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I must mention this one: http://www.etsy.com/shop/NannysRose?ref=pr_shop_more

She takes castaways and makes them beautiful. I especially love the mirrors!

Our Favorite Etsy Stores, 2011 Edition— And Tell Us Yours!
4/28/11 05:03 PM

In our neighborhood, the squirrels would be all over that "birdfeeder". Sorry, this is not one of your better ideas.

Bread Birdhouse
We Upcycle

4/28/11 05:01 PM

They didn't say it was tested by the UN; they're saying it's tested in accordance with UN regulations/standards. Their English is clunky, but whatever.


I'd still want some trusted source to review it, like Consumer Reports, but there's no evidence to suggest this is a scam.

The Easy Car Seat: Inflatable "Car Seat In Your Handbag"
3/24/11 04:49 PM

The infant carseat was definitely easier for the first several months... actually, my daughter was on the small side so she was in it for a year!

(Now, I was a big sling user, and I'm not a fan of leaving a kid strapped into something all the time... but if you'd rather wake up your kid every time you arrive at your destination, you're a braver parent than I! My kiddo had/has a bloodcurdling scream and does not wake up in a good mood.)

Skipping the Infant Car Seat | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh
7/12/10 05:39 PM

$20 a "book"?

I think I'll let my kid keep playing with my iPhone. Oh, and read real books.

V.Tech V.Reader Reading System | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh
7/2/10 02:47 PM

Actually, it would have been great if it DID work on an iPad. I love kicking back and reading magazines on mine - Zinio has a wide collection of shelter magazines, including overseas publications that would normally be much more expensive or unavailable here.

But this? It requires Flash so only works on a regular computer. It looks beautiful, but I don't like reading magazines on my laptop. What a lost opportunity. I hope they get wise quickly and port the thing to some other format!

Looking at Lonny: Online Shelter Magazine The New York Times | Apartment Therapy New York
6/21/10 08:15 PM

I've seen these at museums, and I think an institutional setting like that is the right place for them. Somebody's home, on the other hand, no!

The Young ExplorerHot or Not | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh
4/23/10 01:21 AM

There is no shortage of companies eager to make new parents fork out lots of money for products they will use for a couple of months.

I'd take that $99 and spend it on concert tickets instead. Your unborn baby will rock out and you'll have a good time!

Prenatal Music Kit Influences The Bun In Your Oven | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh
1/25/10 01:36 PM

I don't have a solution, but I've found our cats generally stay quiet until they hear one of us stirring - if I wake up early and get up to run to the bathroom, it's all over but the shouting.

A cute story though - one morning when our daughter was 2 1/2, one of the cats went into her room. I woke to the sound of my daughter yelling "No Boppers*, no DO that. You wake up me!" My husband and I continue to say "You wake up me!" to this day.

*Yes, that's the cat's name. No, it wasn't my idea.

Pets that Wake the Baby | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh
1/6/10 04:06 PM

We have a convertable carseat/stroller - I think it's called the Sit-n-Stroll. Because our daughter is over 2 now, we lugged it to NY - she sat in it on the cross-country flight and again in the taxi to Manhattan. If you're not traveling as far and your baby is flying in your lap, you may not need it.

If you're comfortable using an Ergo or backpack or whatever carrier, I'd definitely recommend doing that (and am somewhat nostalgic for the days when our little one was still that portable!) But it's definitely possible to get around with a stroller. We were even able to bring it to restaurants - we'd just fold it and store it somewhere out of the way.

The subway is manageable, but you will have to haul yourselves up and down the stairs. If you have to transfer from one line to another, check your map, because sometimes it's worth skipping the transfer (especially if you'd only be going another one or two stops) and walking the final blocks to your destination.

I second the advice about staying somewhere with a kitchenette. You want to be able to store milk and food in a fridge and not have to run out the door first thing in the morning to get breakfast.

People were really nice and friendly there - Manhattan is a great place to visit with a kid. We spent a lot of fun time in various city parks. (One favorite: Madison Square Park, with its gated playground and the Shake Shack)

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Good Questions: Tips for a Stay in the City with a Toddler
6/7/09 01:11 AM

We just put a fireplace screen in front of it, and then pushed the coffee table up against that. (The coffee table came from Ikea and is filled with baskets of toys)

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Good Questions: Baby-Proofing a Fireplace Hearth?
5/18/09 05:09 PM

Are you sure Blurb doesn't support Blogger? This says they do: http://technorati.com/videos/youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D1wwnTjQBvGo

Some of the blogging services let you export all your entries. Here's one way to do this: http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2007/07/tool-for-backing-up-blogger-blog.html

Anyway, I did something similar to what you're talking about - I wasn't good about making a paper baby book, but I did keep a blog, so at the end of the year, I exported everything and laid it out using Adobe InDesign, illustrating it with photos from the year. Then I uploaded the resulting pdf to Lulu.com. Probably more labor-intensive than you want, though!

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Good Questions: Suggestions for Making a Blog Book?
5/4/09 02:02 PM

Try baking soda? Also, we've been using some kind of natural air freshener thing - you just stick it in the garbage compartment of the Dekor, and it seems to help.

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Good Questions: Does the VIPP Diaper Pail Work?
4/27/09 07:43 PM

I'm tickled by the fact your mother is worried about in utero shaken baby syndrome but not the fumes or dust particles! I imagine your sprog would find the vibrations and noise soothing, but you will want to avoid breathing chemicals and wood dust. I second the recommendation to check with your doctor, and perhaps to see if you can get somebody else to do the dirty work for you.

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Good Questions: Renovating While Pregnant?
4/1/09 05:17 PM

I'd check out Ikea for sure.

I'd also look for low-to-the-ground kids' couches that an adult could sit on with the kid. We got one such item on sale at Design Within Reach's warehouse sale years ago. Sadly, they closed out their kid's line, but if you could find a used one somewhere, it's pretty cool.

(Keep in mind a one-year-old is not going to sit still and read for years!)

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Good Questions: Relaxing Reading Chair for Toddler?
3/11/09 02:31 PM

I wish I had a helpful suggestion, but instead I have a caution... the glider I used when my daughter was a baby had padded armrests, and I honestly couldn't have done without them. So that's something else to keep in mind. I'm not sure how you'd add them without spoiling the beautiful look of this chair!

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Good Questions: Turning a Chair Into a Rocker?
3/4/09 01:56 PM

Our toddler fought having her teeth brushed until her pediatrician suggested letting her hold another toothbrush. Now she will cheerfully parrot "Teeth!" when I tell her it's time to brush, and she even "helps" with the other brush. (It's more chewing than brushing, but still...)

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Survey: Teeth Brushing
5/7/08 12:50 PM

We're big fans of the "Flip-A-Face" series... these look great...

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Thursday Giveaway: Flip-a-Word Books
5/1/08 08:43 AM

I would think even ugly modern plastic hangers might look nice wrapped in fabric and/or ribbon... save money, reuse, recycle...

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Look! Patterned Paper Hangers
4/29/08 01:00 PM