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Asian beef: A quick dinner recipe for a picky family

Do you need a quick meal you can throw together without measuring spoons? A pinch here and a splash there? Let me introduce you to my family's new favorite meal, a little thing I like to call Asian beef. (And it is also great for picky eaters!)

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How a Harry Potter-themed "virtual race" got me off my ass IRL

My mind was blown. How in the hell could a running club or a race be virtual? I looked into it a little more (let's be real…I Googled the term "virtual race") and was astounded at how many I found, and absolutely gobsmacked at how many of them had amazingly geeky themes.

This was the perfect combination of external motivation (shiny medals) and appealing to my sense of altruism (some races donated money to cancer research) to get me up off my ass and moving.

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I'm a father and I want to talk about parenting with depression

I'm sure other parents have gone through this, and it's not a topic we talk about a lot. Postpartum depression has gotten a lot of press in recent years (as it should), but depression impacts dads as well. As men, we tend to avoid these kinds of topics by and large; which is foolish, but that doesn't make it any less the case.

So let's talk about parenting with depression…

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How to be period positive in 5 easy steps!

Newsflash: uteri bleed. This statement seems so innocuous, but even discussing menstruation is often considered taboo in many societies, including, to some degree, ours. It's time to evolve the way we think and speak about menstruation in an effort to become more period-positive.

Here are five easy ways to become more #PeriodPositive…

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How to be period positive in 5 easy steps!

Newsflash: uteri bleed. This statement seems so innocuous, but even discussing menstruation is often considered taboo in many societies, including, to some degree, ours. It's time to evolve the way we think and speak about menstruation in an effort to become more period-positive.

Here are five easy ways to become more #PeriodPositive…

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Egg-cessive gift giving: Is Easter the new Christmas?

In my humble childhood experience the Easter Bunny brought chocolate, candy, and perhaps a few small toys — all of which are the appropriate size to fit in a basket. An actual basket! Not a toy bin, not a kiddie pool — a basket. What's next? Children sitting on the lap of a man in a bunny suit asking for the trendiest toy of the season?

Once we start down this slippery slope of excessive Easter gifts where do we draw the line?

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How a Harry Potter-themed "virtual race" got me off my ass IRL

My mind was blown. How in the hell could a running club or a race be virtual? I looked into it a little more (let's be real…I Googled the term "virtual race") and was astounded at how many I found, and absolutely gobsmacked at how many of them had amazingly geeky themes.

This was the perfect combination of external motivation (shiny medals) and appealing to my sense of altruism (some races donated money to cancer research) to get me up off my ass and moving.

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Board games for people who hate board games

My fiancé is a board game geek, we have over 100 board games! The problem is that I'm not such a big fan (and am also a massive sore loser, we both are). So he has to try and find games that I will like, so we can play at home.

Here are the board games we play. Board games for people, like me, who don't like board games…

Recent Food

Asian beef: A quick dinner recipe for a picky family

Do you need a quick meal you can throw together without measuring spoons? A pinch here and a splash there? Let me introduce you to my family's new favorite meal, a little thing I like to call Asian beef. (And it is also great for picky eaters!)

Perfect travel-friendly lamb and beef gyro burritos

These gyro burritos are the perfect take-along meal to bring with you when you are camping or hiking. You can make them ahead of time and store them in your cooler, or pack the ingredients separately and assemble them when you're ready to eat!

How to make wheat and dairy-free blender muffins

Sometimes nothing satisfies like a warm muffin. I love this recipe because not only is it dairy and wheat-free, it is also void of refined sugar and has just a trace of oil. Even better, you whip it all up in your blender!

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I'm a father and I want to talk about parenting with depression

I'm sure other parents have gone through this, and it's not a topic we talk about a lot. Postpartum depression has gotten a lot of press in recent years (as it should), but depression impacts dads as well. As men, we tend to avoid these kinds of topics by and large; which is foolish, but that doesn't make it any less the case.

So let's talk about parenting with depression…

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How do you handle money and debt in a relationship?

My partner and I are cool with a lot of things, but in certain arenas we just don't line up. How do you reconcile it when one person in a relationship feels that debt is a sad reality of this modern life, and accepts debt as "just something that happens," and the other person is more in line with the "DEBT IS AN EMERGENCY" kinda deal?

I'm just curious how people reconcile different attitudes toward saving money.

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Hey "bad moms," let's give ourselves permission to feel competent

Since the birth of my daughter, I've found myself using the phrase "I'm a bad mom" a lot. It horrifies my husband, who associates bad moms with criminals, not ordinary women with ordinary flaws.

Think about your best girlfriend who is also a mom. Now imagine someone called her a bad parent. How would you feel?

Somebody said it to my face once. He didn't really know me, had never met my daughter, he was just a drunken dick in the bar where I work, but he said it, he looked me in the eye and said: "You're a bad mother." Let me tell you, it's one hell of a fucking insult, and we should never, never, say it to ourselves.

Recent Pets

How to stop a dog from eating too fast

My dog INHALES her food. She doesn't even bother chewing it! Is anyone else is dealing with this? If so, I've done some research, and here are the ways I'm told that you can stop a dog from eating to fast. (And one thing to do if nothing works.)

Recent Do It Yourself

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…

Tactile warmth and friendliness: The joys of refinishing radiators

While some people may dislike them for their industrial appearance and sturdy presence within a room, I love radiators' tactile warmth and friendless and the simple beauty of a molded decorative radiator. And, after a little TLC, our salvaged radiators are truly beautiful! Have a few radiators in your home that need some love, or are looking to install some? Here's some tips and tricks to beautify your radiators…

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Board games for people who hate board games

My fiancé is a board game geek, we have over 100 board games! The problem is that I'm not such a big fan (and am also a massive sore loser, we both are). So he has to try and find games that I will like, so we can play at home.

Here are the board games we play. Board games for people, like me, who don't like board games…

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5 more bizarre AF tea infusers

We at the Offbeat Empire have had a long-standing obsession with tea infusers, from the clever to the cute. But seriously, tea infusers? Now you are just getting ridiculous.

Just look at these loose leaf tea infusers that we found on Amazon, and try not to laugh your ass off…

Check out the Pi-themed gifts round-up you'll never want to end

It's one of my favorite days of the year: Pi Day! March 14th is when we celebrate everyone's favorite irrational number with clever Pi-themed home goods. I've whipped up a whole new bunch since our last round-up. And by "new" I mean Pi-themed gifts (and jokes!) you probably haven't seen before…

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