Girls Bedroom Makeover - A Success!

My 5 year old said she was ready for a big girl room. So after a lot of planning and a weekend of work, we made it a reality. She was ready for the African animals to come off the walls and her bedroom be turned into a girly pink and purple, summer bedroom.

The first challenge was storage. She had just too much stuff. I found this great storage unit, the Expedit from IKEA and then got the purple totes to insert from IKEA as well. Great piece of furniture for a very reasonable cost. We also picked up closet organization shelving from Home Depot to try and make more room for items in the closet as well as add a rack at her level for all the princess dresses! Now all the dresses can be hung up instead of crammed in a box AND she can reach them.

The second challenge was arrangement. My daughter's bedroom isn't huge, it's a standard size bedroom so we didn't have a lot of room. Plus trying to work around the windows and heat / cooling registers and vents proved to be challenging. We wanted to make sure she still would have room to play in her room too.

Lastly was accessories. She had picked out her pink and purple so there were no questions there, however how can I make this room more summery? So between Ikea, Hobby Lobby, Target and Burlington Coat Factory, accessories were no longer a problem. The lime green drapes I found at Burglington for half the price of drapes at Target so that was a bonus. Pictures I found at all 3 stores. Hobby Lobby was my place for little accessories and the metal wall art such as the purple flower above the storage unit, the lady bug and bumble bee wall hangers and the cloth butterfly and flower. The pink lights above her bed were from Ikea. They put off a nice glow and stay cool so I don't have to worry about them getting hot to touch. Thank you to all 4 stores for having exactly what I needed!

There are a few items I'm still searching for such as a swag of sunflowers to put above the windows, resting on the curtain rods and curtain holders to pull the drapes off to the side, but overall it's pretty much a completed project in my mind. Below are pictures of my daughters new girly pink and purple summer room.

Here are a couple before pictures so you can see what her bedroom looked like at first.

Let me know what you guys think? How'd I do??


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My Stubborn 2 Year Old Toddler Boy

We'll the age old saying boys are different than girls, yep they're right. My little man turned 2 in December and it's like a light switch has been turned on. You can't even look at him wrong and its toddler temper tantrum. My daughter was never like this, not even close! This week has been extremely frustrating. He doesn't want to go to sleep, he's hitting, spitting and kicking (something he really hasn't done at all until this week), throws a fit, etc. Of course, this is just his and most other toddlers, way of testing their limits, but man oh man, I hope he gets the hint quickly that throwing his temper tantrum, isn't going to work.

So in dealing with my frustration, I decided to do some digging on ways to handle toddler temper tantrums and thought I'd share them with you. Overall, the easiest way to handle temper tantrums is to try to avoid them. Now I'm not saying to always give in by any means. You don't want to do that. However try to nail the root down as to why they are throwing a temper tantrum. If it's attention, aim to reward them more for good behavior.

Toddlers are at a stage in their life where they want to do everything by their self, so feed that ambition. Give them control over little things, such as asking what they want to drink or what shirt they want to wear. Let them help you more around the house.

One way I deal with my toddlers temper tantrums is through distraction. When he's in a full out tantrum, I say look at the birds outside or what's on TV? Basically anything to get him to stop for a second. It usually works pretty well.

The other main tip I wanted to share was for parents to remain calm. Toddlers can sense the littlest bit of frustration, so if they see you frustrated, they'll become even more frustrated. As you are telling them to take deep breathes, you should do the same.

Please share your tips and observations when it comes to toddler temper tantrums below!

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