Ideas for Thea’s New IKEA Kura Bed

We have just got Thea a new (second hand) IKEA Kura bed. So now I am feverishly pinning  ‘IKEA Kura Bed Hack’ images. Sorry if you are sick of seeing them on my Pinterest feed! It’s just so flexible and there are loads of things we could do with it, how do we decide?

If you’re not familiar with the delights of the IKEA Kura bed, let me enlighten you. It can be used like a low-ish four poster bed, as we have it. Or you can upturn it, and made into a low mid-sleeper bed. In a few years we’ll flip it over so Thea can have a little den beneath it. She’s too young for that yet – she’s already rolled out, luckily it’s nice and low! That’s not the only danger though, as you’ll find out when you keep reading!

Ikea Kura Bed with grey duvet cover and Little Bird turquoise tree wall decals

Will the stickers survive if I move them up?

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Why We’re Sticking With the LiveLAGOM Sustainable Life

You may have read one of my previous posts about our exciting sustainability project with IKEA and environmental charity Hubbub. We were chosen from around 9,000 families to take part in their #LiveLAGOM project, long with a handful of families from each of IKEA’s UK stores. We were given a budget of £500 to spend on products to make our lives more sustainable.

The project is coming to a close now, so I have been reflecting on the changes we have made and what our next steps will be. You might want to grab a cuppa!Succulent in a coral pot

So to recap, the idea of living LAGOM is not about depriving yourself of the nice things in life. It’s about taking care not to waste resources, and not taking what we don’t need.

LAGOM comes from the Swedish phrase ‘lagom är bäst’ (the right amount is best) which means enjoying what you love, while not taking more than you need.

We have always cared about our environment, and have quite a few energy saving measures in place, which you can read about on my original LiveLAGOM post . We also got an Anglian Water audit of our house to try and save water. But we were keen to do more.

WE HAD Four goals:

  1. Save energy
  2. Make our home office more cosy
  3. Reduce food waste
  4. Get more creative with our recycling

Looking back, I think I may have been a bit optimistic with how much of a difference we could make with £500 worth of stuff, and should probably have narrowed it down to one or two goals. But I am nothing if not enthusiastic! Continue reading

Three Months of Our LiveLAGOM Project with IKEA and Hubbub

At the start of the year, we began our  LiveLAGOM project with IKEA and Hububb. We were incredibly excited to be selected as ambassadors, to see if we can live a more sustainable life, with the help of £500 worth of IKEA products. Being a huge IKEA fan, I didn’t need asking twice!

The idea of the project is to live a more LAGOM life, which comes from the Swedish phrase ‘lagom är bäst’ (the right amount is best). So enjoying what you love, while not taking more than you need.

So we set to making a list of issues we wanted to address, and the products that would help us. Then it was shopping time!

Thea showing off her IKEA shopping list

So how are our LIVELAGOM resolutions going?

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Home office with IKEA furniture and copper accessories

Getting Your Home Ready for a WFH Life

Working from home is the dream for most of us who trudge every day into the office, battling with public transport, long and traffic-laden car journeys and late home times.

Several years of this can become tedious and once you have a family, priorities begin to shift. Late last year, I took the big step of becoming a freelance copywriter, with the aim of getting more flexibility and a work/life better balance.

I have fully embraced the Work From Home (WFH) lifestyle – is it something you’re interested in? It might be the fresh start that you’re looking for, especially if you’re reassessing your options after maternity leave. You will need to make some simple adjustments to your home to create the perfect space for working.

Having your own office

If you have the luxury of a spare room then you’re off to a flying start. Having a space that is purely business-related will keep your concentration focused and will keep the rest of your home closed off for family/relaxation time.

Small home offce with two IKEA desks, and ALEX office drawers

We love the simple white furniture, as it is nice and calming, plus it goes with everything. I’ve added touches of copper and monochrome soft furnishings to make it a bit more cosy. It’s not finished just yet but is well on the way!

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My Favourite Five for February: Tiger, IKEA & FitBit

1. Tiger geometric goodies. I can’t get enough of Tiger. Our local one opened fairly recently and I buy something or other every time I go past, I can’t resist! Sadly/luckily (depending on your will power) you can’t buy online yet so if you don’t have one near you, I’m sorry but hopefully you will soon! I picked up this lovely embroidery kit for just £3. Yes, THREE POUNDS! I went back and got another one today – I’m going to try and spray this hoop copper so it can go in our office, and I’m going to do my next one with pink thread, to go in our lounge. The ‘instructions’ are pretty hopeless as they are pictorial, but it was so easy you won’t need them anyway. I did this in about an hour, in front of the TV.Tiger embroideryI also got this rather lovely white wire fruit bowl for £4.Tiger white wire fruit bowl
2. IKEA LOSJON coat hooks. I love these brightly coloured hooks – they are only £4.75, and you can either screw them into the wall, or stick them up. That’s the option I’ll be going for, obviously. We need more coat hooks in our hall, and I thought if I put these up at waist height, the girls can hand their own coats up, rather than chucking them on the floor. IKEA coat hooks

3. Fitbit Flex. Those of you that know me IRL may well fall off your chair in shock that I have actually bought a fitness product. OK you can stop laughing now. I’m trying to be healthier, and I know that this won’t actually do that, but I am interested in how much (or little) exercise I actually get and also how much sleep. Not surprisingly, I pretty much hit my 10,000 step goal on the days I am running about with the girls, and on my work days, it’s more like 6,000. And last Sunday it was a paltry 3,000! But the day before I went to London and did over 16,000 so I didn’t really care that much. Because I had a feeling I am going to get bored of this, I got it with my Boots points, so it’s not *real* money, and it’s £15 off at the moment too. It comes with a second bigger wrist band, so if I do get bored, I can give it to Ryan! But so far, I’m finding it interesting and now that I have my week of base line steps, I have something to beat.

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