I love to organize and make things look pretty and decided to make some updates to my pantry and to my spice jars. I was so happy when I discovered these hand lettered spice jars from A & Co Mercantile, they were the perfect way to make my custom spice rack look pretty & organized, while reflecting my personal style, too. I love how they look so much I almost want to display them on a turntable in my pantry so people can see them. You can find similar jars for a little less here, too.
I've been wanting to organize my pantry for so long, and finally found some products that were inexpensive enough to tackle the project. I was surprised at how expensive it can be to buy turntables, storage containers, bins, etc. If you've been reading my blog for awhile now, you can probably tell that I love bright & airy spaces, and my pantry was no exception, so when I found these white crates I knew they were perfect. I am still on the hunt for the perfect labels to put on all of the crates and will share that info once I find "the ones". All of the products I've used are linked below!
Oversized storage bins - I have another one of these in my pantry, too for donations. There are always foods I am trying with Parker that he doesn't like so instead of tossing them I put them in a donation bin, and when it's full I donate it all.
I love displaying the pasta in clear containers so I can see all of the different noodle types I have on hand.
I love using turntables to display jarred products and grouped them together by category - this one is for Asian style foods.
I grouped each crate by day part of food type - this one for example is all breakfast foods - pancakes, oatmeal, hot cereal, etc.
Use mason jars to display straws or flatware.
MONEY SAVING TIP
If you have vases on hand, use your shorter vases to display dry goods like granola bars and fruit snacks.
Glass drink dispenser
Click on any of the images below to shop the products featured in this post.
Hey everyone, I wanted to start this post by saying a huge THANK YOU to everyone who responded to my IG story about double strollers! I got soo many messages and can't wait to go check out the two strollers I'm considering in person. Since this was such a popular topic, I thought it would be fun to do a post all about strollers.
I wanted to start by sharing my favorite SINGLE stroller, the Bugaboo Cameleon, and then follow it up with all of the awesome input I got from my readers about the double strollers and all of the considerations for both the Uppababy Vista and the City Select Lux. Update: After shopping for both of these, I have added one additional option to the mix - the Silver Cross - which I was told the Royal Family just bought. It's so stylish!
Also - Both the Bugaboo Cameleon Single and the City Select Lux are on MAJOR sale for the Nordstrom anniversary sale right now! So if you are considering either one, I would urge you to go for it now, this is the cheapest I've ever seen the Bugaboo!
I absolutely fell in LOVE with the Bugaboo Cameleon, a European stroller, when I was shopping around while pregnant. I have been SO happy with our decision to buy this stroller and plan on keeping it for as long as possible.
My favorite features:
- The sleek, flexible design - with lots of customizable options and colors.
- Light weight and folds down easily. It's literally a 1-2 step breakdown process depending on which mode you are using it in. Loads/unloads into my SUV so easily!
- All terrain, rubber tires - NOT plastic ones
- Three modes - Bassinet, Car Seat, or Toddler seat with a variety of configurations in each mode.
- Handlebars that adjust for both my height (5'1") and my husbands (6'5").
- Super easy to travel with.
- Removable sun canopy (the sun canopy is also extendable so you can basically cover the whole stroller).
- You can also remove the basket from underneath the stroller
With the Maxi Cosi Car Seat (also on sale right now!) I was easily able to pop it right into the stroller base when P was an infant. You need two adapters that are easy to pop on and take in and out. I will say that when I was with all of my Amma Mama friends, and we would go walking with our new babies, my stroller/car seat combo was easily the most compact and easy to maneuver.
HANDLE BAR AND SEAT CONFIGURATION FLEXIBILITY
One of the cool features about this stroller is that you can flip the handle bars from front to back. In this picture on the beach, you can see that the handle bar is over the small wheels, but in the other pictures, you can see that it's over the big wheels. THIS FEATURE IS SO NICE!! We never could've walked on the beach with the small wheels in front, so we flipped directions and were able to take it on the sand with the big wheels in front. I'm sure you can't do this with a lot of strollers. This is also really nice when you are on walks and the sun is in a tough spot and you want to flip around the stroller so the suns not on baby, or you just want to look at them. :)
The other amazing feature here is that the seat has three positions - completely laid back so kiddos can nap, middle recline (which P is here in the beach picture), or straight up - and you can face them out or toward you. So with the toddler seat there are 6 configurations.
The bassinet looks so cute on this stroller too! I miss those days and am excited to put P's little brother in the bassinet feature soon!
Another added bonus, these strollers keep their value for either trade in or re-sale, so when it's time to move on (if you choose) you can still get a nice pay back. :)
The only downside about this stroller is that it doesn't convert to a double stroller and the basket below is kind of small so it doesn't always fit my big bags that easily, I kind of have to cram them in there.
On to DOUBLE STROLLERS!
There were so many great messages that I received about these two strollers and you can pretty much say that people love their strollers! I've summarized the feedback I received on these below, and actually went to Baby Grand, a local store, to play around with these strollers and have added in some of my thoughts, too, and also a new stroller option to consider and what we're thinking.
