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Display Name: chococat
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My kid has life-threatening allergies to milk, egg and peanut- there are a lot of treats he cannot eat and he cannot indulge in things like the ice cream truck/shop, chocolate candies, etc. etc. He has to eat a lot of food from scratch. So for him, these kind of packaged/processed vegan treats are like a dream- makes him feel like a normal kid to be able to eat an Oreo. I'm happy to oblige, disgusting as they may be. :)

5 Store-Bought Cookie Brands You Didn't Know Were Vegan The Daily Meal
7/31/12 10:42 PM

I agree with some of these comments that it depends on the kid. My son ate all kinds of pureed fruit but now refuses all fruit except an occasional banana though we eat fruit as a family all the time. Feeding purees isn't where you run into challenges- it's later as they develop likes and dislikes and also have to contend with textures. There are some kids who are more adventurous than others in the food department and I don't think it always has to do with what you expose them to early on.

Making Your Own Baby Food: Teja Keeps it Healthy & Fun
1/6/11 09:47 PM

I hate to say something negative about an independent company, but I ran into some of the customer service problems with Goodnight Green as described here ( about their other company Fawn and Forest. I had problems reaching anyone via phone (no one answers) or chat (none of the chat sessions could answer my question regarding product that never shipped) and e-mails took 2-3 days to receive a response. The problem was I wasn't informed of shipping status and the fact that one product was back ordered. It just sort of disappeared though my credit card was billed. In the end I was able to cancel my order, but I just wasn't thrilled with the customer service experience. They rely on manufacturer schedules but it should be their job to openly and proactively communicate with their customers in a timely manner. I found it frustrating. I had better luck ordering directly from the manufacturer.

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1/5/11 08:38 PM

As noted by czg, I bought these for my nephew and then discovered the warning label that indicates the wiring contains lead and you should wash your hands after touching them!?! I'm returning them.

Domo String Lights
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12/7/10 11:09 PM

Apartmenttherapy: I don't know how managing food allergies (especially in children) can fit into the apartment therapy family, but based on the number of responses, the length of these responses, AND the remarkable number of similar experiences and methods that parents have devised for dealing with food allergies, would there be a place for a regular food allergy related post in Kitchn or elsewhere? As the mom of a 2 year old with severe food allergies one of the biggest challenges is educating people so that our kids can fit in and lead normal lives- food is such a major part of our culture and our home/work lives. Wouldn't it be great for both allergy families and non allergy families to have access to a recipe once in awhile, or discussion about what lunch container works great for kids who have to bring all their own food to daycare/school. The increasing prevalence of food allergies is pretty shocking and it is beginning to affect everyone, even if it only means your kid has an allergic classmate. Thanks for bringing up this important topic and please consider continuing to keep it alive in some manner.

Friends With Food Allergies
10/21/10 11:37 PM

We are very happy with the PlayTray. We never used an infant rail on our Tripp Trapp, so we continue to use the harness with the PlayTray for our one-year-old. The PlayTray comes with an optional strap that replaces the Tripp Trapp harness. It goes between the child's legs to keep them from slipping below, but it doesn't prevent the child from climbing out. Getting our child seated and harnessed is a little awkward with the PlayTray, but we feel it is worth it to be safe (especially if you have monkey-boy for a son). The tray itself is sturdy and fits very well on the chair. It has a high rim so it contains food and liquid well. The plastic material cleans up very easily with a wet paper towel. Our son also enjoys playing with cups and toys on the tray while we're cooking.

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Stateside Update: The Playtray
8/12/09 08:19 PM

We have purchased very few baby-specific products for our home. However, I found the cheap, ugly plastic carousel bottle drying rack to be the best solution (First Years Spin and Store Drying Rack)- it is the one thing that we use every day and works as it should. It is vertically oriented so takes up a little less counter space. Breast pump parts and bottles need air all around them to dry properly and the carousel has multiple spindles for hanging the bottles upside down as well as trays for all the little parts. For the $10 or whatever it cost it is a fine solution for the brief period of bottle use. Soon it will be a distant memory. Once we move on to sippy cups, they'll be stored in the cabinet along with our other dishes.

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Space-Saving Solution: Bi-Level Dish Rack For Bottles Sippy Cups
5/21/09 11:47 AM

We have white malm dressers from IKEA and our crib is birch (plus the floor is light maple wood almost the same as the crib). Originally I planned to purchase a white crib thinking it would match the dressers, but since then I am very glad we didn't. The wood brings a warm, natural feeling to the room- too much white would have made it feel sterile (the trim paint in the room is also white). I purchased some picture frames in the same light wood so they tie in with the crib and floor.

I think mix and match makes for a more interesting, cozy space if done thoughtfully.

