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I Chose the Chosigt

This week something exciting is happening here in Memphis.  It’s an event that I was excited about even before we made the move here almost two years ago.

This Wednesday IKEA is opening their doors here in Memphis!!!

Our family loves IKEA.  When we lived in Birmingham we would travel to Atlanta a couple of times a year and we always made sure we included a stop at IKEA. And now we are going to have a store right here.

IKEA is known for their small space solutions, and low budget good quality furniture.  They have a serious following of people. Blogs have been created that are devoted to sharing  IKEA hacks.  We are pretty big fans ourselves and have even hacked a few IKEA items like….


Esther’s Kitchen we gave her for her third birthday.

So I thought it would be fun to share a few of our favorite… but random IKEA purchases.




This is seriously  my favorite IKEA product. I love it so much that I’ve given it as a gift. Why do I love it so much?  It’s one of my favorite kitchen gadgets because the cheese is shredded directly into the storage container.  Less mess for me and my freshly shredded cheese (without all those chemicals that are in pre-shredded cheese) stays fresh for a long time.  And at five dollars each I’m pretty sure I’ll find myself purchasing a second one because this is one product we use almost daily.

Mattress Protector


My friend told me about her love for IKEA mattress protectors so a couple of years ago we bought new mattressprotectors for all our beds.  We got waterproof ones for the girls that have definitely come in handy.

I fallen in love with IKEA mattress protectors now too because they can withstand being washed over and over again. Ours also haven’t torn at the corners of the bedding where it receives the most stress.



We bought two Astrids a few years ago to hang above our night stands.  They are perfect for integrating wall mounted lighting into an older home… plus they helped to free up extra space on our nightstands.

Sherwin Williams Rain

The Astrid is $15 each… which is a bargain for nice looking wall lamps.  The head pivots so that the direction of the light can be adjusted.  I think my lamp gets more use than Michael Lukes because I’m the one who often stays up late reading.  The nice part is that when I’m ready to fall asleep I don’t have to get out of bed to turn the light off.


fejka-artificial-potted-plant-lilac__0367989_pe549550_s4Flowers are beautiful placed throughout the home.  Not so much though when you tend to forget to water them, have a cat that eats them, or lack the needed sunlight.  I do not have the sunlight needed for orchids. So when I came across FEJKA near the end of one of my IKEA shopping trips I just had to have it.  The color is vibrant and it honestly doesn’t look fake and the best part is that the only maintenance required is the occasional dusting.

We have several faux plants displayed in our apartment with plans to add more soon.

Ok, so that’s a wrap on a few of my favorite items at IKEA.  It’s by no means my exhaustive list and I’m sure by this time next week I’ll have even more favorites but hopefully it has given you a little insight into why so many people love IKEA.

So tell me… whose planning on visiting their local IKEA this week?  Are you looking for specific items or just to browse and see what all they have to offer?

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Esther’s Birthday Present Inspiration

Wednesday Michael Luke had the day off so I took advantage of the extra pair of hands and beautiful sunshine and started working on Esther’s birthday present.  Up until Wednesday I was a little bit stressed because I wasn’t sure if I would have time to get it completed before her big day (I’m pretty sure it’s big to her because she reminds us of it every day) but now I feel much better. So what is it?

We are giving her a play kitchen.  Playing with the play kitchen at Mother’s Choice was one of her favorite activities.  And I believe it!  This girl makes food out of anything.  Last night she was serving up plastic penguins as cookies!  She loves cooking!  So we thought a play kitchen would be perfect.  Originally I wanted to get all DIY and convert an old entertainment center into a kitchen like I had seen on Pinterest.  But after exhausting ourselves with Noah’s birthday present in November, only to be followed closely by Christmas, and then preparing for our trip to Hong Kong I had to face reality and realize that that option just wasn’t an option anymore.

So I did a little looking and pricing and finally decided on the IKEA play kitchen.

original kitchen

All together it’s $100… not too bad.  The closest IKEA to us in Atlanta.  We didn’t have a trip planned there anytime soon but a friend told me about this cool service offered here in Birmingham called the Wishing Truck.  Basically it’s two girls who make a run to Atlanta every month to purchase and bring back items you are wanting from IKEA.  For the kitchen and fee for them picking it up for me the total was around $130.  Which if you are doing the math would be way cheaper than what it would cost me in gas to drive to ATL to pick it up myself because I would have to throw in a meal or two plus who knows what else I would find while I was there.  It’s really a great deal.

So I have had the kitchen since before we left for Hong Kong but didn’t get to start working on it before yesterday.  Working on it?  Yes, working on it.  I couldn’t just give her the standard IKEA kitchen… this mommy has to personalize it.  So that’s where I turned to my dear friend Pinterest and found some inspiration.

Ikea Ktichen (1)(source)

2013-2014 fall and winter 170(source)

pink kitchen(Source not available)

So after seeing these adorable kitchens can you blame me for wanting to spruce up Esther’s a little bit.  So far I am really excited about how it is turning out and look forward to seeing the end result and getting to share it with y’all later… after Esther receives it and bakes me a few things of course.

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