2 Jun 19, 2007 00:03
1. Yes it is, you can get your family to register an account, and then set the display status of your post to registered users only, or if non family members are also registered then you can make your family members of the blog (like a elevated registered user), and then set the post's display status as members only.
2. Yes, skins are customizable, you can find lots of help and tutes on making changes in the manual and forums.