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Ah, I asked a friend who works with kind of things about this at lunch and he sent me this:

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/family/2014/02/mimo_and_other_smart_baby_monitors_don_t_protect_from_sids_so_what_are_they.html

Though I haven't seen anyone on this thread super pro these devices anyway.


Baby Monitoring: How Much Is Too Much?
7/24/14 01:01 PM

For us it saves having to walk into/past his room to check on him. We have some crazy creaky floors in our hallway and if he's fussing, but likely to go back to sleep, those floor pops can wake him completely up.

If he's truly asleep you can practically vacuum under his crib.


Baby Monitoring: How Much Is Too Much?
7/24/14 10:57 AM

When I brought my now 15 month old home from the hospital I remember hanging over the side of the bed periodically in the night to make sure he was still breathing in his bassinet. My mother gave me a stern talking to that I had a healthy baby and I needed to relax. It helped.

I totally understand where the fear comes from, but there is something to be said to managing fear within yourself rather than outside of yourself with tools like this.

That said, I love our video/sound monitor. I can go outside and do yardwork during naps, know if he pops up, and watch to see if it's likely he'll put himself back to sleep on his own.


Baby Monitoring: How Much Is Too Much?
7/24/14 10:09 AM

Dudes, she didn't say who the woman was or post her address, it was just commentary. And there are houses that are objectively terrible. My mother is a home health nurse and, yeah, objectively TERRIBLE. My mother has been doing her job long enough now (20+ years) that she generally just ignores it. There has to be dead things for her to call the county. Dog poop and hoarding alone don't cover it.


5 \"French Women\" Strategies for a Healthy Home
7/24/14 08:06 AM

How much of your fridge do you use now? Is it generally full of ingredients and left overs or more regularly sparse? Do you keep lots of shelf-stable staples in your cupboards (flour, pasta, grains) or do you have a good stash of quick frozen Trader Joes stuff in the freezer?

It really depends on how you eat, cook, and shop. Europeans have smaller refrigerators and go to the store near daily to pick up food for meals. My friend and his wife don't cook much and he mentioned that "Americans need to get over their big fridges they never use." I opened my (then) apartment fridge to show him it was packed full of leftovers from the night before, lunch prepped for the next day, milk, white wine, ingredients for the next two meals, and a tray of condiments (of course you need four different types of mustard on hand).

When we first moved into our townhouse my husband and I scheduled an appointment with a kitchen consultant and Home Depot. She asked us a million questions and then sent us home to reorganize our cupboards and to come back in 6 months after we really understood how we used our kitchen. Her thing was that any renovation made with out a good working understanding of exactly how you really use your current kitchen and what you want in the new kitchen isn't worth it. It was very "go home, kids, and think hard about stuff" but we appreciated the help.


What's Better in Small Kitchen: More Cabinets or Full-Size Fridge? Good Questions
7/24/14 08:00 AM

If you can't paint the back of the units you can cut foam board to size and cover it with decorative paper or fabric. Pop those in the back for some color and interest (and you can use push pins to hang little bits and bobs back there).

We have a big wall of bookshelves and plenty of books and knick-knacks and travel souvenirs to fill them with. It's interesting though that since we bought Kindles, the only new books making their way into the book shelves are graphic novels and kids books. I read more but have fewer physical trophies to show for it.


Ideas for Lots of Empty Built-In Shelves? Good Questions
7/23/14 10:41 AM

Sigh, Costco just called me. The box of peaches we're currently eating don't match the recall (plant CA6910 - the FDA has photos of the containers from each store), but I think the ones we had the week before last did. Thus far no one is sick. Shame, those were some really good peaches.


Peaches Recalled from Trader Joe's, Wegmans, Costco & Other Stores Food News
7/22/14 10:15 AM

Yikes, these suckers are huge. You'd definitely need a dedicated space to store them. Ages ago a bike store guy recommended I get panniers over a front basket for my bike. He said that heavy stuff in the front makes it harder to turn and less stable. Of course, these bikes would be stable but I imagine have a HUGE turning radius.

The Yuba ones are pretty cool in that they're more like regular bikes, just beefed up for hauling. I kind of want one now.


The Best Family Cargo Bikes Apartment Therapy's Annual Guide
7/22/14 09:37 AM

Apparently you've never had a midday meal with European farmers and farm hands. 700+ million people live in Europe - risky business making blanket assumptions.


