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How dare you enjoy your own culture

Remember that one time when Nicki Minaj wore a feathered headdress to announce her PinkPrint tour? A lot of people said, “Whoa, girl, why are you wearing a Native American headdress? Not cool, that’s not yours.”

Then other people said, “Simmer down, that’s not Native American, that’s a carnival headdress; it’s cool because she was born in Trinidad.”

It’s the Tumblr trap of trying to stop cultural appropriation in its tracks — but accidentally giving people flack for enjoying their own culture.

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Is it possible to keep cats from chewing cords?

We have a pair of one year old, neutered, male kittens. They are amazing cats — friendly, cuddly, and affectionate. They're practically perfect except for one giant problem: They chew cords. Any suggestions on how to break our cats of this cord chewing habit once and for all?

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How Je Joue can help you find your G-spot

Right now, Je Joue is currently running a promotion on their g-spot toy, the G-Kii — it's marked down to $99 for their summer sale. In honor of that sale, here are 5 things Je Joue wants you to know about finding your g-spot with the G-Kii…

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3 good relationship habits we carried over from wedding planning to married life

The wedding is over and it is still leaking into a lot of aspects of our lives. Some of the things I (and my partner) learned and implemented while planning the wedding are going to carry over into married life. Here are three good habits my husband and I have carried over from wedding planning to married life: Stir Fridays, Tasting Tuesdays, and Wedding-Free Wednesdays.

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Installing IKEA kitchen cabinets the DIY way

I consider myself an Ikea veteran. I have assembled dozens, if not hundreds, of pieces of Ikea furniture over the last 30 years. I am one with the allen wrench. So when I saw the raised eyebrows when I told the Ikea employees I'd be installing my kitchen myself, I knew it was going to be work. For anyone else considering doing a DIY Ikea kitchen install I offer the following advice…

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Installing IKEA kitchen cabinets the DIY way

I consider myself an Ikea veteran. I have assembled dozens, if not hundreds, of pieces of Ikea furniture over the last 30 years. I am one with the allen wrench. So when I saw the raised eyebrows when I told the Ikea employees I'd be installing my kitchen myself, I knew it was going to be work. For anyone else considering doing a DIY Ikea kitchen install I offer the following advice…

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How do I tell my parents about my sterilization?

I don't want to go into surgery, even day surgery, without telling my parents. But at the same time I don't want to hurt them or have them try to change my mind. How do I tell my parents that I'm getting a tubal ligation? Anyone else have to go through something like this?

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Stop cheating your electric: How to safely replace a 2-prong outlet

Today we're going to talk about power outlets, grounding, and how you can safely plug things into an old 2-prong outlet by replacing it with a GFCI or "ground fault circuit interrupter" receptacle. Doing electrical work can be intimidating, but if you follow the directions and use common sense this one is actually pretty easy.

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Navigating money issues with lower income roommates

I love my roomies, but while I have a sizable savings account and decent income, they are barely living paycheck to paycheck, even with help from family. Our rent is going up and though they've assured me they can afford it, I'm getting nervous. I don't want to loan them money, but I do want to stay current on our bills.

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How dare you enjoy your own culture

Remember that one time when Nicki Minaj wore a feathered headdress to announce her PinkPrint tour? A lot of people said, “Whoa, girl, why are you wearing a Native American headdress? Not cool, that’s not yours.”

Then other people said, “Simmer down, that’s not Native American, that’s a carnival headdress; it’s cool because she was born in Trinidad.”

It’s the Tumblr trap of trying to stop cultural appropriation in its tracks — but accidentally giving people flack for enjoying their own culture.

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Finding pants for big bellies, or: Why I rock maternity pants when I'm not pregnant

No pants ever fit! Everyone thinks I am pregnant! Where can I find pants that accommodate a big belly? Then it struck me: Well, maternity pants. Duh. So I have been wearing this Target pair for a few months. But I'm wondering… Do any Offbeat Mamas or Homies with Non-Baby Bumps have more recommendations for belly-accommodating stores or styles that are comfortable and go a step above yoga/sweatpants?

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Being a true life faerie

All my life I felt that I should really have been born a faerie and recently I decided to become one. We have been running The Faerie Circle for about a year now, and while there have been challenges, it has definitely brightened up my life.

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3 good relationship habits we carried over from wedding planning to married life

The wedding is over and it is still leaking into a lot of aspects of our lives. Some of the things I (and my partner) learned and implemented while planning the wedding are going to carry over into married life. Here are three good habits my husband and I have carried over from wedding planning to married life: Stir Fridays, Tasting Tuesdays, and Wedding-Free Wednesdays.

