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Creating Storage for the Bedroom

Sometime last month, we decided that we were done with our old bed. It had a padded purple headboard that was quite comfy to lean against but not much good for anything else besides taking up a lot of space. We couldn’t even really put anything under the bed! We were also dealing with storage issues. We had towels and bedlinen taking up precious space in our wardrobe, my various tote bags and backpacks were strewn around the room, I usually had a pile of books on the floor next to me and ever so often, the books would come tumbling down, you get the idea.

So we got a new bed and that solved several problems at one go because the BRIMNES bed frame and headboard provide loads of storage! I loved that we could display stuff on the headboard (like Adam’s Van Gogh cat painting in a RIBBA frame that Anya refuses to let us put anywhere else in the house because she’s scared of it).

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our new bed

Let’s digress from talking about storage for just a bit to admire this lovely ALVINE KVIST quilt cover and pillow case set. The pattern was first created in the 1700’s and is now kept at Musée de l’Impression sur Etoffes in France. I’ve been eyeing it for the longest time! And since I’m the sort who needs to have a blanket on me even when it’s a warm night, we bought the cooler version of the RÖDTOPPA quilt to replace the one that we’ve been using for ages.

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love these sheets

Ok, back to storage now. The BRIMNES headboard has shelves at the side! Whee! So instead of a pile of books on the floor that I trip over every single morning, the books I’m reading can fit nicely into the shelves at the side. And I can even display some of the books that I bought simply because they were so pretty.

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storage at the side of the headboard

There are four large drawers underneath the BRIMNES bed frame so all our bedlinen and towels are now in one of the drawers, freeing up valuable wardrobe space. My tote bags and other similar things are also stowed away and less of an eyesore but still within easy reach.

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storage under the bed

Here’s another look at the side of the headboard. Each shelf is adjustable to 3 different positions and the top shelf has holes for cables to lamps or chargers so it helps to control the messy wire situation. There’s space for the random things that the kids like to leave behind in our room (like this DUKTIG toy cash register) and I have random odds and ends (like nail clippers, medicated oil, etc) in a GODMORGAN box.

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love having my books on display

We’re quite stoked that we managed to get our storage issues in the bedroom under control by getting the BRIMNES bed frame and headboard. Now to snuggle under my pretty quilt and read a book before I sleep!

Disclaimer: This is part of a series of posts from our collaboration with IKEA Singapore. All IKEA products seen in this post are sponsored by IKEA up to a certain amount. All ideas are mine.

Storage for Lived In Rooms

Let me be very honest with you: my home is not showroom-worthy and will never appear in any interior design or home decor magazine. I am in awe of people whose living rooms show no evidence of the mess that kids leave behind them as they tear around like mini tornadoes.

There is a general order to things in our home but we have so much stuff and the kids’ toys and clothes are everywhere. While we have quite a bit of storage built in, we don’t use it as much as we should because we need to have everything within reach, especially for the daily morning rush otherwise known as ‘getting the kids ready for school and out of the house on time without anyone going mad’.

Ok, the point I’m trying to make is that my living room is a lived in room and is very messy so I’m going to show you a wee corner of it, just part of the TV console area. Since our last IKEA post was a massive undertaking and we made over the entire kids’ room with new beds and tables and all, I wanted to focus on just a few of our living room storage items for this post.

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as a dollhouse

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in bookshelf mode

Presenting my favourite new item from the Children’s section: the FLISAT doll’s house that doubles up as a wall shelf. When I first saw this back in December, I was so excited because it’s such amazing value for a solid pine doll’s house. Sadly, it was sold out then and I had been eagerly waiting for it to be restocked. Of course, the HUSET bedroom and HUSET living room furniture are a must for the doll’s house.

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furniture packed away

The HUSET bedroom and living room furniture fit very nicely into a small SAMLA box and you can get the SAMLA lid to keep everything dust-free and to allow the SAMLA boxes to stack on top of one another. The SAMLA box is also perfect for the kids’ magnetic tiles that they play with every day. The transparent boxes help the kids to locate their favourite toys easily and without making a mess.

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love these boxes!

We are also rather fond of the TROFAST storage boxes (we talked about them in our last post as well) and have several of them all over the house. There are three under the TV console holding the kids’ uniforms so they can get dressed quickly in the morning without too much fuss. Before we implemented this, we used to have stacks of clothes on one side of the sofa. Ahem.

