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When life hands you pancakes, include BACON: maple bacon pancake bites

This is one of those recipes I'll haul out when I've got company coming over so I don't have to keep everyone waiting around for brekky: mini pancake bites I can make ahead of time. They taste pretty awesome cold or warmed up. Make some with good ol' bacon for your meat-eating friends and another batch without for your veggie friends. They're easy to make, so feel free to make a ton and swap in new mix-ins.

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Conservative family vs. liberal partner: How do you make it work?

It's 2015, so a liberal Filipino woman dating a white conservative man isn't so unusual. And our relationship is amazing. Except… while my family has welcomed the man I love with open arms, his family keeps their arms shut. Normally I wouldn't be too concerned with whether or not people like me. But it's different when you're talking about the parents of the man you're dating.

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Makeup basics from a makeup artist: the 6 best sunscreens that you should definitely be using

We all know we're supposed to wear sunscreen, but do we? In parts of the country where it's not as constantly sunshiny as my home in California, it's easy to think you don’t need it until summer rolls around. Well, study after study says that we do. Now is the time to develop the habit of wearing sunscreen regularly. Here are some of my fave sunscreens as well as some interesting newcomers…

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"I don't think I'll stop feeling scared and apprehensive": pregnancy after multiple miscarriages

With the help of some recent high profile announcements we're starting to get better at talking about miscarriage, but when you clock three in a row no one really knows what to say. I've got one healthy child, three consecutive miscarriages, and now a fifth pregnancy that has stuck around to the 20 week mark, and is still hanging in there. In the past two years I've been pregnant for a total of 11 months.

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A magical, bittersweet, vacation in County Kilkenny, Ireland

I spent St. Patrick’s Day at the Enchanted Mill Cottage in Kells, population 280. I'd come to Ireland for a month to celebrate the life of the world's best dad and to scatter his ashes in our ancestral home. The Irish reminded me of everything I loved about my dad — emotionally intense, rugged people, genuine out of necessity, loyal to the core.

Recent Home

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What the hell do you do with a permanent soap dish?

My husband and I recently moved into a new apartment which we love… except for one design detail. The bathroom counter has a permanent pink shell soap dish attached to it right between our sinks. I would put soap in it, but we use liquid soap. So… there it sits. Mocking me. I've tried to embrace the shell, but when the rest of your bathroom theme is NOT shells… what's a gal to do?

Recent Life

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Makeup basics from a makeup artist: the 6 best sunscreens that you should definitely be using

We all know we're supposed to wear sunscreen, but do we? In parts of the country where it's not as constantly sunshiny as my home in California, it's easy to think you don’t need it until summer rolls around. Well, study after study says that we do. Now is the time to develop the habit of wearing sunscreen regularly. Here are some of my fave sunscreens as well as some interesting newcomers…

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Makeup basics from a makeup artist: The top 10 mascaras (both new and classic)

Without. A. Doubt. the number one product I am asked about is mascara. All the folks who ask about it — laypersons and fellow makeup artists alike — seem to be on the eternal quest for the perfect mascara. All I can do is offer my advice as someone who — because of my work as a makeup artist — has tried a lot of different mascara on a lot of different eyes. In no particular order, here are the top 10 best mascaras…

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Pickles, pirates, and busty ladies: what to expect at a Renaissance fair

As a huge fantasy geek, dressing up in period costume, eating giant dill pickles on sticks, and watching sexy people joust is my happy place. I also wrongly assumed that everyone else in the world was attending their own local Ren fairs/fests and huzzah-ing along with me. But after posting a shot of my recently acquired new garb online, I came to find out how wrong I was. Fellow editor, Chris, started asking me all these questions and was worried she'd be ridiculed for her lack of knowledge of olde-y world-y things (spoiler: hell no!). We decided that I should write up a primer for preparing to embark on a geeky trip back in time. Here's what to expect at your first Renaissance fair.

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How do I allow myself to take breaks at work?

