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FAMILY

Packing Tips for a Simple Family Picnic

packing tips for a picnic

I intend for a summer filled with sunny picnic at the park. So far, the weather does not collaborate with us. The sun shines during the week and the rain troubles our weekend. And then, it hits me. Why not have a picnic supper on a weekday, instead? I could pack everything in the car before I pick my husband up at work on my way to my son’s daycare. We will be ready to drive to a nice picnic spot in the city. Continue Reading

FAMILY KIDS products

My New Faves: Boon’s Snack Boxes and the Coolest Bottle Feeding Gears

boon snack boxes :: cargo and trunk

Being a stylish modern mom means that my son’s gears can’t be an eyesore and they must perform well. But more importantly, it teaches my son about good design.

Snack Boxes

I bet that your kids won’t complain about eating the healthy food inside these tidy snack boxes. Boon cutely named them Trunk (the elephant) and Cargo (the snail). Assuming that my son likes it as much as his Hippo backpack, he would proudly carry it around. The neat compartments and the snap-seal lid will keep food fresh while we travel. Plus, it is easy to clean everything in the dishwasher.

The Coolest Baby Bottle Warmer and Drying Rack Accessories


photo credits: Boon Orb Baby Bottle Warmer

Zack was formula-fed from the day he arrived home. The futuristic design of the Orb Baby Bottle Warmer has look and feel that I was looking for when we bought our bottle warmer almost 2 years ago. It would have look sharp against my mamaRoo and Fresco high chair. Continue Reading

ENTERTAINING OUTDOOR entertaining

For Casual Before-Dinner Parties: the Napkin Cup and the French Decanter by Royal VKB

napkin cup by royal vkb

Although 25 centimeters (10 inches) of snow felt on my city this week, summer entertaining will be soon around the corner. I found at Royal VKB two products that will make it easy to invite friends for an informal gathering.

By combining a napkin holder with a cocktail stick holder, it liberates one hand. Plus, your guests won’t have to search where they are when they reach for tapas or finger food. Since the napkin cup is make of plastic, I won’t be afraid to bring it for a picnic. Continue Reading

DESIGN and style LIVING

Swedish Brand Light My Fire Brings Style to Your Outdoor Activities

light my fire outdoor meal accessories

Nature doesn’t have to be the only beautiful things that surround you when in the wood, at the top of a mountain or fishing with the practical and colourful outdoor accessories by Light My Fire. Their latest outdoor accessories prove to be as practical in the city as they are in the wild.

modern picnicware
photo credits: Fancy Picnic picture from Light My Fire on Facebook

My Picks: What’s New 2013 Collection

For picnics, camping trips or to carry your lunch to the office, you will find everything that you need to eat a delicious, civilized meal with their Lunch kit or the MealKit 2.0. Continue Reading

ENTERTAINING OUTDOOR entertaining

Must Haves for a Picnic at the Park or in your Backyard

old school English picnic at the park

old school English picnic at the park
photo: Paul Raeside for Elle Decoration UK – August 2012 

The weekend goes hand in hand with a picnic. I love the old feel of this English picnic at the park filled with comfy textiles and pretty enamelware. Start by looking in your closets and your mom’s closets to find props to reproduce that look.

If you have the luxury of living in a calm backyard, make it more a retreat by positing a Bistro dining set under a large tree. It look so great in yellow. I feel in Provence every time I see a French Bistro set. I beat that it would become your ideal spot to drink your morning coffee, eat a late lunch or sip a cocktail before dinner. The best part is that it is an inexpensive look. I found these items on sale.

picnic in your backyard with a french bistro dining set
Fiori Melamine Collection $3.49 to $12.59 CAD on sale at Stokes | Glass Beverage Dispenser $69.99 CAD at Home Sense | French Bistro table and chairs $58.50 CAD on sale at Sears

Now that I shared my plan for this weekend. What are yours?

ENTERTAINING OUTDOOR entertaining

Must-Have for a Picnic: A Table-on-the-go

eucalyptus folding picnic table

eucalyptus folding picnic table
Table in a Bag on sale at $49.95 USD at Crate and Barrel

This picture illustrates my ideal picnic at the park. I love all the details. I need a folding picnic table like this to make my picnic more stylish and comfortable. People who bought it commented that the table is the perfect height for beach chair.

