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IKEA Hack Bookshelves


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!


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!


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


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


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.


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)


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. 


 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.


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!


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.


TDC Before and After


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Daily Afternoon Activities Guide | Week 2

Daily Survival Guide Week Two 

So who THRIVED instead of survived during their afternoons last week? I would love to hear from you! Let me know if any of our activities were a hit with your kiddos or how you put your own spin on them! If you are still looking for the printable for the daily afternoon survival activities you can check it out here

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Welcome to WEEK TWO!! I hope some of these activities are a hit with you and your little ones. If they are, please share with your other mama friends and on social media. I would love to grow this community of mamas helping mamas so that we can all THRIVE! If you missed week one, click here!

Make It Monday

Smoothie PopsiclesSmoothie popsicles are EVERYONE’s favorite! The kids think they are getting a special treat, mama knows they are really having a healthy smoothie that has been frozen. Win. Win. We bought these silicone tubes at IKEA, of course, because they have everything, right? However, here are some similar ones on Amazon. We use this small blender to make our smoothies and always use a combination of fruits, veggies, flax seed & plain greek yogurt. A few of our favorite combinations are below.

Blueberries | Cherries | Banana | Kale | Flax Seed | Greek Yogurt | Water or Almond Milk

Strawberries | Peaches | Banana | Spinach | Flax Seed | Greek Yogurt | Water or Almond Milk

Banana | Almond Butter | Mango | Kale | Flax Seed | Greek Yogurt | Water or Almond Milk

Blueberries | Strawberries | Banana | Spinach | Flax Seed | Greek Yogurt | Water or Almond Milk

PSA: My next Make It Monday includes painting Halloween themed wooden cut-outs from the $1 section at Target, so grab some for your kiddos if you see them!

Teach It Tuesday

Number Practice

We worked on numbers this week. For Sprout, one to one counting using this awesome train pack I found on Teachers Pay Teachers. This website is a REALLY awesome resource for helping to teach your kids at home if you don’t have the time or desire to make your own stuff! Why recreate the wheel, right?

Preschool Number Practice

Chickadee practiced writing her numbers using this simple number book, also from a teacher on Teachers Pay Teachers. It had a place to trace the number, color the matching number of items, write numbers on their own, and then draw the number of items.  

Feel free to use these same learning activities or simply search for what you now your child needs to practice and roll with it!

Wander There Wednesday

Rockin' Jump

They opened a new “jumpy place” near our house called Rockin’ Jump. It is awesome. They have lots of in ground trampolines, but also rock climbing walls, aerial yoga bands that hang from the ceiling, and a ninja warrior course. It’s amazing. Most of these jumpy places have toddler times when all the kids are under 5 or 6 and they discount their prices. See if you have a trampoline park near by!

Thoughtful Thursday

FaceTime ATTACK! These days are always fun and the kiddos love catching up with family. We love calling their 88 year old great grandmother who has an iphone & knows how to FaceTime (she is pretty hip!). They also spread the love to aunts, their grandparents, cousins… They love holding the phone themselves and taking their guest on quite a “dizzy” ride as they walk around and chat.

Free For All Friday

Like clockwork we made our favorite two ingredient pizza and the kids chose The Incredibles this week! 


I hope you are able to implement some of these activities with your little one next week! I’d love to see pictures of your kiddos enjoying and you surviving your afternoons. Tag @astepinthejourney or use the hashtag #kiddosurvivalguide if you share on instagram or Facebook! 

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Toddler Fall Leaf Banner

Fall Toddler Leaf Banner

Although the calendar says it is officially fall, we are still waiting down south for crisp, cool mornings and perfect fall afternoons. Yesterday we finally saw the highs dip below 90 degrees, so we are headed in the right direction. Just because it doesn’t feel like fall outside, doesn’t mean we can’t make it feel like fall inside. Around our house we are doing just that by breaking our all of our Auburn football, pumpkin & fall leaf decor!

The kids helped make a new banner for our bay window last week during Teach It Tuesday. We talked about how leaves change colors (check out this video or for a simple song about leaf colors, this one). Then we choose our favorite fall colors to make changing leaves of our own. The kids picked out green, brown, orange, red and purple paint to use. We use paint from this crayola pack my uncle & aunt gave them two Christmases ago. It lasts forever!

First, they cut the paper (hamburger style) in half. Then we accordion folded them & used a hole punch to make a hole at one end. 

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After flattening them back out slightly I folded each piece in half and cutting on the end opposite the holes and towards the fold I cut a leaf like jagged pattern.

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Now it’s time to paint! We paint a lot and I love seeing the kids having fun being creative. I usually have them wear the long sleeve bibs from IKEA as painting smocks if they are wearing something I would rather not get paint on. However, this paint is washable so it is not always necessary!



After they dry, fold them back in the accordion style and tape over the hole. We used washi tape which is pretty thin and so we were able to use a pencil to poke the hole back open. Then fan out the bottom to give the leaf look.

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We used baker’s twine to string them all together and hung their banner in our bay window above the kitchen table.


I love decorating for fall, but I love it even more when our decorations have my kiddos special touch!

Fall Toddler Leaf Banner

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! 


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 :)


Cottage Cheese | Banana Muffin | Clementines 


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


Whole Wheat Waffle | Scrambled Eggs | Cheddar Cheese


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


Cottage Cheese on Toast | Scrambled Eggs | Clementines


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




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


Chicken & Cheese Quesadilla Rolls | Veggie Straws | Blueberries


Chicken & Cheese Quesadillas | Berry Medley | Veggie Straws


Veggie Muffins | Grapes | Cucumber Sandwiches (with hummus)


Grilled Ham & Cheese | Apples | Avocado


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


PB&J Squares | Avocado | Veggie Straws


Veggie Muffin | Cheese Squares | Grapes | Raisins 


Deli Turkey | Raspberries | String Cheese | Avocado


Grilled Chicken and Cheese | Apples | Hummus & Shredded Carrots


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


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!