Ikea Book Ledges {and some of our favorite books}

Ok – this is take 2 of this post {as those of you who subscribe may have noticed}. I started a draft while baby girl was napping, but didn’t get very far before she woke up. I came back to save what little I had written and Lucy girl decided it was good enough and hit publish. ha! ;) 

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Ikea Book Ledges {and some of our favorite books}I have another nursery project for you today! Now, this one is not earth shattering or new…but I love it! As a former preschool teacher, I’m a little bit obsessed with children’s books and instilling the love of reading in our kids. Studies show that having books in the home is directly linked to academic achievement. I use all of those statistics as my excuse for endless amounts of books. 

Ikea Book Ledges {and some of our favorite books}Now, if you’re going to create your own little Einstein by having all of the books, you have to find some creative ways to store them and have them easily accessible. We have a cube bookcase that holds a majority of the books and toys, but why not have some of those beautiful books double as wall art? 

Ikea Book Ledges {and some of our favorite books}When I started dreaming up ideas for decorating a nursery, I was always drawn to the look of book ledges. Children’s book covers are bright, beautiful and meant to be seen. I love the idea of having them on display not only to look pretty, but as a visual reminder to enjoy a good book. 

Ikea Book Ledges {and some of our favorite books}I bought 5 of the Ikea Ribba shelves in white. They are just under 22 inches, which  the perfect size for the space we have. They are really easy to install, you just need to measure carefully so that the spacing is right and the edges are even. The ledges should be screwed directly into the studs or supported by wall anchors to be sure that they are secure. 

Ikea Book Ledges {and some of our favorite books}

Ikea Book Ledges {and some of our favorite books}I used the higher shelves to hold special books that we want to keep safe from being damaged. The lower shelves are great for books that you want your little ones to be able to easily grab. 

Ikea Book Ledges {and some of our favorite books}

Ikea Book Ledges {and some of our favorite books}I love it, and I have to say that Lucy seems to love it as well! There has been lots of smiling and reaching towards her favorite books. :) 

There are so many children’s books out there, it’s hard to know which ones are great! Here are some of our favorites for toddlers and preschoolers:

Baby Lit Books {We have several Little Miss Austen books *cough cough, early brainwashing*, The Jungle Book, and The Secret Garden. These are great board book primers, plus the illustrations are lovely!}.

Sandra Boynton Books {We especially love Doggies}

Eric Carl (The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you see?

Anything Dr. Seuss

The Jesus Storybook Bible

The Beginner’s Bible

Skippy Jon Jones

Maisy Books

Llama Llama Red Pajamas

Pete the Cat

What are some of your favorite children’s books? 

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DIY Faux Antler Candelabra

Hello there! I know things have been a bit quieter than usual here. Real life has been crazy and we’ve been keeping busy! There are lots of fun and exciting things going on behind the scenes, and I can’t wait to share those with you! In the mean time, I’m hoping to be getting back to my normal blogging routine. Especially since my favorite season is just around the bend! 

Football is back, and school is back in session. It’s still in the 90’s here, but that didn’t stop me from wearing my boots to church yesterday! :) I love Fall and everything that comes along with it! I’m just starting to get ready to decorate for the season. I’ve kept my decor fairly traditional the last couple of years, but I’m thinking of switching things up a bit. I’m going for more of a “modern lodge” look for Fall. 

I love deer and antler everything right now. I’ve seen a lot of beautiful antler candle holders in catalogs this season, but they have ranged anywhere from $60 – $250. Hello. No. I think you see where this is going now. 

DIY Faux Antler Candelabra

Yep! I decided to make my own! I found some faux antlers at Hobby Lobby and grabbed 2 bags of wooden candle cups. 

I placed the antlers on the table where I plan to put them so I could plan where I wanted the candles to sit. Once I had the placement set, I attached the candle cups to the antlers with E6000 {my favorite adhesive!}. I put the glue on the bottoms of the cups and let them sit for at least 5 minutes before placing them on the antlers. Letting them sit a little while helps them adhere to the surface better. I let them cure for over 24 hours. 

