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Display Name: hyzen
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As long as we had power, internet, etc., I could do fine for a week or more, probably, before I felt like I missed the outside world. I'm definitely a homebody. I would go outside during that time (have to walk the dogs and feed the chickens, after all, at the very least), but I wouldn't mind not leaving the house otherwise. We keep the house well-stocked with food, there are about a million projects that I want to do but never have time for, movies and shows to watch, books to read, goodies to bake, cleaning and organizing the house, etc. etc. Most importantly, it would presumably spending all that time with my husband and young kids, which I would love. Actually, I would mostly worry about the kids getting bored from not being able to run around, burn off steam, and see friends, etc., but I'd try to at least get them some fresh air, and keep them busy with all the "rainy day" project type gifts they get that we never seem to have time to use.

How Long Could You Go Without Leaving The House?
1/17/14 02:56 PM

I agree that the "all at once tear through" is shocking and depressing when you're not used to it. We always did one at a time in my house growing up--I'm an only child so it was generally just me and my parents, and it never took too long. Now my dad is remarried and his wife's family does the tear through, after sorting the gifts out into piles for each person (which makes it painfully obvious when one person got more or less than others). There are so many gifts and so much excess and I feel like things quickly get lost in the shuffle--no recognition from the group about the thought that was put into giving the gift, or the gratitude in receiving it. Then again, they give so many gifts that it becomes a slogging hours-long marathon to open one at a time, so maybe the tear through is better. Personally, I'd like to see the number of gifts limited so that the one-at-a-time process is both pleasant and not overly time-consuming. I am trying to institute this gift limit for my young kids (hard to do without grandparent buy-in, but we're working on it), because the amount of joy and gratitude they show seems to be inversely proportionate to the number of gifts they receive--it's like they burn out after awhile. Sometimes I tuck a few Christmas gifts away for them to open days, weeks, or even months later if it seems like they are on gift overload.

Idea Exchange: What's Your Christmas Present Opening Tradition?
12/19/13 01:46 PM

It's cute, and I like all the white and wood and the textures included with the rug and logs--I think it could be ok, assuming there is an *actual* Christmas tree somewhere else in the house and this one is just an extra for decoration....

Merry Minimalist Christmas: Inspiration from a Chic Home in Holland My Scandinavian Home
12/12/13 05:21 PM

Wow, what a handsome, inviting space! And when I looked at that dresser I thought it was pretty but that it must've cost a million dollars--a lot of the things in the room look that way, actually, so I am delighted to see they are DIYs with their good looks attributable to your ingenuity and hard work. Congrats! What is the paint color in the room? From the pictures, at least, it feels very warm but soothing.

Westin's Wes Anderson Inspired Nursery My Room
9/16/13 04:10 PM

denisegk, perfect quote--hilarious.

Before & After: Boring Dresser Gets Extra-Special Facelift
9/13/13 03:55 PM

Oh heavens. The dresser is nice, it looks great in the room, the quote is fun, the picture with the baby is absolutely adorable and funny (kids love to put things in their mouths, and the dry erase marker is ironic and cute in this picture given the subject of the post), and I assume she was being supervised with the marker since there was clearly an adult a few feet away taking the picture at the moment. Oy.

Before & After: Boring Dresser Gets Extra-Special Facelift
9/13/13 01:01 PM

As another horse person, I've always liked this sort of decor and incorporated some "horsey" items around the house (from show ribbons on the wall and Breyer models as a kid to pictures of my favorite horses, horse related art, lucky horseshoes and plaid blankets, etc.), but it felt like a bit of a guilty pleasure. I'm happy to see this look regain some popularity so that I can be on trend, at least until it goes out again. ;)

Horsing Around: Equestrian Accents for the Home
9/10/13 03:45 PM

Excellent! I was going to guess orpington at first, but they weren't quite plump enough for that, and I thought I could see a hint of beard on the hen on the right. :) We have a couple of easter eggers in our little flock and love the egg color we get, but I've always envied the look of those lavender birds a bit--they're really lovely!

Meryl's Banging Backyard My Great Outdoors
8/28/13 02:10 PM

I think this looks amazing and is an awesome makeover, but the sag kind of scares me. Maybe it could be made sturdier with a couple of (gold painted) metal or wood supports run underneath the glass tabletop?

Before & After: A Glamorous Gold Leaf Desk Makeover for $50 IKEAHackers
8/28/13 11:31 AM

Love your yard--looks very fun, functional, and inviting. And those hens--hard to see from that shot, but they look fun, too. Are they lavender ameraucanas?

Meryl's Banging Backyard My Great Outdoors
8/28/13 11:24 AM

Oh, it's looking great, can't wait to see the reveal! I wasn't aware of the different glass types, but I actually like the greenish color, so it's good to know that's cheaper. As someone else in the early stages of planning a total bathroom reno (including an open shower like this) I'm hoping you'll share the nitty gritty details like the dimensions of the shower and other spaces in the bathroom. Thanks!

