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Easy IKEA Hack.

DSC_4912It happened. Hera outgrew her toddler bed. I feel like she was just in her bassinet yesterday and then I blinked and all the sudden she grew up. We’ve been on the hunt for a twin bed for her for quite awhile but just never pulled the trigger. I needed something on the smaller side to save space and I wanted something with a trundle for sleepovers.

I found this super cute one and even though the price was right the only trundle I could find that would work for it was from The Land of Nod and that price tag was twice the price of the bed! My friend Michelle turned me on to the BRIMNES bed from IKEA and I fell in love with this space-saving, trundle bearing, toy collecting bed. Not only did this thing fit my physical requirements but it fit our budget as well.

We quickly picked one of these up and it was perfect, but knowing me I can’t leaving things as they are and decided to ditch the cheap wood drawer pulls to amp up the look of this bed. Michelle actually did the same thing and luckily had a couple extra drawer pulls on hand that she was willing to throw my way; luckily because IKEA sizes are metric and we don’t carry much of anything like that in the states. I picked up a can of brass/gold spray paint and after a couple quick passes (and patiently waiting for it dry) I popped these bad boys on and think they give the bed an awesome (and more expensive!) look. The great thing about this is that you can make these pulls virtually any color you want! I think IKEA has become more of a place where you can buy awesome basic pieces that are ready for you to add your personal touch, which is right up my alley because that’s what I end up doing regardless.

It definitely makes a difference! What do you think? Hera loves her new big girl bed and is anxiously awaiting her cousin’s arrival next week for her first sleepover! I love the bed because we can throw all her toys in the drawers!

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Natural Burn Balm

This Summer has been a scorcher in Los Angeles, and it’s technically only the “second day” of Summer. You bet you’ll be finding us by the beach well into August, September for that matter. And even though I’m continuously applying endless amounts of sunscreen, this one is currently my favorite, there are times when the sun wins and the end of the day I’m left with red shoulders. Luckily, the inter webs have a solution for everything and this time it happens to be an natural remedy! I whipped up some DIY natural burn balm, and man – it does the trick. (Side note: It also leaves me smelling like a tropical vacation.) So if you’re like me and happen to fall victim to sunburnt shoulders (or any body part for that matter) give this simple DIY a try! You might be surprised to learn that you most likely have these ingredients in your pantry already! I’ve also included a simple and chic printable label in the off chance you want to share these as gifts.
To Create This Burn Balm, you’ll need the following:
¼ Cup of Organic Raw Honey
¼ Cup of Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil
½ teaspoon of Organic Aloe Vera Gel
10 drops of 100% Pure Lavender Essential Oil
10 drops of 100% Pure Peppermint Essential Oil
Tin Containers or Glass Jars
Printable Burn Balm Labels, optional

Method //

Using the double boiler method, melt the honey and coconut oil over the lowest heat setting possible. Continue mixing until there are no more clumps and everything has completely liquified. This happens very quickly.

Remove the mixture from the heat and add in the essential oils and aloe gel. Pour directly into tins or glass jars. Place in the fridge until they are fully hardened. I love to keep mine in the fridge because the added comfort of a cool balm is that much better for sunburnt skin.

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A Potty Step, DIY.

Potty training is hard. There’s not getting around it. And when you try and push it upon a stubborn two year old who isn’t quite ready things just don’t work out. I am happy to say that we are officially potty trained and my one word of advice; wait. Wait until your child is ready. The first go around things were bad, real bad, like screaming and tears bad. We tried everything; a potty chart, rewards, stickers, candy – you name it. She just wasn’t ready. We waited a few months and gave it another shot. This time around we didn’t use any fancy potty charts or make a big deal out of it with songs and dancing around like clowns – and you know what, it worked. It was actually, dare I say, a breeze.

Once we got the potty training down we switched her from her little potty to the “big girl” potty but the challenging aspect was running to lift her up onto the toilet every single time. I searched every corner of the interweb to find a cool stool that she could use to get up on the potty herself but everything seemed to be an eyesore. If I’m going to have a huge stool in front of my toilet at least can it blend in? Well with no such luck, I decided to take matters into my own hands and DIY myself one.

I ventured out to IKEA and picked myself up one of their MOLGER step stools and began to reconfigure what I had mapped out in my mind. What came of it was exactly what I had envisioned. A perfectly sized, stylish, birch potty stool that both helps my daughter reach the potty and looks great in her bathroom! The DIY was pretty simple, if you’re like me and want something both pleasing to the eye and functional – I recommend giving this DIY a try!

To create this Potty Step you’ll need the following:
The MOLGER step stool from IKEA
A Saw, of some sort
Screwdriver, both a Phillips and a Flathead
Hammer or Mallet
Wood Screws
Birch Wood Plugs, these are optional

To begin you’re going to be working with the side pieces. They already come somewhat assembled from IKEA which is a shame because these right here are all the work. Start by removing the highlighted bar. There are two sets of dowel rods connecting this to the adjacent bars. I found the easiest way to remove it without damaging the wood is to take a flathead screwdriver and begin hammering it into the joint at the top. Once you split the joint you can kind of wedge the screwdriver back and forth to carefully separate it. Real technical stuff, I know.

Doing this should also loosen the joint at the bottom of the bar allowing you to once again wedge the screwdriver between the two carefully separating it.
Once you have successfully remove the bar you should be left with something like this. Using either pliers (of which I personally had no luck) or a saw, carefully remove or saw off the dowel rods sticking out.The next step, is to level off this bar.Using a handsaw (if you’ve got the strength) or a band saw (in this case, my dad’s – thank you Pops!) remove the excess bar, leveling off with the crossbar. Don’t worry about the look of it cosmetically, it will be covered by the step when we are finished. Do the exact same thing to the other piece. You should know have two of these bad boys.At this point, you’re practically done! Now to assemble the step stool, take the larger of the two steps that come with the original stool. Face the two “legs” (is what we’ll call them) so that the sides with the most holes are facing towards each other – in other words, inward. Place the step on top of the legs so that they cover both the sawed off dowel rods and the sawed off bar – it should cover this perfectly. Flip the stool upside down and with each leg aligned one at a time, screw down using two or three wood screws.

Once you’ve screwed one leg to the step, repeat this with the second leg. You should now have what resembles an adorable little wooden step.It’s optional to fill those holes where the original IKEA screws were supposed to go with some wood plugs that can easily be picked up at your hardware store, but again this is completely optional.

After that, you are done. Slide this puppy up under your toilet and let your toddler have all the freedom to use the potty all. by. themselves.

I was even able to use the second step that comes with the original IKEA stool for a little bathroom decor!

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June 24, 2016 - 3:55 am

Maria - Wow! Great find! I was expecting you to say you found it at West Elm or Dwell or something.

June 22, 2016 - 2:13 pm

KimberHills - I found it at Home Goods about a year ago! :)

June 21, 2016 - 10:39 pm

Maria - Hi Kimber,
I’m in love with this project! It’s the perfect, sophisticated potty step! I can’t wait to try it. Can I ask where you got your shower curtain from?