Carrie McBride

Carrie is a former Apartment Therapy editor and the original editor of Apartment Therapy Media's first site for kids: Ohdeedoh. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids..
Dinner: A Love Story by Jenny Rosenstrach
Ordinarily, if another parent tells me they put a homecooked meal on the family table every night of the week I’m rolling my eyes in my head thinking they’re either lying or bragging. (Frankly, bragging is worse.) But when Jenny Rosenstrach, whose blog I’ve been reading religiously for the past two years, says it and documents how she does it in a cookbook, I’m all ears.
Sep 30, 2020
The 5-Minute Drugstore Dessert You Need in Your Life
You’re craving … something. You could reach for a pint of ice cream in the freezer (like you always seem to do), or you could reach for a mug and have a scrumptious treat in your hands in five minutes made from simple ingredients you can grab at the drugstore, gas station or, likely, your pantry. You don’t need this, but you want it and it can be yours in less time than it takes to put on your PJs and queue up a movie. Get it.
May 1, 2019
12 Adorable Ways to “Renovate” IKEA’s DUKTIG Play Kitchen
Ever since IKEA introduced the DUKTIG play kitchen, customers have been obsessed with brainstorming ways to hack and customize this Plain Jane item into something with more personality and charm. The tweaks these parents have made are doable for even DIY beginners and, I think you’ll agree, make these little plays kitchens even more special for their kids.
May 1, 2019
10 Thanksgiving Games to Make the Holiday More Fun for Everyone
Thanksgiving day can be a long one and you may need activities to fill up the time as you wait for the turkey to cook or as you recover between turkey and pie. Especially if you have a crowd, it’s a great time to get some party games going. Here are ideas for games to suit all ages and, especially, games that all ages can play and enjoy together. This version of bingo is for adults and is probably the most fun if you’re the cynical type.
May 1, 2019
3 Tips for Starting & Sticking To A Brown Bag Lunch Habit
From The Kitchn → Learning to Actually Pack (and Eat) Lunch: 3 Tips from a Recovering Lunch Buyer
Sep 10, 2013
Space Solutions for Small Kitchens
I’m so inspired by the myriad ways in which this year’s crew of Small Cool entrants made the most of their small cooking spaces. Read on for ideas for making a small kitchen work for you. • Space Solutions for Kitchens Apartment Therapy
Jun 3, 2013
Space Saver: A Murphy Dining Table
(Image credit: Angela & Tania’s Beadle Box) • Space Saver: A Murphy Table Apartment Therapy
May 24, 2013
Veggie Gardening for the Black-Thumbed
When I tried to grow a vegetable garden in the past it was a total disaster. Now I have a picturesque bounty of gorgeous vegetables.Here are ten things I learned. • Vegetable Gardening Apartment Therapy
Apr 10, 2013
A Gift Guide for Kids Who Like To Cook
Especially when you’re young, cooking isn’t a chore – it’s an adventure and hopefully a tasty one! Here are some gift ideas for your young culinary sidekicks. • Gifts for Young Cooks Apartment Therapy
Dec 13, 2012
Use Cream of Tartar to Clean Your House
It’s official: you can clean your entire home using ingredients from the kitchen. We’ve covered olive oil, citrus fruit, coconut oil, and Kool-Aid and now here’s another handy cleaner: Cream of Tartar. • Cream of Tartar for Cleaning Apartment Therapy
Dec 4, 2012
Affordable Wine Suggestions from Experts & Wine Lovers
A good party generally calls for good wine, but those bottles can really add up. I’ve surveyed friends, bartenders, and wine merchants about their favorite affordable wine choices… • Affordable Wine Suggestions Apartment Therapy
Nov 14, 2012
Prepare a Party Spills Toolkit
Alcohol + dancing = spills. I’ve never managed a party without at least one. But no one likes a hovering hostess, so I’ve found the best way to deal with accidents is to have a simple toolkit handy to calmly and quickly deal with spills . • Party Spills Toolkit Apartment Therapy
Nov 8, 2012
Are You the Noisy Upstairs Neighbor?
