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6 valuable life (and parenting) lessons that I learned from Disney's Frozen

Our house, like so many others, has been inundated with the Disney phenomenon that is the movie Frozen. However, after many viewings and even more sing-a-longs, rather than tire of it, I feel like I'm finally seeing it for the deep and powerful parable that it is. Because, like any truly powerful storytelling, the magic comes in hearing these message again and again…

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Doing it the hard way: What we’ve learned from buying a foreclosure

We bought a foreclosure. After sitting empty for three years, it finally came up at a real estate auction; we were brave enough to bid, and lucky enough to win. Over the past several months, we’ve learned a lot, and we’re still learning! Note that I’m an historian, not a real estate agent or legal professional, but here’s a few pearls of wisdom from what I’ve learned (and what I wish I’d known)…

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Where do you find fashion for round tummies?

I'm trying to find clothes that look good and make me happy. The problem? My proportions don't fit the standard clothing mold. I'm plus size, and I don't especially like super baggy clothes. Does anyone know of stores or brands that have apple-proportioned clothes that aren't maternity, are relatively modest, and don't assume that because I'm bigger, I want to hide my body under a sack?

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Joining a freakshow to really feel human: My life as a bearded burly carny lass

Hi. I'm Little Bear. If you haven’t heard of me, I’m a bearded lady. I perform both solo as a singer of opera and show tunes (often incorporating burlesque), and as a member of Seattle-based modern sideshow troupe, Wreckless Freeks. And if the thought of a bearded lady who takes off her clothes, sings on stage, and lies on beds of nails brings to mind the term “attention seeking,” you may be right. However, I have not always been so candid in admitting so.

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How do you announce your adoption plans?

My husband and I just decided and made the first step to adopt a child. This is a super exciting time in our life, and I'd like to share it with people. But I feel like a simple Facebook post just isn't the right way or doesn't do the announcement justice. I'm wondering if any offbeat readers have any suggestions/feedback/or advice on announcing your adopting a child?

Recent Home

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Doing it the hard way: What we’ve learned from buying a foreclosure

We bought a foreclosure. After sitting empty for three years, it finally came up at a real estate auction; we were brave enough to bid, and lucky enough to win. Over the past several months, we’ve learned a lot, and we’re still learning! Note that I’m an historian, not a real estate agent or legal professional, but here’s a few pearls of wisdom from what I’ve learned (and what I wish I’d known)…

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Turn your boring white rental kitchen into a colorful fiesta

Offbeat Homie Kayla uploaded these photos to our Offbeat Home & Life Flickr pool. Unhappy with a boring white rental kitchen, Kayla rounded up a whole bunch of colorful kitchen goodies, and turned her boring rental into an colorsplotion fiesta of kick-ass kitchen-ery.

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Why we put our kids' bunk bed in the closet

When we moved in to our home, our daughter's bedroom was a bit of a layout conundrum since we had to work around two closets, a doorway, a window, and a baseboard electric heater PLUS a low ceiling. Then we decided to move the bunk bed into the closet…

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Learning how to prune my everbearing raspberries

The tricky thing about everbearing raspberries is that, unlike summer-bearing raspberries that produce one big crop in late summer, these plants give two smaller crops per year. You can pretty much prune summer-bearing raspberries all the way to the ground in the winter, but if you want both crops from the everbearing, you have to know which canes to cut to the ground and which to prune back carefully and by how much.

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How to be a happy vampire in the sun

I have pale skin, and I enjoy having pale skin. I dislike the beach, tan lines, sun damage, and 100 degree heat. However, in mid-July, my husband and I will be staying for a week in a Galveston, Texas beach house. Do any of the Homies have advice for keeping the sun off while keeping cool? (Other than liberal application of sunscreen, of course.)

