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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Ikea!

Friday morning, my daughters Laura, Heather and I left bright and early to travel across Michigan. Our destination? Ikea!

It took us about 2 1/2 hours to get there, but was so worth the drive!

Along with the fun of shopping, was the chance to meet a blogging friend! Kayren, of Everything's Coming up Daisies, lives near this Ikea. She has tormented me for a few years with her stories of the great things she has purchased there! She and her husband Robert met us for lunch, then Robert went off on his own while we did some shopping.
Kayren is a sweetie and lots of fun too. The things I could tell you about her! (But I promised I wouldn't)

It was quite a hassle getting our purchases carried up to the hotel room that night. We had fun sorting and packing everything up. Here you see Laura with some of her great deals. Heather is in the background.
We actually ended up going back for a few things in the morning, before heading home.

This is what an SUV looks like after 3 women spend a day at Ikea. It took some creative packing to fit it all in!

This is Heather's big purchase. She wanted a chair that she could relax in, and do some reading in her room. It is really comfortable. She got the pillow and throw there too.


I didn't buy anything big, but got some great deals on pillows, towels and some assorted kitchen things. This glass bowl cost $3.49 and the stainless steel utensils cost $4.99.
Laura said that shopping there has ruined her for shopping elsewhere. The prices are wonderful!
We got such great deals, had a great time meeting Kayren and Robert and had a lot of fun together. It was a winning weekend!

27 comments:

Kathy said...

Looks like your trip was a success in so many ways. I have yet to meet a blogging friend in person except the ones I already know. So glad you had fun. Now, what could SHE tell us about YOU???? : ) Blessings, Mari!

Heart2Heart said...

Mari,

I absolutely love Heather's chair. I can see using that for my computer at my desk instead of your typical one any day. This is just reminding me I really need to make a trip.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Kayren, Pink Daisy Girl said...

You got the bowl when you went back! You'll have to show off all of Oliver's goodies in a separate post. That cat made out like a bandit. I'm still trying to figure out what to do with my "they put me in my happy place" vases.

Mariel said...

how fun!! so glad you all found great deals. I have never been to an IKEA, but now more than ever, I would LOVE to go!!!

Brenda said...

One of my favorit 4-letter words!
I can't wait for ours to open later this year. Did you end up having some cinnamon rolls or Swedish meatballs?

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

I love Ikea as well. The closest one to me is about two hours away so I don't get a chance to shop there too often. Too bad they don't have clothes there. I would be loving it for sure!!!

You all had some great purchases. I also love the chair. It looks really comfortable.

So glad you got to meet a blogging friend. That's neat!

Hootin' Anni said...

Now this is MY kinda travel....a shopping trip. I so understand what is meant by spoiling all other shopping...with those prices and the fun....never wanna go anywhere else after a day like you ladies had.

Secrets? And you're not gonna tell us about Karen...bummer....party pooper!!

Hootin' Anni said...

Kayren....sorry.

Just Mom said...

I keep hearing so much about Ikea. I wish we had one nearby.

2Thinks said...

Sounds great! I'll have to check into this trip for a sisters weekend w/my sis's.

Connie said...

This sounds like such fun!
A whole day spent with your girls - can't beat that.

You also got some nice items. I love the chair.

Brooke said...

sounds like a fun and productive shopping trip!! :)

Linda said...

someday, someday i'll make it to the famous ikea store. although i'm afraid of what the back of my car would look like if i did! great finds and what a sweet visit w/ your blog friend!

Sandra said...

I was wondering what IKEA was. Now I know.

Betty said...

We have two of those chairs in our living room. Had them shipped when my brother moved here. It´s where I do all my blogging. Those chairs are the best investment we ever made! :)
Looks like a very fun day!

Raise Them Up said...

I've never been to an Ikea. But it sure looks like fun!!

Rebecca said...

Happy WITH you and FOR you! It looks like it added up to a great memory!

Cherdecor said...

You DID get some really sweet stuff. Heather's chair looks very comfortable. I love your utensils and dish. I wish we had a store around here.

Pat said...

OH, I'm so bummed I couldn't make it! Next time you go...let me know, I WILL BE THERE!
My grandson has the same chair, in fact, I think his entire house is furnished from Ikea! I'm afraid to sit in that chair..I'm not sure I could get out of it!
Glad you guys had such a great time. Maybe I'll go tomorrow.

~Ginger said...

Heather will LOVE her chair. I love mine and went back to get the foot stool that goes with it. Lindsey has two of them and Alicia is getting one very soon.

What a fun time with your girls.

Jane said...

What a fun trip. There's no IKEA close to where I live. I do get to one when I visit my sisters in the Dallas area...they both live just miles from the IKEA store and never go!
Have a great week.
Jane

A Stone Gatherer said...

WOW you guys made out but good!!!!

Kim said...

Heather bought exactly the same Poang chair that we have two of! :-) LOVE my Poang chairs! Don't love the natural color chair covers though -- altho the covers are washable, they're a hassle getting on and off so I'm making new chair covers with a dark hides-the-dirt fabric :-)

IKEA is my favorite store!!! I can totally believe you had to go back "for just a few more things". LOL

Bonnie said...

we had that same chair for YEARS and YEARS !! loved it !!!

ps ... i'm a teensy bit jealous that you and kayren got to meet ! AND at Ikea !! :)

6feetover said...

Ooooooooooooo IKEA!!!! We don't have one in Vegas (which I think is completely lame, btw) but there is one in California. I remember years ago we got in the car and made a day trip of going there! lol We didn't get anything big either, but did get a lot of great deals on a bunch of small things.

So great you got to meet your bloggy friend! That's so cool!

~melody~

Sunny Girl said...

Hello Mari, this is Karen in NZ! It's so lovely to hear from you and I have been thinking of you - often. Your hair looks lovely in this pic! and Ikea - well we don't have one in NZ - have to go to Australia for that.

How is your daughter doing? I read a few posts back that she'd had some real health concerns.

How is your hubby doing too? Is he keeping well?

Alice Teh said...

What a great haul! I'm sure you ladies had a blast shopping!

That chair pic reminded me of my own. I had a pillow and a throw too to make it super comfy when I read. Hehee...