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From geeky to gangsta rap: Jordandene has the coolest kids clothes you'll see today

Remember when I first introduced you to Offbeat Home sponsor Jordandene? I gave you geek chic shirts for big kids, and you explored the site and found the geek chic items for little kids. Let's talk about Jordandene's awesome kids clothes and accessories (including the BEST FREAKING GIFT FOR KIDS of all time). Plus there's a special discount for any Jordandene stuff you like.

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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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My simple, fragrant, red lentil and veggie Dal recipe

Indian-style Dal is a wonderful, thick, delicious soup that becomes a stew the longer it sits. The warming spices offer a welcome change from the traditional choice of chicken noodle, and the recipe is seriously, ridiculously, easily adaptable. As long as you have a few staple ingredients, you can make it with whatever you have lingering in your freezer or produce drawer and still manage to have something that tastes rich and delicious.

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My family includes my "platonic wife"

Kira, the platonic wife in question, is sapiosexual, and we have known each other for about seven years; she and her heterosexual husband have been married for about two years. So why "platonic wife" instead of "best friend" or "really close friend"? Really it comes down to the fact that I consider her as important and as "legitimate" of a relationship as my relationships with my husband and partner.

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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…

Recent Home

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Rescuing already-sprouted tulip bulbs

A spell of weirdly warm weather got me rummaging around in my little gardening closet, and I stumbled across something that would fill any home gardener with horror. I'd completely forgotten that I had bought a bunch of tulip and hyacinth bulbs late last summer.

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Embracing and hacking the laundry piles with (of course) baskets!

I have had many clever and functional Ikea storage solutions gather dust because I can't help but let my clothes pile up on the floor. So when I moved in with my boyfriend I knew I could't let stuff pile up, but I also knew I would never be able to fight my piling ways forever. So just like you do in any relationship, I compromised with myself. I bought cheap hampers to separate my clothes into contained pile — keeping them clean and within reach.

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How do you combat pervasive cooking smells?

Cooking odors seem to permeate the place, whether or not I close the bedroom doors while cooking. It gets into our bedding, and clothes. We're pretty diligent about doing the dishes, washing bedding, and cleaning the floor. Aside from opening the windows (impossible this time of year) and turning on fans, do you have any tips or tricks to offer us to keep our home smelling fresh and inviting?

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Birch please: 12 home decor items that'll give you wood

You know what's awesome right now? The natural wood/wood grain trend. Maybe it's the work from home Hobbit in me, but I love the idea of bringing the outdoors inside. From pillows that'll help you to "saw logs," to shower curtains that'll make you feel like you're bathing in the forest… Let's explore some home decor items that'll give you wood.

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My "professional dress" experiment

When I first started to work in schools, it seemed like a no brainer that I had to build myself a professional wardrobe. And then this past year, I tried a little experiment. What if I just started wearing jeans? I’d still look nice. Clean, groomed, all that jazz. But no makeup, certainly no heels, and no dress pants. A couple of things happened…

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How to host a large dinner party in a small space

Last November I threw a potluck Friendsgiving. What made it a little tricky (and very nerve-wracking up until) is that I share a one-bedroom apartment with a platonic friend where I live in the living room. I was worried that we wouldn't fit, or that we wouldn't be comfortable, or that the pole would get in the way, etc. Here's how I made it work…

Recent Food

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My simple, fragrant, red lentil and veggie Dal recipe

Indian-style Dal is a wonderful, thick, delicious soup that becomes a stew the longer it sits. The warming spices offer a welcome change from the traditional choice of chicken noodle, and the recipe is seriously, ridiculously, easily adaptable. As long as you have a few staple ingredients, you can make it with whatever you have lingering in your freezer or produce drawer and still manage to have something that tastes rich and delicious.

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Frankensteined savory cheddar cheese shortbread recipe

My husband and I had a cheese shortbread that was so delicious that I wanted to try to recreate it at home. After looking through dozens of recipes none of them were exactly what I was looking for, so I grabbed what I liked from a few and combined them into my own creation. Here is the recipe I ended up with…

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The "deconstructed cheeseburger" casserole

Lately I have a had a fascination with casseroles, and how many different things can be put into them — or, in my, case changed into one. I found that those oh so wonderful, grilled, juicy, concoctions called cheeseburgers can be made into a casserole. I like to call this recipe the "Deconstructed Cheeseburger Casserole."

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Easy French crêpes for sweet or savoury meals

While February 2nd is known as Groundhog Day in North America. In Europe, we don't have groundhogs (or Bill Murray), but an old pagan-turned-Christian celebration. In France, it is called Chandeleur, aka Pancake Day! Everyone, Christian or not, rejoices in stuffing themselves out with crêpes (French-style pancakes). Now we don't need excuses to eat pancakes all year long (and we certanly do), so here's my recipe…

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How to become a person who can (mostly) cook without a recipe

Perhaps you’ve noticed it, too: people who are good cooks have a habit of saying something like “oh, you just toss some things together, whatever you have on hand.” I didn’t think it was possible, but I’ve become one of those people. Here's how I went from a person who needs a recipe to a person who can just make it up as I go

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My family includes my "platonic wife"

Kira, the platonic wife in question, is sapiosexual, and we have known each other for about seven years; she and her heterosexual husband have been married for about two years. So why "platonic wife" instead of "best friend" or "really close friend"? Really it comes down to the fact that I consider her as important and as "legitimate" of a relationship as my relationships with my husband and partner.

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How I keep cool when I'm unsure about wanting kids

Since getting married (oh, who am I kidding, since before getting married), people have started asking me how many kids I want. I answer truthfully, somewhere between zero to two — my husband and I do not know if we want to have kids. It’s not as if the decision needs to be made today, but it can be a bit disconcerting to be so ambivalent about something so major, especially when it seems like everyone else has the answer.

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How do you deal with the "so… when are you going to get married" questions?

Lately every time we see family or friends though the conversation always comes around to, "So, when's the wedding?" Our answers never seem to satisfy anyone, and it's a bummer to feel like those closest to us no longer feel like our relationship is "enough," even though we are really happy. Homies, does anyone have a really good script or advice for dealing with family and friends who want to pressure you about your relationship status?

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How to keep your whole family warm when walking in sub-zero temperatures

My family only has one car, which my husband uses to commute an hour to work each day. But that doesn't stop my family from going out and enjoying our neighbourhood. I still drop my son off at preschool a few mornings a week, enjoy library programs, and our awesome local fair-trade coffee shop. If you've got two feet, a heartbeat, and some basic gear, sub-zero temperatures and snow can't get in the way…

Recent Pets

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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?

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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.

Recent Do It Yourself

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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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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.

Recent Shopping

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From geeky to gangsta rap: Jordandene has the coolest kids clothes you'll see today

Remember when I first introduced you to Offbeat Home sponsor Jordandene? I gave you geek chic shirts for big kids, and you explored the site and found the geek chic items for little kids. Let's talk about Jordandene's awesome kids clothes and accessories (including the BEST FREAKING GIFT FOR KIDS of all time). Plus there's a special discount for any Jordandene stuff you like.

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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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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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