Archive | July, 2011

ENTERTAINING, OUTDOOR entertaining | July 30, 2011 | by Kim Vallee

Simple and Delightful Ideas for Entertaining at the Cottage

outdoor movie :: pillows on the dock

Entertaining at a cottage by the lake must leave you time to enjoy the view and all the outdoor activities. A few simple steps is often enough to make your guests feel welcome. You could start with these three ideas from a Montauk Surf Shack that was featured on The New York Times. What I like [...]

BABY products, FAMILY | July 30, 2011 | by Kim Vallee

Chronicle Your Baby’s Life with Sticky Bellies

sticky bellies

As my son approaches the 5-month mark, I wish to find an easy way to document his monthly milestone. We already take a daily picture of him. I initially wanted to design my own signs, but I clearly lack the time. I need a ready-to-use option to identify his age on a picture. I might [...]

HOME + GARDEN, ORGANIZING | July 28, 2011 | by Kim Vallee

Oxo Makes It Easy to Organize your Kitchen Drawers

oxo Drawer Organizers

It is not because you rent an apartment that you could not realize your dream of well-organized kitchen cabinets. You can reach that goal with versatile drawer organizers like the ones made by Oxo. Available in height of 4 and 5 inches, the expandable drawer dividers will separate your plastic ware lids from the bowls, keep [...]

FAMILY, KIDS products | July 28, 2011 | by Kim Vallee

Awesome Nursery Item Caddies and Toy Bins

baby storage caddy

Any parent knows that you can avoid to keep close by a couple of bins filled with your baby or toddler toys. So, it’s best to look for great looking toy bins. Three friends who lived in New York and Toronto started 3 Sprouts in 2007. They produce cute, fun and practical toy bins and storage caddies [...]


July 28, 2011 | by Heather

Kitchen Tip: Stock-Up for Your Slow Cooker

slow cooker veggies healthy mama baby blog

During these dog days of summer, the prospect of a hearty, rich slow cooker meal likely couldn’t be further from your mind. [...]

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July 25, 2011 | by Kim

A Look at Upscale Outdoor Playhouses + My...

custom cape cod playhouse

I was surprised when I read this article from The New York Times by the spread of high-end, custom playhouse makers. I [...]


July 20, 2011 | by Kim

French Style Alfresco Dining

french style alfresco dining

It is funny that I found in a South African magazine one of the most inspiring pictures that capture the spirit of [...]


July 20, 2011 | by Heather

Yeehaw! Cool Cowboy Birthday Party

cowboy birthday party kids boys dessert table

When it comes to planning super stylish parties, sometimes boys get the short end of the stick. But little dudes deserve clever [...]


July 19, 2011 | by Heather

DIY Paper Flowers

martha stewart paper flower bouquet carnation cupcake liners

Only if you tried to stop and smell them would you ever guess these flowers were anything but the real deal. And [...]


July 18, 2011 | by Kim

The Secrets of Pesto Making and Homemade Ice...

pesto making secrets

Reading the latest issue of Saveur (Sept. 2011) taught me that the pesto starts with the smallest, palest basil leaves. It is because [...]

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July 17, 2011 | by Kim

A Table Design Idea for an Art or Calligraphy...

art theme table details

Look closely at this table and you should find a few ideas to steal if you are hosting an adult or kids [...]

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FAMILY, LIVING with kids

July 17, 2011 | by Kim

Three Wall Decals for a Baby Boy or a Toddler...

Custom Baby Boy Subway wall decals

Since I am a mom of a baby boy, I am always on the lookout for fun and original boy design ideas. [...]

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