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My summer reading list: three books about America, and one about bridesicles

Ever since I figured out last year that no screentime for an hour before bed made it waaaay easier for me to fall asleep, I have been on a reading BINGE. Mostly fiction, mostly fun, and mostly AWESOME. This summer in particular I've been on a roll with some really great books, and figured I'd circle up with y'all to compare notes.

Oddly, three of the four books I've read recently have had "America" in the title, so evidently I'm on a patriotic theme. Come with me?

Music festival season: where are you going, and how are you preparing your family?

Oh, you guys. It's fully upon us: summer music festival season, which for some of us means packing up the entire family to dare the crowds, the heat, and the occasional disoriented daytime psychonaut at our favorite festies. After the amazing experiences I had with my family last year at Oregon's Beloved Festival, I'm in full-fledged preparation mode to head back to the festival again next month. So, where are y'all headed this summer?

Super colorful gender neutral kids clothes

I've totally gushed about UK-based children's boutique Love It Love It Love It on Offbeat Families before. I first found them via a reader comment back in 2009, and I've basically been dressing my son in their gender-neutral Scandanavian-influenced rainbow kid gear ever since. See, 90% of my kid's clothes come from the Goodwill, and cost 99 cents. The other 10%? They're euro-baby splurges from Love It Love It Love It. All my favorite pictures of Tavi? He's wearing their stuff…

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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…..