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IKEA Hack Bookshelves

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I taught elementary school for 7 years before Chickadee was born. Two years in second and five years in third. Sometimes it is hard to believe I am not teaching anymore, but not to worry I still have my teacher moments! The teacher in me led me to be obsessed with stocking baby girl’s nursery with books. We read at least 2-3 every day before naps; I’m training her to love reading early! 

When I brought the HUGE tub of books in to the nursery III asked how on earth we would store them all. Not to worry, I had a plan.

ikea_hack_bookshelves_stockphotoAfter a short trip to IKEA (where we also picked up this dresser for another IKEA hack), we were ready to spend the 329 hours it takes to put together IKEA furniture (it’s inexpensive for a reason folks). We bought 3 spice racks (@ $3.99 each) for the space in between the windows and I painted them white after assembling. III took care of the cube shelving ($39.99).

Here is a little tip I always use when hanging anything on the wall so that I only have to drill/hammer once!

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1. Place a piece of tape on the back of what you will be hanging covering both “hanging holes” 2. Punch a hole through the tape where your screw will go 3. place it on the wall 4. screw through the hole

This method works like a charm EVERY time! So after hanging the spice racks turned shelves and putting together the 4 cube bookshelf, all that was left was filling the cubes with books and styling the shelves! Yall this was my favorite part. I LOVE love love looking through children’s books….they bring me back!

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I included a few of my favorites, children must haves if you ask me, below! You can find them all on our shelves!

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The Giving Tree | The Very Hungry Caterpillar | Goodnight Moon | The Velveteen Rabbit

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name | The Polar Express | Press Here

 The Kissing Hand | Guess How Much I Love You |  Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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IKEA Hack…Tarva Dresser Makeover

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How is 2014 treating everyone? We are off to a good start and hoping tonight when Auburn (cross our fingers) beats Florida State tonight in the National Championship game it will be even better! Regardless it’s always great to be an Auburn tiger!

I still have several projects from 2013 I want to share with you, starting with this IKEA hack dresser makeover for little chickadee’s nursery. So as simply as possible let me tell you how this happened.

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We picked up the TARVA unfinished wooden dresser at IKEA for $149.99. Everything at IKEA always seems like such a great deal. Then you put it together and realize why it’s so inexpensive. Thankfully since I was about 7 months pregnant III and my sister did most of the assembly work! It only took 3.5 hours :o)

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This piece would look beautiful stained with some fun hand painted knobs (which you could probably find on sale at Hobby Lobby). But I had a different idea in mind. I started by priming and painting the dresser (minus drawer fronts) a teal/mint/green color. It’s Behr from Home Depot but I don’t remember the exact name, I can find out if you would like to know. The drawers got a crisp coat of white paint. 

Next I cut out the fabric (from Hobby Lobby) in a rectangle two inches smaller in length and width than the drawer fronts. I attached the fabric in the center of the drawer using a spray adhesive made by Krylon. 

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 I picked up general purpose screen moulding and 5/8″ wire brads at Home Depot as well to add a little dimension to the drawer fronts. I painted all of the moulding white before I started cutting. After measuring the length I needed each piece I used a miter box and hand saw to cut each piece at a 45 degree angle.

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I attached the moulding to the drawer fronts using the 5/8″ brads, every 6 inches or so. Then I used this patch and paint to fill in the corners and nail holes.

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After another coat of paint on the trim all that was left was attaching the knobs!

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I absolutely LOVE how the dresser turned out. One of a kind, you might say! The dresser is a little bigger than I thought it would be, but every drawer is filled to the brim, so I’m glad we went with this six drawer size.

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Toddler Meal Ideas

Meal Ideas Toddlers

I’m NOT an expert when it comes to making toddler meals, but I am two kids in and working on eating with #3. What we feed our children has come a long way from the 80’s when frozen chicken nuggets, mac n cheese, and applesauce were king. A lot of this change is simply from the passing of time which hopefully brings knowledge…the idea of when we know better, we do better. It’s also from folks obsession with taking pictures of food and placing it on social media. And partly from the “real food” revolution (paleo, whole30, etc.). Now I won’t pretend to be a person who has ever done whole30, and my kids get churros at Costco….but day in and day out we find balance with meals like these below. So if you are in a rut of PB&J and a fruit cup, here are some simple breakfast and lunch ideas from an average mom doing the best she can! 

