Way back in 2011, I mentioned that I had a scheme for how we could remodel our one-bedroom home into a two-bedroom… and now it's actually happening.
This is Offbeat Home's archive of posts by Ariel Meadow Stallings.
Author of Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives, loves, and dorks out hard in Seattle, WA. You can gossip with her on twitter: @offbeatariel
It recently occurred to me that I have a shit-load of skin creams, oils, washes, and various other gloops in my medicine cabinet. Like, way more than I should have. Some of them should be cycled out because I never use them, but I have surprisingly strong opinions about others of them. Like, it's just gloop. Why am I so obsessed with these gloops? I cannot tell you, but I figured that if I'm obsessed with my gloops, you might be obsessed with yours, and maybe we can discuss our gloops. Ready?
As Megan mentioned in her post last month, September is likely the final month that we'll be running Offbeat Home & Life's Patron program, where in exchange for financially supporting the site, readers can join us behind the scenes for up-close-n-personal editorial schemes. Readers can totally still support the site through a one-time donation, $5/mo warm fuzzies subscription, or $50/year warmmest fuzziest subscription, but we're going to let the Patron program quietly retire.
THAT SAID! I have two Patrons to introduce to you today. One of them is private and goes only by her initials, and the other may be a familiar face for those of you who also read Offbeat Bride…
One June morning a few years ago, I woke up from a very vivid dream that laid out my plans for the day. In the dream, I'd gone back to the property where my childhood best friend lived, back on my hometown of Bainbridge Island. Like much of the Island in reality, in my dream the land had been completed developed and was almost unrecognizable. I woke up motivated.
Those of you who read Offbeat Bride may remember Kitten, Brynn, and Doll's rainbow garden of poly love three-bride wedding that we featured last fall. Well, it turns out that the triad are expecting a baby!
When I was in college, I worked for The Disney Store. They taught me this thing called "The Disney Fold" … a laundry folding method that I use to this day.
Somehow, I've gone from a person who found herself filled with resentment and rage while cleaning to someone who actually (get this) enjoys doing my chores. Somehow, I now understand the concept of "domestic bliss." I genuinely don't know when this happened. Somehow, I'm that asshole who shouts "LAUNDRY ZERO!!" with a sense of genuine accomplishment once all hampers are empty and all clothes are folded. I don't know how or why this happened, but in the interest of bottling it and sharing it, here are a few of my theories…