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Not just for toddlers: Instigate time outs for roommates

We all, at one point in our lives, have lived with someone who we sometimes can not stand. Chores, curfews, cooking, bathroom space, they all come with challenges. Challenges and disagreements that can lead to arguments, which can lead to anger. The simplest and most effective solution I have found is something that is commonly believed to be only for young children: the concept of "time outs."

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How to move back in with your parents when you have kids

It was only supposed to be temporary, but long story short, a year later we're still here in my mother-in-law's basement. I share my bedroom with my husband and almost-two-year-old daughter, while my son sleeps in the upstairs guest room and plans his eighth birthday. We're getting ready to move back to the Island but in the meantime I've been learning how to share space with two other adults who also happen to be my kids' grandparents.

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Navigating money issues with lower income roommates

I love my roomies, but while I have a sizable savings account and decent income, they are barely living paycheck to paycheck, even with help from family. Our rent is going up and though they've assured me they can afford it, I'm getting nervous. I don't want to loan them money, but I do want to stay current on our bills.

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I don't plan to stay married to the person I'm married to today

In which I analyze personal evolution and its role in long-term, monogamous, marriage. With every lesson I have embraced, with every tear I have released, and with every damn experience I have accrued, I have changed my opinion, my story, and my inner-most self, and so has my husband.

Recent Pets

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Is it possible to keep cats from chewing cords?

We have a pair of one year old, neutered, male kittens. They are amazing cats — friendly, cuddly, and affectionate. They're practically perfect except for one giant problem: They chew cords. Any suggestions on how to break our cats of this cord chewing habit once and for all?

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Owning dairy goats: How I became the "crazy goat lady"

I am an Agricultural Science teacher, and a homeowner, complete with eight whole acres to use for sustainable farming. While the garden was put in, and laying hens purchased (chickens are the homesteading gate way drug), I couldn't forget my fascination with the dairy goats I had met! So I began researching…

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Raised dog bowls that will elevate your dog's food and your style

My large dog has always had an elevated bowl, since he was too tall to eat directly off the floor. But as my smaller dog ages, it became clear to me that it was getting harder for her to bend down and eat her food. So I went shopping for an elevated dog bowl. I found a butt-ton of awesome, great-looking dog bowls. Check these out…

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10 things I’ve learned from having a chronically ill cat

When we first took our cat Princess in, her old owners said she had mild muscle spasms, but they were nothing to worry about. We discovered less than a week later that her muscle spasms were actually seizures. Over the past four years my wife and I have learned a lot from this journey with Princess. These are the top ten things we’ve learned…

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Installing IKEA kitchen cabinets the DIY way

I consider myself an Ikea veteran. I have assembled dozens, if not hundreds, of pieces of Ikea furniture over the last 30 years. I am one with the allen wrench. So when I saw the raised eyebrows when I told the Ikea employees I'd be installing my kitchen myself, I knew it was going to be work. For anyone else considering doing a DIY Ikea kitchen install I offer the following advice…

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Stop cheating your electric: How to safely replace a 2-prong outlet

Today we're going to talk about power outlets, grounding, and how you can safely plug things into an old 2-prong outlet by replacing it with a GFCI or "ground fault circuit interrupter" receptacle. Doing electrical work can be intimidating, but if you follow the directions and use common sense this one is actually pretty easy.

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How we DIYed our IKEA kitchen remodel

While we hired contractors for the Serious Business projects like structural and electrical work, we decided to tackle updating the kitchen cabinets ourselves. We chose Ikea cabinets as they were generally agreed to be the best quality for the price and we wanted to keep this a budget kitchen wherever possible. Here's how we pulled it all off…

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How to make your own museum-worthy kinsugi bowl

I wanted my DIY kinsugi bowl to look like some sort of weird space rock, or rare mineral. When we honeymooned in Washington DC, I spent hours in the Natural History museum where I verified that my results were spot-on. Here was the process I went through…

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Quick and dirty couch makeover for under $50

I’m in a bit of an awkward position because I can’t afford to buy a brand new (nice) couch right at the moment, but I do intend to replace this old couch within a year. Thus, I need to have a useable, comfortable couch until I can replace it, but don’t want to put any more money into it than I have to. So with the Interwebz as my guide, I did a few more hours of research about couches and successfully “made over” my sad old couch for under $50.

Recent Shopping

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How Je Joue can help you find your G-spot

Right now, Je Joue is currently running a promotion on their g-spot toy, the G-Kii — it's marked down to $99 for their summer sale. In honor of that sale, here are 5 things Je Joue wants you to know about finding your g-spot with the G-Kii…

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Feel like a spellbinding witch queen with Rituel de Fille makeup

Rituel de Fille is a make-up brand founded by three sisters who were inspired by the magical side of natural ingredients, and the ritualistic, ceremonial power of pigment. If that evokes the image of three Macbethian witches, you are not far off: this make-up is perfect for bringing out your inner witch queen, no matter who you are.

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