UPPABABY VISTA DOUBLE
Verdict: If I were looking for an amazing single stroller, I would definitely look at this one because people love it so much and it can grow with your family into a double stroller. However, as only a double stroller, I don't think this one will work for us due to the low weight limit on the rumble seat and how cramped the space is of both the toddler seats.
City Select LUX
Verdict: My number one pick right now. Although I wish it looked a little nicer from a design perspective, I think it hits all the points I am looking for from a functionality perspective, and it's a top selling double stroller. I love that it has the most space and has a sit/stand option and comes in a pretty gray.
Lastly, when I was at Baby Grand, I saw this Silver Cross stroller that I was unfamiliar with. From a design perspective, this is absolutely my number one pick! I really loved it, but it doesn't fold down very small, so it's better designed for city folks vs. those that need to fold it up and take it in/out of the car. Also, it's REALLY heavy, like WAY heavier than the City Select Lux. The gal at Baby Grand was telling me the royal family just bought this one, and I can see why, it's beautiful. I suppose this would be a good option if you are also going to have another side by side stroller for walking or a more compact umbrella stroller to load/unload in the car, too.
Another reader suggested the Austlen Entourage, which looks interesting too! I like the sit/stand option on this.
Since the Nordstrom Anni Sale starts tomorrow for non-cardholders, aka ME, I'm hoping to make a final decision soon. This is a tough one, in my opinion, there's no perfect double stroller. I wish I could design one that would expand to side-by-side like the Bugaboo Donkey, or convert to a single and go front & back.
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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally here, yay! There are so many amazing deals on baby and kid stuff, I had to pull together a few of my favorites that we have or are on our wish list. I'm not going to lie, seeing all of the fall things for sale has me really excited for a little bit cooler weather and all things pumpkin...and BABY!
Starting in the upper left hand corner...
I love that this highchair is whitewashed and is so simple to use and clean.
Northface jacket and twinning baby onesie... so cute and cozy for fall!
City Select LUX stroller - this is on my list of double strollers to consider and with a price this low, I am seriously considering this one! Such an amazing deal right now!!
Leather Bootie - because they are so cute!
Little Giraffe Baby Blanket - P has two of these and we are obsessed. He sleeps with it every night. It's so so soft!
Petit Pehr Pom Pom Storage Bins - These have been my #1 pick for storage bins but they were a little spendy, so now is the time to buy!
Bugaboo Cameleon Stroller - This is the stroller we use with Parker and we absolutely LOVE it! It's pretty expensive, so it's an awesome time to buy it and take advantage of these savings. I wish they'd make a double stroller that's not side-by-side, I'd buy it for when baby comes hands down.
Snuggle Blankey & Crib Sheet - For a baby girl.... so CUTE! I love the flamingos.
Dockatot - I don't love the prints they are featuring on the sale, but these things are expensive and the deal is so good. We LOVED our Dockatot!
Maxi Cosi Mico Max 30 Infant Car Seat - This is the infant carrier we used with Parker (also compatible with the Bugaboo with adapters), and we loved it. We are going to be using it again with baby.
Natives Shoes - Our favorite shoes! These two styles are on sale!
Nuna Rava Convertible Car Seat - Parker's current car seat, it's been wonderful!
I've also pulled together a few of my favorite fall pieces from the sale that I love for me. All of these are so affordable during the sale I had to share. :)
I'm in love with these black wedge booties! Perfect mom boots for fall & winter, they come in brown, too. Update: These sold out in pre-sale, but these ones are just as cute and still available!
Gray turtle neck sweater - less than $50 and it comes in several colors.
Brown wedge booties - love the cut out detail. Less than $100!
This fall & winter coat is so classy, and will never go out of style. There are several colors available too.
Tan Knee High Boots - So cute and versatile. Only $150.
Gray top coat - so versatile, you can throw it over anything to complete your fall look. Comes in a variety of colors and petite - perfect for us short gals. :)
I'm so excited to share this post with you guys today! Ever since I found out I was pregnant with Parker, I looked forward to buying a cute Pottery Barn Kids kitchen for him to play with. But when the time came around to actually getting one, the one I wanted was $799, and I just couldn't justify spending that much on something I didn't even know if he would like or play with. So I did some Pinterest searching and found several really cute hacks of the IKEA Duktig Kitchen, that inspired this project. IKEA recently dropped the price of this kitchen from $99 to $79, too!
My mom comes to watch Parker for me on Monday's so I took a trip out to the store by Mall of America and probably spent 3 hours there. I had never actually been inside the store and loved looking around at everything, I found so many great deals! I bought the kitchen and got to work during Parker's nap and after bed for the next 3-4 days.
Here are the different things I did to transform the standard DUKTIG Kitchen into this gold & gray version:
The finished kitchen!
The before picture of the kitchen.
The burners on the stovetop light up, too.
Utensils and veggie basket are both from IKEA.
If you want to transform you own IKEA kitchen like this, here's what you'll need:
3. Assemble the bottom half of the kitchen, excluding the oven and dishwasher doors, the back piece and the four footings that go on each of the legs.
