How The Addams Family does BDSM right

While it was unfortunately many people’s introduction to the topic, bloggers from all corners of the internet have derided the relationship pictured in Fifty Shades for what it really is: abuse masquerading as kink. But twenty-four years ago, a family comedy centered on a couple who liked to torture each other for pleasure gave audiences a much healthier glimpse at BDSM.


Wands optional: intentional thinking and magic

I've been interested in witchcraft for ten years, and practiced it to varying degrees over the past decade trying to find the methods that works best for me. For me, focus, intentional thinking, meditation, prayer, and mindfulness all translate to a clearer trajectory and more successful outcome for whatever task I'm grappling with. It's helped my mental health, my goal-setting, and focus.


Impress your friends with easy, gorgeous bruschetta

This is my roommate Joel's easy brrrrruuuuskyettta (you have to over-pronounce it like Giada De Laurentiis) recipe. It's impressive as hell — the colours are eye-popping! And the taste? Get outta here. It makes a fantastic appetizer or potluck contribution, but fair warning: this is morish, and could be all you need for a full meal.


Throw this Seinfeld-inspired, shame-free Regifting Party

We've talked about what to do with gifts you don't want on Offbeat Home & Life before. One of the suggestions is to regift — that wonderfully taboo idea many of us are familiar with thanks to Seinfeld. Thanks to my extended family's incredible generosity but general cluelessness about what I want or need for Christmas, every year I find myself with a bunch of gifts that are very nice, but not quite what I want. After some conversations with friends in the same boat, I decided that regifting shouldn't be a dirty word. It should be an excuse for a party!