It’s so hot..why not?

This past weekend temps in Phoenix hit 122 degrees! I mean, honestly, we chose to live here?? Why? I ask myself that question every summer. We are blessed enough to be able to beat the heat this weekend, for the 4th. Headed to Carlsbad, CA. And yes, we are planning on taking the kids to Lego Land. Not sure why over the holiday I thought that was a good idea. But we got a deal on tickets, so I figured just do it! YOLO, right? #can’tbelieveisaidyolo

Since it was 116 when I left my house today, and I have til wednesday in AZ. We needed something to do IN SIDE, that we didn’t have to pay a fortune for.  My friend suggested IKEA! I have always been that judgmental mom that says, “Oh, i’ll never let my kid play in the IKEA kid drop off while I shop… So nasty!”

Well, let the judger by judged

 I let Sophia (my 3.5 year) hang out in the play area for an hour. To my surprise, it was so clean! The staff was so kind, and friendly towards the children. I watched the staff for about 20 minutes outside of the play area as I waited for a friend that I was meeting. You could tell the team actually wanted to be there. They interacted with the kids, disciplined older children for being rough, smiled, followed the rules, and laughed with the children. Which is impressive; since, I feel like sometimes I walk into our very expensive preschool and do not see that reaction from some of the teachers. I was overly impressed by the IKEA team.

My friend, Jacque, and I enjoyed the air conditioned showroom. We dreaming of clean organized spaces in our homes. We both have babies, her little girl is 7 months old, and sweeter than pie. I did pick up some frames for some PedalCraft prints that have been collecting dust. The prints are so rad, and look amazing in the $20 frame. Now that they are framed, lets see how long it takes to get them actually on the wall. (hint! hint! to the banker to get the hammer out ) If you have never heard of what Pedal Craft is, check it out. It’s a beautiful fusion of biking, arts, and beer in downtown Phoenix. Volume III is going to be on 10/25/2013. Stay turned for more updates on that later.

We ate lunch in the cafe. I had a greek salad. For $3.99 I do not expect much, but this was tasty. My mother in law always tells me about how when she was a single mom raising the kids (my husband has 2 siblings) she would take the children to cafeteria style places because no one cared if they were loud. THIS is SO TRUE! Sophia and her buddy joked with each other, the babies laughed and spit food every where. It was so nice to not have to worry if we were bothering anyone. Everyone there had children, or understood, it’s Ikea.

Again, iphone quality photo edited in instagram.

btw, I scored those baskets on sale at Target for $7 a pop this week. That was 80% off. Budget friendly, cute option.

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Cute babies, hanging in my double Britax B-Ready. Both of my kids are napping now. Thats the best, crashed out after playing hard.

All in all, a great afternoon!

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_the blonde

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