How To Set The Table Properly
7/22/14 07:51 AM

My mother taught me when I was little to eat with both the knife and fork because it was "barbaric" not too. My paternal grandmother (also fresh off the European boat, but from another country) found this insulting and said I should eat like an American.

I find the two-handed method to be much more efficient and I can wolf down some food quickly without any fiddling around and switching hands. So, they both won?


How To Set The Table Properly
7/21/14 02:49 PM

Dobbies. I want to smooch them.

That is all.


Creating a Balanced Live-Work Space in Small Carriage House? Good Questions
7/18/14 09:02 AM

So I guess the whole thing comes down to lifetime cost of the paint versus lifetime cost of the packaging. At some size point I imagine the packaging is more expensive than what you're putting in it. Also, can't you already buy a quart of paint?

I do like the valve idea though.


Designer Wants to Make Half Empty Paint Cans Obsolete Design News
7/15/14 01:36 PM

Generally I like to be left alone when sick, but years ago I got very, very sick while my roommates were away on a trip. I remember laying there at 3am thinking I was going to die and no one would find my body until they returned home on Sunday.

I did not die, but it turned out I had strep and a really bad fever.


5 Problems You Only Face While Living Alone (and How to Deal with Them)
7/15/14 12:56 PM

I had that bird call when I was a kid in California. Very effective for getting your local hummingbird to go to the top of the nearest tree to squeak and defend his territory.


Nature Calls: Tools For Budding Birdwatchers
7/14/14 11:14 AM

Totally don't care and I do plenty of stuff around the house. Before kids and pets on the very first night in our new townhouse my friend dropped an entire bottle of red wine on the carpet. The earth did not crash into the sun. A coffee table went over the spot once we bought a coffee table. We have a huge Halloween party every year that generally requires me to go through the house with touch-up paint and spot cleaner for the rest of the week after. Painted dogs really get into some weird places. One year a 190lb Mastiff came as Babe the Blue Ox. Another year a mid sized dog was painted up as Cringer to accompany He-Man. Blue and green paint on many things.

It probably helps that we moved regularly throughout my childhood. It's all transitory and generally isn't that important. If your stuff stresses you out that much it might help to reconsider your relationship to that stuff. Non-attachment (to be all Buddhist-y) is pretty relaxing.


Are You Protective Of Your Projects?
7/14/14 11:10 AM

My mother is Irish - tea pots and kettles are non-negotiable. My roommates were Korean - a rice cooker is non-negotiable. These things are permanent fixtures in my kitchen as is what they produce. I got my mom a little $20 rice cooker and once she got over her initial fear of it loves it and makes far more rice.

I second TVs in every room and definitely in the bedroom. We just moved into a new house and I had to cut back a cable hook up that came out of the floor in the dining room. Not in an eat in kitchen, but in an actual formal style dining room. Every single room has a cable hook up. Well, the bathrooms seem to be safe.


Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/11/14 02:49 PM

But then the under the bed monsters can get your feet! That tucked in top sheet offers protection that can't be quantified.


Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/11/14 12:48 PM

I just broke our blender yesterday morning (and a wooden spoon) making smoothies. Costco currently has a Vitamix for sale and we're going to take the plunge.


Upgrade-Worthy: 5 Cheap Household Items Worth Replacing (When You Can)
7/9/14 12:28 PM

I just saw a thing (on Pinterest? Here?) where they stretched a cotton shower curtain across a wooden frame to make huge wall art for cheap. The example was that big octopus print you see, but there are tons of other nautical style shower curtains that would go with your ship painting.


What To Do with Prominent Blank Wall in My Apartment? Good Questions
7/9/14 08:52 AM

When I was in middle school my military parents sold a house in Oklahoma (we had moved three or four times since then) and took a big hit on getting rid of it. At the time I desperately wanted a horse and was told that they couldn't afford a horse because of the money we lost on the house. Now I don't know if that was actually true, but it was seared into my 12 yo brain that HOUSE =/ HORSE and therefore homeownership was tremendously risky and possibly evil (oh, pre-teen trauma).

Lived in DC during the boom and many friends were getting in on buying "investment" properties. Just the thought freaked me out so I never did it and am very glad of that. However, post-bust my husband and I do now own a house. It's not an investment, it's a place we plan on living for a very long time and we're doing whatever we want to it (within reason and budget obviously).

Additionally, I have never owned a horse. Those suckers are super expensive.


Is Home Ownership Still Part of The American Dream?
7/8/14 02:33 PM