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kids’ uniforms and such

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altogether now

One final storage idea to share (although this is in our bathroom and not the living room) and I’m really just looking for an excuse to post a picture of my Gudetama beauty products peeking out from their GODMORGAN box. The GODMORGAN box comes in a set of 5 with lids. The 4 smaller boxes fit into the biggest one so you can either use them to create compartments in the big box (that’s what we do for our First Aid kit) or stack the smaller ones on the biggest.

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bonus storage tip

Disclaimer: This is part of a series of posts from our collaboration with IKEA Singapore. All IKEA products seen in this post are sponsored by IKEA up to a certain amount. All ideas are mine.

Hello, Gruffalo!

It seemed like just another ordinary Saturday morning but the kids were actually in for a treat! The Gruffalo dropped by and paid us a visit to the delight of the older children (and the horror of the younger ones).

The kids adore the Gruffalo (terrible tusks and all) and love to read about him, watch him on DVD, and see him in action on the stage. So when the Gruffalo himself appeared at their grandfather’s doorstep with his knobbly knees and turned out toes, they were beside themselves with excitement!

The babies were a bit frightened of this creature with orange eyes and purple prickles, but when it was time for him to go, they decided to put aside their fear and gave him high fives and hugs. The older ones couldn’t bear to see him go and followed him all the way to the lift.

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who’s that coming out of the lift?

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it’s their beloved Gruffalo!

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the little ones were not so enamoured

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I just wanted to hug the cuddly guy

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Bye bye, Gruffalo! Please come back again!

You can still catch The Gruffalo and the other forest creatures from the story at SOTA Drama Theatre tomorrow at 10 am, 12 pm and 3 pm. The Gruffalo is one of 6 productions being performed over 4 weeks (from now until 14 Feb) for Kidsfest 2016 and it’s extremely entertaining for the whole family!

Also check out the other Kidsfest 2016 shows – Room on the Broom, I Believe in Unicorns, Snow Child, Little Red Riding Hood, and Aliens Love Underpants – because tickets are selling fast!

Tasmania Day 7 & 8: Salamanca Market & Farm Gate Market

We left Bruny Island very early to make our way back to the airport so that we could return our camper van and get a rental car. I wanted to get to Salamanca Market as early as possible. Salamanca Market is a street market in Hobart and is held on Saturdays between 8.30 am and 3 pm. There’s so much to see, eat and buy!

I love how almost everything in Salamanca Market is grown or made in Tasmania. We bought some honey, magnets, baby bibs, and books. The author was there to autograph the books we bought! And I know I’ve said this in many of the Tasmania posts, but Salamanca Market is definitely a must-do when in Tasmania.

Another market we visited was Farm Gate Market. Farm Gate Market operates every Sunday on Bathurst St, from 8.30 am – 1 pm. I was delighted to see Get Shucked oysters from Bruny Island at the market and had half a dozen for a second breakfast.

If we are lucky enough to go to Tasmania again, we will make sure we visit Farm Gate Market to stock up before we embark on our camper van journey so that we can have lots of local vegetables, meat and bread for our trip.

Seussical the Musical

Seussical the Musical

Seussical the Musical

Seussical the Musical begins with monkeys scampering wildly through the audience and the action does not let up for the rest of the 75 minutes! Wacky, lively and loud, Seussical the Musical takes the audience through the story of Horton Hears a Who! and Horton Hatches an Egg with lots of impressive singing and animated dancing along the way.

Horton the Elephant hears a sound coming from a small speck of dust and he places it on a clover. He discovers that the speck is actually a tiny planet and home to an entire community and he vows to protect Whoville because “a person’s a person, no matter how small.” Along the way, he is mocked by the other animals in the jungle for believing in something that they are unable to see or hear.

The beloved Cat in the Hat is on hand (with his signature red and white striped hat) to provide non-stop zany entertainment. One minute he’s a doctor, and the next he’s making it snow on one of the characters. The other animals are dressed in cleverly-conceptualised costumes that make them seem more like humans than animals, allowing us to relate to their very human traits and to see ourselves in their behaviour.

Although the story went over the heads of the younger ones a little and is more suitable for children above 5, the kids had fun watching the show. Our favourite bit was when the Mayor of Whoville got the audience involved in alerting Horton’s jungle friends to the existence of life on the speck of dust, reminding the kids of the importance of standing up for what you believe in and the power of teamwork. I also enjoyed the spirited rendition of Green Eggs & Ham by the cast during curtain call.

