Decorate with animal art and support conservation at the same time

This painting was done by Eli, a male orangutan residing at the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, Utah. We do paintings with all our orangutans, and many other animals at the zoo. Painting with the animals is first and foremost for their own benefit. The added bonus of all this artistic expression is the end product; paintings that can be sold to the public.


We want to do a Peace Corps-like program — who's got suggestions?

My partner and I would like to spend some time working/volunteering abroad. We have talked about joining the Peace Corps and have friends who have had great Peace Corps experiences. But we're wondering about alternative programs (specifically, programs that are not government-affiliated). Does anyone have experience with or know of Peace Corps-like organizations?


My son, the elephant: Fostering an elephant in Africa

There was one Disney character that touched me so deeply, ruined me so wholly, that the effects are still in place today. I refer to Dumbo, the big-eared elephant. As an adult, I began to research the plight of elephants in captivity — in particular, those in circuses. Overwhelmed by the callousness and cruelty, and feeling powerless, I also researched ways I could help. This is how I came to foster a baby elephant.

7 reasons why SimpleRegistry can make getting what you need RIDICULOUSLY simple

A lot of you Homies might remember our long-time sponsor SimpleRegistry from when we've talked about them over on Offbeat Bride. SimpleRegistry is changing the way engaged couples (or non-engaged individuals with needs) create and share a registry. With cool tools that make registering for gifts fun and personable, y'all can create a registry that is reflective of your personality, instead of the latest inventory of the big box retail stores.

And since we last talked about SimpleRegistry, they've made quite a few awesome changes y'all might be interested in…