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Will I be left out in my own home due to a language barrier with my kids?

My boyfriend and I have been together for a long time and marriage is in the very near future as well as probable kids. I am white and my boyfriend is Hispanic, and he speaks both fluent English and Spanish. He has recently said that he wants his future children to learn Spanish. However, this makes me worried. Most of his immediate family speaks Spanish and they hardly include me in conversations. So I worry that if it happens now, it will only be 10x worse when it is in our household with the kids and my connection to them won't be as strong.

The Force is strong with these party food ideas for your Last Jedi party

Join me on the Dark Side to nosh on these Last Jedi party recipes for the premiere THIS WEEK! We'll finally be released from our carbonite to see the next movie in the reboot franchise, The Last Jedi. Are you excited, young padawans?! I am, both for the movie and for this roundup of geektastic Star Wars recipes.

Let's start planning the shopping list for all kinds of junk (and maybe not-so-junky) food to make a bunch of nerdy Star Wars recipes like Leia buns, blue milkshakes, and Wookiee cookies…

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I was robbed while I was at home and it changed me forever

I was sleeping, but some rustling noises woke me up and I unconsciously reacted to them by jumping out of bed and running into the living room, where the noises were coming from. Them BAM! There he was — a hugely tall guy one foot away from me, in the middle of tearing through my living room.

I was being robbed.

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My sister wants me to be a pallbearer at her funeral, but I don't want to go at all

My sister has written to me asking if I'd be a pallbearer at her funeral. She is terminally ill with only a few months to live. I love her. She lives 6,000 miles away. I have, over the past few years, travelled to see her on a few occasions, the last a while back, really to say good-bye.

I'm an emotional person, not very strong, and I'm afraid and the thought of travelling 12,000 miles round-trip to attend a funeral does not appeal to me. How on earth do I say no without hurting her feelings whilst she is still with us? Please help me — even if to say I should just be strong and attend the funeral.

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Here's an amazing way to make finding out about Santa a little easier

Unless you decide to be transparent about the myth up front, there comes a point where you've got to come clean to your kids about Santa before they find out from friends or older siblings.

I recently spied this method that I HAD to share since it's so good. with it, you're allowing your children to learn about Santa in a less trust-breaking way, all while encouraging empathy and generosity that can live on every day after…

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I was robbed while I was at home and it changed me forever

I was sleeping, but some rustling noises woke me up and I unconsciously reacted to them by jumping out of bed and running into the living room, where the noises were coming from. Them BAM! There he was — a hugely tall guy one foot away from me, in the middle of tearing through my living room.

I was being robbed.

My favorite items from the new Amazon home lines

Amazon's doing some pioneering with their new ways to buy clothing (Prime wardrobe!) and housewares. I'll save the clothing for next time and focus on their two new exclusive housewares lines that channel minimalism and industrial-chic in pretty cool ways. Have you seen them yet?!

Here are a few of my favorite pieces in both collections so far…

Ever wanted to live in a Wes Anderson film? This Paris apartment will let you

My Modern Met featured this super stylized Paris apartment that looks like it's the location for the next Wes Anderson eclectic twee-fest. The three-bedroom apartment occupies the top floor of a building located in the Passy area of Paris on the Right Bank, and you can count the Eiffel Tower among the sights of the view. But mostly, it's the interiors that are making us beg for mercy from its gorgeousness.

Art with a cause: political art to strengthen your space

A whole bunch of us are embracing the idea that it's time to stop being silent about the politics and causes for which we care deeply, especially when it comes to affecting change among our own small communities. This means we're getting less shy about advocating for our causes publically, including in our own homes. I've compiled a big set of art prints and decor that you can use to celebrate and share your strong feels about our current world.

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A crusty ex-radical's guide to cleaning and minimalism

My parents were hoarders and I lived in activist and or hippie/punk collective situations for about seven years, and now I even have a kid creating extra filth to clean up after. You can recover from being a huge mess and keep your rad politics if you want. Or you can just be a bitter crusty ex-radical like I am, but you can change. If I can do it, you can do it.

Here's my advice for other broke-ass radical types who think that maybe it might be possible not to live in filth…

Recent Life

The Force is strong with these party food ideas for your Last Jedi party

Join me on the Dark Side to nosh on these Last Jedi party recipes for the premiere THIS WEEK! We'll finally be released from our carbonite to see the next movie in the reboot franchise, The Last Jedi. Are you excited, young padawans?! I am, both for the movie and for this roundup of geektastic Star Wars recipes.

Let's start planning the shopping list for all kinds of junk (and maybe not-so-junky) food to make a bunch of nerdy Star Wars recipes like Leia buns, blue milkshakes, and Wookiee cookies…

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My sister wants me to be a pallbearer at her funeral, but I don't want to go at all

My sister has written to me asking if I'd be a pallbearer at her funeral. She is terminally ill with only a few months to live. I love her. She lives 6,000 miles away. I have, over the past few years, travelled to see her on a few occasions, the last a while back, really to say good-bye.

