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Whip it, whip it good: dreamy whipped cream recipes

Easy desserts are my favorite kind. And whipped cream recipes? The easiest of them all! Whether you're just scooping some whipped topping from a tub or whipping up some homemade whipping cream, it's all creamy, dreamy deliciousness. Here are three recipes that use whipped cream in awesome ways: on top of fruit, mixed into a mousse, and folded into a cheesecake-like monstrosity of yum. Let's talk whipped cream recipes and three ways to whip it, whip it good.

How can I help my partner learn to be body-positive?

>My partner has always been conventionally attractive. For a number of reasons, his recently body changes are resulting in a difficulty with self-esteem. How can I help my partner learn to be body-positive toward this new and unfamiliar body?

On being the only female at the skatepark: The pressure, bullying, and the sexism

As a lone female in a skatepark full of men, you stand out. They make comments. They laugh. They criticize. But most upsetting is that harassment and unwanted advances are encouraged when you are a singular women around a large groups of men. This is my story of skate park misogyny. Then let's talk about your tips or advice for being the only female at the skate park? How do you handle the pressure, the bullying, and the sexism?

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Is it even possible to have a low-key pregnancy and childbirth?

My friends all have doctor/hospital horror stories about their own pregnancies, however they think I'm crazy when I talk about possible home birth, or skipping certain tests. Does anyone have any thoughts on finding a good medical support who understands my needs and won't push for unnecessary tests or pass unsolicited advice on my lifestyle?

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Is it even possible to have a low-key pregnancy and childbirth?

My friends all have doctor/hospital horror stories about their own pregnancies, however they think I'm crazy when I talk about possible home birth, or skipping certain tests. Does anyone have any thoughts on finding a good medical support who understands my needs and won't push for unnecessary tests or pass unsolicited advice on my lifestyle?

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How do you tell your parents things they don't want to hear?

For many reasons, including my religious and ethical beliefs, I feel I need to tell my parents that I am in a polyamorous relationship. I've previously come out to them as queer and trans, which feels different from this conversation. How do you, as an adult in your agency, tell your parents things they don't want to hear?

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This 1970s time capsule home will strain your eyes in the best way

"Totally untouched '70s condo for sale! Amazing, no?! YES. Ahem. Sorry, got a bit excited." Dude, do NOT EVER say sorry for finding me an amazing time capsule home. Are you guys ready to get your groove on? Whether you hate this or love this, it's definitely going to have an impact on your day…

What the hell are the financing options for non-traditional homes?

We'd convert the top floor into a swinging loft where we'd reside, and the bottom level would be studio and manufacturing space for my husband's freelance art business, possibly with a storefront gallery. Yet, we're having a terrible time finding funding for such a building. Why is it so difficult for banks to catch up to current trends, and be willing to fund live-work scenarios? What financing options are out there for people like us who aren't at home in a "normal" home?

Recent Life

On being the only female at the skatepark: The pressure, bullying, and the sexism

As a lone female in a skatepark full of men, you stand out. They make comments. They laugh. They criticize. But most upsetting is that harassment and unwanted advances are encouraged when you are a singular women around a large groups of men. This is my story of skate park misogyny. Then let's talk about your tips or advice for being the only female at the skate park? How do you handle the pressure, the bullying, and the sexism?

How writing on a typewriter helps this modern writer

I finally made a special trip with Other Husband (Legal Husband was working) into New York City to Gramercy Typewriter. And it was just like being in Ollivander's wand shop: the right one was going to choose me. I viewed this moment as a rebirth of my busy, writerly self. But why? Why would a typewriter make any difference at all, especially to a lady who got her start on Microsoft Word? Well, I'll tell you, and it's not just because it looks cool…

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On good looks, ugliness, image, and what we teach our kids…

"We talk about body shape, size and weight, but rarely about distorted features. And we talk about plainness, but not faces that would make a surgeon’s fingers itch.

“The Ugly Duckling” is widely assumed to be the story of his own life. But the moral of that story was that a swan would emerge from the body of an outcast, and that you could not repress the nobility of a swan in a crowd of common ducks.

What if you just stay a duck?"

Recent Food

Whip it, whip it good: dreamy whipped cream recipes

Easy desserts are my favorite kind. And whipped cream recipes? The easiest of them all! Whether you're just scooping some whipped topping from a tub or whipping up some homemade whipping cream, it's all creamy, dreamy deliciousness. Here are three recipes that use whipped cream in awesome ways: on top of fruit, mixed into a mousse, and folded into a cheesecake-like monstrosity of yum. Let's talk whipped cream recipes and three ways to whip it, whip it good.

Raise a margarita to Mexico with these sabroso Cinco de Mayo recipes

Happy Cinco de Mayo! In case you thought it was just an excuse to get your margarita game on, it's actually the commemoration of the Mexican army's victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 (more info here!). We all can't claim this holiday necessarily, but we can do a little bit of celebrating in our own small way with a few Mexican-inspired noms. Let's get to the Cinco de Mayo recipes!

