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Play Space Step One Complete!

22 Mar

I told you this would happen fast 😉

For those of you who haven’t read my blog I wrote a post the other day here: Play Space Makeover about what I was hoping to do with Emma’s play space area.

Well it only took a day and I already have the easy half of it complete! Check it out:

I bought the cabinet and bins last night and stayed up late to set it up! I love the way it looks and I’m happy about the height of it. Emma played with it this morning and she is at perfect viewing and reaching height of the books. Of course they are all over the floor right now but I’ll try not to complain about that 😉

Something I’m super excited about that I did not expect is that she pulls out the bin halfway, pulls out the toy she wants, and pushes it back. I thought for sure she’d pull the whole bin out and dump the entire thing on the floor! This may just make our place a little cleaner. The next step I want to do for the bins is to put white vinyl pictures of the items that are in the boxes on the outside so Emma will learn where things belong and we can start a clean up routine!

The toy chest in this next picture is not going to be there but I did it more for a visual:

We are going to be building a little desk right there. We’ll be using white shelving board to create a custom desk that will fit along the length of the wall with a little side table at the end closest to the chair. I think I’m going to be able to fit a few of the floor toys (like the doll house in the bottom right corner) under the desk so that it’s not taking up extra floor space but it’s still accessible.

Thanks to my dad for being an amazing custom building fiend, he’s teaching me what I need to know about building custom pieces. We bought some foamboard and we are going to cut a template out to see what it will look like when we finish! As soon as we get that completed I’ll do another post so you can see it all coming together and then we’ll be buying the materials and getting it ready. While I’m waiting on that step I’ve been keeping my eyes out for little desk chairs that I can fix up like this I found on Craigslist:

The one she is selling is pink so I might paint it back to white but we’ll see 😀

 

What do you think of the cabinet and bins? Have you thought of any cool ways to store big floor toys? I’d love to hear what you think!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

 

J

Play Space Makeover!

21 Mar

Hey everyone! Since I’m having trouble getting anything done around here I thought I’d let you in on my brainstorming projects. Today I’m going to show you what I have planned for Emma’s Play Space. Just so you know, her place space is a little 4×4 area in our living room since we have a small basement apartment. This is what it looks like now:

She’s crammed into this little corner that I tried to make as accessible as possible to her. She still has a huge amount of floor space that she can pull out all her toys and play with but what I’m hoping to do in this process is create an organized area that’s easier to get to and the possibility of her playing in that area as well!

In this picture you can see that she’s also spread out in front of our TV area. Since she has some big floor toys it’s hard to keep them all in one little area so I’ll be working on figuring out a solution for this as well!

Here is her bedroom play area. She spends as much time in here as she does out in the living room so I’m going to try to divide up the toys into what fits better where 😉

So what I have planned is going to be a big makeover! We are going to be purchasing this in white (if you hadn’t noticed I like clean white furniture):

I’m going to be buying these or something similar to these to put inside the cubbies:

and on the cubbies I am going to stick a vinyl decal in the shape of the toy that goes in that bucket – like this but probably in white:

So that is the beginning of my organizing process. I want to get as many toys off the floor as I can and make it so it’s easier for her to put them away and find them again. With the toy bin it makes it super easy to clean, but impossible to find all the right toys. Now that Emma is old enough I’m really excited about teaching her how to put her toys away in a defined area!

Okay so her little corner consists of two walls. The cubbie cabinet will be on one wall and on the other wall I want to build a simple small desk. Similar to this picture but without the cubbies on top or bottom.

Then right off the end of that table attached to it, I want to build a little triangle side table so I can put her tan chair next to it facing at a better angle to the TV (yes she likes TV and yes I let her watch it – don’t yell at me 😛 haha)

If you aren’t one of those people who can easily picture something I’m super sorry! Good news about this project is that it will be starting up soon so you’ll get to see it all happening in no time!

What do you think about my makeover ideas? Do you have suggestions for those big floor toys?

Thanks for stopping by!
Love Always,

Jennifer

Daily Life: Hubby Time

24 Jul

Today I am spending the day shopping with my man. For someone who only shops at best buy and fast food restaurants this is going to be exciting!! Now that he works at a place without uniforms – or really a dress code at all – he wants to go buy some new jeans and t-shirts so we are going to head to Kohls. I am also going clothes shopping for E. Since all of her clothes are a size too small… and we got a TON of birthday money I’m going to go a little crazy 😉 Hopefully E can handle having a little bit of a late nap today because I have a feeling this is going to take a little longer than B thinks it is!

Here’s some pictures of E’s birthday celebration!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a great time and E has been playing with her new toys all morning!! She also has a few new words to her vocabulary: Aunt K, Charlotte (which sounds perfectly clear!), ice cream, ding-dong (doorbell on her doll house), and stick it (thanks to Uncle J).

We are so lucky to have an amazing family 🙂

Love Always,

J

Daily Life: Picnic & Play Time

30 Jun

Today was a fun day with girls. It’s amazing that they are a year apart yet they love the same toys and play together so well. E spent the whole time fetching toys for P while P played happily and watched E run around to fetch more toys! While they were napping this afternoon I got the great idea of having a picnic & play time outside. Wondering what it is?

Play Time!

and Picnic – including foods that both a 1-year-old and 2-year-old like to eat (that is not always easy!)

Now I’m sitting here watching E play in the pool. About every two seconds she pours water out of a Tupperware and says “Oh No!” shocked as if she didn’t expect it to spill out 😛 For all the troubling things the terrible two’s brings – this is not one of them. She could sit in a pool and play for hours if I let her. Unfortunately she’ll be pulled out at 7:30 to get ready for bedtime but I’m sure she’ll enjoy it until then 😉

Love Always,

J

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