Update: Because of my post, my husband included the Table in a Bag table to my birthday gifts. Having a blog makes their life easy 🙂

ENTERTAINING OUTDOOR entertaining

BBQ Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

bbq gift ideas for Father's day

bbq gift ideas for Father's day

You can’t go wrong with BBQ gears for Father’s Day. And there are so many cool stuff out there that I wish to give you a head start with my BBQ product suggestions.

BBQ Accessories

These are for the dad who has everything and likes gadgets. The first item is a charcoal grill meat and seafood humidifier. You fill the cast-iron boxes with water, beer, wine, juices or other liquid. Steam is released as you cook the meat or seafood. It will add moisture and will infuse food with flavors. As one buyer suggested in his review, oil them after cleaning to keep the cast-iron boxes from rusting.

wireless meat thermometer for bbq

Another gift idea is a wireless grilling thermometer. The one at Williams-Sonoma lets you monitor roasting meats and poultry from up to 150 feet away. It comes with 7 pre-programmed settings that you can custom to your liking.

BBQ at the Beach or the Park

bodum fyrkat picnic bbq

A picnic is an old-time favorite activity for parents with young children. Therefore, why not buy a portable grill for dad? I love the charm of the beach-side grill. Otherwise, small charcoal grill may be more handy since they do not take too much small on the trunk of your car. My favorite is the colorful Fyrkat picnic grill by Bodum. I want it for myself. Bodum makes a good looking Charcoal Chimney Starter.

portable charcoal grills

The Notebook grill can be transported flat. You carry it in a shoulder bag. Therefore, it is wonderful when you are walking to the park. The Smokey Joe by Weber has great review.Visually, it is not too far from the Bodum model, except that it only comes in black. Lastly, if your dad prefers a portable gas grill, I heard good things about the Cuisinart 12,000 BTU tabletop grill or the Weber Q-100 propane gas grill.

SOURCING:
+ Charcoal Companion Moistly Grilled Cast Iron Grill Humidifier $19.99 USD on sale at Sur la Table
+ Wireless Remote Grilling Thermometer $59.95 USD at Williams-Sonoma
Beach-Side Grill $149.99 USD at Sur la Table
+ Bodum Fyrkat 13.4-Inch Portable Charcoal Grill, Orange $59 USD at Amazon.com [affiliate link]
Bodum 11359-16 Fyrkat Charcoal Chimney Starter $24.90 USD at Amazon.com [affiliate link]
+ For Canadians: Paramount Notebook Grill $49.99 CAD at Home Depot Canada
+ For Americans: HotSpot Notebook Portable Charcoal Grill $35.96 USD at Amazon.com [affiliate link]
+ Weber 40020 Smokey Joe Gold Charcoal Grill $34.70 USD at Amazon.com [affiliate link]
+ Cuisinart CGG-200 12,000-BTU Tabletop Propane Gas Grill $169.95 USD at Amazon.com [affiliate link]
+ Weber 386002 Q 100 Portable Propane Gas Grill $134 USD at Amazon.com [affiliate link]

ENTERTAINING OUTDOOR entertaining

Etsy Finds | Vintage Picnic Baskets

picnic basket vintage woven wicker etsy

picnic basket vintage woven wicker etsy

From backpacks and totes, to mini kitchens on wheels – complete with insulated interiors and built-in MP3 players – picnic baskets aren’t what they used to be. Don’t get us wrong: we love modern kitchen conveniences and a comfortable shoulder strap, but sometimes stylish simplicity wins out.

To kick off outdoor eating season, we scoured Etsy for vintage vessels to pack our picnics in.

