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How do you engage in offbeat self-care?

>I've been investigating the concept of "self-care." But sometimes the tips I find don't really work for me, even though they work for other people. For example, some people find buying a new nail polish and then taking the time to paint their nails is relaxing and boosts their mood. So I thought that the Offbeat Homies would be a great way to come up with some novel ideas for self-care.

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High Fidelity: 5 reasons we love our record player

Really, find a turntable, a receiver, speakers and some wire and put it together yourself. Find a music snob, or someone over 50 to help you. It's worth it. After years of playing mp3s through my crummy computer speakers, I feel like I'm finally listening to music again.

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Positive demotions and Mental Health Awareness within relationships

My wife is bipolar. For her, that means a life full of mediocre, less-than-positive, contentment. And that's all when she is at her absolute best. But we are working on understanding it. We are working together with individual therapists, a psychiatrist, a couple's counselor, a bipolar support group, and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family-to-Family classes.

Recent Home

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How do you engage in offbeat self-care?

>I've been investigating the concept of "self-care." But sometimes the tips I find don't really work for me, even though they work for other people. For example, some people find buying a new nail polish and then taking the time to paint their nails is relaxing and boosts their mood. So I thought that the Offbeat Homies would be a great way to come up with some novel ideas for self-care.

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How do I turn a driveway into a vegetable garden?

It's January and Spring is fast approaching so I've got planting on my mind. Unfortunately, the only spot that really works for a vegetable garden is a patch of yard that was paved over as a driveway extension. So the question is, what is the best way to make this space useable as a garden?

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Time management as an art project

With some nudging from my therapist and support from my husband, I finally managed to get on top of things. My to-do list has gone from "deal with three years of back taxes" to more mundane stuff like "clean up the dried paint in the bathroom." I used a handful of different strategies to gain control, which I'll detail in a sec, but the biggest key to staying motivated has been to turn it into something like an art project.

Recent Life

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High Fidelity: 5 reasons we love our record player

Really, find a turntable, a receiver, speakers and some wire and put it together yourself. Find a music snob, or someone over 50 to help you. It's worth it. After years of playing mp3s through my crummy computer speakers, I feel like I'm finally listening to music again.

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4 crucial steps for arranging the perfect au pair situation

Last spring I jetted off to Catalonia to work as an au pair and learn Spanish. In the end, my experience with my host family wasn’t the best. Now, months later, I look back and see it as a tremendous learning experience. I now have lots of worldly advice on what not to do before living with complete strangers. If I could do it over again, I would, without a doubt, take the following steps to prepare…

Recent Food

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The slow-cooker salsa chicken that makes three dinners

I can cook, but I don't like to, and frankly, I don't have much time for it. But my husband and I should probably eat more homemade food than expensive, unhealthy takeout or frozen pizzas, so we each force ourselves to cook sometimes. The following recipe is one I use to get out of cooking three times.

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No-bake oatmeal protein bites

Looking for a healthy snack that even picky people and kids will love? These are so yummy and take zero time to prepare. Best of all, they're a great source of protein, fiber and good fats and weigh in at only 85 calories!

Recent People

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Positive demotions and Mental Health Awareness within relationships

My wife is bipolar. For her, that means a life full of mediocre, less-than-positive, contentment. And that's all when she is at her absolute best. But we are working on understanding it. We are working together with individual therapists, a psychiatrist, a couple's counselor, a bipolar support group, and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family-to-Family classes.

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How do you forgive and forget?

How do you let go of the animosity or even hatred you feel toward a person who hurt you? What are some suggestions for forgiving people who have hurt you so you can move on with your life and feel more like a responsible adult and less like a petulant teenager with a grudge?

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How do you reconcile your tattoo needs with those of your partners?

In the span of our relationship, I have developed moderate myalgic encephalomyelitis. I've also been clinically depressed since I was about 15. Between the two of those things, there are a LOT of days when it seems easier to give up than keep going. And that's where the "inspirational tattoo" would come in. When I told my husband what I was thinking, he was clearly swallowing a lot of objections…

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How do you get your sexy photos back?

