Advice for those considering a geodesic dome house

We live in a three-bedroom, two bath two story geodesic dome house with 4 ft. riser walls on the central Oregon coast. Built in 1981, we are about 2 city blocks from the beach and elevated 151 ft above sea level, tucked into the trees with ocean views on two sides among conventional houses. Here’s my advice for those considering buying a geodesic dome house…

What’s a death doula? (And why I became one)

Death doulas see death not only as something that’s a necessary part of life… but something that can even be beautiful.

How to adopt an elephant

Many years ago, when I was greedily going through every article on Offbeat Home to absorb all of the awesomeness within, I came across an article about how to adopt an elephant from Sheldrick’s Wildlife Trust. This year, I finally adopted my own orphaned elephant.

I just got laid off what do I do now?

Hi, my name is Suki and last month I got unexpectedly laid off, along with a third of the company where I was working. This week, I just started a new job… Let me tell you what I did to stay sane and quickly pivot from lay off depression to proactive job hunting momentum.

Keep your fur babies close to you forever with pet memorial jewelry

As a person who rescues senior dogs I’m very aware that our pets won’t be around forever. I’ve lost many of my babies, and I’ve been looking into getting a piece of memorial jewelry so that I can keep them with me always. Luckily there are so many different ways to make and wear pet memorial jewelry. So I thought I’d share all the gorgeous ways we can keep our fur babies with us always…

How I’m using cute photo gifts to teach my son about the meaning of family

My mom recently moved back into the log cabin she and my dad built in the ’70s, after over a decade of renting it. But she wasn’t really using the upstairs at all, and so this summer she said that my 12-year-old son Tavi and I could take over a couple rooms. Here’s how I’m using cute photo gifts all over the cabin help my son feel at home…