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I'm guessing this is supposed to be a 'motivational' mug, but I would just feel inadequate at life if I had to look at it every morning.


Beyonce Coffee Mug from Sweaty Wisdom
3/5/14 06:36 PM

For us the umbrella stroller is essential, but we did get one that can be adjusted in quite a few ways.

The two things we got that I absolutely love and use and will use after Monkey outgrows them - Tripp Trap high chair and a diaper bag from Timbuk2.


Roni's List: Baby Items I'm Glad I Bought & Ones I Wish I Hadn't
2/28/14 04:16 PM

In our household my husband has taken over childcare during the week, cleans the litter trays, does the grocery shopping most of the time and laundry/dishwasher occasionally. He is more messy than not clean, mostly either absent minded or not putting things back where they belong.

Does it drive me up the wall and I nag him for it occasionally? Yes. Is it grounds for divorce? Hell no! He makes me laugh, and has done so every.single.day for the past 10+ years. As far as I'm concerned, a less than spotless house and and imbalance of household duties is worth that.


The Battle of the Sexes Continues: Does It All Come Down to The Dishes?
12/18/13 06:06 PM

Boo, I don't live in the US. *very sad face*


Win a W├╝sthof & Microplane Knife & Grater Collection Holiday Giveaway from The Kitchn
12/18/13 12:28 PM

I've been hankering after copper cannele molds for years but just cannot justify $30 for ONE. If only those little buggers weren't so time consuming to make, hence only made once every two years :)

But I may be adding the rolling pin and the wire whip onto my Christmas list very quickly.


10 Gifts for the Budding Baker Gift Guide from The Kitchn
12/6/13 01:34 PM

Lovely kitchen! I'm a big fan of mixing wood and another counter top material and here it blends beautifully. The blue backsplash adds just the right amount of colour, and it all looks so airy and bright - I'm quite jealous.
I have to tip my hat to you though - white cabinetry with a child? I'd be cleaning finger marks off all the time in our household :)


Kitchen Before & After: A 1970s Kitchen Gets a Jaw Dropping Overhaul Reader Kitchen Remodel
12/2/13 02:14 PM

I'm not a vegetarian but my husband is and I find that Slate article offensive on my own behalf. I periodically bemoan the fact that hubby doesn't eat meat but not in a million years would I dream of sneaking meat stock into something I cook for the both of us.
The writer shows utter disrespect for another person's beliefs - yet expects it for the effort he put into his meal? Personally, I would kick him to the curb as a 'friend'.


What We're Reading: Hemingway's Burger, A Bizarre Place to Brew Beer, and Is Chicken Stock Really Meat? 10 Weekend Reads from The Kitchn
9/20/13 03:01 PM

Normally when something British is preferred over American, I agree with a nod and a benevolent smile. But in this case you are selling yourself short - I've been a G&T lover for years and my favourite gin to use is Rogue Brewery's spruce gin. It has a beautiful smooth taste and its flavours still come across clearly through the bitterness of tonic.


Why British Gin Makes a Better Cocktail
2/19/13 12:52 PM

I'd love to know what he keeps in his pantry. I'm always curious what professional cooks consider staples :)


Ken Albala's 5 Essentials for Home Cooks Expert Essentials
12/14/12 12:56 PM

I come from a family where Christmas was never a big event. On the flipside, for my husband it's huge and since we will have a couple of months old baby and both sets of grandparents with us this year, I expect he will go a bit overboard.

We have already agreed that once the little one's a bit more aware of what Christmas is all about, we will teach him the meaning behind it and keep ourselves disciplined regarding the volume of presents, and will have a list for the rest of the family to pick from.

I will have to steal the want/need/wear/read though :)


Do Our Children Expect Too Much
for Christmas? the frugal girl

11/5/12 12:02 PM

I forwarded the link to my husband who's from near Thornbridge brewery and loves his beers - he's currently crying in his office, reading this list :)


50 British Beers You've Never Heard Of: And Need to Try Soon! Beer Sessions
8/14/12 04:09 PM

We are due our first baby in a couple of months and it is staggering what some baby sites consider essential when you Google for advice.
I agree - each baby is different, so we haven't turned down any hand-me-downs yet but I will be quick to pass things on if they don't work after a few tries.
We also wanted to stay disciplined with stuff since we drive a small car that we love and plan to do road trips in, small child in tow, making us more stubborn about clutter control since most people's advice seems to be "get a bigger car".


Avoiding the Avalanche of
Baby "Must Haves"

8/7/12 01:30 PM

I got this as a Christmas present and have used it a few times. It is very sturdy and I can even safely balance it on a window sill that's just an inch shorter than the stand.
My only gripe is that the stylus is a bit temperamental - 'clicking' on items works fine mostly, but swiping takes 2 to 3 attempts to work for me. I don't have a protective film on the iPad, so it's definitely the stylus.


The Belkin Chef Stand for iPads and Tablets Product Review
6/7/12 02:01 PM

I have two cats, an open plan living/kitchen area and work 9 hours a day - how do you train them NOT to jump up on the kitchen surface in my absence?

Cats are cats, they do whatever they want and then cuddle up to you to make you forget about their cheekiness. That's why we have them as pets :)


Kittens in the Kitchen! A Cuteness Break for Your Post-Holiday Tuesday Morning
5/29/12 01:59 PM

Pointy end here, with the knife method of cutting. Also, I would disagree that the egg cup is a unitasker. I have some simple ones from Ikea that I also use as maple syrup vessels when we eat pancakes, making our breakfast that bit more posh.


How to Open a Soft Boiled Egg
3/8/12 07:50 PM

Our cats love the heat emanating from our respective laptops but the more annoying habit one of them has is rubbing his eyes all over the corners. Kitty eye goo all around - gross.


Pets and Tech: A Hairy Situation
2/24/12 03:57 PM

All the time, except if I need to look at something flash-only. I bought it after resisting it for a long time and usually just inheriting apple fan-boy husband's cast offs.

I find it a great tool in the kitchen and brilliant for reading magazines. I am actually considering cancelling my paper subscriptions in favour of Newsstand and Zinio.


Reader Survey: How Often Do You Use Your iPad?
2/13/12 02:31 PM

I paid for Cal Closets to do our 3' and 5' reach-ins and have moved into a house since that has 2 custom fitted closets in the master bedroom. I don't have that many clothes but even so with a custom closet they are kept in a much better condition because there is space to properly store them, be they folded or hanging. In a simple closet with the builder's basic wire shelf all our clothes just looked like the dog's dinner. Sweater avalanches anyone?

No regrets for paying the money and to be honest, CC were cheaper than I expected.


Pros and Cons of Custom Closets
1/27/12 05:54 PM

I've not had a lot of success poaching eggs (not giving up just yet) but we were watching How To Cook With Heston, which showed how he does it - no vinegar, freshest of eggs and barely simmering water. He makes it look very simple, so I shall add his technique to the list of ones I'm going to try in search of the perfect poached egg.


Relax: Advice for Perfectly Poached Eggs
1/19/12 02:44 PM

Our two cats sleep with us, one of them under the covers at some point every night. I had every intention of NOT allowing them on the bed when we got them, but that lasted all of one night.
They are no longer allowed in the bedroom during the day but when it's around bedtime he practically orders us to go to bed. Sometimes it's fun in the morning to see who's harder to get out of bed - my husband or the cats. They all give me the stinkeye...


Reader Roundup: Pets in Your Bed?
1/18/12 02:23 PM