My First Ikea Trip

And just like that… May is here!  Is time flying for anyone else?  I have just three weeks of school left before summer vacation.  It’ll be a busy three weeks, and break will be here before I know it.  For now, I’ll stay in the moment instead of getting ahead of myself.  Let’s recap the weekend; it was a fun one, indeed, and included my first Ikea trip.  That happened on Sunday, so let me highlight Friday and Saturday first.

Audrey and William spent the day together at my parents’ house on Friday.  They thought this was the coolest thing ever since they’re two peas in a pod, and I took them both home with me once I got off of work.  They ate a good dinner, so we went to Trader Joe’s and bought mini ice cream cones which was an obvious hit.

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Audrey ate hers in 30 seconds, while William took forever, had it dripping all over him, and needed me to eat the chocolate off so he could get to the ice cream.  Then they both thought it was the greatest thing ever to throw their cones when they finished the ice cream (who doesn’t eat the cones?!).

Saturday morning included a coffee date because those are the sweetest on the weekend.  I ended up running a bunch of errands, as well.  William thought he would rearrange part of his play area and become part of it…

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Silly baby!

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The weather was gorgeous on Saturday evening, so we decided to walk to a nearby ice cream joint.  It was a lovely stroll, we enjoyed ice cream (as always!), and then a MASSIVE THUNDERSTORM rolled in!  Crazy winds, loud thunder, tons of lightning and hail; there was no way we could walk home!  Luckily, we were close and ended up getting a ride home.  When we finally arrived back at my house, we were greeted with a beautiful double rainbow!

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William thought it was pretty awesome, too!

Sunday came and I finally went to Ikea for the first time!  It’s been in St. Louis for maybe six months or so (totally guessing there, but it’s still fairly new), and I’ve really been wanting to go to see what all the rave was about.  My thoughts?  Pretty overwhelming!  The whole store is a maze and I never had any idea where I was.  It’d be much better to go in there with specific items you need instead of just to look, although it was fun just to look.  And I did end up finding a new large kitchen door mat which was perfect.  I assume Ikea is similar to Target in that you always find something that you “need.”  The prices are crazy cheap!  I’m not sure if it means the quality is just as cheap, but I definitely see what the appeal is.  William picked out a pack of 100 straws.  They were a dollar and a half.  I couldn’t say no.

After browsing through the first floor, we took a gigantic elevator up to the showroom.  William showed his skills by busting out some pull ups.

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He might actually be part monkey.  He climbs on and swings from everything he can reach.  Literally.

We hung out at home for a few hours after Ikea before going to a birthday party where William could actually climb, swing, and jump.  He loved it and was ready for a bath when we got home.  And if you needed any further proof that he is, actually, 100% my child…

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And now I’m off to sleep as I type this Sunday evening.  I’m going to try to be better about posting this week, but I do have a really busy week coming up.  I know, you’ll miss me. 😉  Be sure to follow me on Instagram (@itzlinz) as I’m always posting my adventures there!

What’d you do this weekend? Have you ever been to Ikea?

10 thoughts on “My First Ikea Trip

  1. I just can’t with ikea.
    I mean I can 🙂 I go. I amble. I get excited. I load up cart. I get paralyzed. I go to the cafe. I leave.
    And repeat.

    • LOL!!!!! literally laughing out loud here because i can totally picture this!! and we definitely ate lunch there! cheap pizza and cinnamon bun for the win! (though they tasted as cheap as they cost lol)

  2. I LOVE Ikea, but as with most things in my life, especially when shopping, I can just never commit. We end up buying random nicknacks that we need for around the house and leaving.

  3. I’d never been to Ikea until we moved to China (haha). I was overwhelmed by the size and the maze too, but learned a couple of things 1) never go on a weekend 2) especially when it is raining 3) in China people actually use the furniture in the store to SLEEP, WORK, HAVE LUNCH. Yea, overwhelmed.

    • Haha! And that is hilarious people use the furniture to sleep on and work at?!!??! We went right when it opened on Sunday morning, so it wasn’t too bad. By noon it was pretty crowded though!

  4. Ikea is certainly a place I go with a plan or else you’d find me rocking in a corner somewhere!! I usually try to be looking for something in particular…not a place to browse!

  5. We’ve had IKEA in Europe since forever so I grew up with frequent trips there and most of my furniture is/was from there. I think the quality is really good! I never had any problems! That’s also why I know the layout of the showroom and warehouse and can stroll through there and find everything quickly. It’s interesting to hear the opinion of someone who has never been! And yes it’s definitely one of those places where you go in thinking “I’ll just have a look” and walk out with 20 things you didn’t know you desperately needed in your life. 😀 Sounds like a great weekend!
    PS Cones are the best part. Everyone knows that!

  6. Ha! I grew up right by an Ikea near me that’s been in the Chicago area for several years.

    Pro tip: Always go with a plan. Like you said, you’ll typically find something else you don’t actually need, but it will be a lot less overwhelming.

    Pro tip #2: Quality isn’t terrible, but not “Restoration Hardware” good. That being said, it’s typically worth it to pay the Ikea pros to put together whatever you’re buying. I can’t even list all of the things I’ve bought there, but never used, because they’re too hard to put together, ha!

    Good luck with your busy week! 🙂

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