Lounge-y hammocks for everyone from babies to kitties to grown-ass adults

When it's hot outside and all you want to do is sit in the shade with a big ol' margarita, is there a better way to go than swinging in a hammock? I think the answer is no. Whether you're an adult looking to spoon in a cocoon, a baby in need of a cuddly swing, or a cat looking for yet another place to lounge (don't you have enough beds?! Nope.), there's a hammock for you.

Let's peruse some ultra lounge-y hammocks for everyone on your summer gift list…

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Why I send my kid outside to a kindergarten in the forest

It's winter in Georgia. The children waddle into the woods in layers of warm and waterproof clothes, awkward and round. The teachers' hats are pulled down over their ears and when they stomp their feet and clap their hands along with the songs and poems at morning circle time, they do so with extra motivation.

This is the hardest time of year to send our children outside to kindergarten for the day, and the most important…

Family photo fun time with an international blended family of six

This set of photos from Maine-based Justine Johnson Photography celebrates a blended family of AWESOME: Manya and Brian live in Kenya with their four kiddos. These two were both divorced when they met, and happily joined her two daughters and his two sons together. When the six of them were altogether visiting grandparents in Maine last summer they decided to round up the gang for photos — and here's what they came away with.

3 reasons why Superhooper will make hula hooping your family's favorite thing

Superhooper was started in 2002 by partners Lara and Droo. The pair now have two daughters who actively help handcraft and create hoops for customers and friends. This 100% family-run business is committed to quality hoop-making, out-of-this-world customer service, and giving back to the community as much as they can. If you've been reading the Offbeat Empire for a while, then you know plenty of couples love to incorporate hooping into their weddings, but we've yet to broach hooping on Families.