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Unexpected polyamory and what it taught me about myself

Polyamory isn't something that I thought I'd ever be interested in. My husband and I were together for three years before I met someone who changed that. I struggled in the beginning with what to do. I couldn't ignore my feelings for this new man, and cheating on my husband was out of the question. I knew I had to talk with him about these new feelings I was developing and what to do with them…

7 travel tips to save money that will finally get you adventuring

Like many of us, I love to travel and don't do it nearly as often as I'd like. For most of us with a regular job, a family, a busy life, and not enough money, travel can seem pretty out of reach. But if you've decided to make traveling a priority in your life (which is the trick!), these are the travel tips to save money that can help you get there.

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Offbeat House Hunters: The Northeastern Pennsylvania Edition

So which house did we go with? It was a tough choice… The Customized Cape Cod was wonderful and cheap but needed the most work. The Horror Movie Hallway was great but my husband's commute would become a huge problem. The Four Season Porch seemed to be in the best condition but was at the very top of our price point.

We ended up choosing …

Recent Life

The perpetual anxiety of never knowing if my job will be abolished: How I deal with job insecurity

Guys, I'm currently working my dream job. It's awesome. But the very existence of my job is dependent on outside factors, and is re-evaluated every six months. The last year in particular has been really really uncertain; I've kept my job, but just barely. The next evaluation is looking very grim.

I've found ways of dealing with the perpetual anxiety of never knowing if my job will be abolished. Maybe these tips can help others with job uncertainty, like me…

How to shop your own closet and maximize your wardrobe

When you're trying to save a buck here and there with clothes, learning to work with what you already own is key. This applies doubly for when you're traveling. Re-styling an outfit = fewer items you'll need to pack overall. Here's how you can shop your own closet to save money and maximize your wardrobe…

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How I gently eased into sharing expenses with my partner

I moved in with my partner of two years about seven months ago. It's my first time living with someone, at the not-so-tender age of in-my-thirties. When we started to share rent and utilities responsibilities, we had to figure out a way to make things equitable, while also easing into the whole finance sharing idea in general. Here's how we do it…

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How I used existentialism to become body positive

I'm a body positive activist and plus-size model, and people ask me daily for advice on how to become comfortable with themselves. My approach to body positivity is a perspective that I've never really seen talked about in-depth in body positive circles. And it all stems unexpectedly from existential nihilism.

So, you want to love yourself? Here's how I used existentialism to become body positive…

Recent Food

Homemade labneh & ricotta: How to make soft cheese at home

I want a recipe that is economical, better than what I can buy, and suitable for the easily distracted. A tall order, it would seem, but after a quick search and a flick though some old books, I found three likely candidates: labneh, ricotta, and paneer.

My paneer was underwhelming, but the other two cheeses were a roaring success! Here's how to make soft cheese at home…

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!

Recent People

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Unexpected polyamory and what it taught me about myself

Polyamory isn't something that I thought I'd ever be interested in. My husband and I were together for three years before I met someone who changed that. I struggled in the beginning with what to do. I couldn't ignore my feelings for this new man, and cheating on my husband was out of the question. I knew I had to talk with him about these new feelings I was developing and what to do with them…

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How I gently eased into sharing expenses with my partner

I moved in with my partner of two years about seven months ago. It's my first time living with someone, at the not-so-tender age of in-my-thirties. When we started to share rent and utilities responsibilities, we had to figure out a way to make things equitable, while also easing into the whole finance sharing idea in general. Here's how we do it…

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…

Recent Shopping

Star Wars appliances that will make you say "No way, Ms. Rey!"

May the Fourth be with you, and may you get as big of a kick out of these new Star Wars kitchen goods and appliances as I did.

Lightsaber Blender, BB-8 Waffle Maker, Death Star Popcorn Machine… Star Wars word salad this is not. They are all actual products that exist on the interwebs for you to purchase. Check these out…

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D-mannose: why don't more people know about this natural UTI cure?

There I was last fall: in San Francisco, visiting a "friend" (wink wink ow my eye) and feeling a UTI coming on again. Friends, it happens. What with the timing of my flight back home and the weekend, I knew it'd be a least a week before I'd be able to see my doctor back in Seattle, and so I fired up Ye Olde Google and tried to see what natural home treatments I could find… and I learned about D-Mannose.

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Can these science-themed clothes for girls change the world? (Hint: they already are)

Svaha started as STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math)-themed clothes for kids. But after they launched, they started getting flooded with requests from women in science and tech who also wanted the clothes for themselves. (Good to know I'm not alone!) The Svaha clothing line is aimed at shattering gender stereotypes. They want to teach kids and the adults that love them that it’s okay to like anything they want.

And you can join the clothing revolution too with a pretty sweet Offbeat Home discount…

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