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Totally agree with all these tips, especially music/podcasts/ (and especially) audiobooks. For any drive that means more than two hours in the car, we always have a small cooler for ice and drinks and some kind of snacks that won't easily melt or spoil (peanut butter and graham crackers is usually a good bet). And if I'm driving and you can't stop compulsively texting or talking to other people on the phone, you are instantly uninvited to ride shotgun.

5 Tips for a Better Roadtrip
7/28/14 02:20 PM

All so true! I remember my mother scheduling a whole series of parties every year (June was "party month" at our house) -- they were all her turn to host the once-a-month groups she belonged to (club groups, bunco, whatever). After Memorial Day, the entire house got a deep cleaning, top to bottom, and then it was on!

Your Must-Read Advice for Throwing the Best Party Ever Apartment Therapy's Guide to the Perfect Summer
7/26/14 05:18 PM

Well, I suppose there is a universal principle that encourages us all to learn something from everyone... :/

What Kim Kardashian Taught Me About Life
7/25/14 06:17 PM

Nice! I wasn't sure where this was going (my first impression: What is that? A fish tank missing the glass?) but now I see it's the very console table I need behind the sofa...

Before & After: A Rusty Reject Gets a Reclaimed Reno
7/23/14 01:17 PM

Hmmm... Maybe what's different here is that it's been a while since someone in upscale real estate circles has made such a random, careless quote to the media that draws attention to the subject of money with regard to class separation?

NYC Approves \"Poor Door\" Developer Request Design News
7/22/14 08:02 PM


Maybe because the 99% are quickly getting priced out of the city? I hear this a lot of SanFran lately, too, to give a left coast example.

NYC Approves \"Poor Door\" Developer Request Design News
7/22/14 05:06 PM

Here comes our next civil rights movement-- if not an all-out class war. Human nature at its worst!

NYC Approves \"Poor Door\" Developer Request Design News
7/22/14 05:04 PM

I like the before. I also like the after. This is a rare case where I'm happy for you either way. ;)

Before & After: Nightstand Nightmare No More
7/22/14 12:58 AM


I loved your comment-- we should all live so concsciously as that!

What Are Some Flavorful Foods to Savor in Small Portions? Good Questions
7/14/14 05:39 PM

Sometimes peroxide catches forgotten (and untreated) stains that I know bleach might not have covered so well. I was never so adept at using bleach anyway-- trying peroxide in the bleach dispenser instead has converted me! I've never thought about dishwasher detergent-- I'll have to try it out next.

How To Whiten Laundry Without Chlorine Bleach

7/13/14 02:27 PM

@Mary E--

re: "No way I'm giving it up. Then, I'd be sleeping with my feet exposed and something might nibble on a toe at night (silly childhood fear I've never shook)."

Actually, that's why I sleep with a top sheet now, even this time of year when it's really too hot for any covers at all-- toe-biting cat, a childhood nightmare come to life. :/

Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/11/14 06:21 PM

I find in the kitchen that I am most often reaching for a steak knife-- funny, because there is a shocking lack of steak in this house-- but a lot of the time they pare and chop (and even slice up bread) for dinner prep. I guess they just feel best in my hands.

Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/11/14 11:28 AM

My favorite part is the quote at the end, "Lynn says, "'Painting those balls was a labour of love... a tiny paintbrush and a lot of touch ups along the way.'" Somehow, that just made my day...

Before & After: A Dark Side Table Gets A Dose of Whimsy
7/9/14 06:18 PM

Big old map and/or shelf(ves) of 'curiosities' for some more of your collection of thrifted finds.

What To Do with Prominent Blank Wall in My Apartment? Good Questions
7/9/14 10:45 AM

I prefer a hook, too, but did this on a wall near the coat closet. Everyone can hang up bags and coats, but I needed the bar for storing other coats and jackets that aren't in use or are out of season. Still can work in some bins on the shelf, plus keep the vacuum on the floor.

Before & After: DIY Coat Closet Makeover Classy Clutter
7/8/14 10:44 AM

Adorable-- I would have grabbed that up too!

Before & After: A Damaged Desk Gets a Dramatic Change
7/7/14 11:07 AM

The issue at heart here seems to be, "I have fear of being judged." We could all do with letting that idea go-- you'll be much happier if you quit caring what other people think all the time, and you won't miss out on experiences that actually matter. It's no big deal if your house is messy (well, within reason. There's a little bit of chaos vs. an episode of "Hoarders.") It's just a sign of life being lived.

To Playdate or Not To Playdate When Your House is a Mess?
6/30/14 06:40 PM

I goof off a lot more, I've noticed. And while I can (and do) shut the bathroom door, there are still cat paws reaching in underneath it, like zombies in Night of the Living Dead or something. Alone isn't really alone with these cats.

I swore this list would be entirely unpolite and unhygenic, so nice surprise! I suspect that's about all of what the rest of my family would have to report.

12 Things You Only Do at Home When Alone
6/23/14 04:03 PM

We just moved to our current house a couple of months ago. I am now at the point where I just want to have enough done so that I can be happy with just keeping the place clean, not painting a room or some bit of furniture or searching around the garage for things I can't remember if I kept or not before the move... I think I needed to hear this today!

Why You Should Stop Trying to Complete Your Decor
6/19/14 03:34 AM

There is a lot of trial and error in kid equipment-- if you can (at least for purchases you will make yourself) ask someone if you can try theirs out before you make big decisions. My son HATED the baby bjorn until he was, like, 10 lbs or more. I got used to having only one hand free (and built up one really muscular arm!) I probably could have skipped it entirely. Also, I second the whole Sophie the giraffe thing-- I figured a baby can safely teeth on a number of items that do not cost upwards of $30. Babies have gotten by just fine for centuries with very little, and I suppose if you want to know what would have actually would have made life easier, maybe try giving your grandmother a call. ;)

Carrie's List: Baby Items I'm Glad I Bought and Ones I Wish I Hadn't
6/17/14 03:43 PM