How to make pour-over coffee at home and on a budget

Pour-over coffee is excellent, but the brew methods can be somewhat complicated and require specialized equipment. But, by using some ingenuity and household items, you too can make great pour-over coffee at home! Here's my cheaper, DIY alternative that will allow you to create a great pour-over coffee experience without the extra cost…

Recent People

How can I help my partner learn to be body-positive?

>My partner has always been conventionally attractive. For a number of reasons, his recently body changes are resulting in a difficulty with self-esteem. How can I help my partner learn to be body-positive toward this new and unfamiliar body?

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Why I'm just not into babies (and I've got one!)

I am blessed to have a beautiful, healthy 18 month old daughter whom I love to the ends of the earth, and I show her a lot of love and affection. But I'm just not into being a mum with a baby. Any other parents feel a similarly? I'd love to hear from those who may understand where I'm coming from.

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My thoughts about donating eggs changed now that I'M a mom

No part of me regrets the decision I made to be an egg donor, but I regret how I went about it. I did not understand the gravity of my decisions; I believed I was mature and now I look back and feel like I was just a kid. And now there is a little boy out there that is my kids' half-brother that they may never meet.

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I'm an autistic woman married to a neuro-typical man: Here's how we make it work

One of the biggest fears I see that autistic people or parents of autistic children have is that they'll never be able to have a romantic relationship.

I'm here to dispel that myth by sharing how my marriage works. I'm married to a neuro-typical ("normal") husband with no psychological issues whatsoever, and no prior experience at all in dealing with people with psychological problems.

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On good looks, ugliness, image, and what we teach our kids…

"We talk about body shape, size and weight, but rarely about distorted features. And we talk about plainness, but not faces that would make a surgeon’s fingers itch.

“The Ugly Duckling” is widely assumed to be the story of his own life. But the moral of that story was that a swan would emerge from the body of an outcast, and that you could not repress the nobility of a swan in a crowd of common ducks.

What if you just stay a duck?"

Recent Pets

4 myth-busting reality checks about fostering an animal

Fostering an animal means taking a homeless animal from a shelter or rescue and giving it a home with you until it gets adopted. It's such a needed, life-saving process that a lot of people have questions and misconceptions about. I'm here to address them…

3 reasons guinea pigs are the perfect offbeat apartment pets

I've had all kinds of pets over the years — from cats, to goldfish, and everything in between. No matter how many other animals I've loved since then, I've always come back to guinea pigs. They're a little more interesting than your run-of-the-mill hamster (in my humble opinion), and have a hell of a lot of personality. Best of all, they make a great addition to apartments or rental homes where it might not be feasible to adopt non-caged pets like dogs or cats.

Here's why…

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A clever (and pretty!) way to keep cats away from breakables

My cats like jumping up onto high shelves. Unfortunately, that's where I prefer to keep my delicate collectables and assorted breakable things. Figurines, souvenirs, glassware, picture frames — all things a cat might knock off a shelf. But after finding some left-over perfume bottles, I came up with a way to stop the "Catzilla" moments that I dreaded.

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9 tips for getting pets and babies to live together harmoniously

Six months after adopting Molly-Gator, a new baby herself, we were pregnant and realizing that my refusal to part with my animals was an anomaly among new parents, and relinquishing one's pets was part and partial to the nesting process. So, if you are a pet owner and expecting a child, fear not! It can work. Don't let pressures from friends, family, or the man on the street tell you any different. There are just some things you must keep in mind…

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Netflix and chill, plus 6 more reasons why you should have a pet rat

Have you wanted a pet, but weren't sure you had the time to care for a dog? Or maybe you don't know if you want the 15 year commitment of a cat. Fish are great, and easy, but they don't do much. Ferrets are cool, but they may not be legal where you live. Frogs are cute, but they can't cuddle while you watch Netflix. The solution is rats. And before you say, "Ew!" keep reading.

Recent Do It Yourself

How to make pour-over coffee at home and on a budget

Pour-over coffee is excellent, but the brew methods can be somewhat complicated and require specialized equipment. But, by using some ingenuity and household items, you too can make great pour-over coffee at home! Here's my cheaper, DIY alternative that will allow you to create a great pour-over coffee experience without the extra cost…

How to paint an animal skull

To answer the question of "how to paint an animal skull," I turned to former Offbeat Home editor and, in my mind, the goddess of dead animal bones, Cat Rocketship! Sure enough, she had an answer AND happened to be wearing a "crown of animal bones" as she wrote her advice…

I crafted, and carry, my own inclusive representation of feminism

Raised as a Dutch woman in a mostly white family, I have always considered feminism a natural part of my life. A belief in which I was sure of, and on that didn't need much further analysis. After meeting lots of inspiring women of color — and especially some strong Muslim feminists — however, I realized my own image of feminism had been too narrow…

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How can you repurpose an old suitcase?

My parents flew over to visit for Christmas and left behind a scruffy old suitcase. The thing is, the suitcase is actually pretty cool, and I'd love to find a way to repurpose it and use it in the house somehow. Any ideas on how to repurpose a cool old suitcase in your home?

Recent Shopping

Awesome, ethical fine jewelry pieces to invest in

I would like to buy a few pieces fine jewelry — and I'm willing to save up for them — but I also have strong ethical concerns about the industry. Where can I find semi-fancy to fancy ethical (non-wedding) jewelry?

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