Kirby's Toddler Room + Playroom

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

With the addition of baby Jack in the next 13 weeks we have transitioned Kirby from a big girl room and a playroom to a combination of both (we actually re-did this room right after Christmas, but I am finally getting around to sharing it). I have been wanting to share how we organized and fit everything into her room without there being a ton of clutter and still keeping the decor we had up originally. I had to let go of the perfectly put together bedroom that we had originally set up, but honestly that was my vision not hers. She LOVES her room with all of her things in it & she loves the extendable toddler bed much much better than the tall big girl like bed I had originally placed in there. I think having everything in one room gives her a sense of ownership & pride over her own space, and it stays so much more organized than her playroom. We made sure that everything has a place and nothing is just shoved into buckets filled of random things. This way she plays with everything that she has (since she can find it all now) and she knows where everything goes so she actually enjoys helping me clean up her room each night before she goes to bed.

I will post the pictures of her original big girl room first and then I will break down her new room with organizational details! This bedroom is actually the first bedroom that we ever decorated of Kirby's. She never had a nursery all put together because we literally moved 10 times in the first two years of her life. Now that we are here to stay I was so happy to be able to create a special space for her. I know that she will never remember or care about not having a nursery that was carefully prepped for her arrival, but it was something I always wanted to give her, so a lot of time & love was put into this big girl room of hers. 

Now for the remodel, which just fits Kirby's personality to a T. I was so worried that this room would turn into a cluttered mess once we combined all of her toys and such, but it really worked at perfectly. Ikea was my go to for all of the organizational pieces, and well, most everything else in her room. The book shelf shown above was a Goodwill find that I painted myself and the bed above was a Craigslist find. Everything else I will address below each image.

I will start with the closet, this was right before her Spring/Summer wardrobe and a couple pairs of new shoes that she just got hooked up with, so I promise she has more than 5 dresses and 20 long sleeves. I am not a shopper at all, so I tend to buy her a bunch of stuff at the start of each season and then by the end of that season it starts dwindling down to what is left that will fit her or isn't completely stained until its time to shop for the new season. Shoot you should see my own closet, I own about 3 pairs of shoes and probably less clothing than this. 

Anyways, totally off topic, I wanted to share the storage drawers that we put in there from Ikea. This is where the bulk of Kirby's toys are stored. She is a very imaginative player, much like myself when I was little. She loves little plastic figurines of different characters and animals. Those are hands down her favorite things to play with. They are all coordinated in each drawer, just for fun I will go ahead and label what is in each drawer from the top left down. 

-coloring books
-coloring supplies 
-Accessories (like purses crowns, fake makeup, etc.)
-Barbie dolls & Barbie accessories 
-Learning tools (flash cards, handwriting practice books, any activities that we have homemade etc.)  
-Animal figurines 
-Insect figurines & dinosaurs 
- Palace pets, Doc McStuffins, and Carebear figurines 
-Tinkerbell & Sofia the First figurines 
-Princesses and Frozen character Figurines 
-Paw Patrol, Winnie the Pooh & Monsters Inc. figurines 

Can you imagine having these kinds of toys without those bins??? They ended up in a big bucket and she could never find all of the characters. Surprisingly we keep them together very well now & she knows exactly where they go when it is time to clean up in the evenings. Kirby is very particular about her things and having them in the right spot (she gets that from her daddy), so I think she enjoys having these bins as well. 

This little storage bin unit is also from Ikea and this stores a lot of her larger toys that she plays with. I love the staggered look so it doesn't take up too much space on the wall and allows for more surface area for things to be stored on the top as well. I will list what's inside the bins as well from top left down. 

-Baby dolls
-More baby dolls
-Baby doll accessories (bottles, diapers, bibs, blankets clothes)
-Mickey mouse train and cars
-Leap Frog learning tablets & those erasable sketch pads 
-Horses, she has a lot of little horse figurines that she loves that didn't fit in the smaller bins.

In the Mason jars are actually different magnets (animals, fruits, vegetables, letters & numbers). These will slowly make their way into Jack's room and I will probably replace them with art supplies. We actually taught Kirby her animals super early using these magnets. She was not even two yet and she could go to the refrigerator and get animals like rhinoceros, gorilla, ostrich and all of this crazy stuff, all because of these magnets. They really are a great learning tool & she is still working on letter and number recognition so we use those quite a bit still. 

