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Author of three editions of the Offbeat Bride book and From Shitshow To Afterglow, Ariel Meadow Stallings is the publisher of of all the Offbeat Empire websites, including Offbeat Wed. She lives in Seattle with her son, and if she's not writing or scrolling, chances are good that she's dancing or happy-crying.

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.

A cute rice cooker makes your countertops AESTHETIC

So you want a rice cooker but you don’t want your kitchen counters to lose their aesthetic vibes? Offbeat Home is here for you with a collection of cute and unique rice cookers that keep your kitchen cute AF.

How learning my rescue dog’s breed DNA helped me help him

In March, after several months of poking around, my son and I found a new dog rescue to adopt. We thought we were getting a 2-year-old Yorkie mix, but we had no idea what we were in for…

Why only you can heal you (and why that’s fucking awesome)

Here’s how anxious attachment works: you grow up confusing the sensation of chasing attention with the feeling of love.

We adapted so well to unpredictable attention that it’s what we crave. Relationships that don’t involve chasing can feel boring…

Surviving divorce taught me how to survive a pandemic

When my 18-year partnership abruptly ended in late 2015, my life completely fell apart. It was a complete shitshow… kind of like this year. Here’s how surviving divorce taught me 9 lessons that are helping me survive 2020.

The ultimate offbeat breakup book: From Sh!tshow To Afterglow

Hey guys! It’s me, Ariel — the publisher of Offbeat Home. My new book, From Sh!tshow To Afterglow is about how to rebound after loss, grief, and the other cruel crises life throws your way — basically, it’s the anti-self-help book.

Exhuming love

Sometimes on my walks, I even leave my phone at home.…I KNOW! Lately, I’ve been trying to imagine my phone in my hand as a strong cocktail — do I really need to take this cocktail on a walk with me? Yikes. Do I really need to have this cocktail in my hand while I’m hugging my son? Eep. Is 7am really a good time for a cocktail? Barf.

Steal this resolution: one box in, one box out

For the new year, I’m trying this new idea. Any packaging that enters my home must now be filled up with old stuff, and given away.