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How to make friends as a grown up: stop being a victim, start making plans

I got into a huge conversation recently with an old friend of mine. He's in his mid-30s, self-employed, and works from his home in the burbs. He recently broke up with his girlfriend, and is newly single and realizing he just doesn't have the group of friends that he did in his 20s. I've had the same conversation with other friends in their late 20s and 30s (and 40s)… how the fuck do you make friends as a grown up?

Housekeeping: Tumblr & RSS

Just a couple quick housekeeping notes: For those of you who follow us via RSS, please make sure you're following this feed: http://offbeathome.com/feed — NOT anything that has feedblitz in…..

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Let's talk about reusable produce bags

I have been working on reducing my plastic use this year. I am wondering if anyone has recommendations for alternatives to plastic bags for produce and bulk shopping at grocery stores? Has anyone switched from those store-ready produce bags? If so, did the store give you any problems when checking out with your produce holders?

What are your family plans for summer? (And will I see any of you at the Beloved Festival?)

May is when my family and I start really solidifying our summer plans, starting to block out chunks for camping and visiting out-of-state family. To get a little inspiration, I spent some time doodling through Offbeat Families archives looking for great ideas for things to do this summer. Join me in some schemes, and then tell me… what are YOUR family plans for this summer?

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The IKEA catalog, narrated

Finally, the sad truths of the the IKEA catalog, revealed through narration: "I hate to be the one to break it to you, but own too much crap to make this work. We have set you up for failure."