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day trip

on July 28, 2014

small thing from Saturday: day trip to IKEA!

My friend told me at the beginning of the summer that she would take me to IKEA in Chicago, since I had never been to one. She also wanted a companion on her shopping spree to furnish a playroom for her daughter.

Well that day was Saturday and my eyes were opened to the wonders of IKEA.

I’ve heard the hype and wasn’t going to buy in until I experienced it. And boy did I experience it. That place is made for people like me. People who like to shop without children (1 hour of free childcare!) who love to see things on display and who get a little hangry (hungry+angry) when shopping longer than one hour (thank you meatballs!)

Needless to say I’m on the IKEA bandwagon now.

I bought a play table for George as well as a train set and some organizational cubes.



Doesn’t he look like he’s having a blast?

For my room I bought some curtains and some under bed storage.


(Try to forget the piano covered with clothes and the beer making kit on the floor. Focus on the curtains, please!)

I also found a nice drawer set for our gloves and hats and things. I felt so successful.

Part of the inspiration for what I bought came from a book I’ve been reading called Desperate: Hope for the mom who needs to breathe.  In the book it talks about how it is helpful to make your home feel like home in order to feel less stressed when you’re there. Comfortable, inviting, peaceful.

I think one way I can cope with my grief is through organizing and decorating. With so many things out of my control, one thing I can control is how my home is organized and decorated. So my trip to IKEA was kind of a jumping off point which has led me to do other things to help make my home feel good. I went to Yankee Candle to buy some candles and scents for my house.



This three votive holder is pretty much amazing.


And I ordered canvas prints from my last two visits to National Parks. Hopefully bringing a little color and life to my home will help me feel more internal comfort and peace.

So thanks to Victoria and IKEA for starting this!

What would you like to do to your home to make it more peaceful and comfortable? Find a way to make it happen!





2 responses to “day trip

  1. Grandma says:

    WOW! Good for you.


  2. Teri Kelly says:

    Love Ikea. Can’t wait for the one in Kansas City! Glad you had a great time. Loved the photos!

    Teri Kelly
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    4861 W. 134th St. Suite B
    Leawood, KS 66209
    Office: 913-851-5299


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