+ Above, an extra large wicker version with sturdy handles means you can pack enough to nosh all day. ($150 from Something Old Vintage)

picnic baskets vintage woven wicker etsy

+ Think insulation is a modern convenience? This large, dark wicker basket comes with a removable tin ice bin to ensure a chilled afternoon. ($50 from Collecting Carlton)

+ The warm woven wood and classic hinged lid on this classic basket is the of lazy summer days. Bonus: it comes with a second interior basket to organize supplies. ($49 from AM Radio)

picnic basket vintage metal woven print etsy

+ Love the look of wicker, but not as much as clean lines? This kitschy metal “basket” has the best of both styles. ($18.48 from Gingers Girl)

picnic basket vintage metal thermos wood grain etsy

+ A relic of the fab ’50s, this square-shaped picnic tin has a faux wood grain pattern and curved oak handles, with a sunny yellow interior. ($35 from Junk in Da Trunk Girls)

picnic basket vintage metal green etsy

+ My pick of the pack: an emerald green metal beauty that’s seen its share of afternoons in the grass. ($29 from Bird in Hand Vintage Home)

ENTERTAINING EVERYDAY entertaining

DIY Buffet and Food Presentation Ideas

flatware display

flatware display

With the wedding season that will soon reach its height, I thought it would be a great ideas to share amazing details for the DIY brides-to-be. But these are so simple to make that you could use them for a stylish picnic or a baby shower.

Flatware Sleeves

Get inspired by how this flatware is served. This look is perfect for an outdoor event. I suggest that you put everything on a clear cellophane bag closed with a custom made sticker. Design the sleeve to fit your bag.  At best, make select a bag that is tall enough so that you do not have to fold the napkin.

Stylish Cookie Kebab Presentation

lemon-meringue cookie kebabs by martha stewart

It is easy to reproduce this superb presentation. The people at Martha Stewart Weddings did it by first lining a deep-enough serving tray with a sheet of Styrofoam. Then, poke the skewers through so they stand upright, and cover with a layer of candy. Depending on your party theme, you could use sesame seeds or colored glass beads to  cover the Styrofoam.

Citrus Sugar

citrus sugar fruit salad

A sure way to enhance a simple recipe is to bring to the next level the finishing touch. Here a citrus sugar adds panache to a fruit salad. Making your own citrus sugar is easy. All you have to do is to mix in a food processor (using a small bowl) zest of 1 orange, the zest of 1 lime and one mint sprig to 5 or 6 tablespoons of superfine sugar. You can also add a teaspoon of grapefruit zest. Decorate the fruit salad with a few mint leaves. Double or triple the recipe so you can display a jar or two of citrus sugar next to your serving plate.

SOURCING:
+ Tendence 2010 Exhibition – photo by  Jean-Luc Valentin
Lemon-meringue cookie kebabs by Martha Stewart Weddings – Spring 2011 edition
+ Zeste Dec. 2010-Feb. 2011 edition

HOME + GARDEN OUTDOOR space

Space-Saving Outdoor Dining Furniture

side by side dining tables

side by side dining tables

Folding and stackable furniture comes handy when you entertain a larger crowd. You can get a long table simply by putting side by side two dining tables. I read on Country Living that interior designer Lynn-Anne Bruns found this pair at Pier 1 and only paid $100 each. The story did not say if it was on sale or when she bought them. I did not find them on Pier 1 Web site.

malaro table ikea

One option that you can buy is the white MÄLARÖ table at Ikea. You can use it to set up an impromptu bar station by the pool or the lake.

Bring Your Own Furniture at the Park

dining at the park

Another usage for folding outdoor furniture for picnics in the park. The folding dining table, that can sit 6, would make your picnic more comfortable and more stylish. You will be envy of everyone. Maybe that I am getting old but I intend this year to bring my table and chairs to the park. If you are not convinced, look at the setting of this guy. I spotted it last Sunday. Ever since, I want to create my own version.

foldable backyard dining table

If you prefer some colors, Crate & Barrel carries a must-see summer collection in a choice of 5 colors: soft green (my favorite), warm yellow, aqua, blue and white. Beware that they are only available online and that we can shop there as Canadians (but the shipping fees can be hefty).

SOURCING:
May 2011 issue of Country Living – photo by Lucas Allen
+ MÄLARÖ table at Ikea $89 CAD / $69.99 USD
Foldaway Green Dining Table $219 USD
+ Green Folding Aluminum Chair $54.95 USD
+ Backyard Green Stacking Chair $32.95 USD