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I'm an anarchist and so are you (probably)

Smashing the windows of Starbucks, a giant red encircled A, and the music of the Sex Pistols… these are the things, images, and sounds that may be evoked when people are discussing anarchy. I'm writing to set the record straight and share with you the ways in which anarchy can and should be incorporated into everyday life.

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Megan-simple four-ingredient parmesan-crusted chicken

This is my favorite lazy, parmesan crusted chicken recipe. It only has four ingredients, including the chicken, that perhaps already have in your kitchen right now! It’s baked but crispy, a little cheesy, and it’s virtually impossible to over-cook the chicken and make it dry. Are you ready?

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How a Roomba saved my marriage

Twenty minutes later I hear him running the vacuum for the 4th time in 4 days and I wonder just how much strain this is putting on our marriage. I "spontaneously" tidy up the bathroom and hope for the best. Enter the Roomba…

Recent Home

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Urban Homesteading: Starting a vegetable and herb garden

Planting a garden is super easy, and can be done even if you have no yard, and just a small space with some sun. I can’t even keep houseplants alive, and last year grew enough vegetables to keep me stocked for about four months straight in a single 12×5’ vegetable plot! If you're thinking, “WHOA! This is way too hard for me, I don’t think I can manage this.” It’s okay, I’ll be gentle…

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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.

Recent Life

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I'm an anarchist and so are you (probably)

Smashing the windows of Starbucks, a giant red encircled A, and the music of the Sex Pistols… these are the things, images, and sounds that may be evoked when people are discussing anarchy. I'm writing to set the record straight and share with you the ways in which anarchy can and should be incorporated into everyday life.

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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?

Recent Food

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Megan-simple four-ingredient parmesan-crusted chicken

This is my favorite lazy, parmesan crusted chicken recipe. It only has four ingredients, including the chicken, that perhaps already have in your kitchen right now! It’s baked but crispy, a little cheesy, and it’s virtually impossible to over-cook the chicken and make it dry. Are you ready?

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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.

Recent People

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How a Roomba saved my marriage

Twenty minutes later I hear him running the vacuum for the 4th time in 4 days and I wonder just how much strain this is putting on our marriage. I "spontaneously" tidy up the bathroom and hope for the best. Enter the Roomba…

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I’m starting to loathe Mother’s Day

I’ve started becoming a recluse on Mother’s Day weekend. I’m of an age where it’s assumed I am a mother and am generally given a cheery “Happy Mother’s Day” by every retail clerk with whom I come into contact (yes, even though there are no children with me). The issue is that I am not and I, in my over-abundant need to be truthful, feel uncomfortable allowing it to slide with a simple “thank you,” but don’t really want to break into tears and shout that I don’t deserve this particular salutation.

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My family is changing, I don't know what to do about it, and that's okay

Through single motherhood, relocation from the continent back to Hawaii, custody battles, family drama, building a new relationship and creating our family, job changes, graduate school, and career readjustments, I've had very few moments in which I've questioned what or how I was doing as a parent. Parenthood has taught me not to expect the status quo — every day is different. Every day brings a new challenge or change, and every day you stretch a little bit more to be the parent you need to be.

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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5 tips for creating a "judge-free" gift registry, by Thankful Registry

Raise your hand if you've ever indulged in being judgey over other people’s gift registries — It’s kind of like the equivalent of snooping inside someone’s bathroom medicine cabinet, right? That must be why conversations about gift etiquette can get so hairy. Our sponsor, Thankful Registry, are sharing five tips on how to create a wedding or baby registry that’s useful for you and should also be well-received by family and friends.

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20+ reusable water bottles with personality

"I have officially lost all of my reusable water bottles. I wanna buy something with personality — glass, plastic, metal, whatevs — I want it to be cute and fun." Luckily I have a OPINIONS on reusable water bottles. They have to be BPA-Free, have personality, and be easy to drink from. Some of these are water bottles I own, have owned, or want to own…

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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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