DIY Faux Antler Candelabra

DIY Faux Antler Candelabra

I wanted my candle holders to have a modern twist, so I planned on painting them white. I did a coat of spray primer first, and then finished them off with white spray paint. 

antler candle 3

I’m so excited with how these turned out! I can’t wait to show you how I incorporate them into my Fall decor. :)

DIY Faux Antler Candelabra

Are you ready for Fall, or are you still holding on to the last bits of summer?

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Back to School Teacher Survival Kit {and free Printable}

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media GroupĀ® and Office Depot, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #inspirestudents

Summer is winding down to a close as many kiddos have already headed back to school, and the rest will be making their way shortly. The students in our area have a week left, but our awesome teachers are already back to work prepping for a great school year.

We are really lucky to live in a great school district that is full of amazing teachers and staff. They work tirelessly to educate and love on our kids. That is no easy task! Did you know that teachers actually work around 12-16 hours a day? Did you know that on average, teachers spend $485 a year out of their own pockets to pay for school supplies, instructional materials and other classroom supplies? They still remain passionate about teaching and guiding our kids. I think it is safe to say, our teachers are superheroes! 

Back to School Teacher Survival Kit {and free Printable}

My Mom-in-law is one of the very best! She has been teaching and changing lives for years {including her own boys}. She currently teaches 7th graders. Bless. It takes a special person to teach middle school! I’ve listened to her heart for the students who sit in her classroom, and I see the passion she has for these young people. She works so hard to not only be a great teacher, but to also make her classroom a safe and welcoming place. Many of her students are dealing with some pretty tough stuff at home. I know it must mean so much to them to have a place where they can go and find a listening ear and compassionate heart. 

Back to School Teacher Survival Kit {and free Printable}

Before she heads back to her normal routine, I wanted to put together something to bless her. It is impossible to repay our teachers for the blood, sweat and tears they put into their jobs — but it can’t hurt to send a small box of blessings to remind them that we appreciate what they do! 

I had some fun doing a little Back to School shopping at our local Office Depot. Picking up new school supplies is just the best! I set out to collect items to create a “Back to School Teacher Survival Kit”. This is a super simple, but practical gift. All you will need is a pencil box and any items you think a teacher might need in her arsenal. 

Back to School Teacher Survival Kit {and free Printable}

For my survival kit, I picked up : 

A pencil box 

Sharpie highlighters

Uni-Ball black ink pens

PaperMate Red Ink Joy Pens {the best! and all teachers need to have their red ink!}

A fun pen holder that can stick to a clip board or desk


Sticky notes

Hand sanitizer {because those precious cherubs are snotty and gross}

Tissues {see previous statement}

Breath mints

and chocolate….LOTS of chocolate. 

Back to School Teacher Survival Kit {and free Printable}

You might also wanted to consider adding sharpened number 2 pencils, erasers, glue sticks, dry erase markers, gift cards, and anything else that might make their lives a little easier. 

Back to School Teacher Survival Kit {and free Printable}

Pack all of your goodies into the pencil box. Add a note of appreciation from either your or your student {or both!}. Fill any remaining space that could be taken up by air with chocolate. You can use this printable label {link at the bottom of this post} to add to the top of the box. The printable is provided in color, but you can print it out in black and white and let your student add some color. 

Your teacher is sure to feel loved and appreciated with this simple gift! And because you know I love great deals, right now, you can save $5 off your purchase of $20 or more on Select Newell Rubbermaid Brands (PaperMate, Expo Neon Window Markers, Sharpie, Uni-Ball, & Mr. Sketch) at Office Depot. You can also buy Sharpie singles for just $.25 each this week {August 17-23}. Because Sharpies are love.  {while supplies last}


Don’t forget to sign up for Office Depot Rewards here!  

And download your free label here:  Teacher Survival Kit Label

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Back to School Teacher Survival Kit {and free Printable}