Lately I've been pulled so many different directions that I end up working during my lunch breaks. Because I always make myself accessible to others, I inevitably became the "go-to person" to fix problems, troubleshoot the copier, direct phone calls, greet clients, etc. Does anyone have suggestions for avoiding workaholic tendencies? What are some ways to set boundaries with co-workers, and allow myself to take breaks so that I don't burnout?

Recent Food

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When life hands you pancakes, include BACON: maple bacon pancake bites

This is one of those recipes I'll haul out when I've got company coming over so I don't have to keep everyone waiting around for brekky: mini pancake bites I can make ahead of time. They taste pretty awesome cold or warmed up. Make some with good ol' bacon for your meat-eating friends and another batch without for your veggie friends. They're easy to make, so feel free to make a ton and swap in new mix-ins.

Recent People

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Conservative family vs. liberal partner: How do you make it work?

It's 2015, so a liberal Filipino woman dating a white conservative man isn't so unusual. And our relationship is amazing. Except… while my family has welcomed the man I love with open arms, his family keeps their arms shut. Normally I wouldn't be too concerned with whether or not people like me. But it's different when you're talking about the parents of the man you're dating.

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"I don't think I'll stop feeling scared and apprehensive": pregnancy after multiple miscarriages

With the help of some recent high profile announcements we're starting to get better at talking about miscarriage, but when you clock three in a row no one really knows what to say. I've got one healthy child, three consecutive miscarriages, and now a fifth pregnancy that has stuck around to the 20 week mark, and is still hanging in there. In the past two years I've been pregnant for a total of 11 months.

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My divorce made me love my wedding video

Offbeat Bride readers might remember me from this post. That marriage ended two years after our wedding. It took two more years after that for me to revisit my wedding video. I expected to feel pain, but I felt so much joy instead. My wedding video means more to me now than I could ever have anticipated four years ago…

Recent Pets

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Is it possible to keep cats from chewing cords?

We have a pair of one year old, neutered, male kittens. They are amazing cats — friendly, cuddly, and affectionate. They're practically perfect except for one giant problem: They chew cords. Any suggestions on how to break our cats of this cord chewing habit once and for all?

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Owning dairy goats: How I became the "crazy goat lady"

I am an Agricultural Science teacher, and a homeowner, complete with eight whole acres to use for sustainable farming. While the garden was put in, and laying hens purchased (chickens are the homesteading gate way drug), I couldn't forget my fascination with the dairy goats I had met! So I began researching…

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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…

Recent Do It Yourself

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Installing IKEA kitchen cabinets the DIY way

I consider myself an Ikea veteran. I have assembled dozens, if not hundreds, of pieces of Ikea furniture over the last 30 years. I am one with the allen wrench. So when I saw the raised eyebrows when I told the Ikea employees I'd be installing my kitchen myself, I knew it was going to be work. For anyone else considering doing a DIY Ikea kitchen install I offer the following advice…

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Stop cheating your electric: How to safely replace a 2-prong outlet

Today we're going to talk about power outlets, grounding, and how you can safely plug things into an old 2-prong outlet by replacing it with a GFCI or "ground fault circuit interrupter" receptacle. Doing electrical work can be intimidating, but if you follow the directions and use common sense this one is actually pretty easy.

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How we DIYed our IKEA kitchen remodel

While we hired contractors for the Serious Business projects like structural and electrical work, we decided to tackle updating the kitchen cabinets ourselves. We chose Ikea cabinets as they were generally agreed to be the best quality for the price and we wanted to keep this a budget kitchen wherever possible. Here's how we pulled it all off…

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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.

Recent Shopping

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How Je Joue can help you find your G-spot

Right now, Je Joue is currently running a promotion on their g-spot toy, the G-Kii — it's marked down to $99 for their summer sale. In honor of that sale, here are 5 things Je Joue wants you to know about finding your g-spot with the G-Kii…

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Feel like a spellbinding witch queen with Rituel de Fille makeup

Rituel de Fille is a make-up brand founded by three sisters who were inspired by the magical side of natural ingredients, and the ritualistic, ceremonial power of pigment. If that evokes the image of three Macbethian witches, you are not far off: this make-up is perfect for bringing out your inner witch queen, no matter who you are.

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