When I asked my brother if there was anything I could make for my niece for the holidays, I was a little overwhelmed when he suggested a My Little Pony — Friendship is Magic plushie of Pinkie Pie. I'd never sewn a stuffed animal before, and I'd be a pony newbie creating something to give to a pony expert!
This is Offbeat Families's archive of posts by Stephanie Kaloi.
I am the former editor of Offbeat Families, and owner/photographer at Stephanie Kaloi Photography in Portland, OR.
If you've been following the controversy surrounding Montana District Judge G. Todd Baugh you already know, but just in case you don't: a few weeks ago he essentially blamed a now deceased 16-year-old for her own rape. He stated that she was "older than her chronological age" — basically saying that she acted older than she was and got what was coming to her. Understandably there was a gigantic wave of outcry, and he's since apologized and called for a new hearing.
The family chose to shoot near a lake they call "Turtle Lake" (they recently set a turtle free there). Everyone showed up in matching bow ties and Toms and, according to Schellie, ROCKED their photos.
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.
I am expecting my second son and I think it would really help my chaotic life if I was able to cart this kiddo around without a stroller. My first son had some health issues that made baby wearing not a possibility for us, so I do not have much experience picking the best options. Since I am a big gal I'm wondering if some products work better for larger bodies. My partner is also chubby and proud so suggestions for big papas would also be helpful!
You know what the last week of September means to me? That we're inching ever closer to Halloweeeeeeeen! So you can imagine how tickled I was when I found this gallery of face painting inspiration. My four-year-old isn't a fan of paint all over his face, but I don't mind it… so I might totally try some of these on myself.
Last year I hosted a baby shower for my sister. The goals were to make it fun, have people bring adorable baby stuff. The challenge, like a lot of baby showers, is that they can kind of suck — no one wants to watch a woman open onesies and bottle sets and nipple cream for two hours. There's a lot of amazing baby shower inspiration out there — and here's mine!
Her kids have always slept through the night, and even if they don't, she still manages to look like she has had eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. There is always a well-balanced, home-cooked meal on her dinner table. She either happily stays at home or holds down a fulfilling job while still finding time to join the PTA, run the school's book sale, and makes it to every single soccer game. She is usually white, middle to upper class, heterosexual, and neither too young nor too old. But above all… she's a myth. And it's this myth that divides women and pits mothers against each other while fueling the flames of the manufactured "mommy wars."