Recent Life

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6 valuable life (and parenting) lessons that I learned from Disney's Frozen

Our house, like so many others, has been inundated with the Disney phenomenon that is the movie Frozen. However, after many viewings and even more sing-a-longs, rather than tire of it, I feel like I'm finally seeing it for the deep and powerful parable that it is. Because, like any truly powerful storytelling, the magic comes in hearing these message again and again…

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Where do you find fashion for round tummies?

I'm trying to find clothes that look good and make me happy. The problem? My proportions don't fit the standard clothing mold. I'm plus size, and I don't especially like super baggy clothes. Does anyone know of stores or brands that have apple-proportioned clothes that aren't maternity, are relatively modest, and don't assume that because I'm bigger, I want to hide my body under a sack?

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Open letter to my teenage self about sex

My "official" first time was pretty much by-the-book. It got better with practice, but I wish someone had spoken with me more honestly about what to expect. If I could write a letter to my teenage self with some advice about how to go about sex, this is what I would say…

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How I use my panties for a quick confidence boost

It began to get to the point where every single time I was anywhere near Victoria's Secret, I had to buy the 5 pairs for $27 deal. It isn't a bad price, until you end up with over a hundred pairs of underwear. So why, oh why, do I love buying new underwear so much?

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Kids need to see parents living their passions

"My daughter is so much more fearless than I was at her age. She knows how to lean into her fears, because she’s watched me do it. I think that’s the ultimate story of me starting a company: my daughter is more fearless because she’s seen her mom lean into the hard stuff of pursuing her passion. I want to see that be true for more moms and kids."

Recent Food

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Slow cooker green chile pulled pork: it's a gift for Future You!

So… This pork. It's great in tacos, nachos, or burritos. It's decadent over cheese grits. I've eaten it happily in a bowl of ramen. I suspect it would be great in tamales. Put it in your quesadilla! Put it in your breakfast burrito! Add some to your huevos rancheros! Put it on small roll with shredded cabbage and call it a slider! Enchiladas? Sure! Eaten cold from a bowl straight from the fridge because you can't even be bothered? Absolutely! It's dang versatile, and it freezes beautifully. Make a big batch and freeze some. Future You will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

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Save your bacon fat for a next-level cooking WIN

It was a real shock to me to learn that some of y’all aren’t saving your bacon grease for later use. Why not? For all intents and purposes, bacon fat is extremely flavourful lard. Anywhere you use it, it will impart a smoky, meaty goodness that will take your food to the next level of awesome. If you love bacon, you’re going to love bacon fat–which you’re already probably struggling to dispose of, anyway.

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My simple, fragrant, red lentil and veggie Dal recipe

Indian-style Dal is a wonderful, thick, delicious soup that becomes a stew the longer it sits. The warming spices offer a welcome change from the traditional choice of chicken noodle, and the recipe is seriously, ridiculously, easily adaptable. As long as you have a few staple ingredients, you can make it with whatever you have lingering in your freezer or produce drawer and still manage to have something that tastes rich and delicious.

Recent People

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6 valuable life (and parenting) lessons that I learned from Disney's Frozen

Our house, like so many others, has been inundated with the Disney phenomenon that is the movie Frozen. However, after many viewings and even more sing-a-longs, rather than tire of it, I feel like I'm finally seeing it for the deep and powerful parable that it is. Because, like any truly powerful storytelling, the magic comes in hearing these message again and again…

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Joining a freakshow to really feel human: My life as a bearded burly carny lass

Hi. I'm Little Bear. If you haven’t heard of me, I’m a bearded lady. I perform both solo as a singer of opera and show tunes (often incorporating burlesque), and as a member of Seattle-based modern sideshow troupe, Wreckless Freeks. And if the thought of a bearded lady who takes off her clothes, sings on stage, and lies on beds of nails brings to mind the term “attention seeking,” you may be right. However, I have not always been so candid in admitting so.

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How do you announce your adoption plans?

My husband and I just decided and made the first step to adopt a child. This is a super exciting time in our life, and I'd like to share it with people. But I feel like a simple Facebook post just isn't the right way or doesn't do the announcement justice. I'm wondering if any offbeat readers have any suggestions/feedback/or advice on announcing your adopting a child?