The big horse you see is Ricky Bobby, and one of the mason jars are filled with all of his accessories. My dad owns an equine rehabilitation facility and one of their horses is named Ricky Bobby & she loves visiting him, so my dad got her this as a gift and of course she named him after her beloved Ricky Bobby. 

This is her reading nook that still needs some work and some curtains, right now it's not really functional as a family reading nook. We read 2-3 books before bed and nap each day/night. I am really wanting to make some type of large comfy bed like thing with a lot of pillows that we can all sit on comfortably and read books. When Jack gets here there will be four of us & we plan to all read books together each night in her nook and then put Jack to bed in his room and Kirby in hers. I made her a nap mat for Mother's Day Out (I'll post a quick tutorial soon) out of a foam mattress topper and a body pillow cover, so I am thinking of making a larger version of that for the base and adding comfy pillows and throws for the rest. I am open to suggestions!  

The shelves we use for library books, she went through a phase where she would tear pages out of books (thankfully over it now). So we made this the designated area for library books, we get new books each week and she knows that we have to take special care of these books and they are not allowed in her bed at night (she chooses a few books to read in bed to her stuffed animals before she falls asleep).

This is her dresser and to the right is where she stores her baby doll strollers and her little baby doll bed (that is not pictured). I got this dresser from Ikea on clearance, it was completely black. I painted the drawers and sides to match the colors in her room (the top was actually a slick white finish already) and switched out the knobs (found at Home Depot). The gold heart I free handed and painted onto the wall in Martha Stuart's gold metallic paint. 

These little guys I found in the dollar section at Target and spray painted them gold. They were originally glued to bricks I also spray painted gold and used as book ends, but when I moved her large bookshelf out of the room I took them off the bricks and moved them up here for decoration, they were too cute to not display. 

This is Kirby's favorite section of her room. The kitchen is from Ikea as well. If you notice underneath there are three plastic tubs that we purchased from Ikea too, and they contain her play food and tea set/dishes. 

Her princess houses and farm house are probably the most utilized toys in her room. She brings her little figures over here and plays with them in the houses and cooks for them etc. She is such an imaginative player, I just love watching her play. I have definitely "taught" her how to imaginative play by helping her pretend with her little figures, and then she just took to it from there and comes up with the most creative little things, it cracks us up. Sometimes in the evening when Brian and I are chatting she will just go into her room and play and we crack up listening to the things that she talks about. She is such a smart girl & I couldn't love her or her sweet personality more. 

Her bookshelf is definitely overflowing and we can't really go up a shelf because she can't reach, so I am a little up in the air over what I am going to do about that as well. We will be moving all of the baby books over to Jack's room soon and that will open up some space for her, but for now she is maxed out on books. We go to the library a lot to have variety in our books each week without having to purchase them, so that helps out a lot with the need to add too many more books to her collection for now.

The letters spelling her name, were purchased from Hobby Lobby and I mod-podged the different prints of paper onto them (maybe I will post a tutorial on those one day as well). 

She absolutely adores this bed (from Ikea). It's very low to the ground and has little side rails, so we didn't even have to add bumpers or anything. It is actually an extendable bed. This is the smallest phase of it. We got it to save space, and it was definitely a smart purchase. It comes with two extra pieces that you can connect onto the mattress and then extend the frame as they grow. 

This little chest is from Ikea as well and it contains all of her stuffed animals. My favorite part about it is that the drawer is on wheels, not tracks, which is perfect for a toddler because lord knows if that thing was on tracks I would be fixing it constantly. 

The pictures above her bed are hand painted by my dear friend Sarah with The Stationary Bakery. She is amazingly talented and they were a gift to me specifically for Kirby's room and were the basis of what I designed the whole room around. They were positioned better in her original room so I am thinking of designing a fun gallery wall with lots of gold & floral accents based around these pictures since there is a little too much blank space on the wall with the smaller bed. 

The quilt and sheets are both ordered from Target online. The bright coral and the mint from the trees on the sheets are where I pulled the wall and dresser colors from and the soft grey animal quilt just tied it all together perfectly. Kirby loves animals, so if there is any theme at all to this room I would say coral & mint with gold and animal accents. 

