FOOD + DRINK | April 22, 2014 | by Kim Vallee

The Porthole Infuser Turns Drinks Into Tasty Art

porthole infusion vessel

Originally designed to prepare and serve the seasonal time-lapse cocktails at the Aviary, Porthole is a stylish infuser designed by Martin Kastner of Crucial Detail design studio. It has been available to the public since their extremely successful Kickstarter campaign back in 2012. They raised over $700,000. I can see why. A look at their gorgeous infusions is enough [...]

HOME + GARDEN | April 21, 2014 | by Kim Vallee

Yippee! We Bought a House


I was a busy bee this Spring. First, I founded a business partner. I will tell you all about it later. For now, I want to tell you about the other huge change in my life. We bought a house in the suburbs. After careful considerations and months of discussions, it became clear that we [...]

ENTERTAINING, EVERYDAY entertaining | April 11, 2014 | by Kim Vallee

5 Easter egg decorating ideas with a modern flair

tape eggs

+ photo credits: Living at Home - Easter egg decorated with Washi tapes. With Easter just around at the corner, it is time to for you to decide on how you will decorate your table and your home for your Easter brunch celebrations. In my mind, nothing says Easter more than decorated eggs. I made a [...]

GIFT IDEAS | April 5, 2014 | by Kim Vallee

Etsy handmade goods are now at Indigo

lily and val Be Full Of Joy print

+ Studiopatro tea towels $24 CAD After West Elm and Hudson’s Bay, Indigo is the latest retailer in Canada that carries a small collection of Etsy handmade wares. It continues to show that consumers want less mass-produced objects in their life. I am glad to see that more and more chain retailers are willing to bring small makers [...]


March 10, 2014 | by Kim

Fun bowls for kids

west elm organic shaped rice bowl

+ rice bowl from the Organic shaped dinnerware collection. We often eat our main dish in a big bowl, inside of a [...]

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Work and Life

August 1, 2013 | by Kim

Announcing my New Blog, Balancing Act, and...

reading balancing act

March 2014 Update: I am back! Everything comes to an end. The time has come for me to officially say goodbye to [...]

Work and Life

July 19, 2013 | by Kim

My Beach Family Vacation Checklist

beach essentials

Whether it is for a business presentation or going on a family vacation, being organized makes your life easier and so much [...]

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July 10, 2013 | by Kim

Why Prescholers Need Some Time Off as Much as...

vacation at the beach

We sometimes forget that our little ones have a busy life. They have a lot of fun at daycare but, like you, [...]

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July 2, 2013 | by Kim

My Simple Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

strawberry shortcake recipe by kim vallee

This is the ideal dessert for time-crunched parents. In less than 10 minutes, without rushing, I had this good-looking dessert ready-to-serve yesterday. Even [...]

Work and Life

June 26, 2013 | by Kim

Why I Returned My Nike+ Fuelband

not for that

Less than 10 days ago, you might recall that I was a proud owner. After wearing it for 6 days in a [...]

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June 25, 2013 | by Kim

I am in a “Rethink: The Way We...

rethink the way we live book :: photo by Mikkel Vang

I was so inspired after reading a post by Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind where she talked of Rethink: The Way We [...]

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June 20, 2013 | by Kim

Rethinking The Office Space Design with...

connected sofa for you home office

This picture illustrates well what many of us do in our living room on weekends or late at night. We browse the [...]

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