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How to host a classy AF Halloween party for grown-ups

I'm a big fan of Halloween parties for kids (candy! apples! games!), but if you're planning a more sophisticated Halloween party for grown-ups, you'll want to up your game. Here are a few of my favorite chic Halloween decor ideas, shmancy Halloween cocktails, and killer ways to keep things spooky at your adult Halloween shindig.

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Hidden Blessings: Dispatches from the midlife trenches

This weekend I am doing one of the most cliche things I've ever done: I am going to a midlife crisis workshop. Let me pull back and say it even bigger: I am a white divorced 42-year-old mom, and I am going to a midlife crisis workshop. I built a literal empire on offbeatness, but the current reality is pretty fucking stereotypical: just a confused midlife white lady going through a midlife crisis, here! NICE TO MEET YOU.

Judgmental and unkind statements make me feel irresponsible to be on Medicaid

Even though I know with certainty this was the right decision for us, guilt, fear, shame and embarrassment smother me every day. I listen to people who don't know our full situation make callous, judgmental and unkind statements about Medicaid and the people on it.

It seems many people view Medicaid recipients as lazy, manipulating-the-system types. And that makes me feel sad and ashamed. It makes me feel "less than." It makes me wonder… Is that who we are now? Are we suddenly bad, lazy and immoral members of society because we found ourselves in a difficult, life-changing situation?

Fun makeup brushes for all kinds of gorgeous unicorns

Gone are the days of boring makeup brushes — we now have more cute/geeky/fun/pretty/offbeat cosmetic brush options than ever! Here are a few unique styles for you to drool over, all available on Amazon.

Bonus: they're all vegan makeup brushes! No animal bristles here, thank you. Check 'em out…

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"Where grief and celebration meet": This end of life pet photo session will break and warm your heart

Beth pulled me aside in her veterinary practice and with tears in her eyes told me that she'd found a mass on Sawyer. It would not be long until he was gone. She wanted photos to capture his unique spirit, before he passed.

In Beth's grief journey, she made a bucket list for Sawyer and brazenly checked every goddamn thing off of it twice. So we set to making the bucket list part of the photo celebration of his life…