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Maybe I just have a different definition of simple, but buying, wrapping and hanging 24 different gifts doesn't seem all that simple to me. Not to mention the idea that I'd then be giving my kid 24 gifts BEFORE Christmas day. What ever happened to tearing a link off a paper chain, or opening a little door to find an ornament that gets put away and brought out again next year? While aesthetically beautiful this idea just seems really extravagant to me.

Simple Homemade Advent Calendar

12/2/11 01:38 PM

LEED has moved sustainability forward in amazing ways, but there are still big holes that need to be addressed.

Is very large, custom, single family homes on islands that are difficult to ship materials to really the model we should be celebrating?

LEED Platinum Home: Ellis Residence
Bainbridge Island, WA

4/20/11 12:32 AM

It's not actually coming to the US for sale. It's coming as part of an exhibition: http://www.swedenabroad.com/CalendarView____12860.aspx?slaveid=120470

Looks like it's still just a cool idea. Too bad.

Come and Draw Table by Tian Tang
2/26/11 12:46 AM

Why would you want a folding kitchen? The best part of any play kitchen is that you can store all of the food and pots and pans inside it instead of having them all over the floor or cluttering up other toy storage. If you fold it up then where do you put all of that stuff?

Highlights from Toy Fair 2011
Part 1

2/15/11 03:58 PM

I agree that you should first be sure that you need a humidifier. We ran one all last year in my daughter's room and found it made no difference for her comfort level when we stopped using it.

We did find that the floor under it got wet so we raised it off the floor and put towels down that we would hang over the door every morning when we turned the humidifier off. We also found that the window sills and jambs in her room had condensation on them so we would wipe them down with the same towels so that mold wouldn't grow on them.

You may want to stop using the humidifier for a few days/weeks and see if the smell goes away when the room dries out.

Advice for Humidifier Causing Funky Carpet Smells?
Good Questions

1/25/11 02:05 PM

I agree with ichiban. Perpetuating the fear mongering that you claim is overly sensational is hypocritical and insensitive to your readers.

15 Ways Your Home Can Make You Infertile
This Old House.com

1/4/11 02:17 PM

One of my daughter's favorites is "The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher".

Wordless Picture Books
12/29/10 04:18 PM

I make and freeze big batches of Beef stew and home made burritos (much better than store bought). I also make mini meatballs, freeze them and then throw them in a pot with chicken stock, canned crushed tomatoes, pasta, beans, and spinach for a really delicious soup. With the meatballs pre-made this soup takes no time at all and is a really hearty and healthy meal.

Meals that Freeze Well
Good Questions

12/17/10 02:20 PM

These are good durable ones that have a magnetic surface on the back instead of a little hard magnet part that can come unglued and become a swallowing/chocking hazard.


Toddler-Friendly Magnets
Good Questions

11/3/10 06:54 PM

Sounds to me like your friends, just like the rest of us, really wanted to find a way to justify hiring someone to paint for them. Painting is one of those things that everyone hates and everyone hates even more that it's so easily DIY. As everyone here has pointed out, their reasoning is thin at best. Good for them, for hiring out. I wish I could do the same. But don't try to rationalize it, just enjoy it!

When DIY Isn't the Greenest Option
9/24/10 05:51 PM

For us it depends on how close we are to each friend or family member. With close friends and family we make it very clear that our kid needs nothing and ask them to keep gifts to the bear minimum or useful stuff (clothes, books, or small toys that are a step ahead of their age) or we suggest a donation to the kid's college fund. For those we aren't that close to, we sometime use the "The gift or your presence is the greatest present." type of line for parties, and the "one in, one out" policy when unsolicited gifts arrive that we really don't have space for. We also often intercept gifts before they get to the kiddos and save them for a later date, re-gift them, or donate them directly.

Curbing Gift Giving
Good Questions

9/23/10 05:03 PM

You can't seriously be suggesting that people heat their homes to well over 100 degrees right? Sounds like that could be very damaging to your home and your health. I'm not even sure it's possible to get a house that hot just using a conventional furnace.

The advice I've always heard for heat and bed bugs is to pull out your hairdryer. Find them where they're hiding and zap them!

So no...I don't think heating works by cranking your thermostat. Heating works by targeted attacks with a hair dryer or heat gun.

Got Bedbugs? Heating Is a Non-Toxic Treatment Option
9/22/10 04:47 PM

We got the McClaren Triumph instead of the Volo and couldn't be happier. We decided on the Triumph b/c it reclines which means we could even put our 5 month old in it without her constantly flopping over. It's a little bit heavier and a little bit more expensive than the Volo, but for us it is totally worth it! From about 9 months on it's been the only stroller we use- travel or otherwise.

Five Umbrella Strollers For Lightweight Travel | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh
7/11/10 01:54 PM

I do the baking soda and vinegar/lemon juice thing, but instead of just hot tap water I always follow it with a big kettle full of boiling water. The hotter the water, the more bacteria it kills. The more bacteria you can kill off and flush away the longer it takes for the stink to come back.

How Do I De-Stink the Sink (Without a Disposal)? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/9/10 05:35 PM

I don't know what happened but this one just didn't work for me. It's way way too salty. The pasta never really got to al dente even after an extra minute in our brand new 1100 watt microwave. The cheese sauce ended up soupy and lumpy. I followed the recipe exactly. The only thing I can think of was that maybe I was supposed to cover it while cooking? The recipe didn't specify so I left it uncovered. Any thoughts on what may have gone wrong? Can I reduce or eliminate the salt or will that mess this up somehow?

Dinner Quick: One-Bowl Microwave Macaroni and Cheese | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/2/10 11:59 PM

They look great, but how would you get the one in the middle out with out rearranging them all?

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Small Space Solution: Magnetic Spice Jars
9/4/09 03:46 PM

Get some crusty bread. Slice it thick. Spread it with bacon fat and throw it on the grill until it's nice and toasty.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Tip: Save Your Bacon Fat
5/6/09 06:56 PM

I learned a variation of this from my Croatian mother in law. We call it Knedli. I wrap whole apricots (with pits) in a basic gnocchi dough. I boil them then top with fried bread crumbs, sour cream, and cinnamon sugar. Tomake them an easy week night option I buy a bunch of fruit in season, make the dough, wrap them up and then freeze the whole thing. They just need a few more minutes in boiling water and they're almost as good as fresh.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Recipe: Fruit Dumplings (or Svestkove Knedliky in Czech)
3/24/09 07:33 PM

My family has been making this "pie" for years and years. It's always been a Thanksgiving favorite since that's when it's easiest to find fresh cranberries. I'm so glad you've shared it here and given me new ideas about ways to modify it for any season.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Is This the Easiest Cake Ever?
2/28/09 12:28 AM

As many have already pointed out it seems that the elimination (and possibly the winning team decision) this time around was largely producer driven and had little to do with the contestants actual qualifications as chefs. Radhika even expressed her shock in being eliminated in this way b/c after all it's a cooking competition, and I think she couldn't be more right.

Call me jaded, but season after season I've felt like from day one there are 3-4 top contenders. No matter how crazy some of the decisions appear along the way, the majority of the eliminations leading up to the finale episode are based on what makes the best TV. Last season they even let someone who clearly should have gone home into the top 3 b/c she created tons of tension. That said, I'm still totally hooked!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Top Chef New York: Restaurant Wars!
1/22/09 07:59 PM