Jackson and Clare (2 and 4 yrs old)
Wesley Chapel, Florida
We are strong believers in "reduce, reuse and recycle" and try to apply it to our home as much as possible. We tend to shop at thrift stores and garage sales — and love a good Craigslist deal. Take a look around, and I hope you find inspiration in what you see.
KIDS' BEDROOM: We just got the kids this bunk bed set (another Craigslist deal). It opened up the floor area so they can play with their train tracks (another Craigslist buy), building blocks and Duplos (we bought most of our duplos on Ebay). The side table is actually meant for a bathroom, but we decided its new home was in the kids' room (and yes, it was a thrift store find).
RAFT: We made this raft as a family last summer with some sticks we collected around our yard. We actually launched it into a pond and watched it float across. The kids loved it and I decided to mount it to the wall — like a trophy commemorating our adventure.
PLAYROOM: Ryan and I love watching our kids play together, so we created a space for them downstairs where we spend most of our time. We turned our dining room into the kids' area. The craft table was a Craigslist find. We use it for drawing, play dough, board games, crafts, and even for meals when we have lots of friends over.
Thanks, Jen! Readers, you can catch more of Jen's writing at Family Sponge.
(Images: Hansard Studio)
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