Why you should never shop on your phone in the middle of the night

Our 10th anniversary is in just a couple weeks.  The other night I was trying to get to sleep and was unsuccessful.  So I thought I’d go online via my iPhone and see if IKEA had any new products in stock.  My eyes were finally starting to droop when I spotted the coolest gift for CSP!  A work bench for the garage. It had everything!  One of those peg board things as the back wall, nice sized work area, storage space underneath.  Plus it had some blue accents so it would match CSP’s tool box.  And the best part?  It’s only $80!  Woot! I made a mental note to get myself to IKEA asap to buy this work bench.  I clicked the option to read the details about the work bench.  I was so happy with myself.  CSP would be so pleased!  I’m the best wife EVER.  The details came up on my screen and my heart dropped as I saw these words:  Encourages role play; children develop social skills by imitating grown-ups and inventing their own roles.  IT’S A TOY.  Daggummit!!!

Pugs & Kisses!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Tell everyone you love that you love them!  These are the Valentines I made on See Here for 18 cents each that came with 2 day shipping!  I used our red hearts blanket from IKEA as a backdrop on the sofa.  CSP gave treats while I snapped a bunch of pics.  I’m really pleased with how they turned out!  Happy hearts day to you all! xoxo

The sofa search is over!

For the last 8 years (up until our yard sale in November) we sat every day on a bright red Ektorp sofa from IKEA.  We rented a giant moving truck and drove it up to the College Park, Maryland IKEA to buy it (before there was an IKEA anywhere closer).  We bought the matching chair and ottoman as well.  It all served us very well for a long time.  But the pugs took their toll on the back cushions.  Pugs are a wee bit catlike.  They (at least ours) like to sit up on the back of the sofa or chair.  This smushed down the back cushions and eventually they didn’t bounce back.  Zoe and her razor sharp puppy teeth took her toll on the slipcover.  We loved that we could remove the slip covers from each cushion to wash them.  We also loved that it was affordable.   As our move drew closer we realized that the Ektorp was not going to be taking up space on the moving truck.   The search for a new sofa was on!

We knew we wanted no loose cushions on the back so the pugs wouldn’t have any to ruin.  CSP decided he wanted a chaise instead of a chair and ottoman.  I wanted sofas on legs with space underneath.  That helps your room look bigger and I was tired of moving the sofa or chair and finding all the pugs’ toys and chewies shoved under there.  We also wanted wide arms.  Unfortunately I couldn’t find anything like that at IKEA or any of the local stores.  One day I was flipping through the West Elm catalog and saw the perfect sofa.  The heavens parted and angels sang!  No loose cushions!  Wide arms!  Up on stylish legs!  In our budget!  Fun colors to choose from!  No removable slipcovers but the fabric is treated to repel stains.  Loved the styling!  I showed CSP and sighed, dreaming of finding a sofa like that in a local shop.  In the meantime we’d just sit on our hand me down bonus room sofa since we were losing the bonus room anyway.  Then I closed the catalog and could not believe my eyes!  Charlotte has a West Elm store!  I thought the closest one was in Atlanta!  Woot!

We moved, got settled and went to the West Elm store to see my beloved Lorimer sofa in person.   I had a moment of panic on the way: what if it isn’t comfy?  What if the arms are too low?  But no, it’s fabulous! It was even more comfy than I had hoped!  CSP picked out his chaise in espresso, a dark brown.  I picked lichen for my sofa. SO pretty!  They’ll be here in 8-10 weeks.  Well, from the time we ordered them a few weeks ago.  And when we moved we received a coupon in the mail from West Elm so we saved a bunch of money!  Plus when you use their store credit card you earn Design Dollars (10% of your purchase price) to use as a gift card of sorts in the store.  Woot!  They won’t charge us until they ship so I can’t go spend my design dollars yet, but I’m sure making a wish list. I’m currently obsessed with throw pillows to go with the new colors.  Pale green and dark brown are a big departure from red!  I can’t wait for the sofas to arrive!  They’ll get here just in time for the Mustachio baby shower I’m throwing in March!

Red Star Spike

Cool plant from IKEA Nanny bought me this cool plant and pot at IKEA while she was in town. I just love the way it looks on the half wall between the dining room and the living room. I hope I can keep it alive! I have a bit of a black thumb! *Ok, so just learned while finding the links for this plant that it is ideally an outdoor plant.  Sigh.

Florida Fam Fest Day 3

Yesterday Nanny & I woke up and met up with Sara, Jacob, Joey & BF (bio father) at IKEA for breakfast.  They have an IKEA in Tampa & Orlando but Nanny & BF haven’t been to either.  Nanny was so excited!  I thought she’d pick up a thing or two, but she dropped close to $100! She was cracking me up.  Didn’t matter how far away I would be standing, Nanny would pick up an item and yell to me “What’s the price on this??”  She wanted one of everything that was an IKEA item in my house.  My Nanny is 86 years old and she still has style!  We spent over 2 hours shopping at IKEA and we didn’t even browse the upstairs!

After IKEA Sara & the boys went back to her house while Nanny & I stopped by Walmart.  She wanted to pick up some dog food.  There’s a Walmart 2 miles from her house in Florida but I indulged her.  I was just glad she was up here visiting.  On the way to Walmart we swung through Sonic for cherry limeades.  When I spent 2 weeks with Nanny at her house in Florida I introduced her to Sonic’s cherry limeades.  She loves them. Continue reading

Boys after my own heart

Now that we have an IKEA we seem to be there at least once a week.  The other night Sara called and asked did I want to join them there for dinner.  Jacob & Joey LOVE IKEA.  She asked them where did they want to go and they both grabbed IKEA things to show her.  When the big yellow & blue building came into view Jacob yelled “IKEA!!” from the backseat.  My heart swelled.

We had dinner then dropped the boys off at Smaland while we shopped.  Sara had some frames to pick up and CSP requested more salmon sauce from the Swede shoppe. Jacob & Joey LOVE Smaland. Jacob playing in IKEA's Smaland They know the whole drill about removing their shoes and putting on their stickers.  There’s so much for kids to do there.  Coloring, climbing on things, a big ball pit, this cool elevated loft thing filled with bean bags for them to lounge on while watching movies.  I’ve never seen kids beg to stay in a store that isn’t a toy store!

Going to the lodge, the Great Wolf Lodge

A couple of weeks ago Gigi took a day off and we had a girls’ day.  We started the day by meeting up at IKEA.  We shopped and had lunch and shopped some more.  By the time we made it to the warehouse, so close to the registers and the car, our knees had had it.  So we picked a sofa, sat down and planned our next move.  Luckily I pack my ActivOn.  We applied liberally, I to my knees and Gigi for some reason to her forehead.  Does she not remember the last time we made that mistake?  Eventually we made our way to the registers.  Gigi paid for her purchases (I was good and didn’t buy A THING.  MIRACLE!)  Then we piled into Q-Tip (CSP’s truck) and headed North. Continue reading