4. Then, using your painters tape and newspaper you'll need to tape off the inside of these cabinets so they are still the natural color. Once they are all taped off, you can begin spray painting the bottom with the gray color. IMPORTANT: You will need to tape off the bottom board about 1" in so that once you attach the doors the little bit of the board that sticks out is gray. (See picture). When dry, apply second coat and touch ups as needed. Finish off with the matte clear enamel.
5. Using the painters tape, tape off the glass part of the oven door, and then spray the oven door and the dishwasher/cabinet door gray. Let dry, apply second coat as needed. Finish off with the matte clear enamel.
6. Assemble the top half of the kitchen, do not put the microwave door handle on yet though. Using the painters tape, tape off the areas you do not want gray. For me, I wanted the back of the two cubbies to be white and the microwave on all sides to be white as well. Note: It may be easier to spray these as individual pieces rather than assembling it first, but I chose to assemble it and tape off what I wanted to maintain white. Let it dry, apply a second/touch up coat, and finish with the matte clear enamel.
7. At this point you can pretty much put the top half of your kitchen together and the bottom half of your kitchen together, you are just missing the countertop and backsplash. I actually debated for a long time as to whether or not I was going to add the marble contact paper because I liked the look of the natural wood so much. But since I decided to buy it, I went for it and applied the contact paper. Since the corners of the countertop are rounded, I would suggest putting it flat on the top and rounding off the corners and then cutting a really long thin piece that goes along/on the edge of the countertop. You'll need to use the razor blade to cut holes in the contact paper where the stovetop and sink inserts go.
8. Make your backsplash. I laid the self adhering tile sheets to the poster board and cut it down to just slightly bigger than the backsplash area so that I had a place to adhere it to on the back side of the kitchen.
9. I placed the 3M adhering strips on the back panel of the two side pieces and along the top so that it was securely adhered to the kitchen.
10. Ta-da! You are all done!
The plant. utensils & pots and pans are all from IKEA. The candle, salt & pepper shakers and petite glass bowls are all for styling purposes and aren't there when P plays with it. :)
Time & Money Saving Tips
1. A cheaper alternative to the backsplash tile is paper like this shiplap one below, it's less than $1 per sheet at a craft store. You can buy three of them and adhere them to the poster board to create a quick and inexpensive backsplash. This shiplap was $.69 per sheet at Hobby Lobby.
2. Below is an in progress picture of the kitchen while I was assembling it, without the backsplash attached and with the original countertop, which I actually really like! The marble contact paper was a total pain to put on, so if you like this look below, you can save some time and money by using the included countertop with no additional modifications. Then you won't need to purchase the contact paper or worry about cutting out the holes for the sink and stovetop.
This whole project may seem a little overwhelming, but I promise once you dive in and start doing it, it's not that bad! There are endless ways to hack this kitchen into one that fits your unique style - the opportunities are endless! There are so many cool colors and backsplash options you can do. You can check out Pinterest for additional ideas, too! Thanks so much for all of your sweet comments on my Instagram post about this, it was a really fun project. Up next: hacking the IKEA LAAT table! I'm excited to share that project here, too!
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Thank you so much to everyone who responded to my Instagram story asking for travel tips! I received so many messages with great ideas (scroll down to see the list), and also so many people asking me to share these ideas, too... so here goes! I've tried to capture everything, but I'm sure I missed some and would love any additional ideas you guys may have in the comments. :) And sorry about the picture quality, these were all iPhone pics taken is such bad lighting!
We flew to Florida twice this winter with Parker and took two totally different approaches for each trip...
Parker was just a few weeks shy of 1 year, and we chose to fly at night (8-9pm flights).
In the airport
Parker was 15 months (not walking yet, but crawling everywhere), and we chose to fly during the day. Our first flight was super early in the morning and the return flight was mid-morning.
We are so lucky that we made it out of town for this trip. We flew out at 6:50 the morning that the biggest snowfall/blizzard of the season hit MN - and everything after us was cancelled. Thank heavens we made it out! The only bummer was that we had to get de-iced and that took 30-45 minutes and by the time we were done being de-iced, my "bag of tricks" (food, games, etc.) was almost completely out of things because he had already gone through them all.
In the Airport -
I took the same approach this time flying with Parker as I did above with a few differences.
On the Plane -
FIRST TRIP VS. SECOND TRIP
Overall, the flights went fine both times. I think I would attempt to travel either way next time, but maybe lean toward a night flight because a sleeping toddler is way easier than a busy one that gets bored very quickly. Once P is at the age where he can watch a show/movie on an iPad, flying during the day will probably be more the attractive option.
I know this was kind of a hodge podge of info, but hopefully it'll help someone out who plans to fly with a busy toddler sometime soon!
Other ideas that people sent me (THANK YOU!!):
Hi! I'm Lindsay, a new mama to our little boy, Parker. I started my blog as a way to channel my creativity and document our life happenings. From the pretty, styled shots to the real, raw experiences, too, like our journey to start our family. I love to share about my faith, my personal style for interior decorating, holidays and entertaining & for our little guy. too. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your support. XO