Then finally just some bird's eye views so you can get an idea of the whole layout. The little table is from Ikea, I made it over with a little white paint (it was raw wood) and some chalk paint on the top. I also mod-podged some fabric on to the tops of the seats, That was part of her Christmas present the Christmas before last. The rug I found from Home Goods for $50 and I think it tied the room together perfectly and made a perfect space for the table. She slides over one of the chairs each night to act as a night stand and places her water on it, so it worked out perfectly sine there isn't really space for a nightstand with this layout. 

There you have it, Kirby's toddler room + playroom combo. I hope this gave you some helpful ideas if you are looking to do the same. It can be a daunting task, but I promise once you have it all laid out and a specific spot for everything it makes clutter disappear and it really does stay so much cleaner. Brian & I say all of them time how much we love that this room stays so organized compared to the playroom that just seemed to always be a disaster. If I forgot to mention where I purchased anything feel free to ask in the comments, I tried to do my best as I went. 

Easter 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015

This was my first year hosting Easter at our house, well hosting any family holiday since we moved into our house a year ago really. It was very busy, but really nice not having to travel anywhere, however I truly couldn't have done it without my mom's help.

I didn't go overkill on the decorating this year, kept it very simple and did a neutral Easter mantel to brighten up the living room. Having a decorated mantel makes me smile and it's not too overwhelming at the same time. I typically save my all out decorating for Halloween and Christmas.

The Monday of Easter week we went with our really good friends to see the Easter Bunny and a picnic lunch! I was curious to see if she was going to like him or not. She loved the Easter Bunny the past two years she has been, and loved Santa that first two years that we went. But when we went to see Santa this past Christmas she was not having it at all. I thought it might be the same result for the Easter Bunny this year, but I was pleasantly surprised that she absolutely loved him. I guess sitting on a big stuffed bunny is a lot less creepy than a hairy old man.

The night before Easter we decorated eggs with Mimi and got started on some Easter baking. We went for a simple look and bright colors for the eggs this year. My mom and I got some masking tape and taped off the stripes on all of the eggs while Kirby did a little foam egg sticker Easter craft. We were so glad we snagged that little kit at Target since the eggs took longer than we expected to tape off and it worked out perfectly to keep her busy.

Once the eggs were taped off and the dye was ready (we made our dye with food coloring, vinegar and water) it was time to dip the eggs. The part Kirby had been waiting for all day, and she would have done it the rest of the evening if we would have let her.

She was so careful dying her eggs and did a great job all on her own, once she convinced me that she could do it by herself. They turned out really neat and unique without it being too involved for a two year old. I think I will definitely continue with the taping off designs and solid colors while the kids are little. Clean up was a breeze as well!

Our Easter baking didn't go as smoothly. My mom and I made a Peeps cake for dessert, and lets just say we had to bake two cakes. Attempt number one was an over moist sticky cake disaster and the picture makes it look better than it was. There was zero chance the sticky marshmallow cream icing that we made was going on there smoothly.

Cake number two turned out much better and though the marshmallow cream icing was super sticky and hard to spread smoothly I think the cake turned out pretty cute! I totally forgot to snap a picture of it on the set table in better lighting so this is the best I got.

Then the Easter bunny came and set up Kirby's basket and filled all of her eggs with some healthy treats and surprises! Just because it's a holiday doesn't mean that you have to load your toddlers/kids up on candy. Because the thing about Easter is (at least at our house) we check out our baskets, empty them out and then go outside to hunt eggs first thing in the morning. And what do they do when they come back inside? Open up all the eggs and eat everything inside them, in other words candy for breakfast. And believe it or not she was super excited to find all of her favorite treats inside the eggs, it made no difference to her, and made it easier for me to stay out of her eggs. Because lord knows I would have been all up in that candy had there been any in there, and that's the last thing I need.

 Easter Bunny was on point with her Dora Mermaid and all of the sweet surprises in her basket definitely made her morning. She saw this Dora mermaid on a commercial and has been telling me that daddy was going to get it for her all week, and of course Brian had no idea what she was talking about, little sneak.

