IT’S HERE! The 2014 IKEA Catalog is out and in full effect! This time of year is an exciting time for IKEA and I was fortunate enough to be at IKEA Orlando for the big reveal last Thursday. Not only was it a fun time, it was also educational; Learning about the awesome practices and local participation of a company that I already love, makes for an exciting experience.
Not only does that catalog have some beautiful, new products, it’s also interactive! If you download their free app (Android | iPhone), you can basically put their furniture in a photograph of your space and see what it would look like! You can also “scan” certain pages and see 360 degrees of that entire room on your device (Watch this video)!
IKEA Orlando: Here’s the Scoop!
A new program they’re promoting is called “Living with Children.” It’s all about spending more time with your kids, which can be done by: sharing everyday tasks, sharing activities and sharing spaces. This campaign is an active response to the 71% of parents (out of 8,000 polled) that said they wanted to spend more time with their family. So the products and amenities at the store are to help facilitate this desire among parents. Throughout the upcoming year they will also be implementing new spaces and activities for older children ages 8-12.
Family-Friendly Services at IKEA:
● Småland, a FREE supervised children’s play area. If your child is between 37″” to 54″” and potty trained, he or she is welcome to play in Småland for 30 minutes while you shop
● Family parking spaces (closer to the store and you don’t have to cross the street)
● Playhouses throughout the store
● Restrooms with baby changing facilities
● Baby care room
● Diapers available (for free, I had no idea)
● Kids meals
● Bottle warmers (another free service I didn’t know about)
● High chairs
● Play area for children in the restaurant (I didn’t know about this either!)
● 99¢ kids meals
IKEA Food: More to Love!
They are introducing more Salmon into their menu (the new Salmon wraps are delicious) and they are now offering an organic mac & cheese for kids, which is yummy! I had never had any of the desserts before, but I fell in love with the “SÖTSAK DAMMSUGARE,” it’s a pastry with almond paste filling. Also, Monday thru Friday they have a special each day, so you are bound to get a good price on some great food!
Some of the designing staff at Ikea Orlando took the time to visit 15 families in the area in various living situations to find out what the needs are in real homes around O-town. They talked, listened, took photos, brainstormed and came up with solutions to the issues discussed during their visits. To help others in similar situations, they have re-configured displays in the Orlando showroom to give people ideas of how to solve the space/organization/decor conflicts that many families have in our particular neck of the woods.
Serving Local organizations:
IKEA Orlando loves to partner with organizations who’s mission supports children and/or the environment. Here are some of the local non-profits they’ve been working with:
● A Gift For Teaching
● Arts & Cultural Alliance
● Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida
● Coalition for the Homeless
● Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County
● Faine House
● Harbor House of Central Florida
● Junior Achievement of Central Florida
● Mustard Seed of Central Florida
● New Hope for Kids
● Orange County Public Schools
● Zebra Coalition
Knowing more about the companies we purchase from really does make a difference in our shopping experiences. It was so encouraging to hear about all the initiatives and programs that IKEA Orlando is doing to foster a better community and involvement through their sphere of influence.
Bonus: SWAG Bag!
They treated us so well at this event, they even gave us a wonderful SWAG bag! Here’s what we received:
2 Tickets to the Annual Swedish Crayfish Party (August 16th)
1 BRYGGKAFFE MELLANROST Decaf Coffee (8.8 oz)
1 KAFFE HELA BÖNOR MÖRKROST Whole Bean, Dark Roast Coffee
1 KAKOR CHOKLAD Cookies with Chocolate Filling
1 KEX Biscuits
1 KAKOR KROKANT Butterscotch Cookies
1 CHOKLAD LINGON & BLÅBÄR Chocolate w lingon/blueberry flavor
1 CHOKLAD MÖRK Dark chocolate candy bar
1 CHOKLAD NÖT Milk chocolate bar with nuts
1 CHOKLAD LJUS Milk Chocolate candy bar
1 KRÄFTSKIVA FESTPAKET Crayfish party pack
2 IKEA grocery bags
1 Big Blue IKEA Shopping Bag
1 IKEA frisbee
1 IKEA Beach Ball
1 IKEA measuring tape
1 IKEA “I brake for meatballs” magnet
1 $75 IKEA gift card
1 JANSJÖ LED USB lamp
I have extended some of this SWAG to you in this giveaway. Don’t forget to enter! Also, next week there will be another giveaway with a chance to win a $100 IKEA giftcard! Stay tuned ;)
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