How To Make Perfect Pour-Over Coffee

How To Make Perfect Pour-Over Coffee

There are few things in life that I love more than coffee. In fact, there’s almost nothing I like better than settling into my first daily cup of coffee – it’s become almost ritualistic at this point. Until recently, I had never attempted to brew my own – after all, why mess up a perfectly good thing if it’s so easy to find elsewhere? A friend of mine (after much cajoling) finally convinced me to invest in a sturdy 3-cup Chemex coffee maker, and let me tell you, my life has never been the same. Since then, I’ve become obsessed with how to make the perfect pour-over coffee, and today, I’m going to share the wisdom. There are a ton of benefits to making your own coffee – for one thing,  it’s far cheaper than the alternative, and I’ve found over time that the quality of the coffee I make at home is even slightly better than the coffee I used to buy at my local coffee shop. Pour-over coffee has become increasingly popular over the last few years, and I can…

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Valentines Gifts That Don't Suck

Valentine’s Gifts That Don’t Suck

There’s no getting around it: Valentine’s Day is a divisive holiday. And I get it – there’s a lot of pressure built into a day that’s centered around the (over)appreciation of your significant other. And worse, what if you’re single? There’s a lot of focus built up around couples this time of year, and there’s nothing worse when you’re single than being perpetually reminded of how alone you are. I’ve gone back and forth on Valentine’s day a fair bit, and this year, I’m encouraging myself (and you!) to consider Valentine’s Day as a celebration of every possible kind of love. Love for yourself, your parents, your friends, your coworkers, your dog, and, yes, your partner. Single? Cool, take some time to appreciate yourself. You’ve earned it. Below, I’m sharing a few gift options that work well for just about anyone on your list. I wanted to represent the traditional Valentine’s Day elements (jewelry, sweets, flowers) in a way that will be appreciated beyond February 14th. These presents are special but simple, which is the perfect gifting combination in my book. Here are my picks for…

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5 Life-Changing Things To Try This Month

Yesterday, I came to the startling realization that January was on its last legs. Can you believe how quickly the first month of 2016 flew by? Poor February doesn’t seem to be anyone’s favorite month. Whether it’s a strong general dislike of Valentines day or the oppressive third (and final!) short month of winter cramping your style, Feb is like the least-loved child in a family of sunny high-achievers (hello, May!). In honor of the new month, I thought it would be fun to share with you some of my favorite finds from January. I’m always on the lookout for new apps, products, and projects in search of the next productivity boost or item that sparks joy, and every month I end up with a list of goodies that were really worth it. Here are five life-changing things I tried in January that I think you’ll absolutely love:   Scanner Pro – I’ve already waxed poetic about this app, but I feel it deserves a second mention for being an unexpected pick for my favorite tool of the month. I’ve…

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Drink Up, Buttercup: Easy Whisky Apricot Cocktail

This is one tasty whisky apricot cocktail, you guys. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am a whisky girl, through and through. When given a choice, I will always pick whisky cocktails over any other beverage (save for an occasional glass of red wine). My only qualm is that there isn’t much variety when ordering a whisky-based cocktail at bars. Most only serve the classics: a whisky sour and the perennial old fashioned. And don’t get me wrong, I’d drink either one of those beverages any day of the week, but sometimes you just want a bit more from your whisky drink. This little drink could not be simpler to make. You probably already have all the ingredients in your fridge – all you need is some club soda (sparkling water is a nice substitute), some apricot jam, your favorite whisky and an optional sprig of fresh thyme. And don’t think that you have to save this one for the evening just because there’s whisky involved – Sebastian…

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