I'm an emotional person, not very strong, and I'm afraid and the thought of travelling 12,000 miles round-trip to attend a funeral does not appeal to me. How on earth do I say no without hurting her feelings whilst she is still with us? Please help me — even if to say I should just be strong and attend the funeral.

Privilege & bigotry: how I'm owning it and un-learning false narratives

I am a white male from a small village in North Wales, UK. I married a white American female. I am a step-parent of a young child with whom I get along very well; we are a very close family who always strives to support each other unconditionally in any way possible. I was born within the NHS (National Health Service) and was raised to respect everyone and treat people equally. I have been blessed to have many opportunities in life that others have not had. Here's how I'm acknowledging my privilege and bigotry and making sure I'm striving to use these privileges to be a voice of reason to those who may not understand or have the same privileges as myself.

What cooking taught me about life

I didn't begin cooking from scratch until I hit my 30s. Prior to that it was a lot of arranging food or eating pre-made stuff. Turns out, I really enjoyed it, started a food blog, and now cook super often. It's fun, but it's been a little revealing when it comes to living life in general.

Cooking can actually be an analogy for life. That's no revelation to most people, but it has been for me. Here are some cooking life lessons: what cooking taught me about life and happiness…

Job hunting advice for offbeat job seekers (spoiler: your ink is probably okay)

Working at a job as a person with an offbeat lifestyle is one thing, but landing that job in the first place? That can be a minefield of prejudices, frustrations, and distractions from your skills. But it can be easier if you've got a plan. Plus, it's easy to forget the basics of job hunting when you're thinking about what they'll be thinking about you. Here is some job hunting advice for offbeat job seekers like you…

Recent Food

The Force is strong with these party food ideas for your Last Jedi party

Join me on the Dark Side to nosh on these Last Jedi party recipes for the premiere THIS WEEK! We'll finally be released from our carbonite to see the next movie in the reboot franchise, The Last Jedi. Are you excited, young padawans?! I am, both for the movie and for this roundup of geektastic Star Wars recipes.

Let's start planning the shopping list for all kinds of junk (and maybe not-so-junky) food to make a bunch of nerdy Star Wars recipes like Leia buns, blue milkshakes, and Wookiee cookies…

I tried that weird Thanksgiving leftovers cake and it actually worked!

Have you seen that weird mashup of Thanksgiving food that Chow made into a big cake?

I decided to see if it lived up to the hype in an adapted, and probably more palatable mini version in a Thanksgiving leftovers cake. The most surprising part? It actually worked AND it was tasty. Plus, it's just weird and that makes it all the better.

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Throw this creepy but elegant goth dinner party

When planning this super creepy goth dinner party, I wanted to avoid the kitschy, usual food you see at Halloween parties: the hot dog "fingers," the mummy pigs in a blanket… I wanted food that was elegant and still tasty!

These are the creepy things I will serve you if you ever come to eat at my house…

Recent People

Will I be left out in my own home due to a language barrier with my kids?

My boyfriend and I have been together for a long time and marriage is in the very near future as well as probable kids. I am white and my boyfriend is Hispanic, and he speaks both fluent English and Spanish. He has recently said that he wants his future children to learn Spanish. However, this makes me worried. Most of his immediate family speaks Spanish and they hardly include me in conversations. So I worry that if it happens now, it will only be 10x worse when it is in our household with the kids and my connection to them won't be as strong.

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Here's an amazing way to make finding out about Santa a little easier

Unless you decide to be transparent about the myth up front, there comes a point where you've got to come clean to your kids about Santa before they find out from friends or older siblings.

I recently spied this method that I HAD to share since it's so good. with it, you're allowing your children to learn about Santa in a less trust-breaking way, all while encouraging empathy and generosity that can live on every day after…

Second marriage is not a dirty word: finding new love and marriage after divorce

Divorce is an ugly and catastrophic personal experience. You have to find a way to let go of the past and move forward, learning from what you have been through. The next relationship may be scary, the possibility of finding a happily ever after could be dismal. But finding happiness is worth the risk of letting someone in. I withstood divorce and came out on the other side, so I thought I would give you a few reasons why you shouldn't give up on love or marriage after divorce…

Adventure vs. settling down: can we make it work when I want to roam and he wants to stay home?

My husband and I spent our 20s working short term contracts all over the country. For me every day was an adventure, but it turned out the itinerant life made my husband miserable, so we settled down. But now I'm miserable. The thing is, I still love my husband. We still make each other laugh until neither of us can move. We still have sex. But the quiet life isn't for me.

So what do we do? Is it possible to be happily married to someone who doesn't share your life goals? Or do I divorce my best friend?

