I have been quiet the past weeks because I oversee the renovations at the 1960s split-level house we bought in spring. Like we see on TV, my emotions went from total excitement to deception as problems surfaced. Then, fatigue and despair hit as things take time to be rebuilt. Thankfully, my energy went up again since we are closer to the finish line.
I have been waiting for this moment for a long time. I always said that once we bought a house, I would get a new, large dining table. I waited so long because I wanted one that would fit the space. My new dining room is 10 feet by almost 16 feet. Therefore, I’m waiting for a dining table to comfortably sit 10 to 12 persons, when it is fully extended. Continue Reading
Three years ago, I celebrated my first Mother’s Day. Now my baby boy is big enough to get me flowers. Time flies!
This morning, the first thing I saw when I woke was his beautiful and loving smile. Then, he went shopping with my husband for supper. They invited the grand-mothers and I to dinner tonight. He is a great little helper. I am a lucky mom!
I wish you all moms a wonderful Happy Mother Day! And tell your mom that you love her and are very grateful of everything that she did and still does for you.
Today I’m glad to announce something that I wanted to do for a while. I’m happy to introduce Sproutive. With my business partner Bettina Forget, I developed a series of workshops and webinars for small business. Sproutive aims to inform, inspire, and nurture the skills of business owners as brand storytellers. We’ll show them how to use social media and content marketing, with a twist.
Schleich is known for their figurines. I like them for their trucks. Last year, we bought the farm truck with the trailer at the Biodome gift shop. My son played with them all the time. He enjoys removing and putting back the doors, the wheels, the roof and the trailer sides. I wanted to get another Schleich truck since we were so happy it with them. We bought this brown stripes Safari truck yesterday. He likes it a lot. He brought his new truck next to his bed before going to bed last night. This is the closest that he is allowed to bring toys at bedtime. Continue Reading
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 to convince most amateur mixologists that they need one.
Personally, if I would get one, it would be to make and serve spa water, fruity lemonades and iced teas. Here are a few recipes that you can make at home:
Porthole is currently backordered at Crucial Detail but they should be back in stock in june, just in time for Father’s Day.
+ The Porthole Infuser $99 USD at Crucial Detail
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 should head to the suburbs. It’s a big change for a city girl like me.
I love the interior of my current home but over the last year, it became clear that it didn’t fit our lifestyle anymore. We want to live in a place where our son could play with the kids next door, with great schools at a walking distance and where we feel good. So, we started to look for a family-friendly neighbourhood. Continue Reading
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 short list of easy Easter egg decorating ideas that would bring a modern feel to your Easter decor. Continue Reading
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 and designers into their shop. Indigo selected a mix of home decor, tabletop and entertaining, and style items from Etsy wholesale program.
+ Studiopatro tea towels $24 CAD
This initiative will make your gift giving easier. Personally, I put the Studiopatro tea towels and the Lily and Val chalkboard prints on my birthday’s wish list; which is next month. They fit nicely with the kitchen decor of the house we bought this week.
So, if you are in Toronto, drop by the Etsy pop-up store at Indigo’s Toronto Eaton Centre location. They opened April 1st, 2014. Otherwise, you can buy the Etsy at Indigo collection online.
We often eat our main dish in a big bowl, inside of a dinner plate. He often asks to eat on the same dishes than us. But the bowls I use are way too big for a 3 years old. On top of that, he likes green, which is not a popular color for tableware. My collection of Japanese porcelain bowls from Anthropologie comes handy. I love their casual elegance but I want more options for him.
So, this morning, I went to West Elm to get him a few bowls. Tableware are at 20% off right now at West Elm. I’m sure that my son will be pleased the next time we eat pasta since he will eat his in a bowl similar to our sage pasta bowl by Sophie Conran. I added bowls covered with the patterns and textures to complete his set.
I can’t wait to see his reaction when I show them to him. I know, I am probably more thrilled than he will be by my purchase. Nonetheless, this makes me happy.
+ top photo: rice bowl from the Organic shaped dinnerware collection.
Inspired by my worldview as a parent and an entrepreneur, Balancing Act by Kim Vallee explores how to find the right balance when it comes to life, parenthood, and owning a business. You’ll notice a touch of design in my opinion articles. What I want Balancing Act to be is a work-life balance guide for modern moms and dads. It’s time that we approach work-life balance by including both parents into the discussions. I hope that you will join me, tell your partners or husbands, and visit at KimVallee.com often.