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But now it's more complicated as I'm the adult who has to decide what to do with the unwanted thing…

How to make pour-over coffee at home and on a budget

Pour-over coffee is excellent, but the brew methods can be somewhat complicated and require specialized equipment. But, by using some ingenuity and household items, you too can make great pour-over coffee at home! Here's my cheaper, DIY alternative that will allow you to create a great pour-over coffee experience without the extra cost…

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In the past five years of being a mother, I can say without even an iota of doubt that every day has been an adventurous ride that has brought with it a new set of learnings. From all the late night parties and spontaneous getaways with my partner, to the breastfeeding woes and potty training sessions with my kids, I have come a very long way over the last couple of years — courtesy all the successes and failures.

Here are the top seven things I have learned as a parent of two…

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I've fallen ill, I guess that's the word — ill. I've fallen worthless is what it feels like. Not that I'm not fabulous on the inside still, I'm awesome, but my body has taken to no longer working, so the fab's pretty hard to show. Health-wise, a good day is where I'm able to cook a meal and do some dishes, or draw or write, for an hour or two. Many days all I can do is just lie here. This has been such a bizarre experience, but I've learned some things along this journey…