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TODDLER INTERIORS: THE PLAYROOM (and keeping toys to a minimum)

It’s hard to believe that a short 17 months ago, Greyson was – in so many words – a baby blob. I’ve been warned how quickly they grow up, and it is so true! The kid is now a walking, talking,little man. Its pretty incredible, actually, but the evidence is in all the STUFF spread across the house. Cars, trucks, trains, balls, bristle blocks…by the end of the day it looks like a tornado tore through the house and left behind nothing but toys. Where did they all come from?!

Corner of Playroom FINAL

Pre-baby, I promised myself that we would be toy minimalists. What does a kid need so many toys for anyhow? They only have two hands and are what…30+ inches or so? Boy was I wrong! Between grandparents and my own occasional shopping sprees (kid stuff is just so darn cute!), we now have ourselves a nice collection. Unfortunately though, our house didn’t get any bigger while making this collection so I’m beginning to feel a bit more like a hoarder and less like a over-excited mother. So, back to this whole minimalist thing…

I’ve been trying to figure out what to keep vs. what to donate, and it is so much harder than I thought it would be! I mean, everything can be considered an “educational toy” in some sense, right? I’ve considered keeping only the classic wood toys while tossing the rest, except for books, of course. One can never have too many books. And a reading nook as a must. And Elmo, the kid LOVES Elmo. And balls. And blocks. You can’t go wrong with balls and blocks. And puzzles. Because puzzles are important for gross development. You see the problem here?

TeePee FINAL

So, in an attempt to keep myself in line, I’ve been pinning some nice, MINIMALIST play areas that are colorful, fun, functionable, and appealing to the Bigs and the Littles alike. Here’s what I found so far:

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Dreamy kids room

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Kids room - adorable and bright colors.

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the color!!!!

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Now to put thought into action! Hopefully an update is coming soon 🙂

How do you keep your toddler toys minimized and organized?

THE BIG O-N-E.

First Birthday

Oh goodness, I think the week got away from me. How is it Friday already? As mentioned in my last post, Greyson is officially ONE and we celebrated his birthday with lots and lots of family over the weekend. In fact, I am STILL recovering from a full house and a sugar overload. But it was so much fun and I think Little G was awed and amazed at the amount of attention and gifts he received (a big THANK YOU to everyone!!).

Happy Bday Grey

Birthday Boy

I’m actually surprised at how well he did with the gift opening – I expected him to be more enthralled with the wrapping/tissue paper than the gift itself, but once he realized there were toys to be had, it was game on!

Presents!

Tractor

Jonesing

(gimme, Gimme, GIMME!)

It really is amazing how fast this kid is transforming into a toddler. Some of the faces and gestures he makes are so mature. Honestly, it’s a little weird to see such adult-like expressions on such a tiny face!

HA Ha ha

(…so a grasshopper walks into a bar and the bartender says “hey, we have a drink named after you” and the grasshopper says with a look of surprise, “you have a drink named Steve?!” Ha ha HA!)

 I’ve heard people say that it happens in the blink of an eye, and it is so, so true. I’m definitely looking forward to all the activities we’ll enjoy together as he enters toddlerhood (I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to toddler fun!), but I have no doubt I am going to look back on these days with longing (and think to myself, “man, I really had it easy!”).

You really have stolen my heart kiddo and I can’t wait to share in all of the adventures of this next year. Happy Big O-N-E!!!