If you haven't been before, plan a trip to the nearest Ikea; and bring the kids. Mine love it.
And how could you not love a place that provides you with shopping for hours on end, and lets you feed your family for under $6? I can hear the scoffing now ("Hot dogs? Really?"). Oh, but they are such delicious hot dogs, even better than my usual favorite hot dog spot: Kwik Trip gas stations in MN. Don't I sound so refined?
While we visited Ikea this past weekend, we heard it announced that the average time most shoppers spend in the store is 3 hours. I was happy to hear it; it made me feel normal.
Even their carts are fun to push! All four wheels swivel so smoothly, and the girls love to be spun around in circles. I know... I'm gushing over carts (a.k.a. buggies - only my family will get that joke). But seriously, good carts are a necessary element to good shopping with kids.
Throughout the store the kids can get their energy out at various play-stations. Those swedish marketers are smart.
I get so excited by their glass jar selection. They have all sorts of shapes and sizes, and every time I go, I end up getting at least one. This time I got one of these frosted ones with a cool sealing lid. You should see what I plan to put in it... Great gift idea! I promise I will show you later.
And I picked up a few cool prints. Can you guess what I will make with them? Hint: it won't be curtains.
This final purchase was a necessity. In case you can't tell from the picture, it is a miniature-sized picnic table. Perfect for keeping those kids of mine outside during summer meal times (oh-kay... not every meal, but a lot). I've always been amazed at the messes my kids can produce with food; hopefully this will cut back on that.
But, once again, I have greater plans for this picnic table; I will be sure to blog about it.
I better get started on all these projects!