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How we're re-building a life without children

I'm not a parent, but I want to be. However, after five years of trying to get pregnant and going in circles about the pros and cons of adoption, my partner and I decided it was best for us to stop trying. We're not preventing pregnancy, so there is still a chance, but the statistics are not on our side given the amount of time we've been trying and our respective ages.

That was two years ago. Here's how we're moving forward with a life without children when we planned for them in our lives…

Recent Pets

Following the "lead": how you AND your dog can be more active together

Our lives are often sedentary, and those of us with dogs know that they can get on that bandwagon, too. In spite of their innate need to move and play, our dogs often find themselves sitting on the same sofa we ourselves sit on. It's easy for all of us to become couch potatoes together. Here are some easy ways to make exercising with dogs more enjoyable for everyone…

Start your own colony: 8 benefits of keeping exotic invertebrates as pets

Whether you want something short-lived, cheap-to-buy and easily looked after by your kids, or you want something clean, silent and scent-free to brighten up your home, you could do a lot worse than diving into the wonderful world of pet invertebrates. You might even discover a new passion that you never realized you even had!

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"Where grief and celebration meet": This end of life pet photo session will break and warm your heart

Beth pulled me aside in her veterinary practice and with tears in her eyes told me that she'd found a mass on Sawyer. It would not be long until he was gone. She wanted photos to capture his unique spirit, before he passed.

In Beth's grief journey, she made a bucket list for Sawyer and brazenly checked every goddamn thing off of it twice. So we set to making the bucket list part of the photo celebration of his life…

Planned Parrothood: Here's what we learned from our 14 pet birds

Before we knew it, we'd accumulated 14 pet birds before our first two years together. Many of them were rescue birds that didn't have anywhere else to go.

Sharing your home with so many birds is a learning experience, especially when many of them have behavioral issues that come with being neglected earlier in life. But we wouldn't trade our life with parrots for anything. Here's what we've learned about owning a parrot…

Recent Do It Yourself

Last minute no-carve pumpkin ideas for Halloween (geeky, chic, or cute as hell!)

It's almost Halloween, you've got kids coming over (or adults for pumpkin-flavored cocktails!), and you're so not in the mood to start carving and de-gooping pumpkins. I'll be honest, I'm almost never in the mood, outside of when I can roast those seeds. Yum.

But if you're not down with pulling out pumpkin guts and want something a little shmancier than simply painting them one color, here are some rock 'n' roll, glam AF, and easy as (pumpkin) pie no-carve pumpkin ideas…

The cold never bunny'd me anyway: How to DIY this Elsa bunny for Easter

I'm knitting Easter bunnies for my daughters and nephews this year. I decided that rather than get each kid a new stuffed bunny each year (which is what we've done up to this point) I'd just make them new clothes each year.

Since my two year old nephew is completely obsessed with Frozen (and really all Disney princesses) I decided to make him an Elsa Bunny…

Recent Shopping

Rainbow-hued & colorful holiday cards to brighten up mailboxes everywhere

If you're just getting to sending out those holiday cards to your nearest and dearest, you may be stumped for what kind to send. Might we suggest: sugar brightly hued, rainbow covered, and intensely merry holiday cards? From unicorn-pulled sleighs to "reinbows" (yep, that's a portmanteau for rainbow reindeer!) to making the yuletide gay rainbow-style, there are colorful holiday cards in your future.

Let's find the best colorful card for you on this long winter's night. Er day. Whenever you're reading this…

My favorite items from the new Amazon home lines

Amazon's doing some pioneering with their new ways to buy clothing (Prime wardrobe!) and housewares. I'll save the clothing for next time and focus on their two new exclusive housewares lines that channel minimalism and industrial-chic in pretty cool ways. Have you seen them yet?!

Here are a few of my favorite pieces in both collections so far…

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Secret Santa gifts that you'd actually WANT to give (or keep!)

It's the unofficial holiday we all love to hate: BLACK FRIDAY! For some of us, this whole post-Thanksgiving weekend is going to be all about the deals and getting presents at the lowest prices we can find. It's actually a pretty good time to find some of those inevitable white elephant and Secret Santa gifts, too.

I've included gifts in a variety of price ranges since there's usually a limit or minimum when it comes to these round robin-style gift exchanges.

Art with a cause: political art to strengthen your space

A whole bunch of us are embracing the idea that it's time to stop being silent about the politics and causes for which we care deeply, especially when it comes to affecting change among our own small communities. This means we're getting less shy about advocating for our causes publically, including in our own homes. I've compiled a big set of art prints and decor that you can use to celebrate and share your strong feels about our current world.

Budget-friendly & actually fashionable(!) maternity clothing? You need to meet Australia's Glama Mama

Hey pregnant mamas: we've got an inside track to some affordable, comfortable, and actually fashionable maternity clothing. Instead of feeling like you're in someone else's clothing that isn't you at all, you'll actually want to wear these. Like outside, in public… since they'll make you look good.

Glama Mama is an Australian-based maternity clothing company who ships to all major cities and regional areas in Australia for free!

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