Holiday Gift Guide: Give the Gift of Light

Christmas gift guide 2017 - Give the Gift of Light from @visualheart

While I’m not big into holiday shopping and just buying “stuff” for people. I do love a thoughtful, functional gift and it’s even better if they’re made locally. Perhaps, brighten up someone’s holiday season by giving them the gift of light this year. Here’s a few beautiful and functional ways to do it. I particularly love these hand-poured candles by Brand and Iron, because they are not only beautiful, but they are consumable so it’s not just another tchotchke that will sit on a shelf or end up at the thrift store in a few years. See below to get […]

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Minimalism and Modern Tiny Homes

Don Delillo White Noise

It’s 2017, a new year, a fresh start, new you, get fit, be your best … blah blah blah. As the years go on I feel like society is getting more and more obsessed with the need to make resolutions and be busy all the time. I find it all very overwhelming to listen to. This year I’m blocking it all out and focusing on one thing, minimalism. Less is more. Learning to just chill. Take more time to just exist, go for more walks, be in the moment, put down the phone, log off instagram, facebook, twitter and spend […]

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Spread Joy with Minted Holiday Cards

Be kind to one another

I don’t know about you, but I’m so ready for a new year to begin, 2016 has been a very weird year, especially now that he who shall not be named is about to be the American President, so scary (and I’m in Canada!). What I’m getting at here is that we all need to focus on spreading joy, happiness and being kind to one another. What better time to do it than at Christmas! The holiday season is pretty much here and I’ll be spreading joy with customized Christmas cards that I’ll be printing through I’ve done this for 2 years […]

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Get Organized With Custom Labels from Minted

Custom labels from Minted

Spring is in full swing, although in Vancouver it’s feeling more like Summer, it’s so warm! This time of year I love to freshen up my space, clean and dust everything, get rid of things I don’t need and most of all, get organized. I’ve recently discovered new custom labels from to help me get organized. Minted‘s new labels are pre-designed but you can customize text and colours. They’re durable and a perfect way to customize and label containers, sports equipment, toys and even clothing. The labels are waterproof, non-toxic, laundry and dishwasher safe. Below are a few of my favorites, you can see […]

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Lou Lou Lollipop Finery Giveaway!


Calling all mom’s or friends of mom’s. I’ve got the cutest giveaway for you featuring an adorable donut teether from Lou Lou Lollipop Finery and other awesome products! What’s in the giveaway? 1 Lou Lou Lollipop Donut Teether 1 Bernardin soap pump jar topper 5 visualheart “Don’t quit your daydream” pencils 100 Sheets of my custom gold feather tissue paper!

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Craigslist Etiquette: Tips for buying and selling

Craigslist Etiquette

I’ve been selling stuff on Craigslist forever. I’ve sold tear outs from home renovations, appliances, old toilets, cabinets, housewares and furniture. I feel like over the years I’ve really developed a knack for knowing how to write a post. As much as I’ve sold stuff on craigslist, I’ve also purchased a lot over the years too. My purchases are mostly vintage furniture for our apartment and for our furniture upcycling projects. Going to strangers homes to buy something from a photo you saw online can be very scary, there’s a lot to consider and so I thought I’d share some tips and […]

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Why I Dislike My Gas Range


I decided to write about my gas range after having a few recent conversations with people helping them decide if they should go electric or gas. I used to be all about electric only because it’s what I grew up with and I had a mild fear about using gas, but when we moved into our place over 3 years ago, the gas bill was included in our strata fees and the gas line was already there, so it was a no-brainer to go with a gas range. I immediately got over my fear and now I’ll never go back. Since […]

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Get Inspired Giveaway!


It’s time to get inspired! Fall is here and it’s time to get plans in action, focus, get motivated and be happy. I know this season can be overwhelming and a little gloomy due to darker skies and rainy weather, my giveaway will help you with that. What’s in the giveaway? – 5 of my visualheart pencils with “Don’t quit your daydream” in gold foil – 5″x7″ “Kindness is the new black” print from pixelpaperhearts – 1 ticket to Vancouver Home + Design Show Oct. 22-25 2015 – “Don’t stop get it get it” sticker from Lily + Spice – “Good […]

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My Blog Podium Experience


This weekend I went to my very first blogger conference. Blog Podium is a conference that has workshops and talks for bloggers or people who want to blog. The 3 key words to describe this event are connection, conversation and collaboration. I was so excited but also nervous to meet so many talented bloggers from Canada and the US. I walked in with my bag full of custom pencils to hand out instead of a standard business card in an attempt to be different. But I also had a few business cards on hand just incase. I was so overwhelmed […]

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BlogPodium 2015


BlogPodium 2015 is coming up September 26, 2015 and I’m so excited to meet fellow bloggers, listen to amazing speakers and just have a fun time. It’s my first time at this event, so I really have no idea what to expect, but from what I’ve heard, it’s pretty awesome! I’ve wanted to go to this event since it started, but never found the time, money or opportunity, but this year it’s in my own city, so that means no flights or time off work! The main speaker is Jillian Harris along with many other speaks sharing their knowledge about […]

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The Pros and Cons of Loft Living

loft apartment office

Over 3 years ago Andrew and I made the plunge to move in together and move into a loft apartment. It was all very exciting and new. It was also pretty stressful because we did a super rushed renovation before we moved in and I’ll tell you right now, never rush a renovation. The only reason we rushed ours was because of timing and we had the resources because my family works in the renovation business. Our space is 1,100 sqft with the bedroom and one of the bathrooms upstairs. The ground floor has a kitchen/living room space and a small […]

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Kitchen Gadget Review

kitchen aid mixer

Let me just start by saying this post is not sponsored, I just felt like sharing some kitchen gadgets and tools I recently purchased that either failed or are surprisingly amazing. A couple of weeks ago a frequently used gadget in our kitchen broke after 9 year of use, a Paderno brand garlic press, the thing was solid, but one day I was pressing garlic and the thing snapped in half. So I had to find a replacement…and fast, because we love garlic! I shopped around but couldn’t find one that was 100% stainless steel, most have plastic pieces or just don’t […]

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