Faith & Mike's Master Bathroom:
The Glass Shower Panel & Other Details Renovation Diary

8/1/13 03:18 PM

Maybe the grass is just greener on the other side? We have a two door, fridge on top, freezer on bottom refrigerator now, with no ice or water in the door. I hate it and have sworn that I will get a side-by-side fridge when I can, and ice and water would be a total bonus. The fridge portion is fine, I guess, except that we have to make sure there's always room for a 1 gallon jug of water so that we have access to cold filtered water--not so space efficient. But the freezer is terrible. I have to get down on the floor to find anything, and it's such a cavernous space with only two main divisions (it is cut in half with a sliding wire drawer on bottom and a shelf on top, and a small shelf on the door) that stuff always ends up all jammed and jumbled together and lost in there. And you can forget about ice--I have given up on ever having any. With no dedicated space for ice trays, you are left to balance them precariously on top of your bags of frozen peas, pizza boxes, and ice cream. You have to be very organized in order to have this situation work, and since I happen to share this fridge with a husband and little kids who are not as careful as I am about neatly placing things back in precise spots in the fridge, it is miserable. The neatly divided spaces shown in the units above look like heaven to me. And although I cannot seem to convince my family to put only boxed items stacked neatly on the top shelf of the freezer and bagged items in the drawer, I think I could train the kids not to abuse the water and ice dispenser fairly easily. Plus, I like the idea of them being able to get themselves a cup of ice water on their own (they are still too little to manage our big gallon glass jug of cold water stored above their heads in the fridge).

10 Side by Side Door Refrigerators with Auto-Ice Makers for Under $1,000
7/31/13 03:43 PM


Faith & Mike's Master Bathroom: The Bathroom Comes Together Renovation Diary
7/25/13 03:18 PM

What are the dimensions of this bathroom? I'd love to know, and I've looked through most of the series and couldn't find it. Looks like it's really shaping up nicely!

Faith & Mike's Master Bathroom: The Bathroom Comes Together Renovation Diary
7/25/13 02:09 PM

We've had several hens in the city for 4 years now, and they are still laying well enough to provide for our family of 4. The figure I've seen is that hens decrease production by about 20% per year, and that sounds about right based on my limited experience so far. Some people even report that they have 7 or 8 year old chickens that still lay eggs somewhat regularly. We will be adding a couple new chicks this month, so they can start to supplement the older girls next spring. I am vegetarian, and our hens are pets, so they will have a home with us for their natural lifespans, regardless of how long they continue to lay.

I have not found the hens to be much work at all. As long as you design your coop smartly, and you don't have overcrowding or a large number of hens, they can be well-cared for in less than 5 minutes a day. They are easier than cats or rabbits, and quieter and less smelly than dogs (I have significant experience with all of the above). We have luckily not had to deal with veterinary care for them--I'm sure they would be considered exotics around here and cost an arm and a leg to deal with, just like it was with my pet rabbits. But I agree with the comment above that chickens don't tend to require or receive extensive vet care--either the fix will be fairly straighforward and DIY, or the chicken won't make it. Sure, when you increase the absolute number of an animal in an area, you will also start seeing more of those animals in rescues. But that doesn't mean that most people who get chickens in the city are stupid or irresponsible or unrealistic. I think the referenced article is a little one-sided and ridiculous in its tone.

The End of the Urban Chicken Trend? NBC
7/10/13 02:36 PM

@lolagirl, I have a feeling that that *was* what their kitchen looked like when it was clean before. From personal experience, when you lack sufficient storage and an efficient layout, all your stuff ends up permanently on display, pretty or not. This is a nice reno that made a big difference!

Kitchen Before & After: A 1970s Toronto Kitchen Gets a Scandinavian Country Twist Reader Kitchen Remodel
7/9/13 01:59 PM

We also use the Arm and Hammer Munchkin diaper pail, and I found it makes a big difference for us. With my daughter we used all cloth diapers, but there was certainly still a smell from the diaper pail between washes. With my son we had to switch from cloth to disposables after he was about eight months old, and we bought the Munchkin diaper pail on the advice of another mother with many kids. It really pretty much eliminates the smell except when you open the lid or go to change the bag, and we are happy with it. One thing I can't stand, though, is the scented disposable diapers. The smell of those diapers--even when clean and sitting on the shelf--IS a smell that lingers throughout the house and drives me crazy.

The Dreaded Dirty Diaper Smell...and How To Avoid It
7/1/13 12:22 PM

Awesome! What a great idea, and a great resource you have there!

Best Kids Parties: Nature My Party
6/14/13 05:10 PM

Aaaah! Sideshow Bob!

(p.s. love the house)

Annah & Benny's Sophisticated Family Home House Tour
5/30/13 02:25 PM

I used a sling like in the first picture, which I received as a hand me down, and thought it worked perfectly well. But if I didn't have that, I think a thick folded towel to serve as a cushion on the tub floor (same concept as the frog sponge, just lower tech) would work just fine for a quick infant bath.

My Small Home: Skipping the Baby Bathtub
5/23/13 12:28 PM