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Hi, I'm Melanie!  I love tea, gadgets, craft beer, sweater-weather and the unexpected beauty in life. Look around for recipes, holiday ideas, neat stuff and special needs parenting posts. At night, I dream about an organized home and self-ironing shirts. About me
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5 Faves Friday, These are a few of my favourite things...

5 Faves Friday: Craft Beer Edition

Fresh off the Blissdom craft beer tour bus, I give you 5 faves friday with the golden nectar of the gods. Three of these are local to Collingwood and delicious. The other two are close to home and are regulars both when we head out for a taste and in our fridge. Rooster Tail Pale Ale from Northwinds Brewhouse, Collingwood. Not only is the beer delicious, the french fries at the brew pub are also top notch. Downhill Pale Ale from Collingwood Brewery is one tasty brew. The cans are also super cute and the staff at the brewery are…

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5 fav’s friday: falling

Fall is here! Finally. Fall is definitely my season. Sweaters. Boots. Comfort food. The best! Here are a few of my favourite fall things – some I have, some I’m lusting over. This one I have and absolutely love. It’s the Safari Jacket from Joe Fresh. I get TONS of compliments…so many that I’m considered buying the other colour. It’s the perfect weight now that fall is here. This one is a two product combo. Fall is pulled pork season out our house. Our Cuisinart Slow Cooker gets a great workout in the fall – often with this amazing Pulled Pork…

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Williams Syndrome Wednesday: To the best-selling author who robbed me of the ending

Williams Syndrome Wednesday: To the best-selling author who robbed me of the ending I used to be a big time reader, but these days, I’m often too busy to laze around devouring books like I used to. I have work and family responsibilities including caring and advocating for my daughter who happens to have an intellectual disability. Getting to sit down and read an entire book is a luxury I can rarely afford. Lucky for me, I was recently sent on a business trip. On a plane. Away from home. No inflight movie for me. I was thrilled to be able…

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5 fav’s friday: clinging to summer

When I started writing this it was a balmy 31˚C so I was ready to rock summer a little longer. Then it got stuck in draft mode. I’m still gonna throw it out there despite the fact that it is already down 15˚C, I am wearing a turtleneck and went to get a tea to help drive off the damp chill I can’t seem to shake. There’s something about the sweet summer days after Labour Day that make you want to hold onto that summer feeling just a little bit longer. Here are some of my favourites to help make…

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Contradictions 

Three years ago, Shane headed off to his new school – for first day of Montessori. He walked the 1.2km to the school, was mostly potty trained and was already fluent in sarcasm. Alma is the same age today as he was then. Tomorrow he embarks on a new journey at a new school. Once we drop him off, Alma will start the new year at her 2.5h per day reverse integrated special needs preschool. We have a walker prepared for her and her TPSL block starts right off the bat. She’s been accepted into Physio at Holland Bloorview so…

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5 Faves Friday

5 fav’s friday: Back to School Edition

5 Faves Friday: Back to School Edition There’s something about this time of year that makes me want to take a long look at where I want to go, and how I might get there. Back to school is still my ‘resolution time’. Here are my 5 picks for what I wish I had to get me ready for next Tuesday when the kids go back to school – the first day of my New Year. 1. Check out these Frecklebox Personalized lunch boxes. I’d love to write some little notes to remind myself to be awesome every day. 2….

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mommydo.com | 5 faves friday | the first edition | a curated collection of things I love

1. The Oemi Baby Bag – Have been lusting after this for 2.5 years. Someday… 2. KitchenAid Artisan Series Countertop oven – Latest addition to our kitchen. Instant attachment. 3. Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-powder – My new go-to dry hairfixeruppper. Love the look and smells so good. 4. Pumpkin Scones – Mmm, the best reason to say goodbye to summer. 5. Sorel Tovoli Boots – Found these on the Anthropologie site and had a little swoon. Added to wish list.

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Sunday Dinner: New take on an old favourite

Sunday Dinner: New take on an old favourite It’s been a busy time but I still try and make a nice family meal on Sunday. Little Allie is way more interested in saucy, savoury foods than the boy, so now 3 out of 4 of us will eat what’s on the table for Sunday dinner. This Shepherd’s pie has 3 things going for it. One, despite having a long ingredient list, it’s pretty easy. 2. It’s delicious. 3. It has wine so I can throw a little in the pan, throw a little in my glass… and enjoy a little…

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Back-to-School Hannas Haul

Back-to-School Hannas Haul I do love this time of year. It’s so ripe with potential. New school year. New beginnings. New clothes… This year I was totally wooed by Hanna Andersson. I try not to order from the States – duty, exchange etc, but I didn’t see any point in spending less here on clothes that don’t stand up to everything my kids put them through. So I bit the bullet and splurged. In my defense, I did load my cart then wait and wait for a good sale to come along. And, i got an extra discount when I…

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