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How to handle awkward questions like "Why did you unfriend me?"

I'm planning a Facebook-friend cull of the people in my friends list whom I don't feel especially close to. The thing that's making me put off the cull is the fear of being asked "Why did you unfriend me?" as this has happened during previous culls. What do fellow Homies do in this situation? Do you ignore the messages? Have blanket statements prepared? Tell them the hard truth?

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Monogamists say the darndest things: The top 4 responses to coming-out as a throuple

The majority of people we've come out as a throuple to have said hurtful things, effectively shutting down what might've been a constructive conversation. Some of the rudeness stemmed from ignorance, and some of it was actually well-meaning. I hold strongly that these reactions are mostly made in panic, shock, or confusion. I would like to go over them. I hope that people who have been here can find some solace in this, and that — if any of you are ever on the receiving end of a coming-out — this entry prepares you to hear as openly as you can.

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6 life lessons for introverts who love people-time

I am an outgoing introvert. Oxymoron, you say? Nope, you said wrong! To sum up, folks on this area of the intro-extroversion scale (ambiverts) need to have quality people time, just as much as we need to have quality no people time. I’ve done some research on this topic, primarily by feeling awkward at social commitments, just to give fellow people-time loving introverts these tips…

Recent Pets

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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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How to sew a large puppy bed from an old duvet cover

When we were getting ready to adopt our two ex-racing greyhounds, I bought a flannel duvet cover at a charity shop, studied a couple of pillowcase patterns, and made these giant pillows. This is my step-by-step tutorial for making a large puppy bed in a pillow shape, out of an old duvet cover and duvet. Only beginner sewing skills and supplies are required!

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Help! My cat won't stop waking me up stupid EARLY

I have had my cat, Maya, for five years, and I love her to pieces… 23 hours a day. That other hour, though, I want to chuck her across my bedroom and accompany her flight with a loud string of expletives. She used to wake me up around six for breakfast which was fine. But now she starts at 5, or 3, or 1 effing 30 in the morning, picking at whatever might be lying around, and singing the song of her people.

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What are your favorite ways to fight fleas once they've found your pets?

We're recent transplants to Austin, Texas and boy-oh-boy are the fleas some resilient little fuckers down here. I've always given monthly flea/tick spot treatments to my cat and my dog, but that doesn't do the trick here like it did in colder, dryer climates. There's lots of information on how to prevent flea infestation, but what to do once you've got 'em?

Recent Do It Yourself

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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.

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How to sew a large puppy bed from an old duvet cover

When we were getting ready to adopt our two ex-racing greyhounds, I bought a flannel duvet cover at a charity shop, studied a couple of pillowcase patterns, and made these giant pillows. This is my step-by-step tutorial for making a large puppy bed in a pillow shape, out of an old duvet cover and duvet. Only beginner sewing skills and supplies are required!

Recent Shopping

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Coloring books for grown-ass adults

I'm crappy at every craft ever, but coloring… dudes, I'm awesome at that AND it's something I can do while I have a glass (bottle?) of wine. And then I stumbled upon the world of adult coloring books. Check these guys out…

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Hang out like a pro in these kick-ass hanging chairs

I have a rounded alcove in my living room, which I think would be perfect for a hanging chair. I know that Megan is a master at finding cool shit on the internet, so I'm hoping she can find me some cool hanging chair options. Help me hang out in my living room?

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BabyList is the all-encompassing gift registry that even the child-free will love

Look y'all, I know nothing about babies (except how they're made — OHHHHH!). But I know that when it comes to the world of baby registries, there are two main options that I've had to endure: Taking my chances and hand-picking an items in a store, or using a redeem-as-cash registry online. Our sponsor BabyList is the perfect hybrid between the two — not as frightening as going into a store, not as faceless as cash. Here's how it works, for both baby havers and baby shoppers…

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