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I think it’s important to always have some good protein at breakfast time. We traditionally think meat, but protein is found in cottage cheese, greek yogurt, and eggs too! Costco has great prices on organic greek yogurt, organic eggs & organic raw honey. And the Kirkland brand organic maple syrup is AMAZING. I didn’t put cereal among my ideas, but I do let them have it on Thursdays. They don’t go to preschool on Thursdays so I don’t have to worry about them getting hungry and bugging their teachers at 9:00am. They bug me for a snack instead :)

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Cottage Cheese | Banana Muffin | Clementines 

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Plain Oatmeal (sweetened with honey) | Applegate Sausage | Blueberries and Clementines 

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Whole Wheat Waffle | Scrambled Eggs | Cheddar Cheese

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Plain Oatmeal (sweetened with honey) | Pears | Homemade Granola

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Cottage Cheese on Toast | Scrambled Eggs | Clementines

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Plain Greek Yogurt with Granola & Blueberries | Whole Wheat Waffle with Real Maple Syrup

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LUNCH

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Deli Everroast Chicken | Cheese Slice | Pears | Green Beans | Sweet Potatoes

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Chicken & Cheese Quesadilla Rolls | Veggie Straws | Blueberries

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Chicken & Cheese Quesadillas | Berry Medley | Veggie Straws

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Veggie Muffins | Grapes | Cucumber Sandwiches (with hummus)

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Grilled Ham & Cheese | Apples | Avocado

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Gorton’s Panko Fish Sticks | Apple Sauce | String Cheese | Carrots

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PB&J Squares | Avocado | Veggie Straws

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Veggie Muffin | Cheese Squares | Grapes | Raisins 

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Deli Turkey | Raspberries | String Cheese | Avocado

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Grilled Chicken and Cheese | Apples | Hummus & Shredded Carrots

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Ham Rolls | Veggie Muffin | Cheese Slices | Hummus & Peas

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My kids LOVE hummus so I like to mix in all kinds of veggies. They also like dipping carrots and cucumbers in hummus. Costco has some yummy veggie muffins if you aren’t up for making your own. They are in the refrigerated section. We also eat a lot of dinner leftovers for lunch. The plates and bowls are from IKEA. We have two sets and use them constantly! 

So what are your go to breakfast and lunch ideas? Do you find yourself in a rut? Try mixing things up a little bit!

Our FAVORITE Books Right Now

Toddlers Favorite Books

April has been true to it’s form around here. Hopefully the showers will be bringing May flowers! With lots of rainy days inside we have been crafting, playing with EVERYTHING in the playroom, and reading tons and tons of books. We have been reading to our little ones since they were in the womb. We are both book lovers (although I haven’t made time for grownup books lately), and we have passed that love on to our children. I was fortunate to bring a pretty big children’s book library home from my classroom when I “retired” from teaching before Chickadee was born. And I’ve been adding to it ever since!

We read at night, in the car, waiting at the doctor’s office, rolling around the grocery store, and in the floor of the playroom. I’m convinced you can’t read enough to your children. It’s amazing how it builds their vocabulary, imagination, and attention span! 

Right now Chickadee is 3 1/2 and Sprout just turned 2. I thought I would share some of our favorite books right now with you in case you are looking to expand your home library! You can find them all on Amazon (aff links). But I also suggest saving some money and search for them at Goodwill or rent them from your local library!

Thomas & Friends: Railway Rhymes

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Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night

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The Napping House

The Napping House

Oh, the Places You’ll Go

Oh, The Places You'll Go

The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See

(This ins one of Chickadee’s Favorite because she can “read” it to Sprout)

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Llama Llama Red Pajama

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Any Look and Find Books

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Owl at Home

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Pinkalicious

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My First Bible Stories – 12 Pack

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Pete the Cat

Pete the Cat

This is just a short list, but I’m pretty sure most of these I can read from memory. I am sure as parents/care takers we get tired of reading the same books over and over, but the repetition is really great for you kids! What books would you put on a favorite’s list for your toddler?

Here are a few more MUST HAVES

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Spring Handprint & Footprint Art Roundup

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If you have been around A Step in the Journey long, you may have noticed my love for hand print and footprint art with my littles. I love capturing their size and ever changing features at every age and hand and footprint art is a great way to do that. Plus it adds all kinds of fun to our playroom bulletin board!

My kids love to create, but I’ve admitted before, it can sometimes be a little stressful. Here are my go-to painting tips with toddlers: 1. Cover your table/craft space with butcher paper, newspaper, or cling wrap 2. Let the kids wear dad’s old tshirts to protect their clothes (or we use smocks I found at IKEA) 3. Use washable paints 4. Sponge brushes work best 5. When working with real little ones stick to footprints (and put them in the high chair to keep them from grabbing their painted feet) 6. Keep wipes handy to wash off their hands 7. Embrace the chaos!

Here are a few works of art we have done in hopes of Spring that is right around the corner and a few of my favorites from bloggers around the web!

Bunny Rabbit Handprint

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Carrot Footprint

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Chick Handprint

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Butterfly Footprints

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Handprint Flowers

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And a few from blogland…

Yellow Duck from Crafty Morning 

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St. Patrick’s Round Up from Crafty Morning

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Mother’s Day Cupcake from I Heart Arts N Crafts

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Bug Footprints from Fun Handprint Art

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Handprint Strawberry from Live. Learn. Love. Eat.

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Chickadee and I had so much fun making our first round of Spring hand and foot print crafts and I have big plans to use some of the above inspiration next week as we make more! I’d love to see yours :)

Also check out my Fall hand and foot print art

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as well as this Christmas round up!

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Hope yall have a great weekend! And let’s all cross our fingers for Spring.