Then we made our way out back to see what else the Easter Bunny left behind. Let me tell you this little girl was laughing and screaming the entire time she was hunting the eggs. I think the holidays get more and more fun each year as they are able to enjoy them even more than the last. Brian and I looked at each other and thought, next year we will be doing this with an almost one year old and almost four year old. How exciting is that?! I can hardly wait, but for now I enjoy these moments with our girl and my heart is just so full. Holidays are magical, and it may seem unnecessary or obnoxious to go all out when they are so young and probably wont remember, but let me tell you in the moment there is nothing more magical than seeing your child's eyes light up on a holiday morning, my heart could explode.

We went back inside and went through all of the treats and surprises inside her eggs and I made Easter breakfast. Homemade organic pancakes with organic strawberries and bananas topped with organic pure maple syrup were on the menu. In the shape of a bunny of course!

 Then it was time to get going on Easter lunch, my mom came over at 10am and we got everything finished and on the table by 1:30pm. Everything was so delicious and the best part in my eyes, besides the leftovers? The only thing on the menu that was non-organic was the ham (which I had one slice of and Kirby doesn't eat meat anyways, by her own preference) and the rolls! Oh and there were deviled eggs, I totally forgot to write them on my board, we made them 100% organic as well. I am completely in love with this old sandwich board that I thrifted with my mom a few months ago. I am going to start adding our dinner menus to it each week. Hopefully I can get my shit together and start posting those again. I promise I will soon, blame it on the pregnancy.

The table setting was my favorite part of the whole decor. My mom had all of these mis-matched vintage china plates, napkins and bud vases that just couldn't have come together more perfectly with a few fresh flowers for an Easter table setting. I wish I could keep my table set like this all year-round!

 Then we finished off our day with some confetti egg smashing and a late nap. I am disappointed that I completely forgot to get a family picture of us, but I think overall Easter was a success and some wonderful memories were made as our last Easter as a family of 3 and a half!

26 Weeks of Baby Jack

Sunday, April 5, 2015

How far along - 26 weeks 
Gender - Boy! 
Weight Gain - 28lbs, I will know the definite weight at my 28 week appointment, I am seriously hoping I can maintain this weight for at least a few weeks. 
Maternity Clothes- I purchased a pair of nice dark jean shorts from motherhood this past week, and they are amazingly comfortable. I don't plan to purchase really any more maternity and will just alternate between those shorts with my maternity tops and dresses for the remainder of my pregnancy. I would rather spend money on some clothes postpartum than shell out any more on maternity. 

Sleep - I have definitely been struggling with some fatigue lately and I am thinking it has to do with my diet. I must admit the sweets have been a little too frequent lately. During the first half of my pregnancy I did so well with weight gain, and I attribute that to not eating as many sweets. Lately I have increased my sugar intake and I can definitely feel its effects on my energy levels. I plan to get that in check this week in hopes to improve sleep and maintain my weight as well, people don't realize how much sugar has that effect on your body.
Best moment this week - I would definitely have to say Easter. It has been so much fun this year, and I can't wait to share more details in a later post. 
Worst moment this week- I would have to say I have been feeling overwhelmed lately with my ever growing to-do lists. I took on working for a family friend during the hours of Kirby's Mother's Day Out & it has left me with zero extra time. I am just planning on May being crunch time to get his nursery finished and the house fully organized. Spring cleaning is no joke, and it definitely has me overwhelmed. Brian is a clean freak haha, so our house is well maintained and cleaned on a regular basis, however I found this list of all this detailed deep cleaning that needs to be done and it's a lot more involved than I thought! 
Miss anything- My body, I must say that the weight gain has bothered me a little more than usual lately. I have started watching my calories and sticking to my workouts (getting on the Stairmaster at least 3 times per week & 2-3 workouts with Brian), and that has definitely helped. But I was so convinced I would be able to maintain just a pound a week this pregnancy instead 1.5-2 that it just has me a little bummed. I know some women's bodies just gain more during pregnancy, and I know I will have no problems losing it. But you still can't help yourself from cringing a little bit when every time you hop on the scale it's more than it was the last time. 
Movement - Little man is still grooving in there on the reg. 
Cravings- For some reason sweets have been on my mind lately, just in time for my glucose test in 2 weeks, great. I am going to cut them this week and see how I feel & if it helps out my energy levels.
Looking forward to - The third trimester right around the corner!! And actually making some progress on the nursery and getting my list of still needed items together, which shouldn't be long since we saved everything from Kirby.  

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