IKEA Sneak Peak

Warning! This post has a ton of pictures AND it might make you want to throw away everything you own and buy everything from IKEA.

IKEA Norfolk opens on Wednesday, April 10th at 9 a.m., but guests may begin lining up at 5. The first 200 children 12 and younger will receive a free heart shaped soft toy, and the first 1,000 adults 18 and older will receive a special surprise welcome gift. Everyone in line before 8 a.m. will be entered for a chance to win a $500, a $1,500, or a $2,000 gift card. If you join the IKEA Family that day, or scan their card in the store you will automatically be entered to win a $250 gift  card. On top of that, if you use that card anytime from the opening until Sunday, April 21st and spend at least $125.00 you'll get a coupon for $20 off of your next purchase of $100. Through April 14th the store will also have face painting, music, and other family entertainment! You don't want ot miss out.

Here's some must know info:

  • Smaland is the child drop off area. There are height restrictions and children must be toilet trained. Employees are screened and CPR trained. Children must wear a bracelet that must match that of the adult's. Adults receive a pager that allows your child an hour in the area. Children must be between 37-54 inches and have on socks. For those waiting to come in, there is a waiting area outside for parents to wait with their kids with a movie and some toys. 

  • Sign up for the IKEA Family. You'll get special offers and if your item goes on sale after you buy, they will give you the difference. You'll also get some extra time in Smaland! 
  • Upstairs in the cafe head to the right for stacks of high chairs and a little area for kids to play while you eat. Kids eat free on Tuesdays! Downstairs is a bistro that sells veggie hot dogs for $.75. So cheap! 
  • Upstairs you'll only need to grab a bag. Most of the things up stairs are big items which you will pick up in the warehouse. Downstairs you can grab a cart and stock it with all of the little items that your heart desires. Need tape measures, pencils, anything else? They are around the store. 
  • Heavy items (like dressers or chest of drawers) come with restraints that must be secured to the wall. Every two weeks a child in the United States dies from an accident with tipping furniture. These straps are provided! 
  • IKEA employees 415 people locally at our store. They have both maternity and paternity leave for all employees, part time and salaried.  They have also raised their minimum pay rate twice in recent years. 
Mama Must Haves: 
  • Ikea paint is all non-toxic, to the point that they claim a kid could drink it and be fine. Love it. I love this white dresser which I'm going to use as a changing table by adding a pad on top. 
  • These book shelves let you see the fronts of books in a neat, organized way. 
  • I love how cool these beds are. 

  • These racks will likely be in my house once we move. I love them for kids as they grow and have backpacks, making the morning rush so much easier! 
  • How cute are these photo hangers? 
  • I'm loving this peg board for keeping things organized! 
  • This doll house hangs on the wall and would be perfect for a playroom. 
  • This chalkboard paint could be in a kid's room, a playroom, or a kitchen for all of the to do lists that I've got! 

  • These rolls allow you to keep rolling out new paper to draw on.
  • I love their price on rugs and comforters for kids. 

It's a dangerous time for us to be in the middle of packing up to move. I can totally see myself buying all new things! I'll leave yo with some totally random pictures of things that caught my eye! 

Hi mom!