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How to be successful as a fat woman at work

You may have read that tagline and thought, what could the difference be? Women are women. I agree with you! We should all be treated the same. But as study after study shows, weight bias is a very real issue that millions of people face daily.

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How I get over the guilt when exchanging or donating unwanted gifts

As an adult I find that I have a lot of guilty feelings over receiving gifts that I don't actually want, need, or like. Whenever I receive something that I don't really want, need, or like I revert to the my polite seven year old self — I smile and say thank you.

But now it's more complicated as I'm the adult who has to decide what to do with the unwanted thing…

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Con survival guide: What to expect at your first pop culture convention

Oh hey, I don't just spend my time at ren faires, I also spend them geeking out at pop culture conventions. Because of course I do. If you've never been to a pop culture convention and are of the geekier persuasion, you might be missing out on some major fun. There are hundreds of pop culture conventions around the world that span from traditional comic book conventions to book conventions, anime conventions, and specialty conventions of all flavors. If you're heading to your own local convention for the first time, I've got some basics rules and tips to make it more enjoyable. Let's talk about pop culture convention tips for surviving your first con.

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How I get over the guilt when exchanging or donating unwanted gifts

As an adult I find that I have a lot of guilty feelings over receiving gifts that I don't actually want, need, or like. Whenever I receive something that I don't really want, need, or like I revert to the my polite seven year old self — I smile and say thank you.

But now it's more complicated as I'm the adult who has to decide what to do with the unwanted thing…

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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…

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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…

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How to be successful as a fat woman at work

You may have read that tagline and thought, what could the difference be? Women are women. I agree with you! We should all be treated the same. But as study after study shows, weight bias is a very real issue that millions of people face daily.

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Con survival guide: What to expect at your first pop culture convention

Oh hey, I don't just spend my time at ren faires, I also spend them geeking out at pop culture conventions. Because of course I do. If you've never been to a pop culture convention and are of the geekier persuasion, you might be missing out on some major fun. There are hundreds of pop culture conventions around the world that span from traditional comic book conventions to book conventions, anime conventions, and specialty conventions of all flavors. If you're heading to your own local convention for the first time, I've got some basics rules and tips to make it more enjoyable. Let's talk about pop culture convention tips for surviving your first con.

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How and when do you tell your employer you're pregnant?

I just found out I'm pregnant! Incidentally, I was between rounds of interviews for my next job, which I start next week. The thought of telling them I need to go on maternity leave seven months after starting my job terrifies me. I've been let go due to lack of work twice in the past year, so I'm scared. And now there's an additional life counting on me. When and how do you tell your employer you're pregnant?

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Fake it 'till you make it, unless you're at the doctor: 7 lessons for the chronically ill

I've fallen ill, I guess that's the word — ill. I've fallen worthless is what it feels like. Not that I'm not fabulous on the inside still, I'm awesome, but my body has taken to no longer working, so the fab's pretty hard to show. Health-wise, a good day is where I'm able to cook a meal and do some dishes, or draw or write, for an hour or two. Many days all I can do is just lie here. This has been such a bizarre experience, but I've learned some things along this journey…

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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…

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Move over chocolate: 3 ways to sneak fruit into your dessert

A lot of us are fruit lovers, but sometimes you end up defaulting to chocolate and caramel for your dessert desires. Who can blame you — they're decadent as hell. But don't forget how very awesome fruit desserts can be. Do 'em up savory or sweet, fruit is the MVP of desserts in my book. Here are three of my favorite fruit dessert recipes to bring to parties or just for your own solo parties at home.

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Yolk porn and waffling all the things: eat these easy brunch recipes

Spring always makes me think of brunch. And seriously, who doesn't dig socially acceptable early morning drinking, right? We've got savory pancakes, waffle-ized french toast, a soul food egg dish, and the most indulgent pull-apart bread. It's time to chow down, brunch-style. Grab your closest mimosa and get to saving these recipes for your next brunchy brunch-brunch.

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How and when do you tell your employer you're pregnant?

I just found out I'm pregnant! Incidentally, I was between rounds of interviews for my next job, which I start next week. The thought of telling them I need to go on maternity leave seven months after starting my job terrifies me. I've been let go due to lack of work twice in the past year, so I'm scared. And now there's an additional life counting on me. When and how do you tell your employer you're pregnant?

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5 things to consider before you ask, "when are you having kids?"

Some people don't have children because of fertility issues, because they don't want to pass along specific genetically-inherited traits, because they can't afford it, or simply because they don't want them, period! Reproduction is such a personal thing, it's about time we stop allowing impertinent inquiries into other people's reproductive statuses to remain common occurrences.

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Gifts for a friend going through a divorce, separation, or break-up

The first few weeks of a separation can be fucking intense. The grief, the loss, even a sense of physical pain… it's weird that something so common is so awful! Offering your ear is the most important thing you can give to any friend experiencing a profound loss or recovering from a trauma, but we get it: sometimes you want to give something more to offer your comfort. Of course you know your friend and their interests best, but here are our suggestions for great gifts for grieving friends.

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Unexpected self-actualization from parenting: How my baby forces me to do things that are good for me

I'm new at this whole parent thing. Though I read about it and listened to other parents for years, I've been surprised by parenthood's unusual joys. Your baby lighting up at the sight of your face is heart-expanding, but I expected it would be. What has surprised me is not the love that I feel, but the way such a tiny creature forces me to do the things that are good for me — the unexpected self-actualization from parenting…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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

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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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Think Fool: The April Fool's Day tradition that doesn't suck

It's that time of year again: April Fools! That means it's the day that Think Geek unveils all manner of craze-mazing products that make our minds spin and our wallets want to bleed imaginary cash. April Fool's day went from my second most-loathed holiday (Valentine's Day is first place) to one of my favorite days of the year because of this geeky product madness…

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