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.


A guide for families watching the Tour de France together for the first time

It's been a difficult year for the sport of cycling: the news about Lance Armstrong's doping scandal was nearly unavoidable for months. A lengthy investigation, a weepy appearance on Oprah, an admission that his multiple Tour de France victories were all tainted by doping. But the 100th Tour de France cycling race began Saturday June 29th, 2013 and all the bad press about Lance doesn't dampen my enthusiasm for the Tour one bit.


We're about to spend two months road-tripping with our baby

I'm about to embark on a two-month road trip with my husband, seven-month-old baby, and our two 90-pound dogs. We'll be living out of our car and tent hiking and camping across the United States. We decided to test the boundaries of what having a baby in your life means and want to introduce him to the world early. My husband and I used to travel in our car for a couple months at a time (pre-baby), so why stop now?