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Good Questions: White Pine Combo for the Nursery?
5/5/09 08:04 PM

Ecover laundry powder works very well, and the Ecover non-chlorine bleach powder added to white sheets seems to make them even fresher (we use it for all our whites). Washing our sheets in Tide used to irritate our skin, but Ecover doesn't. We also use dryer balls. Dryer balls are apparently bad because they're made out of PVC, but personally we just didn't want to use dryer sheets because they usually contain animal fat. Gross.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | How To: Keep Your Laundry Healthy
1/9/09 09:05 PM

Just some useful info: check with your town to see if they sell rain barrels. We bought ours through our town public works for about $60 (we live in Massachusetts) and it came complete with spigots, hose, etc. Also, if you are hesitant because of the awful blue color, we easily painted ours dark green with one can of spray paint.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Green @ Home: Use a Rain Barrel
7/8/08 04:25 PM

The simplehuman bag holder is useful because it is tall and narrow so it saves space in the kitchen cabinet under the sink. We've had it for a few years now and it really hasn't deteriorated in any way so it seems like it's been a worthwhile purchase.

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | simplehuman Upright Bag Holder at Crate and Barrel
6/19/08 11:15 AM

Can't seem to see the comments on this post even though it says 12 are listed... can you tell me what crib this is?


Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Nursery Tour: Penelope's Room
6/14/08 10:37 AM

Just a note about the IKEA Malm: we have some of the 3-drawer units that we are re-purposing for the nursery and planned to use as a changing table. However these drawer units actually tip over if the drawer contents are too heavy and the drawer is pulled out too far. The solution is to ensure that the unit is secured to the wall. This became an issue for us because we cannot secure them against a wall (slanted ceilings too low for my tall husband to use a changing table against the wall). Please be careful with these units.

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Good Questions: Good Dresser for a Changing Table?
5/8/08 03:53 PM

Our nursery is very light white with pale silver/blue walls and a light maple floor. I plan to add some soft cocoa and persimmon orange accents and I thought this orange table lamp would lend a nice glow:

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Look! Using Orange in Kids' Rooms
4/5/08 07:31 AM

I think these parents (well, rug company designers) think the poster shows a fun, strong, healthy woman. What's wrong with the picture? She's too skinny? She's wearing a modest bikini? I think it provides a good balance to the pink all over the place- it makes the color seem more empowering.

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Pretty in Pink
2/25/08 05:17 PM

I think the couches are the Petrie from Crate and Barrel. I don't think the red woven chairs are IKEA.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | House Tour: James and Rui's Prefab Paradise
1/24/08 04:53 PM

Unvented fireplaces, along with unvented gas stoves/ovens, are supposedly bad for your health because they release carbon monoxide into the air. Doesn't it seem a little sketchy that gas boilers and water heaters have very strict venting regulations- why not gas stoves/ovens and fireplaces? However, in many places unvented gas fireplaces are illegal.

Here is typical info found when googled:
Several states within the United States, as well as other countries, have completely outlawed ventless gas fireplaces because of health concerns. Canada, Massachusetts, and California don't allow people to install these types of heaters because of their potential to build up carbon monoxide, deplete oxygen, and lead to unconsciousness or even suffocation. Check with your local building code before purchasing one of these appliances.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Spark Fires Vent-Free Fireplaces
12/4/07 04:09 PM

Instead of crapping on the equipment, we should just notice that Marc made good use out of a small space. Even though a lot of the storage is IKEA, the chair and the army green drawer unit (is that painted or did IKEA ever sell that color?) give it personality- it doesn't feel IKEA. Using multiples of the same storage boxes calms the space because of the unifying colors/materials. It's not easy to de-clutter an office space so I'm impressed.

Adding a smallish framed black and white photograph or something similar to the back wall would give it a little more personality and give Marc something to look at while he's thinking up great ideas...

Apartment Therapy - Flickr Finds: Marc's Vertical Solution
11/9/07 06:19 AM

Sorry if this is a repeat, but I just skimmed the comments- I think Bluestar said something along these lines. Commenters should just ignore immature remarks and move on with whatever they want to post. It is irritating when the thread turns into a moral discussion about how you should treat people. The idea that a forum like this is an emotional support group is kind of silly.

People who post images of their homes shoudl also be able to distinguish between constructive criticism and people who are just plain mean and immature. If you are super sensitive why would you post something so personal in public?

The internet is a public place where all kinds of weird and crazy people exist, just like life. You can't just delete them, but you can choose not to associate with them.

Apartment Therapy - AT Survey: Are Comments for You?
10/23/07 05:52 PM

As posted by Laura, look in the IKEA kitchen section for countertops- not just the office section. We used 2 solid butcher block kitchen countertops and then added 8 legs. This does have the disadvantage of a seam and legs in the middle, but I'm sure you could get longer sections.

Apartment Therapy - Good Questions: Where Can I Find a Desk for the Two of Us?
10/23/07 09:50 AM