the Day
7/15/14 09:48 PM

Too humid here to boil extra things on the stove and way too humid to open windows and air out on almost every summer day. On the rare day we get a drop in humidity and temperature I will open every single window in my house. Fresh air is the best, however the air outside right now is like breathing through a wet, steaming towel. I find a good vacuuming and kitchen/bathroom scrub will make the whole house smell much fresher.

Combat Summertime Stuffiness: Try a Smelly Simmer! Comment of the Day
7/15/14 09:46 PM

I can't believe there is only one poster above that thinks it is a good idea to ask permission before painting someone else's property. I would never, ever paint a rental without permission.

Fess Up: Have You Ever Painted A Rental Without Permission?
7/15/14 02:42 PM

Never felt the urge to live with strangers. Not in school, not in my twenties and even now I sometimes look around at my husband and kids and wonder "what are these people doing in my home?"

Living with Roommates (Just for the Fun of It)
7/11/14 01:51 PM

I completely agree with NonchalantGirl. Live within your means and it does not matter if you rent or own as long as your choice makes you happy. I love owning my own home and I can also see perhaps renting later in life when I don't need a large yard or garage. The tax advantages of home ownership were very nice when I was single and making good money.

Is Home Ownership Still Part of The American Dream?
7/8/14 06:18 PM

I was astounded how much better my iced coffee was when I tried the cold brew method. No special equipment needed. I soak my grinds in filtered water in a pitcher normally used for iced tea for about 24 hours. I strain the cold brew out and store it in peanut butter jars or mason jars and put it in the fridge. Mix one teaspoon (ok, maybe two) of sweetened condensed milk and a large splash of 2% milk and ice. OMG. The only problem I had was it was so good I started mainlining that sh*t and ended up with an irregular heartbeat. After a day at the cardiologist's and $900 worth of tests the doc said "quit drinking coffee." I died a little that day.

5 Tips for Better Iced Coffee Smart Coffee for Regular Joes
7/8/14 05:58 PM

I bought a jar of the cookie butter when they opened a store in my town almost 2 years ago. I still have most of the jar left and I have a teenager in the house! We just don't get it.
I liked the TJ brand of organic almond milk but they stopped making it. I think the Pacific brand is a good sub.
I do love the box of roasted tomato and red pepper soup from TJs....it is perfection.
My son loves the trail mix with dried pineapple and I love the bags of roasted sunflower seeds.
Thank you for this list. I can't wait to try the Greek olive oil.

17 Favorite Trader Joe's Products That Our Readers Love The Kitchn Goes Grocery Shopping
7/8/14 12:36 PM

I think this is a great idea and the after results are lovely and all....but not realistic. Where are the coats? The before shot has ski pants and all manner of winter gear. The after shot has a small bag and one small towel or throw hanging up. I do love the color and the gorgeous hooks in the after photo but this is comparing apples and oranges. This is no longer a coat closet.

Before & After: DIY Coat Closet Makeover Classy Clutter
7/8/14 09:42 AM

I have such a hard time parting with little-girl clothes. They can wear outgrown dresses as tops with some leggings and as a result we have way too many clothes...and don't get me started on the books. Can't get rid of our favorite books and they are all our favorites.
Am I the only one obsessed with the blue end table and that painted coat rack in the picture above? That blue end table/cabinet has a rim on the back and sides to keep the books upright. Brilliant.

Kids Room Cleanout: How To Have an Online Yard Sale
7/7/14 05:27 PM

We had a slow-down day yesterday since it rained on and off all day long. If I get any slower today I will be comatose.
Any mindful day can be enhanced by a marathon cat-petting session. A lazy dog may be substituted if necessary.

Mindfulness at Home: Schedule a Slow-Down Day
7/6/14 11:56 AM

Yes, please. Is 9am too early?

Cocktail Recipe: Frozen Gin & Tonic The 10-Minute Happy Hour
7/4/14 10:39 AM

Pesto for chicken and turkey burgers. For hamburgers any of the following works: Blue cheese or cream cheese, bacon, jalapenos and/or avocados. The sliced green olives mentioned in the post above sounds so good.

7 Swanky Toppings for Restaurant-Style Burgers at Home Tips from the Kitchn
7/3/14 03:14 PM

The comment above cracked me up. I also love two pillows, one under my head and one to hug or put between my knees. No pillow fasting here. I have done the water only thing and it was headache inducing. I drink two cups of coffee a day and always brew it myself and I have one Diet Pepsi (garbage I know). The rest is water all the time. It is a fair compromise. I still get plenty of water and everyone around me gets to live.

Personal Challenges: 18 Fasts to Improve Your Health, Wealth & Outlook
7/1/14 05:55 PM