Moving from the city to the suburbs

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Christmas Card Tiny Prints

Happy holidays! We’ve had a very exciting year watching the girls grow into toddlers in 2014. RIght now, we’re in the midst of Christmas shopping – most of which I’m doing online. We won’t be buying too many things since our house is overrun with PLENTY of toys. We’ve picked out a few small items that I’ll share soon. In the meantime, if you have ideas your kids loved, please share!

P.S. Tiny Prints has great deals going on with their holiday cards. We ordered the card above, but there were almost too many favorites for me to choose from!

West Elm Opens in Kansas City

Apparently Kansas City is a hot ticket city right now. Last week, I gushed over IKEA’s opening in September. Little did I know at the time though that West Elm just opened a store on The Plaza!

Two of my favorite home shopping destinations from Chicago = a lot of excitement to start finishing those interior design projects at our house that I never started. Oh ya, because I had babies. Two of them. A dining room table is at the top of my list at the moment along with an ottoman for our living room. Although, I’m starting to lose hope on that search…

One thing I didn’t know about West Elm is how many local designers they feature at their stores. I haven’t been to the store yet, but at their opening last week, everyone was raving about Ampersand Design (already a favorite of mine), Happy Habitat, Hammerpress and Ruff House Art on Twitter and Instagram. And I can’t blame them. Check out these goods from the store (photos via the West Elm Front + Main blog):

Right now West Elm KC is offering a 15% off offer on Facebook, so snatch it up while it lasts and report back on your #westelmlocal finds!

IKEA Opens in Kansas City on September 10

Did you hear that? It’s the sound of my inner squeal for the opening of IKEA in Kansas City on September 10. When I lived in Chicago, I ventured out to the suburbs every so often to enjoy the thrilling low prices and modern style that IKEA offers. I’ve been ordering online since I moved to KC, so it’s music to my ears to hear they’re opening soon. There’s even a countdown clock on the store page on the IKEA website. It opens at 9 a.m. in case you’re planning to fight the craziness. Me? No way, but I hope there will be stock left by the time I get there!

Just recently, I purchased the LATT Children’s Table for Emma and Kate’s first birthday. Do they really sit still in it yet? Not quite. But I thought it was a fun purchase for when they’re ready. Arts and crafts here we come?

LÄTTChildren's table and 2 chairs

LÄTT Children’s table and 2 chairs

On the Hunt: Living Room Ottoman

Our house is a work in progress. The girls arrived about two months after we moved into our new house in Kansas City and we haven’t really 1) had time or 2) had a ton of flexible funds to design our whole house exactly how we want it to. Not to mention the whole toy overrun and baby-proof elements of our design drama. Did I mention we have a formal dining room with NOTHING in it? All of that to say: I’m on the hunt for a lot of things to complete our home lately.

Awhile back, we removed the coffee table from our living room. After Emma took a direct fall into the corner, I couldn’t live with the potential for her to do it again. Especially now that both Kate and Emma are able to climb onto the couch by themselves. The vacant hole that’s left in front of our couch has been haunting me ever since.

Since it’s hard to take the girls shopping for much longer than an hour, I’ve been searching online for the perfect soft ottoman to replace it. I’ve looked at Home Goods, West Elm, Target, Wold Market, Wayfair and Joss & Main but am still on the hunt.

Here are two that have come close – but both are too big for the space. Are they drastically different? Yes – I’ll be honest – I don’t think I’ll know what I want until I see it. Which is how I feel about most of the things we still need to pick out in our house.

West Elm Upholstered Tufted Ottoman

West Elm Upholstered Tufted Ottoman

Joss & Main Dorian Cocktail Ottoman

Emma + Kate: 10, 11 Months

Twin girls 10 months

Emma + Kate at 10 months

Twin girls 11 months

Emma + Kate at 11 Months

EMMA + KATE: 7, 8, 9 Months

Emma and Kate twin girls 7 months

Emma and Kate at 7 months

Emma and Kate twin girls 8 months

Emma and Kate at 8 months

Emma and kate twin girls 9 months

Emma and Kate at 9 months


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