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A toddler’s hiding place

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We’ve missed a few weekends of our family photo challenge because………………I lost the kids’ memory cards! Wait, let me explain! The last time we had a challenge I had their cards and downloaded the pics. Then I put them in a very safe and remote spot (my nightstand) to give to them later.

Only, later never came because I totally forgot about it. Until, they asked the cards to take a few pictures. So I go to get them from the nightstand, and yep, you guessed it, they were gone.  I traced my steps and can still clearly see the two cards sitting on the table. So I then began looking…EVERYWHERE.  And it was only after frantically searching that I was led to the inevitable conclusion that the Little One had moved them!

So I asked her if she had moved them and she said “Yes”, then she went on to tell me numerous places that she had put them. Which led me on a wild goose chase led by my two-year old. And I think at one point I was tricked into having a tea party.

Fast forward to this weekend and we were preparing to go out to grab a bite to eat. I grabbed a pair of socks for Baby J, but decided I wanted another pair. So as I began to roll the socks back together I felt something in one of them. It felt like a quarter so I shook it out and 1….2 memory cards fell into my hand!

When I asked the Little One if she had put the cards in the socks she said “Yeah!” Like, of course where else would I put them? :)

Easy DIY bookshelf

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Last fall I participated in the Pinterest Challenge (fall edition), hosted by a few of my favorite blogs YoungHouseLove and Bower Power. Well, they’re back again! This time they brought along  The Great Indoors and Hi Sugarplum! Stop by and give them a visit and check out the cool things others have done!

Here’s what I’ve been up to.

I try to cut back on the clutter around the house. So occasionally we purge items that we no longer need or use. However, with Baby J’s arrival that means holding on to many things a bit longer.

Crib, swing, stroller, baby bounce this, baby bounce that, you know, all of the things that I couldn’t wait to get rid of and that includes the many, many baby books. Don’t get me wrong. I love reading to Baby J and the Little One, but there comes a point where things start to get out of hand.

So the Little One helped me tackle the task of creating a separate space for her books.

First we cleared out the shelf. Then we sorted the books. She liked this step because she got to point out all of the “baby books”. From there……well the books stayed stacked up for a few days as I tried to figure out how I was going to make the Little One a book shelf. And she reminded me several times that she NEEDED a book shelf so that she could put her books away. :)

So this is the basic look I was going for. Not so much the style, but I like the slim profile of it and how it’s not free-standing, but is attached to the wall. I wanted to take advantage of the space behind their bedroom door, so this wall mounted style was ideal. You can check how it was created here.This can be done a number of ways. This is what I did.

A while ago when the Borders in town was closing and selling everything in the building I picked up these two shelves (of some sort) for $1 a piece. So here’s what I started with.

Other supplies/tools I used were scrap wood, wood glue, circular saw and paint.  I used a leftover piece of pegboard and placed my “shelf” over it to trace the bottom board of the shelf. Next, using the circular saw I cut it out, then glued the two pieces together. After it  dried I primed and painted the two shelves.

I attached two keyhole fasteners to each shelf, and drilled two keyhole screws into the wall.

And the finished product.

The Little One and I are pretty proud. She now has her own bookshelves just for all of her “big girl” books.

Play Kitchen

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Last week I did my usual blog rounds and saw over at YOUNGHOUSELOVE that they were having another Pinterest challenge, along with “house of earnest” and Bower Power. I didn’t participate in the first one, but did enjoy seeing all the neat projects that their readers completed. I seriously spent hours just browsing and linking to various blogs. So this time I wanted to get in on the action. BUT, we had plans for the weekend, so there was no time to scour the web for inspiration and then attempt to recreate it. So instead I’m sharing a project that I previously did. Hope you enjoy.


We’ve been pretty busy around here lately with the arrival of Baby J.

Actually, it’s not that there’s that much going on, but when you can’t remember what day it is, because of lack of sleep, everything just starts to blur together.

So I thought I’d share a project I did for the Little One’s birthday, late this summer. I’ve been seeing these cool play kitchens all over the web. Like this one from Pottery Barn Kids. It’s a bit more retro than I like, but it’s still cool enough for me to wish I had it as a kid. But the price!!! Ummm… it’s $699 for all four pieces. Which is too steep for my taste, especially for a toy.

Pottery Barn play kitchen

But luckily there are some pretty amazing DIY versions out there that convinced me that I could totally pull this off for the Little One in time for her birthday. Since I was pregnant all summer and started to show signs of slowing down, I  decided that I should start well in advance. As I gave myself a couple of months, to compensate for my procrastination issues. And this time I had quite a bit of help from my parents.

So this is what I started with. Two old nightstands, and some random but perfect cabinet of some sort that I found at Goodwill. Doesn’t it look like a refrigerator?!

I wanted to spend as little as possible on this project, considering that I didn’t even know if the Little One would play with it. But I still thought it was worth the try because she’s still way too young to object to a homemade gift. :) Now the older two are a whole ‘nother story.

Here’s a list of all materials I used and the cost:

two nightstands (stove and dishwasher) -free already  had

cabinet (refrigerator)- $15

primer- free already had

four cans of spray paint- $16

sand paper

wood glue

decorative finishings- $5

interior of appliances- $5

pots and pans- $5

pretend food- $10 already had half

The plan was to make a refrigerator, stove and sink/dishwasher. We basically just figured it out as we went. And it was a lot of fun. Here’s two of the pieces after the first two coats of red paint. At first we hid the process from the Little One, but after a while she saw us as we worked, but didn’t seem too interested. Maybe she wasn’t impressed!

This probably could have been completed in a weekend or two, but I didn’t have my cape on. In fact, I think it’s been out at the cleaners for months now. (or lost at the bottom of the hamper) :)

Here’s the finished project.

So on her birthday she acted as though it were a complete surprise. And she loved it. She’s been playing with it ever since, making “cookies” and having tea parties. I’ve crossed my fingers that she wouldn’t lose interest in the kitchen, but today, nearly four months later she’s still playing with it.


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