I was at a small house party recently where the owners of said small house had the coolest freaking party accessory ever — a counter-top-height cooler on wheels. It was compact, it was brightly colored, it had a bottle opener built in, and it was full of booze… it was beautiful and I want one. So now I'm on the hunt for a best outdoor party accessory ever. Grab a cold on and join me?
This is Offbeat Home's archive of The Great Offbeat Outdoors posts.
The "outdoors" might be a 24'x36' garden or a clutch of terracotta pots in a window box, but these posts cover all things gardening, landscaping and even farming. This category also includes stuff about the outside of your house — doors & roofs! — as well as vehicles like cars & RVs.
Just in time to ride out the hot summer in swinging style. I thought I'd share these awesome hammocks with all y'all. So take a deep breath and lose yourself in the all these nap-ready, gentle-swaying, beauties…
I've been in my fair share of parades. From a soaking wet and shivering cold St. Patrick's Day downpour to a Why Am I Dressed Like a Pioneer in 100 Degree Heat fiasco, I've learned that being in a parade is a bittersweet delight. But with these tips you can make it more fun!
Last year 'round summer time, I introduced you to my favorite pool float of all time — the inexplicable pretzel float. This year we have a new winner — the pool shark! Just gaze upon it, in all it's sea-through, metallic-bespotted, adorableness. You know how much I love all things shark, so clearly I couldn't resist sharing it with mah Homies. But that's not where the amazing floaty things end. Here are some more rafts that'll make you say WTF (what the float)?
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.
I started running reluctantly. I'm a doctor, and everyday I tell people to exercise. After giving people this advice for a month or two, and completely neglecting to engage in any physical activity myself, I started to feel guilty and hypocritical. I made the decision to start running. Both before and after I starting running, people would ask me if I'm a runner. I would smile uncertainly and ponder how to respond. Were they asking because of my body type? Was there something they recognized in my energy that identified me as a runner? Did my two mile runs make me a runner? To me, this barely counted for anything, although I knew that I felt better about myself and my life when I ran.
We featured a fabulous post about how to create a safe space for yourself when you're living in an un-safe environment. One of the issues was that of not being allowed to put up a fence, when you desperately need one. That's when it was Offbeat Homies to the rescue! So many of you suggested awesome non-fence-type fencing that I thought I'd share their good advice…
As I was reading through all the brilliant suggestions for offbeat hobbies, I found myself should-ing all over the place. Every time someone mentioned running, my brain said, "Yes, hrm, I really should do that." Then I noticed every time someone mentioned dancing, I felt longing. When I finally realized what I was doing, I said, "Hey, I could dance." I stopped, searched Meet-Up for dancing, and found THE MOST AMAZING GROUP EVER.