Horton hears a Who

Horton hears a Who

the Cat in the Hat

the Cat in the Hat

up to no good

making fun of Horton

Horton and his egg

Horton and his egg

TICKETING AND SHOW INFORMATION

Season: 
6 – 8 November
Venue:  Esplanade Theatre
PERFORMANCE TIMES: Fri, 6 Nov: 5pm; Sat, 7 Nov: 11am & 3pm; Sun, 8 Nov: 11am & 3pm
TICKET PRICE:  From $58
INTERNET: www.sistic.com.sg
PHONE: +65 6348 5555
IN PERSON AT:   SISTIC Authorised Agents

Disclaimer: We received complimentary tickets to watch this performance. All opinions are my own. All photos used are from ABA Productions.

My Favourite Nursery Rhymes from Royal Rae

David loves books. When we are in the car, he always wants to hold on to a book and at bedtime, I have to read him the same story several times before he’s willing to let go of whichever book he’s hanging on to! On weekends, we drive around quite a bit and David gets restless easily unless we play some Hi-5 music. Recently, we got hold of a busy book from Royal Rae and it keep him happily engaged in the car for a good length of time!

Royal Rae was started by Cecilia, a mother of a six-year-old girl. She observed that handcrafted toys were much better in encouraging her daughter’s creativity and imagination so she set up Royal Rae to offer a selection of high quality and engaging handcrafted toys to maximise the potential of children. We tried out ‘My Favourite Nursery Rhymes’ from Royal Rae on David and it was a hit!

‘My Favourite Nursery Rhymes’ has beautifully designed pictures accompanying familiar and well-loved nursery rhymes. David enjoyed listening to the nursery rhymes and also sat quietly lifting up flaps to help Little Bo Peep find her sheep, helping the mouse to run up the clock and the cow to jump over the moon, and putting poor old Humpty Dumpty back together again. The only ‘drawback’ was that his older siblings were so interested in his busy book that they kept trying to borrow it from him!

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Little Bo Peep

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Hickory Dickory Dock

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Hey Diddle Diddle

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Humpty Dumpty

The toys from Royal Rae have to be approved by Cecilia’s husband, a Developmental Psychologist and Associate Professor at a local university in Singapore. Together, they ensure that the toys have High Cognitive Value (Math/ Language/ IQ) and High Sensorial Value (Dexterity/ Touch Sensitivity).

Royal Rae products are designed to be safe and durable. Wooden toys have rounded edges and corners and are sanded by hand. Fabric toys have all sides triple sewn to ensure a secure fit. No batteries are required because the child is encouraged to use his or her own imagination! They are easy to bring along for car rides and flights and can keep a child entertained for a substantial amount of time.

GIVEAWAY! :)

We have a Tool Box Soft Play Set worth $50 to give away to one lucky winner. The Tool Box Play Set is handmade from wrinkle-resistant cotton & polyester and is suitable from 18 months.

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The Cat in the Hat by SRT’s The Little Company

What do you do when it’s raining outside? Use your imagination, of course!

The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat came to visit at DBS Arts Centre – Home of SRT this weekend and the kids and I managed to catch him.

Dr Seuss’ most famous character is brought to life on stage in this latest staging of the Cat In The Hat by SRT’s The Little Company. How does an awesome story get even better? Why, by adding music, dance, and a whole lot of on-stage craziness, of course.

but that is not ALL i can do! said the cat...

but that is not ALL i can do! said the cat…

The acting and comic timing were superb, while the kids loved the funny facial expressions, frantic movement and dancing. I especially liked the fact that the sets and props stayed true to the original illustrations in the book, with the trademark squiggly lines in abundance.

then, out of the box came Thing Two and Thing One!

then, out of the box came Thing Two and Thing One!

The highlight of the show was the Cat’s (ultimately failed) attempt at balancing various items, including a fish in a bowl, a rake, books, an umbrella, a teacup, a cake, and other household items, all while standing on a ball.

'have no fear of this mess,' said the cat in the hat.

‘have no fear of this mess,’ said the cat in the hat.

The Cat in the Hat is really good fun, not just for kids, but for everyone who has ever been a kid. Catch it while you can.

Your mother will not mind at all if you do.

TICKETING DETAILS

Event Name: The Cat in the Hat
Date: Until 27 Sept 2015
Time: Tue – Fri, 10 am; Sat – Sun, 11 am & 2 pm
Venue: DBS Arts Centre
Price: $22 – 45

Disclaimer: This review was written by the husband. We received four complimentary tickets to watch this performance. All opinions are his. All photos used are from Singapore Repertory Theatre.