It’s crazy the way your lifestyle changes once you have children. Pre-baby I remember obsessing about home decor, books, movies, music, makeup & those awesome little Loose Leaf Dragon Pearls at Teavana! Mmhm! — In contrast, my makeup routine is almost non-existent now (except on Sundays), I only finished one book in 2016 that wasn’t a toddler title (eek!), hubby and I are seeing far more movies at home (Thanks Netflix and Movies On Demand) and these days I’m much more into coffee (Please send me all the caffeine, pls!). lol! But there are also a lot of other fun things (kid related of course) that are on my radar now too! And honestly, I don’t mind one bit, because the kid things have such a special way of bringing sparkle and imagination back into a home. And we are finding fun and creative ways to encourage this while staying true to our minimalist sense of style.
For example, hubby and I had such ball picking out fun books (Thanks to my friend Caryn who’s an Osborne Books Consultant), and handpicking a few big-girl toys for Christmas we knew she’d love. Lately we’ve noticed that she’s all about pretend play and naturally we’ve gravitated towards lots of hand-made, wood carved, and plush toys.
Here’s two of our favorite’s out of the bunch we purchased for Christmas (I’ve featured one on my Instagram recently) and some other Minimalist/Scandinavian style toys that I’m Currently Loving on my Pinterest.
LILLABO 12-Piece Train Set
Nothing says old school fun like a kids play train! And when I saw this adorable 12- piece set at Ikea I knew Connor would love it! Already, I can tell that she has an analytical brain like her mama, and she likes to see things engineered and mechanical. I’m also a huge proponent on children being able to explore and play with all sorts of toys (no matter which gender they are intended for). I love that this set is expandable, modern, gender neutral, has pops of color, and is sleek. We recently took this baby outside for a sweet little snack date and it was so much fun creating different track variations and watching the cars slide down the track!
DUKTIG Play Kitchen + DUKTIG Kitchen Accessories
This amazing little play kitchen was also a great Ikea find! — I noticed Connor watching a couple of kids playing with their play kitchens on YouTube a few months ago and knew it was time to get her one. I love that this one is also a very traditional kids toy yet this version is very durable and modern with it’s all wood body. It is very compact, goes nicely with her Minimalist yet girly room decor, and pairs perfectly with a number of other Ikea mini kitchen accessories. Like these stainless steel mini utensil and cookware sets and the plush food baskets.
The most exciting part about putting this gift together was customizing it with a few DIY touches to make it our own. I Pinterest’ed a few Ikea Play Kitchen Hacks and decided on a few simple upgrades (spray painting all of the silver finishes gold, and creating a faux marble counter top with contact paper). I know she probably doesn’t notice these tiny details, but it makes me happy when I see it everyday knowing that the ascetics are pleasing and they don’t make it stand out like an eyesore in her room. I can tell she’s also super attracted to it because it looks “grown-up” and real. Win-Win!
Here’s a look at some other Minimalist inspired toys I’m currently Crushing on too:
Is there a particular type, texture, or color scheme of toys you find yourself picking out for your little one? Tell me all about it in the comments section below!