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Ikea Duktig Play Kitchen Makeover/Hack

I have been anticipating Tinley's second birthday since before Christmas. I felt like we had an extremely lame 1st birthday for her (we were moving/signing papers that day...blah blah blah), and I KNOW she doesn't even care...but gosh dangit I DO! i wanted to make this birthday a LOT more special for her, and when i saw all these cute little kitchens with makeovers, i knew that's what i wanted to do for her.

I chose the Duktig one from Ikea (here) mostly because of convenience. i live fairly close to the one here in Utah, and so the kids and i went shopping one day for it (Tinley had no clue, remember she's two). and dangit that store sucks me in, and makes me want to #buyallthethings ! it's bad. i already know that this easel will be a present for Bronx on his birthday. but back to the kitchen.

so this is what it looks like out of the box, put together:

pretty boring and plain, am i right? i searched Pinterest and found this post with a whole bunch of great ideas, and these 3 ideas i really liked:

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i battled between making it a coral kitchen or a mint kitchen. mint won out in the end because i thought there was more fun contrast between the mint and the gold, and i also knew Bronx would be playing with it, and wanted it SLIGHTLY gender neutral. all my painting supplies were picked up at Walmart, and here's what i used:

• this fabric was found at Hobby Lobby, and i made them into two cute little dish towels to hang on the front handles!
• you'll notice i added a side hook for an apron. that was also bought from Hobby Lobby.
• i covered the kitchen "counter" in a marble laminate i bought off Amazon here
• i also made a "backsplash" for this little kitchen. it's just foam board (from Walmart for like 88cents), i cut it down to size (19.5"x26.75"), and drew on it will a pencil and ruler, then traced over my herringbone tile pattern with a sharpie! i LOVE the wallpaper idea too that i've seen peeps do. so so cute. i attached mine just with sticky tack, so i can replace it with a different design easily if i want!

The hardest thing during all of this spray painting business was the waiting. i just wanted to coat everything once and be done. but of course you can't do that or you'll get one ugly kitchen ;) haha. here's what i did:
  1. primed the wooden pieces, let dry
  2. painted the pieces with "Ocean Mist" (or painted them with metallic gold for the faucet/microwave/stove top/handles), let dry (apply 2-3 thin coats). the trick is putting thin coats and letting them dry completely between coats. for example, on one piece i sprayed it on thicker, and the paint bubbled. it looks ugly. ahhh! (luckily it was on a piece not seen in the front!)
  3. apply 1-2 thin coats of clear gloss (letting them dry in between coats!), to help preserve and save your paint

when i was putting it together, here's how i attached the stove "knobs" (bought from Walmart). turned over the front wood strip piece, created 4 holes with a drill bit, then screwed them in. not hard at all. can you tell that Bronx was my big helper during all of this? :)

i was SO excited to give it to her on her birthday! i will spare you and not upload the video of her seeing it for the first time (my voice gets insanely high and annoying when i'm excited about something for her....)! she's played with it every day so far and i hope this is something she will love and create good memories with! also, if you were wondering, yes. yes, i do go in and straighten things up every few hours. yes, i may be slightly OCD about it right now.

Happy Easter Coloring Pages and Printable Freebies

The other day we had some friends over. i guess i should clarify and say that my kids had some friends over (when was the last time my husband and i had friends over??....that answer is too sad to say!). i wanted to throw in a fun little Easter activity for them to all do. So i drew up some coloring pages, cut out a few pieces of colored construction paper, handed them glue sticks and crayons and away they went. it was perfect for a quiet time activity, and they loved being able to "decorate" their Easter egg.

today-er, i mean tonight (because it's actually 11:15pm right now...aka when i hussle to #tryandgetallthethingsdone !)- i want to share that print with you, along with another coloring page turned printable. below you can see the 3 different options i've given you to play with. i hope your littles enjoy them!

You can download all 4 freebies here:
note: the "Happy Easter" coloring page prints out at a standard printer paper size (8.5x11), and the other print/coloring page, "hip hop happy Easter" prints out at 8x10....just so you know!

St. Patricks Day Four Leaf Clover Printable

oh what? St Patrick's Day was yesterday? it's totally wrong to post about the holiday after the fact? ehhh. i'm posting anyways and hopefully the blogging police won't go crazy on me. yeah, i'm trying to get my shiz together, but sometimes life just happens. i'm sharing this free St. Patrick's Day printable with you because it popped into my head the other night, and i can't just not sketch out an idea. so. next year hopefully this printable will be able to decorate an entry table or mantle of someone's home! :)

you can download a free 8x10 or an 11x14 version below. and you can also find more of my St. Patrick's Day freebies here!

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Quicker Cinnamon Buns

It's no secret that i enjoy a good treat. I think I inherited this giant sweet tooth from my dad's side of the family....okay and maybe my mom's (my grandpa on that side makes the best fudge everrrrr). probably not the greatest trait, but i think enjoying a good dessert or celebrating with one every now and then is not something to cry over. especially if you are active and are maintaining a healthy lifestyle! all things in moderation, always.

i've been wanting to share these cinnamon rolls since the first time my mouth sunk into one of these soft yummy desserts. my mom found the recipe in a Cook's Country magazine (Oct/Nov 2013). and she first made them as part of a breakfast for my family, right after i ran my first half marathon. after that run they were almost too sweet for me to handle, and i think i remember taking about 4 bites before i had to stop (crazy running stomach!). but i loved them and have had my mom make them over and over for me (haha! yes she is so great like that).

the past week i have been craving them yet again and so i busted out a batch myself. i also rewrote out the instructions for these, that you can download below (recipe prints out on a standard 8.5x11 inch piece of paper).

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Quicker Cinnamon Buns Recipe

Download here:

Here's a pic of the original recipe if you wanted to see:


Shop Update: Baseball Prints!

A new year has brought new goals and changes for me. lotsa evaluating what i want to be doing here online, and how i'd like to make a difference. one of my goals has been to grow my little Etsy shop. and since i have always loved writing/drawing and finding good quotes, i decided to create more art prints for you to enjoy in your own home...in your office, on your nightstand, or on your child's wall. i have plans for so many different categories! more motivational, fun, uplifting pieces....and today i am sharing the first set of my sports prints! baseball!

I started drawing these up when the husband and I went out of town for our Valentine getaway weekend. it actually worked out perfectly (roadtrip + having Kevin with me + no kids/distractions), because Kevin was able to help me with all the sports quotes and phrases i wanted. because if i'm being honest i am not the most sports-savvy girl out there. hah! i didn't really play any officially growing up (did gymnastics + dance), but i do love them more now. and i'm always down to go watch a sport live! that i will do!

Spring training is in full swing and the Major League Baseball season is set to start next month. so here are the first 12 baseball prints i created with that in mind, and also with your littles in mind. i would have loved to put these on Bronx's wall when we decorated his Yankee nursery room! the best part is that i still can put these on his wall because they'd look great in any little boy's room!





You can check them out HERE in the shop if you'd like to purchase!