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Display Name: NonchalantGirl
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I'm the say way! Listen ... it yields so much. I've been out with friends/family and they make comments like, "Oh, I really like ..." or "I've been meaning to get ..." or "I love that ..." and storing those tidbits of info away. They really are surprised to see that "you remembered!" ^_^

How To Be the Best Gift-Giver Ever
7/28/14 12:45 PM

Love the new Penguin Classics they have displayed. Love the covers!

Jocelyn Scrapes Back Her Loft House Tour
7/22/14 03:23 PM

@cosifantutti: Pinaciphobia (katastichophobia)

7 Smart, Safe & Money-Saving Things To Do Before Leaving on Vacation
7/21/14 03:21 PM

I like what Suze Orman has to say on the subject. The NEW American Dream should be living in a place you can afford (and, I will add, that makes you content). Maybe that means buying a sprawling McMansion. Maybe that means owning a modest ranch. Maybe that means having a condo in the city. And maybe that means renting an apartment (perhaps forever). Regardless, we shouldn't be a slave to a piece of property. If you can afford the place you live and still can afford to LIVE your life (go out once in awhile, a vacation once in awhile), then you, my friend, have achieved the American Dream, regardless if it fits in a stereotype.

Is Home Ownership Still Part of The American Dream?
7/8/14 05:55 PM

This past November, I threw a 50th Wedding Anniversary party for my parents. I ended up getting a lot of white hydrangeas from Sam's Club, and they were perfect. we just followed the instructions found to help hydrangeas bloom and look their prettiest (lots of ice-cold water, put in a cool place). People took flowers home and said they lasted for quite a while. Definitely a money saver!

Two Seriously Surprising Resources to Save on Your Wedding
6/30/14 03:07 PM

I feed my kitties Wellness, as well! And no kidding on keeping plants/flowers safe from them. I have also tried violets, which are non-toxic, but, alas, chewed up. *sigh* I do give one of my cats spinach from time to time (he loves it!). Whenever I get flowers/plants, I have to put them on a high bookcase, but ... then I forget to water them, and ... well, there goes that. Although, the balcony idea might be something to think about.

Keeping Your Pets Safe: 10 Non-Toxic House Plants ASPCA
6/2/14 01:34 PM

I use a simple egg separator tool. It came with some box set of Pyrex items (I believe) that we got for our wedding. I don't separate eggs often, but it's handy when I do. (Like making a Tres Leches cake!)

Can You Use an Empty Water Bottle to Easily Separate Eggs? Putting Tips to the Test in The Kitchn
2/21/14 10:20 AM

Our apartment has a cut-pile berber, very similar in color to this (although maybe a tad darker, and less yellow-y bits), and it hides dirt and stains like you wouldn't believe! Also, we have to Siamese cats ... so, yes, it does hide their hair. However, it also does a good job of hiding things you might not want to step on (I swear, before we moved in, someone dumped some sort of small tacks/nails all over the carpet -- was stepping on them for months!).

Which Is Easier To Keep Looking Clean: Light or Dark Rugs?
2/13/14 03:18 PM

I think everyone's comments here are valid, but I'd like to mention two instance in which this is such a great idea! One day, I put something in the crockpot, and came home to find that the power had gone out (I live in apartments, so this does happen on occasion), but it did come back on shortly (based on the clocks I had). Unfortunately, my crockpot doesn't have any sort of restart on it, so I came home to half-cooked food that had sat for hours. Not pleasant.

And, the other, is my husband goes in to work after I do, and he sometimes puts stuff in the crockpot. However, he has, a couple of times, forgotten to start the crockpot. (And for those of you talking about programmable ones, we have a setting on our dishwasher for a delayed start, and that gets forgotten as well, so.....)

Anyway, I think it's a good idea. Up to you if you want to spend the money. But, I know we use our crockpot at least once a week.

A Smarter Slow Cooker: Controlled by Your Phone
1/8/14 11:57 AM

Is it possibly that the room doubles as a guest room? That might account for the larger beds. Just a thought.