I'm in the unfortunate situation of breaking off a long term engagement. I had gifted him some boudoir photos shortly after we got engaged. Now that we are no longer, I'd like them back but he's not willing to part with them. Any ideas, thoughts, guidance on getting your sexy photos back from someone?

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What Disney taught me about healthy polyamory

No one would ever try to argue that Disney love stories are realistic portrayals of the ups and downs and trials and tribulations of relationships. Their fairy tale happy endings are what make them so endearing, but they definitely don't set proper expectations for dating in the real world. A prince is probably not going to come wake you up from sleep with an enchanted kiss while woodland creatures serenade you. But, there are some relationship lessons I have recently realized Disney imparted on me — and they're the least likely of all.

Let's see what Disney characters can teach us about healthy multi-partner relationships…

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Help! My roommate is SUPER loud while doin' it

My roommate keeps having loud crazy monkey sex when I'm wide awake and in the next room. One friend of mine said I just need to get better headphones, and another friend of mine said that she is being totally inconsiderate, and that there are rules with the roommate-having while boning. What are the rules? How does everyone else deal with this issue?

Recent Pets

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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?

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How to prepare raw dog food at home

Before we continue, two things: One, I am not a veterinarian. This is simply what has worked for us and our pup. Two, we are about to talk about poop. LOTS OF POOP. If you're eating a tasty burrito, maybe set it down 'til we're done.

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How do you approach a neighbor about their dog's barking?

My husband and I have no relationship with the people in the apartment next to mine, other than smiling at each other on the elevator, and so we're at a bit of a loss about how to approach them about their dog's barking. As far as we've been told, our building doesn't allow dogs. How can we bring it up without creating a negative relationship right from the get-go?

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How do I live with my dog when my dog isn't happy where I live?

I've had my dog ever since she was able to leave her mom. She's four now, and really is the best behaved dog for the most part. We have both lived with my parents in the country. Recently I moved to a new city and apartment. I thought my dog adjusted perfectly, however after a month and a half, my landlord called to say she was barking/howling/crying during the day while I was at work and that they wouldn't tolerate it anymore and that I had to do something. Right now, my doggie is living with my parents, but it's breaking both of our hearts to be apart. What else can I do in order to be able to live with my dog again?

Recent Do It Yourself

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The no-kill Christmas tree

My mom does not like cutting down trees, so she refuses to do traditional Christmas trees. She also hates plasticky stuff, so no fake trees. She's since developed a perfect no-kill Christmas tree. It's conical! It's solid! It smells delicious! Here's how she does it.

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How to make giant 10-sided dice

I present to you my tutorial for making giant d10 (because the giant d20 didn't work out so well — the pattern is far more complicated and didn't really work with the thick cardboard). If you have questions, feel free to ask 'em in the comments.

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Nested cards: Extreme(ly organized) letter writing for your loved ones

The first year that each of my sisters were at university, I sent them a letter every single week, without using the post office. I got the idea from my mother. When I was small she didn't go away often, but when she did she would leave a trail of notes that Dad would help us follow every day. As my sister started preparing for university I started wondering how this idea could translate to someone who was themselves going away. I finally hit on the idea of nested envelopes.

Recent Shopping

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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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How the color-depositing conditioners of oVertone changed my hair routine forever

Remember when I introduced you to our sponsor oVertone? It's the vegan, and cruelty free color-depositing conditioners that comes in six different colors. The ladies of the Empire were so stoked on this product that we forced them to send us conditioners in all our various colors. Let's talk more about what happened when the ladies behind oVertone hooked up the ladies of the Empire with their awesome color-depositing conditioners…

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14 gifts for dapper, artistic types that will make even the hipster-iest hipster excited

I got this request via Twitter: "Any plans to do a gift guide for the dapper artsy-type people in our lives? I'm totally stumped for my brother-in-law and could use some ideas." My response: "I suspect he may be suffering from hipsterism. But it's okay! I can help." Forget skinny jeans and slouchy beanies, these gifts will make even the pickiest hipster say, "okay, yeah, that's totally me"…

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