A reader wrote for advice about how to deal with her downstairs neighbors: “while we are tiptoeing, they think we are stomping around. What should we do?” • Are You the Noisy Neighbor? Apartment Therapy
Nov 7, 2012
Reader Experiences with the IKEA Kivik, Carlstad and Poang
A reader asked for “seriously honest” reviews of the IKEA Kivik and Carlstad sofas and Poang chair. So far 79 readers have weighed in – see what they think! • Reviews of Kivik, Carlstad and Poang Apartment Therapy
Nov 5, 2012
Make Your Own Vertical Garden Holder
This DIY vertical garden is simple to construct. All you need are a few supplies to create a lone pocket or an entire wall of pockets. • DIY Vertical Garden Apartment Therapy
Oct 19, 2012
What Are Your Favorite Fall Scents?
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Last week I made a big batch of applesauce and was rewarded with a delicious snack and an awesome-smelling kitchen. To me, starting with warm apples, fall is full of the best scents and some of the best flavors. • Favorite Fall Scents Apartment Therapy
Oct 15, 2012
10 Essentials for a Starter Toolkit
Whether you’re hanging artwork, taking measurements or assembling furniture, there are a few essentials you’ll want to have on hand in your starter toolkit. • Essentials for Starter Toolkit Apartment Therapy
Aug 27, 2012
Video: How To Oil Your Butcher Block
(Image credit: Maxwell Ryan) Today’s One Minute Tip comes from Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, who recommends this technique not only for butcher blocks, but for cutting boards and other wooden kitchen items as well. • Video: Oil Your Butcher Block Apartment Therapy
Aug 23, 2012
Talking About Post-Move Fatigue
After a 3 day trip with 2 kids and a dog to our new home, I am wholly and unexpectedly exhausted. Post move, were you just zonked? Or are you the energizer bunny, able to make your new place homey within just days? • Post-Move Fatigue Apartment Therapy
Aug 22, 2012
10 Steps To More Happiness at Home
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) It’s amazing how a few tweaks to our daily habits can become a catalyst for meaningful, positive change. Here are a few simple things you can do every day to feel happier at home. • 10 Steps to More Happiness Apartment Therapy
Jul 23, 2012
The Benefits of Making Your Bed
According to Charles Duhigg, making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity and stronger skills at sticking with a budget. It has also been suggested that making your bed boosts happiness. Happiness? I’ll take it.
Jun 27, 2012
Which Gets Dishes Cleaner: Handwashing or Machine?
If you’ve ever wondered how cleaning plates without a dishwasher, by good old-fashioned hand-washing, stacks up in terms of cleanliness. Well, here’s your answer. • Handwashing vs. Machine Apartment Therapy
Jun 25, 2012
Collecting & Investing in Art on a Budget
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, 401Ks — all those things I don’t understand and am bored to tears by. I’ve promised myself that if I get a 401K, I can truly diversify my portfolio by investing in a little bit of art. • Collecting Art on a Budget Apartment Therapy
Jun 14, 2012
10 Snapshots To Keep In Your Phone
Have you ever forgotten the name of a prescription? What about the measurements of your air filter? Thanks to the ubiquitous nature of smartphone cameras, it’s possible to nearly carry around your entire life in the palm of your hand.
May 8, 2012
An Argument for Quartz Countertops
(Image credit: Carrie McBride) Whether you love or hate granite, it’s safe to say that it’s dominated the residential market for the past decade or more. For those looking for something different, yet still in a similar price range, quartz surfacing is a great option. Here’s why… • Considering Quartz Apartment Therapy
May 1, 2012
Cleaning Baseboards With Fabric Softner
Even though my house might not reflect it sometimes, I actually greatly enjoy cleaning. That said, I loathe cleaning baseboards. That is, until I learned this quick tip to use a fabric softener sheet. • Cleaning Baseboards Apartment Therapy
Feb 21, 2012
Are You Ready for Open Shelving?
Jan 20, 2012
Recipe: Cheesy Corn Bake (“Like Mac ‘n Cheese with Corn”)
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) While I was baking up my second batch of this cheesy corn bake, I realized just how out of control my corn obsession has been as of late. My recipe lineup has recently included creamy corn grits, corn & jalapeno dip, corn & red pepper quiche, corn & heirloom tomato pizza,
Jul 26, 2011
How To Prepare 46 Freezer Meals In 4 Hours
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) More often than not, when you think of making meals ahead and tossing them in the freezer, it’s usually during the winter months. We’re busy stocking up on soups, stews, chili and the like. In the summer however we’re usually just as busy if not more so, and could really use
Jun 20, 2011