Ikea inspirations, and two amazing product recommendations

There’s an Ikea store near my neighbourhood. About twice a year or so I pick a bad weather day and wander around the store, just because. Sometimes someone from the family will join me, but often I prefer to just go by myself. Sometimes I treat myself to a coffee….their food is mediocre, but their coffee is delicious. 🙂

Ikea has many items that evoke inspiration rather than a desire to purchase and own for me. I do like their practical set-ups in the rooms they display and take my time wandering around upstairs.  I often leave with a few items from the downstairs shopping area, but more importantly I come home with fresh ideas how to make our small home look and feel more functional and practical.

There are a couple of items I encountered either while flipping through their annual catalogue or while wandering around the maze of the store that I own today that I never regretted purchasing. I love their look, I love their function, and I even recommend them to others. Continue reading

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It’s not just Texas that gets snow…and other random ramblings

The first snowfall of the season happened yesterday and stuck around for the day today. There is little in the world that makes me smile more than driving or walking by a school yard at recess or lunch and hear the children’s delight. All it takes is enough snow to build forts and snowmen and the kids are happy as clams! Continue reading

How to shoe shop for kids

Shopping has never been my thing. Shopping for shoes and clothes for the kids, when they were preschoolers or much younger, was often a bit of an ordeal. I lucked out with a lot of good quality hand-me-downs for our girl, but the boy needed stuff that had to be purchased. Sometimes, grandma would bring clothes, but other times, and particularly for shoes, the kid had to come with me to try on the foot ware himself.

It helps when everyone is in the right mood to go to a store, and try on stuff. With the hectic sports schedule around here, it’s tough to fit that time in, and I sometimes think it’s just easier to do it myself when I’m out anyway, without them. So this is how things roll with my family:

Tip number 1 – JUST DO IT

Tip number 2 – LEAVE THEM AT HOME Continue reading

Homework stress and the sensory box

A mom whose blog I follow mentioned recently that she created a sensory box for a child in Girl Guides. But it turns out her own child ended up enjoying this box so much she kept it for her. When I read this, I immediately had one thought:

Make a sensory box for my own girl-child.

I thought it might address the anxiety issue in our own household. Imagine this scenario: Continue reading