A Modern Mountain Room for Brothers Professional Project
12/18/13 05:32 PM

I second Enstrom's. SO good!!!!!

Send Us Your Suggestions: The Best Toffee in America The Kitchn
12/2/13 01:27 PM

For less hassle (and mess), I've seen several craft stores carry small/mini framed chalkboards and easels, as well as chalkboard vinyl labels (in all shapes and sizes).

Food Label Ideas for Easier Entertaining
11/19/13 03:08 PM

Years ago, I lived with a bunch of girls who were in college (I had already graduated and was working full-time) in a patio townhome. Our street address was Greenway Drive, so we got fancy and called our place Greenway Manor. We thought it sounded so hoity-toity and had fun with it. We would answer the phone with it "Greenway Manor, so-and-so speaking", and even had one of us record the incoming message on our answering machine (remember those?) in a snooty-sounding British accent. So much fun! And great memories.

About a year after that, we kind of all went some separate ways, but I moved into an apartment with one of those gals. The street address was Crystal Street, so we called our home The Crystal Palace.

But, since those young, single days, I haven't named a home since. Perhaps because the hubs and I are in and out of apartments? Maybe one day when we have a home....

Does Your Home Have A Name?
10/11/13 06:36 PM

The hubs usually does most of the laundry. I have a bad back, so it's hard to bend and stoop, etc. Sometimes I can manage a load or two. However, several years ago, after many a shrunken item of mine, we divided it up into separate hampers. One for whites, one for lights, one for darks, and one for ... hang-dry only items (which, I'll admit, are mostly mine). But, this has cured many a headache and makes the laundry process much easier.

Do You Do Each Other's Laundry?
10/4/13 10:28 AM

I love purples, and this seems such a warm and comfy room. While the industrial-style bookcase isn't my style, it works well in this room. Although, how do you keep love plants around with your furbaby? Mine like to chomp-chomp on them! =^_^=

Tricia's \"Cozy Plum\" Room Room for Color Contest
9/25/13 06:35 PM

I'm with the others and say to place your sofa floating across from the 16' wall. If you don't want the TV to overwhelm the wall (or be the only thing on it), why not make it a whole unit with storage/bookcases and a TV stand, something like this combo from Ikea (to give an idea). You'd have a place to store books and collectibles, room for storage, and room for your TV. WinWin!

Where to Place TV in Open Concept Room? Good Questions
8/23/13 11:26 AM

I have mine hanging in my home office, near my desk. I agree with those that said that we worked hard for them, and there is NO shame in showcasing them. That being said, mine is a little gaudily framed (my mom had it done, with some direction from me, hah!), and my husband is slowly going back to finish his B.A. I told him when he gets his diploma, I'll have mine re-framed when we get his framed, so they can look uniform and cohesive and proudly hang them in our office.

Do You Display Your Diploma?
8/19/13 11:14 AM

I second the SmartCat scratching post! The one we got for our 2 cats 6 years ago is still going strong! And my male cat loves to climb up it and sit on top to survey his domain. (That being said, we did break down and get one of the carpeted houses with sisal-wrapped posts. They LOVE that thing. Truly. Yeah, it's an eyesore, but we have the room.)

Stylish Cat Tree for Studio Apartment? Good Questions
7/16/13 01:30 PM

Search on Houzz for red sofas brings up tons of rooms where red sofas are the main focus. Many of the rooms have either a neutral tan or grey color on the walls, but some have a lovely buttery yellow which might look lovely in your Caribbean rental. I think paired with soft blues (or even denims!), and maybe a chair or two with a fun tropical print, it might give you a lovely beachy feel with a punch of color!

Colors to Suit a Red Sofa in an All-White Beach Cottage? Good Questions
7/15/13 04:25 PM

I like the grouping you have! I would just continue it across the whole wall. As someone suggested, mirrors would be cool, and you could add all sorts of fun shapes. You can probably find some at thrift stores and just spray paint white to go with the other frames.

How To Decorate Long Living/Dining Room Wall? Good Questions
7/12/13 10:17 AM